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Community remembers long time County Commissioner Graves
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A long time County Commissioner and icon of the community, Gilbert Leroy Graves, passed away Friday at the age of 82. 

“He was a hard working family man and friend who did so much for MJ and the county,” said Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenny Martin. 

Martin said he was just talking to Graves last week about how he was one of Martin’s first traffic stops when he was “green and wet behind the ears” as a new officer. 

“He was so kind to me then and over the years as we became great friends,” said Martin. 

Graves served on the Wilson County Commission for 44 years, and worked with many different people along the way. 

“He was a great leader for Wilson County,” said Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. “He was the kind of leader people wanted to follow.”

Hutto said that Graves was a true communicator, but was also willing to listen to anyone. He said he was always willing to help in anyway he could. 

In addition to the County Commission, Graves served as past chairman pro tem of the Wilson County Court/Commission, the first Planning Commission, the first Joint Economic Development Board, the Wilson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the Road Commission for Wilson County.

“He was excellent to work with,” said the Wilson County Road Commission’s Steve Armistead. “He was very supportive, worked for the best for Wilson County.”

Armistead said he was always working with them, and was supportive of everything they did. He said even after he left his County Commission post, he would still stop by to hear what was going on. 

“He was a good man,” said Armistead. “It’s a major loss for us.”

Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty served with Graves on the Joint Economic Development Board. 

“He’s had his hand in just about everything,” said Hagerty of his years of service. “He was a great man, very likable, and very easy to work with.”

Graves descendants have been in the Mt. Juliet area since the late 1600s. School Board Chairman Don Weathers, who was Graves son-in-law, said he worked hard every day to make sure that his family would be proud of the area today. 

“He wanted to make sure it was done right,” said Weathers. “He loved this community.”

Graves is survived by: wife of 59 years, Mary Lou Roeser Graves; daughter, Diane (Don) Weathers; son, Barry (Kelley) Graves; siblings, Donna G. Ferrell, Brenda (Bob) Lannom, Mahlon (Elois) Graves, Eddie (Beverly) Graves and Susan (Steve) Davis; grandchildren, Darren (Allison) Weathers and Trent Graves; several nieces and nephews. 

Graves was the son of the late, Grafton L. and Clara Bell Hamblen Graves. He was a lifetime member of Center Chapel Church of Christ. He also served as an MP in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Funeral services will be conducted 12 noon Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Center Chapel Church of Christ, 9500 Central Pike, Mt. Juliet, TN with Bro. Darrell Duncan, Bro. Andy Connelly and Rev. Chuck Groover officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. 

Active pallbearers will be nephews, Mark Ferrell, Stephen Graves, Christopher Graves, John G. Graves, Lee Lannom and Aaron Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Oco Hamblen, Terry Ashe, Sonny Tillman, Drew Hobbs, Randall Hutto, Billy Patton, Lon Mires, Dale McCulloch, David Lawrence, Robert Bryan, Johnny Trice, Monty Mires, Robert Dedman, Val Kelly, Melvin Nelson, Norman Gillespie, Stant Eakes, Jerry Griffin, Joby Eakes and Billy Rowland.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Center Chapel Church of Christ Building Fund, 9500 Central Pike, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 or Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, P.O. Box 1513, Mt. Juliet, TN 37121.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663,

Bradshaw seeing re-election
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jim Bradshaw has been active in the growth and activities in Mt. Juliet for many years.  Jim states, “I have been a public servant and city commissioner for 17.5 years.  I love my job and I am dedicated to seeing Mt. Juliet citizens have the best quality of life.”

Jim grew up in Wilson County and has seen multiple changes throughout the years.  “It is amazing!  I remember our first traffic light at the Mt. Juliet Road and Lebanon Road intersection and Mt. Juliet Road being a two lane road.  I have seen positive growth the last several years and it has been a challenge to keep it in balance with our growing infrastructure.”  Jim continues, “We now have the pleasures of shopping in Mt. Juliet and not having to drive to the borders of our city.  We have achieved more job opportunities, convenience and an improved tax base for city services.”  Jim states, “In the next four years, I want to see more recreation and family-oriented choices for us to spend leisure time together.  I want to strive for us to keep that small town charm, keep safety as a major focus, as well as to continue a major endeavor to plan for our city’s growth and transportation plan.  We as city commissioners, staff and planning commission must make some very guided decisions in the management of growth in our area.”  Jim says, “I am very concerned with the boom of multi-family and proposed multi-family units in the area south of Interstate 40 which is City District 4.”

Jim Bradshaw is commissioner of the city.  He is active in many events.  He is the commissioner you see at musicals, park events, ballgames, talent shows and numerous events held in Mt. Juliet.  Jim is now serving in his 5th year as a volunteer for Mt. Juliet Relay For Life committee (American Cancer Society); he was the sponsor and supporter for Mt. Juliet’s Farmers Market (now open in its 7th year); he supported and voted for Music City Train service; has served on Big Brothers committee; has served on the Board for Mt. Juliet Senior Center and Mt. Juliet Special Events committee.

Mt. Juliet is among the highest ranking cities in the state of Tennessee for safety and is one of the fastest growing cities in the state.  Mt. Juliet is consistently named one of the most business friendly communities.  Mt. Juliet has also been voted Most Playful City (Parks), and we have one of the lowest city property taxes as well.

I want to continue working for you.  (I listen to the people!)  I am dedicated to you.  Let’s keep a positive thing going.  Re-elect Jim Bradshaw, City Commissioner District 4.

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Major economic announcement Thursday, Oct. 2
Thursday, September 25, 2014

 A major economic development announcement is set to be made Thursday, Oct. 2, 1:30 p.m. at Beckwith Road and Interstate 40.

City officials won’t divulge what the announcement is about, but companies like FedEx and Under Armour have been rumored to have interest in the area. Mt. Juliet was confirmed as the top choice for FedEx by developers, and a plan named “Project Conviction” was approved by the planning commission at their last monthly meeting.

MJ’s first half-marathon announced
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

It will be a busy day Saturday, Dec. 6 in Mt. Juliet as the city will host its first half marathon, all while celebrating their annual Christmas parade. 

Planning approves Marriott, possible FedEx site
Friday, September 19, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The planning commission approved a site plan for the new Marriott and a project rumored to be FedEx at the planning commission Thursday night.

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