Thumbs of the Week: Cops come together to meet community

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Thumbs up to police and sheriff’s deputies for their invovlement in National Coffee with a Cop Day. Mt. Juliet police and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office combined Wednesday morning for National Coffee with a Cop Day at El Rey Azteca in Mt. Juliet. In addition, Lebanon police had its own event Wednesday morning at J. Clayborn’s Bakery in Lebanon. Both events were held from 7-9 a.m. and invited members of the community to come out and talk to members of the police forces while enjoying coffee and breakfast. Lt. Tyler Chandler, public information officer with the Mt. Juliet police, said the event was a way for citizens to develop a more personal relationship with their police officers.


Thumbs up to panelists who spoke on Child Abuse Awareness. About 60 people attended the second Child Abuse Awareness Panel on Tuesday evening held by the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center and Cumberland University. Bill McKee, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cumberland, gave opening remarks and turned the microphone over to Assistant District Attorney Jason Lawson, who moderated the event.  Panelists included Wilson County Detective Sgt. Walker Woods, Assistant District Attorney Tom Swink, 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center forensic interviewer Cece Ralston, Department of Children’s Services lead investigator Patrick Cockburn and abuse survivors Courtney Green and M.J. Lucas. Each panelist covered a myriad of topics, ranging from definitions and charges associated with child abuse to registered sex offenders and sex trafficking. Child abuse survivors Green and Lucas each shared their own compelling stories. 


Thumbs up to local mom Melissa Vaughn for receiving keys to her new home from Habitat for Humanity on Sunday during the organization’s 72nd home dedication celebration. Vaughn was born in Lebanon and has always lived in Wilson County. She is the mother of an 18-month-old son. Since April 2016, Vaughn worked for a graphic design company in Lebanon. Vaughn attended Cumberland University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in human relations management. Volunteers groups that assisted included friends of the Dugans, Bridgestone Distribution Center, College Hills Church of Christ and Cumberland University.Wilson Habitat will also start its second fall home build Saturday at 7:30 a.m. for Lisa Nichols, a Nashvillian and the mother of two adult children, Jalesia, 27, and Gregory, 19. 


Thumbs up to various Wilson County groups for being honored with the Marshall S. Stuart Award. The Greater Nashville Regional Council presented the Marshall S. Stuart Award to Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Watertown, Wilson County and the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County. The award was given for their support of Intergovernmental Cooperation and Coordination with the Lebanon Municipal Airport Expansion Initiative. 


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