Large Egg Hunts to Affect Traffic This Saturday around Charlie Daniels Park

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Large egg hunts will bring traffic to N. Mt. Juliet Road and a crowd to Charlie Daniels Park on Saturday, April 4, 2015 during the day. The public should be aware of this event so they can avoid any traffic inconvenience it may cause. N. Mt. Juliet Road is expected to be congested this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. around Charlie Daniels Parkway as people take part in this event.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and use Woodridge Place to access the school parking lots for parking. There is very limited parking inside Charlie Daniels Park.

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Arson at Charlie Daniels Park Being Investigated; Investigators Hoping to Identify Possible Suspects Caught on Camera


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are in the process of looking into an arson at Mt. Juliet’s Charlie Daniels Park after burned trashcans were discovered in two different restrooms. On Sunday, March 22, 2015, a park employee found the fire damage while doing a routine check of the facilities.

The suspect(s) ignited two separate trashcans in separate restroom buildings, which caused smoke and fire damage to the walls. Thankfully, the damage was isolated in and around the trashcans. It is believed that the arson occurred sometime late on Saturday, March 21, 2015, and two males were caught on camera acting suspiciously. The suspects on camera appear to be white males and possibly between 13 to 20 years of age. They also possibly arrived and left in a silver Kia Soul. Investigators hope someone will recognize the possible suspects on camera.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .

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Police to Give Inside Look of Operations in Upcoming Citizens Police Academy

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The community has a chance to get an inside, in-depth look of Mt. Juliet’s police operations in an upcoming Citizens Police Academy session. The Mt. Juliet Police Department is currently accepting applications for the academy session that will begin on April 15, 2015 and will continue every Wednesday night until June 24, 2015. Class sessions start at 6:30 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m.

Mt. Juliet’s popular Citizens Police Academy offers city residents an inside look at aspects of law enforcement most have never seen, in a series of free lectures, demonstrations, and discussions. This program is directed towards citizens who live or work in the Mt. Juliet community. The program’s goal is to increase the understanding between citizens and their police department. Citizens are not trained to be police officers. However, after completion of the citizens academy, participants are able to become a citizen volunteer within the department.

Applicants must live, work or volunteer in the City of Mt. Juliet, be 21 years of age or older, and have no felony or domestic violence convictions. The application can be found online at www.mjpd.org, and the last day to apply is Wednesday, April 8, 2015. There is no cost to participate. For more information regarding the Citizens Police Academy, Cpl. James Christensen can be reached at (615) 754-3907 or jchristensen@cityofmtjuliet.org.

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Think about Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorcyclists. Safely Share the Road

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Today is certainly going to be a great day to enjoy the outdoors and break free from the winter hibernation. This means that more kids will be out, walkers and runners will hit the sidewalks and streets, bicyclists pedaling away, and motorcycles will be rolling. Spring is a reminder that it is extremely important to safely share the road. Automobile drivers must be aware that others have certain rights and privileges on our roadways, and must be aware and respect the law.

The police department always has a steady flow of concerned residents worried about motorists speeding through neighborhoods and not stopping at stop signs, all of which are valid concerns. Residents want to ensure their neighborhoods are safe. Speeders and stop sign violators lead to unsafe roadways. Drivers must yield to children playing in the streets; even though they are consistently reminded to stay out of the street, they do not always put safety ahead of their play. Motorists are responsible for driving with extreme care when children are present. Slow down near schools, playgrounds, and in neighborhoods.

Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections. Crosswalks are established to encourage pedestrians to cross at those locations. However, it can be common for pedestrians to cross roadways at other locations than crosswalks. The law specifically requires the driver to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking a pedestrian. The following Tennessee statutes address pedestrian’s right-of-way when crossing the road:

 TCA 55-8-134 – Pedestrian’s Right-of-Way in Crosswalks

(a)  (1) Unless in a marked school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation, when traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

(2) When in a marked school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk. The driver shall remain stopped until the pedestrian has crossed the roadway on which the vehicle is stopped.

(b) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

(c) Subsection (a) does not apply under the conditions stated in § 55-8-135(b).

(d) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.

TCA 55-8-135 – Crossing at Other Than Crosswalks

(a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

(b) Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

(c) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities on roadways as other users. In most cases, bicyclists and motorists must share the same lane. The motorist should always expect the bicyclist to make a sudden move, as the rider could encounter trash in the road, a pothole, or another obstacle that forces them to swerve. Bicycles can sometimes be difficult to see, and the riders are exposed and easily injured in a crash. Motorists should recognize that bicycle traffic is often overlooked, and it is difficult to judge their speed. The most common causes of crashes are drivers turning left in front of an oncoming bicycle or turning right, across the path of a bicycle. Motorists must leave at least 3-feet of distance between their vehicle and the bicycle when passing in the same direction. A driver should never attempt to pass between a bicycle and oncoming vehicles on a two-lane road. Slow down and allow vehicles to pass the rider safely.

