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Mt. Juliet Fire Department's New Fire Hall Completed

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by Chris Cannon

MT. JULIET, Tenn. - Mt. Juliet Fire Department's new fire hall on Belinda Parkway has been completed, but it will be a while before fire engines roll out of the building.

Resident Sidney Payne worked for more than two years to convince city leaders Mt. Juliet the city needed expanded fire protection on the south side of the city.

"I became know as the fire extinguisher lady, that I was not going to let up on the campaign until we saw significant change," said Payne.

Payne carried a fire extinguisher to each city commission to remind lawmakers of her concern about fire protection in her area of Mt. Juliet.

"I knew that we had to do something, the city had grown three times its size and nothing had changed," according to Payne.

Since then, a new city property tax has funded the city's first fire department since 1986.

"They paid it in, now they're actually seeing something materialize before them that's really going to add a value for them. Really something they can be proud of," said Vice Mayor James Maness.

Until now, the Wilson County Emergency Agency has provided all the fire protection inside the city, and will continue to operate stations in Mt. Juliet.

The new fire station will not open until October. The city has hired a chief and captain to start the process of starting the department.

"That's a two-man crew at the moment. They've got a lot of work to do, as far as hiring the rest of the fireman and recruiting and training the rest of the volunteers," Maness explained.

Payne also has a big job ahead of her, before the station opens. She is now on a mission to furnish the new fire hall.

"Our goal is to get everything this fire station needs, from the community. I promised this to the commission when I was begging for a fire station. I said if you build it, I'll get the community to furnish it," Payne said.

The group of residents will raise money to buy bedroom and living room furniture, as well as kitchen appliances.

You can make a donation by going to First Freedom Bank in Mt. Juliet.


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