By PATRICK HALL
Special to The Wilson Post
Despite a slow start, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is really an outstanding adventure that is likely to thrill fans of the book but presents problems for the casual moviegoer.
Directed byPeter Jackson, and based onJ.R.R. Tolkiensnovel, The Hobbit, the film is the first of three, and tells of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his journey with 13 dwarves and the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan).
Of course, the films opens with a prologue on how the dragon Smaug destroyed the dwarves homeland of Erebor and the surrounding region, setting up the films plot. The first 45 minutes drag on, despite the prologue showing off stunning landscapes and dwarf cities common to Middle earth.
There could have been a much more organic way to familiarize the audience with the background, especially considering the entire company of dwarves show up unannounced at Bilbos house for dinner to recruit him for the trip.
But once the journey gets underway, the film is fantastic and a whole lot of fun. In keeping with the books theme, the characters and events are light-hearted and plenty of comedy is provided by the dwarves.
Gusty winds are in the forecast for Thursday and Thursday night, and a Wilson County Emergency Management Agency official said you may wish to tie down your holiday decorations.
Gusty winds of 15-15 mph with gusts over 30 mph are expected to develop ahead of a cold front after midnight tonight. Behind the cold front, even stronger west winds of 20-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph are anticipated from Thursday into Thursday night, said Capt. Stephen Spencer, EMA planning officer with the agency.
A cold front will sweep across the Mid-state on Thursday with widespread showers and thunderstorms expected. A few strong storms containing gusty winds are possible.
Behind the cold front, strong west winds of 20-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph are anticipated which will continue into Thursday night.
Take precautions and tie down all outside holiday decorations as your reindeer may take flight to your neighbors yard, he noted.
Legendary Kentucky high school coach Sam Harp has been hired to take over the football fortunes at Lebanon High. Harp, winner of seven state championships at Danville High School, was introduced to the Blue Devil football teamearly Wednesday afternoonby LHS athletic director Darian Brown.
In his 32-year prep career, Coach Harp has won 326 games with 106 losses -- a winning percentage of .754 -- with ten trips to the Kentucky state championship game. His teams have won 16 regional championships and 19 district titles.
Harp presently ranks third on the list for most wins in Kentucky by an active coach and fifth overall for wins in the Bluegrass State.
Still riding the success of a second consecutive Class 2A state football championship, the accolades continue to roll in for Lebanons Friendship Christian Commanders. Three FCS players have earned all-state honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and John McNeal has been named the TSWA Coach of the Year.
This was a special year and a special group of young men, McNeal said, any individual honors we might receive are a reflection of the things this team accomplished.
SHACKLE ISLAND -- Wilson Central placed nine wrestlers in the finals of Saturday's Beech Individuals with seven Wildcats coming away with titles.
Coach John Kramer's team easily won the team championship with 249 points. Bob Jones High from Alabama was second with 157 and host Beech placed third at 155.5.
Individual champions included:
Christian Cerrito at 113-pounds; Nick Insalaco at 120; Eddie Small at 132; Austin Richard at 138; John Davidson at 152; Jacob Myers at 170 and John Kramer at 220.
Jonathon Ward finished second at 160 as did Perry Baltz at 182. Caleb Berta brought home a fifth place finish at 105.
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