The biggest education-related news in Wilson County in 2016 was the massive county building program approved to handle explosive growth throughout the county.
Mt. Juliet City Commissioners discussed at length Monday night their response to the Wilson County School Board's rejection of their recent counter-offer to settle a lawsuit regarding the city's owed unpaid liquor-by-the drink taxes.
The TNStars College Savings 529 Program recently announced the return of its most popular scholarship giveaway, the TNStars, 10 Kid: $10,000 Scholarship Giveaway. This month, 10 Tennessee kids will win a $1,000 scholarship into a TNStars account, just for entering online.
As the Tennessee Promise has made college attendance a reality for so many more students, we know we have to provide our college campuses with resources they need to teach the skills students need to move into the workforce.
Principal's list and honor roll for the first nine weeks at Coles Ferry Elementary School.
On Monday, Nov. 14, the Lebanon Special School District (LSSD) and Lebanon Police Department will team up to present a student/parent workshop focused on personal safety.
The Wilson County School Board rejected the City of Mt. Juliet's counteroffer to settle a lawsuit by the board to secure unpaid liquor-by-the-drink taxes.
A sporting clays tournament hosted by Vulcan Materials Company earlier in October raised over $20,000 to help ensure at-risk students in the Lebanon Special School District (LSSD) don't go hungry.
Walter J. Baird Middle School Counselor Robbie Goad will host a presentation on bullying for students and parents on Monday, Nov. 7 at the Castle Heights Elementary Library.
Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens recently accepted Loren Schmitt of Mt. Juliet for the upcoming academic year. Schmitt is currently a student at Wilson Central High School.
To say the county is in a school-building frenzy is an understatement. There are simultaneous multiple renovations, additions and construction on line at this moment.
While Lakeview Elementary's some 650 students take a breather from the classroom on their two-week fall break, some local Mt. Juliet employees descended on their playgrounds and outdoor space to do a little sprucing.
Jr. Beta Club officers from Southside Elementary recently presented a service project at the Beta Leadership Summit in Sevierville and qualified for the national convention. Their service project is called the New Student Welcome Committee and will see Jr. Beta members personally greet and deliver welcome kits to new students each Friday. At the end of every nine weeks, the club will host a New Southside Family Night for parents to meet with counselors and/or administrators while new students participate in team-building activities with Jr. Beta members, according to SEEK Instructor Angie Pulley. Pictured, from left: Brooke Turner, Cassie Bowman, Joplin Miller, Kyle Pulley and Alivia Hartz. SUBMITTED
Rachel Sandoval of Lebanon recently received a Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the Class of 2016 Graduation of the Physician Assistant Program at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate.
The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Foundation recently announced that three Lebanon graduates were each awarded a $2,500 academic college scholarship for the 2016-17 school year as part of its annual Employee Scholarship Program.
On Thursday and Friday, students, parents and administrators from three Wilson county schools will gather before class to participate in the annual "Walk to School Day."
Results of the investigation by the District Attorney General into an ethics complaint filed against the Wilson County Board of Education alleging mishandling of government property and the renovation of the former Lebanon High School has been released and deemed, as a whole, to "appear to be legally sound" and "no illegal acts occurred."
The Lebanon Special School District (LSSD) is set to host a workshop Thursday focused on helping parents and students better understand technology, time management and study skills.
Friendship Christian Middle School celebrated their Fall Festival and 8th Grade Celebration Night on Sept. 8. The festival court was presented, and all students of the Class of 2021 were recognized in ceremonies before the 7th and 8th grade football game. Pictured, from left, are Gabriel Heronimus, Taylor Dean, Zachary Elliott, Ellen Williamson, Thomas Yates, Isabella Wittrig, Crown Carrier Jack Lowe, King Caleb Bridges, Queen Kayla Donnell, Joey Shulam, Emma Bastin, Destiny Henderson, John Kane, Tylor Smiley and Haven Ball.
Walter J. Baird Middle School celebrated its Football Homecoming on Sept. 13 with a win over Southside Middle School. Members of the court were, front row from left, Lili Smith, Queen Melia Fuqua and Hannah-Leigha Totaro; back row, from left, Allie Cook, Kiley Brasher, Carrie Moscardelli and Julia Manus.
McClain Christian Academy opened their doors to students this week.
Mark Tomlinson handily won re-election to the Lebanon Special School District Board after receiving more than 70 percent of the vote.
County commissions don't always agree, but several members of the Budget Committee appear to be on the same page that it's not if the county will need to raise property taxes, but by how much in the upcoming budget.
Lebanon Special School District (LSSD) announced this week plans to participate in several summer food service programs, offering meals to any child 18 and under.
