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What could the future hold for Mt. Juliet?
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Kenny Martin spoke to Eastern Middle TN Association of Realtors Thursday, and gave a hint at what could be coming in the future to Mt. Juliet. 

Some businesses are for sure coming and are opening soon. Those include Martin’s BBQ, Taziki’s Mediterranean Restaurant, and Mt. Juliet’s first liquor store, Mt. Juliet Wine & Spirits. 

Pier 1 Imports has already broke ground, and White Castle should be breaking ground soon. Blue Coast Burrito just opened

CEVA Logistics will be bringing 1,000 jobs to the area when they open their new building. 

People wanting a freestanding Starbucks in the community may not have to wait too much longer. 

“There is a lease being worked out as we speak,” said Martin. 

He said he couldn’t comment on the exact location, but it will be in the Providence area. 

A big topic lately has been an organic grocery store. A Facebook page dedicated to bringing Trader Joe’s to Mt. Juliet has become popular in recent weeks. 

“We will get an organic grocer in Mt. Juliet even if I have to open one myself,” joked Martin. 

Martin said it will happen, he just doesn’t know when. Whether it is Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts or Earthfare, he doesn’t know. 

Also possible is getting either a Costco or Sam’s Club. Both have explored the area, but never pulled the trigger. Martin said that he had heard rumblings that they may have bought land in the area and not told anyone. He said that is a possibility, but he had no verification on that. 

Martin said three furniture stores are also coming to Mt. Juliet possibly. He wouldn’t mention them by name, but told the audience that they had heard of every one.

Once some issues are worked out at the Beckwith exit, people could see a rapid growth. Martin said that area could draw the likes of Macy’s, Nordstrom or Bloomingdales. 

Martin said the planned YMCA on Lebanon Road will now be built in phases instead of all at once. No word on when the first phase will begin. 

The City is currently upgrading the sewer under I-40 because they would not be able to handle the growth without it. He said it was something that needed to be done a few years ago, but it will allow the expansion of Providence Central, which would bring with it a bunch of Class A office buildings and an I-40 exit at Central Pike. Martin said several buildings in the Providence Central development are over 200,000 square feet, and the largest office building now in Mt. Juliet is 75,000 square feet. 

Martin said the downtown area of Mt. Juliet will continue to see rapid change. City Hall will eventually move to Sellars Funeral Home, and the Funeral Home is going to be moving across the street in a brand new building on what is now a vacant lot. He said that a new dialysis clinic will also be open behind the building that holds Mirko Pasta, Jet’s Pizza and Bar-B-Cutie.

The old SpecPrint building across from Whitt’s Barbecue is planned to be remodeled and will be a retail area once finished.  

 
Mission Mobilization Center set to cut ribbon
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A process that began eight years ago to mobilize volunteers quickly when disaster strikes is nearing completion.

In 2005 Don Davis (now deceased) and his wife Ann approached leadership of the Tennessee Baptist Convention about the possibility of donating their land for a facility which could be used for disaster relief operations.

The Davises were long-time Tennessee Baptist disaster relief volunteers who had a heart for the ministry.

After lengthy discussions and approval of the TBC Executive Board, the Davises deeded 18 acres to the TBC in 2008.

The Davises’ dream will become a reality on Saturday, June 1, when the Missions Mobilization Center will be dedicated at 1 p.m. at the facility located at 6434 John Hagar Road here.

While there may still be some finishing touches to complete the facility will be more than 85 percent finished and will be ready for full use once it is dedicated, Acres said.

TBC Executive Director Randy C. Davis observed that the Davis family “had a vision for a property they would entrust to the Tennessee Baptist Convention.  This property was to be a tool in the fulfillment of The Great Commission.  

“A portion of that vision will become a reality when the ribbon is cut on the Mission Mobilization Center on June 1,” Davis said.

He noted that the ground was to be broken for the MMC three years ago on the Sunday of the thousand-year flood that hit Middle and portions of West Tennessee.

