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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.

Host families for exchange students needed in the Mt. Juliet area
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Share your family and discover the joy of experiencing another culture by inviting a foreign exchange student into your home this coming school year. 

Nacel Open Door, a non profit organization, is seeking host families in the Wilson County area for students ages 15-18 who will arrive in August and stay for either a semester or a full school year (approximately 10 months).

Students are from all over the world including countries such as China, Germany, Spain and many more. Host families provide a warm, family environment and room/board. 

Students provide their own health insurance and spending money. 

“Nacel Open Door’s non-profit program represents an excellent opportunity for students from another country to learn about the United States while participating in American family and community life,” says local representative, Jennifer Tarkington. “This would be a great way to expose your family to life outside of the United States.”

Host families are desperately needed this year. 

For more information about serving as a host family, go online at or contact Jennifer Tarkington at 615-406-4808.

Youth Villages looking for local foster parents
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Youth Villages is looking for caring people in Wilson County to become foster parents to children who have suffered abuse, neglect, abandonment or other issues and need a home. 

These children need families who will care for them until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them. 

If the child becomes available for adoption, foster parents often have the first right to adopt, and adoption through Youth Villages is free. 

Youth Villages’ foster parents receive a monthly stipend to help them offset the costs of adding a child to their household. 

Candidates should be single or married adults over the age of 25 and living in the Wilson County area who are interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. 

To find out more about the support Youth Villages offers or free training classes, interested persons can contact Blake Bohanan at 615-250-7299 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. 

Headquartered in Memphis, Youth Villages this year will help more than 20,000 children and families through a wide variety of effective programs, including intensive in-home services, foster care and adoption, residential treatment, crisis services, a mentoring program and transitional living services for young adults aging out of foster care. 

Youth Villages’ focus on strengthening families consistently produces an 80 percent success rate of children living successfully at home two years after completing a Youth Villages program. 

Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and recently was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. 

For more information about Youth Villages, visit 

Meth lab bust on Cooks Road
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A joint investigation by Metro police narcotics detectives and TBI agents into alleged methamphetamine sales and manufacturing by a Mt. Juliet man led to today’s execution of a Wilson County search warrant and the arrest of the suspect.

Carroll Johnson Cook, 49, of 11 Cooks Road in Mt. Juliet, is being charged at the Wilson County Jail with initiating the process to manufacture meth and meth possession.  A Davidson County warrant charging Cook with selling meth will be sought tomorrow.

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