Today is Monday, December 22, 2014
Chamber asks resident to spread the word about Taste of Wilson

To the Editor:

These days it seems just about everything we do must be scheduled ahead of time and logged on a calendar of some kind, electronic or otherwise. I hope youll take this opportunity to tap, click, type, write or make an old-school mental note, and add Taste of Wilson County to your calendar of choice for Thursday, Oct. 18. Oktoberfest weekend at Wilson Bank & Trust kicks off that evening with a Taste event that you will not want to miss.

Hosted by Wilson Bank & Trust, Performance Food Group and the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Taste of Wilson County was originally organized to promote local restaurants and caterers while giving back to local education through the Chambers education fund.

Today the event has grown into much more than that. Its an annual occasion for everyone to become a foodie, sampling some of the countys best food while enjoying a night out with family and friends. The Taste marketplace also gives you a place to shop, paint and socialize while cleansing your palate for the next bite. To top it off (so to speak), this years event also features a grill-off among local celebrities and chefs, and our VIP section comes with a personal chef and a little extra pampering for those who enjoy the royal treatment.

Reader: Cure "gov't addiction" to other people's money

To the Editor:

It is obvious that What happens in Nashville does not stay in Nashville. It looks like Mayor Karl Deans tax addiction is contagious. Only weeks after Nashville passed the biggest property tax increase in history, Wilson County has decided to follow suite. They have proposed a minimum 22-cent property tax for the entire county.

We all appreciate their desire to increase revenue to improve our communities and reward our dedicated county employees and teachers for their stellar contributions, but, I strongly believe that this is not the time to increase property taxes on anyone.

Lebanon residents carry countys tax burden most

To the Editor:

With the proposed Wilson County tax increase open for discussion this coming Monday night, I reflected over my years of engaging the county system to realize that many of the questions I had asked before still have not been answered. I wanted to share those questions and my thought process then and now as maybe someone out there could receive answers before the commission blankets the issue with a countywide tax increase.

I pay on my current home property taxes which include a city tax of $197.86, a special school tax of $223.28 and a county tax of $1,431.48. For the $197.86 city tax I receive police and fire protection, parks and recreation, paved city streets, weekly garbage collection and removal of brush, things I can instantly think of I am receiving for my dollars.

For the $223.28 special school tax I have received school buildings for my children pre-K through the eighth grades. These school tax dollars supplement the state and federal dollars the county receives and forwards to the Lebanon Special School District, where educators have a better pay scale, new schools have been built (Castle Heights and Winfree-Bryant), debt service payments made and maintenance for these and all the LSSD buildings provided without any ado or tax increases.

Writer remembers friend, "Bob" Beckwith

To the Editor:

Robert Bob Beckwith of Watertown was buried Friday, July 27, with full military honors. Several persons and relatives attended the service and burial.

Bob, a friend and someone who not only served his country in time of World War II, but came back to his home and served as a mail carrier and contributor to his community, fellow man and countless others, was a highly decorated soldier of Wilson County. Among the numerous decorations he earned in the United States Army was: Silver Star, Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for the three times he was wounded by enemy fire. One of these, a sniper bullet, he carried with him in his body to his grave.

Linda Beth Evins gave a beautiful eulogy relating to an interview she did with Bob a few years ago. She detailed by memory the places in the South Pacific in which he heroically served and also his subsequent service to his community. One could witness, on the faces of those in attendance, the admiration for Bob and his great loss to the community and nation.

Reader: Sidewalk improvements would go a long way

To the Editor:

I have a request to the public at large and to Mayor Philip Craighead and the Lebanon City Council. My request is about the status of the public sidewalk system. This is an area of transportation that has been grossly neglected over the years and even after the American Disability Act lawsuit we have found that it is difficult for the city fathers to address the problems of safe sidewalk surfacing throughout our grand city.

In some areas work has been complied correctly, and the walkways are safe for the traveling public and in other areas the task was completed half-heartedly and it very much shows in the workmanship completed in this particular area.

A first example is that of the bridge at Ole Neighborhood Bar and Grill on West Main Street. That it has taken months to have the bridge cleaned and then have the same so-called project capped so that folks can proceed over the walkways of the bridge seems like a surmountable act for this City to complete in a timely manner.

