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Maness attends educator space camp
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tracy Maness recently joined teachers from around the world to embark on a learning adventure of a lifetime this June during the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy program. Honeywell announced it has awarded 210 scholarships to teachers from 27 countries and 42 states to attend its simulated astronaut training and professional development program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.  

Tracy teaches at Lakeview Elementary School in Mt. Juliet. She has been teaching for 11 years.

She participated in 45 hours of professional development, as well as an intensive educator curriculum focused on space science and exploration.  Each teacher underwent simulated astronaut training including: 

•         A high-performance jet simulation 

•         Scenario-based space mission 

•         Land and water survival training

•         Interactive flight dynamics programs

Only about one-third of 8th graders have the skills to perform even basic mathematic computations. Honeywell Educators at Space Academy, created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2004, is designed to address these trends in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by providing teachers with new technical skills and teaching techniques that help motivate students not only in the U.S. but around the world.

Since the program’s inception, more than 1,755 teachers have attended this unique and innovative program. 

More information on Honeywell Educators at Space Academy is below.  We would love to arrange time for you to speak with Tracy. Photos of her experience at Space Academy will also be available.

Teen wanted for attempted Curd Road armed robbery
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

San Antonio Freeman, 17, Lebanon is wanted on many active warrants for the aggravated armed robbery attempt on Curd Road, July 11. 

Freeman was the shooter in the incident. The victim was approached by two male suspects outside, who attempted to rob him. A third suspect was nearby in a vehicle. A struggle ensued, and a Freeman fired a shot toward the victim. After the shot, the suspects fled in a silver car. The victim was not hit. 

High end community for young professionals coming to MJ
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

What Mayor Ed Hagerty described as a Del Webb for young people is on track to make its way to Mt. Juliet. 

Ava’s Splash Pad opening Saturday
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The City of Mt. Juliet: Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting Splash Day: Grand Opening of Ava’s Splash Pad Saturday. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Splash Day activities following from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. 

This free event will consist of free play in the splash pad, inflatable water slides, an inflatable slip-n-slide, a dunking booth, a water gun area, and more.  Concessions will be available for purchase. Additionally, Vanderbilt University will be onsite donating basic first aid if necessary.

Ava’s Splash Pad is a memorial tribute to young Avalyn Shaye Bright who passed away three years ago due to complications following a tonsillectomy. Since that day, Ava’s family has worked tirelessly to create the Avalyn Shaye Foundation which raised over $80,000 to contribute to this splash pad which will bring so much joy and laughter to the children of Mt. Juliet.

“Ava’s Splash Pad is an amazing contribution to Charlie Daniels Park. It’s an honor for us to celebrate what a wonderful child Ava was and to carry her memory on for her family and the community.”  Rocky Lee, Parks Manager

This event is free and open to the community. Water activities are recommended for ages 5-12, but everyone is welcome. Anyone under the age of 18 must have their legal guardian sign a waiver in order to participate. For more information please contact the Mt. Juliet Community Center. Phone: (615)758-6522. Website:

Hutto talks county at MJ Chamber Luncheon
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto stopped by the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon to talk about the state of the county. 

Hutto said that there are three things that the county really likes to focus on – education, public safety and quality of life. 

Hutto went over the accomplishments of the Wilson County School system has had over the past few years, and the future of the school system. He said when the Watertown High School is finished, there will not be a high school more than 11 years old in the school system. This past year, Wilson County had the highest graduation rate in Tennessee at 95.5 percent. The per pupil funding from the county was a little lower than some surrounding counties. 

“We’re a little low, but we are going to work on that,” said Hutto. 

Hutto said the next schools will be in the 109 area on the north side as that area continues to grow. He said an elementary, middle school and high school will all be built in the coming years. Also a middle school in the Gladeville area is a possibility. 

Hutto said that the county is working on getting more white collar jobs to the county because many students who leave to go off to college, settle in other areas because there are not as many jobs that require college educated persons. 

“When our students graduate, we need to have them a place to work,” said Hutto. 

Hutto said that the county is also looking into obtaining somewhere around 40 acres for park land that would include ball parks, similar to Siegel Park in Murfreesboro. He said Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Watertown all have ball parks that are at capacity, and the expansion will help alleviate the pressure they are feeling. 

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