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Host families for exchange students needed in the Mt. Juliet area
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Share your family and discover the joy of experiencing another culture by inviting a foreign exchange student into your home this coming school year. 

Nacel Open Door, a non profit organization, is seeking host families in the Wilson County area for students ages 15-18 who will arrive in August and stay for either a semester or a full school year (approximately 10 months).

Students are from all over the world including countries such as China, Germany, Spain and many more. Host families provide a warm, family environment and room/board. 

Students provide their own health insurance and spending money. 

“Nacel Open Door’s non-profit program represents an excellent opportunity for students from another country to learn about the United States while participating in American family and community life,” says local representative, Jennifer Tarkington. “This would be a great way to expose your family to life outside of the United States.”

Host families are desperately needed this year. 

For more information about serving as a host family, go online at or contact Jennifer Tarkington at 615-406-4808.

Youth Villages looking for local foster parents
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Youth Villages is looking for caring people in Wilson County to become foster parents to children who have suffered abuse, neglect, abandonment or other issues and need a home. 

These children need families who will care for them until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them. 

If the child becomes available for adoption, foster parents often have the first right to adopt, and adoption through Youth Villages is free. 

Youth Villages’ foster parents receive a monthly stipend to help them offset the costs of adding a child to their household. 

Candidates should be single or married adults over the age of 25 and living in the Wilson County area who are interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. 

To find out more about the support Youth Villages offers or free training classes, interested persons can contact Blake Bohanan at 615-250-7299 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. 

Headquartered in Memphis, Youth Villages this year will help more than 20,000 children and families through a wide variety of effective programs, including intensive in-home services, foster care and adoption, residential treatment, crisis services, a mentoring program and transitional living services for young adults aging out of foster care. 

Youth Villages’ focus on strengthening families consistently produces an 80 percent success rate of children living successfully at home two years after completing a Youth Villages program. 

Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and recently was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. 

For more information about Youth Villages, visit 

Meth lab bust on Cooks Road
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A joint investigation by Metro police narcotics detectives and TBI agents into alleged methamphetamine sales and manufacturing by a Mt. Juliet man led to today’s execution of a Wilson County search warrant and the arrest of the suspect.

Carroll Johnson Cook, 49, of 11 Cooks Road in Mt. Juliet, is being charged at the Wilson County Jail with initiating the process to manufacture meth and meth possession.  A Davidson County warrant charging Cook with selling meth will be sought tomorrow.

Man crashes car into creek, steals car of person who stopped to help
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Overnight Wednesday, a reckless driver crashed his car into a creek then stole the car of a citizen who stopped to help him. 

Stephen Fields, 20, of Old Hickory, wanted to elude police after he crashed and rolled his car into a creek in Mt. Juliet. 

Businesses keep coming to MJ
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Things are picking up in the economy, and Mt. Juliet keeps pulling in new businesses. 

Several have recently opened like Firehouse Subs and Jet’s Pizza, but many are coming along soon. 

Mirko Pasta, Bar-B-Cutie and Martin’s Barbecue should be opening shortly. 

Several others are on the horizon. 

Kirkland’s will be opening near Two Rivers Ford with a new plaza that still has some hurdles to go through before being built. 

A new Goodwill has been approved in planning and will be coming on Providence Parkway behind where the Walgreens is now. 

Pier 1 Imports has broke ground in that same area, and will be located next to Regions Bank. 

Ascend Federal Credit Union and White Castle will be coming to Paddocks as well. 

Several places are most likely coming, but are not official. Chuck E. Cheese and Sephora are among the businesses that are possibly looking to open in Mt. Juliet. Sephora is currently located in J.C. Penney’s. 

The Dollar General on Lebanon Road that was heavily damaged during the tornado will not be returning. City Manager Kenny Martin says he is trying to recruit a restaurant to come to that location. Mark’s Automotive, which was located on the backside of that building, will be relocated. 

There is still no indication that Costco, Sam’s Club or Whole Foods will be coming to Mt. Juliet in the near future. 

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