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

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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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Tornado Debris Clean-up

The Wilson County debris removal contractors will soon begin debris removal on Wilson County maintained roads in response to the tornado of March 3, 2020.

The cities of Lebanon and Mt. Juliet are handling debris removal as well. For those who live within the city limits of Lebanon or Mt. Juliet, contact Lebanon City Hall or Mt. Juliet City Hall for more information regarding clean-up.

The Wilson County contractors are currently prioritizing debris removal based on the tornado path only. Residents of impacted areas are asked to place any tornado-generated debris on the public right-of-way. The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement.

Residents are urged to separate the debris as follows:

  • VEGETATIVE DEBRIS (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material)
  • CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS (building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, mattresses, plumbing)
  • WHITE GOODS (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters)
  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)
  • ELECTRONICS (TVs, computers, stereos, printers, faxes)

Normal household trash or “spring cleaning” waste will not be collected.

Only loose debris will be collected, BAGGED DEBRIS SHOULD NOT be placed on the public right-of-way. Do not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility. Only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection until further notice.

If you live on a county road and have tornado-generated debris, please move it to the right-of-way as soon as possible.

The Wilson County contractors will make multiple passes through the impacted areas. For more information, please call Thompson Consulting at (305)310-2373.

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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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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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