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Patton named Grand Marshal for Lebanon Parade

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Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce announces the Lebanon Christmas Parade will be 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, with News2 Weathercaster Lisa Patton serving as the 2011 Grand Marshal. The theme for the parade this year is Hats off to the Holiday Season.

Patton is a native of Mt. Juliet. She currently serves as the weathercaster on News2 at 4, 4:30, 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

Patton attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated with a degree in Communications. In 1982, she started her broadcasting career as a radio disc jockey, and later as a weathercaster in Knoxville. She spent five years in Durham, N.C., at WTVD-TV before joining News2 in July 1991.

She is the one of few television weathercasters in Nashville who was born and raised in Tennessee, giving her the tremendous advantage of working in front of her hometown audience. She is recognized as one of Middle Tennessees most trusted and reliable weathercasters, said Sue Vanatta, president and CEO of the Chamber.

Patton spent her childhood in Mt. Juliet, and she graduated from Mt. Juliet High School in 1979. She met her husband in North Carolina and they now live here with their two daughters and son.

The parade will begin at Lebanon High School traveling west onto Tennessee Boulevard, turning right onto North Cumberland to the Lebanon Square, north around Square exiting to West Main Street and end at D.T. McCalls parking lot.

Applications are available at the Chamber office. Put this important date on your calendar, and return your application to the Chamber as soon as possible, Vanatta said.

The Chamber of Commerce also announces the annual Festival of Lights, a magical wonderland driving tour covering several acres at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center that includes hundreds of thousands of lights, animation for the young and old, lighted scenes, and many more displays that delight the eyes and impart a holiday spirit for all to share.

Dont miss this special winter display which opens Friday, Nov. 25, 26 and 27, and will be viewable from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening in December.

The event will feature a new route, new displays and a traditional holiday season for all, Vanatta said.

Bring your family this year and join thousands of other visitors from Wilson and surrounding counties who have added the annual Festival Of Lights to their list of must do memorable holiday traditions. Cost is $5 per car.

Wilson County Sports Council will sponsor the Jingle Jog, a 5K Fun Run preceding the Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 4. The run begins at 1:45 p.m. at the D.T. McCall and Liberty State Bank parking lot running east on West Main Street to the Lebanon Square, circling the Square and returning West Main Street to the D.T. McCall and Liberty State Bank parking lot

Participants can register in advance at the Lebanon Chamber office or at www.active.com or beginning at noon on Dec. 4 in the designated tent at the starting line. Registration forms are available at the Chamber office. Registration fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt and bells.

For more information regarding any of these events, call the Chamber office at 444-5503 or email office@lebanonwilsonchamber.com.

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