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Thompson Gardner running for Judge
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Local attorney, Shelley Thompson Gardner, would like to announce her intention to seek election as Judge for Wilson County’s General Sessions Court Division II.  

The official kickoff to her campaign will be held April 22, 2014 at Cumberland University’s Baird Chapel, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  This free event is a wonderful chance to meet and to have an opportunity to talk with Shelley.  She invites everyone to attend for food and conversation.  “I would like to ask for your vote in this year’s upcoming election.  It would be an honor for me to fulfill a lifelong dream and to continue to serve the people of this great county.”   

As an attorney, Shelley has had the privilege of serving the people of Wilson County for the past 12 years.  Born and raised in Wilson County, she attended elementary school in Mt. Juliet.  She moved to Lebanon and graduated from Lebanon High School in the top 10% of her class.  From there, Shelley attended Cumberland University where she graduated with honors and in 2001, graduated from the Nashville School of Law.  

Shelley has been an attorney at the 15th Judicial District Public Defenders Office for the last 12 years.  She has had the privilege of attending numerous educational seminars concerning topics such as drugs, violence and the death penalty.  She has had the opportunity to work in all criminal courts in the five counties that the 15th District covers.  She has been the docket manager for all Wilson County Criminal Courts for the past 10 years.  In Wilson County alone, she has handled thousands of cases; most of these being in General Sessions Division II, with Judge Robert Hamilton.  She has been involved in cases ranging from C misdemeanors, such as Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct and DUI, all the way up to A felonies, such as Robbery and First Degree Murder.  On a daily basis, she works with the Criminal Court Judges, the General Sessions Judges, the Clerk’s Office, law enforcement and other attorneys.  “With my firsthand knowledge and experience in the General Sessions court, I know what it takes to run this courtroom.  Over the past 12 years, I’ve had the opportunity to observe Judge Hamilton, observe the decisions he’s had to make and the impact it has on the victims, the accused and everyone else involved.”

Shelley is greatly involved with the community.  She is a member of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber, Wilson One, Board of Directors for the Wilson county Fair Board, and the 15th Judicial District BAR Association; among others.  She is a supporter of CASA, the CAC, she was involved in the beginning stages of our Wilson County Teen Court Program and sits as a member for our 15th District Drug Court Program.  “Our Teen Court Program is a good way to get our youth involved.  It teaches the youth who want to learn more about our Judicial System and gives other youths that second chance, after making a mistake.  The Drug Court Program is a great program for individuals who need and want rehabilitation.  Both of these programs are designed to teach, help, encourage and rehabilitate certain individuals.”      

Shelley and her husband, Joe Gardner, have been married for 12 years.  They have two sons who both attend Coles Ferry Elementary.  She and her family attend First United Methodist Church.  “My husband and I enjoy our family time; whether it is sporting events or family vacations.”  Her husband, Joe, works the radio broadcast for the Lebanon High School and some of the Mt. Juliet High School football games.  “My grandfather, Sam Crowder Brewington, was a constable for Wilson County for many years.  My aunt, Sherry Bilbrey, is the President of Big Brother in Mt. Juliet.  My husband’s mother and father, Glenn and Marilyn Gardner, owned and operated Dick’s Food Mart for over 40 years.  Mr. Gardner also helped to rehabilitate and give people that second chance when he helped to start and coach the Golden Gloves boxing program in Wilson County.  Many people in this community boxed for her father-in-law or shopped in their grocery store.  “I would love the chance to continue giving back to this community that means so much to me and my family.”

Shelley believes her experience, knowledge, values, and ability to efficiently run and manage this particular courtroom are unparalleled by any other candidate.  “I believe I have earned the respect from all the individuals I have worked with; especially those so closely involved in the General Sessions Court.  I want to be able to preserve the integrity of our courtrooms and Judicial System.  I am asking that you vote and elect me as your next and first female Judge for Wilson County General Sessions Division II.”  Early voting is July 18 through August 2, 2014 and Election Day is August 7, 2014.  For more information and upcoming events, you can check her website page at or her Facebook page Thompson Gardner For Judge.

MJPD looking for man using stolen credit cards
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

From the Mt. Juliet Police Department

A man with two stolen credit cards used them fraudulently at Mt. Juliet stores recently. In March, the unknown man stole the credit cards from victims’ at the McKendree Village retirement community in Hermitage.

The cards were used at Academy Sports and Walmart, and over $500.00 was fraudulently charged to the different stolen credit cards.

