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County grad rates rise for 5th straight year
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wilson County increased graduation rates for the 5th straight year in 2012. 

Wilson County’s graduation rate was 95.5 percent, the highest in middle Tennessee. It is up from 87.9 percent in 2008. 

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Have coffee with a cop Friday
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Citizens can get to know their Mt. Juliet Police Officers a little better Friday, as Police Chief James Hambrick and other officers will meet with the public for a cup of coffee. 

The event is called Coffee With a Cop and will start at 7 a.m. the Chick-Fil-A in Providence. 

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MJ’s Boyd taking part of Roadie class
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Starting June 14, 10 Belmont University students joined professor and legendary musician Mark Volman (a founding member of the band The Turtles) on the road for an East Coast run of the “Happy Together Tour.”  The tour’s “classroom” and schedule looks something like this: one tour bus, a precious few hotel rooms, long hours and many stages—for two and a half weeks and a grade.

Mt. Juliet native Katie Boyd, a 21-year-old audio engineering technology major and music business minor, is excited to be a part of this unique adventure. “I I think this class will be one of the most important classes that I take at Belmont because it will involve some serious hands-on experience, and in the music industry, I believe that having opportunities like these are invaluable to our education and future career path. Working in a situation where we are expected to learn the responsibilities of various roles on a tour production team will also provide some unique insight and a broad knowledge of how a tour like this is structured. I can’t wait to meet all the people that will be a part of this tour and to face the challenges of life on the road.”

Under the guidance of faculty advisor Mark Volman and staff advisor Lucas Boto, students will work with touring artists and crew professionals in the areas of tour management, stage management, audio engineering, tour accounting and merchandise sales. These duties will be in addition to their continued learning each day during the process of load-in, setup, tear-down and load-out. These hands-on educational avenues outside of the classroom provide networking opportunities with all of the supporting organizations while gaining an understanding of the revenue flow from music consumer to touring performer. Click here to view a recap of student tour experience from Summer 2012.

“Only at Belmont do students get such a unique opportunity to experience the world of tour management, live production and what life on the road looks like before embarking on their career paths. I’m excited to teach them what I know outside a normal classroom space and to see what I’ll learn from them. Inevitably, their energy will add to the tour experience for the performers as well,” says Turtles founding member and Curb College Assistant Professor of Entertainment Industry Studies Mark Volman.

The “Happy Together Tour” unites several pop/rock artists of the ‘60s all together on  stage, starring: The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Gary Lewis & The Playboys and Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders). Students will work a dozen shows on the tour:

June 14: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla.

June 15: Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Fla.

June 16: James K. Polk Theater, Nashville

June 18: Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon, NH

June 19: Keswick Theater Glenside, Penn.

June 20: New Jersey State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ

June 21: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY

June 22: The Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY

June 23: Wolf Trap Filene Center, Vienna, VA

June 25: The Hanover Theatre Worcester, Mass.

June 26: Cain Park – Evans Amphitheater   Cleveland Heights, OH

June 27: Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, Penn.

June 28: Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH

June 29: North Shore Music Theater  Beverly, Mass.

June 30: American Music Theater  Lancaster, Penn.

The touring classroom joins a long line of experiential learning opportunities offered to students in Belmont’s Curb College of Music Business and Entertainment. In addition to an ongoing annual showcase series that features student production and performances, for the last two years, the Curb College has sent students to class at SXSW (also known as “South by Southwest”), one of the world’s leading music industry events, to allow them to network with leading executives, learn about industry trends and discover emerging artists. This summer also marks the third year for the University to host the Pipeline project, a student think tank dedicated to entertainment industry solutions.

 
Mt. Juliet FFA Chapter takes 2nd in contest in St. Louis
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mt. Juliet FFA Chapter too second place in the Portfolio challenge at the third annual FFA Chapter Challenge in St. Louis, Mo. 

Tennessee FFA members made connections with area farmers and advocated on behalf of agriculture. The members not only learned first-hand about agricultural livelihoods, but the top seven chapters in the state also earned a total of $10,500 for their FFA programs. 

“The Chapter Challenge program has helped us with the community outreach goals for our Agriculture Education program,” said Rebecca Farrow, Siegel High School FFA advisor. “By connecting with local farmers and agriculturalists, we are able to better determine the needs of our community and adjust our total agriculture education program to meet the needs of our area.”

