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Grant-funded Cumberland externship bolsters geriatric healthcare education
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cumberland University is helping to address a growing need for post-acute care for seniors through its grant-funded Geriatric Nursing Externship program.

A course of Cumberland’s Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions, the externship is a new elective clinical practicum designed to provide geriatric educational and clinical experiences with healthcare agencies that provide post-acute care.

The university won a $15,000 grant from The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. to develop and implement the course. Additional support came from the National HealthCare Corporation’s Foundation for Geriatric Education.

Associate Professor Fay McRady, who coordinates Cumberland’s Mt. Juliet Nursing program, believes that the grant will allow Cumberland to expand its reach in healthcare education.

“Being identified as a grant recipient to administer this program demonstrates Cumberland University’s commitment to providing quality healthcare for the growing senior population that will soon reach 70 million in the US,” said McRady. “This initiative will allow us to develop new curriculums and extend our relationships with organizations that provide post-acute care.”

Students Rebecka Macon and Monett Grant recently became the first undergraduates to complete the externship.

Externships are hands-on learning experiences that provide students with critical knowledge of their field and generally require a smaller timeframe than internships.

Mt. Juliet Resident, Eric Horner, in Concert
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Silver Springs Baptist Church, Lebanon Road at Benders Ferry, Mt. Juliet will be hosting Eric Horner in concert Sunday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m.  This will be an opportunity to hear this gifted musician, who resides in Mt. Juliet.

Eric, a native of Paducah, Kentucky, began playing guitar at an early age and had Steven Curtis Chapman as his first teacher.  At the age of nineteen, Horner came to Nashville like many with the dream of being a professional songwriter and musician.  His dream came true touring for seventeen years with artists such as, Lee Greenwood, Shania Twain, Wynonna Judd, and Brad Paisley.

In 2002 though, Eric began to feel a call on his life to return to his Gospel music roots.  Since then, Eric and his wife, Debby, spend over 250 days a year ministering in churches and military bases.

Pastor Russ Stephens and the Silver Springs Church family invite all area residents to join them for a night of Christian music.  If you would like to learn more about Eric and even listen to his music go to

Silver Springs’ building is handicap accessible.  There is no admission charge, however a love offering will be received to support and encourage Eric in his music ministry.

For more information about the concert, phone 758-7853 or visit

Lasater resigns from school board, sheriff’s department
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sabrina Garrett

Special to The Chronicle

Greg Lasater, a deputy with Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and member of Wilson County Board of Education has resigned from both positions.

Mt. Juliet Pawn Shop and Market burglarized
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Corner Market and Prestige Jewelry and Loan were burglarized early Tuesday morning around 1:45 a.m. by three men. 

Surveillance footage a large box style Penske moving truck backing up to the front door of the business. The group first stole the truck in Nashville, and they drove it to Mt. Juliet to haul away the stolen goods. They stole a large amount of cigarettes and some beer from the market. One of the burglars entered the pawn shop and targeted jewelry in excess of over $30,000. One of the suspects used a sledgehammer to smash the front door. A blood trail was left through the market, as one of the suspects must have been injured on the glass door. The stolen truck was later located in Wilson County. 

Recent MJHS grad makes it to final 33 on So You Think You Can Dance
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Recent Mt. Juliet High School graduate Marissa Milele hit the national stage recently when she got down to the final 33 dancers on “So You Think You Can Dance?”

Milele made it to the Top 33, known as “The Green Mile,” and was one of the top 17 girls in the competition that originally had 10,000 audition. 

“The most intense, yet amazing experience,” said Milele. 

Milele first auditioned in Memphis on March 15. Due to conflicts with her DC Dance Factory Competition, a studio out of Franklin, she was late to her “So You Think You Can Dance” audition, and was not given the opportunity to show her solo and only had a 10-second audition. 

But Milele didn’t give up. Through the encouragement of friends and family, Milele flew to Los Angeles, Calif., to try again. She picked up some odd jobs and did dance lessons to help earn money for a plane ticket to Los Angeles, and got it just in time. Friends there helped her get to the audition at 5 a.m., where there were already hundreds of dancers in line. 

The auditions lasted for a few days, and Milele came out of it with a ticket to Las Vegas, Nev. to compete with the top 159 dancers. Milele battled through six rounds of eliminations and reached “The Green Mile.” She said that some rehearsals would last all night long. 

“Vegas week was brutal,” Milele said. 

That sent Milele back to Los Angeles. The dates interfered with her last DC Dance recital, so some changes had to be made. However, she flew out to Los Angeles to find out that she had been cut. She had to get on a return flight home. 

Milele’s episode aired earlier this month, but you can catch it on the web at

She will continue to pursue her dream of not only being a dancer, but also a singer. 

“My plans are to commute between Atlanta, LA and Nashville and be represented by Xcel talent and Bloc LA agencies to pursue my music as a solo singer and also professional dancer.”

Milele’s parents are Mark and Jamie Milele of Mt. Juliet. Her brother Justin is also pursuing his dream of becoming a professional singer and dancer. 

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