To the Editor:
There was a time when there was nowhere for members of the public to bring surplus puppies and kittens. As a result, litters were being dropped in rural areas “so someone would give them a good home,” left in dumpsters like garbage, and even dropped into trash compactors to be crushed to death. The survivors were breeding. As a result, parts of the county were plagued with packs of feral dogs which preyed on livestock and had to be shot by farmers trying to protect their herds.
In addition, cases of animal cruelty and neglect used to be commonplace throughout Wilson County. Laws forbidding such activities were seldom, if ever, enforced by law enforcement officers.
The Humane Association of Wilson County (HAWC) dramatically changed all that. Once we had a shelter, there was no longer any excuse for dropping unwanted litters in the garbage – there was a place that would accept them, treat them with kindness, adopt them out to good homes if possible, and – sadly – humanely euthanize them if not – for there were always many more unwanted dogs and cats than there were good homes.
In addition, through many years of hard work, we won over the law enforcement personnel, not only convincing them that we were not the enemy, but persuading them to work with us in a mutually beneficial relationship.
The Humane Association developed a balanced approach which worked well for many years. Rather than concentrating all of our limited resources in one area, we were active in many aspects of animal welfare.
Not only did we run the shelter and the adoption program, but we conducted animal cruelty investigations, provided animal-related programs for the schools, donated educational videos to the public libraries, and even assisted low-income people who needed to have their pets neutered at private veterinarians.
The present management of what used to be our Humane Association has changed all that. Now, they think it is appropriate to assume an arrogant, morally superior attitude with their so-called “no-kill” shelter – which might more accurately be called a “let somebody else do your dirty work” shelter.
There will always be more dogs and cats than there are good homes for dogs and cats. We can lessen the severity of the problem, but it is beyond human capability to eliminate it completely. Thus, there will always be a need for a place which will accept unwanted animals, find homes for as many of them as possible, and euthanize the rest. No sane person wants things to be this way, but we must recognize reality. The biology of dogs and cats is such that they reproduce easily and quickly. Thus, small numbers of fertile adults quickly produce large numbers of offspring – who then go and do likewise.
So-called “no-kill” shelters are a luxury which are feasible only in areas where some other organization performs the euthanasia which is rightfully the responsibility of that shelter. Even though we now have animal control programs operated by local governments, it is important to recognize that these programs are also run by human beings who love animals and who are just as reluctant as we are to be forced to euthanize perfectly healthy animals.
I wish the former Humane Association of Wilson County, Inc. was back.
Co-Founder and Past President (for 20 years) of
The Humane Association of Wilson County, Inc.
Wilson County Commission’s Planning and Zoning Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Wilson County Board of Education will hold a work session at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the Watertown High School property. Following the work session, the board’s regular meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Wilson County Election Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Lebanon City Council will have a work session at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights and will discuss water/sewer system issues and upcoming projects.
Wilson County Beer Board will not meet Monday, Feb. 14, as no applications have been submitted.
Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administrative Building at Castle Heights, to consider the application of El Molino, Inc. d/b/a El Molino Mexican Restaurant at 809 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, for on the premises consumption, and Tomcat LLC d/b/a West Main Shell at 1324 West Main Street, Lebanon, for off the premises consumption.
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.
Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
First Wednesdays of each month a Healing Service is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
Wilson County Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 4, at the Road Commission Office in Lebanon and will be followed by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board.
Unity Church, 222 Cainsville Road, Lebanon, will have a gospel singing at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, with gospel singers Cedar City Quartet and other guest singers. Everyone is welcome. The pastor is Brother Kenneth Bowen.
Lebanon First Assembly of God will have a Churchwide Indoor Yard Sale and Bake Sale from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, at the church at 716 North Cumberland Street. Members want to meet you, so drop by and shop and enjoy the fellowship. For information, call 444-4133.
“Phish Camp,” a play written and directed by Frank Fox, is being presented now through Saturday, Feb. 5, at Westland United Methodist Church, 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon. Friday and Sunday are dessert shows at $12, and Saturday shows are dinner shows for $18. Dinners will be served one hour before the play, and desserts will be served at intermission. Thursday and Friday shows and Saturday, Jan. 29, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Feb. 5, shows will begin at 2 p.m. Reservations for dinner shows are required and recommended for remaining shows. For information and reservations, call 444-1447. You may also visit www.sunnysidepam.com.
Shopping in the Glade will be at the Gladeville Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Booths are available for families or dealers at $20 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. For information, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664, Debbie Ray at 443-3817 or Margaret Rediker at 449-6955.
