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IRS Economic Impact Payments Information

IRS EIP Information as of 03/04/2021

The following information was taken from the latest IRS Economic Impact Payments Fact Sheet. The fact sheet can be read in full by clicking here

How do I find out if the IRS is sending me a payment? 

Beginning Monday, people can check the status of their third payment by using the Get My Payment tool, available in English and Spanish only on IRS.gov. The tool is being updated with new information, and the IRS anticipates that updated information will be available soon.

I didn’t file a 2019 or 2020 tax return and didn’t register with the IRS.gov non-filers tool last year. Am I eligible for a payment?

Yes, if you meet the eligibility requirements. While you won’t receive an automatic payment now, you can still get all three payments. File a 2020 return and claim the Recovery Rebate Credit.

The IRS urges people who don’t normally file a tax return and haven’t received any stimulus payments to look into their filing options. The IRS will continue reaching out to non-filers so that as many eligible people as possible receive the stimulus payments they’re entitled to.

The IRS encourages people to file electronically, and the tax software will help figure the correct stimulus amount, which is called the Recovery Rebate Credit on 2020 tax forms. Visit IRS.gov/filing for details about IRS Free File, Free File Fillable Forms, free VITA or TCE  tax preparation sites in the community or finding a trusted tax professional. 

Where can I get more information?

For more information about Economic Impact Payments, visit  IRS.gov/eip. Check the payment status at IRS.gov/GetMyPayment. For other COVID-19-related tax relief, visit IRS.gov/Coronavirus.

 

 

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Tennesseans Ages 16+ Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Update from the Wilson County Health Department 4/9/2021:

All Tennesseans ages 16 and over are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Eligibility for those in Phase 3 of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan will run concurrently with age-based eligibility. Phase 3 includes residents and staff members of congregate living facilities including college dormitories, group homes and shelters and those in the corrections system. Phase 3 also includes grocery store workers who were not eligible for vaccination based on previous age or risk-based categories. To view the Tennessee Department of Health's Phase 3 eligibility list, click here. 

Schedule an Appointment

The Wilson County Health Department offers COVID-19 vaccination by appointment. To book your appointment, visit Vaccinate.tn.gov and click the blue “Proceed to COVID-19 questionnaire” button at the bottom of the page to start your registration. If you need help scheduling your vaccination, please call 866-442-5301. Those wishing to schedule an appointment may also contact their local pharmacy, as several pharmacies are now certified to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. During your 1st dose appointment, you will receive your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. This card serves as a record that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, as it documents the manufacturer of the type of COVID-19 vaccine received, as well as the dates for your first and second doses. It is important to remember to bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with you to your 2nd dose appointment.  

“We’re excited to announce the expanded eligibility to all residents aged 16 and older” said Brittany Cox, Assistant Regional Director for Mid-Cumberland. “The more people in Wilson County who choose to get their vaccinations, the sooner our community can return to normal day-to-day activities.”

Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan prioritizes those most at risk of illness and death from COVID-19. Tennessee will continue to move through phases of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan as vaccine supplies increase.

Tennesseans can find information on the phases eligible for vaccination in their county and, when eligible, register for vaccination through their county health department at covid19.tn.gov. Due to their independent operations and larger populations, Tennessee’s metropolitan counties may have different instructions, so residents in these areas should check with local authorities about their plans.

TDH reminds all Tennesseans that in addition to vaccination, wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance and getting tested when exposed or sick are critical to controlling the pandemic.

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Tennessee Removes State Visitation Restrictions for Long-term Care Facilities

On February 24, 2021, the Tennessee Department of Health announced state-specific visitation restrictions for long-term care facilities will end effective February 28, 2021. Facilities should use the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidance for safe operation and visitation with limited visitation restrictions no longer in place at the state level.

The Tennessee Department of Health recognizes the extraordinary challenges long-term care facilities, their residents and the family members and caregivers of these particularly vulnerable Tennesseans have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the federal long-term care facility pharmacy partnership, 100 percent of Tennessee’s nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities have completed both doses of COVID-19 vaccinations, and Tennessee’s assisted care living facilities and residential homes for the aged are projected to be completed this week.

