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Murphy named Road Superintendent
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Steve Murphy has been named the new Road Superintendent for Wilson County. 

Murphy has worked for the road commission for 24 years. He replaces Steve Armistead, who passed away in January. Steve Lynch had filled in as interim during that time, but did not apply for the permanent position. 

 “We believe Mr. Murphy will be a great fit as the county road superintendent,” Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said.  “His loyalty as a longtime employee gives him a great understanding of the department and an advantage as we move forward.”

Ten people applied for the position, and six were certified by the State of Tennessee. The six were interviewed by Wilson County Road Commissioners, and Murphy was selected for the job. 

Martin urges citizens to take part in census
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenny Martin is encouraging citizens to take part in the special census that is currently underway. 

The census helps determine funding for the community, as well as representation in local, state and federal government and planning decisions. 

MJ woman convicted of TennCare fraud
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Mt. Juliet woman was found guilty of TennCare fraud and theft of services last week. 

Wanda June Williams, 53, Mt. Juliet was arrested in September of 2013 accusing her of falsifying her resources in order to appear eligile for the state’s healthcare insurance program. Williams received $22,644 worth of benefits that she was not entitled. TennCare fraud is a Class E felony and carries a sentence up to two years in prison. Theft of services over  $10,000 is a Class C felony that carries a penalty of six years in prison and restitution may be required. Williams will be sentenced in July. 

MJ’s Payne, 63, riding cross country on bike
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

James Nitz

Intern Writer

From quiet country roads and dry deserts, to snow-capped mountains, a Mt. Juliet local is gearing up to bike across America.

“It’s an opportunity to do something that seemed exciting.”

Since 2004, Mike Payne has been using biking as a form of exercise. “I was old and out of shape,” Payne said.  He enjoys knowing that his body is responsible for the bike’s movement, and biking has also allowed him to meet and exercise with many new people, some becoming great friends.

Payne, who will turn 64 during the journey, is not an amateur rider though.  He has completed several tours and rides across Tennessee and Colorado.

His trip will begin June 19 in Astoria, Ore. and end on Monday, August 8 in Portsmouth NH.  Payne will average around 80 miles per day over the course of the 50-day trek, with five rest days spaced throughout the journey.  During these rests, Payne will sleep at hotels along the way, relax and gather energy for another leg of the tour.

 “I may even visit the hotel pool,” Payne said with a laugh.

The trek will lead Payne through some of America’s, and parts of Canada’s, most well-known sites including Mt. Hood, Niagara Falls and Mt. Rushmore.  Seeing the country from the cushioned seat of a bicycle is one of the primary reasons Payne began training.

With support from his wife, Debra, and his children, Payne has been training since October to prepare for the rigorous trip.  His training is being led by professional biker and owner of Endeavor Performance, Todd Nordmeyer.  Payne’s daily routines consist of working out, Pilates and of course, riding.  Recently, Payne has been riding up to 30 miles a day.

Come June, Payne will be ready to ride from sea to shining sea, one pump of the pedals at a time.

Teachers of the Year: Stoner Creek's Lena Boyd
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

It’s the last week for us to honor the Teachers of the Year. Today, we meet Stoner Creek’s Lena Boyd. 

Boyd has been teaching music at Stoner Creek Elementary for 14 years. She said she sees it as an opportunity to break kids out of their shell, much like it did for her when she was a kid. 

“I like providing the opportunity for students to find their creative side,” said Boyd. 

Boyd said it was a great honor to win the award because she is a support teacher, and it shows that her peers appreciate what she does in her classroom. She said that the entire staff is supportive, even when she might have to pull a kid out of class to help get ready for an upcoming musical. She also said that in addition to the wonderful kids, Stoner Creek has a great PTO. 

Boyd will be up for Wilson County Teacher of the Year Friday at Baird Chapel at Cumberland University. The event is sponsored by Wilson County Motors and Cedar Stone Bank. 

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