Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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|Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
|Motto: The City Between The Lakes|
Location of Mount Juliet in Wilson County, Tennessee.
|Named for||Mount Juliet Estate (County Kilkenny, Ireland)|
|• Mayor||Ed Hagerty|
|• Total||25.1 sq mi (64.9 km2)|
|• Land||24.7 sq mi (64.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)|
|Elevation||683 ft (208 m)|
|Population (2010)Special Census|
|• Estimate (2016)||33,263|
|• Density||761/sq mi (293.8/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP code||37121 (P.O. boxes)
37122 (gen. delivery)
37138 (northwestern gen. delivery)
|Area code(s)||615, 629|
Mt. Juliet (also known as Mount Juliet) is a city located in western Wilson County, Tennessee. A suburb of Nashville, it is approximately 17 miles (27 km) east of downtown Nashville. Mt. Juliet is located mostly between two major national east-west routes, Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 70. As of the 2015 special census, the city has a total population of 28,156. Mt. Juliet is the largest city in Wilson County. The official city charter has the name listed as Mt. Juliet, however the United States Postal Service lists the name as Mount Juliet.
Mt. Juliet was formed in 1835 and incorporated as a city in 1972. According to the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, the name of the town has two possible explanations. One theory is that the town was named for Julia Gleaves, a person who was renowned for taking care of those in need within the community. The most widely accepted story is that Mt. Juliet is named for the Mount Juliet Estate, a manor house in County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is the only U.S. city with this name.
Mt. Juliet is located at 36°12'10" North, 86°30'49" West (36.202654, −86.513583).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 square miles (43 km2), of which 16.2 square miles (42 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) is water. The total area is 1.99% water. Recent annexations along the east side of South Rutland Road as well as a land swap with the City of Lebanon for the Bel Air at Beckwith project (southeast quadrant of I-40/Beckwith Road interchange) have increased the city's geographical area to approximately 21.78 square miles (56.4 km2).
Mt. Juliet's official city slogan is "The City Between The Lakes", reflecting the city's proximity to Old Hickory Lake (Cumberland River) to its north and Percy Priest Lake (Stones River) to its south, both of which are man-made reservoirs.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,366 people, 4,341 households, and 3,576 families residing in the city. The population density was 761.2 people per square mile (293.8/km²). There were 4,673 housing units at an average density of 287.6 per square mile (111.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.86% Caucasian, 3.93% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 4,341 households out of which 46.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.6% were non-families. Thirteen-point-eight percent of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the city, the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 35.3% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.
In 2014, the median income for a household in the city was $73,512 and the median family income is $78,443. The medium value of owner-occupied housing units is $200,000. 2.4% of the population and 1.7% of families were below the poverty line. 3.2% of those under the age of 18 and 4.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. Wilson County is the 2nd wealthiest county in Tennessee.
Mt. Juliet has claimed to be the "fastest-growing city in Tennessee," and it does qualify for this distinction if one considers growth from 2000–2015 for Tennessee cities with a population over 10,000. In recent years, Thompsons Station in Williamson County and Spring Hill in Williamson County have grown by a larger percentage basis. Mt. Juliet remains one of the fastest growing places in Tennessee.
Government and politics
Mt. Juliet was incorporated in 1972 and operates on a "city manager-commission" system. The city has five elected leaders: four commissioners (Ray Justice, James Maness, Art Giles and Brian Abston – one from each of the city's four districts), and a mayor (Ed Hagerty) elected at large and serving as chairperson of the city commission. Elected officials, including the mayor, are not employed full-time by the city. The commission selects and appoints a city manager, who is employed full-time and runs the city's business on a day-to-day basis. All elected city officials serve four-year terms.
Mt. Juliet currently serves as the anchor city for Tennessee House of Representatives District 57 and Tennessee Senate District 17. In 2012, after many years in Tennessee's 5th congressional district, Mt. Juliet was redistricted into Tennessee's 6th congressional district.
Mt. Juliet schools are operated by the Wilson County School District.
The Mt. Juliet area is regarded to have one of the Top 10 best school systems in the State of Tennessee.
