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Local Volunteers Swing their club to fight Cystic Fibrosis
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Local families and volunteers are gearing up for the 4th Annual Autumn and Friends golf tournament benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Saturday, September 21st at Windtree Golf Course. 

This event has raised over $100,000 since 2009 to fight this #1 genetic disease of children. Run under the passionate guidance of Vera Smith and Gary Bennett this year promises to be the best yet!  The tournament is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1:00pm. The field is limited to the first 120 paid entries. Entry fee is $105 per person or $420 per team for entries submitted by August 30th. 

Entry fee includes a tournament round of golf, range balls the day of the event, a team photo from Annie’s Photography, door prizes, snacks and beverages on the course, the hole in one contests, the longest drive contest, closest to the pin contest. After golf there will be a dinner and after party catered by Courtney’s and live music provided by The Skahl’s and other local artists at the Windtree Clubhouse. Non-golfers are invited to come out for the dinner and after party, with a donation strongly encouraged.  

The event also promises to have some outstanding guests, including retired NFL stars Eddie Khayat, Brad Hopkins, Jimmy Robinson, Paul Guidry, Randy Fuller, just to name a few.  

We still lose precious young lives to this disease every day. It’s more important than ever that we rally our community to fight CF,” said Vera Smith, volunteer chair for the CF Foundation’s Tennessee Chapter. “We are grateful for every volunteer, donor and sponsor who supports Autumn and Friends Golf Tournament.”

Funds raised through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation have helped spur dramatic progress in the lives of those who have cystic fibrosis. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond. 

To enter or for additional information, please contact Gary Bennett at (615) 308-5167 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Vera Smith at (615) 330-2850 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Website is

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. For more information, go to

New lake front condos coming
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kenny Howell 

Managing Editor

New high end, lake front condominiums are coming to Saundersville Road on Old Hickory Lake. 

MJ and Lebanon kick off football season Thursday
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet and Lebanon get the gridiron action started Thursday in a televised game. 

Local singer songwriters to play Charlie Daniels Park stage
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Eleven local singers and songwriters will perform at Charlie Daniels Park Stage Saturday Sept. 7 from 3:30 until 7:15 p.m.  

The event is free, so bring a lawn chair, blanket, some snacks, sit back and relax to great music by the people that write it and live here.  This is the fourth installment of our First Annual Summer of Music, Theatre and Arts in Charlie Daniels Park. The Arts Alliance of Middle Tennessee, The City of Mt. Juliet Parks and Recreation Department and The Chamber of Commerce, are proud to present this series of performances during the warm weather months on the Charlie Daniels Stage.

“For September we wanted to showcase some of own local talent who sing and write songs”, says Jeff Gannon of State Farm Insurance.  “There is a lot of great musical talent in Wilson County and the Greater Nashville Area and this event is a great opportunity for everyone.”  

Pam Barton with Rutland Place adds that, “It is amazing that many of our friends and neighbors work in the music industry here in Nashville and we seldom get to hear them perform.   It is fitting that the home stage of the great Charlie Daniels, provide a venue to feature our local talent.”

Carol Kaelin of the Arts Alliance and with Tennessee  Sports Medicine and Orthopedics comments  that, “we are going to keep the entertainment moving by converting the stage into two parts with a performing side and setup side.  This system will allow us to rotate from one side to the other with a minimum of time in between artists.  I am really excited about this event and hope that the community comes out to support our songwriters and the Summer Series of outdoor events.”

The artists performing  are: The Red Wine Effect with Jenny Casey, Suzanne Karr, Carson Ruff & Emily Raney, Kelly Monahan, Linda McKenzie, Travis Lamb, Tyler Goodson & Willi Evans, Jason Delkou, Tyler House and Amanda White. Many of the artists have published and all are on the way to writing a number one hit song.  The music styles will vary from Country to Indie with a lot in between.

Please access details on the event at The City of Mt. Juliet website under city calendar or click on -  In the event of inclement weather and cancellation there are no plans for a reschedule of that night’s performances.  For more information call Gary Rabideau at (615)415-1740.

MJ artist’s work been in feature film, all over Nashville
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet’s Bill Briggs has worked with his hands all his life. 

Whether it be his love of restoring antique automobiles, building sets for shows or painting, Briggs is always working on something. 

It has led to a very successful career, with his paintings and murals appearing in the feature film “The Last Castle,” starring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini, as well as all over Nashville in buildings like The Hard Rock Cafe, The Bank of Nashville, Opryland Hotel, Tennessee Christian Medical Center, the Renaissance Hotel, Hilton Garden Suites, Broadway Brew House, Jim Reed Chevrolet, Rainforest Cafe, Baptist Sports Medicine and George Dickel. 

Briggs grew up in Donelson, and encouragement from a teacher at Two Rivers High School moved him toward an artistic pursuit. 

He wanted to do architecture, but didn’t like the math, so eventually ended up getting a B.A. degree in Television Production and Art from Western Kentucky University. 

He also attended the Harris School of Art. While there, one of the owners, Beth Harris, took him and another student to Europe to tour art museums all over the continent. 

“It was the most fantastic thing,” said Briggs. “I said, man, that’s what I want to do.”

From 1980-1983, he worked at the Cumberland Science Museum, doing the laser shows in the planetarium. 

Briggs eventually became the senior artist for The Nashville Network from 1983-1994. He worked on the sets of Hee Haw, The CMA Awards, ASCAP Awards, Johnny Cash Show, Motor Sports Hall of Fame, CMT Videos, as well as Opryland and Grand Ole Opry special events. 

In 1994, he decided to go into business for himself. That led to the murals being placed all over the city, and the one for “The Last Castle.”

Recently, Briggs love from antique cars and painting collided as he was asked to do some works for Coker Tire Company, which has over 200,000 square feet of space in Chattanooga, filled with antique cars, open to public. They are the world’s largest vintage tire company. 

Briggs knew the owner, Corky Coker, and Coker invited him down to look at his collection. Briggs told him he needed some paintings on his wall, and Coker agreed. 

“I said, I’m your man, that’s what I do,” said Briggs. 

Briggs has provided over 30 paintings for the location and Chattanooga, and a soon to be location in Los Angeles, Calif. 

Briggs is still hard at work at his art studio in his home, just off of Central Pike. He has painting  and murals in many Nashville area homes including children’s rooms, foyers, kitchens, game rooms and garages. 

If you would like to check out his work, go to You can also contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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