Many have the perception that car vs. motorcycle crashes are caused by the motorcyclist. However, research shows that approximately two-thirds of car vs. motorcycle crashes are caused by the car driver who turned in front of the motorcycle. In many cases, the driver didn’t see the motorcycle until it was too late to avoid the crash. Motorcycles can be hard to see, and car drivers are accustomed to just looking for other cars and trucks. It is important for car drivers to always check their blind spots when changing lanes or turning to avoid crashes with motorcycles.

Sharing the road is an easy task for safe drivers. If a driver is consumed with distracted driving, speeding, and having no care for safety, sharing the road becomes difficult. Having safe driving habits and being aware of pedestrians, bicycles, and motorcycles is important to sharing the road safely. So, as the warmer weather springs in, please be extra mindful and share the road.  Officers with the Mt. Juliet Police Department will be providing extra attention to neighborhoods and on the look-out for unsafe motorists. Every life counts.

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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for St. Patrick’s Day in Mt. Juliet

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Additional Mt. Juliet Police Officers will hit the streets on the evening and through the night of Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in an effort to curb impaired driving and impaired-related crashes. Sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols will be conducted in the Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet Road, West Division St, and Belinda Parkway areas during the St. Patrick’s Day night.

“The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to further educate our motorists and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of removing impaired motorists from our roadways,” said Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. “Our goal is to save lives and ensure our roadways are safe.”

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Barricaded Subject Incident on Newberry Lane Ends Peacefully

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The barricaded subject incident on Newberry Lane has ended peacefully after police received a call of a man threatening to harm himself. Around 10:15 a.m., the Mt. Juliet Emergency Communications Center received a call from mobile crisis regarding a 52-year-old man threatening to harm himself at a home in the 2400 block of Newberry Lane.

Upon officers arriving on the scene to check on the man, he barricaded himself inside the home and made further threats to harm himself.

In an effort to ensure the man’s well-being was held at top priority, Mt. Juliet’s Crisis Negotiation and Special Response Team responded to handle the delicate situation. After lengthy communication with the man, he met officers at the front door. Thankfully, no one was harmed during this incident, and the man will be receiving the care he needs.

During the incident, the man called a local news agency, WSMV – Channel 4, to speak to staff regarding the incident, and their staff assisted the Mt. Juliet Police Department completely. Residents were asked to leave their homes as a safety precaution while members of the Special Response Team worked in the area. Approximately 8 homes were affected.

“The Mt. Juliet Police Department is thankful for the understanding displayed by residents as we handled this delicate situation. The barricaded individual was our top priority, and we wanted to ensure the outcome was as best as it could be,” said Chief James Hambrick. “In addition, I’m grateful for the professionalism and partnership displayed by the WSMV staff when they received a call from the individual.”

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Police Currently Handling Barricaded Person Call on Newberry Ln

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police is currently on-scene of a barricade person situation on Newberry Lane in the Chandler Pointe neighborhood. Around 10:15 a.m. this morning, the Mt. Juliet Emergency Communications Center received a call regarding a male subject threatening to harm himself. The subject has barricaded himself inside the home.

There is currently no one in the home with the subject, and adjacent neighbors have been asked to leave their home as a safety precaution, which includes 8 homes.

Newberry Lane is currently closed while this situation is resolved.

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Investigators Looking to Identify Driver Who Fled Officers; Car Parked Suspiciously at Market Known for Robberies

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Last night officers gave chase of a car that was parked suspiciously at a market known for robberies. While an officer was on patrol around 8:20 p.m., he noticed a car that was parked in an odd manner on the side of Nick’s Market, located at 13260 Lebanon Road. The officer also observed a white male, with his hand tucked in his waistband as if he was holding something, walking near the business. Nick’s Market was last robbed in May 2014.

As the officer attempted to stop the car, it sped away in an aggressive manner, and the officer gave chase on Lebanon Road. While attempting to stop the reckless driver, the passenger threw a loaded handgun out the window along Springmont Boulevard. Officers continued their attempt to stop the reckless driver, and the chase went back onto Lebanon Road and into Hermitage. However, considering the safety of the public, the pursuit was terminated as it continued through Hermitage and into Nashville.

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Police were not able to make any arrests or apprehended anyone, but they are hoping someone in the community will recognize the car and potentially the driver. The car was described as a 2004-2008 Silver Chevrolet Malibu that had blacked-out wheels because it was missing all the hub caps. The car had a temporary license tag and damage to the driver side front fender. The driver was described as a late 20’s – mid 30’s black male with a dark complexion, stocky build, and dread-lock style hair. The passenger was only described as a white male wearing a grey sweatshirt.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .

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Patrol Vehicle Struck While Officer Helping Motorist Involved in Crash

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A patrol vehicle was struck from behind while an officer was helping a motorist involved in a crash on Interstate 40 West. Around 4:10 p.m., three officers responded to two separate single car crashes on Interstate 40 West near the 229MM where two cars spun out on ice and struck the center dividing wall.

While an officer was outside of his patrol vehicle and helping one of the motorists who crashed, the patrol vehicle was struck by an out of control car around 4:21 p.m. After the patrol car was struck, it was pushed into the center dividing wall. The officer and occupants of the out of control car were not harmed during this incident.

