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Trish Mundy remembers slain police husband
Trish Mundy remembers slain police husband

Time stood still that day for Mt. Juliet. But, so many people remember the day, like yesterday. It was July 9, 2003

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Christmas for All making kids smile for years
Christmas for All making kids smile for years

Non-profit organization Christmas for All is getting ready to provide holiday gifts to more than 2,000 kids in Lebanon and Watertown.

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Red Cross blood drives set for Monday
Red Cross blood drives set for Monday

The American Red Cross' annual Holiday Hero blood drives are set to be held throughout the region in the coming weeks, including a pair of mobile blood drives to take place in Lebanon on Monday.

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Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian drive-thru nativity
Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian drive-thru nativity

Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church's annual drive-thru nativity, "Journey to Bethlehem," will be open from 7 until 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17. The 10 scenes depict the meaning of Christmas, showing the journey of Mary and Joseph as they traveled to Bethlehem and awaited the birth of Jesus. The church is located at 522 Castle Heights Avenue. SUBMITTED

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Altman, Aprima donate to MJ Animal Shelter
Altman, Aprima donate to MJ Animal Shelter

Dr. Brad Altman of Aprima, Consultants in Eye Health, in Mt. Juliet recently dropped off a donation of dog and puppy food at the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter. Altman is seen, from left, with the shelter's volunteer coordinator Karen Franklin, Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter Director Dawn Ambrose and Abby, a pit bull mix. The shelter's Christmas gift wish list includes clumping cat litter, paper towels and dog food. SUBMITTED

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MJ Eagle Scout park open for action
MJ Eagle Scout park open for action

Aimee was a whiz on her scooter Saturday afternoon and little brother Wilson kept up with her as best he could on his trike. Wilson, 3, even showed off and went backwards.

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Lebanon Christmas on the Square set
Lebanon Christmas on the Square set

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Possomtown News: Christmastime's A Comin'
Possomtown News: Christmastime's A Comin'

Hello, friends and neighbors. It's Possomtown News time! It has become a tradition that I tell my little Christmas story durin' this time. So here it is.

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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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Millenials Making a Difference: Ryan Hill
Millenials Making a Difference: Ryan Hill

It's no secret that one of society's most important roles is our school teachers.

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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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Wilson Warrior Foundation to host annual breakfast
Wilson Warrior Foundation to host annual breakfast

A group of veterans and citizens formed to raise funds to assist military service members and their families place a name on the Wilson County Veterans Plaza monument walls will host its fourth annual breakfast fund-raiser on Saturday, Dec. 10.

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Kiwanis donates to Christmas For All
Kiwanis donates to Christmas For All

Longtime Kiwanis Club of Lebanon member Jim Harding, left, recently spoke to his fellow club members about Toys for Tots and Wilson County Christmas for All, two longstanding programs in Wilson County that help provide Christmas toys for children who might not otherwise receive gifts during the holidays.

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Local company to 'Fill a Camper' for Gatlinburg
Local company to 'Fill a Camper' for Gatlinburg

Local business Cedar City RV, in conjunction with WANT 98.9FM, launched the "Fill a Camper for Gatlinburg" project this week.

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Locals making a tradition of giving back
Locals making a tradition of giving back

Members of Omega Psi Phi, Earl Berry Jr. and Andre Davis, with the assistance of other families and individuals, took it upon themselves to give back during the holidays for the second year.

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Home sweet, historic home
Home sweet, historic home

The 9th Annual Historic Places Tour is set for Saturday, Dec. 3.

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Local foundation collecting donations for foster kids
Local foundation collecting donations for foster kids

The Keith Edmonds Foundation is on a mission to Share Holiday Joy.

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Petco donates $5K to New Leash
Petco donates $5K to New Leash

Lebanon's New Leash on Life announced this week it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its adoption center animals' medical needs, which will allow for reduced adoption fees.

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Good people make the world go round
Good people make the world go round

This message goes out to all the good-hearted people who on a daily basis make the world a better place in which to live. These are the people who give of their time, sweat, energy, money, love and son just for the betterment of our society - and all from the goodness of their hearts.

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New Leash to sell Hwy. 109 property, expand current site
New Leash to sell Hwy. 109 property, expand current site

New Leash on Life hopes a land sale will allow them to expand and improve their current facility at 507 Jim Draper Blvd. in Lebanon.

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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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Local woman urges donations for Native tribe toy drive
Local woman urges donations for Native tribe toy drive

To say Cindy Yahola is a proud Native American woman would be an understatement.

