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MJFD doing “Fill the Boot” for Muscular Dystrophy Association in October
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Firefighters from the Mt. Juliet Fire Department are teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) at five events in October to “Fill the Boot.” 

On Oct. 15, firefighters will be at Kids Night at Chick-Fil-A; on Oct. 16, they will be at the Del Webb Active Adult Community at Lake Providence; on Oct. 18, they will be at Coffee with the Cops at Chick-Fil-A; on Oct. 28, you can find them at the Mt. Juliet Fire Department for Open House; and on Oct. 31, they will be out for Halloween.  

Come out and see the firefighters on these dates as they collect money in support of MDA. These “Boot Drives” offer the community a chance to donate money that will be used in the battle against neuromuscular diseases.

The proceeds collected from the Boot Drive will aid local children and adults with neuromuscular diseases by providing wheelchairs, leg braces, clinic visits, support groups, and a week long summer camp  for local children ages 6-17 to attend. 

For over 59 years, firefighters and MDA have partnered to fight neuromuscular diseases. 

As if it doesn’t suffice to jump into burning buildings, respond to emergencies in hazardous, life-threatening situations, and place it all on the line every day, some firefighters find the time to even go beyond that calling.  One such department is the Mt. Juliet Fire Department.

Please save your spare change and help “Fill the Boot” to make a difference.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 forms of muscular dystrophy and related diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education. MDA’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.

 
Band of Gold hosting 3rd Annual Run for the Gold
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Mt. Juliet High School Band of Gold will host it’s 3rd Annual Run for the Gold 5K/1-mile walk on Nov. 2, at 8:30 a.m. Registrations are accepted online at www.active.com. The course is USATF certified and begins and ends at Mt. Juliet High School. 

Registration is $30 and the walk is $20 prior to the run.  Race day registration goes up to $35 for the run and $25 for the walk. 

At 8 a.m., prior to the race, a ceremony will be held in the MJHS band room. A plaque will be placed in the drum room in memory of Timothy Martin and his recent passing. 

This year’s race is dedicated to the memory of Timothy Martin, who passed away unexpectedly in early 2013 due to an accident. Timmy was a Band of Gold alumni and served in the Tennessee National Guard.  

The Mt. Juliet High School Band of Gold will host it’s 3rd Annual Run for the Gold 5K/1-mile walk on Nov. 2, at 8:30 a.m. Registrations are accepted online at www.active.com. The course is USATF certified and begins and ends at Mt. Juliet High School. 
Registration is $30 and the walk is $20 prior to the run.  Race day registration goes up to $35 for the run and $25 for the walk. 
At 8 a.m., prior to the race, a ceremony will be held in the MJHS band room. A plaque will be placed in the drum room in memory of Timothy Martin and his recent passing. 
This year’s race is dedicated to the memory of Timothy Martin, who passed away unexpectedly in early 2013 due to an accident. Timmy was a Band of Gold alumni and served in the Tennessee National Guard.  
 
Man running from police locks down schools
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A shoplifter running from the police put three schools on lockdown Wednesday. 

Troy Adams, 26, and Leverites Lawson, 23, both of Nashville, ran from Walmart with over $250 worth of stolen mechandise. Adams was quickly caught, but Lawson escaped into the wooded area. As a safety precaution, Mt. Juliet Chrisitan Academy, West Wilson Middle School and Stoner Creek Elementary were put on lockdown. 

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School board defers action on new calendar
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A new calendar that would have seen fall and spring breaks down to just one week was deferred Monday at the Wilson County School Board meeting. 

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Wilson County Tennessee Scholars Program viewed as one of the best in state
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wilson County was the 5th county in the State of Tennessee to implement the Tennessee Scholars Program. This program began to encourage high school students to take a more rigorous course of study that would benefit them in their years of college and in the workforce.  

This program began as a joint effort with the school system, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, local business and industry. As Tennessee Scholars, students are recognized by teachers, parents and community leaders as students who accept challenges and set high goals for success.  By meeting the requirements of this program they are better prepared to enter the workforce, to attend a post-secondary institution or enter the military better prepared for success.

Business offer incentives to scholars who stay on track during all four years of high school, have an excellent attendance record, and graduate on time as Tennessee Scholars.  Employers prefer to hire individuals with strong academic backgrounds, sound decision making and critical thinking skills to fill good, well-paying jobs.

The Tennessee Scholars has identified a set of six Key practices that impact workforce development and student achievement: Rigor, Career/Technical, Technology, Business Led, Community Service and Guidance. The course of study required includes four English courses, four Math courses, three Science Lab courses, three Social Studies,  one Personal Finance class, one Fine Arts, two Foreign Languages, two Career Technical courses, two Additional AP courses, two dual credit enrollment, and 80 hours of Volunteer service.  Students must maintain a “C” average in all Tennessee Scholars required classes and a 95 percent attendance record.

The Wilson County Tennessee Scholars program began in 2005 and is the only program in the county that brings representatives from all high schools both public and private for a graduation event.

A graduation ceremony is held the first of May at Cumberland University, where each student is presented a medallion and a certificate of completion.  Genesco stepped up to be the presenting sponsor for the first event and continue every year to sponsor the graduation ceremony and awards. 

Taste of Wilson County has become a major sponsor in this education program and without these dollars it would be difficult for the Chamber to continue the recognition of all Scholar students.

As of May 2013, 3246 (three thousand two hundred and forty six) students have graduated as Tennessee Scholars in Wilson County.  With a slogan of “Education makes us what we are”, the Tennessee Scholars program provides an opportunity for students to become the best they can be in higher education and the workforce.

An added incentive for Tennessee Scholars is the scholarships awarded that evening.  Two scholarships are awarded from the Tennessee Scholars fund, three scholarships from the Chamber Education fund and a Scholarship to a Watertown student from the Ashworth Foundation.

Each year in the spring the Chamber selects a recipient to receive the Dr. Robert Carver Bone scholarship and the Mike Baker scholarship which is funded by the Chamber, Wilson Bank and Trust and Wilson County promotions.

The Wilson County Sports Council awards two Academic/Athletic scholarships each year to a graduating senior that excels in sports and academics, and the Leftwich scholarship is awarded to the Cumberland University nursing school each year.  

Through the Chamber Business and Education Coalition eleven (11) scholarships are awarded annually to Wilson County high school seniors.

 
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