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Chronicle 7-22-09 Edition

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THE CHRONICLE
of Mt. Juliet
The Largest Circulation in Wilson County 
Celebrating our 28th year as the leading newspaper in Mt. Juliet and West Wilson County
 www.thechronicleofmtjuliet.com
 Volume 29 July 22, 2009 Number 28
MJ woman joins in battleagainst breastcancer in 3Day walk
Page 2
 You Heard it First
How MJofficials feel,and will vote,about guns inparks
Page 3
Ground broken on ‘last
Ground broken on ‘last
leg’ of MJ Road project
leg’ of MJ Road project
Members of the Tennessee Department of Transportation joined officials in Mt. Juliet on Tuesday to breakground on a project to widen State Route 171, or Mt. Juliet Road, from Division to US 70 (Lebanon Road).The project is being funded through money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Local,State, and is already under construction. From left to right are: Mt. Juliet District 2 Commissioner WillSellers, District 1 Commissioner Ted Floyd, TDOT chief engineer Paul Degges, Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam,Wilson County Mayor Bob Dedman, Rep. Stratton Bone, Rep. Susan Lynn, and Sen. Mae Beavers. “Nothingmade me happier this year or more proud than to vote to fund this project in our State budget, because Iwas voting for the citizens of Mt. Juliet,” Lynn said. Beavers noted that the ground being “broken” wouldbe the “last leg” of the project, which she said she had “dreamed of since the mid-1990s.” The nearly 2.2mile widening of Mt. Juliet Road is one of some 200 projects statewide funded through the Recovery Act.The contract was awarded to Lojac Enterprises at a cost of $8.9 million. When complete, Mt. Juliet Roadwill be widened to five total lanes, ~
Photo by Tomi L. Wiley
Countyapprovescontract to sellOld MJES for$3.4 million
Page 9
FBI to stagemock childabduction here
Page 8
 
Page 2, The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet, July 22, 2009
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Help us celebrate our oneyear anniversary and helpthe Mt. Juliet help centerat the same time. For theentire month of JULY,enjoy superior ac-commo-dations at Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Bring 5 canned itemsthat the hotel will donate to the Mt. Juliet Help Center and receive our Friends &Family Discount! The community of Mt. Juliet is our Friends and Family.
Call 615-553-5200 for more details & to make reservations.When making res
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Needham’s Nursery • Providence Marketplace • Two River’s Ford • Providence United MethodistChurchSummit Medical Center • U.S. Community Credit Union • Hampton Inn & Suites • Shiloh MusicITR (Matt Wilson) • Life Assembly Church • Chick-Fil-A • Logan’s • N2 Paintball • KrogerBoyle Corporation • Jones Brothers • Thompson Machinery • Tri Green Equipment • A-TeamPine Creek Golf Course • Providence 14 Movie Theatre • Tennessee Highway Patrol •Chief Equipment RentalEMJ • Precision Motorsports • MJPD Reserves • MJPD CPAA’s • MJPD Explorer’s • Sharon ThompsonTheresa Scarazzo • Bob Disalvo • Ben Lowe
The City of Mt. Juliet Wants to Thank Youfor participating as Fourth of July Vendors.
When Andrea Rial’smother was diagnosed withbreast cancer 11 years agoRial was living in Virginia,her mother was in Chicago,and Rial felt as if there wasnothing she could do aboutit.“It was agonizing,knowing she was there, andsick, and I was so far away,”Rial said. “I felt so helpless.So, I decided to do somethingabout it.”Rial said a coupleof years ago a friend askedher for a donation for theBreast Cancer 3 Day Walk,and as the daughter of abreast cancer survivor it“played on my mind for along time.” Rial did someresearch and decided to getinvolved and participate inthe walk herself. Last year’s walk, Rial said, was on theanniversary of her mother’s
rst surgery.“Breast cancer isone of the leading causes of death among certain womendemographics,” Rial said.She added that Asian womenmoving to America have an 80percent higher chance thanthose born here, lesbianshave an increased risk, andamong women under age40, African Americans havea higher incidence of breastcancer than white women,although white women havea higher rate of developingbreast cancer than any otherracial or ethnic group.The 3 Day Walk willbene
t the Susan G. Komenfor the Cure, a NationalPhilanthropic Trust Project.Some of the bene
ts will gotoward researching risks andreasons for breast cancer indifferent demographics.Rial will walk in theevent in Chicago, IL, August7, 8, and 9. She said thatalthough there is an event inAtlanta as well, which wouldbe closer to Mt. Juliet, hermother and family live inChicago and they “make a whole family deal out of it.”“After the racelast year we all went toa restaurant to eat,” Rialremembered. “This year Ithink we’re going to grill out,
By Tomi L. Wiley
 Managing Editor 
MJ woman joining in 3-day walk for breast cancer research to get involved, honor mother
See 3 Day, Page 11Andrea Rail, right, and a fellow walker pause during last year’s 3Day walk in the Lincoln Park Zoo on day three in Chicago. As of Tuesday Andrea still has $1,418.00 to raise to meet her goal.~
Photo submitted 
 
