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Buttercups, Walls, & Volleyball Nets!

These are just a few of the things I love to see rising from the ground in the springtime. Luckily for us we don’t have to look far. The timing is probably a coincidence, but either way it is exciting to be driving thru town and to see such things popping up all around us. On two different corners of the intersection at Old Lebanon Dirt Road and N. Mt. Juliet Road, we have the new two-story Robinson Crossing and the Jones Family Park which are both making progress towards completion each and every day. At Robinson Crossing the walls are already up with the elevator rising right in the center. Across the street the new sand volleyball court at the Jones Family Park has been installed and the area surrounding the court has now been seeded and is covered in straw. On up the street at Town Center, there is development underway and across the tracks the Sellars Funeral Home Project is going vertical and beginning to take shape.

It won’t be long now before we see new development on the site of the former Dollar General that was leveled by the tornado that hit the Lebanon Road area just over a year ago. In the Providence area our new Gander Mountain is going full-speed ahead and next to that will be the new home for Mt Juliet’s Chuck-E-Cheese. We are anxiously waiting to announce an exciting new project between Wal-Mart and Academy Sports. Add to all of this a number of new retail projects, a huge new Goodwill Store, Providence Wine & Spirits, Tri-Star Summit Medical Center’s new multi-story office building and even more restaurants and it’s easy to see that we are still an attractive community for commercial investment!

And just to add even more icing to the cake, as I was walking into the office over the weekend I noticed our flower beds are full of Buttercups and other flowers just waiting to be sure that Mother Nature is okay with them busting thru the mulch and showering each of us with all of the beautiful colors of springtime. It won’t be long now before the pear trees share their awesome blooms and our lawns emerge from their long winter’s nap to provide us with the perfect place to hide our Easter Eggs in the next few weeks.

Next week there is even a meeting at City Hall for those involved with the Farmer’s Market. It’s been a long, hard, and unusually cold winter; but we are almost there! So the next time someone asks you “what’s up?” you can tell them; oh how about Buttercups, Walls, and Volleyball Nets. You’ll probably get an odd look, but you and I will sure know what you’re talking about! I hope you will join me right here next week! Follow Mark on Twitter @MJChamber #mjchamber or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and be sure to visit us 24/7 at

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