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Tomlinson fills vacant school board seat
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sabrina Garrett

Special to The Chronicle

Larry Tomlinson was named Zone 5 Wilson County Board of Education member during the meeting of the Wilson County Commission on Monday night.

Tomlinson was nominated for the position along with Bennie Jennings, Shell Gardner, Steve Johnson and Bryan Keith Alexander. Each of the men was given a few minutes to share their reasons for pursuing the office at the podium. Commissioners voted Tomlinson into the office with a majority of 18 votes. Gardner received four votes and Alexander received two votes.

Tomlinson is a former county commissioner and said he was very interested in the board member position and the future of Wilson County Schools because his two daughters graduated from the Wilson County School System and his four grandchildren are currently being educated in the system. He also has a history as a former Board of Education member representing Zone 5 from 1998 to 2004.

“I will do everything I can to faithfully serve this school system,” he said before asking that county Mayor Randall Hutto administer the oath of office. “I would like to take the oath of office tonight so that I can hit the ground running in the morning.”

Tomlinson will replace former board member Lasater, who resigned from the position after being investigated for misconduct as a Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputy.

New Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund took a few minutes at the meeting to deliver his first report. Setterlund said that he has experienced 10 days on the job and that every person he has met has “reaffirmed that this is a blessing to me.”

Setterlund said they are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Aug. 1, the first day of the 2013-2014 school year, as well as welcoming 200 new teachers to the Wilson County School System on July 23.

Sabrina Garrett is a staff writer for The Wilson Post. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Glade Church training chefs for food service jobs
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A local church is building life skills, and preparing people who may not have had a chance for a career in the food service industry. 

The Glade Church has developed CHEFS, or Creating Help through Employment in Food Services, as a part of their Life Build Ministry. It is a 16-week program that uses the Culinary Institute of America’s teaching materials to prepare people for a career in food services. The whole program is free to the student, and several from the first two classes have already got employment. 

Gayle Safeeullah got laid off from her previous job in May of last year, and saw an ad for the program on Craigslist in June. 

“I have been into cooking for a long time,” said Safeeullah. “But those programs are really expensive. I didn’t have $17,000 to do that.”

Safeeullah went through the program which combines a classroom component, many, many hours in the kitchen, and also a life skills portion. In addition to the chef training portion of the program, CHEFS teaches their applicants how to do things like write a resume and how to do well on an interview. It worked for Safeeullah, who got a job at the Black Pearl in Black Jack Cove in Old Hickory, and has already been promoted to kitchen manager. 

The Glade Church’s Minister of Engagement and Hospitality Chris Cox, who spent many years a successful caterer in Nashville, thinks the program is important for several reasons. 

“This is God’s gift,” said Cox. 

He said in addition to the necessary skills for employment in the food industry, it gives people a positive experience in church, something he said The Glade Church tries to do. He said that church has a reputation of being judgmental, and that is not what this is about. 

“You’re welcome here, we have an open arms approach,” said Cox. 

The classes have also brought about a boom in The Glade Church’s Wednesday night dinners. What used to be attended by around 50 people, is now seeing around 300-350 people show up every Wednesday. People are getting restaurant quality food for $6 a person, and no more than $25 for an entire family. Cox said they are able to do this because regular restaurants usually charge three times what the actual food is worth to help cover things like paying the staff, bills for the restaurant, etc. So you can get what is essentially a $15 meal and up at a restaurant for just $6. The church handles the cost for just the food. Cox said that anyone is welcome, you don’t have to be a member of the church, or even stay for the service. 

“Some people go on to service at their own church, and that is perfectly fine,” said Cox. 

Cox said it has been a good way to bring the community together as well, even if they don’t go to the church. 

They have also cooked for 20-30 shut ins in the surrounding area. They also cooked for the teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day at Gladeville Elementary, and many of those teachers started showing up for the Wednesday night dinners after seeing the quality of food they were getting. 

The CHEFS program is about to go through its third cycle. After Cox placed the ad on Craigslist, he got over 100 applicants, 60 of which came in for interviews. Eleven went through the first cycle, and four graduated. Cox and Shawn Farrow, who volunteer teaches the program, said that many people realize that a food service career is not for them. 

“Cooking for 300 people is a whole different ball game,” said Farrow. 

In the future, the CHEFS program will continue to expand. Cox said that he hopes that they can cook for more people in the community, and maybe set up days to go to certain businesses or groups. He would also like to get a senior nutrition program going as a part of that so the students could learn to cook a proper meal for seniors who are on a certain diet. 

