Thumbs of the Week: Community celebrates local dispatchers

Staff Reports • Updated Apr 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Thumbs up to all who participated in Walk Across Wilson. More than 600 people gathered Saturday morning at College Hills Church of Christ to celebrate fitness and the conclusion of the annual Walk Across Wilson event.  The Wilson County Health Council and Tennova Healthcare–Lebanon started Walk Across Wilson three years ago to promote health and wellness through education and preventative outreach. Walk Across Wilson is a four-week walking program. The event is designed to be a unique and fun way to motivate students, employees, church members and county residents to become physically active. Everyone who participated took home tips for healthy habits and giveaway items from the event.


Thumbs up to all local dispatchers. National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week ends Saturday, and Wilson County agencies made sure to thank the people who work behind the scenes. Several local emergency response agencies took to social media this week for National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week to thank local dispatchers for the often-unnoticed service they offer daily. Lebanon and Mt. Juliet police departments served up some humorous videos and anecdotes to celebrate dispatchers. Wilson County Emergency Management Agency director Joey Cooper called dispatchers “the calm voice in the dark.” We at the Lebanon Democrat also would like to thank all those who answer the calls and connect emergency services. 


Thumbs down to two teenagers who vandalized Mid-Cumberland vans, thumbs up to the police who caught them. Two vandals threw rocks at vans owned by Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency March 31. Lebanon police detectives identified two teenage suspects – 16 and 12 years old – in a vandalism case Friday at Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency. The agency was down 10 vans after a witness saw the teens throw rocks and break out several windows at about 8:30 p.m. March 31. According to Lebanon police Sgt. P.J. Hardy, investigators were able to identify and interview the teens based on the information gathered by patrol officers the night of the incident. Detectives said the two confessed to the crimes. 


Thumbs up to Bookie-Lous who won Winfree Bryant’s Battle of the Books on Wednesday and will represent the school May 3 against four other county schools at the countywide event. This is the fifth year for the competition in Wilson County.  Preparation for the competition started last fall as students began reading from a list of 20 selected books. The students formed teams of four or five then answered questions based on the novels in a format similar to a quiz bowl.  

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