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New retail, office development coming
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Providence Station, a mixed use development on South Providence Parkway, is set to bring a new type of development south of interstate. 

Sitting on 6.5 acres, Providence Station will have two buildings, retail and restaurants on the first floor, and office on the second floor. It will sit between Providence Wine & Spirits and the yet to be built Marriott, Mt. Juliet’s first full service hotel. CRS is developing the project. 

Former Elzie Patton bookkeeper indicted
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A former bookkeeper at Elzie D. Patton Elementary was indicted by the Wilson County Grand Jury over theft charges last week. 

In a report from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, it states that Shannon Williams stole $8,646. The report showed that she made unauthorized purchases using the school’s corporate account between Sept. 2011 and Nov. 2013. Williams purchased at least 184 items for her personal benefit, including a $2,099 vacuum cleaner, toys, clothing and various art supplies. She concealed the purchases by adding her items to actual school purchase requests, making it seem they were official purchases. 

Williams told investigators that she did use the school’s account, but reimbursed the school for $250. Investigators were unable to verify her claims. 

Williams has been indicted on one count of theft over $1,000 and one count of official misconduct. 

Teachers of the Year: MJCA's Renee Martin, MJMS Denise Defevers
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

We honor two more Teachers of the Year this week, this time Mt. Juliet Christian Academy’s Renee Martin and Mt. Juliet Middle School’s Denise Defevers. 

Martin has been teaching since 1983, with a few breaks those years. She has been a teacher for a total of 18 years. She is currently teaching third grade. She had been named Teacher of the Year about 10 years ago. 

“I love that the focus is on Christ, and teaching children to glorify Him,” said Martin. 

Martin said she loves how independent children are at that age, and how excited they get about the classroom. 

“They want to learn,” Martin said. “They make me excited about it.”

Martin was thrilled to be named Teacher of the Year by her peers at MJCA. 

“Words can’t really express it,”  Martin said. 

Martin said she was honored and humbled by the choice. 

DeFevers was shocked to learn that she was nominated.  “I was honored that my peers thought so highly of me,” DeFevers said.

DeFevers has been teaching at MJMS for 13 years and considers it home.  “We have the best students and it’s like a good family here,” DeFevers said.  

DeFevers has always held a passion for playing sports, and after coaching several seasons of basketball and baseball, the transition to teacher seemed natural.  “I love working with kids,” DeFevers said.  She enjoys teaching P.E. and watching the children grow and mature over the years.  “I learn a lot from children and I like helping them,” DeFevers said.

DeFevers also helps teach an enrichment program at MJMS where she challenges students to think critically and explains real-world applications for their studies.  “I love touching students’ lives, not just reaching out, but connecting,” DeFevers said.

Martin and Defevers will be up for Wilson County Teacher of the Year April 10 when the annual banquet is held at Cumberland University. The event is sponsored by Wilson County Motors and Cedar Stone Bank. 

Officer struck head on by suspected impaired driver
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was hit by a suspected impaired driver Monday. 

Officer Brian Hudgens, 45, was hit by the suspected impaired driver, Haley Bell, 23, near 9500 Central Pike just before 10 a.m. Bell was in Hudgens lane, and Hudgens couldn’t get out of way in time to avoid the collision. Bell struck the patrol car head on, then fled the scene. She got a ride to Providence, then another to Old Hickory Boulevard, where officers found her wandering in a parking lot. 

One new neighborhood deferred, one approved
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

One new neighborhood was deferred, and another was approved at the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. 

Beckwith Place at Providence was on second reading, but was deferred one meeting. Several residents spoke in citizen comments about where the entrance to the development was located on Beckwith Road, and the traffic concerns it would cause on the road. 

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