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Jewell: 39 fires since July 1

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell said the agency has responded to almost 40 grass or structure fire calls since July 1, with dry and hot conditions persisting to make outdoor fires a huge risk.

As drought conditions have worsened, Jewell pointed out WEMA has responded to 39 fires since July 1. He said they responded to 71 fires in the whole month of June.

We did have a high number of small fires during the peak times of fireworks use, said Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell.

Jewell said he expects the number of fire calls to decrease slightly given the time that local residents can shoot fireworks is coming to a close. Wilson Countys ban on open burning is still in effect and will remain in place until conditions improve.

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MJ fire talks expected to heat up soon

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Talks regarding fire coverage in Mt. Juliet are expected to heat up once again this month as two proposals are on the table that would see Mt. Juliet paying for Wilson County Emergency Management Agency personnel in the new Providence station or having the city completely fund and staff the new station.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the two proposals would be discussed within the County Commission Emergency Management Committee this month.

Both the EMA committee and the Mt. Juliet City Commission are looking at two proposals to determine how Mt. Juliet fire coverage will exist, Hutto said.

According to Hutto, one proposal would have Mt. Juliet paying WEMA to run the new Providence station that is currently under construction. District 6 County Commissioner Kenny Reich, vice chairman of the EMA committee, said the first proposal isnt likely to find support within the committee.

I dont see anyone being for it, Reich said.

The second proposal coming from Hutto would have Mt. Juliet completely staff and fund the new station with WEMA continuing to operate Station 3 behind Mt. Juliet City Hall. According to Hutto, both stations would cover the city limits and portions of the county that are within those limits.

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Wilson in severe drought

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

The U.S. Drought Monitor elevated Wilson County as well as all of Middle Tennessee to Severe drought conditions, which is likely to threaten local agriculture, increase fire risk and bring water shortages.

According to Meteorologist Mark Rose of the National Weather Services Old Hickory office, Wilson County has seen only 70 percent of average rainfall so far this year, putting the moisture well behind where it needs to be this time of year.

Were actually 30 percent below normal, which isnt catastrophic but thats significant, Rose said.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, approximately 64 percent of the entire state of Tennessee is experiencing a severe drought at this time. The area stretches from the Mississippi River in West Tennessee all the way Fentress County in the east.

Also, about nine percent of the state, in the Northwest corner of the state, is currently experiencing an extreme drought.

Rose said a severe drought means dry conditions can cause actual agricultural losses in the form of dying crops as well as a very high fire risk. Wilson County has already instituted a ban on open burning that is in effect until conditions improve.

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Former Bulldog McGuire named interim baseball coach at MT

MURFREESBORO -- Former Cumberland University infielder Jim McGuire has been named interim head coach at Middle Tennessee in the wake of last week's resignation of longtime Blue Raider coach Steve Peterson.

Considered one of the most respected and knowledgeable coaches in the collegiate ranks, McGuire recently completed his 20th season with the MT baseball program -- the last 12 as associate head coach.

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Our Feathered Friends - July 4

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=368|displayname=0|float=left}By RAY POPE

Last Sunday, our church family hung around talking about this and that after a great service. My old bowling partner, Anthony Walker, started asking about how the birds in my life were doing and when will I write about the Belted Kingfisher. Its strange that almost everyone that has anything to say to me always gets around to asking me something about birds.

Many years ago an old friend, Neal Blackburn, photographer for The Lebanon Democrat, pinned the name "Birdman" on me as I was taking pictures for the articles in the "About Birds" featured each week in their newspaper. I'm not sure if he knew my real name, but he taught me quite a bit about taking pictures and developing my own negatives and prints. Barbara Manners also started calling me her Bird Guru which Karen Franklin picked up real quickly. That is quite a reputation for me to live up to.

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Vandy players make school history at NBA draft

For the first time in Vanderbilt basketball history, the Commodores saw two players taken in the first round of the NBA Draft.

John Jenkins went No. 23, to the Atlanta Hawks. Festus Ezeli was the last first round player taken, No. 30 by Golden State. The Commodores could have made it three, but Jeffery Taylor was the first player taken in the second round.

The only draft picks to get guaranteed money are first rounders. Those in the second round start their NBA careers behind the 8-ball, as their teams dont have significant money invested in them.

Prior to Jenkins and Ezeli, the Commodores have had only three first round picks, dating back to the first year of the draft, 1957.

