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New EPE Principal, Assistant, excited for new year
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The administration at Elzie Patton Elementary is pumped for the 2014-15 school year. 

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Siever running for County Commissioner
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Becky Siever announces that she is seeking re-election as Wilson County Commissioner for District 1 for the upcoming election on August 7th.  She has served District 1 for the past four years as the County Commissioner. 

Mrs. Siever is a long time resident of the area. She is currently entering her third year as the principal of West Elementary.  Prior to being the principal at West, she served as the Assistant Principal at West for four years.  She is married to Philip Siever. They have two sons, Drew, who attends a local college and David, who attends Mt. Juliet High School. Philip is a local business owner in the transportation field as well as owning his own promotional company. He is also the soccer coach for the Eagle Express Soccer Club. Both Mr. and Mrs. Siever attend Tulip Grove Baptist Church. 

“I have a heart for the community and its residents. I have worked nonstop the last four years serving the community both as a commissioner and as an educator. As the wife of a small business owner, I have seen firsthand how the economy affects families and businesses. Our county’s rapid growth and how we deal with it are the most critical issues that I see because it not only affects the economy but many other factors as well. The population growth impacts everything around us including roads, traffic, schools, police and fire protection. We are making good progress in addressing these issues but we still have a lot of work ahead of us.”

As the District 1 County Commissioner for the past four years, Mrs. Siever has been appointed to serve on many committees. She has been faithful to be a part of the committee process through her attendance and participation. She serves on the Finance, Emergency Management, Education and Agricultural Extension Committees. She is also the Chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee. She was recently elected as a Road Commissioner for Districts 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 18 and 22. This was an honor for Mrs. Siever because not only was she elected by her peers to serve as a Road Commissioner, but she was also the first female Road Commissioner in Wilson County. 

Mrs. Siever says, “I am proud to be a part of the accomplishments that the Commission has achieved in the last four years. These include building new high schools, new additions for West Wilson Middle School as well as West Elementary School. Rutland Elementary School gained a new building as part of their construction process. We have also recently voted to build a much needed addition to the very overcrowded Carroll Oakland School. We added SRO officers in every school in the county after the Sandy Hook tragedy. The Commission has made great strides in helping bridge the gaps in our fire protection by building new fire halls and working with the cities to increase fire protection in all areas of the county.” 

As a proud servant leader in District 1, Becky Siever wants to continue to represent and serve the people in her district. She is a voice for her district, a listening ear for concerns, and a proud representative on the county level for District 1. She asks for your vote again on August 7th so she can continue her work and her representation. 

 
Brockman seeks re-election as County Commissioner
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jason Brockman currently serves as your County Commissioner representing the citizens of District 16, which includes areas of Mt. Juliet. He is seeking to serve you again and requests your support in the upcoming election on August 7th. Jason is a 14 year veteran on the City of Mt. Juliet Police Department, the 2006 Officer of the Year, and an Eagle Scout. He also belongs to, and works with, many other civic and community organizations as a volunteer for the betterment of Mt. Juliet and Wilson County. Jason is a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and is married to the former Crystal Johnson of Mt. Juliet and has an 11 month old son, Landyn.  

Since his election in 2010, Jason has devoted a good deal of his time as your Commissioner to fulfilling his campaign promises of promoting the enhancement of fire protection, additional ambulance service, finding ways to improve our schools, and providing the residents of District 16 with a representative that is attentive to their concerns. He has consistently voted against proposals to raise taxes and has attended 100% of the County Commission meetings. 

Looking forward to serving you again, Jason’s goal is to concentrate on the often repeated concern about the need for better infrastructure in the community. He will be vigilant and a strong defender for those who have concerns about the annexation of property into the city without regard for the wishes of the residents living in those areas. He has received an endorsement from Tennesseans Against Forced Annexation. 

When Jason won the election in 2010, he upset a 40 year incumbent. Now, the daughter of that former incumbent is challenging Jason for the 16th District county commission seat. Jason believes the seat belongs to the people of District 16 not one family.

With your vote and support, Jason Brockman will continue to stand for transparency in government. He will continue the fight against conflicts of interests, self-serving politics, and nepotism.  He will fight for a balanced budget and pledges to not raise property taxes. Jason will be your voice against forced annexation and will continue to focus on improving our local infrastructure.

Jason is grateful for your support and asks for the honor of allowing him to complete the work he has begun for you. Cast your vote for Jason Brockman on August 7, 2014.

For more information go to www.votebrockman.comor follow Jason Brockman on Facebook at www.facebook.com/votejasonbrockman

 
Armistead running for School Board
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Linda Armistead, a long-time educator who retired in 2012 from the Wilson County school system, is seeking the position for School Board in Zone 4, which represents Districts 4, 10, 23, 24, and 25. “My life’s work has been dedicated to the education of young people in Wilson County for the past 38 years. I want to use my experiences in education and connections with youth, their families, and our community to help ensure trust and confidence for those affected by school board decisions and to support opportunities for students to expand their knowledge in as many different directions as possible. ”

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Education at Middle Tennessee State University and began teaching in 1973 at Mt. Juliet High School.  She has 27 years of classroom experience and 11 years in administration while implementing the Workforce Investment grant called YouthLinks in Wilson County.  She has completed classes in counseling, certifications for Global Career Development Facilitator, Service Learning, and Work-Based Learning, along with attaining Career Level I and Highly Qualified teacher status.

