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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. 

Siever running for County Commissioner
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Becky Siever announces that she is seeking re-election as Wilson County Commissioner for District 1 for the upcoming election on August 7th.  She has served District 1 for the past four years as the County Commissioner. 

Mrs. Siever is a long time resident of the area. She is currently entering her third year as the principal of West Elementary.  Prior to being the principal at West, she served as the Assistant Principal at West for four years.  She is married to Philip Siever. They have two sons, Drew, who attends a local college and David, who attends Mt. Juliet High School. Philip is a local business owner in the transportation field as well as owning his own promotional company. He is also the soccer coach for the Eagle Express Soccer Club. Both Mr. and Mrs. Siever attend Tulip Grove Baptist Church. 

“I have a heart for the community and its residents. I have worked nonstop the last four years serving the community both as a commissioner and as an educator. As the wife of a small business owner, I have seen firsthand how the economy affects families and businesses. Our county’s rapid growth and how we deal with it are the most critical issues that I see because it not only affects the economy but many other factors as well. The population growth impacts everything around us including roads, traffic, schools, police and fire protection. We are making good progress in addressing these issues but we still have a lot of work ahead of us.”

As the District 1 County Commissioner for the past four years, Mrs. Siever has been appointed to serve on many committees. She has been faithful to be a part of the committee process through her attendance and participation. She serves on the Finance, Emergency Management, Education and Agricultural Extension Committees. She is also the Chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee. She was recently elected as a Road Commissioner for Districts 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 18 and 22. This was an honor for Mrs. Siever because not only was she elected by her peers to serve as a Road Commissioner, but she was also the first female Road Commissioner in Wilson County. 

Mrs. Siever says, “I am proud to be a part of the accomplishments that the Commission has achieved in the last four years. These include building new high schools, new additions for West Wilson Middle School as well as West Elementary School. Rutland Elementary School gained a new building as part of their construction process. We have also recently voted to build a much needed addition to the very overcrowded Carroll Oakland School. We added SRO officers in every school in the county after the Sandy Hook tragedy. The Commission has made great strides in helping bridge the gaps in our fire protection by building new fire halls and working with the cities to increase fire protection in all areas of the county.” 

As a proud servant leader in District 1, Becky Siever wants to continue to represent and serve the people in her district. She is a voice for her district, a listening ear for concerns, and a proud representative on the county level for District 1. She asks for your vote again on August 7th so she can continue her work and her representation. 

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