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Mt. Juliet city agenda

The Mt. Juliet board of commissioners was scheduled to vote Monday night on a rezoning request for a 1 million square-foot warehouse north of I-40. That first reading has been deferred until May 11.  It would be among several new, large-scale warehouses in the area, but this particular project has a vocal group of neighbors pushing back. 

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The latest real estate numbers in the Nashville area tell the same story as they have in recent months: Home sales are booming. It's a trend that shows no sign of stopping soon, according to data from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, because the number of pending home sales set a record too.

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As hitters step up to the plate today to take their first swings of the new baseball season, more and more big leaguers are doing so with a bat that was made in Middle Tennessee. 

Old Hickory, which began in a one-car garage in the late 1990s, now operates out of a spacious factory in Goodlettsville where the company churns out 170 bats a day.  Co-owner Chad Lamberth says, like its operations, Old Hickory’s reputation among big league hitters is growing.

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Gun ranges in the Nashville area are looking forward to next weekend, when more than 70,000 people are expected to visit for the National Rifle Association convention. Nashville Armory, near One Hundred Oaks Mall, is preparing for several hundred customers a day during the event. 

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The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles unveiled plans Thursday to establish a satellite display in Nashville. The interactive exhibit targets school children. It’s meant to explain the process of turning music into a recording.

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Discount retailer Dollar General, based in Goodlettsville, may have to pay up to $83,000 in fines for repeated safety violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor found that a Dollar General store in Georgia had blocked and locked exit doors and failed to inspect its fire extinguishers. A statement from the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the company was cited for the same violations in both 2014 and 2010, and has received 40 citations nationwide since 2009.

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If Mayor Karl Dean had known years ago the Nashville Sounds’ new ballpark would end up costing $75 million dollars, would he have moved forward with the plan?

“Definitely," Dean says, repeating the word for emphasis.

Team officials point to extra environmental cleanup, winter weather and rising construction costs as the culprits for the latest cost increase, which is taking the construction price tag $10 million over budget.

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Nissan North America wants parts suppliers to set up shop as close as possible to its flagship plant in Smyrna. The Franklin-based automaker announced Tuesday the construction of a “supplier park” on its campus.

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Goodlettsville-based Dollar General says it will not be following the lead of big-box discount retailer Walmart on its payment of employees. Walmart announced last month that it would start paying all employees at least $10 an hour as of next year, but Dollar General executives say they’re not planning to raise the wages of their lowest paid workers.

About 12 percent of Dollar General’s part-time employees are making the federal minimum wage — $7.25 an hour — according to CEO Rick Dreiling. He defended the company’s pay scale in a recent conference call with investors.

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A Nashville musician told U.S. lawmakers Tuesday that songwriters should be paid more for their music that’s streamed online, part of a complex discussion about the cost of music in the digital age.