Longtime Mt. Juliet resident and former mayor Luther Lenning was surprised with a proclamation in his honor Monday night at the City Commission meeting.
Lenning and his family were front and center as the city named the day in his honor. Commissioner Ray Justice read the proclamation signed by Mayor Ed Hagerty that lauded Lenning's long service to Mt. Juliet.
Lenning is also an U.S. Army veteran. He moved to Mt. Juliet in 1949. He was elected city commissioner of Mt. Juliet and helped bring ambulance and fire service to the city and also helped turned Mt. Juliet Road into a state road. He was elected mayor of Mt. Juliet in 1987. Lenning was the Business Tax Collector for Wilson County and retired in 2005. He served on the Middle Tennessee Electric Board of Directors for 12 years.
"Luther was instrumental in getting Mt. Juliet where it is now," Justice said before he read the proclamation.
The city will also name a bridge on East Division Street in his honor.
"I appreciate your thoughts," an emotional Lenning said of the proclamation.
He said he grew up in Mt. Juliet, "All my life."
"Everything in my life is here," he said. "I've seen Mt. Juliet grow and people get upset, but we all have to get together."
He said elderly people "didn't want to see it [Mt. Juliet] grow.
"It's [more growth] is coming," he said.
He told the commissioners he believed they would "all take care of Mt. Juliet for us."