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Worley boards Santa Train
Worley boards Santa Train

Country music star and Wilson County resident Darryl Worley, at top right, recently greeted thousands in Appalachia while delivering Christmas cheer as he helmed the 74th Annual Santa Train. The train runs along a 110-mile route through Appalachia, making 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee to distribute more than 15 tons of toys to Appalachian families. SUBMITTED

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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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Tracy Lawrence donates turkeys to Brooks House, community
Tracy Lawrence donates turkeys to Brooks House, community

Brooks House, a shelter which helps women improve their lives, received a Thanksgiving surprise on Wednesday.

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Community Calendar- Nov. 25, 2016
Community Calendar- Nov. 25, 2016

Community Calendar for Nov. 25, 2016

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Woman of Wilson: Shari Arnold
Woman of Wilson: Shari Arnold

This year Shari Arnold introduced the city of Mt. Juliet to her business, Third Coast Salt.

Third Coast Salt offers salt therapy, relaxation, skincare, waxing and more.

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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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Festival of Lights opens Friday
Festival of Lights opens Friday

Workers with Fiddlers Grove, Wilson County Promotions and the James E. Ward Agricultural Center recently put the finishing touches on the 2016 Festival of Lights. The annual drive-through light display, featuring over a half-million lights, returns to the Ward Ag Center on Friday, Nov. 25. Visitors may enter through the main gate of the ag center in front of the Wilson County Expo Center. The Festival of Lights will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 5 p.m. through December. Admission is $10 per car and $25 per small bus. SUBMITTED

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Mt. Juliet community mourns longtime planner Landry
Mt. Juliet community mourns longtime planner Landry

Hundreds gathered to pay tribute to a longtime Mt. Juliet planning commissioner who recently died.

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Remember to give thanks
Remember to give thanks

On Thursday, an overwhelming number of families all across Wilson County will celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Hutto: Wilson County has much to be thankful for
Hutto: Wilson County has much to be thankful for

The holiday season is officially in full swing here in Wilson County. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it's easy to get caught up in busy schedules and long lines at the supermarket. We rush around trying to accomplish so many things that sometimes it's hard to wrap our minds around what this season is truly about: giving thanks.

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Remembering others in the community
Remembering others in the community

The Southwest Community Club is providing Thanksgiving feasts for 20 local families this year.

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Still giving thanks
Still giving thanks

Nobody gives thanks for being homeless.

Just days before Thanksgiving Shay Kimberly Mattern is on her knees doing just that only because she knows deep in her heart it could have been an inexplicable horror story, much worse than losing a house.

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Cupid drops by the senior center
Cupid drops by the senior center

When Don and Fannie Golden started coming to the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, they were perfect strangers. Today, they are the perfect couple.

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Local youth participates in Louisville livestock expo
Local youth participates in Louisville livestock expo

Six-year-old Addison Major, originally from Lebanon, helps behind the scenes for the All American Jersey Show during the 2016 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Major has attended NAILE since she was an infant. SUBMITTED

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Allisons celebrate 50th anniversary
Allisons celebrate 50th anniversary

Family and friends of Watertown's Bob and Brenda Allison gathered Sunday afternoon, Nov. 6, to help celebrate the couple's 50th wedding anniversary. The celebration was held at First Baptist Church, Watertown. SUBMITTED

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MJ Turkey Trot 5K registration open
MJ Turkey Trot 5K registration open

Two Rivers Ford presents the 7th Annual Turkey Trot 5K and Family Fun Run on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24.

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Community Calendar- Nov. 18, 2016
Community Calendar- Nov. 18, 2016

Calendar for Nov. 18

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Hundreds line route for Fallen Soldiers March
Hundreds line route for Fallen Soldiers March

West Elementary students welcomed special guests, The Fallen Soldiers March, to their school on Veterans Day.

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A bucket, a pole and a friend
A bucket, a pole and a friend

He'd go down there, to the dock, and sit on an upturned plastic bucket.

Simple. He was an angler in the first degree. Nothing fancy.

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Thanksgiving of many colors
Thanksgiving of many colors

Cumberland University nursing student Sara Page hangs a ribbon on the line as part of Gratitude on the Green. Passing students stop and write what they are thankful for on colorful ribbons that are hung on the front lawn of Memorial Hall. The display of appreciation originated from the art department and instructor Peg Fredi, according to art student David Huffman. With a thousand ribbons already up, students plan on keeping it going until Thanksgiving. Huffman added the project was to "spread the love."

DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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Lebanon readies for 'A Toyland Christmas' parade
Lebanon readies for 'A Toyland Christmas' parade

Sponsored by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lebanon, the city's annual Christmas parade is set for Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

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Reflections of a window artist
Reflections of a window artist
Cheryl Jenkins works on adding some seasonal decor to the windows of Bountiful Acres on West Main Street. The artisan started painting as a teenager doing T-shirts. To see more of Jenkins work, look for her on Facebook at Artistic Touch by Cheryl. 
DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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Woman of Wilson: Pastor Kathy Tack
Woman of Wilson: Pastor Kathy Tack

Kathy Tack has been Lead Pastor of Generations of Grace in Lebanon since 2013 - and was instrumental in planting the church.

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Prospect Inc. to reorganize, close Lebanon facility
Prospect Inc. to reorganize, close Lebanon facility

Citing "significant changes in government funding," Prospect Inc. recently announced plans to realign its programs, close its packaging and fulfillment center in Lebanon and cease providing day services in nearby Gordonsville and Smithville.

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Possomtown Outreach launches annual holiday drive
Possomtown Outreach launches annual holiday drive

Local not-for-profit Possomtown Outreach is again gearing up to take items to families in need in and around Sneedville for the holiday season.

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Community Calendar- Nov. 16, 2016
Community Calendar- Nov. 16, 2016

Calendar for Nov. 16

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LHS to present production 'Boeing, Boeing'
LHS to present production 'Boeing, Boeing'

Lebanon High School will present its fall production, the comedy "Boeing Boeing" by Marc Camoletti, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. in the LHS auditorium.

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Community raising thousands for playground
Community raising thousands for playground

The Gladeville community is one step closer to building a playground in memory of one special little boy.

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Bank honors veterans at annual breakfast
Bank honors veterans at annual breakfast

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan served as a guest speaker Wednesday morning at a Veterans Breakfast presented by Liberty State Bank.

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Veterans Day 'A time to begin healing'
Veterans Day 'A time to begin healing'

"Politicians declare war and simple men must carry through and fight each other," Eddie Stott eloquently said this week.

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Annual Empty Bowls event set for Saturday
Annual Empty Bowls event set for Saturday

Help feed Wilson County's hungry.

The annual Empty Bowls event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lebanon. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

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Support the military family every day
Support the military family every day

On Veterans Day, we honor those who served and sacrificed to our country. Often, what first comes to mind are years of grueling training and harrowing deployments. However, some of the most difficult battles our service members face are being waged behind the scenes - long after active duty has ended. These battles impact the lives of our soldiers and their loved ones.

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Belk contributes to United Way
Belk contributes to United Way

Belk recently announced a $2,488 contribution to the United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland. The check was presented to local United Way officials by Jeff Perry, store manager of Belk at Providence MarketPlace in Mt. Juliet.

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LSSD, LPD to host free safety workshop
LSSD, LPD to host free safety workshop

On Monday, Nov. 14, the Lebanon Special School District (LSSD) and Lebanon Police Department will team up to present a student/parent workshop focused on personal safety.

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Now it's built... will they come?
Now it's built... will they come?
Brenda Ashford works on sweeping the exhibit hall floor as staff at the Wilson County Expo Center make ready for their open house of the new facility Monday. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with the open house from 5-7 p.m.
DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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Community Calendar- Nov. 11, 2016
Community Calendar- Nov. 11, 2016

Calendar for Nov. 11

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'I choose to stand for my country'
'I choose to stand for my country'

MT. JULIET - In Mt. Juliet at the annual Veteran's Day ceremony at Del Webb, Cpt. Ted Heflin, commanding officer at Vanderbilt University NROTC, honed in on why he chooses to stand, instead of take the knee, when the National Anthem is played and sung.

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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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Community samples chili with MJPD
Community samples chili with MJPD

The Mt. Juliet Police Department spiced it up Saturday afternoon at the precinct.

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CU hosts panel on child abuse
CU hosts panel on child abuse

In 2012, statistics showed 3.4 million referrals made to child protective services nationwide of children being abused or neglected.

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Woman of Wilson- Lauren LaFevers-Flatt
Woman of Wilson- Lauren LaFevers-Flatt

As an educator, devoted wife and proud mom, Lauren LaFevers-Flatt wears quite a few hats - but continues to donate her time to help young women win their crowns.

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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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Community Calendar- Nov. 4
Community Calendar- Nov. 4

Community Calendar for Nov. 4

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Mother hopes to build playground in Gladeville in son's memory
Mother hopes to build playground in Gladeville in son's memory

Tickets are on sale now for a fund-raiser, which aims to build a special playground in the Gladeville community.

The playground will be built in memory of 3-year-old Raelee Parris. Parris passed away in December 2015.