The expansion and renovation of Tuckers Crossroads and Gladeville schools got the green light from the Wilson County School Board at a special-called meeting Sunday afternoon - while similar projects at Watertown and Southside schools were put on hold.
The junior rocketry team from Lebanon High School will soon blast off to Virginia to compete in the national finals of the 14th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), where they will face 99 of the top rocketry teams in the country for the title of national champion.
The cold didn't dampen the spirits of Mt. Juliet Elzie Patton Elementary School students who participated in Walk to School Day Thursday morning. About 80 students celebrated the national event that promotes walking - instead of riding to school.
The Wilson County Budget Committee Thursday night deferred a motion by the Education Committee that asked them to consider a property tax increase to cover a major shortfall in their original $54.8 million schools building and expansion plan.
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.
Wilson County Schools joined the rest of the state this afternoon in canceling the second part of the TNReady Assessment for grades 3-8 after the vendor failed yet again to provide paper testing materials by deadline.
The Lebanon Special School District will host STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents), Inc. for training to help parents learn about their child's educational needs and their rights under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) during a workshop on Monday, April 11.
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce's Business & Education Coalition is currently accepting scholarship applications. Qualifying students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), an essay, two letters of reference and all requested information on or before 4 p.m., April 22.
Wilson County Sheriff's Narcotics detectives uncovered a large amount of money, drugs and a weapon while executing search warrants at two homes believed to be drug distribution sites operated by a Lebanon couple.
More than 480 young inventors convened at MTSU last week for the 24th regional Invention Convention, bringing inventions such as new games to things that "make life easier."
Of the 60 awarded inventions, 24 were created by Wilson County Schools or Lebanon Special School District students.
It's a cliché, but education, and teaching in particular, has to be the hardest job in the world.
I know because I was one.
I was upset to read the recent column by State Rep. Susan Lynn about school voucher payments being the answer to failing public schools. According to Rep. Lynn, "these schools have been failing for as long as anyone can recall."
The Tennessee Education Association sent Rick Colbert, the TEA general counsel, to Wilson County to speak about the problems with TNReady testing this week.
Why should legislators consider voting for a law that will more than likely never affect their districts? The Governor's School Voucher bill will not affect 95 percent of all school districts in Tennessee - especially not Wilson County Schools. So why vote for the bill?
Gov. Bill Haslam declared Tennessee in a "state of emergency" last week following the systems of ice and snow that moved thru the state on Wednesday and Friday.
Lebanon Special School District Officials announced today that school would resume Tuesday, Jan. 26th at the normal times.
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office is reportedly investigating "troubling information" which led to the dismissal of a longtime Lebanon Special School District employee.
On Monday, Jan. 11, the Lebanon Special School District (LSSD) Family Resource Center will host a parent workshop entitled "Drugs and Gangs in Lebanon? Yes, in Lebanon!"
County teachers are concerned that the new Tennessee Ready assessments could affect their evaluations, they told the Wilson County School Board Monday night. They're worried because test scores may be lower on the new assessments for reasons having nothing to do with teaching and learning.
Almost 60,000 students statewide applied for TN promise in the program's second year. TN Promise provides applicants with a scholarship to attend one of the state's community or technical colleges tuition-free. In Wilson County, 1,486 students applied for the opportunity.
Ten of the 14 eligible Wilson County Schools received all "A's" in achievement for 2014-15, according to the Tennessee Department of Education Report Card.
Claims that the public schools in Tennessee are indoctrinating children by teaching too much of any religion are a logical fallacy at best. Webster defines indoctrination as, "to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs."
Parents of Lebanon High School students were alerted this morning that concerns of a possible on-campus shooting were nothing more than "rumors" after investigation by school officials and the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.
It was a bit chilly high in the sky last Friday for two local principals.
Stoner Creek Elementary Principal Christine Miller and Assistant Principal Jennifer Yokom are usually entrenched within the walls of the school they run, however, Friday they were in an unlikely place.
Lebanon Special School District and the Lebanon Police Department are joining forces to present information to parents aimed at making sure children use technology safely during a workshop scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10.
State-mandated testing has started in Wilson County Schools. Jennifer Cothron, supervisor of testing and accountability, told the county school board Monday night about TNReady, the testing program that has become part of TCAP in the state.
The debate over where to put Wilson County's next high school continues, with Zone 1 School Board Member Wayne McNeese vehemently opposed to the possibility of building on land available along West Division Street in Mt. Juliet.
The Wilson County School Board meeting Monday night started out calmly with the Watertown Middle School Choir singing about their future and leading the Pledge, but it didn't stay calm.
