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Man falls asleep, rolls car, closing N. Mt. Juliet Road
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A man who fell asleep at the wheel caused a three-car wreck that closed N. Mt. Juliet Road Thursday. 

The 21-year old male told officers that he fell asleep after working long hours. He was driving a 4Runner, and struck a car that was waiting to turn into the post office. That caused the 4Runner to roll and strike another car. The car ended up on its side. 

N. Mt. Juliet Road was closed for 40 minutes. There were no serious injuries in the crash. 

Armed robbery suspect found dead
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Staff Reports

Police are investigating an armed robbery occurred Saturday evening at the Corner Market in which a suspect was found later deceased in his home. 

According to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Kristopher Lee Green, 33, was found dead in his home from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. A small caliber handgun was recovered from the scene.  During the death investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said that there were indications that Green was a possible suspect in the armed robbery. 

Saturday evening, Mt. Juliet Police responded to the armed robbery at the Corner Market at 20 Benders Ferry Road. According to a preliminary investigation, the suspect fled the scene after stealing a case of beer. A clerk and a patron confronted the suspect, and the suspect pulled a revolver out and pointed it at the clerk and patron. As the suspect was fleeing the scene, the patron reported that the suspect fired a gunshot out of the vehicle. No one was injured at during the robbery. 

The body has been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office, and the investigation is ongoing, pending the results of the autopsy. Mt. Juliet Police investigators are currently investigating the armed robbery, the deceased man and any possible connection between the two. 

MJPD announce traffic plan for fireworks
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

From the Mt. Juliet Police Department

Mt. Juliet’s Fourth of July Celebration in Providence is going to be grand, and Mt. Juliet Police & Fire have a plan in place to ensure the event is safe and enjoyable for everyone. The firework presentation, presented by local nursery owner Tom Needham, will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4 and will launch from the field directly behind Target.

Mayfield excited for return to WCHS
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A familiar face will be returning to Wilson Central High School this fall, as Travis Mayfield will return as Principal of the school. 

“There is a strong sense of community and pride in this school,” said Mayfield who held the position from 2006-2010. He was the Assistant Principal in 2005 after moving from Oklahoma. The last four years, he was at Williamson County School, so he could be at the school his two older children attended. Now, his two younger children attend Southside Elementary, where his wife also works. 

“Wilson County is where we always have been,” said Mayfield. 

Mayfield was introduced to the faculty and staff the last day of school, and has had one admin day with them, so he is still getting to know everyone he didn’t know from his time before at the school. He said that he has been told that the school has a great bunch of students, and previous Principal Pat Suddarth praised the faculty. 

“I’m looking forward to working with them,” said Mayfield. 

Mayfield said he aims to maintain the strong points about Central, like a 97 percent graduation rate, and keep improving different areas. 

“You always can improve,” said Mayfield. 

Mayfield said there will be a strong emphasis on core academic areas this year because of new assessment practices, so Math and English will be stressed. He said many of the assessments will be writing based, so the strong focus on English will help students excel in multiple areas. He also wants to make ACT prep a big priority for the school, so the school can continue to improve on their scores. 

Mayfield said he considers himself a student-centered principal, and likes to be approachable to anyone who has a concern or needs his help. He plans to have an open house early in the year with all the teachers to allow parents to come meet their children’s teachers, as well as the administration. That will be announced early in the next school year. 

TriStar Summit donates to City
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TriStar Summit Medical Center presented automated external defibrillators (AED) systems to the City of Mt. Juliet on June 25, 2015 for two local parks: Robinson Park and Jones Family Park. 

Having an AED on-site for quick use if someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a potentially life-saving step until emergency medical services arrive. An AED is a computerized medical device that checks a person’s heart rhythm and – if needed – can be used to shock a person’s heart. The automated system helps a rescuer through the steps of using the AED with voice, text and other visual prompts.

Parks are among the public facilities that now have an AED system in an easily accessible location for use in a cardiac emergency. “Our parks have thousands of visitors each year and host various community activities. At any given time we have children, parents, grandparents and athletic teams at our local parks,” said Kenny Martin, city manager and economic development director, City of Mt. Juliet. “Having an AED at our parks allows us to be in a better position to save a life, as sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any time.”

According to the American Heart Association, SCA is the leading cause of death in the United States. About 360,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital each year.

“As a member of our community who sees the impact of sudden cardiac arrest on a regular basis in our hospital, we certainly recognize the importance of having an AED available in public spaces like our local parks” said Jeff Whitehorn, CEO of TriStar Summit Medical Center. “We are honored to donate these AED systems to the city of Mt. Juliet and the community it is now serving.”

TriStar Summit also donated replacement adult and pediatric pads to support ongoing maintenance needs for the devices.

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