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New MJPD communication system goes live
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Mt. Juliet Police Department’s new communication system went live Friday afternoon.

The previous system did not provide adequate coverage for Mt. Juliet city limits, so the City Commissioners approved the move to a $1.2 million new digital, P25 compliant interoperable communication system. Mt. Juliet is the first city in the county to upgrade to such a system. A partnership and interlocal agreement with Metro-Nashville and Middle Tennessee Electric helped bring the cost down. 

Giles uncovers mistake, saves city thousands
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Commissioner Art Giles uncovered a mistake that saved the city thousands in the year’s to come. 

Final concert for Summer of the Arts series
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

On Saturday Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. The Cedar Creek Community Band will play a free concert at Charlie Daniels Park Stage, 1075 Parkview Dr,  Mt. Juliet.  

Please bring a lawn chair, blanket and a picnic so that you can enjoy the sounds of this Wilson County local community band. They will play many favorites like, Girl from Ipanema, Phantom of the Opera, American Barndance, William Tell Overture and many more. This will be the final concert in the very successful Summer of Music, Theatre and the Arts in Charlie Daniels Park series.

The Cedar Creek Community Band (CCCB) is an all-volunteer group of local musicians of all ages who gather and perform in the Greater Wilson County Area.They are led by Director and Founder - Sherie Grossman. The group formed in 2007 as a part of The Arts Alliance of Middle Tennessee and is now some 50 musicians strong and growing.  They are a large concert band with brass, woodwind and percussion instrumentation. Sherie states that, “We practice every Monday night from August through May from 7 to 9 p.m. and are always looking for additional musicians. It is so wonderful to offer this opportunity to play and perform to former marching/concert/jazz band players who played in high school or college but have limited options to play as adults.  It is a lot of fun and very rewarding.”  

After the concert at Charlie Daniels Park CCCB is scheduled to perform their annual Christmas Concert, Monday Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. with guests The Jazz Alliance at Mt. Juliet High School auditorium.

Please contact Sherie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (615)754-9454 or their website at for more information on the group or upcoming concerts.  There are no plans for a follow up performance in case of inclement weather – call Gary for updates at (615)415-1740.

MJHS’ Sauls named semifinalist for National Merit Scholarship program
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Recently, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that Chelsey Sauls from Mt. Juliet High School was named as one of the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of the U. S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic  record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed  and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. The 2014 winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 300,000 other  distinguished  young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Halloween in the Park brings treats from Big Brothers
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

When Mt. Juliet’s little costumed witches, princesses, scarecrows, Batmen and Spidermen arrive at Charlie Daniels Park Saturday, Oct. 12, Big Brothers will be ready for them. 

“We’re kicking off our fundraising season with a booth at Halloween in the Park, selling cold drinks, chips and freshly grilled hamburgers,” President of the Club Sherry Bilbrey noted. “We’ll have tables and chairs set up so families can relax and have lunch. One of our main charitable events, Mothers Toy Store, is just two months away, and our funds are running low. Recipes from lunch will enable us to restock our coffers.”

Last year, thanks to generous donations, Big Brothers was able to provide holiday toys for more than 600 Mt. Juliet children, and to deliver food baskets to 325 area families. 

Saturday’s trick-or-treaters won’t go away empty-handed, however. “We’ve purchased the cutest Halloween-themed goodies to give all the children who visit our booth,” Ms. Bilbrey enthused. She was quick to mention how much Big Brothers appreciates the support and generosity of Mt. Juliet residents. “We couldn’t do all we do without them,” she said. “Our Halloween treats are just a way of giving back to the community.”

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