By JOHN L. SLOAN
I got plum hot the other day and that made me think of this. We were on the Tres Sombreros Ranch in the southeast corner of New Mexico and it was around the first of September. I reckon it was about 110 for an average midday temperature. We were shooting a hunting video and it was hot enough to drive me and the one of the camera girls crazy. We got so crazy we jumped into a windmill fed water tank not realizing it was 12 feet deep.
Good thing we could swim. See, we were living in teepees. Not air-conditioned wikiups, teepees. They were comfortable but at night, when it cooled off to about 95, they did tend to still be hot. I think that may be the first time I ever saw a cholla just get up and leave. See, plants, they aint supposed to walk. But thisun just walked away looking for some shade, I reckon.
By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine
It’s no secret to my friends, family and anyone wandering the cleaning isle of the local grocery that I don’t enjoy cleaning. I enjoy cooking, eating, reading. I do not enjoy cleaning. It’s a necessary evil though so I oblige with my barrage of cleaning products neatly placed in a storage caddy that I carry from room to room. The only time I stop complaining is when I’m gagging while cleaning my boys’ bathroom. (I will never understand how a man can be trained to hit a target at one thousand yards away but hitting the space inside a toilet eludes him?)
By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine
What a week! Now that the school year is winding down, the social season is just getting started. This summer you can keep the kids entertained, the adults happy and support the area without ever leaving Wilson County.
Wilson Living had the honor of attending the first annual ‘Artists for Animals’ fundraiser on May 19th. The fundraiser that benefits New Leash on Life raised several thousand dollars. Country music artists, songwriters and a Tennessee Titan were on hand to sing, chat and sign autographs all in the name of ‘man’s best friend’.
Collector reaches the end of the line
Ben Pulley, who has collected model trains for over 30 years, has decided it’s time to retire from the hobby and wishes to sell his trains. For information call 444-3686.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
From steam to diesel to electric, Lebanon’s Ben Pulley has been mesmerized by trains for 64 years. The Nashville native went straight from the Navy in 1946 into the clerical division of the L&N (Louisville & Nashville) Railroad where, among other jobs, he worked at the Radnor Yard office as an engine crew caller for 40 years. By the time he hung up his hat, the railroad line was known as CSX.
Now 86, Pulley has decided he has come to the end of another line. He’s ready to give up his hobby of collecting and playing with model trains, a joy he has been experiencing and sharing with others for 34 years.
“It’s been a lot of fun. You can’t appreciate trains like these unless you have seen them running,” Pulley said about his little locomotives and train cars. “It keeps you from being bored. But I can’t do what I used to with them. It hurts me to be that way. I’ve got so many, I don’t know what to do. I got to get rid of them.”
From Post staff reports
On Memorial Day Monday, May 30, many who have served in U.S. military uniforms will surely pause and remember their experiences and also remember those with whom they served who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Hubert Clemmons of Lebanon, a World War II veteran, is one of those. Joining the Army at age 19, Clemmons was eventually assigned to the 98th Bomb Group, an organization known as “The Pyramidiers.”
The 98th Bomb Group gained fame during the war for its low-level, long-range attack on vital oil refineries in Nazi-controlled Romania on August 1, 1943.
A longtime businessman in Lebanon and now retired, Clemmons points out that he was not a member of the 98th Bomb Group during the period of the raids on Romania but did serve with the unit on missions in Italy during the war.
In October his old unit is planning a reunion to be held in Shreveport, La.
According to a newsletter announcing reunion plans, the attack on Romania oil fields resulted in heavy losses of aircraft and crews.
“About a third of the airplanes and crews that took part were lost and few of the airplanes that survived were in any condition to fly again after the attack,” the newsletter states.
By RAY POPE
With the weather almost back to where it's supposed to be, I've been very busy in my vegetable garden weeding my tomatoes and pepper. Its amazing how little attention is really paid to me while creeping around the several plants on my hands and knees, by all the birds here at home.
The exception has to be my Bluebirds, that has the ability to dive-bomb anything close to it's nesting box, including me. I watched the squirrel fleeing for his life, while the Bluebirds were actually grabbing a beak full of squirrel fur. Maybe that is a new way of gathering soft material for the nesting box. After this brood of babies are fledged, I am seriously thinking about moving the box to a new location so I can work and weed in peace.
