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John Sloan - Outdoors

We called them 'tree rats'

By JOHN L. SLOAN
Bob was barking almost like a man hollering. Then I woke up. Uncle Lloyd was banging on my bedroom window. I had overslept for a squirrel hunt on Alligator Bayou. I may have been 13. I expect it was 1957, and we were going to enjoy one of the state sports of Louisiana- a hunt for tree rats. We were taking Bob, an Arkansas, natural bob-tailed fiest and a squirrel-treeing marvel.

Squirrel hunting is almost a state sport in Louisiana. It ranks right up there with alligator hunting, fishing, pig roasts and crawfish boils. In proper circles, football is not even mentioned. With Bob, on a good day, in the right place, with good scenting weather, you could tree 50-75 tree rats.

Hunting with a squirrel dog is a lot different from still-hunting where you slip quietly through the woods, moving slowly and stopping often to listen for the sound of falling acorn or hickory husks or a shaking tree branch. With a dog you drag your feet. Still hunting you barely set them down, opined Uncle Alphus, the senior member of our crew.

I grew up and learned woodcraft and how to hunt and a variety of things squirrel hunting the swamps of Louisiana. The season opened in mid-October and there was no school that day, should it happen to fall on a weekday. It wouldnt matter if it had, nobody would have gone.

There were few if any deer and the ducks werent down yet, still hiding up North. Therefore, we hunted tree rats. Since squirrels are a part of the rodent family, the name is not improper.

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Telling Tales

Recipe for a stress free life

By BECKY ANDREWS, Wilson Living Magazine
With all that everyone is trying to accomplish in 24 hours, its clear that no one is planning on slowing down. So to that effect, I think there is a need to create some sort of reference formula to keep you from losing it while trying to do too much.

Here it goes

Ingedients:
1-2 overworked, underappreciated adults
1-3 over stimulated, over indulged children who cant hear you ask them if they have homework on the ride home from school but, can hear their cell phone vibrate (in their bedroom) before walking in the front door.
1-4 over fed, dirty, accident prone animals that have the nerve to look right at you while relieving themselves on the living room rug.

Directions
Take adults (1-2). For female, have coffee ready and waiting. Make sure her favorite mug wasnt used as the paintbrush cleaner for a watercolor painting the youngest created last night. If it was, wash it quickly. Warning: DO NOT ask where your keys, wallet or socks are located before that first mug has been sufficiently digested. This is not the time to talk about anything likely to cause stress, i.e. - a leaking roof, clogged toilet or what appears to be water damage on the floors upstairs. In fact, before this first cup, talking should be kept at a minimum and for Gods sake, dont ask for a kiss! The early morning adult female is like a souffl, one false move and its ruined.

For male, give him a few uninterrupted minutes of SportCenter before complaining about dishes in the sink or mud he tracked into the house yesterday. This is also not the time to bring up the unfinished landscaping, new paint colors for the house or anything about HIS mother.

Special Note: Do yourself a favor and dont use this quiet time to ask him if you look fat. Give the man a few minutes to recharge so he can look serious when he says, You look so skinny!

For children, dont ask 20 questions before they get out of bed. Let them take a shower first. Also, let them pick out their own clothes. Who cares if their ensemble doesnt match? Its amazing what this little bit of responsibility can do for them. Who knows, one day they may start loading the dishwasher or mow the yard without you asking them. (Depending on how many children you have, if they like the same style shirt or pants or skirt, buy them all for each member. This will help you avoid screaming matches followed by hair pulling over who gets to wear the plaid skirt-I grew up one of four girls so I speak from experience.)

For the pets HIRE A TRAINER or you can just decide that this little four legged creature is an irreplaceable member of your family and who cares about the rugs anyway.

Mix the above ingredients well. This will get your day started relatively stress free. Now the rest of the day is up to you.

becky@wilsonlivingmagazine.com

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Ask Ken Beck

Costners acting proved stiff in The Big Chill

Dear Ken: Who were the stars in The Big Chill? I seem to remember that most of them were relatively unknown when they made the picture but most of them did pretty well for themselves.
Your 1983 flick indeed had a stellar cast. Those on their way up the Hollywood list included Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, JoBeth Williams, Tom Berenger and Jeff Goldblum. The plot involved seven old college friends, now in their 30s, coming together again for the funeral of another of their college-day pals. The irony lies in the fact that dead friend was played by none other than Kevin Costner, who appears briefly as a corpse, and he probably has had the biggest career of the lot.

