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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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New Leash to sell Hwy. 109 property, expand current site
New Leash to sell Hwy. 109 property, expand current site

New Leash on Life hopes a land sale will allow them to expand and improve their current facility at 507 Jim Draper Blvd. in Lebanon.

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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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Wilson County Property Transfers- Sept 26-Oct 1
Wilson County Property Transfers- Sept 26-Oct 1

Wilson County Property Transfers Sept. 26 to Oct. 1, 2016

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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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WC Schools breaks ground on Springdale Elementary
WC Schools breaks ground on Springdale Elementary

Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright said it has been a while since the system celebrated a brand new school.

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WC Schools projects a sign of district's growth
WC Schools projects a sign of district's growth

To say the county is in a school-building frenzy is an understatement. There are simultaneous multiple renovations, additions and construction on line at this moment.

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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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Principles to Live By
Principles to Live By

This column was written in response to Planning Commission Member Larry Hubbard's comments in the article, 'Emotions should be removed from decision-making,' which ran in The Wilson Post on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

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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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Wilson Bank & Trust to break ground on operations center
Wilson Bank & Trust to break ground on operations center

In less than a week, Wilson Bank & Trust will break ground on a three-story, 67,000-square-foot operations building behind the bank's main office on West Main Street in Lebanon.

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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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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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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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$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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TXR, Gladeville get green light; Southside, Watertown to wait
TXR, Gladeville get green light; Southside, Watertown to wait

The expansion and renovation of Tuckers Crossroads and Gladeville schools got the green light from the Wilson County School Board at a special-called meeting Sunday afternoon - while similar projects at Watertown and Southside schools were put on hold.

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Budget Committee defers talk of tax increase for schools
Budget Committee defers talk of tax increase for schools

The Wilson County Budget Committee Thursday night deferred a motion by the Education Committee that asked them to consider a property tax increase to cover a major shortfall in their original $54.8 million schools building and expansion plan.

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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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MJ booming, lists new businesses
MJ booming, lists new businesses

Not only are the buds popping this early Spring, business is as well in Mt. Juliet. Hardly a block goes by without the clang of machinery as a myriad of restaurants and shops go verticle.

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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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Justice pleased his district picked for new high school
Justice pleased his district picked for new high school

MT. JULIET - Wilson County's next new high school will be in the heart of Mt. Juliet's Northtown District, which is City Commissioner Ray Justice's jurisdiction.

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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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Thieves steal $55K of appliances from MJ developments
Thieves steal $55K of appliances from MJ developments

Appliances appear to be a hot commodity to petty thieves targeting construction sites in Mt. Juliet.

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Special meeting set to choose school site
Special meeting set to choose school site

The biggest news at the Wilson County Commission meeting concerned an upcoming attempt by the Wilson County School Board to finally settle on the site of a new high school on the county's western side.

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MJ Mayor Hagerty: Year 2015 was 'planned progress'
MJ Mayor Hagerty: Year 2015 was 'planned progress'

While the cat was already out of the bag, Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty officially announced Wednesday his intent to run for reelection on the November ballot.

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Mt. Juliet Chamber announces new home
Mt. Juliet Chamber announces new home

The Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce's much anticipated "save the date" surprise was revealed yesterday with their announcement Feb. 29 at 2:29 p.m. ground breaks for a brand new, state-of-the-art complex in the heart Mt. Juliet, and they will be a tenant.

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City lifts stop work order on South MJ Starbucks center
City lifts 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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Vibe Auto hosts ribbon cutting
Vibe Auto hosts ribbon cutting

The community gathered on Monday afternoon for a ribbon cutting at Vibe Auto, located at 102 Trinity Lane in Lebanon. Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead attended the event, along with several members of the Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce.

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New businesses, remodels set for Providence
New businesses, remodels set for Providence

Two new stores will join the fray at Providence MarketPlace soon.

Providence General Manager David Heydasch announced Good Feet and Lizard Thicket have leased space at the marketplace and will open next month for one and later this summer for the other.

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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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School site options prove controversial
School site options prove controversial

Before a capacity crowd of concerned residents from Mt. Juliet's Hickory Hills and Devonshire neighborhoods, the Wilson County School Board went into overtime Monday night at a work session to discuss possible sites for the county's next high school - and Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright unveiled a surprise possible site.

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Cragwall honored during terminal groundbreaking
Cragwall honored during terminal groundbreaking

Lebanon Airport Commission Chairman T.O. Cragwall was honored at the new terminal groundbreaking for the Lebanon Municipal Airport on Friday.

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State Economic Development head speaks to Chamber
State Economic Development head speaks to Chamber

Community leaders, business owners and elected officials gathered at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club on Thursday for the Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce's Lunch and Learn.

