Thumbs up to Habitat for Humanity of Wilson County, which will celebrate the completion of its 60th build locally Sunday as the organization helped Jennifer Clark build her home on Alydar Drive in Watertown. This year is the 20th anniversary of Wilson County’s Habitat for Humanity’s first home.
Thumbs up to Run4Water for helping Empower Me Day Camp, and most recently, Aubrey Averitt raise funds through recent 5K runs. The local organization is most noted for its work both locally and globally in providing water to those who need it most, but it took a different fundraising effort during the past two weeks to provide funds for the camp, as well as helping Averitt to get a much-needed vacation. Averitt was born at 29 weeks and with two birth defects of her esophagus, TE fistula and a Stage 3 laryngeal cleft. She’s had seven major surgeries and more than 60 trips to the operating room for procedures requiring anesthesia. She has been tube-fed since she was born and has had a tracheostomy since she was 11 months old.
Thumbs up to Mt. Juliet Emergency Telecommunications Center Telecommunicator Richard Frankich, who received the Everyday Heroes award Sunday at the National Emergency Number Association Conference at the Music City Center in Nashville. The award, presented by the 911 Cares project, recognizes two emergency communication professionals each year who demonstrate an exemplary action while handling an emergency incident.
Thumbs up to all the walkers of all ages in Lebanon who turned out Saturday for the Unite@Night walk to benefit those affected by Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and related disorders.
Thumbs up to Coffee with a Cop in Mt. Juliet, which turned one year old Friday. The monthly event allows Mt. Juliet officers to meet with citizens to discuss issues in the community.