Today is Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ed Hagerty sworn in Monday as MJ mayor

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In unfinished business, ordinances to amend the budget for police department bio-hazard cleanup and amend the building regulations for new vinyl siding and HVAC requirements for single family and duplex passed 4-0.

In new business, Hagerty appointed himself to position No. 9 and Luke Winchester to position No. 18 on the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County.

Also, commissioners approved a resolution to approve Conrad Construction Company to repair drainage issues at 73 E. Hill Street, which is the Public Works and WEMA Station No. 3.

Commissioners also approved an amendment to the beer laws to allow a probationary period for businesses that don’t meet the 5-to-1 ratio of food to beer. Under previous rules, businesses could immediately reapply. This would give businesses three months to improve their ratio, and if they don’t, they would be on probation for six months and could not reapply in that time.

The last item on the agenda dealt with Relay for Life. The group was asking for lifting of the noise ordinance so they could have music at their event. Relay for Life is an event that goes from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., and there are many events scheduled along with music.

The reason the group has the event overnight is that cancer never sleeps, and the group aims to honor the people who have battled cancer, and keep fighting for a cure.

Two bands will play until 11:30 p.m., and acoustic music will be played after that time. Relay for Life will visit surrounding neighborhoods of Charlie Daniels Park to tell them of the reason for their event, and invite them to join along.  The resolution passed unanimously.

Editor’s Note: Kenny Howell is the managing editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. He may be contacted at

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