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City Commissioners demand sidewalks on all new businesses
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

If you are going to develop a commercial lot in Mt. Juliet, you will be required to construct a sidewalk on all public streets after a vote Monday. 

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‘Most important years’ now students told
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Staff Reports

“These are the most important years of your life,” students of an introduction to business class at Cumberland University were told last week.

Bob McDonald, chairman of the Cumberland University board of trust and president and chief executive officer of CedarStone Bank headquartered in  Lebanon, told the class of some 38 students that many of the “most important” people he has met in his life and that they will meet in their lives will be from relationships developed during their college years.

McDonald said he met his wife while attending the University of Tennessee and made many lasting friendships that have served to influence his life since his college days on campus in Knoxville.

McDonald’s comments, as a guest lecturer, came at the end of a semester of learning what teacher Karah Sprouse termed a study in “virtually all aspects of business.”

She said McDonald’s life experiences, including his broad experience in banking, served as a “capstone” for what her students have been learning for a semester.

While sharing a number of personal experiences along with remarks relating to the organization, startup and continued growth of CedarStone Bank, McDonald impressed upon students that what they plan to do in life will largely be influenced by what they learn both inside and outside the classroom.

He encouraged the class to not be afraid to get what he termed “a broad range of experience” in their quest to determine what careers they may wish to pursue.

Before deciding to work in banking McDonald said he had college internships and later jobs in government and in the hospitality/entertainment industry. He served as a staff assistant for a congressman and senator in Washington for a two year stint and for a short while worked at the Opryland theme park in a management role with the entertainment division.

He hinted that he was influenced in his career decision to become a banker because his father who now works with him had been a lifelong banker in Nashville.

McDonald told students he worked for several regional banks before launching CedarStone Bank ten years ago. CedarStone’s main office is in Lebanon while the bank has branch facilities in Mt. Juliet and Donelson.

He advised class members that in order to be successful in their respective careers they should “distinguish” themselves.

Offering eight principles to distinguish them from others McDonald urged students to “outwork others - get to work early and be one of the last to leave; be worldly - gain lots of knowledge, try different things; look good - be neat in your dress and personal appearance; never stop being a student - keep learning; be ethical - do the right thing; find your professional passion; find a mentor - someone ahead of you in life; and be compassionate.”

 
Kane running for Judge
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brody Kane, attorney and City Judge, has officially qualified as a candidate for the office of Criminal Court Judge for the 15th Judicial District comprised of Wilson, Macon, Trousdale, Jackson and Smith counties. Chris Crowell is serving as his campaign treasurer.

“I am excited to be out there campaigning for Criminal Court Judge,” said Kane. “For almost two decades, I’ve represented thousands of clients, in both criminal and civil cases in front of more than 70 Judges in State, Federal and Appellate Courts across Tennessee. My extensive criminal and civil law experience both in and out of the courtroom trying cases, working daily with clients and their families, as well working with Judges, defense lawyers, prosecutors and police officers has strengthened my firm belief that a Judge must have broad life and work experiences in order to see a case from all sides. A Judge should never be a rubber stamp for either side.” 

Chris Crowell, who along with more than 100 other local citizens from across the 15th Judicial District, is part of the Committee to Elect Brody Kane Criminal Court Judge noted that “Brody Kane will be a great Judge because he understands the importance of the decisions he will make and cares about the impact of those decisions. As treasurer of the campaign I am humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support Brody’s campaign has received. The momentum is growing each day with people calling to help and be part of this effort to bring a fair and hard working man to the bench.” 

Kane, a 1988 graduate of Watertown High School, obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from MTSU in 1992 and, thereafter, received his Law Degree from the University of Memphis Law School in 1995. While in law school he served as a judicial law clerk for the 10 Shelby County Criminal Court Judges. After graduation, he began his 19 year career as an attorney, working for Lebanon native and current Mayor of Memphis, A.C. Wharton, within the Shelby County Justice System - the largest system in the State. 

A founding partner of Lebanon-based law firm, McBrien & Kane, Kane has also served as the City Judge for the town of Alexandria since 2004. Additionally he has served as a Special Judge for Judges John Gwin, Bob Hamilton and Barry Tatum hearing criminal offenses, juvenile proceedings, orders of protection, civil lawsuits and mental health commitments. In 2012 he was selected by Judge John Gwin to Chair the Committee that developed and prepared the Local Rules of Court for General Sessions Court, Division III. 

“When you grow up around here, you learn that there are certain values so important that you live by them every day. Values like living your life with integrity. Playing by the rules. And the belief that everyone deserves justice – no matter where they’re from or how much money they make,” remarked Kane. “In this race three things matter – my unmatched experience, my deeply held values and my proven dedication to our community.”

Putting those word’s into action, Kane has stepped up and served the community for many years. He is a past president and active member of the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary, past president and active member of the 15th District Judicial Bar Association, a board member of the Wilson County United Youth Soccer Association; a Commissioner of the Wilson County Water and Wastewater Authority, a member of the Lebanon, Watertown, Macon County and Jackson County Chambers of Commerce, a Leadership Wilson Graduate and a member of the National Rifle Association. 

