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School Board sets criteria for new director search
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Wilson County School Board set their criteria for the new Director of Schools search Friday. 

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Previously, the School Board hired someone to help with the search, but  the Board will handle reviewing all the applications and determining the candidates this time around. 

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MJ girls finish semifinalists, Central boys tip off Wednesday
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Mt. Juliet girls capped off their 2013-14 season by reaching the state semifinals. 

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MJHS senior gives special needs kids ‘A Chance to Dance’
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Special needs high school kids all over Wilson County will get a chance to dance thanks to a Mt. Juliet High School senior. 

Joseph Perricone started working with special needs kids in his Nature and Needs class, and quickly realized how much he enjoyed being in the classroom. 

“They are so passionate about everything they do,” said Perricone. 

Perricone channeled some of that passion into giving them a special day. He organized A Chance to Dance, a dance for all special needs kids of Wilson County. 

Perricone said he instantly got the support of his fellow students, family and friends, and raised his goal of $2,000 in three weeks. He said some businesses like American Jewelry and U.S. Community Credit Union sponsored, but the bulk of the money came from students, faculty, friends and family. 

“I have to give a big thank you to everyone that has given,” said Perricone. 

The night will have a Hollywood theme, complete with a red carpet. There will be a photo booth, D.J. and hopefully a live band. The event will be catered by Our Place Cafe out of Hendersonville. Students can make it as formal as they want. 

Perricone hopes to make this an annual event. Since he is a senior, he wants to pass the responsibility off to another school possibly. He is hoping maybe Wilson Central will pick it up next year, and it can rotate amongst MJHS, WCHS, Lebanon High School and Watertown High School. 

A Chance to Dance will be Saturday, April 5 at the Mt. Juliet High School Commons Area from 6 to 9 p.m. Special needs students from any of the four county high schools are welcome to attend. To RSVP, call Perricone at (615) 243-8821 by March 25. 

 
Dickson running for Circuit Court Clerk
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Jeff Dickson announces his campaign kickoff for the position of Wilson County Circuit Court Clerk in the August, 2014 election.

Dickson is a graduate of Lebanon High School and Middle Tennessee State University receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  Dickson attended the Nashville School of Law and has approximately 15 years’ experience working in different courts in Wilson County. 

Dickson has served as the Coordinator of the 15th Judicial District Drug Court program serving five counties in the Fifteenth Judicial District since 2002.  The drug court program, the first of its kind in Wilson County, serves the community by working closely with offenders in an effort to assist them to become drug free citizens.  As the Drug Court Coordinator, he has worked with the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office and staff. 

Dickson has been a Department Director for the Wilson County Government structure for the past 12 years.  Dickson’s duties as a Department Director have given him the opportunity to work with the County Commissioners preparing and presenting 12 annual budgets.  Dickson has also built a relationship with the Circuit Court Clerk’s office and staff and is very familiar with its day to day operations. 

In his work with the Wilson County Courts, Dickson has written grants for the county including a $433,000.00 energy efficiency grant which improved energy consumption and saved the county money on buildings owned by the county government.  Dickson has written and applied for over one million dollars in grant money for the betterment of Wilson County.  

Dickson has been married for 30 years to Lisa Horton Dickson, a native of Lebanon and also a graduate of Lebanon High School and Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Social Work.  Lisa is best known for her work with youth in Wilson County.  Lisa is the Director of Youth Links a program which operates within the Wilson County School System.  Both Lisa and Jeff are active with the Wilson County Fair Board and other civic groups.

Together Jeff and Lisa have two children, Josh Dickson, a 2006 graduate of Lebanon High School who currently works with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department.  Katie Dickson, a 2010 Graduate of Watertown High School, is currently a senior at Tennessee Tech University and is a Pre-Med major.

Dickson’s campaign committee treasurer is lifelong friend Gerald Bishop of Lebanon who works with State Farm Insurance.

As the August 2014 election approaches, Dickson is asking for your support as the new Wilson County Circuit Court Clerk.

Jeff Dickson encourages anyone that has questions to please call him at 332-4163 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or follow him on Facebook.

 
Teacher of the Year: West Wilson Middle's Melissa Robinson
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

This week we meet West Wilson Middle School Teacher of the Year, Melissa Robinson. 

Robinson has been a teacher for 16 years, all in Wilson County, and has spent the last 6.5 years at West Wilson Middle. 

She has been a classroom teacher, but recently made the switch to the library. 

“I love that my impact on students is now expanded to the entire student body and not just one classroom,” said Robinson. 

Robinson was thrilled to be chosen as Teacher of the Year. 

“It means the world not only to be chosen as Teacher of the Year out of all the deserving people I work with, but also to be chosen by your peers,” said Robinson. “To know that they see value in you as an educator means so much.”

Robinson will be up for Wilson County Teacher of the Year. The banquet for that will be held April 11 at Cumberland University and is sponsored by Cedar Stone Bank and Wilson County Motors. 

 
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