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School Board trims Director candidates to 7
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The School Board cut the list of candidates for the Director of Schools position to seven at Monday’s meeting. 

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Long time County Commissioner passes
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

W. J. ‘Mac’ McCluskey, proud American, public servant, avid fisherman, family farmer, accomplished cook, (and lover of Christmas, dancing with his wife, and country ham), 90,  Mt. Juliet, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 6, at Summit Hospital in Hermitage.

Surviving Mac is his wife of almost 70 years, Lanova (Ligon) McCluskey; son, W. D. “Mack” McCluskey (Janet) of Lebanon, TN; daughter, Margaret (Bob) Pile of Pall Mall, TN. 

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Summer Fest returning to park May 10
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Arts Alliance of Middle Tennessee and The City of Mt. Juliet are proud to announce a free festival of music and  theatre performances once each month on a Saturday night this summer from May through September at the Charlie Daniels Park Stage - 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy, Mt Juliet, TN 37122   (615) 758-6522.So, clip out the schedule, pack up a picnic, bring your favorite blanket or chair and enjoy local music and theatre in Wilson County. All performances will be family friendly and a great time.  

Summer Fest 2014 Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 10, 6 p.m. – Cedar Creek Community Band

Saturday, June 7, 6 p.m. – Encore Theatre Company

Saturday, July 12, 6 p.m. – The Jazz Alliance (Dancing encouraged)Exit 219 Vocal Group – Opening Act

Saturday, Aug.  9, 6 p.m. – The Jazz Alliance (Dancing encouraged)

Saturday, Sept.  13,  4 p.m. – Singer Songwriter Day

Cedar Creek Community Band will start Summer Fest 2014 May  10.  The Cedar Creek Community Band (CCCB) is an all-volunteer 55 piece local Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Concert Band. These fine musicians play a wide variety of music that will have your toes tapping. The CCCB began in January of 2009, under the vision and direction of Sherie Grossman of Mt. Juliet. The group is a non-profit community organization - www.cedarcreekcommunityband.com

Encore Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit community theatre serving Wilson County and surrounding areas. This is the eighth year for Encore who produce 6-8 plays a year at their theatre - 6978 Lebanon Rd., Mt. Juliet TN 37122. Their next performance will be “ Jubilee in the Rear View Mirror” by Garret Mathews  weekends May 9-24. Tickets and details can be found at www.encore-theatre-company.org.

The Jazz Alliance Big Band is a local 19 piece Big Band that plays a wide variety of swing, big band and popular music. Dancing is encouraged and contagious when The Jazz Alliance plays. Under the direction of Joe Thordsen, Mario Davidson and Lisa Northcutt they are in their seventh year and play events regularly all over the Greater Nashville Area including festivals, fairs, charity, and community events. You can find them on line at www.thejazzalliance.home.comcast.net  

Exit 219 will make their first appearance as the opening act for The Jazz Alliance on July 12. Exit 219 got started as a UMC  Vocal Combo and perform songs from the 40s, 50s, 60s, Jazz, Broadway,  Gospel  and Patriotic music.

Sponsorship opportunities and promotion are available to support the free production of the Summer Fest 2014 – please call Gary Rabideau at (615)415-1740 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We keep the cost of sponsorships low to encourage that all of our businesses support this fantastic community event. The performing groups and The Arts Alliance of Middle Tenneesee (a 501c3 non-profit organization) thank the City of Mt. Juliet for donating the Charlie Daniels Park Stage & Pavilion No. 4 for this free local talent community event. We also thank The Mt. Juliet/West Wilson Chamber of Commerce for their support and our past 2013 sponsors – Jeff Gannon State Farm, Rutland Place and Tennessee Sports Medicine & Ortho. Please access details on the event at The City of Mt. Juliet website under city calendar or click on - http://www.egovlink.com/mtjuliet/events/calendar.asp#.  In the event of inclement weather and cancellation, we are sorry but there are no plans for a reschedule of that night’s performances.  

 
Teachers of the Year: Elzie Patton's Mitzi Lundy
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

This is the last week for our Teachers of the Year. This week, we meet Elzie Patton’s Mitzi Lundy. 

Lundy is in her 4th year at Elzie Patton Elementary, and her 17th year of teaching music. She previously taught in Hawaii and Sumner County. 

