By BECKY ANDREWS
The inaugural Blushing Bridal Show hosted by Wilson Living Magazine, The Mill at Lebanon and Party Providers was a HUGE success.
More than 800 people and nearly 100 brides to be came out on Sunday to sample delicious cuisine, see some incredible bridal couture and of course, meet Say Yes to the Dress-Atlanta star, Monte Durham.
On Monday morning, Feb. 14, I was listening to “Coleman and Company” on WANT radio. Coleman’s guest was State Rep. Mark Pody. Although their conversation touched on many issues concerning Mr. Pody’s role as State Representative, the topic I found most interesting was Mr. Pody’s mentioning of a recent meeting with the CEO of University Medical Center.
On April 1, 2010, I retired from UMC after 31 years of service. Anyone who has worked at a place a long time will probably agree that the place becomes a second home and those within it are like a second family. Most everyone who is part of a family will also agree that although you may have your differences within the family unit, someone from the outside had better not mess with you unless they know for sure what they are doing.
I am sure Mr. Pody meant well when he met with UMC’s new CEO to share things he has heard among a few of his constituents about their “bad experiences” at UMC. But then to discuss this on live radio is, in my opinion, inappropriate. In my position as Director of Human Resources at UMC, I saw numerous letters of commendation from patients wanting to recognize staff members from whom they or a family member had received excellent care. They were praising UMC and the care they had received – often comparing it to the good, but impersonal care they had received from the much larger hospitals in Nashville.
For every bad experience, there have been thousands of good experiences and successes celebrated at UMC over the years, and Lebanon is fortunate to have a local hospital of this caliber with highly trained, specialized physicians who could be practicing in the big city, but chose Lebanon instead. I am sure there have been those with experiences perceived as negative and with outcomes other than what they were looking for; but every patient is made aware of the individuals they should speak with concerning their issues, and to my knowledge the State Representative is not on the list.
Now, to the issues that should be of concern to this newly elected State Representative, and there are many. I will admit that I was in my car while listening to this program and there were times when I got out of range of clear reception. However, I don’t recall his speaking much, if any, to the issue of education and teachers’ salaries. I am a firm believer that there should be qualified, dedicated teachers in the classroom, and there are some who are not happy with their chosen field and are doing the minimum required to keep their job. There is currently debate underway with the new administration wanting to end bargaining rights of teachers and perhaps that is not a bad idea. Teachers need to be paid what they are worth, based on their level of education and their commitment to the profession – not on bargaining rights or period of tenure that lets the ineffective teacher stay right up there with good ones.
In this interview, Mr. Pody mentioned that he had spent time riding with law enforcement officers and recognized the good job they are doing and feels that money for law enforcement needs to be looked at. I would hope that he plans to spend an equal amount of time in the classroom with teachers and see firsthand what the day of a teacher is like and ask himself would he do this for the pay they receive.
Good teachers are the key to our future. If their job is done right it can possibly make law enforcement’s job a little easier. Not only are teachers educating those future health care providers who can ensure good experiences at UMC, but they are also educating future State Representatives.
Government notices –
Wilson County Board of Education will hold a work session at noon, Monday, March 7, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss a memorandum of understanding with Dell and AT&T and the 2012-2013 school calendar. The board will meet in regular session at 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, at the Central Office. All items to be considered for the meeting agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Wilson County Industrial Development Bond Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Joint Economic & Community Development Board office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Lebanon City Council regular meeting will be 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. Prior to the meeting, council will hold a work session at 5 p.m. to discuss water and sewer project planning and financing.
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Southern STARRS Winter Class Session is now open. The program offers therapeutic horseback riding classes for special needs children. A one-hour class is available for Saturday morning and Monday evening, and you can download an application form at www.southernstarrs.org. Volunteers are needed, also. The minimum age to volunteer is 14. Times are from 4 until 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, from 4 until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning in the spring and from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. No experience is needed, and training will be provided. Internships, work-studies and community service credit are offered. Forms can also be downloaded at www.southernstarrs.org. For information, call 453-2592 or email email@example.com.
Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center in Gallatin is accepting gently used items for its third annual yard sale. Items may be dropped off at the center at 185 W. Franklin Street behind Dairy Queen on Main Street. Call for times to drop off items at 206-1176.
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.
Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the UMC/McFarland Specialty Campus, 500 Park Ave., Lebanon, in the first floor conference room. The support group is open to anyone experiencing the stress of caregiving. For information, contact either Kathryn Roberts at 443-6800 or Beth Goodner at 449-0500, ext. 6832.
Deacons’ Chili Day at First Presbyterian Church will be from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the church on West Main Street, Lebanon. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and can be purchased from any of the deacons or in the church office. Carryout boxes will also be available. Turkey chili and vegetarian chili will be served as well as traditional beef chili. Desserts will include the famous Presbyterian chocolate sheet cake as well as other desserts. For information, call the church at 444-1360.