“After the delay, ground was broken and work was started.  Hundreds of volunteers have put tens of thousands of hours into this building, saving the convention hundreds of thousands of dollars,” stated Davis. 

More than 420 volunteers contributed more than 32,000 hours. The value of these hours is approximately $656,000 according to the Federal Emergency Management Authority (@ $20.55 hr.).

The volunteers came from 1,300 churches and 66 associations. The volunteer ages have ranged from 18 to 90 years-old.

In addition to the donation of the property, donations were received so that no Cooperative Program funds were used for either the construction or furnishing of the MMC.

The 30,000-plus-square-foot facility is valued at $2.4 million.

Davis observed that the MMC “will serve Tennessee Baptists in multiple ways.

“It is well equipped for training in the many disciplines of disaster relief. It will serve to warehouse some of the very best equipment available to our DR teams, and a state-of-the-art communications center will be the nerve center during periods of deployment of DR teams.” 

Davis also observed that the MMC “is strategically located in Mount Juliet to provide respite for teams on their way to serve most areas of the country.” 

In fact, during recent tornadoes which swept through the South, DR teams from other states stopped at the MMC and were able to spend the night, Acres reported. 

“The facility will provide an opportunity to assist volunteers from other states in reducing their lodging expenses during a disaster,” Acres added.

 
Facebook post sparks theater robbery scare
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Facebook post sparked a scare that the Regal Cinemas 14 in Providence had been robbed Saturday. 

“A robbery did not occur at the theater nor in Mt. Juliet,” said Mt. Juliet Police Department Sgt. Tyler Chandler. 

Chandler said it was the MJPD’s understanding that a patron at the theater sent a text meesage to his wife claiming he was robbed that afternoon. However, he was using figurative language and referring to his spending during the theater trip. His wife posted on Facebook that he was robbed. That sparked calls to Mt. Juliet Police. 

Chandler said there had been no recent crimes at the theater. 

 
MJHS holds Renaissance Fair
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sydney Brumbach

MJHS Golden Ray

The Renaissance Fair, run by social studies teacher Samantha Davenport and English teacher Lori Scott, is a time for our school to come together over history and learn how it affects us today.

It started as a way to connect world history to English as the class reads about Renaissance and Shakespearean times, and has grown into a Mt. Juliet High School tradition.

After covering the Renaissance in class, the students are given a week to prepare an exhibit covering the many aspects over the Renaissance era. 

In order to minimize the cost of the fair, students bring supplies from home, as well as whatever the teacher can provide. Daily grades are given throughout the week as the class works hard to finish the project, and a test grade is given to the final product. 

“It’s a really good chance for the students to show project ownership, and it gets better every year,” said Davenport.         

The fair usually takes place outside or in the gym, where students from freshmen English classes can attend. The class is graded on the presentation of whatever aspect of the Renaissance they were assigned, how well they teach the freshmen, and their correct use of language and grammar.

 
America Cancer Society celebrates 100th Birthday
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

American Cancer Society’s 100th Birthday Celebration – May 22nd

One hundred years ago, the American Cancer Society began the fight of a lifetime – the fight against cancer. Now it’s time to join together to finish the fight. Today 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer are surviving. In fact, more than 400 people a day in the U.S. are celebrating birthdays that would have otherwise been lost to the disease. We want to change that statistic from 2 out of 3 surviving cancer today in the U.S. to 3 out of 3. But we need your help.

Join the American Cancer Society at Buffalo Wild Wings in Mt. Juliet for our 100th birthday celebration on May 22nd. All day from 11am-11pm part of the proceeds from your meal will support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Mt. Juliet. There will also be a special birthday party with balloons, cake, and fun starting at 7pm.

Silence won’t finish this fight – action will. Our 100th birthday is another opportunity to be as loud and active as possible in the battle to end cancer. To get involved in your local community’s Relay For Life or Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or go to cancer.org.

Now is the time to finish the fight. Make some noise by taking action now!

Birthday Celebration from 11am-11pm at Buffalo Wild Wings, Cake at 7pm. May 22nd

 
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