WCSO offers scam warning

Wilson County sheriff’s Lt. Scott Moore warned Wilson County residents Thursday about scammers who call on behalf of law enforcement and first responders.

According to Moore, the department has gotten several complaints regarding scammers who solicit people for money as a fundraiser for law enforcement and first responders.

Moore offered five tips to people who may consider donating money over the phone. The first tip was the organization should be able to provide written information to describe what donations will support.

“Just because an organization claims it has local ties or works with local police or firefighters doesn’t mean contributions will be used locally or for public safety,” said Moore.

Secondly, Moore encouraged people to ask fundraisers for identification.

“Many states require paid fundraisers to identify themselves as such and to name the organization for which they’re soliciting,” he said.

Next, he said to ask the organization how the contribution would be used.

“Ask what percentage of your contribution will go to the fire or police organization, department or program,” said Moore. “Also, ask if your contribution will be used locally.”

Moore then encouraged people to call the organization or the local police or fire department to verify a fundraiser’s claim that it’s collecting on behalf of the organization.

Lastly, Moore suggested people should be wary if a fundraiser suggests they would receive special treatment for donating.

“No legitimate fundraiser would guarantee that you won’t be stopped for speeding if you have a police organization’s decal in your car window,” he said.

By Jacob Smith


Police to be looking for speeders

Mt. Juliet police chief James Hambrick and Capt. Tyler Chandler announced Friday the Springtime Slowdown, a neighborhood traffic safety initiative.

The initiative involves more heavy presence from Mt. Juliet officers in neighborhoods and areas where they receive a lot of complaints about unsafe driving. 

“We care about our citizens and those that visit the city of Mt. Juliet,” said Hambrick. “We want to protect and keep our citizens and visitors safe, and certainly our officer and employees safe as well. So, we have to do something. One of the main things and goals that I’ve had for the last several years now has been to reduce the number of crashes that we have in the Mt. Juliet area.”

Chandler said in his experience, the number one complaint to the Department was about speeding.

“We’re not really getting complaints about crime,” he said. “It’s about motorists speeding through neighborhoods, running stop signs through neighborhoods and/or school zones as well.”

Chandler went on to explain that police presence in neighborhoods can help make roads safer as drivers are more likely to follow road laws when they see a police presence. When presence alone isn’t enough, however, citations have to be issued.

“It’s about changing behavior,” said Hambrick. “It’s not about generating any type of revenue, that’s not what we’re about. We’re about safety and we want to make sure that we answer the complaints that we have, that we address the complaints, and that people see us in those areas where we’re getting complaints.”

By Jacob Smith


Firefighters battle brush fire

Mark Bellew • All Hands Fire Photos
Mt. Juliet firefighters fight a brush fire Friday afternoon at 3491 E. Division St. near the city limits in Mt. Juliet.

Mt. Juliet firefighters fought a brush fire Friday afternoon at 3491 E. Division St. near the city limits in Mt. Juliet.

Firefighters arrived at about 5 p.m. after a caller told dispatchers the fire was spreading.

Mt. Juliet fire Chief Jamie Luffman was first to arrive and told dispatch the two firefighter crews en route could handle the fire.

Reports indicate firefighter Joe Agent extinguished the fire nearly by himself. Afterwards, firefighters saturated the perimeter to prevent the fire from spreading.

The cause remained unknown.

Luffman continued to stress the importance of residents getting a burn permit before burning. The fire started and spread about 24 hours following heavy rain.

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Local police, firefighters mourn loss of Lebanon police officer

Mark Bellew • All Hands Fire Photos
The casket of Lebanon police officer Joseph Bowen is carried by officers with the Lebanon Police Department from Fairview Church to Salem Cemetery in Liberty, where his body was buried with full police honors. A police procession through Wilson County followed the funeral service.

The funeral for Lebanon police Officer Joseph Bowen was held Monday afternoon at Fairview Church with full police honors.

Members from each first response team in Wilson County were in attendance.

A police procession through Wilson County followed the funeral service to Liberty, where Bowen’s body was buried with full police honors.

Several other organizations continued to offer thoughts and prayers to Bowen’s family, as well as the Lebanon Police Department.

