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Teacher of the Year: MJMS' Tiffany McNeese
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

This week we meet Mt. Juliet Middle School’s Teacher of the Year, Tiffany McNeese. 

McNeese has spent her entire 13-year teaching career at Mt. Juliet Middle in Language Arts. She always wanted to teach kindergarten, but she took the job at Mt. Juliet Middle to get her foot in the door. She fell in love with it, and forgot about going back to elementary. 

“I’ve never even pursued it,” said McNeese. 

Part of the reason is the great people she gets to work with every day. 

“They are like a second family,” said McNeese. 

She said she loves the atmosphere, the faculty and administration, and never dreads going to work. 

“It’s just fun to come here,” said McNeese. 

McNeese said she was “very honored and humbled” to receive the Teacher of the Year, especially since some of the other people that were nominated had been there much longer and were such great teachers. 

McNeese will now be up for Wilson County Teacher of the Year. That will be announced April 11 at a banquet at Cumberland University. It is sponsored by Wilson County Motors and Cedar Stone Bank. 

Rep. Black files for re-election
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Recently, U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) turned in her qualifying petition for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives; officially launching her 2014 Congressional campaign. Black released the following statement:

“President Obama and his liberal counterparts in Congress will not relent in their efforts to shape the future of our country, and neither should we,” said Congressman Diane Black. “I ran for Congress to cut wasteful spending, fight back against Obamacare, and protect Tennesseans from an out-of-control federal government that has simply forgotten its place. We have made great strides on these fronts but there is more work to be done. That is why today, I am declaring my candidacy for reelection.”

First known for her efforts in the Tennessee General Assembly to combat Governor Don Sundquist’s proposed state income tax, Black has also earned a reputation as a conservative leader in the U.S. Congress through her support of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, her votes to defund and fully repeal Obamacare, and most recently, by voting against members of her own party leadership to oppose legislation granting President Obama a blank check to raise the federal debt ceiling.  

During her time in Congress, Black has received numerous distinctions for her consistently conservative voting record, including recently being rated among the top 15 most conservative Members of Congress by National Journal, being honored with the American Conservative Union’s “ACU Conservative Award” and being given the highest score in the entire House of Representatives for combating illegal immigration by Numbers USA.  Additionally, Black maintains a 100% pro-life score from National Right to Life, earned an “A” rating on the most recent NRA scorecard, and has picked up an early reelection endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tennessee’s sixth Congressional district includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White and Wilson county, as well as portions of Cheatham and Van Buren county.  

Gwin announces re-election campaign
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wilson County Family Court Judge John T. Gwin has announced his intention to run for re-election to the position he has held since the Court was first formed.  Also known as Division III of the General Sessions Court, Gwin first won election to the position in 2008.  “It has been a special privilege to serve the citizens of Wilson County”, said Gwin, “and I pledge to continue to dedicate my full time and energy to the job.”

Gwin maintained a private law practice for more than 30 years, with primary emphasis on family law matters.  During that time, he was also the City Judge for the City of Mt. Juliet from 1993 through 2008.  He is Past President of the 15th Judicial District Bar Association;  Past President of the Tennessee Municipal Judges Association;  and served on the Tennessee Judicial Council.  He is a current member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Family Law Division.

Gwin was on active duty military service from 1968 through 1972, and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1976.  Married to wife Patricia for more than 41 years, Gwin’s children attended Wilson County public schools, and both hold Master’s degrees in the field of health care.  In the arena of community service, he has served as president or board chair for Wilson County CASA and the Mt. Juliet Senior Center.  He has past service on the Board of Prospect, Inc., the Board of the West Wilson Chamber of Commerce, and was the first secretary and treasurer for the Wilson County Sports Authority.  He is also a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary, International.

“Successful service as family court judge requires considerable training, experience and patience.  I am respectfully asking the citizens of Wilson County to allow me to continue to serve in this vitally important position.”

Joy Care Clinic to offer free professional health services
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Joy Church announces its first 2014 community-wide outreach which will be a joint event featuring the Joy Care Clinic along with the Joy to Go 24-foot mobile kitchen. The event will take place on Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Joy Church.  The church is located at 10085 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet at the corner of Lebanon Road and Benders Ferry Road with the entrance to the church on Benders Ferry Road. The community is invited to take part in one or both of these free activities. 

The Joy Care Clinic will offer free professional health care services provided by health care professionals from the church and will include:

Medical care screenings

General medical evaluations

Fitness and Nutrition sessions

Ask-a-pharmacist and much more

The clinic is free and open to all regardless of age, income or place of residency. Patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis.

The Joy to Go mobile kitchen, staffed by members of the church, will be on hand preparing and serving free, hot meals to all in attendance. It is the heart of Joy Church to bless the community by offering these services free of charge with love and compassion.

Joy Church weekend services are held every Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. and on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. The Real Joy Youth Ministry, which includes separate youth services for junior and senior high students, is also held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Children Ministry, which includes Joy Kidz for nursery through pre-school and Generation Joy for kindergarten through fifth grade, is provided at every church service. 

Joy Church is a rapidly growing, multi-generational, multi-cultural church with people from almost every denominational background or no church background at all.  It is one of the fastest growing churches in the region, starting in 2003 with only 18 members to presently having over 1,700 in attendance each weekend.  “We truly believe your experience at Joy Church will be unlike any church service you have attended”, comments Executive Pastor Dave Goldner. He further explains, “If you don’t like organized religion, you will love Joy Church. We are not about religion; we are about a relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ.  We are not about enduring life; we are all about enjoying life!”

For more information, visit or call the church office at (615)773-5252.

School Board sets criteria for new director search
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Wilson County School Board set their criteria for the new Director of Schools search Friday. 

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Previously, the School Board hired someone to help with the search, but  the Board will handle reviewing all the applications and determining the candidates this time around. 

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