Thumbs of the Week: Recycling should live on in city

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Thumbs up to the Lebanon City Council, which agreed to extend the city’s recycling pilot program. The group discussed the recycling pickup program during a work session Monday. Jeff Baines, commissioner of Public Works, said that the program, which is $15 per month for residents, makes a little bit of money right now, but if more people are added to the program, the city will have to hire a new employee or continue to pay current employees overtime. During a work session Monday, Councilor Chris Crowell said the city should think about the future when considering the issue, and he said it costs the city less per ton to carry out recycled items compared to hauling trash to the landfill in Murfreesboro. Councilor Joey Carmack suggested the city put stickers on trash cans to let more people know that the program is available, and that it saves the city money and helps the environment. The group voted to extend the program until the end of the fiscal year in June.  


Thumbs up to those involved in a fundraiser Tuesday in honor of a 6-year-old Mt. Juliet boy that featured some spectacular guests and raised some money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  The event was at Calabria Brickoven Pizzeria at 1209 N. Mt. Juliet Road and featured appearances from Cinderella, Belle, Anna, Kristoff, Spiderman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There was also be a professional photographer to chronicle the festivities. It was in honor of Reese Adams, who was diagnosed at 3 weeks old with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease that affects the digestive and respiratory systems. According to his parents, Reese Adams loves the Tennessee Volunteers, school, baseball and his twin sisters. The Adams family formed Team Reese’s Peace to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help fight the disease. There are about 30,000 Americans who live with cystic fibrosis. 


Thumbs down to vandals who struck a church and post office in Watertown earlier this week. Watertown police started an investigation Tuesday morning after vandals spray-painted hate messages on the walls of a church and the city’s post office sometime Monday night. Assistant Chief Joe Hall said the incidents happened sometime between sunset and 11 p.m. at Round Lick Baptist Church on West Main Street and the post office about a mile east of the church. Pentagrams and the phrase, “Satan is good,” were spray-painted in white on the red bricks of the front of the church. The crude graffiti was signed, “From Us.” Hall said swastikas could be found among the graffiti also in white paint on the side and back walls of the post office. He said police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

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