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Movoto names Wilson County 4th best in TN
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Movoto Real Estate Blog has named Wilson County as the fourth best county to reside in Tennessee. 

Movoto looked at several factors when determining the list including unemployment rate, median household income, median rent, median home price, percent of families below the poverty line, high school graduation rate and average commute time. 

“If you live here, you won’t be worrying about your own job, your family’s education, or your property value decreasing,” the report stated of Wilson County. 

The only negative factor for Wilson County was the commute time, which ranked 64th in the state. 

The top three counties were Knox County, Williamson County and Sumner County. 

You can check out the full report at

Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet announce Holiday schedule
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Since 1948, Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet has been helping the citizens of West Wilson County through tough times, and this year is no exception. 

The group estimates they will serve well over 600 families in need this holiday season through their annual Mother’s Toy Store and food distribution programs. As the area grows, however, so does the need for help, so the Big Brothers group has taken action to grow as well.

“For 66 years, Big Brothers has managed to help hundreds of people all year long through generous donations from local citizens and businesses,” said Duane Propes, Big Brothers Outreach & Communications chair. “We depend 100 percent on donations from the community to help our neighbors get through tight situations, and not just at Christmas. And as our part of Wilson County grows, we know that we have to grow our program and make a few changes to be prepared for what is heading our way in the coming years. Fortunately, we have people and businesses here who are willing and able to help us down this path so we can continue to help others.”

The Mt. Juliet Fire and Police Departments were the first to step up to the plate, helping to organize three benefit events at the Mt. Juliet Walmart; the first held Nov. 12 and two more upcoming events on Nov. 28 and 29. “The first event was the test run for Black Friday weekend, just to see how things would shake out,” said Propes. “It was a major success, surpassing our highest expectations. The Walmart staff and our fire fighters and police have been fantastic in organizing these events for us, and for the store to be willing to give us the whole Black Friday weekend to collect toys and donations is truly a blessing. It’s going to be amazing.” 

The Walmart events will be held from 2 until 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 29. The FDMJ will have the new fire engines on display, and the public is invited to bring their children and meet our local firefighters and police officers.

Other upcoming events planned are a benefit hosted by the “Wilson County Grand Squares,” at the Gladeville Community Center Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 7 until 9 p.m., and a special Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 13, hosted by Courtney’s Restaurant at 4066 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., from 5 until 8 p.m. The admissions for both events are a donation of a new, unwrapped toy, and/or a monetary donation to Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet.

School Bus catches fire at Mt. Juliet HS
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Staff Reports

An unoccupied school bus caught fire at Mt. Juliet High School Monday morning. A possible electrical problem is the expected cause. 

Wilson County School Resources Sgt. Stephen Goodall discovered the blaze, and kicked in the door. School Resources Officers Matthew McPeak and Logan Bryan, as well as school officials were able to put out the fire with fire extinguishers, and Wilson Emergency Management doused the site to extinguish remaining hot spots once they arrived. 

The estimated value of the bus is $50,000. 

Lakeview Elementary Principal’s List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Principal’s List

Reaghan Ard, Aidan  Austin, Jessica  Austin, Sophia Barkley, Grayson  Beasley, Lowry  Bockweg, Tanner  Bolton, Grace  Bowersock, Sara  Butler, Christian  Butorac, Alexis  Cameron, Raylee  Carter, Jaejiana  Choe, Addison  Crews, Keaton  Crumby, Griffin  Davis, Addison  Deem, Mia   Didion, Kate  Dorris, Brett  Dowling, Olivia  Driskill, Ben  Ellis, Davis  Fox, Landen  Fredericks, CJ  Haddock, Racheal  Hampton, Kristin  Hampton, Drew  Hardin, Tegan   Harman, Courtney  Harvey, Ava  Heilman, Abigail  Hopkins, Aubrey  Huggins, Daniel  Isbell, Reagan   Kamarata, Garron  Kamarata, Chloe  Kingcaid, Kadence  Knick, Lauren  Knight, Chandler  Koehn, Dillon  Kohanski, Owen  Latta, Ty   Linville, Chloe  Lucy, Katelyn  Maness, Dillon  Massey, Charlie  Meadows, Annalise  Mecklenburg, Charley  Meyers, Lillian   Monterroza, Austin  Moore, Ella  Morgan, Braden  Morris, Alex  Nanney, Ava  Neal, Drew  Netherton, Gryphon  Osbon, Sam  Osborne, Emediong  Oscar, Cole Petroff, Lillian   Pfeiffer, Kevin  Philbin, Kennedy  Plummer, Chase  Polk, Gabe  Poteete, Zach  Presley, Alexis  Redd, Abby  Reigard, Kate  Reynolds, Mikiya  Ricks, Wyatt  Roberts, Sofia   Roehler, Carter  Rogers, Meredith  Root, Tyler  Rose, Tanner  Russell, Aidan Scoggins, Annalise  Sesnan, Jennie  Shaddox, Thatcher  Sholar, Griffin  Shoulders, Carson  Slocum, Karissa   Szarek, Matthew  Voelz, Hayden  Wagner, Chaz  Wallace, Aidan  White, Addison  White, Luke  Wiggins, Etta  Williams, Hailey  Willis, Jack  Wood, Caleb  Woodcock, Caitlyn Zoller.