“Today, we joined fellow officers to celebrate the life of Officer Bowen, and it was evident that he was an outstanding man to his family and friends, and an outstanding police officer to his community,” said Mt. Juliet police Chief James Hambrick. “Our department was honored to provide assistance through our Honor Guard team, who assisted during the services. We continue to pray for Bowen’s family and the Lebanon Police Department, and we hope for comfort and strength for them during this time.”

“Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the Bowen family and the Lebanon Police Department,” said Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “His service to this community as a public servant will never be forgotten. Officer Bowen was well respected by his peers for the way he genuinely treated people and left behind a legacy for others to follow.”

“Rest in peace Officer Joe Bowen,” said Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director Joey Cooper. “WEMA continues to pray for the Bowen and Lebanon Police Department family.”

Lebanon police Chief Mike Justice talked about the impact Bowen had on his community.

“Joe was a great public servant, but more importantly an amazing family man and father,” he said. “This tragedy can only be described as impactful, as it will touch the lives of many, just as Joe had touched so many lives with his kindness.”

Bowen died Thursday when his truck ran off Highway 70, into an embankment and into Smith Fork Creek. He had left the Lebanon Police Department around 6 a.m. following an overnight shift. He was driving to his home in DeKalb County.

Bowen was 28 years old. He was a five-year veteran with Lebanon police and had 10 years of law enforcement experience. He was married and had two children, a son and a daughter.

When Bowen’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Nashville, Mt. Juliet police officers and firefighters lined Interstate 40 overpasses in Mt. Juliet to pay their respects. The police department also lit its headquarters blue Thursday night in honor of Bowen. The building remained lit until interment Monday.

“We were honored to pay tribute and respect to Lebanon Police Department Officer Bowen as he passed through Mt. Juliet on Interstate 40 [Thursday],” said Mt. Juliet police Capt. Tyler Chandler.

A memorial fund for Bowen’s family was set up that may be accessed at youcaring.com/kimberlybowen-1116709.

By Jacob Smith 


Teen charged with threats

Joseph Taylor

An 18-year-old man was charged Sunday night after he a threat in person to two people about Mt. Juliet High School.

Joseph Taylor, of Old Hickory, apparently approached two people Sunday afternoon and warned them not to go to school Monday because he had just bought a new gun. During the conversation, the people noticed that Taylor had some type of gun around his neck. Following the conversation, Mt. Juliet police were notified, and officers opened an investigation.

During the investigation, Mt. Juliet police called school resource officers to ensure they were aware of the incident. The department’s communications center also received calls from concerned parents, who somehow learned of the threat.

Wilson County sheriff’s detectives found Taylor, and a paintball gun was recovered. Taylor was charged with criminal attempt to commit aggravated assault and booked in at the Wilson County Jail. Detectives do not believe Taylor had any real intent to harm students or staff. He is not a student at Mt. Juliet High School.

Mt. Juliet police Capt. Tyler Chandler said threats toward any school would not be tolerated, even if they are meant to be a joke, and threats would be investigated completely.

“In addition, we want thank those who had the courage to bring the statements to our attention,” Chandler said.

Smyrna man charged with exposing himself to motorists

Rickey Houston

A Smyrna man was charged with exposing himself to passing traffic Monday morning along Mt. Juliet Road.

According to Mt. Juliet police Capt. Tyler Chandler, officers were called to N. Mt. Juliet Road near Interstate 40 around 10 a.m. after multiple callers reported a man standing at the roadway exposing himself. When officers arrived, they found Rickey Houston, 42, of Smyrna.

Houston was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure and booked at the Wilson County Jail, where he remained.

Anyone with more information on the incident should call Mt. Juliet police at 615-754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling 615-754-8477 or at mjpd.org.

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Real Mamas reward Wilson County SROs

A group of moms in Mt. Juliet came together again Friday to give 16 school resource officers across Wilson County $20 gift certificates.

The “Real Mamas of Mt. Juliet” is a Facebook group started by Stephanie Godwin in September with the intent to do some good in the community.

“I just felt like there was a lot of negativity about our country, about our schools, about our teachers and about our parents,” said Godwin. “I wanted to start something that was a little more positive.”

In December, the group raised money to pay off school lunch debts at 11 schools in Wilson County.

“I have a lot of teachers and principals come into my salon, and I would talk to them about stuff,” said Godwin. “They told me that they had a ton of kids who couldn’t afford breakfast and lunch and weren’t getting to eat at home. They were taking money out of their own pockets so these kids could eat. Kids can’t perform; they can’t do well on these tests we give them when they’re not getting to eat. Instead of griping, I wanted to put hands and feet to the problem.”

