I experienced firsthand the collective ire of my neighbors when I presented them a petition addressed to the Wilson County Assessor of Property (WCAP) to review and make proper reductions to the 2016 appraised values on our properties. They all received the same notification in the mail early in the week and were understandably upset about the inconceivable increases ranging from 42% to 50%; my case being 44% with the land-only portion 60%. They all signed the petition; many thanking me for taking a stand.
It was another special evening at the Wilson County Teacher of the Year Banquet. Two very community-minded businesses, Wilson County Motors and CedarStone Bank, again came together and held the 18th annual Teacher of the Year Banquet at Cumberland University. Cumberland University served a very elegant dinner, and their newly selected president Dr. Paul Stumb gave remarks about our ever-changing society.
I'm writing about the infamous "Bathroom Bill" that our local State Rep. Susan Lynn sponsored, which was taken "off-notice" Monday afternoon. While I'm glad that Susan has pulled the bill, I'm hesitant to thank her because the bill never should have been introduced to begin with! The very fact it was even written and sponsored by Lynn shows the severe lack of judgement and out-of-touch leadership that has been her trademark.
On March 12, 2016, a benefit concert was held to honor Liz Reese and the Brooks House. On behalf of the board of directors of Community Homeless Outreach & Support, Inc. (dba Brooks House) and its residents, we would like to thank all that came out to support and enjoy a wonderful evening.
We have been fans of Cumberland athletics for over 50 years. We fondly recall attending Bulldog baseball games as kids in the 1960s - many years before there even existed a grass infield. Our local Little League and Babe Ruth teams were allowed to practice there as well. Thanks to Coach Woody Hunt and his many years of dedication, Cumberland now has one of the best baseball venues in the NAIA.
On Saturday evening, Jan. 23, when most of Lebanon was "snowed in," numerous local dignitaries and citizens turned out for an event at The Mill honoring Curtis Reed as he was recognized as Lebanon's Goodwill Ambassador. Unfortunately we were unable to attend due to being out of town; however, at this time we would like to pay additional tribute to Curtis, who has been our friend and encourager for many years.
As I reflect upon the events of last week as they pertain to the closing of A-Game Sportsplex (a Franklin-based indoor sports facility), I've become really sad. Not about the greed of the owners, not about the loss of a great place for kids to build their bodies, mind and community. It goes much deeper.
I was upset to read the recent column by State Rep. Susan Lynn about school voucher payments being the answer to failing public schools. According to Rep. Lynn, "these schools have been failing for as long as anyone can recall."
Brian Harville's article last Friday, "Another one about Hwy. 109" stayed on my mind all weekend. Brian and I view the topic from different perspectives, his from a newsroom, mine from my home less than a mile from Highway 109, but we both realize the seriousness of the problem and the need to address the question he poses, "Why is so very little being done about it?"
Why should legislators consider voting for a law that will more than likely never affect their districts? The Governor's School Voucher bill will not affect 95 percent of all school districts in Tennessee - especially not Wilson County Schools. So why vote for the bill?
I live in the small neighborhood behind the Martha Gallatin Recreation area. We are the first neighborhood in Wilson County after leaving Gallatin and crossing the Hwy. 109 bridge. After yet another fatal accident by the bridge, I did a little internet research and found The Wilson Post's article "Who's fighting to keep Hwy. 109 safe?" - dated November 5, 2014.
On behalf of Historic Lebanon, I would like to thank the community for a great 2015. Our recent 8th Annual Historic Places Tour had more than 300 participants enjoying a wonderful night in Lebanon.
Another poem by Maristone resident Audrey Bradshaw, this one taking a light approach to the holidays.
The administration of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office and staff would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone in our community who has made a contribution in time, gifts, cash or any help to our former WCSO Deputy Earl Dyer, who is currently unable to work due to bilateral stroke, rendering him paralyzed.
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