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Hunter running for Executive Committeewoman
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Yvonne Gregory Hunter, a native of Smith County, graduated from Trousdale High School and went on to obtain a degree in Finance from MTSU.  A local business owner since 1967, for the last 33 years Hunter has specialized in insurance and currently works for Physicians Mutual Insurance Co.  She has been a member and Ambassador for the Lebanon/Wilson Chamber for many years. Hunter was Miss Wilson Co. Sr. Tennessee in 2006 and Miss Tennessee Senior America in 2007. She is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon, where she sings in the choir and teaches 5th grade Sunday school.  She is a member of the Bert Coble Singers and First Baptist Church LOL Choir.

“The State Executive Committeewoman is an important job,” said Hunter. “She has an ex-officio position on all the County Parties in District 17, and is responsible for being the liaison between the State and County Parties. I plan on attending as many county events in my district as possible, so I can take your concerns to the State Party.  Additionally, the State Executive Committee votes for the State Party Chairman or Woman,  adopts rules to promote the success of the Republican Party, establishes policies that guide and direct the county parties and works with the Legislature to promote issues of concern to you either as a committee or as an individual.  I will represent all Counties and Republican groups in a fair and unbiased manner. I am against Common Core and the Federal effort to undermine States Rights. I ask for your vote in the Republican Primary.”

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.”

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