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Train offering rides to the fair
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In partnership with the Wilson County Fair, the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) will be operating a special Music City Star excursion train to the Wilson County Fair Saturday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 23. 

Two trains will operate both Saturdays, and an allotment of 400 tickets will be available to the general public for each trip each week. Cost is $20 for ages 13 and older and $15 for ages 6-12. There is no charge for children age 5 and younger.

The ticket includes round-trip train fare and one-day admission to the fair.  Parking is free at all of the outlying stations (Donelson, 2705 Lebanon Pike; Hermitage, 4121 Andrew Jackson Parkway; Mt. Juliet, 22 E. Division St.; Martha, 65 Martha Circle; Lebanon, 334 W. Baddour Parkway), and customers are encouraged to park at these stations as there is no parking available at Riverfront Station. 

Tickets are available for purchase online at and with a credit card. Tickets will be on sale until 24 hours prior to departure or until they are sold out, whichever comes first. 

Each Saturday during the fair, the Music City Star will depart from Riverfront Station at 11 a.m., stop in Donelson at 11:12 a.m., Hermitage at 11:26 a.m., Mt. Juliet at 11:35 a.m., Martha at 11:45 a.m., Lebanon at 11:55 a.m., and arrive at the Temporary Fairgrounds Station at 12:05 p.m.

A second train will depart from Riverfront Station at 2 p.m., stop in Donelson at 2:12 p.m., Hermitage at 2:26 p.m., Mt. Juliet at 2:35 p.m., Martha at 2:45 p.m., Lebanon at 2:55 p.m., and arrive at the Temporary Fairgrounds Station at 3:05 p.m.

The return trains to Nashville will leave the Temporary Fairgrounds Station at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively. 

Customers who purchased the special tickets will need to show their ticket to train personnel for scanning when boarding on both trips. Children age 5 and younger will need a printed ticket, and parents should request these tickets when they make their purchase. Weekday Music City Star tickets and passes are not accepted on the Wilson County Fair train.

Backpacks and folding chairs will be allowed onboard. Any items that will not fit underneath the seat, such as large coolers, bikes and wagons, are not permitted on the train. 

For more information, visit the Wilson County Fair website at 

Marlowe seeking District 22 seat
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wendell Marlowe announces his candidacy for District 22 County Commissioner

Wilson County Tennessee has been my home for most of my 58 years.  I’ve been employed by the Wilson County School system since 1978, serving as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal.  My current is Principal at West Wilson Middle School.

I served as District 1 County Commissioner for 14 years and in District 22 for the past four years.  I have been given the opportunity to be a member of several committees such as Budget, legislative, Education, Health and Welfare, Rules, Insurance, Minutes, and Steering.

My Educational Degree was earned from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Master’s in School Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.  I’m married to Sheila Smithson Marlowe; we have two sons, Patrick and Josh, and one grandson, Jordan.  We are long time members of Hermitage Church of the Nazarene.

Even with the uncertainties of our challenging economic times, we must embrace the current and future needs of our county.  We must utilize sound financial reasoning and a common sense approach as we explore the possibilities that may sometimes seem beyond our grasp.

With enthusiasm and confidence, county officials must develop a vision for the future that includes a five and ten your plan, with goals and objectives that reflect the needs of our county.  Most importantly, we must develop a strategy to address those needs.

Wilson County Government is not an island unto itself.  We are made up of different municipalities that have unique characteristics, with distinct and diverse needs, who can provide meaningful contributions to County Government.  We are also a small part of regional, state and federal agencies.  To be successful, we must be cooperatively involved with those around us. 

Our political process must be an open and transparent operation to insure that our actions protects and preserves the rights of all citizens.  I look forward to being involved with county officials that demonstrates old virtues like self-reliance, civic commitment, and concern for one another.  

With 35 years experience in Public Education, 27 of those years in School Administration, 18 years as a County Commissioner, and the compassion I have for others, will permit me to be the best person to represent those who live in District 22.  I am eager to continue working with what concerns you the most and to resume my fight to improve economic development, schools, and public safety for all of Wilson County.

Pigstravaganza returning
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pig-Stravaganza  - Mt. Juliet’s most Unique fundraiser returns for the third year!  Mark your calendars for Friday, August 8 from 6 – 8 pm at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center. A delicious pork dinner will be catered by Bar B Cutie and will include: A BBQ Pork Sandwich, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Chips, Dessert and Beverage. Over 50 items will be on display for the Silent Auction. The Super Silent Auction will include, entertainment packages, jewelry, art, car care packages, sports items, home décor, handmade items, and lot’s more. 

You will enjoy music, great food and an awesome silent auction! The grand finale is amazing “Pig-Calling Contest” with celebrity judges; Judge John Gwin, Judge Andy Wright, Judge Clara Byrd, Mayors Ed Hagerty and Randall Hutto. Participants will sign up for the contest that evening. The esteemed winner will be awarded the prize of “Penelope” the ceramic pig…a real beauty!

Tickets are just $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  The price includes dinner, and the event. You must be 18 to attend. Proceeds benefit the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center and its mission to provide a place for older adults aged 55+ to gather for social, educational and recreational programs and to alleviate isolation and loneliness among the elderly. For more information call the center at: 758-9114.

Commissioners discuss keeping up with growth
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Board of Commissioners discussed the possibility of temporary halting applications for multi-family developments. 

New EPE Principal, Assistant, excited for new year
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The administration at Elzie Patton Elementary is pumped for the 2014-15 school year. 

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