If you are interested in being a part of the CHEFS program, or want to help out in anyway, contact Cox at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (615)444-9550. 

MJPD Twitter ranked Top 10 nationally
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Mt. Juliet Police Department’s Twitter account has more followers than most of the other police departments of its size in the United States. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Center for Social Media’s recently released top ten list for “Most Twitter Followers”, the Mt. Juliet Police Department ranked as No. 7 in a top 10 list of agencies with 26 to 49 sworn officers. Mt. Juliet Police is only one of two Tennessee agencies to be ranked for their Twitter presence. The other agency is Franklin Police Department.

Mt. Juliet Police began its social media presence in 2011. Utilizing Twitter and Facebook, the department has enhanced its communication with the public by providing another avenue to keep the public informed. The communication isn’t just one-way either. Followers are able to engage the department with questions, concerns, and praise through the social media sites.

“Our presence in social media has been very positive. I think all police department’s should have a social media presence.” stated Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. “Everywhere I go, I am constantly getting comments and appreciation for our use of Twitter and Facebook. I’m pleased our department has so many followers and to make the IACP’s list.”

The social media accounts are monitored by the department’s Community Policing Division, which handles media and community relations for the agency. However, the social media presence is truly a department-wide effort. Many of the department’s employees contribute to different posts that are sent out on the sites. Twitter and Facebook is not monitored 24/7, so it is not a substitute for requesting police assistance. Currently, Mt. Juliet Police has 3,150 Twitter followers and 3,459 Facebook likes.

IACP’s List of U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies with the Most Twitter Followers:

Also on the social media front, The International Association of Chiefs of Police – Center for Social Media has selected at the Mt. Juliet Police Department as the featured agency for July 16-31.

Encores Consignment East helping local schools
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Michelle Harper and Tricia Swaney are just like many moms around here with kids in school or soon to be in school. They want to do their part to make Wilson County have the best schools to offer in both the public and private sector; all while keeping tax dollars low.  They asked themselves, “How can we help?”  Like everyone else, they work hard to afford items for their family.  So again they asked, “How can we help?”

Consignment is very popular in Middle Tennessee.  After a long online campaign to bring the most popular consignment sale to Wilson County, Encores Consignment East was started.  Last winter began the first sale in Wilson County and was a huge success.  With the next sale in August and an expansion to include home décor, furniture, kitchen, and more, the sky is the limit.

Encores Consignment East wants to help you make money on your unwanted items, find affordable items for your family, and help your school, all at the same time. By consigning and shopping with Encores Consignment East, you can do this.  How?  With their new program called, “Encores4Education”.  Encores Consignment East has paired up with area schools on this program.  Consignors now have the option to designate a portion of their sales to the school of their choice!  All Wilson County Public Schools and Mt Juliet Montessori Academy have paired with Encores4Education.  Any school wanting to join needs to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  There is no maximum that any school can receive.  Again, the sky is the limit.

The upcoming Fall/Winter sale is in a large, spacious warehouse, The Deal Center (formerly Spec Print) at 1710 North Mt Juliet Rd.  With easy access from I-40 and plenty of parking, this location is ideal.

Sale hours are:

Wednesday, Aug 7 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug 8 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug 9 - noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug 10 - 8 a.m. to noon (50 percent off day)

Encores Consignment East is dedicated to giving back to the community even more with donating time and raising money for Imagination Library’s Wilson Books from Birth.  Representatives will be present at select sale dates for families to sign-up.  Also, all donated items will be given to the Department of Children’s Services Foster Care Program to help the over 700 children in foster care in Wilson County and surrounding counties.

Wilson County Schools to hold Back to School Bash
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Wilson County School system will hold a Back to School Bash on Saturday August 3, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the commons area at Lebanon High School.

This event is designed to involve students and parents in a fun and positive way to kick off the 2013-2014 school year. All students from both Wilson County Schools and Lebanon Special Schools are invited to attend. 

Activities include;

Informational booths from a variety of District departments (school nutrition, attendance, transportation, special education, Family resource center, Pre-K, Youth Links, Adult basic education). 

Community resources (Tennder Care; Books From Birth; Head Start; Cumberland Mental Health; Boy scouts/Girl scouts) and many, many more.

Meet our new Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Timothy Setterlund and Director of Schools Scott Benson from Lebanon Special School District. 

Meet the School Board members.

Free school supplies.

Door prizes and Inflatables

Local businesses, civic organizations and community providers who would like to participate and set up an informational booth, provide school supplies, or provide door prizes are encouraged to contact Denise McMillan at the Wilson County Schools Family Resource Center at 453-7302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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