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Gas line rupture evacuates businesses
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A backhoe struck a 2-inch gas line Monday, causing the evacuation of several businesses in the Valley Center. 

The rupture closed Old Lebanon Dirt Road between N. Mt. Juliet Road and Cedar Drive from approximately 9 to 10 a.m. Business on the north side of the Valley Center, where businesses like Essex, Rock Star Academy of Dance and El Rey Azteca are located, were evacuated as a safety precaution during that time. 

Mt. Juliet Fire and Police responded to the scene, with assistance from Wilson County Emergency Management. Crews from Piedmont Natural Gas got the rupture stopped, then repaired the damaged line. 

Schools compete to give back to troops this Halloween
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Snodgrass King teams up with eight Wilson County elementary schools to send care packages overseas to our U.S. service members.  “Last year’s buy back was an enormous success, totaling over 800 pounds of candy we shipped overseas,” says Dr. David Snodgrass, CEO of SnodgrassKing Pediatric Dental Associates. “This year with the schools collaborative effort we hope to obtain our goal of 2000 pounds.” 

The schools will have a chance to win $1500, all for donating candy. The participating schools are: Mt. Juliet Elementary vs Stoner Creek Elementary; Rutland Elementary vs Lakeview Elementary; W.A. Wright Elementary vs Gladeville Elementary; West Elementary vs Elzie D. Patton Elementary.

Treats for Troops will take place at the Snodgrass King – Mt. Juliet office over the course of 4 days, pitting school against school each night post Halloween. The candy will be counted from 4:30-6:30pm starting November 3 through November 6th. Each night based on candy weight, the first place school will receive $500, and the second place school will receive $250. At the end of the week, the overall winner among the eight schools will win a $1000 bonus!

Snodgrass-King expects to have a great turnout for Treats for Troops. Each night door prizes will be raffled off for the participating students and checks are written to the schools.  Jet’s Pizza will provide pizza for everyone in attendance!

“Our mission is to give back to our schools, and to bring a smile to a service member’s face,” says Dr. David Snodgrass.  “At Snodgrass-King, we believe it is important to express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people, and we know Mt. Juliet will aid us in this effort.”  

Snodgrass King Dental Associates has been in the business of changing lives, one smile at a time, since 1987. With nearly 100 years of combined dental experience, the staff and dentists at Snodgrass-King serve middle Tennessee with one goal in mind – excellence. They have highly skilled specialists in Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry, and Oral Surgery. The website of Snodgrass-King ( provides many resources for families from their first visit to the dentist office to safety tips and general oral health. You can find this type of dental excellence in all five offices: Cool Springs, Spring Hill, Hermitage, Murfreesboro, and Mt. Juliet. 

Tennis for Tatas raises $2,700 for Charis
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On a bright and cool, perfect for tennis day, the MJ tennis association held a “tennis for tatas” rally at Charlie Daniel Park on Oct 20th. The Rally itself is limited to just 32 players, but those who couldn’t play turned out to help and donate..what a wonderful day. Tennis Pro, Bill Riddle was in charge of the on court play

The association donates the money from the rally to CHARIS health center in MJ, The money is designated to the detection and treatment of women’s cancer.

This year’s rally will be able to donate over $2,700 to CHARIS

The rally is run on a fully volunteer basis. Breakfast food was donated by Gourmet Donuts and Hunt Bros Pizza (b’fast pizza..yum), lunch was donated by Subway and Whitt’s BBQ. Gift bag goodies for the players and workers were donated by First Freedom Bank and Buddy Allen floors. Lots of local businesses in the community donated for our silent auction like Needhams, Rice’s Ham, Salon Galleria, Houston’s, Fulin’s, Painturo, etc

MJCA Elementary Principal’s List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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, 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, Tanner Hedgepath, Luke Irby, Sam Kimbrough, Addison Lanier, Sarah Little, Lucas Otto, Shaan Patel, Anna Claire Strong, Luke Taylor, Abigail Whicker. 

3rd Grade: Savanna Armstrong, Maddie Arostegui, Chiemelie Ezeoke, Maverick Harris, Sydney Pinto, Nathan Semmes, Joshua Cantrell, Elizabeth Corbin, Wesley Johnson, Mattie LaFaye, Owen Larson, Alyssa McCorkle, Rushang Vyas. 

4th Grade: Blake Cummings, Tanner Jennings, Nicholas Lee, Bethany Little, Cooper Shotts, Kyle Stewart, Meredith Woolson, Sandy Aramauous, Lauren Kleeberg, Shawn Link, Sajal Usry. 

5th Grade: Caroline Henderson, Aydin Patel, Samantha Pinto, George Wilson, Brandon Stonebraker, Jessica Whicker. 

Honor Roll

2nd Grade: Cole Martin, Blake Walker, Melanee Willis. 

3rd Grade: Kail Burroughs, Drake George, Gabe Hildabrand, Ava Presley, Katie Newton, Bell Nokes, Neve Scalf, Lily Witkus. 

4th Grade: Seth Belew, Brad Cullen, Jackson McKinney, Grace Wood, Trey Adcock, Emily Davis, Layla Davis, Noah Goins, J.D. Moore, Jeanne Olivier, Jack Pyburn, Kaleb Reed, Logan Swaney. 

5th Grade: Kael Adams, Tyler Barnes, Chioma Ezeoke, Troy Frazier, Felicity Keen, Owen Kelso, Ethan Olivier, Reagan Rentz, Connor Vogel, Faith Brown, Eli Burgess, Jenna Dunnewold, Levi Irby. 

New MJ senior center, senior campus planned
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A new home for the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, and a senior “campus” in the center of Mt. Juliet was approved by the Planning Commission Thursday. 

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