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Thumbs of the week

dfox • Dec 4, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Thumbs up to the old Lebanon Post Office receiving a state recognition Monday during a ceremony dedicated to the building’s 100th anniversary.  The old Lebanon Post Office, currently the Wilson County Election Commission Office located at 203 E. Main Street, received a state historic marker and dedication from public officials. “We’re proud it’s on the national historic registry and now we have an historic marker that people can be proud of,” said Phillip Warren, Wilson County administrator or elections. The building, which was completed in 1915, was the original post office in Lebanon after it opened. The building was one of 10 historic markers approved by the state this summer.

Thumbs up to the eighth annual Historic Homes Tour sponsored by Historic Lebanon will take place Saturday from 5-8:30 p.m. Historic Lebanon Director Kim Parks said this year the tour will feature two businesses and six homes. By shining a light on these local treasures, Historic Lebanon hopes to increase awareness of Lebanon’s history and stress the importance of local preservation efforts, according to a press release. The two “commercial” stops on this years tour will be the City of Lebanon Museum and the Historic Lebanon Office. “I have an intern from Cumberland who has been working on an exhibit. She’s been putting together an exhibit on the Spanish American War and Lebanon’s involvement in it,” Parks aid.

Thumbs up to the fact Empower Me was recently given a gift, a substantial gift that kicked off its goal to empower hundreds of thousands of special needs individuals as part of its 90daystodonate.com campaign. 

Local builder Mark Brown, of Mt. Juliet, donated $55,000 to Empower Me to support its efforts to meet the needs of local families with special needs children. Brown is the uncle of Bailey Brown, a 19 year old from Lebanon, who has participated with Empower Me for the past 12 years. “Wilson County Schools has a done a great job for Bailey. However, those services do come to an end,” Brown said. There’s a tremendous need for programs for special needs individuals and their families. Those families who do not have special needs children in their lives have no idea what the other parents go through. 

Thumbs up to Wilson County Schools, which has achieved the necessary number of mentors for this year’s Tennessee Promise program, according to Director of Schools Donna Wright. During the recent Wilson County Commission meeting, Wright noted the school system two more mentors to reach the goal of necessary mentors for graduating seniors. Wright said Wednesday the system made its number last week, according to the state. This year, Gov. Bill Haslam called for about 2,000 more mentors throughout the state in hopes that a smaller mentor-to-student ratio and more interaction time would help increase a student’s chances of getting to and being successful in college.

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