By ANGEL KANE
They say, cleanliness is next to godliness. I say, THEY are right.
So, when my children told me about a television show called “Hoarders”, I was both horrified and mesmerized. And when they told me about a show called “Animal Hoarders”, with that I was hooked!
Dear Ken: I remember a show on Saturday mornings in the 1960s called “The Magic Land of Alakazam.” Who was the magician that starred on the show? Is he still living?
Master magician Mark Wilson, 81, and his wife, Nani Darnell, who served as his assistant, live in Valencia, Calif. They delighted elementary school-age kids from 1960 to 1964 with network TV’s first magic show. It also featured Bev Bergeron as Rebo the Clown and was sponsored by Kellogg’s. Wilson was named by “Magic Magazine” as one of the top-10 American magicians of the 20th century. His book, “Mark Wilson Course in Magic,” has sold more than 850,000 copies. He also taught numerous Hollywood stars how to perform magic tricks, including Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Peter Falk, Dick Van Dyke, Bill Bixby, Cher, Jackie Gleason, Johnny Carson and Burt Reynolds. Their son, Greg Wilson, is a professional illusionist.
BRIDE SHOW SET FEB. 20
Country music legend, ‘Whispering’ Bill Anderson must have a magic touch. Anderson who is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Wilson Living reveals to readers all the reasons he loves Wilson County. Apparently everyone wants to read all about it because the January/February edition is nearly sold out after only 4 days on newsstand shelves. Thank you ‘Whispering’ Bill for sharing your story.
We would love to savor the success of the latest Wilson Living but we have to move on to another big event.
By RAY POPE
First of all, I would like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year. Thinking back on the past year, I have made a bunch of new friends that have the same passion I do for our feathered friends. Several people came from the birdseed aisle at Wal-Mart, Tractor Supply Company and Garr’s Rental and Feed. One of my favorite sayings is “a stranger is only a friend you haven’t met,” which holds true for me.
Looking out the kitchen window there is a plethora of birds that come to my home day after day for their lunch. Just alone in the Sparrow family there will be Chipping Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows and Song Sparrows that feed on the ground below my feeders. One Sparrow that eludes me is the Field Sparrow. When I walk the trails at the Don Fox Park, I can hear the song of the Field Sparrow, but they stay over on the Lebanon Golf and Country Club side. That is just how much habitat means to our wild creatures.
Several years ago there was a special Sparrow that would breed here in Wilson County in only three known locations. The first time the late Reverend William Senter and myself found a spot up Highway 231 North to the right side of the road where the Lark Sparrow lived. I can’t remember just who owned the property, but as soon as word got out, people from all over came to watch for this special bird. I remember Michael Lee Bierly, president of the Nashville chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, bringing several car loads of birders to see this rare find. We had the song on an old tape player which we would play to attract the bird. After a few years the area grew up and the habitat changed and the bird disappeared from the area.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
For mothers and fathers concerned about baby bums, dirty diapers and the environment, Dwayne and Megan Reed have the solution. The couple operates Smile, Mommy!, the premier cloth diaper service in Wilson, Williamson and Davidson counties, as they deliver 100 percent cotton diapers to front doors every week.
For their customers that means either they can say bye-bye to the chore of washing diapers or they can derive green satisfaction in knowing that they are no longer sending a small mountain of disposable diapers to the landfill.
“We concentrate on convenience and providing parents with a safer alternative for diapering their children,” Megan said. “Parents just drop the dirty diapers into the air-tight pail that we provide. We then pick up and drop off diapers at their front door each week.”
By SAM HATCHER
A telephone call from NBC News Monday afternoon brought back a vivid reminder about how bad it can be when our judicial system makes a mistake.
NBC was doing a story on the man in Texas who was freed Tuesday after serving 30 years for crimes he did not commit.
Cornelius Dupree Jr. was convicted three decades ago on charges of rape and robbery. Recently presented DNA evidence has proven him to be innocent of each of these crimes.
