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Wilson County job growth ‘near record breaking’
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

From the Wilson County Joint Economic and Community Development Board

Job growth is “near a record breaking high” in Wilson County over the past 12 months according to the county’s chief recruiting arm for industrial and retail development.

G.C. Hixson, executive director of the Wilson County Joint Economic and Community Development Board said Wilson County has added more than 1,000 new industrial or related jobs since July of last year, which represents about one-fourth of the number of new jobs that have been added over the past decade.

“I don’t know when we last saw these types of employment growth numbers. We’ve got to be near a record breaking high, Hixson related.

Hixson, reporting from his agency’s end of the fiscal year analysis, said “these new employment opportunities represent new industries that have located in Wilson County as well as a number of expansion projects completed by existing industries over the past 12 months.”

Hixson pointed out that the employment number does not include new retail jobs that have been created during the past fiscal year. 

He said, while the employment number “speaks for itself,” the impact on the local economy is “just as dramatic.”

Hixson estimated that the new jobs created represent an annual payroll of more than $30 million, which he said, “obviously means more dollars to be spent locally and more local sales tax revenue to be generated to aid local schools, build roads, improve lifestyle amenities, and generally benefit Wilson County.”

He said the county’s transportation arteries, its central location, excellent infrastructure features, and a “spirit of cooperation among local government officials” have all contributed to the success his office has realized in creating new employment opportunities.

The three largest employers to locate operations in Wilson County during the last fiscal year and creating more than 600 new jobs were Starbucks with 400 employees; Communications Test Design, Inc., 130 employees; and Hollister Incorporated, 86. 

Major expansions were reported at Amazon, Ozburn Hessey Logistics and Custom Packaging, Inc. and accounted for more than 500 new jobs.

Hixson’s report was the 25th annual report to be issued by the JECDB. The agency was created in 1989 to be the principle recruiting force for new industry and retail development in Wilson County including the county’s three municipalities, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown.

Splashing at Charlie Daniels Park
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Charlie Daniels Park will once again turn into a mini water park Saturday, as they hold their annual splash day. 

The event is free and will include free play in the splash pad, inflatable water slides, and an inflatable slip-n-slide.

This event is recommended for ages 5-12. Children (under 18) must have their legal guardian sign a waiver to be allowed to participate. For more information please contact the Mt. Juliet Community Center - Phone: (615)758-6522. Website:

This event is sponsored by Staff Management/SMX, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Liberty Mutual, & Jet’s Pizza.

Several organizations have volunteered to “Adopt an inflatable.” They are: Girl Scout Troop 2752; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Providence United Methodist Church; First Baptist Mt. Juliet;  Nick Hays for Trustee; Story Church; Totty Chiropractic of Mt. Juliet, PLLC.

Free lunch will be provided by: Joy Church International, hamburgers and corndogs; Friendship Community Church: hot dogs and popsicles.

Restoration Community Outreach benefit concert Saturday
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Musicians from Nashville area will present a benefit concert July 19, for Restoration Community Outreach, Inc.  Featured musician and songwriter will be Randy Finchum. 

Other musicians are Lucio Ditoro, and a Sweet Adelines Quartet.  

The event starts with a silent auction at 5 p.m. Local businesses and individuals in east Davidson and west Wilson counties have provided items and services to be auctioned. 

The music will begin at 6 p.m. with guitarist and songwriter Lucio Ditoro. In addition to guitarist and accomplished songwriter, add acting to Lucio’s list of talents. After his first audition at Studio Encore, he won a full scholarship. He has appeared in music videos for Buck Trent, Kentucky Headhunters, Marty Stuart, Lacy J. Dalton and Travis Tritt.

A Sweet Adelines quartet, Some Assembly Required,  will follow Lucio. They are a barbershop quartet formed in June 2012. Besides doing performances, they compete as a quartet each Spring in the regional Sweet Adelines competition.  They are part of Metro Nashville Chorus of Sweet Adelines International.  Pam Kemp sings Lead, Denice French  Tenor, Kay Crouch baritone, and Ruth McCarver bass.

Featured from 7 to 8 p.m. will be Randy Finchum. Randy is a graduate of the Music Technology Program at Nashville State Community College and a “Smokin’ Hit Songwriter Winner.” 

Currently a staff writer and Manager of Publishing for Oden’s Row Music in Nashville, Randy has written with everybody . . . and now has several independent cuts. A bass player and back-up vocalist, Randy has been on the Nashville music scene for over 20 years. 

Tickets will be on sale at the door and will cover a meal of BBQ, chips, drink and dessert. Ticket duplicates will be used for the drawing of door prizes at the end of the evening. To win a door prize, the person must be present.  

Restoration Community Outreach, Inc. is a Community Development Center at 12007 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Tutoring and Preventive Maintenance are the two major programs of the organization. Children and youth who have been a part of the programs will be recognized during the evening.  

The benefit concert will be in the Shankle Center of Hermitage Church of the Nazarene, 4151 Saundersville Road, Hermitage, Tennessee.  For further information, contact Dean Jackson at (615)754-7777 or (615)604-4025.

MJPD settles into new home
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Mt. Juliet Police Department is now officially in its new home. 

Located at 1019 Charlie Daniels Parkway, the Police Department finished their transition to the new building Tuesday, July 1 when they moved the Emergency Communications Center to the new building. The move happened over two weeks. 

Local pastor Locke going from MJ to LA in 10 days on bike
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church is known for taking things a bit to the extreme. 

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