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Vaccine Eligibility, Waiting List & Hotline Information

Governor Lee has announced the launch of a new digital tool, which helps inform Tennesseans when they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The eligibility tool allows users to opt-in to receive updates and notifications about their vaccine phase and provides risk-based and age-based phase information for each county. Visit the website here. 

UPDATE from the Wilson County Health Department 1/19/2021:
 

COVID-19 vaccinations are given Monday-Friday from 12:30PM-4:30PM by appointment only. Those in the appropriate phase or age category may sign up on the waiting list or call the COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 866-442-5301. From there, individuals will be contacted by the TN Department of Health to schedule their appointment(s). Once an appointment has been scheduled, the location of where to receive the vaccine will be confirmed, along with any other necessary information.

Those who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine prior to January 8, 2021 will be contacted by the health department to schedule their second dose appointment. These individuals will be called by the health department’s regional office once their appointment is ready to be scheduled. From there, they will be given instructions to access a separate registration link, where they can schedule their second dose.
 
On January 8, 2021, the health department began offering a QR code. The new QR codes may be scanned on-site via smartphone, which takes individuals to a website where they may schedule their second dose appointments. Those who do not have access to a smart phone will be contacted by the health department to schedule their second dose. Appointments for the second dose may also be scheduled on-site after receiving the first dose. 
 
***The Wilson County Health Department is owned and operated by the TN Department of Health. The Wilson County Mayor's Office is assisting the TN Department of Health in providing this valuable information to the public.
 
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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

December 11, 2020

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Wilson County's Mask Mandate in Effect

Wilson County's mask mandate is in effect until further notice. To read the full Executive Order and its twelve exclusions, click here.

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Relief Funds for Businesses Impacted by Pandemic

$50 Million in New Business Relief Funding Includes Specific Support for Minority, Women-Owned, Veteran-Owned Businesses

On October 7, 2020 Governor Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group (FSAG) announced an initial $50 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for the new Supplemental Employer Recovery Grant (SERG) program to provide additional relief to small businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds include specific support for minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses, as well as businesses owned by disabled persons.

Small business owners and non-profit organizations can apply to receive reimbursement for eligible direct expenses or costs incurred because of business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses may apply now through December 29, 2020, or until all funds are depleted.

Please note:

  • Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis;
  • Awards are capped at $30,000. Businesses located in low to moderate income (“LMI”) census tracts, Opportunity zones, or Promise zones will receive an additional $500 added to the maximum allowable expenses;
  • 10% of all funds distributed under this program will be reserved for eligible diversity business enterprises, classified as minority business enterprises, women business enterprises, or service-disabled veteran business enterprises, and enterprises owned by disabled persons.

The period for reimbursable expenses is May 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020. Business interruption costs and other elligible expenses include (but are not limited to):

  • Costs to create social distancing measures
  • Purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees or customers
  • Contactless equipment
  • Payroll expenses
  • Mortgage interest

The SERG program follows the previously allocated $300 million for more than 40,000 qualifying businesses under the Tennessee Business Relief Program.

To apply and learn more about what is eligible for reimbursement, please visit https://tncaresact.tn.gov/SERG . For assistance with an application, please call 1-833-740-1438 or email support@TNCARESACT.com.

Information provided by www.tn.gov/governor/news.

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COVID-19 Testing at the Wilson County Fairgrounds

Update from the Tennessee Department of Health: January 19, 2021

COVID-19 testing, administered by Tennessee Department of Health staff, takes place at the Wilson County Fairgrounds 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 Fairgrounds 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.

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

 

COVID19 health dpt notice

 

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"Rebuild and Recover" Grant Program

The following is a letter from Jim Kidwell, ADA Coordinator:

"June 10, 2020

County Commissioners

County Officials

County Residents

Wilson County is fortunate enough to be able to apply for funds through the “Rebuild and Recover” program with Tennessee Housing Development Agency, to assist local communities to recover from weather related incidents.

Mayor Hutto and County ADA Coordinator, Jim Kidwell met with THDA officials (Cynthia Peraza-Director of Community Programs, Toni Shaw-Housing Programs Manager, Larisa Stout-Housing Programs Manager, Jeremy Heidt-Director of Industry and Government Affairs, and Denise McBride-Industry and Government Affairs Liaison----who put the meeting together)  on June 2, 2020, to discuss some of the particulars.