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Shooting contest raises $20K for backpack program
Shooting contest raises $20K for backpack program

A sporting clays tournament hosted by Vulcan Materials Company earlier in October raised over $20,000 to help ensure at-risk students in the Lebanon Special School District (LSSD) don't go hungry.

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Stewarts named BEST Award winners
Stewarts named BEST Award winners

Rick and Debbie Stewart, owners of Signs Now in Lebanon, were recently named 2016 BEST (Businesses Empowering Students and Teachers) Award winners by the North Central P-16 Council.

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LHS participates in Nashville Buddy Walk
LHS participates in Nashville Buddy Walk

On Saturday, Oct. 29, Lebanon High School students, faculty and staff volunteered at the annual Buddy Walk in Nashville in support of the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee. LHS won the school competition for volunteers and fund-raising, bringing in nearly $2,000. The LHS Special Ed program received a $1,000 prize along with a trophy. The LHS volleyball team and cheerleading squad volunteered their time in the effort, and Destini Eaton spearheaded the effort. SUBMITTED

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Local leaders take part in Power of TEN Summit
Local leaders take part in Power of TEN Summit

Wilson County leaders are set to participate in the POWER OF TEN Summit Wednesday at Nashville's Music City Center, taking part in discussions and special sessions on shared issues of regional importance and how to collaborate to address them and improve the region.

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LHS to offer annual Character Breakfast
LHS to offer annual Character Breakfast

For the seventh year, members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter at Lebanon High School are set to host their popular annual character breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 12.

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Wilson County Teacher of the Year nominations underway
Wilson County Teacher of the Year nominations underway

CedarStone Bank and Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC and Hyundai recently announced that the nomination process for the 2016-17 Wilson County Teacher of the Year Award has commenced.

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Celebrating 10 years of hope
Celebrating 10 years of hope

For the past 10 years, Brooks House, Lebanon's first shelter for women and children, has turned struggles into success stories.

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Millennials Making a Difference: Julian Hayes
Millennials Making a Difference: Julian Hayes

Inspiring. Articulate. Sophisticated. Driven.

These are but a few of the descriptive terms that come to mind when thinking of this month's featured millennial: Julian Hayes.

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Community Calendar- Nov. 2
Community Calendar- Nov. 2

Community Calendar for Nov. 2

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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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Wilson County fce gears up for the holidays

There's nothing that puts you in the holiday spirit quite like crafts! Wilson County fce is hosting a craft bazaar at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in the East/West Education and Turner Evans buildings on Saturday, Nov. 5.

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He's pickin' and grinnin' at the MJ senior center
He's pickin' and grinnin' at the MJ senior center

Rolus Smith, a devout, God-fearing man, is a self-admitted former "carouser" who spent 18 years of his life in and out of prison - prison ministry, that is.

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Dentists give back 25 $100 grants to teachers
Dentists give back 25 $100 grants to teachers

Local generous dentists not only keep our smiles, but also help area teachers expand their budget for classroom accessories.

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Immanuel Fall Fest draws a big crowd
Immanuel Fall Fest draws a big crowd

Knox Swindell, age 2, examines a bag of M&M's the little Yoda collected during the Fall Family Fest at Immanuel Baptist Church Sunday afternoon. Tracy Underwood is seen at left.

DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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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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Community Calendar- Oct. 28, 2016
Community Calendar- Oct. 28, 2016

Community Calendar for Oct. 28

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Sherry's Run receives $10K MTEMC grant
Sherry's Run receives $10K MTEMC grant

The Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC) SharingChange program recently donated $10,000 to Lebanon-based Sherry's Run.

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MJPD to host Community Appreciation Day
MJPD to host Community Appreciation Day

The Mt. Juliet Police Department plans to hold Community Appreciation Day, including a chili cook-off and open house, on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at MJPD Headquarters, located at 1019 Charlie Daniels Parkway.

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Teach kids to say 'boo!' to cavities
Teach kids to say 'boo!' to cavities

With Halloween mere days away, local children are no doubt anxious to get into their costumes and go trick-or-treating.

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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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LFD ready for Halloween on the Square
LFD ready for Halloween on the Square

The Lebanon Fire Department will distribute 560 pounds of candy at Halloween on the Square on Monday, Oct. 31st. Fire Chief Chris Dowell said they enjoy interacting with kids in the community and will also bring a firetruck to the annual event. Pictured from left, Cody Winfree, Adam Sumrell, Trent Vickers, Chief Chris Dowell, David Means and Bryce Bryant.

DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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Turnout for Fellowship House fund-raiser a 'true blessing'
Turnout for Fellowship House fund-raiser a 'true blessing'

More than 200 people attended the recent catfish dinner fund-raiser benefiting Lebanon's Fellowship House, and organizers of the event expressed a heartfelt thanks to the community.

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Community Calendar- Oct. 26, 2016
Community Calendar- Oct. 26, 2016

Calendar for Oct. 26

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DAR visits living history at American Heritage Trees
DAR visits living history at American Heritage Trees

Members of the Margaret Gaston chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently had an opportunity to purchase a living piece of history on a visit to American Heritage Trees in Lebanon. American Heritage Trees, located on the Rice Century Farm, promotes educational and environmental development by providing saplings of trees from important places in the United States. Trees grown by American Heritage are descended from trees that have witnessed history, including trees at George Washington's plantation in Virginia, Hellen Keller's farm in Alabama, Mark Twain's home place in Missouri and more. Pictured at American Heritage Trees are Judy Sullivan, Phyllis Hunter and Rhonda Moore. SUBMITTED

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CU readies for Fall Fun Fest Thursday
CU readies for Fall Fun Fest Thursday

The community is invited to Fall Fun Fest at Cumberland University in Lebanon this Thursday, Oct. 27.

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Community Calendar: Oct. 21, 2016
Community Calendar: Oct. 21, 2016

The Community Calendar for Oct. 21, 2016.

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Cookie ministry brings baked goods to first responders
Cookie ministry brings baked goods to first responders

PHOEBE Connections met at First Baptist Church in Lebanon on Wednesday morning to prepare for their fourth annual cookie ministry.

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From eyesore to art gallery
From eyesore to art gallery

The underpass at Don Fox Park just got a makeover thanks to two Lebanon High School students.

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Brownies earn badge
Brownies earn badge

Brownie Troop 452 recently earned their Philanthropist Badge by donating to three different organizations. The troop donated books to go inside the Little Library at Coles Ferry Elementary School, collected canned goods to donate to the food pantry at First United Methodist Church and collected clothes to donate to Goodwill. The troop is also working on a year-long service project, meeting once each month to pack food bags for the Backpack Program. Troop 452 includes Lyla Adams, Kayleigh Agosta, Lydia Deffendall, Caroline Hodge, Lucy Lea, Mia McDearman, Lizzie Pittman, Claire Summar, Hannah Tramel, Ella Grace Urban and Molly Willis. The troop's leaders are Kathy McDearman and Andrea Lea. SUBMITTED

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Community Calendar: Oct. 19, 2016
Community Calendar: Oct. 19, 2016

Community Calendar for Oct. 19, 2016

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City responds to playground renovation request
City responds to playground renovation request

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead agreed that it is up to the city to ensure the Lebanon Community Playground at Don Fox Park is maintained for future generations.

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TN Promise needs 200 mentors
TN Promise needs 200 mentors

Between now and Nov. 20, almost 200 volunteers are needed throughout Wilson County to help work with students receiving free college tuition through the TN Promise scholarship program, according to Wilson County Schools Public Information Officer Jennifer Johnson.

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Calendar- Oct. 12, 2016
Calendar- Oct. 12, 2016

The Community Calendar for Oct. 12, 2016.

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You never know
You never know

I once received a call from one of our wonderful residents who wanted to tell me about her life and how it might inspire or help others.

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Calendar- Oct. 14, 2016
Calendar- Oct. 14, 2016

The community calendar for Oct. 14, 2016

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MJ fab Farmizan's market blowout this weekend
MJ fab Farmizan's market blowout this weekend

It's going to be a fantastic Farmizan's Market Season Finale this Saturday in Mt. Juliet.

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Sabrina and Dallus on the Scene- Oct. 14, 2016
Sabrina and Dallus on the Scene- Oct. 14, 2016

People out and about in Wilson County

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Lebanon's La-Z-Boy retires at 93
Lebanon's La-Z-Boy retires at 93

When Charles Wise retires once and for all this week, the 93-year-old furniture salesman from Lebanon won't soon be forgotten by his co-workers at Hendersonville's La-Z-Boy Galleries.

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Woman of Wilson: Lisa Reddick
Woman of Wilson: Lisa Reddick

Former Mrs. Tennessee, Lisa Reddick is a real estate agent and property investor with a zest for life.

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MJPD attends elite White House police briefing
MJPD attends elite White House police briefing

With trust between communities and their police forces of paramount importance these days, two Mt. Juliet police officials attended an invitation-only briefing at the White House Sept. 28.

