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Column

Readers weigh in on wreck photo

Our website has received a number of comments in the past several days regarding a photo that was published in connection with a fataltrafficaccident earlier this week on Big Springs Road.

Several commented that the photo was "distasteful" or "disrespectful" while others said it is necessary to run these type of photos in order to make the public better aware of the dangers that loom on our public streets, roadsand highways.

Speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, texting,mixing alcohol with driving,and other factors often contribute to a loss of life in an automobile accident.

We see our role as a community newspaper as making the public better informed about happenings and events that occurlocally. These reports many times are not pleasant. They often involve matters and issues that result in death. And while they may not be not be reports of "good news" they do, we believe, serve a purpose.

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Guest Column

School's out for the summer

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

When I was a boy, those words were the grandest, most cherished tones that a mortal could speak. As I thought about this time of the year and the anticipation of being finished with school until the fall, the warmest and freest feeling came to me and was so moving that I wondered if I would be able to adequately explain it.

Studying must be hard because the opposite of it seemed so desirable. Being able to think and ponder on things that you like, such as the best way to catch fishing bait, is such a joy it's almost like you aren't really working at it. How about figuring out the mechanics of a rope swing high enough in a tree to get a good ride out of it? There's lots of physics involved in that pursuit, but your mind doesn't even realize it. The game of hide-and-seek includes planning, camouflage, calculations of speed and distance, but there is no mental resistance to participation.

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Letters to the Editor

Reader: Sidewalk improvements would go a long way

To the Editor:

I have a request to the public at large and to Mayor Philip Craighead and the Lebanon City Council. My request is about the status of the public sidewalk system. This is an area of transportation that has been grossly neglected over the years and even after the American Disability Act lawsuit we have found that it is difficult for the city fathers to address the problems of safe sidewalk surfacing throughout our grand city.

In some areas work has been complied correctly, and the walkways are safe for the traveling public and in other areas the task was completed half-heartedly and it very much shows in the workmanship completed in this particular area.

A first example is that of the bridge at Ole Neighborhood Bar and Grill on West Main Street. That it has taken months to have the bridge cleaned and then have the same so-called project capped so that folks can proceed over the walkways of the bridge seems like a surmountable act for this City to complete in a timely manner.

Secondly, but just as important, are the signal light buttons throughout our community that are either installed incorrectly so that a person in a wheelchair cannot use the buttons since they are so far off of the right-of-way, or are misplaced to a point that someone in a wheelchair is unable to operate the call button to get to the curb and safely cross the street before the traffic light changes from green back to red.

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General News

Mayoral candidates pick up petitions

A number of candidates took advantage of the first day to pick up petitions for the Nov. 6 general election including three potential candidates for Lebanon and Mt. Juliet City Mayor, who picked up their petitions on Friday.

Incumbent Lebanon City Mayor Philip Craighead picked up his petition for reelection Friday, May 18. Craighead looks to be challenged by two potential candidates who also picked up petitions Friday, including David Kievernagel and Robert J. Bob OBrien.

Also, mayoral candidate for Mt. Juliet, Jamie Luffman picked up a petition on Friday.

Several announced candidates for Lebanon City Council seats picked up their petitions for election on Friday. Ward 1 candidate Richard Rodgers picked up a petition along with Ward 2 candidate Annette Stafford and Ward 5 candidates Billy Weeks and Robert Tick Bryan.

Candidates for the Nov. 6 election have until Aug. 16 at noon to file their petitions for that election at the Wilson County Election Commission office in Lebanon.

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General Sports

MJ teams, FCS baseball headed to BlueCross Spring Fling

Two local baseball teams and one softball team have qualified for the BlueCross Spring Fling state championships today in Murfreesboro.

FCS 10, Boyd-Buchanan 0
Friendship Christian's baseball team blanked Boyd-Buchanan 10-0 in Friday evening's Class A sectional and will open play Tuesday evening at Riverdale High vs. Huntingdon.

First pitch is set for around 7 p.m. FCS comes in with a record of 37-2 overall while Huntingdon is 29-10.

Junior lefty Brennan Swindoll (12-1) threw a six-inning three-hitter, striking out eight Boyd-Buchanan batters. Swindoll is exected to get the ball in tonight's tournament opener.

The win gave the Commanders a sixth straight trip to the Spring Fling.

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