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MJ girl wins several honors at prestigious modeling competition
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A Mt. Juliet 14-year-old has caught the eyes of big modeling agencies after winning several awards at a prestigious competition. 

Holly Stevens was the overall winner in the TV Commercial Category and the Photography division, first runner up in Runway Modeling and top honor in Legs at the Modeling Association of America International in Miami, Fla. June 20-24. 

Because of the wins, Stevens received a $2,500 scholarship to the New York Film Academy. 

Stevens had only been modeling a month at the Jo-Susan School of Modeling and Talent. Director of the School Susan Carpenter urged Stevens that she should go to the competition despite only a month of training. She said she had a “star quality.”

She pretty much talked us into going,” said Stevens mother Cathey Stevens. “Holly did amazing.”

“I was nervous and excited,” said Holly of knowing she would be attending the competition. 

The competition had females ranging from 7 to 50 years old, but most of the girls were aged 13-17. There were 12 international agencies in attendance, most of them from Canada, and Holly got seven call backs from the 12. Holly said the agencies she spoke to do a lot of work in European cities like Milan, Italy, as well as in China. 

Holly said that the experience was great, but she isn’t going to rush into anything, though she would like to go a lot farther in modeling and acting. She will be a home school student through Heritage Christian Academy starting this fall. She previously attended Donelson Christian Academy. 

If modeling and acting doesn’t work out for her, she would like to pursue a career in Pathology or Veterinary Medicine. 

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. 

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