Thumbs up to former Mt. Juliet High School standout pitcher Taylor Hill for being called up to play for the Washington Nationals. After posting a record of 9-2 in 15 games, with 14 starts, with Triple-A Syracuse, Hill was summoned to Milwaukee after the Nationals won a 16-inning game and used most of their bullpen. The Old Hickory-native right-hander, got to Milwaukee just in time for the day game, and he was the first pitcher out of the bullpen in the fifth inning when starter Stephen Strasburg faltered. Hill ended up pitching 3 1/3 innings and allowed five hits and two runs with a walk and strikeout in the 9-2 loss to the Brewers.
Thumbs up to former Mt. Juliet High School standout Kyle Smith and the Vanderbilt Commodores for winning the Men’s College World Series in a 3-2 win over Virginia last week in Omaha, Neb. Smith is a sophomore outfielder for Vanderbilt, which won its first men’s and only second total national championship in school history. The school’s only other title came in women’s bowling in 2007.
Thumbs up to Lebanon officials for reaching a deal with Charter Cable to soon resume broadcasting of its city council meetings and other happenings around the city. The city’s broadcasts can be found at Charter channel 198.
Thumbs up to the Lebanon Nationals 12-under Dixie Youth all-stars for winning the district tournament. The Nationals defeated the Lebanon Americans 5-4 in the championship game to get the title. Both teams will move on to the Dixie Youth State Tournament that starts July 17 in Sweetwater.
Thumbs up to the Lebanon Lions 15-under Babe Ruth League all-stars for winning a district title over Cookeville. The Lions also advance to the state tournament.
Thumbs down to everyone not registered to vote in Wilson County who choose not to do so before Tuesday, which is the deadline to register to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 7 election.