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MJ’s Payne, 63, riding cross country on bike
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

James Nitz

Intern Writer

From quiet country roads and dry deserts, to snow-capped mountains, a Mt. Juliet local is gearing up to bike across America.

“It’s an opportunity to do something that seemed exciting.”

Since 2004, Mike Payne has been using biking as a form of exercise. “I was old and out of shape,” Payne said.  He enjoys knowing that his body is responsible for the bike’s movement, and biking has also allowed him to meet and exercise with many new people, some becoming great friends.

Payne, who will turn 64 during the journey, is not an amateur rider though.  He has completed several tours and rides across Tennessee and Colorado.

His trip will begin June 19 in Astoria, Ore. and end on Monday, August 8 in Portsmouth NH.  Payne will average around 80 miles per day over the course of the 50-day trek, with five rest days spaced throughout the journey.  During these rests, Payne will sleep at hotels along the way, relax and gather energy for another leg of the tour.

 “I may even visit the hotel pool,” Payne said with a laugh.

The trek will lead Payne through some of America’s, and parts of Canada’s, most well-known sites including Mt. Hood, Niagara Falls and Mt. Rushmore.  Seeing the country from the cushioned seat of a bicycle is one of the primary reasons Payne began training.

With support from his wife, Debra, and his children, Payne has been training since October to prepare for the rigorous trip.  His training is being led by professional biker and owner of Endeavor Performance, Todd Nordmeyer.  Payne’s daily routines consist of working out, Pilates and of course, riding.  Recently, Payne has been riding up to 30 miles a day.

Come June, Payne will be ready to ride from sea to shining sea, one pump of the pedals at a time.

 
Teachers of the Year: Stoner Creek's Lena Boyd
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

It’s the last week for us to honor the Teachers of the Year. Today, we meet Stoner Creek’s Lena Boyd. 

Boyd has been teaching music at Stoner Creek Elementary for 14 years. She said she sees it as an opportunity to break kids out of their shell, much like it did for her when she was a kid. 

“I like providing the opportunity for students to find their creative side,” said Boyd. 

Boyd said it was a great honor to win the award because she is a support teacher, and it shows that her peers appreciate what she does in her classroom. She said that the entire staff is supportive, even when she might have to pull a kid out of class to help get ready for an upcoming musical. She also said that in addition to the wonderful kids, Stoner Creek has a great PTO. 

Boyd will be up for Wilson County Teacher of the Year Friday at Baird Chapel at Cumberland University. The event is sponsored by Wilson County Motors and Cedar Stone Bank. 

 
3 women arrested for shoplifting over $2,000 worth of clothes
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Staff Reports

Three shoplifters were apprehended outside of J.C. Penney’s Thursday with over $2,000 of children’s clothing concealed under their clothes. 

Dereka Conway, Rickeita Butler and Terra Braden, all 18 and of Nashville were arrested by an undercover  Mt. Juliet Crime Suppression Unit officer. The total amount of the clothes concealed was $2,218. An additional $1,300 worth of unclaimed merchandise was located in their car upon further investigation by the officer. 

“Our strong-partnership with local merchants and strong-bond with loss prevention staff continues to pay off, and we successfully apprehended this group that was stealing from our community,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “Our department has zero tolerance for this type of activity, and we will continue to ensure efforts are made to prevent shoplifting.”

The three were arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Theft of Merchandise. They are all set to appear in court on June 25.

 
MJE Principal’s List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Principal’s List

2nd Grade: Nick Blair, Liam Bowles, Audrey Brown, Lincoln Burch, Sydney Cason, Ethan DelConte, Chloe Elekaili, Addison French, Christopher Henley, Andrew Huffine, Jenna Jacobs, Grant Johnson,  Regan Jones, Maggie Lambert, Josh Lechner, Lily Lipscomb, Mia McCoy, Mia McGranahan, Addison McQueen, Cash Mead, Jalen Mitchell, Micah Monk, Natalie Moreno, Courtney Parker, Jackson Phibbs, Adalee Rainey, Gabi Rivas, Casen Roark, Kimora Robinson, Grayson Sevelius, Dylan Shirley, Tyler Stott, Rykan Tarazona, Tyler Travers, Cole Underwood, Nikolas Ware, Caden Webber, Isobel Weyland

3rd Grade: Aidan Adcock, Owen Agee, Brandon Alford, Cody Ambrose, Lockard Boyle, Ethan Brake, Thatcher Davis, Julia Eckel, Hannah Frattini, Chloe Gessner, Morgan Heim, Cambrie Hill, Hayley Hill, Sammi Hite, Jack Horst, Tori Jacobs, Erin Keating, Avery Lawson, Grant Leyk, Victoria Linville, Josephine McAfee, Clara Grace Sanders, Caitlyn Spencer, Steven Sun, Ben Taylor, Resha Kate Tinley, Noah Vaughn, Jamie West, David Winsinger

4th Grade: Katie Alford, Gabe Anderson, Carolina Bannach, Marcus Beebe, Mitchell Bennett, Garrett Brown, Ava Bryant, Jason Burch, Briley Chandler, Gracie Dolezal, Zackery Donovan, Audrey Downing, Lucy Ephrem, Emily Erdley, Emma Haley, Caroline Hall, Nate Kammerer, Sanjeev Kommireddi, Ella Lambert, Lauren Lupton, Rylee Mallicoat, Keegan McAfee, Morgan Nance, Adam Partin, Tate Riley, Andrew Shell, Te Stover, Madison Streszoff, John Wilkerson, Matthew Wilkerson, Sydney Williams 

5th Grade: Alden Boyd, Aine Bridgen, Hannah Colson, Roxie Flesher, Lily Harper, Abby Hill, Alina Hill, Avery Hix, Renee Jones, Jaxyn Kirian, Garrison Lewis, Anna Long, Davis McQueen, Ava Rainey, Konner Russell, Isaac Walmsley, Sydney Welch.

