Sponsors, cash and toys are still needed to make this years Wilson County Christmas for All effort a success, and anything you can do will be most appreciated by volunteers with the organization.
Yes, yes and yes, was the response from Alan Ricketts, president of Christmas for All, regarding whether all three were needed.
We are lower this year on dollars than in recent years, and if last year is an indicator, well be down on sponsors this year as well, he said. At this point, the money is what we need more than anything else. There is, of course, the always highly valued sponsor. If we have a sponsor, we eliminate the need for the cash and the toys and thats a good thing. We estimate about $50 per child when planning, so you can sponsor a child for $50. Now, our buyers can stretch that $50 as far as $100-$150 through contacts and little known discounts.
As of Tuesday, Nov. 29, Christmas for All had received 2,112 applications for childrens needs and 212 food basket applications for the elderly who are in need this year.
Ricketts noted that the annual volunteer appreciation dinner and open house was held Monday night where the duties of the volunteers are explained. They will be on hand as families come by the new location for Christmas for All this year at Westland United Methodist Church at 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon (behind the former KFC on West Main Street).
The warehouse at the church is now open for business and will be through noon, Saturday, Dec. 17.
I cannot stress enough how important it is for the applicants to arrive at their scheduled time to received their gifts as we will be closing at noon on the 17th and will be gone from the site that afternoon, Ricketts said. In the past, weve remained availableafter we closed, but not any more as weve committed to being out whenwe close.
Also on Monday, the Lebanon Fire Department held its annual toy drive for Wilson County Christmas for All at Walmart with a team of firefighters shopping all through the toy aisles to select gifts for around 400 local children.
Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Dowell said donations were down this year, and two roadblocks being rained out definitely contributed to the shortage of donations. With fewer funds, he said the department could only take 400 kids instead of the usual 500 or more.
The money was down this year, but we are planning to hold two golf tournaments next spring and fall, he said.
This year, the department held a fund-raising golf tournament that Lt. Ben Fountain said helped raise $13,000 for the toy drive. The local 4144 Chapter of the International Firefighters Association, Advanced Signs, Old Hickory Credit Union and A PLUS Print and Design were lead sponsors of the tournament.
Today is the fruition of all those efforts, Fountain said of the tournament and the help from local sponsors.
Christmas for All works in conjunction with Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet and the Angel Tree program in Watertown to see that all the children in Wilson County are not forgotten at Christmas.
If you can help, or if you need more information, call Christmas for All at 547-1106.
By JENNIFER HORTON and PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
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Wilson County resident and music star Charlie Daniels was recognized by the Tennessee Titans as the "12th Man" prior to the kickoff at Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During pre-game warm-ups, some of the folks Daniels chatted with included former Tennessee Titan tight end turned broadcaster Frank Wycheck.
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By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Residents at Academy Place in Lebanon, a gated community for retirees, are worried they are losing their voice in how the president and board of directors handles the day-to-day operation of the neighborhood and are calling for the presidents resignation.
The contention centers on changes to the communitys Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Academy Place proposed by President Sue Gallagher and a proxy given to all residents that some say is in violation of the communitys bylaws.
I feel (Gallagher) has been misinforming us and misleading us, said one resident, Francine Sparkman.
A petition has been passed around the community in the past several days calling for Gallaghers removal. Sparkman and many other residents have signed that petition and felt things needed to change in the communitys leadership.
Weve realized in the past year no one has a voice, said Eleanor Gibbs, another resident at Academy Place.
Gibbs sent all 114 residents a letter pointing out a mistake in the proxy handed out to residents that would allow homeowners who could not attend a meeting on Saturday, Dec. 3, to have someone vote in their place.
That proxy, Gibbs said, is in violation of the communitys bylaws and she encouraged residents not to sign it. She said the major problem with the proxy is that it is irrevocable, and noted the Academy Place by laws state no proxy is irrevocable.
In her letter to homeowners, Gibbs quoted Article 3, Section 5 of the bylaws, which states,
Every proxy shall be revocable and shall automatically cease upon conveyance by members of his lot.
I dont know how they are going to vote on those changes with the errors to the proxy, Sparkman said.
Many residents are concerned about the changes being proposed to the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions and said the current rules are not enforced consistently.
Sparkman said she was threatened with a fine if she did not remove a ceramic turtle from around her mailbox.
When she complied with the rules to avoid the fine, Sparkman said she noticed around the community that many other residents were violating the same rule and that they were not fined.
I put my turtle back out there because other people had many things out there, Sparkman said.
J.T. Robinson, who has lived in Academy Place for nearly 10 years, said the rules are not applied fairly and said there is no reason to change the current Covenants and Conditions.
He said one of the changes made, concerning an age limit of future owners, will make some of the units difficult to sell because they have a second floor and older residents would not be able to walk up the steps. He said that would hurt the value of other homes in the community.
Robinson said he felt the restrictions are being applied selectively and added that others are fined or told they will be fined for certain violations, when other people are not punished.
I saw nothing wrong with the laws and I see no reason to change them, they should just be enforced, Robinson said.
Residents are also concerned that language in the Covenants and Conditions indicate homeowners do not own their patio or carport space, even though their deeds and plat records show their property lines include the home and exterior space.
Another change is the use of the Academy Place clubhouse, which in the past has been free of charge. However, Gibbs and others pointed out there is now a $30 fee to use the clubhouse.
Phil Selley, another Academy Place resident, said the changes to the Covenants and Conditions would not only require homeowners to pay $30, but that the activities held there cannot include religious meetings of any kind, or any political or fund raising events.
