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Telling Tales

Monkey on my back

Wilson Living Magazine

Every year when the Fair comes to town, there is one attraction I insist we visit before all others.

Youve probably seen the attraction yourself.

At the very back of the Fairgrounds you will find a race course. Sometimes there are so many people gathered around the course, that I cant easily find a spot, so with child in hand, I push and shove my way to the front.

The gun goes off!

And out come the two racing dogs, each with a monkey on their backs.


Ask Ken Beck

Clint Eastwood throws Curve ball to son Scott

Dear Ken: How is Scott Eastwood, who co-stars in Trouble With the Curve, related to Clint Eastwood?

Scott, 26, is Clints son. He also has been in his dads movies Invictus, Gran Torino and Flags of Our Fathers. Eastwoods latest film, about an aging Atlanta Braves scout who is losing his eyesight and wants to make one last trip to scoop up a new top prospect, also stars Amy Adams as his daughter, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Robert Patrick. Scott is set to play Deputy Carl Hartman in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, which opens in early January. Clint, by the way, is 82.


General Lifestyle

Volunteer spirit breathes new life into Granville

Liz Bennett recreates the past at Sutton Homestead

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The Wilson Post

GRANVILLE -- For nearly 40 years, Liz Bennett educated school children, preparing them for the future, but nowadays the retiree spends her free hours taking folks back to life the way it used to be.

Bennett, who lives in Lascassas and was a teacher in Rutherford County schools for four decades, treks back to her roots in the rural Jackson County community of Granville several times a month where she transcends into the person of Ethel Sutton while giving guided tours of the Sutton Homestead.

It turns out the little girl from across the river who loved to listen to stories has turned into a storyteller.

Growing up, my very favorite days were in the summer when it rained. It caused the farmers to have to come in from the fields. They all went to Granville and would be sitting on the porch in front of the stores telling tales, Bennett said. I would get a Popsicle and sit down in front of them and act like I wasnt listening, but I listened to all their tales.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - Sept. 26



What a beautiful weekend we had for the Mt. Juliet Pow Wow, held at theMundy Memorial Park, just south of I-40. A cold front came through in the late afternoon, and dropped the temperature into the 70s. It was good to see an old friend, Hootie the Barred Owl, from the Wilson County Fair, and I truly believe that he recognized me and my hooting. Tragedy was narrowly averted when the American Kestral somehow chewed through his leg strap and flew off. I was watching the dancing from the other side of the arena, when I thought that I saw something fly from around Marty Rush's booth. Luckily the bird did not make it more than a few yards, before it landed and was captured and returned. Most likely the Kestral would not survive on her own, since it hasn't learned the fine art of catching its prey.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Making a mockery of the game

Out of one side of his mouth, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell preaches about protecting the (NFL) shield at all costs.

Out of the other side of his mouth, Goodell allows these traveling circus clowns disguised as NFL replacement officials, to continue to make a mockery of the game.

With the real NFL officials locked out, NFL games are left in the hands of lower level collegiate officials who every week continue to bring attention to themselves by their myriad of mistakes.

If Goodell continues to allow this to happen, he is not only putting the players health at risk, you have to add the coaches to the list of victims.

Seriously, some of these coaches are going to stroke out on the sidelines. Did you see the confrontation New England Coach Bill Belichick had as he tried to stop line judge Esteban Garza from leaving the field after Baltimore kicked what we believe was the winning field goal as time expired Sunday night?



TDOT sees value in investing of Wilson County


Its no surprise that Tennessee Department of Transportationhas invested heavily over the past several yearsand continues to make significant investmentsin Wilson County.

A story on the front page of todays Wilson Post gives local residents some insight into the projects that TDOT has under construction right here at home.

By October 2013, a new bridge will be completed over the Cumberland River, connecting Wilson and Sumner Counties and by December 2013, Interstate 40 from Mt. Juliet Road to Highway 109 will be widened to eight lanes.

While on a tour Monday withTDOT officials, it wasnoted about 24,000 vehicles travel over the bridge between Wilson and Sumner Counties each day. They expect that daily traffic to increase to 34,000 in the next 20 years.


Guest Column

No, I do NOT know, nor do I celebrate, Mercurys birthday


Whats the story behind celebrating birthdays? Is this ancient or more recent? Finally, should I write Happy Birthday! or Happy birthday! I can see reasons for either way. I have to say I love celebrating birthdays (mine included). Whens yours?-Everyday Is Somebodys Birthday

First things first. My birthday is in the wonderful month of May, full of flowers and graduations and school closings and, icing on the cake, Mothers Day. May is named for Maia (meaning "the great one"), a mountain nymph (one of the seven Pleiades), the goddess of spring, parent with Zeus (Jupiter) of Hermes (Mercury).

