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Businesses invite public to 'rediscover' North Mt. Juliet

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Businesses owners along North Mt. Juliet Road shared ideas and planned a celebration event next month to mark the completion of construction along the route that stymied traffic and businesses for three years.

The business owners discussed their plans during a meeting held Thursday morning.

Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce President Mark Hinesley said with the widening of North Mt. Juliet Road, businesses should take advantage of the projects completion by holding a unified event to bring customers back to the businesses located along the thoroughfare.

If you can get some of your old customers that may have drifted away and some new customers, youd have to say this was worth it, Hinesley said.

Business owners discussed holding a weekend event in June, but later agreed to extend it over two weekends, starting with the official kick-off after the Tennessee Department of Transportation holds a ribbon cutting on Monday, June 4.

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MCA prepares for move to new location

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

McClain Christian Academy was busy packing up and moving Thursday as the school prepares to move into a new facility this summer, in time to open for the 2012-2013 school year.

Dr. Charles Poston, the schools headmaster, noted the school has several locations lined up and expects to call one of those sites home in the next several weeks.

We have three possible sites to move to and will be making a decision in the next month, Poston said.

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WHS displays to open Sunday due to high demand

Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets, a decision has been made to open the displays for the 100-year anniversary celebration of Watertown High School on Sunday, May 27.

This part of the celebration will be held at WHS from 2 until 4 p.m. There will not be a charge for this event.

The Watertown 100 Year Anniversary Celebration planned for Saturday, May 26, is completely sold out with more than 550 tickets sold. That means that a great time will be had by all, a spokesperson said, renewing old friendships and reminiscing about times past.

The display area will be open at 4 p.m., and the dinner will begin at 6. Due to the large number of tickets sold we will not be able to sell tickets at the door or allow anyone to enter the exhibit area without a ticket. The facilities will not accommodate any more people. We feel that our main concern should be for those that have purchased tickets for the event, the spokesperson said.

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One killed in ATV, pickup truck wreck

From Post staff reports

Charges are pending in an incident in which a pickup truck ran over an ATV, or all-terrain vehicle, killing one person and injuring the other at approximately 6:13 p.m., Wednesday, in the Alexandria-Watertown area.

Trooper William Bennett of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in his report that a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Nicholas e. Ricchiazzi, 33, of Round Top Road, Alexandria, was headed southbound on Round Top Road behind the ATV, a 2011 Honda T5F, driven by Edward R. Goode Jr., 45, of Cainsville Pike, Watertown.

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Veterans park & museum to be unveiled at Memorial Day ceremony

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=3|imageid=279|displayname=0|float=left}By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County will unveil designs and plans for the County Veterans Park and Museum on Memorial Day following the American Legions ceremony to honor the memory of those who gave their lives in service to our country.

On Monday, May 28, the Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at the Wilson County Courthouse, in front of the monument to honor the more than one million men and women and over 200 Wilson County residents who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States.

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Jim Henderson, of Lebanon will coordinate the event, which will include special guest speaker Brother W. L. Baker, who was 10 years old at the end of World War I in 1918.

Wreaths to the countys war dead will be placed at the monument by commanders of local veterans organizations and the ceremony will conclude with the trumpeters playing of Taps.

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Smithville man charged with DUI

A Smithville man was arrested Thursday afternoon for Driving Under the Influence after Lebanon Police Officers responded to a tractor-trailer driving recklessly in Interstate 40.

Timothy Leon Summers, 46, of 884 Ralph Arnold Road, Smithville, was arrested and charged with DUI, Reckless Endangerment, Evading Arrest and Drugs Simple Possession.

Approximately 1:50 p.m., on Thursday, LPD received a call of a reckless tractor-trailer, driven by Summers traveling eastbound on I-40 around mile marker 236. According to a report from the LPD, officers pursued the tractor-trailer that refused to stop and repeatedly swerved from one side of the road to another at speeds of 60 to 70 mph.

