Dear Ken: Can you share some biographical information on actor George Clooney? Is he married and does he have any children?
Clooney, 48, was born in Lexington, Ky. His father Nick Clooney was a TV newscaster and Cincinnati talk show host and brother of the late, great pop singer Rosemary Clooney. George was married once, to actress Talia Balsam for nearly four years, and has no children. A political liberal, he once tried out for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, loves beer and had a pet pig, Max, that lived to be 18. The star of such films as “From Dusk Til Dawn,” “One Fine Day,” “Batman & Robin,” “Three Kings,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Syriana” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, made his debut as an extra in the 1978 TV miniseries “Centennial.” He is presently filming “The American,” where he plays a professional assassin.
“All I want for the holidays is a little peace and happiness.”
Isn’t that what it all boils down to? In a season where our patience can be mightily tested by packed parking lots, annual family conflicts and the endless search for the right gifts, it’s time to put attention to what our hearts want most: peace and happiness.
As we close this year and open the next, may you enjoy these inspiring quotes, now and throughout the coming year.
Vampire scholar-author makes Lebanon appearance
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Drac is back.
For the first time since the release of “Dracula” in 1897, another Stoker has brought the world’s most famous vampire back to life in the classic novel’s first Stoker family supported sequel.
Cumberland University and the Doris & Harry Vise Library is hosting a student photography exhibit now through Wednesday, Dec. 9 featuring works from the Spring and Fall 2009 Digital Photography (ART 130) and Special Studies: Digital Photography (ART 390) classes.
These classes are offered as part of the Entertainment Design degree program and are taught by Margie Monde, co-director of the Entertainment Design Program and Cumberland University’s director of Graphics.
Encore Theatre Company presents “The Fantasticks,” American Musical Theatre's longest running musical.
Open auditions for the musical, written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt and directed by Don Breedwell, will be from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Dec. 12; from 3 until 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13; and from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14 at Encore Theatre at 14905-A Lebanon Road (Behind Tractor Supply), Old Hickory.
By JOHN B. BRYAN
There is so much to say about the past 6-1/2 years one final column would not be enough to express all of my feelings.
First, let me say it has been a great pleasure serving as Publisher of this newspaper. The relationships with my fellow employees are very special to me and I will always cherish them. We have built a true team of co-workers who go the extra mile in producing The Wilson Post each week.
By ANNE DONNELL
You are so clever! What a delight to read your "Ask Anne" column. Now I have a question for you. A friend of mine asked me a question to which I had no answer. Perhaps you can enlighten me. She is reading a book that refers to "shoot the moon," as in the game of Dominoes. Since my family has always been ardent Domino players (my mother who will be 90 the day before Thanksgiving can tell you immediately what will "make" while playing Double Twelves), she asked me what it meant. I have never heard the term used in Dominoes. The only thing I can think of is the speaker was a poker playe, and she was betting the pot. Do you have any other ideas?
-Coffee High Fellow Alum
Astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, will have his feet on solid ground later this month as the Mt. Juliet High graduate returns to Wilson County following a successful 11-day mission as pilot of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Wilmore is scheduled to address an assembly program at MJ High Friday morning, Dec. 11, then ride in the Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 12. Wilmore piloted the Atlantis to and from the International Space Station, returning to the Kennedy Space Center Friday morning, Nov. 27.
Photo courtesy of www.NASA.gov
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
When Lebanon City Council approved an ordinance that provided more structure to line item transfers in department budgets, it seemed that a compromise had been made.
No money could change from line item to line item without being approved by the council twice, with the exception of emergencies such as towing vehicles or repairing equipment.
From Post staff reports
The Dallus Floyd Recreation Center at Cumberland University will be the host site Friday for a spectacular event free to the public and directed toward an age demographic of 50 years and older.
The second annual Mature Lifestyles Senior Boomer Event, sponsored by Middle Tennessee Electric and Wilson Bank and Trust, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., and will feature live entertainment, vendor informational booths, free gifts, door prizes and free health screenings provided by University Medical Center.
Wilson County Health Department will have a H1N1 flu clinic from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at the office at 927 East Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon.
To make an appointment, call 444-5325. The H1N1 flu vaccine will be provided at no charge. Parking will be provided at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- During what has been described as a “quiet but successful” Black Friday weekend in Mt. Juliet, police officers foiled and apprehended a team of shoplifters who had hit several area retailers and are facing felony theft charges, authorities said Tuesday.
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee’s largest National Guard unit which includes troops from Lebanon’s guard post, will leave Saturday, Dec. 5, for Hattiesburg, Miss., for training before being deployed overseas to either Iraq or Afghanistan at the beginning of February 2010.
The troops will be allowed to come home for Christmas from Dec. 22-28, but the government will not pay for the trip.