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John Sloan - Outdoors

I promised, but what the hey?

By JOHN L. SLOAN

I promised I wouldnt put this in a column. But Im going to anyway because I need a column for this week and I stay way away from water on holidays. I believe you will agree this beats a wrap up of some fishing tournament or one of the TWRA canned releases. This sounds like something I would do back when I was drinking.

See, what happened is Jackie got to talking about eating turtle. Now me, I like me some turtle now and again but I dont have them as a regular item on my menu. To start with, they are hard to catch and as a genl rule, they stink worse than Cletus P. Mudbank on a hot day. However, I do know how to undress one and cook it. Russell Jackson taught me how.

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Telling Tales

Teenage Land

By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

There is something very scary about the crossover from 12 years old into teenage land. Not for the child ahem young man of course. Hes elated. Even though this new milestone has very little impact on anything in his life as far as rules for bedtime and social schedule goes. Besides the number itself, the only noticeable change is the tone in his voice and facial expressions when me or his dad talk to him about ANYTHING. In the span of one year, it seems this oldest child of mine has inherited the entire worlds wisdom.

Our conversations as of late go something like this:

Mom: Turn the TV down; I could hear it when I pulled into the garage.

Teenager: no response. In fact, I dont think he even notices me standing beside him.

Mom: Hey! Turn the television down! This startles him.

Teenager: Alright! You dont have to yell at me! It was this loud when I turned it on. Why do you blame me for everything? This is always followed with a very exaggerated eye roll.

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Ask Ken Beck

Hanks Last Ride slowly hits the theatrical trail

Dear Ken: Whatever happened to that new Hank Williams movie?

That would be The Last Ride, which stars Henry Thomas as Williams and co-stars Fred Dalton Thompson, Jesse James and Kaley Cuoco. It has opened in a series of historic theaters across the U.S. and will be shown in major cities from now through August. The independent film focuses on the period when Williams was getting his life back in order after drugs, alcohol, two failed marriages and a hair-trigger temper had nearly ruined his career. In late 1952, he had arranged several New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio but never got there.Somewhere on that last highway, the country music legend passed away on New Years Day, in 1953, in the back of his Cadillac, carrying only his guitar and a notebook full of unfinished songs.

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General News

Lebanon asks residents to use less water

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Due to the increased consumption of water by Lebanon residents, the City has issued a Voluntary Water Use Reduction as the recent dry period has the city pumping close to its daily water capacity.

Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines said the city has a pumping capacity of 12 million gallons per day and said the city was getting dangerously close to that level over the weekend.

It may have been as high as 90 percent in those really hot days this weekend, Baines said.

The request for a voluntary reduction is part of the citys Approved Water System Conservation Contingency Plan, which Baines said is a plan that all cities have in place and have approved by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The plan calls for a voluntary reduction in water use for citizens based on drought conditions. Baines said the problem does not stem from a low Cumberland River, where the city gets its water, but from low supplies in city holding tanks.

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Little rain ahead, drought still in effect

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Despite some much-needed rain on Monday in Lebanon, Meteorologist Bobby Boyd with the National Weather Service noted it had minimal impact on drought conditions and said very little rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week.

It will have almost no effect on the drought, Boyd said of Mondays rain that dropped 0.97 inches just north of Lebanon and 0.5 inches in other parts of Lebanon.

An inch or two of rain would really help, Boyd said.

He pointed out that most of Mondays rain was centered on Lebanon and that other parts of Wilson County had very little rainfall. However, he said lightning was severe at times in Lebanon as a result of the storm that passed through.

You got lucky in one way, you had some rain, but you also had the lightning, Boyd said.

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Lower grocery tax offers little savings

From Post staff reports

Among new laws enacted by the most recent state legislature and going into affect this week is a reduction on sales tax to be paid on food items in groceries.

The new state sales tax on food items is 5.25 percent. The new tax went into affect on Sunday, July 1.

Previously the tax had been set at 5.5 percent.

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General Sports

Dixie Majors play in state

ROTARY STARS 11, PLEASANT VIEW 6
ADAMS -- Two-run homers by Hanley Sobieszczykand Dylan Alsup backed the complete game pitching effort of Will Wright Thursday as Lebanon's Rotary Dixie Majors (11-12) all-stars defeated Pleasant View 11-6 in the finals of the District 4 tournament.

With the win, the Lebanon squad earned a No. 1 seed in the Dixie Youth OZone State and will play Friday, July 13 at 2 p.m, in Springfield. Lebanon Rotary will play Lookout Mountain in the opener.

Lebanon jumped to a 5-1 lead after one inning, but needed a four-run burst in the bottom of the fifth to keep Pleasant View at bay.

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Local sports in brief

LHS sports hall of fame
The Lebanon High School Athletic Department is accepting nominations for the Class of 2012 Sports Hall of Fame through July 15. Nominations must be made in writing and include full justification for the nomination, including statistics, honors, awards and any other pertinent information pertaining to the nominee.

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