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So hand me a Kleenex before I catastrophize

By ANNE DONNELL

How are new words added to our vocabularies? I know this is happening a lot, but Im curious about what the process is or even if there is a process.
-Using Words I Didnt Know Existed When I Was A Child

That signature above needs to be left alone; those of us with mostly no TV childhoods were able to grow up without knowing about the existence of a lot of words, mostly X-rated ones. (X-rated itself is meaningless before the movie standards were adopted; the original ones went in use in late 1968.)

There is not a process for adding new words; there are many, many, many. Sometimes a famous creative person hammers away at words (think Shakespeare), chipping and shaping until new ones appear. Sometimes an anonymous creative person pops out a new word (think advertising copy writers of this century and last), and this word sticks. Sometimes high school students open their mouths and out comes something never heard before, maybe jitterbug, maybe Tweeeterbug.

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Use common sense in adding fluoride to water

This guest column is in response to an article published in the Friday, June 1 edition ofThe Wilson Post, in which local dentist, Dr. Chad Williams said he will be contacting other dentists to begin a campaign to add fluoride to the local water supply. You may read that article by clicking here.

I read with great concern the article about a Lebanon dentist who wants to put fluoride back into the water.The first thing I would like to point out is that fluoride is NOT a nutrient.The fluoride that is typically used for water fluoridation is hydrofluorosilicic acid, not the pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride that is used in toothpaste, but rather the toxic waste straight from the scrubbers of phosphate plants with all of its other toxins such as arsenic, lead, and mercury. It's too toxic to release into the air or rivers, yet okay to put in our drinking water. It doesn't pass the common sense test.

Supporters of fluoridation always refer to "research" that shows fluoride to be safe and effective, yet in the 10 years that I have been studying fluoride I have yet to see this research.They always refer to the "York Review," however, Dr.Trevor Sheldon, the founding director of the center that actually did the study, said that the review did not show water fluoridation to be safe. In 2006 the National Research Council released a report that also found the levels of fluoride used at that time not only to be unsafe, but potentially harmful to diabetics and kidney patients as well as other groups of people.

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New 'Snow White' film an interesting take on a classic

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Fairy tales are designed to tell us a story, often with a lesson to be learned at the end, but Snow White and the Huntsman is a slight deviation from the original tale and delivers excellent settings and interesting visuals, but the problem with fairy tales are the one-dimensional characters.

In this telling, Snow White, played well by Kristen Stewart, is a princess who is locked for years in the tower by her evil stepmother, Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron). When Snow White escapes, the witch-like Queen finds out from the magic mirror on the wall that only Snow White can prevent her from obtaining immortality.

Enter The Huntsman played by Chris Hemsworth, who stumbles around drunkenly, but is capable in a fight. Hes enlisted to track Snow White through the incredible Dark Forest to bring her back to be killed by Ravenna.

Director Rupert Sanders handles the films major settings with outstanding flair, bringing a gloomy, haunting forest to life, and its counterpart, a beautiful and visually enchanting, er, Enchanted Forest.

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LFD Golf for Toys Scramble set

By NICHOLE MANNA
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Firefighters Association will hold the 9th Annual Golf For Toys Scramble on Friday, June 15, at Pine Creek Golf Club.

All proceeds from the scramble will go towards the Christmas For All program, which works to see that all children in Wilson County receive a gift on Christmas. They also work in conjunction with Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet and the Angel Tree program in Watertown.

Last year, we gave to 450-500 kids, which is equivalent to about $20,000, said Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Dowell.

If enough money isnt raised with the golf tournament, Dowell has other plans to get donations.

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MJPD checks 35 stores for beer sales, 31 comply with law

An alcohol compliance check of 35 stores in Mt. Juliet found that 31 of them complied with the law regarding beer sales to someone under the age of 21, and four of them reportedly failing to do so.

Mt. Juliet Police Departments Crime Suppression Unit conducted the compliance checks on Thursday, May 31.

The 31 businesses that did follow the law represented an 89 percent compliance rate out of all of the businesses that sell beer for off-the-premises consumption.

