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BIZ KIDS
BIZ KIDS

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.

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Mrs. Bridgewater & her chickens conquered the world
Mrs. Bridgewater & her chickens conquered the world

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.

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Turf Tank Commander
Turf Tank Commander

Jason Aldridge wishes he had thought of it 25 years ago.

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What's up at Downtown Antiques?
What's up at Downtown Antiques?

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.

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Tourists cowboy up at Twin Oaks Ranch
Tourists cowboy up at Twin Oaks Ranch

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.

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Preserving Western heritage in words and music
Preserving Western heritage in words and music

Somebody's got to speak up for cowboy poets and Western music songwriters this side of the Mississippi.

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'Little Moe' captured hearts, images of Granville
'Little Moe' captured hearts, images of Granville

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.

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THE TRUCKS STOP HERE
THE TRUCKS STOP HERE

Just off the beaten path known as Interstate 40 awaits one of Lebanon's busiest restaurants and coffee dens.

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Hearty eating rules at Timberloft
Hearty eating rules at Timberloft

When it comes to scrumptious cuisine, the Jones family at Gordonsville's Timberloft Restaurant proves a triple threat.

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Hurricane Creek cabin revival
Hurricane Creek cabin revival

Most folks would hate seeing their family's old home place coming to the ground.

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Ramping Up
Ramping Up

The old saying "it takes one to know one" rings loud and clear in the ears of electronics whiz Kevin Shaw.

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Meet 100-year-old sweet Sue Malone
Meet 100-year-old sweet Sue Malone

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.

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W.E.B. Du Bois' first classroom
W.E.B. Du Bois' first classroom

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.

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ROPED IN
ROPED IN

"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.

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Lure of the Hunt
Lure of the Hunt

You might not believe that chatting about ancient artificial fishing baits could make a man laugh and cry at the same time.

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'Capt. Jack' set the bar for Texas Rangers, Pt. 3
'Capt. Jack' set the bar for Texas Rangers, Pt. 3

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.

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'Capt. Jack' set the bar for Texas Rangers, Pt. 2
'Capt. Jack' set the bar for Texas Rangers, Pt. 2

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.

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'Capt. Jack' set the bar for Texas Rangers, Pt. 1
'Capt. Jack' set the bar for Texas Rangers, Pt. 1

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.

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'Gospel Show' celebrates 10th anniversary
'Gospel Show' celebrates 10th anniversary

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.

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Red caboose makes ultimate man cave
Red caboose makes ultimate man cave

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.

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I don't fly a chopper but I finally made it to Johnny Cash's pad
I don't fly a chopper but I finally made it to Johnny Cash's pad

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.

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Home Sweet Homemakers
Home Sweet Homemakers

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.

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Gone - but not forgotten
Gone - but not forgotten

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.

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Woman of Wilson: Kaysie Young
Woman of Wilson: Kaysie Young

"Experience Nashville Tours" founder Kaysie Young spends her days welcoming folks to her adopted home state of Tennessee.

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Watertown's oldest cheerleader
Watertown's oldest cheerleader

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.

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Mi Ranchito celebrates 10 years in Watertown

Like numerous Mexican restaurants across the Mid-South, Mi Ranchito proves to be a true family affair.

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A hit in music, a hit at home
A hit in music, a hit at home

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.

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'Modest is hottest'
'Modest is hottest'

She's sedate sexy. Not overt.

Red hair, white skin, a pomp in the hair. Her latest tattoo says, "Pretty is, as pretty does."

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Four Tennessee volunteers
Four Tennessee volunteers

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.

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Almost too much for a mother to endure
Almost too much for a mother to endure

A parent should never outlive their child.

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Mt. Juliet connection for nationally-renowned comedian
Mt. Juliet connection for nationally-renowned comedian

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.

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Putman a great songwriter, good man, humble soul
Putman a great songwriter, good man, humble soul

With the passing of Curly Putman, who died in his sleep Sunday, Lebanon lost a good man and the world lost a great storyteller.

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Nashville songwriting legend Curly Putman dies at 85
Nashville songwriting legend Curly Putman dies at 85

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.

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On the (snake) hunt
On the (snake) hunt

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.

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Tales of the Gravedigger
Tales of the Gravedigger

LIBERTY, TENN. -- Few people have lowered more dead bodies down into the good Tennessee earth than gentle giant Frank Thomas.

