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Thumbs of the week

dfox • Nov 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Thumbs up to the students in Ranesa Shipman’s first grade class who celebrated the first Thanksgiving with a play Tuesday. The Southside Elementary School teacher said her students worked for close to a month practicing their lines and learning the songs to present to parents and grandparents. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of students,” Shipman said. “They have great attitudes and come to class with a smile on their face.” This year’s presentation titled “The Pilgrims and Native Americans First Thanksgiving” featured students as pilgrims coming to America on the Mayflower as well as a group of Native Americans showing the new arrivals the necessities of life in their new home. At the end of the play, the Thanksgiving turkey makes an appearance and the new friends enjoy the meal together.

Thumbs up to the several dozen people who kicked off the Thanksgiving week by giving thanks and prayers and celebrating a man who has touched many lives through his own personal adversity. Immanuel Baptist Church held the Celebration Evening for Lawrence McKinney on Sunday, and friends, family, supporters and advocates from all aspects of Lebanon gathered to celebrate McKinney. McKinney was released in July 2009 after spending 31 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit in 1977 in Memphis. McKinney found his faith late in his sentence and upon his release, moved to Lebanon with his wife, Dorothy. When McKinney was released, he received a $13,556 payment from the federal government. However, citing the payment was a mistake, the government started garnishing McKinney’s wages.

Thumbs up to Princess Character Breakfast event served as a fundraiser for the school’s Future Business Leaders of America members to allow them to attend upcoming competitions. And when the glitter settled Saturday, nearly $2,000 was raised from 384 tickets sold.  “We were down a bit from last year,” said FBLA adviser Sherry Buchanan. “We raised about $3,000 last year, but that was the most we’ve ever raised.” The purpose of the annual breakfast is to encourage and teach young girls about positive character traits that are a part of their daily lives. Each princess took some time to introduce herself and describe the character trait she represented. 

Thumbs up to the Wilson County Board of Zoning Appeals grant permission Friday for what would be the county’s first distillery to take the next steps in formation. The body approved to overturn a county building inspector decision that will allow Jug Creek Distillery to move forward with building the distillery on a 53-acre property on Oregon Road in Lascassas. Kyle Luttrell and Heath Frazier, owner and founders of Jug Creek, said they would like to bring handcrafted moonshine to Wilson County using Wilson County products and labor.

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