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Jackson appointed to county industrial development board
Jackson appointed to county industrial development board

At its March meeting, the Wilson County Commission appointed Dr. Shanna Jackson of Mt. Juliet to the Wilson County Industrial Development Board.

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Pay to spay

The county commission favored reinstating the pet tax, honored a lifesaving sheriff's deputy and thanked a nationally recognized Vietnam veteran from Wilson County Monday night.

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Election proves WC Election Commission best in state
Election proves WC Election Commission best in state

As chairman of the Wilson County Election Commission, I have observed in the last few years the election process from each election to its certified end. I conclude that we have the best poll workers in the state of Tennessee.

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County, district breaks ground on Central Office project
County, district breaks ground on Central Office project

The former Lebanon High School building at 415 Harding Drive is about the be revitalized.

A groundbreaking was held on Monday morning at the location to celebrate its latest purpose - housing the Wilson County School System.

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Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection endorses Hipps
Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection endorses Hipps

Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection (TVAP), a non-partisan political action committee (PAC), recently endorsed Amelia Morrison Hipps, the Democratic candidate for District 46 in the State House of Representatives race.

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Sheriff, police not OK with reducing pot penalties
Sheriff, police not OK with reducing pot penalties

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan sat down with The Wilson Post on Wednesday and reflected on a decision made in Nashville this week to decriminalize the possession of marijuana in small amounts.

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Commission OK's 35-cent tax hike for raises, school
Commission OK's 35-cent tax hike for raises, school

Wilson County Commissioners approved a 35.17-cent property tax increase, which will in turn provide raises for close to 500 county employees, including higher pay for emergency personnel, members of the sheriff's department and county teachers.

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Republicans run up the tally in TN House primaries
Republicans run up the tally in TN House primaries

Both Republican and Democratic candidates ran unopposed in their respective primaries, but the totals of the conservative party were nearly four times that of their counterparts.

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Commissioners preparing for property tax hike
Commissioners preparing for property tax hike

County commissions don't always agree, but several members of the Budget Committee appear to be on the same page that it's not if the county will need to raise property taxes, but by how much in the upcoming budget.

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TXR, Gladeville get green light; Southside, Watertown to wait
TXR, Gladeville get green light; Southside, Watertown to wait

The expansion and renovation of Tuckers Crossroads and Gladeville schools got the green light from the Wilson County School Board at a special-called meeting Sunday afternoon - while similar projects at Watertown and Southside schools were put on hold.

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Budget Committee defers talk of tax increase for schools
Budget Committee defers talk of tax increase for schools

The Wilson County Budget Committee Thursday night deferred a motion by the Education Committee that asked them to consider a property tax increase to cover a major shortfall in their original $54.8 million schools building and expansion plan.

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Site purchase for road dept. approved
Site purchase for road dept. approved

The Wilson County Commission gave the road commission permission Monday night to purchase a 22,600-square-foot building on 5.09 acres on Tennessee Boulevard and Surprise Lane for $1.125 million.

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Schools face $28 mil construction cost overrun
Schools face $28 mil construction cost overrun

A $28 million cost overrun for school construction that has already been discussed by the county commission's budget committee will be discussed by the Wilson County School Board at a special-called work session next week.

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County attorney's contract comes under fire
County attorney's contract comes under fire

County commissioners honor Grammy-winner Joe Thompson, the Wilson County Beekeepers Association for helping during a recent bee emergency, and the UT Ag Extension office in Wilson County.

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Expo Center calendar filling up
Expo Center calendar filling up

Almost seven months since stepping into the position, Wilson County Expo Center Marketing Director Charity Toombs said the schedule is shaping up.

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Popular gun show signs on with Expo Center
Popular gun show signs on with Expo Center

A representative from Bill Goodman's Gun & Knife Shows confirmed they have booked several dates in 2017 at the Wilson County Expo Center. David Goodman, who operates the business, added that they intend to also book shows at the Nashville Fairgrounds in 2017, as well, which has been home to the popular expo for several decades.

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Special meeting set to choose school site
Special meeting set to choose school site

The biggest news at the Wilson County Commission meeting concerned an upcoming attempt by the Wilson County School Board to finally settle on the site of a new high school on the county's western side.

