Thumbs up to all of the candidates who won their respective seats in office during the Aug. 7 election in Wilson County, as well as those who came up short. Both sets of candidates are what make the democratic process so significant. Thumbs up also to the voters who turned out to the polls.
Thumbs up in advance to the more than half a million fairgoers geared up for the 2014 installment of the Wilson County Fair. Thumbs up also to the thousands of volunteers, workers and sponsors who make the fair both possible and special each year.
Thumbs up to those who are or will participate in the Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit the Wilson County Help Center. The event will be Nov. 1 with bowl-making workshops planned until that time.
Thumbs up to Cape Coral, Fla. police Officer and Lebanon native Matt Mills, who was a recipient of the department’s medal of honor last week. Mills received the award alongside Officer Andrew Miller for their actions in dealing with an armed man in a Cape Coral neighborhood last year.
Thumbs up to Mt. Juliet, which was recently named a “city on the rise” by economic research website NerdWallet. City Manager Kenny Martin said Tuesday “it’s very exciting” to have been named the fourth-fastest-growing city in terms of jobs, income and population. Mt. Juliet ranks behind Kingsport, Franklin and Oak Ridge, respectively. Nerd Wallet’s website defines a city on the rise as those with “innovation, robust population growth and rebounding job markets.”
Thumbs up to Lebanon High School principal Myra Sloan for working to improve scheduling issues at the school after the system changed to seven periods from four blocks. Sloan removed the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem and moment of silence from students’ daily routines, but quickly brought them back amid outcry from parents and community members.
Thumbs up to Biggest Loser finalist Joe Ostaszewski, who stopped in Watertown on Wednesday as part of his “Riding It Forward” tour. Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Watertown Elementary School heard a program by Ostaszewski, who is riding his bicycle across the country to raise obesity awareness.