This month, the group took its giving attitude back to Wilson County Schools and gave 16 school resource officers each a $20 gift certificate to the Corner Pub in Mt. Juliet, along with a note that said, “Thank you for instilling a sense of safety for our children.” Members of the community were quick to show support for the act on the group’s Facebook page.

“I can’t say thank you enough for doing this. My husband is an SRO,” said Brittany McPeak. “It has been a tough job as of late, and this thoughtful act made his day and mine. We know how much he loves his job and looks forward to interacting with the kids, but for it to be noticed by others was just awesome.”

According to Godwin, the act of kindness is far from the end for the group. She said she would like to start doing a monthly Real Mamas project to benefit the community. She is currently working on organizing a project to bring baby dolls to patients in local Alzheimer’s facilities. Godwin said she would like for as many people as possible to be involved in the group’s activities.

“A real mama isn’t based on the amount of money you have,” she said. “Real mamas are women who love and care for their children, their grandchildren, their friends and the ones that are for support in the best of times and the toughest of times. It’s about community, coming together and loving a friend in need. We would love nothing more than for everyone to be included in this movement in their own community and want every mama to know they are loved. Thank you all.”

By Jacob Smith


Mt. Juliet among safest cities in state

Mt. Juliet was named the fifth-safest city in Tennessee for 2018 recently in a list compiled by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

The rankings were based on the most recent FBI uniform crime report statistics, along with the company’s own population data and internal research.

“We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000,” said Robyn Avery, spokesperson for the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

The cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 people. The variables were then weighted, with violent crimes assigned a value 1.5 times that of property crimes.

Other cities on the list included Brentwood at No. 1, Franklin at No. 8 and Gallatin at No. 9.

For more information, visit alarms.org/safest-cities-in-tennessee-2018.

By Jacob Smith


One found dead after police standoff

Neighbors advised to stay indoors during incident

One person was found dead after Mt. Juliet police officers closed off an area near the Warren Hill Drive and Settlers Court intersection in the Cobblestone Landing neighborhood Monday afternoon and advised nearby residents to stay indoors.

According to Mt. Juliet police Capt. Tyler Chandler, the area was closed because of a potentially armed person inside the home. Wilson County Schools were notified, and school buses did not drop off children near the scene.

Chandler said officers were originally called around 12:26 p.m. for a report of a person suffering from a mental health crisis inside the home. The person was alone in the house.

Members from the department’s Special Response Team and Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Special Operations Team responded with Mt. Juliet police officers.

As a precaution, residents nearby were asked to remain inside their homes. After crisis negotiators exhausted all means to make contact with the barricaded person, a THP robot was used to enter the home. Officers found one person dead in the house from what appeared to be a self-inflicted injury. The person did not live at the home or have permission to be inside.

By Jacob Smith


Teen arrested with gun stolen from Mt. Juliet store

A 16-year-old boy was arrested Friday night for carrying a .22 caliber revolver that was stolen during a Mt. Juliet gun store burglary.

Metro-Nashville Officer Edward Conrads, on special assignment to the juvenile robbery task force, saw the teen immediately pick up his pace when he saw police at about 8 p.m. on 40th Avenue N. near Clifton Avenue in Nashville.

When police caught up to him, Conrads found the pistol in the teen’s right front pants pocket. He was arrested without incident and taken to juvenile detention.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were notified the gun was recovered.

By Jacob Smith


Elderly woman leads low speed chase with parakeet

Joyce Browning

A 70-year-old woman was charged Saturday night after she led Mt. Juliet police on a low-speed chase that ended on the James Robertson Parkway exit on Interstate 24.

Mt. Juliet police said Joyce Ann Browning, of Clinton, appeared to be impaired.

According to Mt. Juliet police Lt. Tyler Chandler, Browning had a baggy full of prescription pills and a bird that appeared to be a parakeet with her in the vehicle.

Browning was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and misdemeanor evading arrest, according to Wilson County Jail records.

Animal control officers took care of the bird.

Browning was booked in Saturday night at the Wilson County Jail and released Sunday afternoon on $3,000 bond. 

By Jacob Smith


Suspect charged after search uncovers child porn

James Roach

James Coleman Roach, 67, of Mt. Juliet, was charged Friday with six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after Wilson County sheriff’s deputies said they found child pornography on several of his devices.

