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Giving back this holiday season

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

The holiday season is a time to be thankful for what we have and to bless those who are less fortunate. Several businesses and organizations in the community have made giving back easy and convenient during the busiest time of the year.

Cash Express is reaching out to area children through their coat and toy drive, said employee Paris Dalton. Dalton said that drop boxes will be set up at their locations collect both new and gently used coats and toys to distribute to needy kids this Christmas.

Raechel Freeman, with the Salvation Army of Wilson County, said that they too are collecting with families in mind through their annual Bell Ringing program. In December, Bell Ringing locations will be set up at stores such as Lebanon Wal-mart, K-Mart and Kroger to collect funds to help the needy.

During the holiday season, the Salvation Army will help more than 400 families as they distribute more than $10,000 worth of food. We will also help homeless children with toys and clothes as the local schools refer homeless children to us, Freeman said. Other parents whose children are not being helped by other programs can call our Angel Tree Coordinator, Marie Wolfing at 579-2457.

The Lebanon Junior Womens Club has agreed to sponsor a day of bell ringing for the Salvation Army at the Lebanon Kroger on Saturday, Dec. 15. Club members will take turns ringing the bell in hour shifts to help raise funds for Salvation Army programs.

For the LJWC,bell ringing for our local Salvation Army is a wonderful opportunity to embrace the holiday season, give back to our community, and enjoy sharing the joy that giving truly brings to others. It is just one of the ways that we meet our mission through acts of service. We thank the Salvation Army for allowing us to help ring in Christmas with this holiday staple, said LJWC President Maggie Julian.

Julian, who is also the owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Hermitage and Wilson and Smith Counties, added that 50 seniors are still available for adoption as part of their annual Be a Santa to a Senior program. The program collects, wraps and delivers gifts to lonely and needy seniors locally.

Julian said that gift requests are usually small and can include everyday items that most of us take for granted, such as socks, toothpaste, soap and blankets. Holiday shoppers are asked to pick an ornament off special Be a Santa to a Senior trees, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached.

Senior ornaments are still available at these Wilson County locations: Lebanon CVS Pharmacy, CedarStone Bank, and Rutland Place Senior Living. Julian said donations can also be made. For more information, call 553-4297.

Lebanons Dr. Mark Kent has also requested that folks remember one local family when choosing to give back this Christmas. A patient of Dr. Kents was in surgery when his family was notified that their home had burned to the ground, said University Medical Center Community Services Director Jeannie Farley. The family of five has three sons, ages 16, 11 and 7, respectively.

The family is in need of toiletries, household items such as pillows, kitchenware and towels, canned food, a microwave, TV and clock radio. Monetary donations are also appreciated. For more information on how to help this family, contact Farley at 443-6066.

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Lebanon man LifeFlighted after accident on I-40

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

A Lebanon man received life-threatening injuries when the car he was driving struck a rock embankment and flipped several times Thursday morning on Interstate 40 East at mile marker 231.

The accident happened about 9 a.m., said Lebanon Police Officer Steve Green. He identified the driver of the 2010 Lexus RX 5 as George Summers, 68, of Lebanon.

Green said witnesses told him that Summers swerved for an unknown reason and flipped several times after hitting the embankment.

We dont really know what happened if he was swerving to avoid hitting something or if he fell asleep no drugs or alcohol were involved, Green said. He had his seatbelt on and that is what I believed saved him.

The officer compared the top of Summers Lexus to a banana peel that was peeled off the exterior of the car following the wreck.

He was conscious and talking to us but he was airlifted to Vanderbilt with life-threatening injuries, Green added.

The accident brought traffic to a standstill on I-40 for 1-1/2 hours. It occurred between Beckwith Road and Highway 109 in the construction zone where that section of the interstate is being widened.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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Thompson thanks office for year of being number one in child support collections

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

It was announced recently that District Attorney Tommy Thompsons office ranked number one in the state for more than 12 months in child support collections. To celebrate this achievement, Thompson hosted a luncheon at Five Oaks on Thursday where the child support staff members were recognized.

Assistant Commissioner for the Child Support Program for the Department of Human Services in Tennessee, David Sanchez, attended the luncheon and commended Thompson and his office on a job well done. You all have a lot to celebrate, he said. Sanchez added that in the fiscal year that ended in Sept. 2012, $602 million was collected statewide the highest collections ever for Tennessee.

Thompson, who was first named District Attorney in 1977, said being number one in collections is a team game recognizing his staff, the Wilson County Sheriffs Department, Sheriff Robert Bryant, Circuit Court Judge Clara Byrd and General Sessions Judge John Gwin at the luncheon before calling on longtime friend, Sam Hatcher, deliver the blessing.

Connie Massey, who has worked for Thompson for the past 38 years, said that she has heard horror stories from other District Attorney office about judges but that they have not had a problem in Wilson County. Our judges never complain and without them we wouldnt have had the collections that we have. Judge Byrds office has always been very complementary of us, she said.

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