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Local pastor Locke going from MJ to LA in 10 days on bike
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church is known for taking things a bit to the extreme. 

Encore bringing Agatha Christie to the stage
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Encore Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest”, directed by Barbara Hartman.

Opening July 11 and running weekends through July 26. Friday and Saturday shows 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house, only to find himself stumbling on to the scene of a murder. When the dead man’s wife confesses to the crime, the stranger agrees to provide her with an alibi. But who is he really protecting?

A thriller, as well as a puzzler, the woman is dazed and her confession is unconvincing. The unexpected guest decides to help her and blame the murder on an intruder. Later, the police discover clues that point to a man who died two years previously and a pandora’s box of love and hate, suspicion and intrigue is opened in the night air.

Tickets on sale now by calling 598-8950 or visit the website

Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+), $10 for youth (12 & under).

Encore Theatre is located at 6978 Lebanon Rd, Mt Juliet – just west of Hwy 109

Weathers running for County Commission seat
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Diane Weathers is seeking the office of county commissioner for the 16th district of Wilson County in the upcoming election on August 7th.  She has been a life long resident of the 16th district and has watched its growth become a concern of the community.  “I love the quality of life we enjoy in the 16th District and want to make sure we are fully informed on things that may impact our way of life before they actually happen.  I have both the time and desire to represent the residents in this district and will always make myself available to help them with their concerns and issues” says Mrs. Weathers. 

Diane has been actively involved in helping make the 16th District and Wilson County a better place to be through her work with the Wilson County Library Board and the Wilson County Board of Zoning Appeals.  She has served on the library board for over 15 years and is passionate about providing a place where both children and adults can expand their skills and knowledge for whatever their interests may be.  Diane has served on the board of zoning appeals to protect the best interests of all Wilson Countians through enforcing the codes that govern both residential and commercial buildings that may be out of compliance.  “Our building codes are in place to protect all residents and this board is responsible for making decisions on matters when the codes are violated, which helps protect the value of the surrounding property”, Mrs. Weathers said.

Diane has been married to Don Weathers for over 32 years and they have one son, Darren whom is married to Allison Thomas of Mt. Juliet.  They live on a working Century Farm just south of Providence.  “Very few residents of the 16th District have been impacted by the recent growth more than I have and I want to make sure any future development in this area is done in a responsible way and takes the residents into consideration”, adds Mrs. Weathers.

To learn more about the candidate, go to or you can follow her on Facebook at “Diane G Weathers for 16th District Commissioner”.  Thank you for your vote and support.

Former MJ girl starting library in African orphanage
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Aubrey Ropiecki, formerly of Mt. Juliet, now of Freetown, Sierra Leone in Africa, is starting a library at an orphanage her family has helped build. She is going to run it while teaching the kids how to work there, and hopes to open more libraries at other orphanages. 

She is also just 13 years old. 

Ropiecki’s family moved to Sierra Leone three years ago with The Raining Season, an organization that builds and operates orphanages in Sierra Leone. The family has worked on the orphanage in various capacities, including the construction, which Aubrey’s father Michael does for a living. 

Aubrey’s mother Rachel suggested that she get involved, and floated the idea of being a librarian. 

“I said, yes, I got to be a librarian,” said Aubrey. 

Aubrey spoke with some people and learned how they would set up the library, including the card catalog system, which she will teach to the kids. There will also be a book of the week that Aubrey will pick to start. Eventually, they will take over and run it themselves. It will help teach the kids responsibility and job skills. 

For more information on The Raining Season, go to You can donate also on The Bridge Fellowship’s website at

Wilson County Fair Great Give-Away
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Monday, June 30 officials of the Wilson County Fair announced the 2014 Wilson County Fair Great Giveaway. Fair goers will have the opportunity to win $1000 in cash six nights of the fair. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, one lucky winner will choose between a record seven different prizes. 

“We are very excited about the 2014 offering for the fair,” says Keith Harrison, Chairman of the fair’s Great Give-A-Way Committee. “Fair goers will have the opportunity to choose between a selection of vehicles, tractors, and a recreational utility vehicle (RTV). Someone is going to drive away with one of these spectacular choices.”

The Great Give-A-Way line-up includes the following 2014 models provided by the following local businesses:  Chevrolet Malibu (Wilson County Motors); Dodge Caravan   (Rockie Williams Premier Dodge); Ford Focus (Bates Ford); Hyundai Sonata (Wilson County Hyundai), John Deere 5045d Tractor & Loader (Tri-Green Equipment), Mahindra 4025 Tractor w/loader & MFWD (Tony Bates Equipment) and a Kubota RTV 1100 Diesel w/cab (Absolute Kubota). “These local dealerships are offering outstanding choices and record seven options for the 2014 Wilson County Fair” says Harrison.

We have great support from our sponsors for the 2014 Great Give-A-Way. Fifty-eight local businesses made the commitment to sponsor the annual event. “We are pleased by our local businesses stepping up to the plate to be part of the Great Give-A-Way”, said Harrison. “These organizations want to be part of something successful, like the fair and the Great Give-A-Way. It’s an opportunity to give back to the community.  We owe a great deal of gratitude to these sponsors for making this possible again in 2014.”

Tickets will be available at these 58 businesses beginning in early July. The vehicles, tractors and RTV will be displayed at these businesses until fair time in August.  A complete listing of the 58 sponsors will appear in local newspaper advertising, on the fair website at, or one can contact the Wilson County Fair Office at (615)443-2626.

“Our Great Give-A-Way Committee has taken the theme of “Farmers, Boots, and Country Roots” at the 2014 Wilson County Fair, very seriously” says Hale Moss, President of Wilson County Promotions, sponsor of the Wilson County Fair. “When one looks over the list of give-a-way sponsors, the amount of cash to be given away & the seven choices, including two farm tractors, for the Tuesday Night Great Give-A-Way, this committee has put together another great venue for fair goers in 2014. We hope that many folks from Wilson and our surrounding counties will take part in our fair.”

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