Honor Roll

2nd Grade: Emanuel Angel, Sarah Baez Trevino, Brayden Barton, Elijah Buchanan, Morgan Burks, Dezeree Butters, Ashtyn Cammack, Cal Clark, Ansel Davis, Sadie Duke, Maggie Dunlap, Michael Felts, Keely Gooch, Evan Hardin, Lacey Head, Elyssa Henderberg, Samantha Johnson, Jabrielle Jordan, Bradley Kirby, Nathan Kowalski, Hayden Lowery, Alivia Mang, Laurel Middleton, Morgan Middleton, William Milner, Anthony Morris, Jovie Neely, Kayden Noel, Jeremiah Pardue, Vidhi Patel, Ahanti Patowary Will Pirtle, Reece Price, Garrison Robeson, Landon Reynolds, Kate Shamblin, Ashlee Swift, Cameron Underwood, Xander Ward, Thomas Winfrey

3rd Grade: Joseph Abbott, Abby Aronin, Sydney Ashabranner, Madilyn Bergset, Kiran Bhlea, Alayna Booher, Kristina Bosch, Savannah Bradley, Abi Coffman, Kaleigh Copeland, Marc Cordle, Will Czerniak, Hailey Donato, Hannah Ellis, Zoey Frizzell, Anna Sophia Gibson, Emma Gnann, Kalen Hix, Peyton Hughes, Laurel Jones, Lucy Kammerer, Jansen Krawczyk, Camden Lackey, Sydney Lupton, Molly McCarthy, Patrick McClanahan, John Ruotolo, Carson Sells, Maddie Sheehy, Travis Smallwood, Bella Silverwood, Ella Smith, Lamar Wade, Ellie Kate Wright

4th Grade: Omar Assal, Ames Baker, Alex Blackwell, Katelyn Brown, Autumn Caldwell, Megan Campbell, Kaleb Carver, Alexandra Cass, Ben Christenson, Kennedi Coker, Size Daniyan, Haylie Devine, Madelynn Dukes, Rohit Ganachari, Crispin Garrido, Samantha Hartsook, Angela Hoover, Natalie Horst, Lauren Jackson, Hailey Jones, Garrett Journell, Joshua Lowery, Claire Luecke, Chad Marudas, Ellie Rose McAnally, Hannah McCord, Hayden Mead, Kenzie Miller, Clay Morrow, Parker Overath, Julia Paddock, Noah Pierce, Bella Pilkinton, Rozlin Rivas, Jackson Scudder, Beau Shamblin, Joshua Sweigard, Seth Taylor, Trent Thomas, Carly Thompson, Andrew Walters, Lily Weiss

5th Grade: Andrew Aronin, Jorge Baez Trevino, Hailey Bennett, Lexi Berry, Cole Bolton, Kate Brown, Anthony Buckland, Shaun Caffrey, Aiden Camp, Savannah Clarke, Carson Cote, Lily Crawford, Kyleigh DeBow, J.J. DeWald, Kaylyn Eckel, Jonah Ferrer, Emily French, Emma Garver, Ty Gilbert, India Gooch, Avery Hampton, Jackson Haywood, Sarah Heckmann, Zach Hendley, Mario Hill, Austin Hunley, Emma Jackson, Alena Jenkins, Kayla Johnson, Pranav Khetarpal, Brice Lamont, Lindsey Lawrence, Jude Lins, Piper Manning, Emma McAdoo, Mary McCarthy, Seth Miller, Ty Mitchell, Bryson Morris, Tanner Phibbs, Jordan Post, Cate Satterfield, Wade Savage, Sena Sedik, Ty Smith, Hannah Smoot, Meyer Tinley, Camille Wathen, Hailey Young

 
Habanero Brothers playing Taste of Mt. Juliet
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mt. Juliet resident Eddie Delgado and his band The Habanero Brothers will be entertaining visitors at the Taste of Mt. Juliet Friday. 

Delgado, 67, has had a long, 50-year career in music. He was born in East Los Angeles, Calif., the oldest of six brothers, all of whom are professional musicians. They lived in Hawaii for 30 years and performed at Air Force bases throughout the Far East. He was also managed by Casey Kasem during his years performing in Las Vegas, Nev. and Lake Tahoe. 

These days, Delgado plays at venues around Nashville with his bandmates Rich Cerniglia and Jim Erickson. His son David also plays with the band when he can. The group plays an array of styles including Latin, rock, blues and oldies. 

The band entered the Cigna-Health Spring Silver Stars competition last year, and won the right to play at the Ryman Auditorium. Over 150 groups from around Tennessee entered the event, and The Habanero Brothers were one of the lucky ones to be chosen for the honor. 

Doors will open at the Mt. Juliet High School for the Taste of Mt. Juliet, 5:30 p.m. and activities will continue until 8 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased from any Mt Juliet Breakfast Rotary Club member or by contacting Chuck Groover at 615-773-5200. Adult tickets are $20, senior adults (65+) $15, family ticket $45 (up to five family members), children 12 and under $5.

 
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