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Donna Reed was a wonderful actress
Dear Ken: Before Christmas I saw Donna Reed again in Its a Wonderful Life. She was wonderful herself in The Donna Reed Show TV series but what other movies did she make?

Reed, who was born Donna Mullenger in Denison, Iowa, and died of pancreatic cancer in 1986 at age 64, made 40 films and won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in 1953s From Here to Eternity. Among her other movie credits were The Picture of Dorian Gray, They Were Expendable, Green Dolphin Street, Hangmans Knot, The Caddy, The Last Time I Saw Paris, The Far Horizons, The Benny Goodman Story and Ransom! The actress raised four children with the second of her three husbands.

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Tebow for President
So, I ask you, what does Tim Tebow do after he leads the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl? In his rookie year, no less. Republicans are struggling to find a candidate they feel can defeat President Barack Obama. Tim Tebow is the man. Who can balance our countrys budget after so many have tried and failed? Tim Tebow, naturally.

Who can erase the national debt, which at last glance was bigger than the Grand Canyon? Tebow is the man.

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Community Calendar, January 11-18, 2012

Celebrate Recovery: If you suffer from addiction/dysfunctional behaviors (hurts/hang-ups/habits) and would like a safe place to meet with others like you sharing your struggles, strengths and hope with one another to grow closer to God and others, then you are invited to Fairview Church, 1660 Leeville Pike, Lebanon, from 6:30 until 8 p.m., Thursdays. For information, call Sonny at 707-0305 or email sonnywarmath@gmail.com.

Telephone Pioneers of America has Volume Number 1 and Volume Number 3 cookbooks for sale. All sales benefit the Pioneer Museum in Fiddlers Grove at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. For information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.

Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 149 Public Square in Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.

Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.

Lebanon Friendship AL-ANON and ALATEEN Family Groups, for family and friends of alcoholics which meets at Our House at 115 North Greenwood Street, is changing the time of meetings to 7 p.m., Sundays and Thursdays, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Contacts are Harriet at 444-2852 and Lynda at 444-8434.

HomeSafe Womens Support Group meets Wednesday evenings. For information, or if you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.

Piecemakers Quilt Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at First United Methodist Church. The Knitting and Prayer Shawl Ministry meets every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Craft Room of the Family Life Center, and Sit n Stitchers meet every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Craft Room. For more information, call 443-2354 or 444-1182.

Wilson County Landfill will be closed on Saturdays in January and February.

Wilson County Commissions EMA Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Judicial Committee will meet 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, in Conference Room 1, courthouse, to discuss circuit line item transfer.

Animal Control Committee will meet 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, in the commission courtroom, courthouse.

Budget and Public Works Committees will have a joint meeting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, in the commission courtroom, courthouse, to discuss the prospective project at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

Education Committee will meet 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.

Minutes Committee will meet 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.

Steering Committee will meet 6:45 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.

Budget Committee will meet 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.

Wilson Central High School will hold its annual open house for incoming freshmen and their parents from 6 until 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, in the gym. Meet the freshman guidance counselor, school administrators and teachers and tour the school. Snow date is Thursday, Jan. 19.

Wilson County Republican Party will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at WCRP Headquarters at 500 South Cumberland Street at Kevins Automotive in Lebanon (behind 231 Car Sales). Guest speaker will be Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead who will discuss the proposed Cumberland Center. WCRP will also finalize its calendar for the 2012 campaign season. For information, contact Kevin Foushee, chairman, at 444-5732 or visit www.wilsongop.org.

will meet at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at McKendree Towers at 4347 Lebanon Road, Hermitage. Women who can prove lineage to a Revolutionary War patriot are invited to attend. For information, visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tngdsdar or contact generaldanielsmithsrockcastleregent@tndar.org.

