Thumbs of the Week: Schools take digital lead

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 31, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Thumbs up to Wilson County Schools for its second-place finish in the nation among large school districts in the Digital School Districts Survey. The Center for Digital Education and the National School Board Association give out the awards annually to honor school districts for their pioneering uses of technology, specifically, school districts that are integrating technology into the classroom to enhance curriculum and improve student learning. Wilson County Director of School Donna Wright said she’s proud the district was identified as a trailblazer when it comes to technology. The top 10 rankings are awarded to the school boards and districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education. 


Thumbs up to Mike Jennings who took the brunt of some good-natured fun for a good cause Tuesday night at the Wilson County Library Board’s 27th annual roast of Mike Jennings. Jennings’ past caught up with him Tuesday night as childhood friends, a former business partner, a few fellow road trippers and someone who shares the bench each took turns with quick jabs at the honoree of the event. Roasters included Steve Brown, Rick Martin, Roger Hutto, David Hale and Judge Barry Tatum. Local radio morning show guru Coleman Walker was the master of ceremonies, and Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto blessed the food, but not before he took a swing or two at Jennings. 


Thumbs up to Charis Health Center for its making the Engaged 8 round in the Brackets For Good fundraising tournament. With less than one minute to go, Charis Health Center led Cottage Cove Urban Ministries by more than 200 points. With 24 seconds left, Cottage Cove scored 250 points. Before Charis could respond with another donation, the clock ran out. When the regular points and buzzer-beater points were tallied, Cottage Cove outscored Charis by five points. Cottage Cove defeated Charis 2,240-2,235. 


Thumbs up to the hundreds of people who gathered Saturday morning at Don Fox Park to celebrate fitness and the conclusion of the annual Walk Across Wilson event. Walk Across Wilson is a four-week walking program for teams of between four to eight people. The event is designed to be a unique and fun way to motivate students, employees, church members and county residents to become physically active. The Wilson County Health Council and Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon sponsored the event.


Thumbs up to Mt. Juliet police Chief James Hambrick who received the Private Officer International Achievement Award last Friday at the department. Private Officer International, based in Charlotte, N.C., is an organization that addresses the growing need for enhanced private security officer training standards, security officer recognition and award programs, pay, benefit and other rising issues in the industry.

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