Community Calendar and The People’s Agenda

Community Calendar

POLICY: Items for the Community Calendar may be submitted via email at editor@lebanondemocrat.com, in person at The Democrat’s office at 402 N. Cumberland St., by mail at The Lebanon Democrat, 402 N. Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 37087 or via fax at 615-444-0899. Items must be received by 4 p.m. for the next day’s edition. The calendar is a free listing of nonprofit events, community club and government meetings. The Democrat reserves the right to reject or edit material. Notices run on an as space is available basis and cannot be taken over the phone. Include a name and phone number in case of questions.

Oct. 12

Lebanon Allergy and ENT 30th Anniversary

5 p.m.

Dr. Bancroft O’Quinn Jr. and the staff at Lebanon Allergy and ENT will celebrate their 30th anniversary Thursday, Oct. 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the office at 1405 W. Baddour Pkwy., Suite 106, in Lebanon. To RSVP, call 615-444-6500.

Oct. 13

Free Dentistry Day

7 a.m.

Free Dentistry Day will be Oct. 13 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Lebanon Dental Care at 1715 W. Main St. in Lebanon. It will include a free cleaning or extraction per patient. For more information, visit freedentistryday.org or call 615-784-4330.

Mt. Juliet Chamber Community Development Meeting

7:45 a.m.

The Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce will present a community development meeting Friday, Oct. 13 from 7:45-9 a.m. at the chamber office. Online registration is required at mjchamber.org.

Centerstage Theatre presents “Father of the Bride”

7:30 p.m.

Centerstage Theatre will present the play, “Father of the Bride” on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Winfree Bryant Middle School at 1213 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students and may be purchased at Iddy & Oscars on the Lebanon Square or at brownpapertickets.com.

Oct. 14

Cedar Seniors Pancake Breakfast

7:30 a.m.

The annual Cedar Seniors pancake breakfast will be Saturday, Oct. 14 from 7:30-11 a.m. at Cedar Seniors at 226 University Ave. in Lebanon. Plates will be $5 per person. For more information, call 615-444-0829.

Ride for Deputy Earl Dyer

10 a.m.

The second annual Ride for Deputy Earl Dyer will be Saturday, Oct. 14 with registration at 10 a.m. and kickstands up at noon at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. Use Peyton Road to enter. Donations of $20 per bike and $5 per passenger will be accepted, and all proceeds will be donated to Dyer. It will feature a scenic ride in and around Wilson County and return to the fairgrounds. Post-ride festivities will include a deejay, raffle and 50-50 cash raffle. A barbecue sandwich lunch will also be available for a donation. For more information, call Rob Bates at 615-210-9570 or Scott Lorden at 615-394-9302.

U.S. Military Vets Fall Poker Run

10:30 a.m.

The U.S. Military Vets Fall Poker Run will be Saturday, Oct. 14 at Coach’s Eastgate Grill in Lebanon. Registration will be from 10:30 a.m. until noon with kickstands up at noon. The cost is $15 pet bike and $5 for each additional hand. A cash prize will be awarded. The run will end at the U.S. Military Vets clubhouse in Lebanon. For more information, call 615-585-9925.

Centerstage Theatre presents “Father of the Bride”

2:30 p.m.

Centerstage Theatre will present the play, “Father of the Bride” on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Winfree Bryant Middle School at 1213 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students and may be purchased at Iddy & Oscars on the Lebanon Square or at brownpapertickets.com.

Mt. Juliet Hot Air Balloon Festival

4 p.m.

The first Mt. Juliet Hot Air Balloon Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 14 from 4-7:30 p.m. at Charlie Daniels Park. The event will include live music, a children’s zone, craft vendors, food trucks and a hot air balloon glow at dusk.

Rocky Valley Baptist Church Fish Fry

5:30 p.m.

Rocky Valley Baptist Church will hold its annual fish fry Saturday, Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the church at 5745 Old Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon. A gospel singing, featuring Mercy Road, will begin at 7 p.m. in the church auditorium.

Oct. 15

Suicide Prevention Seminar

2 p.m.

West Hills Baptist Church, in partnership with Youth Villages, will hold a suicide prevention seminar Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at the church at 1240 Leeville Pike in Lebanon.

Oct. 16

Blood Drive

10:30 a.m.

A Blood Assurance blood drive will be Monday, Oct. 16 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at F&M Bank at 225 W. Main St. in Lebanon. To schedule an appointment, visit bloodassurance.org/sportsvillage or call Trudy Cody at 931-239-9411 or email trudycody@bloodassurance.org. Donors will be given a “One Cool Donor” T-shirt and pair of “I Bleed” socks and be entered in a drawing for a $250 Walmart gift card.

Oct. 17

Jerry Houston Memorial Golf Tournament

1:30 p.m.

The Mt. Juliet Breakfast Rotary Club will present the annual Jerry Houston Memorial Golf Tournament on Oct. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Old Hickory Country Club. For more information, contact Phil Smartt at 615-773-0161 or psmartt@southernbankoftn.com.

Oct. 18

Mt. Juliet Chamber Connection Luncheon

11:15 a.m.

The Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce will present its chamber connection luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 11:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Rutland Place. Registration is $18 by Oct. 17 at noon or $23 for late registration at mjchamber.org. The guest speaker will be Wilson County Veterans Services director Michael McPherson. Online registration is required.

Oct. 19

Wilson County Veterans Museum Grand Opening

4 p.m.

The Wilson County Veterans Museum will hold its grand opening Thursday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. at the museum at 304 E. Main St. in Lebanon. Refreshments will be provided. Those who plan to attend should RSVP to 615-444-2460 or robertsl@wilsoncountytn.gov.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5015 meeting

6 p.m.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5015 in Lebanon will meet Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. and on the third Thursday of each month in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Any veteran who has been awarded a campaign medal or combat medal for any hostility is eligible for membership, verified by the veterans’ DD 214 Form. Presently, Post 5015 is having success in rebuilding its post and becoming active in district and local events. It is not a Lebanon post, but a countywide post. To learn more, contact Post Commander John Marshall at jtmarshall2@icloud.com; Senior Vice Commander Ken Kackley at hkenkjr@aol.com or Junior Vice Commander Harold W. Weist at grnmarine@tds.net.

Fiddlers Grove Model Train Club

7 p.m.

The Fiddlers Grove Model Train Club will meet Thursday, Oct. 19 and each third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Fiddlers Grove Train Museum at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. This is an all-scale model railroad club. During the meeting, everyone will share their knowledge and introduce the hobby to folks new to the interest. The Train Museum has an extensive O-gauge layout and a small HO-scale layout with plans to expand the HO track. The club is open to anyone interested in model train railroads. For more information, contact Ron Selliers at trainslayer53@gmail.com.

Oct. 20

Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center Spaghetti Day and Bake Sale

11:30 a.m.

The annual Spaghetti Day and Bake Sale will be Friday, Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center. Advance tickets are $10 or $12 at the door. For more information, call 615-758-9114.

Lebanon-Wilson County, Mt. Juliet and Donelson-Hermitage chambers Business Card Exchange

Noon

The Lebanon-Wilson County, Mt. Juliet and Donelson-Hermitage chambers of commerce will hold a business card exchange Friday, Oct. 20 from noon until 1 p.m. at the Nashville Shores event center at 4001 Bell Road in Hermitage. Lunch, door prizes and networking will be featured. For more information or to RSVP, email pkays@nashvilleshores.com.

Oct. 21

Empower Me Emporium

8 a.m.

The Empower Me Emporium, a super sale for special kids, will be Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Lebanon First Presbyterian Church at 304 W. Main St. in Lebanon. Proceeds will benefit Empower Me. Donation arrangements may be made through the church office, and pick-ups are available by calling 615-444-1360.

Halloween in the Park

11 a.m.

Halloween in the Park will be Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Charlie Daniels Park. A scarecrow contest will be featured this year. Register a scarecrow by Saturday, Oct. 14 with no entry fee at the Mt. Juliet Community Center.

Healing Broken Vessels’ A Season of Elegance Fashion Show

2 p.m.

Healing Broken Vessels will present its annual A Season of Elegance Fashion Show on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at College Hills Church of Christ at 1401 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. This year’s theme is the bold and the beautiful. It will feature entertainment, food, a silent auction and door prizes. Admission will be $20 per person. Healing Broken Vessels is a ministry that helps women and children in Wilson County.

Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club Fish Fry and Aviation Heritage Day

4 p.m.

The Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club’s fifth annual Fish Fry and Aviation Heritage Day will be Saturday, Oct. 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the Lebanon Municipal Airport at 760 Franklin Road. Admission will be $15 at the door. For advance tickets or to become a sponsor, email bonesuanne5@gmail.com.

Shine for Shelby 5K Glow Run and Walk

5:30 p.m.

