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MJ, school board still at odds over back-taxes owed
MJ, school board still at odds over back-taxes owed

Mt. Juliet City Commissioners discussed at length Monday night their response to the Wilson County School Board's rejection of their recent counter-offer to settle a lawsuit regarding the city's owed unpaid liquor-by-the drink taxes.

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My Place to break ground on new Lebanon hotel
My Place to break ground on new Lebanon hotel

My Place Hotels of America recently announced its latest franchise agreement, one that will bring a new four-story, 63-room hotel to Lebanon's south side.

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Culver's opens for hungry Christmas shoppers
Culver's opens for hungry Christmas shoppers

Just in time for Christmas shoppers ready to revive and rejuvenate with a great meal, a new, much-anticipated burger joint will open its doors in South Mt. Juliet in just a few days.

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WEMA breaks ground on station in Norene, dedicates another
WEMA breaks ground on station in Norene, dedicates another

Wilson Emergency Management Agency broke ground on Station No. 11 on Monday afternoon.

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South MJ Starbucks, Moe's to open in December
South MJ Starbucks, Moe's to open in December

On the heels of a many-months-long, contentious wrangle with the developer of south Mt. Juliet's Starbucks, a top level city official said it's on track to open end of December.

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Flashing yellow arrows now on-line at 8 MJ signals
Flashing yellow arrows now on-line at 8 MJ signals

The first prong in the City of Mt. Juliet's adaptive signal project is up and running across the city.

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Nissan expanding, investing $57 million, creating 81 jobs
Nissan expanding, investing $57 million, creating 81 jobs

An upcoming expansion at Nissan in Lebanon has promised 81 new jobs for the area.

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Journeys group to expand Lebanon operations
Journeys group to expand Lebanon operations

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Journeys Group, a division of Nashville-based Genesco Inc., announced Tuesday the company will expand distribution operations in Lebanon, investing $35 million and creating 72 new jobs in Wilson County.

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Now it's built... will they come?
Now it's built... will they come?
Brenda Ashford works on sweeping the exhibit hall floor as staff at the Wilson County Expo Center make ready for their open house of the new facility Monday. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with the open house from 5-7 p.m.
DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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Crye-Leike agents rank among state's best
Crye-Leike agents rank among state's best

REAL Trends, which ranks the performance of residential real estate firms and teams in the United States, recently announced its fourth annual America's Best Real Estate Agents list for 2016, where two Wilson County agent team joined its prestigious rank of an elite group of real estate agents across the country.

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Historic Lebanon to use $100K grant for city square
Historic Lebanon to use $100K grant for city square

Historic Lebanon has received a $100,000 grant from the state and plans to use the funds to spur improvements to historic structures on the city's public square.

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Officials break ground on Bell Building
Officials break ground on Bell Building

Officials recently broke ground on a new commercial center in the Hamilton Springs transit oriented development off Highway 70 in West Lebanon. The 13,000-square-foot building, owned by Jack Bell and Rick Bell, will be 60 percent occupied upon completion, with businesses including an expanded Body Kneads, Etc. The move is expected to be complete in early summer 2017. Lose & Associates designed the building, which will be located on the east side of Hamilton Station Boulevard. Jack W. Bell Builders Inc. is the contractor. PHOTO COURTESY of JACK BELL BUILDERS.

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Battle between MJ developer, neighbors finally ends
Battle between MJ developer, neighbors finally ends

The near year-long contentious battle between vocal Mt. Juliet neighbors versus a big developer ended last week when the Mt. Juliet Planning Commission voted to approve a final master development plan for a warehouse at Beckwith North.

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County introduces Expo Center GM
County introduces Expo Center GM

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's office formally announced the hiring of Zendel Murphy as the general manager of the Wilson County Expo Center last week.

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WB&T breaks ground on Operations Center
WB&T breaks ground on Operations Center

A large crowd gathered at Stroud Gwynn Field behind the main branch of Wilson Bank & Trust on Monday for a groundbreaking.

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Love letter to local wife, mom and commissioner
Love letter to local wife, mom and commissioner

She's a ferocious warrior.

In the battle for her life - and she's strong.

Lori Landry never minced words in her long tenure as a Mt. Juliet planning commissioner.

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Hamilton Springs to add new commercial center
Hamilton Springs to add new commercial center

Developers behind Hamilton Springs, the West Lebanon transit-oriented development off Highway 70, will break ground today on the first commercial element of the development.

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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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Prominent MJ developer branches to Donelson footprint
Prominent MJ developer branches to Donelson footprint

A prominent developer with huge ties to Mt. Juliet has pinpointed sister city Donelson for yet another development.

