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Twisting among witty ways

By ANNE DONNELL

Miss Anne, have you ever run across a book called Memorable Quotations from Famous Witty People? I thought its just what youd like. I recommend it to you and anyone else who has a sense of humor, although as I remember it from school, yours is a little twisted! LOL-Student in the Eighties

I am confident that todays QP of T (Question Person of Today) signed off in a reference to the 1980s and not to his or her age. It is possible that I have a living former student aged 80 or more, though, as some of the students I had when I taught at our local university were older than I.

[ATA older than I is using the correct case of pronoun. The than I is considered an elliptical phrase, a whittled down sentence which in full would read than I am old. Obviously, the subject is nominative (I) and not accusative (me). Its OK to say objective for accusative.]

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Means to help producers impacted by drought

By Secretary TOM VILSACK
United States Department of Agriculture

This week, we continued to see historic levels of drought grip much of our nation, impacting thousands of farm families. Although the hard work and innovation of our producers has fueled a strong farm economy in recent years, President Obama and I understand the major challenges this drought poses for American agriculture.

As of July 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 1,055 counties across the country as disaster areas due to drought. Significant portions of many crops are impacted for example, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report, 88 percent of our nations corn and 87 percent of our soybeans are in drought-stricken areas. Rising grain prices are threatening livestock and dairy operators with high input costs.

Our farmers and ranchers are no strangers to uncertainty but its even harder to plan for the future when we dont know how much more severe the drought will be.

Over the years, American producers have constantly innovated to meet new demands and adapt to new conditions, embracing new methods and utilizing new technology. The same innovative spirit that has positioned American agriculture as a global leader has helped to reduce the impact of the drought.

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Early voting total reaches more than 3,300

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County has shown a better turnout for early voting for the Aug. 2 election as compared to 2008 with more than 3,000 people casting their votes through Tuesday afternoon.

Monday saw the highest turnout so far after 10 days of early voting with 421 visiting the polls. Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren said that 374 people voted yesterday, bringing the overall total to 3,319.

Warren said two new polling locations opened in Watertown and Gladeville, which gives voters in those areas more convenient places to vote until early voting ends on Saturday, July 28.

The two new polling stations had 67 and 60 votes cast on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

While the number of voters coming to the polls early this year is likely to increase over the 3,237 who voted early in 2008, Warren said the change in population likely means the percentage will remain the same.

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Chancellor says lawyer's order 'not correct' in Zelenik deposition

By SAM HATCHER and PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Campaign rhetoric in the 6th District Congressional Republican Primary has moved from exchanges between candidates to a contest of allegations between two lawyers engaged in a lawsuit over the sale of a newspaper.

Lebanon attorney Keith Williams, representing Kathryn Belle in a lawsuit filed against Belle by District 17 State Sen. Mae Beavers over the sale of The Macon County Chronicle,portrays 6th District Congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik as a key witness in the lawsuit.

Williams and Zeleniks attorney, Lee Davies, over the past several days have given two different versions of a ruling issued last week by Wilson County Chancellor C.K. Smith about the availability of Zelenik for a deposition.

On Monday the judge made it clear to both parties as to what his ruling was.

In Smiths own handwriting he wrote not correct and void on the interpretation of his ruling filed as an order to the court last week by Davies.

But the order filed by Williams, as his interpretation of Smiths ruling, was upheld.

Davies had said in his order that the chancellor will take no action against his client for failing to appear at a deposition before her election on August 2, 2012.

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Chris Price Memorial Benefit set Saturday

By NICHOLE MANNA
The Wilson Post

The 3rd Annual Chris Price Memorial Benefit and Scholarship Fund will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Wilson County Bank & Trust Track Field, 623 W. Main Street, Lebanon.

Price was killed on a motorcycle ride in Atlanta, Ga. on Aug. 6, 2009, while riding his infamous Harley Davidson Motorcycle named Da King. He was an athlete and played baseball for the MTSU Blue Raiders and played professional baseball for the Kansas City Royals.

All the proceeds from the event will go toward awarding a monetary scholarship to children who have lost a parent to a motorcycle ride.

Registration for the benefit stars at 8:30 a.m. and the ride leaves at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $15, which includes the ride, a Chris Price Memorial T-shirt and a meal ticket.

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Jordans named 2012 Fair Old Timers

Wilson County Fair recognizes select local senior citizens who have made major contributions to the community by named them as Old Timers, and this years honorees have long-time connections to the area and to the fair: Claude and Virginia Sullivan Jordan.

