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Trio of serial shoplifters nabbed by MJPD
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A group of serial shoplifters were caught in the act Monday, Sept. 2 by Mt. Juliet Police Department. 

Target’s loss prevention team recognized three individuals as suspects from previous thefts and alerted the Mt. Juliet Police Department. 

Three people were apprehended in the incident. Terry Dunn, 25, Baxter, was apprehended outside of the store in the parking lot. Two other were apprehended  as they were leaving the store. They were Dustin Burgess, 26, Cookeville and Karla Montgomery, 24, Cookeville. 

In the car, there was merchandise valued at over $600 that had been taken from the Wal-Mart in Hermitage earlier in the day. Marijuana roaches were also found on Dunn. 

All of the merchandise was returned to the stores. The three are believed to be a part of previous thefts. The investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending. 

The three were arrested, booked into the Wilson County Jail, and charged with the following: Dunn, Theft of Property (TCA 39-14-103), Simple Possession Sch. VI (TCA 39-17-418); Burgess, Theft of Property (TCA 39-14-103); Montgomery, Theft of Property (TCA 39-14-103.)

 
Franklin man leads MJPD on chase
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Franklin man led Mt. Juliet Police on a low-speed chase that begin in Mt. Juliet and ended on Leeville Pike. 

Justin Gaines, 29, was driving a black Chevrolet Avalanche truck that was missing a registration plate. The officer attempted a traffic stop on Interstate 40 eastbound near the 228 mile-marker but Gaines refused to stop. A vehicle pursuit ensued on Interstate 40 into Lebanon, and Gaines exited the interstate at the Highway 109 interchange. Turning off Highway 109, Gaines continued to evade officers on Leeville Pike.

Gaines finally made the decision to quit evading in the 4200 block of Leeville Pike, where he was taken into custody without incident. Further investigation revealed that Gaines was in possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended driver’s license. In addition, he was wanted out of Rutherford County for probation violations.

The pursuit lasted approximately six minutes and traversed approximately six miles, with speeds remaining near the speed limit. There were no other incidents attributed to Gaines’ attempt to evade police. Gaines was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail and was charged with the following: Evading Arrest; Driving While License Suspended; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 
GladeFest set for Sept. 21
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

For the 11th consecutive fall, GladeFest will offer fun for the entire family in the Gladeville community.  This year’s event takes place Saturday, Sept. 21, with most activities taking place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Early birds can start the day with breakfast at Gladeville Elementary School between from 7:30 and 10 a.m., sponsored by the Mt. Juliet Chick-Fil-A.  The GladeFest 5K Run, hosted by and benefiting the Wilson Central Navy JROTC, starts at 8 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m.  

Most GladeFest events will kick off at 9 a.m.  Among the attractions this year are a farmers’ market; variety of craft vendors; carnival games at Gladeville Elementary’s fall festival; pony rides; a live entertainment stage sponsored by Sonic; antique car, tractor and engine contests; and free children’s inflatables at Wilson Bank & Trust.  Baseball games will also take place throughout the day at the Gladeville ball field.

From 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., registration will be open for the GladeFest Antique/Classic Car & Truck show, with awards to be presented at 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by Manheim Nashville and Cumberland Auto Body Repair, the auto show offers an opportunity to see a variety of antique and classic vehicles from across Tennessee and surrounding states.

There’s no need to worry about going hungry at GladeFest.  A wide variety of food vendors will be on hand offering concessions ranging from hamburgers and barbecue to homemade pies.

As part of a showcase of Gladeville community history, entries from quilt and photography contests will be held inside Wilson Bank & Trust’s Gladeville office. Entries for both contests will be accepted on Sept. 13 and 14 at the bank, located at 8875 Stewarts Ferry Pike.  

For more information about GladeFest or related events, please contact the Gladeville office of Wilson Bank & Trust at 443-6522.

 
Senior Center to hold Celebrate MJ Walk
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Channel 5 News Anchor, Vicky Yates is the Honorary Chair of the event and will be the official walk starter Saturday, Oct. 26 for the Celebrate MJ Walk.

The three mile & six mile walks will start and end at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center. Vicky will join the half mile mini walk for kids and seniors at 8:30 a.m.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and opening ceremonies will begin at 7:45 a.m. The walk will begin at 8 a.m. Ms. Senior Wilson County, Deborah Williams will sing the National Anthem. The walk will proceed north on Mt. Juliet for 1.5 miles and circle back for the first 3 mile loop. Walkers can end there or proceed south for a second 3 mile loop. Along the way, walkers will enjoy several water stations, music, mascots, cheerleaders and event hoopla. The post event party includes refreshments and a concert with Country Artist, Paul Alan Coons. 

A prize will be presented to the largest team and the team that raises the most money. Since it is Halloween weekend, a prize will also be presented to the walker wearing the most creative costume. 

The $25 (6 mile and 3 mile) and $15 (half mile) fee includes a commemorative T-shirt designed by artist, Sally Murphy, opening ceremonies, the post event party and concert. Sally’s third year T-shirt design, highlights Mt. Juliet Road and the walkers in bright shoes on the beautiful Mt. Juliet Road. Goody Bags & T-shirts can be picked up the day before the walk from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Early bird walkers who pay by Oct 1 will receive a $5 discount).

Proceeds will benefit the Mt. Juliet Senior activity center, “where friends meet”. The mission of the center is to provide a place for older adults to gather for social, educational and recreational activities and to alleviate isolation and loneliness among the elderly. 

Churches, schools, families, business, clubs, organizations and individuals are invited to participate in the premier event to celebrate our community and support our seniors. For more information on sponsorship opportunities and to register your team call, Linda McClanahan at 758-9114. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; www.mjseniorcenter.org

 
Commissioners vote to remodel Station 3 for MJFD
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Board of Commissioners called a special meeting Thursday to discuss possibly making Station 3 behind City Hall, the northern fire station for the Mt. Juliet Fire Department. 

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