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Local plastics manufacturer sold
Local plastics manufacturer sold

SO.F.TER. Group, one of the world's largest independent thermoplastic compounders with U.S. headquarters near Highway 109 in Lebanon, announced Tuesday that it will be acquired by Dallas-based Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company.

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'Emotions should be removed from decision-making'
'Emotions should be removed from decision-making'

Editor's Note: This article was edited on Oct. 27 to clarify language attributed to Larry Hubbard, member of the Lebanon Planning Commission.

One current member of the Lebanon Planning Commission said that emotions need to be removed from decision-making on the city's planning board.

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Home2Suites breaks ground in MJ
Home2Suites breaks ground in MJ

Mt. Juliet's first extended-stay hotel celebrated with a groundbreaking early Friday morning.

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Three planners resign after mayor's vote
Three planners resign after mayor's vote

The mayor of Lebanon said he stands by his decision to vote in place of a member of the Planning Commission, even after three members announced their resignations.

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Lebanon Chamber holds Industry Appreciation Day
Lebanon Chamber holds Industry Appreciation Day

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee recently held its annual Industry Appreciation Day, recognizing Lebanon's LoJac Inc. and their commitment and service to the community. Founded in 1983 by B.F. "Jack" Lowery and Donald G. Chambers, LoJac Inc. provides high quality services and materials to the construction industry throughout the Southeast. Members of the chamber committee had the opportunity to talk with LoJac's executive staff while employees enjoyed lunch from Honeybaked Ham Co. The chamber would like to extend a special thank you to CedarStone Bank for sponsoring the event. SUBMITTED

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Dunkin' Donuts, NYNY Pizza on board at MJ's City Center
Dunkin' Donuts, NYNY Pizza on board at MJ's City Center

During an invitation-only tour of the new City Center in Northtown Mt. Juliet, it was revealed Dunkin' Donuts and NYNY Pizza will be among the many tenants.

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MJ Baskin Robbins hosts grand opening, ribbon cutting
MJ Baskin Robbins hosts grand opening, ribbon cutting

The official ribbon cutting for Baskin-Robbins was held last weekend at the Sellar's Park location in Mt. Juliet. Face painting, a spin-wheel for free ice cream and more drew people to the famous frozen eatery. Open since June, owners are excited about operating in Mt. Juliet.

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Could racing return to Nashville Superspeedway?
Could racing return to Nashville Superspeedway?

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto indicated there might be some type of plans in store for the defunct Nashville Superspeedway track, possible by "some folks in Mt. Juliet."

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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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Panattoni to ink $44.7 million Superspeedway deal
Panattoni to ink $44.7 million Superspeedway deal

Panattoni Development Company is under contract to ink a $44.7 million deal to purchase Nashville Superspeedway's 1,400-acre site in Wilson County.

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Lebanon's Maplehurst Bakery turning out 1,200 donuts a minute
Lebanon's Maplehurst Bakery turning out 1,200 donuts a minute

The community gathered to welcome Maplehurst Bakery to Wilson County on Wednesday.

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Coworking Together
Coworking Together

Software engineer Parker Agee is excited to unveil his vision for a co-working community at The Mill at Lebanon this fall.

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Coffee, anyone?
Coffee, anyone?

A popular national coffee chain may soon be opening in the Providence area.

After nine months of negotiation and debate, two stop work orders and a lawsuit, Mt. Juliet commissioners accepted a letter of credit and agreement from the developer responsible for the South Mt. Juliet Starbucks strip mall project Monday night.

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$40 million apartment complex proposed for North MJ
$40 million apartment complex proposed for North MJ

A $40 million development is proposed in the heart of North Mt. Juliet.

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Lebanon DQ to open June 22
Lebanon DQ to open June 22

A local fast food restaurant will be opening sooner rather than later.

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Court backs city in MJ Starbucks dispute
Court backs city in MJ Starbucks dispute

"We won!" were the words of a Mt. Juliet city commissioner after a court ruling by judge C.K. Smith on Friday that said a city-issued work stoppage order on a South Mt. Juliet Starbucks strip mall will be upheld.

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MJ golf course to be turned into subdivision
MJ golf course to be turned into subdivision

Some say it's a Mt. Juliet landmark "gone" in the "name of progress," and others say, simply, "you can't stop progress."

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Mt. Juliet snags top Tennessee 'healthy housing market'
Mt. Juliet snags top Tennessee 'healthy housing market'

Another feather in Mt. Juliet's cap is the recent ranking of first in Tennessee in the category of "healthy housing markets."

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City lift's stop work order on South MJ Starbucks center
City lift's stop work order on South MJ Starbucks center

The city-issued stop work order that halted construction on the south Mt. Juliet Starbucks, Moe's and other businesses in the commercial center under construction was lifted Tuesday.