Open Table, a ministry of First United Methodist Church, will serve a meal without charge to any person in the community who can benefit form a hot meal and fellowship at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15. It will be in the Family Life Center located on the church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon, across from the Library. Signs will be posted, toilet facilities will be available and you will be made welcome.

will host its annual Winter Gathering from 1 until 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Tennessee Livestock Center in Murfreesboro. Greyhounds, their adopters and people interested in adopting retired racers are welcome. Admission is $2 per dog plus $5 per person or $15 per family. A Fun Run for dogs will be at 3 p.m., and there will be games and open playtime in the enclosed livestock ring. For people, there will be a silent auction, food and shopping with vendors offering dog-related merchandise. Proceeds will help cover the cost of vetting senior greyhounds that come up for adoption and to provide incentives to the adopters of older dogs. For information, visit www.gpanashville.org or contact Mardy Fones at 297-2033 or at mafones@comcast.net.

Wilson County AARP Chapter #5023 will meet at Hearthside Community at 215 N. Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17. Guest speaker will be attorney David Foutch who will give information on Wills, Durable Power of Attorney and all the facts regarding Tennessee laws and procedures on setting up papers in case of bad health or death.

Lebanon City Council will hold a work session on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 5:30 p.m., to discuss State Revolving Loan for new concrete clear-well tanks at the Water Treatment Plant. The meeting will be in the Town Meeting Hall of the City of Lebanon Administration Building at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave.

Wilson County Beekeepers will be hosting a three-day beginners beekeeping class Jan. 17-19 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Space is limited. The cost is $25 per person and $45 per couple. Contact Petra Mitchell at 286-2529 for questions or to reserve your seat.

Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to consider the applications of Quick and Easy (Gameel Mesad) d/b/a Quick and Easy located at 313 South Cumberland Street, for off the premises consumption, and Arora Inc. (Jatinder Kumar) d/b/a AM Express Mart located at 404 South Cumberland Street, for off the premises consumption.

Monthly Parent Pantry Give-away will be Saturday, Jan. 21. The give-away this month includes diapers, wipes, towels, washcloths and laundry detergent. Call Ivys Hope Resource Center at 449-7001 to reserve your spot and to provide diaper size.

Wilson County Tea Party will hold its January Meeting and Bean Supper on Monday, Jan. 23, at Powell Grove Church of Christ (corner of Lebanon Road and Powell Grove Road, about 1 mile east of Highway 109). Bean Supper will be from 5:30 until 6:45 p.m. Cost is $5. Meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the church auditorium. Speaker will be David Fowler, president Family Action Council of Tennessee.

Wilson County Right to Life will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet. For information, call Trecia Dillingham at 443-5458.

PHOEBE Ministries, an outreach of widows reaching widows, will host a Minor Home Improvement Workshop at The Rock at First Baptist Church, Lebanon, at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28. The program will be conducted by Lowes. All widows are invited to attend. Bring a recipe to share in the PHOEBE cookbook.

, an event to benefit the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at Cooks United Methodist Church, 7919 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. There will be dining and dancing with entertainment by The Bonna Brothers and a live and silent auction. Ticket prices for corporate or business tables of eight are $300, for individuals are $40 per person and for individual MJSC members are $25 per person. For information, call 758-9114 or email director@mjseniorcenter.org.

To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to news@wilsonpost.com. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.

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James PoPa E. Medley, 77

Mr. Medley, 72, of Lebanon, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Interment will be later this week at Holy Cross Cemetery in Hammond, Ind.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of local arrangements.

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Jerry Richard Johnny Bacon, 71

Mr. Bacon, 71, of Lebanon, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the chapel of Hartsville's Anthony Funeral Home.
Interment will be in Dixon Springs Cemetery.
Arrangements by the Anthony Funeal Home, Hartsville.

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William H. Bill Malone, 72

Former Lebanon resident William H. Bill Malone, 72, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in Roy, Utah.
Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Sellars Funeral Home, 313 West Baddour Avenue, Lebanon.
Interment will follow in the Wilson County Memorial Park.
Sellars Funeral Home Lebanon is in charge of local arrangements.