The four businesses that reportedly failed the compliance checks are:

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CU memorial for Dr. Phillips on June 10

A memorial service has been planned for Dr. Ray Phillips, former president of Cumberland University.

Phillips passed away April 29, 2012. He was 89.

The service will take place on Sunday, June 10, at 3 p.m., in the Universitys Baird Chapel with a reception to follow in Phillips Dining Hall, the facility named in honor of the former president and his wife.

Dr. Phillips served Cumberland University as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1983-86. He then was elected to the Board of Trust and served from 1986-91 before serving as President from 1991-94.

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Man charged with 'doctor shopping'

A Smith County man has been arrested in two separate incidents for a second and third time for doctor shopping.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) on Tuesday announced the arrest of 21-year old Joshua L. Sherrill, of Smith County. He was indicted by a Smith County grand jury on two counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance paid for by TennCare. Sherrill allegedly saw multiple physicians for the purpose of obtaining prescriptions for the painkiller Hydrocodone.

Sherrill was also indicted by a Williamson County grand jury, which charged him with fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance which was paid for by TennCare another doctor shopping charge also involving Hydrocodone.

His first doctor shopping arrest was in April of this year, when charges were lodged in Wilson County, also reportedly involving doctor shopping for Hydrocodone, using TennCare to pay for it.

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N. MJ Road section now open for business

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Motorists in Mt. Juliet have been enjoying the widened 2-mile section of North Mt. Juliet Road for several weeks, but the Tennessee Department of Transportation officially celebrated the reopening on Monday and businesses along North Mt. Juliet Road will be inviting customers in to their stores for a special event in the coming weeks.

This is a great day for Mt. Juliet, said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.

The project, which began in July 2009, cost a little more than $9 million to widen a 2.2-mile section of North Mt. Juliet Road from Division Street to Highway 70.

According to Schroer, the construction ran into several roadblocks along the way. He said there were six sets of utilities that had to be moved in order to complete the job.

The project also was adjusted to include a crosswalk to tie into the citys greenway, as well as an additional turn lane and modification of the traffic signal at the intersection of Mt. Juliet Road and Hwy. 70.

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Family escapes harm in blaze that claims apartment unit

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

A Wilson County family escaped injury Tuesday in a fire that destroyed their residence at Spring Hill Apartments on Trousdale Ferry Pike.

The blaze was reported at 1:48 p.m., Tuesday, and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency responded with engines from Stations 1 (headquarters), 8 on Carthage Highway and 6 on Highway 109. They left the scene at 3:55 p.m.

WEMA Director John Jewell said upon arrival, firefighters requested as a precaution backup from Lebanon Fire Department which responded with Engine 1 which has a 75-foot aerial ladder.

We were afraid it might get away from us, Jewell said, noting the apartments are constructed in a townhouse or condominium style in that they are all tied together.

However, Jewell said, We were able to contain it to one bedroom.

A cause of the fire had not been determined as of press time, but LFD Lt. Kerry Lawson was investigating. Jewell added that firefighters did not believe the cause was electrical.

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Symphony on the Lawn returns June 12

Its almost here: the annual Symphony on the Lawn Concert.

The evening is full of family fun and outstanding music. The event has quickly become a favorite of the community.

Regions Bank and the Cracker Barrel Foundation have joined forces to present the Tuesday, June 12, concert that will be held at Cumberland University on the front lawn of Memorial Hall at 5:30 p.m.

Gates open at 5 p.m., and tickets are $5 for adults. Students of all ages attend free. The Nashville Symphony will be bringing their Instrument Petting Zoo, giving anyone a chance to try out an instrument.

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Nominations sought for LHS Sports Hall of Fame

The Lebanon High School Athletic Department is accepting nominations for the Class of 2012 Sports Hall of Fame until 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.

The date and time of the 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremony / reception will be announced in the coming weeks. The purpose of the Sports Hall of Fame is to identify and honor in a permanent manner those individuals who have achieved excellence in athletics at Lebanon High School.

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Penn all-state QB enrolls at FCS

Sometimes good fortune just strolls in the front door. That appears to have been the case almost three weeks ago when an all-state quarterback from Pennsylvania and his mom showed up at Friendship Christian School and wanted to take a look around.

