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John Sloan - Outdoors

Still In velvet

Usually about this time of year, I am asked, if I have ever killed a buck still in velvet. Of course, that refers to the soft covering on the antlers now readily visible. In fact, I have killed two, both quite small. That question is usually followed by, Where is the best place to kill one?

To answer that, you have to break it down into two categories. Do you want to kill a big one in relative comfort or do you want to just kill any buck and endure the biting insects. Let us go with big ones in relative comfort first.


Telling Tales

Bill Murray hunts for missing kids, portrays FDR

Dear Ken: Whats next up for zany Bill Murray?

The 61-year-old father of six sons plays the husband of Frances McDormand in Moonrise Kingdom, director Wes Andersons (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore) new film about two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away into the wilderness. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, the film also features Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. In December, Murray stars as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson. The Chicago native loves golf, the Chicago Cubs and had his first starring role in 1979s Meatballs, far and away the best film ever about summer camp.

My precious stuff

Wilson Living Magazine

So the call came in about 8:30 Tuesday morning. Our storage unit had been broken into.

When Brody called me from the unit, I could hear the anger in his voice.

Nothing is missing! They took nothing! Do you believe that? But they broke my $20.00 lock. That just ticks me off!

Are you sure? Everything is there? My two sofas are there? My brown velvet pillows, my glass end table with the scratch, the set of plates I had in college, what about my Santa painting?

Its all here. Even the thieves dont want your stuff! (Still angry)

My stuff has been a source of contention for many years. Its not that I am a hoarder, by any means. Its more like Im a collector of...stuff.


General Lifestyle

Britt & Blaire debut on Mt. Juliet Records

Teen newlyweds harmonize on 'Young Summer'

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The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Married four months back, admitted beach bums Brittany and Blaire Hanks left their sunny Florida home to make a name for themselves in Music City.

The blonde, blue-eyed 19-year-olds, who perform as Britt & Blaire, recently debuted their first single, Young Summer, and its accompanying music video on the newly-formed Mt. Juliet Records label, and Mt. Juliet is now where they hang their hats and guitar in a tree house. They will entertain at 4 p.m. next Wednesday as part of the Providence MarketPlace Centerstage Summer Concert Series.

Young Summer has been receiving airplay on about 100 country radio stations and on a recent weekend, 30 major stations gave the song a test run.

We love the beach. We love it a lot. Ive grown up the tropical-type lifestyle. I knew that I wanted to have a summer song, so I sat down in my room one day and wrote Young Summer, said Blaire, who composed the tune when school was getting out and summer break was beginning.

The couple confessed their initial Nashville recording session left them just blown away.

It was crazy because we laid down the (vocal) tracks, Britt said, before Nashville musicians added the instrumentals. We were like, Are you kidding me? First try, they just started playing it.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - June 27

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Where have all the Hummers gone? Almost sounds like some old-style song. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds seem to be as scarce as hen's teeth, at least in my yard. I have seen only one at my feeder in front of the kitchen window. Right after the feeder was placed, it didn't take two days before the ants found it. Thank goodness for ant moats, purchased last year from my friend in Mt. Juliet, Roy Garr. In about three days the ants had returned with a vengence, so why was the water disappearing so quickly? It didn't take too long to discover the reason. My large family of Carolina Chickadees had been using it as their personal water fountain and bird bath along with natural evaporation with all this hot weather. Now all I have to do is keep my eye on the moat and keep water all the way to the top. My other family of Tufted Titmouse and House Finch must have been watching the Chickadees and now they have joined in the antics and started using the ant moat as well.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Lessons from Sandusky trial

Let the Jerry Sandusky case serve as a cautionary tale to parents of young children.

Dont ever believe that sexual predators such as the former Penn State defensive coordinator dont exist in your town.

Some of them are teachers. Some of them are youth coaches. Some of them are volunteers who hang around kids games. Some of them live next door.

Sandusky was a man to be revered around the storied Penn State football program. He established a foundation designed to help young kids from broken homes learn life lessons.

They didnt need the kind of help Sandusky forced on them.


