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Vehicle Emissions Testing Suspended until May 18, 2020

On March 24, 2020, Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 19, which suspended requirements for vehicle emissions testing in Tennessee from March 12, 2020 to May 18, 2020.

Executive Order No. 19 Amended Executive Order No. 15, which extended the expiration date on motor vehicle registrations that expire from March 12, 2020 through May 18, 2020. The expiration date was suspended to June 15, 2020.

Vehicle testing centers in Davidson, Hamilton, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson Counties are now closed.

“Suspending requirements for vehicle emissions testing in counties that conduct testing is necessary,” TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said. “Tennessee families are responding to many restrictions designed to curb the spread of COVID-19, and this action helps alleviate some of the difficulty Tennesseans are facing at this time.”

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Air Pollution Control will update Tennesseans as to when vehicle emissions testing services are available so that vehicles may be tested prior to June 15, 2020.

For more information, visit the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s website  https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/apc-air-pollution-control-home/apc/vehicle-inspection-program1.html .

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3/20/20 COVID-19 Update

Additional Information - COVID-19

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Motor Vehicle Registrations Expiration Dates Delayed

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The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 55-4-104(a)-(d), are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to delay the expiration of all valid motor vehicle registrations set to expire between March 12, 2020 and May 18, 2020. Such motor vehicle registrations shall instead expire on June 15, 2020; provided, however, that such registrations shall return to their original renewal schedules in subsequent years.

Therefore, vehicle emissions testing has been suspended until further notice. 

Driver's Licenses 

The provisions of the Tennessee Code Annotated, Sections 55-50-336 and 55-50-337, are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to delay the expiration of all valid Class A, B, C, D, P and M driver licenses and Class ID photo identification licenses set to expire between March 12, 2020, and May 18, 2020. Such licenses shall instead expire six (6) months for the current date the license is set to expire.

The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 39-17-1351(n)(1), are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to delay the expiration of a valid enhanced handgun carry permit set to expire between March 12, 2020 and May 18, 2020. Such permits shall instead expire (6) months from the current date the permit is set to expire.

Please call the Wilson County Clerk’s Office during normal business hours for more information.

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The Latest on COVID-19

Wilson County Declares State of Emergency 3/25/2020

Wilson County Coronavirus COVID-19 Update of 3/18/2020

For more information and helpful links, view 

Wilson County stays on top of Coronavirus Information

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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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SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, homeowners, private non-profit organizations, and renters.

These loans may be used to repair or replace items that were damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. This includes properties such as real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.

To learn more about how you may qualify and how to begin an application with the U.S. Small Business Administration, visit  https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ .

This information is based on the U.S. Small Business Administration and its website  https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ .

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Helpful Information from FEMA

FEMA ways to Apply

The three fact sheets below provide information for disaster survivors seeking assistance.
An application status can be checked online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Disaster survivors may also access FEMA via smartphone and download the application from www.fema.gov .

Individuals and Households Program Fact Sheet

Public Assistance Fact Sheet

Individual Assistance Program Fact Sheet 

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Federal Assistance Comes to Davidson, Putnam, & Wilson Counties

This is an important message for those affected by the deadly tornadoes and severe weather on March 3, 2020.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced on March 5, 2020 that Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson counties will receive federal aid through an expedited Major Disaster Declaration.

Individuals who may be eligible can begin the application process at www.disasterassistance.gov.

Please see the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency's press release for more information here.

To see more information from the Wilson County Mayor's office, click here.

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Wilson County stays on top of Coronavirus Information

For information on the Coronavirus and helpful links, click below.

Wilson County stays on top of Coronavirus Information 2/28/2020

Wilson County Update on Coronavirus Preparedness 3/5/2020

Wilson County Update on Coronavirus COVID-19 3/12/2020

 

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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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Music City Star Runs Special Train for the St. Jude Rock n Roll Nashville Marathon

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City of Lebanon's Annual Spring Clean Up

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Make your starting line for the Country Music Marathon at the train station

Runners and spectators for the city’s largest marathon race event next month will have a convenient, hassle-free option for getting to downtown by riding the Music City Star.

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Wilson County Government and Premier Orthopaedics are partnering to operate a special Music City Star train on Saturday, April 25 from Lebanon to downtown Nashville for the 2015 St Jude Country Music Marathon. The special train service will offer an affordable and convenient transit option on race day, and showcase Middle Tennessee’s only regional commuter train service.  A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit St Jude Children’s Hospital and the St Jude Heroes program. 

“This partnership brings together two issues that are important to the success of our community – mass transit and the health of our citizens,” Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. “Connecting the St Jude Country Music Marathon and the Music City Star train can only make this year’s event an even more positive experience for runners and visitors alike. I appreciate Mayor Hutto having the vision to make this innovative partnership happen.”

Wilson County Mayor Hutto, who is a half-marathoner and RTA vice chairman, first proposed the idea of special train service for the event a year ago, and recruited Premier as a financial sponsor so ticket proceeds could directly benefit St Jude.  “Our goal is to provide runners throughout the Middle Tennessee region a convenient transportation alternative for getting to the marathon, while also providing direct financial support to St Jude Children’s Hospital,” Hutto said. “Thanks to Premier Orthopaedics, we will be able to accomplish both.”

“Through this unique public-private partnership, we will be able to further the RTA’s mission to introduce new riders to the Music City Star and emphasize the benefits of Middle Tennessee’s regional transit network,” added Steve Bland, RTA Chief Executive Officer. 

The St Jude Country Music Marathon Train is scheduled to depart from Lebanon Station at 5 a.m., stop in Martha at 5:15 a.m., Mt. Juliet at 5:25 a.m., Hermitage at 5:35 a.m., Donelson at 5:50 a.m. and arrive at Riverfront Station at 6 a.m.  The train will leave Riverfront Station at noon, stopping at all stations on the return trip to Lebanon.

Round-trip tickets cost $12 plus a $1 processing fee and can be purchased with a credit card through the RTA website or at www.ticketsnashville.com. Tickets will be on sale until 24 hours prior to departure or until they are sold out, whichever comes first. 

Customers will receive only one round-trip ticket for the St Jude Marathon Train and must show the ticket to train personnel for scanning when boarding.  Children age 4 and younger will not need a ticket to board; however, they will be required to sit in a parent’s lap.  Children age 5 and older will need a ticket. Weekday Music City Star tickets and passes will not be accepted on the St Jude Country Music Marathon train.

Any items that will not fit underneath the seat, such as large coolers, bikes and wagons, are not permitted on the train.  Backpacks and folding chairs will be allowed onboard.

For more information, contact Customer Care at (615) 862-5950 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays or visit the Music City Star Web site at www.musiccitystar.org.

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