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West Wilson School Expansions............10
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2012-2013 • 19th Edition
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One of the things that attracts tax-
paying families and businesses to a town
is the state of the local school system.
Wilson County has recently approved or
completed expansion projects throughout
the county school system. But the jewel
in the crown is the new Lebanon High
School, which has welcomed the first
students through the doors.
This the fourth incarnation of LHS
since the school began in 1918. The new
building and surrounding campus are set
apart—quite impressive to passersby, on
Hartmann Drive. The school is large —
368,000 square feet, can hold upwards of
2,000 students and represents a $50 mil-
lion investment in the future.
For that price the school has more
than 100 classrooms, six science labs
and eight workshops for vocational
courses - each room fitted with up to date
technology. The school is also wireless -
a feature much appreciated by Principal
Myra Sloan.
Deputy Director of Wilson County
Schools Mickey Hall said that the new
LHS is everything it was cracked up to be.
“All the computers are brand new,
there’s new cabling, a new phone system
and it’s completely wireless,” he said
noting just a few of the high tech options
the new building offers. “They will be
able to use laptops, but we’re still debat-
ing whether or not to allow them since
NewLebanon High School
Lebanon High School
Seniors were allowed to
tour their new school
during summer orientation
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they can be a distraction.”
Hall also mentioned the new athletic
fields and the field house. For the first time,
LHS athletes won’t have to leave campus
to compete, regardless of their sport.
“They’re not the 1952 version,” he said.
Hall explained that the fields were con-
structed so that fans can access the field
house, the concession stand and the
restrooms no matter which sport they are
there to see.
He also noted that the location itself
made the convenient lay out of the athletic
fields possible.
“The lay-out of the property is more of a
square,” Hall said, adding that the same
design is being used at the soon to be built
Watertown High School.
As with the athletic teams, vocational stu-
dents at the new LHS will have a lot to cheer
about as well. Most of the shop classes will
now be on campus
“It has eight shops - culinary arts, auto
shop, cabinet making, two agriculture shops,
ROTC are among the Career Technical Edu-
cation courses offered,” Hall noted.
The new LHS will also boast a top flight
“It’s set up to be wireless,” he said,
adding it would accommodate a lot of stu-
dents. “It has a media center and an Internet
Overall, everyone is ready to stop talking
about the new school, and get the doors open
to start using the new school. The county
schools begin the 2012 school year Aug. 1.
The wait is almost over.
“The community is excited,” Hall con-
cluded, adding that the 5,000 plus that
showed up to the recent open house is evi-
dence of that. “We’re excited too.”
Visitors explore the commons area during the Lebanon High School Opening Celebration held July 15.
Jan Hall (LHS Class of ’68) photographs her and her sisters’ bricks displayed in the walls of Alumni
Hall of the new Lebanon High School.
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Most every team dreams of winning
For Friendship Christian School,
that dream was realized – in triplicate –
during the 2011-12 school year.
The school, with one TSSAA cham-
pionship since the doors first opened in
1973, won three during the most recent
year – in volleyball, football and boys’
Volleyball leads off
Volleyball had never even been in a
State Tournament since its late ‘70s
inception. But under first-year coach
Randy Alley and behind All-State per-
formers Kaitlyn Teeter and Ali
Burroughs, the Lady Commanders did-
n’t lose a match to a Class A team all
season and didn’t even drop a game
against that class since an early-season
setback to Summertown.
But in the State, Friendship beat
Summertown twice, including in the
final, to finish a 47-11 season and take
Wilson County’s first state title in the
Teeter, a junior outside hitter who
was one of the nation’s most coveted
college recruits, was named State Tour-
nament Most Valuable Player. She
committed to Lipscomb University the
following March.
“It’s just a great accomplishment, not
only for the school but for Wilson Coun-
ty,” said Burroughs, whose father and
uncle played for the school’s earliest
teams in the ‘70s. “To make history and
be the first is just a great feeling. We’re
going to be remembered to be the people
who brought home the first state champi-
onship and worked our butts for it.”
