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Telling Tales

Laughter After the Tears
A friend of mine’s husband recently passed away. There were obviously lots of tears as he was one of the “good guys” that was destined to only be with us 47 years. His wife asked me to go to the funeral home with her in order to make the funeral arrangements.
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Ask Ken Beck

Acting great Sidney Poitier grew up in The Bahamas
Dear Ken: We think that Sidney Poitier is the greatest African-American actor of all time. Where was he born and how old is he? What are his best films?

 

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General Lifestyle

Can Wilson County Fair hit 500,000 mark?

Fair rocks on through efforts of hundreds of volunteers

By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post

The gargantuan Wilson County Fair may not be the greatest show on Earth, but it would certainly do the late, great promoter P.T. Barnum proud. 

When a brand new Wilson County Promotions took over the event in 1979, the 30 fair board members saw 12,000 patrons pass through the turnstiles. Attendance figures for 1989 were 59,015, and in 1999 just over a quarter of a million people enjoyed the event. Last year, 466,119 folks attended the Wilson County Fair, which has turned into one of the Southeast Tourism Association’s Top 20 events.

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Sherlock's sets book signings

Mark your calendars for the following book signings to be held in September at Sherlock’s Books, 200 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy., Lebanon.

• Thursday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Daisy King will be doing a cooking demo and signing her cookbooks.
• Saturday, Sept. 12, from 1 until 4 p.m., Tom Hilpert will be signing his new book Superior Justice.
• Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1 until 4 p.m., C.C. Smith will be signing U.S. “Left” Vs. “Right.”

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Wilson County Fair honors four community servants

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

Every year, the Wilson County Fair honors selected local senior citizens who have made major contributions to the community, and this year’s Old Timers, as the award is known, are Alvin McKee, Frank and Carolyn Dudley, and Mattie Ricketts.

The Old Timer Award is sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. and will be presented during the Business Before Hours meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 a.m. at the Fiddler’s Grove Pavilion. It is hosted by Wilson County Promotions and the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

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Guest Column

Summertime canoeing

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

It's rare that the Smith branch of the Caney Fork River is flowing in the middle of summer, but for Bernie Sy and me, we caught it at an ideal level for a canoe float trip Aug. 5.

The several thunderstorms filled up the aquifers enough to permit a generous runoff and the water was beginning to clear just as we put the canoe in on the Dry Creek branch at Dowelltown.

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Letters to the Editor

Youth Football Team In Need of Sponsorship

To the Editor:

I coach a youth football team in Lebanon and we are in need of a sponsor.

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General News

1 killed in tanker vs. vehicle wreck

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

A collision involving a vehicle and a tanker truck on Highway 231 North in Wilson County on Tuesday afternoon resulted in the death of at least one person.

“It was a confirmed fatality,” said Mike Browning, public information officer with the Tennessee Department of Safety.

Browning said as of Wednesday morning he had not received any additional information regarding the accident but hoped to have more later in the day.

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County Commission allows guns in parks, shoots down funding for schools

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

Members of the public turned in force at Wilson County Commission’s meeting Monday to support and/or opposed three major items on the agenda.

Besides approving a $190.8 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010, the commission voted on prohibiting guns in parks as well as increasing the adequate facilities tax, or impact fee.

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Lebanon opts out of guns in parks

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

After several citizens voiced their opinions for and against the guns in parks law, Lebanon City Council voted to opt out of it, banning handgun carry permit holders from bringing their handguns in public parks and other similar public places.

Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry sponsored the resolution to opt out of what has come to be known as the “guns in parks” law passed this year by the state legislature. It was seconded by Ward 4 Councilor Joe Hayes.

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Squires nod tax relief for elderly

By JOHN B. BRYAN
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Commission had a busy agenda Monday night but one of the most important measures that was passed will give some senior citizens a shot in the arm for their property tax bill.
   
Wilson County Trustee Jim Major said county squires passed unanimously a measure that would kick in an additional $100 for those elderly and disabled Wilson County residents that already qualify for a property tax relief program sponsored by the State of Tennessee.

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Wilson Co. Fair cranks up Friday, event features something for everyone.

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

There will be no excuse for anyone saying “I’m bored” at the 2009 Wilson County Fair which opens Friday at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds.

There is literally something for everyone at the fair.

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