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Great Easter Bash Saturday
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

There will be over 60,000 Easter Eggs disappear in a matter of minutes as the annual Great Easter Bash presented by Friendship Community Church Saturday. 

There will be two times for the hunts at Charlie Daniels Park. At 10:30 a.m. there will be 40,000 Easter Eggs, and 20,000 at 1:30 p.m. The hunts will be separated by grades. It will be ages 2-and-under, ages 3-5, kindergarten to second grade third to fifth grade. 

In addition to the hunts, there will fun and games, including 24 bouncy inflatables, pony rides, a train ride, balloon animals, cotton candy, popcorn, drinks and lots more. The whole event will be free. 

New apartments move forward at planning commission meeting
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The first piece of the Providence Central development, Creekside at Providence Central, got a site plan approved at the planning commission Thursday. 

The apartment complex will be located on Providence Parkway back behind where Regions Bank is now. 

Brian Abston and Art Giles had concerns about another apartment complex in the area because of the crime and overcrowding it could bring to the area. Giles said he had two people approach him about having another apartment complex in the Providence area. 

“People are getting concerned,” said Giles. 

Chairman Luke Winchester and Mayor Ed Hagerty voiced concern that there were several issues that still needed to be taken care of on the site plan, and we’re afraid that if they approved the site plan, things would change once those problems were solved. 

“I’m afraid we are putting the cart way before the horse,” said Winchester. 

In the end, the commission voted 5-2 to approve the site plan, with Abston and Giles voting against it. 

The commission also approved a rezone request for Hackney Farms, which is a single family home neighborhood that will be located near Mt. Juliet Commons   and across from the road leading to W.A. Wright Elementary. 

Encore Theatre Company presents ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Encore Theatre Company presents “Arsenic & Old Lace” written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Don Breedwell.

We meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers; the antics of their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other brother—these require no further description or amplification here. 

Featuring Bonita Thompson, Lena Welch, Taylor Wilson, Shelena Walden, Mary Crowder, Jeff Lay, Brian Arroyo, Patrick Goedicke, David Reichert, Marc Sloan, H. Miller Dew, Michael Maddock, Amanda Higgins and Jeffrey Wilkerson

Performances are March 29, 30, April 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m.; April 7, 14 at 2:30 p.m. No Easter Sunday show. 

For reservations, visit the website or call 598-8950. Tickets available at the door while they last.

The theatre performance venue is located at 6878 Lebanon Road in Mt Juliet, just west of Hwy 109.

Presented by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service - New York.

Encore Theatre is a 501(c) non-profit community theatre serving Wilson County and surrounding areas.

Auditions for 

“The Murder Room”

Encore Theatre announces Auditions for “The Murder Room” by Jack Sharkey are Saturday, March 30, 2-7 p.m. and Sunday, March 31, 7-9 p.m. This show is a fabulous mystery farce.

It is with great pleasure that we bring the first show ever produced by Encore Theatre Company back to our stage. The 2013 production will be directed by Barbara S. Hartman. Show dates are 6/7/13 - 6/23/13.

“Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime thrillers ... it is good clean mirth all the way. The quick, smart, extremely well timed dialogue of Jack Sharkey comes through loud and clear [with] never a dull moment” ~ Times

Character Breakdown

Edgar Hollister* - Member of the British landed gentry, father of Susan, appears to be in early 50’s

Mavis Templeton Hollister - His recent bride, glamorous, shallow, mid 30’s- 40’s

Mrs. Lottie Molloy - Their housekeeper, matronly, efficient, has known Susan since she was a child, mid 60’s

Abel Howard* - A police constable, appears to be plodding, 30’s

James Crandall - An inspector of police, quiet, stolid, doesn’t betray his feelings, mid 40’s

Susan Hollister - Edgar’s daughter, energetic, breezy, just graduated from college in the US, early 20’s

Barry Draper - Susan’s American fiancé, a solid and clever, early 20’s to 30’s

*Edgar and Abel are played by the same actor

British accents will be expected. Auditions will be cold-readings from the script.

Questions? Contact director Barbara S. Hartman (aka Bunny) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call Encore at 615-598-8950 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Bands for Bishop Music Festival is April 27
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bands for Bishop Music Festival to benefit Bishop Mikaelian will be April 27, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet.   

In March of 2009, Bishop was diagnosed with a 2 cm tumor on her brain stem. This is the part of the brain that controls all of your vital organs. After enduring 9 hours of brain surgery, it was determined that the tumor was “inoperable” and only a biopsy could be performed. Bishop has Ganglioglioma: a rare cancerous tumor arising from ganglia-type cells, which are groups of nerve cells. Due to its location, it is extremely dangerous. 