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SPRING FLING -- Two locals compete today in track & field

MURFREESBORO -- Only track & field athletes Shaq Cragwall from Lebanon and Daniel Stegall from Mt. Juliet remain in contention for honors in the BlueCross Spring Fling today at MTSU's Dean Hayes Stadium.

Cragwall, who signed with Tennessee State University on Wednesday, will take part in the high jump competition today at 12:15 p.m. His triple jump competition is at 1:30 p.m. Friday

Stegall ran his 300 meter hurdles preliminary Thursday in a time of 39.37 ang qualified for the state finals after 5 p.m. today.

His sectional winning time of 38.76 ws one of the top times in the state.

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Local sports in brief

LHS Future Stars Camp
The Lebanon High School girls basketball Future Stars Basketball Camp is set June 18-19 from 8-11 a.m. for girls in grades 4-8. The cost of the camp is $35 if you register by June 1, and $45 after June 1. A discount will also be given to families with multiple campers. Applications are available in the Lebanon High office and also at local elementary schools. For information call Coach Courtney McFarlin at 615-289-6818 or send an email to: lebanondevilettebasketball@gmail.com.

Airborne Volleyball camp
Airborne Volleyball is holding a 3-day camp for Middle School players June 11-13. Players will focus on the fundamentals of passing, setting, serving and hitting. There will also be time each day for 6-on-6 competitions. Registration is $65. Register at www.airbornevbc.net.

Lady Commander softball
The FCS Lady Commander softball camp will be held June 11-15. Registration is $70 per camper (graders K-8) and is payable on June 11. For information, call Coach Jody Atwood at 969-0145.

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Uncle Jimmy Thompson bids Opry goodbye

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=44|imageid=268|displayname=0|float=left}Editors Note: This is the final part of a two-part article on Uncle Jimmy Thompson. To read part one of this article, click here.

By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

After 1926, Thompsons Opry career was about kaput. Only four appearances are documented for 1927, and his only turn in 1928 was on the anniversary show. His age and his taste for liquor most likely hastened his exit from the show that made him an instant celebrity.

Uncle Jimmy was getting pretty old. He was 77 when he played on WSM and had a stroke and was blind in one eye. So it was pretty tough to get along, and it was a 40-mile trip from Laguardo. It was not just hopping over on the interstate, Rumble said.

Alcohol proved the elderly musician's undoing.

He really liked to drink. It was natural for those coming out of his tradition, Rumble said. Entertaining around the house and traveling along the road for tips, you get yourself a couple of snorts of whisky, everybody danced and had a good time. But that did not really work on radio where you had a structured show and have to get performers on and off. Sometimes they couldnt get Uncle Jimmy to stop, and Hay had to escort him off stage. During his last performance, he had more than one too many, and he conked out and fell off the chair.

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Maxine 'Max' H. Price, 90

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, May 23 at the Wilson County Funeral Home for Mrs. Price, 90.
She died Monday, May 21, 2012 at Southern Manor Assisted Living.
Arrangements by Wilson County Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Mabel Francis Miller, 93

Graveside services are set for 10 a.m. Friday, May 25, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Miller, 93, of Smyrna.
She died Monday, May 22, 2012 at Waterford Assisted Living.
Arrangements by Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Smyrna.

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Mary Hoffman, 90

Memorial services will be conducted in Plymouth, Mich. at a later date for Mrs. Hoffman, 90, of Mt. Juliet.
She died Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet.

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Help MAPCO support veterans this weekend

Local residents can take part in giving back to veterans in honor of Memorial Day this weekend by using their MAPCO My Rewards card in any Middle Tennessee Mapco gas station.

From Saturday, May 26 to Monday, May 28, every time someone uses their MAPCO My Rewards card, MAPCO will make a donation to Not Alone, a non-profit organization providing confidential counseling and support services to military veterans and their families.

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LPD, THP to check sobriety, seat belt use

LPD to check driver sobriety

Lebanon Police Department will be conducting high visibility impaired driver counter-measures this Memorial Day weekend.

