By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Wilson County Promotions President Hale Moss carefully selected longtime friends to take comedic swings at his expense for Thursday nights 23rd annual Wilson County Library Roast.
Moss selected former Mt. Juliet High schoolmate Andy Brummett, University of Tennessee Knoxville classmate Joe Elliot of Springfield, former Lebanon High School student Kevin Young of Gordonsville, coworker at Moss Florist and Garden Center Susan Gunn, and a tag team made up of Wilson County Fair Board members Kristina McKee and Wanda Bates as his chosen roasters for the event.
Although he admitted he is a bit concerned about what the group might say, Moss is ready and willing to lend his support to the worthy cause. The money raised through this event goes to support programs that the library does, he said. I think it will be fun.
Childhood literacy is close to Moss heart. He happily announced that 2013 marks the 16th year that the Wilson County Fair has sponsored the summer reading program, Read and Win.
The program challenges local children in grades 1 to 6 to read a total of 20 books and earn free admission into the fair and free rides in August. It kind of goes hand in hand because the fair is a passion of mine, Moss said. In 2012, there were 3,862 children that participated in the program and of those 1,236 read the 20 books and received their reward package.
Moss has kept himself busy in the days leading up to the roast by going out into the community and promoting the event. Today I went on the Coleman Walker show and talked about it, he said in an interview with The Wilson Post Tuesday. The roast begins at 7 p.m. at Castle Heights Elementary. Tickets are $35 per person. At press time, tickets were still available. For more information, contact the Lebanon-Wilson Public Library at 444-0632.
Moss is a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Following college, he taught an agriculture class at Lebanon High School before taking a job at the Tennessee State Department of Agriculture.
In the fall of 1977, Moss returned to Mt. Juliet to manage his familys seed, feed and fertilizer business, which is now known as Mosss Florist and Garden Center. He resides in Wilson County with his wife Brenda. The couple has a son, Joe, and daughter-in-law, Lauren, and one grand-dog, CJ.
Moss goals for the future include staying active in the Wilson County Fair and visiting every state fairgrounds in the United States. So far, I have visited 11, he said.