Mt. Juliet High School (Golden Bears), is located just outside the city limits, although many students residing within the city are also zoned to Wilson Central High School (Wildcats), located in nearby Lebanon. Mt. Juliet High School moved into a brand new building which opened August 11, 2008 for the 2008–2009 school year. The old Mt. Juliet High School became Mt. Juliet Middle School and the old Mt. Juliet Middle School became Elzie D. Patton Elementary.
Two middle schools are located within the city limits:
- Mt. Juliet Middle (feeds to MJHS) (Golden Bears)
- West Wilson Middle (feeds to either WCHS or MJHS) (Wildcats, previously known as the Wolves)
Mt. Juliet students are zoned to several elementary schools:
Feeding to Mt. Juliet Middle School, and ultimately to Mt. Juliet High School:
- Mt. Juliet Elementary (Bears)
- W.A. Wright Elementary (Knights)
- Lakeview Elementary (Golden Eagles)
- Elzie D. Patton Elementary (Patriots)
Feeding to West Wilson Middle School, and ultimately to Wilson Central High School:
- Stoner Creek Elementary (Bobcats)
- West Elementary (Bulldogs)
- Rutland Elementary (Rockets)
- Gladeville Elementary (Gators)
Future Wilson County Schools in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee:
- Springdale Elementary (Opening Fall 2017)
- Golden Bear Gateway (New Elementary/Middle School)
- Lebanon Rd./N Greenhill Rd. (New High School)
More information can be found on the capital outlay plan on the Wilson County School District website.
The city is home to one K-12 private school, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy (Saints), located within First Baptist Church, although dozens of other private schools are located within a 30-minute drive, including Friendship Christian School (Commanders) in Lebanon, as well as Donelson Christian Academy (Wildcats) in Donelson. Other prep schools not affiliated with religious organizations can be found in Nashville. There are four "tutorial programs" which meet weekly in Mt. Juliet for home-schooled high school students. Wilson County's only Montessori School, Mt Juliet Montessori Academy, opened in Fall 2007.
Cumberland University has a satellite campus in Mt. Juliet. The nearest community college, Volunteer State Community College, is 20 miles (32 km) north in Gallatin. The nearest public college/university is Tennessee State University, located 20 miles (32 km) west in Nashville. The nearest private college/university is Cumberland University, 14 miles (23 km) east in Lebanon. Several other public and private colleges and universities are nearby in Nashville and Murfreesboro.
Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 70 (Lebanon Road) run east/west through Mt. Juliet, and State Route 171 (Mt Juliet Road) runs north-to-south connecting US-70 to I-40, before continuing toward Interstate 24 in the Antioch area.
Mt. Juliet serves as a stop on the Music City Star commuter rail service from Nashville to Lebanon, operating over freight carrier Nashville and Eastern Railroad. The Music City star has stations in downtown Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Mt. Juliet, Martha (HY. 109), and Lebanon. The Music City Star also runs trains for Tennessee Titans games, New Year's Eve, Wilson County Fair, other events downtown Nashville. Additionally, a Friday night train has been added to give Mt. Juliet residents the option of taking the train for Friday night excursions.
For commercial air traffic, Mt. Juliet is served by Nashville International Airport, located 9 miles (14 km) west of the city via Interstate 40.
Entertainment and shopping
A new, large-scale commercial and residential development called "Providence Marketplace" is located on the city's southern side near Interstate 40. Tenants include Target, Belk, JCPenney, Best Buy, PetSmart, Old Navy, Kroger, and a 14-screen multiplex operated by Regal Entertainment.
Providence Commons is a 200,000 square foot shopping center on a 30.8-acre site on South Mt. Juliet Road and Providence Parkway. It is anchored by a 54,000 square foot Publix Supermarket, with three to four anchor and junior anchor tenants, small shop retail, and six outparcels.
Mt. Juliet Crossing is a 37+ acre development of office and retail located in Mt. Juliet at Central Pike and South Mt. Juliet Road, with tenants including Hampton Inn & Suites, restaurants, Walgreens, retail stores, and medical offices.
Adams Lane Plaza is a 35,000 square foot retail center located in Mt. Juliet at Interstate 40 and South Mt. Juliet Road.
Paddock Place offers one million square feet of retail and office space located in on North Mt. Juliet Road just off Interstate 40. Its anchor tenants include Lowe's, Academy Sports & Outdoors and Wal-Mart, a Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram car dealer known as Premier, plus restaurants and retail outlets.