“I love helping children keep the joy in music,” said Lundy. 

Lundy loves Elzie Patton, particularly the Steven Covey 7 Steps of Leadership program. She said it allows the kids to learn to do a lot of things for themselves, and makes them strong independent learners and leaders. 

Lundy said being chosen by her peers as Teacher of the Year was very humbling, especially since she teaches a specialized subject. 

“It shows they respect what we do,” said Lundy. 

Lundy will be up for Wilson County Teacher of the Year Friday at a banquet held at Cumberland University. The event is sponsored by Cedar Stone Bank and Wilson County Motors. 

 
Aulgur running for Chancellor
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gordon Aulgur, a lifelong Conservative Republican and Mount Juliet resident, is running for the office of Chancellor for the 15th Judicial District, comprised of Wilson, Macon, Smith, Jackson and Trousdale Counties.  Aulgur, a member of the prestigious law firm of Brewer, Krause, Brooks, Chastain & Burrow, has practice law for 15 years throughout Middle Tennessee.  His goal as the next 15th Judicial District Chancellor is to bring conservative values to the bench and restore judicial restraint.

“I am very excited and pleased to announce my candidacy for Chancellor,” said Aulgur.  “For the last 15 years, I have represented numerous clients across our great state.  I have been in front of numerous judges from state to federal courts.  I have also developed a sub-specialty in appellate work, arguing a significant number of cases in front of the Tennessee Supreme Court.  I believe this experience has provided me with valuable lessons on judicial temperament and restraint.  I know, from my experience and my clients’ perspective, that a good judge is a one who weighs the evidence fairly and bases his rulings on the written letter of the law.  This varied and vast background has prepared me to step in on day one and be the type of Chancellor the 15th Judicial District deserves.”

Aulgur is a proud member of the Republican parties for Wilson County, Macon County, Smith County, and Jackson County.  “I had every intention to run under the Republican banner, but unfortunately the 15th Judicial District, unlike the other districts in Middle Tennessee, runs a non-partisan race,” said Aulgur.  “Even though the ballot will not designate my party affiliation, I want the people of the 15th Judicial District to know I am the only candidate running for Chancellor who qualifies as a bona fide Republican under the State by-laws.  I just want the voters to know exactly who I am and what I stand for when they exercise their right to vote.”  

Aulgur received his bachelor degree in economics from Monmouth College in 1992.  He then graduated in 1996 with a degree in law from Washington University in St. Louis, the 19th ranked law school in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Reports.  After graduation, Aulgur bypassed jobs at the large firms, opting instead to clerk for a year for Circuit Judge Don R. Ash of the 16th Judicial District.  He then joined the firm of Brewer, Krause, Brooks, Chastain & Burrow, where he has maintained his practice.

Though it is typical for judges to place witnesses under oath, Aulgur wants to make an oath to the people of the 15th Judicial District.  “If I am given the honor to be elected Chancellor, I solemnly swear the following:  First, I will not legislate from the bench.  The role of a judge is to fairly interpret the laws of the State of Tennessee, not rewrite the laws.  Second, I will enforce the Constitution as written.  I am a strict constructionist, and I do not believe the Constitution is a living, malleable document.  Third, I will fairly and impartially apply the law regardless of the person in court before me, without consideration as to the person’s race, religion, creed or affiliations.  Finally, I will be prepared to hear all the cases on my docket on the date scheduled, and I will hold court until all cases are heard.  A judge’s day is defined by his docket and he cannot end court until everyone has had a fair hearing,” said Aulgur.

Aulgur takes as much pride in his personal life as his professional.  He and his wife Jill, live in Mount Juliet, with their two boys, Alex, 6, and Jake, 3.  He enjoys spending time with his boy from coaching soccer to building Lego sets, Aulgur has found enormous fulfillment from his relationship with his sons.  He is also very proud of his wife’s volunteer work in Wilson County as a child advocate for CASA and the room mother for Alex’s kindergarten class.  

The election for Chancellor is August 7, 2014.  Early voting begins July 18th.

Aulgur welcomes the opportunity to speak with voters regarding his plans for the 15th Judicial District.  Aulgur can be reached at gordonaulgur.com, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 615-979-5881 and his campaign can be followed on Facebook at /aulgur4chancellor and Twitter at @GAulgur.     

 
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