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Our Feathered Friends - July 18

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=437|displayname=0|float=left}By RAY POPE

It is really nice to have Carole Young back where she belongs. We missed her very much as she tried her hand at living in East Tennessee, but she decided that she belonged here around us. Me and her friend, Maggie Whiteaker, were invited to a hamburger dinner this past Friday out to Carole's home.

She pretty well lives in a heavily wooded area and you know what that means, Birds and other wildlife. A virtual plethora of things that I enjoy watching. Her property has a large field where you can find Bob White Quail, another species that is getting lost in this ever growing need for people to move out into the country. One of these days, we will have to go out farther into the wilds to enjoy the familiar whistled call, "Bob White!"

As we made the trip down her driveway, which has washed out with all the rain and looks like a war zone, there were numerous species that followed us to the house. Field Sparrows and Indigo Buntings escorted our hungry group down all the way to the small "crick," which is northern for creek, where the woods begin.

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Hanging out with possessives on Facebook

By ANNE DONNELL

Can we do an Ask Anne Facebook edition? We have a dispute here at the homestead....lol!-J.B.R.

Ask Anne invaded Facebook in June, and heres the transcript, minus the photos, LIKE/DISLIKE emblem, and dates. Ive reduced most names to initials to protect the innocent, or at least to protect somebody. In the language game, Im beyond protection, so Ive used my name. Ive also used the name of my Texas first cousin once removed. Ive edited no one. (One error is addressed by someone else.) Were hanging out with it all hanging out. This will give you non Facebook folks a taste of social networking in these here parts.

It all began with the question above.

D.H. Just put it out there. We'll all be your arbiter until Anne settles it

Anne Donnell: IM ALL EARS (AND THATS A SIGHT)

J.B.R. Road names - Coles Ferry Pike for example. To be correct, shouldn't it be Coles' Ferry? (I know the name will never change ). Also, the same would be true for Hunters Point Pike. (Hunters' Point) What is your opinion?

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Nolans Batman trilogy poses ethical questions

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=58|imageid=439|displayname=0|float=left}By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Friday marks the completion of director Christopher Nolans trilogy of Batman films with The Dark Knight Rises and his first two installments look at real world terrorism, the pursuit of bringing them to justice, and whether sacrificing an ethical code in the process is justifiable.

Since the start in 2005, with Batman Begins, Nolan has set Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) against villains and their schemes that are reminiscent of real world terrorism.

Plots by villains in the films include bioterrorism in Begins to blowing up buildings, using suicide bombers and holding large passenger ferries hostage with bombs, in The Dark Knight.

Following 9/11, anthrax attacks killed five people and infected 22, terror suspects were arrested in Denver for attempting to poison water supplies and terrorists have been using suicide bombers and blowing up buildings for decades. Nolan's films ask the tough question of whether unethical means are allowable when hunting down such evil individuals.

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LPD seeks suspects in robbery at Kroger

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Authorities are searching for two suspects involved in a reported robbery in the Kroger parking lot in Lebanon late Tuesday night.

According to the Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen, officers responded to a robbery call at Kroger at 1418 West Main Street, shortly after 11 p.m., Tuesday. A female shopper informed officers she was loading groceries into her truck when a white female with blond hair, approached her from behind and demanded her purse.

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Council slows contract approval process

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A five-year agreement between the City of Lebanon and Atkins NA, Inc., for professional airport services, failed to pass City Council Tuesday night due to concerns over language in the contract that gives the Mayor authority to enter contracts with Atkins for projects related to development of the Lebanon Municipal Airport.

Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry raised his concerns about the Mayor being authorized to sign contracts for individual projects, noting those contracts dont have to be approved by the council.

Barry said the Lebanon City Charter requires contracts be approved by council.

Council failed to pass the agreement for lack of a majority. Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler and Ward 4 Councilor Joe Hayes voted in favor of the agreement, with Barry voting no and Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath passing. Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston and Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino were absent from the meeting.

