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West to have modified schedule due to construction
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Construction will modify the start of school for West Elementary. 

All students except for kindergartners will have an abbreviated day from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. Thursday and Friday. Kindergartners will not start until Monday, Aug. 5, and will be personally contacted by their teachers prior to Aug. 1. Buses will run Thursday and Friday. 

The exterior construction has limited parking space, and parents are temporarily asked to use the buses or drop your child off using the car rider lines. Due to some parents wanting to accompany their child to their class on the first day, you may choose to wait and start school on Monday, Aug. 5. 

MJPD officer delivers backpacks to kids in need
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet Police Officer Anthony Allen wants to make sure the service part doesn’t get left out of the serve and protect. 

“Sometimes the service part gets lost in the shuffle,” said Allen. 

That is why Allen took it upon himself a few months ago to make a difference in the community. Allen grew up in a low-income area in Florida, and the positive relationships he made with police officers pushed him toward law enforcement. He came to Wilson County by way of a football scholarship to Cumberland University. After getting a degree in criminal justice, he was hired by the Mt. Juliet Police Department in 2011. 

In his time in Mt. Juliet, he had developed relationships with many less fortunate children in the area. So, a few months ago, he decided to get them off on the right foot for the school year. That culminated Monday when Allen delivered 20 backpacks to 11 different homes for children starting school this week. 

“It’s about giving back and reaching out,” said Allen. 

Allen said the children had expressed to him their academic goals, and what they wanted to be, so he wanted to help them achieve those goals. 

Allen had help from Evidence Technician Sandy Dempsey, local Girl Scout troops who donated items and the MJPD Community Policing Division helped him accomplish his goal. 

Allen said he will be doing this every year, and will do some other fundraisers in the community. He hopes to partner with Mt. Juliet Help Center to get food out to needy families later in the year. 

Garr’s closing up after 35 years
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A staple of Mt. Juliet’s north side will be closing up shop Aug. 31. 

Garr’s Rental and Feed will close its doors on that date after 35 years in business in Mt. Juliet. 

“It was a family decision,” said Owner Roy Garr. 

He said the business was still profitable, but the decision was made a little under two years ago to put the two pieces of property, the one where Garr’s sits, and the corner lot beside it, on the market. He said whichever one sold first dictated what they did with the business. They got a buyer for the property where the store sat, so they decided it was time. 

Garr said what he will miss most is interacting with the community, especially on things like letting people hold the chicks and ducks, scarecrow workshops, and Santa Claus pictures. 

“It was a real treat,” said Garr, seeing the smile on kids faces as they got to hold a duck or chick for the first time. 

Garr said the economy did make things harder for Garr’s, but he was happy the way things have turned out. 

“It’s actually very difficult for a mom and pop to make it work,” said Garr. “We could have done better, but we did a lot of things right.”

Garr is not retiring,  he is going to find some work with insurance, so his wife can retire. He’s not sure what that will be, but he ready for a new chapter in his life. 

Over the month of August, Garr’s will have big sales to get rid of all their merchandise. He is still ordering certain things that people buy daily that will remain the same price, but a large majority will be sold a reduced rate, even there rental equipment. After the store has closed, he will have an auction to get rid of the rest, plus things in the store like shelving, and other items. 

Wilson One awards scholarships
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Wilson Organization for Networking and Education (Wilson ONE) recently awarded two $500 educational scholarships to Seth Jacob Stafford and his sister, Asia Stafford, both of Mt. Juliet.  Jacob completed his program in May for EMT/Firefighting Certification at Columbia State Community College while working part-time at Publix in Mt. Juliet and volunteering with the Lascassas Fire Department in Rutherford County.  His sister Asia also received a $500 scholarship toward her educational training at Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School and will finish her training in November.  

Wilson ONE organized in 2001 to focus on the enablement of working individuals, paid and non-paid, from all walks of life in Wilson County; to provide networking opportunities—business and volunteers; to provide education through informative programs and guest speakers; to promote local, community organization and involvement.  Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at noon at The Lebanon Golf & Country Club from noon until 1 p.m. Membership is $25 per year which helps support the scholarships and other community projects.  For more information, please visit our website which is soon to be updated.  or contact Linda Armistead, 615-504-9393.

Maness attends educator space camp
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tracy Maness recently joined teachers from around the world to embark on a learning adventure of a lifetime this June during the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy program. Honeywell announced it has awarded 210 scholarships to teachers from 27 countries and 42 states to attend its simulated astronaut training and professional development program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.  

Tracy teaches at Lakeview Elementary School in Mt. Juliet. She has been teaching for 11 years.

She participated in 45 hours of professional development, as well as an intensive educator curriculum focused on space science and exploration.  Each teacher underwent simulated astronaut training including: 

•         A high-performance jet simulation 

•         Scenario-based space mission 

•         Land and water survival training

•         Interactive flight dynamics programs

Only about one-third of 8th graders have the skills to perform even basic mathematic computations. Honeywell Educators at Space Academy, created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2004, is designed to address these trends in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by providing teachers with new technical skills and teaching techniques that help motivate students not only in the U.S. but around the world.

Since the program’s inception, more than 1,755 teachers have attended this unique and innovative program. 

More information on Honeywell Educators at Space Academy is below.  We would love to arrange time for you to speak with Tracy. Photos of her experience at Space Academy will also be available.

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