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Promote Wilson County "The Place to Be" with a Specialty License Plate

This is a great opportunity to support Wilson County's very own transportation service for seniors, Wilson Rides, Inc. a non-profit. You can be one of the first 1,000 residents with a specialty license plate for Wilson County. 

Click here to print the registration form.

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FEMA Offers Disaster Assistance to Wilson, Davidson & Williamson Counties

Update from the TN Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development: May 10, 2021

Disaster Unemployment Offered in Three Tennessee Counties

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Update from the TN Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development: May 19, 2021

Temporary Rental Assistance Available to Storm Survivors 

 

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USBA Offers Disaster Assistance to TN Businesses & Residents

On May 11,2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that low-interest disaster loans will be made available to businesses and residents in Tennessee following the announcement of the Presidential Major Disaster Declaration as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding from March 25 - April 3, 2021.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing Tennessee residents with the most effective response possible to assist businesses, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. Businesses and residents in the declared area can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the SBA.

The Major Disaster Declaration covers Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties in Tennessee, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent Tennessee counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Cannon, Cheatham, Dekalb, Dickson, Hickman, Marshall, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner and Trousdale.

“This comes as good news to those that were affected by the severe weather and flooding in late March and early April. We’re so thankful for the Federal Government’s collaboration with our local governments to make the small business loans and FEMA funds available,” said Randall Hutto, Wilson County Mayor.

According to the SBA, businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20% of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA, for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a sump pump, elevation, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to restore or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property. Interest rates are as low as 3% for businesses, 2% for nonprofit organizations and 1.25% for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at www.DisasterLoan.sba.gov.

It is necessary for residents and business owners with damaged property to apply for a permit as soon as possible. In several cases, homeowners repairing damaged homes will not be required to pay for building permits. For questions or concerns, citizens are encouraged to call the Wilson County Planning Office, which is located inside the Wilson County Courthouse at 228 East Main Street, Room 5, in Lebanon, Tennessee. For questions or concerns regarding permits, the Planning office can be reached at 615/449-2836. Information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) can be found at  https://www.wilsoncountyplanning.com/Planning-Resources/fema-crs-brochure.html.

FEMA's fact sheet on SBA loans can be found here. 

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster.

Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 7, 2021.

The deadline to return economic injury applications is Feb. 8, 2022.

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Major Disaster Declaration Approved

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that the Federal Disaster Declaration has been approved by President Biden, which makes federal funding available to the state of Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding during March 27-28, 2021.

"We are grateful that those affected may now begin the recovery process. I’m so thankful for the local, state, and federal employees that gathered the damage estimates so that our citizens could receive this assistance." - Wilson County Mayor, Randall Hutto

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. The President’s approval also makes federal funding available to individuals and households in Davidson, Williamson, and Wilson Counties.

The 23 counties included in the Major Disaster Declaration are Campbell, Cannon, Cheatham, Claiborne, Clay, Davidson, Decatur, Fentress, Grainger, Hardeman, Henderson, Hickman, Jackson, Madison, Maury, McNairy, Moore, Overton, Scott, Smith, Wayne, Williamson, and Wilson counties.

The Major Disaster Declaration will also provide FEMA’s Individual Assistance program to residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties. Those affected may apply for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling the application phone number at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).

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COVID-19 Vaccinations in Wilson County

Update from the TN Department of Health 5/12/2021:

The Tennessee Department of Health has announced that it will begin administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12-15 years. (View their press release here.) This is following the decision by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the Pfizer vaccine be made available to administer to children ages 12-15 years. Prior to this decision, the Pfizer vaccine was only approved for individuals age 16 and above.

Local health departments will be able to vaccinate children ages 12-15 years beginning Friday, May 14. Individuals are able to request appointments online through Vaccinate.tn.gov. When making an appointment, individuals under the age of 18 should select a Pfizer vaccine appointment time. Health departments also accept walk-ins.

Individuals may also schedule an appointment with a local vaccine provider by visiting covid19.tn.gov or VaccineFinder.org. Many local providers also accept walk-ins. For more information regarding vaccine recommendations and guidelines from ACIP visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/vacc-specific/covid-19.html.

Update from the Wilson County Health Department 5/10/2021:

Schedule an Appointment

All Tennesseans ages 16 and over are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. 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.  

The Wilson County Health Department is working to remove certain barriers for Wilson county residents who may have trouble scheduling an appointment. Therefore, beginning April 26, 2021, the Wilson County Health Department will be offering 25 vaccines that do not require an appointment. Those wishing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment may arrive anytime from 9:00am-3:00pm to receive the vaccine.These individuals will have their own designated line at the College Hills Church of Christ vaccine location. This option will be available Mondays-Fridays now through May 16th.

Beginning Monday, May 17th the Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccine hours will shift to 12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. on Mondays-Fridays at the College Hills location.

As we move into warmer weather, the Wilson County Health Department will begin vaccinating indoors so that the temperature of the vaccine can be maintained. Beginning June 1, 2021 the Health Department will relocate their vaccine site from College Hills to the Wilson County Schools Administrative and Training Complex (ATC) located at 415 Harding Drive Lebanon, TN 37090.

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

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A Thanksgiving Message from Mayor Hutto

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

 

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COVID-19 Testing at the Wilson Co. Health Dept.

Update from the Tennessee Department of Health: May 28, 2021

COVID-19 testing, administered by Tennessee Department of Health staff, takes place at the Wilson County Health Department on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30AM-10:30AM. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the self-administered test kit option will be offered at the Wilson County Health Department 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

 

 

 

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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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