Bishop received 30 max doses of radiation treatments which were not able to reduce the tumor. The tumor grew to 3 cm; the size of a kidney bean shaped “C” Battery. Hydrocephalus (water in the brain) also set in after radiation. In November 2009, a permanent shunt was placed in her head to drain these fluids into her stomach. She endured 15 months of chemotherapy. Originally scheduled for 12 months, but multiple hospital admissions for chronic pneumonia extended the length of her chemo plan. While on chemotherapy, it seemed to have stunted the growth, but did not shrink the tumor. Bishop, has been in and out of the hospital countless times as a direct result of this tumor. In February of 2010, she spent 4 weeks in ICU. She was in a medically induced coma for 8 days and on life support. It was then doctors had to perform a tracheotomy. Her throat muscles had gotten so weak, that she instantly aspirates causing severe life threatening pneumonia. 

Bishop is now 13 years old. She is in middle school part time with part-time/full-time homebound services. Bishop is currently trach-free after 2 years, but still has reoccurring chronic pneumonia. She has been hospitalized with pneumonia alone over 30 times in less than 3 ½ years. Pneumonia has caused permanent scarring in her lungs.

 Bishop sees a speech therapist that is working to strengthen her throat muscles in order to swallow again. Her left vocal cord is paralyzed and has surgery semi-annually to plump her cords in order to speak. She is unable to eat or drink by mouth and is being fed nutrients and liquids through a g-tube in her stomach. She also sees a physical therapist and an occupational therapist. Bishop’s motor skills are weak and she has neuropathy. She suffers from short-term memory loss and has Grand Mal seizures. 

Even under these insurmountable conditions, Bishop continues to fight, and fight hard! She makes progress every day with her physical, occupational, and speech therapies. She is now able to move around on her own thanks to her will to live and the wonderful support of her therapists. 

You can follow her journey at:

In addition to this incredible challenge, Bishop’s mother Allison, is a single parent and also raises a wonderful son who is Autistic. Medical bills are never ending and logistics of getting the kids around to  school, various appointments and other things we otherwise take for granted is an enormous challenge most of could probably not bear. Our extended Mount Juliet family continues to try and help this family in any way we can.    

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Elementary Principal’s List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Principal’s List

1st Grade: Savannah Armstrong, Joshua Cantrell, Ivan Kelso, Mattie LaFaye, Noah Love, Bell Nokes, Ava Presley, Nathan Semmes, Anna Sullivan, Lily Witkus, Neve Scalf, Adalyne Wasmer, Maddie Arostegui, Amaris Brown, Hunter Brown, Elizabeth Corbin, Chiemelie Ezeoke, Hannah Foust, Drake George, Maverick Harris, Jack Hatcher, Katie Newton, Sydney Pinto.

2nd Grade: Shawn Link, Ali Orange, Jack Pyburn, Cooper Shotts, Christian Taylor, Meredith Woolson, Trey Adcock, Blake Cummings, Noah Goins, Tanner Jennings, Lauren Kleeberg, Nicholas Lee, Bethany Little, J. D. Moore, Jeanne Olivier, Kaleb Reed, Kyle Stewart, Logan Swaney, Sajal Usry.

3rd Grade: Troy Frazier, Caroline Henderson, Owen Kelso, Madeline Morris, Brandon Stonebraker, Jessica Whicker, Faith Brown, Bella McCoy, Samantha Pinto, George Wilson.

4th Grade: Mallie Foutch, Gracie Parham, Alex Cain, Brooke Harman, Luke Nave, Abby Risher, Erin Sullivan.

5th Grade: Nathan Tramel, Shreya Patel, John Woolson.

Honor Roll

1st Grade: Kail Burroughs and Chase Johnson.

2nd Grade: Mason Bracken, Hanna Hale, Jackson McKinney, Sydney Mitchell, Colten Moore, Prisha Patel, Hannah Randolph, Christopher Stone, Layla Davis, Sullivan Swords, Marshall Willis.

3rd Grade: Jenna Dunnewold, Felicity Keen, Meredith McKinney, Stephen McMillian, Ethan Olivier, Aydin Patel, Connor Vogel, Kael Adams, Tyler Barnes, Eli Burgess, Chioma Ezeoke, Khol Hedgepath, Grace Kimbrough, Grant Larsen, Anna Purino, James Vaught .

4th Grade: Abby Brown, Brody Goins, Dylan Harman, Breah Lewis, Christian Link, Bethany Lyons, Preston Olivier, Eli Randolph, Jacob Snider, Jordan Willis, Nicole Abston, Mathew Cook, Tyler Lee, Amelia Lyons, Jacob McNutt, Savannah Moore, Ana Sewell, Audrey Spence, Austin Woodson, Jaxon York.

5th Grade: Megan Blackwell, John Corbin, Abigail Eastin, SarahBeth McKinney, Kendall Parsons, Rachel Strong, Ethan Vogel, Anna Wise, Courtney Barrett, Blake Dedmon, Sam Dewald, Clara Eck, Cammie Formato, Elizabeth Larsen, Raven McLean, Destiny Mosier, Everett Shreeve.

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