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Encore Theatre to perform at park
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Encore Theatre Company a 501(c)3 non-profit organization is pleased to present “Cinderella Wore Combat Boots” by Jerry Chase as the second event in the Summer of Music, Theatre and Arts at Charlie Daniels Park Stage Saturday July 6 at 6:30 p.m.   

This is a free family friendly performance made possible by Jeff Gannon State Farm and Rutland Place our corporate sponsors.   The City of Mt. Juliet Parks and Recreation Department, Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and The Arts Alliance helped put together this free community series of entertainment.  Please bring a lawn blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic to enjoy while watching Wilson Counties finest community theatre production of this classic Cinderella performance. 

This Encore production of “Cinderella Wore Combat Boots” Directed by Kurt Grabenstein, is a modern version of the classic Cinderella story that has all the basic elements of the classic story, but told here with a considerable and highly imaginative difference.  Cinderella, and the other characters, think and speak in modern terms, replacing the innocent mood of the original with the very hip and knowing attitudes of today’s young people. 

And Cinderella does wear combat boots to the ball - which is delightfully consistent with the wacky, tongue-in-cheek, and continually diverting style of this thoroughly charming short play.  The talented cast is all local and hails primarily from the Wilson County area.  

“Cinderella Wore Combat Boots” premiered at Encore in January of this year, and the one-act play was so popular it was presented (by request) at the Children’s Hullabaloo at Pinkerton Park in Franklin TN on June 12.   As part of our evening, we will also present a scene from our upcoming show “Red, White and Tuna” by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, directed by and starring Bowd Beal and Hugh Britt portraying 24 different characters.  If you saw the Encore production of “A Tuna Christmas” you will recognize some of the Tuna, Texas citizens and meet a few new folks too!  The show opens at Encore on July 12 with a limited two weekend run.  Tickets can be purchased on-line, by phone, or at the door and will be available for sale at the park on July 6. 

Mark your calendars as the free entertainment in Charlie Daniels Park continues this summer with performances by The Jazz Alliance on Aug. 3, A Singer Song Writer Night Sept. 7 and Cedar Creek Community Band Oct. 5.  

Mark Hinesley with the Chamber of Commerce says that, “Mt. Juliet is growing everyday and it is fantastic for this community to have music, theatre and the arts presented for free in our premiere public park.  The community is made a much better place when we have creative people and organizations providing entertainment and enjoyment for all.  Please come on out and support Encore Theatre Company on Saturday July 6”.  

For additional information see,, or call Gary at 615-415-1740.  

5-year-old killed in tragic accident
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A 5-year-old was killed when he fell into the path of a truck Friday morning. 

Commissioners pass yearly budget
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The City of Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners passed the yearly budget unanimously Monday evening. 

Coffee With a Cop
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The first of what is to become a monthly event, Coffee with a Cop, was held at Chick-Fil-A Friday morning. 

“It’s been a great day,” said Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. 

The event gave the public a chance to come out and talk to some of their officers, as well as Public Safety Director Andy Garrett, Mayor Ed Hagerty and Vice Mayor James Maness. Hambrick said he got the idea from a Police Chief publication, which highlighted a police department in California that was doing the same thing. 

“This fits well with what we are trying to do,” said Hambrick. “We are trying to be as transparent as we can be.”

Hambrick said he wants the public to feel like their officers are approachable and very much a part of the community. He said this type of setting allows people to tell them about problems they may be having in the community that they normally would not approach them with, as well as just get to know them. 

The event will be monthly from now on, and the police department will rotate on the north and south end of town so it makes it easier for all residents to participate. A location has not been chosen for July, which will be on the north end. In August, the Police Department will be back at Chick-Fil-A. The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet will publicize those dates when they become available, or you can check the city website at or check out the Mt. Juliet Police Department Facebook or Twitter accounts. 

Fire Chief Kinney talks future with Chamber
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The public got to know new Mt. Juliet Fire Chief Erron Kinney a little better Wednesday as he spoke at the Mt. Juliet Chamber Luncheon. 

“It’s an honor to be the first Fire Chief for the City of Mt. Juliet,” said Kinney. 

Kinney said it was his lifelong goal to be a Fire Chief in a small town or city, and he couldn’t have asked for a better fit than Mt. Juliet. 

Kinney said he wants the Mt. Juliet Fire Department to be seen more than just when you need them. He wants them to be a part of the community. He has many years of experience in towns all over the east coast, and has got to see many different methods of running a fire department. 

“I wanted to bring something to Mt. Juliet that was a game changer,” said Kinney. 

Kinney said that he hopes that the new fire station on Belinda Parkway, which had its’ ribbon cutting recently, will be fully operational by the first week of October. That is Fire Prevention Week, so he wanted to incorporate that with the opening. 

He said it will be staffed with a mixture of paid and volunteer firefighters, and there will be four per shift. That will at least triple the amount of firefighters on duty than is currently in the city. 

Kinney opened the floor to questions, and joked about his football past with the Tennessee Titans. He said people could ask about fire protection, or even football if they want. 

“Don’t get me too excited, I haven’t hit anyone in a long time,” Kinney joked. 

Kinney said they are already working on a second station that will be located somewhere along Lebanon Road. He said they are looking for a public-private partnership, and they have a company that is interested out of Alabama. He said the opening of that station would lower the ISO rating for the city and could lower some insurance rates up to 50 percent for city residents. 

He was asked about whether they would fight fires outside of city limits. 

“I’ll ask for forgiveness before I ask for permission,” said Kinney. 

Kinney said he will help anyone in need, regardless of whether their home or business is inside or outside city limits. 

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