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Teachers of the Year: Rutland's Jessica Davis
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This week, we highlight another Teacher of the Year, Rutland Elementary’s Jessica Davis. 

“I’m honored…speechless,” said Davis about the honor. 

Davis has been a third grade teacher at Rutland for seven years, but she still considers herself a new teacher. She said that is why it surprised her that she won the Teacher of the Year. 

Davis said she loves teaching third grade because they are eager to learn. 

“They have a love of learning,” said Davis. 

Davis said third graders are starting to formulate their own opinions and becoming more independent. 

Davis will be up for Wilson County Teacher of the Year April 11. The event will be held at Cumberland University and is sponsored by Cedar Stone Bank and Wilson County Motors. Davis said she can stand up in front of kids all day long and teach, but the banquet and being honored will be a different story. 

“It makes me very nervous,” she said. 

Daily’s armed robber caught
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

 A Hendersonville man was apprehended early Friday morning after robbing the Daily’s Convenience store.

According to the Mt. Juliet Police Department, Zachary Phillips, 24, entered the Daily’s wearing a ski mask and holding a handgun. He demanded the clerk fill up a black bag with cash, then fled the scene in a blue sedan. 

Commissioners defer items
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners deferred two items in hopes of getting a better resolution in their meeting Monday.

MJPD looking for spare tire thieves
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A rash of spare tire thefts has occurred in Mt. Juliet, prompting Mt. Juliet Police to ensure residents are aware of the problem. Thieves are targeting vehicles with rear-mounted, full spare tires. The spare tires on Jeep Wranglers have been the most popular target for thieves, and the thefts are typically occurring in shopping-area parking lots at night.

“This is a crime of opportunity, and the tires can be quickly removed from the vehicles and later sold online by the thief,” stated Sergeant Tyler Chandler. “After shopping or dining in a restaurant, theft victims have come out to their SUV to find the spare tire stolen.”

Mt. Juliet has experienced nine such thefts, though neighboring jurisdictions have seen additional thefts. Mt. Juliet Police recommends parking your vehicle in a well-lit area and reporting any suspicious activity to police immediately. In addition, inexpensive spare tire locks can be purchased to add additional security to rear-mounted, full spare tires.

Anyone with any information regarding the spare tire thefts is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at .

Sparks named Interim Director of Schools
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mary Ann Sparks was named Wilson County Interim Director of Schools Monday by unanimous vote. 

“I’m glad to be here,” Sparks said in the meeting Monday. 

Sparks was the Human Resources Supervisor, and has been in the school system since 1986 when she started as a second grade teacher at Mt. Juliet Elementary. She was also an assistant principal at the school. 

Sparks said she was proud to be able to be the Interim Director, even if it is just for a short time.  She said that every person in the school system cares about providing the best education for the children. 

In the meeting, School Board member Larry Tomlinson made a motion that the search for the next Director of Schools starts immediately. By state law, a new Director has to be in place by late June because of the elections in August. 

Sparks said after the meeting she did not want to be considered for the permanent position. 

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