The Old Timer Award is sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. and will be presented during the Business Before Hours meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 a.m., at the Fiddlers Grove Pavilion. It is hosted by Wilson County Promotions and the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

Virginia Sullivan Jordan was born on her familys farm in the Leeville Community where her family lived for generations. She is the daughter of Howard Young and Katy Callis Sullivan and attended Leeville School and Lebanon High School. She is a life-long member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church and is also a member of the Leeville fce Club where she serves as treasurer.

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Book tells of Sheriff Ashe's career

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Sheriff Ashe has seen quite a lot during his 30 years as Sheriff, and with the help of author Terri Merryman, hes telling some of those stories as well as sharing many trying times in the book, Ashes of Bluebird.

Ashe said the new book is a collection of his own personal experiences as a law enforcement officer in Wilson County, including stories of politics, murders, triumphs and tragedies.

The upcoming book conveys many of Ashes personal experiences in dealing with local gangs, drug dealers and organized crime networks since he first began a career in law enforcement after serving in the Vietnam War.

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Day of Prayer for Schools Sunday

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon announce plans are under way for the 14th annual observance of A Day of Prayer for Our Schools throughout Wilson County on Sunday, July 29.

The purpose of this annual community service project is to help foster an environment throughout Wilson County in which our children can begin a new school year safely.

Kiwanis members invite all churches in the community to participate in this communitywide effort. The Kiwanis Club hopes that every church in Wilson County will devote a portion of their worship time on Sunday to special prayers for the safety of children, teachers and all others involved in the operation of schools as a new school year begins during the next few days. Members believe that the concerted prayers of the people of the community will have a positive influence on the start of a new school year.

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School stores to open Friday

From Post staff reports

A local church and a community center are gearing up this weekend to help get students ready to return to school.

College Hills Church of Christ and Wilson County Civic League will be hosting school supply stores to help those less fortunate students get the necessary supplies they may need to begin classes.

The event at Wilson County Civic League will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Friday, July 27, at 321 East Market Street, Lebanon. Free backpacks with supplies will be available at the event which will be hosted by J.C. Hellum Funeral Home and Lebanon Church of God.

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Authorities seek whereabouts of alleged child sexual predator

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Law enforcement agencies are looking for the publics help in finding information that would lead to the capture of alleged sex offender and fugitive Stephen Eugene Beck, who faces a 35-count indictment in Wilson County for rape and sexual exploitation of a minor and has been on the run for a year.

Wilson County Sheriffs Deputy Bob Harrison led a press conference Wednesday morning at the Judicial Center on South College Street in Lebanon, hoping that more public awareness will help authorities in the investigation.

Its our purpose to ask the medias help to get information out about Beck and we hope the publics knowledge will help find new leads, Harrison said.

WCSD is working with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force to apprehend Beck, who failed to appear in court on July 25, 2011.

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Former Watertown mayor passes

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, July 27 at the Hunter Funeral Home for former Watertown mayor Robert Beckwith, 92. Retired from the US Postal Service and a decorated US Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Beckwith died Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.

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CU inducts 4 into Sports HoF

Cumberland University Athletics announced its 2012 Hall of Fame class Wednesday, July 25, which includes former All-Americans Doug Binkley, Renae Williams and Chuck MacFarlane as well as former coach Rick Reeves. The group is part of the 26th Hall of Fame Class and will be inducted during a dinner on Friday, October 5 on the CU campus.

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George W. Al Etheridge, 93

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday, July 26 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Al Etheridge, 93, of Mt. Juliet. Retired from the Metro Fire Department and a charter member of the Silver Springs Baptist Church, he died Monday, July 23, 2012.

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Melinda Sue Brown, 71

Funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Brown, 71, of Lebanon. Born January 27, 1941 in Drift KY, she died at home July 23, 2012 after an extended illness.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Thursday.

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Gary Lee Ethridge, 75

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday July 26 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Ethridge, 75, of Lebanon. Born September 15, 1936 in Wilson County to the late Walter and Vera Mae Snider Ethridge, he died Monday evening July 24, 2012 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

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Mary June Baker, 81

Funeral services have been set for 1 p.m. Friday, July 27 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Baker, 81, of Lebanon. Retired from University Medical Center and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, she died Tuesday July 24, 2012.

