One way or another Cummins Falls State Park leaves you breathless.
Only about an hour drive from Lebanon, this aquatic getaway ranks as Tennessee's eighth largest waterfall. The site also lays claim to being one of the 10 best swimming holes in the U.S. (according to "Travel and Leisure" magazine).
In the four corners of his card of introduction are these words: old, retired, broke, senile.
The opposite side of the card depicts the face of happy man and reads: This man lives in Pulltite, TN. Rotate the card 180 degrees to see a fellow with a scowl and read: This man wishes he did.
Meet J.B. Jones, who is neither broke nor senile. He is retired, sort of, and wears his 83½ years of life well.
The speed limit of ever bit of Statesville's half mile of Main Street is posted at 25 miles per hour.
"We like to say if you blink your eyes, you've missed it," says Donna Hill, who has spent 56 of her 76 years here. She resides in the house directly across the street from the big blue-and-white round "Welcome to Statesville" sign that decades ago advertised Gulf Gasoline.
The Nameless store is not without a name.
Across seven decades, folks around these parts of Jackson County have known it as J.T. Watts General Merchandise.
Lisa Shively begins the interview by asking herself the first question.
"We moved here from California. How did we ever wind up here sitting on a porch in Friendship Hollow?"
Populated by 126 West Elementary School students, the Bobby Crockett Towne Square hums like a giant beehive, as the youngsters, most of them 11 years of age, go about the business of doing business.
The name of chicken fancier Nannie Burford Bridgewater has nearly been forgotten but for a devoted band of citizens with strong sentiments for all things related to the tiny town of Dixon Springs.
For the late Hollis McClanahan, Downtown Antiques was more than a cavernous curiosity shop where he dealt in vintage American items. The enterprise reflected his lifestyle.
Vacationers from around the globe are going giddy-up over a cowboy hideout deep in the heart of Wilson County at Dave and Deb Ward's Twin Oaks Ranch.
Somebody's got to speak up for cowboy poets and Western music songwriters this side of the Mississippi.
A half-pint in stature but with a giant of a heart inside, 22-year-old Vincent B. DeNardo arrived in Granville on July 4, 1943, one of a thousand G.I.s who trained in the area for World War II. Affectionately nicknamed "Little Moe," the Philly native returned for more than 20 autumns once the war was over. He brought his camera, and by the time he stopped snapping, he had taken more than 1,000 photos of the quaint Jackson County village that nestled beside the Cumberland River.
Just off the beaten path known as Interstate 40 awaits one of Lebanon's busiest restaurants and coffee dens.
When it comes to scrumptious cuisine, the Jones family at Gordonsville's Timberloft Restaurant proves a triple threat.
Most folks would hate seeing their family's old home place coming to the ground.
The old saying "it takes one to know one" rings loud and clear in the ears of electronics whiz Kevin Shaw.
As a girl growing up in Fayetteville, her friends called her Bert, but over the past few decades, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren have nicknamed her Mamaw.
For close to a century the rickety shack tussled in a no-holds-barred wrestling match with the elements. Perched near a spring, this unheralded historic gem might have tumbled over had a mighty gust of wind slapped it head-on.
"If you can do it in five seconds flat, you can bet your gonna win it," says pro rodeo cowboy Derrick Crawford, talking about his favorite event in his favorite sport.
You might not believe that chatting about ancient artificial fishing baits could make a man laugh and cry at the same time.
The illustrious Indian fighter and Texas Ranger John "Jack" Coffee Hays was born 200 years ago this Friday near Little Cedar Lick, a few miles northeast of Mt. Juliet.
One of Jack Hays' few living descendants is on a mission to tell the story of an incredible lawman-soldier that few east of the Mississippi have heard.
The name John Coffee Hays may not ring many bells in Lebanon or Mt. Juliet, but the Wilson County native son, perhaps the most illustrious Texas Ranger of them all, claims legendary status in the Lone Star State and also left an extraordinary legacy in San Francisco and Oakland, California.
As the jubilant sound of the Williams Brothers singing "Still Strong" rings forth in the small radio studio, Miss C rocks her head from side to side and gently claps her hands in time to the gospel beat.
