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Primrose School, new neighborhood approved by planning commission
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Planning Commission moved forward with a new Preschool and a new neighborhood off Beckwith Road in their monthly meeting Thursday. 

MJ earns Playful City for 5th straight year
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

From the Mt. Juliet Parks and Recreation Department

On May 13,  KaBOOM!, in partnership with the Humana Foundation, announced 212 cities and towns across the United States as 2014 Playful City USA honorees. These communities are leaders in playability – the extent to which a city makes it easy for kids to get balanced and active play – and are making play part of the solution that can move the needle on countless urban challenges. 

Mt. Juliet was honored as a 2014 Playful City USA designation for the fifth time. 

We are always seeking new opportunities for citizen’s to PLAY in MJ. We’re very excited about the possibilities being created: walking track extension & Pickle Ball courts at Charlie Daniels Park, the addition of the Jones Family park, upgrades and renovations to existing play spaces, FREE special events all year long, and so much more.  To get involved, connect with us at or on Facebook and Twitter: @MJParksandRec.

“We are so proud to be designated a KaBOOM! “Playful City USA” for the 5th year in a row. “Play in MJ” is still our main priority; we have dedicated the month of July to our Parks and Recreation and PLAY. The continued renovation of Planet Playground, addition of Ava’s Splash Pad, and the many special events and programs MJ Parks & Rec put on will continue creating a safe, pleasant, and exciting environment for our city’s children to Play in MJ,” Rocky Lee, Parks Manager

The KaBOOM! Playful City USA program, sponsored by the Humana Foundation, honors cities, towns and communities across America that are taking bold steps to ensure that all children, especially the 16 million American kids living in poverty, have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities. Cities being recognized span every region of the country, and include Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Nashville; Austin; Providence; San Francisco; New York City; and 205 others.

To advance the national dialogue on playability takes shape, KaBOOM! and Mt. Juliet invites interest, expertise, and voices from members of the Mt. Juliet community across the country to get involved (and get playful!) in thinking about how play can create more family-friendly cities. Join the Twitter conversation and encourage action: 

Participate on Twitter (@kaboom) and provide your point of view and forward-looking insights on playability in cities using the hashtags #playability and #playmatters. 

“With the tremendous support of our friends at Humana Foundation, we are thrilled to recognize all of these communities that are working to ensure all kids, particularly the 16 million that live in poverty, get the play they need to thrive,” says KaBOOM! CEO and Founder Darell Hammond.

Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard added, “We’re excited about our journey with KaBOOM! and we appreciate the shared values that Humana, the Humana Foundation, and the KaBOOM! organization can rally around. Making it easy for families to play, be healthy and thrive together is a part of Humana’s dream, and it’s a commitment that all of us at Humana enjoy sharing with KaBOOM!.”  

The Playful City USA honorees range in size from eight-time honorees such as San Francisco and Shirley, Mass., to first-time recipients Washington, D.C. and Plantersville, Miss. (population: 1,174). These Playful City USA communities are making a commitment to transform their communities to become more playable by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in their community. Other city initiatives include:

Increasing City Playability for All Kids: Chicago, Ill. has made a goal for every child living in the city to be within a seven-minute walk of a new park or playground.

Encouraging Play Everywhere: San Antonio, Texas partnered with SA Sports in the SPARK Park program, which turns elementary and middle school properties into playspaces outside school hours, reinforcing that kids want and need play everywhere. 

Creating a Competitive Advantage through Play: Bloomington, Ind. sees playability as the third piece to complement walkability and bikeability and boost the city’s competitive advantage. The city plans to increase accessibility and availability of safe sidewalks, parks and play infrastructure.

Promoting a Balance of All Types of Play: Orlando, Fla. is developing The Vision for Play in the City of Orlando initiative that will guide actions and investments over the next 20 years to provide a healthy urban play environment that promotes all types of play for all kids, which is critical to cognitive, creative, social, emotional and physical development.  

Inspiring Family-Centric Play: Missoula, Mont. is installing fun, creative programs so children can play in a safe, fun and nurturing family and community-centric environment. To encourage more play opportunities for families and communities to enjoy, the city has designated an annual Play Day, a KidsFest celebration in the fall as well as youth summer camps to keep kids engaged in active play.

Using Play to Help Address Toxic Stress: Washington, D.C. recognizes its underserved youth are faced with physical, social and mental health challenges that directly impact their quality of life and their ability to cope with adversity. Kids growing up in the face of significant adversity are at risk of toxic stress, which hinders healthy brain development. Through the Play DC and Parks and Recreation Master Plan initiatives, the city is redefining playgrounds as community spaces where youth can find release from everyday stress and build resilience. 

Fostering 21st Century Skills through Play: Pittsburgh, Pa. realizes play is critical to developing kids into healthy and successful adults, including preparing kids to be innovators, collaborators and problem-solvers. The city plans to consider play in every educational and community decision that is made to ensure all Pittsburgh kids are prepared to succeed.  

To see the full list of the 212 communities named 2014 Playful City USA honorees, or for more information on the Playful City USA program, visit   

Goodall running for re-election
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Jim Goodall, a lifelong resident of Wilson County, announces his candidacy for re-election for Wilson County Clerk. 

Jim Goodall Wilson County Clerk is a graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy.  He attended Cumberland University and Middle Tennessee State University where he studied business.  He has attained the degree of Certified Public Administrator through the University of Tennessee Center for Government Training.

