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Lebanon Clowns Negro League to be honored July 28

The Roy Bailey AA Museum and History Center will celebrate the legacy of the Lebanon Clowns Negro League baseball team with a weekend of activities Saturday, July 28.

The group will sponsor a Children and Youth Exhibition Game and story-telling about the Lebanon Clowns at 10 a.m. at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Teams will consist of boys and girls from the community. Anyone interested may contact Keshia Pickett at 290-9041. All participants will receive a gift.

The tribute continues on Sunday, July 29, beginning at 4 p.m. at Pickett-Rucker United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Charley Edward McAdoo, a former member of Pickett -Rucker and a former member of the Lebanon Clowns, will be the featured speaker.

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Fourth Tomato Festival slated July 21

Historic Lebanon Tomorrows 4th Annual Tomato Festival is coming up this month at the Lebanon Farmers Market, celebrating the peak of tomato season.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, July 21, at the Farmers Market on South Maple Street. There will be live music, food and of course a number of tomato contests.

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LSSD sets student registration

Registration for students in the Lebanon Special School District will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday, July 23, at the students zoned school (Byars-Dowdy, Castle Heights, Coles Ferry, Sam Houston, Walter J. Baird Middle, Winfree-Bryant Middle).

Enrollment information will need to be updated by parents of all currently enrolled students. Parents will also need to designate who is authorized to pick up their child(ren) and provide answers for medical/first aid information. Parents of students who are enrolling for the first time in the LSSD will be required to fill out a registration packet in its entirety during registration.

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MTEMC warns members of potential scam

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation officials are warning members about a scam where telemarketers suggest a special federal program will help pay their power bills if they provide personal information, such as a bank routing number or their Social Security number.

"Often it seems, scammers will describe the supposed program as authorized by President Obama," said Chris Jones, MTEMC vice president of communications and member services.

We urge our members to guard their personal accounting and banking information and never share this information with friends or strangers.

Media reports suggest thousands of people nationwide have been taken in by the scam over the last few weeks. Better Business Bureaus in several states also have issued consumer warnings, as well as attorneys general in Mississippi, North Carolina and Arizona.

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Public to view new LHS Sunday

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Local residents will be able to walk through the doors of the brand new $48 million Lebanon High School on Sunday, marking a new beginning for students and teachers, and a new cornerstone for the Lebanon community.

The ceremony kicks off at 1 p.m. with a special flag ceremony, honoring the late William Eric Emmert, a 1991 graduate of LHS, who was killed in action on Feb. 24, 2009, in Mosul, Iraq.

The family donated the flag and were going to have a ceremony honoring Mr. Emmerts service and all veterans, said Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis.

Davis said another formal ceremony is to be held at 2 p.m., during which the school system will receive the keys to the building. LHS Principal Myra Sloan will receive the keys from the school system.

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Rescued dogs to be ready for adoption soon

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Dogs rescued from Wilson County will hopefully be finding new homes in a week or so as New Leash on Life is expected to bring around 10 back from the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to prepare for adoption.

NLOL Director Amy Haverstick said the dogs have been rehabilitating nicely under the care of the Animal Rescue Corps, which led the rescue of 110 dogs from a Wilson County property on Tuesday, July 3.

We brought one in on Tuesday and hopefully were going to start bringing in the rest soon, Haverstick said.

She noted since the rescue, dogs have been kept in the air-conditioning with proper food and water, as well as receiving treatment from veterinarians and animal behaviorists.

Haverstick said many of the dogs were not accustomed to human interaction and were not well socialized. She said the dogs were placed in individual pens at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds but their pens were later moved into groups so they could be reunited with pen mates from the Wilson County property they were rescued from.

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Take a look inside new LHS

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=61|imageid=383|displayname=0|float=left}Watch the slideshow below to see the new Lebanon High School, which celebrated an Open House on Sunday, July 15.

The photos below were submitted toThe Post by WANT_FM's News Director Billy Goodman on a recent tour of the school.

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Wilson Post wins Best Website award

The Wilson Post claimed four top-3 awards Friday at the annual Tennessee Press Association awards luncheon, including winning a first-place award for "Best Website" among newspapers of similar circulation.

Other awards won byThe Post include a second-place award for "Investigative Reporting," and two third-place awards for "Community Lifestyles" and "Best Feature Photograph."

The Postalso placed in the top five in five other categories.

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Dr. Leslie Bergstrom, D.D.S, 67

Dr. Bergstrom, 67, died at his home in Old Hickory July 10, 2012. He had recently been diagnosed with multiple myeloma but had been responding favorably to the treatment and was expected to recover. It is likely that an embolism caused his sudden and unexpected death.

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Carter hired as new Mt. Juliet High baseball coach

Principal Mel Brown named Jim Carter as the new baseball coach at Mt. Juliet High School Thursday, replacing Mark Purvis who resigned in mid-June.

