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School board holds final interviews for director
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sabrina Garrett

Special to The Chronicle

A new Director of Schools will be named at the Monday, May 6, meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education.

Luminaria event to be held at Relay for Life
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, Mt. Juliet will host its 4th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life.  

This event honors and remembers those touched by cancer.  

It will be held at the walking track of Charlie Daniels Park. 

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. 

This is a free event and the public is welcomed to attend. 

There will be plenty of food, live music, games and fun.  

Family, friends, co-workers and loved ones are invited to participate in this heartwarming event.  

Everyone has an opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones and friends that have been affected by cancer.  

You can take part in the fight against this disease that claims so many lives. 

At 9 p.m. on May 17, there will be a special Luminaria Ceremony to honor cancer survivors and remember those we have lost. 

Hundreds of candles will be lit around the track. 

It is one of the most special and moving moments of Relay For Life.  

Everyone gathers around to pay tribute and remember those lost to cancer, support those still fighting cancer and rejoice with those who have fought the disease and won. 

This ceremony symbolizes the hope and perseverance with which we all continue to fight.    

For a minimum donation of $10, you may purchase a white bag with a candle in the bottom “In Honor” or “In Memory” of your loved one touched by cancer. 

Each of these bags will be placed around the track. 

For a minimum donation of $100, a special “Torch of Hope” may be purchased “In Honor” or “In Memory” of your loved one.  

Each torch is adorned with a beautiful keepsake plaque engraved with the Relay For Life logo, the name of the person being honored and the name of the person the torch was given by. 

The torches will be placed near the stage for all to see. 

For a $250 donation, you may sponsor a letter in the word HOPE, which will be spelled out with the luminaria bags and placed in the bleachers.    

Luminaria order forms are available at Mt. Juliet City Hall in the Administration Office. You may also order online at  If you would like a special message included on the luminaria bag, please order online or contact Laura Wahl at (615) 779-8959 for more information.  For general event information, please visit the website or contact our Event Chair, Sidney Payne at (615) 758-6232 or our American Cancer Society staff partner, Christina Covey at (615) 341-7314.    

Vol State Art Exhibit
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Vol State Student Art Exhibit will be on display in the Great Hall Gallery, Ramer Administration Building, April 22 – May 4, 2013. This is a juried competition sponsored by Arts Alive! and the Vol State Art Department.

Out of more than 350 works submitted to this year’s competition, 122 were juried into the show. Yvonne Petkus, Professor of Art, Western Kentucky State University, juried the show.

A Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 1, 12:30 – 1:30pm, in the Great Hall, Ramer Building. In addition to the Art Awards, awards for excellence in Squatters’ Rites, the student literary magazine, Number One, Vol State’s professional literary magazine, the Hal. R. Ramer Oratorical Contest and the Elkin Brown Memorial award will be presented. The Reception is free and open to the public.

This event presents a great opportunity to recognize and cultivate the creative talents of students in our area.

This Years Art Honorees:

Purchase Award

 Pam Nixon: A Slice of Verde

Juror’s Awards

Jon Ausbrooks: Alphabet for Abraxas

Jon Ausbrooks: Kephera Rising

Jesslyn Carver: What’s Up, Petri?

Manon Lane: Forecast: 20% Chance of Rain and Where’s the Love

Pam Nixon: Into the Night

Merit Awards

Jesslyn Carver: Warm Light

Kera Malone: Lady in the Drawing

Heather Spalding: Mixed Metaphor

Honorable Mention

Jon Ausbrooks: Spring Scarab Topography

Joshua Freiberger: Equilibrium

Alyssa Fullerton: Seniorita

Jeremiah Mathis: Shoulder Lake

Heather Spalding: Empty

Scholarship Awards

Alyssa Fullerton, who was awarded the one-semester tuition scholarship based on her portfolio.

Jessica Shaw, who was awarded a $300 materials scholarship. 

MJHS partners with Election Commission for school elections
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mt Juliet High School and the Wilson County Election Commission teamed up on Friday, April 26th to hold a Student Body Officer Election. The election involved freshmen, sophomores, and juniors voting for the 2013-2014 class officers.

In less than two hours approximately 600 students cast votes in the election. Mt. Juliet High School students conducted the election with procedures similar to those used in Federal, State and County elections. The student election officials checked voters photo IDs and verified they were eligible to vote. The voting system used for this election was the same system used for every election in Wilson County.

The Wilson County Election Commission appreciates the opportunity to work with the faculty and students at Mt Juliet High School to hold this election,” Phillip Warren, Administrator of Elections, said. “We welcome any opportunity to have young people, educators and the public have hands on experience with voting and elections.”

“Working with teachers Blake Hall, Angela Bates, Megan Grabinski, Jennifer Wallace, Josh Seal, John McGee and Mike Duncan and the students was a pleasure,” Warren commented. “They planned and ran an organized election with procedures that reflect how fair and legal elections are held in Tennessee.”

“For these students, this voting experience will, hopefully, be the start of a long tradition of exercising their rights and proudly voting,” Warren said.

Rowe to perform at Summer Festival of Art & Music
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Country Music Artist Shari Rowe will be the opening act at the Summer Festival of Art & Music. Ms. Rowe, based out of Arizona, is touring our area and we a blessed to have her perform at our Festival. Shari was recently nominated for the ICM award for her song, “Silly Boy”.  She is schedule to perform at 10 a.m. on May 11.

The third annual Summer Festival of Art & Music to benefit the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.

The agenda includes six 45 minute country music acts on an outdoor stage beginning at 10 am.

10 a.m. – Country Artist, Shari Rowe

11 a.m. – Country Artist, Billy Tarkington

Noon – Country Artist Bill Feathers with Richard Leedy

1 p.m. - Cookie & the Monster 

2 p.m. - Country Artist, Paul Alan Coons

3 p.m. - Country Artist, Michelle Little

Local artisans will be exhibiting and selling their wares. Booths include: Oil paintings, water color and drawings, painted glass wear, stained glass, woodworking, quilting, pottery, photography crafts, jewelry and more. Booths are available for $25.

A picnic plate lunch with hot dogs, coleslaw, baked beans, chips, desserts & beverage for $5 will be offered from 11 – 1 p.m.

The famous “decorate a shoe” contest and exhibit will take place. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded at 4 p.m. Entrées must be brought in by noon Friday May 10. The contest is open to anyone. 

For more information on booth rental or how to enter the shoe contest call      758-9114. The event is free and open to the public.

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