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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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