According to Wilson County sheriff’s Lt. Scott Moore, the search warrant took place Sept. 9 at Roach’s home, where detectives took and analyzed multiple computers and electronic devices.

After a consultation with Wilson County District Attorney Tommy Thompson’s office, Roach was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor for five counts of greater than 100 images each and one count of greater than 50 images of child pornography found during the investigation.

Roach was booked in Friday at the Wilson County Jail and released later Friday afternoon on $75,000 bond.

By Jacob Smith


Interstate 40 shut down after tractor-trailer wreck

Mark Bellew • All Hands Fire Photos
Emergency crews shut down all lanes of Interstate 40 westbound Thursday at about noon after a tractor-trailer wreck that left the truck on its side.

Emergency crews shut down all lanes of Interstate 40 westbound Thursday at about noon after a tractor-trailer wreck that left the truck on its side.

The wreck happened at the 222 mile marker. About 10 minutes after arriving on scene, Metro Nashville emergency responders were able to open two lanes of traffic, and at about 12:45 p.m., three lanes were opened. 

According to a state trooper at the scene, the tractor-trailer attempted to change lanes and clipped a sport utility vehicle in the process. The truck then hit an abandoned roadside vehicle and dragged it into Davidson County. The tractor-trailer then overturned, which blocked all lanes.

Metro Nashville Police Department public affairs manager Don Aaron said there were no major injuries in the crash.

Around 2:30 p.m., Wilson County Emergency Management Agency director Joey Cooper said the far right lane would remain closed for about seven hours as they worked to get the cargo out of the overturned tractor-trailer. Cooper also said a tow truck would take up an additional lane for about an hour to get the tractor-trailer upright.

Traffic was backed up about two miles at the time.

By Jacob Smith


Wilson task force returns home following firefighter’s funeral

Mark Bellew • All Hands Fire Photos
Dozens of police and fire vehicles from across Tennessee take part in Lawrenceburg firefighter Jason Dickey’s funeral procession Friday. Dickey died while fighting a house fire Monday night.

The 18 first responders who went to Lawrenceburg on Thursday to provide coverage for the city’s firefighters returned home Friday morning.

The task force was sent so Lawrenceburg firefighters could take the day to honor 11-year veteran firefighter Jason Dickey, who died fighting a house fire Monday night in Lawrenceburg.

The 18 responders included members of the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, the Fire Department of Mt. Juliet and the Lebanon Fire Department.

According Mt. Juliet fire Chief Jamie Luffman, members of the task force responded to four medical calls, cleaned equipment and attended a visitation for Dickey on Thursday while in Lawrenceburg.

Although we wish the need to be here didn’t exist, we are proud to help and humbled by the support shown by this amazing community,” said Luffman.

The Wilson County task force was relieved Friday by members of the Nashville Fire Department, Goodlettsville Fire Department, Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department, Columbia Fire Department, Hendersonville Fire Department and Gallatin Fire Department.

“An amazing father, son, husband, friend and firefighter has been lost. It is clear that engineer Jason Dickey left this earth better than he found it,” Luffman said. “FDMJ, WEMA and LFD would like to thank all of the residents and firefighters from the Lawrenceburg area for making us feel at home. We thank the Lawrenceburg County firefighters that rode with our crews and assisted throughout the shift. You guys were amazing. You are and always will be in our thoughts and prayers.”

Dickey was reportedly inside the Lawrenceburg house Monday at about 7:57 p.m. when it collapsed. He was killed, and two other firefighters were taken to a local hospital’s intensive care unit.

Dickey is survived by his expectant wife, Jennifer, a 16-year-old daughter, an 11-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter.

Neal Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg is in charge of funeral arrangements. Visitation was Thursday, and funeral services were Friday at 11 a.m. at Mars Hill Baptist Church.
The family asked memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Condolences may be made at nealfuneralhome.net.

By Jacob Smith


Chief talks faith at work

Hambrick also discusses his new book, recent school shooting

Xavier Smith • Mt. Juliet News
Mt. Juliet police Chief James Hambrick discusses his faith and other aspects of his book, ‘Red, White and True – Living Your Faith in the Workplace in America,’ on Thursday with members of the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce.

Mt. Juliet police Chief James Hambrick discussed his faith, law enforcement and other aspects of his book, “Red, White and True – Living Your Faith in the Workplace in America,” on Thursday at the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce.

