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MJ city commissoner lands backup role on hit show “Nashville”
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

If you are a fan of the hit show “Nashville”, you might see a familiar city leader around episode four or five of the upcoming season.

District 4 City Commissioner Brian Abston, 52, is a huge fan of the show.

“I’ve always loved the show. I love Nashville, county music, and politics. A friend of mind did it and told me about it so thought I would send a portfolio. I didn’t expect to hear anything back but within a week I did.”

Abston has some experience in acting, as he was the main character for one episode of “The Baxters” while he was in high school when the show cast one of the episodes in Nashville.

Abston has worked on two episodes of Nashville for the upcoming season thus far. He has had roles in episodes four and five and while he isn’t positive he will appear on either, feels pretty good about his chances of being seen in episode five. “You never know what production is going to keep and what they won’t, but I would think I may not be seen in four, but I think I will be in there somewhere for episode five.” said Abston.

“I don’t have any lines or anything, just in the background, but I should be there.” he continued.

For those unfamiliar with the series, it chronicles the lives of various fictitious country music singers in Nashville, starring Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, a legendary country music superstar, whose stardom begins fading, and Hayden Panettiere as rising younger star Juliette Barnes.

The show is shot in Nashville and often features some of the city’s most iconic venues. It will return to ABC for season four on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m.

MJ help center needs help tackling hunger
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Mt. Juliet Help Center officially unveiled their new building behind Celebration Lutheran Church on Aug. 8.  After spending the last 32 years in a trailer, the help center now has a permanent home and it opened just in time for National Hunger Action month, which will take place over the course of September.

   The center could use all the help it could get in receiving donations of food, clothes, etc. in preparation for Hunger Action month. Help center assistant director Kelly McCurry expressed the need for this by saying “We serve from 109 to the Davidson county line. We serve hundreds and hundreds of familes every year. Mt. Juliet is growing so fast and sometimes it is easy to forget or overlook that there is still a terrific need in this community.”

“We have been around for over 30 years and I am still amazed all the time by people I talk to don’t have any idea that we are here.” continued McMurray.

“I know if you can teach kids at a young age to have a loving and caring heart for others that will carry over to adulthood.” said board member Charlene Foutch. Foutch also noted that children in Mt. Juliet schools are starting to notice other children who are unable to afford school supplies, back packs and clothes. 

McCurry and Foutch also expressed their want of support from local business owners that might want part of their September proceeds to go towards helping the Mt. Juliet help center for National Hunger Action month. If you are interested in donating, helping, or want more information you can call the help center at (615) 754-4357 or stop in and see them. They are located at 3425 N. Mt. Juliet road behind Celebration Lutheran Church. Their hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 


Mayors declare September suicide prevention month in Wilson County
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

On Tuesday, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty and Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings met with Harper and Cumberland Mental Health director Nathan Miller to sign proclamations designating September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month across Wilson County. More people die by suicide each year than from driving drunk or AIDS. Suicide is the leading cause of violent deaths in Tennessee, nationally and worldwide, far above homicide and death due to natural disasters.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there were 1,017 recorded suicide deaths in the state in 2013, at a rate of 15.7 per 100,000 people. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among youth and young adults ages 15-24 in Tennessee and for the U.S. as a whole. 

Wilson County itself had 12 reported suicides in 2013. The 2014 numbers were not available.

The Wilson County Health Council will sponsor its fifth annual Suicide Awareness Event, “Never Alone,” on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. on the Cumberland University campus. Harper said the event is aimed at increasing awareness and decreasing the stigma associated with mental health and seeking mental health care.

The Wilson County mayors as well as mayors and county executives across Tennessee received proclamations to declare September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which they signed in support of the state’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month efforts. The proclamations will be presented at the annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Day event,  which is scheduled for Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Trevecca Community Church at 335 Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville.

LJ reflexology now open
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Jenny and Sean Lee are originally from China, but have now opened LJ reflexology in Mt. Juliet. The store is located in the Robinson Crossing building at 1400 N. Mt. Juliet road and opened up last Tuesday, Aug. 18. 

Sean and Jenny came to the United States 15 years ago and have spent the last five years in Hermitage, where Sean used to own a restaurant. They decided to open reflexology together  because they love massage therapy. 

“I always watched my mother work as I was growing up, she had such a great work ethic, and I think I inherited that from her. My family has always done many different things, and this is my thing. I am so interested in massage. That’s why I’m doing this, it’s what I love.” said Jenny. 

She also noted all of the different options they have for customers, “We offer many different massages from table massage to foot massage, chair massage, and many more, all in this very relaxed and calm environment. I believe this is a place where the people of Mt. Juliet can come and really relax and take some stress off.” 

A trip to LJ reflexology has a big variety in pricing, starting at just $1 for a one minute hand or head massage and ranging all the way to $160 for a 90 minute couples massage. 

They are currently offering a Grand opening special that takes $5 off of a one hour body massage or $10 off of a one hour foot reflexology. 

For more information, stop in or give them a call at (615)288-3181. Their hours of business are Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.

MJPD offers reward for car thieves info
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

 Staff reports

Car Burglars targeted several unlocked cars in Mt. Juliet neighborhoods on Sunday night.

The thieves struck the neighborhoods of Hickory Hills, Willoughby Station, Park Glen, Timber Trail, and Oak Hall. 

If a car was left unlocked, it was likely targeted by the unknown individuals looking to make money off whatever valuables were left in the unsecured vehicle.

 As of 12:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24 a total of five Theft of Property from Auto reports were completed. One car had a .40 caliber Glock handgun stolen out of it.

“Car burglary is a crime of opportunity that is very easy for the thief to commit because so many people leave their car unlocked,” stated Mt. Juliet Police Lieutenant Tyler Chandler. “Car burglars typically operate in the early morning hours, hiding under the cover of darkness. Burglars run through neighborhoods, pulling on car door handles. After finding an unlocked car, the burglar then rummages through the car, looking for valuable items.”

It is believed that many of the car burglaries occur after 11:00 p.m. into the early morning hours. If a citizen sees someone acting suspiciously late at night, they are urged to call police.

It is easy to become complacent; however, residents and visitors should always take action to help prevent becoming a car burglary victim. Police offer the following advice:

Always lock your car doors, even for quick stops or at home.

Never leave valuables of any kind inside your vehicle. Hiding valuables may help, but it typically doesn’t work. If you must leave valuables in your car, put them in the trunk.

Park in well-lit areas

Stay alert, and call in any suspicious activity to the Mt. Juliet Police non-emergency number at (615) 754-2550.

Mt. Juliet Police is offering a $500 Cash Reward to information leading to the arrest and conviction of the car burglars operating in the community. 

Anyone with any information regarding the car burglars are encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. 

Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at .

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