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Teachers of the Year: Jennifer Graves
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

This week’s Teacher of the Year is Rutland Elementary’s Jennifer Graves. 

Graves has been a teacher at Rutland for 14 years. She started in the interim as a 3rd grade teacher, but moved to kindergarten the next year. She has been in that position ever since. 

“I love the kids, all the teachers,” said Graves. 

She said she likes the hands on nature of kindergarten where you get to teach through things like song and dance and really interact with the kids. 

She said she has always liked the atmosphere at Rutland, and it’s like a big family. She said the parents are really supportive, and she has made some great friendships.

Graves said she was shocked by being chosen as Teacher of the Year. 

“I’m humbled by it,” said Graves. “I was honored I was even nominated for it. 

Graves will have a chance to be named Wilson County Teacher of the Year at the annual banquet, April 10 at Cumberland University. The event is sponsored by Wilson County Motors and Cedar Stone Bank. 

Ice, snow shut down Mt. Juliet
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ice and snow Monday made travel hazardous, caused numerous wrecks and some power outages. 

Sleet and freezing rain came first early Monday morning before giving away to snow later in the afternoon. Accumulation totals were not as high as originally predicted, but it was enough to shut down many businesses and offices in the area. A State of Emergency was declared in Tennessee late Monday into early Tuesday. 

MJPD, FDMJ to do battle on the court for charity
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Mt. Juliet Police Department and Fire Department of Mt. Juliet are set to do battle once again on the basketball court Saturday. 

The game will benefit the Mt. Juliet Help Center. The two departments played last year at Relay for Life with the Fire Department coming out victorious. 

Teachers of the Year: Angela Gardner, Anne Nored
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

We continue honoring our teachers this week with two more Teacher of the Year winners, Gladeville Elementary’s Angela Gardner and Wilson Central’s Anne Nored. 

“It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s heartwarming.  To have your peers choose you is very nice.  It feels good,” Gardner says.

This will be Gardner’s fifth year teaching at Gladeville.  She enjoys the smaller size of Gladeville, as well as the respect the students give her.  “I can know all of my students.  It’s definitely a place where people say yes ma’am, no ma’am and thank you,” Gardner says.

Gardner got her start teaching college level graphic design courses.  She switched to elementary schools after a colleague suggested the change.  “I loved teaching adults and I have a passion for children,” Gardner says.

Gardner enjoys teaching to younger children because of their willingness to try new things.  “Children are very optimistic.  They have no concept that they can’t do something.  They don’t blink an eye,” Gardner says.  

Nored is a librarian and has been at the school for 10 years. 

“It’s a good school, good faculty, good administration, good kids,” said Nored. 

Nored said she loves being the librarian because you can get kids excited about reading who may not have been before. She likes to do events like Blind Date Book, where she wraps books then puts words to describe it outside. The kids pick not knowing what it is, then discover something they might not have known. They also have a book club at the school, as well as many other activities. 

A week before Nored was named Teacher of the Year, her daughter, a librarian at Hobgood Elementary in Murfreesboro, was also named Teacher of the Year. She was beyond excited for her daughter. 

“I never dreamed a week later I would be voted Teacher of the Year,” said Nored. 

Gardner and Nored will have a chance to win the Wilson County Teacher of the Year when the winner is announced Friday, April 10 at a banquet at Cumberland University. 

Search begins for location for new fire station
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A resolution requesting the City Manager to initiate a site selection process for a new fire station was approved Monday. 

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