So, after spending some 30 years behind bars in Texas, Mr. Dupree was set free. According to Texas law, he is eligible for $80,000 in compensation for each year he spent incarcerated. He reportedly could receive a lump sum payment of $2.4 million. But can money, any amount of money, repay this man for the wrong he has suffered?
NBC called The Wilson Post yesterday for permission to use photos and certain material we published on Oct. 28, 2009 in a similar story written by Ken Beck. In that story we told about Lawrence McKinney, 54, of Lebanon, being imprisoned wrongly for almost 32 years on charges of rape and burglary.
As in the Texas case, Mr. McKinney was proven innocent by DNA evidence presented by his attorney Jack Lowery. But even so, Mr. McKinney spent more than half of his life behind bars. He was arrested on Oct. 7, 1977, on charges of rape and burglary, and from that day until July 20, 2009, his freedom was taken.
Can there possibly be a more tragic story to be told than for a man to spend days, years, and decades in a prison for a crime he did not commit?
And perhaps there is. Putting someone to death for a crime they did not commit.
GOVERNMENT MEETINGS -- Wilson County Commission Planning & Zoning Committee will meet 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Lebanon City Council will meet in a special called meeting at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
Lebanon Airport Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at the airport at 760 Franklin Road.
Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Wilson County Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at the Road Commission office and will be followed by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board at the same location.
Community Calendar -- Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center has started Social Skills Classes for special needs children with any challenge. Teen social skills meet Mondays at 4 p.m.; pre-school social skills meet Tuesdays at 3 p.m.; and elementary school social skills meets Thursdays at 4 p.m. Classes are $15 per session. Call 206-1176 for signups. Special soccer and field hockey meet every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at 185 West Franklin Street, Gallatin.
InkLink Recycling is accepting used ink cartridges and old cell phones at the following locations: The Lebanon Democrat, Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, WANT FM 98.9, Rose Tire, Burchett Ford and Quick Lane. Proceeds from all cartridges and cell phones collected goes to New Leash on Life and Books from Birth. For information, call 444-4615.
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.
Wilson County Food Pantry at Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency offers food boxes. Information needed to obtain a food box includes proof of 2010 income and Social Security numbers of everyone in the household. The Food Pantry is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, contact Community Service Associate Gayla Brooks at 444-4714 or email email@example.com. You may also visit online at www.mid-cumberlandcaa.com. MCCAA is at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon.
Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
Do you like to write, but aren’t sure how to go about it, where to start, or what to do with what you already have? A new arm of the West Wilson Arts Alliance is gearing up, and you can join other local writers for support, networking and critique groups. Send your contact information along with a writing sample and some basic information about you and what you like to write to TnWriterEditor@gmail.com, with WW Writers Guild in the subject line for consideration and more information.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
First Wednesdays of each month a Healing Service is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
Volunteers needed for elderly nursing home residents to assist the Ombudsman Program in visiting elderly residents of long-term care facilities and to advocate for these residents. Requirements include patience, persistence, ability to be objective and concern for the vulnerable elderly population. For more information or to register for training, call the Ombudsman Program at 452-5259 or 452-1687.
NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter will meet at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at the Spain House. Jean Ayers will present the program.
Bluegrass/Country Music at Timberline Campground will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, featuring Sue Rollins and Pulltight Express Band. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free.
Unity Church, 222 Cainsville Road, Lebanon, will have a gospel singing at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, with guest singers The Kinslows and others. Everyone is welcome. The pastor is Brother Kenneth Bowen.
Wilson County Conservatives will meet at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Logan’s Roadhouse at Providence MarketPlace in Mt. Juliet.
Wilson County Republican Party will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at WCRP Headquarters located at Kevin’s Automotive, 500 South Cumberland Street, Suite C, Lebanon (directly behind 231 Car Sales). Guest speaker will be Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. For information, call Kevin Foushee at 444-5732 or visit the website at www.wilsongop.org.
Gladeville Community Center Men’s Club had to postpone shoots scheduled in December due to weather and holidays. The final shoot will be held on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, beginning at noon. For information, call Earl Ray at 604-5735 or Tommy Knowles at 443-4522.
