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Coffee With a Cop
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The first of what is to become a monthly event, Coffee with a Cop, was held at Chick-Fil-A Friday morning. 

“It’s been a great day,” said Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. 

The event gave the public a chance to come out and talk to some of their officers, as well as Public Safety Director Andy Garrett, Mayor Ed Hagerty and Vice Mayor James Maness. Hambrick said he got the idea from a Police Chief publication, which highlighted a police department in California that was doing the same thing. 

“This fits well with what we are trying to do,” said Hambrick. “We are trying to be as transparent as we can be.”

Hambrick said he wants the public to feel like their officers are approachable and very much a part of the community. He said this type of setting allows people to tell them about problems they may be having in the community that they normally would not approach them with, as well as just get to know them. 

The event will be monthly from now on, and the police department will rotate on the north and south end of town so it makes it easier for all residents to participate. A location has not been chosen for July, which will be on the north end. In August, the Police Department will be back at Chick-Fil-A. The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet will publicize those dates when they become available, or you can check the city website at or check out the Mt. Juliet Police Department Facebook or Twitter accounts. 

Fire Chief Kinney talks future with Chamber
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The public got to know new Mt. Juliet Fire Chief Erron Kinney a little better Wednesday as he spoke at the Mt. Juliet Chamber Luncheon. 

“It’s an honor to be the first Fire Chief for the City of Mt. Juliet,” said Kinney. 

Kinney said it was his lifelong goal to be a Fire Chief in a small town or city, and he couldn’t have asked for a better fit than Mt. Juliet. 

Kinney said he wants the Mt. Juliet Fire Department to be seen more than just when you need them. He wants them to be a part of the community. He has many years of experience in towns all over the east coast, and has got to see many different methods of running a fire department. 

“I wanted to bring something to Mt. Juliet that was a game changer,” said Kinney. 

Kinney said that he hopes that the new fire station on Belinda Parkway, which had its’ ribbon cutting recently, will be fully operational by the first week of October. That is Fire Prevention Week, so he wanted to incorporate that with the opening. 

He said it will be staffed with a mixture of paid and volunteer firefighters, and there will be four per shift. That will at least triple the amount of firefighters on duty than is currently in the city. 

Kinney opened the floor to questions, and joked about his football past with the Tennessee Titans. He said people could ask about fire protection, or even football if they want. 

“Don’t get me too excited, I haven’t hit anyone in a long time,” Kinney joked. 

Kinney said they are already working on a second station that will be located somewhere along Lebanon Road. He said they are looking for a public-private partnership, and they have a company that is interested out of Alabama. He said the opening of that station would lower the ISO rating for the city and could lower some insurance rates up to 50 percent for city residents. 

He was asked about whether they would fight fires outside of city limits. 

“I’ll ask for forgiveness before I ask for permission,” said Kinney. 

Kinney said he will help anyone in need, regardless of whether their home or business is inside or outside city limits. 

Mt. Juliet Planning commission addresses changes at Martin’s BBQ
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A change to the front of the Martin’s BBQ building caused the representatives to go back in front of the Mt. Juliet planning commission Thursday. 

Martin’s BBQ recently put up red galvanized panels around their outdoor seating area, which is on the front part of the building. In the plans that were approved by the planning commission, the area just had a screen around the area. 

“Someone should have known this was a major change to the front of the façade,” said Planning Commission Chairman Luke Winchester. 

Both parties agreed that it was just a misunderstanding, and Patrick Martin said there was no malicious intent on putting up the panels. Suggestions to fix the problem included doing brick around the outside, or matching what Martin has at his Nolensville store. There, the panels are black at the top, and the screen goes to the ground. He said the reason he added the panels in Mt. Juliet was because they have to replace the screens frequently due to them being damaged. 

Mayor Ed Hagerty said that before the panels were put up, the building was one of the best on that side of town. 

“Now, it’s the ugliest in Mt. Juliet,” said Hagerty. 

Hagerty was upset because City of Mt. Juliet staff didn’t recognize the problem and take care of it before Martin’s had put the panels up. He said they were having to pay city staff overtime now to deal with this issue. 

Both sides agreed that if he matched what was done at the Nolensville store, he could go ahead and get opened up this week as he had planned. The issue would have to be taken care of in a certain number of days to be determined by the City staff. 

In other action, the planning commission approved a relocation of a house located at 517 Hunting Hills to 109 Faulkner Lane, an annexation of a property on Clemmons Road which could be the home for a future church, and preliminary master development plan for Tuscan Gardens, located on Curd Road. The neighborhood will have a large clubhouse and pool. 

Firework and traffic plan for July 4th fireworks
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Mt. Juliet Police Department has announced the security and traffic control plan for the City of Mt. Juliet Fourth of July Fireworks in the Providence MarketPlace area. 

The firework presentation will begin at 9 p.m. Mt. Juliet Police are expecting a large amount of people to attend the event, and a large amount of exiting traffic out of the Providence MarketPlace area after the fireworks at approximately 10 p.m. 

With safety being a top priority, a large amount of police officers will be present during the event. 

A traffic plan has been established and police officers will be controlling some intersections. 

This is a large gathering of people, so the police department is asking attendees to be vigilant. 

The police department relies on the public for help, and attendees are reminded to say something if they spot anything suspicious. 

To contact the police department’s non-emergency line, attendees can simply dial 311. 

Please remember that during this event our roadways will see a major increase in traffic, so delays should be expected.

“Well over half of the police department’s officers and will be involved in the event in some way. We are also working with Providence MarketPlace management, and they are footing the bill for even additional police officers.” stated Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. “I want to ensure this patriotic celebration is safe and enjoyable for everyone.”

The following intersections will be closed to exiting traffic:

- Adams Ln @ S. Mt. Juliet Rd (SR 171)

- Crossing Circle @ S. Mt. Juliet Rd (SR 171)

- Providence Market Place Exit adjacent to Chick-fil-A/Wendy’s

- Providence Market Place Exit adjacent to Taco Bell

The Mt. Juliet Police Department is encouraging people to use alternate parking locations to watch the firework celebration. 

The fireworks will be launched from the field behind Target. 

Therefore, the fireworks will be visible from parking areas along Pleasant Grove Road near the Paddocks shopping development.

Personal fireworks, alcoholic beverages, and barbecue grills are prohibited from private business lots during this event.

County grad rates rise for 5th straight year
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wilson County increased graduation rates for the 5th straight year in 2012. 

Wilson County’s graduation rate was 95.5 percent, the highest in middle Tennessee. It is up from 87.9 percent in 2008. 

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