Football follows
Watching the Lady Commanders
make history was Friendship’s football
team, which stopped by Middle Ten-
nessee State University on its way to
finish its regular season at Monterey.
It hadn’t been a spectacular season
to that point by FCS standards. The
Titletown in Possumtown X3
The Lady Commanders
celebrate mid-court
following their volleyball
victory over Summertown
for the state title
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Commanders beat Monterey to finish a
7-3 regular season and followed with a
first-round playoff win over Jackson
A second-round trip to Trousdale
County followed, a place where Friend-
ship had never won in the playoffs and
not at all in four years. The Comman-
ders were shut out by the Yellow Jackets
there during the regular season.
But Friendship turned the tables on
the Jackets with a 24-14 win, setting up
a trip to Chattanooga to take on Boyd-
Buchanan. The Buccaneers and
Trousdale County had sat atop the Asso-
ciated Press Class 1A poll all season
and like the Yellow Jackets, had owned
FCS during the playoffs.
But the teams’ first meeting in seven
seasons didn’t go like the three straight
matchups in the early 2000s as Friend-
ship led throughout the first half.
Boyd-Buchanan tied the game and
forced overtime at 14-14.
If every champion team needs a
break on its way to gold, the Comman-
ders got theirs in overtime as, on fourth
and goal and trailing by six, quarterback
Brennan Swindoll rolled out from the 6-
yard line and dove to the goal line.
Whether he landed on the line or
bounced across [which would have
ended the game with FCS the loser]
may be debated forever. Boyd-
Buchanan’s coach claimed months later
the runner landed short of the goal.
But Friendship coach John McNeal
said his guy was over the line.
“Our film shows he didn’t
[bounce],” the longtime Commander
coach said the following week. “Some-
body took a picture and he’s right there
with him on the line. Brennan’s laying
on the ground with the ball over the line
looking at the official. He may have
bounced, but he bounced up and down,
not forward.
“Picture shows he was over and film
shows he was over.”
And it was on to the semifinals and
finals where Friendship’s momentum
was as hard to stop as the bowling-ball
offense and rock-hard defense.
Oliver Springs [a 39-6 loser in the
semis] and Dresden [a 34-0 loser in the
BlueCross Bowl] may as well have been
looking at five Sherman tanks blocking
for a Mack truck as the Commanders
crushed their remaining two obstacles in
anticlimactic fashion.
A win over Dresden brought a football championship to Friendship Christian.
In his two-plus decades
at Friendship, McNeal has
run just about every offense
imaginable, including the
pass-happy spread. But
with a stiff southerly breeze
whipping across Tennessee
Tech’s Tucker Stadium,
McNeal passed up on the
passing game and relied on
the old-school virtues of a
strong running game and
defense to let Dresden
quickly know this would
not be the Lions’ day.
Scatback Dekolas
Reeves scored early and ran
for 98 yards to earn Offen-
sive Most Valuable Player
honors. Safety Dalton Pat-
terson posted 12 tackles
and an interception to earn
Defensive MVP honors.
But it was senior middle linebacker/running back Kyle
Wood who personified this blue-collar team with his punishing
play on a team devoid of stars.
“We don’t have a lot of guys with big numbers,” McNeal
said after Friendship’s first state football championship. “That’s
not what we try to do where we have one guy you got to try to
“We rely on three [facets] – our kicking game, our defense
and our offensive line. We’re not going to be pretty, but cham-
pionships are won with defense.”
It’s basketball’s turn
While the football team was flattening its final playoff
opponents, the few basketball players not playing football and
Coach Cleve Harris was chomping at the bit to begin their sea-
The second-year coach was hearing rumblings from
observers who felt this could be the year for his Commanders,
who lost for the eighth time in as many sectional appearances
the previous March.
