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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. 

MJ man brings soccer back to Music City with Nashville FC
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Just a few years ago, Mt. Juliet’s Chris Jones sent out a tweet asking would anybody be interested in starting a soccer club in Nashville. 

Jones got the idea from a YouTube video, which showed Manchester United fans pulling their money together and starting their own team. They were tired of the high ticket prices from the prestigious English Premier League team. 

Nashville had the Metros for many years, but they ceased operations a few years back. Jones had dreams of getting soccer back to the Music City, and hopefully growing it into what one day might become a Major League Soccer team. 

The problem is where do you start. How do you know how to start a soccer club?

“You don’t” joked Jones. 

After the tweet was sent out, several people responded that they were interested too. After a few meetings, the group hammered out what they wanted to do, bought up a website domain, started selling yearly memberships to Nashville FC,  and within a week, memberships started rolling in. 

“I said to myself, this is crazy,” said Jones. 

Jones said people didn’t know anything about him, but they were willing to hand over their money to help fund and run the organization. The passion and want for a soccer club in Nashville was there. 

“It just snowballed from there,” said Jones. 

By the end of the first year, Nashville FC had over 800 members. They played their games their first year in Vanderbilt University’s soccer complex, but they have taken a big step into their second year. They will now be playing their games at Vanderbilt University’s football stadium. 

Nashville FC is a member of the NPSL, which is the fourth tier of United States soccer with MLS at the top, followed by NASL and USL. Another league, the PDL, is also considered fourth tier. 

Nashville FC plays in the Southeast Conference of the NPSL. They battle against the New Orleans Jesters, Knoxville Force, Georgia Revolution, Chattanooga FC, and the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves. Nashville FC will play a 14-game season starting May 9. 

The team is made up of players from all over the world. Most have a tie to Nashville in some way, whether they played their college ball here in middle Tennessee, or some are still playing. 

Jones big hope is to one day bring MLS to the Music City, but he thinks a reasonable goal at this time would be take Nashville FC to the USL. There are several different things a FC has to do to reach that level, one of them being finding a person who has a $20 million net worth that owns 35 percent of the team. 

Jones is still very much ingrained in Wilson County, as he brings the Nashville FC Youth Camps to Wilson County. They are held at the Wilson United fields in Lebanon. 

If you want to become a member of Nashville FC, there are a few options to choose from. If you are a Tennessee resident, you can pay either $75 or $150. At $75, you get season tickets, a vote in major club decisions, car decal and lapel pin. At $150, you get those things, plus a jersey, a book and more. To find out more information, check out 

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