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Butts: Special-needs children’s Christmas party

dfox • Dec 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM

This tradition was started over 40 years ago by the Shriners of Wilson county. The children will have a party at the fairgrounds. They always have a wonderful time. They get a meal, candy and money. They also get to meet and greet with Santa Clause. Then they have a dance.

Brother Melvin Sloan always provides the entertainment by bringing some of his friends from the Grand Ole’ Opry. Karen Wheeler will probably be there. She may even do her rendition of “The mule skinner blues.” All of the excitement begins with a dinner at 6 p.m. The meal is furnished by the Sunset Restaurant. We would like to thank all of the businesses who donate money, candy, and other provisions for the party.

These children look forward to this party for the whole year. If you want to see some happy children, just come out and watch them have the time of their lives. 

Some people, including myself, didn’t realize that our illustrious Wilson County Trustee, Jim “Buckwheat” Major, also performs marriage ceremonies as part of his duties. Yes folks, Mr. Major doesn’t just spend his days figuring out ways to save money for the taxpayers of Wilson County. He has conducted hundreds of marriage ceremonies right there in the Wilson County courthouse. I know this because he came up to me last Tuesday at a Masonic Lodge meeting and told me that he had just conducted a ceremony for a friend of mine. 

Mr. Major told me that Troy Cantrell and his lovely friend, Tiffany Parker Mcrorie, were joined in holy matrimony that day. We would like to wish Troy and Tiffany a wonder life together. Troy is a resident of The Glade, and is a world famous bass guitar player, singer, songwriter and back up singer. Troy has worked for several big name entertainers. He has graced many famous stages throughout the world, including the Grand Ole’ Opry.

I would like to shamelessly insert here that Troy Cantrell sang back up vocals on my latest CD, which is titled “My nookie days are over.” He did an especially good job on one of my songs named “You ain’t really a cowboy” (Until you’ve stepped in some s---.)  This song was co-written by me and Roy August. It is available online through CD Baby.com, and 42 other online sights.

Roy is a resident of Lebanon and has penned such great million seller songs as “Settin’ Fancy Free” for the Oak Ridge Boys. I’m so pleased to get to write with such a creative talent.

Words of Wisdom from Uncle Hershel: Common sense is a flower that doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden.

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