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Candace Elaine Davies, 58

Candy Davies died Friday, Dec. 28, 2011 at age 58.
A memorial service is scheduled 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at Lebanons First United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

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Vivian Ilene Hale Moss, 87

Mrs. Moss, 87, of Mt. Juliet, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012.
Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet.
Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet.

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Lebanon Prepares for Polar Bear Plunge

Many locals this Saturday will dress up in their best silly costumes and take a dive into the chilly waters at the Jimmy Floyd Family Center for the 2012 Polar Plunge, benefiting Wilson County Special Olympics.

The plunge will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m., and registration begins at 8 that morning. Participants will have to cope with a daytime high temperature of 46 degrees and a water temperature that may be best unknown.

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LPD announces Citizens Police Academy, first Youth Police Academy

Lebanon Police Department and the City of Lebanon have partnered once again to offer a voluntary Citizens Police Academy, an effort to educate and inform the community about how the department operates.

And for the first time, LPD and the city are also offering to young people in the community the first ever Youth Police Academy.
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Mt. Juliet debates fire fighting agreement
Mt. Juliet City Commission got some answers on the fire issue Monday before its regular meeting.

David Eichenthal, a senior managing consultant with PFM, presented his report and the fire issues being discussed between the County and Mt. Juliet.

Mt. Juliet had hired PFM, a forensic accounting firm, to answer three questions. The first was does the city receive an equitable return of county services for revenue generated from taxes paid in Mt. Juliet. The second was what are the citys needs over the next five years. And the last was if the interlocal agreement with the County is beneficial for the city and the county.

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Thieves take 6,800 pills from MJ pharmacy

More than 6,800 pills were stolen from the PharmaCare pharmacy in Mt. Juliet on Sunday, Jan. 1, and police are seeking the suspect.

Mt. Juliet Police Department responded to a burglar alarm at 9:55 p.m., Jan. 1, and upon arrival found that the building had been broken into but the suspect had already fled the scene. PharmaCare is at 1097 Weston Drive.
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LPD investigates shooting, armed robbery at local eatery

From Post staff reports
An employee of a Lebanon drive-in restaurant was shot in the left thigh during an armed robbery that occurred at 12.39 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 8.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said in a news release that the incident occurred at the Sonic Drive-In at 1050 Murfreesboro Road. According to the release, two employees had just closed and walked out to the parking lot when an unidentified black male passenger exited a vehicle and approached them brandishing a handgun.

The suspect fired a round from the weapon as he came closer to the victim. The victim, in defense, threw a black garbage bag containing grease at the suspect.

The suspect then fired another round, striking the victim in the left thigh. The victim was transported by Wilson County Emergency Management Agency to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment.

The suspect then took the black trash bag, got into the passenger side of a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse and fed the scene. The suspect vehicle fled onto South Hartmann Drive toward the interstate

The vehicle was later recovered on Bartons Creek Road by the Wilson County Sheriffs Department.

The black male suspect is described as being approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, wearing baggy jeans and a dark beanie hat. The other suspect is described as being a white male with short hair.

If you have any information about this crime, contact the LPD at 444-2323.

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Mrs. J. Dean Comer, 77

Funeral services for Mrs. J. Dean Mann Comer were held Monday afternoon, Jan. 9 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Dickie Johnson and Pastor John Hunn officiating.

Interment followed at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Comer, age 77 of Lebanon passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at her home.

Born December 20, 1934, in Smith County, she is the daughter of the late Willie Edward Mann and Beulah May Scott Mann. She was a 1953 graduate of Lebanon High School. She was a legal secretary for many years and was a real estate agent.

Mrs. Comer was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. She served on the Wilson County Farm Bureau Womens Leadership Committee and was a member of the Wilson County Gardeners Guild.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Rose Jamison, May Brown, Alta Pierce, and Annie Barrett; and five brothers, Tom, Robert, Billy, James and Cline Mann.

She is survived by her husband, Billy R. Comer whom she married on January 12, 1957; three sons, Jimmy Comer and Carl Comer both of Lebanon and Joe Comer of Nashville; and six grandchildren, Jessica (Luke) Parham, Kelly Comer, Alex Comer, Sydney Comer, Houston Comer and Abigail Comer.

