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11th Annual Ms. Tennessee Senior Wilson County
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 11th  annual Ms. Tennessee Senior Wilson County pageant to be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center Fiddlers Grove Opry stage as part of the Wilson County fair.

The Ms. Tennessee Senior Wilson County pageant is for ladies that have reached the “Age of Elegance,” 60 and over, have resided in Wilson County for the past three months and is a citizen of the United States. The entry fee is $20

Each contestant will receive a gift and the top three will be awarded special prizes. Contestants will be judged on poise, personality, evening gown and talent. Talent may be singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, dramatic reading, art display, dress designing, creative poetry, writing, etc. Each contestant will be invited to a rehearsal at which time they’ll receive complete instructions regarding the pageant and rehearse the evening activities.

We invite all ladies that have reached the “Age of Elegance,” 60 and over to make new friends, visit new places and seek the title of Ms. Tennessee Senior Wilson County. 

For more information, contact the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 444-5503.

Wilson County Schools see big test score improvements
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wilson County Schools met or exceeded all their Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) for the 2012-2013 school year. 

“Wilson County Schools is pleased and proud to announce it has met or exceeded all 11 of these AMOs in Achievement,” the school system said in a statement last week. 

West to have modified schedule due to construction
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Construction will modify the start of school for West Elementary. 

All students except for kindergartners will have an abbreviated day from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. Thursday and Friday. Kindergartners will not start until Monday, Aug. 5, and will be personally contacted by their teachers prior to Aug. 1. Buses will run Thursday and Friday. 

The exterior construction has limited parking space, and parents are temporarily asked to use the buses or drop your child off using the car rider lines. Due to some parents wanting to accompany their child to their class on the first day, you may choose to wait and start school on Monday, Aug. 5. 

MJPD officer delivers backpacks to kids in need
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet Police Officer Anthony Allen wants to make sure the service part doesn’t get left out of the serve and protect. 

“Sometimes the service part gets lost in the shuffle,” said Allen. 

That is why Allen took it upon himself a few months ago to make a difference in the community. Allen grew up in a low-income area in Florida, and the positive relationships he made with police officers pushed him toward law enforcement. He came to Wilson County by way of a football scholarship to Cumberland University. After getting a degree in criminal justice, he was hired by the Mt. Juliet Police Department in 2011. 

In his time in Mt. Juliet, he had developed relationships with many less fortunate children in the area. So, a few months ago, he decided to get them off on the right foot for the school year. That culminated Monday when Allen delivered 20 backpacks to 11 different homes for children starting school this week. 

“It’s about giving back and reaching out,” said Allen. 

Allen said the children had expressed to him their academic goals, and what they wanted to be, so he wanted to help them achieve those goals. 

Allen had help from Evidence Technician Sandy Dempsey, local Girl Scout troops who donated items and the MJPD Community Policing Division helped him accomplish his goal. 

Allen said he will be doing this every year, and will do some other fundraisers in the community. He hopes to partner with Mt. Juliet Help Center to get food out to needy families later in the year. 

Garr’s closing up after 35 years
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A staple of Mt. Juliet’s north side will be closing up shop Aug. 31. 

Garr’s Rental and Feed will close its doors on that date after 35 years in business in Mt. Juliet. 

“It was a family decision,” said Owner Roy Garr. 

He said the business was still profitable, but the decision was made a little under two years ago to put the two pieces of property, the one where Garr’s sits, and the corner lot beside it, on the market. He said whichever one sold first dictated what they did with the business. They got a buyer for the property where the store sat, so they decided it was time. 

Garr said what he will miss most is interacting with the community, especially on things like letting people hold the chicks and ducks, scarecrow workshops, and Santa Claus pictures. 

“It was a real treat,” said Garr, seeing the smile on kids faces as they got to hold a duck or chick for the first time. 

Garr said the economy did make things harder for Garr’s, but he was happy the way things have turned out. 

“It’s actually very difficult for a mom and pop to make it work,” said Garr. “We could have done better, but we did a lot of things right.”

Garr is not retiring,  he is going to find some work with insurance, so his wife can retire. He’s not sure what that will be, but he ready for a new chapter in his life. 

Over the month of August, Garr’s will have big sales to get rid of all their merchandise. He is still ordering certain things that people buy daily that will remain the same price, but a large majority will be sold a reduced rate, even there rental equipment. After the store has closed, he will have an auction to get rid of the rest, plus things in the store like shelving, and other items. 

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