Thumbs up to Wilson Emergency Management Agency employees who took part in the statewide tornado drill Wednesday. WEMA Director Joey Cooper and a small team participated in the drill, which included monitoring NOAA weather reports as well as observing data from area weather stations to determine threats.
Thumbs up to Lebanon native Rachel Sandoval for setting NCAA qualifying times as a swimmer at Berry College. Sandoval set Southern Athletic Association records and NCAA qualifying times in the 50 and 100 freestyle during the SAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala.
Thumbs up to Lebanon City Council for voting to give city utility customers credits to help offset the higher bills expected from recent cold temperatures. The city will give a one-time, flat-rate credit – $10 per account for sewer customers and $25 per account for gas customers.
Thumbs up to Sen. Mae Beavers for her recent recognition as a “Friend of Business.” The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce honored state Sen. Mae Beavers last week as the organization presented her with the 2013 Friend of Business Award. Each year, the chamber recognizes legislators with strong records of fighting for pro-business legislation that encourages economic growth.
Thumbs up to Wilson County Schools bus drivers for treating students to a Valentine’s Day party. The bus drivers have put on the event for special needs students for more than 20 years. Students from each of the schools are invited to sign up to attend and are treated to a meal and dancing.
Thumbs up to University Medical Center for meeting all the requirements to be recognized as a Bariatric Center for Excellence. To receive the certification, each surgeon performing bariatric surgeries in the hospital must perform at least 50 bariatric surgeries within one year with specific results. Additionally, hospitals must perform at least 125 bariatric surgeries per year, and each surgeon must have already performed 125 bariatric surgeries during the course of his or her career. To maintain the certification, the surgeons must continue to perform at a pace of 50 bariatric surgeries per year. Only about 400 hospitals in the country hold the certification.
Thumbs up to New Leash on Life and Animal Rescue Corps volunteers for helping rescue 75 animals from a home in Hamblen County Friday. Animal Rescue Corps responded Saturday to a call from Hamblen County officials for assistance with more than 60 dogs of various breeds, two cats and several tropical fish found living in horrible conditions in a home in Morristown, about four hours east of Lebanon. On Monday, the animals were at the emergency shelter in Lebanon beginning the recovery process.