By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post
A Lebanon mans encounter with Johnny Cash more than 50 years ago in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse has finally birthed its way from his soul into a song.
Jack Remingtons When He Sang sounds astonishingly like a tune that the late country music legend, nicknamed the Man in Black, might himself have recorded.
The song really tells a story, said Remington, 77, who co-wrote the song with Lebanon tunesmith Roy August and recorded it with his wife Dollie McFarland.
It was fall of 1962 on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village. It was a slow night in a coffeehouse, and Johnny Cash wandered in. He was skinny and shaky and his eyes were all sunken in, and he looked like he was all down on that stuff, recollected Remington.
Once he wandered in, word was out on the street, and in no time the place filled up. We talked him into singing. At first it seemed like he was making fun of himself. We all got into it. We were all singing along with him and having a good time.
And as the show went on, you could see his spirit picking up. By the time he got off of the stage, his shoulders were square and he had a glint in his eye, said Remington.
And thats exactly the story the song presents.
Remington penned his Cash tribute about three years ago, inspired by the days he and Miss Dollie spent performing in the basket houses of Greenwich Village. The joints were called basket houses because the musicians would pass the basket for tips after they played.
The song wasnt quite coming together, so I called my friend Roy August, and he put in his years of professional experience of writing, and we pulled this together, Remington said of putting the final touch on the tune.
I thought it was unique, different. I worked with it and its where it is, said August, who co-wrote Fancy Free, a No. 1 hit for the Oak Ridge Boys in 1981. It reminds me of days when they had the hootnannies. They call it Americana now.
Remington and McFarland, both Lone Star State natives, have been making music more than half a century in such places as the Big Apple, the Far East, Los Angeles and Nashville. Along the way they met such performers as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons and Peter Tork of the Monkees.
They also wrote songs for the publishing company owned by the 1970s pop duet Seals & Crofts of Diamond Girl and Summer Breeze fame.
This past summer the duo recorded the song in a Nashville studio with Rusty Sweeton on lead guitar and Patio Daddio on bass guitar.
It was spectacular to meet Johnny Cash. He was a warm, friendly guy, reminisced Dollie.
The singer-songwriter said that former American Idol contestant Drew Poppelreiter plans to record the tune in June
In the meantime, folks can hear the song, as well as download it for 50 cents, at his web site, jackremington.net.
We know we're bucking the odds in a youth-oriented music world, so we ask that peoplewho likeour song, please tell their friends.My dream, said Remington, is to be able to get up on a stage with a good backup group and a full house.
Wilson County Commissions Finance Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, at the courthouse to review Non Profit Policy and Procedures and also to review Policy as it concerns Local Vendor Preference Policy.
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development and Governmental Relations Divisions invite the public to the State of the County Address by County Mayor Randall Hutto, 11:30 a.m., April 3 at the Lebanon Golf and Country Club.
The address will consist of a wide range of topics about Wilson County including new developments and future growth of the county.Tickets are $15 per person and must have a reservation.
For more information or tickets contact the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 615.444.5503.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Wilson Bank & Trust CEO Randall Clemons said in a statement issued Friday that the bank respectfully disagrees with the result deliberated by jurors in Rutherford County Chancery Court this past week and is considering all options available to it at this time, including a potential appeal of the verdict to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
On Thursday, jurors awarded $3.6 million in punitive damages to real estate developer Ken Howell, who filed a lawsuit in 2009 alleging that former WB&T Murfreesboro Branch president, Stan Hayes, committed fraud and forgery.
The Murfreesboro Post reported that throughout the trial, defense attorneys representing Wilson Bank have contended Hayes is solely to blame for the fraudulent activity because he acted as a rogue employee and concealed his actions from fellow executives.
Jurors also awarded Howell $3.9 million in compensatory damages -- $2.9 million of which went to his businesses, Richmonds Retreat and Stones River Homes.
According to reports, Howell successfully claimed that his companies were forced to dissolve after Wilson Bank & Trust foreclosed on loans that were directly impacted by unlawful activity.
In 2008, we learned that Mr. Hayes had improperly handled isolated business transactions. Wilson Bank & Trust has addressed each instance of Mr. Hayes actions, and to the best of our ability, we have attempted to resolve all of the issues he created, the statement from Wilson Bank & Trust read.
One of those instances involved Kendall Howell and two companies of which he was a part. Wilson Bank & Trust was not able to reach a resolution of the matter involving Mr. Howell and in 2009, a lawsuit was filed seeking the resolution of this matter by jury.
However, since the jury returned a verdict in Howells favor, Wilson Bank could end up appealing the verdict as said in the statement issued.
Our decision will be guided by our desire to have a fair and just resolution of this matter. Wilson Bank & Trust values the respect and confidence given to us by our employees, customers and shareholders. We will continue to stand by our mission statement to be a responsible business that renders high-quality service and to always operate the bank in a sound manner.
'DOGS HAVE 23 HITS IN OPENER --
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- Cumberland's baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon with Georgia Gwinnett at the Grizzly Baseball Complex. The Bulldogs pounded out 23 hits in an 18-5 win in the opener, then dropped the nightcap 7-5.
Now 23-11-1 overall, CU baseball team is scheduled to play at Mid-Continent College in Mayfield, KY Tuesday, March 26 in a 2 p.m. single, nine-inning contest.
In Sunday's opener, Cumberland built an 8-1 lead through three innings and got a complete game performance from Tyler Adams (2-1). Adams scattered seven hits struck out five and walked on. He only allowed four earned runs.
Cold, wet weather has forced Mt. Juliet Christian Academy to cancel the following games scheduled for Monday, March 25.
High School Baseball - MJCA -v- Ezell Harding - Postponed until Wednesday at 4 p.m.
High School Softball - MJCA -v- USN - postponed - TBA
Middle school soccer - MJCA @ Macon County - postponed - TBA
Mt. Juliet High has canceled Monday's scheduled softball game with Nashville McGavock.
The Lady Bears will play at Lebanon Tuesday (5 p.m.) and will host Wilson Central at 5 p.m. -- both District 9AAA contests.
LHS - Warren County canceled
Lebanon High's Monday night home baseball game vs. Warren County High has been canceled due to wet, cold conditions.
The Blue Devils are scheduled to host Beech High Tuesday and Gallatin High Wednesday in a pair of 7 p.m. District 9AAA North games.
ORLANDO, FL -- Wilson Central's softball team went 4-1 last week while playing at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Lady Wildcats' overall record now stands at 7-4 heading into a Wednesday, March 27matchup at District 9AAA rival Mt. Juliet. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.