I am not sure, but there seems to be a little action around my Martin house. Several of the birds have been investigating it maybe for a future nesting sight. I certainly hope so! It might help my chances by placing some kind of clothes line, from my tool shed over to the Wild Cherry tree on the back property line. Martins do like some kind of roosting spot in close proximity to their homes. The two Martin houses at 204 South Maple Street, put up by Perry Ingram are full. Especially in the very early and just before time to call it a day, you will find the wires full of these voracious flying insect eaters, probable taking a rest before sleep takes hold, pushing tiny eyelids closed for the night.
SILVIS, Ill- Cumberland University's Dustin Thomas carded an opening-round 84 on Tuesday in the suspended first round of the 60th annual NAIA Men's Golf National Championships at the TPC Deere Run Course.
Thomas stands 123rd overall among 153 golfers in the field, which includes 29 teams and eight individuals.
The Cookeville native started his round on the back nine and bogeyed the par-4, 425-yard 11th hole before double-bogeying the 12th, a 203-yard par-3. He also double-bogeyed the par-4 15th hole and had just two pars on his first nine holes.
Thomas started the first nine much better, posting three straight pars, but then bogeyed four consecutive holes before picking up his only birdie of the round, on the par-4 eighth hole. But he followed that with a double bogey on his final hole of the round.
Six teams did not complete their round due to thunderstorms in the area and will conclude play at 6 a.m. Results from the suspended round may be found at http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/leaderboards/player/static/pdetail45305_2179.html#.
From Post staff reports
Wilson County was well represented on the 2011 District 9AAA baseball all-district team. Wilson Central head coach Anthony Ford was voted Coach of the Year and Wildcat senior outfielder Devin Fish was voted Most Valuable Player.
Fish, a senior, hit .504 with 11 doubles, four triples and 30 runs batted in. He enjoyed a hitting streak of 28 games, the fourth longest in recorded state high school baseball history, according to the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association.
Mt. Juliet's Kyle Smith was voted Right-Handed Pitcher of the Year. Smith, a junior, went 9-1 prior to the TSSAA Spring Fling.
Other first team all-district honorees included: Drake Trice (3b) and Ethan Nehus (RHP) from Wilson Central; Jessep Polk (OF) and Cain Sloan (RHP / INF) from Lebanon High; and Mikee Brown (OF), Brady Cole (OF) and Trevor Bates (INF) from Mt. Juliet High.
MURFREESBORO -- Friendship Christian's 19-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday as Summertown downed the Commanders 11-8 in the first round of the TSSAA Class A state baseball tournament at MTCS.
FCS led 4-0 early and held a 5-2 advantage going into the bottom of the fourth when Summertown batted around and scored seven times.
Chris Hall and Kyle Wood both smacked homers for FCS in the loss. Stephan Remus had three RBI.
The Commanders (25-8) were scheduled to play Unaka (15-15) Wednesday morning in a 10 a.m. loser-out game. That survivor will play at 6 p.m. tonight vs. the loser of the Summertown - Trinity game.
MJ FALLS TO COLLIERVILLE
MURFREESBORO -- Collierville broke open a 4-4 game with three run in the fifth and held on for a 7-6 victory over Mt. Juliet Tuesday in the first round of the TSSAA Class AAA state baseball tournament at Mack Hawks Field.
Soph Robby Amity had a two-run single and Kyle Smith had a solo home run for Mt. Juliet. Austyn Dyer (8-2) went the distance and took the loss.
The Golden Bears fell to 29-8 on the season and are looking at a 10 a.m. elimination game against Soddy-Daisy. The winner of this game will play at 6 p.m. against the loser of the Farragut - Collierville game.
MJ SOFTBALL PLAYS TODAY
MURFREESBORO -- Mt. Juliet's Lady Bear softball team (29-8) will be in action today at 10 a.m. at the Starplex against Sodd-Daisy.
Win or lose, Mt. Juliet will play again today at 5 p.m. Coach Kacey Pedigo's team is back in the state tournament for the first time since the 2007 season.
BLAYLOCK POLE VAULTS TODAY
Lebanon High pole vaulter Savannah Blaylock will compete in the girls' pole vault today at 5 p.m. at the Dean Hayes Track Complex on the MTSU campus.