The Shine for Shelby 5K Glow Run and Walk will be Saturday, Oct. 21 at Winfree Bryant Middle School on Leeville Pike in Lebanon. Parking will be at College Hills Church of Christ at 1401 Leeville Pike. Registration will open at 5:30 p.m., and food and drinks will be available for purchase. The fun run begins at 6:30 p.m. with a live auction and other activities at 7 p.m. The 5K will start at 7:30 p.m., and winners will be announced at 8:30 p.m. during a closing ceremony with lanterns. To register, visit shineforshelby.org.

Oct. 22

Spooky Stroll

4 p.m.

Spooky Stroll will be Sunday, Oct. 22 from 4-8 p.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. A $35 ticket will include admission for one adult and two children 12 and younger, a glow-in-the-dark T-shirt, a pumpkin for the first 500, a meeting and photo opportunity with favorite princesses, a Halloween outdoor movie classic on a 34-foot screen, popcorn, 10 ounces of fresh apple cider, hay bale dance party, bluegrass picking band and professional jugglers. It will also feature trick-or-treating goodies and other entertainment.

The People’s Agenda

POLICY: Items for the Government Calendar may be submitted via email at editor@lebanondemocrat.com, in person at The Democrat’s office at 402 N. Cumberland St., by mail at The Lebanon Democrat, 402 N. Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 37087 or via fax at 615-444-0899. Items must be received by 4 p.m. for the next day’s edition. The calendar is a free listing of government meetings and government-related events. The Democrat reserves the right to reject or edit material. Notices run on an as space is available basis and cannot be taken over the phone. Include a name and phone number in case of questions.

Oct. 12

Lebanon City Council work session

6 p.m.

The Lebanon City Council will meet in a work session Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave.

Oct. 16

Wilson County Education Committee meeting

5:30 p.m.

The Wilson County Education Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse. This is a rescheduled meeting from Oct. 5.

Wilson County Budget Committee meeting

6 p.m.

The Wilson County Budget Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse. This is a rescheduled meeting from Oct. 5.

Wilson County Finance Committee meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Wilson County Finance Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson County Minutes Committee meeting

6:40 p.m.

The Wilson County Minutes Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 16 at 6:40 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse. This is a rescheduled meeting from Oct. 5.

Wilson County Steering Committee meeting

6:45 p.m.

The Wilson County Steering Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 16 at 6:45 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse. This is a rescheduled meeting from Oct. 5.

Wilson County Commission meeting

7 p.m.

The Wilson County Commission will meet Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in commission chambers at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Oct. 17

Wilson County Ag Extension Committee meeting

5:30 p.m.

The Wilson County Ag Extension Committee will meet Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wilson County Extension office in Lebanon.

– Staff Reports

Firefighters show off tactics, tips

The Mt. Juliet Fire Department held a demonstration day Saturday at Stoner Creek Elementary School to showcase its firefighting procedures and educate residents on fire safety practices and tips.

Mt. Juliet fire Chief Jamie Luffman said Deputy Chief Chris Allen spearheaded the event, which included fire behavior demonstration, house fire rescue demonstration, injury crash response extrication demonstration and more.

“It was a chance to show the Mt. Juliet elected officials, administration and citizens that we are working diligently to train our people on how to handle new technology to help prevent and limit fires,” Luffman said. “In construction, materials are constantly upgraded and changed and we have to stay on the cutting edge of fire suppression.”

The Mt. Juliet Fire Department celebrated its fourth birthday Sept. 30, and Luffman said Saturday’s demonstration symbolized the city and fire department’s dedication to the city.

“For us to come this far in four years and be able to do something like this for the public is impressive,” Luffman said.

Mt. Juliet commissioners James Maness and Brian Abston joined the department in some demonstrations, and city manager Kenny Martin also attended.

“The turnout was really good,” Luffman said. “We had a nice crowd filled with some older folks and quite a few children.”

The department’s demonstration kicked off National Fire Prevention Week.

By Xavier Smith

xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com

Mt. Juliet Animal Control, shelter operations renamed

Photo courtesy of Mt. Juliet police
Pictured are Will Sellars, president of Friends of Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter; Karen Franklin, volunteer coordinator; Stephanie Cox, animal care and control director; and Michael Mullins, Mt. Juliet deputy police chief.

Mt. Juliet’s animal control and facility operations received a new name and look after the city hired a new director.

Stephanie Cox took the helm as the director of the Mt. Juliet Animal Care and Control, formally Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter, and she will plans to place an emphasis to provide homes for animals, work in partnership with volunteers, rekindle relationships with local rescue groups and proactively enforce animal control laws.

Services at Mt. Juliet Animal Care and Control will not decline, and they will focus on enhancing operations to include increased visibility through roaming patrols, having better response times to complaints and providing more opportunities for the public to visit the facility.

Their primary function will always be about the protection of the community and care for the animals.

Mt. Juliet’s animal control operations has one of the lowest in euthanasia rates across the state, with zero animals euthanized due to overcrowding since their existence, and Mt. Juliet Animal Care and Control plans to keep up that goal.

The continued success would not be possible without the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter volunteer organization that continues to give extra funding and volunteers who help three full-time staff members.

Animals available for adoption can be viewed online at mjpd.org/197/animal-care-control or by scheduling an appointment at 615-773-5533.

Staff Reports

Local attorney Carfi seeks state Senate seat in special election

Mary Alice Carfi

Wilson County attorney Mary Alice Carfi announced her candidacy recently in the Democratic primary for the District 17 state Senate seat in the upcoming special elections.

“We need some common sense in the Senate,” Carfi said. “Republicans have held the majority since the 2010 elections. They have had ample opportunities to improve the lives of working families in our state, but instead have put party interests before improving the health care, jobs and education for our citizens.”

An attorney in a solo-practice in Mt. Juliet, Carfi can relate to the issues that affect the small business owners throughout District 17, which includes Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson counties.

“I understand struggles with health care costs,” Carfi said. “The Republicans missed the boat when they failed to expand Medicaid. As a result of their failure to act, the 10th rural hospital in Tennessee announced Saturday that it is closing its doors.

“All of the counties in District 17, except for Wilson, are entirely rural, and if one of them lost their hospital, it would have a devastating impact not only the health care of its citizens but on that county’s economy. This is just one example of how the failure to apply common sense to our health care issues has hurt working families in District 17 and across the state.”

When it comes to jobs and the economy, Carfi said in five of the six counties in District 17, an average of 20.6 percent of all households receive food stamps, which is almost 4 percent higher than the state average.

“We need jobs that pay a living wage, so no one who works a full-time job has to rely on public assistance to survive,” she said. “It’s sound common sense to raise the minimum wage, because Tennessee’s economy runs on consumer spending. If working families struggle to pay their rent and put food on their table, then how can they afford to buy anything else?”

Last, Carfi wants to make sure all students in District 17 have a quality public education “because it’s the best investment we can make in our state and nation’s future.”

“Common sense tells us that we need to fully fund Tennessee’s Basic Education Plan so that a child in smaller, less affluent counties like Clay or Cannon County can be assured of getting access to the same quality education as a child in Wilson County,” Carfi said.

“We need less testing of our students, and we need to say no vouchers of any kind because they divert resources from already struggling schools.”

As a general practice attorney, Carfi often works with people who have differing opinions.

“It’s my job to bring these people together, to compromise when and where it’s necessary, so that a positive result can be agreed upon by all parties,” she said.

“It’s time for some common sense in Tennessee’s Senate, and I ask for your support and vote on Dec. 19, so I can bring this to our legislative body.”

Carfi grew up in Smith County, the daughter of Don and Phyllis Eckel, of Gordonsville. She is the granddaughter of the late Pete and Evelyn Watts, who owned Watts Angus Farm. Pete Watts was a well-known building contractor in Middle Tennessee and owner of Pete Watts Construction.

She has one daughter, Alexia, 9, and is a member of the Carthage United Methodist Church, where she sings in the choir. She and her husband, Jamie, are both members of the Bert Coble Singers in Lebanon. She also serves on the Bert Coble Singers Leadership Team.

Carfi is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the 15th Judicial District Bar Association. She is a graduate of Smith County High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Middle Tennessee State University. She received her law degree from Nashville School of Law. She was chosen as the best attorney in Mt. Juliet in 2016 by another media outlet.

A campaign kickoff will be Oct. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre at 110 W. Main St. in Lebanon.

Staff Reports

Police, sheriff’s deputies combine for National Coffee with a Cop Day

Officers meet with public over churros at El Rey Azteca

Jacob Smith • Mt. Juliet News
Mt. Juliet police and Wilson County sheriff’s deputies participate last Wednesday in National Coffee with a Cop Day at El Rey Azteca in Mt. Juliet. Churros were served, as well as coffee.

Mt. Juliet police and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office combined last Wednesday morning for National Coffee with a Cop Day at El Rey Azteca in Mt. Juliet.

