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Fall Fest at The Hermitage just around the corner
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

More than 90 local and regional artists and artisans will display their work during “Fall Fest at The Hermitage,” Oct. 5-6, announced Phil Ponder, co-chair of the festival.  

With mediums ranging from photography, basketry and ceramics to painting, jewelry, leather, and woodwork, the ‘Artist Gallery’ will feature exciting demonstrations and artisan goods for purchase.

“There is so much excitement surrounding this festival,” said Ponder.  “The Hermitage will be transformed into an artist’s and art-lover’s haven as these world class artists set up shop.” 

The ‘Artist Gallery’ is one of many attractions at “Fall Fest at The Hermitage,” as exhibits and activities for families, adults and children of all ages will cover the grounds of Andrew Jackson’s home.

Tickets to “Fall Fest at The Hermitage” can now be purchased at any Wilson Bank & Trust branch location, as WB&T West Region President John Goodman has announced the bank is an exclusive ticketing partner of the event.  

For a list of Wilson Bank & Trust branch locations to purchase tickets in person, visit

“We’re excited about our partnership with The Hermitage for this inaugural “Fall Fest” event and the opportunity to provide ticket sales at all our local offices,” said Goodman. “This sounds like a great way to bring friends and neighbors together in the community for an entertaining day of fun for the entire family, in conjunction with showcasing one of our local, historic treasures.”

Tickets to “Fall Fest at The Hermitage” are $5 for adults.  

Children under age 11 are admitted free.  All proceeds from the event will assist with operations at The Hermitage.

For more information on “Fall Fest at The Hermitage,” including a full list of artists slated for the “Artist Gallery,” information on “AJx’s” interactive children’s area at the festival, The Stacked Box Community Mural Project, live entertainment updates, and to purchase tickets online, visit

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Fall Fest at The Hermitage is made possible by these sponsors and community partners:  Emdeon Inc., Nashville Metropolitan Airport Authority, Picture This creative framing and gallery, Twice Daily, Wilson Bank & Trust, Kroger, Big Mean, and Shine Multimedia.

About The 


The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes in the United States. In 1856, the State of Tennessee purchased the property from the Jackson family, entrusting it to the Ladies’ Hermitage Association in 1889 to operate as one of America’s first historic site museums. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with more than30 historic buildings, including restored slave cabins. Thanks to efforts of this nonprofit organization, the mansion is the most accurately preserved early presidential home in the country. The Hermitage is a national model for authenticity, conservation, and historic preservation. In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as archaeology and the history of slavery have enhanced the

experience of some 180,000 annual visitors, including 30,000 school children, from all 50 states and many foreign countries; in fact, we interpret the Hermitage mansion in five foreign languages. The property also receives 30,000 annual visits from the local community, including more than 1,000 children who play Little League baseball at The Hermitage’s Rotary Park. The Hermitage is a “Partner Place” with the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and a site along the National Park Service’s Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.  For more information, visit 

New conference coming to The Glade Church
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

In a culture that is becoming increasingly value-less, how does a person of faith live faithfully? 

EXILE: Living Faithfully in a Hostile World, a conference sponsored by The Glade Church, will seek to help answer that question. 

It will include two teaching sessions that directly engage cultural issues that people of faith regularly encounter. 

The Glade Church, located at 9000 Stewarts Ferry Pike in Mt. Juliet, is committed to enabling individuals to live their faith and express it in the context of the most difficult cultural situations.

EXILE: Living Faithfully in a Hostile World is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Glade Church in Mt. Juliet. 

The event includes two teaching sessions, followed by question and answer sessions. Refreshments will be served and activities provided for children (babies-3rd grade). 

Online registration for the event is available at

The speaker for the event is Trevin Wax, an engaging communicator and author who has dealt with various cultural topics in his writings. 

Wax blogs weekly on his blog entitled Kingdom People. 

Wax recently contributed an article to the New York Times entitled Science, Too, Calls for a Leap of Faith. 

He has two books to be released in 2013, Clear Winter Nights: A Journey into Truth, Doubt, and What Comes After (Currently Available) and Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture. (Available Oct. 1).

The Glade Church serves families in Wilson and the surrounding six counties.

Commission votes to buy Joy Church for MJPD
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

An ordinance to appropriate funds for the purchase of the Joy Church property site on Charlie Daniels Park passed Monday. 

Commissioners vote to let city employees keep firearms in cars
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

An ordinance that could have potentially let employees with a valid handgun carry permit carry in city buildings was amended Monday night. 

Rep. Black visits with Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

U.S. Representative Diane Black visited the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, and gave those in attendance a quick rundown of what is going on in Washington. 

Black went over the U.S.’s debt problem, and a budget plan she has been working on with colleagues that would balance the budget in 10 years. It would raise the GDP one percent in 2014, which would be about $1,500 per household. It would raise the GDP by three percent over 10 years. 

Black said reforming the tax code is also a necessity. 

“Our tax code has not been reformed since 1986,” said Black. “It’s broken.”

Black said the best way to fix it is make it fairer and simpler. Right now it is too long and complicated. 

“It’s longer than The Bible with no good news,” Black joked. 

Black said repealing Obamacare will be important as well. She said it will add $6.2 trillion to the debt. She said the program as it is now is too damaged to fix, so they are going to have to start over with a new plan. 

Black also talked about illegal immigration. She thinks securing the border and fixing our legal immigration process are just a few of the steps we can take to eliminate the problem. 

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