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Imaginative Les Vanhook shares his art in new book
Imaginative Les Vanhook shares his art in new book

A stroke in April 2015 stilled the amazingly gifted hands of local artist-woodcarver Les Vanhook.

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Wilson County's Mr. & Mrs. Softball

Lebanon's Juanita and Will Grandstaff have competed in more slow-pitch softball games than you can shake a bat at.

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One step from stardom
One step from stardom

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,"

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MJ seniors need space, says active member and volunteer
MJ seniors need space, says active member and volunteer

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.

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Throwback artist preserves Western era
Throwback artist preserves Western era

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.

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Half a century behind one pulpit
Half a century behind one pulpit

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.

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Carving for a cause
Carving for a cause

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.

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Letter- I'll always read your articles
Letter- I'll always read your articles

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.

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The monarch of caves
The monarch of caves

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.

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Drowning in memories
Drowning in memories

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.

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Super Picker
Super Picker

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.

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Lebanon's Maplehurst Bakery turning out 1,200 donuts a minute
Lebanon's Maplehurst Bakery turning out 1,200 donuts a minute

The community gathered to welcome Maplehurst Bakery to Wilson County on Wednesday.

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Rattler meets its maker
Rattler meets its maker
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Lady boxing champ of the world
Lady boxing champ of the world

HARTSVILLE--"Put one foot in front of the other. Be prepared," says Pat Lancaster Landreth, if you want to succeed in the boxing ring.

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Mandy Barnett returns to musical playground
Mandy Barnett returns to musical playground

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.

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Watermelon Moon ripe for picking
Watermelon Moon ripe for picking

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.

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'Gems yet to be discovered'
'Gems yet to be discovered'

Life slugged him a blow, full force.

But, he caught it and threw it back.

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Jesus in the movies
Jesus in the movies

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.

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'The Voice' of Lebanon radio
'The Voice' of Lebanon radio

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.

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Tennessee's HOGZILLA
Tennessee's HOGZILLA

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.

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Slipping through the cracks
Slipping through the cracks

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.

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Fortune smiles on Jimmy Fortune
Fortune smiles on Jimmy Fortune

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?"

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A Square Meal- City Cafe remembered
A Square Meal- City Cafe remembered

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.

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'Dear Blue Eyes: My name is John'
'Dear Blue Eyes: My name is John'

Classified ad led to Valentine's Day proposal

Sometimes it takes a leap of faith.

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Wilson County in pictures
Wilson County in pictures

When it comes to the matter of facts about Wilson County, Linda Granstaff proves to be a walking, talking encyclopedia.

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Sellars Mound mates reunited
Sellars Mound mates reunited

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.

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A work in the park
A work in the park

During the dead of winter old things are taking on new life at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

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Going the milky way
Going the milky way

New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs

"All the really good ideas I've ever had came to me while I was milking a cow." --American artist Grant Wood.

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Meet Rick SKYWALKER
Meet Rick SKYWALKER

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.

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Rock Stars
Rock Stars

For mason Charles Savage laying rock, brick and block comes as natural as breathing.

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Witt's 155-hour nonstop drive
Witt's 155-hour nonstop drive

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.

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Too pretty to eat
Too pretty to eat

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.

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Mayberry Deputy nails Barney Fife
Mayberry Deputy nails Barney Fife

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.

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Business acumen aids new CU president
Business acumen aids new CU president

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.

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O Christmas tree!
O Christmas tree!

There are close to 3,000 green-as-a-Grinch Christmas trees towering toward heaven on Rhonda and Chris's TreeLand near Watertown.

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Creature Comforter
Creature Comforter

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.

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The miracle of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
The miracle of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

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.

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It's NEVER too late
It's NEVER too late

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.

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Bicycle Baron
Bicycle Baron
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Locals bring a taste of India to Mt. Juliet
Locals bring a taste of India to Mt. Juliet

Pratima Vallepalli was knee-high to a grasshopper when she fell in love with cooking.

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Making Molasses
Making Molasses

On the old home place that's been in his family for more than 200 years, Dr. Roger McKinney's mines gold -- liquid gold.

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Made in the USA: no-spill gas can revs up Lebanon
Made in the USA: no-spill gas can revs up Lebanon

Hate it when you spill a little gasoline while refueling your lawn mower or weed trimmer?