Throughout the classroom years, she led and sponsored several school clubs and organizations such as the Drama Club, Future Teachers of America, the cheerleading squad, Students Taking a Right Stand, the Forensics and Debate teams, as well as coaching tennis.  She also organized and led two independent student tours to Europe sponsored by the American Council for International Studies and a church school group to Washington, D.C.

The YouthLinks grant involves helping students train and prepare for jobs.  Since it began in 2001, it has served approximately 4000 students in the Wilson County School System, receiving allocated funds of 5.3 million dollars at no cost to the school system.   “It was rewarding to be part of a program that has also been successful in helping to improve the graduation rate in our county, and it gave me an opportunity to work in all four high schools, the GED program, and the Adult High School, giving me a better perspective of what works well in our communities.  Students in our program also had to work when they finished school and training, so connecting with businesses in the area and being a part of the Chambers of Commerce has given me an insight of what is happening concerning the rapid growth and how vital a great education system is.”  

She has been involved in many community projects and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Wilson County and Mt. Juliet Community Help Centers, and Empower Me Day Camp.  She is current president and past treasurer of Wilson Organization for Networking and Education (Wilson ONE).  She served on both the Mt. Juliet Chamber’s and Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber’s education committees, receiving the honor of “Educator of the Year” in 2003 from the Mt. Juliet Chamber and worked with the Teacher Grant committee and the Tennessee Scholars program with the Lebanon Chamber.  She served on the Board of Directors for Prospect, Inc. and the Wilson County Community Partnership and is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Wilson.

Linda and her husband Steve Armistead have been married for 46 years and have resided in Mt. Juliet since 1979.  They have two children, Stephanie McDonald and Chadwick Armistead, and six grandchildren, two enrolled in Gladeville Elementary.  Stephanie graduated from MJHS and MTSU, completed her graduate studies at Cumberland University, and previously taught math at West Wilson Middle School.  Stephanie has three children, and she and her husband Michael, who is District Automotive Manager for UPS, currently live in Monroe, NY.  Chad graduated from MJHS and MTSU, served in the Marine Corps, and is Director of Operations at the Hutton in Nashville.  He and his wife Cathryn, who is a third year law student, have three children and live in Gladeville.

“As a candidate seeking your vote and support for School Board in Zone 4, I am ready to work hard, utilizing all of life’s lessons and professional training.  I have fiscal experience with budgets and allocating money, having served on the Board of Directors of two non-profits and the Workforce grant program, which also required being responsible for staffing and helping to create and implement policy. I am ready to serve by actively supporting school programs, by being responsive to constituents, and by promoting positive working relationships with the Director and the County Commissioners--understanding the importance of governing through policy.   And most importantly as a school board member, I will be a strong advocate for the needs of all learners as we strive for excellence in education always.” 

 
Wilson County job growth ‘near record breaking’
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

From the Wilson County Joint Economic and Community Development Board

Job growth is “near a record breaking high” in Wilson County over the past 12 months according to the county’s chief recruiting arm for industrial and retail development.

G.C. Hixson, executive director of the Wilson County Joint Economic and Community Development Board said Wilson County has added more than 1,000 new industrial or related jobs since July of last year, which represents about one-fourth of the number of new jobs that have been added over the past decade.

“I don’t know when we last saw these types of employment growth numbers. We’ve got to be near a record breaking high, Hixson related.

Hixson, reporting from his agency’s end of the fiscal year analysis, said “these new employment opportunities represent new industries that have located in Wilson County as well as a number of expansion projects completed by existing industries over the past 12 months.”

Hixson pointed out that the employment number does not include new retail jobs that have been created during the past fiscal year. 

He said, while the employment number “speaks for itself,” the impact on the local economy is “just as dramatic.”

Hixson estimated that the new jobs created represent an annual payroll of more than $30 million, which he said, “obviously means more dollars to be spent locally and more local sales tax revenue to be generated to aid local schools, build roads, improve lifestyle amenities, and generally benefit Wilson County.”

He said the county’s transportation arteries, its central location, excellent infrastructure features, and a “spirit of cooperation among local government officials” have all contributed to the success his office has realized in creating new employment opportunities.

The three largest employers to locate operations in Wilson County during the last fiscal year and creating more than 600 new jobs were Starbucks with 400 employees; Communications Test Design, Inc., 130 employees; and Hollister Incorporated, 86. 

Major expansions were reported at Amazon, Ozburn Hessey Logistics and Custom Packaging, Inc. and accounted for more than 500 new jobs.

Hixson’s report was the 25th annual report to be issued by the JECDB. The agency was created in 1989 to be the principle recruiting force for new industry and retail development in Wilson County including the county’s three municipalities, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown.

 
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