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Local law enforcement train for active shooter in schools
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Mt. Juliet Police Department coordinated with several agencies Friday to put on an active shooter in schools training for their officers. 

2 men fleeing scene crash into house
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Two men who were burglarizing a home under construction caused significant damage to a nearby occupied home as they fled the scene. 

Mt. Juliet Police officers were summoned to the 1000 Block of Carriage Trail Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. in reference to a home struck by a vehicle. The home was occupied by one person during impact. No  injuries occurred during the crash.

Investigation revealed that two men, Christopher Guess, 22, Portland and Jason Goode, 39, Mt. Juliet, were in the process of burglarizing a home under construction, but they became spooked by a nearby homeowner. The suspects fled the scene in reverse and lost control, causing a trail of damage. Two mailboxes and a fire hydrant were destroyed, and a home was badly damaged in their attempt to leave the scene. 

Since the home was badly damaged, the Fire Department of Mt. Juliet (FDMJ) and building inspectors responded to the scene to check the home’s structural integrity. The home was declared unsafe. However, FDMJ is going a step further so the homeowner is not forced to move out. Firefighters repaired the home to ensure it is safe for the homeowner. Lumber and supplies were brought to the scene by Mt. Juliet’s volunteer firefighters so work could be completed on the home. 

Around 7 p.m. Wednesday evening, Guess turned himself in at Mt. Juliet Police headquarters. He was arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Failure to Report an Accident. Goode was apprehended by Mt. Juliet Police Thursday morning around 10 a.m.

“I’m thankful for our strong working relationship with local media partners. Their service to our community is invaluable. They were able to relay the information on our suspects quickly, which motivated one of them to turn himself in to authorities,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “In addition, I’m proud of our investigators who quickly pursued leads in this case to ensure it was resolved quickly.”

WCSD arrest man for burglary, theft of property over $10,000
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wilson County Sheriff’s Department detectives arrested a man involved in over $10,000 worth of stolen items, who may be involved in other burglaries. 

According to a press release, Jeremy Lee Robinson, 25, Old Hickory was arrested and charged with one count of burglary and one count theft of property.

The investigation began when a victim reported that several items totaling over $20,000 had been stolen from his shop. Those items included two four wheelers, two welders, generators, a large multidraw tool box fill of tools, two pressure washers and other items. 

Information pointed toward some of that equipment being in Nashville. Wilson County Detectives worked in a joint investigation with Metro Police Department Detectives, and recovered thousands of dollars worth of property, which was returned to the owner. 

Police suspect there is more stolen property and Robinson is involved in other burglaries in the area. 

Robinson is out on bond of $5,000. Additional charges on Robinson and other individuals involved will be presented to the Wilson County Grand Jury. The court date is set for Feb. 11, 2014. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Department asks anyone who may have bought anything from Robinson to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department at (615)444-1412. 

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. 

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