In July, the Wilson County Commission voted itself a pay raise to $800 per month, per commissioner. Now it turns out that by doing so, the commissioners also, in effect, gave Wilson County School Board members the same raise.
Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School will offer up plenty of fall-inspired family fun on Friday with its annual TXR Fall Festival fund-raiser.
Students of Shop Springs State School are invited to attend a reunion for the facility, which closed its doors in 1969.
The county's school expansion process to deal with the population boom is under way.
With school starting back, I wanted to remind all motorists of the importance of obeying all rules of the road in school zones and residential areas. As we all know, student and pedestrian safety in school zones is a paramount concern.
Monday, August 3rd is "Back-to-School" for students in the Wilson County School System.
Six schools in the Wilson County Schools System will have new starting and ending times for the 2015-16 school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 3.
"We've had an offer," Wilson County School Board Attorney Mike Jennings told the panel Monday night regarding the City of Mt. Juliet's debt to Wilson County Schools for alcohol taxes that the city, like many other cities and counties in the state, inadvertently failed to share with local schools.
Monty Wilson returns to Wilson County Schools as Deputy Director Monty Wilson will return to the Wilson County Schools system as Deputy Director of Academics effective July 1, announced Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright Monday.
The school year is over, and Wilson County students have received their final grades.
Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright said the future is here when it comes to connecting students with technology.
The Wilson County commissioners were in a contentious mood Monday night. They hotly debated both the bond issue for the proposed Expo Center and a proposed amendment to the bond ordinance. But in the end, they turned down the amendment by a 16-8 vote and approved issuing the bond, 17-6.
A second team from AdvancED basically agreed with the first one which assessed Wilson County Schools that the district's accreditation should be renewed. However, at 289.27, the overall score that the second team gave the district is a little higher than the first team's score of 271.71. The new score also is above the 282.79 average for schools accredited by AdvancED.
Sievers: Leaving West is bittersweet, but opportunity is great
Three-year West Elementary School Principal Becky Siever wants it shouted from the rooftops that she has left her position to go to the Lebanon Special School District on "nothing best the best of terms."
Debbie Vaughn, Lebanon Special School District (LSSD) English as a Second Language (ESL) specialist and creator/educator of the Community Involvement through Education Literacy Organization (CIELO) will retire this year, LSSD officials recently announced.
Wilson County Schools has received its accreditation renewal, valid for five years, from AdvancED Accreditation.
The Wilson County School Board "went to school" itself at a recent retreat, learning about the county and school district's dramatic growth potential.
It doesn't happen often in Middle Tennessee, but sometimes the roads are too slippery for school buses to travel. And teachers are worried their students will slip behind, too.
Stretches of inclement weather, such as last week's snow and ice storm, have many concerned whether or not the students who depend on food provided at school went hungry.
Celebrating being 100 has never been more youthful. At W.A. Wright Elementary in Mt. Juliet last week it was 5 and 6 year olds who celebrated the century mark, that is, 100 days of school completed.
Lebanon Special School District students enrolled in after-school programs were given the opportunity to participate in two weeks of swim lessons. Byars Dowdy and Coles Ferry Elementary schools had swim lessons will have swim lessons for two weeks. Sam Houston and Castle Heights Elementary schools will follow with swim lessons for another two weeks.
Four people were arrested after police raided and seized with intent for resale at Timberline Campground Friday morning.
Two Mt. Juliet schools will soon have a local outreach help make sure some of their students won't feel hunger pains over the weekend.
Former Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen and his attorney Keith Williams, a partner at Lannom & Williams, sat down with city attorney Andy Wright this morning to seek "an amicable resolution."
In a brief email sent by Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, it was announced that Lebanon Chief of Police Scott Bowen has been removed from his position.
In a brief email sent by Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, it was announced that Lebanon Chief of Police Scott Bowen has been removed from his position.
Wilson Central's wrestling, softball and tennis teams will start raising funds to build two new sports buildings on the school's campus soon.
Lebanon Special School District was granted AdvancED School System Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) accreditation seal.
Lebanon Police have charged a man they believe is responsible for raping a 5-year-old girl.
Officials with Lebanon Special School District’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program are pleased to announce it has been awarded the Tennessee LEAPS (Lottery for Education After School Programs) Grant.
Lebanon Police are seeking a man suspected of attempting to kidnap an employee of the Pet Sense store on Tuesday night.
Lebanon Police are continuing their search for the suspects believed to be involved in a fight and shots fired into two separate residences on Classicview Drive Tuesday night.
Officials with Wilson County Schools and Lebanon Special School District lauded their respective school systems’ progress made in the 2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP, while also noting that improvements remain necessary.