Honorary pallbearers: Carl Jones Sunday School Class of Immanuel Baptist Church

Active pallbearers: Houston Comer, Alex Comer, Ray David Comer, Don McDonald, Bobby Joe Mann, and Tommy Skeen.

Memorials may be made to Sherrys Run or to the American Cancer Society.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon was in charge of arrangements.

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Martinez headlines CU baseball dinner / auction Jan. 27

LEBANON -- The Cumberland University baseball team will host its annual Kickoff Dinner and Auction at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27 in the Benton Jennings Center on the CU.

In addition former Bulldog Luis Martinez will be honored during the event. Martinez became the first CU player to reach the Major Leagues last season with the Padres.

The evening will include a silent and live auction of baseball memorabilia with other donated items also available.

All proceeds from the event go directly to the Cumberland baseball program.

Martinez was the catcher on the 2007 NAIA World Series team and was selected in the 12th round by San Diego. He played at every level of the Padres organization before reaching the Major Leagues last season. He was recently traded to the Texas Rangers and added to that teams 40-man roster.

Cost of the event is $25 per person. For more information or questions please contact head coach Woody Hunt at 615-547-1366 or email whunt@cumberland.edu.

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CU hosts Blue Mtn. Thursday

Cumberland University will host Blue Mountain Thursday, Jan. 12 in a TranSouth Conference doubleheader at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. Women's action will start at 6 p.m. followed by the CU men at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Johnny Williams scored 14 points and Jerret Towns (pictured) added 13 off the bench in a narrow 82-81 CU victory over 17th-ranked Freed-Hardeman.

Coach Lonnie Thompson's Bulldogs (10-3, 2-0 TranSouth) held the lead for almost the entire second half, including 78-71 with 2:18 to play, after nine ties and 10 lead changes in the opening period.

In Saturdays opener -- Cumberland struggled from the field, making just two of its first 17 shots of the second half as third-ranked Freed-Hardeman spanked the Lady Bulldogs 66-51 Saturday in womens basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland (3-9, 0-2 TranSouth) led 28-18 late in the first half before a five-minute drought allowed FHU to tie the contest and take a one-point lead at intermission.

CU then went ice cold after the break, including at the foul line, making just 6-of-15 at the charity stripe despite shooting the bonus for more than 10 minutes in the period.

Simone Ryan recorded 16 points and seven rebounds for CU, while Tamara Gonzalez added 11 and Casie Cowan registered 10. Jessica Pace accounted for nine points and nine rebounds.

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Guerdon Arthur Smith Jr., 72

Mr. Smith died Jan. 1, 2011 at age 72.
Services will be scheduled at a later date.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Willard Franklin Gailbreath, 87

Mr. Gailbreath, 87, of Lebanon, died Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012 in the University Medical Center.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6 at Partlow Funeral Chapel for the US Navy veteran.
Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Kathy Brown, 56

Mrs. Brown, 56, of Lebanon, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6 at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Mt. Juliet's Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Richard Walter Zee-Ming Pon, 21

Mr. Pon 21, of Mt. Juliet, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.
Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 300 S. Tarver Ave. Lebanon.
Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, is in charge of arrangements.

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Patricia Cates Shaw, 59

Mrs. Shaw, 59, of Mt. Juliet, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet.

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Brittney Anne Bucy, 23

Ms. Bucy, 23, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 at Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Lebanon's Sellars Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Pinnacle Bank in Lebanon robbed Thursday

From Post staff reports
Lebanon Police are searching for a man suspected of robbing the Pinnacle Bank on Thursday, located at 411 South Cumberland Street.

Diebold Security, the banks alarm company, notified the police department at about 2:20 p.m., that a white male subject had just robbed the bank.

The suspect entered the bank and demanded money from the clerk, according to a news release from the Lebanon Police Department.