In addition, Lebanon police had its own event last Wednesday morning at J. Clayborn’s Bakery in Lebanon. 

Both events were held from 7-9 a.m. and invited members of the community to come out and talk to members of the police forces while enjoying coffee and breakfast.

Tons of community members showed up to the Mt. Juliet event, including Barbara McIntyre from Murfreesboro.

“I think the event’s a great success,” said McIntyre. “It brings the community and law enforcement together, so we know what the officers are like that we’re dealing with on a day-to-day basis.”

McIntyre said even though she lives in Murfreesboro, she attended the Mt. Juliet Citizen’s Academy and likes the sense of community she has with Mt. Juliet police.

“They show you pretty much what the officers go through on a day-to-day basis,” said McIntyre. “You ride patrol with an officer, so you’re actually seeing what they’re doing on a day-to-day basis.”

Lt. Tyler Chandler, public information officer with the Mt. Juliet police, said the event was a way for citizens to develop a more personal relationship with their police officers.

“It’s gone great. Normally we do this the third Friday of the month, but this month for the national day, we’ve done it on this Wednesday,” said Chandler. “It’s been great. You know, Memo, the owner here, wanted to have Coffee with a Cop here, and we tried to put a Mexican restaurant theme on it with the churros with a cop, so we’ve got churros out.”

Although, the event was held by the Mt. Juliet Police Department, Chandler said he’s happy Wilson County sheriff’s deputies were able to attend.
“The sheriff’s office is invited anytime they want to come out,” said Chandler. “They can come to any one of our events. Typically, we have one or two sheriff’s deputies at our events. For this event, with schools out, a lot of their [school resource officers who] work this end of the county came out.”

By Jacob Smith

jsmith@lebanondemocrat.com

Community Calendar and the People’s Agenda

Community Calendar

POLICY: Items for the Community Calendar may be submitted via email at editor@lebanondemocrat.com, in person at The Democrat’s office at 402 N. Cumberland St., by mail at The Lebanon Democrat, 402 N. Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 37087 or via fax at 615-444-0899. Items must be received by 4 p.m. for the next day’s edition. The calendar is a free listing of nonprofit events, community club and government meetings. The Democrat reserves the right to reject or edit material. Notices run on an as space is available basis and cannot be taken over the phone. Include a name and phone number in case of questions.

Oct. 5

Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Fundraiser Sale

7 a.m.

Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon Volunteer Auxiliary will hold a masquerade $5 jewelry and accessories fundraising sale Thursday, Oct. 5 from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 6 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the hospital’s community cares classroom. The show will feature a wide variety of jewelry and accessories, all priced at $5. Profits from the sale will benefit patients and the local community.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency food giveaway

9 a.m.

The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency USDA commodity food giveaway will be Thursday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 104 Webster Lane in Lebanon for low-income families in Wilson County. The office will close from noon until 1 p.m. for lunch. For more information, call Desirre Starks at 615-444-4714.

Wilson County Retired Teachers Association meeting

10 a.m.

The Wilson County Retired Teachers Association will meet Thursday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. at First Church of the Nazarene in Lebanon. The community project for the month is supplies for the Wilson County Schools’ At Risk program. The supplies needed are Crayola crayons, markers, colored pencils, children’s scissors, glue sticks, white 1-inch binders, wide-ruled paper and composition notebooks. The speaker will present a discussion on the At Risk program. Members will update their handbooks and have an annual birthday party. For more information, call 615-444-0071.

Oct. 6

Treasure Hunt Yard Sale

7 a.m.

The Treasure Hunt yard sale will be Friday, Oct. 6 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Community parish at 14544 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet. The yard sale is the largest fundraiser of the year, which benefits the parish and the many charities sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary. It will feature furniture, kitchen items, books, movies, household items, linens, holiday decorations, luggage, toys, clothes and all shoes will be $1 a pair. Lunch and homemade baked goods will also be available.

Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Fundraiser Sale

7 a.m.

Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon Volunteer Auxiliary will hold a masquerade $5 jewelry and accessories fundraising sale Friday, Oct. 6 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the hospital’s community cares classroom. The show will feature a wide variety of jewelry and accessories, all priced at $5. Profits from the sale will benefit patients and the local community.

Free Clothing Store

9 a.m.

The free clothing store will be open Friday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. until noon at Life Church at 3688 Hwy. 109 in Lebanon, across the street from Dollar General. There will be free clothes, accessories, toiletries, shoes and more for men, women and children. Free chiropractic adjustments will also be available. For more information, visit lifechurchfamily.com.

Blood Drive

10:30 a.m.

A Blood Assurance blood drive will be Friday, Oct. 6 from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Sports Village in Lebanon. To schedule an appointment, visit bloodassurance.org/sportsvillage or call Trudy Cody at 931-239-9411 or email trudycody@bloodassurance.org. Donors will be given a “One Cool Donor” T-shirt and pair of “I Bleed” socks and be entered in a drawing for a $250 Walmart gift card.

Centerstage Theatre presents “Father of the Bride”

7:30 p.m.

Centerstage Theatre will present the play, “Father of the Bride” on Friday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Winfree Bryant Middle School at 1213 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students and may be purchased at Iddy & Oscars on the Lebanon Square or at brownpapertickets.com.

Encore Theatre Co. presents A Trio of Radio Comedy

7:30 p.m.

Encore Theatre Co. will present A Trio of Radio Comedy on Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m. at the theatre at 6978 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet. The trio will include Fibber McGee and Molly, Burns and Allen and the Radio Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Tickets will be $10 each at the door. For more information, call 615-598-8950 or visit encore-theatre-company.org.

Oct. 7

Watertown Mile-Long Yard Sale

7 a.m.

The fall edition of the Watertown Mile-Long Yard Sale will be Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 7 a.m. and continuing throughout the day in all areas of Watertown.

Treasure Hunt

7 a.m.

The Treasure Hunt will be Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Community parish at 14544 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet. The yard sale is the largest fundraiser of the year, which benefits the parish and the many charities sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary. It will feature furniture, kitchen items, books, movies, household items, linens, holiday decorations, luggage, toys, clothes and all shoes will be $1 a pair. Lunch and homemade baked goods will also be available.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1004 Breakfast

7 a.m.

Chapter 1004 of the Vietnam Veterans of America will meet for breakfast Saturday, Oct. 7 and the first Saturday of each month at 7 a.m. at Dairy Queen in Mt. Juliet.

Hazardous Household Waste Collection Event

8 a.m.

A hazardous household waste collection event will be Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center at 925 E. Baddour Pkwy. in Lebanon. Participants should enter at Tennessee Boulevard. Acceptable items will include household cleaners, home maintenance chemicals, automotive products and miscellaneous chemicals. No medical or infectious waste, explosives, ammunition, radioactive waste, including smoke detectors, or any empty containers will be accepted. Waste from non-household sources such as businesses, schools, farms, churches, etc. will be accepted by appointment only. Call 615-643-3170 to request a price quote and schedule an appointment. Call 615-444-8360 for more information.

Goldwing Road Riders Association Motorcycle Chapter meeting

9 a.m.

The Lebanon Chapter of Goldwing Road Riders Association will meet Saturday, Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. for breakfast at Ryan’s at 405 S. Cumberland St. in Lebanon. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. The group is open to all motorcycle makes and models. Anyone interested in riding motorcycles with two or three wheels is welcome. For more information, call Andrew or Debbie Smith at 615-784-9772.

Hartsville Fall Festival

10 a.m.

The Hartsville Fall Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Trey Park at 105 Marlene St. in Hartsville. It will feature live music, a car show, hay ride, cake walk, carnival games, vendors, food, a live auction and face painting.

Book Launch Party

6 p.m.

Local author Amber Hurdle will have a book launch party for her book, “The Bombshell Business Woman,” on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 6-9 p.m. at Mo’Cara at 1331 W. Main St. in Lebanon. To RSVP to the come-and-go event by Sept. 27, visit bombshelllaunchparty.eventbrite.com.

Mt. Juliet American Legion Post Reverse Raffle

6 p.m.

The Tyler Cates American Legion Post 281 will hold its first reverse raffle fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at Windtree Golf Club at 810 Nonaville Road in Mt. Juliet. A $100 ticket will include two barbecue buffet meals. There will be a $10,000 prize, and only 300 tickets will be sold. Cash, check, credit or debit cards will be accepted. All tickets must be present at the drawing to win. For tickets, contact, Warren at 615-754-7464, Will at 615-319-2179, Delmar at 615-364-3619 or Steve at 615-419-5009.

