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Brown drafted by Buffalo Bills
SATURDAY -- Native Wilson Countian Levi Brown, the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and Troy's single-season passing yardage record-holder, was selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills.

He joins a wide-open quarterback competition with the Bills.

Brown threw for 4,254 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2009, leading Troy to the GMAC Bowl and becoming the first player in Troy and Sun Belt Conference history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season. Brown's 6,284 yards are the third-most in school history.

He joins a team in Buffalo that has a new coach in former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey and a group of quarterbacks with no clear starter -- Trent Edwards, Brian Brohm and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

A graduate of Mt. Juliet High, Brown is the son of Joe and Kay Brown.
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Getting a second chance, a real blessing in life

By SAM HATCHER

Since March 24, Suanne Bone has had a lot of time of her hands.

The attractive 35-year-old native of Wilson County has been for the most part bedridden on her back recovering from multiple injuries sustained when she and a friend were struck by a speeding hit and run driver as they were walking down Hill Street in Lebanon near dusk.

A series of broken bones, deep cuts, bruises and contusions have and continue to cause her great pain as she slowly but steadfastly moves toward what she and her family believe will be a complete recovery.

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From whence comes quality

By W.H. WATERS

It was my pleasure recently to attend the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet. What a privilege it was. This was the fourth such event and as I look at the list of people who have been inducted so far I believe I came in contact with all but one and “Pop” Geers died before I was born. I heard much about him for my mother and father talked much about his racing feats and that horse named Dan Patch.

This night I came to pay homage to the five people being inducted in the Hall. I want to ask you, what kind of person is usually honored for doing more than working for personal success?

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Unemployment rate here among states lowest

From Post staff reports

Wilson County’s unemployment rate for March remained almost identical to the previous month with only a minor increase over the same period one year ago.

According to data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Wilson County’s unemployment rate for March was 9.6 percent. The unemployment rate in February was 9.5 percent and the rate in March one year earlier was 9.3 percent.

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Lebanon Morning Rotary, Pinnacle Bank donate to Crohns Take Steps

By ZACK OWENSBY
The Wilson Post

Just five weeks ago, Lebanon’s Suanne Bone’s life changed forever.

Bone was walking on Hill Street in Lebanon with friend Melanie Long when the two were hit by a car driven by Carroll Hart Smith, who reportedly was drunk and under the influence of marijuana.

She has now spent every moment since then in a hospital or a rehabilitation facility with a broken ankles, pelvis, shoulder and ribs, among other injuries. Her breaks are being held together by screws and plates.

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Local dealer cheers GM repayment

From Post staff reports

Sales have improved and the products “we sell are among the best being manufactured today,” said Lebanon’s only General Motors dealer following an announcement Wednesday that the U.S. automaker had paid back $8.1 billion in government loans.

W.P. Bone, president of family owned Wilson County Motors in Lebanon, said Thursday the news about General Motors repaying a sizeable portion of its debt was welcomed with cheers.

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Bond papers signed for new LHS

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Bond counsel and financial officials gathered in Wilson County Mayor Robert Dedman’s office Tuesday to complete the signing of paperwork concerning the bonds sold for the new Lebanon High School.

“The bonds have been sold,” said Thomas D. McAnulty, senior vice president of Public Finance for Stephens Inc. in Nashville. McAnulty served as financial advisor in the bond sale. “The money will be wired to Wilson County on Thursday.”

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Local pet protection group one of 18 in national contest

From Post staff reports

A locally based non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and caring for pets is taking center stage in a special program being sponsored by a national pet food manufacturer and grocery store chain.

New Leash on Life, formerly the Humane Association of Wilson County, has been selected as one of 18 non-profits of its kind to participate in “Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart,” a program sponsored by Nestlé Purina Pet Care Company in partnership with Kroger.

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Arts Alliance plans new Center for Arts

Plans for a new “Center for the Arts” facility to be constructed in Bel-Air at Beckwith development were announced by the Board of Directors of the Arts Alliance at the organization’s Gala held April 10 at Del Webb in Mt. Juliet.

The Board of Directors for the Alliance has had a vision and has been developing plans for an arts and performance center for the past two years, a spokesperson said. They have gathered information from local arts and performance groups and have considered input from many sources. It became apparent that a local arts center featuring a theatre, educational class rooms, gallery and amphitheatre were needed in the county, region and the greater Nashville area. 

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Stella Lee Jaco, 85

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, April 22 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Jaco, 85, of Lebanon. Born in the Statesville Community and a homemaker, she died Apr. 19, 2010 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.

A member of the Smith Fork Baptist Church, she was the widow of the late Ivy Jaco.

Services were conducted by Pastor Daniel Stirnemann with burial at the Jennings Cemetery.

Survivors include: children Linda Mae Johnson of Lebanon and Leroy (Ruby) Jaco of Murfreesboro; grandchildren Debbie Heady, Susan Sissom, Gary Jaco, Melissa Jaco, Calvin Dean Jaco, Joseph Jaco, Jason Jaco, Stella Ray Jaco and Bubba Jaco. Also surviving are 15 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild; along with brother Bill Bullard of Woodbury.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by parents Grady and Emma Hughes Bullard, son William "Buddy" Jaco and sisters Ruth Wallace, Viloa Stone and Ethel Vaughn.