The Alzheimer’s Association, along with Belmont Village and Rolling Hills Hospital, will present part one of a four-part caregiver’s series on “How to Deal with the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease – A Caregiver’s View: What’s Really Happening?” from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at Belmont Village Assisted Living of Green Hills, 4206 Stammer Place, Nashville. Caregivers, families and friends from Wilson County who are managing the disease of Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. The event is free, and a meal for attendees will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, call Tiffany Mann at the Alzheimer’s Association at 292-4938. A local Alzheimer’s support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Elmcroft of Lebanon, 801 West Main Street. For information, call 453-5494.
Healing Broken Vessels invites you to bring a friend and join them every fourth Saturday from 9 until 11 a.m. at Healing Broken Vessels, 223 North Cumberland Street, Lebanon. Guest speaker at the Feb. 26 meeting will be Deborah Roberts who will discuss, “Tearing Down Mental Strongholds.” Her passion is helping hurting/broken women. Healing Broken Vessels is a 501(c)3 organization that provides free educational services for women. For information, visit www.healingbrokenvessels.org.
“Your Talents-Your Vision-Your Destiny” workshop will be conducted by Destiny One International from 1 until 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, at New Rivers Worship Center, 212 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon. There is no registration fee, but attendees are asked to call to register so amply seating is available. The only cost is for the workbook which is $15 for adults and $5 for teens ages 13-20. There will be three Destiny One door prizes and each participant will receive a Certificate of Achievement. Register by calling 693-9510.
Hands of Time will perform Bluegrass music at the Gladeville Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 26. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 6:30. Concessions will be available. For information, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664 or Debbie Ray at 443-3817.
PHOEBE Ministries, a ministry of widows reaching widows, will meet at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Owens Building of Immanuel Baptist Church. Officer Fred Dye of the Lebanon Police Department will speak on personal safety, and McFarland Rehab Center will present their services. All widows are welcome to attend, and admission is free. The service project this month is providing craft supplies for McFarland Rehab patients. Bring craft supplies such as foam pieces, lacing string for making jewelry, 12mm beads or larger, crossword and wordfind books, craft sticks, glue, markers, etc.
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 7463 Hickory Ridge Road, Mt. Juliet, invites all teenagers in grades 6-12 to the church grounds at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, for an Airsoft Day. Bring your own equipment or a gun can be rented for $25 with advance notice. For information, or to rent equipment, call Jeff at 612-8515.
A free Childcare Provider Workshop will be offered by the University of Tennessee Extension from 9 until 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26. Participants will receive 2 hours of training credit. The workshop is the first of a two-part workshop. The topic is “ADHD in Children Part I.” For information, or to register, contact Marietta Sanford at 444-9584 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants must pre-register to attend. Class size is limited.
Angry? If you or your child experience anger management problems, you are not alone. A free workshop on anger management with materials, refreshments and childcare will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Cafeteria. There will be a DVD with scenarios of anger management techniques, and there will be a free book for parents called Angry Children, Worried Parents. Students in 5th grade and up will participate in the first part of the meeting, and kids will get the workbook Who Knew? The Managing Anger Issue. Local healthcare professionals will be on hand for you to talk with as well. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or email@example.com.
NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter will meet at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, at the Spain House, next to First United Methodist Church, Lebanon. Guest speaker will be Jack Masters who will discuss “Searching for Revolutionary Land Grants.” Thomas Partlow is being honored for his work in preserving local history. Hostesses are Marty Bone, Jean Johnson, Lydia McVicker, Alexa Moscardelli and Elaine Skipworth.
Wilson ONE will meet at Ryan’s Steakhouse on South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, at noon, Thursday, March 3. All visitors are welcome to attend. Keynote speaker will be Debbie Pare’ with SCAN (Senior Citizens Awareness Network). Wilson ONE focuses on the enablement of working women, paid and nonpaid, from all walks of life in Wilson County, provide networking opportunities for businesses and volunteers, provide education through programs and guest speakers, promote local, civil interests as determined by members and encourage community organization and involvement.
Country Line Dancing with the Gary Allen Band will be from 7 until 10 p.m., Friday, March 4, at the Jimmy Floyd Family Center in Lebanon. The public is welcome. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door and may be purchased at the JFFC.
Shopping in the Glade Expo will be from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, March 5, at the Gladeville Community Center. Concessions will be available. For information about booths or the event, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664 or Debbie Ray at 443-3817.
Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Democratic Social will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 5, in the East-West Building, James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite chili (in a Crock Pot) and compete for one of three trophies. Cost is $10 at the door and includes chili, hot dog, drink and dessert. There is no additional fee to enter the contest. For information, call 444-3838.
Coupon Workshop will be Saturday, March 12, at First Baptist Church, Lebanon, 227 East Main Street, and will be presented by Ann Haney. A Free Introductory Workshop will be from 10 a.m. until noon, followed by a lunch break from noon until 1 p.m. An Advanced Workshop/Drugstores and More will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Minimum donation of $10 per person is asked and special scholarships are available for admission. RSVP no later than Saturday, March 5 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 444-3330.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.
Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 308-0034. For information, go to www.eventbrite.com or Facebook.
To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to email@example.com. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.