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Republican Women to host gubernatorial candidate Lee
Republican Women to host gubernatorial candidate Lee

The Mt. Juliet Republican Women are set to host Franklin businessman and gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee and his wife Maria at their meeting on Monday, June 12, at Courtney's Restaurant.

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Remember our nation's health care

While many people are paying attention to the latest breaking news from the White House, we should not forget about our nation's health care situation.

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Local Dems to elect new officers at convention
Local Dems to elect new officers at convention

The Wilson County Democratic Party will hold its biennial Reorganization Convention to elect new party leaders on Saturday, March 25, at 151 Maddox-Simpson Parkway in Lebanon. Doors open at 9 a.m. and close promptly at 10 a.m.

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Hipps selected for first-ever Emerge Tennessee class
Hipps selected for first-ever Emerge Tennessee class

A former Lebanon newspaper editor and columnist is among two dozen women from across the Volunteer State selected to begin campaign training this weekend as part of an intensive 70-hour program preparing Democratic women to run for office on all levels.

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Ash marks first day with veto
Ash marks first day with veto

Less than 24 hours after being sworn into office, Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash vetoed plans for a $5 million park planned for the city's west side.

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Citizen Craighead
Citizen Craighead

Eight years came and went in the blink of an eye according to Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.

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Black offering tickets to Trump's inauguration
Black offering tickets to Trump's inauguration

Congressman Diane Black has formally invited Tennesseans to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

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Insecurity Digest: Words
Insecurity Digest: Words

I have always been fascinated by a good writer's process. Do they wrangle words from thin air, piecing them together in an ideal symmetry? Or do they take a formless lump of confusion and simply clarify? Either way, a writer possesses the most formidable weapon on earth. Dynamic. Potent. Irrevocable. And not everyone should hold a pen.

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Incumbents undefeated in MJ
Incumbents undefeated in MJ
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Mayor Bernie Ash
Mayor Bernie Ash

There's a new mayor in town.

Lebanon voters elected Bernie Ash to be their next mayor.

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We have the power to change government
We have the power to change government

"We the People" really does have the power.

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Ash answers residency questions, letter from mayor
Ash answers residency questions, letter from mayor

Lebanon Mayoral challenger Bernie Ash is questioning whether an open letter penned by incumbent Mayor Philip Craighead reprimanding him is in violation of state law.

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Kent announces Congressional bid
Kent announces Congressional bid

My name is David W. Kent and would like to announce my candidacy for United States House of Representatives, Tennessee District 6. My father was from Hartsville, and he and my mother had seven children. We were raised in Rockford, Ill. My wife Pamela Summers Kent is from Overton County, and we currently reside in Cottontown. I am a confirmed Lutheran, and I have two wonderful children and four grandchildren.

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Lebanon mayor race gets heated
Lebanon mayor race gets heated

In less than two weeks Lebanon voters will cast their ballots in the U.S. Presidential and City of Lebanon races.

If you've tuned into any news outlet, it is evident the war between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) has turned both personal - and ugly.

This week the Lebanon Mayoral race is getting heated, too.

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Bradshaw announces MJ mayoral bid

Longtime city and county official Jim Bradshaw has announced his candidacy for the office of mayor of Mt. Juliet.

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Reese announces candidacy for Ward 2
Reese announces candidacy for Ward 2

Liz Reese recently announced her candidacy for Lebanon Ward 2 City Council Member.

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Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection endorses Hipps
Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection endorses Hipps

Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection (TVAP), a non-partisan political action committee (PAC), recently endorsed Amelia Morrison Hipps, the Democratic candidate for District 46 in the State House of Representatives race.

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Burton announces Ward 2 candidacy
Burton announces Ward 2 candidacy

Fred Anthony Burton Sr. has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Lebanon City Council for Ward 2.

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MJ settles political sign suit
MJ settles political sign suit

A lawsuit filed by two Mt. Juliet residents Sept. 1 has been resolved, according to the attorney representing the residents, and it has allegedly cost the City of Mt. Juliet between $10,000-$15,000 in legal fees.

