Less than a year ago, Middle Tennesseans had little choice but to complain about their traffic woes. And they had time to do it, too: ThinkTennessee recently reported that Nashville drivers spend nearly a full work week (33.6 hours) sitting in traffic a year, losing an average of $1,308 each year to traffic-related costs.
With more than 30 years of experience promoting and leading in agriculture, Wilson County native Keith Harrison will take on the role of assistant commissioner for the consumer and industry services division at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
Storm rolls through Watertown
As of 9:33 a.m. Wednesday, no injuries have been reported have been reported as heavy rains and high wins rolled through the northern edges of Watertown.
Power and phone lines are out in several sections of the city with damage to fencing, power and phone lines being reported.
Fencing around the tennis courts at Watertown High are damaged, trees have been uprooted on Neal Road and a shed overturned.
A new independent insurance agency will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, March 2, from 2 until 4 p.m. on the Watertown Public Square.
Longtime Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings will be honored at the 2017 Wilson County Library Roast.
Boys & girls will host region openers
HENDERSONVILLE -- Three Purple Tigers scored in double figures lifting Watertown High to a 65-61 victory over No. 1-seeded Goodpasture Saturday, Feb. 18 at Merrol Hyde Magnet School. With the win, WHS improved to 23-6 on the season and clinched the District 8-A tournament championship.
Coach Matt Bradshaw's squad will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 25 for a first round home game in the Region 4-A tournament.
The Purple Tigers got away from their fullcourt, trapping defense against Goodpasture and the tactic seemed to work as WHS built a 46-30 third quarter lead.
Watertown High School will present its fall drama production, "Daddy's Girl," on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. in the WHS Auditorium.
The identity of the man killed in a Watertown fire on Monday has been released.
A deadly house fire in Watertown which took the life of a 73-year-old man is currently under investigation.
He holds no public relations or marketing degrees, but from his roost inside what a half century ago was Joe Scott's Drugstore and Pharmacy, Jim Amero touts the miraculous benefits of living in the greatest little small town in America.
Principal's list and honor roll for first nine weeks at Watertown Middle School.
Like numerous Mexican restaurants across the Mid-South, Mi Ranchito proves to be a true family affair.
The fall installment of Watertown's Mile Long Yard Sale will take place Saturday, Oct. 8.
Watertown Middle School celebrated homecoming on Thursday, Sept. 8. Pictured, from left: 7th grade - Brady Watts and Kayla Wilson; 8th grade - Brandon Watts and Queen Abby Cooper; 8th grade - Bryce Willis and Makenzie Dickens; 8th grade - Sawyer Vaught and Zoe Baskin; 8th grade - Gage Vastola and Brittni Allison; and 6th grade - Brice Fountain and Kinley Gregory. SUBMITTED
SOCCER -- MJHS improves to 2-0
MT. JULIET -- Six different players scored goals as Mt. Juliet's volleyball team thumped visiting West Creek 6-1 Thursday evening.
Goals came from: Brooklynn Butler, Ally Cole, Brittany Ellmore, Summer Ellmore, Marileigh Mabry and Karah Sharp.
The Lady Bears improved to 2-0 on the season headed into at Tuesday, Aug. 23 match at White House.
Aug. 18 at noon was the deadline for candidates to file their petitions for the Nov. 8 General Election.
Tigers, Tigerettes end season
WATERTOWN -- Gordonsville broke open a tight 4-3 game with a seven-run burst in the top of the sixth on the way to a 12-3 victory over Watertown Wednesday afternoon, May 11 in the loser's bracket finals of the District 8-A baseball tournament.
Watertown had stepped up to host the tournament's final day after storms had flooded the field in Hartsville where the event was being hosted by Trousdale County High.
Faced with bids totaling $28 million more than originally budgeted, the Wilson County School Board voted unanimously Monday night to send a trimmed-back set of bids to the county commission for construction, expansion and renovation at four elementary and K-8 schools.
Local softball at a glance
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian's Courtney Petty threw a perfect game against White House Heritage Tuesday afternoon, April 19 as the Lady Commanders won 3-0. Petty did not allow a base runner and struck out 14 as FCS improved to 25-7-1.
Friendship scored all three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Courtney Miles slammed a two-run homer -- dropping the Lady Patriots to 27-7 overall.
