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Help local schools earn up to $100,000
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive contest could possibly bring up to $100,000 to one of the local high schools. 

Celebrate My Drive allows people to make a commitment through their school of choice to drive safely. By going to and voting for your school, you put them in the running for $100,000. 

Ten schools will win $100,000, 90 will win $25,000, and two will win a Kelly Clarkson concert at their school. 

Mt. Juliet High School and Wilson Central High School both had received several commitments by press time. Mt. Juliet had enough votes for the $25,000 grant, and Wilson Central was close. Keep the voting up until Oct. 27 to make sure they receive the money. 

Wilson Central and Lebanon have a contest going to see who can get the most. The winning school will make the other schools athletic director wear their jersey during the second half of the football game Friday night. 

For more information about the program or contest, visit 

Commissioners vote in impact fee for MJFD
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

An impact fee on new residential and non-residential buildings coming into the city of Mt. Juliet will help expand the Mt. Juliet Fire Department as the city grows. 

Firehouse Subs donates to MJFD
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Firehouse Subs continued to give to community first responders Wednesday, as they presented two thermal imaging cameras to the new Mt. Juliet Fire Department. 

Drunk driver causes I-40 wreck
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A drunk driver caused a wreck on I-40 near the Beckwith Road Interchange Sunday. 

According to the Mt. Juliet Police Department, Brandon Johnson, 34, Watertown was headed westbound on I-40. Witnesses said he was driving erratically, and struck the concrete barrier in the center of the interstate. When he did, the front wheel came off, striking another car in the eastbound lanes. Johnson’s car struck another car twice before running off the road into a retention basin. No one was seriously injured. Johnson was treated for a minor injury before going to jail. 

Johnson will appear before a Wilson County Judge Nov. 18 on the charges of Driving Under the Influence.

High schools moving away from block scheduling
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wilson County Schools will be going away from block scheduling during the 2014-15 school year. 

The schedule, which first appeared in 1998-1999, allowed for full year courses to be taught in 18 weeks because of longer class instruction time. The new schedule will allow for seven credits each year, 28 over the students four years in high school. Tennessee currently requires 22 credits to graduate. 

In a press release which came out Thursday, the school system stated that the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness and College Careers (PARCC) test as one of the reasons for the change. It said “This change will decrease the number of days high schools will have to reserve for required state testing and it will also increase the number of instructional hours in the classroom.”

The press release covers  several benefits for the new system. 

1. The new system will have daily intervention and enrichment to be built into the schedule. 

2. Less time between core courses. With current scheduling, the student could have as much a 12-month gap between core courses. This would just have the summer break in between. 

3. The new schedule will allow AP courses to be one credit courses, allowing the students a chance to take more AP courses. 

4. The change will allow for more instructional time. Over 180 days, the students will receive 165 hours of instruction in their courses. Currently, they only receive 135 hours per course. 

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