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Rehabbing old buildings helping MJ’s north side
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

It seems like new businesses find their way to Mt. Juliet every day, but another way that Mt. Juliet is building the business community is the rehabilitation along Lebanon Road and other north side areas. 

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4 Lady Bears sign with D1 schools
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet High School had students sign to their college of choice last week, all to Division 1 schools in three different sports. 

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Movoto names Wilson County 4th best in TN
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Movoto Real Estate Blog has named Wilson County as the fourth best county to reside in Tennessee. 

Movoto looked at several factors when determining the list including unemployment rate, median household income, median rent, median home price, percent of families below the poverty line, high school graduation rate and average commute time. 

“If you live here, you won’t be worrying about your own job, your family’s education, or your property value decreasing,” the report stated of Wilson County. 

The only negative factor for Wilson County was the commute time, which ranked 64th in the state. 

The top three counties were Knox County, Williamson County and Sumner County. 

You can check out the full report at http://www.movoto.com/tn/best-counties-in-tennessee.

 
Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet announce Holiday schedule
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Since 1948, Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet has been helping the citizens of West Wilson County through tough times, and this year is no exception. 

The group estimates they will serve well over 600 families in need this holiday season through their annual Mother’s Toy Store and food distribution programs. As the area grows, however, so does the need for help, so the Big Brothers group has taken action to grow as well.

“For 66 years, Big Brothers has managed to help hundreds of people all year long through generous donations from local citizens and businesses,” said Duane Propes, Big Brothers Outreach & Communications chair. “We depend 100 percent on donations from the community to help our neighbors get through tight situations, and not just at Christmas. And as our part of Wilson County grows, we know that we have to grow our program and make a few changes to be prepared for what is heading our way in the coming years. Fortunately, we have people and businesses here who are willing and able to help us down this path so we can continue to help others.”

The Mt. Juliet Fire and Police Departments were the first to step up to the plate, helping to organize three benefit events at the Mt. Juliet Walmart; the first held Nov. 12 and two more upcoming events on Nov. 28 and 29. “The first event was the test run for Black Friday weekend, just to see how things would shake out,” said Propes. “It was a major success, surpassing our highest expectations. The Walmart staff and our fire fighters and police have been fantastic in organizing these events for us, and for the store to be willing to give us the whole Black Friday weekend to collect toys and donations is truly a blessing. It’s going to be amazing.” 

The Walmart events will be held from 2 until 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 29. The FDMJ will have the new fire engines on display, and the public is invited to bring their children and meet our local firefighters and police officers.

Other upcoming events planned are a benefit hosted by the “Wilson County Grand Squares,” at the Gladeville Community Center Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 7 until 9 p.m., and a special Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 13, hosted by Courtney’s Restaurant at 4066 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., from 5 until 8 p.m. The admissions for both events are a donation of a new, unwrapped toy, and/or a monetary donation to Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet.

 
School Bus catches fire at Mt. Juliet HS
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Staff Reports

An unoccupied school bus caught fire at Mt. Juliet High School Monday morning. A possible electrical problem is the expected cause. 

Wilson County School Resources Sgt. Stephen Goodall discovered the blaze, and kicked in the door. School Resources Officers Matthew McPeak and Logan Bryan, as well as school officials were able to put out the fire with fire extinguishers, and Wilson Emergency Management doused the site to extinguish remaining hot spots once they arrived. 

The estimated value of the bus is $50,000. 

 
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