Thumbs up to Wilson Habitat for Humanity, which celebrated the dedication of a new handicapped-accessible home for a local family Sunday afternoon. Ron and Leigh Anne Ankney and their three sons were joined by several friends, family members, fellow Providence United Methodist Church members and people from the community to mark the completion of the home. According to Wilson Habitat for Humanity Director Tory Tredway, the event was particularly special because the home is handicapped-accessible, which will benefit 11-year-old Noah Ankney.
Thumbs up to an award-winning documentary film from Mt. Juliet cinematographer Jimmy Cooper that follows American veterans returning to Northern Iraq and is set to play June 30 at the Full Moon Cineplex. Showtime will be at 7 p.m. with a question-and-answer session to follow.Filmed in Iraq and Syria, “The Longest Road” follows retired Army Sgt. Richard Campos, Vietnam veteran Stan Rapada, and Gold Star father Kevin Graves as they head to the front lines of combat to see the atrocities that ISIS has committed firsthand. But this isn’t just a sightseeing tour. Campos and his team of veterans, turned humanitarians, are now giving back to those who have suffered immeasurable loss at the hands of the enemy. Cooper, a Mt. Juliet resident, made three trips to Iraq to serve on the film in two years. While in the Middle East, the production befriended a Muslim heart surgeon who shares her story in the film. Dr. Nemam Ghafouri, a former refugee herself, brought the finished film to London and Sweden, where it played to packed theaters filled with diverse crowds. The filmmakers were even invited to attend a meeting at Swedish Parliament to discuss the current refugee situation in the Middle East.