After the patrol vehicle was struck, Interstate 40 West was closed for a brief time period while crashed vehicles were removed from the roadway.

By police department policy, a third-party agency must investigate any crash involving a department vehicle. Therefore, the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene to investigate the crash. The details of the crash investigation will be released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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Mt. Juliet Public Safety and Public Works Focused on Approaching Winter Storm; Police Offer Safety Tips

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The attention of city public safety and public works is focused on the approaching Winter Storm, where a Winter Storm Warning will go into effect at 6:00 p.m. this evening. Residents should expect major travel impacts Wednesday night, Thursday, and into Friday. With the major drop in temperature to the 20’s for a high and cloudy skies, there will not be much improvement to roadways until the sun comes out on Friday. Residents should have a plan in place to not travel on roadways when conditions become hazardous. At present, it appears that the changeover to a wintry precipitation will begin this evening between 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Roadways will become hazardous into the evening as temperatures drop and precipitation changes to sleet and snow. Mt. Juliet Police, Fire, and Public Works departments are actively monitoring the developing situation, and they are prepared for this winter-weather event.

Additional police officers have been placed on standby, and they will be utilized if more staffing is necessary to respond for calls. Equipment has also been installed on certain police vehicles to provide better traction and to ensure officers continue to have the capability to respond.

Mt. Juliet Fire Department volunteers have been placed on standby, and additional crews will be utilized if more staffing is necessary to respond for calls.

Mt. Juliet Public Works will not be able to pretreat or brine city roadways due to the heavy rain prior to the wintry precipitation. However, staff has been placed on standby, and salt trucks with snow removal equipment have been readied. Public works will begin to salt and attempt to clear roadways once hazardous conditions develop. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is responsible for state roadways like Mt. Juliet Road, Lebanon Road, and Central Pike; however, Mt. Juliet Public Works will supplement TDOT to ensure the state roads are cleared as best as possible.

Mt. Juliet Police, Fire, and Public Works leadership is in constant contact with the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, and all agencies are communicating and working together to ensure everyone has the necessary resources.

Since hazardous road conditions will develop this evening and last through the week, the Mt. Juliet Police Department reminds residents to stay safe in snowy weather. Please remember the following tips throughout any winter storm:

  • Follow us on Social Media for Updates: Follow Wilson County and Tennessee public safety agencies on Twitter & Facebook. Many agencies actively communicate with the public about road closures, traffic advisories, and/or important information on Twitter and Facebook. Below is a list of area social media links:
  • Stay Informed: Anytime there is a possibility of a winter storm, it is always important to stay connected and have your communication devices charged. Consider registering for Mt. Juliet and Wilson County EMA Nixle Alerts to receive real-time text alerts on your phone. It is simple to register, simply text your zip code to the phone number “888777”.
  • Take Note of the Weather Forecast: Mt. Juliet Police encourage residents to take note of local forecasts and plan accordingly for adverse weather conditions. Motorists are reminded that they can dial 511 on their cell phones for current traffic and road conditions on Tennessee roadways. The Tennessee Department of Transportation also has a great SmartWay resource that provides up-to-date traffic information on Tennessee’s highway system. You can find more information about it at www.TNSmartWay.com .
  • Vehicle Preparation: With a forecast of inclement weather, motorists should ensure that their vehicles are well maintained and properly equipped for winter driving. Motorists should check the fluid levels of their vehicles, particularly washer fluid and anti-freeze, to make sure that they are at adequate levels. Tires should be inspected to ensure that they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth. Motorists should equip their vehicles with an ice scraper, jumper cables, a flashlight and some warm clothing and blankets. Additionally, motorists are reminded to completely clear their vehicles of snow and ice prior to driving, including all lights, for visibility. Clearing vehicles of snow and ice enhances the safety of all motorists by providing an unobstructed view to the operator and prevents snow and ice from flying off vehicles at high speeds and posing a hazard to others on the road. Motorists should also carry a charged cell phone.
  • Reduce Speed: Anticipate delays. Most snow and ice-related crashes are caused by spin-outs and vehicles sliding off the road because they are traveling at speeds too great for the road and weather conditions. Posted speed limits are set for driving under perfect, dry conditions. If road and weather conditions are dangerous, motorists should operate at a speed well below the posted limit.
  • Leave Extra Space Between Vehicles: Under perfect driving conditions, motorists should leave at least one car length for every ten miles per hour between them and the vehicle in front of them. If the road and weather conditions are dangerous, that distance should be significantly increased in order to afford for increased stopping distances.
  • Black Ice: Transparent ice may form on the roadway. If you notice ice forming on any objects, assume that it is forming on the road surface as well. Bridges are usually the first surfaces to freeze. Drive slowly and, if possible, avoid driving on iced-over surfaces.
  • Buckle Up: The single most effective thing that motorists can do to keep themselves, friends, and loved ones safe on the road is to buckle up.
  • Dial 911 in Roadway Emergencies: Motorists who become disabled in a dangerous location or encounter an emergency on the roadways should dial 911 on their cell phones to immediately be connected to emergency services. Motorists should always be aware of their location, noting the road they are traveling on and nearest cross-street or mile-marker.

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