A man shot multiple times Monday night is already out of the hospital as an investigation into the incident continues.
Wilson County Finance Director Aaron Maynard, Deputy Director of Wilson County Schools Mickey Hall and School Board Member Larry Tomlinson united in support of the Sales Tax Referendum that is on the ballot in the Wilson County General Election.
Lebanon Special School District officials announce the start of the 1-to-l (1 device for every 1 student) Chromebook laptop initiative which will provide the opportunity for every sixth through eighth grade student at Walter J. Baird and Winfree-Bryant Middle Schools to have the use of a laptop to complete their coursework and enhance their educational experience at home and school.
Lebanon Police are actively trying to locate a male suspect who robbed the La Hispana Market at 214 S. Maple Street Monday morning.
Lebanon Special School District officials are evaluating the option of offering free school breakfasts for all students, regardless of grade or family income, starting this fall.
Lebanon Police arrested two men suspected of committing an armed robbery of three women in the Walmart parking lot late Tuesday night.
Lebanon Police are continuing an investigation into a stabbing incident that sent one man to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Lebanon Police arrested and charged a man early Friday morning suspected of breaking into a local pawn shop and stealing a rifle.
Lebanon Police are continuing to search for a suspect, or suspects, in a shooting incident that occurred at about 10:22 p.m., Saturday, June 7.
Lo-Life Cruisin’ rolls into the James E. Ward Agricultural Center this weekend.
A Lebanon man was arrested Tuesday after a short run from police after reportedly firing a gun into the air and then tossing the weapon.
Any expectant mother knows there is a lot to think about when preparing for baby.
Lebanon Police have charged four people suspected of operating a meth lab at a residence at 613 Hartsville Pike, two doors down from Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Lebanon Police were still on the scene Wednesday night at a suspected meth lab at 613 Hartsville Pike, two doors down from Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Lebanon Police arrested and charged two people for possession of marijuana for resale after a traffic stop initiated because the driver was not wearing her seat belt.
Lebanon burglary suspect Billy Harmon, of Hartsville, was arrested and served two warrants on Wednesday afternoon by Wilson County Sheriff’s Department.
A Lebanon man remains in jail awaiting his next court date after he was arrested and charged with rape of a child.
Lebanon Police arrested and charged two women after finding items believed to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Lebanon Police arrested a man Tuesday night after he reportedly admitted stealing tools and filing a false report regarding the incident.
Additional Mt. Juliet Police Officers will hit the streets on the evening of Monday, March 17, in an effort to curb impaired driving and impaired-related crashes on St. Patrick’s Day.
Lebanon Police arrested three individuals on meth charges on Tuesday after receiving a complaint about an odor coming from a room at a local hotel.
The daughter of the late country music legend Hank Williams Sr. was arrested and charged early Tuesday morning for driving under the influence by Lebanon Police.
Some local teenagers may be in trouble with the law as they are facing drug and robbery charges.
Three schools were on lockdown for only minutes Tuesday morning as Lebanon Police captured and arrested a man wanted on a probation violation out of Trousdale County.
Sterling Rivers a/k/a “Little Real”26, of Lebanon, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 28 years in prison for conspiring to distribute large quantities of crack cocaine and cocaine, as part of his involvement in a criminal street gang called the Unknown Vice Lords, announced David Rivera, U. S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Lebanon Police are searching for two men suspected of robbing the Mapco convenience store on Highway 109 at about 10:50 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 22.
A pedestrian struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday night in Lebanon has been identified.
A Wilson County Animal Control truck was involved in an accident with another vehicle Tuesday afternoon in Lebanon.
No one was injured was injured in the accident that occurred at the intersection of South Hartmann Drive and Leeville Pike sometime after 2 p.m. No one was injured.
Lebanon Police have identified the victim of a fatal accident that occurred about 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, near 128 Rocky Road.
Cody Austin, 28, of Lebanon, was killed in the accident. Police said upon arrival at the scene, they found that Austin, who was driving a 2001 Dodge pickup truck, had been ejected from the vehicle.
Lebanon Police Department issued education information on preventing meth production to local hoteliers on Thursday, following this past weekend’s meth lab explosion at Travel Inn.
Lebanon Police arrested and charged three persons, one a juvenile, in connection with an early morning armed robbery at Daily’s Convenience Store at 924 Murfreesboro Road.
Lebanon Police continue to search for the person, or persons, believed to be responsible for the shooting death of a local man early Saturday morning.
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund informed school board members Monday night that they would be benefitting from liquor-by-the-drink taxes in the near future.
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