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Former City Commissioner helping fight leukemia
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Former city commissioner (district 2) Larry Marchese of Mt. Juliet has joined Team in Training (TNT) a division of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). 

“When I realized that I would complete my 5-year board term with Charis Health Center in December, I began looking at other ways to help. I met the Team in Training staff at a bike class, and immediately knew this was what I wanted to do. I could train for those who couldn’t train and ride for those who couldn’t ride.” 

Created 23 years ago, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training (TNT), has grown to be a successful endurance sports charity training program. Those participants have raised a remarkable $1 billion to support blood cancer research and patient services. The money raised by TNT participants has enabled LLS to fund millions of dollars of research to help advance new treatments and cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and provide critical education and support to cancer patients and their families.

Nearly 50% of all cancer drugs approved by the FDA during the past decade were for blood cancers. And they are helping other patients as well. Five of those drugs have been approved for patients with solid tumors and others are being tested for other indications. Survival rates for children with leukemia have improved from 3% 40 years ago to 90% today; Hodgkin lymphoma patient survival rates have more than doubled to 88% since the 1960s. And the survival rate for myeloma patients tripled in past decade.

According to LLS, Larry is the only member of the Tennessee Team in Training delegation from Wilson County. “I feel like I’m representing Mt Juliet and all of Wilson County in this endeavor. Basically, I’m looking for 800 people that believe this is a worthy cause and will donate $5.00.” To help Larry achieve this goal, you can visit his website blog at

MJ teen makes miraculous recovery after ‘impossible’ brain surgery
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Neurosurgeons at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. have successfully removed a deadly brain lesion from a 17-year-old Mt. Juliet teen, after he was told by multiple physicians that his malformation was too risky and impossible to completely and safely remove. 

Following complex brain surgery at Barrow in September, and after more than six weeks recovering in the hospital, Nathanael Price has made a remarkable recovery and recently returned home to Mount Juliet, TN, just in time for the holidays. 

Diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) at age 13, Price underwent eight brain procedures including two bouts of radiation over a four year period to shrink the lesion, but treatment was unsuccessful. 

A rare neurological disorder that causes abnormal tangles of arteries and veins in the brain, the vessels in an AVM weaken over time, making them prone to rupturing and bleeding. It wasn’t until Price arrived at Barrow that doctors learned his AVM was already causing small micro bleeds inside his brain. 

“All medical treatment options were nearly exhausted so we were absolutely thrilled when we heard there was a brain surgeon – Dr. Robert Spetzler in Arizona – who could successfully and safely remove the lesion,” says Chris Price, Nathanael’s father. “We found him at just the right time.”

Price was referred to Barrow after suffering two serious seizures while volunteering at a children’s camp in Colorado this summer. His family was told by a neurosurgeon in Colorado that Dr. Spetzler was the only brain surgeon who could attempt to remove the entire malformation from Price’s brain. Price underwent a 12 hour brain surgery in addition to five other procedures at Barrow to successfully remove the entire AVM. 

“Nathanael’s treatment was very complex given the size and location of the AVM, and I am delighted at how well he is recovering,” says Dr. Spetzler, who is the director of Barrow and one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons.

Following surgery, Price underwent weeks of intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy in Barrow’s Neuro Rehab Center under the care of Christina Kwasnica, MD.   

“Nathanael is doing remarkably well considering the type of malformation he had,” says Dr. Kwasnica, who is the medical director of Barrow’s Neuro Rehab Center. “He’s growing stronger every day and I expect him to make an excellent recovery.” 

While undergoing therapy at Barrow, Price received a great surprise when he was invited to meet one of his favorite country music bands, the Zac Brown Band, before a concert in Phoenix. The band reached out to Price upon learning of his successful recovery. Now at home, Price is looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with his family.

“I have a whole new meaning of Thanksgiving,” says Price. “I suffered with the AVM for a long time and was told repeatedly that the entire lesion could not be safely removed. After years of searching, I’m thankful to have found a surgeon who would save my life.” 

The story was written by Carmelle Malkovich at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

WCHS wins Kelly Clarkson concert
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Kelly Clarkson will be playing a special concert for the students of Wilson Central High School this spring. 

Large subdivision coming to north side
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A large new subdivision on the north side got the preliminary master development plan approved at the planning commission Thursday. 

BOC approves money to convert Joy Church into new police station
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners approved $294,000 to convert the Joy Church property on Charlie Daniels Parkway to the new police station. 

The property was purchased by the City of Mt. Juliet for $1.5 million with plans to move the police department to that building, giving them more space, as well as City Hall which will take over the entire current building. Joy Church is currently building a new church near the corner of Benders Ferry Road and Lebanon Road. 

“I am reluctantly voting for it,” said Commissioner Jim Bradshaw. He had wanted to move City Hall to the facility, but it eventually got changed to the MJPD. Commissioner Ray Justice was happy about the move. 

“It enhances the park and enhances District 1,” said Justice. “I’m tickled about it.”

Mayor Ed Hagerty and Vice Mayor James Maness were concerned about the cost, because an original estimate was lower. 

The move solved a “$5 million problem.” An estimate a few years ago said that building a much needed new police station would cost the city $5 million. This move could end up just costing the city just under $2 million for the move. 

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