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Local pastor gearing up for 30 year anniversary
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

On Aug. 23, Corona Baptist will celebrate 30 years with their Pastor, Bobby Sanders. 

He has doctorate degrees in ministry and theology, from Lake Charles Bible College, which he attended from 2002-2005. 

Corona Baptist was founded in 1936 and has seen just two pastors in its’ 79 years of existence. Before Pastor Sanders, there was only Rev. Gilbert W. Bryant, who served the church as Pastor from 1937-1985, when Pastor Sanders took over. 

Pastor Sanders and his wife Barbara have known each other nearly all their life and have been married for 43 years now. They have seven children and numerous grandchildren as well. 

Corona has around 300 members at this time, and is classified as a Missionary Baptist church. “From day one, we have had a mindset of “taking back ground”. We cross denomination grounds here, we cross ethnic grounds. We have no boundaries. We are really just interested in the Kingdom of God and preparing people for the soon coming of The Lord”, said Sanders. 

Becoming a pastor was not always in the plans for Sanders, however. He attended United Electronics Institute in Louisville out of High School, with hopes of becoming an electrician. “God had other plans”, declared Sanders.

Several other pastors in the area were once members of the congregation at Corona Baptist, including Associate Pastor Tim Bryant of Grace Fellowship, Pastor Damond Bragg of Holy Temple, and even current Mt. Juliet Police Commissioner James Hambrick, who is also an Associate Pastor at Grace Fellowship.

Murita Hayes has been a member of Corona Baptist nearly all of her life, and had some very high praise for her Pastor. “He has a very strong objective to reach out to everyone he comes in contact with, and we as a church, have been able to grow alongside him. To him, it’s not about denominations or anything other than the children of God”.

Hayes would also like to encourage anyone and everyone to join Corona Baptist Aug. 23 for the 30 year anniversary celebration for Pastor Sanders. The day will begin with a prayer meeting at 9 a.m.., followed by Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. For more information about the church, visit their website at 

Haslam honors Reward Schools at W.A Wright
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Staff Reports

Wilson County had the most schools recognized as Reward Schools for both achievement and growth than any school district in the state of Tennessee.

Three out of the nine statewide schools that earned both designations – W.A. Wright Elementary, Gladeville Elementary and Mt. Juliet High School – are Wilson County Schools. All rose to the top five percent for annual value-added growth, while also ranking in the state’s top five percent for overall achievement.

TCAP scores continue to improve for Wilson County students
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Staff Reports

Wilson County Schools surpassed the state in the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in 23 out of 25 subject areas, according to the data released by the Tennessee Department of Education today.

The 2015 TCAP scores showed the results from the Achievement Tests for grades three through eight and the End of Course scores for high school students.

TDOT reviews dangerous spot on I-40
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tennessee Department of Transportation recently reviewed the I-40 corridor near mile marker 226 in Wilson County at the request of state and local law enforcement following several wet weather crashes. This analysis included crash data, roadway design plans, and an additional road survey known as Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR.

This section of I-40 was recently widened, from west of SR 171 (Mt Juliet Road) to east of SR 109, as part of a design-build contract with Lane Construction Corporation. Design-build is a project delivery method that allows a single contractor to provide design and construction services.

Based on the initial data analysis, it is believed that the design-build team did not adequately address storm water runoff or the spread of storm water into lanes of travel. Additionally, TDOT believes the project was not constructed adequately to provide for appropriate water runoff.

As a result of the findings, TDOT has asked the design-builder for an action plan to address these issues. To help address immediate concerns, message boards will be posted to warn motorists of potential ponding of water during inclement weather. A dedicated HELP unit will also be on-site during weather events to shift traffic as needed.

While the design of the roadway is of concern at this location, drivers are reminded of the potential hazards of wet weather on any roadway. No design can immediately accommodate water accumulation during periods of very heavy rainfall or flash flooding events. Motorists on all roadways are urged to use caution and reduce speed in wet conditions.

Suspicious letter causes scare at MJ TV station
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A suspicious letter caused a scare at WNPX-TV in Mt. Juliet Monday. 

Around 11 A.M. an adult female employee called police after opening a seemingly normal piece of mail. The letter revealed a suspicious message and she began to feel her hands tingle while noticing an odd chemical odor associated with the letter. While the message was bizarre, there was no direct threat to any one person or entity. 

The adult female who opened the letter was the only person inside the business at the time of the incident. She and two officers underwent a decontamination process as a precautionary measure. No one required any medical treatment. 

Wilson County Emergency Management Agency’s Hazmat team and Lebanon Public Safety worked together to quickly and safely package the letter and all of the contents.

During the investigation, three neighboring businesses were evacuated before the scene was cleared and they were allowed to return to work.

WNPX-TV is a part of ION Television broadcast network and airs shows such as Criminal Minds and Psych among others.

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