Thumbs of the week: Students create video to help local playground

Staff Reports • Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Thumbs up to Wilson Central High School audio-visual students for creating a video to raise awareness for the need at the Teacher Learning Center playground. The class, headed by DeAna Duncan, decided to make a satirical video bringing light to the playground’s state of disrepair after it was vandalized during fall break. The video features a Morgan Freeman-like voiceover from student Guy Pennell and several scenes featuring input from the “Little Wildcats” about their desire to return to their playground. The school will have three fundraisers next week to help raise funds for the youngest members of the Wildcat family. 


Thumbs up to Habitat for Humanity for bringing local news anchor Demetria Kalodimos to the annual Houses of Hope luncheon. The luncheon, held by Habitat for Humanity, provided a way for community members to learn about the organization’s endeavors in Wilson County. Currently, Wilson Habitat has built 69 houses for local low-income families who pay an interest-free mortgage after attending homeownership classes and working on the build site to earn the opportunity to own a home. Three community awards were presented to local individuals and organizations that have supported affordable homeownership in the community.


Thumbs up to Run4Water and Greg Armstrong for helping organize a qualifying race for the US National 24 Hour Running Team at Winfree Bryant Middle School in Lebanon. The race took place from 8 a.m. on Saturday until 8 a.m. on Sunday, making it a full 24 hours of running for the 35 men and women participating. Three people that ran at the event on Saturday made the team, which is made up of six men and six women to compete on  the world stage in Belfast in July. Two that ran Saturday made alternates, including Bob Hearn, who became the first American over the age of 50 to break 150 miles during a 24 hour run. The event also helped raised awareness for the nonprofit Run4Water that helps provide clean drinking water to people around the world and in America. 


Thumbs up to five new Mt. Juliet police officers for graduating from the 12-week Basic Police School at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Nashville last Friday. Officers Chad Cagle, Austyn Dyer, Joshua Lo, Justin Angle and Douglas Troutman are Mt. Juliet’s newest police officers.


Thumbs up to Fiddlers Grove Historical Village for kicking off its 26th season at the James E. Ward Ag Center in Lebanon. Returning events include: Farm Days for second grade (May 10-11); Bark in the Park (May 13); Antique Tractor and Engine Show (May 20); Kidz Camp (June 9 and July 7); Pioneer Days for fourth graders (Sept. 12-13 and Sept. 19-20); Ghosts in the Grove (Oct. 28) and Festival of Lights (Nov. 24 to Dec. 31).

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