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Phillips gives WCRTA update on Tennessee legislature
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Wilson County Retired Teachers’ Association met recently at the main branch of Wilson Bank and Trust in Lebanon.  President Dianne Cozart welcomed members and guest, retired teacher Jo Doris Leftwich.  

John Hunn, minister at Immanuel Baptist Church, presented a devotional emphasizing the impact teachers have on the lives of students using his life as an example.

Betty Phillips, former president of the Tennessee Retired Teachers’ Association and current chairperson of the TRTA Membership Committee, gave members an informative and up-to-date report on happenings at the Tennessee Legislature.  

Nancy Cook reported WCRTA Scholarship applications for a junior or senior education major are now available in the Financial Aid Office of Cumberland University.  The deadline for applying is April 29.

Sue Simpson, WCRTA member and teacher at the Adult Learning Center, spoke on behalf of the Wilson County Adult Literacy Program, which is being headed by Leadership Wilson.  She encouraged members to volunteer for this very important program.  If you know of some one who could use help learning to read contact the Wilson County ALC at 443-8731.

Cozart announced WCRTA, TRTA, WCEA and LEA are working together to host a Retirement Seminar on April 16 from 4-5:30 PM at Rutland Place in Mt. Juliet for educators who are considering retirement.    WCRTA members donated generously to the April service project, Books from Birth. 

Rebecca Holder, a student at Carroll-Oakland, has been nominated to participate in the National Youth Leadership State Conference in Nashville.  Laura Honeyman recommended her, and several members of WCRTA made private donations to help Rebecca with the cost of tuition.

Wilson Bank and Trust provided lunch after the business meeting.  WB&T representatives, Becky Jennings and Laura Smith, served each member.    “We appreciate Becky and Laura, and we are so thankful to Randall Clemmons and Wilson Bank and Trust for the continuous support they have given WCRTA,” Cozart noted. 

 
WC Election Commission, Historic Lebanon commemorating Old Post Office
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Wilson County Election Commission and Historic Lebanon are joining forces to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Old Post Office groundbreaking. The cornerstone for the building located at 203 East Main St in Lebanon was set on October 30th, 1913. To celebrate the event Historic Lebanon and the Election Commission are collecting pictures and stories to create an anniversary book. 

“Historic Lebanon is excited to be partnering with the Wilson County Election Commission on this project,” said Kim Parks, Executive Director of Historic Lebanon. “This is an opportunity to bring Lebanon and Wilson County’s past to life through pictures and firsthand accounts of events,” Parks continued.

Phillip Warren, Administrator of Elections said, “The Old Post Office building is the oldest public building operating in Wilson County. This building has been a witness to many events and changes in Lebanon over the last 100 years.” 

“We plan to include personal remembrances as well as pictures to tell the story of this historic building and its impact on the lives of Lebanon and Wilson County residents” Warren said. Warren and Parks invite anyone with pictures or stories about their experiences involving the Old Post Office to contact them.

For more information about having your story or pictures included in this book, please contact the Election Commission at 444-0216 or Historic Lebanon at 547-9795. 

 
MJHS Winter Guard, Drum Line need donations to get to World Championships
Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Mt. Juliet High School Winter Guard and Drum Line are needing money to compete in the World Championships in Dayton, Ohio next week.

The MJHS Winter Guard will travel to the Winter Guard International World Championships April 10-14 in Dayton. The Mt. Juliet winter guard is currently ranked eighth of 120 groups participating in championships.  They are trying to raise about $5,000 to fund their trip.

The guard has had a fantastic season and will compete for the state championships over the weekend at Belmont University.  The guard is made up of 20 students from Mt. Juliet High School and Mt. Juliet Middle School.

The MJHS Winter Drum Line will also travel to Dayton for the percussion world championships April 17-20.  The MJHS percussionists have had a fantastic season and they will go to Dayton with the fifth highest score posted this season.  The winter drum line is made up of 39 students from the high school and middle school.  They also will compete at the state tournament this weekend at Belmont.  They are trying to raise about $10,000 to go Dayton.

If you are interested in donating, visit the band’s website, www.mjbandofgold.com or contact Tony Cox at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
MJHS broadcasting classes win awards
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Tennessee High School Press Association held its annual award ceremony last month with high schools being represented from across the state, and Mt. Juliet High School came away with several awards. 

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Getting kids ready for kindergarten
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sabrina Garrett

Special to The Chronicle

Almost everyone remembers their first day of school, and for hundreds of upcoming kindergarteners that day is just a few short months away.

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