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Barricaded man leads to homes evacuated
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Twelve homes were evacuated in Providence Landing Saturday, as an armed man was threatening suicide. 

The incident happened around 3:15 p.m. as a welfare check was performed on an adult male threatening suicide. He had locked himself inside the home, and was possibly armed. Mt. Juliet Police Department’s Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiators responded to the scene, as well as the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and Crisis Negotiation team. 

The Providence Landing entrance was closed during the ordeal. The man came out of the home at 6:15 p.m. after speaking with a Wilson County Sheriff Crisis Negotiator. He was sent to the hospital for treatment. 

“I hate that many of our residents were displaced during this incident, but the well-being of the barricaded individual and the safety of the public was our top priority,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “We appreciate Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan and his team of fine officers for responding to assist us.”

Martin’s contract renewed as City Manager
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Board of Commissioners renewed the contract for City Manager Kenny Martin at the meeting Monday night. 

New 10-digit dialing now in effect
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A new area code of 629 is now in effect in the Mt. Juliet area. 

Residents will now have to dial 10 digits when dialing, the area code plus the telephone number, even for local calls. For right now, calls that are just dialed with seven digits will be completed, but on Feb. 28, 2015, it will be mandatory to use 10 digits. 

Yokom ready for school year at SCE
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

It’s the last few days before the school year starts, and new Stoner Creek Elementary Assistant Principal Jennifer Yokom is excited about what lies ahead. 

“We’ve got great things happening this year,” Yokom said. 

Yokom is looking forward to many things, one of them being an RTI Intervention Program, a tech based program that helps get students where they need to be. She also is ready for the one fundraiser of the year for the Bobcats, the Bash and Dash, which is coming Sept. 29. 

The school year hasn’t even started, but Yokom said that she already knows a large portion of the families that will be walking in for the first day Friday. 

“We have wonderful parent involvement,” said Yokom. 

Yokom said parents want to be involved, even when it is helping a teacher get their room ready or helping in any way they can.

Yokom has spent the last 13 years at W.A. Wright Elementary as Computer Tech teacher, 4th grade math teacher, and a 2nd grade Teacher. The last three months of the 2013-2014 school year, she was the Interim Assistant Principal at the school. 

Yokom always loved school. When she was in third grade at Lakeview Elementary, she said that she would think to herself that she would be a good principal then. So it was only natural that after graduating from Mt. Juliet High School and college, she would return to the school system that educated her. 

“I want to help the teachers be the best they can be and serve the students,” said Yokom. 

Yokom said that she will use the same motto that has gotten her through her time as a teacher when school starts Friday. 

“Expect the best, plan for the worst, always prepare to be surprised.”

Jankowich for Wilson County Commission
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

John N. Jankowich formally announces his candidacy for election to the Wilson County Commission, District 22.

I have lived in Wilson county for the last 10 years.  I am a retail buyer for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., headquartered in Lebanon.  My wife Audrey and I have been married for 25 years, and we have 2 daughters, Katherine and Elizabeth.  Katherine will be a junior this Fall at Tennessee Tech University, and Elizabeth will be a sophomore at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  We are members of Providence United Methodist Church, and I currently serve on the church’s finance committee.  I graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Telecommunications, in 1988.

Our county’s population has grown by over 54,000 people in the last 23 years, and all reasonable census estimates show an even faster rate of growth for the county in the next 20 years.  In the next 4 years, we will be making critical decisions in regards to education, transportation infrastructure, public safety, economic development and community services, all as a direct result of the growth we are experiencing.  At this important time, we need new leadership and vision, that can help the county make decisions based upon sound fiscal, long term focused principals.

The investments we make in public education, and the opportunities our school system provides to our children is nothing less than a sacred trust.  Once elected, it will be my top priority as a commissioner to make sure our school system is constantly striving to be ranked among the best in the country.  Our investments should make this type of goal achievable, while always maintaining a focus on the future impacts of our decisions.  

The reality of our current situation is that every action we take in regards to infrastructure, economic development, and public safety will have tremendous impact upon our citizens quality of life in 5 to 10 years, as our population continues to grow exponentially.  I believe that my professional business experience as a retail executive for the past 25 years allows me to bring a skill set and mindset to the commission that is truly needed today.  It isn’t enough to simply deal with problems or opportunities as they exist today.  We needs leaders who can make decisions on policy and investment that can look at analyze what impacts they might have on our citizens in the near term and longer term future.  

On August 7, the voters of District 22 can make a choice.  They can choose 4 more years of the same governance they have seen previously,  or they can choose to make a change.  They can ask for fresh ideas, a new voice, professional business minded fiscally responsible thinking, and a long term focus.  My candidacy for county commission offers that chance for a change and a new voice.  I am asking the residents of District 22 to be bold, and vote for a new voice in local government on August 7, vote John Jankowich for County Commission.

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