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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.  

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.

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