With the football gold ball in hand, basketball got off to a
belated start. But the wait proved to be worth it as the Com-
manders won 24 of 27 games to get a sectional rematch
against Chattanooga Arts & Sciences.
CA&S had graduated most of its players from the previ-
ous season and the Patriots were easy pickings for the
Commanders, who finally reached the State Tournament
after nearly 30 seasons of winning.
Friendship found another nemesis waiting in the first
game at MTSU’s Murphy Center. Grace Baptist had beaten
the Commanders two years earlier in the sectional. But the
Commanders got payback with a 52-46 win.
Friendship was the underdog in the semifinal, but handed
McEwen just its second loss of the season, 54-51.
The Commanders were also not expected to beat Perry
County’s legendary program in the final. But Harris, who
vowed to stick with his trademark fullcourt, uptempo style
after an upset loss to Watertown in the District 8-A final,
went back on his word with the Class A championship on the
line. Friendship’s deliberate pace worked in a 38-34 victory.
Senior forward Mark Sandoval overcame foul trouble which
cost him a possible third double-double [double figures in
points and rebounds] to earn tournament MVP honors. He
joined Patterson and junior forward Allen Heaston on the
All-Tournament team.
Though the Commanders were favorites most of the sea-
son, Harris said they thrived as underdogs, in both basketball
and football.
“This team has to be the most dangerous team I ever
coached when they’re the underdog,” Harris said. “When you
say they can’t, they want to prove you wrong. That’s what
makes these group of guys, not just in basketball, but in foot-
ball with Trousdale County, getting over the edge. These
seniors, any challenge, they’re going to accept. They’re not
going to back down.”
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Because of the rapid-fire growth in
the west end of the county, students have
spilled out of the school classrooms and
into dozens of portable buildings. How-
ever, county and school leaders have
tackled the boom in student population
with an aggressive expansion plan that
covers not only western Wilson County,
but all across the district.
Last school year there were 16,000
students enrolled in the Wilson County
School system with 21 schools, plus the
adult high school.
“Our building and additions plans
will be a great boost to our school sys-
tem,” said Director of Schools Mike
Davis. “We grow by about 250 to 300
students each year. The expansions will
help alleviate overcrowding and provide
a better learning environment.”
Davis said the Wilson County Com-
mission has already agreed to fund up to
$60 million for the expansions, which
includes the proposed new Watertown
High School in the east. The new Lebanon
High School opens this school year.
West Wilson Middle School, West
Elementary School and Rutland Elemen-
tary are all over capacity with WWMS at
148 percent of building utilization and
Rutland at 113 percent utilization.
However, there are plans to fix over-
crowding at these schools with an
extensive building plan. Bids for their
West Elementary School principal
Becky Siever and Assistant Principal
Chris Plummer are excited about the
plans to expand their school to
add more classroom space, and a
new gym, library and cafeteria.
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Pressure valve released
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construction came in the last part of
July and full approval by the county
commission soon after.
Principals at these schools said they
are excited about the expansion plans,
and in addition to the pain of the pinch
of overcrowded classrooms, the pres-
ence of over 500 students in portable
classrooms is a safety concern.
Proposed expansion at
West Elementary School
There are plans to add onto both
West Elementary and WWMS as well
as build a brand new Kindergarten-sec-
ond grade building at the Rutland
Elementary School campus.
West Elementary School has a new
principal in Becky Siever, however,
Adam Bannach was at the helm when
the addition was planned last year. He
was at the school for 2.5 years.
“In this time we have grown from
400 to 520 students,” he said. “That’s a
lot, about 25 percent.”
And, the school population there
will grown even more quickly with the
Spence Creek subdivision that feeds
into the school. That development is
zoned for up to 700 new homes. Ban-
nach’s entire second grade, about 200
students, is housed in eight portable
classrooms. These portables will be a
thing of the past with the planned
addition that will be 46,000 square
feet. It will contain 12 new class-
rooms, a new cafeteria and gym.