Dear Ken: How old is Joan Collins of TVs Dynasty fame? How many times has she been married?
The London native is 78 and is married to hubby No. 5. Her sister, writer Jackie Collins, is 73. In Joans next movie, Dogs in Pocketbooks, she plays a high-powered Hollywood agent. Her troubled client will be portrayed by Lydia Hearst Shaw.

Dear Ken: Did TV legend Andy Griffith ever make any western movies?
Griffith, 85, starred in The Second Time Around, Hearts of the West and Rustlers Rhapsody. Only the latter was a true western, and all were comedies.

Dear Ken: What is singer Patti Page, famous for The Tennessee Waltz and How Much Is That Doggy in the Window, doing these days? Does she still perform?
Page, 83, who was born in Claremore, Okla., has sold approximately 100 million records. She has not yet retired as she keeps on singing and singing. Her birth name was Clara Ann Fowler, while her nickname is The Singing Rage.

Dear Ken: I just saw the movie Cowboys and Aliens Where have I seen the cowboy who played Wes Claiborne before?
That was Buck Taylor, famed as gunsmith Newly OBrien on Gunsmoke. His pop was character actor great Dub Taylor.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at kbtag2@gmail.com

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Wilson Living

Wilson Living - Aug. 24

ITS EXPO TIME AGAIN

Womens Health Expo Oct. 1 / Holiday Expo Nov. 18 & 19

By ANGEL KANE
The weather is starting to cool down, all the kids are back in school, and everyone is gearing up for football season and the upcoming holidays. But before all the fabulous frenzy starts, take some time to focus some attention on yourself, with the ladies of Wilson Living, at their upcoming Expos.

Join Summit Hospital and Wilson Living Magazine for the RELAX, REJUVINATE AND RE-EDUCATE WOMENS HEALTH EXPO, on Saturday, October 1.

The event, to be held at Summit Hospital, is sure to be a fun filled day where guests will be treated to massages, fashion shows, fitness demonstrations and important seminars on womens health issues. The Womens Health Expo is the perfect way to spend the day focusing on yourself, obtaining important health screenings and becoming informed on the latest womens issues. Bring a friend and plan to stay a while!

The first 100 guests will receive a free tote bag and there will be door prizes. For more information, check out the Womens Health Expo ad in the next issue of Wilson Living Magazine due out next Friday.

And of course, the calls are coming in for our WILSON LIVING HOLIDAY EXPO. This is the Third Annual Holiday Expo and this year weve added some special events. Santa will be on hand both Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 for photos with the kids. And Santa will also be hosting a special Breakfast with Santa Saturday morning. Tickets go on sale soon.

On Thursday night, an invitation only, pre-sale event will be held for our biggest fans. Vendors will be on hand with all sorts of wonderful products from all across the county during this three day holiday extravaganza. For those who have never joined us, this is the year to come check us out. There is something for everyone at this event and its a wonderful opportunity to keep your dollars local.

And plans are still in the works to invite a celebrity guest to this years event. At our last Expo, we were thrilled to have Monte Durham from Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta as our special guest and this year, we are working on yet another celebrity guest, to come kick off the holiday season with all of us in Wilson County.

For details and to reserve your vendor booth call 969-6751. Space is limited and we expect to sell out soon.

Until next time, keep reading.

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General Lifestyle

Rambling Raymond defied death on a Harley

Watertown daredevil jumped cycle through fire, rolled Plymouth

By KEN BECK, The Wilson Post
His only child knew him as the worlds best Daddy and just recently has begun to dig up a few of the facts behind the mild-mannered man who in the 1930s drove a motorcycle through walls of fire, zoomed around the Wall of Death and crashed cars as a member of a stunt show where he gained fleeting fame as Rambling Raymond.

