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Commission disappointed with Expo Center vote
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners were disappointed that the Wilson County Expo Center proposal was approved by the County Commission last week. 

An 86,000 square feet Expo Center was approved by the Wilson County Commission 17-7 Monday, April 20. The site will be at the James E. Ward Ag Center, and will not cost more than $10 million. 

“If it would have been here in Mt. Juliet, it would have been better,” said Mayor Ed Hagerty after the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday. 

The Board of Commissioners had passed a resolution the April 14 meeting asking the county to do a site analysis and financial feasibility study on the proposed site because they felt there were sites in Mt. Juliet that would work better. Hagerty said he did not receive any feedback from the resolution before the County Commissioner vote. 

Hagerty said he understood what County Mayor Randall Hutto was trying to do with the Expo Center, trying to draw tourism and bigger events to Wilson County, but he felt a site in Mt. Juliet would have better access to hotels and the airport. 

Hagerty said that the Board of Commissioners will be not taking anymore action on the matter, and are moving forward with City business. 

Wright wants new schools, technology
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright stopped by the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce Luncheon to talk about the challenges the school system is facing in the next few years. 

Wright headlined three things that face the school system - building schools, teacher compensation and technology. 

Planning approves new subdivision for Central Pike
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Planning Commission approved another neighborhood south of I-40 Thursday. 

The Cowden Subdivision, located off of Central Pike, will have 317 homes. It is the third in a set of subdivisions in that area over the last several months. Each  neighborhood is going to contribute $2,500 per lot for road improvements south of I-40 to help alleviate the problems in the area. The other two neighborhoods are Beckwith Farms, which is near the corner of Beckwith Road and Central Pike, and Baird Farms, which is north of this property with access points on South Rutland Road and Providence Trail. 

MJ to honor America’s flag once again
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Staff Reports

The corner of East Division Street and North Mt. Juliet Road will once again be filled with American flags for Flag Day weekend. 

June 12-14, American flags attached to 8-foot poles will be installed on a grid at the corner as a moving tribute to the men and women who now serving or have served in the military branches of the United States of America. 

Flag sponsors will have the option of honoring a specific former or present member of the military or a POW/MIA. Flags with such an Honoree will bear an identifying label and a yellow ribbon. 

Proceeds from the event will be used by The Exchange Club of West Wilson County and American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 to raise awareness and funds for many ongoing charitable organizations. 

There are several different ways to sponsor the event. Individual sponsors are $30 for a flag kit, or $35 if you want it mailed to your home. 

You can sponsor with multiple flags. Division Level sponsor is $5,000 and gets 75 flag kits. Brigade Level is $2,500 and purchases 50 flag kits. Battalion Level is $1,000 and purchases 25 flag kits. Company Level is 10 flag kits for $500. Platoon Level is five flag kits for $300. Two flag kits are the Squad Level, which is $150. 

In prior years, The Exchange Club proceeds have supported Exchange Club Family Center, Wilson County Veterans Museum and Park, Mt. Juliet Fire Department, Pregnancy Care Center of TN, American Legion TN Boys State, Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, Mt. Juliet Help Center, City Beautification Program, Mt. Juliet High School and American Legion TN Girls State. 

In prior years, American Legion proceeds have supported TN State Veteran’s Home, American Legion Baseball, American Legion Honor Guard, Wilson County Veterans Museum & Park, American Legion National Emergency Fund, Scholarships for Fallen Soldiers Children, American Legion TN Boys State, American Legion TN Girls State, American Legion Ladies Auxillary, Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center and Mt. Juliet Halloween in the Park. 

For more information, contact Nancy Britt at (615)289-7623 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also contact Pat Unger at (615)210-6156 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The website is 

Local band opens for Eddie Money
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

James Nitz

Intern Writer

Mixing the soulful rhythms of the blues with danceable rock, Middle Tennessee’s Cumberland Blue, fronted by Mt. Juliet’s Chloe Kohanski, opened for Eddie Money April 17, 18 and 19, to support the Huntsville Firefighters Association.

The three nights of shows took place in Memphis, Nashville and Hunstville and showcased Cumberland Blue’s true sound.

“It’s taken us a little while to figure out what all six of us are genuinely excited to play.  But I believe the set we’ve come up with is something we are proud of, and something that truly shows who we are,” Kohanski said.

Inspired by modern artists like Fleetwood Mac and Kings of Leon, to classic performers like Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix, Cumberland Blue was ecstatic to learn they were opening for Money.  “We were psyched out of our minds,” Kohanski said.

Cumberland Blue got their start playing back in 2012 at World Music in Bellview.  The Nashville area band slowly formed as Grant Smith met Kohanski and later brought Duncan King who knew Hank Compton.  Eventually the band was finalized with Yates McKendree and Rocky Block.

Onstage, Cumberland Blue feels at home expressing themselves through the music they love.  “I think for most of us it is second nature.  It just feels comfortable.  And its awesome having people that want to hear what we have to say,” Kohanski said.

Each members brings a unique flair to the group from Kohanski’s southern bluesy vocals, Block’s smooth bass lines and Smith’s intricate mandolin work, to Compton’s powerful guitar licks, King’s booming percussion and Yates blistering piano skills.  Originally their sound was more blues influenced and then progressed toward a rock sound.  “It’s very groovy.  I’d say psychedelic with a lot of soul,” Kohanski said.

Cumberland Blue will be performing across Tenn. throughout the summer, but has not announced an official tour.  “We would love to tour.  We have some ideas for this summer…We’re still working out the details,” Kohanski said.  The band recently released their EP “Awakening” last June and hopes to release a debut album by next year.

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