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Mt. Juliet teacher passes after lengthy illness
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A beloved teacher in the Mt. Juliet area, Dr. Amanda Petty Ray, 35, passed away Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family.  

Ray had taught at Stoner Creek Elementary School and West Wilson Middle School in recent years. She also taught at Cameron Middle School. 

Ray is survived by her husband of 15 years, Nelson Ray; sons, Elijah Lucas Ray and Braeden Noah Ray; brother, Jason Robert Petty USMC and his wife Julie; niece, Eila Ann Petty; father and mother in law, George and Kathy Ray;  and numerous other family members and friends.

Ray was a 1997 graduate of Trousdale County High School, had a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Cumberland University, EDS degree from Tennessee Technological University and recently earned her Doctorate of Education from Tennessee State University. 

Ray was a member of Emerge Church of God of Prophecy, and a loving wife and mother. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 17, 4-8 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. A memorial and Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, 6 p.m. in the West Wilson Middle School Gym in Mt. Juliet, with visitation 5-6 p.m. at the school. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made in her memory to the Amanda Ray Benefit Fund at any Wilson Bank & Trust location or to the TSU Doctorial Student Organization c/o Dr. Johnna Paraiso, 1022 Walton Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Alive Hospice Madison Campus. 

Armed robbers strike at Save-A-Lot
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Staff Reports

Two armed suspects burst into Save-A-Lot in Shiloh Plaza Thursday, demanding all the cash in the drawers. 

The two armed suspects completely covered with masks and gloves, just before 9 p.m., and demanded the cash from the drawers. The clerk complied, and the suspects ran out of the store. The whereabouts after that are unknown. No one was hurt during the incident. 

If anyone has a feeling that they possibly recognize the suspects responsible for this crime, they are encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at

Local restaurants feeding the needy this holiday season
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

For several years, Anne Neville has been taking it upon herself to help feed families during the holiday season. 

Thanks to some local restaurants, approximately 30 people will get a free meal this year. 

Neville asked O’Charley’s and Olive Garden if they would be able to provide meals for families in need. Neville finds people in need through her work with Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet, the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, Abundant Life Church and occasionally Meals-on-Wheels. 

“There is just so much goodness in this community,” said Neville. 

The families will have their dinners at the restaurant Monday, Dec. 22. 

Mt. Juliet High School grad storms into Bridgestone in Marvel Universe Live
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

This past weekend when the Marvel Universe Live rolled into Bridgestone Arena, one of Mt. Juliet’s own was one of the key players. 

Chelsea Hough, a 2012 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, played the role of Storm in the show, the X-Men super hero that can control the weather. 

“It’s been incredible,” said Hough. “I love traveling and going from city to city.”

Hough’s background is not in big theater shows, she is a dancer, and was on the Mt. Juliet Dance Team during her time at the school. After graduating, she went to the University of Alabama and was on the dance team there. But it was tough going to school on out of state tuition, so she came a little closer to home at Western Kentucky. 

But performing was in her blood, and she wanted to get to New York or Los Angeles to take her career to the next level. She made it to Bloc LA Talent Agency, and things took off from there. She even got to spend over two weeks in Germany to perform for Helene Fischer, one of the biggest pop stars in the country. 

She received an email from her agency that had an open call for the Marvel Universe Live show. She didn’t have a background in big stunt shows like that, but she felt her background could be beneficial.

“It was easier for me to pick up the choreography,” said Hough. 

 Turns out she was right, and she is now well over 100 shows into the show. Hough played six shows over the weekend at Bridgestone Arena. She said she never really gets nervous, but this one was different because she had people she knew in the audience. 

“It’s been incredible, especially being home now,” said Hough. 

Hough said that the traveling has been outstanding, and she has gotten so many opportunities to learn on her trip by visiting museums, and has got to sample the best foods from each city. She has also learned about the Marvel world. She wasn’t very familiar before. 

“I wasn’t a big fan girl like I am now,” said Hough. 

Hough said she has started picking up comics, and has been getting several Storm comics because she has her own series now. 

Marvel Universe Live will now move on to Atlanta, and will have shows close by in the future. The show will go to Memphis Jan. 1-3, 2015 and will be in Huntsville, Ala. April 21-24, 2015. 

Quality Inn & Suites shut down by City
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Quality Inn & Suites in Mt. Juliet was shut down recently, as the City of Mt. Juliet caught them in a full scale remodel without being approved by the city for the project. 

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