Astonishingly, Raymond Word barely breathed a hint of his feats to his daughter, Martha, and, in fact, few who knew him in later years, when he served as a production line manager at Lebanons Lux Clock, ever heard any personal tales of his derring-do.

He waspart of Louie Gassers Thrill Drivers and Flying Circus for a time, said Martha Word Haley, 65, of Mt. Juliet. His stage name was Rambling Raymond. He drove a motorcycle through walls of flame and trick drove aPlymouthby turning it up on two wheels.

(Note: The Wilson Post ran a two-part series on Gasser and his wing-walking wife, Nora Lee, on June 8 and June 15.)

Brentwoods Ken Grissim, 75, who grew up in Lebanon, was both thrilled and scared as a youth to witness the cycling skills of Word, his brother-in-law, at a Wilson County Fair in the early 1940s. It was here that Word most likely rode in a motordrome, a carnival sideshow that took place in a drum or barrel-shaped wooden cylinder that was also known as the Wall of Death.

I saw him riding the walls, and then he had a partner in the arena, and they would ride figure eights up and down the wall, Grissim said. Envision a wooden structure 25 feet in diameter and about that tall with a platform around it where spectators could see over into it.

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Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - Aug. 24

By RAY POPE
I dont know about you, but the Wilson County Fair made me feel like an old government mule. There was a lot to do, and it seemed like for every step forward, I would slip two steps backwards. It was great to see so many friends again at The Wilson Post booth. The most asked questions were concerning the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Ants, ants and more ants are fast becoming a real problem to some of you. If you happen to be in the Mt. Juliet area, stop by Garrs Feed and Rental and pick up an ant moat for your Hummer feeders. It hangs on your hooks and the other end goes on your feeder. It has a water hazard where the ants cant cross to get to the good stuff.

Almost like some of our golfers. You have to be careful because small birds like Carolina Chickadees will use them for a bird bath. Remember to keep fresh water available at all times in this dry period.

Angel Kane and Becky Andrews spent some time at our booth, meeting and greeting some of their fans, and there was quite a few of them. I am already looking forward to next years fair, and I am in hopes that I will get my old location back next to Sherry Thompson and her daughter Miranda. It just wasnt the same with someone between us.

I received a letter from Mrs. Grace Farrar who lives out in the northeastern section of our county. Grace is a devoted reader and actually saves my articles so she can look back and learn about our feathered friends. She was in California back in July and was able to see Ravens up close and personal. Grace was watching a pair of Ravens on a pole when a Mockingbird dashed out from a clump of bushes and demanded that the pair leave at once. After a little dive-bombing the Ravens headed for a much safer location.

During the fair I was able to meet Laura Beery who had a tale to tell. Laura had out five bluebird boxes, with only one Bluebird family that decided to stay. You must remember that Bluebirds are very territorial and will not tolerate another family of Bluebirds within sight of their home. With the chance of another family of Bluebirds moving in was slim to nada. Instead in a few days, Laura noticed something taking an interest in the other vacant houses. After further looking, she discovered four families of Tree Swallows. One way you can tell Tree Swallows are building a nest is to look for feathers inside.

I wish that I would have thought about gathering some feathers from the chicken area of the Wilson County Fair. Maybe sometime this week, Ill try to get back there and look for some. Also Laura had two Cuckoos fly into her window. One was killed outright, and the other was stunned and soon flew off.

I was asked probably a dozen times how to make the Hummer Juice. You take one part granulated sugar to four parts hot water, mix well and let cool. Please do not add red food coloring to the mix as their tiny bodies cant digest the stuff.

I would love to hear from you as to whats lurking about in your neighborhood and at your feeders. You can write me at 606 Fairview Ave, Lebanon, TN, 37087, or call me at 547-7371 or e-mail me at ourfeatheredfriends@yahoo.com

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Column

Wilson Co. Fair best in state?

By SAM HATCHER, The Wilson Post
Is the Wilson County Fair the best in Tennessee?

Youre darn straight it is.

Once again the Wilson County Fair has broken all records. Attendance at the 10-day extravaganza was recorded this year at 545,945. The previous attendance record for the Fair was 505,434 set in 2009.

