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Our government is intended to serve the people, and provide the leadership and guidance to help our city and community grow, remain safe, and prosper.

This website will be another source of insight into the government of Lebanon, TN. Please be clear that the information here is from ME - I am responsible for the content you will see here, this is my own personal idea for helping to increase transparency and communication in the Mayor's office.

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Mayor Philip Craighead

Latest News & Updates

Around Town

March 16th, 2016 - Planting of Rising Sun Redbuds on South Hartmann Drive

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This past Saturday morning, March 12, 2016, thirteen men from here in Lebanon embarked upon a project to help beautify our City. South Hartmann Drive from Interstate 40 to West Main Street (US 70) was given a face-lift. These men planted  approximately 100 RisingSun Redbud trees donated by Ray and Cindy Jackson of Jackson Nursery located in Belvidere, TN.

Robin Carr, of Lebanon, has been coordinating this project since having met Ray and Cindy last fall. Robin found out that Cindy and Ray are responsible for this particular variety of Redbud. The Jacksons have specialized in developing new varieties of Redbuds. Ray states that the Rising Sun Redbud is very easy to grow, thrives in full sun and provides spectacular results. If interested you can go to to view this colorful masterpiece that Ray and Cindy have developed and have begun to market throughout the entire US.

Home Depot of Lebanon manager Jim Prichett provided soil amendments and fertilizer while Absolute Rentals of Lebanon provided a track-hoe to assist Boy Scout Troop 206 from Friendship Christian School in planting these trees. Andy Willis and his son, Rhett, operated the Kubota Track-Hoe opening up the holes while Scoutmaster Clark, his Assistant Scoutmasters and young men from Troop 206 planted the trees.

The City of Lebanon provided traffic safety led by Officer Jeff Pickens as the work crew moved along South Hartmann Drive. A special thanks to each of the businesses for their donations and to the thirteen individuals pictured above for their hard work in this effort to help beautify our City.

The names of the individuals pictured above are as follows (from left to right):
  • Weston Knott - First Class Troop 206
  • John Grant - College Hills Church of Christ
  • Perry Knowles - Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 206
  • Steve Butler - Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 206
  • Aiden  Butler - First Class Troop 206
  • Nathan Clark - Eagle Troop 206
  • Josh Sailer - Tenderfoot Troop 206
  • Peyton Knowles - Eagle Troop 206
  • Adam Knott- Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 206
  • Andy Willis
  • Rhett Willis
  • Scoutmaster Clark - Troop 206 (not pictured)
  • Robin Carr (not pictured)

Business News & Highlights

December 22nd, 2015 - Maplehurst Plant Now Hiring

December 22nd, 2015 • Press Release

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Maplehurst New Lebanon, Tennessee Donut Plant Now Hiring

BROWNSBURG, Indiana, Dec. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC., a subsidiary of George Weston Limited ("Weston") (TSX: WN) is pleased to announce hiring has begun for its new state of the art donut bakery in Lebanon TN. These full time opportunities include manufacturing and warehouse associates, industrial maintenance professionals and team management. The facility will initially employ 70 associates with longer term plans to employ approximately 150 associates. Projected operational date is March 2016. For more employment information or to submit an application please visit

Kevin McDonough, President, states, "We are excited to join the Lebanon, TN and Wilson County communities. The "right mix" of geographic advantages and workforce pool were among reasons Maplehurst selected Lebanon." We wish to thank the many local and state officials for their efforts to make this project come to life.

Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC. is headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana and operates facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire and Washington State while serving the industry with a world class frozen distribution network. Maplehurst Bakeries is a proud member and enjoys a long-standing baking heritage with its parent company George Weston Ltd. of Toronto Canada. Maplehurst Bakeries products can be found at the best supermarket chains and food service outlets in North America.

SOURCE: Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC

For further business information about Maplehurst Bakeries contact: Stephanie Artnak, Director Legal Counsel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone number 317-858-9000.

City & Local Government

February 4th, 2016 - City Employee Pay Correction

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On Thursday, February 4, 2016, the City Council approved an employee compensation correction that included lowering health insurance costs and correcting the City’s pay table.

“We have been working for two years on correcting the critical issues facing the City with runaway health insurance costs and below market wages. We have been successful in retaining a very good health insurance benefit for our employees, while reducing costs by offering our employees new insurance options. In addition to increasing savings in health insurance costs, this pay correction for our employees addresses the fact that the City’s pay table was significantly below market wages in the middle Tennessee region,” said Mayor Craighead.

The Council approved this one time pay correction of $ 1.8 million based on market wages and longevity with over $400,000 of it coming from savings of the City’s health insurance plans. In two Council work sessions, Ms. Sylvia Reichle, the City’s HR Director, made the City Council aware of the employment crisis the City was facing with well qualified employees leaving the City for increased pay at other local governments or private businesses. She also informed the Council that HR advertising some positions multiple times due to no qualified candidates applying, because of the below market wage being advertised. Ms. Reichle also discussed with the Council the high cost of constant turnover in employees due to below market wages.

“I want to thank the City Council for correcting this critical problem facing our City and I want to thank all of the City’s employees for their hard work to provide our citizens the many services they do. Since 2000, our City’s population has increased 54% and the number of City full time employees has decreased approximately 3%. It means their workload has increased significantly and I appreciate all of them stepping up to serve all 32,000 residents,” said Mayor Craighead.
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