Today is Saturday, August 19, 2017

People make Wilson special

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Not only can you find some great deals and antique items at various yard sales, the sale presents an opportunity to get to know each other, share experiences and remember what makes Wilson County special: its people.

Also this weekend is the annual Whip Crackin Rodeo, a charity rodeo that helps a number of local charity and non-profit organizations.

All the excitement and flare is enough reason to attend, but the fact that the event lends a hand to those in need is even more cause to have a little fun at the rodeo.

For me, the most memorable moments at the rodeo are the smiles and laughter of the communitys special needs citizens, who have the chance to ride horses, see the Muttley Crew, Coppertown Clown and more on Friday.

Saturday night is the Hits for the House event, to benefit Brooks House, which helps women and children seeking shelter in our community. The concert features country music stars Vince Gill and Amy Grant as well as other prominent artists and songwriters.

If youve never had the opportunity to visit the Houses director, Liz Reese and the people who make Brooks House such a remarkable piece of our community, I highly recommend you donate or volunteer at the shelter.

Reese and the volunteers who make Brooks House possible are one of many people who make Wilson County such a strong community.

Their dedication is matched by those who donate time, supplies and money to the House, allowing women and children to find opportunities that otherwise may have been lost to them.

I grew up in Wilson County. My parents moved here when I was in the fourth grade, a student at Tuckers Crossroads Elementary.

Since moving back to Lebanon after college, the wealth and value of Wilson County has been one thing Im most proud to cover in this newspaper. The true worth of this community is found in the people who strive to help their friends, neighbors and complete strangers.

The willingness of this community to aid their fellow Wilson County residents is its strongest and most marketable asset.

This weekend is a chance to experience the heart of Wilson County.

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