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Watertown ready for Fall Mile Long Yard Sale
Watertown ready for Fall Mile Long Yard Sale

The fall installment of Watertown's Mile Long Yard Sale will take place Saturday, Oct. 8.

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Millennials Making A Difference- Alysha Clark
Millennials Making A Difference- Alysha Clark

As you catch your first glance of the lady in this month's feature, certain things will probably come to mind.

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Volunteers want playground maintained
Volunteers want playground maintained

Attorney Mark Lee has adult sons who no longer utilize the Lebanon Community Playground at Don Fox Park in Lebanon; however, Lee is on a mission to preserve the landmark for future generations.

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National Night Out at Don Fox Park
National Night Out at Don Fox Park

National Night Out was held at Lebanon's Don Fox Park Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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Calendar- Oct. 7, 2016
Calendar- Oct. 7, 2016

Community calendar for Oct. 7, 2016.

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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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Alexandria craft show to boost Paislee's Foundation
Alexandria craft show to boost Paislee's Foundation

An Alexandria-based non-profit organization that has helped families throughout the Lebanon area with infant burials since 2013 plans to hold a craft show fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 8.

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Lebanon Rotary donates 200 flashlights to SCAN
Lebanon Rotary donates 200 flashlights to SCAN

Lebanon Noon Rotary donated more than 200 LED Flashlights to the Wilson County Senior Citizens Awareness Network this week.

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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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Woman of Wilson: Joyce Bryan
Woman of Wilson: Joyce Bryan

Love brought Joyce Bryan to Wilson County - but family, friends and fun have kept her here for many decades.

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WB&T adds family fun options for Oktoberfest 2016
WB&T adds family fun options for Oktoberfest 2016

New games, food selections and photo opportunities will be added to a fun-filled weekend for families when Oktoberfest arrives at Wilson Bank & Trust on Oct. 15 and 16.

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Locals salute MJ Relay for Life
Locals salute MJ Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society Relay for Lifewas held Saturday in Mt. Juliet. The event's goal is to relay the passion for those who are currently battling cancer, those who may face a diagnosis in the future and those who may avoid a diagnosis with early detection. And for SURVIVORS! It was purple everywhere in Charlie Daniels Park today with a kick off Survivor Walk and then Caregiver's Walk. Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty was on hand to kick of the event that was followed by a balloon release. Pictured is cancer survivor Pam Foster and other pics from the event.

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Food for the soul
Food for the soul

He gently carried the scared toddler down the hall to a room at the hospital because Kory was struggling to breathe and was scared of a "moving bed."

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Golf tourney raises thousand for juvenile diabetes
Golf tourney raises thousand for juvenile diabetes

The third annual Kids Battle Diabetes Golf Classic was held Monday at Five Oaks Golf & Country Club in Lebanon.

Around 130 golfers came out - not only to take swings - but to raise funds for the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The event was coordinated by Rick Martin, whose son is affected by diabetes.

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Third annual Fellowship House catfish dinner set
Third annual Fellowship House catfish dinner set

You have seen it - been by it 100 times. Maybe you wondered who those folks on the front porch were and what they were doing. I'm going to tell you and ask for your help.

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Spencer celebrates 100th birthday
Spencer celebrates 100th birthday

Frances Spencer recently turned 100 and celebrated with family and friends at her home. SUBMITTED

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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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Birth Announcement- Baby Shawn
Birth Announcement- Baby Shawn

Marsha Garrett and Stephen Yager of Lebanon are the proud parents of Shawn David Hunter Yager. The baby boy was born Sept. 6, 2016 at Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon. He weighed 8 pounds 12.6 ounces and was 19 inches long at birth.

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Birth Announcement- Baby Jesse
Birth Announcement- Baby Jesse

Megan Cooper and Josh Scruggs of Lebanon are the proud parents of Jesse Arron Michael. The baby boy was born Sept. 13, 2016 at Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon. He weighed 5 pounds 12.8 ounces and was 17.5 inches long at birth.

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Community Calendar- Sept. 28
Community Calendar- Sept. 28

Calendar for Sept. 28

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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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Local LEOs to take 300 kids to circus
Local LEOs to take 300 kids to circus

Local law enforcement agencies have teamed up with Wilson County Masonic Lodges to make the Shrine Circus, which takes place October 13-16 in Nashville, accessible to 300 children.

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Community Calendar- Sept. 21
Community Calendar- Sept. 21

Calendar for Sept. 21

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Project Linus to host 'Make A Blanket Day' Saturday
Project Linus to host 'Make A Blanket Day' Saturday

The Middle Tennessee Chapter of Project Linus will host a Make A Blanket Day on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on West Main Street.

