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Recent MJHS grad makes it to final 33 on So You Think You Can Dance
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Recent Mt. Juliet High School graduate Marissa Milele hit the national stage recently when she got down to the final 33 dancers on “So You Think You Can Dance?”

Milele made it to the Top 33, known as “The Green Mile,” and was one of the top 17 girls in the competition that originally had 10,000 audition. 

“The most intense, yet amazing experience,” said Milele. 

Milele first auditioned in Memphis on March 15. Due to conflicts with her DC Dance Factory Competition, a studio out of Franklin, she was late to her “So You Think You Can Dance” audition, and was not given the opportunity to show her solo and only had a 10-second audition. 

But Milele didn’t give up. Through the encouragement of friends and family, Milele flew to Los Angeles, Calif., to try again. She picked up some odd jobs and did dance lessons to help earn money for a plane ticket to Los Angeles, and got it just in time. Friends there helped her get to the audition at 5 a.m., where there were already hundreds of dancers in line. 

The auditions lasted for a few days, and Milele came out of it with a ticket to Las Vegas, Nev. to compete with the top 159 dancers. Milele battled through six rounds of eliminations and reached “The Green Mile.” She said that some rehearsals would last all night long. 

“Vegas week was brutal,” Milele said. 

That sent Milele back to Los Angeles. The dates interfered with her last DC Dance recital, so some changes had to be made. However, she flew out to Los Angeles to find out that she had been cut. She had to get on a return flight home. 

Milele’s episode aired earlier this month, but you can catch it on the web at

She will continue to pursue her dream of not only being a dancer, but also a singer. 

“My plans are to commute between Atlanta, LA and Nashville and be represented by Xcel talent and Bloc LA agencies to pursue my music as a solo singer and also professional dancer.”

Milele’s parents are Mark and Jamie Milele of Mt. Juliet. Her brother Justin is also pursuing his dream of becoming a professional singer and dancer. 

Granville Genealogy Festival this weekend
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The first annual Granville Genealogy Festival will occur in Granville on July 5, 6 and 7 with one of it many events being “Storytelling of Times Past” at the Pruett Stage.  

Storytelling will begin at 11 a.m. with “It Was Hard to be a Woman”- the hard life of a woman in the early 1900s by Robbie Melton.  At 1 p.m. “The Settlers Journey to the Promised Land” –tales of the hardships and problems faced by the early setters as they enter the Upper Cumberland.  At 1 and 3 p.m. at the Sutton Barn building Leon Jeans will tell “The Thirteen Months a Year Job”- hardships of being a farmer in times past. At 3:30 p.m. “If This Street Could Talk - A Day in the Granville in the 1930s” by Randall Clemons.  

The Genealogy Festival will begin on Friday July 5 with a Opening Ceremony at noon at Pruett Stage followed by a afternoon of cemetery tours, genealogy sharing at surname booths, genealogy research at Granville Museum and tours of town.

The day will conclude with a Jazz Festival beginning at 7 p.m. with no admission charge.  Dinner will be served at Sutton General Store at 6 p.m and reservations are preferred by calling (931)653-4151.

On Saturday July 6 the Genealogy Festival will begin at 9 a.m. with a full day of speakers at the Granville United Methodist Church featuring Dr. Calvin Dickinson, Ronald Dishman, Jill Jones-Lazuka, Trent Hanner, Dr. Michael Birdwell and Mike Gilpatrick.

The Genealogy 68 plus surname booths will be set up in individual tent covering the genealogy of the following families: Allen, Anderson, Apple, Armstrong, Aytes, Biggs, Birdwell, Brown, Carter, Carver, Clark, Clemons, Clinton, Crabtree, Danley, Dixon, Dowell, Ferrell, Flatt, Floyd, Fraim, Gipson, Hargis, Harris, Heady, Hensley, Hickman, Holliman, Huff, Hull, Jarred, Jenkins, Johnson, Keith, Kelly,Kirby, Lemons, Loftis, Lytton, McCann, McDonald, McKinley, McKinnis, Meadows, Pharris, Philpot, Pippin, Pryor, Quarles, Ragland, Rawley, Ray, Reynolds, Rickman, Sadler, Smith, Spurlock, Stafford, Stanton, Steakley, Stone, Thackston, Tittle, Way, Wheeler, Williamson, Wilmore, Wright.  These booths will be operated by family members who have done research on their families. Other families can still be a part of this great day by calling (615)429-0364 or (931)653-4511.

