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First Mayor of MJ passes away
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Neland Carver Hibbett, Jr., 79, Mt. Juliet, TN, died Friday, Nov. 8.  

Hibbett was a member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet since 1946 where he had served as deacon, trustee, director of church training and Sunday School Superintendent. He was a 1952 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and received a B.S. degree in Education from Tennessee Technological University in 1958, a M.S. degree in Educational Administration from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1960 and an EdS. degree in Developmental Disabilities related courses in Psychology from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1975. 

Hibbett was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1955-1956 where he was a member of the Rhine Main Rockets Football Team in the Germany Conference. He taught history, science and health and served as head coach for football, boys basketball and boys track at Mt. Juliet High School and served as head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Cumberland High School in Nashville. In 1969-1970, Hibbett organized and directed the Tennessee Special Olympics for the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. 

Hibbett was the first mayor of the City of Mt. Juliet in 1973, served as City Commissioner from 1975-1977 and Historian for the City of Mt. Juliet. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of American in 1983. 

Hibbett served as Foreman of the Wilson County Tennessee Grand Jury from 1987-1989. In 1996 he retired as Assistant Superintendent for Professional Services at Clover Bottom Developmental Center. He was a member of the Nashville Eastern Railroad Board of Authority, Mt. Juliet Lodge No. 642, F&AM, Al Menah Temple, the Mt. Juliet West Wilson Historical Society, the Mt. Juliet West Wilson Friends of the Library, the VFW, the Tyler Cates American Legion Post No. 281, the Mt. Juliet West Wilson Chamber of Commerce and the T.C. Railroad Museum. Mr. Hibbett was the son of the late, N.C. “Dude” and Cliffodene Johnson Hibbett. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Truman Hibbett.

He is survived by: wife of 54 years, Jenny Bess Goggin Hibbett; sons, Robert N. “Bobby” (Kelly) Hibbett, Johnny (Susan) Hibbett and Tommy Hibbett; grandchildren, Andy, Robert Carver, Alex, Caroline and Anna Hibbett. 

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 11 at First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet with Rev. Billie Friel, Rev. Chuck Groover and Rev. Andy Hale officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers were Andy Hibbett, Carver Hibbett, Alex Hibbett, Andy Bond, Tim Bell, Clint Smith, David Fallin and Marshall Foster. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Tate, Jim Bell, Thelbert Powell, Alvin Hill, Jim Jenkins, Claude Partlow, Bob Cleawer, Charles Goodman, Bedford Peterson, Doyle Wood and the former mayors of the City of Mt. Juliet. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Missions, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy or the Mt. Juliet Library.

Visitation was Sunday at Bond Memorial Chapel and prior to services Monday at the church. 

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663, 

Get your floats ready for Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The City of Mt. Juliet is seeking participants for their annual Holiday Parade. This year’s theme is “Christmas through the Decades.”  Entries are encouraged to choose a decade such as the 1920s or 1950s and decorate in the holiday spirit of that time.  We’re expecting flappers and mobsters, poodle skirts and greasers, and a whole lot of creativity from all our participants.  

Lead by Grand Marshall Erron Kinney, the City’s first Fire Chief, This year’s parade will begin at the First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet, head northbound on N. Mt. Juliet Road, and then end when it reaches Charlie Daniels Parkway.

Entry fee is $10 which will go towards the Mt. Juliet Police Department’s Christmas with a Cop program. Each year, the Mt. Juliet Police Department selects low-income children, with the help of local schools, and takes them on a “shopping spree” for toys, clothes, books, and more.  The Christmas with a Cop program started in 2005. Last year, the department was able to sponsor 21 children and hope to have more this year.

Parade Sponsored by: The City of Mt. Juliet, Mt. Juliet Parks & Recreation, TDS TV, ITR LLC, Two Rivers Ford, and Providence Marketplace.

To download the entry form please visit: 

For more information, contact the Mt. Juliet Community Center. Phone: (615)758-6522.

2014-15 school calendar approved
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The calendar for the 2014-15 school year has seen much debate because it aimed to take away the two week fall and spring breaks. 

Veterans Day events in Wilson County
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Veterans Day 2013 is the highlight of the year for all vets and those who honor and support them.  

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day throughout the United States and territories.  

WCHS’ Stafford gets top score on ACT
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Elijah M Stafford, son of Rodney and Jennifer Stafford and a Senior at Wilson Central High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of more than 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.” 

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

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