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Mayors support suicide prevention awareness
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Mayors of Wilson County recently got together to show their support for Suicide Prevention Awareness. 

Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Lebanon Mayor Phillip Craighead and Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings all signed proclamations for the cause. 

In Tennessee, an estimated 900 men, women, and children die by suicide each year. More people die by suicide each year than from homicide, AIDS, or drunk driving. Suicide is the leading cause of violent deaths in our state, nationally, and worldwide, far above homicide and death due to natural disasters.

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among youth and young adults ages 15-24 in Tennessee and throughout the entire nation. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there were 956 recorded suicide deaths in our state in 2012, at a rate of 14.8 per 100,000 people.   In 2013 there were 1,017 deaths by suicide.  In 2012, there were 15 deaths by suicide in Wilson  County which is a rate of 12.6 per 100,000.  In 2013, there were 12 which is a rate of 9.8 per 100,000.

In almost all cases, suicide can be traced to unrecognized, untreated, or poorly treated mental illness. It can happen to people of either sex, any race or ethnicity, and any economic status. The average suicide death leaves behind six survivors—family and friends of the deceased—all of who are at increased risk for a suicide attempt themselves. As if the emotional and psychological toll were not enough, suicide and suicide attempts cost the state of Tennessee $1 billion a year in medical treatment, lost wages, and lost productivity.

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) and its allies in the public health, mental health, and social service fields are joining forces to recognize the month of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. During this annual observance, TSPN and its allies arrange several educational and memorial events across Tennessee. These projects help teach the general public about the problem of suicide and how it can be prevented. They also give us an opportunity to remember those lost to suicide; to encourage survivors of suicide, survivors of suicide attempts, and people who have triumphed over mental illness; and to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to suicide prevention efforts in our state.  There will be two events in Wilson  County, one will be on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. in Mt. Juliet next to the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ on  Mt. Juliet Road.   The second event will be on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.  on the campus of Cumberland  University.  Both of these events are being sponsored by the Wilson County Health Council and other community partners.

Firehouse donates to local first responders
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Firehouse Subs made another donation to first responders, this time totaling more than $62,000. 

At an event held at the Mt. Juliet Firehouse Subs Thursday, the restaurant donated to Wilson Emergency Management Agency, as well as Cannon County Rescue Squad and the Baxter Fire Department. 

The donation to WEMA was for a fit test machine, which tests the masks of first responders to make sure they properly fit. WEMA has to outsource the test now, so this will save them money. They are also going to share it with all the first responder agencies in the county throughout the year to save them money as well. 

Taco Bell in Providence burns
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Taco Bell in Providence Marketplace suffered significant damage Sunday morning, as a structure fire blazed through the building. 

Donated home burned for training
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Local fire departments got a rare chance to live fire training exercise thanks to some homeowners demolishing their home. 

On Saturday, Aug. 30, a joint venture training exercise was held between the Fire Department for the City of Mt. Juliet and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency on S. Lakeview Drive just off S. MJ Road.  

MJ Help Center taking hunger action
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Matt Wilson

Intern Writer

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. One in five children in the United States face hunger. The Mt. Juliet Help Center wants to bring greater attention to the issue of hunger in the community. 

With help from churches, business and individuals, everyone can play a role in getting food to neighbors in need. With limited funds, local organizations in the community have set up food drives and fundraisers throughout the year. The largest food drive, which happens in May, is the Postal Food Drive. Local churches and grocery stores have donated food for Thanksgiving baskets sent out during the holidays. 

The next fundraiser will be held at Bar-B-Cutie, 2037 N. Mount Juliet Road, on Sept. 26. The event is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and everyone is invited to eat dinner and bid on silent auction items.

During the month of September, donation containers will be placed at Mt. Juliet businesses for collecting funds to purchase food for people who need help in our community. Corner Pub and Taziki’s will be donating funds from appetizers sold this month as well.

The Mt. Juliet Help Center has been here for 30 years and has helped over 1500 families this past year. They are located at 3425B N. Mt. Juliet Road in a doublewide trailer by Celebration Lutheran Church. They are open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you would like to help, you can call the help center at (615)754-4357, or you can visit them at

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