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Providing a little help til times get better

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By SAM HATCHER

There's a flier in my office at home that says "Special at Tuckers Café . . .Til Times Get Better, Two Eggs (fried or scrambled) with Tuckers Breakfast Bacon and Buttered Toast . . . 5 cents."

I'm not sure of the exact date on this piece but I've got to believe it was presented during the era of the Great Depression. Tucker’s Café by the way for some who may not know was a famed eatery on Lebanon’s Public Square at one time and then later in the Westside Hotel just off the Square.

Well, we all know the end of that story. Times did get better and the price of a good breakfast went up. There are no more breakfast meals being offered for a nickel.

But times now are not so good. Many are out of work. The economy is ailing. America is stressed.

The story is much the same here in Wilson County.

But there's a group in Lebanon trying to do something to help.

Their efforts are being focused on trying to restore some of the funding that has been lost by local charities because of cuts in local government budgets and because many just don't have the funds to contribute to these charities this year as they have in the past. A dozen or so folks, with the leadership of Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, are rolling up their sleeves and giving of their time to promote and produce a rodeo here for the weekend of April 16 and 17.

They are enlisting the support of the entire community. They are going to the Chamber of Commerce, to civic clubs and wherever they can to generate support for what's being billed as the "Whip Crackin Rodeo."

They've sold advertisements for a program, secured major sponsors and found numerous other ways to raise money for this event. And the good news is they've already been successful. They have now in the bank enough money plus a little extra to ensure that all proceeds received from ticket sales will be donated to their cause, helping others.

It's now up to us.

Buy a ticket or tickets to the rodeo. Make it a family night, have a great time, see some first rate entertainment and be proud because you will have done something to help your community.

For more information about the "Whip Crackin Rodeo" go to www.whipcrackinrodeo.com or call the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

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