Officers are planning checkpoint(s) on Highway 70 and / or Highway 109 on Friday, May 25. In addition, police will be conducting saturation patrols. During the checkpoint(s) and saturations they will be monitoring for DUIs while also enforcing traffic violations and other offenses.

The primary reason for these checkpoint(s) and saturation patrols is that they are proven to save lives, said Chief Scott Bowen. Officers ask that law abiding citizens who may be briefly held up by the checkpoint(s) to please be patient and understanding.

On the other hand, those who may consider drinking and driving should think twice. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, loss of driving privileges and a criminal record. Most importantly, driving under the influence can result in the loss of innocent lives, he said.

Bowen noted that his agency has investigated two crashes, in two years, involving three fatalities, in which alcohol was a factor. We ask that all drivers buckle up and please don't drink and drive. We want all of our citizens and visitors of our City to have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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Limited seating available for Phoenix Ball

If you have not yet reserved your spot for the 2012 Phoenix Ball you have some time as a limited number of tickets to this Black-Tie affair are still available.

The 29th Annual Phoenix Ball will be Saturday, June 2, in the historic Baird Chapel of Memorial Hall on the campus of Cumberland University. The Ball is considered one of the premier fund-raising and social occasions in Wilson County.

The event continues to grow and never fails to surprise attendees. The Ball features a reception, elegant dining, live and silent auctions, and dancing. The nearly 200 attendees include leaders from the Wilson County and Nashville business communities, dignitaries and alumni and friends of the University.

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Cumberland football plans Oct. 20 night home game

First night home game since 2000
Cumberland football announced game times for its 2012 schedule this week, which includes one night game at the new home of the program, Nokes-Lasater Field, and one other evening contest on the road.

The Bulldogs open the season against Kansas Wesleyan in the Big River Bowl at Noon in Dyersburg on September 1 before the home schedule begins the next week with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff against the University of the Cumberlands.

CU takes on Belhaven University at home on Sept. 15 at 1:30 and follows that with road outings at UVA-Wise (5 p.m. Central Time) and the University of Pikeville (12:30 p.m. CT).

Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend takes place October 5-6, with kickoff against Union College set for 1:30 p.m.

The October 20 home game versus Campbellsville University will take place at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs last played a home night game in 2000, also at Nokes-Lasater, a victory vs. Austin Peay.

CUs final home game of the year on November 3 kicks off at 1:30 p.m. against first-year program Bluefield College. Road contests versus Faulkner University (Oct. 13), Bethel University (Oct. 27) and Lindsey Wilson (Nov. 10) will all kickoff at 1:30 p.m.

The complete 2012 Cumberland football schedule may be found at www.gocumberlandathletics.com/football/schedule/175/.

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So hot, the fish sweat

It was coming.

Smothering, roasting, oppressive heat and humidity. But not just yet.

Rose streaks just beginning to show in the east. It is cool now, less than 90 but not much. Birds are starting to lift off the rookery. I have no idea where they are going. The fish are probably sweating. I know I am and I am sure Alan Clemmons is, too. Alan use to do something with some major bass tournaments. Now he is an editor for a big, deer-hunting magazine. He knows how to fish, too. He takes it too seriously but that is his business. He fishes a lot with heavy jigs and crankbaits. That too, is his business. Im just here to fish.

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Raven star Luke Evans enlists with The Hobbit

Dear Ken: Whats the lowdown on Luke Evans, who stars as Detective Fields in The Raven?

The 33-year-old Welsh native came from a working-class background and labored in a shoe shop during his early teen years, using the money to pay for singing and acting lessons. It paid off well as he kept busy on Londons West End from 2000 to 2008 before making the jump to the silver screen as Apollo in Clash of the Titans. Hes been making movies since, including Robin Hood, Tamara Drewe, The Three Musketeers and Immortals. He stars later this year in the psychological horror film No One Lives and has taken the role of Bard the Bowman in director Peter Jacksons two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit. As for The Raven, Evans partners with John Cusack, who portrays Edgar Allen Poe, as they seek a serial killer in mid-19th-century Baltimore. Filming took place in Budapest and Serbia.