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Band man on the run
Band man on the run

In the summer of 1974, Paul McCartney and Wings hunkered down for six weeks on a friendly farm a few miles outside of Lebanon.

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Authentic homecoming draws hundreds
Authentic homecoming draws hundreds

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.

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Sugar Lime Blue goes back to the future
Sugar Lime Blue goes back to the future

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.

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Covered bridge debuts in MJ
Covered bridge debuts in MJ

A spanking new cedar-covered bridge, likely the sole structure of its type in Wilson County, will serve as a span to the past.

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'A good man'
'A good man'

From Prosperity to Lebanon, Dewey Fite hasn't come too far, maybe 27 or 28 highway miles, during his 97 years.

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Pug for Prez
Pug for Prez

She's going to "work like a dog for American jobs" and is "determined to lick rising healthcare costs."

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Historic Roots
Historic Roots

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.

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Mr. Push Ups
Mr. Push Ups

In a life filled with ups and downs, Tony Ward set a bar for himself that appeared to be way over his head.

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Blogger Mom
Blogger Mom

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.

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The last real filling station
The last real filling station

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."

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The Wrong River
The Wrong River

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.

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Madame Butterfly
Madame Butterfly

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.

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Missing David- Part 4
Missing David- Part 4

Few people got close to the man who remains the only open missing person case in Wilson County.

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 Ronnie McDowell colors Disney's world
Ronnie McDowell colors Disney's world

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.

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Missing David- Part 3
Missing David- Part 3

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.

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Missing David- Part 1
Missing David- Part 1

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.

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Missing David- Part 2
Missing David- Part 2

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.

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Higher Ground
Higher Ground

At an elevation of 2,074 feet, Short Mountain proves nearer to heaven than any place in Middle Tennessee.

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GRAPE expectations
GRAPE expectations

Some take lemons and make, well, you know how the modern proverb goes.

But others start with something much sweeter.

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Possum Town's boy picker
Possum Town's boy picker

A rising star in the world of American pickers, 10-year-old Colt Orman knows a good deal when he sees one.

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The Ice Cream Man Cometh
The Ice Cream Man Cometh

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.

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The Wright man behind the wheel
The Wright man behind the wheel

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.

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WATERWORLD
WATERWORLD

Eager to make a big splash for the summer?

Well, Nashville Shores can get you all wet in more ways than you can imagine

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Sole Sisters
Sole Sisters

GORDONSVILLE -- From the inside out they make a beautiful band of sisters, these dedicated runners who call themselves the 5 AM Faithful.

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The Man in Black's little white house
The Man in Black's little white house

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.

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Take the 38-mile trip to the Renaissance
Take the 38-mile trip to the Renaissance

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.

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Drive up to history's front door
Drive up to history's front door

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!

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What's up with the weather?
What's up with the weather?

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

WRONG!

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little church vs. BIG CHURCH
little church vs. BIG CHURCH

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)

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'Liars,' trash and grub
'Liars,' trash and grub

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.

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Barking for bites
Barking for bites

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.

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Angel Armies ministers to the downhearted
Angel Armies ministers to the downhearted

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.

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A Separate Peace at Rest Hill
A Separate Peace at Rest Hill

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.

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Prayer Warrior -- VIDEO
Prayer Warrior -- VIDEO

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.

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L.A. Confidential
L.A. Confidential

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.

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Eating Crow
Eating Crow

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.

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Remembering JFK- Part II
Remembering JFK- Part II

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.

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Remembering JFK - with video
Remembering JFK - with video

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.

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100 years and counting
100 years and counting

One of the outstanding architectural gems of downtown Lebanon, the old Federal Post Office marks the centennial of its groundbreaking on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

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Serious 'cycology'
Serious 'cycology'

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.

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True native son
True native son

Lebanon’s Franklin Keel walks comfortably between two cultures.

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The Highwaymen
The Highwaymen

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.   

 

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Scarecrows stalk Granville
Scarecrows stalk Granville

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.

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‘Snapshots in time’
‘Snapshots in time’

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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Dead Land promises to haunt you
Dead Land promises to haunt you

Welcome to Dead Land Haunted Woods, where Lambert of Lebanon is but one of 82 actors, ranging in age from 10 to 60-something, who will entertain thousands of normally sane people paying good money to be frightened out of their wits throughout October.

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