Carter, son of former TSSAA Executive Director Ronnie Carter, has been a head baseball coach for the past 14 seasons -- most recently at Davidson Academy. He also coached at Hunters Lane and Jackson Christian -- taking all three programs to the state tournament a combined five times. His 2000 and 2008 teams were state runner-up, and he had third place finishes in 2003 and 2009.

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These Octember days

The sky was so blue it hurt to look at it. Puffs of clouds stayed high above. Almost as high, as the eagle whirling, screeing and riding the thermals. I reckon he was searching for a meal far below in the sage. Not quite October but tasting like it, it was an Octember day, a day in late September that just feels as though it is October.

We were at a trailhead high at the base of the Tetons, Ronnie Many Horses and I. It was a day for fishing a lake seldom fished, maybe never by a white man. Ronnie, my friend and sometimes rodeo-traveling partner, is a full blood Shoshone and my guide for a day on the Wind River reservation. Back then, a reservation permit cost four dollars. It was a long time ago.

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To be careless again

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

The first words out of Neills mouth when we hit the beach were, Nikoli, do you want to dig a hole?

And so it went for a solid week. Each morning my youngest would rise and his day would go something like this.

Get up whenever he naturally awoke.

Breakfast was served to the little master. His only decision being, would it be Cocoa Puffs or eggs and bacon?

Decisions, decisions.

Immediately thereafter, he would put on his swim trunks and grab a newly washed and dried beach towel and would race out the door to the beach.

There he would find waiting, just for him chairs, umbrella, pale, shovel, kite and a boogie board. Together with his friends hed spend hours and hours digging a hole, running into the surf, catching a few waves and then back to digging a hole.

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Downton Abbey castle sets stars heart aflutter

Dear Ken: What can you tell us about the actor who plays Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, on PBSs Downton Abbey?

That would be British actor Hugh Bonneville, 48, the son of a nurse and a surgeon, who trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. The star of TV, film, stage and radio is also famed in his native country for the TV sitcom Twenty

Twelve. Among his movie credits are Tomorrow Never Dies, Notting Hill, Asylum and Iris. Playing the lord of such a magnificent estate has quite an element of fantasy fulfillment for the thespian. Every time I drove up to Highclere Castle, where we filmed the series, it made my heart flutter. Its such an impressive house. You cant help but be swept away by the atmosphere, he says. The actor and his wife have a 10-year-old son. By the by, filming is currently underway on the third series of Downton Abbey.

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Well, well, well...

Jerry Jones celebrates 50 years of drilling

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=60|imageid=379|displayname=0|float=left}By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

When it comes to making deep holes in the ground, Jerry Jones, a man with true grit, proves an expert.

His Jones & Stone Drilling Company averaged drilling more than 500,000 feet a year over the past 12 years. That totals up to, or more accurately down to, 1,100 miles.

Jones, 69, went to work in the drilling business 50 years ago on July 12, 1962, with (George) Eatherly and (Arthur) Jackson Drilling.

I had no earthly idea what I was getting into, said Jones, who was diving into the business of sinking deep holes into the earth. I had never been around drilling before.

But that was then, and this is now, and Jones knows how to drill holes in the ground like Dunkin knows how to make holes in doughnuts.

No two holes drill alike. What will work on one hole may not work on another. Thats because of the change of formation, said the 5-foot-9, 140-pound Lebanon resident. Its kinda like a doctor. You never know till you open em up.

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Our Feathered Friends - July 11

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=374|displayname=0|float=left}By RAY POPE

We should be catching a break this week on these extreme high temperatures. It seems that every day for the past week has been in the 100s, and now the humidity is so high you can chew it. I am in hopes that this year at the Wilson County Fair it will not get as hot as it did several years ago

I took a side trip out to the blown out bridge on South Dickerson Chapel Road this past Friday, and every few yards had an Indigo Bunting singing its little heart out. They must be one of the most prolific birds in the county. I wanted to get some pictures from there to go on my facebook to share with my friends that subscribe to "If you grew up in Lebanon, you remember" page. An old friend, BC Yahola, is on there and we try to share photos and our memories with all the others. Check it out.

Of all the birds here on my side of the road, there is one who stands out with his singing. It lives across the street where Holly Boyd resides with her husband, David, and two children, Ayla and Atticus. Their back yard is fenced in with lots of plants growing there. That makes her back yard a paradise for a Song Sparrow. Sometimes it will visit me to feed on the ground where I toss out mixed seed for my ground scratchers.

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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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Public Defender gets well-deserved honor

By SAM HATCHER

Members of the local bar association are honoring Lebanon attorney Comer L. Donnell today as part of an ongoing series to recognize senior members of the legal profession.

Mr. Donnell, who has served as public defender for the 15th Judicial District since 1989, the year the position was created, is most deserving of this recognition.

He is a credit to the legal profession and, as important, he is a credit to our community.