It is an absolutely amazing event that attracts visitors to our community from distant places and neighboring communities.

The Fair is made possible each year by more than 300 dedicated volunteers. Some take time off from their regular jobs to work at the Fair without pay, others use vacation days, and many are retirees who have a strong desire, as the others, to give back to the community in which they live.

If there is a greater example in the Western Hemisphere of a community working together for a common good, we dont know where that might be.

Not only is the Wilson County Fair the best in Tennessee it is for sure the best in the South and one of the best in the U.S.

Congratulations to all who helped make this years Fair a huge success.

Hats off to all of you for a job well done.

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Calendar

Community calendar - Aug. 24

Government meetings
Lebanon City Council will have a special called meeting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.

The Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 at the JECDB office, located at 115 North Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102.

Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon.

Calendar
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 149 Public Square in Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.

Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.

AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.

HomeSafe Womens Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.

Piecemakers Quilt Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at First United Methodist Church. The Knitting and Prayer Shawl Ministry meets every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Craft Room of the Family Life Center, and Sit n Stitchers meet every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Craft Room. For more information, call 443-2354 or 444-1182.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agencys Board of Directors meeting will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon.

A free Engagement Party will be held for couples at Belk at Providence Marketplace in Mt. Juliet on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The first 20 brides to register will receive an authentic strand of pearls. Vendors include: Cake testing, florists, DJ and photographers. For more information, contact Herb Frost at 615-773-2687, ext. 291.

Gladeville Community Center Bluegrass Night will be Saturday, Aug. 27. Bluegrass group Hands of Time will perform. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and music begins at 6. Concessions will be serving catfish, beans, slaw, hush puppies and fries. For information, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664.

Wilson County Conservative Republicans will meet at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, at Logans Roadhouse at Providence MarketPlace, Mt. Juliet. Guest speaker will be Dr. Carol Swain, author of Be the People: A Call to Reclaim Americas Faith and Promise. She is also a Political Science and Law Professor at Vanderbilt University.

Wilson County Democratic Party will be holding its first ever Blue Plate Monday on Aug. 29 at the City Limits Caf located at 1717 Cainsville Road. The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. with a menu of Hamburger Steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, pinto beans, slaw, cornbread, banana pudding and coffee or tea to drink. Ticket prices are $15 per person. For more information call 615-444-3838 or visit their website at www.wilsoncodp.org.

Hot Writers for Cool Charities, presented by NoteWorthy Charities and The Listening Room, will be from 6 until 10 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, at The Listening Room Caf, 209 10th Ave. S., #200, Nashville. Admission is $10. Proceeds will be divided among Agape Animal Rescue, Lost and Found Ministry and Southern STARRS. There will be door prizes and a silent auction.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency USDA Commodity Distribution will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, and from 9 a.m. until noon, Thursday, Sept. 8, at Garden of Prayer Church on Bluebird Road, Lebanon. Commodities are available to households which meet Income Eligibility Guidelines. Available commodities include white beans, beef stew, peaches, pears, cheese soup, corn, mixed fruit, peanut butter and salmon. Bring proof of 2011 income and Social Security cards of everyone in the household. Funded in part by the DHS.

Looking Back and Planning Forward will be the theme of the La Coterie luncheon set for 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, at Demos restaurant on Legends Drive, Lebanon. For information, call 444-1241.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. For information, call 449-6684.

Annual Community Fish Fry, hosted by Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 7463 Hickory Ridge Road, Mt. Juliet, will be on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at 5 p.m. Its an all-you-can-eat dinner.

Powell Family Reunion will be Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Pine Orchard Community Center on Airport Road/TN-299 in Morgan County. Covered dish luncheon will be at 1:30 p.m. Bring covered dish, drinks, old pictures, family records and genealogy information to share. Bring a musical instrument for entertainment. For information, call Linda Powell at (423) 369-6766 or email glpowell@highland.net, Kathryn Powell at (937) 901-4844 or at katpow129@att.net, or Virginia Brown at (865) 254-3460 or at vbrown@covhlth.com.

Norene School Reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. and all former students are encouraged to attend. Bring a covered dish and enjoy an evening of remembering and fellowship. For more information call 308-7515 or 714-3575.

