I’ve been on a mission since the birth of my first child almost 11 years ago. As hard as I’ve tried to complete this mission, I fall short every time. Actually, I usually fall head first into a big bowl of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey. ‘What is this mission’ you might ask. [Begin Theme Music from Mission Impossible] I’m on a mission… TO LOSE WEIGHT! And while Ethan Hunt was a mastermind at defusing bombs and retrieving deadly genetically engineered viruses, dieting while stuffing fistfuls of candy into plastic eggs, serving up slice after slice of ooey gooey pizza or forgoing a late night dance with a 3 Musketeer, would leave even him waving a white flag of surrender.
Dear Ken: I read where actor Fess Parker died recently. What can you tell us about the man who played both Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on TV?
Of the hundreds of actors I interviewed over the years, Parker, who died March 18 at age 85 of natural causes, was easily one of the nicest. An astute businessman and humble about his craft, he once told me that his movie credits didn’t amount to “a hill of beans.” Born in Fort Worth, he grew up in San Angelo, Texas, where his family raised cattle and crops. He served in the Navy in the Philippines near the end of WWII. It was his appearance in the 1954 film “Them!” that caught the eye of Walt Disney who recognized the 6-foot-5 tall actor would be a perfect fit as his Crockett.
Wilson Living Magazine is always on the hunt for our “Founders’ Favorites.” Luckily, there are so many talented people in the area that we never have a problem finding new and amazing products and businesses to feature each issue.
One of our Founders’ Favorites this next issue is the ART MILL. Located on Lebanon’s thriving square at 115 S. Cumberland Street, the Art Mill is the brainchild of local artist extraordinaire Scott Harris.
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
On a pretty spring day after a 1-inch rainfall the day before, my grandson and I tracked into a muddy recently plowed field near the Cumberland River. It had been a good site for Indian arrowheads the year before and we figured it would give us some good finds again this year. A breaking plow had been used to turn over 4 or 5 inches of rich dark reddish brown soil just deep enough to hopefully unearth underlying rocks. The warm sun had dried much of the moisture from the ground but it was just still a little muddy to be walking the fresh turned dirt and we wanted to be the first ones in the field after the plow.
By ANNE DONNELL
Do you ever play one-word games? You know, when the person whose turn it is names something and everyone else has to say one appropriate word about it. Sounds like your kind of thing, word lady.
-Yes, I’m a Former Student of Yours at LHS
This sounds like a drinking game to me, but it could have sober possibilities. I’ve never played it, but I did find a version online from Pew Research Center called “Congress in a Wordle.” 749 people were asked a one word description of Congress; the top fifteen most frequently used choices were dysfunctional, corrupt, self-serving, inept, confused, incompetent, ineffective, lazy, bad, sucks, poor, crook, disappointed, gridlock, idiots. Oh, my. But, that’s for another day.
By ZACK OWENSBY
The Wilson Post
Children who live daily with disabilities have in a place in Wilson County where they can go to be just like every other kid and experience things they haven’t yet had the chance.
Unfortunately, they all can’t afford the expenses, but leaders hope you will help.
From Post staff reports
Judge David Durham told members of the Lebanon Morning Rotary yesterday that although our court system in the U.S. is the “best in the world” it still has its problems.
Durham, who was appointed Criminal Court Judge for the 15th Judicial District just over a year ago replacing the late Judge J.O. Bond, said overcrowded dockets are responsible for many of the issues that impact the judicial system.
By BEN DUDLEY, The Wilson Post
After kicking off National Safe Digging Month by reminding citizens to call 811 before digging to check for utility lines, Lebanon’s City Council agreed Tuesday night to support a volunteer "sand and seal" party.
Attorney Mark Lee, who was one two key principals in leading the way for the construction of the playground situated in Lebanon’s Don Fox Community Park, explained to the council that the park is still in great shape after 15 years but needs a bit of a shine to keep it going.
From Post staff reports
A man claiming to be a member of the Aryan Brotherhood gang was arrested Tuesday on charges including reckless endangerment, possession of a handgun while under the influence among others.
He was booked into the Wilson County Jail with a bond of $5,000.
From Post staff reports
A man and woman are facing assault charges in an incident involving another couple earlier on Thursday near North Cumberland Street in Lebanon.
According to report filed by Lebanon Police Officer Elvis Huff, he responded to a call reporting an armed subject on North Castle Heights Avenue near North Cumberland Street around 12:30 p.m., yesterday.
From Post staff reports
In another 10 days Lebanon’s James E. Ward Agricultural Center is going to take on the appearance of a bucking bronco festival.
On the weekend of April 16 and 17, the Ward Agricultural Center will be the host site of what’s being billed as the First Annual Charity Whip Crackin’ Rodeo.
BULLDOGS BELT 7 HOMERS
LEBANON -- Matt Greener’s bloop single plated Troy Frazier in the bottom of the ninth, ending a wild game as fourth-ranked Cumberland outlasted No. 8 Lee Univ., 17-16, Tuesday afternoon at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
CU improved to 29-7 overall in a game that included 38 hits and two seven-run innings, while Lee dropped to 29-10.
