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Christmas 4 Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament April 23
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The 2nd Annual Christmas 4 Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament is Tuesday, April 23 at Pine Creek Golf Course in Mt. Juliet.

The best Nashville has to offer – Music, Sports, and Philanthropy – will join forces at this special fundraising event presented by Prevost, The Ultimate Class bus company and one of C4K’s biggest supporters, and hosted by The Roys, 2011 & 2012 ICM Bluegrass Group of the Year – all to benefit Christmas 4 Kids.

Some of the celebrities already scheduled to play are:  Tracy Lawrence, Bo Bice, David Ball, Eric Heatherly, Del Gray of Little Texas, Doyle Lawson, Mickie James, Mark Cooke, Ty Brown, Lucas Hoge, Fox 17’s Kelly Sutton & Nick Paranjape, Nascar’s T. J. Bell, and Brad Hopkins and Joe Dubin from 102.5 The Game.  Golfers are added all the way up to the event, so check for an updated list.

Here are the details: 

10 a.m.: Registration

11 a.m.: Lunch

Noon: Shotgun – 3-player Scramble with a Celebrity added as your 4th team member.

After Golf: Dinner and Prizes

Entry Fees:  $125 per person which includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner, and drinks.

Among the fun things that will be happening:

Big Star Cigar will be handing out free cigars

Hole-in-One Prize – a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, valued at $40,000 from Bob Frensley

$25,000 Cash Hole-in-One Prize sponsored by Southern Community Bank

Closest-to-the-Pin Prize - free Zoom teeth whitening provided by Dr. Mike Tabor

Putting Contest Prize  - a custom putter from Xenon Golf

And gift cards, too numerous to mention, for all golfers.

Christmas 4 Kids says they are so grateful for all the support they receive from so many local businesses who have donated prizes and gift cards, making this one of the best tournaments in Nashville for golfers.  Tony Benken, owner of Big Star Cigar Lounge noted his support, “At Big Star Cigar, we have made a commitment to local businesses and local charities, and the Christmas 4 Kids Golf Tournament is the perfect partner for our vision.  We are honored to be a sponsor for this worthy event and charity!”  

There’s still time to participate as a golfer or a sponsor.  You can register at or call Corey Duke at (615)453-9115.

In the end, it’s all about the kids.  So many children from schools all around Sumner and Wilson counties are benefited from Christmas 4 Kids’ annual celebration and shopping spree.   Becky Siever, Principal of West Elementary states what C4K has done for their school, “Christmas 4 Kids has been a blessing for our school. The look on our students’ faces as the bus drove in our parking lot to take them on a shopping trip and dinner was priceless! We are truly grateful for this organization.  The memories cultivated will be life-long!”

Christmas 4 Kids (a division of Christmas For Kids, Inc.), a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 27 years providing many children each year, with their very own Christmas shopping spree. The funds generated by this golf tournament, the annual Charlie Daniels & Friends Concert in November, and the Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet and Greet event in December are used to give more than 400 children from 30 different schools in Sumner and Wilson counties a day-long shopping excursion, and hopefully, a Christmas they’ll remember for years to come.

Commissioners vote against buying Joy Church property
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners voted against purchasing the Joy Church property near Charlie Daniels Park Monday.

4 more liquor store apps filed
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Four more liquor store applications were filed by Friday for a third location in Mt. Juliet. 

Teacher of the Year banquet Friday
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Organizers of the annual Wilson County Teacher of the Year program have announced the nominees for the 2013 Wilson County Teacher of the Year. The winner will be honored at the 15th Annual Teacher of the Year banquet and ceremony Friday, April 12, in Baird Chapel on the campus of Cumberland University. 

The Teacher of the Year program began almost 16 years ago under the direction of W.P. Bone, III, owner of Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, and Bob McDonald, President, CedarStone Bank. 

“Education is the most important factor in the success of a community,” said W.P. Bone III. “It is fitting that we recognize and congratulate those professionals to whom we entrust the futures of our children.”

Each of the 28 schools in Wilson County nominates and elects its own “teacher of the year” from its faculty; nominees are chosen by their peers. Those twenty-eight teachers then complete self-evaluation packets, providing the information for the final judging. Past winners of the award meet with those nominees and go over the criteria processing materials, which have proven to be a great learning experience for all those involved. An anonymous panel of Cumberland University faculty members then selects the Wilson County Teacher of the Year.

Many people play an important role in making the program successful, including members of local businesses and government, school principals, school administrators and the Chambers of Commerce from Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown. Community leaders throughout the area are on hand during the awards banquet to show their support and gratitude.

“We are very proud of this program as it recognizes educators in our community that go above and beyond their call of duty,” commented Bob McDonald, President & CEO of CedarStone Bank, “and we at CedarStone Bank are proud to be a part of it. It is wonderful to see our teachers be acknowledged and rewarded for the fine job they do.”

The winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize and their school will net another $500 for their efforts.

Those selected from across the county as “Teacher of the Year” in their respected school are as follows: Holly Yelton, Byars-Dowdy Elementary School; Kerry Veurink, Carroll-Oakland Elementary School; Kellie Porter, Castle Heights Elementary School; Stephanie Heath, Coles Ferry Elementary School; Carol Smallwood, Elzie D. Patton Elementary School; Greg Armstrong, Friendship Christian School; Donna Robertson, Gladeville Elementary School; Kathryn Horn, Lakeview Elementary School; Amanda Hargis, Lebanon High School; Stephanie Porter, MAP Academy; Jen Whitener, McClain Christian Academy; David Spence, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy; Tammy Shipley, Mt. Juliet Elementary School; Jonathan Stricklin, Mt. Juliet High School; Carey Miller, Mt. Juliet Middle School; Lindsay Tate, Rutland Elementary School; Rachel Desimone, Sam Houston Elementary School; Geoff Luckett, Southside Elementary School; Rebecca Gullekson, Stoner Creek Elementary School; Shirley Grant, Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School; Jennifer Yokom-Brown, W.A. Wright Elementary School; Amanda Polk, Walter J. Baird Middle School; Stefanie Smith, Watertown Elementary School; Veronica Minsky, Watertown High School; Carice Ambruster, West Elementary School; Scott Hoffman, West Wilson Middle School; Brad Dedman, Wilson Central High School; Nancy Smith, Winfree Bryant Middle School.

2nd Taste of Mt. Juliet, April 19
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

For the 500 plus diners who happily ate their fill at the 2012 Taste of Mt Juliet there is good news - it’s time to come back for seconds. 

The Mt Juliet Breakfast Rotary Club presents the second annual Taste of Mt Juliet Friday night April 19 at Mt. Juliet High School. 

Approximately 30 Mt Juliet eateries will be on hand offering samples of some of their finest dishes. Guests can stroll through the atrium, sample fine food, desserts and drinks, fellowship with friends and neighbors and enjoy the live music, once again provided by the  Mt. Juliet Jazz Alliance.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the activities will continue until 8 pm. Tickets may be purchased from any Mt. Juliet Breakfast Rotary Club member or by contacting Chuck Groover at (615)773-5200. Tickets for adults are $20, senior adults (65+) $15 and a family ticket $45 (up to five family members).

Proceeds from the event will fund Mt. Juliet Rotary Club community projects.

Come eat, drink and be charitable.

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