“The health and safety of vulnerable Tennesseans, especially our long-term care residents, remains our top priority, and our comprehensive and persistent efforts to protect this population from COVID-19 have saved lives,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “Now that vaccinations at all long-term care facilities are nearing completion, we are ready to transition to a more sustainable approach of following these best practices for safe operation of long-term care facilities in Tennessee.”

Guidance for Visitation

The guidance issued by CMS provides reasonable ways a nursing home can safely facilitate inperson visits to address residents’ social and emotional needs. Certified Medicare and Medicaid facilities should continue to follow the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Visitation Guidance. Per this guidance, nursing homes may allow indoor visitation when there has been no new onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days and the facility is not currently conducting outbreak testing.

Long-term care facilities licensed by the state, which include Tennessee assisted care living facilities, residential homes for the aged and any nursing home not certified by CMS, should reference industry best practices including CMS Visitation Guidance and review related laws and rules when developing their own facility-specific visitation policies and procedures.

The CMS guidance outlines how facilities may expand communal dining and other group activities, provided infection control policies are followed. Even as COVID-19 case counts decline, facilities should remain vigilant in monitoring for COVID-19 cases among residents and staff members through appropriate screening and testing. Facilities may test visitors, which is encouraged, but not required. Additional resources on infection control practices are available 710 James Robertson Parkway • Andrew Johnson Tower, 5th Floor Nashville, TN 37243 • Tel: 615-741-3111 • tn.gov/health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The following resources are available for long-term care facilities when updating and developing their visitation policies and procedures.

CMS Visitation Guidance:

www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-39-nh.pdf

CDC Infection Control Resources:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control-recommendations.html

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.

View the TN Dept. of Health's press release here. 

 

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Federal Pharmacy Partnership Expands Access to COVID-19 Vaccination in TN

The following information was sent to us from the TN Department of Health.

 

Federal Pharmacy Partnership Expands Access to COVID-19 Vaccination in Tennessee

Walmart Pharmacy Locations Selected as Tennessee Partner

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee will see expanding access to COVID-19 vaccination with the launch of a new federal retail pharmacy program. The first phase of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination will launch in Tennessee February 12, with select pharmacies offering vaccinations in accordance with the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. These vaccinations will be provided at no cost to patients and will be available by appointment only.

“We continue to advocate for Tennesseans by maximizing every dose of COVID-19 vaccine made available for people in our state. We are eager to collaborate with our federal partners to expand access to this vital resource for Tennesseans in the communities where they live and work,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP.

In addition to the almost 400 vaccination sites currently offered by county health departments, hospitals, federally-qualified and faith-based health centers and community pharmacies, Tennesseans eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination per Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan will have access to vaccinations at additional pharmacies across the state through this new program. The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination is a public-private partnership with national pharmacy partners and networks of independent pharmacies.

As of Feb. 11, TDH has been notified of 121 Walmart pharmacy locations across Tennessee that will offer COVID-19 vaccination through this program. These pharmacies will follow the vaccination plan phasing of the counties in which they are located. For details on participating locations and to schedule an appointment online, visit www.walmart.com/covidvaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worked with states to select initial pharmacy partners based on several factors including their ability to reach some of the populations most at risk for severe illness from COVID-19. A total of one million total doses of Moderna vaccine are being provided for the first week of the program nationwide, and additional doses will be allocated to the program weekly, based on the available supply of COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine allocations provided for this program are in addition to the weekly allocation going to states and may initially be limited in quantity. More information is available at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/retail-pharmacy-program/index.html.

Tennesseans can learn what phase of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan they’re in at https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.

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Rockwood Sustainable Solutions and Wilson Co. Landfill Recycling Benefits Wilson Co.

Wilson County is fortunate to have Rockwood Sustainable Solutions in its backyard. Since building its site in Lebanon as Rockwood Recycling in 2016, Lincoln Young has helped Wilson County and its cities save money and reduce waste contribution to landfills with its wood and tire recycling and waste removal.  Rockwood supplies wood fuel for one of the largest downdraft gasification plants in the United States in a clean energy partnership with City of Lebanon and Aires Clean Energy.