Secondly, but just as important, are the signal light buttons throughout our community that are either installed incorrectly so that a person in a wheelchair cannot use the buttons since they are so far off of the right-of-way, or are misplaced to a point that someone in a wheelchair is unable to operate the call button to get to the curb and safely cross the street before the traffic light changes from green back to red.

Mayor thanks all who helped Whip Crackin' Rodeo

To the Editor:

My wife Darlene and I would like to commend all the sponsors and volunteers who played a vital role in the success of the 3rd Annual Charity WHIP CRACKIN' RODEO.

Without sponsorship support, events like the rodeo could not be made available to our community, while providing a sustainable impact of support to our local charities and additional commerce to our city.

This year, we were able to provide over 250 special needs children with a very special day of activities and enjoyment. The experience included lots of games and prizes. They got to see ESPN's Omega Force strongman show and the performance of the Coppertown Clown with man's best friend, the rescue dogs known as the Mutley Crew. The kids had the opportunity to ride horses, pet numerous farm animals, and see a few of the events which are held during the Rodeo. Michelle Hill's Empower Me Day Camp was on hand to make sure the Special Events Day was well organized and a huge success. Michelle adds that special touch to any event.

Greenhill Woman's Club of MJ thanks community

To the Editor:

The Greenhill Woman's club of Mt. Juliet would like to take this opportunity to thank some special people who made the Wilson County FCE Spring Luncheon on May 1 a success.

We would like to thank Houston's Catering of Mt. Juliet for the delicious food enjoyed by all attending.Special thanks go to each fce member who entered an apron to raise money for 4-H scholarships.Our program was provided by the 4-H Performing Arts Troupe and we wish to thank them and UT specialist, Justin Crowe, for a very enjoyable day.Going above and beyond were Medina Vail and Channing Dudley.Thank you, ladies, for your outstanding contribution.

Others who helped make the luncheon so special were the staff of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, the staff of Wilson County Extension, Moss' Florist and Greenhouse and H&R Block.Thanks to each of you.

Wanda Briddelle, President,
Greenhill Woman's Club,
Mt. Juliet

Bert Coble Singers to continue with new director

To the Editor:

During the 24 years of producing The Bert Coble Singers Christmas Dinner Shows, The Wilson Post has been so very gracious in their eagerness to promote stories about our Singers and their performances.

As a result of our large attendance for the 2011 performances, we were able to present a check to Cumberland University for $2,565 for the Bert Coble Music Scholarship; to the American Cancer Society for $1,083; and to the American Heart Association for $790.

Over the years it is estimated that more than $150,000 has been given to these organizations.

Since we announced to the world that 2011 would be our last Bert Coble Singers Christmas Dinner Shows, things have changed. You will be pleased to know the Shows will go on this fall under the direction of Jennifer Perry. She has been our associate director for most of these years and is an excellent musician and director. She is presently with CedarStone Bank and is music director at Carthage United Methodist Church.

We appreciate you who have been our guests over the years and now we are glad that our program will continue.

Dr. Bert and Sue Coble

Reader: Black should explain Medicare position

To the Editor:

We should all be elated that the Honorable Congressperson Diane Black is single-handedly saving Medicare for the burgeoning numbers of retiring baby boomers and future generations.

I wish Ms. Black would tell or explain how the elimination of Medicare as we know it is protecting Medicare. I call that the ultimate spin in a spin century. Also, just how much will this so-called protection of Medicare cost the individual on said Medicare versus the current system?

Finally, how will a change, such as that proposed by Ms. Black, or is it Black/Ryan, affect her spouses balance sheet or the insurance company contributors who have contributed $71,278 from her last report to the Federal Election Commission?

Frank C. Newbell

CHE Librarian thanks local Book Fair sponsors

To the Editor:

Recently we hosted our annual spring Scholastic Book Fair at Castle Heights Elementary School. It always generates a lot of activity and fun when the school library becomes a bookstore for a week, but the primary purpose of the event is to promote reading and get children excited about books!

This fair was exceptionally exciting for the students and teachers at Castle Heights because of the generous support of our community. The program, Partnership in Reading, allowed local businesses and individuals in our community to participate through financial sponsorship of classrooms so that every child could receive a book of his or her choice to keep.

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