Thumbs of the Week: Square readies for new business boost

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Thumbs up to Historic Lebanon for organizing plans for an entrepreneur center on the Lebanon Square. istoric Lebanon executive director Kim Parks and Historic Lebanon board chairman Nathan Harris discussed the future entrepreneur center, dubbed Cumberland Ignite Lab, slated for the eastern portion of the Lebanon Square. The center will offer quarterly, nine-week classes to help entrepreneurs start their business, which will likely start in January. Cumberland University partnered with the city of Lebanon on the center. The center will be at 104 E. Main St., and Parks said a coffee shop adjacent to the center is also a future possibility. Harris said the center aligns with his thoughts about the city’s center, which has seen infrastructure improvements in recent years. 

Thumbs up to the Wilson County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 71 for sponsoring a golf tournament to support Christmas gifts for less fortunate children. It was the 22nd annual event to support the organization’s Christmas for Kids program at the Lebanon Golf Country Club. Twelve teams of four signed up for the event, and each participant received a bag of gifts and was put into a drawing for door prizes. In December, members of the lodge will meet with the children and take them on a shopping trip.

Thumbs up to the local Rotary Clubs for donating  dictionaries to school children. The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 with the purpose of providing every third-grade student with his or her own dictionary. Since then, more than 29 million dictionaries were purchased and donated to schools throughout the U.S. by service clubs, individuals, religious groups, families and political groups. The books are ordered in the summer as soon as it is known how many third-grade students will be enrolled in local elementary schools. Rotary Club members personally deliver the books in October. The Mt. Juliet noon and breakfast clubs, as well as the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club donated dictionaries Oct. 11, but the Lebanon Noon Rotary Club wasn’t able to participate at that time. Lebanon Noon Rotary Club members presented third graders across Wilson County with dictionaries last Thursday and Friday as part of its yearly participation in the Dictionary Project. 

Thumbs up to the Wilson County Veterans Museum for bringing in renowned exhibits after its grand opening last week. The recently opened Wilson County Veterans Museum welcomed the Tomb of the Unknowns Soldier traveling replica earlier this week. There were veterans on-site who shared the history and provide brochures about the tomb, which is located in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The Tennessee Military Collector’s Association, a group of private collectors who acquired rare military items from around the world, will display them to the public free of charge Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the museum.  The museum features a Vietnam-era fully restored “Huey” helicopter, as well as exhibits from each period in U.S. history.              

–Staff Reports


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