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Director of Schools list down to two
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sabrina Garrett

Special to The Chronicle

Dr. Tim Sutterlund or Dr. Donna Wright will be named the new Wilson County Director of Schools following a final round of interviews set for Saturday, April 27.

3 home burglaries reported in Clearview Estates
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Residential burglaries have been a common occurrence in a Mt. Juliet neighborhood recently. 

The Clearview Estates neighborhood has had three residential burglaries, which have all occurred on Thursdays. The three different homeowners have come home to their doors kicked-in and homes ransacked. Cash, Jewelry, firearms, and narcotics were all reported stolen.

3 Doors Down bassist, MJ resident, charged with vehicular homicide
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Robert Todd Harrell of Mt. Juliet was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication for a crash late Friday night on I-40 near Hermitage that claimed the life of a Nashville man. Harrell is the bassist for the rock group, 3 Doors Down. 

The victim is identified as 47-year-old Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr. According to the Metro-Nashville Police Department, Harrell was driving his 2011 Cadillac CTS westbound on I-40 at a high rate of speed when the car clipped a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck being driven by Shoulders. The pickup truck went out of control, struck a guardrail, traveled down an embankment and overturned. Shoulders was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. He was transported to Vanderbilt where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The Cadillac struck the retaining wall and stopped about a quarter mile away. Harrell showed indicators of impairment while performing field sobriety tasks and appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant(s). He acknowledged consuming hard cider and taking prescription Lortab and Xanax.  A search warrant was obtained for a mandatory blood sample from Harrell.

Harrell is also charged with bringing controlled substances into the jail. During a search at the booking room, Davidson County Sheriff’s deputies discovered a plastic bag concealed in his sock that contained eight Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and four Oxymorphone pills.

Harrell is jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Youth football moving to Mundy Park
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that will send Mt. Juliet Youth Football to Mundy Park. 

Mt. Juliet Youth Football had signed a lease agreement with the City of Mt. Juliet in 1985. They are now so large that game days overcrowd Charlie Daniels Park and turn away citizens who want to use the park. 

MJYFA will take over what is now softball fields 2, 3 and 4 July 8. There were several items in the resolution which troubled the commissioners, so it be worked into a lease agreement, and will be brought back to the Board of Commissioners at the May 13 meeting. 

In other business, the commissioners put a moratorium on lighted window sign permits. The issue is to be looked at and new regulations for the signs will be brought forward. 

Davis speaks to Chamber
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Outgoing Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis spoke to the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, and laid out all the success the school system has seen over the last few years. 

“You can be very proud,” said Davis. “You have a wonderful school system.”

Davis said this has been the best school system he has worked for in his 41 years in education. However, he thinks they can be better. 

“Wilson County can be the premiere school system in Tennessee,” said Davis. 

Davis said one of the most important things the school system has done recently is put a school resource officer in every school. He said he believed Wilson County is the first school system in Tennessee to do so. Davis said he doesn’t believe in arming the teachers. He said they need to focus on learning. 

He said one area that the system can improve on is teacher salaries. Wilson County has the lowest per pupil funding than any adjacent county, and the school system is losing teachers to those systems. He said that math teachers can start in Wilson County at $33,000 or go to Metro Nashville Public Schools and make $40,000. 

“It’s not hard for a math teacher to figure that out,” said Davis. 

Wilson County Schools is 8th from the bottom in the entire state for per pupil expenditure at $7,803 per student. 

Davis said the school system in 2012 recorded its best state report card in the system’s history with all As in math, reading/language arts, social studies and science in grades three through eight. 

Davis said the graduation rate has climbed to 95.5 percent for the school system, but he said they won’t stop improving that score until they reach 100 percent. 

There are four building projects going on right now  - additions to West Elementary, West Wilson Middle School, and new buildings for Rutland Elementary and Watertown High School. 

Davis went over the drawings and plans for each school. He said that in the next five years, if growth holds, the western end of the county will need another high school, middle school and possibly two elementary schools. 

Davis resigned from his position as Director of Schools, and he will be leaving in June. He has accepted the same position at Robertson County Schools. 

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