Rutland Elementary’s
proposed new building
Over at Rutland outgoing principal
Yvonne Kittrell opened the school in
1999 and said she was thrilled about
the proposed new K-2 building
planned for the campus. When the
school opened it had 581 students.
And even while they took out the sixth
grade in 2001, there were still over
500 students. Kittrell said the popula-
tion has grown exponentially since
then and last year they had 791 stu-
dents and four portable classrooms.
However, school officials predict an
explosion of growth. A look at student
records reveals 87 percent of the cur-
rent students there are the oldest child
in the family, with siblings at home
ready to enter school There are a
whopping seven kindergarten and
seven first grade classes at the school.
The building addition will bring an
added 75,000 square feet of space at
the school.
“We had an addition there in 2007,”
said Davis. “What we are going to build
is similar to the size already there, it
will double space. That area is growing
because it is in the Providence area.
WWMS principal urges
his expansion
West Wilson Middle School princi-
pal Wendell Marlowe noted that both
West and Rutland elementary schools
feed into his.
He said while his school has experi-
enced “steady growth,” the Rutland
Elementary area is thriving with stu-
“If they have them there, I’m getting
them,” he said.
Marlowe said he had been told by
some that the building expansion
planned for his school was also to bal-
ance the student capacity between Mt.
Juliet Middle and West Wilson Mid-
dle. He reminded school board
members about the upgrades to MJMS
and said coupled with the planned
addition for his campus, he wanted the
commission to consider upgrades to
his school as well.
“ would be the most reason-
able, legitimate and justifiable time to
make the necessary upgrades to
WWMS, he said.
He currently has 1,025 students and
his school was built for 680 students.
He has eight portable classrooms.
“Our addition will get everyone out
of the portables,” he said. “They will be
totally gone, thank goodness.”
His addition will bring 19 regular
classrooms, six science classrooms and
two science labs.
“This entire building program is
necessary and I’m extremely excited,”
he said. “If we have no hitches, the
additions should be done for the 2013-
2014 school year.
Davis said all the money and plan-
ning that will go into school expansions,
not only in West Wilson but the entire
county, will make those thinking to
move to the area even more confident.
He said the system scores are on the
exemplary level all around.
“This past year we did extremely
well,” he noted. “....with achievement
scores overall are better than they ever
have been district-wide. Our value added
scores were better as well. We still have
some areas of improvement, but this is a
great school system. With the new and
improved facilities we are embarking on
unparalleled excellence.”
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• Woodcarvers
• Boer, Pygmy and Mytonic goat shows
• Dove and Pigeon Show
• Winter Swap Meet
• Tennessee Beef Agribition
• Tennessee Saddle Club Association
• City of Lebanon July 4 fireworks
• Wilson County Beekeepers
• Wilson County Fair
• Country Music Cutting Horse Show
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Local businesses along the route of
the protracted three-plus year Phase 2
North Mt. Juliet Road widening project
said they’ve already seen an uptick in
business since the five lane road was
finally opened.
“Our customer count has improved
significantly since the road opened up
and the orange cones went away,” said
an upbeat Tommy Waldroup, a partner
in Ace Hardware in Mt. Juliet.
Finally the route from Interstate 40
in south Mt. Juliet all the way to
Lebanon Road is open and five lanes.
Phase 1 of the project started in 2002
and took two years and reached from I-
40 to West Division Street. Phase 2
started three years ago with an entire
project cost of $9 million, according to
Mt. Juliet Interim City Manager Ken-
neth Martin.
“I remember when there was no
turning lane the entire route,” noted
Martin. “Now we are reaping the
rewards of a long fought construction
He noted that about six businesses
didn’t make the long construction pro-
cess and closed down for various
“When the road was being con-
structed it was almost like there were
two cities in Mt. Juliet,” noted Martin.
“One in the south with the big boxes at
It took three years,
but now North Mt. Juliet Road
is a five lane thoroughfare.