What does a man do after buying a 50-ton red caboose on a whim?
Well, the first thing a smart man does is tell his wife.
As a teenager growing up in Arkansas, I was raised on classic country music as I listened to the sounds of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, George Hamilton IV, David Houston and Johnny Cash.
For the past 94 years, friends and neighbors have assembled regularly in a simple but charming building on the hill beside Berea Church Road. Topped with a red tin roof, the structure sits next door to Berea Church of Christ and across Coles Ferry Pike from Friendship Christian School.
A 4-foot-high granite monument recently went up in Ellabell, Georgia. It stands at attention near the site of the former Black Creek Elementary School.
"Experience Nashville Tours" founder Kaysie Young spends her days welcoming folks to her adopted home state of Tennessee.
He holds no public relations or marketing degrees, but from his roost inside what a half century ago was Joe Scott's Drugstore and Pharmacy, Jim Amero touts the miraculous benefits of living in the greatest little small town in America.
Like numerous Mexican restaurants across the Mid-South, Mi Ranchito proves to be a true family affair.
When she was known as Arleen Harden, this Arkansas songbird tasted a fair measure of country chart success, first as part of a sibling act and then as a solo artist. Fifty years ago, she was touring with some of the genre's biggest acts, men who went by the last names of Jennings, Jones and Cash.
She's sedate sexy. Not overt.
Red hair, white skin, a pomp in the hair. Her latest tattoo says, "Pretty is, as pretty does."
The Smith boys of Statesville, like many men raised during the Depression, grew up straight and true and heard their country's call to duty.
As Nashville and Middle Tennessee continues to grow in notoriety nationally as the "It" city, one comedian who has "made it" can trace his roots right through Mt. Juliet.
With the passing of Curly Putman, who died in his sleep Sunday, Lebanon lost a good man and the world lost a great storyteller.
Country songwriting giant Curly Putman, the tunesmith behind such memorable hits as "Green Green Grass of Home" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today," died Sunday in Lebanon. He was 85.
Something is killing off the timber rattlesnakes.
It also is decimating populations of northern water snakes, eastern racers, rat snakes, mud snakes, pigmy rattlesnakes, massasauga rattlesnakes, copperheads, milk snakes, cottonmouths, ribbon snakes, corn snakes, indigo snakes, kingsnakes and ringneck snakes.
LIBERTY, TENN. -- Few people have lowered more dead bodies down into the good Tennessee earth than gentle giant Frank Thomas.
A stroke in April 2015 stilled the amazingly gifted hands of local artist-woodcarver Les Vanhook.
Lebanon's Juanita and Will Grandstaff have competed in more slow-pitch softball games than you can shake a bat at.
Lebanon's Jake Presley, 13, has won more than 30 world and national Taekwondo titles during his short career, but he may get his biggest kick Friday night.
That's when he pops up on the silver screen in the new Ben Affleck thriller, "The Accountant,"
Edna Elam invited a friend to the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, but the friend never showed up. She couldn't find it. As many times as she drove back and forth on Mt. Juliet Road, passing the center each time, her friend said she never saw it.
When you see Robert Nipp atop one of his favorite horses, Chance, with a backdrop of roiling black clouds over his sprawling horse ranch you might think they are in another century. If you squint really hard and put a mental sepia screen over the vista - it's 1820.
One Sunday morning in October of 1966, Kenneth and Linda Head hopped in their car and made the 37-mile drive from Green Hills in Nashville to the rural Wilson County community of Tuckers Crossroads.
Call them cut-ups for a good cause.
We're talking about veteran chainsaw sculptor Roark Phillips and rookie carver Mark Anderson, a chip off the old block.
My name is Carl Price and I was born in a house on Greenwood Road near Shop Spring(s). I have just finished reading your two articles in the 8/31 Post with tears in my eyes. I always read your feature articles, but "Sentimental Journey to Shop Springs" was one of the very best I have ever read.
MAMMOTH CAVE, KY.--This is holey ground.
Stretching 405 miles and counting, this monarch of caves boasts the longest known cave system in the world and features a maze of magnificent subterranean vaults.