Guest Column

Grammars road less travelled


Are you willing to teach us all about the subjunctive? It seems to be about the hardest thing there is in grammar, so you if you want a pass on it, Id understand. Im a former teacher myself.-Other Subjects My Domain

Well, I got into teaching a few other subjects myself, even one year of math (eighth grade), some art, some history. Some manners, some debate skills, shouting, fussing, desk cleaning, wearing funny clothes and bad make-up. There must be more.

But, I can now hardly carry on a conversation with a seventh grader. Even if I use the subjunctive.

Teaching the subjunctive (certainly not all about !) still seems a mountain too distant, too high. But then you column readers, arent sticking gum on furniture, passing obscene notes, yawning, and rolling your eyes or are you? Three cheers for bald and wrinkled and paunchy.

I apologize to nice people back then and right now, some of whom stop me and tell me they read this column. I will say that when someone comments, You still writing that column? I have a little clue about their non reading, but Im honored by all those of you who make a point to tell me youre reading. Thank you.

Professional Development a Pillar of Reform


Educators are leaders who should be valued and respected. In an era of transformational change across Tennessee, there is a well-timed debate over how we define achievement and success both in and out of school, as well as the proper role of federal, state and local policy.

Nobody disputes that the path forward is the presence of quality teachers in Tennessee classrooms. However, quietly unnoticed is a startling fact: there are 3.2 million teachers in the United States according to the U.S. Department of Education. By 2020, it is estimated that 1.6 million will either retire or leave the profession. This pending impact will be felt across many Tennessee classrooms.

Of even more concern is that the data reveals 46 percent of public school educators leave the profession within their first five years. The attrition rate is highest among science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers, who can command higher salaries in the private sector. The book (and now movie) Teachers Have It Easy, by Dave Eggers, Nnive Clements Calegari and Daniel Moulthrop, has produced a compelling discourse that accumulates data to give readers a blunt and unforgiving portrait of American education which raises questions about the sustainability and desirability of the teaching profession in the 21st Century.


At the Movies

Brave doesnt quite shine

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The Wilson Post

After a stint on vacation, I caught Brave in our local theater over the weekend, which despite some laughs, the movie presents more of the same: misunderstood princess, overbearing royal mother, witless father and their path to realizing each others true worth.

Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell, the latest release from animating juggernaut Pixar, Brave is the story of Princess Merida, voiced by Kelly MacDonald, as she struggles with being a princess and her mother, Queen Elinor, voiced by Emma Thompson.

When Merida is informed she is to be married to the eldest son from one of the other three clans, she of course, hates the idea of an arranged marriage and runs away, finding help from a witch (Julie Walters) who gives her a magic cake to change her mothers mind.

Of course, Merida gets far more than she bargains for and for spoilers sake I wont tell you what happens to her mother. But, the mother-daughter pair finds themselves alone in the woods, discovering more about one another and coming to appreciate one another.


General News

Brush fires burn over 20 acres Tuesday

The Wilson Post

WATERTOWN-MT. JULIET -- Two brush fires that burned more than 20 acres in Mt. Juliet Tuesday morning and then a small plot of land off Linwood Road in Watertown late yesterday afternoon had Wilson County Emergency Management Agency personnel busy all day with WEMA Director John Jewell saying he is wary of the July 4 holiday next week due to hot and dry conditions.

We are extremely worried about the Fourth of July, Jewell said, referencing the amount of fireworks that will be purchased and used by local residents for the holiday.

With conditions as dry as they are, Jewell urged all citizens to take every precaution if shooting off fireworks this weekend and next week.

He said since June 1, county emergency personnel have fought 35 brush fires here, including a 70-acre fire in the Watertown area on June 8.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=56|imageid=355|displayname=0|float=left}As of Tuesday, the agency added two more to the list.

Around 4:20 p.m., yesterday, a brush fire was reported off Tennessee Boulevard in the Watertown Industrial Complex, just off Linwood Road. Authorities at the scene were not sure how the fire started but were working to put out the flames into the early evening.

The fire reportedly started between two warehouses off Tennessee Boulevard and burned over a hill through a clearing made for power lines. The burnt area reached to the side of the hill facing Sparta Pike.

July 4 Music City Star tickets sold out

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has sold its allotment of 900 tickets available to the general public for the RTAs special July 4 Music City Star train to the Nashville fireworks at Riverfront Park.

