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Candidates pick up petitions for Aug. 7 election
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Political candidates for the Aug. 7 election have started picking up their petitions.
Candidates have until April 3 at noon to file their petitions. They must have at least 25 registered voters to sign the petition to be able to run.
In the State Representative-Republican District 46, current representative Mark Pody is the only one that has picked up a petition so far.
Sitting State Senator Republican 17th District Mae Beavers has picked up her petition as well.
In the Wilson County Commissioner races, Becky Siever has picked up her petition for District 1. In District 4, Chad Barnard and Melani Stephens have both picked up their petitions. Frank Bush and Terry Duncan have picked up their petitions for District 8. Clint Thomas and Sonja Robinson have picked up their petitions for District 13. Lauren Breeze, Michael Cole and Terrell Muncher have picked up their petitions for District 18. J. Wendell Marlowe has picked up his petition for District 22. Luther Lenning and Randy Hall have picked up their petitions for District 25.
In the school board races, sitting Board Member Ron Britt has picked up his petition for Zone 4. Linda Armistead has picked up a petition for that zone as well.
County Clerk Jim Goodall has already filed his petion. Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and Wilson County Sheriff are the only ones that have picked up petitions in their races. William Robert Manley and Luther Lenning have picked up their petitions for Zone 1 and Zone 4 Constables.
You can check the status of petitions at

MJ man to play National Anthem 100 times in 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In honor of the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, Steven Smartt has set a personal goal to perform the National Anthem 100 times during 2014. He welcomes invitations from schools, civic organizations, sporting events, and any occasion where a performance of the National Anthem (on solo trumpet) would be appropriate. And, yes, everyone is encouraged to sing along. He started his journey Thursday morning at Lakeview Elementary School. 
Steven Smartt, Ph.D., resides in Mt. Juliet and has worked as a research and academic administrator at Vanderbilt University for more than 30 years. He also is a part-time professional musician and performs with several bands and artists, locally and nationally. He is a volunteer teacher at the W.O. Smith Community Music School in Nashville. The 2014 National Anthem project seeks to promote historical awareness of the Star Spangled Banner and the National Anthem, and to honor America. He may be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Big things in store for MJ in 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

2013 was a big year for Mt. Juliet but City Manager Kenny Martin thinks it will be surpassed by what’s coming in 2014. 

MJPD looking for credit card thief
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mt. Juliet Police investigators are trying to identify a man who used a stolen credit card. 

On Dec. 6 the unidentified suspect purchased over $600 in merchandise with a stolen card from Best Buy in Mt. Juliet. 

Dayhuff Summit’s first baby of 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

TriStar Summit’s first baby of the year, Alexandra Dayhuff, was born at 4:12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2014. Alexandra is a healthy baby girl weighing 7 lbs. and 10 oz. She was delivered by Sue Ann McGuire, M.D., OB/GYN. 

Proud parent Vanessa Dayhuff of Old Hickory was presented with a New Year gift basket in honor of her special delivery. 

“Welcoming babies to the world is one of the most special parts of working in maternity services,” said Pat Woods, director of women’s and children’s services at TriStar Summit. “There is an extra sense of excitement and promise that comes with delivering the first baby of the New Year. We are proud to be part of the Dayhuff family’s special day.”

TriStar Summit Medical Center delivers about 1,200 babies annually.

 For more information about TriStar Summit or a free physician referral, please call TriStar MedLine at 615.342.1919 or visit

TriStar Summit Medical Center is a 188 private bed regional medical center serving the residents of Davidson, Wilson and surrounding counties. TriStar Summit offers a full range of services including emergency, medical, surgical, obstetric, oncology and diagnostic services.  With the latest advances in technology, including the area’s first hospital based 64-slice CT scanner,  TriStar Summit is committed to providing quality healthcare to the communities it serves. For more information, visit  or call (615)316-3000.

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