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More arts and entertainment in Nashville: Widespread Panic plays Thursday Night at the Ryman, while George Thorogood & The Destroyers rock the Wildhorse and the Ben Folds Piano Concerto opens a three day stint at TPAC. Billy Joel plays the Bridgestone on Friday night, a Watercolor Workshop at the Tennessee Art League Friday at 10am; Widespread Panic is back on Friday at the Ryman, the Frist continues to showcase Japanese art and culture with a lecture on Japan’s impact on Fashion this Friday, and Eric Heatherly plays Friday night at Puckett’s Grocery.
The Nashville Predators have their Fang-tastic 5K Saturday morning at 10am, and host the St. Louis Blues that night at 7. The Nashville Humane Association is hosting St. Puppy’s Day Saturday at 10am at Walk of Fame Park. Bar Louie Nashville is hosting the Kegs and Eggs 5K/10K Sunday at 2. Girls’ Night Out Sunday thru Thursday at The Melting Pot, benefitting the Girl Scouts. Bridgestone Arena hosts the massic Christian Music event Winter Jam, with such acts as Newsboys and Thousand Foot Krutch; it’s Sunday Night at 6 with a $10 suggested donation.

Farmers Market Meeting Rescheduled

The meeting about the upcoming season of the Mt. Juliet Farmer’s Market which was scheduled for last week but was cancelled due to the winter storm has been rescheduled. It is now set for NEXT Monday, March 17th from 6pm-8pm at the Mt. Juliet Community Center gym. Topics include: Days, hours, policy changes, and city and state regulations for the upcoming Farmer’s Market. This meeting is open to the public, again Monday, March 17th from 6pm-8pm at the Mt. Juliet Community Center gym.

MJHS Girls Tripped Up in State Semis

Our Mt. Juliet High School Lady Bears came up just short in the TSSAA State Basketball Tournament this weekend. Mt. Juliet overwhelmed Jefferson County 65-37 in the Quarterfinals on Friday night, winning each of the first three quarters by 10 points or more. The Lady Bears did not allow any Jefferson County players to score in double figures, while the Black and Gold shot 71-percent from the floor. Sally McCabe led the way for Mt. Juliet with 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Ronjanae DeGray added 18 and 6.

In the semifinals, however, the Lady Bears ran into a team of destiny–the Murfreesboro Blackman Lady Blaze. B-H-S won the first quarter 13-8, but Mt. Juliet rallied with a 12-6 second to lead Blackman 20-19 at the half. The Lady Blaze won the third 16-8 for a 35-28 lead, but the fourth quarter was the biggest war of all. DeGray nets 6 straight points while Blackman managed a pair of free throws, and a McCabe bucket pulled Mt. Juliet within 3 at 39-36 with 2:37 left in regulation. Blackman adds 4 unanswered points before the Lady Bears get a three from Ashley Roby to make it 45-39 with 1:48 left, but the Lady Blaze were able to build a 10 point lead before Mt. Juliet could score again, and ground out a 55-46 win.
Blackman would go on to win the State Championship over Ridgeway, and in the process took home National Championship honors as well. The boys’ tournament starts this week, and the Wilson Central Wildcats open up against Brentwood in the second game on Wednesday, after Blackman faces Hamilton; the winners of those games do battle on Friday morning. In the rest of the bracket Siegel faces Arlington, before Oak Ridge collides with Jefferson County.

FDMJ Rescues Cat From Storm Drain

The Mt. Juliet Fire Department was dispatched Saturday night to rescue a cat stuck in a storm drain on Rutland Road. The family noticed Oreo the cat was missing, then heard him meowing down the storm drain and called the Fire Department for help. Firefighters first went into the drain to try to call the feline over, before one firefighter was suspended upside down in the drain so that he could spray some water to isolate the cat. It was then lifted out and safely put into a pet carrier. Pictures and video can be found on the FDMJ twitter feed.

Spikes End Police Chase

An impaired driver failed to stop for Mt. Juliet Police officers last Tuesday evening and led officers on a short, low-speed pursuit until his tires were deflated by a spike system. Around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday Mt. Juliet’s Emergency Communications Center received a call about a man passed out in an SUV on Sunnymeade Drive. Officers responded to the area and found the SUV driving the wrong way on Belinda Parkway, head-on against other traffic. The driver failed to stop for officers’ blue lights and sirens, and he continued at speeds near 25 MPH down Belinda Parkway. Another officer was able to deploy a spike system near the intersection of Belinda Parkway and N Mt. Juliet Road to stop the impaired man’s flight from officers. The spike system deployment was successful, and three of the SUV’s tires were deflated.
The driver, identified as Ronald Lambert, 59, of Madison, was taken into custody without further incident when the vehicle stopped at Exxon on N. Mt. Juliet Road. He was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Evading Arrest, Reckless Endangerment, and Driving Under the Influence.

Hazardous Roadways Continuing Through Tuesday

Per Wilson County EMA:

ROADWAYS COVERED WITH ICE AND SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO BE HAZARDOUS
THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT. WATER THAT MAY HAVE THAWED ON
OTHER ROADWAYS WILL AGAIN REFREEZE TONIGHT…RESULTING IN PATCHES
OF ICE KNOW AS BLACK ICE AS TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN BELOW FREEZING.
BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES WILL ALSO BE VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO ICING ALSO.

AT LEAST THROUGH THE MID MORNING HOURS ON TUESDAY…ROADWAYS
COVERED WITH ICE AND SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO BE HAZARDOUS THROUGH
THE MID MORNING HOURS. PATCHES OF ICE KNOW AS BLACK ICE WILL
CONTINUE THROUGH THE MID MORNING HOURS. BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES
WILL ALSO BE VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO ICING ALSO THROUGH THE MID
MORNING HOURS.

Free Pancakes??

Might wanna make your plans now, because Tuesday IHOP Restaurants celebrate National Pancake Day. Enjoy a free short stack of IHOP’s  buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday, March 4, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and in turn make a suggested donation of $5 to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Leading into National Pancake Day, participating IHOP restaurants will also sell Miracle Balloons. Obviously we don’t have one here in Wilson County, but there are some close by–Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage, Charlotte Pike, Madison, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Franklin, Harding Mall, and in Nolensville. Limit one free short stack per guest, dine in only.

Community Center Events — UPDATE

The Mt. Juliet Community Center at Charlie Daniels Park was supposed to host a Public Interest Meeting this Monday, March 6th, to discuss the upcoming Farmer’s Market, but that meeting has been cancelled due to the weather. Next week will be a big week for the Community Center, with a free St Patty’s Kid’s Day next Wednesday morning at 11, and the Fashion Show Saturday the 15th at 2pm. Also, keep in mind the big Community Yard Sale is coming up Saturday March 22nd at the Community Center at Charlie Daniels Park.