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Nine-time world champion horseshoe pitcher honored

The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners held its regular meeting August 14, at the Commission Chambers.

Local resident, Joan Elmore was honored during the meeting, with a proclamation naming August 14, 2017 as Joan Elmore Day. Elmore is a nine-time world champion of horseshoe pitching. In 2009, Elmore was inducted into the NHPA Hall of Fame.

“There are no age restrictions,” said Elmore. “As long as you can compete, you can be there.”

Commissioner Brian Abston reminded residents to join the activities August 21, at Charlie Daniel’s Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Parkway, for the solar eclipse. The event will be from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be live entertainment, inflatables, food trucks and more. There are a limited number of eclipse kits available for purchase. Kits include a t-shirt, eyewear, koozie, flying disc and a drawstring bag. Kits can be purchased at

With Mt. Juliet being one of the best sites for viewing this exciting phenomenon, the town will be seeing an increase in visitors.

“Every one of our hotels are sold out,” said Abston. “It’s going to be a great community event for Mt. Juliet.”

There will be a limited supply of eclipse glasses available during the event, Monday.

The Diamond Academy of Dance won the National Grand Champion title at the Rainbow Dance Competition in Panama City, Florida July 2. The team was recognized during the meeting, with a proclamation naming August 15, 2017 as Diamond Dance Academy Day.

City Manager Kenny Martin is heading up a new project that will display art around the community, made by local artists. Martin said there are lots of creative people in the community and he hopes to help them share their work with the town. For more information about this project contact Martin at or 615-754-2552.

The first item on the agenda of unfinished business was an ordinance amending resolution 2016-16, adopted April 11, 2016, as amended, by changing the zoning classification of approximately 1.3 acres of land known as The Irene Bates Property, located at 3004 N. Mt. Juliet Rd. from single family residential to commercial town center. The ordinance was approved.

Next on the list was an ordinance to annex, rezone and adopt the Griffin property PUD, and preliminary master development plan. This item was approved 4 -1.
A resolution adopting a plan of services for the Griffin property containing 46.1 acres in Wilson County, was approved by the board.

New business on the consent agenda included an ordinance amending resolution number 2016-16, by changing the zoning classification of approximately 1.6 acres of land known as The Thurman St. Property, located on the corner of Thurman St. and Clemmons Rd. from agricultural to single family residential. This item was approved by the board.

An ordinance establishing and implementing a program to charge insurance providers mitigation rates for the deployment of emergency services by the fire department for services provided/rendered by the Mt. Juliet Fire Department was approved.

An ordinance to amend the Mt. Juliet personnel manual with clarifying language regarding section 5.4 retirement, was approved. The manual states that a city employee who has 15 years of service as of February 9, 2014 would be eligible to carry over their insurance plan into retirement. Anyone employed after February 9, 1999 would not be eligible to retain their insurance policy after retirement. This policy has not changed since it was put into effect, but has been clarified. The item was approved pending further discussion at the second reading.

The ordinance to amend the Mt. Juliet personnel manual with clarifying language regarding overtime pay, was approved.

An ordinance to amend section 30-367 outside city customers to the Mt. Juliet City codes chapter 30 utilities, division 11 fees, was approved.

The ordinance to amend the fiscal year 2017/2018 budget ordinance to appropriate funds from the Emergency Services Fund for easements and land totaling $275,000 was approved. The Green Hill Church land will be used to construct a fire hall.

“This is a monumental step for our city,” said City Manager Kenny Martin.

There were four resolutions on the agenda. Resolution 11.B.4, to approve the memorandum of agreement to expand the Mt. Juliet Police Department range and authorizing the city manager to sign the memorandum was deferred to the next meeting.

A resolution to declare 2006 sweeper truck as surplus property to be sold on govdeals was passed. Another resolution approving grants by the City of Mt. Juliet as previously budgeted in the 2017/2018 budget ordinance was passed by the board.

The last resolution was also passed, this resolution was to approve an agreement between the City of Mt. Juliet and the Tennessee Department of Transportation for the installation of a guardrail at Eagle Park and authorizing the mayor to sign the agreement. Representative Susan Lynn headed the efforts to secure this grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, for the park improvements.

Commissioner Art Giles said that the installation of this guardrail is a wonderful thing and encourages safety at Eagle Park.

There will be a ribbon cutting and park dedication at a future date to be determined.

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