The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet, July 22, 2009, Page 3
Whether it’s aquestion of the right tobear arms or concerns tokeep children safe wherethey play, Mt. Juliet citycommissioners have a lot to weigh Monday night, whenthey are scheduled to vote whether or not to opt out of a new state law that allowspeople with permits to carrytheir weapons into publicparks.City and countygovernmentshave the rightto exempt theirareas from thenew law. Lebanoncommissioners were set to voteon the measureat their meetingon Tuesday, July 21. The City of Mt. Juliet’s Parks Board metrecently, noted District 2Commissioner and ViceMayor Will Sellers at the July13 commission meeting,and voted unanimously tosend a recommendationto the full city commissionto opt out of the new law.He added that the advisoryboard felt no need for weapons in public parks.District 4Commissioner JimBradshaw said Mondaythat he, too, would vote toopt out of the new law.“I’m not voting forguns in parks,” Bradshawsaid. “I go to the parks andthe sports events a lot, andI feel, and I think mostpeople feel, comfortable inthat setting as it is now.Why change things?”Mt. Juliet MiddleSchool football coach BarryEddings, who also helps with Mt. Juliet High Schoolbaseball, said Tuesdaythat to his knowledge gunsare prohibited on schoolcampuses unless a personis a law enforcement of 
cerand alerts the school’sStudent Resource Of 
cer(SRO). Eddings said hepersonally doesn’t thinkpeople should be able tohave weapons in parks,even if they have a permit,and that guns should bekept in their cars.“Bringing a guninto a park with kids is liketaking guns into a bar,”Eddings remarked, “you’re just asking for trouble.”Mt. Juliet Police Chief Andy Garrett said Tuesdaythat Metro councilors wereset to vote on the issuethat night as well, and thathe believes that “guns donot belong in places wherechildren play.”“I’m not trying to challenge2nd Amendment rights oranything,” Garrett noted.“That’s just my personalbelief.”Mt. Juliet LittleLeague parent and coach Todd Goodwin is also onthe Little League’s boardof directors. He said on Tuesday that the LittleLeague currently has a “nogun” policy both for safetyconcerns and because of some undeveloped propertynear the parks in whichpeople park in during theoff-season.“I am certain the MJLittle League Park Board of Directors will be addressingthe recent legislationconcerning
rearms by those who possess permits tocarry them to enter parks,”Goodwin commented viaemail on Tuesday. “As ourpark is not a public park,but is owned by our non-pro
t organization, we will need to investigate todevelop the appropriatepolicy. Currently wehave a ‘No dogs, bikes orskateboards’ policy dueto safetyconcerns. To myknowledge,
rearms areprohibitedas well. Asa parent andcoach, I trust our Board will implement the correctpolicy for the park withinlegal guidelines.”At the July 13 citycommission meeting,District 1 Commissioner,and former MJPD chief, Ted Floyd urged hisconstituents to contact him with their questions andconcerns. Bradshaw onMonday said he had heardfrom
ve people – four whoare against opting out of thelaw and want guns to bepermitted in parks and one who is opposed to it.District 3Commissioner Ed Hagertysaid via email this weekthat he will be voting not toopt out.“Why? Becausesimply passing a law and
By Tomi L. Wiley
 Managing Editor 
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MJ commissioners to vote on guns in parks next week: local officials, parents sound off 
See GUNS, Page 4
“Simply passing a law and posting a signwill be obeyed only by law abiding citizens.Criminals will still carry.” --- D3 Commissioner Ed Hagerty

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