The People’s Agenda

POLICY: Items for the Government Calendar may be submitted via email at editor@lebanondemocrat.com, in person at The Democrat’s office at 402 N. Cumberland St., by mail at The Lebanon Democrat, 402 N. Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 37087 or via fax at 615-444-0899. Items must be received by 4 p.m. for the next day’s edition. The calendar is a free listing of government meetings and government-related events. The Democrat reserves the right to reject or edit material. Notices run on an as space is available basis and cannot be taken over the phone. Include a name and phone number in case of questions.

Oct. 5

Joint Economic and Community Development Board Executive Committee

7:45 a.m.

The Joint Economic and Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7:45 a.m. in the second-floor conference room at the new Lebanon Airport terminal building at 1050 Franklin Road in Lebanon.

Lebanon Airport Commission meeting

4 p.m.

The Lebanon Airport Commission will meet Thursday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. at Lebanon Municipal Airport at 1060A Franklin Road.

Wilson County Education Committee meeting

6 p.m.

The Wilson County Education Committee will meet Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson County Minutes Committee meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Wilson County Minutes Committee will meet Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson County Steering Committee meeting

6:45 p.m.

The Wilson County Steering Committee will meet Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:45 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson County Budget Committee meeting

7 p.m.

The Wilson County Budget Committee will meet Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse.

– Staff Reports

Mt. Juliet fire opens interim station

The Mt. Juliet Fire Department began operations out of its new interim station Friday morning.

Green Hill Church on Lebanon Road let the department move there after it lost its space at Environmental Science Corp. due to ongoing expansion.

Ladder 111 is housed at the interim station and is staffed by volunteer personnel for structure fires and times of high call volume.

Joy Center reaches fundraising goal, makes plans to visit theme park

Photo courtesy of Facebook
Members of the Joy Center will take a trip to Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio after they raised enough funds to cover the trip. Morgan’s Wonderland is the world’s first theme park designed with special needs individuals in mind.

The Joy Center will take its long-awaited trip to a theme park next week after it reached its goal in fundraising.

The Joy Center is a nonprofit organization that works to help individuals with special needs. 

The group will leave Thursday for Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio.

Morgan’s Wonderland is the world’s first theme park designed with special needs individuals in mind.

One of the caregivers for the organization saw the theme park on a website, and they began raising funds to make the trip in February.

“All of the rides there are built to be totally inclusive,” said Joy Center volunteer Melissa Henley. “So nobody will have to miss out on anything.”

The organization set a goal of $15,000 for the trip, which would take care of the bus there, as well as lodging.

Money was raised through yard sales, selling handcrafted kits at the trading post and performing challenges for donations.

“I personally faced one of my fears in raising money for the trip,” said Henley. “I’m terrified of snakes, but I promised that if we reached $100, I would touch one, $500, and I would hold one. And If we reached $1,000, which we didn’t, we reached about $780, I would let someone put a snake on me. So I just had to hold a snake.”

The Joy Center raised more than its $15,000 goal through its various fundraisers.

The extra money raised will go toward covering food and other extra costs on the trip. According to Henley, any money left over after the trip will be put toward the organization’s building fund.

The group currently meets at Silver Springs Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., but it has outgrown the space.

By Jacob Smith

jsmith@lebanondemocrat.com

Mt. Juliet police to participate in National Coffee with a Cop Day

Mt. Juliet police will join other departments across the nation and have Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday as part of National Coffee with a Cop Day.

The event will be from 7-9 a.m. at El Rey Azteca Mexican Restaurant at 1319 N. Mt. Juliet Road. The restaurant will introduce churros, a traditional Spanish pastry, at the event.

The public is invited to attend. Police Chief James Hambrick, his leadership team and officers will have coffee in hand and ready to enjoy conversation. Coffee with a Cop is an opportunity for the public to meet with officers in a relaxed environment and talk about anything – from crime issues to neighborhood programs, public safety management to how to join the force.

The Coffee with a Cop program is a non-traditional way to generate conversation between the police department and community it serves. This event allows the public to interact with police officers, including Hambrick, in an informal setting to ask questions or address concerns with local law enforcement.

Staff Reports

Hot air balloon festival heads to Mt. Juliet

Balloons, music and more are headed to eastern Wilson County next week, as Mt. Juliet will hold the first Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival.

The event will take place Oct. 14 from 4-7:30 p.m. at Charlie Daniels Park and will include live music, a children’s zone, food trucks, craft vendors and a hot air balloon glow at dusk.

The musical lineup includes Time Carroll, Brian Ritchey, Sara Syms and Flat River Band.

The event will be an evening glow, which means the hot air balloons do not launch during the event. Outside food, tents and dogs will not be allowed to enter the event.

Tickets are only available online at mtjuliethotairballoonfestival.com. Early-bird tickets, which are $12, will be available until Saturday. Regular tickets are $15 after Saturday and $20 at the event. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free.

The first 200 children will receive a free light-up toy.

By Xavier Smith

xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com

Encore Theatre Co. to present ‘Trio of Radio Comedies’

Encore Theatre Co. invites the community to spend some time listening to the radio.

Encore will present “A Trio of Radio Comedies” on Oct. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mt. Juliet theatre.

The show will feature three of America’s most popular radio episodes of Burns and Allen, Fibber McGee and Molly, along with a fall episode of Ozzie and Harriet. Audiences should expect to laugh at the quick wit and classic comedy provided by the wonderful duos of a great generation of radio and television.

“Encore’s radio series have been dramas or musicals until we decided to explore the half-hour radio shows,” said director Don Breedwell. “We all need a chance to laugh, so we added the comedies of the old-time radio era to provide everyone with comedy from some of the greatest comedians.”

Breedwell said the episodes are cast by actors of all ages with wonderful voice characteristics. There will be live sound effects, and the soundtracks are as close to the originals as possible.

Tickets will be $10 each and payable by cash only at the door. Reservations may be made by calling 615-598-8950, but no online sales will be available for the addition to Encore’s 2017 season.

Encore Theatre Co. at 6978 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet is a nonprofit community theater founded to stimulate, promote, teach and develop interest in the dramatic arts and to bring all aspects of the dramatic arts to Wilson County and surrounding communities.

Staff Reports

Local rescue farm holds first songwriting workshop

Submitted to Mt. Juliet News
Hickory Hill Farm, a rescue farm that also provides programs for adults and children, held a unique songwriting workshop for children at a Mt. Juliet foster farm last weekend.

Hickory Hill Farm, a rescue farm that also provides programs for adults and children, held a unique songwriting workshop for children at a Mt. Juliet foster farm last weekend.

Musicians Leah Burey, Charlie Murphey and Kata Rhe Crutcher joined children at Hickory Hill Farm for the Saturday-morning workshop to assist children with discovering and developing their songwriting skills. Hickory Hill Farm assistant director Jenna Gibbons discussed the importance of music and expressing one’s emotions with the group.

“Our morning on the farm was something truly special. These wonderful artists gave the children the opportunity to express themselves and create a beautiful piece about something important to them. We were blessed with amazing musicians, dedicated volunteers, great children, and it was a morning that I was honored to be a part of,” Gibbons said.

She shared the influence of the rescued animals at Hickory Hill and how their stories could even influence their writing, too.

The artists kicked off the morning by sharing their stories, advice and original songs with the group. Everyone then gathered around a campfire next a pasture full of rescued and personally owned horses to put their ideas to paper.

“Always write something that you know and believe in. If it doesn’t make you cry, if it doesn’t make you laugh, if it doesn’t make you feel the strongest version of any emotion, don’t do it,” Burkey said.

Each child worked with the artists to come up with his or her own song before it was the children’s time to shine on stage with the songs they wrote.

To wrap up the day, children got to spend time meeting the rescue horses on the foster farm before grabbing photos with the artists and their goodie bags.

“Addison was in heaven – playing her music in a beautiful barn, writing a song around a campfire, with horses and friends,” said Misha Deem, mother of a participant in the workshop.

Staff Reports

Make-A-Wish foundation to grant two local girls’ wishes

Photo courtesy of Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee
Catharine Beall, 6, of Mt. Juliet, will receive a wish from Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee and visit Walt Disney World in early October.

Two Wilson County girls will get their wishes granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the coming months.

Catharine Beall, 6, of Mt. Juliet, has craniopharyngioma, a type of brain tumor that happens most commonly in children. Beall will visit Walt Disney World in October with her family.

According to Emily Gray, communications manager for Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee, Beall and her family will spend about a week at a special resort.

“They’ll be staying at Give Kids the World Village,” said Gray. “They try to make each day like a party. They have like karaoke nights and different themes throughout the week.”

Give Kids the World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Hilda Rosalez, 17, has leukemia and will receive a camera and a laptop in December.

“We don’t have it all fleshed out yet, but we want to connect her with a local photographer,” said Gray, “hopefully someone who can teach her a lot about her new camera. We’re also going to try to get a bunch of programs installed on her computer.”

The Make-A-Wish foundation in Middle Tennessee is privately funded and receives no government support in funding the wishes they grant.

