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Businesses on square reopening

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By KALYN SHELLYThe Wilson PostAs the flood waters have receded, businesses across Wilson County are dealing with the struggles of rebuilding what was lost, and while many companies hope to re-open this weekend, others struggle with where to start.Sue Vanatta, president and CEO of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, said many businesses around the Square like The Paper Mill and Cuz's Antiques hope to open back up by the weekend. However, she said there is still work to be done. The Chamber is coordinating with Wilson County Emergency Management Agency and the City of Lebanon to open a store for donations, Vanatta said. She added Prime Outlets-Lebanon mall donated 4,000 square feet to open the store so that people can have a place to bring their contributions."We will be taking clothing, furniture, office supplies, anything people can use," Vanatta said. "The Chamber is still taking volunteers to man the store." Businesses stretching from Lebanon to Mt. Juliet are still assessing the damages and trying to re-open as soon as possible.Trish Watson, broker at American Dreams Realty in Lebanon, said even though they suffered thousands of dollars worth of damage, they are open for business. "The place is still in shambles but we are just hanging in there doing what we can," Watson said. Mark Hinesley, president of the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, said The Valley Center off of Mt. Juliet Road is still dealing with damages from the storm. He said businesses like Teach-A-Child had extensive damage with most of its reading materials and other merchandise ruined. However, businesses like Pump It Up hope to re-open Saturday, said its owner, Karen Haynes.Staff Writer Kalyn Shelly may be contacted at
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