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Thumbs of the Week: Citizen helps officer catch car burglary suspect

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Thumbs up to a helpful citizen who informed police about the location of a suspect who had apparently checked multiple cars in a Mt. Juliet parking lot for unlocked doors. An officer patrolling the area arrested the suspect, Estifanos Kumssa, 18, of Antioch, who was charged with two counts of burglary, theft of property, simple possession of schedule VI drugs and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and booked in at the Wilson County Jail on $12,000 bond. 

Thumbs up to Lebanon Economic Development Director Sarah Haston who earned her designation of Tennessee certified economic developer after presenting her captone project in Nashville. Haston’s project topic was establishing a marketable identity for the city of Lebanon. Upon completion of the TCED course curricula and certification requirements, participants receive the Tennessee certified economic developer designation, indicating they have developed core competency in the principles and practices of economic development in Tennessee.

Thumbs up to Mt. Juliet band Red-N-Ready for releasing their first album. The album the group put together has six songs on it, all written by Bernie Joyner, and each song features one of the members of the group. Bernie Joyner, Faith Joyner and Erin Weston all worked at a college leading chapel services when they met. They had no plans to form a band until years later when they got back together after they left college. Bernie Joyner said despite the group, as well as their producer’s, history in gospel music, the project they put together is definitely country, with one gospel-themed song. 

Thumbs up to Cumberland University for hitting a record enrollment in 2017. Cumberland University president Paul C. Stumb and the board of trust announced Monday the largest enrollment in the school’s 176-year history. Cumberland University welcomed 2,314 students to campus this fall, which represents a 50 percent increase in enrollment since 2012. Stumb attributed the growth to the school’s success in sought-after majors like nursing and education, as well as Cumberland’s status as the first private university in Tennessee to accept Tennessee Promise students beginning in 2015.

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