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School Board looks to tackle missing inventory
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Wilson School Board voted to develop a policy to help tackle the problem of fixed asset missing inventory Monday.

Lynn announces re-election plans
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Susan Lynn recently announced her re-election plans for the House District 57 seat in the November General Election.  Addressing local residents and friends, Lynn stated, “As a your representative, I consider it a tremendous privilege to work hard every day to help our district.  Returning your phone calls, answering your emails and helping you with state government issues – these are opportunities to make a difference for which I am very thankful.  Today I announce that I am seeking re-election to the state House in order to continue this mission of public service.” 
Lynn is known as a conservative legislator whose efforts consistently espouse Jeffersonian Principles such as limited government, states’ rights, capitalism over socialism and Constitutional freedoms.  Lynn mentioned several examples of her work such as the Regulatory Flexibility Act, Tennessee State Sovereignty Resolution, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and reducing the sales tax on food by a full 1%.  “The citizens of our district are conservative; I am proud to share my strong conservative record with them; much of which is documented on my new website at”
Lynn continued, “I remain firmly against a state income tax, fully dedicated to the pro-life cause and to the Second Amendment.”
In this election Lynn has received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and an “A” rating from that group.  Lynn has also named as a Champion for Prosperity by the American’s For Prosperity.  She has received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business and the Tennessee Professional Fire Fighters Association. Lynn was awarded the TDDA Legislator of the Year award in April.  Most recently Governor Haslam named Rep. Lynn to the State Workforce Development Board, and Speaker of the House Harwell named Rep. Lynn as one of only five members to the Governor’s Education Summit. 
Lynn closed her talk by stating “I ask for the honor of serving you again in the Tennessee General Assembly.  I have truly done my best everyday to work hard to be the most effective, attentive and responsive legislator and that will never change.  My past service and responsibilities have proven that I have the experience necessary to meet the many needs our area.”
Rep. Lynn represented the 57th Legislative District in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 2002 until 2010 and was re-elected by a wide margin in 2012.  She is the House Chairman of the Consumer and Human Resources Sub-committee and a member of the Insurance and Banking Committee.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, a certificate in financial management, and professional education in Six Sigma, Lean Management and Continuous Quality Improvement.  Lynn is employed by Simplicity Creative Group as the manager of regulatory compliance.
A member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet, Rep. Lynn makes her home in Mt. Juliet with Michael, her husband of over 30 years.  They have two adult children – Michael Lynn, Jr. and Mrs. Grace Douchette.  Michael is an active duty staff sergeant in the Tennessee Air Guard, and is married to Alissa (Saunders); Alissa is also an active duty staff sergeant in the Tennessee Air Guard. The couple has two children less than two years old.  Grace is a home-maker and married to Benjamin Douchette. Ben is employed by Publix Supermarkets as the Customer Service Manager in the north Mt. Juliet location.  The couple has two children less than three years.  Rep. Lynn is also active in Juvenile Diabetes research as a result of her grandson’s condition.

Local girl builds bird sanctuary at Jones Park
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Matt Wilson

Intern Writer

12-year old Clara Eck of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy came up with an idea to help misplaced birds in her community.
Eck and her family moved from Delaware to Tennessee a few years ago, and have been in Mt. Juliet a little over a year. There was a family of misplaced birds outside the home they moved into. Eck insisted on building a birdhouse for the family of birds, because a lot of trees were being torn down for more houses and there was no place for the birds.
She wanted a place that birds could go and be safe and happy. Eck came up with the idea to build a bird sanctuary and presented a power point at city hall to get permission for the project. The project was approved and Dennis Buchanan granted permission for it to be built at Jones Family Park in Mt. Juliet.
It took Eck a year to gather resources and donations for the sanctuary. She is a Girl Scout and sold cookies to raise money, and C & D Graphics in Mt. Juliet donated a sign for the park. Eck’s church and troop donated a birdhouse, and the Rotary Club in Mt. Juliet helped her build birdhouses, as well.
Members from her church, her troop, and the Rotary Club came out to help Eck put the sanctuary together. They built about 10 birdhouses and painted each one of them. Each house is named after a bird in the Bible. There is also lawn art around the birdhouses. The bird sanctuary was named Robin’s Hood.
It is located right off of N. Mt. Juliet Road at Jones Family Park.