He is active in his church, supportive of charitable causes, and committed to making his home community a better place to live.

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Mark that twain

By ANNE DONNELL

Hi, Mrs. Donnell, I'm not very techno, my daughter actually hooked me up with this iPhone . I have a question for you, and I've tried sending it through Wilson Post and can't seem to get it through, so I'll just ask here. When the weather is perfect like it has been for a day or two why do the weather men refer to it as a Chamber of Commerce Day?-Thanks L. L. J.

Well, hello, Facebook friend! Thats the route this question travelled. Traveled. The first past tense of travel is the British version; the second is the American. If youre feeling international, double your ls. It turns out Im very British Isles; I submitted DNA to Ancestry.com and my results were 76 percent British Isles, 21 percent north central Europe, 3 percent unknown. Of all things, they included a little spiel to remind me that Shakespeare was English. I suppose someone doesnt know.

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Reshardo Juantai 'Tai' Clemmons, 35

Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Friday, July 13 at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet for Mr. Clemmons, 35. He died in an automobile accident Saturday, July 7, 2012.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Corona Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet and Friday from 11 a.m. until 12 Noon at Victory Baptist Church.

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Driver service center to close temporarily, reopen in new location

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced the Wilson County Driver Service Center located at 725 Elkins Drive in Lebanon, will temporarily close on Friday, July 13 and Monday, July 16, and will reopen for normal business hours at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, in its new location at 204 Maddo- Simpson Pkwy., also in Lebanon.

The newly-constructed facility replaces the modular driver service center that has served Wilson County for the past 25 years. The new driver service center will also house Tennessee Highway Patrol personnel assigned to Wilson County.

Improving customer service and reducing wait times at our driver service centers are top priorities of this department. This new driver service center replaces a space that was never intended to be permanent. It will help us better serve the citizens of Wilson County, Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

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One goal, one camp: Empower Me

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=59|imageid=371|displayname=0|float=left}By NICHOLE MANNA
The Wilson Post

Empower Me Day Camp has a simple goal, to empower children ages 5-21 with mild to moderate physical or developmental disabilities using fun and exciting activities throughout the year to enhance their quality of life.

The non-profit organization was established in 1999 to help children throughout the greater Nashville area. The staff includes occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologists and teachers. They have a variety of programs throughout the year including a Sports Festival, Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Fling. Their biggest program is happening right now the six-week summer day camp.

We do basically any activity youd find at a regular day camp, but we adapt them so each child can participate and do them as good as possible, said Michelle Hill, Empower Me Day Camps executive director.

Some families will join the camp for a couple weeks; some will join for the whole summer. The camp is open to children with different diagnoses, including but not limited to, autism, cerebral palsy and children who are blind or deaf.

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Body found off Central Pike

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A man was found dead Saturday, July 7, in Lebanon, and authorities are unsure of the cause, but pointed to possible heat or a medical condition.

The mans body was found on the side of the road at 1353 Central Pike at approximately 5 p.m., Saturday, said Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said no foul play was involved, but noted the man could have either died from the heat or a medical condition as he was working outside.

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Bairds Grove MBC sets Youth Revival

Bairds Grove Missionary Baptist Church will have a Youth Revival at 7 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, July 11-13.

Guest speaker Wednesday night will be Minister Marcelly Smith of Lily Hill Baptist Church; Thursday night, OKeefe Hassell; and Friday night, Minister Deangelo Weir of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

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Brothers arrested in multi-county theft ring

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A Davidson County man is being held in Wilson County Jail on two theft charges after he reportedly stole a John Deere Gator from a Mt. Juliet resident and is also alleged to be responsible for thefts in multiple counties.

Dustin Nicholson, 19, of Wildview Drive, Nashville, was arrested on Thursday, July 5, along with his brother, Jason, for a theft scheme that had the brothers allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of property.

Lt. Ricky Knight of the Wilson County Sheriffs Department said Nicholson reportedly responded to a Craigslist ad by a Mt. Juliet resident looking to sell the John Deere Gator.

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Audit brings policy changes to WCSD

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

An audit report released Tuesday by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury showed several deficiencies in record keeping and handling of seized evidence and money by the Wilson County Sheriffs Department as part of joint drug and crime tasks forces, which were led by former Deputy John Edwards.

The audit was conducted by the Comptrollers office last year, investigating records and cases from Jan. 1, 2008 through May 31, 2011, that were handled through the Joint Violent Crimes Task Force, or JVCTF, and Safe Streets Task Force, or SSTF, which were joint operations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

We corrected these things last year, moved on and are operating under the policies that they wanted us to implement, said Sheriff Terry Ashe, who added that deficiencies were a result of Edwards criminal actions.

Edwards pled guilty to obstruction of official proceeding and was sentenced on April 27, 2012 to 18 years in prison.

The FBI and TBI requested the audit to aid in their investigation of Edwardss actions.

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