Headlines from the Mt. Juliet News, June 18, 2008

Former MJ mayor throws his hat in the ring once more
Former Mt. Juliet mayor Kevin Mack has decided he wants another chance at the top level position and said he has thrown his hat in the political race because the city “needs a steady hand once again.”

Commissioners OK hefty raise for city manager
$17,000 and some other perks as an incentive to stay on the job. D4 Commissioner Bradshaw voted no.

Del Webb officially opens $15 million clubhouse
24,000 square foot facility for the retirement community

Two Rivers Ford opens doors in Wilson County
40,000 square foot building on Belinda Parkway, 500 new cars and 100 used

Shoplifting increases 115 percent in MJ
37 cases in 2007; 55 so far in 2008 (with 52 arrests)

July 4th Parade, entertainment (p.2)
Location: Providence Marketplace
concert starts at 4:00pm, fireworks scheduled for 9:00pm

Location of YMCA is key issue (p18)
Sports Editor George Page votes for the McFarland property behind HG Hills, says the old MJES property is too small

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12 responses to “Headlines from the Mt. Juliet News, June 18, 2008

  1. Butch Huber

    Regarding location of YMCA:

    How about the 12 acres offered to the YMCA by Doctor Katlin (SP?)? Why not there? Free land that doesn’t cost the taxpayer a cent! That would work for me. It would put $210,000 per year back into the general fund budget for the city and it would prevent the city from having to violate the law to make the deal work! Hmmm, that makes too much sense.

  2. Joe Fleenor


    It amazes me that they (commissioners) aren’t seeing this — or at least not caring. I keep hearing that it’s not in the ideal location. It would be like a 15-20 minute drive from the farthest location in MJ city limits. It would be a 5-8 minute drive from the vast majority of city residents. Come on!

    I lived in MJ my entire life until 1 month ago and it took me 30 minutes to get everywhere in Middle Tennessee — Gallatin, Opry Mills, Downtown, Green Hills, etc.

    Take free land! This is a no-brainer.

  3. RagingPacifist

    Butch, or Joe:
    Can you post the address where this property is located for those of us who don’t know where it’s located? Maybe even a link to the property from http://maps.google.com/ ?

  4. Butch Huber


    I don’t know exactly how to identify the property for you except that, as I understand it, it is in a major development that is slated to be built at the Beckwith Road interchange at Route 40. Dr. Katlin (I am not sure how to spell his name), offered to donate 12 acres of land to the YMCA. I take it he owns that entire development. He and his wife have been very generous to this city in other ways as well.

  5. Butch Huber

    Fourth of July! At the risk of sounding cliche or waxing nostalgic, “Thank God we live in a county like the United States of America!” I have had the great fortune in my life to have traveled around the world and visited other countries. While places like Monaco, Nice, Capri, and Palma de Mallorca are wonderful places to visit, there is no place like the United States to call home. Isn’t it wonderful that we have an immigration problem? We live in a place where people will risk their lives to come to live. While I don’t agree with people trying to come to the United States illegally, who could blame them? I remember when the Soviet Union still existed, there didn’t seem to be a real problem with people wanting to slip through the Iron Curtain to live in Russia, but there were always people who wanted to slip through to come here! When is the last time you heard of a refuge from the United States risking their life to go live in Cuba? Folks, life in America is to be cherished by those who live here as much as those who don’t live here envy us for our Freedom. While America is geographically home to some of the most amazing and beautiful places on earth, it is not her landscape that makes America so great; there are many beautiful and spectacular places around the world. And while America has some of the greatest people on earth, it is not her people that make her so great; the world is full of great people. While we have a great governmental system in this country, it is also not her governmental system that makes America great; there are other governmental systems around the world that could work just as good, perhaps even better. While I believe the capitalist system is probably the best system existing in the world today, it is not the capitalist system that makes America great; I am sure there could be a better system. No, to me it is none of those things that make America the greatest place on earth, it is the liberty that we enjoy and the American Spirit that ensures that American will remain free that makes America the Greatest place on earth to call home. Over the past year or so I have been constantly sticking my finger in the chest of our local government, calling them to account for what I believe have been breaches of public trust and for harming people in pursuit of personal and political agendas. While I believe our government, at every level, needs significant doses of strong medicine called “citizen involvement” to make it healthy again, the fact that I haven’t been shot or thrown in prison is a testament that we live in a “country of the people, by the people, for the people”….even though politicians have all but forgotten it.
    It was encouraging that the Supreme Court ruled on the side of gun owners this year, but it was at the same time disheartening that four justices decided against the Constitution. Their votes are a signal to each and every American that we need to be involved. Our voices must matter. We need to do more than just vote once every four years and leave it to politicians to decide everything for us based on their own political or social agenda. We as American’s must send a loud and clear message to all politicians and would-be politicians that “we don’t like government messing around with our rights and our liberties”! If we fail to act, if we turn our heads, if we remain complacent, we will lose our spirit, and with it, our liberty, America will become just another place in this world.
    Thank you God for creating this country, thank you for letting me live here, and thank you for all of those who helped make and keep her free.
    What a wonderful place to call home.
    Have a great 4th of July!

  6. Paul Deyo

    The Kaelin property is on the southeast corner of the Beckwith Road exit. He has purchased approx 200 acres (I think) and the area will be mixed use as currently planned.

    While I am not going to take a position on the YMCA location, one thing I would really like to see somewhere along the new Beckwith to Benders Ferry corridor is a hospital and the associated medical buildings. We need to be careful to not turn all of the land north of I-40 into warehouses and truck terminals. Dr. Kaelin’s land just south of I40 would also be a suitable location.

  7. Butch Huber


    I agree whole heartedly with you on what you just posted. I think that the area north of I-40, South of Lebanon Road, East of Mt. Juliet Road and West of 109 should be developed as much along the lines of Maryland Farms as possible (with mixed retail/Class A office space.) I think a hospital in that area would be great.

  8. Nathan Clariday

    I thought the city has had the hospital discussion before. It was shot down because UMC and Summit said that the area couldn’t support another hospital?

  9. Butch Huber


    I believe you are correct, but then again, what makes it right for UMC and Summit to tell Mt. Juliet what it can and cannot do. I think a little competition in the medical industry would be a good thing.

  10. Nathan Clariday

    A more informed person than me told me some information. They can’t build a hospital until the state revaluates the CON (certificate of need) for the area. The states assigns a certain number of “beds” per area. If the needs are met by current facilites then you can’t build. If I understand correctly.

  11. Butch Huber

    Thanks Nathan,

    I think that is a rule that needs to be changed. Of course, I want lot of rules changed. A city should be able to determine for itself whether to build a hospital or not, that is unless of course the state is responsible for building hospitals.

  12. Paul Deyo

    I think a 23 percent growth rate could and should justify a hospital.

    The increased growth of our retired and senior population with facilities such as Providence Place and developments like Dell Webb justify a hospital.

    There is also the issue of where WEMA takes someone on an emergency call. I don’t know the answer to that one. Summit is six miles from my house. UMC is about 18 miles away. For that and other reasons (my doctor is at Summit) I would obviously rather go to Summit but it is out of county. If UMC gets emergency pickups as close to the Davidson county line as I am, that justifies a hospital.

    If we build a bunch of warehouses and trucking facilities we will have a few towmotor operator jobs to offer our citizens, plenty of truck traffic, and air quality issues that will end up costing us with the federal government. A medical complex offers multiple high-paying employment opportunities and will benefit the lives of all of Mt. Juliet. That justifies not giving away industrial zoning in the eastern corridor to speculators, so that we will have room for a hospital and the attendant facilities around it.

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