Monday, April 18
Cascade at Watertown 5 pm
Station Camp at Mt. Juliet 5 pm
Tuesday, April 19
White House Heritage at Friendship 5 pm
Hendersonville at Wilson Central 5 pm
Donelson Christian at MJ Christian 5 pm
Lebanon at Mt. Juliet 5 pm
Monday, April 18
Friendship Christian at MJ Christian 3:30 pm
Goodpasture at Watertown 6 pm
Tuesday, April 19
MJ Christian at Friendship 6:30 pm
Watertown at Goodpasture 4:30 pm
Lebanon at Wilson Central 7 pm
Station Camp at Mt. Juliet 7 pm
Ninth grader leads Central comeback
GLADEVILLE -- Unfazed after giving up an opposite field three-run homer in the top of the first Wednesday against Lebanon, you might say Wilson Central pitcher Kaylee Richetto settled down.
A ninth grader with apparently limitless potential, Richetto held Lebanon to just one hit the rest of the way in a 13-3 victory over the Lady Devils. She struck out two and walked just one hitter.
A 19-year-old Watertown woman has been indicted for homicide in connection with her arrest following the death of her four-month-old baby girl last August.
The Mt. Juliet Noon Rotary will host the third annual Wilson County All-Sing on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at Watertown High School.
Nominations and applications for the Leadership Wilson Class of 2017 are currently being accepted. Nominations can come from anyone in the community, and anyone in the community can be nominated as long as they live and/or work in Wilson County.
If you've picked up a print publication in Wilson County in the past two decades then you'll likely recognize this week's Woman of Wilson.
Neuble, Jackson lead the way
LEBANON -- Veterans Tay Jackson and Kobe Neuble helped pave the way for Lebanon's 58-54 Senior Night win over Gallatin Friday at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
Jackson led all scorers with 23 points and Neuble added 13 of his 17 points in the second half as Jim McDowell's Blue Devils improved to 19-5 overall and 9-3 in District 9-AAA.
Following one of the warmest Decembers in history, Wilson County is finally seeing some wintry weather this month.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead presented a Tourism Development Pilot to several Wilson County commissioners Thursday.
Cumberland University recently released the dean's list for fall semester 2015. Information for the list was provided by the CU Office of Institutional Research. The honor is reserved for students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or above on all classes attempted.
Janice "Jan" Marie Jewell, 66, of Watertown, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 5, 2016 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.
Born Sept. 15, 1949 in Memphis, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Thomas Bastin, Jr. and Mary Evelyn Selph Bastin.
She was a 1967 graduate of Nashville's Hillwood High School and attended University of Tennessee, Nashville campus.
Almond toffee and apple bourbon jam are two locally-made goodies mentioned this month in national magazine Southern Living.
There are close to 3,000 green-as-a-Grinch Christmas trees towering toward heaven on Rhonda and Chris's TreeLand near Watertown.
Feeling like feeling groovy?
Sugar Lime Blue, a Lebanon-based quintet with the husband-wife team of Dave and Ashley Beth as its nucleus, might just trip you back to the 1970s with their ultra-cool retro vibes, a musical melting pot that oozes a unique blend of country, rock, blues and jazz.
The fall installation of the Watertown Mile Long Yard Sale is coming up this Saturday, Oct. 3.
Wilson County Schools recently released the results of a mold assessment report conducted at Watertown Elementary School's Building A on Sept. 14.
Students of Shop Springs State School are invited to attend a reunion for the facility, which closed its doors in 1969.
Byron Allen Young, 28
Louise Jean Worley, 87
Ronald A. Kruger, 71
Richard Perry "Rick" Auten, 67
Claudine B. Fite, 97
Ralph England, 79
Martha Jean Sundy, 76
Troy Brown Hall Jr., 64
Gertrud Lina Fichtl, 91
Roy L. Strack, 84
Danny Keith "Dan" Lee, 73
Inez Harvey Lawrence, 95
Robert Leroy "Bob" Stilts, 86
Benjamin Chad Hampson, 28
All four local mayors met Tuesday to sign into effect National Suicide Awareness Month in their communities beginning Sept. 1.
"We started to realize something's not right that night. We put his dog down in the basement because normally Kody would walk with him out to the tree house and sleep in the tree house with him," said Donny Nuessle.
Before David Riemens disappeared three years ago this month, there likely were no two people that knew him much better than his bosom friends Donny and Laura Nuessle.
Few people got close to the man who remains the only open missing person case in Wilson County.
Watertown, Wilson County's friendly city in the southeast corner, with a population of 1,450, remains a place its mayor likens to fictional Mayberry. In this charming community, where practically everyone knows everyone, secrets are nigh impossible to keep.
Purple Tigers hold off DCHS
Watertown tuned up for Friday's 2015 season-opener with a 21-20 win over DeKalb County Saturday in a two-quarter jamboree at Robinson Stadium.
Luke Turner scored for the Purple Tigers on a short run while Skylor Scales caught a pair of touchdown passes from Seth Price.