Currently many homes, apartments, retail and mixed use projects are either proposed or under construction in the Mount Juliet area.
In 1999, citizens voted to allow Liquor-By-The-Drink sales inside the city limits, in the hope of attracting major chain restaurants.
Nashville Superspeedway, a 1.33-mile (2.14 km) oval hosting NASCAR Busch Series, Craftsman Truck Series, and Indy Racing League events, is located in nearby Gladeville. In 2011 the track notified NASCAR that it would not seek sanctioned races for 2012, but remains available for Race Team Testing.
Mt. Juliet has five public parks:
- Charlie Daniels Park (named in honor of the musician who makes his home in Mt. Juliet) is home to tennis courts, a large children's playground, the city's youth football fields, and the Mt. Juliet Community Center (a public meeting place and gymnasium). The parks also has a "splash pad" for children in the summer months. A local urban legend states that ghostly fiddle music can be heard in the surrounding woods at midnight.
- Sgt. Jerry Mundy Memorial Park (named in honor of a city police officer killed in the line of duty on July 9, 2003) features four softball fields, a soccer field, a frisbee golf course, and a smaller playground. Prior to 2003, this park was called "Millennium Sportsplex."
- South Mt. Juliet City Park has a pavilion, sand volleyball court, children's play area, and nature trail in addition to Mt. Juliet's very own "Bark Park," a ¾ acre fenced-in area allowing people and their dog playspace.
- Robinson Park is an 11-acre park on Mt. Juliet Rd. (next to Robinson Crossing). It hosts a ½ mile wraparound hiking trail and outdoor fitness equipment. The park offers homes to birds, bees, bats, lady bugs, and butterflies. Robinson Park is a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
- Jones Family Park hosts a sand volleyball court, Frisbee Golf Range, a walking trail, and picnic areas. It also offers a ½ acre fenced in "Bark Park" for dogs to enjoy and a miniature Frisbee Golf Course.
- Cedar Creek Access Area (Old Hickory Lake)
Three state parks are located within a 30-minute drive of the city:
- Long Hunter State Park, 7 miles (11 km) to the south.
- Bicentennial Mall State Park, app. 18 miles (29 km) to the west in downtown Nashville.
- Cedars of Lebanon State Park, app. 20 miles (32 km) to the southeast.
The privately owned little league park features more than a dozen baseball and softball fields.
Swimming is an up-and-coming sport in Mt. Juliet and West Wilson County. Two summer league teams exist: one at Langford Farms and the other at Willoughby Station.
The City of Mt. Juliet operates a police department. Ambulance service are provided by WEMA (the Wilson Emergency Management Agency). The city has a combination career and volunteer Fire Department (MJFD) with one station on Belinda Parkway and another station located on Hill Street. MJPD is currently in discussions to open a third fire station on the north side of Mt. Juliet. There is one WEMA fire station also within the city limits. Mt. Juliet has a new police station near Charlie Daniels Park on the city's northwest side. In December 2008, the Mt. Juliet Police Department Animal Control Division opened a shelter on Industrial Drive.
Mt. Juliet High School hosts a student-run news program called BNN (Bear News Network) on Channel 9 each school day for a short period with club meetings and announcements and the station runs the rest of the time with school and community information in the form of a slide presentation. The audio on Channel 9 is provided by WPLN-FM, Nashville's NPR affiliate.
Mt. Juliet is currently served by three weekly newspapers, The Mt. Juliet News (50¢), The Wilson Post (50¢) and The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet (free), both published on Wednesdays. Mt. Juliet also falls within the circulation areas of daily newspapers The (Nashville) Tennessean and the Lebanon Democrat.
- Levi Brown, professional football player
- Amanda Butler, basketball coach
- Alysha Clark, professional basketball player
- Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR driver
- Michael Jasper, professional football player
- Don Ray, professional basketball player
- Dale Wainwright, Texas Supreme Court
- Ross Winn, politician
- Barry Wilmore, astronaut
- Owen Bradley
- Charlie Daniels
- Sid Harkreader
- Erika Jo
- Tracey Lawrence
- Collin Raye
- Leon Russell
- David P. Sartor
- Johnnie Wright
- Darryl Worley
- Kings of Leon members, the Followill family
- Jamie Michael Guitar- Shenandoah
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