Fast forward to today and rising junior AJ Long is enrolled at the local private school for the 2012-2013 academic year and is taking part in off-season workouts with the defending Class 2A state champion Commanders.

Long, a 2011 Associated Press Class A first-team All-State selection and a MaxPreps second-team sophomore All-American, tallied 3,700 passing yards, 931 rushing yards, 46 passing touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns last season for Pius X in Bangor, Pennsylvania.The Royals were All-American League and District 11 Class A champions in last season -- finishing with a record of (12-2).

I was coming out of a meeting and someone told me there was a young man and his mother wanting to find out about the school, take a tour, that sort of thing, said Friendship head coach and athletic director John McNeal. They also said he was a football player, but I had no idea he was THAT kind of football player.

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Sunset takes Rotary Major title

2102 ALL-STAR TEAM NAMED
The Lebanon Rotary Dixie Youth 11-12 league held closing ceremonies Tuesday night at Penuel Field in the Baird Park Complex as the 2012 regular season came to a close.

Sunset Restaurant won the league championship with a record of 13-2. Coached by Tim Hill and assisted by Cameron Hill and Dylan Boyd, the team included: Jensen White, Dylan Alsup, Elijah McDearman, Jackson Cherry, Jonathan Presley, Joe Daniels, Tristan Warden, Zachary Scott, Luke Smith, Will Wright and Cade Baker.

Twelve year old Noah Mulaski was named league Most Valuable Player. The shortstop / pitcher for Liberty State Bank led the league with a batting average of .657 (23-for-37) over 14 games.

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James Bub Gibbons, 75

Funeral services for Mr. James Bub Gibbons were held Wednesday afternoon, June 6 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Eld. Buster Drennon officiating. Interment followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Gibbons, age 75 of Lebanon, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012, at University Medical Center.

Born November 17, 1936, in Miston, Tennessee, he is the son of the late Jewell and Virginia Beauton Lovelace Gibbons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Wesley Gibbons.

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Local dentist revisits fluoridation of water

From Post staff reports

A Lebanon dentist is making plans to revisit the topic of adding fluoride to the City of Lebanons water supply.

Dr. Chad Williams said this week he will begin contacting fellow dentists in the community in an effort to begin a campaign to get the City of Lebanon to add fluoride to the local water supply.

Williams said, while he has been aware of the benefits of fluoride in the public water supply, he was again reminded of the importance of the process in an article published by the American Dental Association in which it was pointed out that fluorideis a main deterrent to tooth decay.

He said the ADA points out in an article found on the associations website that over the past few decades, tooth decay has been reduced dramatically. The key reason: fluoride. Research has shown that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and adults. It also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay becomes visible.

Williams noted that the article goes on to say that many people continue to be misinformed about fluoride and fluoridation. Fluoride is like any other nutrient; it is safe and effective when used appropriately.

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WHS history teacher wins awards

Watertown High School history teacher Barbara Marks earned two prestigious statewide history awards this spring.

On April 26, Marks was named History Day Teacher of the Year for Tennessee and on May 23, she was also named the Tennessee History Teacher of the Year through the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America.

History Day is a yearlong curriculum-enhanced program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students compete on a district, state and national level. Marks students have advanced to the state level for the past three years.

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TA Staffing wins Chamber tourney

Harbrecht Memorial at Pine Creek
The TA Staffing team of Jeff Bates, Lee Swinehart, Brad Story and Tim Petty shot a 56 to win Friday's 11th annual Dr. Cary Harbrecht Memorial Summer Scramble at the Pine Creek Golf & Country Club.

The event, a major fund-raising event for the Lebanon - Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, drew a field of 37 teams for the 18-hole afternoon scramble.

The Nashville Auction & Realty team won the second flight on a three-way scorecard playoff with a 63. Remar, Inc. won the third flight with a 67. Some 30 other teams participated in a seniors nine-hole event earlier in the day.

The team of Bob Boyce, Biff Williams and Mike Mohlere won the nine-hole scramble with a 30.

