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Senator Green to speak to Wilson County Conservative Republicans
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dr. Mark Green, who serves as Tennessee State Senator serving Houston, Stewart and Montgomery counties, will be speaking at the Wilson County Conservative Republicans monthly meeting Saturday at Logan’s in Providence, 9:15 a.m.

A decorated former Army Ranger medic who served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, he was named ‘Rookie of the Year’ by the Tennessee Journal for his first year in the senate. 

Graduating from West Point in 1986, Green was the the special operations flight surgeon on the December 2003 mission that captured Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and was assigned to sit with him throughout the first 24 hours after his capture. He has written a book about the experience called “A Night with Saddaam.”

An 18-year Army veteran, Dr. Green is a recipient of the Bronze Star, The Air Medal, The Air Medal with “V” device for valor under heavy enemy fire, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, The Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Services Achievement Medal, the Combat Medical Badge, the US Army Ranger Tab, US Army Flight Surgeons’ Wings, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Senior Parachutists Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

In civilian life, he is the President and CEO of Align MD, which is based out of Clarksville. 

 
Wilson County Election Commission presents election preparation program at Del Webb
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Del Webb Civics Club hosted an election preparation presentation by the Wilson County Election Commission. Members learned about the process of preparing for an election and voted on questions about Wilson County civics and Del Webb bylaws. The voting machines used were the same ones used in Early Voting and at the polls on Election Day.

“The Election Commission appreciates every opportunity offered to inform voters about what is required to prepare for elections and how they can participate,” said Phillip Warren, Administrator of Elections.

The presentation is designed to show the audience the progression from voter registration to Election Day. Preparation for elections is a daily task for the Election Commission. “Voter awareness of the detailed preparation that goes into an election is an important part of our ongoing effort to increase voter registration and election turnout,” Warren said.

Del Webb has been a strong partner in past elections. Many residents have trained and worked at the polls during Early Voting and on Election Day. “Working at the polls gives voters a way to provide a civic service and be actively involved with elections in Wilson County,” said Tammy Smith, Assistant Administrator of Elections.

Del Webb groups were one of the first to take part in the Adopt A Precinct initiative. The Adopt A Precinct program partners community groups with the Election Commission to increase community participation in the voting process. This helps address the ongoing need for poll workers and provides a fund raising opportunity to qualified civic groups.

The Election Commission encourages any group interested in learning more about elections in Wilson County to contact them at 615-444-0216 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange a presentation.

 
Bates wins Florist award
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Kathy Bates, a floral designer at Rebel Hill Florist, has been named the 2013 Designer of the Year First Runner-up by the Central Tennessee Professional Florist Association (CTPFA).  The award puts Bates among the top designers in the state of Tennessee. Rebel Hill Florist designers have won numerous awards with several Designer of the Year designations to their credit.

 “I am so proud of Kathy and this accomplishment,” said Anna Page, owner of Rebel Hill Florist. “Kathy is an extraordinary and talented designer and we are fortunate to have her and all of our award-winning designers on the Rebel Hill team.” 

Bates, who has 30 years of experience in the floral industry, joined Rebel Hill in 2008. Since that time, she has received considerable recognition and awards for her work. Back in March, she was part of the team from Schaffer Designs that won Best in Show at the prestigious Philadelphia Flower Show for their exhibit “Jack”.  The Philadelphia Flower Show is the premier flower show in the United States. 

Recently, Bates was awarded a scholarship from the Southern Chapter of American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) to attend the National AIFD Symposium in Las Vegas. She is also a past winner of the Charles Owen Memorial Scholarship from CTPFA and the Owen-Shackleford Grant for professional education awarded by the Tennessee State Florists’ Association (TSFA).    

 
Two men apprehended after robbery attempt
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Two men were apprehended after a robbery attempt Thursday on Curd Road. 

Roderick Majors, 23, Lebanon and Mario Newsome, 24, Nashville were arrested after the attempted robbery around 8 p.m. Thursday. A nearby resident called 911 stating she had just heard a gunshot in the area, and Mt. Juliet Police officers responded. 

The suspects and victim had already fled, but the victim drove to Mt. Juliet Police Department headquarters to speak with officers. The victim was in the 700 block of Curd Road when two male suspects approached the victim outside and attempted to rob him. A third suspect, a 17-year-old waited in a nearby vehicle. A struggle ensued, and the suspect fired a shot from a handgun towards the victim, but he was not hit. 

After a more in-depth investigation, investigators identified the suspects, and two of the three are in custody. The 17-year-old had still not been apprehended as of Monday afternoon. Sergeant Tyler Chandler said that the incident is still under investigation, and they are not ruling out that this robbery attempt has a connection to the one of the landscaper two weeks ago. 

“Our investigators work so hard to ensure dangerous criminals are quickly apprehended,” stated Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. “The offenders’ behavior was extremely dangerous, and our community will not tolerate it. We, as a department, are going to do everything we can to keep this activity out of our wonderful city.”

Two adults were arrested, booked into the Wilson County Jail, and charged with the following: 

Roderick Majors, 23, Lebanon, Criminal Attempt (Aggravated Robbery) TCA 39-13-402; Criminal Conspiracy TCA 39-12-103

Mario Newsome, 24, Nashville, Criminal Attempt (Aggravated Robbery) TCA 39-13-402, Criminal Conspiracy TCA 39-12-103.

Majors was also wanted by the Metro-Nashville Police Department for Failure to Appear, and he was wanted by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department for Burglary.

Newsome was arrested in Lebanon’s public housing where he was banned from coming on property. He was charged for trespassing by Lebanon Police Department.

Wilson County Sheriff’s and Lebanon Police Department assisted in the suspects’ apprehension.

Anyone with any information on this crime is 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 http://www.mjpd.org/.

 
Tomlinson fills vacant school board seat
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sabrina Garrett

Special to The Chronicle

Larry Tomlinson was named Zone 5 Wilson County Board of Education member during the meeting of the Wilson County Commission on Monday night.

Tomlinson was nominated for the position along with Bennie Jennings, Shell Gardner, Steve Johnson and Bryan Keith Alexander. Each of the men was given a few minutes to share their reasons for pursuing the office at the podium. Commissioners voted Tomlinson into the office with a majority of 18 votes. Gardner received four votes and Alexander received two votes.

Tomlinson is a former county commissioner and said he was very interested in the board member position and the future of Wilson County Schools because his two daughters graduated from the Wilson County School System and his four grandchildren are currently being educated in the system. He also has a history as a former Board of Education member representing Zone 5 from 1998 to 2004.

“I will do everything I can to faithfully serve this school system,” he said before asking that county Mayor Randall Hutto administer the oath of office. “I would like to take the oath of office tonight so that I can hit the ground running in the morning.”

Tomlinson will replace former board member Lasater, who resigned from the position after being investigated for misconduct as a Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputy.

New Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund took a few minutes at the meeting to deliver his first report. Setterlund said that he has experienced 10 days on the job and that every person he has met has “reaffirmed that this is a blessing to me.”

Setterlund said they are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Aug. 1, the first day of the 2013-2014 school year, as well as welcoming 200 new teachers to the Wilson County School System on July 23.

Sabrina Garrett is a staff writer for The Wilson Post. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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