It's been 1,092 days since friends in Watertown or anyone else saw David Riemens.
The stone mason and gifted artist liked to paint dragons, trains and sprites. He slept in a tree house with his dog and had an infatuation with the vagabond lifestyle.
In his search for David Riemens, the Watertown man missing now for exactly three years, Detective B.J. Stafford said he's driven by compassion, sadness and a plentiful supply of frustration.
Organizers are planning the 3rd annual Watertown Warrior Run on Saturday, July 25, at 7 a.m.
The Watertown Music and Arts Festival is back this Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.
Husband and wife Mike and Kathy Hunter possess more than a combined 100 years of experience in helping families bid their loved ones the final good-bye.
Funeral services were held Saturday evening, May 23 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Oldfield, 90, of Watertown.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, May 12 at Hermitage Funeral Home for Mrs. Puckett, 92.
Former Wilson Co. Commissioner
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at the Victory Baptist Church for Mr. William L. "Bill" Patton, 76.
A long-time resident of Mt. Juliet and a former 16-year member of the Wilson County Commission, Mr. Patton died April 30, 2015
Be watching any day for a batch of 12-by-18-inch signs bearing big green dots to begin popping up in Lebanon, Mt, Juliet and other places around Wilson County.
Once they're up, well, if you dig local history, then it's ready, get set, go time!
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, April 20 at Fall Creek Baptist Church for Mr. Lannom, 92, of the Norene Community. A veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from the Tennessee Forestry Division, Mr. Lannom died Saturday, April 18 at University Medical Center in Lebanon.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, April 21 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Ellis, 87, formerly of Watertown.
Wilson County Schools are set to grow. The Wilson County School Board spent about two hours in a work session Thursday evening viewing details of a nearly $270 million five-year construction and equipment plan which would build and furnish five new schools, and expand or renovate five others.
Got a riddle for you: Where can you take a hike, get a bite and find bargains galore along a 5,280-foot paved two-lane stretch of asphalt?
Answer: The 27th annual Watertown Spring Mile-long Yard Sale.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Scotty Redmon, 57, formerly of Watertown. A 1976 graduate of Watertown High School where he was a standout lineman for the Purple Tiger football team, he died April 12, 2015 at his residence in Smithville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, March 24 at Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Blythe, 66, of Watertown. A native of Wilson County, he died Friday, March 20 at University Medical Center in Lebanon.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at the Round Lick Baptist Church for Mr. Russell, 76, of the Commerce Community.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 11 at Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home for Mr, Andrews, 60, of Lebanon.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12 at Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Hopson, 49, of Smithville.
Angela Chapman's trio of Spoil Me S'mo healthy dog treats have proven so flavorful that on occasion a few of her human friends wolfed them down so hastily that their pooches had to wait at the back of the chow line.
Tennessee's First Lady Crissy Haslam stopped in Wilson County for Read Across America Day. Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on famed author Dr. Seuss's birthday.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Owen, 66, of Watertown.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Patton, 89. Formerly of Watertown, he died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 in Farmington Hills, MI.
Tigerettes fall to PCHS in semifinals --
WATERTOWN -- Pickett County went on a 30-11 second quarter run on the way to a 75-46 victory over Watertown's Tigerettes in the Region 4-A semifinals Wednesday evening.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Watertown's Hearn Hill Cemetery for Mr. Hudson, 84, of Salem, VA. A Professor Emeritus of Physics at Roanoke College, he died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 in Salem, VA.
By the funky name of their business, Dumpster Darlings, you might think that Barbara Miley and Tasha Condon occasionally "dive" into dumpsters searching for cool stuff others have ditched.
Tournament opens Thursday, Feb. 5 --
The coaches of the TSSAA East-Middle District (1-A) of Division II have released the 2014-2015 all-district teams.
They are as follows:
All District Boys Basketball
MJ Christian: Landon Boyd
During the course of a career that stretches across four decades, lawman Larry Allison not only crossed paths with some of Hollywood's most famous celebrities, he made sure that their paths, front and back, were all clear.
The former California cop, today a part-time policeman in Watertown, once provided security for such renowned folks as Nicole Kidman, Michael Jackson, Jack Nicholson, Andy Griffith, Aaron Spelling, Will Smith and Robin Williams.
Memorial services have been scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Mr. Wood, 41.
KSA Christmas Classic --
ORLANDO, FL -- Scrambling in the final seconds, Watertown High's Purple Tigers rallied for a thrilling 63-61 victory over Virginia's Central High Thursday morning in the opening round of the KSA Christmas Tournament at Walt Disney World.
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