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Telling Tales

Telling Tales: An Inconvenient Tooth

Once upon a time there was a little boy who, at 6 years old was ready for the rite of passage all children look forward to. He was anxious for a visit from that enigmatic character he had heard all his snaggle toothed little friends talk about. He was ready to see the tooth fairy. Well, maybe not ready to see her, but definitely ready to see what prize she’d be leaving behind. So begins his quest to loosen a tooth.

At least once a week since Christmas, he will run to me and say, “I think my toof is loose. Help me pull it. Ohhh, I can’t wait to get this toof out. It really is ready.” I always oblige and check this alleged loose tooth. And I always find a tooth that is no closer to falling out than a monkey out of a banana tree. Regardless, I always look at him with excitement and say, “It’s very close. Just keep working on it.” He then runs off in a flurry of excitement. Usually off to tell his big brother about all the loot the tooth fairy will be bringing in exchange for this elusive tooth.

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Ask Ken Beck

Kentucky-born Johnny Depp grew up in Florida

Dear Ken: Where was actor Johnny Depp raised? How many movies has he made?

Depp, 46, was born in Owensboro, Ky., and grew up mostly in Miramar, Fla. He dropped out of high school at 15 to play in a rock band, The Kids, that later changed its name to Six Gun Method. Through his ex-wife, a makeup artist, he met Nicolas Cage, who encouraged him to get into acting. Depp’s first film was “Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984, and he garnered acclaim in the late 1980s TV series “21 Jump Street.” He has about 33 movies in the can, including the current “Alice in Wonderland” where he plays the Mad Hatter. It’s hard to pick his best, but he was amazing in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” He should be back as Jack Sparrow in another “Pirates of the Caribbean” in 2011. He has two young children, Lily and Jack.

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General Lifestyle

Spring is in the air... And so are weddings!

I can always tell when spring arrives.  It usually starts with full blown allergy attacks in my house. Honestly, I could care less. I can handle any amount of allergies if it means winter is on its way out and warmer, sunnier weather is on its way in. Warmer weather also ushers in many outdoor activities including, weddings and picnics.

Our first wedding issue last year was our biggest and since Wilson Living is all about outdoing what we’ve already done you can expect our second annual wedding issue to be even better. If you are looking for ideas for planning your big day, you DO NOT want to miss this issue! We will cover everything from flowers to food and traditional to contemporary ceremonies.

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Column

Politically speaking highlighted with chickens

By ANNE DONNELL

In an e-mail dated 2/15/2010 to The Jonesboro Sun ( published 2/21) Kelly Craft wrote, “[Since first voting in 1972] I … have observed our political life in decline, spiraling downward on a course of shameless blaming and irresponsibility which I have termed ‘Poisonous Pedagogy…’  It is present on both sides of the political aisle…a language that uses cynicism, sarcasm, scorn, scoffing, character assassination, and schadenfruede (a word that means joy in another’s suffering). It generates fear and distrust by deliberate inaccuracies and purposeful confusion. It is a language of disrespect that demonizes and dehumanizes. The people who use the Poisonous Pedagogy are demonstrating their lack of civility, their lack of respect for the other, and their willingness to use any means to gain an advantage. The Poisonous Pedagogy discourages participation in public life at all levels…I stand against all persons in our public life (pundits, preachers, politicians, etc.) who use the Poisonous Pedagogy to advance agendas. I call for maturity and civility in our public life...”
-Sent by J.G.

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Providing a little help til times get better

By SAM HATCHER

There's a flier in my office at home that says "Special at Tuckers Café . . .Til Times Get Better, Two Eggs (fried or scrambled) with Tuckers Breakfast Bacon and Buttered Toast . . . 5 cents."

I'm not sure of the exact date on this piece but I've got to believe it was presented during the era of the Great Depression. Tucker’s Café by the way for some who may not know was a famed eatery on Lebanon’s Public Square at one time and then later in the Westside Hotel just off the Square.

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General News

Council approves property swap with Mt. Juliet

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

In what was most likely the shortest meeting in the history of Lebanon’s City Council lasting about 15 minutes on Tuesday, the main issue was passed unanimously with no discussion.

That issue was the so-called “property swap” with Mt. Juliet, in which 11.28 acres from Lebanon will be de-annexed and annexed by Mt. Juliet while 9.75 acres from that city will be annexed by Lebanon.

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Hard bids only for new LHS

COMMISSION OK's FUNDING DEAL

By BEN DUDLEY, The Wilson Post
There will be a new high school built in Lebanon and it is clear to Wilson County Schools Director Mike Davis that the facility will not have all the bells and whistles as the school first proposed at a cost of $54 million. Davis said Tuesday the County Commission’s approval of a new Lebanon High School came with a price tag of no more than $50 million, a price, he noted, that included all furnishings as well as construction costs.

Davis said he expected the process of selecting a contractor to build the new school to follow what’s known as a “hard bid” or maximum guaranteed bid procedure. The bid process for the school became controversial a year ago when one building contractor was allowed to submit a bid for construction based on a number of changes in specifications and design that reduced the cost of the project, while others bidding on the project bid strictly on the plans submitted by the school board.

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Meeting to address underage drinking

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Community Partnership is sponsoring a Town Hall Meeting to discuss concerns regarding underage drinking in the community. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, said Greg Smith, president of the organization, and members felt such a meeting would be good to engage young people and parents here in the issue.

The Town Hall Meeting will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.

Guest speaker will be Blake McMeans, who as a teenager was an athlete, a tennis star, who went out one night, became intoxicated, got behind the wheel of his vehicle and had a wreck.

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Road Work
 Jeff Kile, of Insituform Technologies Inc., prepares to lower Brian Bowers into a manhole in Hartmann Drive north of Baddour Parkway. According to City Engineer Chuck Boyett, the company has been contracted to repair many of the older, clay-based sewage pipes all across the city. The company installs a flexible, plastic-covered felt sleeve into the old pipes and then passes steam through them. The steam activates a chemical reaction within the lining, causing it to conform perfectly to the inside of the old lines and harden, essentially creating a new pipe inside the old one. Crews were able to repair approximately 600 feet of sewer lines Tuesday between Winter Drive and Canal Street on Hartmann. The alternative would be to dig up all the old pipes and put in new ones, a job that would take weeks to complete and cost significantly more than the Insituform process. Boyett said the city is trying to repair any old lines between Canal Street and Coles Ferry Boulevard before they resurface that stretch of road sometime this fall.
ZACK OWENSBY / The Wilson Post 
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Squires nod LHS bonds unanimously

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

After a failed referendum to raise the wheel tax in order to fund a new Lebanon High School this past fall, Wilson County Commission unanimously voted to sell bonds to pay the cost of construction at Monday night’s regular meeting.

“I am so happy for Lebanon High School,” said District 7 Commissioner Georgia Franklin. “I worked there for 17 years and I know how much this was needed.”

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Toyota problems land here

From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Toyota’s massive recalls and troubles with complaints from owners about uncontrollable acceleration bursts now have a local connection.

Local attorney Keith Williams, of Lannom and Williams law firm, filed a lawsuit in Wilson County Chancery Court March 12 representing a Lebanon Toyota owner, Joyce Ann Atnip.

He said a second plaintiffs may also join the case before the lawsuit is filed. According to Williams the lawsuit will ask the court to certify the case as a class action on behalf of all Toyota owners in Tennessee and appoint his client, the owner of a 2009 Toyota Camry, as the representative of the class.

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