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.
I am a resident of Maristone Assisted Living in Mt. Juliet. I am 86 years old.
My book of poetry was published last spring. Another book of Wilson County history was recently published.
I am enclosing two of my poems. If you use them, I will be pleased.
Lebanon has a unique and proud heritage. Since the city's beginning in 1801 as an agricultural/livestock community, Lebanon is now the heart of Wilson County, the second fastest growing county in Tennessee. We are blessed with new residents and longtime residents, good people who continue to pioneer a solid base for families and businesses.
Claims that the public schools in Tennessee are indoctrinating children by teaching too much of any religion are a logical fallacy at best. Webster defines indoctrination as, "to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs."
The administration and staff of the Lebanon Police Department would like to extend our thanks to everyone who helped make the 2015 National Night Out such a huge success. Without the support of the community and local businesses, we would not have been able to put together such a wonderful event.
It seems that retirement benefits for hard-working Americans may soon become ancient history if the current trend continues. Although there are numerous "Hallmark Holidays" that acknowledge and celebrate seniors like Oct. 1, the International Day of Older Persons, or Grandparents Day in September, we seniors are seriously worried about companies ending the health benefits we worked a lifetime to earn.
Now that the Wilson County Expo is a reality and not just a dream, I think about my mother. About 10 years ago, my mother, about 70 years young, made the comment, "Wilson County needs a coliseum at the fairgrounds." She was always a lady of insight. When we, as a family, worked at the Raleigh, N.C. State Fair, a 100-acre fair, a coliseum was packed each night with events and concerts. She met many famous people and attended all the events.
We are writing to publicly acknowledge our appreciation for a true community superhero. Mr. Andy Brummett inspired us last Friday with his stories from his educational career as teacher, principal and school superintendent.
General Hatton deserves to be honored, and his rightful place is in the center of our town.
The Civil War was about slavery. Yes, it was about States' rights - a state's right to allow slavery. We can be proud of so much of our heritage here in the South. But not slavery. Slavery was shameful.
After multiple meetings of the Wilson County Animal Control Committee with input from those who dealt with the pet tax circumstances (pro and con), and after receiving an opinion from the state, the Wilson County Commission voted to end the pet tax.
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