Gibbs noted one of the biggest problems has been a lack of transparency and communication from the president and board of directors to the residents. She said each street had a meeting where residents were given a copy of the proposed changes to the Covenants and Conditions as well as a proxy form for the Dec. 3 meeting.
Were still handing out copies because some people couldnt go to the meetings, she said.
However, Gibbs said many residents could not attend their street meetings for certain reasons and added there are many residents who do not have copies of the proxy, nor know anything about the changes being proposed.
She and other residents said Gallagher has been unapproachable both during meetings and with regards to questions after meetings. Gibbs said residents are not allowed to go to meetings of the president and board, unless they sign a privacy agreement, and said they have never seen minutes from those meetings.
She would ignore people at the meetings and wouldnt answer questions, Gibbs said.
When a vote took place by all residents, Gibbs said the residents could not see the vote results and even though residents pay dues, they do not get to vote on or see an annual budget.
Gibbs and other residents said they have never had a treasurer and said they dont know what or how their money is spent. Gibbs has asked to see a detailed account of how the money is spent, but said such a report has never been produced.
Selley said the Association, which is made up of the homeowners, is effectively being replaced by Gallagher and board of directors. Other residents felt the same, pointing out the changes to Covenants and Conditions state the Association and Board of Directors are to be used interchangeably.
The board would take place of the residents, Gibbs said, referring to changes.
Residents are hoping the vote on Dec. 3 to change the Covenants and Conditions will either be postponed or cancelled altogether. Gibbs and Sparkman said she hopes the vote would at least be delayed until all residents can be properly informed.
Many residents felt the changes and the conduct of Gallagher and the board of directors is contrary to the bylaws and said they are not properly enforcing the current Covenants and Conditions.
The way its being done is against the regulations, Robinson said.
Gallagher was contacted by The Wilson Post for comment. She referred all questions regarding this matter to the board of directors attorney Ensley Hagen. Hagen did not return a call to the newspaper by press time.
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Coach Lonnie Thompsons Cumberland basketball team will host Hiwassee College tonight, (Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs have been idle since Tuesdaym Nov. 22 when they dropped an 88-48 exhibition loss to Middle Tennessee at Murphy Center.
Cumberland University athletics and the Wilson County Habitat for Humanity will partner for a community service event during CUs basketball doubleheader on Saturday, February 11 against Trevecca Nazarene at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Tory Tredway will honor volunteers and those associated with the organization during halftime of both the mens and womens games.
Board members with Habitat for Humanity will also be on hand to pass out materials about the organization and its efforts in Wilson County.
Cumberland will take part in the TranSouth Conference canned Food Drive on Thursday, Feb. 16 against Bethel University.
The event is a part of the conferences commitment to the NAIAs Champions of Character initiative.
Fans who bring two or more canned or nonperishable food items to the game will be admitted for $2 for the mens and womens doubleheader against Bethel.
All food items will be donated to Josephs Storehouse in Lebanon.
The Cumberland womens basketball team will also take part in the newly branded Play 4Kay national initiative, formerly Think Pink and Pink Zone, sponsored by the Womens Basketball Coaches Association on Feb. 16.
The mission of the initiative, which was brought to life in 2007, will remain int-act: a nation of coaches rais ing breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund will continue to be the official charity of the initiative.
The justification behind the rebranding is to keep the story and legacy of Kay Yow at the forefront of everything associated with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Both teams will wear pink items such as headbands, wristbands, strings, etc., and the Bulldogs will don a pink warm-up shirt for the contest against the Wildcats.
The Cumberland womens team plays again Saturday, December 3 at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL before hosting the eighth annual Rosa Stokes Classic on Dec. 29-30 at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
MT. JULIET -- Watertown's Jordan Brewington knocked down six 3-pointers en route to 24 points in Tuesday night's 54-45 victory at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.
The Tigerettes improved to 5-2 on the season with the non-district win while MJCA slipped to 2-2. Morgan Gartner added 16 points for Watertown. Katie Dalton and Hayley Clark each chipped in with five points.
MJ Christian's Lunnze Ethridge led all scorers with 25 points while Shelby Leech added 11 points.
The Saints will be back in action at 12 Noon Wednesday with a home games against Carroll Academy.
Watertown will visit Eagleville Friday for a 6 p.m. doubleheader.
LADY BEARS ROLL OVER ANTIOCH
MT. JULIET -- Fresh off repeating as the Nashville Civitan Thonksgiving tournament champs, Mt. Juliet hammered visiting Antioch 63-23 Tuesday night.
MTSU signee Caya Williams led the way with 12 points while Paige Braugher knocked down two 3-pointers and finished with 10.
MJ will host Hillsboro Friday in a 6:30 p.m. doubleheader.
WATERTOWN BOYS STAND 6-0
MT. JULIET -- Watertown's boys opened the second quarter on a 15-0 run and blew past Mt. Juliet Christian Academy 76-52 Tuesday night.
KeAnDre Bates led the 6-0 Purple Tigers with 19 points while Josiah Smith and Macieo Gaines each scored nine points for the winners.
Sam Mummert had 13 points for MJCA while Brandon Wall hit three 3-pointers and finished with 12. MJCA hosts Carroll Academy in an afternoon doubleheader today. Girls action starts at 12 Noon.
Watertown will visit Eagleville Friday.
MJ SHUTS DOWN ANTIOCH
MT. JULIET -- A stiffling defensive effort led Mt. Juliet to a 42-31 victory over visiting Antioch Tuesday night at "The Cave".
The Golden Bears led 14-2 early and improved to 4-2 on the season. Chandler Frazier led the way with 10 points and Caleb Chowbay chipped in for eight in his first action since the end of thf football season.
Mt. Juliet will host Hillsboro Friday, Dec. 2.