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Commissioners approve lease purchase of 4 fire trucks
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The city commissioners approved the lease purchase of four fire department trucks at their meeting Monday. 

The lease will run over 10 years with a payment of $300,000 every year starting Oct. 1, 2014. The first $300,000 approved in the budget this year will be used by Fire Chief Erron Kinney to equip the vehicles, which helped lower the price of the lease purchase agreement. 

Three of the vehicles will be stored at the new fire station on Belinda Parkway, and one will be placed in the WEMA Station behind Mt. Juliet City Hall until the north side fire station along Lebanon Road can be built in the next few years. 

The commissioners also approved an agreement with Transystems Corporation for providing traffic engineering services from the light at Pleasant Grove Road on North Mt. Juliet Road, all the way to a light to be built on South Mt. Juliet Road between Publix and Graves Crossing where Firehouse Subs and Blue Coast Burrito are located. According to Public Works Director Marlin Keel, the lights will be switched to a radar system because there is less maintenance, and it will help move traffic through the area much quicker. 

Democratic women donate to Soles4Souls
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Wilson County Democratic Women at their July meeting collected new or gently used shoes to donate to Soles4Souls. 

Soles4Souls is a global charity located in Old Hickory. Their mission is to fight poverty by collecting new and used shoes and clothing, then distributing the shoes and clothes directly to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs. For more information, contact Soles4Souls at

This is one of a number of outreach initiatives that the Democratic Women of Wilson County sponsor. Other initiatives include donations of foodstuffs to the MJ Help Center; Homesafe, a women’s shelter serving Wilson County; book donations to the three county libraries; and donations to Brooks House.

The Wilson County Democratic Women meet the second Tuesday of the month at the Fair Grounds in Lebanon at 6:30 p.m. Because of the fair, the Aug. 13 meeting will be held at Five Oaks. For more information, contact Annette Stafford at (615)593-4969 or find us on Facebook. 

Vanderbilt Children’s After Hours Clinic treats 1,000th patient
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours Clinic in Mt. Juliet has treated its 1,000th patient since the doors opened March 25. Patients have been treated for conditions ranging from sprains and cuts to pneumonia. Several patients have needed referral for further evaluation and in some cases they have been transported and hospitalized.

“Parents who bring their children in are often concerned about how their child looks or is acting and feel they can’t wait until the morning to see their pediatrician,” said Jill Obremskey, M.D, medical director for the Vanderbilt Children’s After Hours Clinics, operated by the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  “The Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours clinic provides parents peace of mind that they can get their child the care they need when they need it.”

The Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours Clinic, located at 2025 North Mt. Juliet Rd., Suite 200, allows parents to take their children to get care when their pediatricians’ offices have closed for the day or the weekend. To keep care consistent and current, the child’s regular pediatrician will be sent a report about the visit the same evening.

 The Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours Clinic is open seven days a week, including holidays. The hours are Monday-Friday, 6 - 9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 3 -9:30 p.m.

Senator Green to speak to Wilson County Conservative Republicans
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dr. Mark Green, who serves as Tennessee State Senator serving Houston, Stewart and Montgomery counties, will be speaking at the Wilson County Conservative Republicans monthly meeting Saturday at Logan’s in Providence, 9:15 a.m.

A decorated former Army Ranger medic who served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, he was named ‘Rookie of the Year’ by the Tennessee Journal for his first year in the senate. 

Graduating from West Point in 1986, Green was the the special operations flight surgeon on the December 2003 mission that captured Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and was assigned to sit with him throughout the first 24 hours after his capture. He has written a book about the experience called “A Night with Saddaam.”

An 18-year Army veteran, Dr. Green is a recipient of the Bronze Star, The Air Medal, The Air Medal with “V” device for valor under heavy enemy fire, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, The Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Services Achievement Medal, the Combat Medical Badge, the US Army Ranger Tab, US Army Flight Surgeons’ Wings, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Senior Parachutists Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

In civilian life, he is the President and CEO of Align MD, which is based out of Clarksville. 

Wilson County Election Commission presents election preparation program at Del Webb
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Del Webb Civics Club hosted an election preparation presentation by the Wilson County Election Commission. Members learned about the process of preparing for an election and voted on questions about Wilson County civics and Del Webb bylaws. The voting machines used were the same ones used in Early Voting and at the polls on Election Day.

“The Election Commission appreciates every opportunity offered to inform voters about what is required to prepare for elections and how they can participate,” said Phillip Warren, Administrator of Elections.

The presentation is designed to show the audience the progression from voter registration to Election Day. Preparation for elections is a daily task for the Election Commission. “Voter awareness of the detailed preparation that goes into an election is an important part of our ongoing effort to increase voter registration and election turnout,” Warren said.

Del Webb has been a strong partner in past elections. Many residents have trained and worked at the polls during Early Voting and on Election Day. “Working at the polls gives voters a way to provide a civic service and be actively involved with elections in Wilson County,” said Tammy Smith, Assistant Administrator of Elections.

Del Webb groups were one of the first to take part in the Adopt A Precinct initiative. The Adopt A Precinct program partners community groups with the Election Commission to increase community participation in the voting process. This helps address the ongoing need for poll workers and provides a fund raising opportunity to qualified civic groups.

The Election Commission encourages any group interested in learning more about elections in Wilson County to contact them at 615-444-0216 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange a presentation.

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