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Mt. Juliet teacher passes after lengthy illness
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A beloved teacher in the Mt. Juliet area, Dr. Amanda Petty Ray, 35, passed away Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family.  

Ray had taught at Stoner Creek Elementary School and West Wilson Middle School in recent years. She also taught at Cameron Middle School. 

Ray is survived by her husband of 15 years, Nelson Ray; sons, Elijah Lucas Ray and Braeden Noah Ray; brother, Jason Robert Petty USMC and his wife Julie; niece, Eila Ann Petty; father and mother in law, George and Kathy Ray;  and numerous other family members and friends.

Ray was a 1997 graduate of Trousdale County High School, had a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Cumberland University, EDS degree from Tennessee Technological University and recently earned her Doctorate of Education from Tennessee State University. 

Ray was a member of Emerge Church of God of Prophecy, and a loving wife and mother. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 17, 4-8 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. A memorial and Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, 6 p.m. in the West Wilson Middle School Gym in Mt. Juliet, with visitation 5-6 p.m. at the school. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made in her memory to the Amanda Ray Benefit Fund at any Wilson Bank & Trust location or to the TSU Doctorial Student Organization c/o Dr. Johnna Paraiso, 1022 Walton Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Alive Hospice Madison Campus. 

Local restaurants feeding the needy this holiday season
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

For several years, Anne Neville has been taking it upon herself to help feed families during the holiday season. 

Thanks to some local restaurants, approximately 30 people will get a free meal this year. 

Neville asked O’Charley’s and Olive Garden if they would be able to provide meals for families in need. Neville finds people in need through her work with Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet, the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, Abundant Life Church and occasionally Meals-on-Wheels. 

“There is just so much goodness in this community,” said Neville. 

The families will have their dinners at the restaurant Monday, Dec. 22. 

Mt. Juliet High School grad storms into Bridgestone in Marvel Universe Live
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

This past weekend when the Marvel Universe Live rolled into Bridgestone Arena, one of Mt. Juliet’s own was one of the key players. 

Chelsea Hough, a 2012 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, played the role of Storm in the show, the X-Men super hero that can control the weather. 

“It’s been incredible,” said Hough. “I love traveling and going from city to city.”

Hough’s background is not in big theater shows, she is a dancer, and was on the Mt. Juliet Dance Team during her time at the school. After graduating, she went to the University of Alabama and was on the dance team there. But it was tough going to school on out of state tuition, so she came a little closer to home at Western Kentucky. 

But performing was in her blood, and she wanted to get to New York or Los Angeles to take her career to the next level. She made it to Bloc LA Talent Agency, and things took off from there. She even got to spend over two weeks in Germany to perform for Helene Fischer, one of the biggest pop stars in the country. 

She received an email from her agency that had an open call for the Marvel Universe Live show. She didn’t have a background in big stunt shows like that, but she felt her background could be beneficial.

“It was easier for me to pick up the choreography,” said Hough. 

 Turns out she was right, and she is now well over 100 shows into the show. Hough played six shows over the weekend at Bridgestone Arena. She said she never really gets nervous, but this one was different because she had people she knew in the audience. 

“It’s been incredible, especially being home now,” said Hough. 

Hough said that the traveling has been outstanding, and she has gotten so many opportunities to learn on her trip by visiting museums, and has got to sample the best foods from each city. She has also learned about the Marvel world. She wasn’t very familiar before. 

“I wasn’t a big fan girl like I am now,” said Hough. 

Hough said she has started picking up comics, and has been getting several Storm comics because she has her own series now. 

Marvel Universe Live will now move on to Atlanta, and will have shows close by in the future. The show will go to Memphis Jan. 1-3, 2015 and will be in Huntsville, Ala. April 21-24, 2015. 

Sheriff’s Office recruiting explorers
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

From the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office

Young people between ages 14-18 are getting the opportunity to learn about a career in law enforcement as the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office gets its Explorers Post #328 classes underway.

So far, 15 students from Lebanon and Wilson Central High Schools have begun taking classes and learning about various aspects of law enforcement careers. The program, which began in October, includes more than 60 hours of training in criminal law, officer safety and survival, arrest and search procedures, emergency management, crime prevention, CPR, report writing, crime scene investigation, riding with sworn officers and a host of other skills.

“We are pleased young people in our area are interested in law enforcement, and we hope to get them started on a path to a professional vocation regardless of whether they decide to pursue a law enforcement career,” Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “It is geared to help young men and women with opportunities in citizenship service, fitness and social responsibility.”

