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Elzie Patton Principal's List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Principal’s List

2nd Grade: Rachel Larkin, Collin McMurry, Gabby Piazza, Remon Reezkalla, Issac Rose, Jamison Bush, Aden Cole, Jared Dutch, Harley Jackson, Jace Judd, Travis Ziebarth, Houston Ballard, Matthew “Cole” Booker, Myelei Whitaker, Stephen Mason, Madelynn Hambelton, Lukas Hanna, Lindsay Agee, Sophie Allen, Ashlee Nuckoles. 

3rd Grade: Avary Summers, Carinne Burnette, Ashley Demonbreun. 

4th Grade: Elle Joe Frazier, Ethan Grossman, Anna Davidson, Charlie Ewing, John Reed Hill, Tres Synder. 

5th Grade: Hannah Beckman, Ella Mercer, Ellen Ewing, Olive Jolley, Matthew Delfdendahl, Zack Smith, Lance Terwilliger. 

Honor Roll

2nd Grade: Kirsten Pigg, Nathan Cochran, Natalie Kniffin, Sophia Mekhail, Ella Grace Schaeffer, Kaitlyn Acosta, Den Dineen, Drew Farmer, Abigail Hall, Fernando Mitchell, Mason Nguyen, Hayden Prophit, Joshua Reese, Marisa Romero, Selena Torres Aldavero, Nathan Fayez, Rylee Day Hill, Luke Kinzer, Ariel Parks, Hannah Perry, Landen Smith, Dylan Work, Kidus Habatamu, Jake Helton, Clementine Manley, Bryleigh Randolph, Madelyn Steed, Kaylin Pain, George Monachino, Carter Hinckley, Emma Hall, Peyton Miller, Abby Buchanan, Matthew Girgis, Virginia Rhodes, Luke Sherk. 

3rd Grade: Hedi Beckman, Drew Donathan, Brynn Everett, Cali Hughes, Trevor McGee, Landon Prophit, Tyler Vestal, Abby Wright, Sophia Buchanan, McKenzie Fitzgerald, Mena Helmy, Matthew Jackson, Callie Kinslow, Cooper Leach, Nate Long, Hallie Clark, Jacob Cox, Ja’dyn Hill, Jacob Salvino, Ethan Cox, Isabella Fleming, Mya Henry, Andrew Moore, Abyy Norman, Kaylie Padgett, Grant Sawyer, Bishoy Ibrahim, Abigail Brandrup, Lexie York, Reaghan Ard, Noah Burgess, Ethan Lowman. 

4th Grade: Damon Brown, Jacob Butler, Jevon Clemmons, Emma Conaster, Daniel Davidson, Rebecca Eiseman, Jordan Fox, Presley Futch, Kyrillos Hanna, Gavin Lamkin, Jamie Romero, Rylie Rorie, Ryan Williams, Zack Ziebarth, Anna Zweig, Brian Andrews, Alex Jakalski, Ashlyn Lounsbury, Makiyah Marshall, Abby Mower, Grace Nichols, Brylee Sayer, Abby Zweig, Lindsey Bjorklund, Madi Garrett, Brennan Jolley, Johan Ko, Tannor Meyer, Campbell Miller, Isabel Silva, Abby Taylor, Karma Wymer, Madison Collier, Jacob Cook, Marina Gergis, Joslyn Hatter, Hailee Nichols, Haley Potier, Clara Samuel. 

5th Grade: Jordan Barga, Abby Davidson, Trey Evans, Throne Fay, Jenna Hayes, Sidney Larkin, Khalaaylah O’Neal, Paige Smith, Cara Turner, Makayla Prophit, Grace Reese, Taylor Vestal, Parker Walden, Daniel Tignor, Daniel Duggan, Madeline Fleming, Maddie Jusdd, Hunter Lockert, Will Myers, Layne Nuckoles, Daphne Robinson, Josiah Thomas, Jackson Clark, Cerenitie Hudson, Hope Johnson, Dalton Parrish, Joel Wallace. 

Exchange Club distributes money from Flag Day project
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Exchange Club of West Wilson County met with the purpose of distributing funds generated from their “Honoring America’s Flag” fundraising project.  The Field of Flags displayed at the corner of East Division and N Mt. Juliet was held during Flag Day, June 14.

The recipients of these funds were: Mt. Juliet Sr. Center Activity Center – represented by Linda McClanhanan; City of Mt. Juliet Fire Dept., represented by Dennis Buchanan; Pregnancy Care Center of Tennessee, represented by Lisa Cathcart; Mt. Juliet Help Center, represented by Bob Carrizzo; Exchange Club Family Center,  represented by Dawn Eaton; MJHS Swim Club, represented by Ivy Campbell; Wilson County Veterans Museum & Park, represented by Bernie Ash.