Hambrick’s discussion was a part of the chamber’s Business by the Book program, which connects members each third Thursday of the month for discussion about living in their faith while at their various occupations. The lunchtime program features a different discussion topic each month and helps Christian leaders find answers to difficult questions in their personal, spiritual and professional lives. 

Hambrick discussed his path to religion, which he said went through several phases but started with his family’s activity in church.

“We went to Sunday school, then had morning service, then came back for afternoon service, then we had BTU – Bible Training Union – then we had Sunday night service. Sunday was an all-day affair in our household,” said Hambrick, who said he eventually led a choir, but didn’t have a relationship with God.

“I don’t know your testimony, but mine is this – I got away from the faith. At 17, I knew what God’s call was on my life. I knew, but like Jonah when he got on the ship, I joined the Navy and got on that ship and got far away as I could. My life did not mirror anything that looked like church,” he said.

Hambrick said his life changed in April 1985 when he asked God for two things.

“What I want is a genuine understanding of you and an understanding of your word. That’s what I want,” he said. “I have no problem with people with going to different things with 12 steps, 10 steps or eight steps. For me, it was one step – when I made that one step – my life changed.”

Hambrick, who now leads the Barn Church, said “Red, White and True – Living Your Faith in the Workplace in America” is not about “Bible thumping,” but rather being a living example and vessel of Christ.

“It’s not that I go around our police agency preaching all the time, but I let my light shine. That’s what we have to do. We can’t be ashamed and have to be genuine to the call,” Hambrick said.

Hambrick spoke to about 20 chamber members Thursday, which featured bankers, insurance agents and people from other occupations.

“Your calling may not be the preacher or the Sunday school teacher or anything like that, but where you are on your jobs, vocations and occupations, you are ministers. You have a ministry there, and you can impact lives for the kingdom,” he said.

Hambrick said Sunday service is important, but not effective if people still dread Monday morning and lose the spirit throughout the week.

“We do church well on Sundays, but that’s not where we spend the majority of our time. We spend the majority of our time in the workplace in America, so we have to be intentional in living our faith because it matters. Everything you do matters – whether in policing, banking, everything – you impact others,” Hambrick said.

Hambrick said the biggest lesson from his book is the power of words.

“Understand there are powers in our words. What we say matters. The scripture says life and death are in the power of the tongue,” said Hambrick, who said everything people speak is a seed for something.

“Red, White and True – Living Your Faith in the Workplace in America” is available online from several book retailers. 

By Xavier Smith


Deputies contain fire until firefighters arrive

Sheriff’s deputies use in-car fire extinguishers

Mark Bellew • All Hands Fire Photos
Wilson County Emergency Management Agency firefighters respond to a home just outside the Mt. Juliet city limits. They were able to extinguish this fire before it spread to the home.

Two Wilson County sheriff’s deputies were able to use their in-car fire extinguishers Friday morning to hold off a fire until Wilson County Emergency Management Agency firefighters arrived.

According to WEMA director Joey Cooper, the deputies were in the area when a call came in from 810 Muscogee Way near Mt. Juliet for a fire around 9:24 a.m. The deputies were able to use their fire extinguishers to keep the fire from spreading until WEMA firefighters arrived.

“The fire would have been much worse if these vigilant deputies had not used their fire extinguishers,” said Cooper.
Firefighters were able to get the fire extinguished at about 11:30 a.m. and contain damage to a detached gazebo close to the house. According to Cooper, the fire was electrical in nature.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

By Jacob Smith


Police chase wanted suspects

Jimmy Galiando

Mt. Juliet police charged two Nashville suspects early Saturday morning after a citizen reported seeing them burglarize a restaurant.

Officers went to Don Pancho Mexican Restaurant at 300 Pleasant Grove Road at about 12:13 a.m. in response to the burglary. An officer arrived and saw the suspects leave the restaurant in a Ford F250 pickup. The suspects didn’t stop.

Donnie Meadows

Officers chased the suspects to Interstate 40 westbound, where the chase ended at the Nolensville Road and Thompson Lane intersection in Nashville.

The suspects’ truck hit a minivan with a man and woman inside it at the intersection. Officers arrested both suspects without incident. One officer was injured, but it was not related to an assault. Wilson County sheriff’s deputies assisted Mt. Juliet officers in the chase and arrest, and Metro-Nashville police officers investigated the crash.