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Take a 'Selfie' with Trump available
Take a 'Selfie' with Trump available

The Mt. Juliet Republican Women invite the community to visit them on Saturday, Oct. 1 to take a selfie with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The event will be held from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at 2228 North Mt. Juliet Road. There will be music, food, ice cream and plenty of Trump campaign items. State Rep. Susan Lynn, at right, will be onsite with free yard signs and T-shirts available. Lynn is pictured in a selfie with Gina Pond. SUBMITTED

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Lebanon Wilson County Chamber to host candidate forum
Lebanon Wilson County Chamber to host candidate forum

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee will sponsor a candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Winfree Bryant Middle School.

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Bryant announces candidacy for Lebanon City Council
Bryant announces candidacy for Lebanon City Council

Marilyn Bryant has announced her candidacy for the Ward 2 alderman seat on the Lebanon city Council in the Nov. 8 Municipal Election.

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Craighead announces mayoral re-election bid
Craighead announces mayoral re-election bid

Earlier this week, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead formally announced his intention to seek re-election to the city's top position. In a statement released by Craighead, the text of which follows, the incumbent mayor compares the state of the city when he was first elected in 2008 to present-day and casts an eye on future projects.

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Farmer, city sticking to their guns on sign ordinance
Farmer, city sticking to their guns on sign ordinance

The Wilson County state house candidate who said she will sue the City of Mt. Juliet over their temporary sign ordinance that regulates placement and duration of political signs is sticking to her guns.

And the City of Mt. Juliet is not backing down, either.

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MJ residents file suit against city, mayor
MJ residents file suit against city, mayor

Two supporters of Wilson County District 57 state house candidate Trisha Farmer filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Mt. Juliet and Mayor Ed Hagerty in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Thursday afternoon.

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State House challenger to sue Mt. Juliet for sign removal
State House challenger to sue Mt. Juliet for sign removal

A Mt. Juliet challenger for State House Dist. 57 announced late Friday night she intended to sue the City of Mt. Juliet for removing her campaign signs.

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Candidates finalized for Nov. 8 elections
Candidates finalized for Nov. 8 elections

Aug. 18 at noon was the deadline for candidates to file their petitions for the Nov. 8 General Election.

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Ash announces Lebanon mayoral bid
Ash announces Lebanon mayoral bid

Declaring his intention to run for the office of mayor of Lebanon, Bernie Ash knows the wisdom of taking stock of where we are today, envisioning a better tomorrow and remembering where we came from.

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Carr questioning Diane Black fund-raiser
Carr questioning Diane Black fund-raiser

Republican congressional candidate Joe Carr of Rutherford County is questioning a July fund-raiser planned for his primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, by Gov. Bill Haslam at the governor's mansion in Nashville.

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Carr to feature AR-15 drawing at MJ event
Carr to feature AR-15 drawing at MJ event

On Saturday, July 2, 6th District Congressional Candidate Joe Carr will feature an AR-15 drawing at Ralph Bristol's "2nd Amendment is Homeland Security" event at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet, according to a news release issued by Carr's campaign Thursday.

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Payton announces candidacy for school board
Payton announces candidacy for school board

Johnie Payton announces her intention to run for the Wilson County Schools Zone 6 school board seat in the 2016 election.

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Lynn's 'Bathroom Bill' showed poor judgment
Lynn's 'Bathroom Bill' showed poor judgment

I'm writing about the infamous "Bathroom Bill" that our local State Rep. Susan Lynn sponsored, which was taken "off-notice" Monday afternoon. While I'm glad that Susan has pulled the bill, I'm hesitant to thank her because the bill never should have been introduced to begin with! The very fact it was even written and sponsored by Lynn shows the severe lack of judgement and out-of-touch leadership that has been her trademark.

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Farmer announces run for District 57
Farmer announces run for District 57

Trisha Farmer recently announced her candidacy today to represent Old Hickory, Mount Juliet and West Wilson as a Democrat in the Tennessee State House of Representatives.

