By JOHN L. SLOAN
At 13, you can expect your first bow hunt to have some surprises. A big buck, still with velvet-covered antlers, 15-yards in front of you is not usually one of them. Then add having to hold your bow at full draw, waiting for a smaller buck to move and open up a shot at the vitals of the bigger buck and you have the makings of a story that make campfire rounds for many years.
Arial Pasionek is an eighth grader at Knox Doss Middle School in Hendersonville.
She has a cell phone and a boyfriend, Casey Neighbours who is also a hunter. However, maybe she is not your typical 8th grade girl. I like to do all things outdoors. Arial said, I like hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, you know, outdoors things like that.
"When I am not hunting with my dad, Robert Pasionek or step-grandparents, James and Melissa Warren, I hunt with Casey and his dad Paul Neighbours. I also have one girl friend, Dawn Canterbury and her dad Trent is my dad, James best friend so I hunt with them a lot.
Therefore, it happened that the Arial and dawn and their dads were hunting on Arials step-grandparents property, a piece of deer heaven near Lynnville, KY on the opening weekend of Kentuckys deer archery season.
As is often the case with teenagers, the girls probably stayed up a tad late and as a result, could not wake up the next morning. They slept in and missed the morning hunt.
Trent Neighbours killed a doe and that got them wide-awake and ready to go get the deer from the woods. It also got them amped for the afternoon hunt.
That afternoon, they decided Arial would hunt the Middle Stand.
I wanted to hunt the North Bottom stand where we had pictures of deer from the trail cameras, said Arial. Instead, my step-grandmother and I walked to the Middle Stand and we were drenched with sweat by the time we got there. It was so hot, 100 degrees and so humid and I was scared that might spook the deer.
The Warrens land has become a hunting paradise for the family and friends. Aerial, prior to killing the big buck has killed five other deer with a variety of equipment. Her first buck and doe were killed in October of 2009, with a shotgun and slug. Her second doe was killed with a TenPoint crossbow. Her second buck was killed with a .270 and then another doe with an AR-15. How is that for versatility when you are younger than 13? Obviously, that experience was to help as events played out that afternoon.
For the first couple hours we just sat and sweated. I was about ready to take a short power nap when my step-grandmother whispered, Buck, nice buck. You might want to shoot this one. I woke up fast.
I saw he was a for sure, shooter buck, still in velvet and I watched as he slowly made his way in range.
Then, I saw a second smaller buck, a four-pointer that I would not shoot.
Just as the bigger buck got inside 15 yards where I felt confident could shoot him, the smaller buck got in the way. At last, I had a shot and I pulled my bow back and the smaller buck got his head in the way again, just covering the vitals. I had to stay at full draw for like 15-seconds but it was happening so fast, I didnt really get nervous. Finally the smaller buck lowered his head and I shot.
When I released the arrow, all I heard was a loud pop. I was so excited and so was my step-grandmother. We got out of the blind and started looking for blood but couldnt find any even though it was a complete pass through shot. I tried to get a cell phone signal but we were too far back in the woods. We started walking to where everyone was supposed to meet. I and saw my dad heading for his truck. I signaled him that I had shot a deer and he started getting all excited. Finally, everyone gathered up and I learned that Dawn had shot a doe but could not find her. I was sad for her. I wish she had found her deer. She was both sad and mad.
They had Max, the tracking dog with them so we went to look for my deer. I was starting to get worried but they all kept encouraging me. It was getting dark and when we put Max on the trail, he just took off and we could not keep up with him. We quickly lost him so we kept calling and looking. We heard a little rustle in the leaves and walked that way.
"I saw the white belly on my deer and knew it was he. I ran to him and held him up for everyone to see. They were all so happy and proud he was so big. He only went about 80 yards, we just couldnt find him in the dark.
"I asked her how her friends at school felt about her hunting and her great buck. The boys at school were mostly cool with my buck. The girls didnt like it much. None of my female friends hunts except Dawn
Arials first buck with a bow is one any bowhunter would be proud to claim.
In fact, any deer killed with a bow is trophy in my opinion and I have hunted all across the U.S. and Canada and killed plenty of deer.
If Arial is any indication, the future of hunting is in good hands.
Contact John L. Sloan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 129th Army Band Direct Hit is to perform as part of Jazz on the Cumberland- Granville Fall Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The band will perform at 3:15 p.m. on the banks of the Cumberland River at Granville Veterans Park to honor all Veterans as part of an Appreciation Service. The soldiers are to march out in the middle of the bridge next to the park and drop a patriotic wreath into the water in memory of all Veterans.
Direct Hit is the R&B group of the 129th Army Band, Tennessee Army National Guard. Direct Hit is under the command of Chief Warrant Officer Billy Stepp and 1st Sgt. Paul E. Stevens.
Members are Sgt. 1st Class Richard Griffin, NCOIC/lead vocal; Sgt. 1st Class Richard Detwiler, Operations/electric bass; Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lutz, trombone; Staff Sgt. Kirk Ponder, trumpet; Staff Sgt. Brad Warren, sax; Sgt. Al Ward, guitar; and Spc. Robbie Marshall, drums.
