By SAM HATCHER
Several recent stories have dotted our front pages that strongly indicate things with respect to the economy are getting better.
Unemployment rates have dropped, rail shipments for a number of local industries and businesses have increased, sales tax revenue receipts are up and home sales seem to be trending in the upward direction.
These are all very good indicators that the economy, at least in our region or local area, is healing and improving.
In this regard, Wilson County and Middle Tennessee in general may have somewhat of an advantage when compared to the rest of the nation.
The area around Nashville is becoming more and more popular.
Nashville is rightfully earning a solid reputation as a place where the lifestyle is good and the business environment is friendly.
And what's good for Nashville is also good for Wilson County.
Among our county's many assets, our closeness in proximity to Nashville is often listed prominently when local officials are trying to lure new industries and commercial ventures to Wilson County.
We're only minutes from professional sports, a world class symphony, an international airport and other assets that are found in the capital city.
Circle these assets with our own, including easy access to interstate highways, a four-year independent university, excellent health care and viable education offerings in both the public and private sectors, and its clear that Wilson County has a distinct advantage and opportunity to excel.