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Suicide Sam

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

So for the last few weeks Ive been in a funk, thanks to a new addition to our menagerie.

It started about a month ago when I woke to constant banging. For days I could not find the source until I happened upon the dining room window. There, outside, was a beautiful, red cardinal perched on the windowsill looking in.

The cardinal immediately reminded me of an article I had read. In this article, the writer had felt that the red cardinal, which had recently appeared at her window, was her guardian angel during some trying times.

How neat, I thought, I have my own guardian angel, too. So as I turned around to leave, I was horrified when I heard BANG, BANG, BANG!!!

I quickly turned back to watch my guardian angel flying as fast as he could into the window, over and over and over again.

Figuresmy guardian angel would be completely deranged!!

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Fantastic fiddlin' fanatic

Editors Note: This is part one of a two-part article on Uncle Jimmy Thompson. Part two will be published in the Friday, May 25 edition of The Wilson Post.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=44|imageid=269|displayname=0|float=left}By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

Whether he was the first performer to play on The Grand Ole Opry may be up for debate, but masterful, marathon fiddle playerUncle Jimmy Thompsondefinitely gets credit for putting the world famous Nashville radio show on the map.

The fiddler, who is buried in a cemetery near the Laguardo Church of Christ off of Highway 109, played for a solid hour the night of Nov. 28, 1925, and probably would have played all evening had not WSM station managerGeorge D. Haycalled it a day.

Asked by Hay if he was tired, Thompson replied, Why, shucks, a man dont get warmed up in an hour. I won an eight-day fiddling contest down at Dallas, and heres my blue ribbon to prove it.

Thompson's music spans three centuries, and his legacy continues. While the Opry thrives in its 85th year, the fiddler, who helped popularize the Saturday night radio show, would relish the idea that a bluegrass festival, part of Granvilles Heritage Days on Saturday, has been named in his honor. And, while he could never have imagined it, Thompsons sawing on his fiddle may be heard around the globe via the Internet.

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Fantastic fiddlin' fanatic: Uncle Jimmy Thompson's music reverberates across 3 centuries

Editors Note: This is part one of a two-part article on Uncle Jimmy Thompson. Part two will be published in the Friday, May 25 edition of The Wilson Post.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=44|imageid=269|displayname=0|float=left}By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

Whether he was the first performer to play on The Grand Ole Opry may be up for debate, but masterful, marathon fiddle player Uncle Jimmy Thompson definitely gets credit for putting the world famous Nashville radio show on the map.

The fiddler, who is buried in a cemetery near the Laguardo Church of Christ off of Highway 109, played for a solid hour the night of Nov. 28, 1925, and probably would have played all evening had not WSM station manager George D. Hay called it a day.

Asked by Hay if he was tired, Thompson replied, Why, shucks, a man dont get warmed up in an hour. I won an eight-day fiddling contest down at Dallas, and heres my blue ribbon to prove it.

Thompson's music spans three centuries, and his legacy continues. While the Opry thrives in its 85th year, the fiddler, who helped popularize the Saturday night radio show, would relish the idea that a bluegrass festival, part of Granvilles Heritage Days on Saturday, has been named in his honor. And, while he could never have imagined it, Thompsons sawing on his fiddle may be heard around the globe via the Internet.

The colorful character boasted that he could fiddle the bugs off a tater vine. The white-bearded musician, who went through a lively series of calisthenics every morning, enjoyed his tobacco, his liquor and his chewing gum. His habit was to chew an entire package of gum at a time and then was known to save it by placing it into a Vaseline jar he would put in his vest pocket. You cant wear that gum out, hed say.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=44|imageid=268|displayname=0|float=right}

Regarding Old Betsy, his fiddle, he reportedly kept rattlesnake rattles in it and kept a piece of red flannel in his fiddle case.

He would spread the flannel over Old Betsys breast every night. Hed put her to bed, as he called it," according to his daughter-in-law, the late Katharine Thompson.

