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MJSAC moving forward with new building
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mt Juliet Senior Activity Center moves forward with plans for a new building. The board of directors unanimously voted to accept a “letter of intention to donate “and move forward with the project. Lifelong members of Mt. Juliet, The Crawford Family, graciously donated property to build a new 18,772 square foot plus senior center. According to the terms of the letter, the center has two years from the closing date to raise the estimated two million dollars needed to build the center.

Plans are underway to kick-off a Capital Campaign for the project. The community is invited to participate in the fundraising efforts. “No contribution is too small”, says center Director, Linda McClanahan. 

The mission of the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center is to provide a place for older adults to gather for social, educational and recreational activities and to alleviate isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Over 100 programs are offered in Arts & Crafts, Drama & Music, Education, Recreation & Wellness, Socials, Travel, Community Services and Special Events. More than 700 members participate in the various programs and membership continues to grow daily.

“I don’t know what I would do without the senior center” says member Dot Burks. “After my husband died I was depressed and lost. I have made so many friends and the wonderful activities have brought joy back into my life”. 

“My husband and I are new to Mt. Juliet and the center was just what we needed to quickly become engaged in our new community. We are exercising, traveling and have made so many new friends”, says a very active new couple.

Architect, Sam Anderson has designed the new center that will have double the current space and it is all on one level. The plans include a large multi-purpose room that would accommodate events with over 200 participants. Some of rooms include: An art room, billiard room, a large group exercise room for classes, a workout room with equipment for seniors, a library/computer lab, offices, meeting rooms and more. A large atrium with an impressive donor wall and art gallery is a part of the plans as well.

The community is invited to visit the current center to see firsthand the “mission in motion”. To make a contribution please contact the director, Linda McClanahan at (615)758-9114.

 
West Elementary Principal’s List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Principal’s List

3rd  Grade: Matthew Girgis, Sara Miu, Lily Pennington, Carter Eby, Noah Ofenheusle, Maddy Davis, Johnny Pfefferle, Hailey Smith, Sydney Watwood. 

4th Grade: Gregorio Bahena, Ava Guzowski, Brooks Robertson, Ava Coffman, Austin Kerney, Morgan Mazzanti, Aaron Tribana, Devan Beutner, Shelby Brunson, Kylie Hitchcox, Joshua Lanius, Josie Pugh, Lauren Ritter, Emma Hicks, Aubrey Katzenmiller, Joseph Tzompanakis. 

5th Grade: Alannah Delaney, Jonnie Meador, Josiah Stafford, Verena Yousef, Ryan Hess, Sammy Hughes, Bailey Meeks, Jadyn Miller, Rebeca Miiu, Andrew St. Germain, Haven Thompson, Jill Goodman, Quinn Hankes, Abby Jones, Kylie Karadeema, Nataly Perez-Hernandez, Dean Alford, Hailey Allen, Landon Greenwood, Delaney Waugh. 

Honor Roll

3rd Grade: DeShun Brown, Isabella Price, Kylie Reynolds, Ellie Swallows, Ashton Welch, Nathan Cochran, Kaityln Ferguson, Gary Johnson, Brady Jones, Wren Linde, Lindsey Niemeyer, Ella Weist, Carson Cole, Maddie Hammond, Andrew Hardin, Cara Millwood, Zoey Morrow, Cooper Pulliam, Sarah Stokes, Campbell King, Connor Alford, Amber Beckham, Lilly Fudge, Reece Haapala, Alyson Harvey, Cole Hunt, McKenzie Louwien, Kayla Meeks, Kameron Petty, Alex Sunday, Evan Aguillard, Presley Denton, Logan Garcia, Carly Holladay, Leigha Medlin, Will Riley, Jackson Stilts. 