Nashville African Violet Club will meet at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Green Hill Women’s Center, 10905 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. The Tennessee Gesneriad Society will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall, Nashville. There will be a panel forum on growing techniques. For information about either meeting, contact Julie at Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org or at 364-8459.
Republican Women of Wilson County will meet at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at Castle Heights Chop House, 705 Cadet Court, Lebanon. Guest speaker will be Carroll Crispin “Cris” Smith Jr., author of U.S. “Left” vs. “Right” A “Common Sense” Update. Books will be available for purchase and autograph. The meeting is open to the public. Come and learn more about Republican Women. Reservations are suggested. Call 288-4316 or email email@example.com.
Wilson County Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at the Lebanon-Wilson County Public Library on South Hatton Avenue.
Wilson County CASA/Smith County CASA new advocate training will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday, Feb. 7-18. Volunteer advocates are trained and supported to speak in court for the best interests of children who are victims of abuse and neglect. More volunteers are needed. Training for new volunteers will be held in Gordonsville, and Wilson County residents are welcome to attend this session. For information, call 443-2002 or visit www.wilsoncountycasa.org.
Wilson County Democratic Women will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the West Building of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. The group will collect dried beans to donate to the Mt. Juliet Help Center. Monetary donations were collected for the center at the January meeting, but if anyone who missed that opportunity would like to donate they may still do so.
Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency announces a Money Management Workshop called “Furthering Your Education is Like Money in the Bank,” presented by Bernadine Nelson of the Adult Learning Center and Tory Tredway of Habitat for Humanity of Wilson County. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday, Feb. 14, at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon. For information, call 444-4714 or visit www.Mid-cumberlandcaa.com.
Wilson County Right to Life will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, at 7 p.m. Call Trecia Dillingham for information at 443-5458.
First “Girl Talk” class of the year will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Girl Talk is a four-part class for girls in grades 5-8 and their moms. Cost is $40 per family. Space is limited. The meeting on Feb. 15 is for moms only. Additional classes for girls and moms will be Feb. 17, 22 and 24. To pre-register or for information, contact Shelly Barnes at 444-9584 by Friday, Feb. 11.
Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children,” a free workshop on preventing child sexual abuse, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Library. It will be facilitated by Debra M. Daugherty, executive director of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. The workshop is hosted by the Lebanon Special School District. There will be refreshments, child care and materials. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alzheimer’s Association, along with Belmont Village and Rolling Hills Hospital, will present part one of a four-part caregiver’s series on “How to Deal with the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease – A Caregiver’s View: What’s Really Happening?” from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at Belmont Village Assisted Living of Green Hills, 4206 Stammer Place, Nashville. Caregivers, families and friends from Wilson County who are managing the disease of Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. The event is free, and a meal for attendees will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, call Tiffany Mann at the Alzheimer’s Association at 292-4938. A local Alzheimer’s support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Elmcroft of Lebanon, 801 West Main Street. For information, call 453-5494.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.
Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 308-0034. For information, go to www.eventbrite.com or Facebook.
To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to email@example.com. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Three Lebanon residents were indicted and arrested on 34 counts of theft of property by the Mt. Juliet Police Department after a year-long attempt to scam businesses across Wilson County for money in exchange for advertisements.
Paul Sloan and Gia Ruggiero of 1810 Indian Hills Drive in Lebanon, and Mickey Ruggiero, also of Lebanon, were indicted on Jan. 11 and arrested by Mt. Juliet Police on Jan. 18 after an investigation by Det. Thomas Shelton discovered the three had allegedly taken nearly $20,000 from 30 businesses across the county.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
A flash fire early Monday morning at a Gallatin industrial plant critically injured a Lebanon resident and also claimed the life of another man at the GKN/Hoeganaes Corporation.
Around 4:50 a.m. Monday, officials believe an electrical short caused a flash fire with some materials in the plant located on Airport Road, causing serious injuries to maintenance workers Vernon Wayne Corley, 31, of Lebanon, and Wiley Sherburne, 42 of Castalian Springs.
Corley and Sherburne were reportedly burned over 90 percent of their bodies and the two workers were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by LifeFlight helicopter for treatment.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Lebanon Police have identified a man suspect of robbing the Walgreens at 606 South Cumberland Street on Feb. 1.
Det. Chad Jones said the suspect’s name is Christopher Dwight Crawford, age 30, of Lebanon although his street address was unknown.
“There are warrants (for Crawford) on file at the Sheriff’s Office for robbery,” Jones said.
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