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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.

Hutto talks of great things happening in Wilson County
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto stopped by the Chamber Luncheon Wednesday to tell where the county is, and where it is headed. 

New apartment complex approved for Providence
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A controversial apartment complex in Providence was approved Thursday at the Planning Commission meeting. 

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 

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