According to Gray, the majority of the funds come from individual and corporation donations, as well as fundraisers and events.

“We try to get the community involved,” said Gray. “We hold a gala in January and a Walk for Wishes event in April. We try to make the walk as family friendly as we can, like we invite businesses to sponsor teams and families come out there, too, with young kids, so it’s a pretty good family event.”

The organization recently held an event at Mt. Juliet High School called Kids for Wish-Kids, where students at the school raised money to grant the wish of a local girl.

Gray said fulfilling wishes for children has been “fantastic.”

“Getting to see firsthand the impact a wish experience can have on a family in the throes of battling a critical illness is incredibly inspiring,” said Gray. “Our organization has the privilege to create a life-changing experiences for children at one of their darkest times. We are well aware that we wouldn’t have that opportunity if it weren’t for dedicated volunteers who give their time, diligent health care professionals and community members who refer children and generous individual and corporate donors who provide valuable resources. Catharine and Hilda are just two of the more than 150 local children who are waiting for their wishes to be granted. We’ve had the honor of granting more than 1,500 wishes in Middle Tennessee, but there is still a lot of work to do.”

By Jacob Smith

jsmith@lebanondemocrat.com

County to pick new school board member

Larry Joe Inman

Larry Joe Inman announces resignation from board Thursday night

The Wilson County Commission will choose the next Zone 7 school board member after Larry Joe Inman resigned his position Thursday night.

The Wilson County Commission is tasked with picking a replacement in case of a vacancy, according to state law. The commission will next meet Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in commission chambers at the Wilson County Courthouse.

“This will be my last Wilson County school board meeting. I’m resigning my position,” Inman said. “We’re relocating out of state, and I just want to thank the constituents in Zone 7 for having enough confidence in me – as an individual and an educator – to allow me to be in the position I am on this board and be able to help so many kids,” he said.

Inman won his school board race last year after he defeated Chad Karl and Gwynne Queener for the newly created Zone 7 seat. Inman collected 717 votes, compared to Karl’s 693 votes and Queener’s 426 votes.

Inman resigned as the head women’s basketball coach at Tennessee State University in March, citing personal reasons. Inman spent five seasons at the helm of the women’s basketball program after coaching Lebanon High School the previous two years.

Inman also coached at Mt. Juliet High School, where he led the Bearettes to their first state championship in 1977.

Inman began his collegiate coaching career at Middle Tennessee State University in 1978 before spending 20 years at Eastern Kentucky.

“Thank you for your willingness to serve and all you’ve done for Wilson County over the years – basketball coach at Lebanon High School and Mt. Juliet High School and all the years you spent in the classroom and the young people you’ve touched,” said board chairman Larry Tomlinson.

By Xavier Smith 

xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com

Local woman details Vegas shooting

Submitted to Mt. Juliet News
Ginger and Brad Raines, of Mt. Juliet, smile Tuesday in Las Vegas. The couple was near the Mandalay Bay hotel Sunday and joined thousands of others in chaos following the shooting attack.

Mt. Juliet couple witnesses chaos that ensues following concert shooting

A Mt. Juliet woman recalled the moments before, during and after the Las Vegas shooting that killed more than 50 people Sunday night.

Intrigue Athletics owner Ginger Raines and her husband, Brad, traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate her birthday, and although they did not attend Sunday night’s concert, they felt the impact and saw the chaos created by the shooting near where they stayed.

At least 59 people were killed and more than 520 others injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay hotel and resort on the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said.

Police said the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada, was killed after a SWAT team burst into the hotel room from where he was firing at the crowd.

10:08 p.m.: Shooting starts

“We were in the lobby of the Planet Hollywood,” Raines said. “Brad and I were sitting at a card table, and a lady came up to our table and said there is an active shooter at the Mandalay Bay. We not quite sure we heard her just right, and seconds later, a mob of people came running into our lobby,” said Raines, who said she could hear the gunshots.

Raines said some people were injured, and most people believed there was a gunman, or multiple gunmen, chasing people on foot.

“I don’t know if it was the way the buildings are or just because of the way it’s a strip, but you couldn’t tell where the gunshots were coming from. It sounded like they were coming from everywhere. We could smell smoke. In a panic, we thought these people were running from a gunman or two on foot,” she said.

Raines said Planet Hollywood staff told people to take cover. She said Brad fully covered her on the floor.

“He just kept saying, ‘Stay down. Stay down. Pray.’ We thought the man was running through our lobby,” Raines said. “I remember looking up and seeing all the people laying on the ground terrified just like me. I was crying and just thinking about my kids.”

About 10:15-11:30 p.m.: Raines and others hide from possible gunmen

Raines said staff ushered everyone toward the basement a few moments after they took cover. She said a scream and plea from a woman caused everyone to reverse their paths, thinking the gunman was in the basement.

Raines said the couple took cover in a hallway with six other people for about an hour. She said the group received misinformation while they waited in the hallway.

About 11:30 p.m.: The group joins others

“[A staff member] brought us up to this big hallway, and it was full of people just like us. There was every ethnicity you could imagine from every place. There were children and elderly up here – everyone in the same panic that Brad and I were in,” Raines said.

She said majority of people believed the incident was an organized terrorist attack that involved people going into hotels and killing people.

About 12:30 a.m.: Raines notifies loved ones

Raines said the couple started to notify their loved ones in fear of them panicking when they woke up and saw the news since Las Vegas is two hours behind Tennessee. She said she was confident Brad’s mother would wake up and see the incident.

“I knew she would turn on a news channel and see this. I knew she would, so I sent messages to her, my sister, my best friend and some of my coworkers that said we were OK,” Raines said.

The couple also sent messages to their children, Aidan and Halle. On Twitter, Aidan called the message from his mother the “best text I’ve ever received.”

About 3 a.m.: Raines watches the situation for the first time

Raines said the couple made their way back to their room around 3 a.m. and watched television to get an update on the situation.

“It didn’t ease any worries or any fear of what people were doing,” said Raines, who said she was glad to know it wasn’t an organized group attack.

Monday: Thousands show compassion

“[Monday] was a beautiful day here. It was about 70 degrees, the sun was out and there was a stillness here that I’ve never seen in Vegas. It was very quiet, and everybody kind of just looked up at the sky and looking around,” said Raines, who said it was her fourth time to visit Las Vegas.

She said the couple decided to give blood and witnessed an outpouring of compassion from others.

“There were literally thousands of people there to give blood. Then, there were hundreds more people volunteering their time to hand out water or give sunscreen or umbrellas. There was music playing. There was so much compassion in these people here,” she said.

Aftermath and what sticks out

Raines said two things would always stick out to her when she thinks about the incident – her loved ones and the compassion of strangers.

“When you’re fearing for your life, which we were, it is a life-changing experience to think that you’re not going to live to see another day. With all the things that go through your mind about your babies and your loved ones, you just hope that what you’ve done up to that point that people know how you feel about them,” she said.

She described Paddock as a monster and said his actions don’t reflect the compassion she saw following the attack.

“Even though there was a monster here, there is a lot of love here. There is a lot of human kindness that I saw here – compassion for each other and a unified need for peace. I saw that in that hallway,” she said. “This man is a monster, and what he did was horrible. There will never be a good explanation for it, but there are also a lot of wonderful people here. He’s not the majority. He is a small piece compared to what I know everyone to be like.”

Community calendar and the People’s Agenda

Community Calendar

POLICY: Items for the Community Calendar may be submitted via email at editor@lebanondemocrat.com, in person at The Democrat’s office at 402 N. Cumberland St., by mail at The Lebanon Democrat, 402 N. Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 37087 or via fax at 615-444-0899. Items must be received by 4 p.m. for the next day’s edition. The calendar is a free listing of nonprofit events, community club and government meetings. The Democrat reserves the right to reject or edit material. Notices run on an as space is available basis and cannot be taken over the phone. Include a name and phone number in case of questions.

Sept. 28

Rock the Block

4 p.m.

The Lebanon square merchants will present Rock the Block on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 4-8 p.m. at the Lebanon Square. The event will feature food trucks, fun and fashion.

South Hartmann Gateway Plan Open House

5 p.m.

An open house to review the South Hartmann Gateway Plan will be Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Lebanon Municipal Airport at 1060A Franklin Road. Visitors will enter gate 2 behind Home Depot. The purpose of the open house will be to present preliminary corridor plan recommendations, strategic market findings and recommendations and potential development scenarios and receive feedback and input about those plans. The meeting format will be come and go with information stations staffed by planners and note takers to record all public comments. For information, contact Paul Corder, Lebanon planning director at 615-444-3647 or paul.corder@lebanontn.org.

Brooks House Spaghetti Supper

5:30 p.m.

