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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.”

2 found dead in Weston Dr. home
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A man and a woman were found dead in their home Tuesday with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds. 

The Mt. Juliet Police Department responded to a call at the 1000 block of Weston Drive around 11 a.m. A family member had found the deceased. 

Mayor gives State of the City to Chamber crowd
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty stopped by the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday to praise the city’s successes, and look forward to the future. 

Hickory Hills addition moving forward
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A new phase to the Hickory Hills subdivision that would add another connector road to Willoughby Station was approved at the Planning Commission Thursday. 

The new phase had been controversial amongst the residents of the two neighborhoods for several reasons. However, the phase was in the original plans that were approved in 1987, and the City could face a lawsuit if they didn’t let the developer move forward. 

The residents had many concerns including the extra connection that would go through Sydney Terrace, which many see as a safety concern. There were also concerns about the effect on property values, water runoff issues, the impact on the school system, and the traffic concerns added to Willoughby Station’s already traffic filled morning commutes. Some said it took them as much as 35 minutes to get to Mt. Juliet Elementary, which is close by the neighborhoods. 

Many people from the neighborhoods showed up to voice their concerns on the item, which was on the floor for over two hours. Lori Landry sympathized with the crowd. She said she has seen her backyard become Providence over the last several years. 

“I fully understand growing pains,” said Landry. 

Many asked if they commissioners could put an emergency services gate in the middle of Sydney Terrace to keep the through traffic from using that road. Others asked to extend Devonshire to Division Street. Both options were considered not feasible by the planning commission. 

In other business, the planning commission allowed for a larger sign for Gander Mountain, and approved a site plan and preliminary plat for Vintage Wine & Spirits. It will be the third wine and spirits store located directly east of Shiloh Plaza, and will tie into their parking lot as well. 

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