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Commissioners start process for interstate exit at Central Pike
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Board of Commissioners got the ball rolling on getting a new I-40 interchange on Central Pike at the meeting Monday. 

There were two items on the agenda pertaining to the interchange. The first was a resolution saying the board supported it. The other was an ordinance appropriating funds not to exceed $75,000 for engineering assistance to prepare an Interchange Access Request, project programming assistance for amendments to the MPO Transportation Improvement Program, and improvements to Central Pike and S. Mt. Juliet Road. 

The ordinance is necessary to the Providence Central project, which will possibly bring Class A office buildings, more retail and multi and single family homes. 

The interchange is one of the later phases of the project, and will still be a few years away if it happens. The project will be done by TDOT, and was not on their three-year plan for 2012-2015. 

In other actions, the board approved $35,500 for fire hall site access improvements, a transfer of donations to the Explorer program, and a site agreement for the cell tower the City leases at Crown Castle on York Road. 

WC Sheriff Bryan speaks to Chamber
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

New Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan, who took over for Terry Ashe at the end of last year, gave his first speech to the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday. 

Relay for Life kickoff event Thursday
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

On Feb. 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Mt. Juliet will officially get underway as event volunteers and participants gather at Langford Farms Clubhouse for a kickoff rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year. The rally will feature speakers from the community who have benefitted from the funds raised at Relay For Life and will honor cancer survivors. This also will be a great opportunity to register a team for the overnight event to be held on May 17-18 from 6 p.m.-6 a.m. at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet. 

The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s vision of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Relay For Life began in 1985 with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. Each year, Relay For Life takes place in 5,000 communities in the United States and 20 other countries to raise funds to support the Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

To join the Mt. Juliet Relay for Life, call Christina Covey at 615-341-7314, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

New Goodwill approved by planning
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A site plan for a new Goodwill and many other items were approved by the planning commission Thursday. 

The location on Providence West Boulevard will be a retail and training center. 

A preliminary plat and site plan for Robinson Crossing, a development on the land across from the Essex Shopping Center at the corner of N. Mt. Juliet Road and Old Lebanon Dirt Road was also approved. Two lots will be developed with the first being a two floor building with retail on the bottom and offices on the top. 

Ascend Federal Credit Union made a presentation to the commission because a material they wanted to use on their building was denied. The material was a coating. All buildings in the Paddocks have to be made of brick or stone. Representatives from Ascend argued that the coating was made up of stone, and the city doesn’t clearly define what brick and stone mean. 

“Brick is brick and stone is stone,” said Chairman Luke Winchester. Winchester said that the requirements for Paddocks were made several years ago, and the commission sticks by it for the image of the city. 

Mayor Ed Hagerty said if they bent the rules for some people, it hurts everyone around because it lowers property values with a lesser building. He said everyone wants to come here because of the growth and the city takes great measures to make sure the aesthetics are of the highest value. 

“We would have a community that no one wants to come to,” said Hagerty. 

The board voted to uphold the decision to not allow the coating. 

MJSAC Spring Gala
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center will hold the Spring Gala sponsored by Modern Woodmen on Saturday, March 23 from 5-8 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane.

The dinner will include a choice of prime rib or baked chicken dinner compliments of the morning Rotary Club of Mt. Juliet. The morning Rotary Club is an ongoing supporter of the senior center and this annual event.

The event will also feature a dynamic silent auction. Some of the items will include; sports memorabilia, autographed celebrity gifts, health and beauty baskets, art, cooking & home décor, jewelry, entertainment and services gifts. So come prepared to shop and enjoy and delicious meal and wonderful entertainment. The event will be emceed by Tom Grant. The Gala will also feature the music of Los Vatos Locos (music of the 50s – 80s).

The cost of the event is $25 for senior center members, $40 for non-members, and a business table of 8 for $300. The community is invited to participate! 

For more information on sponsorships, tickets or to donate an auction item call 758-9114. The event sells out quickly so, reserve your table today! 

This event is a great way to market your business, have a great evening of fun while supporting a very important cause.

The mission of the senior center is to provide a place for older adults (55+) to gather for recreational, educational and social activities and to alleviate isolation and loneliness among the elderly. The center currently offers over 80 programs in Arts & Crafts, Drama & Music, Recreation, Education, Socials, Wellness Programs and Special Events. There is something for everyone at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, the place, “where friends meet.”

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