4th Grade: Hannah Jones, Kylie Bennett, Adelyn Kendall, Kensley Carter, Cooper Pare, Sofie Hess, Kate Waller, Mariya Kennedy, Bryce Weekley, Braeden Martin, Grace Worsham, Madi Spears, Wyatt Bowling, Dottie Stinson, Autumn Bragg, Brett Thompson, Justin Brown, Katherine Tinnin, Charlie Carpenter, Maryam Hanna, Logan Vantrease, Shaw Jenkins, Chevelle Lockwood, Brooklyn Maes, Paisley Premo, Aiden Atkins, Haley Brown, Jayze Ballesteros, Damien Callagy, Jonathan Brown, Aiden Caron, Carter Brunson, Autumn Cecil, Makayla Cornell, Constance Henthorn, Emma Curtis, Peyton Jones, Savannah Davis, Ashley McCowan, Trent Denison, Ian McParlin, Chase Eakes, Nghi Nguyen, Annaliese Krage, Abby O’Guin, Jenna Pettross, Walker Phillips, Brittany Reth, Benjamin Schultz, Alexa Wilson, Antony Yousef

5th Grade: Parker Arvin, Zachary Crumpton, Clara Kallaos, Elijah Dickerson, Kaden Phillips, Ethan Garcia, Drew Simpson, Collin McKenzie, Jayme Taylor, Landon Owen, Cooper Young, Luke Patton, Karaline Smith, Lacie Urich, Peyton Williams, Cooper Amos, Ethan Bell, Brin Balz, Thomas Canady, Emma Blair, Shiloh Caudill, Connor Chapman, Andrew Courtney, Jacob Hamilton, Lily Flannery, Cotten Hendrix, Issac Huddleston, Jameson Keopf, Tanner Humes, Caleb Pare, McKenzie, Chloe Parrish, Austin Parker, Morgan Rector, Ryken Salamy, K’Miyah Smith, Crawford Turner.

 
Commission doesn’t recommend north side Stabucks’ plans
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A new Starbucks was given a negative recommendation, apartments on Nonaville Road passed, and a new neighborhood was approved at the planning commission Thursday. 

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MJ man arrested on multiple counts
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Mt. Juliet man was arrested after being accused of 10 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure while he was a youth pastor at a Lebanon Church. 

Christopher Douglas Ross, 43, Mt. Juliet was accused by an under-aged victim of abusing her with inappropriate advances in 2010, which later progressed into sexual contact early in 2012. The allegations were made to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office in late 2014. 

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Access to more organic produce and groceries coming to MJ
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Access to healthy, organic and locally grown food has been the talk for quite some time in Mt. Juliet. 

As Mt. Juliet keeps growing, the desire for an organic grocery has been the tops of many people’s list as the next big get for the community. There is even a Facebook page called “Bring an Organic Grocery Store to Mt. Juliet, TN” which at the time of writing this story had 1,111 likes. 

While there is still no word that will happen in the coming months, there is another option that is coming into the Nashville Market. 

The company is called Green Bean Delivery, and they specialize in organic produce and natural groceries delivered straight to your door. 

The way they do that is partnering with local farmers and food artisans and get their products to consumers that normally wouldn’t have easy access to it. So far in the Nashville area, they have partnered with Bongo Java, Hatcher Family Dairy, Johnson’s Honey Farm, The Nashville Jam Company, Nashville Toffee Company, Provence Breads & Cafe, Willow Egg Farm and more.

“We’ve been looking at the Nashville area for quite some time,” said Vice President John Freeland. Green Bean Delivery is also in Indianapolis, Ind., Cincinnati, Ohio, Colombus, Ohio, Louisville, Ky., St. Louis, Mo., Fort Wayne, Ind. and Lexington, Ky. Freeland said the company likes to be in big cities, but like to focus on the outlying communities which don’t have as easy access to food artisans and other farms in the area. He said that is what attracted them to the Mt. Juliet market. 

“We want to make quality food more accessible, more affordable,” said Freeland. 

Green Bean Delivery also believes in having a strong community presence, battling hunger in the cities they operate by joining forces with organizations like the Second Harvest Food Bank.

The way it works is you go onto the website, sign up as a customer, pick the items you want in their grocery store, and it is delivered directly to your door. There are no sign up or membership fees, and delivery is free on orders $35 or more. You can set up your produce subscription bin and set your schedule how often you want to receive it. 

The Nashville area is currently in the pre-register phase, but you can place your first order Jan. 22. The first deliveries will go out Jan. 26. 

To find out more information, or to sign up for Green Bean Delivery, go to www.greenbeandelivery.com. 

 
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