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City fireworks rescheduled for Sept. 11

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead was disappointed when rainy weather halted the citys Fourth of July fireworks show but said officials have already began rescheduling the display for Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

The rain was forecasted to continue through the Fourth of July weekend. The area that we were going to shoot them off, which is at a safe distance from the crowd, is an area that collected a lot of water, he said. The water would have soaked up in the fireworks and prevented them from going off.

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Musice and Mundy remembered 10 years later

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Anyone who works in law enforcement knows that tomorrow is not guaranteed. As the rest of us put on our jackets or heels and head to the office, police officers tie up their boots, grab their badge and leave their homes knowing that there is a chance they will not be returning that night.

Friends and family in the law enforcement community gathered on Tuesday morning to remember two men who gave their all to protect Wilson County Mt. Juliet Police Sgt. Jerry Mundy and Wilson County Sheriffs Deputy John Musice.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of their deaths, which occurred on July 9, 2003, speakers including Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty, Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan, Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick, Rich Miller of The 100 Club and former Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe joined together to lead the community in a remembrance ceremony at the monument erected in their honor at Charlie Daniels Park.

Mundy and Musice were killed on Interstate 40 while laying down spike strips to stop a fleeing vehicle, driven by Fallon Tallent, which was being pursued by other officers. Ashe said that while the incident would not be forgotten, his hope was that emphasis would be placed on how the men lived not how they died.

I hope we remember how these two great men lived. Mundy loved baseball. Musice loved animals, he said.

Mayor Hagerty continued by sharing a story about how Mundy would frequently act as an advocate for the police department whenever budget time rolled around. If we can learn anything from Sgt. Mundys life I think it would be to emulate him, he said.

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Shoaf a finalist for Tennessee Court of Appeals

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Wilson Countys Forrest Shoaf is one of three finalists with hopes to fill Judge Patricia Cottrells seat in the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Cottrell announced recently that she will not seek retention in Aug. 2014, leaving the choice of replacement to be made by Gov. Bill Haslam.

Holding the position has been a longtime dream for Shoaf, who retired from being Cracker Barrel general counsel a year and a half ago. When I retired, I said the only thing I would want to be is an appellate judge but those seats do not become available that often. No one expected Ms. Cottrell to resign, he said.

Shoaf explained that he is a finalist on Slate A, along with Robert Lee Holloway, Jr. and William McBrayer that will be submitted to Haslam for consideration.

Shoaf said that other Judges representing the Middle Grand Division are from Davidson County, and he would love the opportunity to represent Wilson. However, he is unsure of when Haslam will make his selection.

The governor can act within 60 day or within six months, he said. I just have to hope for the best.

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Wilson BOE welcomes Dr. Setterlund

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

New Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund made several positive changes as he participated in his first official Board of Education meeting on Monday night.

Setterlund began the meeting by expressing what an amazing district Wilson County and saying that he has spent his most recent days visiting people and getting to know teachers and community leaders. I am excited about the opportunity to be here. Everybody has gone above and beyond to make me feel welcomed, he said.

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