The driver, identified as Jimmy Galindo, 31, of Nashville, was wanted for more than 19 warrants in Davidson, Williamson, Sumner and Dickson counties. Galindo’s driver’s license was revoked, and he has a lengthy criminal history related to assault, illegal drugs, burglary and theft. The passenger, identified as Donnie Meadows, 31, of Nashville, also had a revoked driver’s license and a lengthy criminal history related to assault, illegal drugs, burglary and theft.

Mt. Juliet detectives were investigating two recent Mexican restaurant burglaries, and it is possible Galindo and Meadows could be considered suspects in multiple Mexican restaurant burglaries in Mt. Juliet and across Middle Tennessee, police said.

Galindo was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal attempt to commit burglary, unlawful possession of burglary tools, theft of a motor vehicle, felony evading arrest, misdemeanor evading arrest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, resisting stop, felony vandalism and third offense driving on a revoked license. He was booked in at the Wilson County Jail, where he remained on $65,000 bond.

Meadows was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal attempt to commit burglary, unlawful possession of burglary tools, felony vandalism, resisting stop, misdemeanor evading arrest and unlawful possession of a schedule I drug for heroin. He was booked in at the Wilson County Jail, where he remained on $28,000 bond.

Police said he investigation remained ongoing, and several additional charges would be forthcoming.

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Mt. Juliet firefighters control truck fire

Mark Bellew • All Hands Fire Photos
Mt. Juliet firefighters worked Saturday morning to quickly put out a truck fire that threatened to spread to a nearby grassy area.

Mt. Juliet firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a truck fire Saturday at about 11 a.m. on Beckwith Road south of Interstate 40 that threatened to spread to nearby dry grass.

According to Mt. Juliet fire deputy chief of operations Chris Allen, the truck fire extended to the small grassy area nearby and threatened to spread even further when firefighters arrived. They were able to get it under control and extinguished.

“When you have brown grass like that, it doesn’t take much to get going,” said Allen.

The fire came during a period of high winds and low humidity, which caused several grass fires throughout Wilson County the day before, including a grass fire on South Rutland Road that required multiple agencies to send firefighters.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

By Jacob Smith


Mt. Juliet police officer steps up to help young boys in the cold

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Mt. Juliet police Sgt. Scott Fulton helps two young boys when they came into the police department last Tuesday without proper clothing for the winter weather.

With temperatures in Wilson County in the single digits, one Mt. Juliet police officer stepped up to help when he noticed two young boys not dressed properly for the winter weather. 

Last Tuesday night, two young boys came into the lobby of the Mt. Juliet Police Department with their father where, according the Capt. Tyler Chandler, Sgt. Scott Fulton noticed the boys weren’t dressed for the freezing weather.

“They didn’t have any jackets or hats or anything,” said Fulton. “One of them didn’t have any shoes on and only one sock.”

Fulton immediately went to Walmart and bought the young boys jackets, warm socks and stocking caps to ensure they would stay warm.

“I imagine any of our officers would have done the same thing,” said Fulton.

According to Fulton, the boys came in with their dad, who was having an issue with his medication that caused him not to be in his normal state of mind.

Officers were able to get in touch with the man’s wife, who assured them he wouldn’t normally take his children out in the cold without proper clothing. She took her husband and children to a nearby hospital, where he was able to get his medication corrected.

“It wasn’t like a case of negligence or anything like that. He just wasn’t thinking properly because of his medication,” said Fulton.

By Jacob Smith


Mt. Juliet police sled video goes viral


Photo courtesy of Facebook
The Mt. Juliet Police Department received national attention when a video of two Mt. Juliet officers sledding went viral.

While making Facebook live videos to update residents through social media to local road conditions, Mt. Juliet police Capt. Tyler Chandler came across a teenager sledding and took the opportunity to do some community outreach.

Chandler took a Facebook live video of Cpl. James Christensen and Cpl. Jennings Taylor challenging the young sledder to a race.

The video soon went viral, amassing more than 12,000 views and shares from ABC News in Houston, as well Fox News.

Chandler said it’s an important part of a police officers’ job to interact with the community and felt the snow day was a perfect opportunity.

“Building relationships and engaging with our community is so important to keeping Mt. Juliet safe,” said Chandler. “We are here to serve.”

By Jacob Smith