Brody and his wife, Angel, have three children Madison (17), Zoe (14) and Neill (11). Brody stays involved with all of his children’s activities having coached their soccer and baseball teams and recently returned from a mission trip to Nicaragua with his oldest daughter. 

Kane stated that “for nearly twenty years I’ve dedicated myself to the practice of law, to my clients, to my family and to my community. I’ve treated everyone with integrity, honesty and respect and if elected, will run my Court in the same manner. During the next three months, it’s my intention to work tirelessly to earn the trust and support of the voters in Wilson, Trousdale, Smith, Macon and Jackson Counties because I believe I have the depth of experience, values and dedication needed for this job.”

The election for Criminal Court Judge is August 7, 2014. Early voting begins on July 18th, 2014. 

You can reach Brody Kane at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and follow his campaign at kaneforjudge.com and on facebook at /kaneforjudge and on twitter at @kaneforjudge.

 
West Wilson Middle School Principal’s List
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

6th Grade: Kathleen Ammenheuser, Julia Barnett, Ethan Beleau, Michael Bengston, Lily Bennett, Isabella Bitzer, Spencer Box, Nicole Brill, Chase Cashion, Alex Cook, Jackson Dittert, Aaliyah Frazier, Alexis Garcia, Brent Gilbert, Chloe Guzowski, Ashton Hamblen, Elizabeth Hampton, Mackenzie Hansen, Hannah Hardaway, Abby Hazel, Zach Hinchman, Jake Hood, Lauryn Howard, Hailey Hunter, Kennedy Jarosz, Kensington Jenkins, Shane Johns, Tyler Johnson, Gavin Kerr, Cassidy Ledford, Tristan Lee, Gabby Lewis, Olivia Long, Mason McGill, Kendall Moshinsky, Raymond Ngai, Haven O’Brien, Lisa Patel, Marcella Rea, Derek Reeves, Blaine Robinson, Emily Rowe, Albert Sautner, Vaishnavi Singari, Ryan Smith, Hannah Spoon, Haleigh Spring, Katie Stevenson, Grant Stueck, Kendall Vaughn, Gavin Walker, Matthew Watson, Carter Williams, Teoria Woods, Stephanie Zhang. 

7th Grade: Kevin Adelsberger, Wil Amos, Morgan Bailey, Barga Kinsley, Sarah Beth Barlow, Carmen Botro, Emma Brewer, Marissa Burt, Dawson Carmack, Isaiah Cornick, Jesse Daniel, Audrey Darnell, Sydney Davidson, Skylar DePass, Erin Dowling, Ashley Dowling, Skylar Eastland, Mallory Eden, Cole Fergusson, Tunji Folayan, Erin Fortner, Patrick Frans, Eusebiu Gal-Chis, Sami Germain, Millie Gnewikow, Ben Gravely, Drew Hanks, Andro Henin, Joscelyn Hill, Carly Jacobs, Gretchen Karl, Alex Kolesnikoff, Olivia Lanius, Andrew Lena, Caylin Maguire, Cassie McGee, Dottie McSpadden, Betsey Meleg, Michael Mercante, Kyle Metz, Madison Milton, Kellie Minich, Taylor O’Steen, Taryn Pastore, Dhvani Patel, Taylor Powers, Sofia Presley, Lara Ramanis, Kaylee Richetto, Leon Roberts, Isaiah Roe, Hunter Sanders, Emily Short, Ethan Slate, Connor Smith, Isaiah Stafford, Kelly Standish, Barrett Streeter, Karen Tanious, Austin Turmel, Haleigh Walker, Seth Warren, Meredith Weeks, Liam Whitaker, Leah Wietrzykowski, Whitt Williams, Ava Wood. 

8th Grade: Chase Berta, Miranda Bilbrey, Zach Bitzer, Clatyon Blake, Samantha Brooks, Cassedy Caudill, Caitlin Connell, Connor Coward, Faith Droste, Taylor Everett, Lauren Ghee, Alec Harper, Aaron Hubbell, Lucas Huffman, Emma Jeppsen, Cassie Joslin, Yuka Kawata, Anarae Lambert, Elizabeth Martin, Jacob Maxwell, Kelcie Meador, Kolin Miller, Corbin Pettross, Kyzick Schweppe, Harshil Singapuri, Katie Tays, Taylor Tucker, Abbey Williams, Colton Wilson, Austin Worrell, Audrey Worsham. 

 
Adult Learning Center now offering classes in MJ
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Wilson County Adult Learning Center (ALC) is excited to announce the addition of GED/HiSET test preparation classes in both Gladeville and Mt. Juliet. All classes are free.

In Gladeville, classes are Mondays, 5-7 p.m. at the Gladeville Community Center, 95 McCreary Rd. 

Classes in Mt. Juliet will start Tuesday, April 29 with registration and testing. This event and all classes will start at 5 p.m. at West Wilson Middle School (Room 806 in the new building), 935 N. Mt. Juliet Rd. Classes will be conducted 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Any adult interested in obtaining a high school equivalency diploma is invited. Please call (615)443-8731 for further information.  The ALC continues to offer free preparation classes in Wilson County (Old Hickory, Watertown, and Lebanon) as well as in Carthage and Hartsville.  Classes are anticipated to continue until mid-June and resume in August.

 
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