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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Plant a tree 2015!

The Tennessee Environmental Council is sponsoring a “50k Tree Day” event Saturday, February 21, 2015. 50,000 trees will be planted across Tennessee. There will be a variety of trees to plant ranging from Oak and Evergreens to various native ornamentals such as Redbuds and Dogwoods. This a great way to support our environment and help create an impact for generations into the future! We hope you can make plans to attend and be part of this event. Click on the link below for Registration and Location Information.

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COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION NEEDS COMMUNITY INPUT

Wilson County has recently formed a Parks and Recreation Board and are in need of input from the community through a survey.

The Wilson County Parks and Recreation Board is looking for opinions on the importance and benefits of parks, visitation, improvements, greenways, trails and sports programs that would benefit the citizens of the county.

The Parks and Recreation Survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WilsonCountyParkSurvey.

“We look to the citizens of Wilson County for their input,” County Mayor Randall Hutto said.  “We are wanting to enhance the quality of life of our community and I encourage everyone to take part in the survey.”

Please take a moment and answer the short survey and feel free to share with anyone you think would be interested.  In addition to linking to the online survey, copies will be provided at the County Mayor’s Office. 

The survey will be open until October 15.

 

We appreciate your support of the Parks and Recreation Board and if you have any questions, please contact Jeni Lind Brinkman, Board Chair at 615-478-5364 or jenilind.brinkman@tn.gov or the County Mayor Office at 444-1383.

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JE Dunn Construction host Job Fair

JE Dunn Construction will host a job fair noon to 4:30PM, Thursday, September 4 at Tennessee College of Applied Technology.  

“This is another great opportunity for our citizens to find work close to home,” Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said.  “I’m excited for the Four Lake Regional Industrial Development Authority to land this opportunity and for the jobs that are available to our citizens.”

The fair will recruit workers of the upcoming build of a new CCA facility in Hartsville, which will be managed by JE Dunn Construction Company.

Corrections Corporation of America’s 2,552-bed correctional facility will be built, own and operated in Trousdale County.  The facility is expected to be ready for inmates in the first quarter of 2016.

 

Tennessee College of Applied Technology is located at 716 East McMurry Blvd. in Hartsville.  

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Working Together in Wilson County

I have enjoyed serving as your County Major and feel honored and fortunate to have the opportunity to serve for another term by being unopposed in the August General Election.

I have strived these past four years to represent all areas of Wilson County.  Growing up in the Watertown area and currently living just outside of Lebanon, it has been my pleasure to become more acquainted and involved with the city of Mt. Juliet and west Wilson County.   It was a humbly experience for me to be named the 2013 Wilsonian of the Year by the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson Chamber, making me feel the goal of representing everyone has been accomplished.

 

 Let me share just a portion of the things that have been accomplished in our county.

-City of Mt. Juliet and Wilson County officials have cooperated to successfully double both fire and ambulance emergency services within Mt. Juliet.

-County Mayor available to meet with citizens the last Wednesday of each month at Mt. Juliet Chamber office from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. with no appointment necessary

-Organized regular meetings with all three city mayors and Mt. Juliet City Manager in an effort to promote cooperation between all local governments.

-Regularly attend Mt. Juliet Chamber Economic Development Committee meetings as well as the North Mt. Juliet ECD meetings

-Additions made to several schools, including West Elementary, West Wilson Middle, with a PreK – 2nd Grade added to Rutland Elementary

-Wilson County website has been totally revamped  

-Veterans Park is under construction to honor our local veterans.

-SRO’s placed in every public school in Wilson County as of fall 2013

-Wilson County Departments have been awarded over 2.6 million dollars in grants from 2011 to 2014.

-Parks and Recreation Board is in organizational stages to be able to secure grant funding for all local parks and recreation areas.

-Wilson County Government will realize a savings of 4.6 million dollars over the next several years because of refunding of capital bonds and notes ($505,000 annually)

-Worked to balance Budget.  Fund Balance increased to 2 million+ in FY 2012-13

-ISO Rating improved to lower fire insurance rates

 Future Plans:

-New interchange at I-40 and Central Pike

-Expansion of Mt. Juliet Library

-Multi Sports Park Complex

-Transit Loop for Wilson County

 

 

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Wilson County Welcomes Cath Lab

University Medical Center has taken another major step in becoming one of middle Tennessee’s finest and most comprehensive community hospitals with the recent ground breaking of a cutting-edge cardiac catheterization or “cath” lab.  This will be in addition to the hospital’s current diagnostic capabilities and allow patients’ access to the most minimally invasive techniques available to treat cardiovascular disease.  The hospital’s board members and outstanding Cardiologists have been a vital part of this ground breaking.  A ribbon cutting ceremony is anticipated upon the completion of this project in a few short months.

“This new cardiac “cath” lab is a great asset to the community members of Wilson County.  We have phenomenal Cardiologists on staff here at University Medical Center, representing the best of what Nashville has to offer, and the new cath lab will enhance our physicians’ ability to treat advanced cardiovascular disease closer to home,” said Matt Caldwell, CEO of University Medical Center“This is truly a testament of what a community-based hospital can achieve when it commits to delivering the highest quality care.”

This new lab will feature the latest generation of cardiovascular technology including the Phillips FD20 Flat Pannel digital imaging x-ray system.  This technology provides sharper images and the ability to better visualize a patient’s anatomy during a complex procedure. 

Time is muscle.  Every second counts when it comes to a heart attack.  The quicker a physician can restore vital blood flow through all of the heart’s arteries, the less damage to the heart muscle should be expected.  To restore this blood flow, cardiologists work in a cardiac catheterization lab using a stent or a balloon to open the artery.

The gold standard for “door to balloon time” set by the American Heart Association is 90 minutes.  University Medical Center is committed to outperforming this standard of care. 

 

For more information about the cardiac catheterization lab at University Medical Center, call 615-453-4500.

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Wilson County Job Fair brings Potential 1,200 Openings

Wilson County Mayor’s Office in combination with Tennessee Career Center and Cumberland University will be hosting a Job Fair 10a.m. to 1p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at Cumberland University’s Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. 

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