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St. Thomas Health approved by planning commission
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The planning commission approved a St. Thomas Health Center Medical Office Building for the Providence area. 

The Medical office building will be a 1-story, 15,000 square foot facility that will be on the southwest corner of the intersection of Belinda Parkway and Providence Trail. 

6th Annual Walk for HD set for September
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The 6th Annual Walk for HD Team Hope Walk & 5K is Saturday, Sept. 26 at Charlie Daniels Park.

The walk, which started in Mt. Juliet in 2010, returns this year after a few years in other locations. Organizers wanted a return to Mt. Juliet because it was started here originally to honor a family who was fighting Huntington’s Disease, and the community came out in full support.

“The first walk was huge,” said organizer Gina Becker. 

Organizers are looking to raise $25,000 this year to fight Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure. HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. Today, there are 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease.

In the six years since the walk started, huge strides have been made with the money raised. Just a few years ago, patients would have to travel to Atlanta, Ga. or Indianapolis, Ind. to receive treatment. This past January, Walk for HD received Center of Excellence status at Vanderbilt Hospital, which means that HD patients can receive not only physical care, but mental, emotional and even guidance for financial options. 

“This is huge in our world and we are happy to have Dr. Claausen and staff on board,” said Becker. 

If you would like to register for the walk, go to The walk and race will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. Check in time is 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

City officials alert TDOT to dangerous road
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mt. Juliet city officials have alerted the Tennessee Department of Transportation to a dangerous area on I-40 that has caused 30 wrecks this year. 

The spot is near the 226 mile marker almost directly under the overpass, and of the 30 crashes, eight have reported injuries. All the wrecks have been caused by heavy rain and have caused cars to hyrdoplane. In recent weeks, a father and son lost control and got trapped under a 18-wheeler. 

Order of protection lifted on Justice
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

An order of protection against Mt. Juliet City Commissioner Ray Justice has been lifted. 

Justice’s attorney Frank Lannom said that Circuit Court Judge Hamilton V. Gayden, Jr. found insufficient evidence to keep the order of protection as a result of the domestic violence charges in May. 

MJHS alum shines on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

One of Mt. Juliet’s own has been tearing up the dance floor on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. 

Marissa Milele graduated from Mt. Juliet High School just a few short years ago, but she is out accomplishing goals, one of them is competing on the Fox competition show. Milele has made it into the final 20 dancers and competes weekly on the program. 

It has been a long road for Milele who has trained and competed for 13 years as a company member at DC Dance Factory. Additionally, she trained and competed at Let It Shine Gym in power tumble and trampoline, ranking nationally. She has been a competitive cheerleader for many years at Prime Tyme Athletics and cheered in middle and high school. She is currently an NFL Cheerleader for the Tennessee Titans. 

In addition to her athletic and dance career, she has done work as a model, and also toured with a singing group called The Rubyz. She worked with industrial modeling gigs with MAC Cosmetics and print work for Katrina Dance wear (2012 catalog and website). She has also worked with well known producer/artist, Sean Garrett, and toured with The Rubyz a few years ago. She has appeared in music videos for Janelle Monae, Jerrod Niemann, Drew Davis, Alex Aiona and Redneck Zombie Killers. 

Milele has also done commercial work including Snowbird Channel 4 news, Top 40 Billboard, American Pickers, Worship Jamz and Nickelodeon. Live performances with CMA Awards, CMA Country Christmas, 2014 Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade, iShine and Believe tours, Radio Disney’s NBT, Jasmine Sagginario, (opening up with Justin Beiber) and Harley Davidson Corporate industrial show as choreographer/principle dancer. She will also appear in the upcoming film Alvin & the Chipmunks 4. 

Keep up with Milele’s progress every Monday on So You Think You Dance, which airs at 7 p.m.

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