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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. 

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Principal’s List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Principal’s List

1st Grade: Haile Agyemang, Lilly Barnes, Lilly Blackwell, Kannon Burroughs, Tucker Campbell, William Goodall, Wyatt Gray, Avery Harris, Parker Howe, Michael Jaramillo, Aron Kelso, Avary Stockwell, Brynley Usry, Cadence Walsh, Sidney Weddle, Caroline Woolson, Savannah Worley, Emberlyn Biggs, Hope Brown, Sarah Cantrell, Blake Cullen, Braeden Cummings, Olivia Davis, Vaden Drury, Sadie Jennings, Dylan Johnson, Luke Kleeberg, Jacob Lee, Carina Long, Carson Marks, Katie Moore, Layla Patrick, Caitlyn Swaney, Ethan Worley. 

2nd Grade: Addyson Caldwell, Luca Christensen, Kinsley Coleman, Linley Frazier, Luke Irby, Sam Kimbrough, Addison Lanier, Sarah Little, Shaan Patel, Anna Claire Strong, Luke Taylor, Abigail Whicker, Melanee Willis. 

3rd Grade: Savanna Armstrong, Maddie Arostegui, Kail Burroughs, Chiemelie Ezeoke, Drake George, Maverick Harris, Gabriel Hildabrand, Sydney Pinto, Nathan Semmes, Elizabeth Corbin, Wesley Johnson, Owen Larson, Alyssa McCorkle, Katie Newton, Bell Nokes, Neve Scalf, Rushang Vyas. 

4th Grade: Blake Cummings, Dakota Biggs, Tanner Jennings, Bethany Little, Meredith Woolson, Shawn Link. 

5th Grade: Caroline Henderson, Owen Kelso, Samantha Pinto, Reagan Rentz, Connor Vogel, George Wilson, Levi Irby, Brandon Stonebraker, Jessica Whicker. 

6th Grade: Mallie Foutch, Christian Link, Bethany Lyons, Gracie Parham, Madaleine Reagan, Abby Risher. 

7th Grade: Kendall Parsons, Shreya Patel, Destiny Mosier, Rachel Strong, Anna Wise, John Woolson. 

8th Grade: Stephen Curley, Sydney Drescher, Haley Harris, Connor Parham, Sarah Shallenberger, Matthew Shepherd, Mia Snyder, Katy Beth Stovall, Kayla Thomas, Abigail Wilson. 

9th Grade: Cole Alsup, Camden Burgess, Trent Graves, Caroline Hibbett, Aspen Lewis, Alex Pitman, Sam Stilts, Hunter Stonebraker, Courtney Wall. 

10th Grade: Logan Anderson, Skylar Bowles, Talley Drescher, Emma Eck, Nick Ehrhart, Olivia Johnson, Connor Pressley, Emily Spence. 

11th Grade: Caleb Anderson, April Bennett, Serena Campeau, Sara Grady, Carly Hummel, Race McLean, Tori Mobley, Samuel Shallenberger, Chipper Smith, Connor Underwood. 

12th Grade: Landon Boyd, Johnathan Correll, Caroline Cummings, Erin Etheridge, Andrew Laxton, William Lundy, Abby Lusk, Hampton Mays, Wyatt Oberg, Meredith Orr, Olivia Snyder, Rikesh Vanmali, Caroline Walker, Amanda Wall, Lauren Wankel, Christian Webster. 

Honor Roll

2nd Grade: Tanner Hedgepath, Cole Martin, Lucas Otto, Blake Walker. 

3rd Grade: Anaya Agyemang, Emily Best, Ava Presley, Zac Campbell, Joshua Cantrell, Ivan Kelso, Mattie LaFaye, Lily Witkus. 

4th Grade: Seth Belew, Brad Cullen, Brittain Gore, Nicholas Lee, Jackson McKinney, Cooper Shotts, Kyle Stewart, Grace Wood, Trey Adcock, Sandy Aramanuous, Emily Davis, Layla Davis, Noah Goins, Lauren Kleeberg, J.D. Moore, Jeanne Olivier, Jack Pyburn, Kaleb Reed, Logan Swaney, Sullivan Swords, Sajal Usry. 

5th Grade: Kael Adams, Tyler Barnes, Chioma Ezeoke, Troy Frazier, Felicity Keen, Ethan Olivier, Aydin Patel, Faith Brown, Eli Burgess, Jenna Dunnewold, Ethan Howe, Madeline Morris. 

Commission discusses changes to Animal Shelter to free up money for new MJPD officers
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Board of Commissioners held a special meeting Monday before the regularly scheduled meeting to discuss what changes might be made at the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter. 

A proposal was brought by City Manager Kenny Martin that would see the Animal Shelter go to appointment only instead of open to the public. That would eliminate one position, and move one position to Public Works. That would free up money to hire two Mt. Juliet Police Department officers. 

“It’s not to do away with the shelter, it’s not to do away with the 501(c)3. We’re trying to figure out a way to do this without any losers,” said Martin. 

Right now, the Mt. Juliet Police Department only has 45 officers, when it needs to be in the 50-60 range. Lebanon has 70 police officers with about the same population as Mt. Juliet. 

“We keep going and putting people in the city, but not police officers,” said Ray Justice. 

The move would see the Animal Shelter’s budget reduced from $310,000 to $180,000. That would still be more than most cities are spending at the current time. It was suggested that this change could come immediately or at budget time. 

No action was taken on the item, and it will be discussed in future meetings. 

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