Wilson County Democratic Party will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at the Gentry Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Plans for 2011 will be discussed including the Chili Cook-Off to be held Saturday, March 5. All Democrats are urged to attend. For information, call 444-3838.
Wilson County Board of Education meeting, scheduled originally for 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, has been changed to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 17, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Monday, Dec. 27.
Lebanon Area Crohn’s & Colitis Support Group will be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:15 until 8:30 p.m. at the University Medical Center Board Room. The next meeting will be Jan. 11, 2011, and Dr. Ronald Cole will be the guest speaker. Michelle Chianese from the Tennessee Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America will also attend. Light refreshments will be provided.
Wilson County Right to Life will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet. For information, call Trecia Dillingham at 443-5458/
West Hills Baptist Church will be a host site for Angel Food Ministries in January. Order dates for January are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17 and Tuesday, Jan. 18. The disbursement date is Saturday, Jan. 22 from 8 to 10 a.m. Orders may be placed on their website www.westhillsbaptistchurch.com and click on the Angel Food link by using a credit/debit card. In order to pay with an EBT card or in cash, you must place your order in the church office.
Wilson County Beekeepers Association will offer a three-night course on beginning beekeeping Tuesday, Jan. 18, through Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, also in the West Building at the Ward Ag Center. The course begins at 7 each night and will end about 9 p.m. Cost is $25 per person or $45 per couple and includes membership in the WCBA, a one-year membership in the Tennessee Beekeepers Association and a copy of Beekeeping in Tennessee. To reserve your place, or for information, call Petra Mitchell at 286-2529 by Jan. 15.
Communitywide Red Cross Training (formerly Mass Care) will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. This is the class required to get a Red Cross badge and a background check will be needed (provided by Red Cross online). This can also be a refresher class for those who previously took the classes because procedures change. Also, a training class on Shelter Operations and Shelter Simulation will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, also in the Fellowship Hall at First UMC. There will be a lunch break or bring your lunch. Prepare to help Wilson County shelters function in the next disaster. Sign up for one or both classes by emailing Patty Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Valerie at the local Red Cross office at 878-9080.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11, 2011. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.
To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to email@example.com. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
With much of the winter still to come, and plenty of wintry weather behind us, the Lebanon City Council authorized Mayor Philip Craighead to make an emergency purchase of salt for the Street Department during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.
Prior to the meeting, the council held a work session to discuss the purchase of salt and purchasing a new truck to act as a multipurpose vehicle for the Street Department, mostly a salt-spreader during the winter months.
The Street Department used almost all of its salt supply in December to clear roads of snow and ice and is in need of more should inclement weather come around in January, February or later. When the regular meeting began at 6 p.m., the council unanimously authorized the purchase totaling around $24,000.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
A man suspected in the shooting of a 13-year-old boy on Dec. 30, 2010, turned himself in to Lebanon Police on New Year’s Eve and was released a short time later from the Wilson County Jail after posting bond. The suspect was identified as Robert Lee Nelson, 28, of Lebanon, said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.
Nelson, he said, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon. His bond was set at a total of $57,000 for all of the charges.
“He has a lengthy arrest record,” Bowen said, adding Nelson had been charged several times in the past for criminal trespass in federal housing projects.
SINGLE RACE TICKETS ON SALE
GLADEVILLE -- A new year and a new NASCAR season brings new reduced ticket prices for fans of Nashville Superspeedway. Single event tickets for NASCAR events at Nashville will go on sale today Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 8 a.m.
Fans can take advantage of the new reduced ticket prices by reserving their seats in advance to receive the best pricing available. Tickets for NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Nashville on April 23 and July 23 start at $30, while tickets for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on April 22 and July 22 start at $25.
Nashville has also increased the age and reduced the price on all junior tickets for fans 14 and under. Juniors can attend any of the four NASCAR events for just $10 when purchased in advance. Tickets purchased at the gate will increase by $5 for juniors and $10 for adults per ticket.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-RACE-TIX or by going online at www.nashvillesuperspeedway.com.