A trio of DeKalb County women have spent the past four years resurrecting memories buried beneath the waters of Center Hill Lake seven decades ago.
Sequestered in the midst of Lebanon, Tennessee, lies hidden perhaps the most fabulous antique store in America, and not one lick of it is for sale.
The community gathered to welcome Maplehurst Bakery to Wilson County on Wednesday.
HARTSVILLE--"Put one foot in front of the other. Be prepared," says Pat Lancaster Landreth, if you want to succeed in the boxing ring.
Classic country and pop crooner Mandy Barnett kicked off her public performing career at the age of 5 at her church in Crossville.
And while she was making a name for herself in East Tennessee over the next five years, it was not until she and her mom came to Cedars of Lebanon Flea Market in search of song tracks that her music education really clicked into high gear.
Twenty-five years ago an overpowering whim redirected Emily Steinberg-Cash to her Middle Tennessee roots. In the process of settling in a circa 1835 two-story Southern plantation house, she found her future in the past.
Life slugged him a blow, full force.
But, he caught it and threw it back.
Hollywood doesn't make biblical epics these days like it did during the Golden Age of the 1950s when films such as "The Ten Commandments," "Ben-Hur," "David and Bathsheba," "The Robe" and "Samson and Delilah" proved to be box-office gold.
The first time he walked into WCOR Radio station at the age of 9, Coleman Walker knew what he wanted to do with his life, but he had no clue he would spend more than half a century behind the microphone, and in the process become "The Voice" of Lebanon radio.
When folks start to talking about the whopper that got away, well, when it comes to the whole hog, nothing's going to beat the tale of Big Bill.
Streamside salamanders, aka Ambystoma barbouri, prove to be slippery, slimy, somewhat secretive amphibians.
But if you're hoping to spy one in its natural habitat, then wading a shallow, limestone creek on a winter day is likely your best bet.
When the Statler Brothers told Jimmy Fortune they wanted him to be the new tenor in their legendary country quartet he could only get three words out of his mouth: "Are y'all serious?"
It's been a long time coming, but with this spring's opening of Dean's Hot Chicken & Waffles and The Coffee Shoppe, eating, drinking and making merry returns to the Lebanon Square.
Sometimes it takes a leap of faith.
When it comes to the matter of facts about Wilson County, Linda Granstaff proves to be a walking, talking encyclopedia.
Twenty-eight ancient stone sculptures, found primarily between the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers, are spending a bit of quality time together, courtesy of the Tennessee State Museum.
During the dead of winter old things are taking on new life at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
"All the really good ideas I've ever had came to me while I was milking a cow." --American artist Grant Wood.
Rick Wittrig has fallen to the ground more times than he can count.
Unlike most landlubbers who occasionally take a stumble and skin a knee or worse, Wittrig drops to terra firma intentionally from 10,000 or more feet above this third rock from the sun, gets up, dusts himself off and walks away without a scratch.
For mason Charles Savage laying rock, brick and block comes as natural as breathing.
In 1932 flagpole sitting had flagged out, dance marathons were still the rage and swallowing goldfish had not yet caught the fancy of college kids.
In Lebanon, Tennessee, for who knows what reason, 22-year-old Russell Witt had himself handcuffed to the steering wheel of a Chevy sedan, lightly put his foot on the gas pedal and set off on a nonstop155-hour spin that set a world endurance record.
Baker-artist Belinda King's springerle Christmas cookies look way too pretty to eat, but if you're one of those fortunate to receive a batch of them that's exactly what she wants you to do--eat them.
Nip it in the bud!
Those were the words David Browning, famed for his portrayal as the Mayberry Deputy, feared he would hear the first time he met his inspiration, Don Knotts, the comic legend who created intrepid lawman Barney Fife.
The new president of Cumberland University, Dr. Paul Stumb, says the one thing he misses is teaching classes. But give him a little time, and he intends to be back in the classroom for a course every semester or two.
There are close to 3,000 green-as-a-Grinch Christmas trees towering toward heaven on Rhonda and Chris's TreeLand near Watertown.