New this year, Chapter Challenge offered FFA members in 15 states two ways to participate. Chapters could compete in the Voting Challenge or the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge. In the Voting Challenge, members met with local farmers to build relationships and learn about their livelihoods. Those farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter. With the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge, chapters were encouraged to meet with agriculturalists and community members to broaden their understanding about agriculture and then promote what they learned by using social media and by creating a video. 

“Monsanto is proud to partner with the National FFA Foundation,” said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager. “Together we are helping local chapters advocate for agriculture and create bonds with the people who grow our food and build our communities.” 

Across the country, FFA chapters were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge grand prize, sponsored by the National FFA Foundation and Monsanto. The top chapter in each category received an all-expense paid trip for seven to the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo. The top FFA chapters in each state received certificates of credit up to $2,500, which can be used with the national office for items such as new FFA blue jackets, convention fees and more. 

Top chapters in Tennessee:

Portfolio Challenge

o Grand Prize – Siegel FFA Chapter

o First place – Clarkrange FFA Chapter

o Second place – Mt. Juliet FFA Chapter

Voting Challenge

o First place – David Crockett FFA Chapter

o Second place – Ben W Hooper FFA Chapter

To see a full list of 2013 FFA Chapter Challenge winners, please visit http://www.ffachapterchalllenge.com.

About National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/Give.

 
Fire Station No. 1
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet cut the ribbon of Fire Station No. 1 on Belinida Parkway Tuesday. 

Mayor Ed Hagerty gave the remarks before the ribbon cutting, saying it had been 27 years since something of this magnitude had been done to enhance the state of fire protection in the city. 

“I think the Vice Mayor was entering kindergarten,” he joked. 

Hagerty talked about the drastic change that the Providence area, particularly over the last eight years, haS gone through. He said in 1987, he believed there was no Cracker Barrel or Waffle House on that side of the interstate. 

Hagerty thanked many people that had a big hand in the building of the first fire station, including Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Vice Mayor James Maness, Commissioners Art Giles, Ray Justice, Jim Bradshaw and former Commissioner Ted Floyd. He also thanked State Representative Susan Lynn, WEMA and the volunteer firefighters. 

Hagerty also applauded new Fire Chief Erron Kinney and Assistant Chief Jamie Luffman. 

Hagerty said that in 1987, Mt. Juliet was a town of 3,000 people. Closing in 30,000 in 2013, the need for a new fire station was a necessity. 

“It’s a good thing [the growth], but it also presents some challenges,” said Hagerty. “Fortunately, we have not had a horrendous catastrophe due to fire.”

Hagerty said in the days ahead, they will be hiring career and volunteer firefighters. He said there will also have four fire trucks. 

Sidney Payne, a Del Webb resident, has vowed to help get the fire station furnished. Payne has been helping push the city toward getting a new fire station, showing up with a fire extinguisher to the city meetings. She held the fire extinguisher in the air when she was introduced and received applause from the crowd. 

“I may have been holding this fire extinguisher, but you were all behind me pushing me,” said Payne. 

Payne and the Del Webb Women’s Club had helped furnish and rehab Station 3 behind City Hall. 

There is a furnish the fire hall fund set up First Freedom bank. Tuesday, Buffalo Wild Wings donated 15 percent of their proceeds to the fund. 

The Living Room recliners, tables, and lamps have been selected at Furniture Unlimited. Jim Rhodes, of Furniture Unlimited, will match every dollar donated to the Living Room. You can go to Furniture Unlimited an order straight off the registry to help the firefighters.  

The Bedroom beds and desks will be custom made by Anderson Amish Furniture. Dan Anderson, the owner, has designed the beds and desks for the new Fire Hall. All beds will be extra long twin beds made of solid wood. You can order directly off their registry as well. 

H.H. Gregg holds the registry for the appliances for the kitchen and laundry room. Chief Erron Kinney and Payne will be picking out the appliances this week, along with computers and iPads for the firefighters. Those wishing to support appliances and computers may go directly to H.H. Gregg and purchase off the registry.

The Woman’s Club at Del Webb held a fundraisers earlier this year and will fill the kitchen cabinets with dishes, silverware, and everything needed to cook those Fire Hall dinners. H.H. Gregg has already donated a Gas Barbeque the fire hall.

Another station is planned on Lebanon Road in the next few years

 
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