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MJ to honor America’s flag once again
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Staff Reports

The corner of East Division Street and North Mt. Juliet Road will once again be filled with American flags for Flag Day weekend. 

June 12-14, American flags attached to 8-foot poles will be installed on a grid at the corner as a moving tribute to the men and women who now serving or have served in the military branches of the United States of America. 

Flag sponsors will have the option of honoring a specific former or present member of the military or a POW/MIA. Flags with such an Honoree will bear an identifying label and a yellow ribbon. 

Proceeds from the event will be used by The Exchange Club of West Wilson County and American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 to raise awareness and funds for many ongoing charitable organizations. 

There are several different ways to sponsor the event. Individual sponsors are $30 for a flag kit, or $35 if you want it mailed to your home. 

You can sponsor with multiple flags. Division Level sponsor is $5,000 and gets 75 flag kits. Brigade Level is $2,500 and purchases 50 flag kits. Battalion Level is $1,000 and purchases 25 flag kits. Company Level is 10 flag kits for $500. Platoon Level is five flag kits for $300. Two flag kits are the Squad Level, which is $150. 

In prior years, The Exchange Club proceeds have supported Exchange Club Family Center, Wilson County Veterans Museum and Park, Mt. Juliet Fire Department, Pregnancy Care Center of TN, American Legion TN Boys State, Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, Mt. Juliet Help Center, City Beautification Program, Mt. Juliet High School and American Legion TN Girls State. 

In prior years, American Legion proceeds have supported TN State Veteran’s Home, American Legion Baseball, American Legion Honor Guard, Wilson County Veterans Museum & Park, American Legion National Emergency Fund, Scholarships for Fallen Soldiers Children, American Legion TN Boys State, American Legion TN Girls State, American Legion Ladies Auxillary, Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center and Mt. Juliet Halloween in the Park. 

For more information, contact Nancy Britt at (615)289-7623 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also contact Pat Unger at (615)210-6156 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The website is 

Local band opens for Eddie Money
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

James Nitz

Intern Writer

Mixing the soulful rhythms of the blues with danceable rock, Middle Tennessee’s Cumberland Blue, fronted by Mt. Juliet’s Chloe Kohanski, opened for Eddie Money April 17, 18 and 19, to support the Huntsville Firefighters Association.

The three nights of shows took place in Memphis, Nashville and Hunstville and showcased Cumberland Blue’s true sound.

“It’s taken us a little while to figure out what all six of us are genuinely excited to play.  But I believe the set we’ve come up with is something we are proud of, and something that truly shows who we are,” Kohanski said.

Inspired by modern artists like Fleetwood Mac and Kings of Leon, to classic performers like Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix, Cumberland Blue was ecstatic to learn they were opening for Money.  “We were psyched out of our minds,” Kohanski said.

Cumberland Blue got their start playing back in 2012 at World Music in Bellview.  The Nashville area band slowly formed as Grant Smith met Kohanski and later brought Duncan King who knew Hank Compton.  Eventually the band was finalized with Yates McKendree and Rocky Block.

Onstage, Cumberland Blue feels at home expressing themselves through the music they love.  “I think for most of us it is second nature.  It just feels comfortable.  And its awesome having people that want to hear what we have to say,” Kohanski said.

Each members brings a unique flair to the group from Kohanski’s southern bluesy vocals, Block’s smooth bass lines and Smith’s intricate mandolin work, to Compton’s powerful guitar licks, King’s booming percussion and Yates blistering piano skills.  Originally their sound was more blues influenced and then progressed toward a rock sound.  “It’s very groovy.  I’d say psychedelic with a lot of soul,” Kohanski said.

Cumberland Blue will be performing across Tenn. throughout the summer, but has not announced an official tour.  “We would love to tour.  We have some ideas for this summer…We’re still working out the details,” Kohanski said.  The band recently released their EP “Awakening” last June and hopes to release a debut album by next year.

