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“This will be an opportunity for Mayor Hutto to give a ‘State of the County’ speech,” Gannon said.

Gannon said he and the other members of Leadership Wilson stay busy visiting various city and county government meetings and stay updated and involved in issues all across the county. They’re channeling that aspect of the Leadership program to bring Wilson’s three municipalities together. 

Along with Hutto, Leadership Wilson has also invited the mayors of Lebanon, Watertown and Mt. Juliet to the luncheon to participate in a question-and-answer session where they will field questions from citizens.

Gannon said Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings and Mt. Juliet mayor Linda Elam, and her replacement, Vice Mayor Ed Hagerty, have committed to attending the luncheon.

The mayors will be available to answer any questions members of the audience may have, including those regarding fire protection, emergency services and much more.

The luncheon is one of several projects that members of Leadership Wilson have to organize during their time in the program. Gannon said with this particular project, he hopes it will act as a symbol to get everyone in the county working and moving forward together.

“We want this to be looking forward, we all need to be moving in the same direction,” Gannon said.

Gannon works as an insurance agent for State Farm Insurance in the Providence MarketPlace in Mt. Juliet, but lives in Lebanon. As he’s active in both communities, he has an interest in bringing the two closer together along with Watertown.

“I live in Lebanon and work in Mt. Juliet, so I think it gives me a unique perspective,” he said.

The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 28, inside the Manheim Nashville Auto Auction on the auction room floor. Manheim is located at 8400 Eastgate Blvd., off of Highway 109.

The general public is welcome to attend, however, all those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP as soon as possible. Lunch will be provided by Zaxby’s catering and a ticket to the luncheon can be purchased at the door or online for $10.

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You can pay by cash or personal check at the event or you can purchase a ticket beforehand at You may RSVP to or by calling 443-9881.

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