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Politics, religion and breastfeeding
Politics, religion and breastfeeding

Besides religion, politics and sex there's one more hot button issue that should be added to that list of taboo topics never to be discussed in mixed company. Not war. Not equal pay. Not even the latest shocking elimination on "Dancing with the Stars." Nope, it's breastfeeding. I understand that because this word actually includes part of the female anatomy some would argue it falls under the "sex" category, but trust me, it shouldn't.

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Pay Equality Bill Uproar
Pay Equality Bill Uproar

There are no safe assumptions about any bill - even a bill named the "Pay Equality Act."

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'Spotlight' shows truth cannot emerge without open access to public records
'Spotlight' shows truth cannot emerge without open access to public records

There's a great scene about public records in the movie "Spotlight," which is based on the true story of The Boston Globe's investigative reporting of child sex abuse by Catholic priests.

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Insecurity Digest- The Apprentice
Insecurity Digest- The Apprentice

I am the greatest sinner among you. No, I'm serious. Oh, so rich in depravity am I. Weak and troubled, I fall upon God's mercies every morning. Understanding this about myself, I have closely inspected my righteous indignation swirling around this upcoming Presidential election.

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The donkey and the elephant...
The donkey and the elephant...

I like to think of myself as apolitical; someone that looks objectively at both sides of an issue, appreciate each perspective and be careful not to allow my personal beliefs to muddy the waters of political idealism. I also think chasing a cheeseburger with a shot of cayenne-laced wheat grass is more effective than eating right and exercising. The truth? I am a moron when it comes to politics.

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MJ Mayor Hagerty: Year 2015 was 'planned progress'
MJ Mayor Hagerty: Year 2015 was 'planned progress'

While the cat was already out of the bag, Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty officially announced Wednesday his intent to run for reelection on the November ballot.

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Democrats plan Sunday workshop in Lebanon
Democrats plan Sunday workshop in Lebanon

The Tennessee Democratic Party's Regional Leadership and Strategy Workshop will be held in Lebanon Sunday, Feb. 21, from 1 until 6 p.m. at Executive Suites adjacent to Cracker Barrel on S. Cumberland in Lebanon.

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Wilson County Democratic Party to host delegate convention
Wilson County Democratic Party to host delegate convention

The Wilson County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5 at the East-West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

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MJ District 1 city commissioner wants another four years
MJ District 1 city commissioner wants another four years

Three-term District 1 City Commissioner Ray Justice said this week he wants to stump for a fourth term.

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Another one about Hwy, 109
Another one about Hwy, 109

"There was a bad wreck on 109 yesterday."

It's one of those sentences that, even though it shouldn't, kind of loses its impact after you've heard it over and over and over again, like "and there was another terrorist attack in the Middle East on Tuesday" or "last night, Donald Trump said something no viable presidential candidate in the history of our nation would've gotten away with."

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MJ mayor announces bid for second term
MJ mayor announces bid for second term

Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty announced his bid for a second term as leader of Mt. Juliet.

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Another Trumpism

As the political arena tightens, we begin to focus on who should lead our country, now only a year away. The latest scare tactic involves the Muslims and their contribution to terror. It plays on the wants of the Western world to distance ourselves from a religion that is little-known and therefore naturally suspect.

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I stood in the rain to support Trump
I stood in the rain to support Trump

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump visited The Factory in Franklin on Saturday.

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Will someone please find that thin line of respect?
Will someone please find that thin line of respect?

Thanks to a recent rather snide Facebook post by a friend of mine who is as red a Republican as they come (which he has since removed so don’t bother looking), I was able to finally pinpoint what has made me so ill about the last five years of partisan fighting.

The actions of today’s politicians and many of their supporters on both sides of the aisle go against a principle my Daddy instilled in me and that has become a creed of mine as a journalist throughout the years.

 Daddy told me, “You don’t have to respect or like the people who hold public office. Respect is not something you give to another simply because they were elected. They have to earn it. But at the same time, you must always respect the office that they hold. That does command your respect. It’s finding that thin line to walk in those situations that is difficult.”

 

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