Goodall was on the founding board of directors of the Tennessee Organ Donor Awareness Program where he received the Outstanding Dedication and Service Award. He also served on the board of directors of the County Official Association of Tennessee. He has served on numerous legislative committees though the years, helping to improve legislation that affects the citizens of Wilson County. He also serves as Chairman of the Wilson County Public Records Commission and is an active member of the Wilson County Farm Bureau. Goodall has been active in youth sports though out Wilson County and the State of Tennessee.  He coached various sports for twenty-six years.

Goodall operates a full-time office in Mt Juliet, two full-time offices in Lebanon and a part-time office in Watertown.

We are now serving over 120,000 residents 53,000 more than when I first took office, with revenues of over $12 million dollars a year.  With the number of people we now serve, we must strive to stay on the cutting edge of technology.  We have developed a web site which allows our residents to renew their vehicles twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. This along with our mail-in program cuts down on the lines in the office.  It also allows you to print forms that pertain to vehicle transactions that saves time and trips.  We have links that direct you to many things that help with you needs.

We are now printing most of the titles in our office, and are able to hand duplicate titles over the counter in both the Lebanon and Mt Juliet offices. This change has allowed us to retain additional fees for Wilson County that were previously collected by the state of Tennessee.  To date, we have printed 350,000 titles since this service began, collection over 2.7 million in fees for Wilson County.  We have expedited the time it takes for people to receive their title tremendously.  I am the only officeholder with a full-time satellite office for the residents of West Wilson County. I have worked my entire elected career to improve the service we provide for the residents of West Wilson County.  I am proud of the staff in the Mt Juliet office and the friendly service they provide.  I hope this office has been of great benefit to the people we now serve.  

At this time we are the only Passport Agents in Wilson County and we process them as a service to the residents of Wilson County. This past year we have process over 1,400 passports and were able to collect the revenue for Wilson County.

I have partnered with the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security to now add driver’s license services to my 129 South College Street location.  These services are limited to renewing, duplicates and change of information on non-commercial licenses.  We have had a great response to this addition mostly due to the quick service offered there. This location also handles business license, marriage license and notaries. 

All though we are running unopposed I sincerely ask for your vote and support.  Out of respect for your time and privacy, I will not have people on site at early voting or people working the polls on Election Day.  This has always been my policy.

Goodall and his wife Marcia have been married 41 years. They have 4 children: Stacie Wahl, Stephanie (Mike) Morgan, Stephen (Brandi) Goodall and Scott Goodall.  They have seven grandchildren: Avery Wahl, Turner and Chaney Heath, Crockett, Bella, Camden and Emmalyn Goodall.

The Goodall’s reside on the family farm in the Tuckers Cross Roads community.

West holds elections for Mayor of BizTown
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

West Elementary School 5th Graders went to the polls on Monday, May 12th to elect a Mayor of BizTown. Mrs. Scarlett Chadwell, BizTown sponsor and 5th grade teacher, invited the Wilson County Election Commission to provide voting machines for students to use in their election.

The 5th graders mounted campaigns complete with posters, speeches and voter registration drives. Four students volunteered to serve as poll officials. As the students brought their mock voter registration cards with them, their names were looked up on a list and marked “voted” before being allowed to vote. Students cast votes for their favorite candidate by voting on the same machines that Wilson County voters will use on Election Day and during Early Voting this summer.

Four students, Corbin Alexander, Weston Knott, Kasey Lane, and Isaac Moore were running for Mayor. In a close contest, Corbin Alexander came out on top. One of Corbin’s teachers, Ms. Cari Ambruster, commented that, “He has a very dynamic personality with a huge heart and lots to offer the world.”

“We are always eager to bring real world voting experiences to students,” said Phillip Warren, Administrator of Elections. “Understanding how elections work and participating as voters and candidates is a valuable lesson for these students. These are the future voters and leaders of Wilson County,” Warren commented.

Tammy Smith, Assistant Administrator of Elections said,” It is a pleasure to work with teachers willing to provide their students with the BizTown program. Ms. Chadwell dedicates many extra hours to her teaching workload as the Biz Town sponsor.”

BizTown is a program affiliated with Junior Achievement. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

To learn more about what programs and presentations are available about elections, voting and election administration, visit or call the Wilson County Election Commission at 615-444-0216.

Memorial Day in Wilson County
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Memorial Day, May 26 this year, is a day set aside to celebrate and honor United States men and women who have died serving their country in the military. For many Americans, including those of Lebanon, Wilson County.  This day marks the start of summer. Learning institutions are usually closed on this day. “We will have an outstanding service honoring our military dead and recognizing all military personnel now and in the past for service to our great country,” noted Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson (USAF ret.), event Director and Emcee.  This year Shyrell Herrera, the daughter of one of the 24 persons presented this country’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor, will be the principal speaker to talk about her dad, a real hero of the Viet Nam War. The event begins at the monument in front of the Wilson County Courthouse on East Main Street, at 9 A.M.

Sponsored by American Legion Post, the City of Lebanon and Wilson County, the ceremony will honor and identify all veterans by service branch with branch flags to be raised in the adjacent Veterans Park. This park, which will be partially completed by Memorial Day, will also feature tours of the sections of the park which are completed, estimated to be 80-90% of the project.

Gold Star Mothers will be honored for their contributions to our country and every name on the monument, which is slated to be moved into the new park later, will be read aloud and remember.

The event concludes with the posting of the wreath at the foot of the monument by Wilson County commanders and/or designees of all veterans’ organizations including the American legion and auxiliaries, DAV, VFW and Vietnam Veterans of America Post 1005.  A 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps.   “Get your family together, invite a neighbor and honor those who have given their all to keep this country free,” concluded Col Henderson.

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