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Moss helping EPE through transition
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Wilson County School’s Stan Moss has found his way back to the Principal’s office. 

Moss had been a principal in the Wilson County school system for 15 years, but has spent the past year and a half as the Attendance Coordinator for the school system at the Central Office. When Lori Hassell resigned from the position in December, Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund asked Moss to step back into the principal’s role for the remainder of the year. A replacement was hoped to be found around Spring Break. 

“He’s doing a great job,” said Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund

Moss said he settled into the position quickly thanks to the great staff and teachers in place at Elzie Patton, particularly that of Assistant Principal Wilma Hawkins. 

“I’ve been having a good time,” said Moss. 

Moss said he immediately met with the PTO, board members, and faculty to lay out the plan for the rest of the year. He said everyone was very receptive and very excited about the direction Elzie Patton would be heading the rest of the year. 

“I’ve been told by plenty of parents that the transition has been smooth,” said Moss. 

Moss said that everything is going as normal right now. The 5th graders are preparing for their writing test in February, and the other grades are going about their daily lessons, and will take the TCAPs in May. 

Moss said that all the people at Elzie Patton have just joined all the great people he has worked with over the years. 

“They’ve just accepted me, and made the job easy,” said Moss. “I see it as a bunch more people added to my family.”

New north side neighborhood deferred
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Nichols Vale, a new neighborhood on the north side of town, had some issues deferred in the City Commissioner meeting Monday.
The concern is the neighborhood’s connectivity. The original plan was to have entrances to the neighborhood at Benton Douglas Parkway off of Lebanon Road and Falkner Lane off of N.

County commission to fill vacant District 18
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Wilson County Commission will be filling the vacant County Commission seat for District 18 at their meeting on Jan. 27.  Former Commissioner Adam Bannach resigned his seat in December of 2013, due to the purchase of a new home, which is out of the district.  The individual selected will serve for the un-expired term, which runs through August 31, 2014.

Candidates pick up petitions for Aug. 7 election
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Political candidates for the Aug. 7 election have started picking up their petitions.
Candidates have until April 3 at noon to file their petitions. They must have at least 25 registered voters to sign the petition to be able to run.
In the State Representative-Republican District 46, current representative Mark Pody is the only one that has picked up a petition so far.
Sitting State Senator Republican 17th District Mae Beavers has picked up her petition as well.
In the Wilson County Commissioner races, Becky Siever has picked up her petition for District 1. In District 4, Chad Barnard and Melani Stephens have both picked up their petitions. Frank Bush and Terry Duncan have picked up their petitions for District 8. Clint Thomas and Sonja Robinson have picked up their petitions for District 13. Lauren Breeze, Michael Cole and Terrell Muncher have picked up their petitions for District 18. J. Wendell Marlowe has picked up his petition for District 22. Luther Lenning and Randy Hall have picked up their petitions for District 25.
In the school board races, sitting Board Member Ron Britt has picked up his petition for Zone 4. Linda Armistead has picked up a petition for that zone as well.
County Clerk Jim Goodall has already filed his petion. Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and Wilson County Sheriff are the only ones that have picked up petitions in their races. William Robert Manley and Luther Lenning have picked up their petitions for Zone 1 and Zone 4 Constables.
You can check the status of petitions at

MJ man to play National Anthem 100 times in 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In honor of the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, Steven Smartt has set a personal goal to perform the National Anthem 100 times during 2014. He welcomes invitations from schools, civic organizations, sporting events, and any occasion where a performance of the National Anthem (on solo trumpet) would be appropriate. And, yes, everyone is encouraged to sing along. He started his journey Thursday morning at Lakeview Elementary School. 
Steven Smartt, Ph.D., resides in Mt. Juliet and has worked as a research and academic administrator at Vanderbilt University for more than 30 years. He also is a part-time professional musician and performs with several bands and artists, locally and nationally. He is a volunteer teacher at the W.O. Smith Community Music School in Nashville. The 2014 National Anthem project seeks to promote historical awareness of the Star Spangled Banner and the National Anthem, and to honor America. He may be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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