Uncle Jimmy was evidently a super-great fiddle player, but he had a good time. He liked to live it up and was a happy-go-lucky-person, said Lebanons Jerry Franklin, whose mother was the niece of Thompsons second wife, Ella Exum Thompson.

He fiddled, fiddled, fiddled. He was good. Aunt Ella would perform with him. She buck danced. My mother hid some of the stories from us other than he could sure play the fiddle. She said it sounded as sweet as the birds singing and that he could play for hours and hours.

Ive been told the Opry old-timers gave him a lot of credit for starting The Grand Old Opry. Whether he played on it first or not, I dont know, said Franklin, who has been to the house where Thompson was born. (The structure is being preserved by Granville Museum board member Stan Webster.)

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=44|imageid=270|displayname=0|float=left}Thompsons Laguardo home no longer stands, but the well house over his hand-dug well and the tin-roofed, red garage in which he parked his truck remain erect. Faded, hand-painted signs on the two structures testify to the music man/farmer who built them.

Jackie Cowden (CEO of Custom Packaging) has given the well and the barn-type garage to the Granville Museum, and were going to be putting them in Granville as part of the Sutton Homestead in Thompsons memory sometime this fall, said Wilson County Bank & Trust CEO Randall Clemons, who has spearheaded the preservation and restoration of the peaceful village about 40 miles east of Lebanon.

Meanwhile the state historical marker, planted on the side of Hwy. 109 in Laguardo to commemorate Thompson's final resting place, appears to have disappeared.

Jesse Donald Uncle Jimmy Thompsonwas born in the Smith County community of Enigma, not far from the Putnam and Jackson County lines, to father Green Berry Thompson and mother Frances. He had three brothers, a sister and four half-siblings.

When he was about 12 years old, Thompson and his family migrated to Texas, where he took up the fiddle and probably learned a myriad of tunes from veterans returning from the Civil War. By age 17, he could let fly on a fiddle well as any man. In the 1880s, he returned to his native Smith County and married Mahalia Elizabeth Montgomery, and their union produced daughter Sallie and sons Jesse and Willie.

The family moved to Texas in 1902, and in Dallas in 1907 Thompson garnered acclaim after winning an eight-day fiddle contest that had nearly 90 contestants. He brought the family back to Tennessee where his wife died of cancer in 1908 at age 54. She was laid to rest in the family cemetery where Thompsons father and mother were buried about 400 feet behind the old home place in Enigma.

On Jan. 6, 1910, Thompson married Luella Exum, a DeKalb County native who was living in Wilson County. From all accounts, Luella could match Jimmy step for step in his shenanigans musical and otherwise. They soon bought a farmhouse in Laguardo, where the fiddler earned a reputation for joke telling and jug sharing.

In 1922 Thompson bought a Ford truck and modified it into a state-of-the-art RV with a little house on back that held a cot, water bucket, dipper, wash pan and a small wood stove. Thompson would fiddle off the back of the truck while Aunt Ella buck danced in a long white dress on a special red rug.

With their camper, they would hit the road and play at churches, fairs and other social occasions where they could pass the hat and make a decent living. In the fall of 1923, at age 75, he drove to Dallas and won another fiddle contest and a gold watch.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=44|imageid=271|displayname=0|float=right}

His grandson, the late Fred Thompson, told folks that he remembered how he would wipe the truck off with motor oil and let no one touch the truck body.

He was afraid that the salt in your hand, the sweat, would rust it. Dont touch that, boy? hed say, and he made em back up. He had a big, old walking cane, Fred said.

In the mid-1920s, an old-time fiddling craze was sweeping the nation, even though fiddle contests had been going on for decades. It was then that Thompson made his historic radio debut.

Now before Thompson, George D. Hay and the Opry came on the air on WSM in late 1925, hillbilly musicians such as Dr. Humphrey Bate, a country physician from Castalian Springs in Sumner County, Gladeville fiddler Sid Harkreader and banjo wizard Uncle Dave Macon had already performed on the radio station.

