Thumbs up to everyone who early voted, which broke records in Wilson County this year, with more than 11,000 voters casting ballots, along with the thousands of other voters who voted Thursday on Election Day.
Thumbs up to the Mt. Juliet, Wilson County emergency officials and Piedmont Natural Gas workers who contained a natural gas rupture Wednesday after a nearly three-hour fight to stop the leaking gas. Mt. Juliet police, firefighters and Wilson Emergency Management Agency officials responded to the scene of the reported gas line rupture behind Providence 14 Theater at about 10:50 a.m. the dangerous situation was cancelled just after 1 p.m. when crews were able to contain the leak.
Thumbs up to Johnson Monument workers who reset a veterans’ memorial stone Friday at the corner of W. Main Street and Greenwood Drive in Lebanon. A vehicle hit the memorial in a wreck that happened about three weeks ago. Johnson Monument originally installed the memorial, and when owner Jim Johnson heard it was knocked over, he and his crew re-erected the memorial at no charge to the city.
Thumbs up to community members who enjoyed Blue Moon barbecue, Baskin Robbins ice cream, live music from Regina King and a live auction Saturday at Empower Me Day Camp’s 10th and final Summer Swinefest. The event was held at College Hills Church of Christ, with proceeds benefitting Empower Me Day Camp.
Thumbs up to a local businessman who took it upon himself to help clean up some trash Monday. William Bryant said Monday afternoon he drove past the Election Commission office to his office on College Street and noticed a large amount of trash across the street from the Election Commission. Bryant said when he visited the area, he found a large amount of trash apparently left by supporters of candidates who were stationed to encourage voters to cast a ballot for their candidate.
Thumbs down to any and all campaign supporters who left trash Saturday after early voting ended at the Wilson County Election Commission office in Lebanon.