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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.

Fundraiser to help family who lost their mother
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A local fundraiser, a Kristina’s Girls Fund Concert, is planned for Saturday April 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

A group of students from The Heritage Christian Academy, a co-op and tutorial group supporting home schooling families, will host a performance by the group’s Zach Allen Band that evening and sell food and drinks. 

Other entertainment includes singer/songwriter Matt Belsante, and the bands Half Built and Richard Gowen. 

The event will be held at The Place, 11966 Lebanon Rd., Mt. Juliet, and proceeds will also benefit the Adkins’ children’s education.

Kristina Adkins, 35, died after complications from childbirth March 7. A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, March 17. 

Her husband, Jeremy, now has to care for their five children, Mackenzie, 14, Alexis, 11, Savannah, 9, Sophia, 7 and newborn Kristina. 

Adkins grew up in Wilson County, but was transferred to Coral Springs, Fla. through his job with HCA. 

You can also contribute at Checks made out to FBC Fort Lauderdale may be mailed to First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, 301 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33301. For purposes for tax deduction, do not write “Kristina’s Girls Fund” on the check, but instead enclose a note indicating the check is for that fund. 

Courtney’s to hold Big Brothers fundraiser
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Friday, April 12, head to Courtney’s Restaurant on Mt. Juliet Road for some memorable home-style country cooking, fancy door prizes, toe-tapping country music, and to help the Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet. 

“It’s going to be lots of fun, and an opportunity to build up your treasury for the year ahead,” noted Sherry Bilbrey, president of the charitable organization that sponsors Mother’s Toy Store every  Christmas in Mt. Juliet for the children of disadvantaged families. Additionally, Big Brothers provides families with holiday food boxes, and emergency assistance with utility bills during the years. 

This year, however, Bilbrey is worried about having funds enough to aid everybody who needs it. “We’re getting calls on a nearly daily basis requesting our help. We hate to have to turn people away. We are thankful for all the friends we have in the community. We could really use their help right now.”

The fundraiser will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Drawing for door prizes will occur every half hour, with the grand prize, a Nikon camera, drawn last. This is the second year in a row that Big Brothers has teamed up with Courtney’s Restaurant. “We really appreciate all that Courtney’s does for us,” Ms. Bilbrey concluded. 

WCEA holds book drive
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wilson County Education Association held its 2nd Annual Book drive to promote Reading and community involvement.  

The drive was to honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday and yielded more than twice as many books as last year.  

The greater than 800 books were donated and given to the Pre-school classrooms of Wilson County Schools and the Child Advocacy Center.  

Debra Daugherty and Lataka Officer joined Melody Engle on Friday, March 1 - Read Across America Day, to sort through the books for delivery. Teachers from Lebanon High School, Wilson Central High School, Lakeview Elementary, Southside Elementary, Stoner Creek Elementary, Tuckers Crossroads Elementary participated in hopes of winning a gas and food card for a needy family in their school.    The Wilson County EA gave two gas and food cards to the winning elementary school, Stoner Creek Elementary, and high school, Lebanon High School for their greatest percentage of books to teacher ratio.    

Beavers legislation to curb drunk driving passes committee
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved key legislation this week to curb drunk driving which requires the use of ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.  In 2011, 257 people were killed in Tennessee in alcohol-related crashes, which is approximately 27% of all traffic fatalities in the state.  

Senate Bill 670, sponsored by Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) decreases, from 0.15 percent to 0.08 percent, the breath or blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is considered an enhanced offense for purposes of issuing a restricted driver license. The bill also requires the interlock device be capable of taking a photo, to ensure that another person does not provide the sample for a convicted offender. 

Interlock devices are small pieces of equipment attached to the steering wheel of a car with a tube that the driver must breathe into in order to allow the ignition to start.  The newest ignition interlock technology makes it easier for courts to require DUI offenders to utilize the device, including cameras to ensure that the person tested is the correct driver.  

“Ignition interlocks are critical to eliminating drunk driving, as 50% to 75% of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive on a suspended license,” said Senator Beavers.  “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers saves lives and is effective in reducing drunk driving recidivism by 67%.”

In December, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and American Automobile Association (AAA) came out in support of requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.  The NTSB’s recommendations follow the July 2012 enactment of Surface Transportation Reauthorization legislation, known as MAP–21, which includes a number of drunk driving reforms, including providing incentive grants to states that adopt all-offender ignition interlock laws.

“The average first offender has been on the road 80 times drunk before their first arrest,” said Millie Webb, Tennessee native and former President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), who testified before lawmakers in favor of the bill.  “This lifesaving legislation is a solution to a deadly problem.”

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