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Thumbs up: Connector will help Mt. Juliet fulfill potential

dfox • Updated Oct 29, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Thumbs up to the city of Mt. Juliet, which will begin work this week on a major connector that will run north and south and could potentially have a major impact on the city. “It’s a very big project for the city. It fulfills a vision set for maybe 10 to 15 years ago,” said Andy Barlow, Mt. Juliet deputy public works director. “The vision was to have a connector between Lebanon Road and the interstate. It’ll be a major change in the city and its makeup.” The connector, referred to as the Eastern Connector, will connect the Beckwith Road interchange with Lebanon Road, which will likely reduce traffic issues on Mt. Juliet Road. The road, just less than 3 miles, is set to be completed by mid-summer 2017, but the first phase of the project, less than 1,000 feet, will likely be finished by Thanksgiving for an entrance to the FedEx facility.

Thumbs up to the Wilson County Health Department, which held its second annual community baby fair Wednesday at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. “It is for all pregnant moms and moms with new babies, even if it’s your second or third,” said Brenda Kuchek, a health department employee. “It’s open to everybody. They don’t have to be on WIC or have been to the health department. It’s just to keep babies safe, keep mommas safe and keep everybody involved safe.” Several vendors came from around the Wilson County area to provide advice and helpful information to the mothers who attended to the event. Kuchek said the number of vendors increased from the previous year, thanks to the increased advertisement around the community. 

Thumbs up to the many people who gathered at Immanuel Baptist Church on Monday to help raise funds for the Wilson County Veterans Plaza and left impressed with the keynote speaker’s story of faith and courage. The Kiwanis Club of Lebanon sponsored the event will all proceeds going toward the Wilson County Veteran Plaza. More than 300 people attended the event. Keynote speaker Edgar Harrell, United States Marine Corps, recalled the largest casualty at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy in the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945.  

Thumbs up to the fact Carroll-Oakland Elementary School kindergarten students got to experience some farm activities recently by just stepping out to the playground. “It’s just a great day for our kindergartners,” said principal Carol Ferrell. “We live in a rural community, so it’s a great opportunity for our neighbors to come out and help us with this day.” Farm day is the culmination of two weeks of various classroom activities, according to Ferrell. “One of our learning objectives is learning about animals and learning about different environments,” Ferrell said. “This is the end of a farm unit that we’ve done,” Tammy Boothe, a kindergarten teacher at Carroll-Oakland, said. 

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