BY JOHN L. SLOAN
One of my favorite outdoor writers is Gene Hill. One of my favorite archers is Howard Hill. One of my favorite smallmouth lakes is Center Hill. What is it about Hills that attracts me? I guess some of it may be mystery. You never know what a particular Hill may hit you with. It may be a trick shot, a surprise phrase or a fish that you did not expect. Some too, may well be sheer beauty. An arrow etched just perfectly against a blue sky or a “set” of words that become a picture or fog, low on the water that suddenly becomes a rock bluff.
By RAY POPE & KAREN FRANKLIN
Good Friday turned out to be just that...a Good Friday! It started off very cloudy and rainy, but it turned into a beautiful day, and we were with our good friend Ray for some birding. I say “we” because usually it is just me, however my kids (ages 6 and 4) were out of school and have enjoyed previous trips with Ray, so I decided to bring them along this time. Bringing my kids added a whole new element.
I thought I was prepared with their toy binoculars, snacks, drinks, paper and pencils, but this was not the case. Being that it was also Earth Day my daughter, Anna, decided she wanted to collect trash to help the earth. Luckily Ray had some plastic grocery bags for her to put the trash in. And of course we only got two stops in before the "I have to go potty" chant started.
Our first stop was at a swampy area behind Greenbrier Lake on Cedar Grove Road. In the past Ray has had a lot of luck with a variety of birds in that area, but due to the area being cleaned out it did not hold much excitement for us.
Then we made a stop at Spring Creek off Belotes Ferry Road where we heard a lot but only saw some Goldfinches and a White-throated Sparrow. I believe this is the area we also heard the Barred owl. We didn't get to see him, but just hearing him was very exciting. Ray does an excellent Barred owl call and tried to bring him in closer but didn't have much luck this time.
Quarterman shares fervor for cedar glades
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
At 100 years of age the eyesight of Elsie Quarterman is deteriorating just as her memory is diminishing.
But her passion for the plant life of Middle Tennessee’s cedar glades blooms ever strong through the generations of students she inspired at Vanderbilt University from the 1940s into the mid-1970s. And those students, many now teachers themselves, continue to inspire new students and conservationists.
Health permitting, Quarterman, who helped rediscover the Tennessee coneflower, is planning to make an appearance Saturday afternoon at Cedars of Lebanon State Park during the annual Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival, which was named in her honor three years ago.
“If she is having one of her Energizer bunny days, there’s no telling what she will do,” said Patrick Quarterman, Elsie’s nephew. Patrick and wife Ann live with the renowned plant ecologist and Vanderbilt University professor emerita in Nashville and are her caregivers.
MAY 14 AT SPORTS VILLAGE
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Runners and walkers should get ready to sign up for the first ever Go Johnny Go 5k and 10k marathon and fun run set for Saturday, May 14, in honor of Johnny Keel and to raise money for the Johnny Keel Wellness Foundation.
Sponsored by Sports Village, Bates Ford, HTK Wealth Management and American Home Health, the run will begin and end at Sports Village and was organized to honor Keel who lost a 10-year battle with colon cancer in November 2010.
Peggy Keel, Johnny’s wife and owner of Sports Village, set up the Wellness Foundation in her husband’s name to help organize other events and campaigns to improve the overall health of the local community.
“Johnny had a 10-year battle with colon cancer, and we want this walk to honor his name,” Keel said.
LEBANON NATIVE FILES SUIT
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- A lawsuit against BlueCross/BlueShield of Tennessee, which has slowly churned for almost 10 years, went before a jury Tuesday morning in Lebanon to determine whether BlueCross intentionally breached contract with Phyllis Craighead’s healthcare company Kids and Nurses Inc.
Jury selection and opening remarks wrapped up Monday afternoon in the trial, which could have damages awarded to Craighead in the amount of $60 million. The first witness was slated to be called at 9 a.m., Tuesday.
Initially filed in 2002, the complaint details a torrid history between Craighead’s Kids and Nurses company and insurance provider BlueCross/BlueShield.
Founded in 1987 by Lebanon native Craighead, Kids and Nurses Inc., was a “unique medical provider” for children with special medical conditions with facilities in all four major metropolitan areas of Tennessee.
By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post
Cumberland University’s athletic department has submitted a bid to host the 2011 National Championship Opening Round, a qualifier to the 55th annual Avista-NAIA World Series.
CU is in the running for one of the nine satellite tournaments which will feature five teams competing in a double-elimination format. Tournament play will begin May 12 and must be completed no later than May 16.
Each tournament winner will advance to the NAIA World Series May 27 – June 3 at Harris Field on the campus of Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.