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MJPD Twitter ranked Top 10 nationally
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Mt. Juliet Police Department’s Twitter account has more followers than most of the other police departments of its size in the United States. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Center for Social Media’s recently released top ten list for “Most Twitter Followers”, the Mt. Juliet Police Department ranked as No. 7 in a top 10 list of agencies with 26 to 49 sworn officers. Mt. Juliet Police is only one of two Tennessee agencies to be ranked for their Twitter presence. The other agency is Franklin Police Department.

Mt. Juliet Police began its social media presence in 2011. Utilizing Twitter and Facebook, the department has enhanced its communication with the public by providing another avenue to keep the public informed. The communication isn’t just one-way either. Followers are able to engage the department with questions, concerns, and praise through the social media sites.

“Our presence in social media has been very positive. I think all police department’s should have a social media presence.” stated Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. “Everywhere I go, I am constantly getting comments and appreciation for our use of Twitter and Facebook. I’m pleased our department has so many followers and to make the IACP’s list.”

The social media accounts are monitored by the department’s Community Policing Division, which handles media and community relations for the agency. However, the social media presence is truly a department-wide effort. Many of the department’s employees contribute to different posts that are sent out on the sites. Twitter and Facebook is not monitored 24/7, so it is not a substitute for requesting police assistance. Currently, Mt. Juliet Police has 3,150 Twitter followers and 3,459 Facebook likes.

IACP’s List of U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies with the Most Twitter Followers:

Also on the social media front, The International Association of Chiefs of Police – Center for Social Media has selected at the Mt. Juliet Police Department as the featured agency for July 16-31.

Encores Consignment East helping local schools
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Michelle Harper and Tricia Swaney are just like many moms around here with kids in school or soon to be in school. They want to do their part to make Wilson County have the best schools to offer in both the public and private sector; all while keeping tax dollars low.  They asked themselves, “How can we help?”  Like everyone else, they work hard to afford items for their family.  So again they asked, “How can we help?”

Consignment is very popular in Middle Tennessee.  After a long online campaign to bring the most popular consignment sale to Wilson County, Encores Consignment East was started.  Last winter began the first sale in Wilson County and was a huge success.  With the next sale in August and an expansion to include home décor, furniture, kitchen, and more, the sky is the limit.

Encores Consignment East wants to help you make money on your unwanted items, find affordable items for your family, and help your school, all at the same time. By consigning and shopping with Encores Consignment East, you can do this.  How?  With their new program called, “Encores4Education”.  Encores Consignment East has paired up with area schools on this program.  Consignors now have the option to designate a portion of their sales to the school of their choice!  All Wilson County Public Schools and Mt Juliet Montessori Academy have paired with Encores4Education.  Any school wanting to join needs to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  There is no maximum that any school can receive.  Again, the sky is the limit.

The upcoming Fall/Winter sale is in a large, spacious warehouse, The Deal Center (formerly Spec Print) at 1710 North Mt Juliet Rd.  With easy access from I-40 and plenty of parking, this location is ideal.

Sale hours are:

Wednesday, Aug 7 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug 8 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug 9 - noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug 10 - 8 a.m. to noon (50 percent off day)

Encores Consignment East is dedicated to giving back to the community even more with donating time and raising money for Imagination Library’s Wilson Books from Birth.  Representatives will be present at select sale dates for families to sign-up.  Also, all donated items will be given to the Department of Children’s Services Foster Care Program to help the over 700 children in foster care in Wilson County and surrounding counties.

Wilson County Schools to hold Back to School Bash
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Wilson County School system will hold a Back to School Bash on Saturday August 3, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the commons area at Lebanon High School.

This event is designed to involve students and parents in a fun and positive way to kick off the 2013-2014 school year. All students from both Wilson County Schools and Lebanon Special Schools are invited to attend. 

Activities include;

Informational booths from a variety of District departments (school nutrition, attendance, transportation, special education, Family resource center, Pre-K, Youth Links, Adult basic education). 

Community resources (Tennder Care; Books From Birth; Head Start; Cumberland Mental Health; Boy scouts/Girl scouts) and many, many more.

Meet our new Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Timothy Setterlund and Director of Schools Scott Benson from Lebanon Special School District. 

Meet the School Board members.

Free school supplies.

Door prizes and Inflatables

Local businesses, civic organizations and community providers who would like to participate and set up an informational booth, provide school supplies, or provide door prizes are encouraged to contact Denise McMillan at the Wilson County Schools Family Resource Center at 453-7302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Landscaper robbed at gunpoint
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A 20-year-old male landscaper was robbed at gunpoint by two men Tuesday, July 2 according to the Mt. Juliet Police Department. 

The landscaper called 911 around 2 p.m. stating that he had just been robbed, and a shot had been fired during a struggle. The two robbers, one of which had a handgun, demanded his headphones. That is when the struggle ensued, and the shot was fired. The robbers fled after the gunshot. 

City remembers anniversary of fallen heroes
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

City and county officials, as well as the public, came out to honor two fallen heroes of Wilson County. 

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