Rockwood started recycling Christmas trees in 2016 when Mayor Randall Hutto voiced the concern of county residents who were looking for a place to recycle their live Christmas trees after the holiday.  The first year, 50 trees were recycled, and it continued to grow with 275 trees recycled in 2020.  The trees are turned into mulch, a product available for retail and residential consumers.  To take it one step further, Rockwood will also take the Christmas tree lights and send them to a non-profit who trains adults with autism to remove the bulbs and recycle the electronics.

In 2020, Rockwood recycled 29,900 tons of material.  To put it in perspective, that’s the equivalent of energy needed to power 13,304 homes or savings of 48,522 tons of CO2. 

Lincoln Young recently found a way to keep plastics out of Wilson County landfills, save money, and support plastic recycling.  In his own words, “I would tell you, pretty confidently, that Rockwood is not a plastic recycler…I know companies and have relationships with those that do plastic recycling on a massive scale.”  Working with Cindy Lynch, head of the Wilson County Landfill, they developed a process to collect plastic bottles at the convenience centers, sort the plastics, and fill empty trucks with plastics for delivery to another county where they were already picking up wood waste in the area.  This created an efficiency for Rockwood, a solution for Wilson County to keep plastics out of the landfill, and a benefit to county residents who want plastics to be recycled.  “Cindy has been instrumental in helping with this plastic effort by training the residents and those at the convenience centers to help keep the trash bags out of the plastic bottle bins,” Lincoln says.  “Garbage bags may help get the bottles to the trash can, but they must be removed before you throw the bottles in the dumpster.”

At Rockwood, Lincoln is always looking for long-term solutions to aid the county with their waste.  They are having success with some large employers in Wilson County to recycle large amounts of wood, plastic, bulky furniture, etc.  The company is a wood recycler at its core and makes high quality landscape materials like mulch and compost.  More products will be added this year.

Wilson County has always been home and workplace to Lincoln Young.  He works with the men and women he went with to school and church and says he loves “the fact that I am able to help our county and the great people in our county every day by providing sustainable options for our waste materials.”

For more information, please call the Wilson County Mayor’s Office at (615)444-1383 or visit www.wilsoncountytn.gov.

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Merry Christmas, Wilson Co. Businesses. Stay Safe

To the business owners of Wilson County,

This time of year has a way of bringing out the best in people. We tend to be a little kinder, smile a little more and look for more opportunities to help those less fortunate. Perhaps we could use that attitude now more than ever.  On March 3rd and the days that followed, I watched this great county come together during the aftermath of the tornadoes. We helped one another, ministered to one another and showed compassion to one another. I believe we need that same attitude now as we continue to combat COVID-19. My first two messages asked you to please take all possible precautions within your business to slow the spread of the virus. I echo those sentiments again. As the promise of a vaccine is within reach, we must continue to protect ourselves and those around us. Thank you so much for everything you may already be doing within your business to slow the spread.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let’s all work together to make 2021 a great year in Wilson County. Thank you and please don’t hesitate to contact our office for assistance. Our goal is to provide you with the best customer service possible.

 

Sincerely,

Randall Hutto

Wilson County Mayor

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Business owners, please help us slow the spread of COVID-19

You’ve heard these suggestions time and again; wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, etc. But mandates, orders, suggestions and even pleas will only take us so far as we continue to fight COVID-19.  Doing all we can to protect ourselves and others from the virus is more important now than ever. We all must make a conscientious choice to remain vigilant and not become lax in our efforts to protect ourselves and those around us. One of the greatest features of Wilson County is our quality of life and our businesses are largely responsible for that. YOU are the face of Wilson County and perhaps our best tool to slow the spread. Your example and the precautions you take inside your stores and shops may very well resonate with your customers and encourage them to continue to take preventative measures wherever they may find themselves. Just like a virus, a good example tends to spread. A unified showing of our local businesses, banding together and leading the way to protect each other may be just what we need to slow the spread of this virus and return us to a more normal state. As part of this effort, we ask you to post reminders on your business message boards encouraging everyone to do their part to slow the spread. The Wilson County Mayor’s office will be partnering with local law enforcement to place flashing road signs along Wilson County’s roads with the same messages. Messages will include wording such as:

