Among the new schools built in recent years are Wilson Central High School, Watertown Elementary School, Mt. Juliet Elementary School and Mt. Juliet High School. A new Lebanon High School is now under construction.
Also, under Dedman’s tenure, schools such as Tuckers Crossroads Elementary and Lakeview Elementary expanded and the county purchased a facility to house the Adult Education Program.
Dedman said the growth and expansion of Wilson County has definitely been one of his best accomplishments during his three terms. “There’s been only two property tax increases in that time, one of 10 cents and one of 20.”
Also, while Dedman was in office, there have been many improvements to Wilson County’s government facilities, including expanding the Wilson County Judicial System, the Wilson County Jail, renovations of the County Courthouse, a new fire station in Statesville and a new WEMA station in Watertown.
Dedman is also supported bringing the Music City Star to Lebanon in 2006 and locating the Nashville Superspeedway in Wilson County in 2000.
Dedman noted he is looking forward to retirement. He laughed and remarked, “I’m going to retire. I’m going to cut grass, spend time with my two daughters and play golf, I’ve also had two part-time job offers.”
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