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Potential use of former Mt. Juliet YMCA property discussed
Potential use of former Mt. Juliet YMCA property discussed

The Lebanon couple who bought YMCA of Middle Tennessee land recently in Mt. Juliet contacted that district's commissioner to let him know prospective uses for the property.

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YMCA sells MJ property for $1.5M
YMCA sells MJ property for $1.5M

A YMCA of Middle Tennessee official confirmed their sale of property in North Mt. Juliet on Lebanon Road.

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There's a new pizza parlor in MJ
There's a new pizza parlor in MJ

Ninety-one percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month, but if pizza sales at Mt. Juliet's newest pizzeria are counted in the mix, those numbers are off the charts.

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Rockie Williams MJ dealership to break ground Wednesday
Rockie Williams MJ dealership to break ground Wednesday

Tabbed the top-selling dealership in Tennessee for Dec. 2015, Rockie Williams' Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram breaks ground Wednesday in Mt. Juliet for a new state-of-the-art facility unlike any in the area.

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Developer pursues apartment complex project in Northtown

A development company has targeted a long-vacant parcel of land in Northtown for a potential apartment complex.

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Turning ground on Expo Center
Turning ground on Expo Center

Wilson County Expo Center Marketing Director Charity Toombs is currently in negotiations with interested parties hoping to host events at the center in late 2016.

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Nissan still exploring expansion plans in Wilson County
Nissan still exploring expansion plans in Wilson County

Nissan is still considering options related to their probable expansion in Wilson County, according to a local official.

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A Little Vision Can Go a Long Way

It seems like we spend a lot of time talking about how great it is to have a healthy sales tax revenue to help to keep our property taxes low. While this is true, it's not the only contributor. The 24 businesses lining the route we know as the 840 corridor bring in over $4 million a year in both real and personal property taxes, but this hasn't always been the case.

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Planners approve Cowden Subdivision

After some tweaking, city planners approved the final of three large subdivisions slated for south Mt. Juliet during Thursday's meeting.

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Residents balk proposed warehouse in neighborhood
Residents balk proposed warehouse in neighborhood

They wore t-shirts that said "Vote No" and "Save Mt. Juliet" at a special called meeting last week by the developer who wants to build a massive warehouse near their neighborhood. The result was a deferment of the project until April 26 so further discussions and concessions can go forth.

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County revives Expo Center idea
County revives Expo Center idea

"To be or not to be, that is the question" - where the Wilson County Expo Center is concerned. The Public Works Committee of the Wilson County Commission voted 5-2 this week to freshly recommend a proposal to build the Expo Center and sent it on to the Budget Committee.

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New subdivisions' 'infrastructure help fee' to bring MJ eventual $2.75 million

As part of concessions during the negotitation phase of three major subdivisions planned for south Mt. Juliet, the developer agreed to pay what top-level city officials term an "infrastructure help fee" of $2,500 per home.

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Providence Station to bring 'edgy, urban look' to MJ
Providence Station to bring 'edgy, urban look' to MJ

Another new development will be springing along South Mt. Juliet Rd. bringing a contemporary blend of business and retail along with an "edgy" look.

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Beckwith Place passes first reading

Mt. Juliet city commissioners approved on first reading one of three massive subdivisions planned for south Mt. Juliet, as well as requested city administration to initiate site selection for a new fire station Monday night.

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Citizens protest planned apartments on Nonaville Road

A tour through Windtree Trace reveals multiple "For Sale" signs; a sad end, some neighbors said, to living in their "dream homes," with a backdrop of fields and deer that will soon be apartments.

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MJ Chamber gets advice from developers
MJ Chamber gets advice from developers

"Retail follows rooftops," four of Mt. Juliet's biggest developers told the Mt. Juliet-West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Friday morning.

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590-home subdivision on track for Golden Bear Pkwy.

A 590-home, mixed-used development adjacent to Mt. Juliet High School got a nod, with some concessions, from the city's planning commission Thursday night.

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Planning for the future in Mt. Juliet

MT. JULIET -- The final Mt. Juliet Planning Commission meeting for 2013 was the quietest of a very busy year.

The commission recommended approval of the final plat for the new Lifestyles Community to be located on Providence Parkway. The development is a townhome and apartment complex aimed at young single professionals.

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County has full agenda on slate for Monday

Several Wilson County Commission committees took action on various items, resulting in a full agenda for next full commission meeting.

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$1,500 impact fees for building permits get nod in MJ

Fire chief says ordinance would keep taxes, insurance low

MT. JULIET -- Growth and development have financial consequences for Mt. Juliet and its fire services, Fire Chief Erron Kinney told the Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners Monday night as they listened and unanimously approved a proposed ordinance to adopt impact fees to offset fire protection expenses.

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