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Schools prepare for curriculum change

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Local school systems are preparing teachers this summer for a statewide change in curriculum that will give them more time for in-depth instruction in Mathematics and English/Language Arts that Lebanon Special School District Associate Director of Learning Jeanne Barker said would change the way teachers teach.

As part of Tennessees greater shift in education, the new Common Core is a set of standards for Math and English/Language Arts designed to increase the number of high school students who graduate prepared for college or the workforce.

The new standards in Math will be adopted statewide in the 2012-2013 school year for grades 3 through 8 and for Math and English/Language Arts in 2013-2014 for all students in grades 3 through 12.

Next year in mathematics, teachers will be working with a slimmed-down curriculum that focuses deeply on a number of core concepts to ensure students have a strong foundational understanding needed to move to the next grade level.

There are fewer standards, but its more in-depth, it gives students a deeper understanding of the concepts, Barker said.

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Cooler temps today, Saturday

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

It may seem downright chilly today and tomorrow with highs in the 70s and lows in the low to upper 50s.

After a Memorial Day holiday weekend with temperatures in the 90s, a light jacket may not be out of the question Friday night and Saturday night.

The cooler temperatures are the result of a strong cold front that was to bring potentially severe weather to Middle Tennessee last night and into early this morning.

That was the word Thursday from Trevor Boucher, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.

The high today should be about 70 degrees with the low tonight dropping to 52. If you happen to be traveling to the Cumberland Plateau, the low there tonight is expected to be in the 40s.

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4th graders garden benefits senior citizens

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The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET Elzie Patton Elementary School fourth graders played in the dirt Wednesday, but it was for a good cause.

The students have been growing bean sprouts at school to plant in the garden at the Mt. Juliet Community Center at Charlie Daniels Park as part of the schools Focus on the Community project.

The students recently planted their bean sprouts alongside Master Gardener and City of Mt. Juliet Parks Clerk Jan Littrells corn seed.

When Littrell visited Elzie Patton earlier in May to help the kids begin their beans, she told them about the Native American tale of the Three Sisters, which represent beans, corn and squash. These plants have a mutually beneficial relationship when planted close together.

The beans grow up the corn stalks and that gives the beans somewhere to go. The beans anchor the corn when storms come. Theyre so heavy theyll blow over. Then when you plant the squash it spreads out and keeps the ground wet. So thats the Three Sisters, Littrell explained.

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CU celebrates with Patrons' Party, Phoenix Ball

Check out photos from this year's Cumberland Univeristy Patron's Party and Phoenix Ball, held on Thursday, May 31 and Saturday, June 2, respectively.

The Patron's Party was held at the home of CU alumni Dr. Aaron and Mandy Pryor and the Phoenix Ball is held each year in Baird Chapel on the CU campus.

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FCS grad called up to majors

BULLETIN -- Friendship Christian School graduate Stephen Pryor has been called up to the major leagues by the Seattle Mariners and will join the team in Chicago tonight for the team's series with the White Sox.

Pryor, 22, began his 2012 campaign with Double-A Jackson where he owned a 1-0 record with seven saves and a 1.13 ERA in 11 appearances.

Pryor, 6-4, 245-lbs., has since appeared in nine games for Triple-A Tacoma, pitching 12 innings without allowin a run while converting both of his save opportunities.

His fast ball has been clocked at over 100 mph.

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Fanchier anchors BU bullpen

For the second year in a row and the just second time in program history, the Belmont Bruins baseball team has earned a berth in the NCAA Regional Championships at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA.

Lebanon High graduate and Belmont relief ace Garrett Fanchier has been a big part of the Bruins success this season.

It was really exciting last year, being the first team to make it to the tournament, Fanchier said. Its been exciting to make there again this year.

The Bruins sport a record of 39-22 and are coming off a second consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.

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Nellie Louise Crook, 91

Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning, May 31 at the Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, for Mrs. Crook, 91.
She died Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
Interment was in the Antioch Cemetery, Trousdale County.
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

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Robert Earl Flye, 80

Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning, May 31 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Flye, 80, a recent resident of Mt. Juliet.
The U.S. Air Force veteran died Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
Graveside services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery in Smithfield, NC.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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