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Adkins running for reelection
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It has been my great honor to serve as your representative on the Wilson County Board of Education for the past 4 years.  As I reflect upon my service, I recognize the privilege you have bestowed upon me to witness many wonderful accomplishments.

2 MJ men killed in early morning wreck
Monday, July 9, 2012

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Two people were killed in an early morning wreck on Royal Drive in Mt. Juliet on Saturday. 

A report filed by Trooper Tracy White of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Ronnie T. Butler, 37, of Cedar Creek Drive, and Reshardo J. Clemmons, 35, of Elise Drive, both in Mt. Juliet, were killed when the car, a 1998, four-door Oldsmobile Aurora, driven by Butler was traveling eastbound at 5:43 a.m. on Royal Drive, went off the side of the roadway, collided with two mailboxes, crossed two private drives and became airborne. 

The car collided with a culvert and rolled over and came to a final rest on its wheels in a private drive. 

White said in the report that alcohol was believed to have been a contributing factor in the accident. Blood alcohol tests were to be done as is standard in accidents where fatalities occur.

Butler was not wearing his seatbelt, but Clemmons was at the time of the accident. White said in the report that safety restraints would have made a difference in the wreck. 

Record temps hit area
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

High temperatures and drought conditions created possible hazardous conditions over the weekend. 

Amazon starts hiring for 1,500 full time positions
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Jobseekers in middle Tennessee are invited to begin applying at Tennessee Career Centers now for jobs at Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Lebanon and Murfreesboro. 

MJMS special education tool coming to WWMS
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A special education tool that has helped students at Mt. Juliet Middle School, will be coming soon to West Wilson Middle School. 

Mt. Juliet Middle Special Education Teacher Lisa Haskell had to deal with an overcrowded classroom a few years ago. 

“It caused a lot of behavioral problems,” said Haskell. 

So Haskell had to look into finding a place where her students could go. She had heard of sensory rooms, and went to Harris Hillmen and Mur Ci Home, which use them. She took a lot of notes and came back to Mt. Juliet Middle to see if she could raise the money to do it. 

Her class does a lot of cooking because it is a good tool to teach them how to follow directions, and to help them to go toward the possibility of living independently. Through that, they raised $5,000, which covered nearly everything that was needed for the room. A giant swing for the room was secured in a grant. 

The room is a calm place where the kids can go when they get overstimulated. It is filled with colored lights, a light up bubble tower, the swing, and things with different textures on the wall for the kids to feel. There is also light, peaceful music playing in the room. 

From start to finish, the project took about six months to complete. In April, the kids got to go in for the first time. 

“They enjoy going in there, definitely,” said Haskell. 

Haskell said she uses the room in several ways. One is as a reward. If they are good, then they get to spend time in there. Another is if they have to go a different class to be with the other students, they can go in there before, and it helps calm them. Going to other classes can be overstimulating, and the kids can often worry about it all day. Relaxing them in the sensory room beforehand makes it easier for them. 

Haskell said she has one student that keeps one hand curled up, and rocks quite often. She doesn’t when she is in the sensory room. Another student has a problem with screaming frequently. 

“When she’s in the room, she doesn’t scream at all,” said Haskell. 

Haskell quickly saw the benefits of having the room, so she started exploring helping West Wilson Middle have one of their own. 

“When I built this one, and saw the positive aspect, I wanted to do more,” said Haskell. 

Haskell is about to begin the process of raising money for a sensory room at West Wilson she hopes to complete by October. She will need $6,000 to finish it. She is working along with West Wilson Special Education Teacher Peggy Morris and parent Alecia Talbott to finish it. 

If you would like to donate, there is a site set up on Just search for the project by state or topic. 

In August, Haskell and the kids will be selling pizza kits, and there will also be a family night set up once school gets back in session. For more information about donating, contact Haskell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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