An old-fashioned spaghetti supper to benefit Brooks House will be Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at College Hills Church of Christ at 1401 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. The cost is $10 per person, and children 5 and younger eat free. Tickets may be purchased at Pinnacle Bank offices on South Cumberland Street or West Baddour Parkway in Lebanon. 

Trivia Night

6 p.m.

Trivia Night will be Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Mt. Juliet Community Center at Charlie Daniels Park. Dinner will be served, and trivia will begin at 7 p.m. Prizes will be given for first- through third- and last-place teams, along with door prizes. Food and drinks will be provided. Proceeds will benefit Friends of the Mt. Juliet Parks and Greenways. For more information, call 615-758-6522.

Sept. 29

Lebanon Chamber Town News

7:30 a.m.

The Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce will present Chamber Town News on Friday, Sept. 29 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the chamber office at 149 Public Square in Lebanon. It will feature Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash, Park Renovation Committee chair David Hale and Wilson County 911 director Karen Moore.

Sept. 30

Mt. Juliet-Donelson-Hermitage Relay for Life

2 p.m.

The Mt. Juliet-Donelson-Hermitage Relay for Life will be Saturday, Sept. 30 from 2-8 p.m. at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet. For more information, visit relayforlife.org/mtjuliettn.

Hurricane Benefit Concert

5:30 p.m.

A hurricane benefit concert will be Saturday, Sept. 30 from 5:30-10 p.m. at the Mill at 300 N. Maple St. in Lebanon. It will feature games, and food will be available. Featured performers will include the Music City Slickers, Linwood Road, magician Rodney King, Razzy Bailey, Band of Faith, Yalina Valeria and Fidel Hernandez, Leona and Ron Williams and Zack Jansen and the Junior Jones TV Show Band. All proceeds will go directly to those affected by hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

Oct. 1

Historic Lebanon Farm to Table Dinner

5 p.m.

The second annual Historic Lebanon Farm to Table Dinner will be Sunday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. at Wedge Oak Farm in Lebanon. It will feature a meal prepared on site and served family style by Chef Trey Cioccia. Jug Creek Distillery and Yazoo Brewing Co. will offer specialty cocktails and brews during a social hour. Seating is limited. For tickets or more information, visit historiclebanon.com/farm-to-table-dinner, stop by the Historic Lebanon office at 324 W. Main St. in Lebanon or call 615-547-9795.

Oct. 2

Wilson County Republican Women meeting

11:30 a.m.

The Wilson County Republican Women will meet Monday, Oct. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office at 149 Public Square in Lebanon. Speakers will be state Rep. Susan Lynn, Jeremy Hayes and Dan Walker, candidates for state House. New members are welcome to attend. Bring a lunch or join the club for lunch at a local restaurant. For more information, call Julie at 615-405-4613.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1004 meeting

5 p.m.

Chapter 1004 of the Vietnam Veterans of America will meet Monday, Oct. 2 and the first Monday of each month in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center in Lebanon. Meetings start at 5 with several members showing up early. All Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans are urged to attend. Membership will be discussed on request. Auxiliary members will serve food. Call Doc Kraft at 615 477-8088 for more information.

Oct. 3

Child Abuse Awareness Panel

6 p.m.

The 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center and Cumberland University will present the second annual Child Abuse Awareness Panel on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 6-8 p.m. in Labry Hall on the Cumberland campus. The event is free to the public and will feature two survivors of severe abuse, M.J. Lucas and Courtney Green, as they share their stories of survivorship. Other members of the panel will be Assistant District Attorney Tom Swink, Wilson County sheriff’s Sgt. Walker Woods, Child Protective Services lead investigator Patrick Cockburn and Department of Children’s Services Forensic Interviewer Cece Ralston with the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. They will discuss their involvement with the CAC and how they work from investigation to prosecution. There will be a question-and-answer session during the second half of the panel. Certificates for two hours of continuing education credits will be available. 

Oct. 4

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency food giveaway

9 a.m.

The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency USDA commodity food giveaway will be Wednesday Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 104 Webster Lane in Lebanon for low-income families in Wilson County. The office will close from noon until 1 p.m. for lunch. For more information, call Desirre Starks at 615-444-4714.

Margaret Gaston Chapter of DAR 120th Birthday

2 p.m.

The Margaret Gaston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will have a 120th birthday celebration Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 2-4 p.m. at the Fessenden House at 236 W. Main St. in Lebanon. A rededication of the DAR fountain will take place at 3 p.m.

Oct. 5

Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Fundraiser Sale

7 a.m.

Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon Volunteer Auxiliary will hold a masquerade $5 jewelry and accessories fundraising sale Thursday, Oct. 5 from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 6 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the hospital’s community cares classroom. The show will feature a wide variety of jewelry and accessories, all priced at $5. Profits from the sale will benefit patients and the local community.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency food giveaway

9 a.m.

The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency USDA commodity food giveaway will be Thursday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 104 Webster Lane in Lebanon for low-income families in Wilson County. The office will close from noon until 1 p.m. for lunch. For more information, call Desirre Starks at 615-444-4714.

Oct. 6

Treasure Hunt

7 a.m.

The Treasure Hunt will be Friday, Oct. 6 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Community parish at 14544 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet. The yard sale is the largest fundraiser of the year, which benefits the parish and the many charities sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary. It will feature furniture, kitchen items, books, movies, household items, linens, holiday decorations, luggage, toys, clothes and all shoes will be $1 a pair. Lunch and homemade baked goods will also be available.

Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Fundraiser Sale

7 a.m.

Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon Volunteer Auxiliary will hold a masquerade $5 jewelry and accessories fundraising sale Friday, Oct. 6 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the hospital’s community cares classroom. The show will feature a wide variety of jewelry and accessories, all priced at $5. Profits from the sale will benefit patients and the local community.

Oct. 7

Watertown Mile-Long Yard Sale

7 a.m.

The fall edition of the Watertown Mile-Long Yard Sale will be Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 7 a.m. and continuing throughout the day in all areas of Watertown.

Treasure Hunt

7 a.m.

The Treasure Hunt will be Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Community parish at 14544 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet. The yard sale is the largest fundraiser of the year, which benefits the parish and the many charities sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary. It will feature furniture, kitchen items, books, movies, household items, linens, holiday decorations, luggage, toys, clothes and all shoes will be $1 a pair. Lunch and homemade baked goods will also be available.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1004 Breakfast

7 a.m.

Chapter 1004 of the Vietnam Veterans of America will meet for breakfast Saturday, Oct. 7 and the first Saturday of each month at 7 a.m. at Dairy Queen in Mt. Juliet.

The People’s Agenda

POLICY: Items for the Government Calendar may be submitted via email at editor@lebanondemocrat.com, in person at The Democrat’s office at 402 N. Cumberland St., by mail at The Lebanon Democrat, 402 N. Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 37087 or via fax at 615-444-0899. Items must be received by 4 p.m. for the next day’s edition. The calendar is a free listing of government meetings and government-related events. The Democrat reserves the right to reject or edit material. Notices run on an as space is available basis and cannot be taken over the phone. Include a name and phone number in case of questions.

Sept. 28

Wilson County Board of Education work session and meeting

5 p.m.

The Wilson County Board of Education will meet Thursday, Sept. 28 in a work session at 5 p.m. and board meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the central office at 351 Stumpy Lane in Lebanon.

Lebanon City Council work session

6 p.m.

The Lebanon City Council will meet in a work session Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave.

Oct. 2

Wilson County Library Board meeting

5:30 p.m.

The Wilson County Library Board will meet Monday, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lebanon-Wilson County Public Library.

Oct. 3

Wilson County Election Commission meeting

7 a.m.

The Wilson County Election Commission will meet Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 a.m. at the Election Commission Office at 203 E. Main St. in Lebanon.

Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Committee meeting

5 p.m.

The Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Committee will meet Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Lebanon City Council meeting

6 p.m.

The Lebanon City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave. A public hearing will be at 5:55 p.m.

Oct. 5

Joint Economic and Community Development Board Executive Committee

7:45 a.m.

The Joint Economic and Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7:45 a.m. in the second-floor conference room at the new Lebanon Airport terminal building at 1050 Franklin Road in Lebanon.

– Staff Reports

Southern Bank of Tennessee breaks ground on new main office in Mt. Juliet

Submitted to Mt. Juliet News
Officials broke ground recently on Southern Bank of Tennessee’s new main office in Mt. Juliet. The project is expected to be complete by next fall.

Mt. Juliet-based Southern Bank of Tennessee celebrated the groundbreaking of its new main office recently. 

The 24,000-square-feet office building will be built at the corner of Rutland Road and North Mt. Juliet Road. Uniquely, Southern Bank of Tennessee is the only local community bank headquartered in Mt. Juliet, and the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce awarded it the 2016 business of the year. 

