By PATRICK HALL
Special to The Wilson Post
With no major releases this past weekend, I started my anticipation for this weekends The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by taking part in a Saturday marathon of all three Lord of the Rings films in theaters, and DirectorPeter Jacksoncant possibly outdo himself.
Of course, Saturday was the first time I had experienced the Rings films in a movie theater since I last saw the third installment, Return of the King on the big screen in 2003. It was a marvelous time, even though it took over 12 hours to watch all three (11:15 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. the next day, with 45 minutes in between the films).
This weekend, Jackson returns toJ.R.R. TolkiensMiddle-Earth for The Hobbit, which will be the first in another trilogy taking place in Tolkiens fictional world. Based on the novel, The Hobbit, Jackson and New Line Cinemas decided to draw the story out into three films.
I had hoped Jackson would just stick to a two-part story, as was originally announced, but with the addition of a third film for Hobbit, I cant help but think theres no way it can live up to what Jackson achieved with Lord of the Rings.
That trilogy is easily the greatest film trilogy of all time and over the weekend I couldnt possibly think of any other trio of films that could stand up to them, except maybeGeorge Lucassoriginal Star Wars films, if for no other reason than the cultural impact they had.
From Post staff reports
A Wilson County Schools bus and another vehicle collided, injuring one person.
The accident happened Tuesday on Bay Drive, off Saundersville Road in the Old Hickory/Mt. Juliet area.
There were students on the bus at the time of the accident, but none were injured.
Check back for details as they become available.
Ascend Federal Credit Union is building a new financial center in Mt. Juliet to be located at 300 Pleasant Grove Road, Suite 510. This facility will be Ascends sixteenth Middle Tennessee financial center and its first location in Wilson County.
We are very excited to be bringing a higher level of convenience and service to our members in Wilson and surrounding counties, Ascend President and CEO Caren Gabriel said.
Designed with the familiar Ascend brand featured in its other locations, the Mt. Juliet financial center will feature biometric identification in the safe deposit area, an Internet kiosk where members can register for Ascends free online account management tool called E-BRANCH, an area where children can play while their parents speak with a Member Service Representative, a refreshment area and media screens with the latest promotions.
Gabriel said the credit union hopes to be serving members from the new facility in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Founded in 1951 at Arnold Air Force Base, Ascend has grown into a full-service financial institution with more than $1.6 billion in assets. Three hundred fifty one Ascend employees serve 140,117 members from 15 Middle Tennessee locations. Ascend is the largest credit union in Middle Tennessee and one of the largest federally chartered credit unions in the United States. For the past eight years, Ascend has returned more than $44 million to members in bonus dividends and loan interest refunds.
The exclusive credit union of Blue Raider athletics, Ascend is endorsed by nationally syndicated radio talk show host and personal money management expert Dave Ramsey.
The official Cumberland Center sign lighting and ribbon cutting will take place on Monday, Dec. 17 at noon.
The Cumberland Center is located in Lebanon off S. Cumberland/231 next to Arby's.
Encore Theatre Company is inviting the community to have their picture made with Santa on Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The visit costs $5 per person and Encore encourages families to bring their own cameras and decorate a cookie or make an ornament while they wait. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Mt. Juliet Help Center.
Encore Theatre is located at 6978 Lebanon Rd just west of Hwy 109. Call 598-8950 for more information.
The Education Committee Meeting scheduled for Monday, December 17, 2012 has been cancelled.
BLUE DEVILS WIN AT HHS -
HENDERSONVILLE -- Jamel Officer buried a late 3-pointer and Zimmer Hunn sealed the deal by knocking down a pair of free throws with 3.8 seconds left as Lebanon rallied for a 54-52 victory over District 9AAA rival Hendersonville Tuesday.
LHS (3-6 / 1-1) was clutch at the line in the final stanza, going 10-for-10 after trailing for most of the first three periods before taking a narrow 33-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
LADY 'CATS TRIP BEECH -
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central's Lady Wildcats improved to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in District 9AAA following a hard-fought 41-36 victory over visiting Beech Tuesday night. Rachel Bean led the way with 12 points and seven boards while Hannah Brewer had 10 -- all in the second half.
The Lady Wildcats will play at Lebanon Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m.