North Mt. Juliet Road
New road opened to
showcase charm of area
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Providence and one in the
north with the main-stay
mom and pops. Now that
the road is complete we are
Waldroup took over the
Ace Hardware store last
June 28 in the midst of the
construction and has dealt
with pains ever since.
However, Waldroup, who is
involved in six Ace Hard-
ware stores, said since he
took over he’s tried to be
positive about the impact
of the road construction,
with the end result firmly
in his mind.
“I think the City of Mt.
Juliet and the construction
company that supervised
the job kept up the traffic
flow as well as expected
and now the result is a
beautiful five lane state-of-
the art highway that allows
us to move forward.”
And since last week,
Waldroup said he’s seen a
“lot of new faces” in the
store and more traffic on
his Facebook page.
He does say that get-
ting in and out of the
businesses along the construction route was “difficult and
a lot of people were affected by it.”
Ace Hardwares have been around since 1924 and Wal-
droup wants locals to know the Mt. Juliet store’s 12
employees are taught that the store is the most helpful
hardware store “on the planet.”
There was an official Tennessee Department of Trans-
portation ribbon cutting for the new road June 4 near the
train station.
“We want to celebrate the road’s completion and the
nice improvement in infrastructure for this side of town,”
said Waldroup. “It is a gift to us.”
Renee Childress, a long time employee of First Free-
dom in North Mt. Juliet and along the construction route,
said already their bank has seen “more foot traffic,” with
the opening of the road.
“Honestly, when the road construction started, busi-
ness dropped,” she said. “Sometimes both of our
entrances were blocked.”
Some customers moved their accounts or let them go
dormant, said Childress.
“However,” she said. “We were forced to rethink the
way we do business. We had to get out to the customers.
Things are already picking up though.”
Jimbos, Edward Jones, YMCA, TDS, the UPS Store,
Little Fox Therapy, Moss’, The School Box and Dot N
Stells are some of the businesses affected by the construc-
tion. Tom Courtney, owner of Courtney’s Restaurant, was
exuberant about the five lane thoroughfare opened up
“Since just last week I have seen a major difference,”
he said.
He noted that last Wednesday was “the biggest day
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Ace Hardware manager Rhonda Sloan talks with customer Elmer Chitwood. The store located on N. Mt. Juliet Road
survived the road expansion and is now one of the busiest places in N. Mt. Juliet.
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I’ve ever had.”
“We were slammed
for lunch past 3 p.m.,”
he said.
Dot-N-Stell Bou-
tique took a huge hit and
managed to survive the
process and now is reap-
ing the rewards of the
new thoroughfare.
“We probably saw a
decrease of 15 to 20 per-
cent over the three year
construction process,”
she said.
She said they drasti-
cally cut purchasing of
products and had less
home decor products
and more gift items that
would move off the
“We were so innova-
tive to stay alive,” said
owner Sheila Nipper.
“From cutting every-
thing from garbage
service to advertising.”
She said things are
improving now.
“Well, we expected
an immediate change
when the cones came down,” she said. “But we are seeing
our old customers come back and new faces.”
Nipper would never move from North Mt. Juliet.
“We have a small town feel and I think my mantra is
location, location, location and I’m in the right spot,” said
The Corner Pub in North Mt. Juliet is also experi-
encing an uptick in customers said General Manager
Jason Gregory.
“We had an unbelievable July 4,” he said. “We hope
to add onto our parking lot and add a party room. We feel
this is now the place to be.”
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· Generators Installed * Generators Supplied
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(top) Hilary Ragan and her mother Sheila Nipper kept Dot-n-Stells
opened during the protracted road project. Now that it is completed,
business is picking up. (above) Corner Pub manager Jason Gregory
loves being located in North Mt. Juliet.
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Sept 29 Fall Mile Long Yard Sale / Excursion Train
*Oct 13 Train Robbery (benefits Sue Talley Memorial
Scholarship Fund) / Excursion Train
Oct 26 Chili Cook-Off Benefit (NOTE- NEW DATE!)