  • Spread joy and kindness, not germs. Take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. County wide mask mandate in effect until further notice.
  • Preventative measures slow the spread of COVID-19, take care of each other.
  • Together we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Wash hands, social distance, wear a mask.
  • Healthy looks good on you. Remember to wash your hands and take other steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Feel free to use these or your own personal messages.

We are stronger together.

Thank you and please don’t hesitate to contact our office for assistance. Our goal is to provide you with the best customer service possible.

Sincerely,

Randall Hutto

Wilson County Mayor

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Message to the business owners of Wilson County

Dear business owners of Wilson County:

Wilson County has certainly seen its share of hardship this year. From the March 3rd tornadoes to COVID-19, YOU, the businesses of Wilson County have suffered the brunt of those hardships. As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, I humbly ask for your support as we all work together to combat this virus. We ask you to post signage throughout your place of business encouraging employees and customers to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible, wash their hands frequently, install hand sanitizing stations and take other measures which help slow the spread of COVID-19. Contact your local Chamber of Commerce and become a part of the Blue-Ribbon Initiative. This initiative is designed to showcase your business as a safe location for customers to purchase their goods and services. You can even use your cell phone to post a video on your social media pages showcasing the measures you are taking to protect your customers and employees. Feel free to tag me in those social media posts to further your reach (Facebook @MayorHutto, Instagram @hutto_randall, Twitter @HuttoRandall). We’d also like to feature those videos on Wilson County TV. This will allow your business more exposure while showing the safety precautions you are taking. Please understand, this is not an ad. Just an opportunity to showcase the measures your business takes to slow the spread of COVID-19 and highlight your business as a safe place for customers. Feel free to contact Station Manager, Tressa Bush for video tips. She can be reached at 615/543-8208.

Together, we can make a difference.

Thank you and please don’t hesitate to contact our office for assistance. Our goal is to provide you with the bet customer service possible.

Sincerely,

Randall Hutto

Wilson County Mayor

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Mayor Hutto's Message to Wilson Countians as COVID-19 Cases Increase

Mayor Huttos message to Wilson Countians 12 11 2020

December 11, 2020

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A Thanksgiving Message from Mayor Hutto

The following is a message from Wilson County Mayor, Randall Hutto.

 

Happy thanksgiving letter 11 19 2020

     11 23 2020 thanksgiving flyer

 

 

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COVID-19 Testing at the Wilson County Fairgrounds

Update from the Tennessee Department of Health: March 18, 2021

COVID-19 testing, administered by Tennessee Department of Health staff, takes place at the Wilson County Fairgrounds on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30AM-10:30AM by appointment only. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the self-administered test kit option will be offered at the Wilson County Fairgrounds from 8:30AM-10:30AM. Self-administered test kits may be used by adults ages 18+ who have an email address and SMART device, which is needed to complete the testing process. To schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 test, please call the Wilson County Health Department at (615)444-5325.

It is important for those who wish to be tested for COVID-19 to provide contact information to health department staff members, who will give out your test results. People who have any COVID-19 symptoms or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 must isolate themselves while awaiting their test results. For more on what to expect after being tested for COVID-19, visit www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/TestedGuidance.pdf.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently updated the guidance on isolation of those who test positive for COVID-19. Per this new guidance, people who test positive for COVID-19 can generally discontinue isolation and other precautions ten days after symptoms first began and they have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine, and with improvement of other symptoms. Those who test positive for COVID-19 but do not develop symptoms can discontinue isolation and other precautions after ten days.  

The Tennessee Department of Health does not recommend that people get retested within three months after the date of first symptoms for their initial COVID-19 infection. Quarantine is not recommended in the occurrence of close contact with an infected person.