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The Flight Fantastic

Lebanon aviator to reunite WWII plane with veteran

By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

On a scorching Fourth of July morning Duncan Cameron labors in a cavernous garage, meticulously bringing an olive-drab 1940s Stinson L-5 Sentinel back to life.

He had the flying machine disassembled to the last screw 14 months ago when he discovered it had seen duty during World War II in the Pacific.

Before that it was just another plane. Then I found out it was an Iwo Jima plane, said the 55-year-old Southwest Airlines pilot, who realized he was holding a piece of historya Marine observation plane used during the bloody Battle of Iwo Jima in early 1945.

Digging through the archives at the National Museum for the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., Cameron scrutinized copious records related to the 12 members of Marine Observation Squadron 5. The paper trail eventually led him to Merton P. Hanson, a 91-year-old Iowa resident, who flew the plane.

I got a hit doing an Internet search on his name and found he was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Des Moines, Iowa, Cameron recalled. I called his phone number, and his wife Jeanne answered. When I asked to speak to him, she told me, Hes busy. When I told her I was restoring a plane he flew at Iwo Jima, she yelled. Merton, come to the phone!

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Local Dixie teams fall in state

SPRINGFIELD -- The Lebanon Rotary Dixie Major (11-12) all-stars were eliminated from the OZone state tournament 4-3 by Summertown Tuesday evening at Travis Price Park. The loss was the second in a row for the local team after falling to Chester County Sunday 7-5.

Trailing 1-0 after one, Lebanon bounced back with three in the top of the second inning after Dylan Alsup walked, then moved to second on a single by Tristan Warden. A single up the middle by Thomas Bryan loaded the bases, then Alsup scored on a wild pitch.

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Bracket play begins in CABA

LEBANON -- Barring additional rain, Saturday is still on target for championship play of the eighth annual CABA 14U World Series. Tournament director Johnny Davenport credits hard work at the six county venues for getting the 32-team tournament back on schedule.

"Saturday was a complete washout, we lost 27 games due to rain," Davenport said, "but thanks to the grounds crews who pumped water off the fields, we were able to get back on track Sunday."

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Joe Biddle's -- My Bid

WELCOME TO THE SEC -- Texas A&M and Missouri officially became new members of the Southeastern Conference on July 1.

Their real induction comes next week when they join 12 other teams, each represented by their head football coaches and three players at the annual SEC Football Media Days in Birmingham.

I was there the day then-SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer welcomed Arkansas and South Carolina to the conference in 1992.

I had known and covered Kramer during his days as Vanderbilts athletics director. But the day he wore a large plastic Razorback snout on his head, was indeed groundbreaking.

It was totally out of character for Kramer, who was always dignified in his role at Vanderbilt and as the SECs commissioner.

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Dooley will survive another year at UT

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.

There has been a lot of chatter among Tennessee fans as to how many wins Coach Derek Dooley needs to save his job.

Certainly current Athletics Director Dave Hart has given no indication as to what that number is, or if he even has a number.

One thing for sure: Dave Hart is looking for improvement in all aspects of the program and winning games is the best defense Dooley has.

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Howard Sanders Sandy Holman, 74

Graveside service were held Sunday afternoon, July 15 at the Conatser Cemetery for Mr. Holman, 74, of Watertown. A US Army veteran and a native Wilson Countian, he died Friday, July 13, 2012, at the Northside Nursing Home in Murfreesboro.

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Clarence Rhea Williams, 81

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, July 17 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Williams, 81, of Lebanon. A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he died Saturday July 14, 2012 at Quality Health Care Center. Interment was at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

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Velvie Lee Denson, 87

Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Denson, 87, of Lebanon. A homemaker and a member of the Highland Heights Church of Christ, she died Sunday, July 15, 2012 at University Medical Center.

Visitation: Tuesday 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday 12 Noon until funeral services at 2:00 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Bro. Barry Keene and Pastor Jamie Watson. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Troy B. and Maggie Ann Haney Hensley; husband John Woody Denson; brother,James Hensley; infant sister U.L. Hensley; sisters Annie B. Loftis and Dorothy Mayberry.

