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An explosion in the garage of 535 Windy Road, off Central Pike in Mt. Juliet, caused a \ufb01 re that engulfed and destroyed the home on Monday night. According to WEMA (Wilson Emergency Management Agency) Director John Jewell, responders arrived at the scene around 11 p.m. The \ufb01 re was \u201cheavily involved\u201d when the two \ufb01 re engines and a tanker arrived on the scene. Jewell said some 14 individuals battled the blaze, including Mt. Juliet volunteer \ufb01 re \ufb01ghters and responders from Station 1, in Gladeville, around three miles away. He said the response time \u201cwasn\u2019t too long, but it wouldn\u2019t have made a difference, the house was fully engulfed, with \ufb02ames 20 feet in the air.\u201d The homeowner told of\ufb01cials he was inside the home when he heard an explosion in the garage. Jewell said Tuesday that there were no injuries, and that it is \u201cdif\ufb01cult to determine if it was a large explosion or whether it did or did not trigger the \ufb01 re.\u201d He added that the cause has yet to be determined. Jewell said vinyl siding on the
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Berlin is being a good girl as the vet wraps her paw in a bandage and tape. Luckily, there is no injury here. The six month-old dog is a helpful assistant in a Volunteer State Community College class. The students look on as the vet shows them the proper way to\ufb01 nish the bandaging. Then it\u2019s their turn. It\u2019s part of a lab session in the new Animal Care Technology program at Vol State.
\u201cI\u2019ve always been drawn to animals,\u201d said student Janet Chambers of Hartsville. \u201cI\u2019ve been out of work for two years. This
Veterinary Technicians. \u201cThere\u2019s a huge need,\u201d said Veterinarian and Vol State instructor Dr. Mary Ergen. \u201cI would love to have four licensed technicians at my practice. I\u2019d hire them if I could get them.\u201d
Vol State offers a one-year certi\ufb01 cate program. The college is applying for approval to offer a two- year associate\u2019s degree for veterinary technicians. The current certi\ufb01cate classes are expected to carry over to the degree program. Students gain a science background that builds a foundation of knowledge about biology
and anatomy. Needless to say it\u2019s the hands-on work with animals that they seem to enjoy the most.
need someone to speak for them,\u201d said student Tammy Costa of Greenbrier. \u201cI\u2019ve been around animals my whole life. I love them all- exotic and fuzzy. This program has opened us up to all the different things we can do with animals.\u201d
\u201cThis is a skill based occupation that requires hands on experience,\u201d said Dr. Doug Shaw, the director of the Vol State program. \u201cWe also help students build the knowledge they need for the board exams. The students need a license to get jobs,
In addition to Dr. Shaw and Dr. Ergen, Dr. Elinor Grubbs will also be teaching courses. She started her career as a vet tech student and continued her education to become a practicing veterinarian.
Once licensed, vet techs can get additional training to specialize in areas like oncology, critical care,
\u201cIt\u2019s rewarding when you take a sick animal and make them better,\u201d Dr. Ergen said. \u201cBut they\u2019re not going to come to me and ask for help. We have to have the skills to help them.\u201d
For more information about the Animal Care certi\ufb01 cate program at Vol State visit www.volstate. edu/AnimalCare or call 615- 230-3261.
Roy Garr, right, of Garr\u2019s Rental and Feed on Lebanon Road donated $300 to the Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet for its annual Christmas Mother\u2019s Toy Store, which took place December 18. Garr\u2019s held an aluminum can drive and donated the proceeds to the program, which provides toys to less fortunate families for Christmas. Garr\u2019s has received an Award of Excellence plaque each year since 1991 for donations and charity work with Big Brothers, according to Big Brothers volunteer Owen Gleaves, at left. ~ Photo by Tomi L. Wiley
Gladeville Pickin-N-Grinnin 2010, featuring Bluegrass music by South Bound, will be on Saturday, January 16, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Gladeville Community Center. Music starts at 6:30 p.m., and there will be fried cat\ufb01sh or BBQ with all the \ufb01 xins furnished and cooked by Grif\ufb01 n\u2019s Country Cooking. Cost is $10
The public is invited to a meeting tomorrow to discuss plans for a piece of what is considered prime real estate in the heart of Mt. Juliet: the
lot commonly known as the old Mt. Juliet Elementary School property.
in talks to buy the southeast corner of N. Mt. Juliet Road and East Division Street from Wilson County for $3.4 million. He met with Mt. Juliet city commissioners on December 28 in a workshop to discuss his plans for the property, including
\u201cI felt it was a very very good meeting,\u201d Binkley said Monday. \u201cI explained my plans, including a new city hall within the development. (Commissioners)
were acceptable to that, depending on a lot of things.\u201d
said commissioners and Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam requested that he return to them \u201csoon with more concrete details\u201d about what he plans to do with the property. He said he planned to meet with his engineer on Tuesday of this week and possibly with Mt. Juliet Public Works Director Marlin Keel and City Planner Steve Foote later this week. On Tuesday City representatives released a public hearing notice for two meetings on Thursday, January 7, at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. in the Planning and Zoning Division located at 73 East Hill Street in Mt. Juliet, with the public \u201cinvited and encouraged to attend.\u201d
Binkley said his concept for the property is a retail of\ufb01 ce complex, possibly with restaurants, banks and a drug store. He admitted on Monday that he hasn\u2019t \u201cheard anything concrete\u201d from any possible tenants on leasing or buying space on the property. His due diligence on the
property ends on February 23, and after that he has an option to \u201cgo forward for four months, paying $25,000 per month,
non-refundable, to the county.\u201d He said he hopes to sign some tenants this month to develop the approximately
acre property in the center of the city.
City Manager Randy Robertson said Monday that Binkley\u2019s idea of building a new city hall is \u201can intriguing notion\u201d that could work out.
we could do, depending on the details,\u201d Robertson said. \u201cWe know he has a timeline and we will try to accommodate that.\u201d
added that the partnership between the City and Binkley would \u201csimplistically be a lease/ rent situation,\u201d such as an up-to 50 year lease, but that City staff had not discussed it as of Monday and hadn\u2019t \u201cseen any pieces of paper\u201d detailing a lease agreement.
When asked if plans to build a new, and many say sorely needed,\ufb01 re station on the property were raised at the meeting, Binkley said they were not. He added that he also does not want a police station built in the development, either.
concept of the development plans after meeting with his engineer on Tuesday,
and that he has \u201cgood enough prospects who want to build, lease, or buy\u201d on the property.
proves to be bene\ufb01 cial,\u201d Binkley said of luring businesses to his piece of land in the center of town. \u201cIt will all boil down to pure economics.\u201d
None of the commissioners contacted
for comment on this article returned requests
for comment by press time Tuesday.
The property located at the southeast corner of N. Mt. Juliet Road and East Division Street, commonly known as the old Mt. Juliet Elementary School property, has been vacant and for sale for years and was
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