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Large subdivision coming to north side
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A large new subdivision on the north side got the preliminary master development plan approved at the planning commission Thursday. 

BOC approves money to convert Joy Church into new police station
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners approved $294,000 to convert the Joy Church property on Charlie Daniels Parkway to the new police station. 

The property was purchased by the City of Mt. Juliet for $1.5 million with plans to move the police department to that building, giving them more space, as well as City Hall which will take over the entire current building. Joy Church is currently building a new church near the corner of Benders Ferry Road and Lebanon Road. 

“I am reluctantly voting for it,” said Commissioner Jim Bradshaw. He had wanted to move City Hall to the facility, but it eventually got changed to the MJPD. Commissioner Ray Justice was happy about the move. 

“It enhances the park and enhances District 1,” said Justice. “I’m tickled about it.”

Mayor Ed Hagerty and Vice Mayor James Maness were concerned about the cost, because an original estimate was lower. 

The move solved a “$5 million problem.” An estimate a few years ago said that building a much needed new police station would cost the city $5 million. This move could end up just costing the city just under $2 million for the move. 

New building, park space to fill corner of N. MJ Rd./ Old Lebanon Dirt Rd.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A new building and a park space donated to the City will fill the open area on the corner of North Mt. Juliet Road and Old Lebanon Dirt Road. 

Robinson Crossing will have an 18,000 square foot, two floor building, another 4,500 square foot building, and nearly 13 acres of park land donated to the City of Mt. Juliet. 

In the 18,000 square foot building, The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet offices and Robinson Properties will relocate to the top floor, along with an investment banker and a lawyer. 

In the bottom floor, a retail tenant has already leased, and five more units are left in the building to be leased. 

The 4,500 square foot building will be stand alone, and will also be leased to a tenant. 

No official plans for the park space have been released by the City. 

Mayberry coming to Mt. Juliet
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet will get a little slice of Mayberry this Christmas when a music and humor show will be at the Mt. Juliet Middle School. 

Presented by Abundant Life Church, “Mayberry Christmas” is a show that has played in many cities in the southeast, bringing Christmas music, humor, audience interaction and holiday inspiration. 

The show will star Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band, who appeared on The Andy Griffith Show as The Darlings and Maggie Peterson, who played Charlene Darling, the object of Ernest T. Bass’ affections. Also, David Browning will star as the Mayberry Deputy, a tribute to Barney Fife. Don Knotts sanctioned Browning after seeing his performance. 

“It’s definitely Mayberry,” said Peterson. 

Peterson said that a certain type of down to Earth people are attracted to the show, which has been on the air for over 50 years now. She said it has been a blast traveling around meeting all the people that love the show, and couldn’t wait to come to Mt. Juliet. 

Dillard said the show takes place in a typical Mayberry living room. The audience will interact with the show, stories will be told, songs will be sung, and he believes a good time will be had by everyone in attendance. 

“Hopefully people can walk away feeling better about things,” said Dillard about the upcoming performance.

The show will take place at Mt. Juliet Middle School, Sunday, Dec, 15, 6:30 p.m. Premium admission is $20 and general admission will be $!5. For more information, go to or call (615)754-7035.  

Justice speaks on efforts to curb impaired driving
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet City Commissioner and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Ray Justice stopped by the monthly Chamber of Commerce luncheon to speak about some of the things the Sheriff’s Office is doing to stop impaired driving. 

Justice said that Wilson County is fourth in the state in alcohol related accidents, and the Sheriff’s Office are working along with the other law enforcement in the county to bring these numbers down.

One of the way they are doing this is a grant that Justice helped secure that pays for overtime and equipment needed to get impaired drivers off the road. Justice said that the grant had already paid for $40,000 of overtime, which helped the Sheriff’s Office increase their traffic stop numbers. Justice said they increased from 4,500 to 8,150 last year. 

He thinks part of the increase is due to the rapid growth Wilson County has seen. 

“Mt. Juliet went from 12,000 to 28,000 people in just 10 years,” said Justice. 

Justice said they have seen a shift in the demographic of impaired drivers in the last few years. He said it used to be that males 24-36 would be the majority, and it would be alcohol at night. But he said they have seen a large increase in women, an average age of 27, being DUIs during the day time while being on medications like Xanax or Loritabs. 

“People need to realize they are behind the wheel of a weapon at that point,” said Justice. 

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