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Wright running for General Sessions Criminal Court Judge
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mt. Juliet City Judge Andy Wright announced his candidacy recently for Judge of the Wilson County General Sessions Criminal Court (Div. II).  Judge Bob Hamilton, who is retiring after faithfully serving the citizens of Wilson County for nearly three decades, currently holds the position. The election to fill Judge Hamilton’s seat will be on Thursday, August 7th, 2014, with early voting beginning on July 18th.

Judge Wright has spent 23 years serving the public and ensuring justice as a judge, a prosecutor, a criminal defense attorney, and a police officer. “I’ve been in a lot of courtrooms over the last 23 years, including Judge Hamilton’s, and I am the only candidate in my race that has served the people in every professional capacity in the courtroom,” Wright said.  “I have aspired to be a General Sessions Judge for many years and I have tailored my professional activities and education for this opportunity.”

In 2009, Judge Wright was appointed the Mt. Juliet City Judge and has a developed a stellar reputation as a fair, respectful, and honest judge serving the citizens of Mt. Juliet. Additionally, for the last 10 years, Wright has been the Lebanon City Attorney and Prosecutor. He continually strives to “enhance the community by protecting the citizens of Mt. Juliet and Lebanon from unruly neighbors, traffic violators, and from retailers who provide beer to those under the legal drinking age.” Wright was in private practice as a defense attorney in both the criminal and civil arenas, working for the law firms of Farrar & Bates, PLLC, in Nashville and Lowery, Lowery, & Cherry, LLC, in Lebanon, from 2002 to 2004.  “I spent a little over two years ensuring my clients’ rights were protected,” Wright said. “Every citizen has basic Constitutional rights and I worked tirelessly to provide my clients with the best representation possible.”

Prior to becoming an attorney, Judge Wright served as a Metro Nashville Police Officer from 1991 to 2002, spending eight of those 11 years as an undercover drug enforcement agent. During his time as a police officer, Wright received numerous awards and honors, as well as nine letters of commendation for his work, including one each from the FBI, the DEA, the U.S. Customs Service, and the Nashville District Attorney’s Office, all regarding major drug investigations. Among his awards are the Police Department Exemplary Service Award for Meritorious Actions and he was named the Nashville Downtown Optimist Club’s Investigator of the year. 

“During my time as a police officer, I spent many hours in the General Sessions Criminal Court and it was there that I first developed my great admiration for the general sessions judges,” Wright said.  “From then on, I aspired to one day be a general sessions judge and started law school in 1997 for that very purpose.” 

In addition to his professional experience, Judge Wright volunteers his time participating in community activities and in engaging in endeavors that enhance the profession of law. Always willing to help out, Wright’s community involvements include acting as a “celebrity judge” at community events, serving on the Leadership Wilson (Class of 2008) and Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber boards, and being a member of the Lebanon Noon Rotary Club. 

Wright also serves as an appeal hearing committee member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, the entity charged by the Tennessee Supreme Court with the disciplining of attorneys. He is also a regular volunteer judge for the Tennessee High School Mock Trial Championships and has presided as a judge over the Wilson County Teen Court. 

Always seeking out judicial educational opportunities, Judge Wright has attended numerous Tennessee judicial educational conferences and has completed three courses of study at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, an internationally recognized institution with the purpose of educating judges in how to achieve judicial excellence.

Receiving the endorsements of both of Wilson County’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodges, Sam Houston Lodge #71 and Lebanon Lodge #83, to be Wilson County’s next General Sessions Judge, Wright said,  “I have spent 23 years ensuring justice as a police officer, a criminal defense attorney, a prosecutor, and a judge. I am the only candidate in my race that has served in every professional role involved in the prosecution of a criminal case and with such an outstanding criminal justice and public service background, I am the right judge for Wilson County. I humbly ask the citizens of Wilson County for their vote and remember, don’t vote wrong…vote Wright!”

Judge Wright holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from MTSU (1992) and a Juris Doctor degree from the Nashville School of Law (2001). Wright and his wife Jill are charter members of Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet.  Jill, a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and Tennessee Tech University, moved to Mt. Juliet with her family in 1979. They married in 1991 and have been raising their family as part of the Wilson County community since 2002, residing in the recently named “Downtown Mt. Juliet District” with their two children, Drew (12) and Abby (9), and their two Shih Tzus, Molly and Casey.

Elzie Patton Principal's List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Principal’s List

2nd Grade: Abby Buchanan, Matthew Girgis, Madelynn Hambelton, Lukas Hanna, Drew Farmer, Rachael Larkin, Collin McCurry, Mason Nguyen, Gabby Piazza, Josh Reese, Marisa Romero, Isaac Rose, Rylee Hill, Ariel Parks, Hannah Perry, Landen Smith, Cole Booker, Jamison Bush, Jared Dutch, Kidus Habtamu, Harley Jackson, Jace Judd, Travis Ziebarth, Lindsay Agee, Nathan Cochran, Kiresten Pigg, Hayden Terwilliger.

3rd Grade: Reaghan Ard, Heidi Beckman, Tyler Vestal, Mya Henry, Andrew Moore, Grant Sawyer, Carinne Burnette, Avary Summers, Cooper Leech, Jacob Cox.

4th Grade: Kyrillos Hanna, Gavin Lamkin, Anna Davidson, Charlie Ewing, Marina Gergies, John Reed Hill, Evan Wallace, Ethan Grossman, Brennan Jolley, Johan Ko, Tannor Meyer, Abby Taylor, Karma Wymer, Gracie Nichols, Adrian Wilkerson.