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing blue jeans and a rainbow-colored beanie hat. He was bearded and had sunglasses.

Police believe the suspect fled the scene in a gold color compact pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet S-10, with wood side/bed panels. The vehicle was last seen headed outbound on Cainsville Road.

Anyone with information should contact the Lebanon Police Department at 444-2323.

No other details were available at press time.

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Some thoughts, reflections & predictions

By JOHN L. SLOAN, bowriter1944john@aol.com
I have walked the woods and fields of this country and others for quite a few years. I started out hunting with a single shot, Winchester, 20-gauge and some olive drab coveralls for camouflage. I progressed from doves, squirrels, rabbits and waterfowl to deer and on to elk, bear and caribou, and just about everything that roamed.

I have a closet full of hunting equipment. To say I have watched, even studied hunting and the concept and feelings about hunting change would be a great understatement. In brief, a quick way of explaining what I have seen and feel follows.

1950s: Almost no posted land. Just about, anyone could hunt anywhere there was land. Some hunters asked some did not. Except for the old, traditional hunting clubs with huge acreage tied up, there was almost no leasing except in Texas. Dogs were a standard way of hunting deer and hogs in the south. On occasion, fences were run over, livestock escaped and fields were rutted. Landowners sadly shook their heads and posted property.

1960s: More posted land, permission usually granted by asking. Some hunters did, some did not. Some hunters left gates as they found them some did not. Some abused the land some did not. More posted signs and more leasing to those with the money to afford it was the way it was becoming. More attention was given by wildlife agencies to securing land and managing it for wildlife and non-game species.

1970s: Much more posted land and the posted signs were backed up with legal action. When asked sometimes permission was granted, sometimes not. Some hunters observed the rules some did not. More land went into leases, usually for private use.

As the deer herd grew, much more utilization of WMAs. Poaching increased, trespassing increased. The My daddy always hunted here and I will too.

Attitude replaced respect for the posted signs and understanding regarding leased land in many areas.

Deer and turkeys began to proliferate and hunters gave more attention to them. Trophy hunting, hunting for big antlers began to grow and become big business. The support industry-products to help hunters be successful-started to boom.

Manufacturers hit the market with products that had little or no field testing and there were plenty of willing hands with open checkbooks. Magic potions and cant miss calls replaced woodcraft and experience and the hunting industry exploded.

1980s: The deer herd now approached 500,000 in Tennessee and deer hunting began to grow steadily as some small game hunting began to seriously decline. Hunters, wanting to insure a place to hunt and try to manage the deer they wanted to hunt, began to lease more land and in larger tracts and post it and enforce the posting. Trespassing got even worse and poaching grew. Now we had a muzzleloader season. Bag limits increased.

Traditional bowhunters ramped up their feud with the compound shooters and bowhunting technology began to spiral upward, causing even more controversy. Compound shooters lobbied hard against crossbows. In-line mzls would cause the end of the world as would lighted sights, expanding broadheads and a strong north wind. A chasm began to widen between various forms of hunting, each group certain the others were wrong and detrimental to hunting. Trophy hunters looked down on meat hunters. Bowhunters objected to rifle hunters having a longer season. The petty objections became almost endless.

Through all of this, the numbers of hunters remained relatively steady and even grew in some aspects as the quest for a monster animal grew. Attention was given to Quality Deer Management and an organization was in place just for that. However, in the vast majority of cases, QDM simply meant an effort to grow bigger antlers.

1990s: The proliferation of leasing began to cost many hunters their old hunting grounds. Some could notunderstand why they could not hunt that big tract of hardwoods they had always hunted.

Just because some rich city guys leased it and the landowner made some money was no reason to keep them out. In fact, by God they wasn gonna keep me out!

To add fuel to the flames, more states began to allow crossbows during the regular archery season and for sure, that was the end of the world. I t mattered not that the deer herd in those states continued to grow and throve.

Instead of banding together for a common cause, lets by God split up some more and argue with each other.

An offshoot was the push by the minority to regulate what bucks could be killed by the majority.

