3:02 PM Mar 20, 2013
A former Mt. Juliet city employee who was terminated in 2010 was rehired as the city's new public affairs director, the former employee confirmed Wednesday. "I'm just very excited and ready for a new start," said Dennis Buchanan. Buchanan was the city's parks director for several ye...
3:00 PM Mar 18, 2013
Three local brothers are dealing with the senseless death of their sister who was shot and killed in Florida on Thursday. According to Global Vision Bible Church Pastor Greg Locke, Felicia Vickers, 21, moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., two months ago to "make a fresh start." "Something...
6:51 AM Mar 18, 2013
Paramedics took a man to a local hospital with minor injuries after he lost control of his truck on Interstate 40 on Monday morning. According to Mt. Juliet police spokesperson Tyler Chandler, the driver was traveling west on I-40 near the 227-mile marker when he skidded into the median an...
10:17 AM Mar 15, 2013
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Co-driver Terry Young, of Woodbury, gives a thumbs-up to those watching Cliff Ricketts drive the final few feet to the edge of the Pacific Ocean on Thursday in Long Beach, Calif. They combined to drive 2,600 miles using no gasoline.
An alternative fuels researcher and professor whose passion was to drive across the country using no gasoline fulfilled his dream Thursday. Middle Tennessee University professor Cliff Ricketts, a Mt. Juliet native, and his team drove 2,600 miles from Tybee Island, Ga. and passed through Te...
2:10 PM Mar 13, 2013
 Photo: Kimberly Jordan • Lebanon Democrat

Sunny lounges on the cat tower near the checkout station at Harmony Home.
It started when Amy Simcik was big enough to walk. Even as a toddler she was innately drawn to abandoned and lost creatures. Be it a lost kitten or puppy or, most likely a forlorn firefly, she would wrap her love around the creatures and bring them home to nurture them and find them a fore...
9:05 AM Mar 13, 2013
 Photo: Laurie Everett • Mt. Juliet News

Multiple law enforcement and emergency agency officials converge at a red barn on Cooks Road near Mt. Juliet on Wednesday to serve search warrants and seize items.
Authorities charged a Mt. Juliet man Wednesday with initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamines and methamphetamine possession after investigators found meth-cooking substances and pots in his barn, according to Nashville Metro police.  Carroll Johnson Cook Jr., 49, of...
1:35 PM Mar 11, 2013
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Erron Kinney
MT. JULIET – City officials hired the first fire chief and captain Monday to serve Mt. Juliet in the organization of a new fire department. Mt. Juliet Public Safety Director Andy Garrett told the Mt. Juliet News the first chief would be Erron Kinney, 35, of Franklin, on Monday just p...
10:20 AM Mar 6, 2013
Mt. Juliet officials narrowed a pool of 45 fire chief applicants to five with interviews scheduled this week. The quest to hire a fire chief for the new Mt. Juliet Fire Department is at its pinnacle with the cream-of-the-crop slated to be interviewed by a team of experts in the coming...
11:20 AM Feb 22, 2013
 Photo: Laurie Everett • Mt. Juliet News

Don Krupp, who works with NASA's Space Launch System, discusses ways to improve projects Friday with Mt. Juliet High School students.
Mt. Juliet High School math and science students were able to interact with a former astronaut and NASA representatives Friday afternoon and then showed off a few of their unique science projects. The Mt. Juliet school was one of 13 visited by officials from NASA's Marshall Space Flig...
1:54 PM Feb 20, 2013
 Photo: Laurie Everett • Mt. Juliet News

Diane Black, who represents the 6th Congressional District, speaks with a constituent who attended an open house Tuesday evening in Mt. Juliet.
In a whirlwind trip through Wilson County on Tuesday, Congresswoman Diane Black ended the day in Mt. Juliet with an open house at Wilson Bank & Trust. Black represents the 6th Congressional District and serves on the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. Howev...
9:50 AM Feb 20, 2013
From as early as he can remember, Jason Strand wanted to be in the U.S. Army.  He pursued that dream and has served in the National Guard for seven years, which included a tour in Afghanistan. He's recently returned home in Mt. Juliet to his wife, Caralynn, and their two girls, L...
11:01 AM Feb 18, 2013
A ladder in the road caused a three-car pileup on Interstate 40 near Mt. Juliet on Monday morning.  Mt. Juliet police spokesperson Tyler Chandler said a motorist traveling west near mile marker 224 swerved to avoid a ladder that blocked his lane at around 8:30 a.m. "He bounced ...
11:30 AM Feb 14, 2013
Hockett 1  Photo: George Page • Lebanon Democrat

Esther Hockett shows the resolution of appreciation she received from the Wilson County Board of Education in celebrating her 50 years of service to the system.
For half a century, she's surrounded herself with books and students she calls "her children." Esther Mae Hockett has touched the lives of thousands of Wilson County students as a teacher and full-time librarian. On Monday, she stayed late at her home away from home – the Mt. ...
3:40 AM Feb 14, 2013
An early morning fire destroyed two vehicles and a carport Thursday at a home in Mt. Juliet. Wilson Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell said the homeowner heard "popping noises" coming from her detached carport at 3131 West Division St. and discovered her truck on fire around ...
9:00 AM Feb 13, 2013
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A group of Mt. Juliet High School science students work on an experiment at Vanderbilt's research laboratory last year. 
A group of Mt. Juliet High School chemistry students will soon learn the sweet taste of power.  Chemistry teacher Gayle Hayes and 20 students will travel to Vanderbilt University to take part in some research next month sponsored by the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and En...
10:00 AM Feb 8, 2013
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An artist’s rendering shows Mayor Ed Hagerty's vision for a downtown district in the heart of Mt. Juliet.
MT. JULIET – Downtown Mt. Juliet may get a "signature piece" with a proposal by the mayor to upgrade Regional Transportation Authority land near the train depot on Division Street. Hagerty said, for the first time in the city's history, attempt is made to establish a downtown distri...
10:00 AM Feb 7, 2013
 Photo: Laurie Everett • Mt. Juliet News

Workers assess damage at the Dollar General in Mt. Juliet after a tornado nearly demolished the store last week.
MT. JULIET - A week after the Lebanon Road business district was ravaged by an EF2 tornado, things are getting back to some semblance of normalcy. While blue tarps still cover some damaged roofs and plywood protects where windows were blown out, most of the damage is repaired and businesse...