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School board approves career tech center
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sabrina Garrett

Special to The Chronicle

A lease agreement with the Tennessee Board of Regents that will transform the vocational facility on the former Lebanon High School campus into a career technical center was approved by the Wilson County School Board with a 5-0 vote at their meeting on Monday night.
County Attorney Mike Jennings said that discussion with the TBR had been ongoing for a long time to find a solution that would accommodate both of the parties involved. “I think we have done the best we can to deal with these issues,” he added of the stipulations set forth by the board during their May meeting.
These issues included the safety of students that will be educated at the center, a yearly assessment and guaranteeing that spots would be available to Wilson County students – since recent numbers show that 40 percent of seniors who are graduating this year do not intend to go to college.
During an earlier interview with The Wilson Post, TBR Vice Chancellor James King said that he believes a technical center will greatly benefit students in the community. He said that America is in an era right now when having a marketable skill – such as those learned at career technical centers – is extremely valuable.
“There are a lot of people right now with a generic degree (from a four-year college) who are struggling to find jobs. Ninety percent of students graduating from our centers are getting jobs in their field,” he said.

Sabrina Garrett is a Staff Writer for The Wilson Post. She can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

County poll officials honored
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Wilson County Poll Officials were thanked for their service and updated on election plans at a reception honoring poll officials held at the Ward Ag Center on Thursday evening. The Wilson County Election Commission appoints over 300 Wilson County voters as poll officials for each countywide election.
Phillip Warren, Administrator of Elections, recapped the elections successes of 2012 and introduced plans for future election administration and training. “Preparation is a necessary part of success and it is never too early to start preparing for the next election,” Warren told the group.
Warren unveiled new registrar software that will be utilized in 2014 to speed up voter check in at the polls. After the success of a five precinct pilot program conducted during two elections in 2012, this new technology will be standard procedure throughout Wilson County in 2014 elections.
New opportunities for classroom, online and hands on poll official training were also rolled out at the reception. “Poll officials in Wilson County are some of the best trained in Tennessee,” Warren said. “Our goal is to maintain a level of training for our Poll Officials that is of the highest quality and innovative,” Warren commented.
Tennessee Coordinator of Elections, Mark Goins presented retiring Election Commissioner Bob Haley a certificate signed by Tre’ Hargett, TN Secretary of State, Coordinator Goins and the four Wilson County Election Commissioners. Haley has served Wilson County as Chairman and Secretary of the Election Commissioner since 2002. “It has been an honor to serve on the Election Commission and be a part of the tradition of well administered elections in Wilson County,” Haley said.
This is the second annual reception held in Wilson County for poll officials. There is always a need for poll workers in Wilson County. To learn more about becoming a poll worker visit or contact the Election Commission at 615-444-0216.

Gladeville Principal’s List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Principal’s List

2nd Grade: Ethan Brown, Karli Foster, Kate Grandstaff, Matthew Howard, Ananda Irwin, Leah Lannom, Rachel Malone, Tyler Mattone, Rubi Morris, Bailey Nye, Jamey Ricketts, Sophie Roberts, Lili Rodriguez, Shelby Russom, Isaac Schafer.
 3rd Grade:  Alexa Borski, Davis Brewer, Faith Cook, Emylia Goodner, Will Hamilton, Ethan Hunter, Adler Kerr, Madison Kibbe, Tammy Le, Addison Myatt, Katy Rowe, Erin Tucker, Sulley Vincion, Whitney Yankura.
4th Grade:  Nolan Edwards, Amelia Gardner, Makenna Gillespie, Jacob Howard, Arianna Hutchinson, Katie McFarlin, Katey Meador, Ashton Morgan, Emily Ochoa, Keeleigh Pilcher, Blaine Seibel, Joey Shulam
5th Grade:  Ridge Barry, Lily Bennett-Brown, Makayla Bizzell, Ella Burgess, Alivia Davis, Anna Kate Guethlein, Connor Guinn, Abby Hazel, Brooke Hentz, Jake Hood, Ben Humphrey, Hailey Hunter, Ethan Jacobs, Shane Johns, Dylan Johnson, Jacey Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Gavin Kerr, Gabby Lewis, Tristan Lee, Thai Mason, Britney McFarlin, Hayley Murray, Haven O’Brien, Chloe O’Meara, Annabelle Ritchey, Blaine Robinson, Emily Rowe, Merin Sadler, Sydney Smith, Olivia Speir, Sean Vincion, Ashlynn Winn