Frazier hit a pair of home runs for the Bulldogs, who came from behind three times in the contest and ended a two-game losing streak to the Flames. Cumberland had seven homers in the contest, a season-high, and used the long ball to stay in the game on a day the wind was blowing out to rightfield with gale force.
Frazier and David Fanshawe belted home runs in the third and Kris Miller and Greener hit back-to-back shots to leadoff the seventh to tie the game. The Bulldogs added five more runs in the seventh, including Frazier’s second home run of the game and a three-run shot from Greg Appleton, to take a 14-9 lead.
But Lee answered with seven runs of its own in the top of the eighth, with eight consecutive batters reaching including six hits, a walk and a hit batter. Cumberland tied the game again in the bottom of the inning on a groundout from Max Kautz and a two-out double from Appleton that scored Kautz from first.
In the ninth Frazier led off with a double down the leftfield line, his fourth hit of the day, and the Flames intentionally walked Miller to face Greener, who entered the game batting .496. The senior fisted a single into short left and Frazier’s slide to the inside avoided the tag for the winning run.
Frazier finished 4-for-6 with four RBIs and four runs scored in the contest, while Appleton added three hits and four RBIs and Greener had three hits and two RBIs. Miller and Kautz posted two hits apiece and Kautz scored three times.
Robert Post (3-2), the fifth Bulldog pitcher of the day, picked up the victory, allowing just one hit and striking out four in 1.2 innings of work. Aaron Everett (3-4), the fourth Lee hurler in the contest, took the loss, giving up three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings.
Cumberland plays at Campbellsville Univ. Wednesday in a single game at 2 p.m. CT before heading to rival Trevecca Nazarene for a three-game series in Nashville starting Friday at 2 p.m.
MT. JULIET -- Wilson Central was its own worst enemy Tuesday night as nine Wildcat errors helped Mt. Juliet to a 12-2 win District 9AAA win. The Golden Bears of Coach Mark Purvis improved to 13-2 oveall and 2-0 in the district. Central fell to 0-2 in league play.
Jake Harper (1-1) picked up the pitching decision, struck out eight and scattered six hits. Allen Ecton absorbed the loss. Harper helped his own cause with a two-run HR in the bottom of the fifth. Logan Dalton had two run-scoring singles and Caleb Chowbay singled, doubled and scored two runs.
The two teams go at it again tonight in a 7 p.m. game at Wilson Central.
FCS 15, Trousdale Co. 1
HARTSVILLE -- Friendship Christian improved to 12-2-1 overall and 4-0 in District 8A play Tuesday with a 15-1 win at Trousdale County High. The Commanders pounded out 15 hits -- led by a perfect 4-for-4 by Drew Erie. Chris Hall and Matt Goodner added three hits apiece.
Mitch Miller (2-1) picked up the pitching decision, scattering four hits with six strikeouts.
FCS plays at Class AAA Cookeville High today in a 4 p.m. game.
Wilson Central 8, Lebanon 7
LEBANON -- Wilson Central took an early 3-0 lead and held on for an 8-7 victory over Lebanon High Tuesday evening at Baird Park. Dana Lefler picked up the win for the Lady Wildcats, scattering eight hits. She helped her own cause with a triple and a double. Bekah Hutsenpiller and Sara Tichenor each had a pair of hits for the winners.
Lebanon (9-8 / 2-2) got a pair of hits from Jessica Lingnau and Tori Brewington while Katie Blackburn ripped a two-run triple.
LHS is scheduled to host Gordonsville Thursday in a 5 p.m. game at Baird Park.
Watertown sweeps Antioch
WATERTOWN -- Coach Brandy Baird's Tigerettes improved to 8-6 on the season with a boubleheader sweep of visiting Antioch Tuesday at Three Forks Park.
Watertown took the opener 14-0 in two and a-half innings, pounding out 15 hits. Jamie Reed picked up the pitching decision, striking out five and allowing just one hit. She also drove in five runs with a three hits, two doubles and a a single.
Catcher Hannah Reeder was a perfect 3-for-3 while Jordan Brewington had two hits and scored twice.
The nightcap found Watertown winning 5-1 as Reed went four innings for the win. She allowed just four hits and struck out nine. Megan Bryan drove in two runs with a single and a double while reed added two hits.
Watertown will host a doubleheader Monday, April 12 at Three Forks Park, playing Friendship Christian at 4 p.m. and Clay County at 6 p.m.
FCS 9, Gordonsville 6
SOUTH CARTHAGE -- Friendship Christian came back from a 6-1 deficit Tuesday and defeated Gordosnville 9-6 at Crump Pair Park.
The win boosted the Lady Commander record to 5-8 overall as Kaity Woodall led the FCS hit parade with a perfect 4-for-4. Hunter Holland and Brooke Klinefelter combind on the nine-hitter as Holland got the win, Klinefelter the save.
FCS is scheduled to host Red Boiling Springs Thursday at 5 p.m.
MJCA 4, St. Cecilia 3
NASHVILLE -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy upped its record to 6-3 overall / 3-3 in the East-Middle Division of TSSAA Division II Tuesday with a 4-3 win at St. Cecilia.
Emily Threadgill scattered a four hits and struck out six to pick up the win. Leanna Sanders had a single and a double for the winners.
MJCA is scheduled to host Nashville Glencliff Thursday in a 3:30 p.m. contest.