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Controversial book back on reading list
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A book that was taken off a high school reading list by the School Board is back on from time being. 

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon was taken off the list by a 3-1 vote at the May 5 board meeting. The item was brought up by Board Member Wayne McNeese who took objection to the profanity in the book. 

But in a email Friday, Interim Director of Schools Mary Ann Sparks said the book will remain on the reading list for now. 

“Wilson County Schools Board Policy 4.400 provides procedures for review and reconsideration of allegedly inappropriate instructional materials. The Board wishes to remain in compliance with this policy and therefore will ask the Director to review this complaint within the guidelines of the current policy rather than implementing the changes recently considered. Any further discussion will be considered at the June board meeting,”

Sparks wrote in the email. 

Brandon running for Circuit Court Clerk
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Former Wilson Central High School Girls’ Basketball Coach Bud Brandon announced his bid for Wilson County Circuit Court Clerk today.

“The job of the Circuit Court Clerk is about management, leadership and serving the public,” Brandon said. “With 30 years’ experience as an educator and coach, I will bring a fresh view to county government.”

Brandon recently stepped down as the Lady Wildcats’ head coach, in order to focus on the Circuit Court Clerk race. “It’s time for a new challenge. I want to serve the County in a different capacity, using the skills I learned in the classroom and on the basketball court,” Brandon said.

Brandon is a graduate of Lebanon High School and Middle Tennessee State University. He worked in several basketball camps throughout Tennessee, including Pat Head Summit’s basketball camps for 14 years. 

Brandon began his teaching and coaching career at Carroll Oakland in 1984. He assisted Tommy Martin at Mt. Juliet High School for six years, while serving as the girls Freshman Head Coach. Brandon served as the Head Coach for both Boys’ and Girls’ teams at Walter J. Baird Middle School for 11 years, where they won two James C. Hale State tournaments. Brandon was the Wilson Central Lady Wildcats’ Head coach for the last 13 years, leading the Lady Wildcats to two state championships and five state tournament appearances. 

“It has been a great experience, not only to coach with my father, Hall of Famer Campbell Brandon, but to also reach the pinnacle of any coach’s dream to win two girls’ state championships,” Brandon said.

Brandon received the 2007 Wilson County Great Commission Coach from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was named Coach of the Year three times by the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee.

Brandon serves as president of the Oak Hill Homeowner’s Association. Brandon and his wife, Bonita, attend College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon and have a daughter who attends Wilson Central High School.

Brandon’s campaign kick-off will be Thursday, May 1, from 4-7 p.m., at the National Guard Armory located at 1010 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. The County General Election is Aug. 7, with early voting from July 18 – Aug 2.

MJPD offering $500 reward for info on car burglars
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

From the Mt. Juliet Police Department

Over the past few nights, Car Burglars have targeted Mt. Juliet neighborhoods by burglarizing unlocked cars. The thieves struck the neighborhoods of Hickory Hills, Providence, Willoughby Station, Saddle Wood, and Park Glen. If a car was left unlocked, it was likely targeted by the unknown individuals looking to make money off whatever valuables were left in the unsecured vehicle. Since May 4, a total of five Theft of Property from Auto reports were completed. A handgun, computers, wallets, purses, an IPad, and mobile phones were items reported stolen in the combined theft reports.

“Car burglary is a crime that can be easily prevented by locking up,” stated Police Lieutenant Tyler Chandler. “We are asking everyone to lock their cars and remove their valuables. Many of the crimes are occurring after 11:00 p.m. into the early morning hours. If a citizen sees someone acting suspiciously late at night, they are urged to call police.”

Wright picked as top choice for Director of Schools
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The School Board voted unanimously to make Donna Wright their top choice for the open Director of Schools position. 

Facebook group helps MJPD catch thieves
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Facebook group Hip Mt. Juliet helped the Mt. Juliet Police Department catch a purse snatcher Thursday. 

A 65-year-old woman had her purse snatched in the Publix parking lot on Lebanon Road by a man in 1990s model Ford Mustang convertible. A witness posted the crime to Facebook and asked anyone if they saw anything suspicious. Two users quickly provided information on the Mustang, which they saw speeding down Nonaville Road. 

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