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I am not a horseman. I have never claimed to be. I grew up on a farm with cattle and hogs, cats and dogs. The only horse I vividly remember was “ ‘Ol’ Charlie,” a big, black, work horse. By the time I was old enough to be around him he had been replaced with a Super “A” Farmall tractor. He w…

Saturday, August 08, 2020
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It’s our youngest child’s last year of high school and as I gave him a hug before he left for school, I told him to “finish strong.”

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The Friends of Tennessee State Parks Board of Directors has announced that nearly $6,700 has been awarded to Tennessee State Park Friends Groups and newly forming groups. Grants awarded will fund projects including interpretive signage, gardens, trail markers, a viewing platform and start-up…

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The 2020 Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival on July 11 honored Eddie Testamand of Lebanon with the Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Award. Eddie has been instrumental in developing bluegrass in Middle Tennessee. He has been a member of the One Way Out Bluegrass Band, organizer of bluegras…

Thursday, August 06, 2020
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Tracy Underwood, who owns A.J.’s Flowers & Gifts in Lebanon with her mother Marcia Pruitte, has always loved seeing green bows hanging in support of Sherry’s Run throughout the community.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
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Summer is here and in full swing which means enjoying the sunshine, staying cool by the water, and BBQs. While fun might be the main factor on your mind, when food is involved, food safety should be a consideration. According to the CDC, it is estimated that each year 48 million people get s…

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
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The Master Small Ruminant Producer program is designed to provide educational opportunities for sheep and goat producers. The program provides sheep and goat producers opportunities to increase knowledge and skills needed to apply management practices necessary for profitability and sustaina…

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Wilson County’s students are preparing to head back to school in the coming weeks, and the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Juliet spent Saturday collecting money and meals to help them.

Saturday, August 01, 2020
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I heard and read a while back with both disdain and amazement that state bureaucrats in New York had deemed some kid’s games unsafe due to safety risks. Among the games listed were freeze tag, kick the can, red rover, dodge ball, and (will someone help me please!) Wiffle ball ... Wiffle ball…

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Summer is almost over. This summer has been different from any summer in my memory. This summer there were no picnics with family and friends. There were no trips to the beach or lake for swimming and frolicking. There was no watching fireworks on the Fourth of July except for the televised …

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I do it every time. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. We pick the place. We plan the logistics of travel routes. We secure reservations. Then begins the countdown. The countdown of the inevitable emotional breakdown because no one, not even yours truly, is living up to the unrealistic expectations I set …

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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The disruptions from COVID-19 continue, and the U.S. Census Bureau has developed a survey to measure social and economic impacts of this pandemic. University of Tennessee Extension has received several inquiries about this survey.

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“Virtually all of the world’s seed plants need to be pollinated. This is just as true for cone-bearing plants, such as pine trees, as for the more colorful and familiar flowering plants. Pollen, looking like insignificant yellow dust, bears a plant’s male sex cells and is a vital link in the…

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The Mill at Lebanon came alive over the weekend as dozens of people visited the venue for its July Shopping Escape, a two-day event featuring several area vendors.

Saturday, July 25, 2020
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not but there seems to be lot of purging going on in our world these days. There are those among us who are intent on removing any vestige of our history which they find offensive. This purging has been on full display in recent months as statues honoring me…

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Each day of our lives we are challenged. There are times where our choices are few and we must decide in accordance to our desire, circumstance or what is in the best interest of those concerned.

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In recent months, the Lebanon community has rallied in support of the Fite-Fessenden Museum and Community Events Center. A successful capital campaign resulted in the completion of three much needed repair projects: replacing the standing seam metal roof, installing new Queen Anne gutters, a…

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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With coronavirus sending employees and students home for quarantine or social distancing, you may find yourself and your family members cooped up inside. That means more people using tablets and computers, opening and closing the refrigerator, turning on lights, and adjusting the thermostat.…

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Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day is going virtual for 2020. Event organizers made the decision to move all educational presentations, tours and trade show to an online format. All content will be available on the AgResearch and Education Center at Milan website starting Thursday.