Walmart’s surveillance system captured the unknown man entering the store. In addition, the vehicle he was driving was captured on camera outside. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a maroon early-2000′s Acura MDX SUV. Investigators hope someone in the community will recognize this individual and vehicle from the surveillance video so they can be apprehended.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at .

West Principal's List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Principal’s List

3rd Grade: Ava Coffman, Makaylee Cornell, Emma Hicks, Austin Kerney, Aubrey Katzenmiller, Adelyn Kendall, Sofie Hess, Lauren Ritter, Brett Thompson, Abby O’Guin, Brooks Robertson, Kate Waller, Savannah Davis, Joseph Tzompanakis. 

4th Grade: Ryan Hess, Jonnie Meador, Josiah Stafford, Karah Hood, Ryken Salamy, Jadyn Miller, Jameson Keopf, Haven Thompson, Caitlyn Jeppsen, Elijah Dickerson, Landon Greenwood, Carly Beleau, Alannah Delaney, McKenzie Miller, Nataly Perez-Hernandez. 

5th Grade: Hope Davidson, Weston Knott, Danielle Reth, Samantha Ritter, Lindsey Black, Bella Rogers, Kaitlyn Bertram, Kassidy Davis, Drew Byrum, Giana Fasone, Kendal Fitzsimmons, Brandon Jeppsen, Kasey Lane, Josh Keck. 

Honor Roll

3rd Grade: Tristan Basham, Chase Eakes, Kylie Hitchcox, Nghi Nguyen, Jenna Pettross, Josie Pugh, Bryce Weekley, Grace Worsham, Gregorio Bahena, Shelby Brunson, Damien Callagy, Josh Lanius, Morgan Mazzanti, Ian McParlin, Trent Denison, Trevor Denison, Ashley McCowan, Lucy Monroe, Brittany Reth, Jayze Ballesteros, Jonathan Brown, Emma Curtis, Ava Guzowski, Hannah Jones, Braeden Martin, Ben Schultz, Sarah Linam, Aiden Atkins, Justin Brown, Kensley Carter, Cooper Pare, Madi Spears. 

4th Grade: Austin Childress, Quinn Hankes, Austin Harkleroad, Issac Huddleston, Trinity Jackson, Rebeca Miu, Landon Owen, Andrew St. Germain, Delaney Waugh, Vic Welsh, Cooper Amos, Parker Arvin, Emma Blair, Crawford Turner, Chloe Parrish, Taylor Young, Ethan White, Connor Chapman, Jacob Estes, Lily Flannery, Kylie Karadeema, Bailey Meeks, Sabrina Robertson, Andrew Simpson, Karaline Smith, Cooper Young, Hailey Allen, Andrew Courtney, Jackson Coyle, Jacob Hamilton, Abby Jones, Jaydin Joseph, Cameron McKenzie, Austin Parker, Morgan Rector. 

5th Grade: Chloe Agnew, Kayla Cox, Emmett Jarnagin, Isaac Moore, Chris Payne, Camden Salamy, Cierra Smith, Reed Steplowski, Briley Todd, Mikala Williams, Elisha Wylie, Jacob Davidson, Trey Hamilton, Michaela Huddleston, Gracie Johnson, Ashlyn Martin, Olivia Manlove, Owen Muhler, Gavin Palmer, Preston Phelps, Katie Tzompanakis, Abby Wheeler, Emma Covell, Thomas Forkum, Trinity Gibson, Sydney Hart, Amaya Johnson, Luke Lawson, Elijah Moss, Phylissa Reynolds, Abby Thomas, Corbin Alexander, Jacob Eddins, Hunter Larkin, Ally Miller, Alex Monroe, Sydney Pishotta, Devin Smith. 

School Board trims Director candidates to 7
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The School Board cut the list of candidates for the Director of Schools position to seven at Monday’s meeting. 

Long time County Commissioner passes
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

W. J. ‘Mac’ McCluskey, proud American, public servant, avid fisherman, family farmer, accomplished cook, (and lover of Christmas, dancing with his wife, and country ham), 90,  Mt. Juliet, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 6, at Summit Hospital in Hermitage.

Surviving Mac is his wife of almost 70 years, Lanova (Ligon) McCluskey; son, W. D. “Mack” McCluskey (Janet) of Lebanon, TN; daughter, Margaret (Bob) Pile of Pall Mall, TN. 

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