Lebanon has a unique and proud heritage. Since the city's beginning in 1801 as an agricultural/livestock community, Lebanon is now the heart of Wilson County, the second fastest growing county in Tennessee. We are blessed with new residents and longtime residents, good people who continue to pioneer a solid base for families and businesses.
Claims that the public schools in Tennessee are indoctrinating children by teaching too much of any religion are a logical fallacy at best. Webster defines indoctrination as, "to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs."
The administration and staff of the Lebanon Police Department would like to extend our thanks to everyone who helped make the 2015 National Night Out such a huge success. Without the support of the community and local businesses, we would not have been able to put together such a wonderful event.
It seems that retirement benefits for hard-working Americans may soon become ancient history if the current trend continues. Although there are numerous "Hallmark Holidays" that acknowledge and celebrate seniors like Oct. 1, the International Day of Older Persons, or Grandparents Day in September, we seniors are seriously worried about companies ending the health benefits we worked a lifetime to earn.
Now that the Wilson County Expo is a reality and not just a dream, I think about my mother. About 10 years ago, my mother, about 70 years young, made the comment, "Wilson County needs a coliseum at the fairgrounds." She was always a lady of insight. When we, as a family, worked at the Raleigh, N.C. State Fair, a 100-acre fair, a coliseum was packed each night with events and concerts. She met many famous people and attended all the events.
We are writing to publicly acknowledge our appreciation for a true community superhero. Mr. Andy Brummett inspired us last Friday with his stories from his educational career as teacher, principal and school superintendent.
General Hatton deserves to be honored, and his rightful place is in the center of our town.
The Civil War was about slavery. Yes, it was about States' rights - a state's right to allow slavery. We can be proud of so much of our heritage here in the South. But not slavery. Slavery was shameful.
After multiple meetings of the Wilson County Animal Control Committee with input from those who dealt with the pet tax circumstances (pro and con), and after receiving an opinion from the state, the Wilson County Commission voted to end the pet tax.
I'm sure the JECDB would like the MTSU study because it suggested a $4.88 million economic impact with first year revenues for the Expo at $563,000.
The 2015 Wilson County Teacher of the Year Banquet was again a learning experience for me. The first lesson I learned was how fortunate Wilson County is to have sponsors like Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Hyundai and CedarStone Bank. These businesses like so many other businesses are willing to voluntarily contribute to good causes like this in our county.
The Roy Bailey African American Museum and History Center would like to extend a special thanks to the record 300 participants who walked on Jan. 19 in the Third Annual Unity March through Lebanon to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
General Manager of Laguardo Utility District responds to latest reports from TDEC about their water quality.
It's time for New Year's resolutions, particularly those about our health. Although gun violence remains the leading cause of death among young people, our most dangerous weapon is still our fork. Forty-five times as many die of chronic diseases linked to a diet containing animal products, sugar and salt.
Living in a rural community shouldn't have to come with a hefty price tag for health care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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