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City officials alert TDOT to dangerous road
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mt. Juliet city officials have alerted the Tennessee Department of Transportation to a dangerous area on I-40 that has caused 30 wrecks this year. 

The spot is near the 226 mile marker almost directly under the overpass, and of the 30 crashes, eight have reported injuries. All the wrecks have been caused by heavy rain and have caused cars to hyrdoplane. In recent weeks, a father and son lost control and got trapped under a 18-wheeler. 

Order of protection lifted on Justice
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

An order of protection against Mt. Juliet City Commissioner Ray Justice has been lifted. 

Justice’s attorney Frank Lannom said that Circuit Court Judge Hamilton V. Gayden, Jr. found insufficient evidence to keep the order of protection as a result of the domestic violence charges in May. 

MJHS alum shines on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

One of Mt. Juliet’s own has been tearing up the dance floor on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. 

Marissa Milele graduated from Mt. Juliet High School just a few short years ago, but she is out accomplishing goals, one of them is competing on the Fox competition show. Milele has made it into the final 20 dancers and competes weekly on the program. 

It has been a long road for Milele who has trained and competed for 13 years as a company member at DC Dance Factory. Additionally, she trained and competed at Let It Shine Gym in power tumble and trampoline, ranking nationally. She has been a competitive cheerleader for many years at Prime Tyme Athletics and cheered in middle and high school. She is currently an NFL Cheerleader for the Tennessee Titans. 

In addition to her athletic and dance career, she has done work as a model, and also toured with a singing group called The Rubyz. She worked with industrial modeling gigs with MAC Cosmetics and print work for Katrina Dance wear (2012 catalog and website). She has also worked with well known producer/artist, Sean Garrett, and toured with The Rubyz a few years ago. She has appeared in music videos for Janelle Monae, Jerrod Niemann, Drew Davis, Alex Aiona and Redneck Zombie Killers. 

Milele has also done commercial work including Snowbird Channel 4 news, Top 40 Billboard, American Pickers, Worship Jamz and Nickelodeon. Live performances with CMA Awards, CMA Country Christmas, 2014 Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade, iShine and Believe tours, Radio Disney’s NBT, Jasmine Sagginario, (opening up with Justin Beiber) and Harley Davidson Corporate industrial show as choreographer/principle dancer. She will also appear in the upcoming film Alvin & the Chipmunks 4. 

Keep up with Milele’s progress every Monday on So You Think You Dance, which airs at 7 p.m.

Tornadoes blow through Wilson County in rare July outbreak
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Storms blew through Wilson County Thursday, bringing several tornado touchdowns throughout the area. 

Just after 5 p.m., an EF0 tornado which had previously done damage in Davidson County touched down in the Langford Farms and Hunters Crossing subdivsions. Residents on Brown Leaf Drive saw multiple trees taken down, as well as minor damage to their homes. Residents of Peach Orchard Drive, Kensington Drive and Wayside Drive also reported damage. The tornado traveled half a mile and was 50 yards wide. It packed winds of 80 mph. 

Special census sees big gains for MJ
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The numbers are in and after Mt. Juliet’s special census, the city’s population stands at 28,159. 

That is up nearly 4,000 from 2010 census which counted Mt. Juliet as 24,548. 

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