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MJ Help Center taking hunger action
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Matt Wilson

Intern Writer

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. One in five children in the United States face hunger. The Mt. Juliet Help Center wants to bring greater attention to the issue of hunger in the community. 

With help from churches, business and individuals, everyone can play a role in getting food to neighbors in need. With limited funds, local organizations in the community have set up food drives and fundraisers throughout the year. The largest food drive, which happens in May, is the Postal Food Drive. Local churches and grocery stores have donated food for Thanksgiving baskets sent out during the holidays. 

The next fundraiser will be held at Bar-B-Cutie, 2037 N. Mount Juliet Road, on Sept. 26. The event is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and everyone is invited to eat dinner and bid on silent auction items.

During the month of September, donation containers will be placed at Mt. Juliet businesses for collecting funds to purchase food for people who need help in our community. Corner Pub and Taziki’s will be donating funds from appetizers sold this month as well.

The Mt. Juliet Help Center has been here for 30 years and has helped over 1500 families this past year. They are located at 3425B N. Mt. Juliet Road in a doublewide trailer by Celebration Lutheran Church. They are open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you would like to help, you can call the help center at (615)754-4357, or you can visit them at

Abston running for City Commission
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Brian Abston is a Mt Juliet resident who lives in the Providence area. He is running for City Commissioner in District 4 which covers the Providence, Del Webb and Belinda City areas.

He has a marketing degree and is a partner in a small business with 25 employees supplying telephone companies with mostly fiber optic products to test and monitor their networks. He is Vice President of the Eastern U.S. Region. His office is in Mt. Juliet. He is also a long time board member of the Tennessee Telecommunications Association. He has been repeatedly elected by his peers as Chairman of the Associates Committee. In this role he is essentially a liaison between the Vendors and the owners & CEO’s of the Telephone Companies and works with legislators to help protect their interest in their communities.   

His local involvement includes being on the Mt Juliet Planning Commission and on the Steering Committee for the long range land use & transportation plan. He is a member of the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of Leadership Wilson class of 2013. He and a few others in his class actually started a non-profit named “Wilson Reads” which helps the Wilson County Adult Learning Center to offer grants and tutoring to adults to help them learn to read and ultimately get their GED’s.  He and his family are members of Providence UMC and are involved in many ministries including almost 17 years with the “Room in the Inn” ministry which helps the homeless community. He has held many other leader positions on other committees such as Treasurer and Chairman of Finance due to his leadership skills and fiscal conservativeness.  

“District 4 in Mt Juliet is one of the fastest growing areas in Tennessee. Over the last decade we have seen this go from basically open farmland to a thriving new community. We are blessed to have that in these times but with that there are many challenges and we need someone with the right business sense in this area to make the right decisions. We must work on our infrastructure in Mt Juliet to get the growth and traffic under control in the Providence area. We need smart growth, rather than just growth where we throw up anything just to be able to say we are growing. I consider myself to be a “big picture” person and look down the road at what will make us successful as a city. We don’t want to look back four years from now and be disappointed and see where we should have done something different. We need to look ahead at where we want to be and decide the right way to get there. I am used to working with everyone in a company from ground up to the CEO’s of large companies to look ahead long term at what will help them provide the best service possible to their customers. A city is essentially a business and my experience and leadership can help take us in the right direction and make sure we provide our customers (the citizens) the best service possible. I am connected with the community and commit to stay in touch, open, available and a commissioner you would be proud of.

I am asking for your vote in the November 4 election to help bring better representation and a better quality of life for the residents in District 4.” 

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Spin-A-Thon to raise Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Matt Wilson 

Intern Writer

For 24 hours, people will be raising Ovarian Cancer Awareness with a  Spin-A-Thon at Anytime Fitness. 

The event is Saturday, Sept. 13 starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until the same time Sunday. Anytime Fitness is located at 645 South Mt. Juliet Road behind Jonathon’s in Providence. Kim’s Spin-A-Thon will be in honor of Kim Moore. Moore died of ovarian cancer in May of 2013. Her parents, Terry and Gaynelle Moore’s, passion is to spread awareness about the disease and to help promote early detection and prevention. 

Anytime Fitness in Castle Rock, Colo., will be simultaneously holding the event on the same day, doing a 12-hour Spin-A-Thon. The family lived there for 18 years before moving to Tennessee. 

All women are at risk of ovarian cancer. It affects all women regardless of age or ethnicity, with 1 in 70 women developing this disease over their lifetime. Some early warning signs include: fatigue, indigestion, back pain and constipation. While these symptoms can be related to other problems, if you are experiencing these daily or it lasts 2-3 weeks it is recommend you go get testing. Ovarian cancer is a silent killer, with many women ignoring the warning signs, or just not knowing what is happening to them. 

Proceeds from the Spin-A-Thon will be going directly to Gilda’s Club Nashville. Gilda’s Club Nashville was started in 1998. They are a free cancer support community for men, women, and children affected by cancer. Gilda’s Club is run solely on donations, with all the money going towards the club to provide help to families affected by all types of cancer. 

Participants will sign up for 30 minute rides, with a suggested donation of $1 per minute. However, any donation is welcomed. So far 70 riders have signed up for the event, and all donations are payable by cash, check, or credit card. Visit to make a donation. There will be a link on the home page to donate.

Food and T-shirts will be provided for the event. Also, plenty of information on ovarian cancer will be provided at the event. A memory board will be set up for those that have lost their fight with cancer, or who are currently in a battle with cancer. On Sunday after the Spin-A-Thon, several churches will be praying for the families on the memory board. 

The event’s purpose is to spread awareness of ovarian cancer and raise money for Gilda’s Club Nashville. Ask your friends or family to ride or donate. Call Anytime Fitness at (615)686-9427 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or to sign up. 

Stray bullets striking homes in Providence area
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Stray bullets have struck several homes in the Mt. Juliet area, and the Mt. Juliet Police Department have pinned down a possible area where the shots are originating. 

The first incident was on May 29 when a homeowner located a round in their living room couch. Three more incidents happened on Aug. 19, and when the Police Department alerted the community, three more residents said their homes had been struck. 

New Providence neighborhood deferred
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A new neighborhood called Baird Farm, which would add 269 more homes to the Providence area, was deferred at the planning commission Thursday. 

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