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'Smoke & mirrors' or 'more heads in beds?'
'Smoke & mirrors' or 'more heads in beds?'

The Wilson County Commission agreed by a 19-5 vote following serious debate Monday night to allow a $250,000 fund transfer in the James E. Ward Agriculture Center budget. The funds are to support improvements needed to sponsor the rodeo scheduled for later this year.

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Craighead outlines Tourism Pilot Program to commissioners
Craighead outlines Tourism Pilot Program to commissioners

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead presented a Tourism Development Pilot to several Wilson County commissioners Thursday.

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Year in Review: CU names Stumb new president
Year in Review: CU names Stumb new president

In 2015, The Cumberland University Board of Trust named Dr. Paul C. Stumb IV as the 26th president in the school's 174-year history. The appointment came after an extensive nationwide search.

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Year in Review: Growth spurs changes in Wilson
Year in Review: Growth spurs changes in Wilson

As has been the case for more than a decade, government in Wilson County and its municipalities spent much of 2015 monitoring, preparing for or dealing with the ramifications of growth.

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Christmas present for a fallen hero
Christmas present for a fallen hero

The name of Jerry Lancaster is among the 58,195 on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, and now it will be on a bridge in Wilson County.

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'Partnerships make a lot of things happen': Craighead on Expo Center
'Partnerships make a lot of things happen': Craighead on Expo Center

County commissioners, Lebanon City officials and other supporters gathered Friday on the ground where - a year from now - the Wilson County Expo Center will stand.

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Expo Center gets additional funding
Expo Center gets additional funding

The Wilson County Commission approved $1.5 million more for the Expo Center Monday night after serious debate of the issue.

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County to break ground Friday for Expo Center
County to break ground Friday for Expo Center

Wilson County will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Expo Center on 2 p.m. Friday at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

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Deputy saves choking child's life
Deputy saves choking child's life

Wilson County has a special hero all its own, Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Bowen. While he was acting as a School Resource Officer (SRO) in early September, he saved the life of a fourth grade student - and he was honored for his quick action at Monday night's Wilson County Commission meeting.

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Happy New (insurance) Year!

Wilson County employees can expect some changes to their current health insurance plans effective Jan. 1, 2016. The Wilson County Commission voted Monday night to authorize the changes, with only District 6 Commissioner Kenny Reich voting no.

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School board gets raises to $800, too

In July, the Wilson County Commission voted itself a pay raise to $800 per month, per commissioner. Now it turns out that by doing so, the commissioners also, in effect, gave Wilson County School Board members the same raise.

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WEMA's legality challenged by commissioner
WEMA's legality challenged by commissioner

County Attorney Mike Jennings said it's his opinion that all of the county's actions with regard to the Wilson Emergency Management Agency (WEMA) are legal after District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush challenged the county's actions at the Wilson County Commission meeting Monday night.

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County budget, tax rate, alcohol sales at Expo passed
County budget, tax rate, alcohol sales at Expo passed

The Wilson County Commission approved the 2015-16 budget and set a tax rate before receiving a visit from the ghost of James E. Ward Monday night.

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WC Commissioners double their pay, cut taxpayers to the quick
WC Commissioners double their pay, cut taxpayers to the quick

Wilson County Commissioners voted last week to increase their own pay from $400 a month to $800 a month by a vote of 16-6 with three commissioners absent.

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Commission raises own pay
Commission raises own pay

Wilson County commissioners gave themselves a raise Monday night. In a 16-6 vote with three commissioners absent, they approved doubling their own salaries to $800 per month.

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Committees give thumbs up to school expansions
Committees give thumbs up to school expansions

Both the Education and Budget Committees of the Wilson County Commission have unanimously approved plans to improve, remodel and expand five Wilson County schools and rebuild the old Lebanon High School for new uses, County Finance Commissioner Aaron Maynard said this week.

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Commission considers reinstating $2 pet tax

After multiple meetings of the Wilson County Animal Control Committee with input from those who dealt with the pet tax circumstances (pro and con), and after receiving an opinion from the state, the Wilson County Commission voted to end the pet tax.

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May 3 funeral planned for Bill Patton
May 3 funeral planned for Bill Patton

Former Wilson Co. Commissioner
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at the Victory Baptist Church for Mr. William L. "Bill" Patton, 76.