Survivors include: son Roy Denson; brother Wilburn (Dee) Hensley; sisters A.V. Thomas, Lona Zee Ledesma, Edith (Charles) Mitchell, Betty Sue Mabery, Elma Jean (Roger D.) Loftis and Pauline Petty; grandchildren Jeff (Lisa) Denson, Faith Denson and Angie (Jamie) Watson; 11 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Active pallbearers: Jeff Denson, Storm Denson, Collin Watson, Sean Denson, Earl Loftis and Charles Mitchell. Honorary: Charlie Churchwell and A.C. Denson.

Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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James A. Lynn, 69

Graveside services were held Monday morning, July 16 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens for Mr. Lynn, 69, of Lebanon. He died Monday July 9, 2012 at the Quality Health Care Center.

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Lebanon attorney enters guilty plea

From Post staff reports

Lebanon attorney Gary Vandever pleaded guilty Monday in a Cookeville courtroom for misappropriating funds taken from assets and property he was managing for clients Paul Porter Sr., and Mr. Porters son, Joe Porter.

Both Porters are deceased.

Vandever was sentenced to a jail term of nine months and placed on probation for nine years.

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Post wins TPA awards, Best Website

From Post staff reports

The Wilson Post was cited for journalism excellence in several categories at last Fridays annual Tennessee Press Associations awards luncheon.

The local newspaper claimed nine awards including a first place plaque for Best Website and a second place award for Best Investigative Reporting.

The awards program is co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee in conjunction with the Tennessee Press Association. Participants in the annual contest must be members of the Tennessee Press Association. A panel comprised of members from the Texas Press Association judged entries submitted for this years contest.

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Over 1,300 early votes cast so far

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Four days of early voting have passed for the Aug. 2 County General and State Primary Election, and Wilson County Coordinator of Elections Phillip Warren said the county is on target to match or surpass early voting totals for the same election in 2008.

Warren said to date, more than 1,300 people have voted early after the first four days, with two additional early voting polling places scheduled to open on Monday, July 23.

Its gone pretty well so far, voting is pretty steady, Warren said.

On Friday, July 13, the first day, 358 people voted early in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet. Added to that were 225 absentee or mail-in votes for 583 total at that point. Turnout dipped on Saturday, July 14, with only 85 voting early, but picked back up on Monday with 315 voting.

On Tuesday, 326 people had voted early. The four-day total reached 1,309 after Tuesday's early votes were counted.

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Squires deny urban growth plan

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Commission voted to deny the new Urban Growth Boundary Plan Monday night, which has already been approved at least once by all three municipalities, due to a residents request for his neighborhood to be excluded from Lebanons growth boundary.

L.E. McCluskey spoke at a public hearing held prior to the regular commission meeting, asking commissioners to consider removing the homes off Oriole Drive and Mockingbird Lane, north of Lebanon, from the citys growth boundary.

According to McCluskey, the 28 property owners in the area were told in 2000 that they would not be within Lebanons growth boundary plan.

I was told by then Mayor Don Fox and City Councilor Judge (Haywood) Barry that we were not in the boundary, but it was a shock to me to find out we are, McCluskey said.

The last Urban Growth Boundary Plan was approved by all local governments and by the state in 2001. Mt. Juliet officials in 2011 requested that the growth coordinating committee be reconvened so as to change that citys growth boundary plans.

The committee has been working on new boundaries in negotiations with all three cities and Wilson County since October 2011. The current plan has been approved on resolution by both Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, which require only one reading. Watertown has passed the new plan by an ordinance on first reading but must pass it once more on second reading.

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LSSD, Johnson Controls work toward energy efficiency

Lebanon Special School District has kicked off a comprehensive energy efficiency program with Johnson Controls, a leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings.

