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MJ students earn scholarships to TTU
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Two students from Mt. Juliet were recognized for their academic achievements with scholarships from Tennessee Tech University’s College of Arts and Sciences this spring.
Jeffrey Graves, a math graduate student, received the mathematics graduate student teaching award. He is the son of Brenda and David Graves and a 2003 graduate of Wilson Central High School. After finishing his degree at TTU, he plans to go on for a doctoral degree.
Michele Smith, a junior math major, received the Grateful Heart math scholarship. After graduation, she plans to apply to the National Security Agency’s cryptology program. A 2010 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, she is the daughter of Ken and Lisa Smith and fiancée of Charley Brown.

Wilson JECDB tries to draw new business in Vegas
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Representatives for the Joint Economic & Community Development Board (JECDB) of Wilson County along with the Cities of Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown had the opportunity to showcase the community to an international audience of decision makers at the 2013 International Council of Shopping Centers RECon show in Las Vegas, Nevada held May 19-22. 
Funded through the marketing efforts of the JECDB, the local leaders had the opportunity to meet and make presentations, develop deals, attend educational sessions and network with their key retail and commercial contacts.  RECon which serves as the world’s largest retail real estate convention offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet with and present the many advantages of doing business throughout Wilson County.
RECon attendance hit post-Recession records this year with some 32,400 delegates packing the halls at RECon on Monday.  Overall attendance was north of 35,000, a 10 percent increase from 2012. Attendees and exhibitors expressed unadulterated optimism about the health of the U.S. retail real estate industry.
The JECDB is funded through an interlocal  agreement of the four governmental agencies in Wilson County and serves to maintain, expand and recruit industrial, commercial and retail development  throughout the county and its municipalities.   

Several June activities at MJSAC
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June is filled with activities for members and some free activities for the community at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center located at 2034 N. Mt. Juliet Rd. Mark your calendars for fun!
Thursday, June 6 from 5-7 p.m. – Third annual Art Gallery Reception, “Sights and Scenes of Mt. Juliet.”  From historic views of the early train station and downtown scenes to special sights of today, you won’t want to miss this unique exhibit by Instructor, Sally Murphy and the talented artists of the senior center. Many pieces will be available to purchase. Light refreshments will be served. Music by harpist, Becky Walker.
June 14 10-11 a.m. – “That’s My Life”. Deborah Wilbrink will present, “How to share and save your stories.” The event is free and open to the public. Call 758-9114 to sign up.
June 15 5-7 p.m. – free Concert with Cookie & the Monster – Wanda Weatherbee sings classic hits like Imagine and Bobbie McGee. The event is Free however, we will pass the hat for the entertainment. Bring finger foods to share. Beverages provided.
June 24 – 1-3 p.m. Liz Farrar teaches Bob Ross painting class. The fee is $25 and supplies are included. Call 758-9114 to sign-up.
New Travel Club! – Join the club and get first hand information on day trips and longer excursions. Coming up next…trip to Atlantic City, New York and Philadelphia. Stop in to learn more.
Getting in Shape for Summer? Members enjoy Free classes in Cardio Fit (New), Yoga, Tai Chi and line dance.
Stop in soon for a tour and a FREE newsletter!

Mt. Juliet Y names Erin Chambers Volunteer of the Year
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Mt. Juliet YMCA at the Valley Center is privileged to name Erin Chambers its 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Chambers was honored on April 23 as part of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee’s Annual Celebration.
Mt. Juliet Y Executive Director Anna Lee O’Neil praised Chambers for her service to the community.
“Erin grew up in Wilson County, yet lives and works in Nashville,” O’Neil said. “She is passionate about bringing the YMCA and the services it provides to her home county. Her positive ‘can-do’ spirit is infectious, her dedication inspiring and her gracious presence appreciated.”

Celebrating service

The YMCA of Middle Tennessee each year presents 27 Volunteer of the Year awards, honoring those who’ve given of their time, talent and financial resources to advance the Y’s charitable mission. Since the organization’s founding in 1875, dedicated volunteers like Chambers have worked to strengthen their community by being part of the YMCA.
“Our Y recognizes the mutual benefit that results through the sharing of time, talent and financial resources for the good of our community,” said YMCA of Middle Tennessee President and CEO John Mark “Journey” Johnson. “We are so grateful for our more than 3,100 volunteers, who led the way in 2012 to make a lasting and positive impact where they live and work.”

About the Y

The YMCA of Middle Tennessee is a nonprofit, worldwide charitable fellowship united by a common loyalty to Jesus Christ for the purpose of helping people grow in spirit, mind and body.
For more than 136 years, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee has been giving people of all ages the tools they need to learn, grow and thrive.
With 31 centers and 328 program locations, the YMCA reaches 329,697 lives—1 of every 6 people in the 12-county area it serves—by nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to serve others and support our neighbors.

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.  

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