To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, visit https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

 

COVID19 health dpt notice

 

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Contact an Office in the Wilson County Courthouse

While services continue to be provided, our county buildings will generally be closed to public walk-in access until  further notice. County employees are at work and can be reached by phone, internet, and mail during regular office hours.


For information on how to reach your county service by phone, please see the list of contact information here.

 

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2020 Census is Just Around the Corner

The Census Bureau is interested in hiring temporary employees throughout Wilson County as they ramp up for the 2020 Census. Most of these jobs are work from home in local neighborhoods, have flexible hours and start at $16.50/hour + mileage with paid training and weekly pay. Apply here.

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Winter Hours for Wilson County Landfill

landfill winter hours

Convenience Centers

F-Tues: 7am - 5pm
W-Thurs: 7:30am - 5pm

 

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Ag Hall of Fame

Ag Hall of Fame

 

Wilson County has a long history of agriculture. This coming week, the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame will hold a banquet honoring agriculture in our community and celebrate the efforts of four of Wilson County’s most distinguished farmers: Dr. Sam McFarland, Mr. Hale Moss, Mr. David M. Tomlinson and Mr. AC Wharton Jr.

AC Wharton Jr. - portrait image

 

 David Tomlinson

 

Hale Moss

 

Dr. Sam McFarland

All four of these individuals have helped to shape the landscape of agriculture in our community. Without their contributions, Wilson County as a whole would not be what it is today. Since the founding of Wilson County in 1799, Agriculture has played a valuable role in our community. Through the efforts of the Wilson County Agriculture Hall of Fame, Wilson County farmers of the present and past are commended and celebrated.

 

Banquet

 

The Wilson County Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet will take place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Wilson County Expo Center at 6:00 PM. Tickets for the event are $20 each and can be purchased by calling Diane Major at 615-444-1890 ext 3. Jordan’s Catering will be preparing the meal for the evening. This event is one that our community cherishes every year. The men and women that are honored at the banquet are well deserving of our gratitude for all that they have done. We hope to see you there!

 

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Spring Clean Series: 100K Tree Giveaway

Spring Clean Series: 100K Tree Giveaway

Over the next few weeks on Mayor Hutto's Blog, we will be featuring "The Spring Clean Series". The goal of the series is to feature some of the latest and greatest happenings with Wilson County Government's effort to provide a greener, and cleaner county. We felt  there was no better way to start off our series than featuring the success of the recent 100K Tree Giveaway hosted by the Wilson County Stormwater department.

tree image for 100k Day

The annual event, held on February 25th, was so successful that there were over 3400 trees given away to Wilson County residents, absolutely free. Wilson County Stormwater set up at the Wilson County Expo Center at 7:00 AM and handed out trees until noon. There were 4 workers on site and not a minute of downtime as citizens flocked to receive their trees. The most popular tree of the day was Pine followed closely by the new American Plums, offered for the first time this year.

100k Day - Free Trees

Lisa Baldwin, Administrative Assistant in the Stormwater Department, had the following to say regarding the tree give away: “We were so pleased to be a part of this massive event! The quality of the water in Wilson County is our main concern. Trees being natural filters of water are a tremendous help to this system. With as much growth as we are having in Wilson County, planting trees is quite an asset to the cause.” Next year, Wilson County Stormwater plans to increase the number of trees given away to 4000

 

 

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Where Do My County Tax Dollars Go?

Where Do My County Tax Dollars Go?

There is a large push locally and throughout the state to shop local this Christmas.  Aside from supporting local business owners, did you know when you shop locally here in Wilson County you are supporting a variety of other services that are available to every Wilson County resident throughout the year as well? By simply living in Wilson County and contributing to our economy, you play a significant role in every service Wilson County Government is able to provide individuals from all backgrounds and income levels. With the push to shop locally many people begin to ask the question “What do I receive for my county tax dollars?” Citizens seem to easily notice the benefits of city taxes; however, many people have a hard time determining where county taxes are applied. Because of this, we thought it would be a good idea to give the citizens of Wilson County a little more information on how county tax dollars are used.