In October 1925, WSM owners employed Hay, who had been the host and announcer of Chicagos WLS Radio show, The National Barn Dance. Hay brought that idea along with notions of his own to create a WSM Barn Dance, which he renamed The Grand Ole Opry in 1927.

There are various versions of how Thompson landed his radio gig, but the way his niece Eva Thompson Jones, a pianist and singer of the light classics, told it was that she suggested to Hay that her uncle play on the show. She invited Hay for an informal audition at her home on Nov. 27, and Hay asked Thompson to perform the next night.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=44|imageid=272|displayname=0|float=left}Hay wrote in A Story of the Grand Ole Opry that he welcomed the appearance of Uncle Jimmy Thompson and his blue ribbon fiddle who went on the air at eight oclock, Saturday night, November, 28, 1925. Uncle Jimmy told us that he had a thousand tunes. Past eighty years of age (the stocky, white-bearded fiddler was actually 77), he was given a comfortable chair in front of an old carbon microphone. While his niece, Eva Thompson Jones, played the piano accompaniment.

When Uncle Jimmy Thompson first sat down he announced over the air, Tell the neighbors to send in their requests, and Ill play em if it takes me all night, Hay recollected.

The first tune supposedly fiddled was Tennessee Waggoner. Before the hour was done, telegrams poured into WSM from every state.

He put WSM radio on the map, doing something he had been doing since the Civil War, playing old fiddle tunes, wrote the late Murfreesboro music historian Charles K. Wolfe in his book, A Good-Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry.

Uncle Jimmy plays and plays and plays, and he probably would have still been playing if they had not stopped him an hour into the performance, said John Rumble, senior historian with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. They went on for several weeks. Every Saturday he played for an hour. So George D. Hay immediately saw from all the telegrams that this was a popular program.

Soon, Hay booked banjo picker Uncle Dave Macon and African-American harmonica player DeFord Bailey. The trio became the first real stars of the program.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=44|imageid=273|displayname=0|float=right}

Hay commissioned publicity photos, and this picture of Uncle Jimmy sitting there in the chair before an old-fashioned microphone and George D. Hay standing there looking at a script really became an iconic image, and Hay circulated those publicity photos throughout the South so that provided a visual component to Uncle Jimmy's legend and George D. Hay's legend and the image of the 'Grand Ole Opry,' Rumble said.

Old-time fiddling contests peaked in 1926 backed by the enthusiasm of auto magnate Henry Ford. So when Ford dealerships held contests the second week of January in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana, Thompson entered and won in Lebanon, and next captured the regional contest held at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, where Marshall Claiborne, a one-armed fiddler from Hartsville, finished second.

To listen to Uncle Jimmy Thompson play his fiddle, click here.

At the regional finals, the Champion of Dixie Contest, in Louisville, Ky., the plucky Thompson did not even place in the top three. Some in the Thompson family have said that his enemies plied him with drink and when it came time to play, the legend was barely able to make the stage, Rumble said. But we do not know if that is true or not.

Later that year in Atlanta, Thompson recorded two traditional tunes, Billy Wilson and Karo for Columbia Records, and in April 1930, he made a disc for Brunswick/Vocalion in Knoxville. Those songs included Lynchburg and Uncle Jimmy's Favorite Fiddling Pieces (a medley of Flying Clouds and Leather Breeches), plus some dialog with the recording supervisor.

So, while the fiddle genius only left behind about 12 minutes on record, music scholars note that his long bow style of playing united the best of both the Tennessee and Texas styles and that he was capable of tricky turns in extemporized passages.

Sources for this story include: a Eugene Chadbourne article online at allmusic.com, Birth of the Grand Ole Opry by Don Cummings; Thersa Franklins "The Life of Uncle Jimmy Thompson" scrapbook; and the late Thomas K. Wolfes three books: The Grand Ole Opry, The Early Years, 1925-1935, A Good-Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry and The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music.

Writer Ken Beck may be contacted at kbtag2@gmail.com.

