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2014 Wounded Warriors High Five Tour to stop at Two Rivers Ford
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The 2014 Wounded Warriors High Five Tour will roll through Nashville Friday June 13 from 5-7 p.m. and will stop at Two Rivers Ford in Mt. Juliet. 

The tour’s ride of choice, a customized Stars and Stripes-wrapped 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, will be stopping at Two Rivers Ford (, where supporters can sign the car with a message of gratitude and contribute to the cause of building two “smart homes” for two U.S. military veterans and their families. 

The mission of Wounded Warriors Family Support and their High Five Tour is to raise the funds necessary to build to “smart homes” that will greatly improve the lives of Staff Sergeant Jason Ross (USMC) and Captain Anthony Simone (USAF), both veterans of Afghanistan, as well as their respective families. Ross lost both of his legs in March 2011, while Simone suffered severe head trauma and burns after his helicopter was shot down in June 2010.

Ross currently lives with his wife, Corporal Bridgette Ross (USMC), and their two daughters in San Diego, Calif. Simone lives in Joliet, Illinois, with his wife Andrea and their two children.

These “smart homes” offer a number of features—including home security, HVAC, and accessibility and mobility devices—all designed to improve the vets’ everyday quality of life and instill in them a renewed sense of independence. The goal of this year’s Wounded Warrior High Five Tour is to raise $1,000,000 to make Staff Sergeant Ross and Captain Simone’s dreams a reality, and the contributions of the public will be vital in reaching this goal. 100 percent of every contribution will go toward construction.

“This will be the High Five tour’s 3rd stop here at the dealership, and the feeling of pride we have each time it rolls on the lot never ceases to amaze me,” said Joel Hawley, Two Rivers Ford. “We are very proud and at the same time humbled to be chosen to be part of such a great event.”

During the 2014 Wounded Warriors High Five Tour, the custom 2014 Mustang Shelby GT500 will visit more than 65 cities in 48 states, covering more than 27,000 miles of road. 

More information on the 2014 Wounded Warriors High Five Tour can be found at 

Two Rivers Ford is located at 76 Belinda Parkway Mount Juliett, TN, 37122.

MJ girl fighting life-threatening disease
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When a loved one and their family are fighting a serious illness, you surround that family with all your love and support.  That is exactly what is happening with the Kelley family.

Paisley Kelley, a ten-year-old girl, is fighting Niemann-Pick –a genetic life-threatening disease that affects the liver and leaves her in constant pain.  There is no known cure for the disease but symptoms can be treated with medication. The Kelley family is waiting for a FDA approval on a treatment, which is not covered by insurance.

Family and friends of the Kelley family are selling bracelets as a fundraiser to support Paisley, her family, and to aid in finding a cure for Niemann-Pick.  The cost for the bracelets are 1/$10, 5/$40, 10/$60, and 20/$100.  All who donate by purchasing one or more bracelets will be entered to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  This custom-made bike is signed by some of the biggest names in Country music – such as  - Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, and George Strait.  The helmet has been signed by artists also.  This one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson will be on display at the Hog Rally May 31 in Cookeville and at The Listening Room June 17 in Downtown Nashville.  The drawing for this custom-made Harley-Davidson will be Nov. 8.

To purchase bracelets or for more information you may visit the showings of the Harley-Davidson or by visiting the website at

Donations may be made at any SunTrust branch under the trust fund in Paisley Kelley’s name.

Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep submits plans
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Premier Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep submitted plans to the city of Mt. Juliet last week for a new location in Paddocks. 

Primrose School, new neighborhood approved by planning commission
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Planning Commission moved forward with a new Preschool and a new neighborhood off Beckwith Road in their monthly meeting Thursday. 

MJ earns Playful City for 5th straight year
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

From the Mt. Juliet Parks and Recreation Department

On May 13,  KaBOOM!, in partnership with the Humana Foundation, announced 212 cities and towns across the United States as 2014 Playful City USA honorees. These communities are leaders in playability – the extent to which a city makes it easy for kids to get balanced and active play – and are making play part of the solution that can move the needle on countless urban challenges. 

Mt. Juliet was honored as a 2014 Playful City USA designation for the fifth time. 

