Wilson County School Board is seeking a Board Member for Zone 3. Individuals nominated must be residents of zone 3 which consists of County Commission Districts 11, 13, 14 and 16. Registered voters of zone 3 may submit names for consideration either in person at the County Commission meeting on Monday February 25th or in writing to the County Mayor prior to the meeting. This individual will take office March 5th and serve until the next general election, August 6, 2020. If you would like to view the qualifications for this seat, please see T.C.A. 8-18-101 and T.C.A. 49-2—201.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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
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
2nd Place-Promotional/Advertising Poster
2nd Place- Unique Advertising Specialties/ Merchandise/ Souvenirs
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!
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”!