“We’re truly thankful to be headquartered in such wonderful community, and we appreciate the cooperation we’ve received from local officials throughout the entire planning and design process,” said Southern Bank CEO David Major. “We continue to believe Mt. Juliet has a lot of potential in the future, and this building will hopefully showcase where we are going as a bank and a community.”

Southern Bank also has offices in Lebanon, Smyrna and Clinton. Southern Bank has focused on delivering a community bank with an accessible management team, relatable staff and a dedication to supporting the community. It specializes in business and consumer banking and also has a dedicated mortgage team at its current location at 1499 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Additionally, Edwards Porter Mattes Wealth Management anticipates a move into the new building, rounding out a full complement of financial services, all available in one location. Edwards Porter Mattes Wealth Management is a local financial advisory firm at 1400 N. Mt. Juliet Road. It offers a wide range of products and services, including retirement planning, investments and insurance. 

Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2018.    

The Hall Group based in Lebanon designed the project. The site will feature a landscaped public plaza at the setting of the former farmhouse in honor of the site’s history. Guests will enter the building through Mt Juliet’s first revolving door entry.  Once inside, customers will be welcomed by a host of amenities such as a two-story customer lobby and lounge filled with northern light, offering a coffee bar, WiFi and charging stations.

“We are excited to deliver value to our client through sustainable evocative user-centric architecture,” said architect Jeff Hall. “Excellence in design is not only a responsibility to our clients and the Mt Juliet community, it has also allowed us to use the programmatic opportunities of this project to put Southern Bank of Tennessee on the map.”

The balance of the lower floor will be filled with glass front offices, biometric accessed lock boxes, conference rooms, training areas, mortgage services, loan officers, executive suite and support spaces. 

On the second floor, accessed by both a grand staircase and elevator, guests will be able to discover the outdoor roof garden, boardroom, break room, investments, insurance, finance and loan departments.

Sustainable features include LED solar sensing lighting, ultra-low flow plumbing fixtures, recycle stations and materials usage, low VOC and locally sourced materials, hi-efficiency elevator, revolving entry door, roof garden, daylighting and views, electrical tinting argon filled glazing, highly reflective roofing, bicycle storage and locker room, city-multi HVAC design and more.

Staff Reports

Board to discuss Music City Star operator contract

The Nashville Regional Transit Authority is one step closer to officially naming an operator for the Music City Star after almost a yearlong process.

Last year, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, who also serves as the Nashville Regional Transit Authority vice chair, said the group is required to issue a request for proposals for RTA services every five years as a condition of state and federal funding. 

The Music City Star began service under contract with Transit Solutions Group on Sept. 18, 2006 and travels on 32 miles of track between Nashville and Lebanon, which is owned by the Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority. 

According to Regional Transit Authority data, more than 2.2 million passenger trips were recorded as of August, and Hutto said feedback about the current operator was positive. 

Transit Solutions submitted a proposal to operate the service last year, along with First Transit.

Transit Solution’s proposal included a base bid of about $8.8 million for five years and about $19 million for 10 years. First Transit’s proposal included a base bid of about $9.8 million for five years and about $20 million for 10 years.

This week, the Regional Transit Authority finance committee recommended Transit Solutions Group for the service, not to exceed about $9.4 million for the first five years, including mobilization, monthly base fees, station utilities and special event train service.

The Regional Transit Authority will discuss the agreement, along with the group’s upcoming fiscal year budget, next week in Nashville.

Mt. Juliet became a talking point during this week’s meeting, according to Cheryl Lewis, of Lebanon, who attended the meeting.

According to Regional Transit Authority records, Mt. Juliet has not financially contributed to the Music City Star operation at least since 2016, although the city annually budgeted about $30,000, about $25,000 less than Lebanon and $20,000 less than Wilson County.

“The city of Mt. Juliet does contribute to RTA via all maintenance, upkeep, repair and emergency services to the train station/depot,” said Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenny Martin. “In past years, the city also contributed an additional annual $30,000 contribution to the RTA beyond our annual dues and bountiful in-kind services, but those contributions have been shifted in recent years to more pressing local infrastructure needs throughout our city.”

Martin said Mt. Juliet infrastructure projects, such as Golden Bear Gateway, an adaptive signals upgrade, lighting at the city’s Interstate 40 interchange and other road projects demanded the city’s attention and money.

“The city is very proud of the projects we are conducting and feel we have a wonderful relationship and partnership with RTA. Again, we’d like to contribute more but have to put all of our more pressing local infrastructure needs first on our priority needs list,” Martin said. “We will continue to work well with and support the RTA and all of our partners as we always have and always will.”

Music City Star service begins in the East Corridor and runs from Lebanon to downtown Nashville and includes six stations – Lebanon, Martha, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, Donelson and Riverfront Station. 

For more information on the Music City Star, visit musiccitystar.org.

By Xavier Smith

xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com

Community Calendar and The People’s Agenda

Community Calendar

POLICY: Items for the Community Calendar may be submitted via email at editor@lebanondemocrat.com, in person at The Democrat’s office at 402 N. Cumberland St., by mail at The Lebanon Democrat, 402 N. Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 37087 or via fax at 615-444-0899. Items must be received by 4 p.m. for the next day’s edition. The calendar is a free listing of nonprofit events, community club and government meetings. The Democrat reserves the right to reject or edit material. Notices run on an as space is available basis and cannot be taken over the phone. Include a name and phone number in case of questions.

Sept. 21

Blood Drive

12:30 p.m.

Immanuel Baptist Church will serve as host for a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 12:20 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Owens Building, 214 Castle Heights Ave. in Lebanon. Participants will receive a coupon for a free haircut at Sports Clips. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter Immanuel19 to schedule an appointment. 

New Leash on Life Reverse Raffle

6 p.m.

The New Leash on Life Reverse Raffle will be Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon. For more information or to buy tickets, check out the event on Facebook at facebook.com/events/203889336802026 or contact the adoption center at 615-444-1144.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5015 meeting

6 p.m.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5015 in Lebanon will meet Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. and on the third Thursday of each month in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Any veteran who has been awarded a campaign medal or combat medal for any hostility is eligible for membership, verified by the veterans’ DD 214 Form. Presently, Post 5015 is having success in rebuilding its post and becoming active in district and local events. It is not a Lebanon post, but a countywide post. To learn more, contact Post Commander John Marshall at jtmarshall2@icloud.com; Senior Vice Commander Ken Kackley at hkenkjr@aol.com or Junior Vice Commander Harold W. Weist at grnmarine@tds.net.

Fiddlers Grove Model Train Club

7 p.m.

The Fiddlers Grove Model Train Club will meet Thursday, Sept. 21 and each third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Fiddlers Grove Train Museum at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. This is an all-scale model railroad club. During the meeting, everyone will share their knowledge and introduce the hobby to folks new to the interest. The Train Museum has an extensive O-gauge layout and a small HO-scale layout with plans to expand the HO track. The club is open to anyone interested in model train railroads. For more information, contact Ron Selliers at trainslayer53@gmail.com.

Sept. 22

Friendship Christian School Homecoming Parade

9 a.m.

Friendship Christian School will hold its homecoming parade Friday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. The parade will begin at the Lebanon Square and proceed on West Main Street, Hartmann Drive and Coles Ferry Pike to end at the school.

Fiddlers Grove Theatre Dinner and a Show

6:30 p.m.

Fiddlers Grove Theatre will present Dinner and a Show on Friday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center at 945 E. Baddour Pkwy. in Lebanon. The show, “All Aboard,” will be featured, along with music and dinner. Tickets are $22 and available through Thursday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. at the fair office. Credit and debit cards will be accepted. For phone orders, call 615-443-2626.

Todd Oliver and Friends at the Capitol Theatre

7 p.m.

Todd Oliver and Friends will perform Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon. Comedian and ventriloquist Todd Oliver takes the stage with his two funny companions – Irving and Lucy. The little dogs turn everyday canine experiences into knockout comedy. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, visit funnydog.com/toddoliver.

Sept. 23

Yard Sale and Fish Fry

7 a.m.

A yard sale and fish fry will be Saturday, Sept. 23 at Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church at 131 Cedar Grove Road in Mt. Juliet. The yard sale will begin at 7 a.m., and the fish fry will begin at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 615-758-7706 or email cgmbc@outlook.com.

Ride for Cpl. Kimbrough

8 a.m.

The Motorcycle Riders of Middle Tennessee will hold the Ride for Cpl. Kimbrough on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at HDP Motorcycle Shop at 14346 Lebanon Road in Old Hickory.

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Fallen Brothers Memorial Ride

9:30 a.m.

The fifth-annual Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Fallen Brothers Memorial Ride will be Saturday, Sept. 23 with registration from 9:30-11 a.m. and kickstands up at 11:15 a.m. at Coach’s Eastgate Grill at 6750 Eastgate Blvd. in Lebanon. The ride will end at Kellers Restaurant at 325 Hwy. 25 in Hartsville. Food and drinks will be available at the finish. The cost is $10 or a nonperishable food donation. For more information, contact Andrea “Squeaky” Forte at 615-752-8221 or tssweetpea@hotmail.com.

