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Getting back to basics

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
Have you been bitten yet? When warm spring weather comes have you had the urge to get to a pond, creek, river, lake or whatever body of water is close by to wet a line, drown a worm, or otherwise chase a fish?

Every spring, the compulsion strikes me and as soon as the water clears up from the last big rain I simply must get to the riverside for that primeval experience.

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General News

EF-1 tornado damages property near Watertown

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
WATERTOWN — A tornado classified as an EF-1 touched down near Watertown Wednesday evening, causing damage to several properties in the area, said Tom Johnstone, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.

The tornado had an estimated maximum wind speed of 100 mph. An EF-1 tornado, based on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, has wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph.  Several homes along Haley Road and West Old Alexandria Road, located east of Watertown, experienced significant property damage as a result of the tornado that touched down around 6:19 p.m.

Thankfully, Johnstone said there were no reported injuries or fatalities and credited the warning system and sirens in Watertown for letting residents of the area know to take shelter.

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LPD issues citations for underage beer sales

By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
The good news during a recent undercover beer buy conducted by the Lebanon Police Department is that 75 percent of the stores checked complied with the law regarding checking ID’s to be sure the beverage is not being sold to a minor, but the bad news is that five clerks checked the underage buyer’s identity but sold it to him anyway.

That was the word Thursday from Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen who said the undercover beer buys were conducted earlier this month with detectives from the department’s Narcotics Division working with officers on LPD’s Flex Unit.

A confidential informant under the age of 21 was sent into 20 stores inside the city limits of Lebanon to try and purchase beer. Out of the 20 stores, six clerks were cited for selling beer to a minor, and five of the six asked to see the informant’s ID to check his birthday but sold the beer to him anyway. Bowen noted that two of the alleged undercover beer sales occurred at the same market with two different clerks.

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LSSD names administrators

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS NAMED

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Donna Shaffer and Bobby Brown have been named the newest administrators for the Lebanon Special School District as the district works to restructure and reorganize its schools to prepare for the opening of the new Winfree-Bryant Middle School.

Shaffer, currently the director at McClain Christian Academy, was named the new assistant principal at Castle Heights Elementary School, and Brown, former head football coach and assistant principal at Lebanon High School, was named the assistant principal at Walter J. Baird Middle School.

"We had wonderful applicants for both positions and we had numerous applicants for both positions, so we were really excited about that," said Dr. Sharon Roberts, director of LSSD.

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