5th Grade: Matthew Delfendahl, Ellen Ewing, Olive Jolley, Daniel Tignor, Maddie Judd, Ella Mercer, Hannah Beckman-Marshalek,

Honor Roll

2nd Grade: Stephen Christoffersen, Mason Hodge, Daksh Patel, Gabe Reese, Virginia Rhodes, Luke Sherk, Kaitlynn Acosta, Ben Dineen, Hailey Crandall, Abigail Hall, Sophia Distefano, Shaylyn Haskin, Fernando Mitchell, Hayden Prophit, Remon Rezkalla, Selena Torres, Emily Bishop, Sera Chapman, Kendall Finley, Gavin Hendricks, Luke Kinzer, Carter Tignor, Tyson Wolcott, Dylan Work, Myelei Whitaker, Eyana Badio, Kenneth Hail, Clementine Manley, Bryleigh Randolph, Madelyn Steed, Alex Velazquez, Sophie Allen, Braylen Austin, Stephen Bakheet, Young Ko, Ashlee Nuckoles, Ella Schaeffer, Jacob Whitten.

3rd Grade: Abigail Brandrup, Noah Burgess, Ashley Demonbreun, Bishoy Ibrahim, Ethan Lowman, Marlie Saich, Lexie York, Emily Broekhuizen, Cali Hughes, Brynn Everett, Neve Glasser, Savanna Garcia, Macie Jordan, Trevor McGee, Landon Prophit, Emily Wells, Abby Wright, Romario Borno, Isabella Fleming, Mark Habashi, Sierra Wyks, Ethan Cox, Nik Ford, Abby Norman, Sophia Buchanon, McKenzie Fitzgerald, Nate Long, Ruby Luke, Mena Helmy, Callie Kinslow, Anna Claire Swindol, Ella Miller, Ryan Samulski, Mathew Jackson, Hallie Clark, Stephen Mason, Jacob Salvino, Elijah Taylor, Makayla Wiseman.

4th Grade: Damon Brown, Jacob Butler, Jevon Clemmons, Emma Conaster, Daniel Davidson, Rebecca Eiseman, Jordan Fox, Elle Jae Frazier, Presley Futch, Jaime Romero, Rylie Rorie, Ryan Williams, Zack Ziebarth, Anna Zweig, Madison Collier, Gabe Borruel, Corben Guillot, Joslyn Hatter, Carson Marks, Hailee Nichols, Haley Potier, Clara Samuel, Baylee Stansell, Aniston Sullivan, Reese Walker, Tres Synder, Lindsey Bjorklund,  Madi Garrett, Lindsey Lamey, Campbell Miller, Winson Nguyen, Evan Pigg, Sydney Seagraves, Isabel Silvia, Pishoy Zaki, Brian Andrews, Dylan Cantrell, Isabelle Cosby, Ethan Holmes, Ashlynn Lunnsbury, Makiyah Marshall, Brylee Sayer, Alec Jakalski, Ashley Wilson, Abby Zweig.

5th Grade: Isaiah Al-Amin, Allie Brady, Shantelle Chanda, Kermina Hanna, Laurel Ingalls, Riley Jackson, Grace Reece, Zach Smith, Zach Straubinger, Taylor Vestal, Parker Walden, Morgan Allen, Morgan Butler, Daniel Duggan, Jude Hassell, Hunter Lockert, Katie Shingler, Josiah Thomas, Chandler Chance, Jackson Clark, Dalton Parish, Ava Walker, Joel Wallace, Jordan Barga, Abigal Davidson, Sidney Larkin.

School Board approves contract with Wright
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Wilson County School Board approved the contract with new Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright. 

Rape suspect apprehended in Mt. Juliet
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A rape suspect out of Davidson County was apprehended in Mt. Juliet after a citizen spotted the man in a wooded area. 

According to the Metro-Nashville Police Department, German Ricardo Giron Gonzalez, 20 had fled his car when a Metro-Nashville spotted him near the Davidson-Wilson County line. Sunday night, a woman reported that she spent the night at a home where Gonzalez was staying as well. She woke up to Gonzalez sexually assaulting her, and he fled when she screamed. 

W.A. Wright gets much needed security upgrade
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

W.A. Wright Elementary got a much needed security update recently, the quality of which is rare for elementary schools. 

The school had never updated their system, which was on analog with black and white monitors. This one, provided by Avigilon out of Lebanon, gives the capability to see more areas in the school with color pictures as well as being able to view the cameras from an iPad. This makes the job much easier for the school’s School Resource Officer, Deputy Jarrod Buhler. 

“It makes it so much easier to help protect the students and the staff,” said Buhler.  “I think it’s made a really big difference.”

Buhler said before he just had to walk the halls constantly to make sure everything was covered. This way, he can go to the places he needs to go, while also having the iPad handy in case something was to happen in another part of the school. 

Principal Jill Giles said it was like going from a black and white TV to a Bluray. 

“I’m thrilled with the new system,” said Giles. “It makes us more confident. We have better coverage outside and the whole school.”

The new system was become a reality because of the help of the PALS group at the school. Buhler told Mindy Oldham, one of the members of the PALS, and she took on the task. With an extra fundraiser or two, the group was able to purchase the security system for just under $18,000. 

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