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MJ Kiwanis Club receives Community Enhancement Award
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Kiwanis Club of Mt. Juliet recently received a Community Enhancement Award from the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce Community Enhancement Award is given monthly to a deserving organization, business, or other entity which has enhanced our community in a special and unique way. It is our hope that those recognized will know how much they are appreciated and that we encourage them to continue to fulfill their mission.

“We are excited to recognize the newly formed Kiwanis Club of Mt. Juliet as the Community Enhancement Award recipient,” said Mark Hinesley, IOM, president/CEO of the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. “In a very short period of time, this very deserving organization has already made a difference in our community. We would like to offer our sincere appreciation and congratulations to those who have helped make this club a reality. Our community is now an even better place to call home!”

Community leaders in Mt. Juliet founded the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Juliet earlier this year.

Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of member-volunteers working to change the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis International and its Service Leadership Programs—Circle K, Key Club, Key Leader, Builders Club, K-Kids, Kiwanis Junior and Aktion Club—dedicate millions of volunteer hours and invest US$100 million to strengthen communities and serve children annually. For more information, please visit or call 800-KIWANIS.

Wilson County Schools open up transfer rules
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Wilson County Schools has now made it so any student within the system can transfer to any school that has an opening. It is in accordance with a new state law according to Wilson County Schools Attendance Supervisor Stan Moss. 

Cedar Creek neighbors upset about proposed high rise condos
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Proposed high rise condos next to the Cedar Creek Marina brought out neighbors in opposition Monday at the Board of Commissioners meeting. 

Trio of serial shoplifters nabbed by MJPD
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A group of serial shoplifters were caught in the act Monday, Sept. 2 by Mt. Juliet Police Department. 

Target’s loss prevention team recognized three individuals as suspects from previous thefts and alerted the Mt. Juliet Police Department. 

Three people were apprehended in the incident. Terry Dunn, 25, Baxter, was apprehended outside of the store in the parking lot. Two other were apprehended  as they were leaving the store. They were Dustin Burgess, 26, Cookeville and Karla Montgomery, 24, Cookeville. 

In the car, there was merchandise valued at over $600 that had been taken from the Wal-Mart in Hermitage earlier in the day. Marijuana roaches were also found on Dunn. 

All of the merchandise was returned to the stores. The three are believed to be a part of previous thefts. The investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending. 

The three were arrested, booked into the Wilson County Jail, and charged with the following: Dunn, Theft of Property (TCA 39-14-103), Simple Possession Sch. VI (TCA 39-17-418); Burgess, Theft of Property (TCA 39-14-103); Montgomery, Theft of Property (TCA 39-14-103.)

Franklin man leads MJPD on chase
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Franklin man led Mt. Juliet Police on a low-speed chase that begin in Mt. Juliet and ended on Leeville Pike. 

Justin Gaines, 29, was driving a black Chevrolet Avalanche truck that was missing a registration plate. The officer attempted a traffic stop on Interstate 40 eastbound near the 228 mile-marker but Gaines refused to stop. A vehicle pursuit ensued on Interstate 40 into Lebanon, and Gaines exited the interstate at the Highway 109 interchange. Turning off Highway 109, Gaines continued to evade officers on Leeville Pike.

Gaines finally made the decision to quit evading in the 4200 block of Leeville Pike, where he was taken into custody without incident. Further investigation revealed that Gaines was in possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended driver’s license. In addition, he was wanted out of Rutherford County for probation violations.

The pursuit lasted approximately six minutes and traversed approximately six miles, with speeds remaining near the speed limit. There were no other incidents attributed to Gaines’ attempt to evade police. Gaines was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail and was charged with the following: Evading Arrest; Driving While License Suspended; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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