Dear Ken: Besides “Friday Night Lights,“ what other TV series has Kyle Chandler, who stars as Deputy Jackson Lamb in the movie “Super 8,” been a cast member of?
Kyle Martin Fitzgerald Chandler, 45, who was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and grew up in Loganville, Ga., was a star of “Homefront” and “Early Edition” and appeared in several episodes of “Tour of Duty” and “The Lyon’s Den.” Among his movie credits are “King Kong” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” He and his wife, a television writer, have two daughters.
Couple changes girl’s life from night to day
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
“The photo of the little girl was grainy black and white, even a little blurred. There was no pretty background, no fun props, and no cute outfit. Her bangs were uneven and jaggedly cut, and she wasn’t smiling. She had a vacant, distant look in her eyes. But it was those eyes that pulled me in and grabbed my heart. I looked at my husband and said, ‘Bernie, she needs us’ He answered, ‘I know.’”
The words above describe the moment of no return for Diane and Bernie Lierow, a Wilson County couple, who five years ago began their journey to adopt an 8-year-old girl named Danielle from a life that had been spent in darkness, squalor and neglect.
“The picture just pulled at me—the expression on her face,” Diane said last week. “It just ached to be more than where she was. It was just a look on her face in the picture I saw on the board they had there. She needed someone probably more than the other kids.”
The Lierows, who have been married 14 years, were living in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., when they met “Dani” in a profound needs classroom in Land O’ Lakes, Fla. The child had been in foster care for 15 months.
By RAY POPE
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July, with plenty to eat and maybe a nice firework display. This is one of our main holidays in which we remember all those that went before to pay in blood the price for liberty.
Our Declaration of Independence was created in June through July 1776 and ratified on July 4, 1776. Thomas Jefferson was the main author with 56 delegates of the Continental Congress that signed the document, with John Hancock’s signature that stands out the most and is synonymous with the term signature.
The second sentence is a powerful statement in which is said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” We sure live in the land of opportunity.
COOKEVILLE -- Rachel Evans, Aaron Hogancamp and Zachary Andreasen, all of Lebanon, and Krystal Moana Smith, Michael Waynick and Ericka Residori, of Mt. Juliet, were recently honored by Tennessee Tech University’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Evans, daughter of Rob and Cyndy Shearer and wife of Jay Evans, received the Kay Ballew Scholarship from TTU’s English and communications department. A senior English and German major, she is the president of the German club and the Society for Technical Communications and a member of Alpha Mu and Mortar Board honor Societies. After graduation, she plans to teach English in a foreign country.
Hogancamp, son of John and Pam Hogancamp and husband of Keri Hogancamp, received the Graduate Student Teaching Award and the Stanley Dolzycki Memorial Scholarship from TTU’s mathematics department. A math graduate student, he took first and second place at the TTU Integration Bee in 2007 and 2008, respectively and was recently awarded his apprentice teaching license in May.
Lebanon City Council will have a special called meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
Wilson County Commission’s Development & Tourism Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in the county commission courtroom, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Back Tax Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in the commission courtroom.
Animal Control Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.
Health & Welfare Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.
Education Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.
Minutes Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.
Steering Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.
Budget Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.
Lebanon Airport Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7, at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, 760 Franklin Road.
Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, July 7, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Senior Citizens Program and Caregivers will be the first Thursday of the month, July 7, at 11:30 a.m., at the Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon. Door prizes will be given. For information, call 444-1383.
Wilson County Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, July 8, in the Road Commission office where a Road Superintendent will be appointed, and it will be followed by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board.
Wilson County Commission Public Works Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
First Freedom Bank will build a new main office building in Lebanon on the site where the bank was established and has operated since 2006, announced John Lancaster, president and chief executive officer, and one of the bank’s founders.
Construction of the new two-story, 15,000 square foot building, located at 1620 West Main Street, is scheduled to begin in September.
“A temporary, one-story structure has served as our main office for the past five years. During this time, the bank has experienced tremendous growth and opened two office locations in Mt. Juliet at Providence MarketPlace and on Lebanon Road. The bank also has an operations center located in Mt. Juliet,” Lancaster said.
“The time is right to build a new main office that will support our future growth and reflect First Freedom Bank’s commitment to the Lebanon and Wilson County communities,” he said. He noted that the new building will be almost four times larger than the current main office.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Lebanon City Council passed on first reading an ordinance that would prohibit the possession and sale of synthetic drugs at Tuesday night’s regular meeting, with Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen stressing that education was a top priority for the policy.
The ordinance must pass another reading before becoming law, at which point Bowen would inform business owners who sell the products on how to comply with the law and about the dangers of products that are marketed as incense, bath salts and stimulants.
“When you see the package and it says ‘Sprinkles’ on it and you break the capsule open and it looks like cocaine inside, you can tell what they’re meant for,” Bowen said.
LEBANON -- A special program is being planned for Saturday at the Market Street Church of Christ. The event, which now has become an annual affair, is to benefit those who are battling cancer.
Sarah McClennon, one of the principal organizers of the lunch and sing out benefit, said “it’s a way to raise some money for those who may need it most and need it now.”
She said all proceeds from the event, which begins at 11 a.m. will be returned to those fighting cancer in the community. These folks, she explained, need this financial help.
“They need us to put some money in their pockets now – not next year and not months from now,” she said, noting that while cancer patients deal with the disease they must find ways to pay for gas in order to travel for treatments, have a means to get to their physicians and also meet the many other financial demands placed on them.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Wilson County will bid farewell to its first Engineer and Storm Water director, Kenneth House at the end of July, after serving seven years in the position and building the county’s Storm Water Division from the ground up.
House is planning to retire at the end of this month after county officials asked him to stay on the job just a little bit longer to help the process of finding a qualified replacement.
“The county didn’t have a storm water division at that time,” House said of his hiring in 2004.
By TOMMY BRYAN
Mt. Juliet High’s Caleb Chowbay will carve out a little piece of history in late November as the shooting guard will ink a National Letter of Intent with Nashville’s Belmont University.
According to Golden Bear head coach Troy Allen, the 6-2 Chowbay is believed to be the first Mt. Juliet male basketball player to earn a Division I scholarship since the legendary Tom Marshall in the early 1950s.
"From what I’ve been able to find out, we haven’t had anyone go Division I since Mr. Marshall signed with Western Kentucky," Allen said. "Caleb visited Belmont and just fell in love with the place. He also visited Middle Tennessee but I think he had his heart set on Belmont from the start."
A gifted all-around athlete and the reigning District 9AAA basketball player of the year, Chowbay gave up baseball at Mt. Juliet to concentrate on basketball during the spring.
Chowbay played with the highly competitive Midstate Ballerz 17U AAU program.
"Baseball was hard to give up, but basketball is my passion and I knew that’s what i wanted to do in college," Chowbay said Tuesday morning. "By giving up baseball, it gave me an opportunity to get better each day. I chose Belmont because the minute I walked on campus I fell in love with it. I just got the feeling that it was the place for me. I love the coaching staff, and the players. Also by going to Belmont, you get a great education. They have a good reputation around here and they play my style of basketball."
Chowbay is slated to be the starting quarterback for the Golden Bears this fall.
Coached by Rick Byrd, Belmont is coming off a 30-5 record in 2010-2011, the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season and tournament championships and earning a No. 13 seed in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
The Bruins led the nation in scoring margin, were ranked No. 3 in three-point field goals per game and No. 11 in scoring offense.
Belmont received votes in the Top 25 for nine consecutive weeks.