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MJ resident running to support cancer research
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

On Aug. 11, Armando Lopez from Mt. Juliet will be running in the 41st annual Falmouth Road Race to help conquer cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s team.  

Lopez, along with more than 200 Dana-Farber teammates from New England and beyond, will run the seven-mile race with a goal to raise $450,000 to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Dana-Farber team celebrates its 11th year of participation in the Falmouth Road Race official charity program in 2013.

Lopez is a member of “Team Lanzoni,” a group of over 60 people from the 99 Restaurants who have run the Falmouth Road Race to support Dana-Farber for the past seven years. Team Lanzoni runs in memory of their friend and colleague, David Lanzoni, who lost his battle with cancer in 2006. Through the group’s participation from 2006 to 2012, they have raised more than $600,000 for Dana-Farber.

Dana-Farber team members running the Falmouth Road Race must meet a basic fundraising commitment of $1,250. One-hundred-percent of the funds raised go to the Jimmy Fund (, which solely supports Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.

To learn more about running for Dana-Farber or to support a runner, please visit 

11th Annual Ms. Tennessee Senior Wilson County
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 11th  annual Ms. Tennessee Senior Wilson County pageant to be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center Fiddlers Grove Opry stage as part of the Wilson County fair.

The Ms. Tennessee Senior Wilson County pageant is for ladies that have reached the “Age of Elegance,” 60 and over, have resided in Wilson County for the past three months and is a citizen of the United States. The entry fee is $20

Each contestant will receive a gift and the top three will be awarded special prizes. Contestants will be judged on poise, personality, evening gown and talent. Talent may be singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, dramatic reading, art display, dress designing, creative poetry, writing, etc. Each contestant will be invited to a rehearsal at which time they’ll receive complete instructions regarding the pageant and rehearse the evening activities.

We invite all ladies that have reached the “Age of Elegance,” 60 and over to make new friends, visit new places and seek the title of Ms. Tennessee Senior Wilson County. 

For more information, contact the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 444-5503.

Wilson County Schools see big test score improvements
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wilson County Schools met or exceeded all their Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) for the 2012-2013 school year. 

“Wilson County Schools is pleased and proud to announce it has met or exceeded all 11 of these AMOs in Achievement,” the school system said in a statement last week. 

West to have modified schedule due to construction
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Construction will modify the start of school for West Elementary. 

All students except for kindergartners will have an abbreviated day from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. Thursday and Friday. Kindergartners will not start until Monday, Aug. 5, and will be personally contacted by their teachers prior to Aug. 1. Buses will run Thursday and Friday. 

The exterior construction has limited parking space, and parents are temporarily asked to use the buses or drop your child off using the car rider lines. Due to some parents wanting to accompany their child to their class on the first day, you may choose to wait and start school on Monday, Aug. 5. 

MJPD officer delivers backpacks to kids in need
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet Police Officer Anthony Allen wants to make sure the service part doesn’t get left out of the serve and protect. 

“Sometimes the service part gets lost in the shuffle,” said Allen. 

That is why Allen took it upon himself a few months ago to make a difference in the community. Allen grew up in a low-income area in Florida, and the positive relationships he made with police officers pushed him toward law enforcement. He came to Wilson County by way of a football scholarship to Cumberland University. After getting a degree in criminal justice, he was hired by the Mt. Juliet Police Department in 2011. 

In his time in Mt. Juliet, he had developed relationships with many less fortunate children in the area. So, a few months ago, he decided to get them off on the right foot for the school year. That culminated Monday when Allen delivered 20 backpacks to 11 different homes for children starting school this week. 

“It’s about giving back and reaching out,” said Allen. 

Allen said the children had expressed to him their academic goals, and what they wanted to be, so he wanted to help them achieve those goals. 

Allen had help from Evidence Technician Sandy Dempsey, local Girl Scout troops who donated items and the MJPD Community Policing Division helped him accomplish his goal. 

Allen said he will be doing this every year, and will do some other fundraisers in the community. He hopes to partner with Mt. Juliet Help Center to get food out to needy families later in the year. 

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