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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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Year in Review: Under Armour leads business boom
Year in Review: Under Armour leads business boom

Wilson County Economic Director G.C. Hixson said Wilson County's "biggest" feather in its cap was the opening of Under Armour in Mt. Juliet. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam gave Under Armour executives a "huge thank you" and said the addition of the one-million-square-foot distribution and warehouse facility will provide a huge "economic and social impact to Tennessee.

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Year in Review: Growth spurs changes in Wilson
Year in Review: Growth spurs changes in Wilson

As has been the case for more than a decade, government in Wilson County and its municipalities spent much of 2015 monitoring, preparing for or dealing with the ramifications of growth.

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MJ's Barlow awarded by Nashville MPO
MJ's Barlow awarded by Nashville MPO

Though he's only been a top-level city public works director for six months, Andy Barlow's imprint is all over Mt. Juliet's transportation and road projects.

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Coffee shop to open on Square in Spring
Coffee shop to open on Square in Spring

By now most folks traveling around the Lebanon Public Square have noticed new signage to the right of the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce.

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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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Lebanon Special Census nearing 30,000
Lebanon Special Census nearing 30,000

If you are a Lebanon resident - make sure to get counted in the Lebanon Special Census, happening now.

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Controversial apartments get approval
Controversial apartments get approval

After months of debate, resubmitting plans and failed proposals, two apartment developments were approved by the Lebanon Planning Commission this week.

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Locals bring a taste of India to Mt. Juliet
Locals bring a taste of India to Mt. Juliet

Pratima Vallepalli was knee-high to a grasshopper when she fell in love with cooking.

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Made in the USA: no-spill gas can revs up Lebanon
Made in the USA: no-spill gas can revs up Lebanon

Hate it when you spill a little gasoline while refueling your lawn mower or weed trimmer?

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Wonderful Group to build facility here

Tile, ceramics company to invest $150 million, create 220 new jobs
BREAKING -- A porcelain tile manufacturer made its plans to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Lebanon public Tuesday, and work on the company's 500,000-square-foot facility is currently underway in the Cherry Farm Industrial Site near Highway 109.

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New high school site heats up board
New high school site heats up board

The debate over where to put Wilson County's next high school continues, with Zone 1 School Board Member Wayne McNeese vehemently opposed to the possibility of building on land available along West Division Street in Mt. Juliet.

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Former planning chair frustrated with board's actions
Former planning chair frustrated with board's actions

Recent actions by members of the Lebanon Planning Commission have frustrated not only two unapproved developers, but the former chair as well.

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Future of Five Oaks project uncertain
Future of Five Oaks project uncertain

Is The Pointe at Five Oaks dead-in-the water? Not necessarily.

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Two failed apartments could wind up in court
Two failed apartments could wind up in court

Planners may have thought they did the right thing, but it may end up costing the city tens of thousands of dollars or more in legal fees by not approving two developments Tuesday night.

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Does Lebanon want to grow?
Does Lebanon want to grow?

It's a simple question that I ask myself and coworkers on an almost daily basis.

Does Lebanon want to grow, or is it happy to stay as it has been for the past 10, 20, 30 years or more?

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3 properties eyed for new schools
3 properties eyed for new schools

The county's school expansion process to deal with the population boom is under way.

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MJ now most populated city in Wilson
MJ now most populated city in Wilson

Mt. Juliet's the big kid on the block now, at least officially.

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Growth plans include offices, warehouses
Growth plans include offices, warehouses

Lebanon is about to grow again.

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South Mt. Juliet infrastructure projects begin in June
South Mt. Juliet infrastructure projects begin in June

A Mt. Juliet city commissioner held a town hall meeting Tuesday to update constituents on several infrastructure projects that will begin in June.

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County near Tennessee's top in growth

It's a mixed blessing for Wilson County to be near the top in Tennessee's population growth, local officials acknowledge. But overall, it reflects well on the county, they say.

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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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MJ's Abston holds Town Hall meeting
MJ's Abston holds Town Hall meeting

A newly-minted Mt. Juliet city commissioner held the first of three Town Hall meetings this week to feel the pulse of his constituents and tell them about his efforts to deal with three new subdivisions slated in their district.

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New Fire Station 4 gets go-ahead

Better fire protection and possibly, a lower ISO rating are one step closer for the southwest corner of Lebanon. The site plan for the proposed new Lebanon Fire Station 4 received approval from the Lebanon Planning Commission Tuesday night, which means the city can start building whenever it is ready.

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New year means new businesses coming to MJ
New year means new businesses coming to MJ

The new year brings booming business in West Wilson, with a new motel complete with restaurant and bar in the south side and a White Castle, two Starbucks, Moe's Southwest Grill and more in the mix.

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MJ's gains and growing pains

A rising tide lifts all boats – but sometimes, it also floods the wharf.

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