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Cancer's Journey shares life, love
Cancer's Journey shares life, love

They met on Fifth Avenue in New York. He was fumbling around with blueprints. Completely unaware of his surroundings - while trying to rein in the haphazard sheets of paper - he ran smack dab into her. Actually, the tall stranger knocked her on her duff. A self-described "typical New Yorker," when he offered her a hand back up, she huffed and puffed, gave him a good piece of her mind, turned on her high heel and marched away to her office.

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MJ venue hosts free family photos to police officers
MJ venue hosts free family photos to police officers

Mt. Juliet was the venue for a Nashville photographer who took free pictures of about 40 police officers and their families this weekend on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks.

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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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Mt. Juliet firefighters climb to remember 9/11
Mt. Juliet firefighters climb to remember 9/11

Three-hundred-forty-three.

That's the number of firefighters killed in the deadliest first responder incident in the history of the United States.

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Woman of Wilson: Paula Fulkerson
Woman of Wilson: Paula Fulkerson

Originally from Sonora, Kentucky, a life change brought Paula Fulkerson to Mt. Juliet in December 2000. She's been a Woman of Wilson ever since.

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Thrum of drums planned for Mt. Juliet Pow Wow
Thrum of drums planned for Mt. Juliet Pow Wow

The thrum of drums and the thrill of Native American dance and culture will showcase this year's 35th annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow held at Mundy Memorial Park Sept. 24 and 25.

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WCSO Lt. Harrison to be remembered at Sherry's Run
WCSO Lt. Harrison to be remembered at Sherry's Run

Wilson County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bob Harrison was a man who dedicated half of his life to serving his neighbors through law enforcement. Though he was a highly decorated officer, he was best known for his kind spirit and incomparable sense of humor.

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Southern STARRS calls for volunteers
Southern STARRS calls for volunteers

Therapeutic horseback riding classes for special needs children, adults and veterans is set to begin on Saturday, Sept. 17 as part of the Southern STARRS riding program's fall classes.

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Community Calendar for Sept. 2
Community Calendar for Sept. 2

Calendar for Sept. 2

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Sherry's Run remembers a life of service
Sherry's Run remembers a life of service

Service to God, service to country and service to family - these are the things that sum up the life and legacy of Lebanon's Dr. Donald Cole. Whether he was serving his country as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army or serving as a medical missionary in the jungles of Ecuador, Cole's life was marked by service to others.

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Jamming for a cure in September
Jamming for a cure in September

A local restaurant will be jamming for a cure every Saturday in September with a goal to beat cystic fibrosis.

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Blue hair don't care
Blue hair don't care

Ashley Chiarizzio never thought just a couple days shy of her 24th birthday she would drive home from her restaurant server job crying her eyes out, doubting herself and feeling horrible.

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Zipping through the trees at Nashville Shores
Zipping through the trees at Nashville Shores

If you like to climb trees, I've got the highflying activity for you. My son learned of a special offer at the Nashville Shores park and included me and my wife in on the climbing adventure. The course is set up to take all of the risk out of being high in the trees by keeping you on a permanent cable tethered to everything you are climbing.

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Calendar- May 6, 2016
Calendar- May 6, 2016

The calendar for May 6, 2016.

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MTEMC sees need of local seniors
MTEMC sees need of local seniors

Isolated, lonely, at risk and financially-challenged seniors in Wilson County are the focus of an often unsung but revered program that truly makes a positive difference in our community.

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Lebanon comedian taking comedy seriously
Lebanon comedian taking comedy seriously

Wilson County native Brian Bates will headline a show at Zanies Comedy Club this Sunday, May 8. Bates, who began doing stand-up comedy nine years ago, has performed at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center; however, Sunday will mark his first time headlining at Zanies.

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'If you have a pulse, you are going to have pain'
'If you have a pulse, you are going to have pain'

It's a quote Mike Smith lives by.

Max Lucado penned it.

"If you have a pulse, you are going to have pain."

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Passion makes cheer fun
Passion makes cheer fun

On "cheer" day Kate beams as she rushes home from first grade, scrambles into her sports top and shorts, hops in the car with her mom and heads to Mt. Juliet's only competitive cheer facility.

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Daniels' Journey Home group donates $50K to veterans
Daniels' Journey Home group donates $50K to veterans

The Journey Home Project, founded by country music star Charlie Daniels and his manager, David Corlew, to help military veterans, made one of their largest donations to-date in Nashville last week.

