I felt I needed to respond to your article in Wednesdays paper.
First of all I have served on the Lebanon Planning Commission for 12 years, this is a few years more than Mr. Larry Hubbard. I can tell you he is way out of line in saying what he did about emotions playing a part in my resigning. Why does my resigning even warrant a comment from him??? Do not speak for me.
This October 1st is the International Day of Older Persons focusing on taking a stand against ageism. Many older Americans deal with this problem daily. Retirees have also been "beaten up" economically for the past several years.
My name is Carl Price and I was born in a house on Greenwood Road near Shop Spring(s). I have just finished reading your two articles in the 8/31 Post with tears in my eyes. I always read your feature articles, but "Sentimental Journey to Shop Springs" was one of the very best I have ever read.
Some folks measure the success of our fair by the number of attendance. After attending our fair for nine days, I think a different measurement of success is needed. In the past we have watched our attendance grow and continue to break records; however, as I enjoyed the fair, it was apparent to me that our volunteers added the extra enthusiasm to make this a successful fair.
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?
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