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Teachers of the Year: MJCA's Renee Martin, MJMS Denise Defevers
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

We honor two more Teachers of the Year this week, this time Mt. Juliet Christian Academy’s Renee Martin and Mt. Juliet Middle School’s Denise Defevers. 

Martin has been teaching since 1983, with a few breaks those years. She has been a teacher for a total of 18 years. She is currently teaching third grade. She had been named Teacher of the Year about 10 years ago. 

“I love that the focus is on Christ, and teaching children to glorify Him,” said Martin. 

Martin said she loves how independent children are at that age, and how excited they get about the classroom. 

“They want to learn,” Martin said. “They make me excited about it.”

Martin was thrilled to be named Teacher of the Year by her peers at MJCA. 

“Words can’t really express it,”  Martin said. 

Martin said she was honored and humbled by the choice. 

DeFevers was shocked to learn that she was nominated.  “I was honored that my peers thought so highly of me,” DeFevers said.

DeFevers has been teaching at MJMS for 13 years and considers it home.  “We have the best students and it’s like a good family here,” DeFevers said.  

DeFevers has always held a passion for playing sports, and after coaching several seasons of basketball and baseball, the transition to teacher seemed natural.  “I love working with kids,” DeFevers said.  She enjoys teaching P.E. and watching the children grow and mature over the years.  “I learn a lot from children and I like helping them,” DeFevers said.

DeFevers also helps teach an enrichment program at MJMS where she challenges students to think critically and explains real-world applications for their studies.  “I love touching students’ lives, not just reaching out, but connecting,” DeFevers said.

Martin and Defevers will be up for Wilson County Teacher of the Year April 10 when the annual banquet is held at Cumberland University. The event is sponsored by Wilson County Motors and Cedar Stone Bank. 

Officer struck head on by suspected impaired driver
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was hit by a suspected impaired driver Monday. 

Officer Brian Hudgens, 45, was hit by the suspected impaired driver, Haley Bell, 23, near 9500 Central Pike just before 10 a.m. Bell was in Hudgens lane, and Hudgens couldn’t get out of way in time to avoid the collision. Bell struck the patrol car head on, then fled the scene. She got a ride to Providence, then another to Old Hickory Boulevard, where officers found her wandering in a parking lot. 

One new neighborhood deferred, one approved
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

One new neighborhood was deferred, and another was approved at the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. 

Beckwith Place at Providence was on second reading, but was deferred one meeting. Several residents spoke in citizen comments about where the entrance to the development was located on Beckwith Road, and the traffic concerns it would cause on the road. 

MJPD looking for car that fled police
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Staff Reports

Mt. Juliet Police are looking for a suspicious car that ran from police Sunday evening. 

Around 8:20 p.m., a MJPD officer noticed that a car was parked in an odd manner in front of Nick’s Market located at 13260 Lebanon Road, which has been known for robberies. The officer observed a white male with his hand tucked in his waistband as if he was holding something. The car sped away when approached, leading the officer on chase down Lebanon Road, and then onto Springmont Boulevard where the suspect threw a loaded handgun out of the car window. 

The chase went back out onto Lebanon Road and into Hermitage, but was called off on concerns of safety for the public. 

No arrests have been made. MJPD is looking for a 2004-2008 Silver Chevrolet Malibu that had blacked out wheels because it was missing all the hub caps. The car had a temporary license tag and damage to the driver side front fender. The driver was described as a late 20s-mid 30s black male with dark complexion, stocky build and dread lock style hair. The passenger was only described as a white male wearing a grey sweatshirt. 

 Anyone with any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at .

Snow and ice again?
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

As of Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service was predicted another round of winter weather for the midstate area, with 4-6 inches of snow and sleet possible in Wilson County. 

Wednesday is starting with a flood watch with over an inch of rain expected, then the expected changeover will happen sometime late Wednesday afternoon and early evening. That puts the area under a Winter Weather Watch Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday. 

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