The 23rd annual Watertown Fall Mile Long Yard Sale goes all day Saturday, Oct. 1. Bargain hunters should have a field day, and there will be plenty of foods and beverages. Drive safely.
By KEN BECK, The Wilson Post
If you havent heard, theyre having a little yard sale in Watertown on Saturday.
Heck, theyre having a huge yard sale in hundreds of yards.
It all began 23 years ago, and it goes under the name of the Watertown Fall Mile Long Yard Sale.
It was created to bring people to town. It begins at our city limits and goes the two miles of Main Street and encompasses the whole city, said Jim Amero, event coordinator.
The scheme has succeeded as every fall and spring, this village of 1,400 swells to more than 10,000 as antique hunters and savvy shoppers fill the streets looking for good deals.
Youll find everything from little red wagons, sunglasses, crafts and antiques fresh out of the barn to glassware, homemade recycled items, furniture and socks, said Amero, who runs Jims Antiques on the Square. If you see something you like, you better buy it because other people will scarf it up right behind you.
There will be people set up from Uncle Petes Truck Stop in Lebanon all the way to Watertown, he said. The vendors here are ready by 7 a.m. and some have traveled great distances.
Some of those vendors will come from Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky, and about three dozen of them travel from other Tennessee towns.
As for what is new at this edition of the yard sale, Amero said, We will be having pony rides near the pavilion where excursion train passengers disembark. And that pavilion will be filled with vendors selling items from antiques to homemade leather belts.
Also, Troy Varney, owner of the Liberty Express, has a mini-train that will be giving rides all day long. The cost will be $3 for a ride or $10 for an all-day pass.
And the big train, aka the excursion train, will be brining from 400 to 600 passengers from Nashville to the event along with a baggage car so the passengers can tote back the items they purchase.
As for good eats, the Watertown Fire Department will hold their fish fry at the community center as usual, and in town there will be Cajun fare, barbeque, funnel cakes, hamburgers, Polish sausages, cakes, pies and jellies. The Stardust Drive-In concession trailer will also be open.
Amero hinted that a friend in Sparta is exploring the idea of initiating a Highway 70 yard sale that would run from Sparta to Watertown and encompass the towns of Smithville, Dowelltown, Liberty and Alexandria.
This time around I had Geoff Haines helping me with phone calls and placements, Amero said. And I couldnt do it without the help of the girls in my shop, Miss Karla and Miss Toni.
As a side note, the event coordinator advised animal lovers to not bring pit bulls or pet snakes to the event.
And for entrepreneurs, he said, Watertown is a great opportunity to open a shop. We have two vacant buildings available.
Anyone interested in renting a space, other than a food booth, for the fall yard sale, should check with Amero in person at Jims Antiques on the Square.
Writer Ken Beck may be contacted at email@example.com.
From Post staff reports
A Mt. Juliet man was found guilty Wednesday, Sept. 28in the murder of his wife that occurred June 30, 2009.Troy Lynn Fox was convicted by a jury in the death of his wife, Shelley Allen Fox, who was 47. He could receive a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.
In an article in the July 3, 2009 edition of The Wilson Post, Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said authorities responded to a call that came from 911 that said Mrs. Fox had fallen down a flight of stairs at the home at 105 Dogwood Hills Court, Mt. Juliet.
When investigators and medical personnel with Wilson County Emergency Management Agency arrived at the home, they found that Mrs. Fox was deceased.
Ashe told The Post that investigators found some inconsistencies in statements and inconsistencies with injuries to Mrs. Fox that led them to send her body to the medical examiners office for an autopsy.
The medical examiner determined that Mrs. Fox died of blunt force trauma and that her injuries could not have occurred during a fall.
Investigators then interviewed Mr. Fox which led to him being charged with first degree murder.
The couple had two children, one 5 and the other only 2 weeks old, at the time of Mrs. Foxs death.
The Foxes were reportedly in the midst of a divorce, and Ashe said in the July 3 article that the couple had domestic issues previously with deputies called to the home in 2007 on a complaint.
During the trial, prosecutors referred to a blog from Mr. Fox to show premeditation on his part.
I will show no mercy to the one that seeks to harm my children, he wrote, adding, Dont take me too seriously, Im just venting.
However, Mrs. Fox, in a letter to her attorney who was handling her divorce, she wrote It would be easier for him if I was out of the picture totally. It is really creepy to me that he is demanding I buy a $250,000 life insurance policy.
Attorneys representing Mr. Fox in the trial said his wifes death was due to a fall.
LEBANON -- Gina Smallwood, a 4th grade teacher at Byars Dowdy Elementary, was recently named "Tennesse Titans Teacher of the Week".
She received $400 in school supplies from The Paper and Twine Company and her name has been entered in a drawing for club seats to a Tennessee Titans game.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Despite a slight jump in Wilson Countys jobless rate last month, there are many opportunities to lower the number of local unemployed residents with at least 1,000 jobs available and the potential for hundreds more on the way.
All eyes are undoubtedly on Amazon, which is continuing to hire hundreds to fill its positions at a fulfillment center located in Lebanon. The company is hiring hundreds of full-time and part-time seasonal employees.
