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Commissioners vote in impact fee for MJFD
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

An impact fee on new residential and non-residential buildings coming into the city of Mt. Juliet will help expand the Mt. Juliet Fire Department as the city grows. 

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Firehouse Subs donates to MJFD
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Firehouse Subs continued to give to community first responders Wednesday, as they presented two thermal imaging cameras to the new Mt. Juliet Fire Department. 

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Drunk driver causes I-40 wreck
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A drunk driver caused a wreck on I-40 near the Beckwith Road Interchange Sunday. 

According to the Mt. Juliet Police Department, Brandon Johnson, 34, Watertown was headed westbound on I-40. Witnesses said he was driving erratically, and struck the concrete barrier in the center of the interstate. When he did, the front wheel came off, striking another car in the eastbound lanes. Johnson’s car struck another car twice before running off the road into a retention basin. No one was seriously injured. Johnson was treated for a minor injury before going to jail. 

Johnson will appear before a Wilson County Judge Nov. 18 on the charges of Driving Under the Influence.

 
High schools moving away from block scheduling
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wilson County Schools will be going away from block scheduling during the 2014-15 school year. 

The schedule, which first appeared in 1998-1999, allowed for full year courses to be taught in 18 weeks because of longer class instruction time. The new schedule will allow for seven credits each year, 28 over the students four years in high school. Tennessee currently requires 22 credits to graduate. 

In a press release which came out Thursday, the school system stated that the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness and College Careers (PARCC) test as one of the reasons for the change. It said “This change will decrease the number of days high schools will have to reserve for required state testing and it will also increase the number of instructional hours in the classroom.”

The press release covers  several benefits for the new system. 

1. The new system will have daily intervention and enrichment to be built into the schedule. 

2. Less time between core courses. With current scheduling, the student could have as much a 12-month gap between core courses. This would just have the summer break in between. 

3. The new schedule will allow AP courses to be one credit courses, allowing the students a chance to take more AP courses. 

4. The change will allow for more instructional time. Over 180 days, the students will receive 165 hours of instruction in their courses. Currently, they only receive 135 hours per course. 

 
MJCA Elementary Principal’s List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Principal’s List

1st Grade: Emma Ashley, Addyson Caldwell, Luca Christensen, Kinsley Coleman, Preston Elliott, Linley Frazier, Alexander Glass, Tanner Hedgepath, Luke Irby, Sam Kimbrough, Addison Lanier, Sarah Little, Cole Martin, Annalise Mecklenburg, Shaan Patel, Anna Claire Strong, Colt Taylor, Luke Taylor, Blake Walker, Abigail Whicker. 

2nd Grade: Emily Best, Elizabeth Corbin, Chiemelie Ezeoke, Maverick Harris, Wesley Johnson, Sydney Pinto, Ava Presley, Neve Scaif, Savanna Armstong, Maddie Arostegui, Alyssa McCorkle, Nathan Semmes, Anna Sullivan, Adalyne Wasmer. 

3rd Grade: Tanner Jennings, Shawn Link, Bethany Little, Alisyn Parfait, Jack Pyburn, Logan Swaney, Christian Taylor, Blake Cummings, Lauren Kleeburg, Grace Wood. 

4th Grade: Levi Irby, Ethan Olivier, Samantha Pinto, Brandon Stonebraker, Connor Vogel, Tyler Barnes, Faith Brown, Troy Frazier, Caroline Henderson, Owen Kelso, Stephen McMillian, Aydin Patel, Jessica Whicker, George Wilson. 

5th Grade: Mallie Foutch, Luke Nave, Jake Snider, Christian Link, Preston Olivier. 

Honor Roll

2nd Grade: Hannah Foust, Drake George, Katie Newton, Lily Witkus, Zac Campbell, Joshua Cantrell, Ivan Kelso, Mattie LaFaye, Bell Nokes. 

3rd Grade: Trey Adcock, Emily Davis, Layla Davis, Kaleb Reed, Cooper Shotts, Noah Goins, Nicholas Lee, J.D. Moore, Jeanne Olivier, Kyle Stewart, Sajal Usry, Meredith Woolson. 

4th Grade: Eli Burgess, Chioma Ezeoke, Felicity Keen, Grace Kimbrough, Grant Larsen, Madeline Morris, Jenna Dunnewold, Khoi Hedgepath. 

5th Grade: Savannah Brewer, Brody Goins, Brooke Harman, Tyler Lee, Bethany Lyons, Jacob McNutt, Abby Risher, Jaxon York, Mathew Cook, Dylan Harman, Amelia Lyons, Savannah Moore, Gracie Parham, Madaleine Reagan

 
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