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West holds elections for Mayor of BizTown
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

West Elementary School 5th Graders went to the polls on Monday, May 12th to elect a Mayor of BizTown. Mrs. Scarlett Chadwell, BizTown sponsor and 5th grade teacher, invited the Wilson County Election Commission to provide voting machines for students to use in their election.

The 5th graders mounted campaigns complete with posters, speeches and voter registration drives. Four students volunteered to serve as poll officials. As the students brought their mock voter registration cards with them, their names were looked up on a list and marked “voted” before being allowed to vote. Students cast votes for their favorite candidate by voting on the same machines that Wilson County voters will use on Election Day and during Early Voting this summer.

Four students, Corbin Alexander, Weston Knott, Kasey Lane, and Isaac Moore were running for Mayor. In a close contest, Corbin Alexander came out on top. One of Corbin’s teachers, Ms. Cari Ambruster, commented that, “He has a very dynamic personality with a huge heart and lots to offer the world.”

“We are always eager to bring real world voting experiences to students,” said Phillip Warren, Administrator of Elections. “Understanding how elections work and participating as voters and candidates is a valuable lesson for these students. These are the future voters and leaders of Wilson County,” Warren commented.

Tammy Smith, Assistant Administrator of Elections said,” It is a pleasure to work with teachers willing to provide their students with the BizTown program. Ms. Chadwell dedicates many extra hours to her teaching workload as the Biz Town sponsor.”

BizTown is a program affiliated with Junior Achievement. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

To learn more about what programs and presentations are available about elections, voting and election administration, visit or call the Wilson County Election Commission at 615-444-0216.

Memorial Day in Wilson County
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Memorial Day, May 26 this year, is a day set aside to celebrate and honor United States men and women who have died serving their country in the military. For many Americans, including those of Lebanon, Wilson County.  This day marks the start of summer. Learning institutions are usually closed on this day. “We will have an outstanding service honoring our military dead and recognizing all military personnel now and in the past for service to our great country,” noted Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson (USAF ret.), event Director and Emcee.  This year Shyrell Herrera, the daughter of one of the 24 persons presented this country’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor, will be the principal speaker to talk about her dad, a real hero of the Viet Nam War. The event begins at the monument in front of the Wilson County Courthouse on East Main Street, at 9 A.M.

Sponsored by American Legion Post, the City of Lebanon and Wilson County, the ceremony will honor and identify all veterans by service branch with branch flags to be raised in the adjacent Veterans Park. This park, which will be partially completed by Memorial Day, will also feature tours of the sections of the park which are completed, estimated to be 80-90% of the project.

Gold Star Mothers will be honored for their contributions to our country and every name on the monument, which is slated to be moved into the new park later, will be read aloud and remember.

The event concludes with the posting of the wreath at the foot of the monument by Wilson County commanders and/or designees of all veterans’ organizations including the American legion and auxiliaries, DAV, VFW and Vietnam Veterans of America Post 1005.  A 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps.   “Get your family together, invite a neighbor and honor those who have given their all to keep this country free,” concluded Col Henderson.

Commissioners move forward with WEMA agreement
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Board of Commissioners approved an agreement between the Fire Department of Mt. Juliet and WEMA Monday. 

Head-on collision ends in fatality, two more critically injured
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lebanon Road was shut down for two hours Tuesday, May 6 as Mt. Juliet Police and Wilson EMA investigated a three-car crash that sent three to the hospital in critical condition, one of which died days later from the injuries. 

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. 

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