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Community Calendar -- April 1
Community Calendar -- April 1

Community Calendar for April 1

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Baby Jaxon Aiden James Liddle
Baby Jaxon Aiden James Liddle

Mikaela Rogers and Taylon Liddle of Lebanon are the proud parents of Jaxon Aiden James Liddle. The baby boy was born March 17, 2016 at Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon. He weighed 6 pounds 1 ounce and was 18 inches long at birth.

Grandparents are Angela and Michael Rogers and Cheryl Jones, all of Lebanon, and the late Jeffrey Liddle.

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Simply Saluting: Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce
Simply Saluting: Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce

Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce.

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Youth Leadership Wilson to present 'Hungry for Heroes'
Youth Leadership Wilson to present 'Hungry for Heroes'

Youth Leadership Wilson will present "Hungry for Heroes" on April 2nd and 9th.

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Taste of Mt. Juliet returns April 15
Taste of Mt. Juliet returns April 15

Taste of Mt. Juliet, among the most popular and anticipated social events in Mt. Juliet, is set to return on Friday, April 15.

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MCHRA takes part in March for Meals
MCHRA takes part in March for Meals

Mid-Cumberland Meals-On-Wheels recently announced its participation in the 14th annual march for Meals campaign - a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meals on Wheels and the vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net.

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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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Life-saving pet trailer donated to Wilson animal response team
Life-saving pet trailer donated to Wilson animal response team

Middle Tennessee counties are now equipped with a state-of-the-art AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer that will be available to dispatch to disaster scenes that need assistance sheltering pets.

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'To Liz With Love' to help Brooks House, honor founder
'To Liz With Love' to help Brooks House, honor founder

Not-too-long ago WANT 98.9 host MJ Lucas developed an idea to bless the Brooks House - a local shelter which offers a hand-up, not a hand-out, to women and children in need.

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MTEMC launches new charitable foundation
MTEMC launches new charitable foundation

Middle Tennessee Electric recently launched a new charitable foundation called SharingChange. The foundation gives members the opportunity to easily give to local charitable organizations.

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The Gift of Thrift
The Gift of Thrift

Finding the perfect prom gown or wedding dress for $50 or less is practically unheard of; however, thanks to a generous donation, The Wilson County Help Center is offering just that.

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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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Deadline for Big Payback looming
Deadline for Big Payback looming

More than 14,400 donors came together in a big way last year to "pay back" nonprofits in the region, raising more than $2.65 million in just one day as part of The Big Payback.

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LFD opens Citizens Fire Academy
LFD opens Citizens Fire Academy

The Lebanon Fire Department began their Citizens Fire Academy on Monday.

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EMTAR pres hits ground running
EMTAR pres hits ground running

You could say Melissa Hayes hit the ground running when elected by her peers as president of one of this region's leading real estate associations in December.

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PHOEBE Ministries finds a way to give back
PHOEBE Ministries finds a way to give back

Hearthside resident Maurita Fletcher has a new gadget for keeping in touch thanks to her friends at PHOEBE Ministries.

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Simply Saluting: Wilson County Community Help Center
Simply Saluting: Wilson County Community Help Center

Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize the Wilson County Community Help Center.

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Nominations open for Leadership Wilson
Nominations open for Leadership Wilson

Nominations and applications for the Leadership Wilson Class of 2017 are currently being accepted. Nominations can come from anyone in the community, and anyone in the community can be nominated as long as they live and/or work in Wilson County.

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Locals dab to support diabetes research
Locals dab to support diabetes research

She says her friend saved her son's life.

It was a casual comment, about five years ago.

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Mardi Gras event at Capitol raises $50K
Mardi Gras event at Capitol raises $50K

Mardi Gras at The Capitol successfully raised $52,540 for Sherry's Run to benefit local folks affected by cancer.

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Church gives 'wheels' and changes lives
Church gives 'wheels' and changes lives

She was raising her grandchildren. One had leukemia. But she didn't have a car to transport the little one to treatments.

"We gave her a Suburban," Butch O'Neal said quietly.

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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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'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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7th grader recovering after brain surgery
7th grader recovering after brain surgery

What started off as a fun day of holiday shopping turned into one local family's biggest nightmare. Today the Roddy family asks for prayers in the recovery of Bailey Roddy -- a 7th grader at Carroll Oakland.

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Giving back starts early this year
Giving back starts early this year

The Southwest Community Club got into the holiday spirit early this year.

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Immanuel Baptist sets ‘Flu Prevention Day’ for entire community

Each year thousands nationally contract and become violently sick with influenza and many, including children and elderly victims, lose their lives as a result of the sickness.

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