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Telling Tales

That Darn Elf On A Shelf

As if we didn’t have enough going on this holiday season, along came Elmo, Buddy and Steve.  Welcome to my holiday world of horrors where three little elves reign supreme.

If you have older children, then you may not know about Santa’s new helpers - better known as “Elf On A Shelf.”

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Ask Ken Beck

Kids have been popping pink bubble gum for 81 years
Dear Ken: When was bubble gum invented? How old is Bazooka Joe and ditto for Pudge, the cartoony kid of Dubble Bubble fame?
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General Lifestyle

fce, Extension Service donate to Lebanon Senior Citizens Center

Traditions are a theme for the holiday season. Many of us enjoy special traditions with family and friends during Christmastime such as drinking eggnog, singing Christmas carols, or even visiting Santa. 

The University of Tennessee Extension also has a tradition…a very rich tradition.  This tradition began four years ago in 2006 when Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Shelly Barnes and 4-H Extension Agents Johnny Barnes and Amanda Gray decided that they wanted to encourage their respective groups to participate in a community service project. 

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Travel to Readyville Mill for stone-ground corn meal

By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post

READYVILLE -- “We’re grinding corn!” said Tomm Brady excitedly as he grins from ear to ear inside the ancient Readyville Mill whose origins date back to 1812.

Brady, 48, a resident of Bell Buckle, has good reason for his fervor.

After purchasing the mill in March 2006, he has poured blood, sweat, tears and $$$ into restoring the historic Cannon County treasure on the East Fork of the Stones River. Serene Readyville lies between Murfreesboro and Woodbury, about 35 miles southeast of Lebanon.  

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WCRTA meets scholarship recipients

Wilson County Retired Teachers' Association met at the First Church of the Nazarene on Dec. 5. 

The meeting was called to order by President Betty Hall. The Rev. Gary Wilson, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene, presented an inspirational and relevant devotional from the scripture, "Be still and know that I am God."

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Column

Change (with notable quotes) in the air, breathe carefully

 

By ANNE DONNELL

There’s so much change in English; people say, even on TV, and write things I was taught (years ago) to be incorrect usage. Why all the change? Is it all right to continue with what I was taught?
-“Old Biddy”

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Guest Column

Sidelines & Sidelights
By TOMMY BRYAN
 
NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore went back to his school last week.
 
The 1981 Mt. Juliet High graduate took the opportunity to offer a couple of lessons to a gymnasium jam-packed with friends, family, dignitaries and the Mt. Juliet student body.
 
Introduced by his wife Deanna after brief remarks from a pair of his former coaches -- John Simms and Jerry Kirby -- Wilmore seemed very much at ease in front of the throng.
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Letters to the Editor

Readers note, Christmas week schedule

We are expecting a busy Christmas week at The Wilson Post, and we are asking for our readers’ help.

If possible, please submit news items for the Wednesday newspaper by Monday, Dec. 21 and for the Friday paper by Tuesday, Dec. 22. All news items may be emailed to news@wilsonpost.com or faxed to 444-6018.

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General News

3 children injured in Wednesday bus wreck

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

An early morning wreck resulted in minor injuries to three children who were on a school bus struck by a SUV.

The accident occurred around 7:40 a.m. on Highway 109 at Callis Road, said Officer Wayne Howard of the Lebanon Police Department.

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Bredesen unveils education partnership with Battelle to promote STEM

MJHS graduate, astronaut Wilmore on hand for announcement

MT. JULIET -- Gov. Phil Bredesen, joined by NASA Space Shuttle pilot and Mt. Juliet native Capt. Barry Wilmore, on Friday announced a new public education partnership with the global research and development enterprise Battelle as part of Tennessee's push in the federal Race to the Top competition for education innovation.

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Christmas for All wraps up this week, donations needed

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

If you have some spare change, a couple of dollars, whatever you can afford, Wilson County Christmas for All would appreciate your kind donation.

The organization, made up of volunteers, works each year to provide toys and clothes for children and families and food and other items for the elderly and disabled at Christmas.

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Concrete program amended

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council nodded two measures at Tuesday night’s meeting, but not without lengthy discussion on either item.

The measures were a resolution to approve the Concrete Certification for Youth Program, or CCY, and an ordinance to de-annex certain property on Eastover Road.

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Cooksey reinterred, Ashe checks new leads

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

The body of a young man killed in 1969 but was exhumed 40 years later as a part of a murder investigation was reinterred on Monday afternoon, this time next to his parents at Bellwood Cemetery.

Charles “Butch” Ragland Cooksey Jr. was found dead in the road 5 miles north of Lebanon on June 14, 1969, in the early hours of the morning. He was 19 years old and his death was ruled at the time as a hit and run.

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Home sales continue upswing

Wilson County’s Real Estate Market continued to improve in November with 130 closed residential home sales, an increase of 44 from the same time last year.

Wilson County’s pending home sales in November also increased by 64 from 2008 with 144 going under contract.

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Locals shy from Gordon's congressional seat

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

After more than a quarter-century of public service to his home state of Tennessee, 6th District U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon, D- Murfreesboro, announced his plans to retire from Congress when his current term ends in 2010.

His announcement on Monday has set off speculation about who may seek his seat in the upcoming election next year and so far, two Republicans from Rutherford County have announced their intentions to run, but Wilson County elected officials so far are shying away from the position.

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Register now for Vol State spring classes at Wilson Central High School

Registration is open now for Volunteer State Community College spring semester classes at Wilson Central High School.

There are 11 courses to choose from: Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, English Composition I and II, Introduction to Art, Computer Technology and Applications, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Writing I and II, Introduction to Sociology and Survey of American History II.

 

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Trooper upgraded to stable after wreck in Mt, Juliet

By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- The condition of the state trooper critically injured in a still puzzling wreck on Monday which shut down I-40 for hours has been upgraded to stable, officials said Tuesday.

At approximately 12:10 p.m. Monday, Trooper Wendall Reagan, 42, was traveling east on I-40 in his SUV patrol unit when he was involved in a one vehicle roll over crash in the median at mile marker 228, in Mt. Juliet, near the Providence area.

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