By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
The early morning sunlight filtered through the new leaf growth on the trees at the top of the Cumberland Plateau. We were beginning a hike to Virgin Falls, a State natural area, a wilderness pocket located just south of DeRosset, Tenn. It was cool in the early morning amidst the shadows of the trees and the Mount Laurel bushes that grew high above our heads at the top of the trail.We wound back and forth on a well-marked and maintained trail beside a small creek that descended to the first rock limestone outcrop and fell 20 feet into the clear deep pool below it, Big Branch Falls. There was an outcrop there with a smooth floor beneath, a place where the Native Americans used to be sheltered from the elements. A place also used by our guide, John McFadden, of the Tennessee Environmental Council. He went to school at Tennessee Tech and had used these woods as his playground for most of his 50 years.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church announces the schedule for Holy Week Services to be held Monday through Friday, April 2-6, at the church at 522 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon.
The services will begin at noon each day and will be followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m.
The theme this week is Extravagant Love.The 30-minute service will include a prelude, words of welcome, a Peace Award statement and lunch invitation. There will be an opening prayer, a call to worship with the theme song, We Have Come into This House and special music, followed by scripture, a brief message, the hymn of the day and the closing prayer.
Stop in at Zaxby's at 638 S. Cumberland St. in Lebanon on Tuesday, April 3, for a bite to eat and help support Wilson County Special Olympics at the same time.
The local restaurant is donating a percentage of proceeds to the Special Olympics from 4 to 8 p.m. All donations will be taken from receipts dropped into a box marked for the Wilson County Special Olympics. Anyone who visits the restaurant during the four-hour window is encouraged to drop their receipt in the box and help the local Special Olympians.
Excellence in the most valuable profession of Wilson County is what the Teacher of the Year program is all about.Sponsored by CedarStone Bank and Wilson County Chevrolet Buick GMC Hyundai, the 14th annual banquet and ceremony on Friday, April 13, will honor the best of the best educators in Wilson County Schools.