Under Armour bringing 1,500 jobs to Mt. Juliet
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Under Armour, Inc. announced what many had wondered the last few weeks - they will be bringing 1,500 jobs to Mt. Juliet. 

"I have been like the little kid waiting on Christmas for this one," said Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty at the annoucement at the building site at Beckwith Farms. 

The building will be one million square feet and a distribution and warehousing facility for their brand of performance apparel, footwear and accessories. Under Armour will invest more than $100 million in the site over the next five years. 

"Under Armour is a winner and Tennessee is where winners ought to be," said Tennessee Economic and Community Development Director Bill Hagerty. 

Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Representative Diane Black, Wilson Cuonty Mayor Randall Hutto and Under Armour COO Kip Fulks also spoke at the event. Haslam said Under Armour will be added to the many great companies that call Tennessee home. 

The Under Armour facility will be open in early 2016. 

Community remembers long time County Commissioner Graves
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A long time County Commissioner and icon of the community, Gilbert Leroy Graves, passed away Friday at the age of 82. 

“He was a hard working family man and friend who did so much for MJ and the county,” said Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenny Martin. 

Martin said he was just talking to Graves last week about how he was one of Martin’s first traffic stops when he was “green and wet behind the ears” as a new officer. 

“He was so kind to me then and over the years as we became great friends,” said Martin. 

Graves served on the Wilson County Commission for 44 years, and worked with many different people along the way. 

“He was a great leader for Wilson County,” said Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. “He was the kind of leader people wanted to follow.”

Hutto said that Graves was a true communicator, but was also willing to listen to anyone. He said he was always willing to help in anyway he could. 

In addition to the County Commission, Graves served as past chairman pro tem of the Wilson County Court/Commission, the first Planning Commission, the first Joint Economic Development Board, the Wilson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the Road Commission for Wilson County.

“He was excellent to work with,” said the Wilson County Road Commission’s Steve Armistead. “He was very supportive, worked for the best for Wilson County.”

Armistead said he was always working with them, and was supportive of everything they did. He said even after he left his County Commission post, he would still stop by to hear what was going on. 

“He was a good man,” said Armistead. “It’s a major loss for us.”

Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty served with Graves on the Joint Economic Development Board. 

“He’s had his hand in just about everything,” said Hagerty of his years of service. “He was a great man, very likable, and very easy to work with.”

Graves descendants have been in the Mt. Juliet area since the late 1600s. School Board Chairman Don Weathers, who was Graves son-in-law, said he worked hard every day to make sure that his family would be proud of the area today. 

“He wanted to make sure it was done right,” said Weathers. “He loved this community.”

Graves is survived by: wife of 59 years, Mary Lou Roeser Graves; daughter, Diane (Don) Weathers; son, Barry (Kelley) Graves; siblings, Donna G. Ferrell, Brenda (Bob) Lannom, Mahlon (Elois) Graves, Eddie (Beverly) Graves and Susan (Steve) Davis; grandchildren, Darren (Allison) Weathers and Trent Graves; several nieces and nephews. 

Graves was the son of the late, Grafton L. and Clara Bell Hamblen Graves. He was a lifetime member of Center Chapel Church of Christ. He also served as an MP in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Funeral services will be conducted 12 noon Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Center Chapel Church of Christ, 9500 Central Pike, Mt. Juliet, TN with Bro. Darrell Duncan, Bro. Andy Connelly and Rev. Chuck Groover officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. 

Active pallbearers will be nephews, Mark Ferrell, Stephen Graves, Christopher Graves, John G. Graves, Lee Lannom and Aaron Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Oco Hamblen, Terry Ashe, Sonny Tillman, Drew Hobbs, Randall Hutto, Billy Patton, Lon Mires, Dale McCulloch, David Lawrence, Robert Bryan, Johnny Trice, Monty Mires, Robert Dedman, Val Kelly, Melvin Nelson, Norman Gillespie, Stant Eakes, Jerry Griffin, Joby Eakes and Billy Rowland.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Center Chapel Church of Christ Building Fund, 9500 Central Pike, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 or Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, P.O. Box 1513, Mt. Juliet, TN 37121.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663,

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