Oct 31 Trick or Treat on the Square
*Nov 10 Murder Mystery Train / Excursion Train
*Nov 24 Christmas in the Country & Polar Express Train
*Dec 01 Local Shops have Christmas Open House
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When someone mentions Watertown
a lot of people think of the famous
Watertown Yard Sale that happens a
couple times a year. But there’s a lot
more going on in this hip, historic burg,
and we went to a Watertown legend to
get the inside story on life in Watertown.
Besides the semi-annual yard sale
that covers the town and attracts people
for miles, and states, around, Watertown
is also famous as a big stop on the
“Excursion Trains,” for trips with the
Easter Bunny or to solve a murder mys-
tery. The town also boasts the Big Hill
Climb bike rides and the Polar Express
Train at Christmas time.
Then there’s the annual Music and
Art Fest done in conjunction with the
Watertown artist guild that attracts top
musical talent and serves as a showcase
for Watertown’s resident artists.
If the long list of fun activities does-
n’t get you, few can resist the town
square surrounded by historic buildings
that still house thriving shops and is
home to the Watertown Branch of the
Wilson County Library. The square and
the surrounding blocks are filled with
Victorians that range from totally
remodeled to still coming along.
Watertown High School recently
What makes
Watertown so
For more information about Watertown
go to
Duane Dursma performs with the Blues
Brokers during last years Music & Art Festival
Bargain hunters descend on Watertown for the
semi-annual Mile Long Yard Sale
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“Better Call
Full Service On All Makes Of Equipment
It’s Hard To Stop A Trane®
celebrated 100 years of educating genera-
tions of children from the town and
surrounding farms. Keeping up with the
times, Watertown is getting ready to break
ground on a new, state-of-the-art WHS,
which will include the cornerstone that was
used in both previous incarnations of the
school. New building or old, Watertown is
united in one message - “Go Purple Tigers!”
A visitor to Watertown can’t help but
notice the prevailing atmosphere — where
everybody knows everybody and, chances
are, your grandparents knew each other too.
All this a visitor can see from the outside,
but it takes a native to give you the inside
scoop on why Watertown is the coolest part
of Wilson County.
Jim Amero of Jim’s Antiques on the
Watertown Square, has been the coordinator of
the yard sale for its last few incarnations. But,
when asked what Watertown residents think
makes their town so great, he made a list:
• Its people
• Friday night live music at LuLu’s
• Jamming Sunday night at Nona Lisa’s
• New businesses like the East End Flea
• The drive-in movie theater.
• How many video’s and photo shoots
are shot here
• How many folks come from other
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The Lebanon Senior Citizens Center along with Collette
Vacations invite you to join us for travel in 2013. We
are offering Irish Splendors, Colors of New England and
we will also be touring the Vistas of Italy.
We are also a part of Collette Connect letting you
choose your destination! Choose from Classic Touring
adventures such as Classic Wonders of Iceland or per-
haps an Explorations Journey as extravagant as Patago-
nia: the Marvels of Argentina & Chile. We can also help
with family vacations like the Wild West & Yellowstone
or the Galapagos Family Adventures!!
For more information contact Patti Watts
Lebanon Senior Citizens Center
670 Coles Ferry Pike Lebanon, TN 37087 615-449-4600
Wh e r e d o y o u wa n t t o g o ?
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Gift Certificates
now available online.
Body Scrubs/Wraps
Full Service Salon
Playboy Airbrush Tanning
Get Swept
Away for a Day
Award winning makeup
and skin care lines.
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics
Dermalogica Skin Care
Private Corporate, wedding
and birthday parties.
