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Chronicle 9-9-09 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 September 9, 2009 Number 35
Page 3
 You Heard it First
Type A fluclaims WCHSguidancecounselorSeriouschanges forMJ sewer billsstart soon
Page 5Page 2
MJ churchcelebrates100 yearsthis month
Page 19
WilsonCounty Fairpageantwinners
A moment to honor
 A moment to honor
one of their own
one of their own
Students at Wilson Central High School gather around the
agpole last Wednesday morning to pray andhonor Kellie Whited, a guidance counselor at the school, who died at 2:33 a.m., Wednesday, September 2.
 Photo by CATHY TOOMBS / Wilson Central High School 
 
Page 2, The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet, September 9, 2009
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The Green Hill Churchof Christ will celebrate its100 Year Anniversary at a2009 Homecoming ceremonyon Sunday, September20, 2009, with a special worship service. Anyone who has attended Green HillChurch of Christ, located onLebanon Road in Mt. Juliet,for any length of time isinvited to return as a specialguest for this Homecomingservice, followed by dinneron the grounds.The speaker for themorning service will be ToddElliott, currently pulpitminister at the Una Churchof Christ in Nashville, andmember of Green Hill duringhis youth. Preceding the worship service the adultBible class will be taughtby Glenn Martin, who alsopreviously worshipped withthe Green Hill congregationand has deep family tiesthere.
 A Condensed History 
The Green Hill Churchof Christ began meetingin 1909 in a borrowed oneroom school house locatedabout one mile west of thepresent building. Families which began this work here were Esq. Jim Adams, aMrs. Bass and her daughter,Flossie (Mrs. Will Burlington)of Donelson, Bob High andfamily, Mrs. W.T. Hunter(grandmother of EdwardRice) and daughters, Charlie Jackson, Jeff Jones familyfrom Tulip Grove, Miss AddLigon, Mr. Jeff Mabry andfamily, Miss Kate McDaniel,and Mr. Jim Smith. BrotherBob High was the onlyleader in the congregationfor many years. He led theprayers, singing, served thetable for the Lord’s Supper,and taught the class.
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By 1920, thecongregation had outgrownthe borrowed school house.It became apparent that amore spacious building withcomplete amenities wasneeded. At that time theybought a church buildingnearby that had been erectedby a Methodist congregationand then abandoned forlack of membership. It wasa one room frame, about 25’  x 40’, heated by two coalburning stoves, and lightedby kerosene lamps. Thelamps were used only duringthe annual meeting as there were no night worshipservices. In July of 1924,gas lamps replaced thekerosene lamps. In Augustof 1926, electricity becameavailable and electric lights were installed. In 1941, it was decided to add threeSunday School rooms to therear of the auditorium.As there was not abapistry in the building,most baptisms wereperformed in Cedar Creekbehind the house of Bro.Granville Goodall. InMay of 1945, Bro. N.B.Nokes proposed to donatetoward a new building,provided the remainderof the congregation wouldraise matching funds. Thisproposition was consideredand accepted. In March of 1950, construction began.On October 15, 1950, thecongregation moved into thenew building.When the presentauditorium and eightoriginal basement classrooms were erected in 1950,it was thought to be largeenough for future growthfor the next
fty years. By1967, it became apparentthat future expansion forour educational facilities was necessary. Thirteenclass rooms, two rest rooms,two dressing rooms, anda nursery were added.East and West wings wereadded to the auditorium in1975, doubling the seatingcapacity. A new foyer withchurch library and of 
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Green Hill Church of Christ to celebrate 100 years in MJ
The first church, circa the early 1900s ~
 Photo submitted 
See CHURCH, Page 8
 
The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet, September 9, 2009, Page 3
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Kellie Whited, amuch-loved guidancecounselor at WilsonCentral High School whothree years ago received adouble-lung transplant fora rare condition, died earlyWednesday morning.A website that had alink for everyone to keep up with her said Whited diedfrom Type A In
uenza andhad signs of a bacterial andviral infection. She becamesick on Aug. 27. She was 39.Whited and her husbandBrad were parents of Caleb,7.Students at WilsonCentral were informed of her death last Wednesdaymorning by Principal TravisMay
eld.“It’s a sad day,” hesaid.Whited wasdiagnosed with primarypulmonary hypertension,or PPH, in 2002. The illnesshas been described as “anarrowing and stiffening of the pulmonary arteries thatleave the right side of theheart and travel to the lungs. The right side of the heartmust work especially hard topush against this diseasedarea and therefore the heartdevelops complications as well.” The disease is rareand af 
icts one in a millionpeople. Whited receivedher new lungs on July 19,2006.May
eld called allseniors at Wilson Centralinto the auditorium wherehe told them about Whited.Each guidance counselorfollows students from theirfreshmen through theirsenior years.“I met with theseniors. Mrs. Whited hadbeen with those kids four years,” he said. “I told themas a group.”Other students wereinformed as well. Guidancecounselors from Southsideand Mt. Juliet were atWCHS, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes sentsome representatives andlocal youth pastors werealso available for studentsand staff to talk to duringthe day.May
eld saidstudents asked to go outsideto the
agpole where theyoffered prayers.He noted thestudents and staff “wantto remember her in apositive light and want to dodifferent memorials for herand her family. There aresome emotional studentsand some emotionalteachers (here). You’re neverprepared. She was a greatperson and had such animpact on our students.She inspired some of thesestudents to be thankful andto live up to their potential.”Whited’s familyreleased a statement whichsaid “Kellie Whited’s lifehas touched countlesspeople across this countryand especially in thiscounty. She lived her lifeas an inspiration to all. Themajority of her life outsidethe home was spent atWilson Central High Schoolas a guidance counselor.Many of these young peopleare receiving a collegeeducation today because of her untiring dedication toher profession. Along withbeing a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sister,daughter-in-law and sister-in-law, Kellie was involvedin many activities such as:-- a Sunday School teacherat Fairview Church andfriend to many there. Thepeople of this congregationgathered around this familyin support on multipleoccasions.-- Joykeepers Bible Study with a group of women fromvarious churches in WilsonCounty.-- “Donate Life” as avolunteer due to the factshe received a double lungtransplant three years agodue to Primary PulmonaryHypertension.“To Brad, Kellie wasknown as ‘his girl’ and nowKellie is known as ‘his angel.’ Caleb always prayed for hismom to not be sick anymoreand to get better. Oh, the wisdom of a 7-year-old.“Kellie received andgave love to a very largeextended family. She hasforever placed her handprinton the hearts of all of us.“Kellie never oncecomplained during herillness and surgeries. Shecould be sick and in thehospital and then back to work the next day becauseshe had the driving force to“help those kids” at WilsonCentral.”The family also wanted to thank “Dr. IvanRobbins, Primary PulmonaryHypertension Specialist, atVanderbilt Hospital and theentire transplant team. Tothe nurses and staff in MICUthis past week who werealways in ‘full court press,’ thank you as well. You areawesome!”Lorie Tomlinson,secretary in the GuidanceOf 
ce at Wilson Central,said, “We are going to missher.”She noted thatMay
eld also told students“how much she cared aboutthem. She made it a point toget up and be here.”Others interviewedin previous articles aboutWhited and her illness andtransplant reiterated herdedication not only to herfamily but to her students as well and noted that whenever
Type A flu claims Wilson Centralguidance counselor Kellie Whited
See WHITED, Page 4

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