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'Amazing Spider-Man is familiar, yet pleasantly new

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=58|imageid=370|displayname=0|float=left}By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Perhaps its too early for a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, which Sony began in 2002 with Spider-Man, but the restart with The Amazing Spider-Man features a side of Peter Parker thats welcome and more interesting, making his web-slinging hero side, that much more powerful.

Sony went back to square-one with Amazing, starting with Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, watching his scientist father and his mother leave unexpectedly. Peter grows up with his Aunt May (Sally Field) and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen).

Peter meets a scientist, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), who worked with Peters father Richard on cross-genetic research. He also develops a friendship and love interest in Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone.

But when Connors uses a revolutionary serum that he and Peter co-create to repair his amputated right arm, using reptile DNA, the good doctor turns into a misguided monster, The Lizard.

The film separates itself well from the previous trilogy, showing a more troubled Peter Parker than before. While Tobey Maguires Parker was smitten by his love interest, he isnt necessarily displayed as a teen struggling with the obvious issues that would come along from losing his parents so early.

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Carol Townsend Simpson, 47

Memorial services were held Thursday morning, July 5 at Brentwood Baptist Church For Mrs. Simpson, 47, formerly of Lebanon. A graduate of of Lebanon High School and a a resident of Franklin, Mrs. Simpson died Sunday, July 1, 2012.

She was a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Brentwood Baptist Church.

Survivors include: parents Darrel and Evelyn Townsend of Lebanon; husband Mitch; children Hailey, Madison and Austin -- all of Franklin; sister Robin (Jim) Conlan of Greenville, S.C.; brother Brian (Jo) Townsend; and niece and nephews Olivia, Luke and Jack Townsend -- all of Brentwood.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brentwood Baptist Missions.

Austin Funeral & Cremation Services iwas n charge of the arrangements.

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Edward "Bo" McPeak, 89

Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Edward "Bo" McPeak, 89, of Lebanon.

A World War II veteran, having served with the US Army Air Corps, Mr. McPeak died Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in the Summit Medical Center. The son of the late Elwood & Zelma McPeak, he was self-employed as an electrician, plumber and farmer.

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I promised, but what the hey?

By JOHN L. SLOAN

I promised I wouldnt put this in a column. But Im going to anyway because I need a column for this week and I stay way away from water on holidays. I believe you will agree this beats a wrap up of some fishing tournament or one of the TWRA canned releases. This sounds like something I would do back when I was drinking.

See, what happened is Jackie got to talking about eating turtle. Now me, I like me some turtle now and again but I dont have them as a regular item on my menu. To start with, they are hard to catch and as a genl rule, they stink worse than Cletus P. Mudbank on a hot day. However, I do know how to undress one and cook it. Russell Jackson taught me how.

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Teenage Land

By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

There is something very scary about the crossover from 12 years old into teenage land. Not for the child ahem young man of course. Hes elated. Even though this new milestone has very little impact on anything in his life as far as rules for bedtime and social schedule goes. Besides the number itself, the only noticeable change is the tone in his voice and facial expressions when me or his dad talk to him about ANYTHING. In the span of one year, it seems this oldest child of mine has inherited the entire worlds wisdom.

Our conversations as of late go something like this:

Mom: Turn the TV down; I could hear it when I pulled into the garage.

Teenager: no response. In fact, I dont think he even notices me standing beside him.

Mom: Hey! Turn the television down! This startles him.

Teenager: Alright! You dont have to yell at me! It was this loud when I turned it on. Why do you blame me for everything? This is always followed with a very exaggerated eye roll.

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Hanks Last Ride slowly hits the theatrical trail

Dear Ken: Whatever happened to that new Hank Williams movie?

That would be The Last Ride, which stars Henry Thomas as Williams and co-stars Fred Dalton Thompson, Jesse James and Kaley Cuoco. It has opened in a series of historic theaters across the U.S. and will be shown in major cities from now through August. The independent film focuses on the period when Williams was getting his life back in order after drugs, alcohol, two failed marriages and a hair-trigger temper had nearly ruined his career. In late 1952, he had arranged several New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio but never got there.Somewhere on that last highway, the country music legend passed away on New Years Day, in 1953, in the back of his Cadillac, carrying only his guitar and a notebook full of unfinished songs.

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Lebanon asks residents to use less water

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Due to the increased consumption of water by Lebanon residents, the City has issued a Voluntary Water Use Reduction as the recent dry period has the city pumping close to its daily water capacity.

Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines said the city has a pumping capacity of 12 million gallons per day and said the city was getting dangerously close to that level over the weekend.

It may have been as high as 90 percent in those really hot days this weekend, Baines said.

The request for a voluntary reduction is part of the citys Approved Water System Conservation Contingency Plan, which Baines said is a plan that all cities have in place and have approved by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The plan calls for a voluntary reduction in water use for citizens based on drought conditions. Baines said the problem does not stem from a low Cumberland River, where the city gets its water, but from low supplies in city holding tanks.

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Little rain ahead, drought still in effect

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Despite some much-needed rain on Monday in Lebanon, Meteorologist Bobby Boyd with the National Weather Service noted it had minimal impact on drought conditions and said very little rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week.

It will have almost no effect on the drought, Boyd said of Mondays rain that dropped 0.97 inches just north of Lebanon and 0.5 inches in other parts of Lebanon.

An inch or two of rain would really help, Boyd said.

He pointed out that most of Mondays rain was centered on Lebanon and that other parts of Wilson County had very little rainfall. However, he said lightning was severe at times in Lebanon as a result of the storm that passed through.

You got lucky in one way, you had some rain, but you also had the lightning, Boyd said.

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Lower grocery tax offers little savings

From Post staff reports

Among new laws enacted by the most recent state legislature and going into affect this week is a reduction on sales tax to be paid on food items in groceries.

The new state sales tax on food items is 5.25 percent. The new tax went into affect on Sunday, July 1.

Previously the tax had been set at 5.5 percent.

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Local sports in brief

LHS sports hall of fame
The Lebanon High School Athletic Department is accepting nominations for the Class of 2012 Sports Hall of Fame through July 15. Nominations must be made in writing and include full justification for the nomination, including statistics, honors, awards and any other pertinent information pertaining to the nominee.

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Dixie Majors play in state

ROTARY STARS 11, PLEASANT VIEW 6
ADAMS -- Two-run homers by Hanley Sobieszczykand Dylan Alsup backed the complete game pitching effort of Will Wright Thursday as Lebanon's Rotary Dixie Majors (11-12) all-stars defeated Pleasant View 11-6 in the finals of the District 4 tournament.

With the win, the Lebanon squad earned a No. 1 seed in the Dixie Youth OZone State and will play Friday, July 13 at 2 p.m, in Springfield. Lebanon Rotary will play Lookout Mountain in the opener.

Lebanon jumped to a 5-1 lead after one inning, but needed a four-run burst in the bottom of the fifth to keep Pleasant View at bay.

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Gladys Sue Berryhill, 86

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 in the Moore-Cortner Chapel in Winchester for Mrs. Berryhill, 86, of Decherd.
She died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at her home.
Interment will be in Franklin Memorial Gardens, Winchester.
Arrangements by Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Winchester.

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Margaret Ann Crofutt, 63

No services were scheduled for Mrs. Crofutt, 63, of Lebanon.
She died June 29, 2012.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Lloyd Ledsinger, 77

Funeral services were held Monday morning, July 2 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Ledsinger, 77.
He passed away June 29, 2012.
Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Geraline Gilbert, 78

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, July 3 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Gilbert, 78, of Lebanon.
Born in Wilson County, she died Saturday, June 30, 2012 at her home, following an extended illness.
Interment followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Memorial donations be made to the Breast Cancer Patient Advocate Foundation, the Healthwell Foundation, or Sherrys Run.
Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Wanda Lee Kent, 62

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, July 5 at the Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mrs. Kent, 62.
She died July 2, 2012.
The family will be receiving friends from 12 Noon until the service.
Entombment in Wilson County Memorial Park Mausoleum will immediately follow the service.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Lucille O. Jones, 97

Mrs. Jones, 97, of Lebanon died Monday, July 2, 2012.
Services will be held 12 Noon Thursday, July 5, at the Mausoleum of Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis.
Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, Old Hickory.

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Cynthia L. "Cindy" Keckler, 59

A memorial service has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Keckler, 59, of San Antonio, FL.
Born in Nashville, she died Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service.
Donations may be made in her memory to the ALS Association Florida Chapter, 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa, FL 33619.
Loyless Funeral Home, Land O' Lakes, FL was in charge of arrangements.

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Sandra Lea Paris, 41

Funeral services are scheduled for 12 Noon Friday, July 6 at the Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Ms. Paris, 41.
She died July 3, 2012.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Friday.
Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Aggragements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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