Shoulders Reunion and Genealogical Exchange will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Donoho Hotel in Red Boiling Springs. Hotel reservations, if needed, can be made through email at info@thedonohohotel.com or by calling 800-799-1705. Lunch will be served about noon. Cost is $12 per person. Other family names being researched and recorded are Clark, Crabtree, Gregory, Snead/Sneed, Strode, West, Wilson, Russell, Ray, Petty, Oldham, Newberry, Jenkins and Hudson. For information, contact Judy Brown at judybfree@cinci.rr.com or call (513) 860-4181.

Realtors Political Action Committee will hold its 99er Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. It will take place at the Cedar Creek Club on Benders Ferry Road in Mt. Juliet. Anyone who gives $99 or more to RPAC for 2011 by Sept. 9 is eligible to attend and may bring a guest. Make your personal or corporate check payable to RPAC and send to the Association office to get an invitation.

Lebanon High School Class of 1966 football team was the first to play at the current stadium. On Oct. 7 of this year, the last high school football game will be held at the LHS the Class of 66 attended. Join your classmates for the game and other reunion activities on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8. Call 453-4752 for information. Deadline to register is Sept. 7.

To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to news@wilsonpost.com. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.

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General News

City budget falls short . . . again

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
It was back to the drawing board for Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and City Council as they failed to pass a budget yet again during a special called meeting Monday night.

The vote was 3-2 with Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler and Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston voting against the proposed 2011-2012 budget with expenditures of $57.3 million and revenues of $56.8 million.

Four votes are required to pass the measure, and in the event of a 3-3 tie, Craighead can cast a vote either way. Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath was absent from the meeting as she is recovering from pneumonia.

The council did, however, unanimously pass a certified tax rate, increasing the citys property taxes to 34.5 cents for every $100 of assessed value. The measure has passed on two readings and must pass a third and final reading.

State law requires the city to pass a new tax rate by Sept. 1 or the rate will drop back to 33.5 cents and the city could lose a possible $90,000 in revenue if the old tax rate remains in place.

The council withdrew an ordinance to raise Water and Sewer rates by 14 percent because of Warmaths absence. The ordinance has been withdrawn from the past several meetings due to her absence.

The council will meet again in another special called meeting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, to attempt to pass on third reading the new certified tax rate before the Sept. 1 deadline. The 2011-2012 fiscal year budget is not on the agenda for the Aug. 30 special called meeting.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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Local facility fined $460K by TN Dept. of Health

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
As a result of a recent investigation by the Tennessee Department of Health into several immediate jeopardy violations, which in one case resulted in the death of a resident, Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation was fined almost $500,000 for the violations.

Shelley Walker, spokesperson for the TDOH, said the local facility was fined $3,050 for each day the violations had occurred. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cited the facility from March 3 through Aug. 2.

The death of a resident that resulted from a deficient practice did lead to action against the facility, Walker said.

From July 29 through Aug. 3, the facility was under investigation by the department for several immediate jeopardy violations, one of which resulting in a residents death on March 8.

The total civil monetary penalty was in excess of $460,000 according to Walker. Also, from Aug. 3 until Lebanon Health and Rehab becomes compliant with regulations, the facility must pay an additional $150 per day.

From the time the unnamed resident was admitted to Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation, the residents potassium levels frequently fluctuated. During its investigation, the state found many inconsistencies about the time frame in which a doctor was notified of the residents critical potassium levels.

When the resident showed a critically high potassium level on March 3, the states report indicated facility staff testified the lab results were faxed to the physician that day, however the states review of the facility and physicians records showed it had not been faxed until March 7.

Also, the states report showed several inconsistencies in the times an ambulance was called to take the resident to the emergency room on March 8. The resident passed away in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Walker said the facility has yet to return to substantial compliance with regulations and continues to pay the $150-per-day fine.

They havesubmitted a Plan of Correction, whichwill be reviewed and if acceptable, a revisit will be conducted to verify the corrective actions, she said.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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No injuries in Tuesday afternoon LSSD bus mishap

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
About a dozen children in Pre-Kindergarten classes from several Lebanon Special School District schools had an eventful and scary ride home Tuesday afternoon when their school bus struck another vehicle head-on near Byars Dowdy Elementary School.

