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City commission looks to block adult clubs
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance to prevent any adult club that might want to move to Mt. Juliet from going up in the area of a school Monday. 

The ordinance was sponsored by Mayor Ed Hagerty and put together by city attorney Gino Marchetti. “This is a direct response from what happened in Nashville, where a private club took advantage of their zoning laws, and a night club went up next to a school,” said Hagerty. 

Congressman Diane Black visits Service King Repair in Mt. Juliet
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Congressman Diane Black visited Service King Collision Repair in Mt. Juliet Tuesday. 

She was there to learn more about a newly high school training program that the company started, and was greeted by several high ranking officials from the company upon her arrival. 

Police respond to break-ins at Little League Park
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Police were called to Mt. Juliet Little League Park Tuesday night to investigate multiple car break-ins.

 At least seven different vehicles were broke into. Officers responded to the little league baseball and softball fields, located on Lebanon Road, around 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10 after victims began to notice windows smashed on their cars.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect(s) were looking into car windows, spotting something of value, breaking the window out, and taking the valuable item. Purses, wallets, bags, and briefcases have all been stolen by the thieves. At this time, there is no suspect description.

It is easy to become complacent; however, residents and visitors should always take action to help prevent becoming a car burglary victim. Police offer the following advice:

Always lock your car doors, even for quick stops or at home.

Never leave valuables of any kind inside your vehicle. Hiding valuables may help, but it typically doesn’t work. If you must leave valuables in your car, put them in the trunk.

Park in well-lit areas, stay alert, and call in any suspicious activity to the Mt. Juliet Police non-emergency number at (615) 754-2550.

If anyone knows the suspect(s) responsible for this crime or witnessed suspicious activity at the ball fields, they are encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at .

New book hits the shelves for local writer
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

John Driver has touched many lives as Teaching Pastor at Life Assembly Church in Mt. Juliet, but he has also made a name for himself as a writer. 

This past Tuesday, Driver’s newest book, a collaboration with comedian Tim Hawkins called Diary of a Jackwagon hit the shelves. 

The collaboration came about as Driver was a friend who was touring with Hawkins, the two met and the idea of putting Hawkins comedy on the page came about. Driver said Hawkins’ comedy is very expressive, so it was his job to capture that in the book. 

“I helped expand it, all while keeping his voice,” said Driver. 

Hawkins is a comedian that has toured all over the country. He made a big splash on YouTube with his comedy that can be enjoyed by the whole family. 

Driver has had a long history of collaboration with other writers. He has written with Public School Motivational Speaker Reggie Dabbs, Evangelist David Ring among many others. He never planned to become a writer, he just came into it, possibly from his love of songwriting. 

“That’s where the writing bug took hold,” said Driver. “God knew what he was doing.”

Despite being all over the country working on writing projects, Driver always wants to come back home to Mt. Juliet where he has lived for 11 years. He grew up in Nashville, spent some time in east Tennessee before joining Life Assembly and relocating to Mt. Juliet. 

“I feel like this is where God wants me to be,” said Driver. “We are embedded in the community...It’s the coolest place to be in middle Tennessee.”

Local pastor gearing up for 30 year anniversary
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

On Aug. 23, Corona Baptist will celebrate 30 years with their Pastor, Bobby Sanders. 

He has doctorate degrees in ministry and theology, from Lake Charles Bible College, which he attended from 2002-2005. 

Corona Baptist was founded in 1936 and has seen just two pastors in its’ 79 years of existence. Before Pastor Sanders, there was only Rev. Gilbert W. Bryant, who served the church as Pastor from 1937-1985, when Pastor Sanders took over. 

Pastor Sanders and his wife Barbara have known each other nearly all their life and have been married for 43 years now. They have seven children and numerous grandchildren as well. 

Corona has around 300 members at this time, and is classified as a Missionary Baptist church. “From day one, we have had a mindset of “taking back ground”. We cross denomination grounds here, we cross ethnic grounds. We have no boundaries. We are really just interested in the Kingdom of God and preparing people for the soon coming of The Lord”, said Sanders. 

Becoming a pastor was not always in the plans for Sanders, however. He attended United Electronics Institute in Louisville out of High School, with hopes of becoming an electrician. “God had other plans”, declared Sanders.

Several other pastors in the area were once members of the congregation at Corona Baptist, including Associate Pastor Tim Bryant of Grace Fellowship, Pastor Damond Bragg of Holy Temple, and even current Mt. Juliet Police Commissioner James Hambrick, who is also an Associate Pastor at Grace Fellowship.

Murita Hayes has been a member of Corona Baptist nearly all of her life, and had some very high praise for her Pastor. “He has a very strong objective to reach out to everyone he comes in contact with, and we as a church, have been able to grow alongside him. To him, it’s not about denominations or anything other than the children of God”.

Hayes would also like to encourage anyone and everyone to join Corona Baptist Aug. 23 for the 30 year anniversary celebration for Pastor Sanders. The day will begin with a prayer meeting at 9 a.m.., followed by Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. For more information about the church, visit their website at 

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