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Our Feathered Friends - May 23

While doing my Owl Prowl at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Buddy Ingram asked me if I could come back the following Wednesday morning and take a group of kids from Trousdale County out to see some birds. Of course, I answered. Not everyone has an interest in just one subject. Thats why Our Feathered Friends has certain readers, as well as Telling Tales and our resident fisherman and hunter, John Sloan.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=250|displayname=0|float=left}Bright and fairly early, I made my way to Cedars, looking forward to hiking up the concrete walkway past Hermit Cave in hopes of locating a few birds. The school buses had taken a wrong turn and were waiting up by the swimming pool when we discovered that they would be late. Buddy had planned on breaking the school bunch into groups of 17 which made four groups. The best time to find birds, especially during migration is first light in the early morning. It was almost 10:15 a.m. before we could get started, and the first thing they wanted to do was drink from the hose pipe down on the corner by the Nature Center. The birds were too quiet and there was nothing stirring except a Red-bellied Woodpecker. We looked all over the Jackson Cave area and then went out toward the Dixon Merritt -mile trail. Everything there was also muted till we took a short cut off the trail into the field next to where the Ranger's horses are stabled.

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Let the roars of the wooly mammoth affect you

By ANNE DONNELL

I noticed you mentioned recently youve been writing this for several years now which makes me sure you must have answered my question, but here goes anyway. When should I use affect and when should I use effect? I know your birthday is in May, so Happy Birthday!-A Buddy

When should you use? Why maybe at 3:00 PM you can use one and at 3:05 PM you could use the other, and then on another day alternate.

Oh, who really loves a smart aleck? Well, I do, as I love myself. How can one love others without loving oneself? And one is supposed to love others, even those who are miserably mean. Mark 12:31a The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.

So, loving you, Ill give you a serious answer after a paragraph or two devoted to me.

And yes, I am a May baby, from a long ago May when the world was young and the dinosaurs only recently departed and saber-toothed tigers roared from distant hills filled with wooly mammoths. A May before Pearl Harbor. A May when cars had running boards. A May with big, wooden radios as large as fireplaces. A May of washing machines with wringers. A May without interstates (well, the Constitution does mention interstate commerce). A May without Internet. A May without cell phones, dumb or smart. A May when the youth were polite and respectful to their elders maybe, some of the time.

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Honoring heroes during National EMS Week

By SAAD EHTISHAM

When asked to describe a hero, many words come to mind. Adventurer, daredevil, conqueror, even an idol. However, when asked to describe an everyday hero, different words come to mind. Brave, selfless, caring, knowledgeable.

Anyone who has ever had to dial 9-1-1 or be rushed to the emergency room with a life-threatening problem has firsthand knowledge of the skill and expertise our Emergency Medical Services team provides. In honor of the selfless work our EMS professionals give to all of us in Wilson County, on behalf of University Medical Center, we want to thank them for their service and dedication.

There couldnt be a better time to celebrate these everyday heroes. I am in awe of these unique individuals who thrive in stressful situations, all while staying calm and performing life-saving procedures in the process. EMS professionals are used to being on call and working holidays all in the name of serving our community. They are true public servants, which is why they deserve special recognition.

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Battleship sunk by lackluster action, storytelling

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

There has to be a number of difficulties to adapting a board game where players randomly select points on a grid to hit or miss an opponents secretly-placed nautical force, and Battleship certainly pays homage to the game, but achieves little else in terms of enjoyment.

Battleship is based on the classic Hasbro game that actually dates back to World War I, when it was played with pencil and paper.

The film depicts wayward hero Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), his brother and U.S. Navy Commander, Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard) who must repel an alien invasion during international Pacific war games off Hawaii.

The film starts by laying out the reason why the faceless and nameless antagonists come to earth. NASA sends a signal into space to a planet similar to earth, in hopes of contacting life. They succeed and bad things happen.

Nothing really happens for the first half-hour except attempts to show that Alex is a guy without much direction, while Stone is the polar opposite and gets his brother to join the Navy to give Alex some structure. Even though the opening is trying very hard to establish the characters, theyre still pretty one-dimensional.

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