Customers who purchased the special train tickets will need to show their ticket to the conductor when boarding on both trips. Children age 4 and under will not need a ticket to board; however, they are required to sit in their parents lap.

In order to ensure thatpassengers traveling togetherwill be seated in the same passenger car,tickets will have a car number assigned on them. Passengers should enter that specific car at their requested station. After the fireworks, passengers should be seated in that same train car for easier exiting at their designated station.

Lebanon man arrested by TBI on child rape charges

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested two male subjects on child rape charges in separate cases this past Thursday after they were indicted by the Trousdale County grand jury earlier in the week after an investigation conducted by the TBI at the request of the 15th Judicial District Attorney General.

Matthew Lynn, 24, of Lebanon, was indicted on three counts of rape of a child.

A traffic stop conducted by the Sumner County Sheriffs Office in March resulted in Lynns arrest after he was allegedly found to be in possession of nude photos on his cell phone of an underage girl. He then reportedly confessed to multiple instances of sexual contact with the 12-year-old victim in Trousdale County in 2011.

Local governments ban outdoor burning

FromPost staff reports

Local governments are issuing a countywide ban on all outside burning due to current drought conditions that are exasperated by high temperatures, low humidity and the lack of rainfall according to a press release from the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency.

At this point in time, the ban does not include fireworks, but public officials stress the use of extreme caution if planning to use fireworks in these conditions.

Lebanon, Watertown, Mt. Juliet and Wilson County all issued a ban on outside burning to include: camp fires, burning of trash, and outdoor debris.

The ban is in effect until further notice or until moisture levels significantly improve in Wilson County.

County Mayor Randall Hutto said in light of brush fires over the past month and especially the two on Tuesday, steps must be taken to prevent any further instances until the county receives some significant rainfall.

WEMA Director John Jewell said the agency has fought almost 40 brush fires in Wilson County since June 1, including a 70-acre fire in Watertown on June 8 and a 20-acre fire in Mt. Juliet on June 26. In those fires, two agricultural buildings have been lost, one industrial building damaged and several residential homes placed at risk by swiftly moving fires.

MJ moves forward in hiring City Manager

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners passed the yearly budget at Mondays meeting, and took the next step in hiring a City Manager.

Only four new amendments were added to the budget, two of which added back positions that were originally eliminated.

At the first hearing of the budget, Mayor Ed Hagerty asked that five positions be removed from the budget due to a scandal which saw four employees resign and one terminated as a result of sending inappropriate messages and photos via city-owned cell phones and such. One was from the Police Department, two from Finance and two from Public Works.

The Police Department position was immediately put back in, but the other four have been held out through the discussions. Monday, Commissioner Jim Bradshaw requested that the Assistant Public Works Director position and one of the finance positions be added back to the budget. They were approved.

Almost $45,000 was added to the budget to pay for putting back up the retail signs on North Mt. Juliet Road. They were taken down for the road widening project which is now completed. Also, $13,342 was added to the Parks Department for equipment that was damaged recently.

MJPD to conduct DUI checkpoint

Mt. Juliet Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on the evening of Friday, June 29, and into the early morning hours of Saturday, June 30, in an ongoing effort to keep streets safe.

Checkpoints will occur on Belinda Parkway, North Mt. Juliet Road (S.R. 171), West Division Street, and Lebanon Road (U.S. Highway 70) in Mt. Juliet.

The checkpoints are in an effort to continue the Mt. Juliet Police Departments commitment to traffic safety. Such checkpoints are aimed at deterring impaired driving and reducing alcohol related crashes. Sobriety checkpoints allow officers to intervene by arresting DUI drivers prior to them becoming involved in a crash. Impaired driving places everyone on the road in the path of danger, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that motorists have a safe place to live and drive, a spokesperson said.

NWS: Wilson in a drought

The Wilson Post

It is official: Wilson County is in a drought.

And by Thursday when the U.S. Drought Monitor is updated, Wilson and much of Middle Tennessee may well be in a severe, if not moderate drought.

That was the word Tuesday afternoon from Bobby Boyd, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.

We are, he said, answering whether this area was officially in a drought. When it updates, I think its going to put us in a severe drought, certainly moderate, if not severe.