Family and friends served as pallbearers. Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

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Kenneth D. Poley, 82

MADISON, WI -- Former Wilson Countian and flying enthusiast Kenneth D. Poley died Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Elk Grove, California at the age of 82. A memorial and burial will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Apr. 26 at the Roselawn Memorial Park in Madison, WI.

A long time resident of Lebanon "Ken" was an active bicyclist and he helped organized early days of the yearly bike ride around Wilson County during the Wilson County Fair. He could be found on Saturday mornings leading informal rides around the county. 

A retired engineer with Hoeganaes corporation, TRW-Ross Gear and Oscar Mayer, his first love was flying. From his first job at 17 with Piper aircraft near his childhood home in Lockhaven, PA to later joining the U.S. Air Force, Ken loved to fly. He retired from the Air National Guard in Wisconsin with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Mr. Poley was a fixture at the Lebanon airport and was active in the Experimental Aircraft Association, serving as president of the chapter 863. He was proud of his involvement in the EAA Young Eagle program and personally introduced over 387 young people to flying through the program. One of Ken's proudest achievements was mentoring a young pilot all the way to the U.S. Air Force Academy and being there to administer his commissioning oath at graduation.

Survivors include children Greg Poley, Pam Poley, Scott Poley and Michelle Poley; grandchildren David, Brian, Tina and Daniel and one great, grandchild.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Marcia Poley.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to the American Cancer Society. Roselawn Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy Lee Laine Locke, 86

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. Friday, April 23 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Locke, 86, of Lebanon. A 1943 graduate of Lebanon High School and a member of the College Hills Church of Christ, Mrs. Locke died Tuesday, Apr. 20 at her residence.

The widow of the late Nick M. Locke, Jr., she was a graduate of the Oak Ridge School of Cosmetology.
Visitation Friday after 10 a.m. Services will be conducted by Dr. Larry Locke and Tom Arnold. Entombment will follow at the Hermitage Memories Mausoleum.

Survivors include children Gayle Locke Kennedy of Franklin and Nick C. (Diane) Locke of Lake Wylie, SC and step-son Harold Locke of Quinlan, TX.

Also surviving are siblings Shirley (Tony) Dematteo and Frank (Dimple) Laine Jr. -- both of Lebanon and Linda (Bobby) Yarbrough of Clarksville; grandchildren  Stacy (Stan) Watson, Cindy (Rob) Brown, Nikki (Oliver) Schwendeler, Lee (Lyn Lee) Kennedy, Wes (Nancy) Kennedy and Toby (Karen) Locke.

In addition to her late husband, she is preceded in death by parents Frank and Laura Hastings Laine; siblings Frances Vanhook, Iva Dell McMinn, Martha Bell, Ralph and David Laine. 

Pallbearers: Lee and Wes Kennedy, Jack Bell, Stan Watson, Toby Locke and Rob Brown.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or College Hills Church of Christ Building Fund.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Perfect Mommy

It’s 7:30 in the morning. The kids are patiently waiting by the back door, teeth brushed, hot breakfast in the first stages of the digestion process and backpacks sit neatly at their feet. Meanwhile, the matriarch of the family zips her bag, gives her makeup and perfectly coordinated outfit a quick check in the spotless bathroom mirror and ushers her compliant children to the car.

On the ride to school, a “Learn how to speak French” CD plays and the children begin a French dialogue with their mother. Children and parent giggle when the youngest asks if French toast is just called ‘toast’ when made in France.

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Oscar-winner Meryl Streep once waited on tables

Dear Ken: What was Meryl Streep’s first film? Where is she from and does she have children?

Streep, 60, was born in Summit, N.J., and was a cheerleader and homecoming queen in high school. She made her first movie appearance in “Julia” in 1977 but gained major attention as Inga Helms Weiss in the 1978 miniseries “Holocaust.” She has made just over 40 films, been nominated for 16 Academy Awards and won two, for “Kramer Vs. Kramer” and “Sophie’s Choice.” She went to college at Vassar and the Yale School of Drama. The mother of a son and three daughters worked as a waitress before she hit the big time.  

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1000 Plus Fans and Growing!

By Angel Kane 

We did it! This week Wilson Living Magazine hit 1000 plus fans on FACEBOOK!!

As many of you are aware, Facebook is the popular internet site that connects friends, families and communities. We, at WLM, started a fan page a few months back so that we could connect with all our readers and BOY have we connected! We love hearing from our fans who regularly post their comments on our page and we frequently post our own juicy tidbits about upcoming stories.

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"Kick-Ass"
In the beginning, there was Superman.  Later on, came others such as The Amazing Spider Man, Iron Man, and Batman.  Flash forward to 2010, and in the populous world of Super Heroes, we are introduced to our newest fearless defender of justice....and his name is KickAss.
 