Presentation of these funds was made by Nancy Britt, President of the West Wilson Exchange Club and other members and guests joined in congratulating all of the recipients.

The Exchange Club of West Wilson County along with the Tyler Cates American Legion Post 281 are in the planning process for the “Honoring America’s Flag” project to be held June 13-15, 2014 within the City of Mt. Juliet.

The Exchange Club, America’s largest service club, is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities and its national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse.

For additional information regarding the Exchange Club or the Honoring America’s Flag project, please contact Nancy Britt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MJHS graduates gaining attention on Nashville restaurant scene
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Two Mt. Juliet High School graduates are making a splash on the middle Tennessee dining scene. 

Garrett Pittler and Russell Ingram, both class of 1998 graduates, are the Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine at Chelsea Bistro in Whites Creek. The restaurant has made headlines in the Nashville papers recently for its authentic take on French cuisine. The restaurant has perfect ratings on both Urbanspoon and Yelp currently. 

“I want to do something that’s going to last,” said Pittler. 

Pittler said that he wanted to get out of the Nashville scene and move to a more isolated area. Many people who made the move to East Nashville a couple of years ago, are now looking for more isolation in Whites Creek. Pittler says it is also makes sense because every direction around Nashville has seen growth, except for the north side, which is primed to go. 

Pittler wanted to get back to classical roots with Chelsea Bistro. He said that almost every technique used for cooking began with the French. 

“Everything goes back to the classics,” said Pittler. 

He wanted to do that also by using as much as he can from their garden, or the woods and farm land surrounding the restaurant. Ingram has been using a style of cooking that incorporates foraging for several years. He said he learned how to do that on family farms. 

“That’s just what my family did, going through our farm, catching a fish in the pond and coming back to cook it up,” said Ingram. 

Both had different routes to get to this point. After graduating from Mt. Juliet High School, Pittler bounced around to a couple of different colleges but never enjoyed it. He got a job at the Hard Rock Café, and developed an interest for baking and cooking. This was before the internet had millions of recipe sites, so he got a book on how to bake cookies. After testing different ways to do it, and perfecting his technique, he would occasionally make stuff for friends. He had one speak up, and tell him he needed to pursue it. 

He applied to four different culinary schools, and ended up landing in Baltimore, Md. He continued to work at Hard Rock Café and another restaurant, and eventually advanced to a job that saw him opening up Hard Rock Cafés all over the world. 

“I have been on six of the seven continents,” said Pittler. 

He then went on to work as a Culinary Support Chef at Macaroni Grill, and an Executive Restaurant Chef at Loews Hotels. While he was there, his daughter, Basil, got very sick and it started to put things in perspective for him. He realized life was too short. 

“I realized that things that actually mean something can be taken away from you like that,” said Pittler. 

Basil made a recovery, and Pittler set out to do something unique. Pittler knew Chelsea Bistro co-owner Basha Satin, who owns the restaurant with her son Josh Rew, for several years. The two agreed to work together and the Chelsea Bistro took off. 

Ingram took an unorthodox route. Knowing that cooking was his passion, he took jobs at Calypso and then Panera as a baker because he loved to bake. He then continued as a baker for Fresh Market and started working for a food truck making German food, one of his favorite types of food. 

It wasn’t until he started working at Opryland Hotel that he got his big break. It was his first high volume environment, and he learned a lot from the others there. He said they noticed something in him, his willingness to put together unique dishes, so they started letting him experiment. They would order whatever he wanted, and his specials started cropping up on the menu. 

Pittler and Ingram had kept in touch off and on since high school, and he told Ingram to come visit him at Chelsea Bistro. Pittler said he knew that he and Ingram were on the same page, and that made it much easier when they started working together. The teamwork they have together and with the other staff that has been assembled has made it a smooth operation. 

Chelsea Bistro is open every day except for Sunday for dinner. If you would like to visit them, they are located at 5432 Clarksville Pike in Whites Creek. You can check them out on the web at 

Cooper named new WEMA Director
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wilson County announced in a press release that they have named Joey Cooper as new Director of Wilson County Emergency Management. 

“The process has been long, hard and the decision was difficult. I knew that this position was a very important position to fill and needed time and patience to find the right fit for Wilson County,” County Mayor Randall Hutto said in a press release last week.   “This was an intricate process because this person has to be well rounded in many aspects for the job.”

Gov. Haslam brings good news to West Wilson Middle
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Gov. Bill Haslam made his way to West Wilson Middle School Thursday to announce that Tennessee had the largest academic growth of any state on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress. 

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