First and foremost, your tax dollars go to support education in Wilson County. Your tax dollars support schools throughout the county through the Wilson County School System as well as the Lebanon Special School District. Though the Lebanon Special School District collects revenue through an extra tax placed on those that live inside their district, they also receive a portion of funding through county property tax and sales tax revenue (The same taxes that go to support the Wilson County School System). The property tax and sales tax revenue pays for the operation of schools, teacher pay, and other expenses but also goes towards the construction of new schools as the county continues to grow. To date, around 93% of the total indebtedness of Wilson County goes to schools alone.

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The Wilson County Fair: The Success Continues

The Wilson County Fair: The Success Continues

 

Some people use a planner to keep track of days and events happening throughout the year. Wilson County residents organize their lives by means of the Wilson County Fair. Though the 2016 Wilson County Fair has come and gone and the holiday season is here, the success of this year’s fair continues. Each year the Wilson County Fair attends the International Association of Fairs and Expositions contest program. This year’s contest had over 1,468 entries judged by over 50 industry experts. The Wilson County Fair received a total of 18 awards including:

 

Agriculture Awards

 

1st Place-Agriculture Programs Promotional Video-Jr. Goat Show Video

 

2nd Place-Any other Agriculture Program/Exhibit-Watermelon Patch

 

3rd Place-Agriculture Program Area Beautification-Landscaping Improvements

 

3rd Place-Non-Fair Related Agriculture Event/Program-Spring Garden Festival

 

 

 

Competitive Awards

 

1st Place-Use of a Single Theme Throughout all Divisions- “We Want You at the Wilson County Fair” and   the featured Agricultural Commodity-Watermelons

 

1st Place-Unique Contest- Fair Commemorative Print Contest

 

1st Place-Competitive Exhibit Display Photo Series-Kids Power Tractor Races

 

1st Place-General Display Photo Single-Flower “Bed” photo

 

2nd Place-Competitive Exhibit Display Method and/or Prop-New Rose Show Display

 

2nd Place-Create it on the Spot Contest-Watermelon Carving (Adults) and Watermelon Head Decorating (Youth)

 

2nd Place-Participatory Contest-Watermelon Gumball Blowing

 

2nd Place-New or Unique Contest to Attract Competitive Exhibitors-Gaited Mule Show

 

2nd Place-General Display Photo Series-Broom Making Demonstration

 

 

 

Communication Awards

 

2nd Place-Promotional/Advertising Poster

 

2nd Place- Unique Advertising Specialties/ Merchandise/ Souvenirs

 

 

Sponsorship Awards

 

1st Place-Sponsorship Innovation

 

1st Place-First Time Sponsorship

 

2nd Place-Sponsorship Continuity

 

 

Best of Division for Innovation in Sponsorship

 

 

The Wilson County Fair is a staple in our community and in the state of Tennessee. It is a nationally recognized fair and continues to excel year after year. Not only does it set the calendars of the citizens of Wilson County, but it seems as though the whole world stops during fair time. It is a week dedicated to fellowship and fun. With a focus on families, the Wilson County Fair always provides a safe, enjoyable environment to gather with friends and family. It is a week dedicated to highlighting accomplishments throughout our community, and not just our community as a whole. Our fair does a fantastic job at showing all that Wilson County has to offer but the Wilson County Fair also makes it a priority to give individuals of every lifestyle and background a chance to shine. The Wilson County Fair is also a week to celebrate agriculture in our community and throughout the world. Our fair’s main objective is to highlight the importance of agriculture in Wilson County. Every aspect of the Wilson County Fair, in some form or another, is related to celebrating and preserving agriculture our community. Without agriculture, we as human beings simply couldn’t survive. The deep appreciation for farming that the Wilson County Fair instils in all of us is an example to communities all across the nation. Our fair is diverse, our fair is thriving, our fair is fun, and our fair puts Wilson County, TN on the map. 