It's a fine fall morning, the early fog has surrendered to a brilliant October sun, and inside an ancient, dusty barn, Elizabeth Mitchell has her right arm plunged elbow deep up a cow's rear end as she checks inside to feel if the creature bears a calf.
TV Christmas specials by the multitude have come and gone for over a half a century, but one stands out as most special to me and, I am sure, to millions of other baby boomers.
Jerry Young made a bad call in the fall of 1962. At age 17 and beginning her senior year, she bailed out of high school.
Pratima Vallepalli was knee-high to a grasshopper when she fell in love with cooking.
On the old home place that's been in his family for more than 200 years, Dr. Roger McKinney's mines gold -- liquid gold.
Hate it when you spill a little gasoline while refueling your lawn mower or weed trimmer?
In the summer of 1974, Paul McCartney and Wings hunkered down for six weeks on a friendly farm a few miles outside of Lebanon.
Coal black kettles of fire-cooked pinto beans, biscuits warmed in old-fashioned black iron stoves, bluegrass music, crafters, mule-turned molasses and memories of old Mt. Juliet culminated on a Mt. Juliet farm Saturday.
Feeling like feeling groovy?
Sugar Lime Blue, a Lebanon-based quintet with the husband-wife team of Dave and Ashley Beth as its nucleus, might just trip you back to the 1970s with their ultra-cool retro vibes, a musical melting pot that oozes a unique blend of country, rock, blues and jazz.
A spanking new cedar-covered bridge, likely the sole structure of its type in Wilson County, will serve as a span to the past.
From Prosperity to Lebanon, Dewey Fite hasn't come too far, maybe 27 or 28 highway miles, during his 97 years.
She's going to "work like a dog for American jobs" and is "determined to lick rising healthcare costs."
Inside a 30-foot-by-60-foot structure near Gladeville, a miniature forest of 5,000 saplings reaches skyward, each plant biding its time, awaiting the opportunity to help pass along the story of a great American.
In a life filled with ups and downs, Tony Ward set a bar for himself that appeared to be way over his head.
When Michele McDonald, the mother of two young children, decided it was the right time to bail out of her career as a research scientist, she had no inkling if her fledgling career as a web writer might take flight.
In 1928 Babe Ruth smashed 54 home runs for the New York Yankees, while Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in the cartoon "Steamboat Willie."
Have you checked out our newest contribution in our county? You must go to our, The Wilson Post on Facebook, like us, and scroll down untill you find the video of, "Wilson Post in Motion". Here you will find local news and happenings before they hit the print. If you get lucky on the right day, you will find me and Anthony Gray, or maybe even a guest, let you in on what's going on in my article, Our Feathered Friends.
Mel Kelley's friends call her the monarch whisperer. Her enthusiasm for this magnificent orange and black-winged insect, crowned the king of the butterflies, knows no bounds.
Few people got close to the man who remains the only open missing person case in Wilson County.
He's a songwriter and a hit singer, who, when he wants to, croons just like Elvis, but these days Sumner County native son Ronnie McDowell gets higher than Peter Pan when he considers his new partnership with Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.
Watertown, Wilson County's friendly city in the southeast corner, with a population of 1,450, remains a place its mayor likens to fictional Mayberry. In this charming community, where practically everyone knows everyone, secrets are nigh impossible to keep.
It's been 1,092 days since friends in Watertown or anyone else saw David Riemens.
The stone mason and gifted artist liked to paint dragons, trains and sprites. He slept in a tree house with his dog and had an infatuation with the vagabond lifestyle.
In his search for David Riemens, the Watertown man missing now for exactly three years, Detective B.J. Stafford said he's driven by compassion, sadness and a plentiful supply of frustration.
At an elevation of 2,074 feet, Short Mountain proves nearer to heaven than any place in Middle Tennessee.
Some take lemons and make, well, you know how the modern proverb goes.
But others start with something much sweeter.
A rising star in the world of American pickers, 10-year-old Colt Orman knows a good deal when he sees one.
A couple of years back when Two Fat Men Catering's Ed Riley began to envision a new dish to offer customers, the immediate notion that popped into his head proved cool and sweet: homemade ice cream.
Those who know him best say he is the hardest working man in Wilson County, but for all his diverse vocations, David Wright always has made getting children to school safely and on time job number one.
