By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
PLEASANT SHADE — When long-time Murfreesboro residents Steve and Sheila Burns took a notion 16 months ago to purchase a shuttered general store in tiny Pleasant Shade, the couple had no idea of the effect it would produce in the Smith County hamlet.
A bustling village in the early 1900s, a century later the post office was about the only business left in town. When the Burns revived the Pleasant Shade Restaurant and General Store last Feb. 12, it was almost like the community had been given a heart transplant.
In turn, their new neighbors’ responses and reactions overwhelmed the first-time restaurateur/store owners.
ALL-TIME GREAT HOOPSTER
By SAM HATCHER
He’s recognized as one of the greatest basketball players of all time at his college alma mater. And in his hometown, Mt. Juliet, they say there’s never been another one like him.
Tom Marshall, by all acclaims may just be the greatest basketball player to ever dribble a ball in Wilson County.
The “legend” as many describe him will be recognized in a special ceremony at the Mt. Juliet High School gym on Friday, February 11, when Mt. Juliet and Wilson Central square off against each other.
Marshall, 80, who now makes his home in Ft. Myers, Fla., plans to be there with his wife Betty. Marshall played basketball for Mt. Juliet High School for only two seasons, his junior and senior years. After attending school in Nashville for two years, he transferred to Mt. Juliet where his sister was principal and finished his high school career there. And what a finish it was.
By RAY POPE
Superbowl Sunday has come and gone and my favorite NFC team won. Go Pack Go! It won’t be too long before spring gets its hold on us and we start thinking about planting flowers and vegetables in our gardens. One of the old timers’ first happiness began with the arrival of the seed catalog that used to be sent out like clockwork in late winter.
Now, all you have to do is stroll the aisle at one of the many stores that offer seeds and plants. It’s a bit early for planting, but it kind of helps to leave the winter doldrums behind.
When planting, be thoughtful about your selection and be prepared to plant some kind of flowers for everyone’s favorite, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Most any kind of a trumpet shaped flower will leave you with many days of pleasure watching these adroit flyers.
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET — Even though he “didn’t hear anything in the short term that was in the best interest of both communities,” Mt. Juliet City Manager Randy Robertson noted that at least leaders from his city, Lebanon and the county are sharing information that could lead to better fire protection in Mt. Juliet.
Mt. Juliet commissioners and City staff met with Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead for another round of discussion about fire protection in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Wilson County on Monday. Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Dowell, former Mt. Juliet commissioner Will Sellers, various local citizens and at least one other local firefighter watched and listened as Craighead displayed Lebanon city maps which include its urban growth boundaries. Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam was not in attendance.
The Lebanon mayor also described a parcel of land, approximately 17 acres, that Lebanon owns south of Highway 109 near Callis Road, on which he is considering building a new fire station that could serve both Lebanon and parts of Mt. Juliet, considering it’s approximately 6 miles to the Del Webb area.