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Nichols Vale project moving forward
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The large new subdivision on the north side of the city moved a little closer to becoming a reality Monday night. 

Death ruled a murder-suicide
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The shooting deaths of the elderly couple on Weston Drive has been ruled a murder-suicide by the Mt. Juliet Police Department. 

The individuals were identified as Betty Wilburn, 80 and Hubert Wilson, 77 of Mt. Juliet. Betty died of a single gunshot wound, and Hubert died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The couple was found in their home by a family member on Tuesday, Jan. 21, who alerted the MJPD. 

“Our investigators worked very diligently to piece such a heart-breaking and sad incident together,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “Our thoughts and prayersare with the family of the Betty and Hubert Wilburn, their friends, and loved ones.”

Teachers of the Year: MJE's Mandy Lee
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

For the next few months, we will be highlighting all the Teachers of the Year in the Mt. Juliet area. Schools recently voted on their Teacher of the Year, and that Teacher will go to the banquet in April where a Wilson County Teacher of the Year will be named. The event is sponsored by Cedar Stone Bank and Wilson County Motors.

This week, we meet Mt. Juliet Elementary’s Mandy Lee. 

Lee has been a teacher at MJE for nine years, which is all of her years in teaching. 

“It’s very humbling,” said Lee about being selected Teacher of the Year. “I did not expect it at all. It’s such an honor.”

Lee said teaching is a passion for her. She loves to teach reading and get kids excited about learning.

“I like seeing that lightbulb go off,” said Lee. 

Lee says that the honor means so much more because of all the great teachers at MJE. 

“Every teacher in the building cares about their students. They go the extra mile,” said Lee. 

When asked if Lee was nervous about the banquet coming up in April.

“Oh, goodness, yes.”

Open enrollment period starting
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The open enrollment period for Wilson County students begins Feb. 1. 

Starting that day, parents wishing to move their child to one of the open schools can submit an application up until March 31. 

The schools with openings are Rutland Elementary, Watertown Elementary, West Elementary, Watertown Middle, West Wilson Middle, Lebanon High School, Watertown High School and Wilson Central High School.

As long as there are spaces available, the transfer will be approved. If there are more requests than spaces available, priority will be given to students who: have parents that are employees of Wilson County Schools; students whose siblings are already enrolled at the school, students requesting a specific course offering not available at their base school. The rest will be approved by lottery. Transportation will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian. 

All approved transfers are effective until the student completes the exit grade at that particular school. Once the student exits that school, they will go to the one they are zoned for, unless another application is placed and the school has an opening. 

Student transfer applications are available at the district office or on the website at 

Marshall announces candidacy for General Sessions Judge
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ellis H. Marshall, III “Trey” will officially announce his candidacy for General Sessions Judge, Division II at his campaign kick-off Thursday, Jan. 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Education Building at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.  Everyone is welcome to attend and show their support for Trey.

Trey began his interest in law as a young boy at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. His father, Ellis Marshall, Jr. was an instructor at the Academy, and Trey spent many days there with the officers.  “My time as a youth and an employee of the Academy gave me a great respect for the people who put their lives on the line every day to protect us,” said Trey.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and the Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law at the University of Memphis, he is a highly respected attorney in private practice in Wilson County and across Middle Tennessee.  

With over ten years practicing in various Criminal Courts, Trey has the experience needed to continue the tradition of excellence in this court.  He will follow the letter of the law, treat each person with respect, and ensure firm yet fair justice.

Marshall is a long time resident of Wilson County, and he takes pride in supporting the community.  He is a charter member of Kiwanis Club of Mt. Juliet, a member of the Mt. Juliet and Lebanon Chambers of Commerce, an active member of the Mt. Juliet Breakfast Rotary Club, a current member of the Leadership Wilson Class, and a member of the 15th Judicial Bar Association.  

In addition to being active in the business community, Trey also coaches little league baseball, softball, and basketball.  He enjoys reading to elementary classes and visiting the local senior citizens.  

Trey’s wife, Jennifer Moore Marshall, is a Wilson County native.  She teaches kindergarten at Stoner Creek Elementary and was recently named their Teacher of the Year.  Trey and Jennifer have four children.  They all attend school or day care at Stoner Creek.  

 “Trey is honest, fair, and values the residents of our community,” said Yancy Belcher, a Mount Juliet attorney and lifelong resident.  “His knowledge and experience in the courtroom are attributes that will make him an excellent judge.”

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