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Telling Tales

Just in case
I’m getting ready to board a plane and just in case anything happens I know my family will be fine. This is the first time I’ve left my boys (children and husband respectively) for purely selfish reasons. Without giving you the long drawn out story, I was given the opportunity to go to New York City in December. The best part, the trip is free. Who could say no to that? I’ll tell you who. Jay Andrews could. He said while I was free to take a bite out of the Big Apple he doesn’t have the appetite. I understood and didn’t have the heart to tell him he wasn’t invited anyway.
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Ask Ken Beck

Weatherman Mr. Tim writes Nashville blog
Dear Ken: What has happened to Nashville Channel 4’s morning weatherman Tim Ross? We really miss him.
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General Lifestyle

Big Brothers needs community's help

Mt. Juliet-West Wilson Big Brothers needs the community’s help with its annual Food and Toy distribution to be held at the Mt. Juliet Middle School (next to Sonic), 3565 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

“Our food list and our toy request have almost outgrown our small group. We will be doing just a few more food boxes this year as we have maxed out with what we can do. Without the many volunteers, we would be unable to pull this off,” said Owen Gleaves, who heads up public relations for the Big Brothers.

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Crave hosts Pre-Release Sale & Signing Lamb's new Allon series

Not set to release for sale until Jan. 5, Crave Bookstore & Café in Lebanon will host author Shawn Lamb for a rare Pre-Release Sale of “Allon” this Saturday.

Shawn Lamb will be at Crave on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. only to personally sign copies of “Allon,” her first novel in an epic new series of adventure fantasy.

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Granville Country Christmas set Saturday

The 11th Annual Granville Country Christmas will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12 with this year’s theme, “Christmas Memories.” 

The great day of celebration will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. with great holiday fun for all ages. The historic riverboat town will be decked out with Christmas decorations and will be a day to put you in the holiday spirit. 

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Parade set in MJ, Wilmore to marshal

By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet will certainly be in the holiday spirit this Saturday when it hosts the annual Christmas Parade, including appearances by two men who are literally high-flyers: an astronaut and the jolly old elf himself.

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Toy trains bring back the boy in Mt. Juliet man

By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET — Jim Tate vividly remembers the first toy train he held in the palm of his hands.

“I got a steam engine, tender, tank car, gondola and caboose from my parents for Christmas. I guess I was 6 or 7. Some of the cars were stuck up in limbs of the tree,” said Tate, 60, who retired in 2001 from the postal service after a 27-year career.

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Column

All Over the Road to Scrooges House We Go

 

By ANNE DONNELL

How is “me” used in the following sentence? “My friend Jane, president of the club, appointed me chairman of refreshments.”  I bet that you’ll know; my neighbor says you won’t.  He thinks you’re good at this, all right, but this is an obscure usage. Come on, tell me what it is, Anne. Merry Christmas to you.
 -Former Student

 

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Two home-grown products give credit to local mentors

By SAM HATCHER

Two outstanding products of public education in Wilson County are taking a front and center position here this week.

On Sunday the recently elected mayor of Memphis, the Honorable AC Wharton Jr., served as Grand Marshal of Lebanon’s Christmas parade and on Friday Astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, who recently returned to earth from an 11-day mission that took him to the International Space Station, will visit his high school alma mater, Mt. Juliet High School.

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General News

Hero returns home

Wilmore to marshal Christmas parade

From Post staff reports

Mt. Juliet hero, Astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, is scheduled to return to his high school alma mater Friday where he will greet the student body of some 1,900 or so, and on Saturday he will serve as Grand Marshal of his hometown Christmas parade.

Just back from an 11-day round trip mission to the International Space Station on Shuttle Atlantis, the Navy captain and seasoned pilot, will spend much of the weekend in Mt. Juliet, the community he credits with making it possible for him to achieve his story of success.

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MJ Commission nixes workers' gift cards

By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- To the dismay of Mt. Juliet City employees, and despite the fact that the City is comfortable in its “extremely conservative budget,” it has increasing sales tax revenue, the City Commission this year voted itself health insurance, personal laptops and a salary increase last year, Mt. Juliet city commissioners voted down an ordinance that would provide $75 gift cards for its employees at Monday night’s special called meeting.

