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Commission discusses changes to Animal Shelter to free up money for new MJPD officers
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Board of Commissioners held a special meeting Monday before the regularly scheduled meeting to discuss what changes might be made at the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter. 

A proposal was brought by City Manager Kenny Martin that would see the Animal Shelter go to appointment only instead of open to the public. That would eliminate one position, and move one position to Public Works. That would free up money to hire two Mt. Juliet Police Department officers. 

“It’s not to do away with the shelter, it’s not to do away with the 501(c)3. We’re trying to figure out a way to do this without any losers,” said Martin. 

Right now, the Mt. Juliet Police Department only has 45 officers, when it needs to be in the 50-60 range. Lebanon has 70 police officers with about the same population as Mt. Juliet. 

“We keep going and putting people in the city, but not police officers,” said Ray Justice. 

The move would see the Animal Shelter’s budget reduced from $310,000 to $180,000. That would still be more than most cities are spending at the current time. It was suggested that this change could come immediately or at budget time. 

No action was taken on the item, and it will be discussed in future meetings. 

Two men flee from MJPD
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Staff Reports

Two men fled from police officers after a routine traffic stop early New Year’s morning. 

A dark blue Honda Civic was going 75 mph in a 45 mph zone on N. Mt. Juliet Road. The driver stopped, but was evasive with officers when questioned. The officer called for assistance, and when the backup officer arrived, the car sped off. They led officers on a chase, eventually ending at Forest View Apartments on Belinda Parkway. The driver and passenger jumped out of the car and ran away. A perimeter of officers was established, but the two men were not found. 

Officers discovered two revolvers, a hunting-style face mask, dark blue bandanna, gloves, live ammunition, spent ammunition shell casings, and multiple open and unopened beer bottles in the suspect vehicle.

The driver was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20’s wearing a red sweat shirt, blue jeans, and red/black ball cap. There is not a description for the passenger, except that he was male.

The investigation is ongoing, and officers are currently looking at all the available evidence to potentially identify the two unknown men that fled.

If anyone has a feeling that they possibly known the suspects responsible for this crime, they are encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at .

MJ ranks one of top places for young families
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet has been named one of the top places for young families in a recent study by Nerd Wallet. 

Best of Mt. Juliet voting starts Jan. 1
Monday, December 22, 2014

It is that time of year again. 

Once again, the readers of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet will have their chance to make their voices heard as to what the best options in Mt. Juliet are for dining, shopping, professional services, health care and education. 

MJPD officer captures man wanted in 3 counties
Monday, December 22, 2014

A Mt. Juliet Police officer captured a man wanted in three different counties Wednesday. 

Michael Baucom, 42, Nashville, was wanted in Wilson County for a theft at Walmart, but was also wanted in Robertson County for a failure to appear on a trespassing warrant, and there were eight different warrants in Metro-Davidson County related to trespassing and theft. 

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