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Wilson County Schools to hold Back to School Bash
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Wilson County School system will hold a Back to School Bash on Saturday August 3, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the commons area at Lebanon High School.

This event is designed to involve students and parents in a fun and positive way to kick off the 2013-2014 school year. All students from both Wilson County Schools and Lebanon Special Schools are invited to attend. 

Activities include;

Informational booths from a variety of District departments (school nutrition, attendance, transportation, special education, Family resource center, Pre-K, Youth Links, Adult basic education). 

Community resources (Tennder Care; Books From Birth; Head Start; Cumberland Mental Health; Boy scouts/Girl scouts) and many, many more.

Meet our new Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Timothy Setterlund and Director of Schools Scott Benson from Lebanon Special School District. 

Meet the School Board members.

Free school supplies.

Door prizes and Inflatables

Local businesses, civic organizations and community providers who would like to participate and set up an informational booth, provide school supplies, or provide door prizes are encouraged to contact Denise McMillan at the Wilson County Schools Family Resource Center at 453-7302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Landscaper robbed at gunpoint
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A 20-year-old male landscaper was robbed at gunpoint by two men Tuesday, July 2 according to the Mt. Juliet Police Department. 

The landscaper called 911 around 2 p.m. stating that he had just been robbed, and a shot had been fired during a struggle. The two robbers, one of which had a handgun, demanded his headphones. That is when the struggle ensued, and the shot was fired. The robbers fled after the gunshot. 

City remembers anniversary of fallen heroes
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

City and county officials, as well as the public, came out to honor two fallen heroes of Wilson County. 

Sewer rates to increase 3 percent
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Board of Commissioners voted to increase sewer rates for Mt. Juliet citizens by three percent to make up for a shortfall in the department. 

City of Mt. Juliet staff had originally asked for 10 percent, but Commissioner Jim Bradshaw asked it to be reduced to three percent. The staff also wanted 10 percent the next two years as well. 

The department is short $500,000 to $600,000 every year because of depreciation of the pipes below ground. They will eventually have to be replaced, so staff recommends that they put it in the fund now so they will have the money later. 

“There are eroded pipes that you will have to replace somehow,” said Finance Director John Rossmaier. 

Rossmaier also said that the fee they have to pay for Metro keeps increasing every year, but the rates have not been raised since 2009. 

“So the cost for treatment goes up every year, but our revenue does not,” asked Commissioner Ray Justice in which Rossmaier confirmed. 

Mayor Ed Hagerty didn’t vote for the reduced rate because the issue will have to be resolved in the future. Both he and Vice Mayor James Maness said it is just pushing it off on a future generation. 

“At some point, it has got to be corrected,” said Hagerty. It eventually passed with a three percent increase, with only Hagerty voting against it. 

MJ girl wins several honors at prestigious modeling competition
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A Mt. Juliet 14-year-old has caught the eyes of big modeling agencies after winning several awards at a prestigious competition. 

Holly Stevens was the overall winner in the TV Commercial Category and the Photography division, first runner up in Runway Modeling and top honor in Legs at the Modeling Association of America International in Miami, Fla. June 20-24. 

Because of the wins, Stevens received a $2,500 scholarship to the New York Film Academy. 

Stevens had only been modeling a month at the Jo-Susan School of Modeling and Talent. Director of the School Susan Carpenter urged Stevens that she should go to the competition despite only a month of training. She said she had a “star quality.”

She pretty much talked us into going,” said Stevens mother Cathey Stevens. “Holly did amazing.”

“I was nervous and excited,” said Holly of knowing she would be attending the competition. 

The competition had females ranging from 7 to 50 years old, but most of the girls were aged 13-17. There were 12 international agencies in attendance, most of them from Canada, and Holly got seven call backs from the 12. Holly said the agencies she spoke to do a lot of work in European cities like Milan, Italy, as well as in China. 

Holly said that the experience was great, but she isn’t going to rush into anything, though she would like to go a lot farther in modeling and acting. She will be a home school student through Heritage Christian Academy starting this fall. She previously attended Donelson Christian Academy. 

If modeling and acting doesn’t work out for her, she would like to pursue a career in Pathology or Veterinary Medicine. 

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