B.J. Wilkerson, the local recruiting manager with SMX which is handling the hiring for Amazon, said the company is hiring between several hundred to a thousand workers. She said the openings are mostly seasonal jobs that pay between $10.50 and $11.50 an hour and are general labor positions.
The company is preparing to have operations up and running soon, but will continue the hiring process after the fulfillment center opens.
We are looking to put people to work by the first week of October, Wilkerson said.
In both Lebanon and Mt. Juliet, many jobs can be found through the Tennessee Career Center.
The office affiliated with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development lists 75 openings with various employers in the county. The center screens applicants for those employers and helps in the hiring process.
The department released unemployment numbers for August this past week, which showed Wilsons jobless rate had a slight increase of 0.2 percent compared to July. With many local businesses seeking to hire more workers, one can expect to see a drop in the local unemployment rate during the next several months.
HARTSVILLE -- Trousdale County broke open a scoreless game with three second half scores for a 17-0 win over Friendship Christian Thursday at John Kerr Field.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in region 4A. The Commanders dropped to 4-3 / 3-2.
FCS managed just 123 yards on 34 offensive snaps against the stingy Trousdale County defense and turned the ball over three times.
Commander QB Brennan Swindoll completed 2-of-7 passes for 20 yards and was picked off twice. Tallon Mehlhoff rushed nine times for 72 yards while Dekolas Reeves had 11 carries for 26 yards.
Trousdale County finally broke the ice with 6:37 left in the third period when Devon Turczyn went 30 yards on a jet sweep to the endzone on a third and 11 play.
Friendship Christianwill be back in action Oct. 7 as they host Watertown High. TCHS will be on the road at Pickett County.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Parking and seating will be at a premium tonight as Gallatin and Mt. Juliet -- two of Middle Tennessees undefeated heavyweights -- square off in a District 9AAA contest.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Mt. Juliet. Live radio coverage can be heard on WHIN AM-1010 out of Gallatin.
Gallatin comes in 6-0 / 3-0 in the league after a 31-24 victory over Brentwood High last week at the Wave Yard. The Green Wave is tied for fourth in the Associated Press Class 5A poll with Morristown West.
Mt. Juliet (5-0 / 3-0) was idle last week after whipping Beech 49-25 way back on Sept. 15. Mt. Juliet is ranked fifth in the APs 6A poll.
Weve found ways to win so far this season, but the Mt. Juliet offense is without a doubt the most explosive offenses weve faced so far this season, said Gallatin head coach Robert Lassiter. Their offense starts with their fullback (Contrez McCathern) and they have a good one, and if Im not mistaken, I think hes the only player who plays on both sides of the ball, said Lassiter.
We know theyre going to feature him, but we know they can also throw the ball around because they also have a good quarterback (Caleb Chowbay). We know we have a tough test in front of us, but weve been facing tough challenges all season, so well approach this game the same way.
Mt. Juliet head coach Roger Perry isnt downplaying the excitement surround tonights contest.
Its got all the makings of another big one, Perry said, its important in District 9AAA -- it looks like well have a full house.
Perry was quick to admit that Gallatin has had a tougher road to this point. Theyve played a tougher schedule than we have, its prepared them a little more for the battle. But our guys have worked extremely hard, even during the bye week. Hopefully were excited about playing and are ready to go.
The open week was the first in Perrys lengthy coaching career. I guess well see after Friday if I like it or not, Perry said, laughing, really, our coaches and players worked hard, got some things accomplished and even took a day or two off in there -- days I think our kids needed. All in all, we spent a good amount of time getting prepared for a very good Gallatin football team.
Because Mt. Juliet last played Thursday, Sept. 15 in a MyTV30 Game, Perry and his staff had the opportunity to see Gallatin play in person on two occasions -- against Station Camp and Brentwood High.
In a head-to-head comparison, tonights opposing teams are remarkably similar. Gallatin is averaging 31.5 points per game while Mt. Juliet is averaging 43.6 per contest.
The Green Wave defense has allowed just 15.6 ppg while the Bears are surrendering 16.8 points per game. The two teams have shared one common opponent -- Lebanon.
Mt. Juliet whipped Lebanon 38-13 in the season-opener while the Green Wave blanked the Blue Devils 41-0.
LEBANON -- Carroll Oakland defeated West Wilson 2-0 Thursday, Sept. 29 to win a third consecutive Wilson County Volleyball Assocciation post-season tournament. Game scores were 25-21 and 25-18.
Bailey Sells led the Eagles attack with nine kills, followed by Shelby Jones with seven. Taylor Black and Makayla Crowder each had five aces. Libero Kendra Brown led the team in digs with 12.
Pictured: Front from left: Carlie Fox, Taylor Colyer, Shelby Jones, Kendra Brown, Bailey Sells and Brianna Nagelhout. Back: Coach John Stephens, Jessica Rowland, Addison Byrd, Ashlyn Bell, Taylor Black, Amanda Greene, Makayla Crowder, Isabel Gordon and Debra Salts (teacher and #1 fan).
NOT PICTURED -- Anna Smallwood, Destinee Mackey & Kayla Rodrigues.