The maximum grant awarded to any community is $500,000.00, and this requires a 50% match.  Those funds can be provided by in-kind services from other State agencies, federal sources such as the CDBG program, USDA Rural Development or the Federal Home Loan Bank.  In addition, FEMA funds can qualify as an eligible source of match, so in this case, our FEMA funds should more than make up our match.

Rebuild and Recover grants may only be used to benefit low or very low-income households.  Low income” means an individual or household whose gross income does not exceed 80% of the area median income, adjusted for family size.  “Very low income” means an individual or family unit whose gross annual income does not exceed 50% of the median income, adjusted for family size.  Rebuild and Recover grants use the income limits established by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for the HOME Program, and household income as defined by the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program.  Current income limits are posted on the THDA website at www.thda.org under the Community Programs tab.(I have included the “Income Limits”)

The maximum per unit subsidy from the Rebuild and Recover grant is $40,000.00.  This amount may not be enough to rehabilitate a homeownership unit in compliance with the Property Standards.  Grantees should seek additional funding specific to eligible homeowners.

Grants for homeowner rehabilitation projects that do not include reconstruction shall have a compliance period of five years with a forgiveness feature of 20% annually. In order to enforce the compliance period, THDA will require that a Grantee have assisted homeowners execute a grant note and a recorded deed of trust.

Grants for homeowner rehabilitation projects that include reconstruction shall have a compliance period of fifteen years with a forgiveness feature of 6.67% annually.  In order to enforce the compliance period, THDA will require that a Grantee have assisted homeowners execute a grant note and a recorded deed of trust.

If the homeowner of a property that has been rehabilitated dies during the compliance period and the property is inherited by heirs, the property may be rented without paying the unforgiven portion of the Rebuild and Recover subsidy to THDA.  However, if the house is sold by the heirs during the compliance period, the remaining unforgiven portion must be repaid to THDA.  Grants for the demolition of owner-occupied housing will not require a compliance period.

The solicitation of bids for goods and services, materials, supplies and/or equipment using Rebuild and Recover grants, must be open and competitive.  Rebuild and Recover Grantees must follow the procurement policies.  At a minimum, there must be an established contractor selection procedure and a written rationale for selecting the successful bid and proposal.

If you know of anyone affected by the storm, living in Wilson County, that meet the criteria, please have them fill out the enclosed survey, and get it back to me by June 26, 2020.   I have also enclosed the income limits.

Jim Kidwell, ADA"

Adjusted Home Income Limits

Rebuild and Recover Grant Survey

Please direct any questions to Jim Kidwell at the Wilson County Mayor's Office (615)444-1383. 

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Tornado Recovery Connection

The following is a message from Recover Wilson County:

Recover Wilson County’s Long Term Recovery Relief Team is here to walk alongside you or anyone you know affected by the storms on March 3, 2020. A Long Term Recovery Group is a cooperative body made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within a community to assist individuals and families as they recover from disaster in a holistic, sustainable and equitable way.  You can go to recoverwilson.com to find available resources.  

We additionally, advise you will reach out to Tornado Recovery Connection who have hired caseworkers to work alongside our team. This ensures we are able to best assess needs survivors in the community may have now, or in the future.  Please leave a message at  615-270-9255 and your call will be returned by a case manager from Tornado Recovery Connection. TRC will confidentially document your information and connect you with the Recover Wilson Team.  Above all, our team seeks to ensure you know that you are not alone and we are here to serve each affected community member equally as we walk together towards recovery.

 

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May 4th Deadline to Apply with FEMA

For those who have uninsured losses as a result of the March 3rd tornadoes, May 4, 2020 is the deadline to register with FEMA.

May 4, 2020 also is the deadline to apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest disaster loans for physical property damage.

Applicants can apply for a low-interest disaster loan online at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

The deadline for economic injury applications is December 7, 2020.

For more information on SBA disaster assistance. Call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339), or visit sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance . 

FEMA ways to Apply

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May is the Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Month Poster

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DrugFree WilCo Facebook Live Event April 29th at 2:30PM

Drug Free WilCo will host a Facebook Live Event on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 2:30PM. Mike Ayalon will moderate for DrugFree WilCo with speakers Erika Lathon of Addiction Campuses; Ralph Cook of Lantern Lane Farms; Will Taylor, Regional Opioid Prevention Specialist; and Daryl Crouch, Pastor Green Hills Church and Everyone’s Wilson.  Visit facebook.com/drugfreewilco and learn about how they are able to provide much needed support to those in need during these challenging times.  All are welcome to view and listen to this call!

Facebook Live DrugFree WilCo

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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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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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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 Declaration in Response to COVID-19 4/1/2020

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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