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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. 

‘Witness for the Prosecution’ coming to Encore Theatre
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie, Directed by Barbara S. Hartman, will open at Encore Theatre Friday Aug. 30.   

Only Agatha Christie could have conceived such a suspenseful thriller and then capped it with an uncanny triple flip ending. A young married man spends many evenings with a rich, old woman. 

When she is found murdered, the naïve young man is the chief suspect. The trial takes many turns; when the young man turns his back on his wife and goes off with another woman, we realize he was the murderer. He does not get away with it for there is one turn of the plot remaining.

The show opens Friday, Aug. 30,  and runs Aug. 31, Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 8, 15 at 2:30 p.m.

There is no show Sunday, Sept. 1

The theatre is located  6978 Lebanon Rd., Mt Juliet, 37122

Tickets - General Admission - $15; Seniors 60+ - $12; Youth <12 - $10

Tickets may be purchased at the door, or visit to purchase tickets on-line. You can also call, (615)598-8950.

The production stars Matt Smith, Jeff Lay, Phil Brady, Heather Alexander, Michael Rex;  with Emma Brown, Barbara DeHarde, Miller Dew, Sara Dhom, Kurt Grabenstein, Heather Edwards, David Minerley, Dave Pitt, Marc Sloan, and Michael Welch.

Encore Theatre Company is a 501(C)3 non-profit community theatre serving Wilson County and surrounding areas.

MJ Breakfast Rotary honors McCluskey on 90th birthday
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Former County Commissioner, and long time Rotarian Mac McCluskey was honored by the Mt Juliet Breakfast Rotary Club Tuesday morning with a celebration of his 90th birthday and recognition of his life long service to Wilson county and the Mt Juliet community.

County Mayor Randall Hutto and Mt. Juliet May Ed Hagerty were both in attendance for the celebration and issued proclamations in McCluskey’s honor, declaring Tuesday, Aug. 20 as Mac McCluskey Day. 

McCluskey has served his county and community for decades. He held a seat on the Wilson County Commission for 31 years, representing District 8. He was very active in the local Big Brothers for over 50 years. McCluskey  takes great pride in the Wilson County Emergency 911 Board, which he was instrumental in starting in 1998, and bringing 911 service to the residents of Wilson County. He currently serves as chairman of that board.

McCluskey  continues to be very active in the community, serving as chairman of several county boards and working with the Rotary Club on community projects.

Local Volunteers Swing their club to fight Cystic Fibrosis
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Local families and volunteers are gearing up for the 4th Annual Autumn and Friends golf tournament benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Saturday, September 21st at Windtree Golf Course. 

This event has raised over $100,000 since 2009 to fight this #1 genetic disease of children. Run under the passionate guidance of Vera Smith and Gary Bennett this year promises to be the best yet!  The tournament is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1:00pm. The field is limited to the first 120 paid entries. Entry fee is $105 per person or $420 per team for entries submitted by August 30th. 

Entry fee includes a tournament round of golf, range balls the day of the event, a team photo from Annie’s Photography, door prizes, snacks and beverages on the course, the hole in one contests, the longest drive contest, closest to the pin contest. After golf there will be a dinner and after party catered by Courtney’s and live music provided by The Skahl’s and other local artists at the Windtree Clubhouse. Non-golfers are invited to come out for the dinner and after party, with a donation strongly encouraged.  

The event also promises to have some outstanding guests, including retired NFL stars Eddie Khayat, Brad Hopkins, Jimmy Robinson, Paul Guidry, Randy Fuller, just to name a few.  

We still lose precious young lives to this disease every day. It’s more important than ever that we rally our community to fight CF,” said Vera Smith, volunteer chair for the CF Foundation’s Tennessee Chapter. “We are grateful for every volunteer, donor and sponsor who supports Autumn and Friends Golf Tournament.”

Funds raised through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation have helped spur dramatic progress in the lives of those who have cystic fibrosis. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond. 

To enter or for additional information, please contact Gary Bennett at (615) 308-5167 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Vera Smith at (615) 330-2850 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Website is

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. For more information, go to

New lake front condos coming
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kenny Howell 

Managing Editor

New high end, lake front condominiums are coming to Saundersville Road on Old Hickory Lake. 

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