A long-time resident of Mt. Juliet and a former 16-year member of the Wilson County Commission, Mr. Patton died April 30, 2015

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Expo Center gets 'green light'
Expo Center gets 'green light'

Wilson County will be building an 86,000-square-foot Expo Center at the James E. Ward Ag Center soon. Following extensive discussion Monday night, the Wilson County Commission voted 17-7 in favor of the plan to start work on the proposed center, at a cost of up to $10 million that the commission's vote approved borrowing.

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Woman of Wilson: Amelia Morrison Hipps
Woman of Wilson: Amelia Morrison Hipps

Assuming the part-time position of Wilson County Schools Public Information Officer in 2014 came naturally for longtime journalist and editor Amelia Morrison Hipps.

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WHS wrestling gym gets final OK
WHS wrestling gym gets final OK

Funding approved by County Commission
Watertown's getting a new wrestling, gymnastics and cheerleading gym for its high school. The gym for the new Watertown High School won the Wilson County School Board's approval last week, and now the County Commission has approved funding it.

Like the school board, which narrowly approved the project by a 3-2 vote, the County Commission was not unanimous in giving its nod to the project Monday, Nov. 17. However, the commissioners' 18-7 vote was more lopsided in favor of funding the proposed gym.

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Commission tells state 'butt out' of local zoning

Under new business at Monday night’s Wilson County Commission meeting, the 25-member body voted almost unanimously on a voice vote to send a letter to the state legislators opposing a proposed home for victims of the sex trafficking or slavery trade.

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County passes budget; fails to pass raise for squires

The last meeting of the current Wilson County Commission saw the passage of the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget, which included a 1.5 percent raise for all general fund and library employees by a vote of 21-3 with one abstention.

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More of same, Master Plan and level playing field

It’s business as usual for the Wilson County Board of County Commissioners, even without a new budget.

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Commission candidates financial disclosures told

The Aug. 7 County General Election will be the first one since redistricting based on the 2010 U.S. Census took place.

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$1 surcharge issue not dead

District 46 State Rep. Mark Pody continues to say that he believes Wilson County Government can impose a $1 surcharge on all tickets sold to events at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center – without the approval of the General Assembly via a private act – as long as the money goes toward maintenance of the facility.

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Bush disappointed in DA's decision

No criminal charges will be brought against any parties listed in an ethics complaint forwarded to the District Attorney General on April 4 by the Wilson County Ethics Committee in a 3-2 vote.

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Calm reigns at Wilson County Commission

Monday night’s Wilson County Commission meeting was quiet compared to some recent monthly meetings, with little to no discussion of the 12 resolutions dealing with budget matters.  

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DA's ruling on Ethics Complaint expected soon

District Attorney General Tommy Thompson told The Wilson Post Tuesday morning that he hopes to have a report regarding a 24-page ethics complaint filed against members of the Wilson County Commission two weeks ago soon.

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24-page ethics complaint filed with DA

The heart of a 24-page ethics complaint sent to the District Attorney General by the Wilson County Commission Ethics Committee on April 3 is the question of residency of individual commissioners when they move.

The issue has been a topic of contention for some commissioners since December, when former County Commissioner Adam Bannach of District 18, resigned his seat due to moving out of his district.

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Residency issue has long history

While some may think this is a new issue, it is not and its roots go back six years when Commissioner Wendell Marlowe served for nearly seven months after moving out of his district.

According to local media reports in January 2008, Marlowe, who was then commissioner of District 1, did not submit his resignation until November 2007, almost five months after he had moved out of his district.

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Tennessee Code Annotated Laws cited in Ethics Complaint

Here are the three laws from the Tennessee Code Annotated, Harold Huber alleges in his 24-page Ethics Complaint that members of the Wilson County Government may have violated.

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24-page ethics complaint filed with DA

The heart of a 24-page ethics complaint sent to the District Attorney General by the Wilson County Commission Ethics Committee on April 3 is the question of residency of individual commissioners when they move.

The issue has been a topic of contention for some commissioners since December, when former County Commissioner Adam Bannach of District 18, resigned his seat due to moving out of his district.

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Legislative Ad Hoc panel meeting set

Wilson County Commission’s Legislative Ad Hoc Committee sets meeting for Thursday at the courthouse.