Honor Roll

2nd Grade: Hunter Abston, Katie Bollinger, Ciara Brown,  J.J. Cimato, Katerina Colwell, Tucker Cook, Eric Curtis, Greer Davis, Avrea Dickens, Gage Eastland, Avin Eisenlohr, Luke Ferrell, Cason Fournier, Kaleo Grooms, Dylan Guethlein, Allyson Hoffner, Kortney Jackson, Mackenzie McDonald, Bryson Miller, Rhiannon Morrison, Brantley Pilcher, Collin Sadler, Jordan Selby, Ryan Smith, Grace Spicer, Braiden Staten, Keller Stone, Ayden Stonestreet, Abby Wade, Macy Wimberley, Greyson Winn, Cloud Zamudio,
3rd Grade:  Cailin Aguilera, Jacob Armistead, Nathaniel Barnhill, Leah Grace Beazley, Amber Bollinger, Bryce Booth, Madison Carey, Chloe Crabtree, Clayton Duke, Anna Fergusson, Kailyn Ferguson, Wyatt Guethlein, Alli Johnson, Casey Jones, Kanan Kolesnikoff, Caden Kuhl, David Martinez, Ella McIsaac, Gabriel Mencia, Griffin Mills, Grace Monroe, MayKayla Ramer, Tryston Roney, Kori Smith, Adelle Sweeney, Kolbe Walling, Brock Wamack
4th Grade: Wyatt Baskin, Justin Bilbrey, Kinsley Blackfox, Madison Blake, Emma Neff Brown, Travis Caron, Cade Carson, Chance Carson, Makayla Cashion, Alex Chansler, Michael Cimato, Gunner Gossett, Holly Hagar, Rayne Ledbetter, Ally Lewis, Tristan Lewis, Josh Lu, Connor Maxwell, Cameron McCaleb, Madison McDonald, Braden McNeese, Shane Mintel, Sydnee Richetto, Isaac Roose, Grace Sanders, Colby Sparks, Hayley Suttles, Gracie Youngman, Mackenzie Welch
5th Grade:  Cody Beal, Jake Bush, Jake Caron, Chase Cashion, Lauren Curtis, Jessica Davis, A.D. Gollihue, Taylor Gray, Peyton Hamlett, A.J. Johnson, Jaeden Kenworthy, Savanah Lederman,  K.J. Mills, Jessica Murphy, Shelby Nye, Blake Parmele, Brady Pope, Jayla Rainey, Portia Richards, Zane Robinson, Kelton Spicer, Aidan Thompson, Taylor Vivrette, Nick Welshans, Kassie Williams, Jacob Willey

Encore Theatre presents ‘The Murder Room’
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Encore Theatre Company, a non-profit regional community theater serving Middle Tennessee has a busy summer planned. 
They jump into summer head first with the reprisal of our inaugural show “The Murder Room” by Jack Sharkey, directed by Barbara Hartman. 
Whoever knew murder could be so funny?? 
A fabulous mystery farce concerning newlyweds Edgar and Mavis.
Two days after their wedding Edgar discovers that Mavis - a nasty piece of work - is being unfaithful.
After her first attempt to kill him by poisoning his cocoa, when the cat dies instead, Mavis resorts to shooting him and then returning to her lover.
Chaos and complications reign when it transpires that the shots were blanks and that Edgar’s body has vanished. 
This show opens June 7 at 7:30 p.m. and runs three weekends, ending Saturday, June 22. 
Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees open at 2:30 p.m. 
Doors open 30 minutes before show time.  Purchase tickets on-line at or at the door.

MJ students earn scholarships to TTU
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Two students from Mt. Juliet were recognized for their academic achievements with scholarships from Tennessee Tech University’s College of Arts and Sciences this spring.
Jeffrey Graves, a math graduate student, received the mathematics graduate student teaching award. He is the son of Brenda and David Graves and a 2003 graduate of Wilson Central High School. After finishing his degree at TTU, he plans to go on for a doctoral degree.
Michele Smith, a junior math major, received the Grateful Heart math scholarship. After graduation, she plans to apply to the National Security Agency’s cryptology program. A 2010 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, she is the daughter of Ken and Lisa Smith and fiancée of Charley Brown.

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