The minority feeling was, We want antler restrictions and a reduced bag limit on bucks. You should give it to us even though the majority of hunters are opposed to it.

Little or no thought was given to sound biological management and that there was no need for antler restrictions or a reduced buck bag limit. Only older deer with larger antlers counted as far as the minority was concerned.

Landowners, seeing the dollars in leasing hunting rights, started actually seeking hunters to lease their land.

Some just charged to hunt and took as many hunters as they could with no regard to the effect on the game. As the habitat for wildlife shrank, so did the habitat for hunters.

Guiding and outfitting for big game animals became a major industry in some states that had never before seen guides for deer in their state.

As the demand for big antlers increased so did the demand for hunting land to lease. Hunting replaced corn and beans as the cash crop in the Midwest. Family farms that barely scraped by now could command big money for their 200 acres of prime deer land. That farm was no longer open for the neighbors to hunt.

2000: So far, everything is right on schedule. I am quite confident we are going to see more and more leasing and closing of lands to hunters and we are approaching European style hunting. And in that approach, I am sure we are going to see hunting, as we know it, lost all together. I dont mean next year or 2050.

However, the future of hunting is starting to look shaky for my grandchildren and for sure, their children. That concerns me far more than can I hog hunt or can I shoot a young deer. In the past 11 years, I have seen tremendous emphasis put upon huge antlered deer and less and less put upon enjoying nature and learning the ways of wildlife. It has become far easier to bait them or buy a spot on one of the high-fence operations. Thankfully there is little of that in Tennessee.

Yet.

Last September made 57 years I have been hunting and watching hunting. Each decade I have seen a just a little less of the pie available to Joe Hunter. Many in the industry, in either the equipment end or the writing end have been warning of this for several years. Few hunters listened. Want to kill a hog? It costs X amount of dollars.

Want to come hunt deer? X amount of dollars. European hunting and the end of hunting as I/we know it. I wont see it. None of you will.

But it is coming. However, you can kill a world class, monster buck for a mere $30,000. You can even look at pictures of him first.

I sincerely hope I am wrong. Each year, I have seen what I predicted come to pass. Each year, I see more emphasis put trophy antlers and less concern for simply enjoying the hours in the outdoors. We, none of us, have to hunt for subsistence.

We can buy food far less expensively that we can kill it. Certainly many of us eat what we kill and enjoy it. We share with others. The meat is utilized. That is not always the case.

Perhaps it is time all of us who enjoy outdoor sports started taking a hard look at not what is best for us but what is best for hunting.

Good. Now I have that off my chest.

These experienced and seasoned hunters discuss what it takes for a buck to have antlers this size. The deer on the wall prove they know where to find them and it is not behind a high fence. They were all killed fair chase and with archery equipment on public land.

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Lebanon Council nods energy efficiency contract

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
There was little discussion or disagreement during the Lebanon City Council regular meeting Tuesday night as all agenda items passed unanimously in a short span, the council approving a contract with Johnson Controls, Inc. that could save the city millions in the long run.

Council approved a performance contract with Johnson Controls, a company that provides services and solutions to increase energy efficiency, which will make many improvements across Lebanon to save the city money.

In February 2011, the company approached the city and in March began an evaluation study to determine what improvements could be made to the citys infrastructure.

Improvements to be made include lighting changes in city buildings, high-efficiency equipment installed at the citys Water Treatment Facility, heating and air conditioning updates, water and gas meter replacements and upgrades as well as leak detections for pipes.

During their initial work session, representatives of Johnson Controls estimated the city could save between $7 and $8 million by instituting the improvements. By lengthening the term of the contract, the city looks to save around $11 million.

The council also entered into Hold Harmless Agreements with Horn Springs Group, LLC and Hamilton Station Apartments, LLC for placement of landscaping, paving, columns and signage for the Hamilton Springs transit-oriented development.

While the landscaping and signage would be in the public right-of-way, the city will not be responsible for maintaining or repairing any improvements that are placed or built.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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