Thumbs up to all Sherry’s Run organizers and participants, for helping those affected by cancer. The 5k event was held Saturday and raised more than $310,000. That money will help families affected by any kind of cancer who live or seek treatment in Wilson County or the surrounding communities, who are actively pursuing treatment and demonstrate a true financial need. Many came to walk side by side with someone they love who is fighting the greatest battle of their lives. Some came to run their heart out in memory of someone they have lost. And everyone came to provide assistance to the hundreds of cancer patients and their families who will benefit from the money raised in the next year. The 99 teams that participated added excitement and morale to the event in a special way.
Thumbs up to emergency crews who travelled to help with disaster relief. Wilson County Emergency Management Agency deployed one ambulance with two personnel last Friday to assist with relief. J.R. Kelley, former Wilson County 911 director, also left last Friday morning to help as a volunteer member of the Red Cross. The personnel who deployed to Florida from WEMA were division Chief Shannon Cooper and Lt. Adrian McNabb. The two met other emergency teams in Murfreesboro and went to Chattanooga for an official briefing. After the briefing, the teams went to Florida where they were given their assignments. The Wilson County team arrived in Florida and assisted in St. Petersburg, Florida during the weekend with the evacuation of a U.S. Veteran Affairs, Bay Pines medical facility. On Monday morning, the team was deployed to Jacksonville, Florida, where they awaited tactical assignments to be handed down. The crew also helped in Tallahassee before heading home Wednesday.
Thumbs up to Lebanon Special School District, for welcoming the King Arthur Flour Bake for Good program, making Lebanon the first town in Tennessee to receive the program’s instruction on baking while students learn math, science and comprehension. LSSD also turned the Neon Mobile Cafe into a classroom on a regular weekly rotation.