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Mt. Juliet FFA Chapter takes 2nd in contest in St. Louis
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mt. Juliet FFA Chapter too second place in the Portfolio challenge at the third annual FFA Chapter Challenge in St. Louis, Mo. 

Tennessee FFA members made connections with area farmers and advocated on behalf of agriculture. The members not only learned first-hand about agricultural livelihoods, but the top seven chapters in the state also earned a total of $10,500 for their FFA programs. 

“The Chapter Challenge program has helped us with the community outreach goals for our Agriculture Education program,” said Rebecca Farrow, Siegel High School FFA advisor. “By connecting with local farmers and agriculturalists, we are able to better determine the needs of our community and adjust our total agriculture education program to meet the needs of our area.”

New this year, Chapter Challenge offered FFA members in 15 states two ways to participate. Chapters could compete in the Voting Challenge or the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge. In the Voting Challenge, members met with local farmers to build relationships and learn about their livelihoods. Those farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter. With the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge, chapters were encouraged to meet with agriculturalists and community members to broaden their understanding about agriculture and then promote what they learned by using social media and by creating a video. 

“Monsanto is proud to partner with the National FFA Foundation,” said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager. “Together we are helping local chapters advocate for agriculture and create bonds with the people who grow our food and build our communities.” 

Across the country, FFA chapters were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge grand prize, sponsored by the National FFA Foundation and Monsanto. The top chapter in each category received an all-expense paid trip for seven to the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo. The top FFA chapters in each state received certificates of credit up to $2,500, which can be used with the national office for items such as new FFA blue jackets, convention fees and more. 

Top chapters in Tennessee:

Portfolio Challenge

o Grand Prize – Siegel FFA Chapter

o First place – Clarkrange FFA Chapter

o Second place – Mt. Juliet FFA Chapter

Voting Challenge

o First place – David Crockett FFA Chapter

o Second place – Ben W Hooper FFA Chapter

To see a full list of 2013 FFA Chapter Challenge winners, please visit

About National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at

Fire Station No. 1
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet cut the ribbon of Fire Station No. 1 on Belinida Parkway Tuesday. 

Mayor Ed Hagerty gave the remarks before the ribbon cutting, saying it had been 27 years since something of this magnitude had been done to enhance the state of fire protection in the city. 

“I think the Vice Mayor was entering kindergarten,” he joked. 

Hagerty talked about the drastic change that the Providence area, particularly over the last eight years, haS gone through. He said in 1987, he believed there was no Cracker Barrel or Waffle House on that side of the interstate. 

Hagerty thanked many people that had a big hand in the building of the first fire station, including Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Vice Mayor James Maness, Commissioners Art Giles, Ray Justice, Jim Bradshaw and former Commissioner Ted Floyd. He also thanked State Representative Susan Lynn, WEMA and the volunteer firefighters. 

Hagerty also applauded new Fire Chief Erron Kinney and Assistant Chief Jamie Luffman. 

Hagerty said that in 1987, Mt. Juliet was a town of 3,000 people. Closing in 30,000 in 2013, the need for a new fire station was a necessity. 

“It’s a good thing [the growth], but it also presents some challenges,” said Hagerty. “Fortunately, we have not had a horrendous catastrophe due to fire.”

Hagerty said in the days ahead, they will be hiring career and volunteer firefighters. He said there will also have four fire trucks. 

Sidney Payne, a Del Webb resident, has vowed to help get the fire station furnished. Payne has been helping push the city toward getting a new fire station, showing up with a fire extinguisher to the city meetings. She held the fire extinguisher in the air when she was introduced and received applause from the crowd. 

“I may have been holding this fire extinguisher, but you were all behind me pushing me,” said Payne. 

Payne and the Del Webb Women’s Club had helped furnish and rehab Station 3 behind City Hall. 

There is a furnish the fire hall fund set up First Freedom bank. Tuesday, Buffalo Wild Wings donated 15 percent of their proceeds to the fund. 

The Living Room recliners, tables, and lamps have been selected at Furniture Unlimited. Jim Rhodes, of Furniture Unlimited, will match every dollar donated to the Living Room. You can go to Furniture Unlimited an order straight off the registry to help the firefighters.  

The Bedroom beds and desks will be custom made by Anderson Amish Furniture. Dan Anderson, the owner, has designed the beds and desks for the new Fire Hall. All beds will be extra long twin beds made of solid wood. You can order directly off their registry as well. 

H.H. Gregg holds the registry for the appliances for the kitchen and laundry room. Chief Erron Kinney and Payne will be picking out the appliances this week, along with computers and iPads for the firefighters. Those wishing to support appliances and computers may go directly to H.H. Gregg and purchase off the registry.

The Woman’s Club at Del Webb held a fundraisers earlier this year and will fill the kitchen cabinets with dishes, silverware, and everything needed to cook those Fire Hall dinners. H.H. Gregg has already donated a Gas Barbeque the fire hall.

Another station is planned on Lebanon Road in the next few years

5 arrested after MJ officer assault
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Mt. Juliet Police officer was assaulted by a man while investigating a report of a large disturbance at Willow Creek Apartments in Mt. Juliet which resulted in five arrests. 

According to the Mt. Juliet Police Department, at 7:50 p.m. Sunday evening, they received a call by a Willow Creek Apartment resident regarding a group of approximately 12 people being loud, disorderly, and cursing in the parking lot of the apartment complex. 

$2 million Powerball ticket sold in MJ
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Powerball ticket won a customer a Suggs Creek Market $2 million at the drawing Wednesday. 

The name has not been released by the Tennessee Lottery yet because the prize has not been claimed. 

Commissioners hear yearly budget on 1st reading
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Board of Commissioners took their first crack at getting a yearly budget at Monday’s meeting. 

There were just a few changes that the commissioners requested during the meeting. 

Vice Mayor James Maness requested that a line item that would have allowed the Board of Commissioners to get insurance get removed. The cost was $15,000. Commissioner Jim Bradshaw wanted to keep the measure. 

“I would like to get dental insurance,” said Bradshaw. 

Mayor Ed Hagerty said the item might not even be legal, and that it wouldn’t go into effect until another election cycle had gone through, which wouldn’t be during this budget cycle. Commissioner Ray Justice agreed.

“There is no sense in voting for it this year anyway,” said Justice. 

The amendment passed 3-1 with Bradshaw voting against it. 

Mayor Hagerty wanted to eliminate the cost of living raise for city employees, which was two percent, and raise the merit raise from 1.5 percent to 3 percent. He said there was no reason to give a raise to an employee that was under performing. He said 90-95 percent of employees at the city offices would receive the full three percent because they do an excellent job. He referenced some of the people that were fired with the scandal last year, and an employee that was driving circles around the building. Bradshaw argued that all of those workers were terminated, so that problem was resolved. The measure failed 2-2. 

Hagerty tried to make the cost of living raise at one percent and a merit raise at two percent, but it failed as well. 

Hagerty also requested that the money to the Regional Transit Authority be delayed until October. The RTA had requested $50,000, up from $30,000 last year. That measure passed 4-0. 

In other business, the commissioners denied a request by Storage Port America, located at 9601 Lebanon Road, from CRC to CG. The change would be for the front part of the property. Hagerty said he believed the plan was to build nicer storage units up in the front. The commissioners felt there could be a better use for the property beside more storage units. 

The commissioners also approved an ordinance for changes to mixed use buildings. 

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