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John Dewaal resigns as Wilson County stormwater director
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

John Dewaal was named Wilson County storm director in August of 2011. Last week, he stepped down from his post due to personal reasons, according to Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. 

The mayor said that the decision was not a complete surprise, and that both he and Dewaal are completely understanding of the situation. 

Hutto did not waste much time naming James Vaden as the new interim Stormwater director. Vaden has spent the last three years as the assistant for Dewaal. “The next time the board meets I will ask them if they want me to open up the position to the pubilc or if they would like me to promote from within and possibly keep Vaden on as director.” said Hutto.

Hutto continued, “We have already had several inquiries about the position so I do believe there’s a chance that we could have a pretty good pool of candidates.”

The next board of commissioners meeting for the county will be Friday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. in the road commission office. 

Shoplifters caught after robbery and short police chase near Providence
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

After a short vehicle pursuit, a group of 4 shoplifters were apprehended after stealing from Belk. Mt. Juliet Police were summoned to Belk department store in Providence Marketplace on Sunday afternoon around 5:30 p.m. after loss prevention reported a shoplifting group inside the store. It was reported to police that the group was working together to actively conceal items in bags while in the fitting rooms. Upon police arriving on the scene, the group left the store, jumped into a Nissan Altima, and took off.

Officers pursued the Altima out of Providence MarketPlace and onto Mt. Juliet Road, where traffic prevented the shoplifters from going further at the Interstate 40 overpass. Once the Altima was stopped, officers successfully apprehended two juveniles and two adults. $440.00 of stolen items from Belk was recovered from inside the car and returned to the store.

Further investigation revealed an additional $400.00 is merchandise in the car that was potentially stolen from Ross, Rue 21, and Old Navy. However, it has not been reported stolen at this time.

Tashara Anderson, 20, of Nashville was arrested, charged with Theft of Merchandise, Possession of Tools to Interfere with an Anti-theft device, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (2 counts).

Donte Fentress, 20, of Nashville was arrested, charged with Theft of Merchandise, Possession of Tools to Interfere with an Anti-theft device, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (2 counts).

Anderson ($4000 bond) and Fentress ($3500 bond) were booked into the Wilson County Jail.

A male juvenile, 17, of Nashville was charged with Theft of Merchandise, Evading Arrest, and Reckless Endangerment.

A female juvenile, 17, of Nashville was charged with Theft of Merchandise.

Partlow named new Wilson Co. director of transportation
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Staff Reports

Jerry Partlow, a lifelong Wilson County resident and former Transportation Director of Wilson County Schools, was named the new Director of Transportation last Thursday morning, according to Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright.

This decision came just a few days after former Director of transportation, Tiffany Lowery, was terminated from her postion. 

It was Lowery’s first time as a transportation director, and she had been on the job for less than a year before being terminated.

Lowery replaced Joshua Hinerman, who was terminated in October of last year for multiple violations, according to documentation in his personnel file. 

Lowery was hired from the Fayette County school system, a larger district in Lexington, Ky., where she was the district’s safety and training supervisor for student transportation.

Wright said many different factors played into the decison to replace Lowery but most of all, it was made in the best interest of the children.

Partlow, who has served as Transportation Supervisor for Robertson County Schools for the past couple of years, previously worked for Wilson County Schools from September 1994 until June 2000, when the school system contracted with First Student Inc. to manage the transportation department.

Wright said Partlow was told of the opening Tuesday night and immediately expressed interest in returning to the school system.

“Jerry has over 20 years experience in school bus transportation, and 10 of those were spent as the head of transportation for Wilson County Schools,” said Wright. “In talking with many of the long-term drivers about when they felt the transportation department operated at its best, Jerry’s name was mentioned time and again.”

Hired in September 1994 as Director of Operations for Wilson County Schools, which included the Transportation Department at the time, Partlow held that position until July 1996 when he was reassigned as Transportation Coordinator.