Eager to make a big splash for the summer?
Well, Nashville Shores can get you all wet in more ways than you can imagine
GORDONSVILLE -- From the inside out they make a beautiful band of sisters, these dedicated runners who call themselves the 5 AM Faithful.
If this 80-year-old house could talk... well, actually it does, through the words and music of the late country music legend Johnny Cash, whose young life was nurtured in this tidy, white five-room house.
To western Wilson County's Larry Chaney and his family, the Tennessee Renaissance Festival is a chance to play "dress up" and get back to the days of Merry Olde England. To Lebanon Starbucks warehouseman Josh Arrington and his wife Christine, it's a great place to take your kid for a camel ride and to chow down on a roasted turkey leg.
Be watching any day for a batch of 12-by-18-inch signs bearing big green dots to begin popping up in Lebanon, Mt, Juliet and other places around Wilson County.
Once they're up, well, if you dig local history, then it's ready, get set, go time!
Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
-Matthew 18:20 (King James Version)
Whether waiting tables or cooking hot meals, Lebanon's Barb Robertson has seen a lifetime of hungry folks walk away from her feeling mighty full. That's not a bad way to say good-bye.
Angela Chapman's trio of Spoil Me S'mo healthy dog treats have proven so flavorful that on occasion a few of her human friends wolfed them down so hastily that their pooches had to wait at the back of the chow line.
While rehearsing with a church worship band in Mt. Juliet about 10 years ago, guitarist-vocalist Bill Kelly heard a sweet feminine voice that sent shivers through his musical soul.
Today, Kelly and Jennifer Kane, the woman behind the voice, blend harmonies in the duet Angel Armies, a unique yet simple Christian ministry that combines song and prayer to give hope and comfort to people confronting such crises as cancer, death, divorce and bankruptcy.
Numerous grave markers dot a 7.7-acre tranquil field lying within a whisper of the green and white Lebanon City Limits sign.
Some names and dates chiseled into the gray headstones can no longer be deciphered as a century's worth of ravaging by wind, rain and cold has erased the letters and numerals from the limestone surfaces.
When bow hunter Nate Holcomb climbed to his tree stand high up a Carolina pine late on the afternoon of Sept. 18, 2010, it was no different than how he had done it a hundred times before.
Except for one thing.
During the course of a career that stretches across four decades, lawman Larry Allison not only crossed paths with some of Hollywood's most famous celebrities, he made sure that their paths, front and back, were all clear.
The former California cop, today a part-time policeman in Watertown, once provided security for such renowned folks as Nicole Kidman, Michael Jackson, Jack Nicholson, Andy Griffith, Aaron Spelling, Will Smith and Robin Williams.
After I woke up this past Saturday morning, I was almost expecting to find frost on the ground. The mercury had plummeted down into the low 40's here at my house and even lower than that out in the country.
In early February 1964, U.S. Secret Service Agent Bill Carter was assigned to escort Marina Oswald to the Warren Commission in Washington, D.C. She was the widow of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
Possessing a career full of close encounters with the rich and famous, Lebanon’s Bill Carter cherishes the days he spent in “Camelot” with President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his family.
One of the outstanding architectural gems of downtown Lebanon, the old Federal Post Office marks the centennial of its groundbreaking on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
David Hardin, who started his original Biker’s Choice shop in Hendersonville in 1989 at the age of 20, opened Wilson County’s only bike store last December. Located on Lebanon Road, the store boasts 200 new Trek and Specialized bicycles and every conceivable cycling accessory.
Clad in hard hats and translucent vests, from 75 to 100 construction workers, truck drivers and heavy-equipment operators grit their teeth, gird their loins and get to the down and dirty work of transforming eight-and-a-quarter miles of I-40 into a spacious eight-lane roadway.
GRANVILLE -- Reminiscent of a classic episode of “The Twilight Zone” or a spin-off of Stephen King’s “Children of the Corn,” a silent horde of scarecrows have invaded tiny Granville in Jackson County.
About 150 colorful, vintage postcards, covering Wilson County sites and sights from the early 1900s into the 1970s, have returned to their roots.
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