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General News

Construction projects to require interstate closures

From Post staff reports 

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation announce that continuing construction on Interstate 40 in Mt. Juliet will make it necessary to shut down one lane in each direction beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15 through 6 a.m., Monday, Aug. 18.

The inside lane of I-40 East will close at 6 p.m., and the inside lane of I-40 West will close at 7 p.m., Friday, to allow for the construction of sign footings in the median. Two lanes will remain open in each direction at all times.


Fallen Soldiers March held Friday


About 60 people, including active and retired military, civilians and others set out from the Maj. Gen. Carl D. Wallace National Guard Armory on Leeville Pike on a 9-mile trek Friday afternoon for the 4th Annual Fallen Soldiers March which honors those who have lost their lives in the War on Terror.

The march  followed the same route as last year. Marchers headed west on Leeville Pike and will turn right on South Hartmann and head toward West Main Street. From West Main, the group marched to the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

The march is organized each year by First Sgt. Jim Williams who began it after he returned from a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004.

Finance panel recommends 20-cent tax hike to fund schools


Wilson County Commission’s Finance Committee recommended a 20-cent increase in the property tax rate to fund schools for fiscal year 2008-2009 at Thursday (Aug. 14) night’s meeting.

Finance panel members voted 6-1 to recommend Wilson County Schools’ proposed budget of $41.3 million and a 20-cent tax hike to fund it to the full county commission after receiving a recommended “status quo” budget from the Education Committee earlier that night.

The recommendation from the finance panel is less than what was sought by the county schools. Full funding of the proposed budget approved last month by the Wilson County Board of Education would have required giving the school system an added 34 cents per $100 of valuation.

The proposed budget approved by the school board, which calls for an extra $7.5 million, was presented to the committees by Director of Schools Mike Davis, who explained the increase is primarily needed due to the opening of the brand-new Mt. Juliet High School, and because the school system has at least 400 more students than last year.

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