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Blood drive to be held in memory of Cline
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in memory of local area resident Whitney Cline Friday, Aug. 23.  The drive will be held at Mt Juliet Community Center Meeting Room at 1075 Charlie Daniel’s Parkway from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Whitney was born in the small town of Harriman. When she was 15 years old, Whitney moved to Nashville with her parents. She attended Mt. Juliet High School and transferred to McGavock High School her junior year. Despite the academic change, throughout her high school years, Whitney remained a dedicated member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. 

Whitney graduated high school and two years later, had her first and only child, Parker Ryan-Dakota Cline. She spent the next 6 years raising her son with unwavering love and dedication.

Feb. 26, 2011 Whitney was admitted to Summit Hospital with pneumonia. Whitney’s sister, Courtney Keaton tells the American Red Cross doctors told their family Whitney would only be in the hospital for a couple days. Tragically, that was not the case. 

Feb. 27, Whitney suffered an acute ischemic stroke due to an unforeseen blood clot. The next day, her brain began to swell from the trauma of the stroke. Doctors performed an emergency surgery to ease the swelling, but Whitney never regained consciousness. 

Because Whitney believed in organ donation, she gave the gift of life when her own was taken away. Her heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys went to patients in need. Courtney was also a dedicated blood and platelet donors. To honor her sister, Keaton began holding an annual blood drive in memory of Whitney. “I decided to hold the drive every August because that is when she was born,” said Keaton. “Please help me honor my sister, and her memory by saving lives like she did. Thank you in advance.”

To schedule an appointment for this blood drive or any other American Red Cross blood drive, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767)

Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood.  Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.   

Jazz Alliance to play Wilson County Fair
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Jazz Alliance Big Band plays at the Wilson County Fair Friday, Aug. 23 at the Fiddler’s Grove Pavilion from 7-9 p.m.  

The Jazz Alliance is a local 20 piece Big Band that plays a wide variety of swing, big band and popular music. 

Dancing is encouraged.

Founded in 2007, The Jazz Alliance is made up of businessmen, teachers, doctors, and other professional from Wilson County, Nashville and surrounding communities who enjoy performing big band jazz music. 

They perform music made famous by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder and many others.  

They are a non-profit volunteer community group that perform at church and charity events, community concerts, weddings, parties and festivals in MiddleTennessee. 

You can find them on line at or call Joe Thordsen at (615)479-4352.

Bullying prevention program begins at Wilson County Schools
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

All schools deal with the issue of bullying. Wilson County Schools is taking proactive steps to stop and prevent bullying by adopting the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. 

This research-based schoolwide “systems-change” program has been used successfully in schools all over the country and around the world with positive results.

This program is not a curriculum that students participate in for only a few weeks. 

Rather, it is a coordinated effort by all the adults in the school to supervise and intervene when any bullying happens. 

As part of the program, students participate in weekly class meetings to learn about the effects of bullying, what they can do about it, and how they can work with adults at school to put a stop to it even as bystanders. 

Parents will have meetings, too, so they can support the messages students are getting in school.

Director of Safety, David Burton said, “This type of program is about changing the whole school climate to make it a safer, more positive place to learn. One change that many schools have noticed after using this program for a year or two is that students actually like school better. It makes sense— it’s hard to learn if you’re afraid or if other students are mean to you.”

Implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a long-term commitment to making Wilson County Schools a safer, more positive place to be.

For more information about the program and/or ways to become involved, contact David Burton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (615)444-3282.

Wanted man has 6-hour standoff with MJPD
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Primm Springs man had a six hour standoff with the Mt. Juliet Police Department Saturday. 

Brian Crafton, 33, was wanted for felony probation violations by the Metro-Nashville Police Department. A Mt. Juliet Police officer spotted Crafton on the 6000 block of Meadowview Drive around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Crafton saw the officer and quickly barricaded himself inside the home, which was where his ex-wife and two children lived. They were safely removed from the home, and six other homes in the surrounding area were evacuated as a safety precaution. Crafton would not respond to the Crisis Negotiators, so Mt. Juliet’s Special Response Team deployed gas canisters to force him out of the home. Crafton was found trying to exit the crawl space and taken into custody around 10 p.m.

Heavy rains cause area flooding
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Heavy rains caused flash flooding in several areas of Mt. Juliet Thursday morning causing several roads to be closed. 

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