He held that position until 1998, when he was named Transportation Director of the school system. Even after the system contracted with First Student, Partlow continued as Transportation Director for the school system until 2004, when he accepted a position with First Student as a Regional Sales Director for the company.

While with First Student, Partlow worked with various school districts across the Southeast and assisted with new contract start-ups of large school districts from the Northeast to the Deep South.

“Drawing on his years of experience, we are confident Jerry will work diligently to improve the current operations of our Transportation Department by actively attracting drivers and supporting the current staff,” Wright said.

Partlow said he is excited to return to his home county and to work with drivers he knew from his time in the system before, as well as new employees in the department.

“Wilson County Schools was a large part of my life for 20 years,” he said. “I look forward to coming home and working hard to make it the top-notch department I know it can be.”

Partlow’s first day on the job will be Thursday, Sept. 24.

White Castle almost ready to open in MJ
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

You may have noticed the new White Castle being built in front of Lowes in Mt. Juliet. The new 24 hour location will bring another great fast food option to the city.

Regional director of White Castle, Shawna Jones, could not be more excited for the new location. “Everyone in Mt. Juliet has been really wonderful to work with. It is a pleasure to be coming to such a great city, we are ready to get started making some very memorable moments for everyone in the Mt. Juliet community.” stated Jones.

She then went on to say, “It’s a beautiful building. It has 28 parking spaces with two handicap spots. It can seat a capacity of 53 people on the inside, and will also feature three patio tables. It is looking great.” 

Jones has been with White Castle for 38 years and has many different favorites on the menu. “My personal favorite is the Jalapeño cheeseburger but we also originated the slider in 1921 and it is a very popular choice along with our delicious breakfast egg. We have been serving breakfast for over 25 years and it is amazing how many people don’t realize that.” said Jones.

White Castle will be holding a job fair at Mt. Juliet career solutions on Friday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The new location will be the 11th in the Nashville region, and 390th nationwide. It will bring around 30 jobs to the city and while there is no official opening date yet, it is expected to open sometime around the beginning of October.

Local Pastor still preaching as he gets ready for 100th birthday
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Local pastor Lawerence Kelley was saved by Christ in a salvation army camp just after turning twenty years old. He went on to be a Chaplin for both World War II and the Korean War. He went on to become a pastor and has been in ministry ever since. On Sept. 16, Kelley will celebrate his 100th birthday, and yes, he is still preaching.

“God has been so good to me. He has given me a long life and a wonderful ministry.” proclaimed Kelley.

Kelley spent most of the summer preaching at Hobson Pike Baptist Church and will be preaching this Sunday, Sept. 13 as well. “Thank The Lord, that is one thing that I haven’t lost. I have lost a lot of my hearing, a lot of my eye sight, and a lot of other things. But I can still preach.” proclaimed Kelley.

Not only will Kelley be preaching that morning, but the church will also be having his birthday dinner that night, beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this, as well as the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Kelley and his wife, Ruth, have been married for 41 years, and have lived in Mt. Juliet since 2003. They have one daughter, who lives in Antioch, and another who passed away in 1990. They have seven grand children, seven great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

 Kelley was ordained in Ona, West Virginia back in 1943. He then spent time in numerous different churches and congregations all across the country before settling in Middle Tennessee. Kelley  joined Hobson Baptist in 2009 but did not get to attend much as he also serving a church in Unionville as Pastor. He is now fully committed to Hobson Baptist. 

Looking ahead, Hobson continues to be excited about his future at Hobson Baptist and beyond that as well. “We all have seen many pictures of The Lord. You see all kinds of portraits of Jesus in all kinds of places but I tell you, it is going to be a wonderful thing to see Him face to face.” explained Kelley.

Kelley would like to invite anyone who is free to Hobson Pike Baptist Church this Sunday to hear him preach a word from The Lord. Worship service begins at 10:30, with Sunday School beforehand at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 3455 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN, 37076.

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