Thumbs of the Week: Tobin shines as youth volunteer

Staff Reports • Updated Feb 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Thumbs up to Mikayla Tobin who was nominated and selected as the Wilson County winner of the youth 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Stars award. As a county winner, Tobin was invited to attend the state of Tennessee banquet Feb. 12 where all the county winners both youth and adults were recognized for their volunteerism. Tobin is 9 years old and attends Lakeview Elementary School and has an active role volunteering with the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee. 


Thumbs up to members and supporters of the Lebanon Senior Citizens’ Center who celebrated a late Valentine’s Day on Saturday night at the Mill. More than 350 people packed the great room at the Mill for the annual event, which is the largest fundraiser for the senior center. In addition to ticket sales, there was a silent auction with nearly 50 items on different tables. Seniors were able to peruse the silent auction tables before dinner was served. Also, the senior center sold table sponsorships from $100 to $500.


Thumbs up to Mt. Juliet firefighters who quickly extinguished a fire on Brighton Circle on Tuesday morning, saving the home and pets inside, according to fire officials. In a video posted to the department’s Twitter account, Chief Jaime Luffman was seen carrying out a dog found inside the home. According to Mt. Juliet police Lt. Tyler Chandler, a neighbor noticed smoke coming from the home and reported the fire. The fire department responded quickly after getting the call from dispatch. Crews remained on the scene after the fire was extinguished to check for hot spots and clean up the area. Brighton Circle, between Devonshire Drive and Brownstone Street, was temporarily closed while firefighters extinguished the fire.


Thumbs up to Lebanon High School new head football coach Chuck Gentry who addressed the Lebanon Noon Rotary Club on Tuesday afternoon. Gentry’s topic involved each person finding the “it” in their life, or the one thing that a person wants to work toward more than anything else. In Gentry’s life, he said, he has two “its,” football and faith. His goals in life revolve around those two things and “being a better person when I go to bed than I was when I woke up that morning,” Gentry said. Among the things Gentry said he wishes to instill in his players are mental toughness and hard work. 


Thumbs up to members of the Lebanon community who heard the story of one professor’s journey into mapping the African American geography during the Civil War in Tennessee on Tuesday at the Lebanon Public Library. Zada Law is an archaeologist and professor at Middle Tennessee State University, where the GIS mapping project, Landscape of Liberation, came together. The initial goal of the project was to map the refugee experience of African Americans during the Civil War. That means all data collected had to be between 1861 and 1865. She led a group of students through the discovery of what was happening to African American people during the Civil War.

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