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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. 

Man falls asleep, rolls car, closing N. Mt. Juliet Road
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A man who fell asleep at the wheel caused a three-car wreck that closed N. Mt. Juliet Road Thursday. 

The 21-year old male told officers that he fell asleep after working long hours. He was driving a 4Runner, and struck a car that was waiting to turn into the post office. That caused the 4Runner to roll and strike another car. The car ended up on its side. 

N. Mt. Juliet Road was closed for 40 minutes. There were no serious injuries in the crash. 

Armed robbery suspect found dead
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Staff Reports

Police are investigating an armed robbery occurred Saturday evening at the Corner Market in which a suspect was found later deceased in his home. 

According to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Kristopher Lee Green, 33, was found dead in his home from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. A small caliber handgun was recovered from the scene.  During the death investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said that there were indications that Green was a possible suspect in the armed robbery. 

Saturday evening, Mt. Juliet Police responded to the armed robbery at the Corner Market at 20 Benders Ferry Road. According to a preliminary investigation, the suspect fled the scene after stealing a case of beer. A clerk and a patron confronted the suspect, and the suspect pulled a revolver out and pointed it at the clerk and patron. As the suspect was fleeing the scene, the patron reported that the suspect fired a gunshot out of the vehicle. No one was injured at during the robbery. 

The body has been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office, and the investigation is ongoing, pending the results of the autopsy. Mt. Juliet Police investigators are currently investigating the armed robbery, the deceased man and any possible connection between the two. 

MJPD announce traffic plan for fireworks
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

From the Mt. Juliet Police Department

Mt. Juliet’s Fourth of July Celebration in Providence is going to be grand, and Mt. Juliet Police & Fire have a plan in place to ensure the event is safe and enjoyable for everyone. The firework presentation, presented by local nursery owner Tom Needham, will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4 and will launch from the field directly behind Target.

Mayfield excited for return to WCHS
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A familiar face will be returning to Wilson Central High School this fall, as Travis Mayfield will return as Principal of the school. 

“There is a strong sense of community and pride in this school,” said Mayfield who held the position from 2006-2010. He was the Assistant Principal in 2005 after moving from Oklahoma. The last four years, he was at Williamson County School, so he could be at the school his two older children attended. Now, his two younger children attend Southside Elementary, where his wife also works. 

“Wilson County is where we always have been,” said Mayfield. 

Mayfield was introduced to the faculty and staff the last day of school, and has had one admin day with them, so he is still getting to know everyone he didn’t know from his time before at the school. He said that he has been told that the school has a great bunch of students, and previous Principal Pat Suddarth praised the faculty. 

“I’m looking forward to working with them,” said Mayfield. 

Mayfield said he aims to maintain the strong points about Central, like a 97 percent graduation rate, and keep improving different areas. 

“You always can improve,” said Mayfield. 

Mayfield said there will be a strong emphasis on core academic areas this year because of new assessment practices, so Math and English will be stressed. He said many of the assessments will be writing based, so the strong focus on English will help students excel in multiple areas. He also wants to make ACT prep a big priority for the school, so the school can continue to improve on their scores. 

Mayfield said he considers himself a student-centered principal, and likes to be approachable to anyone who has a concern or needs his help. He plans to have an open house early in the year with all the teachers to allow parents to come meet their children’s teachers, as well as the administration. That will be announced early in the next school year. 

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