3D Pineapple art class

10 a.m.

Marketplace at the Mill will hold a mixed-media art class Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. until noon. Instructor Megan Gill will help participants use an 8-by-10 canvas board to create a pineapple using glue, acrylic paint and assorted papers. The class in intended for ages 8 and older, including adults. The cost is $25 and all materials are included. Class size is limited. Reserve a spot at meganbaileygill.com.

Mt. Juliet Pow Wow

10:30 a.m.

The 36th annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow will be Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Mundy Park at 300 Mundy Memorial Drive in Mt. Juliet. It will feature competition pow wow, intertribal dancing, Native-American food, arts and crafts, music, a gourd dance, drum contest and dance contests. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 4-12 years old and free for children 5 and younger. For more information, call Cindy Yahola at 615-443-1537. 

Lebanon Farmers Market Celebration

11:30 a.m.

The Lebanon Beautification Commission will hold a Lebanon Farmers Market Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Lebanon Farmers Market. Live entertainment will be featured from Joyful Noise Community Choir, Michael Neal and Cliff Edwards. Spunky’s Saucy Dog will provide food. There will also be a drawing for gift baskets. Additional parking will be available across the street from the market at Fakes & Hooker.

The Joy Clinic Open House

Noon

An open house will be Saturday, Sept. 23 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Joy Clinic at 507 Jim Draper Blvd. next to the New Leash on Life adoption center behind Pro Bowl West. At the open house, visitors may meet staff, take a tour, enjoy some light fare and find about spay or neuter options for dogs and cats.

Wilson County Livestock Association Field Day

5 p.m.

The Wilson County Livestock Association Field Day will be Saturday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. at the community stage at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. The program will feature a trade show, meal by Jordan’s Catering, entertainment, award of scholarship recipients and a live auction. Proceeds will benefit the Wilson County 4-H, FFA, Wilson County Agriculture Hall of Fame, farmers breakfast college scholarships and furthering the education of livestock producers in the Wilson County area. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased in advance from the UT Extension office or the Wilson County Farmer’s Cooperative.

Mt. Juliet High School class of 1977 reunion

5:30 p.m.

The Mt. Juliet High School class of 1977 will celebrate its 40th reunion Saturday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Five Oaks Golf and Country Club at 621 Five Oaks Blvd. in Lebanon. The reunion will feature dinner, a cash bar and deejay. The cost is $45 for singles and $75 for couples. Checks must be received no later than Sept. 1 and may be mailed to Mt. Juliet High School class of 1977, P.O. Box 1, Mt. Juliet, TN 37121. Anyone who has questions or needs more information may call Mike Gray at 615-504-9994 or Medina Vail at 615-969-6368.

Notes for Nurses

6:30 p.m.

Notes for Nurses, a concert to benefit the Cumberland University Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions, will be Saturday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the LoJac hangar at the Lebanon Municipal Airport. It will feature Jonell Mosser. For more information, call 615-547-1245 or visit notesfornurses.com.

Sept. 24

Mt. Juliet Pow Wow

10:30 a.m.

The 36th annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow will be Sunday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Mundy Park at 300 Mundy Memorial Drive in Mt. Juliet. It will feature competition pow wow, intertribal dancing, Native-American food, arts and crafts, music, a gourd dance, drum contest and dance contests. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 4-12 years old and free for children 5 and younger. For more information, call Cindy Yahola at 615-443-1537. 

No Place Like Home Charity Baseball Tournament

2 p.m.

Empower Me will hold its No Place Like Home five-on-five charity baseball tournament Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at Cumberland University’s baseball stadium. Proceeds will benefit the Empower Me Center. The cost to play is $25 per person. For more information, contact Britney Wilkerson at 615-598-0733 or britneywilkerson@empowermecenter.com.

Sept. 26

High School Equivalency Test

8 a.m.

The Wilson County Adult Education program will offer the high school equivalency test, formerly the GED, on Sept. 26 at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Lebanon. For information on taking the test, call 615-443-8731.

The People’s Agenda

POLICY: Items for the Government Calendar may be submitted via email at editor@lebanondemocrat.com, in person at The Democrat’s office at 402 N. Cumberland St., by mail at The Lebanon Democrat, 402 N. Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 37087 or via fax at 615-444-0899. Items must be received by 4 p.m. for the next day’s edition. The calendar is a free listing of government meetings and government-related events. The Democrat reserves the right to reject or edit material. Notices run on an as space is available basis and cannot be taken over the phone. Include a name and phone number in case of questions.

Sept. 21

Lebanon Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meeting

4 p.m.

The Lebanon Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. at the Upton Heights administrative office.

Sept. 25

Mt. Juliet City Commission meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Mt. Juliet City Commission will meet Monday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall at 2425 N. Mt. Juliet Road. A public hearing will be at 6:15 p.m.

Sept. 26

Lebanon Public Works and Transportation Committee meeting

7:30 a.m.

The Lebanon Public Works and Transportation Committee will meet Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 a.m. at the Town Meeting Hall at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave.

Sept. 28

Wilson County Board of Education

5 p.m.

The Wilson County Board of Education will meet Thursday, Sept. 28 in a work session at 5 p.m. and board meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the central office at 351 Stumpy Lane in Lebanon.

Lebanon City Council work session

6 p.m.

The Lebanon City Council will meet in a work session Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave.

Oct. 3

Lebanon City Council meeting

6 p.m.

The Lebanon City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave. A public hearing will be at 5:55 p.m.

Oct. 9

Mt. Juliet City Commission meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Mt. Juliet City Commission will meet Monday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall at 2425 N. Mt. Juliet Road. A public hearing will be at 6:15 p.m.

– Staff Reports

Two Tennessee State Fair champion hams sell for $9,500

Submitted to Mt. Juliet News
Following the FFA Ham Breakfast at the Tennessee State Fair, TSFA chairman John Rose, Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton, president for Tennessee Farm Bureau Jeff Aiken, CEO and president for Farm Credit Mid-America Bill Johnson, FFA state president Julia Knaggs, and CEO for F&M Bank and ham auctioneer Sammy Stuard (seated) gathered for a photo marking the event with representatives of both Farm Credit Mid-America and the Tennessee Farm Bureau.

Two prize-winning country hams, including one from Mt. Juliet, were sold at auction Monday for $9,500 at the third annual Future Farmers of America-sponsored Ham Breakfast at the Tennessee State Fair.

The state’s seven announced gubernatorial candidates got much of the attention at the $30-per-plate event attended by an audience of about 600 community, business and political leaders.

For the first time since announcing, all seven candidates, including five Republicans and two Democrats, appeared on stage together to answer questions from FFA members on topics that included agriculture, education and the economy.

Each candidate was given the opportunity to make an opening statement, answer questions presented by FFA members and make closing comments.

Republican candidates attending included former state Sen. Mae Beavers, House Speaker Beth Harwell, 6th District Congresswoman Diane Black, former state Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Nashville businessman Bill Lee. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh were the two announced Democrats in attendance.

Farm Credit Mid-America bought the first State Fair champion ham auctioned, a trim-style ham placed in the fair’s annual ham competition by Kody Kimbrough, of Pulaski, for $5,000, while the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, out bid others to buy the second ham, a packing-house trim-style ham cured by Scott Dabbs, of Mt. Juliet, for $4,500.

Both champion hams came from family curing operations with a tradition of winning the country ham competition at the Tennessee State Fair.

Kimbrough is the grandson of Betsa and David Bolden, of Lynnville, champion ham winners last year. Dabbs is the son-in-law of Ed Rice Jr., owner of Rice Country Hams in Mt. Juliet. Rice and his late father have won the State Fair ham competition multiple times in the past several decades.

Proceeds from the sale of the hams and from tickets sold for the breakfast will be contributed to the FFA Foundation to help fund a number of programs that serve the organization’s youth membership, according to event organizer Chelsea Rose, Tennessee FFA Foundation executive director.

John Rose, who chairs the Tennessee State Fair Association board, a volunteer nonprofit organization responsible for producing the State Fair annually, said the FFA breakfast provides a “unique opportunity to showcase our state’s most talented youth to many of the state’s most prominent business and community leaders and, in the case of this year’s event, our next governor.”

“We are so pleased to help support the Future Farmers of America with the ham breakfast, and we are particularly proud of what the FFA and its members contribute to our state and nation,” Rose said.

The Tennessee State Fair, held annually in Nashville at the Nashville Fairgrounds on Wedgewood Avenue, opened Sept. 8 for a 10-day run and closed Sunday. For more information about the State Fair, visit tnstatefair.org.

Staff Reports