OPI Axxium Permanent Polish
LOX Extensions
Spa Packages
Keratin Straightner
Open House
Oct. 26, 27 & 28
“Watertowns” around the country
• There’s a cat we all adopted - she lives in the Visionary Design
Building, sleeps on the copy machine. So “Miss Copy Cat” makes
her rounds during the day, crossing the street, of course, in the
• That the Wilson Waters Home still stands
• Watertown is a great place for buying antiques
• Fireman’s Fish Fry on the beginning of each month
• Historic Watertown just purchased new benches around town
• The ladies of Wilson Bank
• So many residents with sports backgrounds
• The merchants work together
• All the semi-retired musicians, songwriters and artists who live
here, many of whom have worked with famous folks
• It was a training ground during World War I and World War II,
for both men and pack mules
• Gentleman that makes guitars
• During the “May Flood” of 2010, Watertown was an island for
eight hours
• We have airline pilots and stewardesses living here in town
• Longest running/sitting mayor in Tennessee
• Has an “Explorer” program through the Watertown Police
• Garth Brooks started the videos with a Dr. Pepper commercial
• Lindsay Wagner (the Bionic Woman) once spent a week at the
Watertown B&B
• There’s a “General Lee” Automobile here in town
• Restaurant chains buy decorations for their restaurants from our
local shops
• Jim’s Antiques has a one-horse, open sleigh, slightly used by
Amy Potter crafts clay on the Watertown Square during last year’s Music
and Arts Festival.
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Family Owned Business since 1962
8594 Central Pike • Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
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Water Heaters • Backflow Installation Repair and Testing • Leak Detection • Sump Pumps
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Conditioners • Water Lines • Winterization of Homes • Remodeling • New Construction
Office: 615-449-5019 • Fax: 615-453-0173
“For All Your Plumbing Needs”
31 Years
Margaret Dixon
35 Years
101 Jennings @ 231 S.
28 Year
(615) 444-8120
1928 Leeville Pike
Lebanon, TN 37090
On the corner of
Leeville Pike and South Hartmann
Complete brake work
Ball joints
Oil changes
Water pumps
Factory Direct
BF Goodrich
41 Years
1103 Baddour Parkway
Lebanon, TN
51 Years
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Come see Tommy and Debra Edwards or Jimmy Griffin.
Tommy & Debra Edwards, Owners
Check us out at!
Pre-owned Imports
615/449-CARS (2277)
1003 West Main Street • Lebanon, TN 37087
17 Years
25 Years
1010 West Main • Lebanon
(615) 453-3000
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8-5, Saturday, 8-12
Rex Atkins Jr. • Johnny Bush
Karastan Carpet
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Expert Installation
Free Estimates
Financing Available
We Have More Than Just Carpet!
16 Years
Complete Lawn Maintenance & Bushhogging · Licensed - Insured · Residential - Commercial
For ALL your lawncare needs. Ask what I can do for you!
17 Years
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PHONE: 615-443-4700
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1079 Weston Dr. • Mt. Juliet • 758-7745
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Aaron Pryor, DDS
Treating you like family!
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Joe Clere, Owner
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627 N. Cumberland St.
Lebanon, TN 37087
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Auto Detailing
Josh McKinney
15 Years
Mt. Juliet’s Only Locally Owned Funeral Home
1098 Weston Drive • Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
(615) 773-2663
24 hour obituary line-641-2663
Funeral Directors & Embalmers
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New Business
1312 Sparta Pike • Lebanon, TN
Call and ask about daily specials
on tattoos and piercings.
8 Years
Sandra Locklear
663 S. Mt. Juliet Rd. • Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
Phone (615) 758-8887 • Fax (615) 758-8819
2 Years
A business built on the principles of quality, honesty
and understanding the customer’s expectations.
All Insurance Claims Welcome • Frame & Unibody Repair • Locally Owned and Operated
Limited Lifetime Warranty • Certified Technicians • Free Estimates
1020 Murfreesboro Rd. (Route 231 South) Lebanon, TN 37090
Monday Through Friday – 7:30 am to 5:30 pm • Saturday By Appointment
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