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Nationals fall in state finals

JACKSON -- Lebanon's Rotary National League (9-10) all-stars dropped a 3-1 decision to Ashland City Tuesday afternoon in the championship game of the Dixie Youth AAA state tournament. The local squad went 5-2 during the tournament, after having won both the District 4 and sub-district titles.

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Lions 15s: two and through

LEBANON -- It was a short stay for the host team as the Lebanon Lions Club 15 year-old all-star team dropped two straight games in the Babe Ruth State Tournament being held at Eskew Field in the Baird Park Complex.

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Rufus C. Harper, 80

Funeral services were held Monday morning, July 23 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Harper, 80, of the Laguardo Community. Born September 24, 1931, in the Rome Community of Smith County, he died Thursday, July 19, 2012.

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Myrtle Mae Shelton, 87

Funeral services for Mrs. Shelton, 87, of Lebanon were held Monday afternoon, July 23 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Born in March of 1925 in DeKalb Co. and retired from Hartman Luggage, she died Saturday, July 21, 2012 at her home. Interment followed in the Prosperity Cemetery.

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Grandmother faces felony kidnapping charge

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A Lebanon woman was charged with two felonies after allegedly kidnapping her 8-month-old granddaughter on Sunday, but peacefully surrendered the child after negotiations with the Lebanon Police Department.

Around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, officers responded to a domestic situation as 213 Thomas Terrace, discovering the suspect, Toni Shaw, 37, was forcefully trying to prevent her daughter, Janie Crute, from leaving the home with Crutes 8-month-old daughter.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said Shaw pulled the child from Crute and locked herself inside the home. Shaw also allegedly told officers that she had a gun inside the home.

Shaw apparently didnt want the child to leave with her mom, but she didnt have a court order, Bowen said, indicating Crute has proper custody of the child.

Referring to the suspect reportedly telling officers she had a gun inside the home, Bowen said their first priority was the childs safety and said second was making sure the situation resolved without injuries.

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Woman charged with impersonating MJP officer

Man nabbed on drug charges, also

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

An Old Hickory woman was arrested in Mt. Juliet Saturday after she allegedly pulled a gun on a man and posed as an off-duty police officer at Charlie Daniels Park.

Around 9:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 21, MJPD received a call in reference to a female pointing a gun at a juvenile male in the parking lot of the city park. A witness, who called the police, told dispatchers that the female suspect said she was an off-duty police officer.

Officers arrived at the scene and the suspect was identified as Holly Hood, 35, of Old Hickory. Investigation revealed that Hood was not an off-duty police officer.

According to the male juvenile victim, he was driving his car through the parking lot when Hood reportedly yelled for him to stop. After stopping his vehicle, the victim said Hood told him she was an off-duty police officer. Hood reportedly ordered the male to step out of the vehicle and place his hands on top of the car.

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Mystery fish, big waves & tan lines

Here are some tips for survival if you are going to spend some time at the beach in Ft. Morgan, Alabama. I know about these gems of insight because I was there for a week, just two weeks ago. I am now, almost recovered. I suppose it was fun.

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My thoughts on the Big Orange

By JOE BIDDLE
If you are like most college football fans, you take your favorite teams upcoming schedule and go down the list.

You give out wins, losses and tossups and total them up for a best case-worse case scenario for your team. Its a great way to pass the time before that first kickoff and the season starts to roll downhill. BeyondTheBets.com is one of several on-line sites that provide projections and let you decide.

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"The Dark Knight Rises" is an outstanding end to Nolan's vision

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Director and co-writerChristopherNolanconcludes his Batman trilogy with a finale that maybe falls short of masterpiece The Dark Knight but delivers such an outstanding conclusion, its only fault is being less-than perfect.

In The Dark Knight Rises, which picks up eight years after 2008s Dark Knight, Gotham City is without organized crime and believes Batman responsible for District Attorney Harvey Dents (AaronEckhart) death.

Thus Bruce Wayne (ChristianBale) is a recluse in his mansion, visibly incapable of adjusting to a life without Batman. Trouble brews as the unstoppable mercenary Bane (TomHardy) moves in with an elaborate plot to turn Gotham into a chaotic mob-rule society.

At almost 3 hours long, Rises begins with scenes that jump around introducing Bane, new gung-ho Gotham Police officer John Blake (JosephGordon-Levitt) the mysterious "cat burglar" Selina Kyle (AnneHathaway), businesswoman Miranda Tate (Marian Cotillard) and the usual suspects we already know: butler Alfred (Michael Cane) and Police Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman).

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