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Adult Learning Center now offering classes in MJ
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Wilson County Adult Learning Center (ALC) is excited to announce the addition of GED/HiSET test preparation classes in both Gladeville and Mt. Juliet. All classes are free.

In Gladeville, classes are Mondays, 5-7 p.m. at the Gladeville Community Center, 95 McCreary Rd. 

Classes in Mt. Juliet will start Tuesday, April 29 with registration and testing. This event and all classes will start at 5 p.m. at West Wilson Middle School (Room 806 in the new building), 935 N. Mt. Juliet Rd. Classes will be conducted 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Any adult interested in obtaining a high school equivalency diploma is invited. Please call (615)443-8731 for further information.  The ALC continues to offer free preparation classes in Wilson County (Old Hickory, Watertown, and Lebanon) as well as in Carthage and Hartsville.  Classes are anticipated to continue until mid-June and resume in August.

New Beckwith neighborhood given negative recommendation by planning commission
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A new neighborhood off of Beckwith Road was given a negative recommendation by the Planning Commission Thursday night. 

MJMS cancer survivor holding Car Wash 4 A Cure
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mt. Juliet Middle Schooler Makenzie Matthews knew the first time she attended the Ride for Kids, she wanted to do something to raise money. 

The event raises money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Matthews  was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in September of 2008, and after 14 hours of surgery, she woke up blind, unable to talk, walk or use her arms and legs. 

Beavers seeking reelection
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

After the conclusion of the 108th General Assembly, today Senator Mae Beavers formally launched her campaign to continue to serve the people of District 17 in the State Senate.

“It has been an honor to represent the people of Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith, and Wilson Counties,” said Senator Beavers. “I pledge to continue to be an effective leader in the legislature – sponsoring and passing legislation that protects our freedoms, while also holding the state and Washington accountable with how they spend the taxpayers’ money. In addition, I vow to strengthen an already great relationship with city and county leaders to continue to bring jobs and infrastructure projects to District 17.”

Senator Mae Beavers has been a leader for the people in District 17 for over a decade. First elected as a county commissioner, she bucked the establishment and pushed for the passage of Wilson County’s first financial management plan. She then ran for the State House of Representatives, where she fought for the values of the people of Wilson County as their representative in Nashville. Most known for her staunch stance against higher taxes, Senator Beavers was credited by many to be one of the driving forces to kill a state income tax in Tennessee.

After Senator Beavers was elected to the State Senate in 2002, she continued to be a reliable and effective legislator, sponsoring and passing laws which included legislation to lower the sales tax on food, legislation to protect our constitutional rights to privacy and to keep and bear arms, legislation that enabled Tennesseans to make their own healthcare choices, as well as legislation that strengthened the state’s DUI and drug laws.  She has also worked with numerous local leaders from Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson Counties to secure funding and bring road and bridge projects to District 17.

During the most recent General Assembly, Senator Beavers has one of the most effective and successful legislators in terms of sponsoring and passing major, conservative legislation.  She has led in the fight to strengthen the laws against users and distributors of meth, while also fighting for law-abiding citizens to have access to cold medicine without government interference. She has been a successful advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and this past year, she was called upon by Governor Haslam to sponsor and pass legislation to once again toughen our state’s DUI laws. 

Senator Beavers has a Bachelor of Science degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. Before retiring, she attended Nashville School of Law, worked as a court reporter and paralegal, and worked as a financial advisor. Since being elected to the State Senate, she has taken a leadership role, serving six years as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the past two years as First Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Senator Beavers and her husband of 47 years, Jerry, attend Trevecca Community Church, and are proud parents and grandparents.

For more information about Senator Beavers’ campaign, you can visit

Charlie Daniels talks the dangers of bullying at Gladeville Elementary
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On Wednesday, April 16, Charlie Daniels dropped in to visit with his friends at Gladeville Elementary School to talk  about bullying.  

Charlie related his experiences of growing up in the Carolinas and Georgia. His Dad was a timber buyer and his job required the family to move fairly often, which meant as a child, Charlie often found himself being the “new” kid at school. He told the children that he had encountered bullies and found them to be cowards. Reporting bullying is a duty and no one should ever feel awkward reporting bullies. He took time to answer questions and to visit with the students. The Gladeville Elementary staff and students entertained Charlie with a musical rendition of theirs as a way of saying thanks for stopping by.  

Due to Charlie’s busy touring schedule with the Charlie Daniels Band, this was a rare opportunity for him to have the time to visit with his friends at Gladeville Elementary.  The remainder of 2014 will find him and the CDB criss-crossing the USA and Canada.

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