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Teachers of the Year: Angela Gardner, Anne Nored
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

We continue honoring our teachers this week with two more Teacher of the Year winners, Gladeville Elementary’s Angela Gardner and Wilson Central’s Anne Nored. 

“It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s heartwarming.  To have your peers choose you is very nice.  It feels good,” Gardner says.

This will be Gardner’s fifth year teaching at Gladeville.  She enjoys the smaller size of Gladeville, as well as the respect the students give her.  “I can know all of my students.  It’s definitely a place where people say yes ma’am, no ma’am and thank you,” Gardner says.

Gardner got her start teaching college level graphic design courses.  She switched to elementary schools after a colleague suggested the change.  “I loved teaching adults and I have a passion for children,” Gardner says.

Gardner enjoys teaching to younger children because of their willingness to try new things.  “Children are very optimistic.  They have no concept that they can’t do something.  They don’t blink an eye,” Gardner says.  

Nored is a librarian and has been at the school for 10 years. 

“It’s a good school, good faculty, good administration, good kids,” said Nored. 

Nored said she loves being the librarian because you can get kids excited about reading who may not have been before. She likes to do events like Blind Date Book, where she wraps books then puts words to describe it outside. The kids pick not knowing what it is, then discover something they might not have known. They also have a book club at the school, as well as many other activities. 

A week before Nored was named Teacher of the Year, her daughter, a librarian at Hobgood Elementary in Murfreesboro, was also named Teacher of the Year. She was beyond excited for her daughter. 

“I never dreamed a week later I would be voted Teacher of the Year,” said Nored. 

Gardner and Nored will have a chance to win the Wilson County Teacher of the Year when the winner is announced Friday, April 10 at a banquet at Cumberland University. 

Search begins for location for new fire station
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A resolution requesting the City Manager to initiate a site selection process for a new fire station was approved Monday. 

Man arrested after stabbing juvenile in fight
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

From Wilson County Sheriff’s Office

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after stabbing a 17-year-old during a fight at the LaGuardo Recreation Center Sunday.

Long time Mt. Juliet business owner passes
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Jerry Lamb, long time co-owner of Lamb Brothers Flooring, passed away Feb. 4 at the age of 59. 

Lamb co-owned the business with his brother Mike. Lamb was preceded in death by parents, Leeper and Isabelle Lamb; and brother, Charles Lamb. He is survived by wife Linda Davenport Lamb; daughters, Jennifer (Corey) Reier, Laura Lamb and Katie (Bill) Ferry; brothers, Bob Lamb and Mike Lamb; sisters, Dorothy Bingham, Gin Rickman, Evelyn Powers, Marolyn Gibson, Barbara Stephenson, Linda Lamb and Sharon Pratt; grandchildren, Will and Sam Ferry.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 7th at 2 pm at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet with Rev. Gary Akins officiating. Honorary pallbearers are: Mitchell and Mark Rickman, Phillip Pratt, Joey and Mikey Lamb, John and James Bingham, Corey Reier, Tim Powers, Kevin and Barry Gibson, Todd and Brett Stephenson, Joe Pharr and Bill Watkins. Visitation with the family will be Saturday, February 7th from 10 am until time of service.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2229 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, 615-758-5459, obituary line 615-758-8818,

Hermitage woman parks illegally, tries to steal cart full of groceries
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Staff Reports

A woman parked illegally at the Kroger in Providence then pushed out a cart full of groceries to an awaiting officer Friday. 

The officer was waiting to issue a handicap parking violation, when the woman pushed her groceries out to her car. 

The woman was identified as Melody N. Cummings, 39, Hermitage. 

The officer found it odd that none of the groceries were bagged, and Cummings could not produce a receipt for the items. 

Kroger management was contacted, and it was determined that Cummings did, in fact, push out $227.10 worth of unpaid groceries.

Further investigation revealed that Cummings had an active aggravated assault arrest warrant for a previous attempted shoplifting incident where she assaulted a Target loss prevention agent with her car. 

On Saturday, Jan. 24, loss prevention witnessed Cummings pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise in an attempted shoplifting at Target, located at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road. 

Cummings became suspicious, ditched the shopping cart, and ran to her car. 

As Cummings was leaving the Target parking lot, in an attempt to get away, she struck the loss prevention agent with her BMW. 

The loss prevention agent received minor injuries during the incident, and a warrant was obtained for Cummings arrest.

Cummings was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Theft of Property – Shoplifting and Aggravated Assault. 

She is set to appear in court April 26.

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