By Commissioner GERALD NICELY
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Most people think of our transportation network as a way to get from point A to point B, but each year 147 million tons of freight traverses our state via trucks, rail cars and barges. In fact, nearly half of Tennessee's Gross Domestic Product comes from the movement of goods and more than half of statewide employment is in goods-dependent industries. The ability to efficiently move freight on the state's transportation network is as essential to our economy as a well-trained work force. As Tennessee's population and economy grow, we must be prepared to address the strains this growth will place on our transportation system.
By J.R. KELLEY,
Director, Wilson County E-911
Each day in Wilson County, 911 call takers and dispatchers receive hundreds of calls requesting assistance with emergencies occurring within our county.
These dedicated professionals work side-by-side with the more visible components of Public Safety, including law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and others to provide prompt emergency services 24/7/365.
To the Editor:
Look out, here come the rabid Tea Baggers, Oath Keepers and 912ers armed to their teeth with .50 caliber Bushmasters and going beyond any First Amendment right; cussing, spitting and throwing out bigoted epithets. They’re disregarding the fact that in the past 17 months 500 Iraq veterans have been diagnosed with myelogenous leukemia and many more are being found with cancer that were first misdiagnosed as asthma from severe respiratory symptoms.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Circuit Court Clerk Linda Neal wants to warn the public, especially local retailers, to be aware that some counterfeit money has shown up in recent days.
Neal said late Tuesday that someone passed to her office two $100 bills on Monday that turned out to be counterfeit. The bank where her office’s deposits are made, Wilson Bank & Trust, detected the counterfeit money on Tuesday.
From Post staff reports
Attorney Mark Lee, who was one two key principals in leading the way for the construction of the playground situated in Lebanon’s Don Fox Community Park, is now asking that the playground be closed temporarily for a three-day period for reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Lee said Tuesday he would ask the Lebanon City Council in a formal statement at its regular meeting last night to close the playground so that necessary repairs might be made.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
The ballot for the Aug. 5 Primaries and General Election will be slightly shorter as five people officially withdrew by yesterday’s deadline of noon.
A spokesperson at the Wilson County Election Commission said Nathan Clariday of Mt. Juliet, an Independent candidate for the Tennessee House of Representatives in District 57 withdrew from that race.
March showed a nice turnaround in the housing market in Wilson County with 127 homes sales, up from 99 in February, and the number of in homes under contract increased from 126 in February to 181 in March, as well.
That was the word Thursday from Amy Hamilton of the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, or EMTAR.
Spring is in the air, as evidenced by the arrival of two unique species of migrating birds that triggered excitement for observing Friends of Long Hunter State Park this past week.
Birds from each end of the size spectrum, to wit, tiny Purple Martins and majestic American White Pelicans, an endangered species, were observed flocking to pristine Couchville and sprawling Percy Priest Lakes in the park, ushering in spring 2010.
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- Wilson County Schools officials are investigating a reported occurrence Monday afternoon in which Mt. Juliet Middle School students were kept on a school bus, windows up in 87 degree weather, as an act of “discipline.”
Dorinda Wolentarski, the mother of a MJMS student who was on that bus in the Hickory Hills subdivision Monday, said her daughter told her about two male students who said a profanity. The bus driver, only known to Wolentarski as “Miss Rachel,” reportedly stopped the bus and would not start it again or open the bus windows until both of the boys came forward and confessed. One did, but when the other failed to, Miss Rachel reportedly kept the children in the stifling bus, against their protests of “child abuse.”
Organizers of the annual Wilson County Teacher of the Year program have announced the nominees for Wilson County Teacher of the Year.
The winner will be honored at the 12th Annual Teacher of the Year banquet and ceremony on Friday, April 16, in Baird Chapel on the campus of Cumberland University.
Saad Ehtisham has been named Chief Executive Officer of University Medical Center, officials announced last week.
Ehtisham most recently served as Senior Vice President Clinical Operations & Chief Nursing Officer of Via Christi Wichita Health Network, a 1,150-bed not-for-profit Catholic Health Care Network in Wichita, Kan.