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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 

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.

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