 

We are so proud of the accomplishments of our fair. However, none of these accomplishments would have been possible without the hard work of the Wilson County Fair Board and all of the volunteers that work continuously to make our fair the best of the best. So many people work year after year to provide the best fair experience possible and there is no way to thank each and every person enough for their contribution. Here at the County Mayor’s office, we would like to say congratulations to Wilson County Promotions and the Wilson County Fair on another job well done!

 

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Grateful to be in Wilson County, Tennessee

Grateful to be in Wilson County, Tennessee

 

The holiday season is officially in full swing here in Wilson County. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in busy schedules and long lines at the supermarket.  We rush around trying to accomplish so many things that sometimes it is hard to wrap our minds around what this season is truly about: giving thanks. Wilson County has so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. For one, we recently held the grand opening of the new Wilson County Exposition Center at the James E Ward Agricultural Center. This facility is already bringing so many wonderful events for Wilson County residents to enjoy and will truly be an asset to our community. We also have new schools in the works and have almost completed the new Veterans Museum which will pay tribute to our veterans and provide educational resources for all residents of Wilson County. In addition, we will soon celebrate the grand opening of WEMA Station 7 in Statesville, the groundbreaking of WEMA Station 11 in Norene, and wrap up a record breaking summer with the Wilson County Road Commission. To say Wilson County has had a successful year is an understatement.

 

 In the next few weeks we will celebrate the expansion of WEMA services to the rural parts of the county with the opening of WEMA Station 7 in Statesville and the groundbreaking of WEMA Station 11 in Norene. WEMA Station 11 will host a groundbreaking ceremony on November 28, 2016. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 2:00 PM at the site of the new WEMA station in Norene. Commissioner Terry Ashe and WEMA director Joey Cooper will speak at this event. Citizens of Wilson County are invited to attend the groundbreaking and celebrate the expansion of WEMA to the Norene community. Following the groundbreaking, WEMA Station 7 will host a Grand Opening and Open House on the same day, November 28, 2016, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. This station will be located in the Statesville community and will provide much needed access to emergency services provided by Wilson County Emergency Management Agency. The Grand Opening and Open House will include comments from WEMA director Joey Cooper as well as Commissioner Sara Patton. Citizens are invited to attend this event and tour the new facility. In response to the expansion of WEMA stations to both Statesville and Norene, WEMA director Joey Cooper stated “We are very excited to open WEMA Station 7 in Statesville and break ground on WEMA Station 11 in Norene. These facilities will allow us to serve the citizens of Wilson County better by providing emergency services in every community.”

 

In addition to the expansion of WEMA services, the Wilson County Road Commission is currently wrapping up a record setting year. Road Superintendent Steve Murphy noted “The Wilson County Road Commission has had a very successful summer. We have paved over 56 miles and plan to continue paving as long as weather permits”. The Road Commission has been working to not only make sure every road in Wilson County is paved, but has also has been working to resurface roads throughout the county as well. The maintenance of Wilson County roadways ensures safe driving conditions for all citizens in every part of the county.

 

The new WEMA stations, Road Commission success, and opening of the Expo Center are only a few of the exciting events that have taken place throughout 2016. Wilson County is thriving and we are excited to share the success with every citizen. I am humbled to work alongside both our County Commission and our citizens to provide services such as a quality education, a high standard of public safety, and a great quality of life.  Wilson County has one of the best County Commissions in the state. Without the determination of our Commissioners, none of these events would have been possible. This Thanksgiving, as you pause to give thanks for all of the blessings that surround you, take time to give thanks for the great country we live in, the state of Tennessee and for Wilson County. It truly is “the place to be”!

 

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Star- Spangled Banner Day

Star- Spangled Banner Day

On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key saw the American Flag flying over Fort McHenry and was inspired to write the words of the “Star-Spangled banner. The National Society United States Daughters of 1812 and the Upper Cumberland Chapter have called for a day to observe the historical significance of our National Anthem. Pictured, Mayor Hutto signs a proclamation for Teresa Deathridge proclaiming September 14, 2016 as Star Spangled Banner Day.

Thank you to all our service men and women. 
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