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Hit and run crash shuts down off ramp
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A hit and run crash shut down the 226 A-B-C off ramp Monday just before 3:45 p.m.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol preliminary crash report, vehicle one, an unknown red vehicle exited onto the ramp, and swerved from the right lane to the left, forcing vehicle two, a 1996 Toyota Four Runner to swerve and hit the safety barrels, sending the car airborne, rotating midair and landing roof to roof on top of a third vehicle, a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire. Vehicle two struck a fourth vehicle, a 2003 Honda Element.

Wilson County poised to be an ‘economic Mecca’
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Staff Reports

Wilson County is poised to be an “economic Mecca” according to the county’s Executive Director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board G.C. Hixson. 

The comments are a part of a report that Hixson prepared for the three municipalities and county commission. 

Two meth labs discovered in local business
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Staff Reports

Two meth labs were found and secured by Wilson County Sheriff’s Officers Tuesday, Jan. 6. 

A tip from an employee at Roadrunner Transportation led officers to 135 Maddox Drive. Deputies Sgt. Kyle Wright, Mike Warren and Chris Brandenburg found two separate locations where methamphetamine had been cooked. The property was secured and quarantined by methamphetamine lab technicians. Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Detective Reich, Director of Lebanon Public Safety Mike Justice and WEMA were instrumental at ensuring all precautions and safety requirements were taken to prevent further exposure. 

To tackle this growing problem in the area. Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan has been instrumental in assisting and developing a joint Wilson County Methamphetamine Task Force and has recently assigned several members of the Sheriff’s Department to the team. 

“We are proud of this new task force and appreciate the collaboration all of our county agencies have provided to combat this growing problem,” Sheriff Bryan said. “The team was very effective and professional.”      

Two county leaders pass away
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Wilson County lost two men who had served the community for many years over the weekend. 

Retired Circuit Court Judge Bobby Harold Capers passed away Saturday, and Wilson County Road Superintendent Steve Armistead passed away Sunday. 

“The unfortunate passing of both are big loses for our community. Both of these men served and loved Wilson County with passion, compassion, character, dignity and love. Their impact on this county and our great communities will last a lifetime and I/we are forever indebted and grateful to the many sacrifices they made during their dedicated public service careers. Their families are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”

Capers was a retired Circuit Court Judge in the 15th Judicial District of Tennessee.  Armistead was appointed Wilson County Road Superintendent in Aug. 1996. 

“Two great men. They helped shape what we are looking at now,” said Mt. Juliet City Commissioner Ray Justice. 

Wilson County Attorney Mike Jennings was friends with both men, and said he spent many great times with them. Jennings met Capers when he was assistant district attorney, and he became great friends with him over the years, often being a traveling companion to football games. He said he loved his community, and saw evidence of that frequently in things he did to better it. 

“He meant a lot to Wilson County. I had a tremendous amount of respect for him,” said Jennings. 

Jennings didn’t know Armistead quite as long, but still was great friends with him. 

“I learned a lot of life lessons from Steve,” said Jennings. 

Jennings said in some respects, Armistead was a mentor, and they would often talk politics, and what needed to be done in Wilson County. 

“I’m going to miss both of them in all sincerity,” said Jennings. 

Capers’ Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet, TN with Rev. Chuck Groover officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Armistead’s funeral service will be held at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m., with visitation preceding the service from 9 -11 am. Rev. Chuck Groover will officiate and his life-long friend Al Gore will deliver the eulogy. Visitation at Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon is Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 2-7 p.m.

Both men’s full obituaries are on Page 5 and 6. 

Martin looking to curb littering
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenny Martin is fed up with littering he sees around Mt. Juliet, and he wants the community to join in the fight to stop it. 

“When you purposely illegally dump or litter, the rest of us pay the cost,” said Martin. 

Martin said the actions of someone who decides to litter forces someone else to clean it up, and some of the time that is city employees, which costs the citizens more. 

“There is no excuse other than disrespect and laziness to blame for illegal dumping and intentional littering,” said Martin. 

Martin said there are many trash receptacles in the city, and plenty of legal dumping sites as well. He said he realizes that some littering is accidental, like trash blowing out of the back of a truck, but he thinks with some common sense efforts, we can reduce the amount of incidents in the city. 

Martin said that it is not the City’s desire to write citations, but that step will be taken as a last resort. He hopes if the community rallies behind the effort, we can put a stop to it. 

“This is so easy to fix if we work together and no has to get a citation,” said Martin. “We create the trash and we know where the trash is supposed to go. All we have to do is the right thing. 

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