Honor Roll

Adam Acevedo, Vivian Acevedo,  Savannah Allmon, Cooper Baldwin, Michael Barrett, Ethan Benoit, Emma Bobbitt, Kanon Bogard, Scott Boyer, Declan Breeze, Dawson Briley, Keeton Brown, Emma Burgess, Eryn Burkhead, Anna Butler, Brylee Byrd, Hayden Canfield, Spencer Canfield, Ethan Carden, Chloe Castle,  Garner Cherry, Ian Clement, Peyton Cole, Terrence Commadore, Jonathan Couturier, Joseph Cox, Evan Curry, Katie Curtis, Tate Curtis, Paxton Davidson, Ava Davis, Ryan Davis, Cameron Davis, Alexis Dial, Gabby Doniger, Barrett Dorris, August Driskill, Nicholas Edwards, Lola Elkins, Lilly Evans, Carson Falcone, Taylor Fevold, Laurel Fox, Noah Frankenfield, Gabe Frankenfield, Zach Gallion, Tyra Gilbert, Grace An Goodwin, Zoey Green, Michael Greenfield, Jackson Gregory, Paige Griner, Rowan Grizzard, Madelynn Hambelton, Kilee Hamilton, Grayson Hammons, Maddox hardin, Nicole hartz, Mackayla Helton, Madison Highsmith, Claire Hopkins, Lillian Huber, Keenan Huziek, Spencer Hyde, Owen Isbell, Carson Jones, Brayden Jones, Rylynn Kamarata, Sam Kennedy, Koda Kennedy, Makenna Knapp, Giles Knop, Reagan Koerner, Luke Kring, Hannah Langston, Emma Linville, Cole Locke, Joey Losurdo, Alyssa Mallory, Hailey Maness, Alex Marquez, Mason Martinez, Aidan McDonough, Molly Merksi, Hayley Miller, D.j. Miller, Heath Monast, Ben Monterroza, Matthew Moore, Cameron Moravec, Connor Murphy, Shane Nanney, Elijah Neely, Favour Oscar, Madelyn Outman, Alyssa outman, Ah-Gust Overbeck, Ryan Patterson, Regan Perkins, Luke Perricone, Brenden perry, Cole Persich, Madison Pertuset, Zach Pham, Hayden Potts, Taylor Powell, Alisa Proctor, Cameron Pryor, Tess Raney, Wes Ray, Jordan Rehm, Chris Rhett, Madison Riggins, Zach Robinson, Macie Rogers, Adriana Rotondo, Ayden Rowe, Abby Rueswald, Andrew Ryan, Cassie Savell, Bradley Schwartz, Reece Scopggins, Kristen Smith, Madison Smith, Morgan Solomon, Zarah Sorensen, Savannah Spencer, Zach Spitaliere, Jada Stacey, Ammon Stacey, Blake Stacey, Jake Stacey, Lilyeve Strohm, Kerek Stutes, Tristan Sweat, Clay Swindle, Aubree Tarver, Aaron Testerman, Ainsley Thompson, Jake Thompson, Taylor Thorne, Griffin Throneberry, James Tipton,  Hailey Torres, Cate Van Hoven, Wyatt Vanderpool, Nicco Vigil,  Paolo Vigil, Brandon Vines, Austin Wagner.

When things break down, Stoner Creek student Dix there to help
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Matt Wilson

Intern Writer

Devin Dix is a third grader at Stoner Creek Elementary School, and he has a knack for taking things apart and putting them back together. 

Last year he was in Megan Hamilton’s second grade class, and her pencil sharpener kept breaking. Devin asked her why doesn’t she just take the pencil sharpener apart and fix it? Ms. Hamilton didn’t know how to do that so she let Devin take it home and fix it. He took apart the sharpener and found that the motor was about to die. Devin took the old wrapping off the transformer, bought a new magnet coil and put it back together and now it works just fine. 

Devin has always liked taking things apart. When asked why he liked taking things apart he said, “I want to know how it was built and how it works.” He works on all sorts of devices, but his favorite things to work on are electronic devices. He has fixed computer speakers and remotes. 

Devin has no training and hasn’t looked up how to build things, but he has helped his dad fix things around the house. One day he just started taking devices apart at home and taught himself how to put them back together. Once when he was in daycare, he took apart a table, taking out all the screws and everything. 

Taking things apart is something Devin has done since he was little, and he enjoys it. He is an intelligent young man and wants to be an inventor when he gets older. 

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