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BOE expansion resolution heads to Legislature

The issue of education continues to be a contentious one in Wilson County, even at the Monday night’s regular County Commission meeting.

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County Planning, Zoning panel to meet

Wilson County Commission’s Planning & Zoning Committee has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, at the courthouse.

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Commission to fill District 18 vacancy

Wilson County Commission is to fill the vacant seat for District 18 at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 27.

Former Commissioner Adam Bannach resigned his seat in December 2013, due to the purchase of a new home, which is out of the district. The individual selected will serve for the un-expired term, which runs through Aug. 31.

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Bannach resigns from seat on commission

District 18 Commissioner Adam Bannach has officially resigned from his seat due to relocation outside of his district.

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May the Serenity Prayer be your guide in 2014

By the time you read this, 2014 will either be just around the corner or will have already arrived. It’s a new year for new beginnings and new endings, or to use a single word, another year for changes.

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A belated list of Thanksgiving
A belated list of Thanksgiving

I had hoped to write this column for last Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but circumstances beyond my control took over my life. So please forgive me as I give thanks for many things – a week after this truly American holiday.

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Bush speaks out on changes he’d like to see in county government

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series regarding District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush’s views on county finances and changes in how the monthly meetings are conducted.

At the October Wilson County Commission Meeting, District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush rose to comment on how in his opinion the General Fund is “being depleted rapidly” less than 90 days into the current fiscal year.

Following the Oct. 21 meeting, Bush contacted The Wilson Post and said he would like to explain his comments at the meeting.

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Bush wants more discussion, balanced budget

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series regarding District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush’s views on county finances and changes in how the monthly meetings are conducted.

In addition to wanting a simpler document that shows the status of each specific Wilson County fund balance at the monthly meetings, District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush would also like to see more discussion about expenditures on the floor of the county commission meetings.

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Constructive criticism can be beneficial
Constructive criticism can be beneficial

No one likes to hear criticism, which is defined as “the act of expressing disapproval and of noting the problems or faults of a person or thing” by Merriam-Webster dictionary. I get that. I don’t like being criticized.

However, I’ve never been one to shy away from constructive criticism, which dictionary.com defines as “criticism or advice that is useful and intended to help or improve something, often with an offer of possible solutions.”

Unfortunately, though, I’ve observed throughout the years that all too often people view constructive criticism as just criticism and refuse to acknowledge that ideas or suggestions for improvement have any merit.

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Will someone please find that thin line of respect?
Will someone please find that thin line of respect?

Thanks to a recent rather snide Facebook post by a friend of mine who is as red a Republican as they come (which he has since removed so don’t bother looking), I was able to finally pinpoint what has made me so ill about the last five years of partisan fighting.

The actions of today’s politicians and many of their supporters on both sides of the aisle go against a principle my Daddy instilled in me and that has become a creed of mine as a journalist throughout the years.

 Daddy told me, “You don’t have to respect or like the people who hold public office. Respect is not something you give to another simply because they were elected. They have to earn it. But at the same time, you must always respect the office that they hold. That does command your respect. It’s finding that thin line to walk in those situations that is difficult.”

 

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County has full agenda on slate for Monday

Several Wilson County Commission committees took action on various items, resulting in a full agenda for next full commission meeting.

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Setterlund - firings not on a whim

Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund said the recent dismissals of two long-term educators were not decisions I made just on a whim.

While he declined to discuss the specifics behind the dismissal last Thursday of Jill Micco, supervisor of special education, and on Friday of Bill Moss, supervisor of Career Technical Education (CTE), Setterlund said, Part of it is, I have to have a central office staff that shares the same vision that I have for the district and to support that.

Setterlund, who has been on the job since July 1, said it should not come as a surprise to anyone that he may make some changes in the Central Office staff.

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Why don't we let the school board raise taxes?

Some things never seem to change in local government, specifically the annual struggle to strike a balance between the county commission and the Wilson County school system when it comes to adequate funding levels.

The new director of schools, Dr. Tim Setterlund, has publicly stated he hopes to improve things in this area by building trust through open communications with the commission and the public. I applaud him for taking this position and for recognizing that trust between the two parties is critical going forward.

 

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