Designed to reduce energy costs and promote a healthy learning environment, the program is expected to save the district approximately $3.1 million over the next 13 years.

Project improvements include lighting system enhancements; HVAC upgrades; water conservation measures; and the installation of a Johnson Controls Metasys building management system to provide advanced energy monitoring. Facility upgrades are well underway and are expected to be substantially complete prior to the students returning in August.

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WEMA notes help from agencies during recent spate of brush, grass fires

By JOHN JEWELL
Director,Wilson County Emergency Management Agency

Extreme weather conditions in June and early July have produced a record number of brush and grass fires in Wilson County.

During the month of June, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency recorded 71 grass and brush fires. To date in July, 59 brush and grass fire calls have been answered. Four of these calls were volatile and had the potential for significant loss of property and/or life.

The recent string of 130 fires culminated on Friday afternoon, July 6, with a series of three weather related blazes being reported within a 15-minute time slot. The most sever of these incidents was on a farm located on South Commerce Road. When fire units arrived on the scene, the large farm house and two out-buildings were heavily involved. The blaze quickly spread to a mobile home and 30 rolls of hay. With windy conditions, the fire aggressively spread to approximately 15 acres, then jumped South Commerce Road and consumed an additional 15 acres.

Wilson County Emergency Management, State Forestry and the Watertown Volunteer Fire Department were stretched extremely thin as the fire rapidly expanded. At this point, members of the Wilson County Sheriffs Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol stepped in and filled some badly needed gaps in the attempt to get control of an extremely dangerous situation. Law enforcement officers drove trucks, sprayed water and moved threatened firefighting equipment out of harms way while maintaining security for the fire scene.

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Danny Smith, 65

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria for Mr. Smith, 65, of Lebanon.

Born August 20, 1946 in DeKalb County, he died Sunday, July 15, 2012 at his residence. A veteran of the US Navy, he worked for the past 25 years in maintenance at the Tennessean. He served on the Wilson County Fair Board and the Foundation Committee of Fiddler's Grove.

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Robbery suspect sought

Authorities are seeking a man suspected of robbing a Lebanon business and who threatened to detonate what turned out to be a fake bomb at the office on Friday.

Lebanon Police Department responded to the call on July 13 at 9:55 a.m. at Cash Express at 1012 West Main Street.

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Local bans on burning lifted

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Local officials, as well as State Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson have rescinded burn bans put in place for Wilson County.

No burn ban is in effect at this time, said Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell.

The bans from state and local governments were lifted as a result of considerable rainfall in Wilson County over the past several days. The ban had applied to all open-air burning including leaf and woody debris and construction burning, campfires, outdoor grills and other fire activity outside of municipalities where local ordinances took precedent.

Although recently, outdoor grills were removed from the ban due to improved conditions.

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No injuries in Saturday wreck

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A Saturday wreck resulted in no injuries at East Main Street and South College Street in Lebanon, after one driver reportedly ran a red light and struck two other vehicles.

According to the Lebanon Police Department report, Freda Whaley of 790 Congress Blvd., Smithville, was traveling westbound on East Main, approaching the traffic signal at South College.

Whaleys 2007 Mercedes PRM struck a 2006 Lincoln driven by Joe Haynes of 476 Vance Lane, Lebanon, which was traveling northbound on South College.

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Synthetic drugs seized from two markets

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Detectives with the Lebanon Police Departments Narcotics Unit executed two search warrants and seized synthetic drugs, cash and a loaded handgun from two local retailers Friday.

The search and seizures took place on Friday, July 13, at Chums located at 622 N. Cumberland Street and One Stop Market at 725 E. Main Street.

Police Chief Scott Bowen said the department had earlier purchased synthetic drugs at both locations and obtained warrants thereafter. Illegal synthetic drugs were reportedly found at both locations as well as other paraphernalia and cash.

Also, a loaded Hi Point .45 caliber handgun and ammunition were allegedly found in a safe at Chums. Bowen said they are determining if the individual had a permit for the weapon.

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