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Gwin announces re-election campaign
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wilson County Family Court Judge John T. Gwin has announced his intention to run for re-election to the position he has held since the Court was first formed.  Also known as Division III of the General Sessions Court, Gwin first won election to the position in 2008.  “It has been a special privilege to serve the citizens of Wilson County”, said Gwin, “and I pledge to continue to dedicate my full time and energy to the job.”

Gwin maintained a private law practice for more than 30 years, with primary emphasis on family law matters.  During that time, he was also the City Judge for the City of Mt. Juliet from 1993 through 2008.  He is Past President of the 15th Judicial District Bar Association;  Past President of the Tennessee Municipal Judges Association;  and served on the Tennessee Judicial Council.  He is a current member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Family Law Division.

Gwin was on active duty military service from 1968 through 1972, and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1976.  Married to wife Patricia for more than 41 years, Gwin’s children attended Wilson County public schools, and both hold Master’s degrees in the field of health care.  In the arena of community service, he has served as president or board chair for Wilson County CASA and the Mt. Juliet Senior Center.  He has past service on the Board of Prospect, Inc., the Board of the West Wilson Chamber of Commerce, and was the first secretary and treasurer for the Wilson County Sports Authority.  He is also a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary, International.

“Successful service as family court judge requires considerable training, experience and patience.  I am respectfully asking the citizens of Wilson County to allow me to continue to serve in this vitally important position.”

Joy Care Clinic to offer free professional health services
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Joy Church announces its first 2014 community-wide outreach which will be a joint event featuring the Joy Care Clinic along with the Joy to Go 24-foot mobile kitchen. The event will take place on Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Joy Church.  The church is located at 10085 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet at the corner of Lebanon Road and Benders Ferry Road with the entrance to the church on Benders Ferry Road. The community is invited to take part in one or both of these free activities. 

The Joy Care Clinic will offer free professional health care services provided by health care professionals from the church and will include:

Medical care screenings

General medical evaluations

Fitness and Nutrition sessions

Ask-a-pharmacist and much more

The clinic is free and open to all regardless of age, income or place of residency. Patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis.

The Joy to Go mobile kitchen, staffed by members of the church, will be on hand preparing and serving free, hot meals to all in attendance. It is the heart of Joy Church to bless the community by offering these services free of charge with love and compassion.

Joy Church weekend services are held every Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. and on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. The Real Joy Youth Ministry, which includes separate youth services for junior and senior high students, is also held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Children Ministry, which includes Joy Kidz for nursery through pre-school and Generation Joy for kindergarten through fifth grade, is provided at every church service. 

Joy Church is a rapidly growing, multi-generational, multi-cultural church with people from almost every denominational background or no church background at all.  It is one of the fastest growing churches in the region, starting in 2003 with only 18 members to presently having over 1,700 in attendance each weekend.  “We truly believe your experience at Joy Church will be unlike any church service you have attended”, comments Executive Pastor Dave Goldner. He further explains, “If you don’t like organized religion, you will love Joy Church. We are not about religion; we are about a relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ.  We are not about enduring life; we are all about enjoying life!”

For more information, visit or call the church office at (615)773-5252.

School Board sets criteria for new director search
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Wilson County School Board set their criteria for the new Director of Schools search Friday. 

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Previously, the School Board hired someone to help with the search, but  the Board will handle reviewing all the applications and determining the candidates this time around. 

MJ girls finish semifinalists, Central boys tip off Wednesday
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Mt. Juliet girls capped off their 2013-14 season by reaching the state semifinals. 

MJHS senior gives special needs kids ‘A Chance to Dance’
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Special needs high school kids all over Wilson County will get a chance to dance thanks to a Mt. Juliet High School senior. 

Joseph Perricone started working with special needs kids in his Nature and Needs class, and quickly realized how much he enjoyed being in the classroom. 

“They are so passionate about everything they do,” said Perricone. 

Perricone channeled some of that passion into giving them a special day. He organized A Chance to Dance, a dance for all special needs kids of Wilson County. 

Perricone said he instantly got the support of his fellow students, family and friends, and raised his goal of $2,000 in three weeks. He said some businesses like American Jewelry and U.S. Community Credit Union sponsored, but the bulk of the money came from students, faculty, friends and family. 

“I have to give a big thank you to everyone that has given,” said Perricone. 

The night will have a Hollywood theme, complete with a red carpet. There will be a photo booth, D.J. and hopefully a live band. The event will be catered by Our Place Cafe out of Hendersonville. Students can make it as formal as they want. 

Perricone hopes to make this an annual event. Since he is a senior, he wants to pass the responsibility off to another school possibly. He is hoping maybe Wilson Central will pick it up next year, and it can rotate amongst MJHS, WCHS, Lebanon High School and Watertown High School. 

A Chance to Dance will be Saturday, April 5 at the Mt. Juliet High School Commons Area from 6 to 9 p.m. Special needs students from any of the four county high schools are welcome to attend. To RSVP, call Perricone at (615) 243-8821 by March 25. 

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