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Beavers legislation to curb drunk driving passes committee
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved key legislation this week to curb drunk driving which requires the use of ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.  In 2011, 257 people were killed in Tennessee in alcohol-related crashes, which is approximately 27% of all traffic fatalities in the state.  

Senate Bill 670, sponsored by Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) decreases, from 0.15 percent to 0.08 percent, the breath or blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is considered an enhanced offense for purposes of issuing a restricted driver license. The bill also requires the interlock device be capable of taking a photo, to ensure that another person does not provide the sample for a convicted offender. 

Interlock devices are small pieces of equipment attached to the steering wheel of a car with a tube that the driver must breathe into in order to allow the ignition to start.  The newest ignition interlock technology makes it easier for courts to require DUI offenders to utilize the device, including cameras to ensure that the person tested is the correct driver.  

“Ignition interlocks are critical to eliminating drunk driving, as 50% to 75% of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive on a suspended license,” said Senator Beavers.  “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers saves lives and is effective in reducing drunk driving recidivism by 67%.”

In December, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and American Automobile Association (AAA) came out in support of requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.  The NTSB’s recommendations follow the July 2012 enactment of Surface Transportation Reauthorization legislation, known as MAP–21, which includes a number of drunk driving reforms, including providing incentive grants to states that adopt all-offender ignition interlock laws.

“The average first offender has been on the road 80 times drunk before their first arrest,” said Millie Webb, Tennessee native and former President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), who testified before lawmakers in favor of the bill.  “This lifesaving legislation is a solution to a deadly problem.”

Kid’s Club visits Long Hunter
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

On March 20th, the Wilson County Extended School Program brought 380 to 400 students to Long Hunter State Park for programs, play time and a picnic.  

Ranger Jeremy Blackwell co-ordinated with Director Gayle Hooper and Michelle Temple in setting up the visit for the Kid’s Club.  

While some of the children were enjoying the new playground at the Couchville Lake area, groups took nature hikes with Ranger Blackwell, others learned about animals, birds and reptiles from Ranger Tyler Blystone, and others visited with the Old Long Hunter (Manager Thurman Mullins) and learned about Big Foot Spencer and the Long Hunters.  

The Park Staff were impressed with the attention and politeness of each of the children.  

The Long Hunter Staff enjoyed having the Kids’ Club out and look forward to seeing all of the children and Care Givers back at Long Hunter State Park often.

For more information on Long Hunter State Park, contact the Park Office at 615-885-2422.

MJ Parks & Rec holding ‘Bird House Building Contest’
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Mt. Juliet Parks and Recreation department is having an amateur “Bird House Building Contest”.  

The contest is open to everyone.  

All ages can enter, as individuals or as groups.  

Prizes will be given in 4 categories; (1) Youth:  elementary – Pre-K, (2) Young Adults:  Middle-school – High school, (3) Adult:  18 and over; (4) Business/organizations/groups.  

There will be a winner in each category.  

All winners will be recognized and prizes will be presented at the June 10 Board of Commissioners meeting.  

The houses will be put up in the Mt. Juliet Parks.  

For additional information please contact City of Mt. Juliet: Parks & Recreation Department, (615)758-6522

Wilson County Friends of the NRA earn Bronze Award
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

February 23, the Wilson Co. Friends of the NRA Committee was honored with a Bronze Award from the Tennessee Friends of NRA at the State Fund Conference in Nashville. for eclipsing its previous totals and setting a new all-time high in fundraising.  

Wilson Co. FNRA is once again aiming to break its previous record with its 2013 Charity Banquet to be held on Friday, April 5 at  5:30 p.m. at the Ward Agricultural Center. 

Chairman Kyle McKay promises a family friendly event complete with food, fun and games culminating in a silent and live auction. “100 percent of the profits go to qualified local, state and national shooting sports programs as well as the Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program for Elementary Schools. These programs include the Boy Scouts, 4H, and High School Junior ROTC. Last year, the combined FNRA committees in the state raised $209,000 with over $24,000 going to programs right here in Wilson County.”  

Tickets to the banquet are $30  pre-sale, $40 at the door. For tickets and more information, call Kyle McKay at (615)945-6774. Tickets are also available on line at

Two liquor stores set to go
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The board of commissioners granted a certificate of compliance for the first two liquor stores Monday night. 

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