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Big things in store for MJ in 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

2013 was a big year for Mt. Juliet but City Manager Kenny Martin thinks it will be surpassed by what’s coming in 2014. 

MJPD looking for credit card thief
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mt. Juliet Police investigators are trying to identify a man who used a stolen credit card. 

On Dec. 6 the unidentified suspect purchased over $600 in merchandise with a stolen card from Best Buy in Mt. Juliet. 

Dayhuff Summit’s first baby of 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

TriStar Summit’s first baby of the year, Alexandra Dayhuff, was born at 4:12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2014. Alexandra is a healthy baby girl weighing 7 lbs. and 10 oz. She was delivered by Sue Ann McGuire, M.D., OB/GYN. 

Proud parent Vanessa Dayhuff of Old Hickory was presented with a New Year gift basket in honor of her special delivery. 

“Welcoming babies to the world is one of the most special parts of working in maternity services,” said Pat Woods, director of women’s and children’s services at TriStar Summit. “There is an extra sense of excitement and promise that comes with delivering the first baby of the New Year. We are proud to be part of the Dayhuff family’s special day.”

TriStar Summit Medical Center delivers about 1,200 babies annually.

 For more information about TriStar Summit or a free physician referral, please call TriStar MedLine at 615.342.1919 or visit

TriStar Summit Medical Center is a 188 private bed regional medical center serving the residents of Davidson, Wilson and surrounding counties. TriStar Summit offers a full range of services including emergency, medical, surgical, obstetric, oncology and diagnostic services.  With the latest advances in technology, including the area’s first hospital based 64-slice CT scanner,  TriStar Summit is committed to providing quality healthcare to the communities it serves. For more information, visit  or call (615)316-3000.

This Week In...1983
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

In this week’s “This Week In…” we will move ahead a year and look at what was happening in the second week of 1983. 

Wilson County made a list of roadwork needs for the area. One of those on the list was a need for warning lights at the intersection of I-40 and Mt. Juliet Road. There were no lights or a stop sign at that time, and the accident rate was three times the normal rate. Also, 12 residents on Posey Hill Road, between Beckwith Road and Central Pike, requested that their gravel road be paved. Also, a wooden bridge on Stewarts Ferry Pike was to be repaired because it had deteriorated. 

The County Commission was also planning to ask the Tennessee State Legislature to lift the drinking age from 19 to 21. 

The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet also corrected a previous story that said the Mt. Juliet Chief of Police’s salary was $26,020. It was actually $16,020. 

The Mt. Juliet Lady Bears improved to 16-0 with wins over Dupont and Hendersonville. The Lady Bears leading scorer in both games was Kim Satterfield. The Bears split their games, beating Dupont, but losing to Hendersonville. Steve Clemmons led the Bears in scoring in both of those games. 

Sen. Beavers sponsoring legislation to protect electronic device privacy
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) announced today she will introduce legislation to prohibit state and local police agencies from accessing or retrieving the location data of residents by surveillance of an electronic device without a court warrant.  Beavers said the bill helps ensure the government does not take advantage of technological advances in cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices to spy without appropriate judicial oversight.

“The government and law enforcement agencies should not be able to tap into your cell phone location or gain access to electronically stored data without a warrant approved by a judge,” said Senator Beavers.  “We cannot let technological advances sidestep the Fourth Amendment.  This protection is a very important part of the checks and balances put into place by our forefathers to keep government from overstepping is boundaries.” 

Law enforcement made 1.1 million requests to wireless carriers for cellphone data information in 2012 according to a report delivered to Congress earlier this month.  The three largest wireless companies, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon reported they have received 56,400 “emergency” requests from police departments which did not have a warrant or court order.  One company reported their requests from police have doubled in the past five years.  

In addition, public records obtained by USA Today and Gannett reveal that about one in four law enforcement agencies in the U.S. have used “tower dumps.”  This is a surveillance tactic which covers multiple towers and wireless providers to give police a multitude of electronic data about a targeted cell phone user.  The digital dragnets also capture information on other persons using wireless devices in the area who are not suspected of wrongdoing.  

Beavers said her electronic privacy bill will be modeled after one passed by Montana which allows exceptions only in order to respond to a possible life-threatening situation, an emergency call by the user or when a device is reported as stolen, unless there is informed consent by the owner.  

“Citizens must be protected from unreasonable government surveillance,” added Beavers.  “This legislation is a big step forward in securing our Constitutional freedoms.”

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