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Parents, students get first look at Jones Brummett Elementary School
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Parents, students and community members got their first look at the new Jones Brummett Elementary School last Sunday during an open house and ribbon cutting.

The school, located at 1530 Hartmann Drive, is scheduled to open next month. It marks the seventh school in the Lebanon Special School District, following Winfree Bryant Middle School, which opened in 2011.

The ceremony included recognition for the school’s namesakes — Steve Jones and Andy Brummett — as well as the inspiration for the school’s mascot, Gaye Hawks.

Jones has been an LSSD board member since 1988 and has served as board chairman since 1992. He began his leadership role with approximately 1,800 students. Now there are almost 4,000 students in the district.

Brummett began his teaching career in LSSD in 1973 at the former Highland Heights Elementary School. He became principal of Walter J. Baird in 1982.

In 1989, he became superintendent and led the system in that position until 2005. In 2008, he began his tenure as a school board member, which ended in 2020.

Jones noted his son was 8 when he began his role on the school board, and now his grandchildren will attend the school named in his honor.

“I am so proud of them and so proud to have my name on this school,” he said.

Brummett credited the work and collaboration of Jones and Hawks for his success in the district.

“If I was a success, it was because of these two people,” he said. Hawks served the district from 1974 to 2006 in various roles, including teacher and instructional supervisor.

She credited her teachers, administrators and staff during her tenure for her success.

Former Byars Dowdy Elementary School teacher Becky Sievert will serve as the school’s first principal, and Kasey Wood will serve as the first assistant principal.

“We are building something that is more than just for my generation or your generation, but this is for future generations. A new school is going to impact the lives of children forever,” Siever said.

The 117,000-square-foot school is set to include classroom space for 800 students, with the possibility of adding classrooms for an additional 200 students.

Lebanon Director of Schools Scott Benson said the school would house PreK through eighth grade, as well as the district’s alternative school program and a Wee Care site.

The district purchased 64 total acres of property where the school is located, which leaves room for additions to Jones Brummett Elementary School and the construction of an adjacent middle school, if necessary.

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First Providence Central piece has groundbreaking
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A developer broke ground last Wednesday on a 296-unit apartment community that will come with a road extension of Providence Parkway to Central Pike in Mt. Juliet.

Cumberland Advisors, along with joint venture partner Nicol Investment Company, broke ground on Enclave at Providence Apartments with the first of the apartments available for lease about this time next year and full completion in 2023.

As part of the project, Cumberland Advisors said it is incurring the costs to extend Providence Parkway to Central Pike. The Tennessee Department of Transportation has the funds to install a new interchange at Central Pike which should occur by 2025.

Cumberland Advisors founder and owner Michael Murphy said the road extension has an estimated cost of between $7 million and $8 million. Cumberland Advisors spokesperson Justin H. Wilson also said that landowners in the area are also involved in funding the road extension and that no city funds will be used.

Murphy said this initial phase of Enclave is the first catalyst within Providence Central (a mixed used region in Mt. Juliet).

“Enclave at Providence Apartments will be a world class community that will elevate the quality of life for its residents,” said Murphy.

Mt. Juliet Mayor James Maness, who attended the groundbreaking, said the road extension will open access in the area.

“Cumberland Advisors has been a tremendous partner in working closely with the city to jumpstart Providence Central in a manner that meets the growth needs of the area while investing more to aid traffic flow and accessibility,” said Maness. “This city is burgeoning, and creative and well-planned solutions are imperative to our continued success. Today is a big step in the right direction for Mt. Juliet.”

The road extension is where Providence Parkway ends when it veers left onto North Creek Drive. It will intersect with Central Pike. According to Wilson, the extension will be 3,200 linear feet long.

According to TDOT spokesperson Beth Emmons, engineering for the Central Pike interchange will begin this fall.

“Right of way and construction funding still need to be identified,” Emmons said. “We estimate a five-year schedule to contract letting as a best-case scenario, which is contingent upon available funding in future budgets.”

The apartment campus is planned to have eight buildings and 12,000 square feet of commercial space. Some planned amenities include a pool, grilling and fire pit area, sand volleyball court, entertainment lawn area with a stage, a picnic lawn area and a dog park.

“This groundbreaking is the start of the next phase of Mt Juliet’s next large mixed-use project, Providence Central,” Porter said. “We believe when potential corporate office users travel I-40 and see the construction work progressing on the project there will be increased interest for relocations to the property, which could be the stimulus to potentially accelerate the starting date for the Central Pike/I-40 interchange. ”

Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce President Mark Hinesley said the project will bring $6 million in local tax revenue.

Both Maness and Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the development of the area will bring more white-collar jobs to Mt. Juliet and Wilson County.

“This development is a step toward white-collar jobs,” Hutto said. “This is a bright start and an economic advantage for all of us.”

Cooling off with some jazz

Watertown Jazz Fest returned to the stage at the Historic Watertown Square last Saturday. Nine bands each played for one hour for the music-loving crowd.

“We will be continuing this event and plan to keep it to the roots of pure jazz. I feel good about this path,” event organizer John Jewell said last month when the lineup of bands was announced.

For more photos, go to wilsonpost.com.

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Fair tickets available for purchase; competitions open
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Tickets for the 2021 Wilson County Fair Tennessee State Fair are available for purchase and competition registration is now open as the fair enters a new phase this year.

Wilson County Fair-Tennessee State Fair officials said competitions that have previously been limited to Wilson County residents will remain available only to Wilson County residents despite the recent merger with the Tennessee State Fair.

There are competitions for children ages 5 to 18, and adults 19 or older.

Competitions include arts and crafts, canning, photography, sewing, quilts, fruits and vegetables, flowers, roses and plants, eggs, ham show, honey show, hay and field crops, home brewing, recycled yard and garden art, wine show, 4-H posters and exhibits, baking, corn bread challenge and candy.

There will be 40 categories in which the winners in 2021 will be entered into the 2022 Tennessee State Fair representing Wilson County.

The James E. Ward Ag Center will have a new building in 2022 dedicated to housing Tennessee State Fair exhibits and the best in 40 categories from each Tennessee county will be in competition.

Pageants will also make their return to the Fair this year. Pageants include the Fairest of the Fair, Ms. Wilson County, Ms. Wilson County Senior, Celebrating Lovely Pageant and other pageants for children and babies.

To register for contests, go to wilsoncountyfair.net and search under the Competition and Exhibits tab.

The Wilson County Fair-Tennessee State Fair is set for 10 days from Aug. 12-21 at the James E Ward Ag Center in Lebanon. This year’s theme is “Honoring Hometown Heroes,” and the agricultural commodity focus will be “Year of Beef.”

Season passes (entry all 10 days) are $45. A $25 Mega Ticket, which includes gate admission and ride armband, is good for only one day.

The Mega Ticket must be purchased by Aug. 11 online, at the Fair office or at any Wilson Bank & Trust.

This year’s Opening Day Celebration Special includes half off admission — $6 for ages 13 and up, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under. The Opening Day Ride Special includes $1 ticket per ride with the purchase of a $10 sheet of ride tickets.

Euro Slide tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and is a separate ticket from the ride armbands. For more information, visit wilsoncountyfair.net.