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Man running from police locks down schools
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A shoplifter running from the police put three schools on lockdown Wednesday. 

Troy Adams, 26, and Leverites Lawson, 23, both of Nashville, ran from Walmart with over $250 worth of stolen mechandise. Adams was quickly caught, but Lawson escaped into the wooded area. As a safety precaution, Mt. Juliet Chrisitan Academy, West Wilson Middle School and Stoner Creek Elementary were put on lockdown. 

School board defers action on new calendar
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A new calendar that would have seen fall and spring breaks down to just one week was deferred Monday at the Wilson County School Board meeting. 

Wilson County Tennessee Scholars Program viewed as one of the best in state
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wilson County was the 5th county in the State of Tennessee to implement the Tennessee Scholars Program. This program began to encourage high school students to take a more rigorous course of study that would benefit them in their years of college and in the workforce.  

This program began as a joint effort with the school system, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, local business and industry. As Tennessee Scholars, students are recognized by teachers, parents and community leaders as students who accept challenges and set high goals for success.  By meeting the requirements of this program they are better prepared to enter the workforce, to attend a post-secondary institution or enter the military better prepared for success.

Business offer incentives to scholars who stay on track during all four years of high school, have an excellent attendance record, and graduate on time as Tennessee Scholars.  Employers prefer to hire individuals with strong academic backgrounds, sound decision making and critical thinking skills to fill good, well-paying jobs.

The Tennessee Scholars has identified a set of six Key practices that impact workforce development and student achievement: Rigor, Career/Technical, Technology, Business Led, Community Service and Guidance. The course of study required includes four English courses, four Math courses, three Science Lab courses, three Social Studies,  one Personal Finance class, one Fine Arts, two Foreign Languages, two Career Technical courses, two Additional AP courses, two dual credit enrollment, and 80 hours of Volunteer service.  Students must maintain a “C” average in all Tennessee Scholars required classes and a 95 percent attendance record.

The Wilson County Tennessee Scholars program began in 2005 and is the only program in the county that brings representatives from all high schools both public and private for a graduation event.

A graduation ceremony is held the first of May at Cumberland University, where each student is presented a medallion and a certificate of completion.  Genesco stepped up to be the presenting sponsor for the first event and continue every year to sponsor the graduation ceremony and awards. 

Taste of Wilson County has become a major sponsor in this education program and without these dollars it would be difficult for the Chamber to continue the recognition of all Scholar students.

As of May 2013, 3246 (three thousand two hundred and forty six) students have graduated as Tennessee Scholars in Wilson County.  With a slogan of “Education makes us what we are”, the Tennessee Scholars program provides an opportunity for students to become the best they can be in higher education and the workforce.

An added incentive for Tennessee Scholars is the scholarships awarded that evening.  Two scholarships are awarded from the Tennessee Scholars fund, three scholarships from the Chamber Education fund and a Scholarship to a Watertown student from the Ashworth Foundation.

Each year in the spring the Chamber selects a recipient to receive the Dr. Robert Carver Bone scholarship and the Mike Baker scholarship which is funded by the Chamber, Wilson Bank and Trust and Wilson County promotions.

The Wilson County Sports Council awards two Academic/Athletic scholarships each year to a graduating senior that excels in sports and academics, and the Leftwich scholarship is awarded to the Cumberland University nursing school each year.  

Through the Chamber Business and Education Coalition eleven (11) scholarships are awarded annually to Wilson County high school seniors.

Encore Theatre presents ‘Lend Me a Tenor’
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Encore Theatre Company presents Lend Me a Tenor, weekends, beginning Oct.11 - 26, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Lend Me a Tenor is set in September, 1934, Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome the world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello.  The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out.  Believing he has died, Saunders persuades his assistant Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he is Il Stupendo.  Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform.  Now two Otello’s are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo.  This madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave the audiences teary-eyed with laughter.  

It is Directed by Kurt Krabenstein and starring James Bealor, Neil Bergman, Drew Ann Borsos, Reischa Feuerbacher, Barbara Hartman, Paige Moore, David Reichert, Michael Rex.

Tickets are available at the door, on-line at or by calling 598-8950. Cost is $15 for Adults, $12 for Senior (60+) and $10 for Children. Call for group rate information. 

Encore Theatre is located at 6879 Lebanon Rd., Mt Juliet, just east of Hwy 109. Encore Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit community theatre serving Wilson County & surrounding areas.

Upcoming Auditions

Encore Theatre Company announces auditions for the upcoming production of Comfort and Joy  by Jack Heifner.

A highly dysfunctional family coming together for Christmas in the Hollywood Hills.  Throw in in-laws in denial and a “miraculous” Christmas birth and laughs are bound to follow.  Comfort & Joy will warm your heart and put you in the joyous spirit. 

 Auditions take place at Encore Theatre, 6978 Lebanon Rd. Mt Juliet, TN  37122 (just east of Hwy 109). Auditions: Cold Readings from the Script, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 – 6 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13, 6 -9 p.m; Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m.  Read through is Wednesday Oct. 16.

Roles: Three men – ages mid 20s-mid 40s;  Two women – one – mid 20 – 40s, one – mid 50s; Role of the Fairy – male or female at least mid 20s; Must be comfortable with cross-dressing. 

Comfort & Joy opens Nov. 29 (Friday after Thanksgiving) and runs weekends through 15 Dec. Fridays and Saturdays 7.30 p.m. and Sundays 2.30 p.m.

New MJPD communication system goes live
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Mt. Juliet Police Department’s new communication system went live Friday afternoon.

The previous system did not provide adequate coverage for Mt. Juliet city limits, so the City Commissioners approved the move to a $1.2 million new digital, P25 compliant interoperable communication system. Mt. Juliet is the first city in the county to upgrade to such a system. A partnership and interlocal agreement with Metro-Nashville and Middle Tennessee Electric helped bring the cost down. 

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