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Ava’s Splash Pad opening Saturday
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The City of Mt. Juliet: Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting Splash Day: Grand Opening of Ava’s Splash Pad Saturday. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Splash Day activities following from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. 

This free event will consist of free play in the splash pad, inflatable water slides, an inflatable slip-n-slide, a dunking booth, a water gun area, and more.  Concessions will be available for purchase. Additionally, Vanderbilt University will be onsite donating basic first aid if necessary.

Ava’s Splash Pad is a memorial tribute to young Avalyn Shaye Bright who passed away three years ago due to complications following a tonsillectomy. Since that day, Ava’s family has worked tirelessly to create the Avalyn Shaye Foundation which raised over $80,000 to contribute to this splash pad which will bring so much joy and laughter to the children of Mt. Juliet.

“Ava’s Splash Pad is an amazing contribution to Charlie Daniels Park. It’s an honor for us to celebrate what a wonderful child Ava was and to carry her memory on for her family and the community.”  Rocky Lee, Parks Manager

This event is free and open to the community. Water activities are recommended for ages 5-12, but everyone is welcome. Anyone under the age of 18 must have their legal guardian sign a waiver in order to participate. For more information please contact the Mt. Juliet Community Center. Phone: (615)758-6522. Website:

Hutto talks county at MJ Chamber Luncheon
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto stopped by the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon to talk about the state of the county. 

Hutto said that there are three things that the county really likes to focus on – education, public safety and quality of life. 

Hutto went over the accomplishments of the Wilson County School system has had over the past few years, and the future of the school system. He said when the Watertown High School is finished, there will not be a high school more than 11 years old in the school system. This past year, Wilson County had the highest graduation rate in Tennessee at 95.5 percent. The per pupil funding from the county was a little lower than some surrounding counties. 

“We’re a little low, but we are going to work on that,” said Hutto. 

Hutto said the next schools will be in the 109 area on the north side as that area continues to grow. He said an elementary, middle school and high school will all be built in the coming years. Also a middle school in the Gladeville area is a possibility. 

Hutto said that the county is working on getting more white collar jobs to the county because many students who leave to go off to college, settle in other areas because there are not as many jobs that require college educated persons. 

“When our students graduate, we need to have them a place to work,” said Hutto. 

Hutto said that the county is also looking into obtaining somewhere around 40 acres for park land that would include ball parks, similar to Siegel Park in Murfreesboro. He said Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Watertown all have ball parks that are at capacity, and the expansion will help alleviate the pressure they are feeling. 

Commissioners approve lease purchase of 4 fire trucks
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The city commissioners approved the lease purchase of four fire department trucks at their meeting Monday. 

The lease will run over 10 years with a payment of $300,000 every year starting Oct. 1, 2014. The first $300,000 approved in the budget this year will be used by Fire Chief Erron Kinney to equip the vehicles, which helped lower the price of the lease purchase agreement. 

Three of the vehicles will be stored at the new fire station on Belinda Parkway, and one will be placed in the WEMA Station behind Mt. Juliet City Hall until the north side fire station along Lebanon Road can be built in the next few years. 

The commissioners also approved an agreement with Transystems Corporation for providing traffic engineering services from the light at Pleasant Grove Road on North Mt. Juliet Road, all the way to a light to be built on South Mt. Juliet Road between Publix and Graves Crossing where Firehouse Subs and Blue Coast Burrito are located. According to Public Works Director Marlin Keel, the lights will be switched to a radar system because there is less maintenance, and it will help move traffic through the area much quicker. 

Democratic women donate to Soles4Souls
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Wilson County Democratic Women at their July meeting collected new or gently used shoes to donate to Soles4Souls. 

Soles4Souls is a global charity located in Old Hickory. Their mission is to fight poverty by collecting new and used shoes and clothing, then distributing the shoes and clothes directly to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs. For more information, contact Soles4Souls at

This is one of a number of outreach initiatives that the Democratic Women of Wilson County sponsor. Other initiatives include donations of foodstuffs to the MJ Help Center; Homesafe, a women’s shelter serving Wilson County; book donations to the three county libraries; and donations to Brooks House.

The Wilson County Democratic Women meet the second Tuesday of the month at the Fair Grounds in Lebanon at 6:30 p.m. Because of the fair, the Aug. 13 meeting will be held at Five Oaks. For more information, contact Annette Stafford at (615)593-4969 or find us on Facebook. 

Vanderbilt Children’s After Hours Clinic treats 1,000th patient
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours Clinic in Mt. Juliet has treated its 1,000th patient since the doors opened March 25. Patients have been treated for conditions ranging from sprains and cuts to pneumonia. Several patients have needed referral for further evaluation and in some cases they have been transported and hospitalized.

“Parents who bring their children in are often concerned about how their child looks or is acting and feel they can’t wait until the morning to see their pediatrician,” said Jill Obremskey, M.D, medical director for the Vanderbilt Children’s After Hours Clinics, operated by the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  “The Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours clinic provides parents peace of mind that they can get their child the care they need when they need it.”

The Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours Clinic, located at 2025 North Mt. Juliet Rd., Suite 200, allows parents to take their children to get care when their pediatricians’ offices have closed for the day or the weekend. To keep care consistent and current, the child’s regular pediatrician will be sent a report about the visit the same evening.

 The Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours Clinic is open seven days a week, including holidays. The hours are Monday-Friday, 6 - 9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 3 -9:30 p.m.

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