We are always seeking new opportunities for citizen’s to PLAY in MJ. We’re very excited about the possibilities being created: walking track extension & Pickle Ball courts at Charlie Daniels Park, the addition of the Jones Family park, upgrades and renovations to existing play spaces, FREE special events all year long, and so much more.  To get involved, connect with us at or on Facebook and Twitter: @MJParksandRec.

“We are so proud to be designated a KaBOOM! “Playful City USA” for the 5th year in a row. “Play in MJ” is still our main priority; we have dedicated the month of July to our Parks and Recreation and PLAY. The continued renovation of Planet Playground, addition of Ava’s Splash Pad, and the many special events and programs MJ Parks & Rec put on will continue creating a safe, pleasant, and exciting environment for our city’s children to Play in MJ,” Rocky Lee, Parks Manager

The KaBOOM! Playful City USA program, sponsored by the Humana Foundation, honors cities, towns and communities across America that are taking bold steps to ensure that all children, especially the 16 million American kids living in poverty, have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities. Cities being recognized span every region of the country, and include Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Nashville; Austin; Providence; San Francisco; New York City; and 205 others.

To advance the national dialogue on playability takes shape, KaBOOM! and Mt. Juliet invites interest, expertise, and voices from members of the Mt. Juliet community across the country to get involved (and get playful!) in thinking about how play can create more family-friendly cities. Join the Twitter conversation and encourage action: 

Participate on Twitter (@kaboom) and provide your point of view and forward-looking insights on playability in cities using the hashtags #playability and #playmatters. 

“With the tremendous support of our friends at Humana Foundation, we are thrilled to recognize all of these communities that are working to ensure all kids, particularly the 16 million that live in poverty, get the play they need to thrive,” says KaBOOM! CEO and Founder Darell Hammond.

Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard added, “We’re excited about our journey with KaBOOM! and we appreciate the shared values that Humana, the Humana Foundation, and the KaBOOM! organization can rally around. Making it easy for families to play, be healthy and thrive together is a part of Humana’s dream, and it’s a commitment that all of us at Humana enjoy sharing with KaBOOM!.”  

The Playful City USA honorees range in size from eight-time honorees such as San Francisco and Shirley, Mass., to first-time recipients Washington, D.C. and Plantersville, Miss. (population: 1,174). These Playful City USA communities are making a commitment to transform their communities to become more playable by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in their community. Other city initiatives include:

Increasing City Playability for All Kids: Chicago, Ill. has made a goal for every child living in the city to be within a seven-minute walk of a new park or playground.

Encouraging Play Everywhere: San Antonio, Texas partnered with SA Sports in the SPARK Park program, which turns elementary and middle school properties into playspaces outside school hours, reinforcing that kids want and need play everywhere. 

Creating a Competitive Advantage through Play: Bloomington, Ind. sees playability as the third piece to complement walkability and bikeability and boost the city’s competitive advantage. The city plans to increase accessibility and availability of safe sidewalks, parks and play infrastructure.

Promoting a Balance of All Types of Play: Orlando, Fla. is developing The Vision for Play in the City of Orlando initiative that will guide actions and investments over the next 20 years to provide a healthy urban play environment that promotes all types of play for all kids, which is critical to cognitive, creative, social, emotional and physical development.  

Inspiring Family-Centric Play: Missoula, Mont. is installing fun, creative programs so children can play in a safe, fun and nurturing family and community-centric environment. To encourage more play opportunities for families and communities to enjoy, the city has designated an annual Play Day, a KidsFest celebration in the fall as well as youth summer camps to keep kids engaged in active play.

Using Play to Help Address Toxic Stress: Washington, D.C. recognizes its underserved youth are faced with physical, social and mental health challenges that directly impact their quality of life and their ability to cope with adversity. Kids growing up in the face of significant adversity are at risk of toxic stress, which hinders healthy brain development. Through the Play DC and Parks and Recreation Master Plan initiatives, the city is redefining playgrounds as community spaces where youth can find release from everyday stress and build resilience. 

Fostering 21st Century Skills through Play: Pittsburgh, Pa. realizes play is critical to developing kids into healthy and successful adults, including preparing kids to be innovators, collaborators and problem-solvers. The city plans to consider play in every educational and community decision that is made to ensure all Pittsburgh kids are prepared to succeed.  

To see the full list of the 212 communities named 2014 Playful City USA honorees, or for more information on the Playful City USA program, visit   

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