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TCAP scores continue to improve for Wilson County students
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Staff Reports

Wilson County Schools surpassed the state in the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in 23 out of 25 subject areas, according to the data released by the Tennessee Department of Education today.

The 2015 TCAP scores showed the results from the Achievement Tests for grades three through eight and the End of Course scores for high school students.

TDOT reviews dangerous spot on I-40
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tennessee Department of Transportation recently reviewed the I-40 corridor near mile marker 226 in Wilson County at the request of state and local law enforcement following several wet weather crashes. This analysis included crash data, roadway design plans, and an additional road survey known as Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR.

This section of I-40 was recently widened, from west of SR 171 (Mt Juliet Road) to east of SR 109, as part of a design-build contract with Lane Construction Corporation. Design-build is a project delivery method that allows a single contractor to provide design and construction services.

Based on the initial data analysis, it is believed that the design-build team did not adequately address storm water runoff or the spread of storm water into lanes of travel. Additionally, TDOT believes the project was not constructed adequately to provide for appropriate water runoff.

As a result of the findings, TDOT has asked the design-builder for an action plan to address these issues. To help address immediate concerns, message boards will be posted to warn motorists of potential ponding of water during inclement weather. A dedicated HELP unit will also be on-site during weather events to shift traffic as needed.

While the design of the roadway is of concern at this location, drivers are reminded of the potential hazards of wet weather on any roadway. No design can immediately accommodate water accumulation during periods of very heavy rainfall or flash flooding events. Motorists on all roadways are urged to use caution and reduce speed in wet conditions.

Suspicious letter causes scare at MJ TV station
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A suspicious letter caused a scare at WNPX-TV in Mt. Juliet Monday. 

Around 11 A.M. an adult female employee called police after opening a seemingly normal piece of mail. The letter revealed a suspicious message and she began to feel her hands tingle while noticing an odd chemical odor associated with the letter. While the message was bizarre, there was no direct threat to any one person or entity. 

The adult female who opened the letter was the only person inside the business at the time of the incident. She and two officers underwent a decontamination process as a precautionary measure. No one required any medical treatment. 

Wilson County Emergency Management Agency’s Hazmat team and Lebanon Public Safety worked together to quickly and safely package the letter and all of the contents.

During the investigation, three neighboring businesses were evacuated before the scene was cleared and they were allowed to return to work.

WNPX-TV is a part of ION Television broadcast network and airs shows such as Criminal Minds and Psych among others.

Wilson County Fair gearing up for another year of competitive exhibits
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

This Saturday the Wilson County fair will begin taking entries for all non perishable items for their 2015 competitive exhibits. The competitions are open to all Wilson County residents and offer a very wide variety of exhibits. 

Last year over 8,500 entries were received across all platforms of competition, including almost 17,000 total entries. Almost 7,000 Wilson County residents entered one of the many competitions last year and more than $110,000 was paid out to the winners. 

Photography, arts and crafts, baking, stain glass, continue to be very popular contests but there are countless other options to choose from as well. 

There are separate competitions for both adults and youth. Anyone wishing to submit an entry must submit online or between 10:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday for all non perishable entries. The entry must also be marked with a name and age on the bottom or back of each item. Prizes will be awarded based on the decision of the judge(s) and will only be rewarded if the judge(s) feel the item is worth recognition. 

The entries will be placed in divisions based on their age on the opening day of the fair, Aug. 14, and any premiums they should win will be paid between 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23. 

New fire station talk deferred
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Shaee Flatt

Chronicle Contributor

The Mt. Juliet City Commission unanimously deferred their decision for a new Fire Station to be built on South Greenhill Road. 

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