To bring this thing really down home, Mercury in copper (maybe with a little tin in it to make bronze) was on top of Union Station in Nashville. He toppled off in a storm in 1951. BUT, you pagans neednt worry because over at the Parthenon they put up a huge (41 feet, 10 inches tall) pagan image -- Mercurys cousin Athena (she sprang from the head of his father; perhaps cousin covers this) and theres another smaller statue of Mercury (in steel this time) back on the station. The gods are humming in Music City all right.


At the Movies

Hoffman, Phoenix put on a mesmerizing show in Master

The Wilson Post

Like its two main characters, The Master is enigmatic and engaging, but its message is lost in the wake of two outstanding acting performances and provides more questions than answers.

Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Master is the story of World War II Naval veteran Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), an alcoholic drifter wandering the country following his discharge from the service, and intellectual cult leader Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), as they collide and their relationship fumbles through alongside the growth of Dodds cult movement The Cause.

First and foremost, Phoenix is phenomenal in his major acting return since his meltdown of a few years ago. Quell is an enigmatic disaster, destroying every situation he enters from a job as a department store photographer to a social outing with cult followers. His alcoholism shows no signs of soothing any pain but merely adds to his violent nature.

Hoffman delivers an extraordinary performance as Dodd, a.k.a. Master, who is jovial and charismatic, although when his cult is questioned, his anger always finds a way to briefly erupt. When he meets Quell, he sees him as the subject through which he can prove his theories.


General News

Bryan pledges to do 'whatever we have to' as interim Sheriff

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Sheriffs Department Assistant Deputy Chief Robert Bryan is hoping to put his imprint on the department if he is named interim Sheriff by Wilson County Commission later this month and plans to seek the full-time job in 2014.

A lifelong Wilson County resident, Bryan has worked in law enforcement since 1989 when he was hired by the Lebanon Police Department as a patrolman. He has worked with the Sheriffs Department since 1999.

Ive always been interested in being Sheriff one day, said Bryan, whose father, the late Cecil Bryan, served as Sheriff from 1968 to 1974, and his grandfather, J. Pat Bryan, was Chief Deputy under Sheriff Harold Griffith.

When Sheriff Terry Ashe announced on Sept. 18 that he would step down from that position effective Sept. 30, he appointed Bryan as his interim replacement until the commission chooses who will serve as the countys top law enforcement officer until the next election in 2014.

County raises under scrutiny

The Wilson Post

Employee raises in a handful of departments have come under scrutiny by some Wilson County Commissioners after they voted to not grant any employees an increase last month.

District 5 Commissioner Jerry McFarland, who was recently voted onto the commissions Budget Committee, said he found department heads that have given out raises, which he said should not be given.

Its supposed to be a status quo year, with no raises, which means everyone gets paid the same as last year, McFarland said.

McFarland said the areas where hes found employee raises include the Wilson County Property Assessors office, Circuit Court Clerk, the Finance Department, Juvenile Court and Wilson County Election Commission.

LPD slates Prescription Drug Take Back

Lebanon Police Department will again participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The event is sponsored by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

You can drop off any unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs at the police department from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with no questions asked.

Officials noted this service is free and anonymous, and is a great way for people to safely dispose of old medications. It is unsafe for those medications to be flushed, as it can contaminate your drinking water.

Rogers drops out of Ward 1 race

The Wilson Post

With the Aug. 23 candidate withdrawal deadline passed, Richard Rogers, candidate for Lebanon City Council Ward 1, respectfully requested Tuesday that he not be considered for the position on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Rogers said he is not qualified at this time to represent the city of Lebanon as a council member and wishes his opponent, Lanny Jewell, the best.

The city deserves the best, and right now I cannot provide that, Rogers said, adding that he made the decision based on some past legal issues he was recently made aware of. Anything less would not be proper because I love our city.

When Rogers originally filed his petition on July 18, he hoped that being elected would give him an opportunity to do something good for our city and not have any inter-fighting in City Council.

See photos from the MJ Pow Wow and Humanitarian Gala

Check out these photos from this past weekend's Mt. Juliet Pow Wow and Monday's Wilson County Humanitarian Awards Gala benefitting New Leash on Life.

Mt. Juliet Pow Wow

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Humanitarian Gala


General Sports

FCS golf advances to region

COOKEVILLE -- The Friendship Christian golf team placed third with a score of 340 in the District 8 A-AA Tournament Tuesday at White Plains Golf Course. Friendships Bo Gwynne shot a 77 to claim the third place individual medalist spot.

MJ volleyball unbeaten in 9AAA

GLADEVILLE -- Mt. Juliet improved to 11-0 in the District 9AAA volleyball standings with a 3-1 win at Wilson Central High Tuesday evening. Game scores: 25-21, 25-8, 25-27 and 26-16.

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