Thumbs up to organizers of a backpack giveaway in memory of Reshardo Juantai Clemmons, which will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in the open-air pavilion. Clemmons’ aunt, Vivian Butler, said the idea for the backpack giveaway started out two years ago following the death of her nephew. She said she, along with Clemmons’ mother, Juanita Clemmons, family and friends then put their heads together and decided a backpack giveaway would be the best way to give something back to the community in his name. Last year, Butler said they handed out 500 backpacks family and friends bought and filled with varying school supplies.
Thumbs up to those responsible for bringing and retaining the 14U Continental Amateur Baseball Association’s World Series in Lebanon. The 10th year for the tournament’s visit to Lebanon started Thursday with a banquet, an opening ceremony, followed by a home run derby at Veteran’s Field, complete with fireworks. Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce board chair John Bryan said the economic impact of the tournament has “grown by leaps and bounds” since the inaugural visit to Lebanon. Bryan said there were reports from hotels and restaurants across the city following last year’s tournament that “their sales were up 22 percent” during the seven-day event.
Thumbs up to longtime Lebanon High School English teacher Bonnie Fakes, who retired after 41 years at the school and 48 years in education. At least three generations of Lebanon students took English, creative writing, world literature, occupational English or study skills under the educator who loves to tell stories and genuinely loves young people.
Thumbs up to president Melinda Crutchfield and the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for presenting the Donna E. Crutcher scholarship memorial plaque to family members of longtime Lebanon resident and chapter member Donna Crutcher. Crutcher died May 11 from complications arising from a battle with breast cancer. Beginning in 2015, the top scholarship award of $1,500 will be designated as the Donna E. Crutcher Memorial Scholarship.