The Explorers is a division of Boys Scouts of America and is open to Wilson County students who have completed the eighth grade as long as they meet the requirements, have parental approval and must maintain at least a “C” average in school. The Explorers are learning under the guidance of Post Advisor Sgt. James Lanier and three associate advisers, Deputies Emy Bates, Christopher Keyes and James Smith.

“This is a program to teach self-discipline, self-respect and integrity,” said Sgt. Lanier. “We expect the Explorers with Post #328 to be mirrors of ourselves and to conducts themselves as a role model for others whether they are in class or participating in everyday activities just as we do.” 

In the long run, Explorers will have the chance to compete with other explorers, including those across the county and possibly internationally. 

Classes are taught every other Monday at 6 the Sheriff’s Office training room. Anyone interested in participating can come to the class but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The registration is $25. A complete list of classes and dates is available upon request.  

West Wilson Middle Principal’s List
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

6th Grade: Stephen Anthony, Jordan Barga, Jenna Barney, Jasmin Betancourt, Grace Bingham, Julia Briggs, Caleb Brown, Chance Carson, Cade Carson, Hayden Carter, Molly Castle, Sarah Castle, Kira Cornick, Sydney Dalton, Jacob Davidson, Kassidy Davis, Jack Diedrick, Caleb Dixon, Brittany Droste, Jerika Eduave, Ellen Ewing, Giana Fasone, Marina Fekry, Amelia Gardner, Abenezer Gizaw, Grey Goodwin, Kain Hailey, Jonathan Hetrick, Jacob Howard, Arianna Hutchinson, Alec Jones, Weston Knott, Gavin Kuester, Alexander Lam, Clara Lee, Brooke Laredo, Joshua Lu, Connor Maxwell, Olivia McAlister, Katie McFarlin, Bryson McMahon, Kaitlyn Meador, Kevan Mehta, Madison Michaelson, Gracen Miller, Caitlyn Moody, Talisha Morgan, Ashton Morgan, Hannah Mullins, Andrew Nessim, Emily Ochoa, Abigale Oglesby, Marisa Ortiz, Mason Pastore, Mackenzie Perry, Keeleigh Pilcher, Danielle Reth, Sydnee Richetto, Samantha Ritter, Arabella Rogers, Bailey Rollins, Cole Sanders, Kirra Scott, Blaine Seibel, Hailee Servais, Anailys Silva, Reagan Smithing, Saniya Sovani, Colloy Sparks, Supreethi Sridhar, Reed Steplowski, Stephanie Stilts, Aaron Turmel, Katie Tzompanakis, Lane Watson, Grace Youngman. 

7th Grade: Kelsey Anderson, Brice Bales, Julia Barnett, Lily Bennett Brown, Makayla Bizzell, Spencer Box, Jordan Brown, Alexa Browning, Anna Campbell, Carson Coward, Katlin Eller, Cam Franklin, Alexis Garcia, Anna Guethlein, Chloe Guzowski, Ashton Hamblen, Elizabeth Hampton, Hannah Hardaway, Brandon Harris, Abby Hazel, Gabe Heckerman, Zach Hinchman, Jacob Hood, Lauryn Howard, Zaylen Hudson, Ben Humprey, Hailey Hunter, Shane Johns, Isabelle Leonard, Lauren Locke, Olivia Long, Thai Mason, Britney McFarlin, Joseph Meadows, Olivia Moser, Alex Neill, Ethan Owen, Marcella Rea, Derek Reeves, Blaine Robinson, Emily Rowe, Merin Sadler, Navaneeth Shibu, Isabelle Simon, Vaishu Singari, Miranda Spraker, Madelyn Spriggs,Grant Stueck, Madison Treutel, Eden Tucker, Gavin Walker, Carter Williams Teoria Woods, Stephanie Zhang. 

8th Grade: Morgan Bailey, Carmen Botros, Skylar Depass, Erin Fortner, Benjamin Gravely, Issac Howard, Gretchen Karl, Peyton King, Olivia Lanius, Caylin Maguire, Cassidy McGee, Taryn Pastore, Taylor Powers, Nathalia Quintero, Lara Ramanis, Frank Redisi, Leon Roberts, Emily Short, Isaiah Stafford, Kelly Standish, Karen Tanious, Austin Turmel, Liam Whitaker, Leah Wietrzkykowski. 

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