Get Ready, Set . . . GO!
By Angel Kane
This Saturday, September 11th, Wilson Living Magazine will be on hand with hundreds of other Wilson County neighbors as we participate in the 7th Annual Sherry’s Run. The event starts at 6 a.m., with the 5k Run/Walk beginning at 8 a.m. on the grounds of Wilson Bank & Trust on West Main Street.
The 5k Run/Walk is held in honor of Sherry Whitaker, who after her valiant efforts, lost her battle with colon cancer in May of 2004. Sherry was a wife and mother here in Wilson County and was known by the community for her outgoing spirit and positive outlook. Soon after her passing, her friends approached her husband, Gary Whitaker, with the possibility of organizing a fundraiser in her memory to benefit research and treatment of colon cancer. With the family’s support, the event became a reality and in the last five years has raised over $437,000.00 in Sherry’s memory.
LONGTIME BDES CUSTODIAN RETIRES
A retirement reception for custodian Reed Logue will be held 3:30-5 p.m. today (Sept. 8) at the Byars Dowdy Elementary School cafeteria. A money tree will be available for those wishing to gift the employee of 39½ years.
By KEN BECK, Special to The Wilson Post
Reed Logue has said goodbye to clogged commodes, scuffed-up floors and wads of chewing gum stuck beneath desks, but he just can’t bring himself to say farewell to the young students who smiled at him every day in the hallways of Byars Dowdy Elementary and who greeted him with “Hi, Mr. Logue” or “Hi, Big Daddy.”
“I cried as I walked out the door,” said Logue, 58, whose 39½ years of service to the Lebanon Special School District concluded July 16. “It was time to give it up. It was a good ride and time for me to go, but don’t think I wouldn’t go back. I would if I had the chance.”
Administrators, teachers, friends, peers and students will celebrate his career today as the school holds a retirement reception for the custodian from 3:30-5 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
“Reed really has become an icon here at Byars Dowdy. He was here when I student taught here 27 years ago,” said Lorrie Blackburn, the school’s principal. “He has meant stability and hard work. Everybody who ever went to school here remembers Reed.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Lebanon City Council upheld City Mayor Philip Craighead’s veto of the animal disturbance ordinance at Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting when Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer’s motion to override failed to receive a second.
The ordinance, number 10-3719, was passed by council on Aug. 17 after it met opposition from several citizens regarding what they said was vague wording in the measure. The following day, Craighead vetoed the ordinance after a letter from District Attorney General Tommy Thompson expressed concerns about the ordinance as well.
30 YEARS AT LOCAL CHURCH
On Sept. 12, First Baptist Church of Lebanon will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Rev. Don McElroy’s tenure as a staff member. Three decades of service to God and church. Three decades of an endless litany of corny jokes, over-the-top skits, magic show miscues and a whole lot of leg pulling.
It’s hard to say who has enjoyed the relationship more: the church’s chuckling members or their always-smiling minister of education.
“Pastors are always asking, ‘Lord if you want me to serve you somewhere else, then open some doors.’ He just kept me at First Baptist. It’s been a short 30 years,” said McElroy, 69.
Longtime church member Jewel Jennings remembered the pastor’s first appearance in Lebanon.
CONCERT SET NOV. 13 AT THE MILL
From Post staff reports
Local businessmen John Mires and Caleb Brock have partnered to form Vision Music, Inc, with a mission to efficiently coordinate, promote and execute musical events, both regionally and nationally.
Mires is a Gladeville native, a United States Marine Corp veteran and graduate of Mt. Juliet High School. He and his family have strong roots in Wilson County: himself having been involved in the development and management of several area golf courses over the last 15 years. He is also known for his recent non-profit work advocating bringing a full service YMCA to the Mt. Juliet area.
NASHVILLE -- Cumberland University’s Woody Hunt was presented with the Reese L. Smith Jr., Award Tuesday by the Nashville Sports Council at the organization’s monthly luncheon at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville.
Nashville Sports Council Board member Rick Regen and Tennessean columnist Joe Biddle presented the award to Coach Hunt, given by the Sports Council and the Nashville Area Athletic Club since 1992. The appearance was also part of the Annual Titans Kickoff Luncheon, with head coach Jeff Fisher introducing all of the rookies on this year’s squad.
NAIA 'D' PLAYER OF WEEK
LEBANON -- Cumberland University’s Allanté McLemore was voted the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week Monday after returning a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in the Bulldogs 33-21 victory over Campbellsville University.
McLemore also earned the Victory Sports Network Defensive Player of the Week for his accomplishments in the Bulldog victory.
McLemore becomes the third Bulldog in the last three seasons to earn NAIA National Player of the Week honors. James McClain garnered Offensive POW accolades on Nov. 17, 2008, and Travis Carter earned Special Team POW honors on Sept. 7, 2009.