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Rainfall drenches Wilson

From Post staff reports

Wilson County saw at least 2 inches of rain as a storm system moved through the area on Tuesday, cooling the air and soaking the ground.

A flood advisory and a wind advisory were issued yesterday for Wilson County and much of Middle Tennessee by the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory as the storm system moved in from the west and south.

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Reward offered in armed robbery

Wilson County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect who robbed Covington Credit in Lebanon last Thursday.

A black male, described as 6 foot 2 inches tall and wearing a long black down jacket, black shirt, black pants and tennis shoes and wearing a red bandanna over his face, committed an aggravated robbery, according to authorities, at Covington Credit at 1123 N. Castle Heights Ave.

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School Board to change policies on corporal punishment

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Board of Education tweaked its policies regarding several issues from the separation of church and state to dual enrollment and college credit to corporal punishment during its regular meeting Monday night.

Board policies 1.806 and 4.803 dealt with the lawsuits that the county schools faced recently concerning the separation of church and state. The policies made these issues more neutral and were approved Monday night after their second reading.

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General Sports

Devils split weekend games

From Post staff reports
Lebanon’s Blue Devils split a pair of weekend basketball games, losing at Franklin Saturday and downing Hendersonville High at home Friday night.

Franklin’s Rebels outscored LHS 14-6 in the fourth quarter Saturday, pulling ahead for a 58-47 victory. LHS led 29-28 at intermission and only trailed 44-41 heading into the final period. Braden Matthews led the Rebels with 20 points. Phillip Vance was the only Blue Devil in double figures with 13 points. Cameron High finished with nine while Justin Manning and Ryan Beadle had seven each. Lebanon High fell to 4-5 with the loss.

The Blue Devils had a much easier time Friday night at home, disposing of Hendersonville 59-41. High led all scorers with 16 points from down low. Manning and Beadle chipped in with a dozen points apiece -- as Beadle drilled three 3-pointers. Justin Bridges added seven points, Kyrus Hoffinger five, Vance four and Case Sloan threee. Lebanon High is scheduled to play at Livingston Academy  in the Mid-South Classic Saturday, December 19 at 3:30 p.m.

Beech 69, Central 22 -- Beech vaulted to a 30-2 lead after one period and never looked back Friday night en route to a 68-22 win over District 9AAA rival Wilson Central High at Shackle Island. The second period wasn’t much better as the Bucs outscored the Wildcats 16-9 -- stretching the margin at intermission to 46-11. Jordan Lee led Wilson Central with eight points as the Wildcats slid to 2-3 on the season.

Watertown 55, TCHS 51 -- Watertown’s Purple Tigers improved to 3-3 on the season with a 55-51 victory at Trousdale County High Friday, December 11. Sophomore KeAndre Bates led all scorers with 25 points and senior Dalton Phillips chipped in with 11. Caleb Grandstaff added six, Jay Ellis five, Cameron Jordan and Andrew Jennings  three points apiece and Tyler Oakley two. The Tigers play Friday night in Smithville against DeKalb County High.

FCS 44, Clay Co. 42 -- Sophomore Dalton Patterson knocked down a pair of free throws with six seconds left in regulation Friday night, lifting Friendship Christian to a 44-42 victory at Clay County High. Coach Matt Bradshaw’s Commanders improved to 4-1 with the win. Lee Maasen hit a free throw to tie the score at 42-all just seconds earlier, then made a steal on the inbounds pass -- then whipped the ball to Patterson who was promptly fouled. Maasen led FCS with 14 points, Isaac Wilson finished with nine and Parker Teeter eight.

MJCA 58, Community 55 -- Roaring back from 10 points down at intermission, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy pulled out a 58-55 win over Community Christian Academy Friday night at home. MJCA trailed 33-23 at the break, but exploded for 20 thrid quarter points to take a 43-41 lead into the final period. Daniel Harden’s 17  points paced three Saints in double figures. T.J. Roberts hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with 14 while Gran Keen added 10. Zach Harvey chipped in with eight and Tyler Sumner seven points.

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