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Mayberry coming to Mt. Juliet
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet will get a little slice of Mayberry this Christmas when a music and humor show will be at the Mt. Juliet Middle School. 

Presented by Abundant Life Church, “Mayberry Christmas” is a show that has played in many cities in the southeast, bringing Christmas music, humor, audience interaction and holiday inspiration. 

The show will star Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band, who appeared on The Andy Griffith Show as The Darlings and Maggie Peterson, who played Charlene Darling, the object of Ernest T. Bass’ affections. Also, David Browning will star as the Mayberry Deputy, a tribute to Barney Fife. Don Knotts sanctioned Browning after seeing his performance. 

“It’s definitely Mayberry,” said Peterson. 

Peterson said that a certain type of down to Earth people are attracted to the show, which has been on the air for over 50 years now. She said it has been a blast traveling around meeting all the people that love the show, and couldn’t wait to come to Mt. Juliet. 

Dillard said the show takes place in a typical Mayberry living room. The audience will interact with the show, stories will be told, songs will be sung, and he believes a good time will be had by everyone in attendance. 

“Hopefully people can walk away feeling better about things,” said Dillard about the upcoming performance.

The show will take place at Mt. Juliet Middle School, Sunday, Dec, 15, 6:30 p.m. Premium admission is $20 and general admission will be $!5. For more information, go to or call (615)754-7035.  

Justice speaks on efforts to curb impaired driving
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet City Commissioner and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Ray Justice stopped by the monthly Chamber of Commerce luncheon to speak about some of the things the Sheriff’s Office is doing to stop impaired driving. 

Justice said that Wilson County is fourth in the state in alcohol related accidents, and the Sheriff’s Office are working along with the other law enforcement in the county to bring these numbers down.

One of the way they are doing this is a grant that Justice helped secure that pays for overtime and equipment needed to get impaired drivers off the road. Justice said that the grant had already paid for $40,000 of overtime, which helped the Sheriff’s Office increase their traffic stop numbers. Justice said they increased from 4,500 to 8,150 last year. 

He thinks part of the increase is due to the rapid growth Wilson County has seen. 

“Mt. Juliet went from 12,000 to 28,000 people in just 10 years,” said Justice. 

Justice said they have seen a shift in the demographic of impaired drivers in the last few years. He said it used to be that males 24-36 would be the majority, and it would be alcohol at night. But he said they have seen a large increase in women, an average age of 27, being DUIs during the day time while being on medications like Xanax or Loritabs. 

“People need to realize they are behind the wheel of a weapon at that point,” said Justice. 

Wilson County Schools report card filled with A’s
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wilson County once again earned high marks on their report card released last week. 

The annual report card analyzes academic achievement, value added growth, accountability status and graduation and attendance rates per district and school. 

MJ residents win car from Good Morning America
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

One lucky Mt. Juliet family won a free car from Good Morning America’s GMA Great Car Giveaway Tuesday morning. 

Sam and Kristi Mullins were surprised Tuesday morning when Good Morning America correspondent Melissa Rycroft knocked on their door, flanked by many of the Mullins friends and family, to present them with a red Mazda 2014 CX5. 

FDMJ starting new Explorer post
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Fire Department of Mt. Juliet is starting a new Fire Services Explorer post under the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life program. 

The program is open to young men and women ages 14 that have completed the eighth grade, but are not yet 21-years-old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Fire and Emergency Services. 

“We felt that a Post would provide students and young adults with great experience to see firsthand what firefighting and the emergency services is all about,” stated Fire Chief Erron Kinney. “Participants will have a chance to have actual hands-on training with the equipment and tools that are used in the field every day.”

An open house and registration event for interested participants to learn about the post is scheduled on Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. The open house will be held at Mt. Juliet Fire Station No. 1 located at 104 Belinda Parkway in Mt. Juliet. Upcoming activities include: Introduction to the Fire Service, Fire Ground Support Functions, and tours of other emergency service agencies like Vanderbilt Lifeflight. Annual membership dues are $20. Participants will also be required to purchase their uniforms.

The program provides a hands-on experience that exposes participants to many career experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path with fire and emergency services and to challenge them to become responsible citizen of their community and country.

“It has been my goal to get this program started in Mt. Juliet. I entered the fire service in 1985 as an Explorer, and I owe so much to the program,” stated Captain Chris Allen, who is organizing the program. “This program helps young adults figure out what they do and don’t want to do as a career.”

Nationally, over 22,500 Explorers participate in over 1,700 Fire and Emergency Services Posts. The program highlights include: the National Fire and Emergency Services Exploring Conference, ride-alongs, career achievement and proficiency awards, training scenarios, and scholarship opportunities.

“Providing this experience not only allows Mt. Juliet youth to learn more about the fire service and explore it as a career option, but it also allows our department to potentially build capacity for future firefighters to service such a wonderful community,” said Fire Assistant Chief Jamie Luffman.

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