"Kick-Ass" is the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski, played by Britain's Aaron Johnson, and his desire to rid his city of some of it's criminal element.  Whether he has seen too many movies, played too many video games, or just read one too many comic books, the young Lizewski has one major flaw in his ambitious plan: He has ABSOLUTELY no "super-powers". 
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Linwood Farms gentleman shepherd
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post

Ben Powell, 72, serves as a walking, talking encyclopedia on all things agricultural about Tennessee.

But he takes modest pride in the fact that for more than 100 years, his family has raised sheep on their farms in the Linwood community between Tuckers Crossroads and Watertown.

Today, he and his son, Mark, watch over a flock of 125 ewes representing three breeds: Hampshire, Southdown and Dorset. Before spring yields to summer, each ewe will give birth to one or two (and on occasion three) lambs.

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Barrel racer saddles up for rodeo, Southern STARRS

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Among the many reasons to attend the first ever Whip Crackin’ Rodeo set for Friday and Saturday are the charitable organizations who are to benefit from the funds raised as a result of the event.

A total of 16 organizations have been selected to benefit, and one of them, Southern STARRS, will actually have one of its part-time workers taking part in the rodeo.

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At the Movies with Doc
The highly anticipated remake of the 1981 classic 'Clash of the Titans' hit the silver screen this past weekend. 'Clash' is a film immersed in Greek mythology, much as the recent 'Percy Jackson'. Director Louis Leterrier was handed the reins to direct 'Clash' when the original choice, Stephen Norrington, stepped down because he had never seen the original (one would think a quick trip to his local Family Video would have been in order!).
 
Sam Worthington plays the lead role of Perseus, the demi-god son of Zeus. Worthington burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2009, first out-shining Christian Bale in 'Terminator Salvation' and then being seen by nearly every person on the planet playing the lead role of Jake Sully in the blockbuster ‘Avatar'. Worthington adequately pulls off the role that Harry Hamlin originally played, bringing a little more testosterone than the original role called for.
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Dwight Belew gets a birdies-eye-view of the Masters
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post

Augusta National Golf Club, home of this week’s Masters Tournament (and the 2010 debut of Tiger Woods), reigns as the crown jewel of American golf courses. 

And Mt. Juliet jeweler Dwight Belew counts himself fortunate to be returning for his eighth year as a gallery guard on hole No. 1 because not only does it mean that he gets as close as anyone to the greats of the game but it also means he will get to play the course in May.

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Sign up now for Master Gardener Class

Wilson County Master Gardener program, a 14-week training program in the areas of horticulture, specifically gardening and landscaping practices, is gearing up for another session. 

This program is sponsored by the Wilson County Extension Service and the Wilson County Master Gardener Association.

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Former Titan defensive tackle challenges Civic League audience
By SAM HATCHER
 
Congratulations to the Wilson County Civic League for its 25 years of service to our community.
 
This organization has done much since its beginning to help heal the wounds and divisions created during a tumultuous period in our history in which race relations were strained.
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Its baseball time, wanna pitch out the rules?

By ANNE DONNELL

I heard a basketball coach in an interview (Final Four) say, “That’s me.” I began wondering --  is it really so bad that we say, “That’s me,” instead of “That’s I”? I know about the cases and all that structure, but most people say things like, “That’s me,” or “That would be me.” If we can break this rule, why not everything else?
  -Still Wondering

Hmm. An anarchist? Maybe not.

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Reader thankful that Post is not dead

To the Editor:

It’s with a grateful heart that I write to thank you for The Wilson Post. In an era where new media gurus claim “newspapers are dead,” you are thriving.

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Paul K. Jackson, 76

COLUMBIA -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, April 19 at the Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home for Mr. Jackson, 76, of Columbia and formerly of Mt. Juliet. A 1951 graduate of Mt. Juliet High and a veteran of the US Navy, he died Apr. 16, 2010 after a three-year battle with cancer.

Born July 15, 1933 in Mt. Juliet, the Maury County businessman and farmer was the son of the late Alvin and Lona Jackson. Following his military service, he enrolled in the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he earned a degree in Business Finance in 1962.  Mr. Jackson had a long career as President of the Federal Land Bank in Maury, Lawrence and Williamson counties. He was a certified Real Estate  Appraiser and worked as an independent consultant on many re-appraisals for the FDIC in the late 1980s.

As a Real Estate Broker, he specialized in real estate investments and land values and also served as an expert witness in legal proceedings related to property issues.  As a member of the faculty of Columbia State Community College, he taught real estate finance courses for several years.

He was a member and active in the activities of Graymere Church of Christ. Graveside services were held later Monday at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville with John Vaughan officiating.

Survivors include: children Kay Jackson Artibee of Nashville and Neal Clay (Sherry Stubblefield) Jackson of Summertown; granddaughter Madeline Grace Artibee; his former wife Doris Byrd Jackson of Franklin and sister Mary Jackson Harris of Nashville. He was preceded in death by a sister Lois Jackson Bogle.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 1864, Columbia 38401. Family and friends served as active pallbearers.  Honorary: Jim Thomas, Will Rivers, Richard Groce, Col. Johnny Holland, James H. Wright, Phillip Paul and the Mt. Juliet High School Class of 1951.

Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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