That drought conditions exist should surprise no one, especially if youve noticed the color of your lawn is no longer green but tending toward the brownish or if your garden is gone.

Rainfall from Jan. 1 through June 25 (although this will likely be the case through the end of the month) stands at 18.18 inches which is 6.63 inches below normal, Boyd said, adding that for the same time period in 2011 we were above normal with 27.26 inches of precipitation. Normal amount for Jan. 1 through June 30 is 24.81 inches of precipitation.

Register by July 3 to vote in August

For those planning to vote in the Aug. 2 Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primary and Wilson County General Elections the deadline to register is Tuesday, July 3.

State law allows new voter registration applications to be processed up until the 30th day before each election. Applications received between July 4 and Aug. 2 will be processed after Election Day.

Voter registration applications are available at the Wilson County Election Commission office at 203 East Main Street in Lebanon, online at, and at most Wilson County and Tennessee State government offices.

Statewide TCAP scores show gains

The Wilson Post

Test results from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP test, and high school End of Course tests will be released to the public next month for local schools as statewide results released Tuesday showed gains in many areas.

Tennessee Department of Education officials released statewide TCAP and EOC test results, showing that student scores improved for the second year in a row. Half of students in grades three through eight are reading at or above grade level.

Also, 47 percent of students scored proficient or advanced in math and more than 60 percent were proficient or advanced in science, both increases from the past two years.

UMCs first bariatric surgery today

The Wilson Post

Three local residents are to receive the first bariatric surgery procedures to be offered at University Medical Center today, which Dr. Mark Kent said allows the local hospital to continue to be a leader in medical care for more than just Wilson County.

Kent, a surgeon out of Knoxville, recently relocated to Lebanon and UMC in September 2011, and began to walk patients through the pre-surgery process for the procedures taking place today and tomorrow.

In bringing me here, part of the reason was to introduce a new product at UMC but also because bariatric surgery has changed in the last 10 years, he said.

Bariatric surgery, commonly known as weight-loss surgery, offers a variety of procedures for obese patients who Kent said have tried every method short of surgery to lose weight but just arent able to do so.


General Sports

AquaJet wins Lions BR title

LEBANON -- AquaJet was crowned champion of the Lebanon Lions Club Babe Ruth baseball league during closing ceremonies held Tuesday evening, June 26 at Eskew Field in the Baird Park Complex. AquaJet went through the 2012 season with a 14-1 overall record.

Front, from left: Michael McDowell, Peyton McCullough, Justin Huggins and Justing Brown. Standing: Coach Bob Brown, manager Bobby Brown, Nolan Chambers, Caleb Young, Tucker Vaught, Hunter Allison and coach Steve Vaught. Not pictured: Brant Martin, Aylan baines and John Hendrix.

Darian Brown returns to LHS

A familiar face will be returning to Lebanon High School as Darian Brown has been named as athletic director / assistant principal -- just in time for the move to the new campus off Hartmann Drive.

"I am excited to be back and I am ready to hit the ground running," Brown said. "Everybody has been so great welcoming me back the last few days."

In 2007-2008 Brown coached the Lebanon High girls basketball team to a record of 20-11 and a berth in the TSSAA sectional before resigning to move into an administrative position at Wilson Central.

Kiwanis 9-10's host area

Lebanons Kiwanis 9-10 Little League all-stars will open area tournament play vs. DeKalb County in a 7:30 p.m. game tonight, Friday, June 29 at the Harding-Gallaher Fields in the Baird Park Complex.

On Saturday, Lebanon will play Smith County at 7:30 p.m. The Smith Co. and DeKalb Co. teams will play Monday with the top two teams advancing to the district tournament next week.

Lebanon Dixie Majors advance

CROSS PLAINS -- Lebanons Rotary Dixie Major All-Stars earned a berth in this weekends District 4 tournament in Adams with a runner-up finish in the sub-district June 22, 23 and 24.

Lebanon opened play with a 21-3 victory over Greenbrier Friday evening as Howard Sobieszczyk drilled two homers and had five RBI. Tristan Warden picked up the decision with two innings of work and six strikeouts.

The Dixie Majors pounded out 18 hits and took advantage of 10 Greenbrier walks.

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