The day will also feature craftsmen of the past with grist mill operating, blacksmith, basket weaver and primitive cooking.  

The Quarter Moon country music band will perform at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. at Pruett Stage.  This will also be the last weekend of “Hats Off to our Past” exhibit at Sutton Homestead as well as the last weekend of the War of 1812 Exhibit at Granville Museum.  Great food will be served at Sutton General Store with a outside food booth on Saturday as well.  The day will conclude with the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour at 6:00 p.m. featuring Bluegrass Solutions with dinner at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. by reservation which can be made by calling (931)653-4151.  The day will end with a professional fireworks show at 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday, July 7 families can worship together at Liberty Church of Christ or Granville United Methodist Church followed by lunch at Sutton General Store where tents will be provided for each family.  You will be able to carry out your lunch to your tent and reservations are needed by calling (931)653-4151.  The Genealogy Festival is featured on 

Encore Theatre to perform at park
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Encore Theatre Company a 501(c)3 non-profit organization is pleased to present “Cinderella Wore Combat Boots” by Jerry Chase as the second event in the Summer of Music, Theatre and Arts at Charlie Daniels Park Stage Saturday July 6 at 6:30 p.m.   

This is a free family friendly performance made possible by Jeff Gannon State Farm and Rutland Place our corporate sponsors.   The City of Mt. Juliet Parks and Recreation Department, Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and The Arts Alliance helped put together this free community series of entertainment.  Please bring a lawn blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic to enjoy while watching Wilson Counties finest community theatre production of this classic Cinderella performance. 

This Encore production of “Cinderella Wore Combat Boots” Directed by Kurt Grabenstein, is a modern version of the classic Cinderella story that has all the basic elements of the classic story, but told here with a considerable and highly imaginative difference.  Cinderella, and the other characters, think and speak in modern terms, replacing the innocent mood of the original with the very hip and knowing attitudes of today’s young people. 

And Cinderella does wear combat boots to the ball - which is delightfully consistent with the wacky, tongue-in-cheek, and continually diverting style of this thoroughly charming short play.  The talented cast is all local and hails primarily from the Wilson County area.  

“Cinderella Wore Combat Boots” premiered at Encore in January of this year, and the one-act play was so popular it was presented (by request) at the Children’s Hullabaloo at Pinkerton Park in Franklin TN on June 12.   As part of our evening, we will also present a scene from our upcoming show “Red, White and Tuna” by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, directed by and starring Bowd Beal and Hugh Britt portraying 24 different characters.  If you saw the Encore production of “A Tuna Christmas” you will recognize some of the Tuna, Texas citizens and meet a few new folks too!  The show opens at Encore on July 12 with a limited two weekend run.  Tickets can be purchased on-line, by phone, or at the door and will be available for sale at the park on July 6. 

Mark your calendars as the free entertainment in Charlie Daniels Park continues this summer with performances by The Jazz Alliance on Aug. 3, A Singer Song Writer Night Sept. 7 and Cedar Creek Community Band Oct. 5.  

Mark Hinesley with the Chamber of Commerce says that, “Mt. Juliet is growing everyday and it is fantastic for this community to have music, theatre and the arts presented for free in our premiere public park.  The community is made a much better place when we have creative people and organizations providing entertainment and enjoyment for all.  Please come on out and support Encore Theatre Company on Saturday July 6”.  

For additional information see,, or call Gary at 615-415-1740.  

5-year-old killed in tragic accident
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A 5-year-old was killed when he fell into the path of a truck Friday morning. 

Commissioners pass yearly budget
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The City of Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners passed the yearly budget unanimously Monday evening. 

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