Thumbs of the Week
Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 11:25 PM
Thumbs up to the approximately 300 people who turned out Saturday morning to take part in Maddie’s Dash 5K and Children’s One-Mile Costume Fun Run, a fundraiser to help pay for a liver transplant 7-month-old Maddie Whitlock received last week. The campaign goal was to raise $50,000 to cover the cost of the transplant, which was successfully performed Oct. 27 at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. On Monday, Maddie’s father, Brad Whitlock, said about $60,000 was raised with more money expected. “I was blown away,” said Brad Whitlock. “It was unbelievable how everything went. [Maddie’s mother] Michelle wasn’t there. She was with Madison, but I was there. Madison’s got a whole lot of fans, and she doesn’t even realize it. “I couldn’t believe how many participants there were. It was cute to see all the kids run the one-mile fun run and cross the finish line.”
Thumbs up to Lebanon, as Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, along with Wonderful Group officials, announced Tuesday the company has selected Lebanon as the site of its first U.S. operations. In an effort to expand its presence in the world market, Wonderful Group will invest $150 million in the Lebanon facility and create 220 new jobs in Wilson County. “We want to welcome Wonderful Group to Tennessee and thank the company for choosing our state as the location for its first U.S. operations,” Haslam said. ”
Thumbs up to The Faith Store in Lebanon, a nonprofit store that supports international missions and will have its grand opening Saturday. The store is run through the Generations of Grace Church. Kathy Tack, the church’s lead pastor, and her daughter, Kelsey Tack, operate the store. The store, which officially opened its doors Tuesday, will hold its grand opening celebration Saturday. It will celebrate the grand opening with one-time-only sales and by handing out coupons to the store.
Thumbs up to superstar a cappella group Pentatonix, which surprised dozens of fans with a pop-up performance at Cracker Barrel’s Mt. Juliet location Thursday to kickoff a tour of pop-up’s at several Cracker Barrel locations across the country.The Grammy Award winning group performed a pair of songs for a packed house, less than a day after putting a new twist on “Elvira” during the Country Music Awards in Nashville Last month, Cracker Barrel and Pentatonix announced a partnership that brought the band’s debut self-titled studio album to all Cracker Barrel locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. Shortly after the announcement, Pentatonix achieved its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with the album. Cracker Barrel notified fans of the performance around midday, which gave about 70 fans enough time to get to the old country store.