Tina Marie Olsen, of Lebanon, was driving the school bus southbound on Vincent-Cason Avenue around 1:45 p.m. when she reportedly struck a 2000 Dodge Neon driven by Javier Vazquez, also of Lebanon.

Lebanon Police Officer Steve Green said the Neon was sitting stationary waiting on the school bus to negotiate a hard left-hand turn at a sharp curve in the street when the bus hit Vazquezs vehicle head on.

He said he had actually stopped to wait for the bus when he saw it coming and then he was hit, Green said.

The Neon came to rest on the north side of the street, apparently pushed back by the bus, which pulled over on the opposite side. According to Green, Olsen said that Vazquez was actually on her side of the street, in the wrong lane.

She was adamant that he was in her lane of traffic, Green said, adding they were still looking into the exact location of the two vehicles upon impact.

In the car with Vazquez were his wife and son in the backseat, but none were hurt, and neither Olsen, nor the children in the bus were hurt.

There were no injuries, thankfully, Green noted.

Scott Benson, assistant director of LSSD, was on site and said the children on the bus were on their way home from several schools within the system. He said according to safety regulations, all of the children were secured in their seats properly.

They all have seat belts on and are in booster seats, so they were all safe, Benson said.

Green said there will be multiple traffic citations issues in the incident, but did not indicate whether one or both parties will be cited.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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Teen nabbed on weapon, drug charges

A 15-year-old male juvenile from Lebanon is facing weapon and drug charges after a report of shots being fired late Tuesday night near 615 East Market Street.
 

The incident occurred about 10:02 p.m., Tuesday.
 

A news release from the Lebanon Police Department said officers arrived on scene and spoke with the person who filed the complaint. The complainant gave Officer Cody Bryan a description of the suspects she believed had been involved in the incident.
 

Bryan was quickly able to stop three suspects who matched the description given. The suspects were located in the Inman Court Federal Housing Units which are near the scene of the original call.
 

Bryan, upon approaching the suspects, saw one of them drop a semi-automatic pistol on the ground. The suspect was taken into custody.
 

During a subsequent search, Bryan recovered 11 rounds of ammunition, a holster and a small Baggie of marijuana.
 

The 15-year-old suspect has been charged with Reckless Endangerment, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Simple Possession of Drugs. The teen also has tattoos that police believe identifies him as a gang member, the news release said.

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General Sports

Central falls to HHS 7-0 in soccer opener

By CHRIS LYNN, Main Street Media
HENDERSONVILLE Stability isnt something that the Wilson Central girls soccer team has enjoyed over the past four years, but first year head soccer coach Mamie Jo Miller said thats about to change.

Millers first match was an eye opening experience into District 9-AAA as the Lady Wildcats fell to the Lady Commandos from Hendersonville 7-0 Tuesday afternoon.

Im not from around here, but Ive heard how good Hendersonvilles soccer program is, said Miller, who is fourth coach in as many years. I knew this was a soccer factory when I saw all the younger girls out here that were ball girls, but this is where we want to get to as a program ourselves; its just going to take some time.

Wilson Central (0-1, 0-1 9AAA) actually held the Lady Commandos in check for almost 20 minutes of the first half as sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Rainbolt turned back the first five Hendersonville shots, but Hendersonville finally broke through with 21:26 left in the opening half.

Caitlin Chandler, who was the only Lady Commando to score two goals in the game, lobbed a kick over Rainbolts outstretched arms and went off the crossbar and bounced into the goal to make it 1-0.

Hendersonville (1-0, 1-0) went on to add four more goals in the first half, and then two more in the early moments of the second half to take the 7-0 win.

It was frustrating to watch, said Miller. I really think that our girls are a lot better than the 7-0 score, but we lost our composure and we started playing as individuals instead of as a team.

Weve made huge strides since we started working this summer, so I think if we continue to make the kind of strides weve made so far well be a much better team at the end of the season, were just extremely young, starting five freshmen and sophomore, its just going to take some time.

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