West Wilson Middle Principal's List
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

6th Grade: Stephen Anthony, Jordan Barga, Justin Bilbrey, Grace Bingham, Kinsley Blackfox, Dakota Boudoucies, Julia Briggs, Molly Castle, Kate Castle, Sarah Castle, Kira Cornick, Jacob Davidson, Amanda Davis, Kassidy Davis, Caleb Dixon, Marina Fekry, Amelia Gardner, Abenezer Gizaw, Grey Goodwin, Avery Guffey, Kain Hailey, Samantha Harris, Jacob Howard, Dylan Hudson, Arianna Hutchinson, Madyson Jones, Gavin Kuester, Alexander Lam, Luke Lawson, Clara Lee, Tristan Lewis, Charisma Lilly, Joshua Lu, Emma Martinez, Connor Maxwell, Olivia McAllister, Austin McCleeary, Katie McFarlin, Kaitlyn Meador, Gracen Miller, Telisha Morgan, Ashton Morgan, Hannah Mullins, Andrew Nessim, Emily Ochoa, Abigale Oglesby, Marisa Ortiz, Mackenzie Perry, Danielle Reth, Sydnee Richetto, Samantha Ritter, Arabella Rogers, Valentina Salinas, Cole Sanders, Kirra Scott, Blaine Seibel, Devin Smith, Saniya Sovani, Supreethi Sridhar, Alexis Temple, Aaron Turmel, Katie Tzompanakis, Lane Watson, Mackenzie Welch, Tristin Williams, Ellsha Wylie.

7th Grade: Sarah Anderson, Lily Bennett, Alexis Bockman, Spencer Box, Nicole Brill, Carson Coward, Jackson Dittert, Kaitlin Eller, Cam Franklin, Alexis Garcia, Anna Guethlein, Elizabeth Hampton, Hannah Hardaway, Hannah Harvey, Gabe Heckerman, Zach Hinchman, Jake Hood, Lauryn Howard, Zaylen Hudson, Hailey Hunterthan Jacobs, Kensington Jenkins, Jacey Johnson, Gavin Kerr, Isabelle Leonard, Gabby Lewis, Hayden Lippincott, Olivia Long, Leanna Marbry-McClendon, Joseph Meadows, Hayley Murray, Alex Neill, Raymond Ngai, Haven O’Brien, Roshni Patel, Aiden Penney, Marcella Rea, Derek Reeves, Blaine Robinson, Emily Rowe, Merin Sadler, Albert Sautner, Navaneeth Shibu, Sri Vaishnavi Singari, Hannah Spoon, Maddie Spriggs, Clara Thimstrand, Madison Treutel, Eden Tucker, Sean Vincion, Gavin Walker, Matthew Watson, Carter Williams, Teoria Woods, Clarice Zaffiro, Stephanie Zhang.

8th Grade: Will Amos, Morgan Bailey, Zach Beyer, Carmen Botros, Chyann Bowlen, Anna Bradshaw, Emma Brewer, Colton Davis, Carly Durham, Erin Fortner, Samantha Germain, Ben Gravely, January Harris, Isaac Howard, Gretchen Karl, Dalton Kizer, Chelsea McElhiney, Dottie McSpadden, Kenzey Meador, Lauren Medlin, Kyle Metz, Kellie Minich, Alaina Morris, Hyun Park, Taryn Pastore, Taylor Powers, Frank Reedisi, Kaylee Richetto, Leonb Roberts, Ethan Slate, Isiah Stafford, Barrett Streeter, Eli Toomey, Austin Turmel, Tashinga Vhumisia, Meredith Weeks, Liam Whitaker.

MJ Commissioners voice opposition to proposed expo center
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners think a new Wilson County Expo Center makes more sense in the west end of the county. 

Mayor Ed Hagerty said there are many sites on the west end of the county that could house a new Expo Center. 

Holder wins Teacher of the Year
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Walter J. Baird Middle School’s Kali Meyer Holder was named Wilson County Teacher of the Year at the awards banquet Friday night. 

The banquet, sponsored every year by Cedar Stone Bank and Wilson County Motors, honored the Teacher of the Year from every school in the county. 

“I’m very honored,” said Holder, who teaches 7th grade math at the school. She said she has grown as a teacher in her years in the Lebanon Special School District. She received a check for $1,500, plus $500 went to her school. 

Danny Hill, a former educator in Wilson County, gave the keynote address about what makes a great teacher, and shared humorous stories from his years in the school system. 

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