Chase After Mt. Juliet Car Theft Ends In Antioch Crash

ANTIOCH, TN — A two-county car chase ended with a crash in Antioch, critically injuring a woman.

Mt. Juliet Police were called to the Target in Providence around 7:30 p.m. on a report of a woman fleeing the store with her arms full of merchandise. She jumped into the passenger seat of a truck which had been reported as stolen in Robertson County. (For more updates on this story and free news alerts for your neighborhood, sign up for your local Middle Tennessee Patch morning newsletter.)

The police saw the truck on South Mt. Juliet Road and attempted to pull it over. Instead, the driver of the truck allegedly sped away. Eventually, the truck crossed the center line and hit another car head-on at Hobson Pike and Smith Springs Parkway.

The driver of the truck fled on foot. His female passenger was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car hit by the truck was also taken to Vanderbilt; he is in critical condition,

The driver has not been located. Metro Police are assisting in the search; the Tennessee Highway Patrol will handle the crash investigation.

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Red Cross Blood Drive stops at the OPL June 28

Blood donors can help alleviate the severe blood shortage in New York hospitals by coming to Oneida Public Library on Wednesday, June 28, between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. for the American Red Cross Blood Drive being held there.

The OPL at 220 Broad St. in Oneida is cooperating with the American Red Cross by providing space and refreshments for donors. To schedule an appointment or to find out more about the procedure, potential donors should call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or visit its web site at

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Numbers Don’t Tell Zion Harmon’s Story

Zion Harmon (Bowling Green H.S./Bowling Green, Ky.) is probably ahead of his time.

He wouldn’t want you to tell him that though, and he’s not sure he believes it himself. And, looking at him, you would never know.

Harmon, you see, is a 5-foot-11, 155-pound guard who competes as if he’s much bigger and a seasoned veteran of the game. But, he’s not. He’s the opposite.

Next fall, Harmon will be entering his freshman year of high school. Unlike the other USA Men’s U16 National Team members, who are either 2019 or 2020 graduates, he will graduate in 2021.

“Some of the guys may feel like they have an edge on me, but when you’re on the court, age doesn’t mean a thing to me,” he said, following the team’s morning practice on June 5.

Harmon’s toughness is attributed to his experience. Without attending one high school class, he’s already played more ball at the varsity level than half of the other U16 team players.

“No matter what, if you’re bigger or stronger, the game comes down to your mentality and skill,” Harmon said. “I’m a somewhat skilled person and I have confidence in my game, and I just give the glory to God.”

“You can tell he is very comfortable playing at a high level,” said Don Showalter, head coach of the USA U16 Men’s National Team. “He knows the level of competition and he knows what he has to get to in order to be a great player.”

Harmon grew up in the D.C. area, before moving to Antioch, Tennessee, a southeast suburb of Nashville, ahead of seventh grade. As a 13-year-old at Lighthouse Christian School, he averaged 17.0 points and 5.0 assists per game for the varsity squad. Turning 14 after the season, he became the first seventh grader to compete in the Nike EYBL.

This past season, Harmon moved 80 miles north. Bowling Green High School (Ky.) was the beneficiary, and Harmon averaged 16.8 ppg. in helping the Purples to a 36-2 record, a 29-game winning streak to close the season and the program’s first state championship in school history.

Harmon scored a team-high 18 points in the title game.

“When I first came [to Bowling Green], my dad and I said we were going to make a covenant to God to have integrity and do the right things at the right time,” he began.

“We prayed and stuck to our regiment – shooting every morning at 5 a.m. and every day after practice. And then, we were blessed with a state championship.”

Over the weekend, Harmon displayed his tenacious style of play and high basketball-IQ in front of Showalter and the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee, doing enough to be named to the 12-player USA U16 National Team.

“What I like about him is that he really dictates the flow of the offense,” added Showalter.

“He knows when to speed the game up, and then he knows when to kind of slow it down a bit. He reads the defense really well. He just understands how to make the right plays, and that can be tough for a young kid, but he does a great job with it.”

What Harmon makes look easy, isn’t always that way, and he admits this week has tested him.

“These have definitely been the hardest practices I’ve ever been through. There’s so much talent in one gym. Having to go every play, it’s been tough.”

Learning to take care of his own body has challenged him this week, he said. The ice cream from the dining hall at the United States Olympic Training Center can eventually add up.

But, he feels he’s pushed through the toughest part, despite the post-practice ice packs on his knees.

His philosophy for doing it is simple, too: “Give everything 110-percent. Do it for God and not for man. Let Him take care of the rest.”

Harmon put off lunch in order to speak. He was actually checking his Instagram, where he boasts a modest following of more than 86,000.

“People just followed me,” he said, laughing it off. “The other guys, they acknowledge it, but I don’t acknowledge it that much.”

And maybe that is exactly what makes Zion Harmon so unique in the first place. Numbers do not matter – not age, not height, not his year in school or the number of his social media followers.

The only thing that matters to Harmon is basketball, and at the moment, the USA Men’s U16 National Team, which will compete at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship June 14-18 in Formosa, Argentina.

“It’s truly a great feeling to represent this country and to represent the Lord under the American flag in Argentina,” Harmon said. “This is just an incredible chance for me to go to another level in the basketball world.”

In nabbing a roster spot, he won’t be the youngest to play for the USA. Current University of North Carolina guard Seventh Woods was 14-years, 10-months old when he appeared for the gold medal-winning 2013 USA U16 National Team.

But, that really doesn’t matter. Age is just another number, anyways.

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The Benefits Of Living In Antioch, Tennessee

Antioch, Tennessee is close to Nashville but allows you to retreat to a safe suburb when you are tired of all the hustle and bustle of Nashville. You can also take advantage of the low cost of living that you can enjoy in Antioch. Housing prices are lower and you won’t have to travel too far to get to Nashville.

Nashville is a great city and it has a lively music and food scene. The arts scene is thriving and there are a ton of great activities to enjoy. When you move to the Nashville area you can live well and your quality of life is going to be high. You don’t always want to take part in all the excitement 24/7 however, which is why you might want to consider moving to Antioch.

It is cheaper for one thing, and it is also a suburb which means you can enjoy a slower life when you move there. Antioch is also safe and the schools are better. If you have kids or you want to move to the Nashville area with your family, Antioch is a great choice.

You will find that both houses and apartments are reasonable and there is plenty of housing stock to choose from so you won’t be worried about not finding what you want. It helps to have a budget set before you start looking at housing so you can more easily target what it is that is going to work for you.

Living in Antioch allows you to slow down and the pace of life isn’t as crazy as it can be in Nashville. There are lots of great reasons to move to Antioch and once you visit it you will see why it is such a nice place to live.


Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Antioch, Madison

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two batches of mosquitoes collected by the Metro Public Health Department in Davidson County have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The mosquitoes were trapped in Antioch near the intersection of Edge O Lake Drive and Murfreesboro Road and in Madison near the intersection of Alta Loma Drive and Gallatin Road North.

The health department will visit both neighborhoods Thursday to pass out mosquito protection and educational materials while staff will treat any areas were mosquito larvae is present.

No human cases reported in Davidson County and health officials said there are no plans to spray to kill adult mosquitoes.

Officials said there were six human cases of the virus in Tennessee in 2016. One case was fatal.

People can get West Nile virus after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Most human infections are mild. People over age 50 and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe disease and should try to avoid mosquito bites.

Residents are advised to use insect repellent, dress in long sleeves and pants, drain standing water and install window screens

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