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Property taxes stay for fire protection only

Monday night Mt. Juliet city squires reversed a first reading ordinance vote and decided city property taxes will remain dedicated to fire protection exclusively.

At their last meeting their majority vote was to roll the emergency services fund comprised only of city property tax revenue into the general fund with the thought the growing fire department should not be strapped exclusively to city property tax revenue.

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Mt. Juliet commissioners agree on tentative lawsuit

With a looming March 8 court date, Monday night Mt. Juliet city commissioners tentatively agreed on a settlement with the Wilson County School Board to pay them back unpaid liquor-by-the-drink taxes.

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Editorials should speak out against Medicare privatization
Editorials should speak out against Medicare privatization

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Representative Kevin Brady, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Tom Price, Chairman, Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders in the U.S. House who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a "premium support" system.

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Citizen Craighead
Citizen Craighead

Eight years came and went in the blink of an eye according to Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.

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Wilson receives Governor's ThreeStar Award
Wilson receives Governor's ThreeStar Award

Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development recently presented ThreeStar awards at the 2016 Governor's Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville, where Wilson County garnered an award.

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Local leaders take part in Power of TEN Summit
Local leaders take part in Power of TEN Summit

Wilson County leaders are set to participate in the POWER OF TEN Summit Wednesday at Nashville's Music City Center, taking part in discussions and special sessions on shared issues of regional importance and how to collaborate to address them and improve the region.

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We have the power to change government
We have the power to change government

"We the People" really does have the power.

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Emotion played no part in decisions: Black
Emotion played no part in decisions: Black

I felt I needed to respond to your article in Wednesdays paper.

First of all I have served on the Lebanon Planning Commission for 12 years, this is a few years more than Mr. Larry Hubbard. I can tell you he is way out of line in saying what he did about emotions playing a part in my resigning. Why does my resigning even warrant a comment from him??? Do not speak for me.

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Wilson searching for new Tourism Director
Wilson searching for new Tourism Director

Wilson County is currently in the process of hiring a new director for the convention and visitors bureau. In an effort to effectively and openly communicate with the citizens of Wilson County, I would like to give you an update on where we are with the tourism department and the search for a new tourism director.

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MJPD attends elite White House police briefing
MJPD attends elite White House police briefing

With trust between communities and their police forces of paramount importance these days, two Mt. Juliet police officials attended an invitation-only briefing at the White House Sept. 28.

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Reese announces candidacy for Ward 2
Reese announces candidacy for Ward 2

Liz Reese recently announced her candidacy for Lebanon Ward 2 City Council Member.

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Would Wilson County consider decriminalizing pot?
Would Wilson County consider decriminalizing pot?

While Metro Nashville City Councilors were scheduled to take a final vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana Tuesday night, some may wonder if Wilson County leaders would consider the same.

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City of Lebanon survey seeks community input
City of Lebanon survey seeks community input

The City of Lebanon recently launched the online phase of a community wide survey aimed at helping local officials identify and define a cohesive plan for the city and its future growth.

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Farmer, city sticking to their guns on sign ordinance
Farmer, city sticking to their guns on sign ordinance

The Wilson County state house candidate who said she will sue the City of Mt. Juliet over their temporary sign ordinance that regulates placement and duration of political signs is sticking to her guns.

And the City of Mt. Juliet is not backing down, either.

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MJ residents file suit against city, mayor
MJ residents file suit against city, mayor

Two supporters of Wilson County District 57 state house candidate Trisha Farmer filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Mt. Juliet and Mayor Ed Hagerty in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Thursday afternoon.

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State House challenger to sue Mt. Juliet for sign removal
State House challenger to sue Mt. Juliet for sign removal

A Mt. Juliet challenger for State House Dist. 57 announced late Friday night she intended to sue the City of Mt. Juliet for removing her campaign signs.

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Carr questioning Diane Black fund-raiser
Carr questioning Diane Black fund-raiser

Republican congressional candidate Joe Carr of Rutherford County is questioning a July fund-raiser planned for his primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, by Gov. Bill Haslam at the governor's mansion in Nashville.

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Commissioners preparing for property tax hike
Commissioners preparing for property tax hike

County commissions don't always agree, but several members of the Budget Committee appear to be on the same page that it's not if the county will need to raise property taxes, but by how much in the upcoming budget.

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Mt. Juliet sees highest sales tax month on record
Mt. Juliet sees highest sales tax month on record

Mt. Juliet city officials said this past January was the highest sales tax month on record.

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Pay Equality Bill Uproar
Pay Equality Bill Uproar

There are no safe assumptions about any bill - even a bill named the "Pay Equality Act."

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'Spotlight' shows truth cannot emerge without open access to public records
'Spotlight' shows truth cannot emerge without open access to public records

There's a great scene about public records in the movie "Spotlight," which is based on the true story of The Boston Globe's investigative reporting of child sex abuse by Catholic priests.

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Cat controversy ruffles animal lovers
Cat controversy ruffles animal lovers

It was a cat controversy and protest Monday night in Mt. Juliet with the city's recent policy decision to no longer accept healthy cats into the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter.

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Insecurity Digest- The Apprentice
Insecurity Digest- The Apprentice

I am the greatest sinner among you. No, I'm serious. Oh, so rich in depravity am I. Weak and troubled, I fall upon God's mercies every morning. Understanding this about myself, I have closely inspected my righteous indignation swirling around this upcoming Presidential election.

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Beavers to co-sponsor illegal immigration proposals
Beavers to co-sponsor illegal immigration proposals

State Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) is co-sponsoring legislation aimed at illegal immigration in Tennessee.

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Local praying for leaders
Local praying for leaders

The Wilson County chapter of the Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance met at the Wilson County Courthouse on Monday morning to lift local and state leaders up in prayer.

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The donkey and the elephant...
The donkey and the elephant...

I like to think of myself as apolitical; someone that looks objectively at both sides of an issue, appreciate each perspective and be careful not to allow my personal beliefs to muddy the waters of political idealism. I also think chasing a cheeseburger with a shot of cayenne-laced wheat grass is more effective than eating right and exercising. The truth? I am a moron when it comes to politics.

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Another one about Hwy, 109
Another one about Hwy, 109

"There was a bad wreck on 109 yesterday."

It's one of those sentences that, even though it shouldn't, kind of loses its impact after you've heard it over and over and over again, like "and there was another terrorist attack in the Middle East on Tuesday" or "last night, Donald Trump said something no viable presidential candidate in the history of our nation would've gotten away with."

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MJ scrambles to snag reluctant census participants
MJ scrambles to snag reluctant census participants

Fear of losing nearly half of Mt. Juliet's annual state-shared monies has city officials under the gun to rack up as many residents they can to participate in their special census.

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Miss Rachel says 'Goodbye' to Mayor's Office
Miss Rachel says 'Goodbye' to Mayor's Office

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's Executive Assistant Rachel Warren has decided to retire after holding the position for the past 16 years.

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Miss Rachel says 'Goodbye' to Mayor's Office
Miss Rachel says 'Goodbye' to Mayor's Office

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's Executive Assistant Rachel Warren has decided to retire after holding the position for the past 16 years.

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A belated list of Thanksgiving
A belated list of Thanksgiving

I had hoped to write this column for last Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but circumstances beyond my control took over my life. So please forgive me as I give thanks for many things – a week after this truly American holiday.

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