By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Claudia Jetts Pre-K class at Sam Houston Elementary in Lebanon was delighted Thursday morning when they received a visit from Amazon Fulfillment Center Manager Mark Marzano.
Marzano read several books, including I Am a Rainbow, authored by Imagination Library founder and country songstress Dolly Parton, to students before stressing the importance of books. Reading to children prepares them for success in the future. Amazon is big into books and into helping the community, he said.
Amazon, a statewide partner of the Governors Books from Birth Foundation, displayed its support for reading recently when company officials donated $25,000 to the books-for-preschoolers division of the program. The funds were distributed evenly in the four Tennessee counties where Amazon fulfillment centers are located Wilson, Rutherford, Bradley and Hamilton. Each county received a sum of $6,250.
Funds will be used to provide free, high-quality and age-appropriate books to preschool children up to 5 years old. Wilson County Books From Birth Director Peggy Simpson said that the Imagination Library is thriving in Wilson County because of the support we get from partners like Amazon, a company that understands the importance of having books in the home from birth.
Children who are registered in Books From Birth receive one book per month until they graduate out of the program at the age of 5. The mission of the Governors Books from Birth Foundation is to sustain and strengthen the Imagination Library Program in all 95 Tennessee counties. To learn more, visit governorsfoundation.org.
Meals On Wheels volunteers are needed to deliver meals in Mt. Juliet to homebound older adults on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Meals are ready to be picked up by 9:30 a.m., at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, 2034 North Mt. Juliet Road, and the delivery usually takes about an hour. Routes are typically less than 20 miles of travel. You can volunteer weekly, monthly or as your schedule permits. For information, call Dawn Cathey, site manager, at 758-2777.
From Post staff reports
Korean War Veteran Jack Cato will be a special speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon at 9 a.m. on Monday.
Although Cato noted he is not really a public speaker, he was convinced to share excerpts from the more than 200 letters he wrote to his family during his 13 months stationed in Korea by event organizer, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jim Henderson.
Cato was drafted at the age of 21 and served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army. He and his company cleared more than 1,700 land mines, built and maintained roads and bridges while in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1953.
It is the 60th anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty in Korea so they wanted somebody who served in Korea to speak, Cato said.
Everyone is invited to attend the Memorial Day ceremony.
The name of USAF 1st Lt. Joshua Hovies, 26, of Lebanon, who died in a training accident in South Korea in April has been added to the monument on the corner of the courthouse lawn. The ceremony Monday will include a reading of each veteran who gave their lives and whose names are listed on the monument.
American Legion Post 15, sponsor of the ceremony; Gold Star Mothers, Vietnam Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and others will be participating in the wreath-portion of the event.
From Post staff reports
It should be no surprise to anyone here, but Mt. Juliet is the fourth fastest growing city in Middle Tennessee, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Even with its growth in recent years, due in large part to the Providence development off Interstate 40 and South Mt. Juliet Road, Lebanon still leads in population by more than 800 people based on a 2012 estimate from the Census Bureau.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Less than a month after the Wilson County Board of Education voted to enter into an agreement that would establish a career technical center in Lebanon it appears that the proposed facility may not be getting the green light after all.
The Tennessee Board of Regents began talks in 2012 of using $1 million of their own funds to transform the former Lebanon High School vocational facility into a state-of-the-art career technical center. Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Director G.C. Hixson told The Wilson Post that the $1 million total was just for the first year with additional funding in the future.
The Board of Education voted to move forward with the project during their May 6 board meeting, with the agreement that the Tennessee Board of Regents would meet certain stipulations set by school board members. Stipulations included the TBR being responsible for the students on the campus, undergoing a yearly satisfactory review by the BOE and meeting curriculum requirements.
At the meeting we voted to go forward with an agreement, pending they agree to two or three things. We are still working back and forth to see if they are willing to do that, school board Chairman Don Weathers said. If they are not willing to do that, in some form, then we will not go forward. We are in hopes that we can find a solution.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, too, is in hopes that a solution can be found fast.
There are a lot of other cities that want to have what we are being offered, he said, aware that Williamson County, which has the lowest unemployment rate in the state of Tennessee, is also vying for a center.
Craighead traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., this week with County Mayor Randall Hutto, Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings, Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty and JECDBs Tammy Stokes for the annual RECon global retail real estate convention and noted that having a career technical center could help Wilson County attract more new businesses by offering skilled employees trained in various fields.
It is a big criteria when they are deciding whether to come here or not, he said. The school boards job is to educate, and by having a career technical center they would be giving students who are not planning to go to college an avenue and a promising future locally.
Craighead added that, We need to make this happen, because if we dont the citizens lose the children lose the opportunity to get training locally.
Hixson said that he does not foresee a better use for the vocational facility than a career technical center. I dont think there is a better use than giving our citizens job skills. It would be great for our high school students.
Jennings, who also serves as county attorney and represents the school board as well, was charged with managing the lease agreement. At press time, Jennings was still out-of-town and could not be reached for comment on the state of the agreement.
The county school board is to meet at 6 p.m., Monday, June 8.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
A Lebanon woman who was attacked by a Great Pyrenees on Wednesday evening was discharged from University Medical Center and is continuing her recovery at home.
Jane Counts, 50, was taking her Boston terrier on their nightly neighborhood walk on Washington Drive, near her residence on Brockten Street, when she was mauled by the dog.
Steve Counts, Ms. Countss brother, said that she had seen the Great Pyrenees before on her walks, but it suddenly turned vicious on this particular occasion.
She walks that way every day. I dont know what made it turn that way, he said, adding that since her Boston terrier is a small breed, Ms. Counts was defenseless against the larger dog.
The Boston terrier was not injured.
Ms. Counts sustained injuries to both of her legs, her arm and arm pit areas and was treated at UMC, where her brother said that she received about 100 stitches.
The Great Pyrenees was voluntarily turned over to Lebanon Animal Control by its owner, Andy Poston.
City Attorney Andy Wright said that the animal will be retained for 10 days to check for signs of rabies before it is euthanized.
Steve said that he is glad that the animal is in the custody of Lebanon Animal Control and cannot hurt any other neighbors.
SWINDOLL SPINS ANOTHER SHUTOUT
MURFREESBORO -- Friendship Christian scored twice in the top of the second, then rode the strong left arm of Brennan Swindoll for a 4-0 victory over Silverdale Baptist in the Class A baseball championship game at MTSU's Reese Smith, Jr. Field Friday, May 24.
The win was the 11th in a row for the Commanders, who wrapped up their championship second with a record of 33-6 overall.
Swindoll (10-2) threw103 pitches (77 for strikes) on just two days rest to notch his second BlueCross Spring Fling shutout of the week.
LINCOLN, NE -- Cumberlands Katie Legge got off to another slow start but righted the ship on her back nine, carding a second straight seven-over par 79 and tying for 33rd overall in the final round of the 19th annual NAIA Championships at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club.
The Portland native shot four-over on her first four holes of the day, starting at hole No. 10, and then bogeyed the 17th and 18th for a six-over par 41 on her first nine holes.