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Music City Star to run for wine festival
Music City Star to run for wine festival

When A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival makes its debut at the Wilson County Expo Center on April 29, Wilson County, RTA and the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce will offer a train ride to the event on the Music City Star.

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'Casino Royale' Ready - LHS Prom set for March 31
'Casino Royale' Ready - LHS Prom set for March 31

Lebanon High School will have prom for junior and senior students on Friday, March 31.

For the first in many years, prom will be held at a Wilson County venue - the Wilson County Exposition Center.

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The Pie Lady
The Pie Lady
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Southern Home & Garden Expo to bring experts, ideas to expo center
Southern Home & Garden Expo to bring experts, ideas to expo center

Wilson Bank & Trust's annual home show has a new home.

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Expo Center officially opens with Tiny Homes Show
Expo Center officially opens with Tiny Homes Show

For those serious, or simply curious, about living large in tiny spaces the new Wilson County Exposition Center provided a peek into this growing movement.

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Now it's built... will they come?
Now it's built... will they come?
Brenda Ashford works on sweeping the exhibit hall floor as staff at the Wilson County Expo Center make ready for their open house of the new facility Monday. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with the open house from 5-7 p.m.
DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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County introduces Expo Center GM
County introduces Expo Center GM

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's office formally announced the hiring of Zendel Murphy as the general manager of the Wilson County Expo Center last week.

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Expo Center hires GM
Expo Center hires GM

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto announced this week that a general manager has been hired for the Expo Center.

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Wine festival to return to Wilson County
Wine festival to return to Wilson County

Earlier this week, the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce announced plans to bring its signature event, the Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival, back to Wilson County for its 14th year.

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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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Events booked at Expo Center through spring
Events booked at Expo Center through spring

Marketing Director Charity Toombs said construction is planned to be completed in the fall. She is telling potential clients booking can begin as early as November.

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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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'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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Turning ground on Expo Center
Turning ground on Expo Center

Wilson County Expo Center Marketing Director Charity Toombs is currently in negotiations with interested parties hoping to host events at the center in late 2016.

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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 groundbreaking set for Friday
Expo Center groundbreaking set for Friday

A groundbreaking for the upcoming Wilson County Expo Center will be held Friday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

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Holiday Expo dealing in holiday spirit
Holiday Expo dealing in holiday spirit

What's better than one-stop Christmas shopping? One-stop Christmas shopping in your hometown.

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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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Bids for Expo work open Thursday
Bids for Expo work open Thursday

Bids for work on the Wilson County Expo Center open Thursday, and the county mayor hopes local trades fill most of the work.

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Merryman reflects on first year as tourism director
Merryman reflects on first year as tourism director

One year has passed since the Wilson County Commission re-established the Convention and Visitor's Bureau (CVB).

Under the guidance of Director Terri Merryman, strides have been made to recruit new visitors and events to the county; however, she insists - the best is yet to come.

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Expo Center could name marketing director this week
Expo Center could name marketing director this week

A marketing director for the upcoming Wilson County Expo Center could be named this week.

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Search for Expo chief narrows
Search for Expo chief narrows

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said interviews for the Expo Center marketing director position will be held Friday.

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Expo Center not the place for 'on-the-job' training
Expo Center not the place for 'on-the-job' training

An expo center is coming to Lebanon. I have been an advocate of just that for several years. The benefit to the community and county can be tremendous, but it depends on one thing.

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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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Census hopes to bring in $500K annually to Lebanon: Mayor
Census hopes to bring in $500K annually to Lebanon: Mayor

In what he describes as several great opportunities in the works for the city, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead hopes all the planning and hard work will pay off.

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LETTER- Expo Center will make WC Fair better

Now that the Wilson County Expo is a reality and not just a dream, I think about my mother. About 10 years ago, my mother, about 70 years young, made the comment, "Wilson County needs a coliseum at the fairgrounds." She was always a lady of insight. When we, as a family, worked at the Raleigh, N.C. State Fair, a 100-acre fair, a coliseum was packed each night with events and concerts. She met many famous people and attended all the events.

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Expo Center seeking manager, 20 applied so far
Expo Center seeking manager, 20 applied so far

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the search for an Expo Center Marketing Director is ongoing.

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Pet tax, school upgrades on hold
Pet tax, school upgrades on hold

Monday's Co. Commission meeting --
It was a busy night Monday for the Wilson County Commission.

A proposal to reinstate the $2 per animal "pet tax" was referred back to committee by a 13-9 vote; a plan to videotape commission committee meetings failed due to a tied vote; and selling $14-million-plus in bonds to remodel the old Lebanon High School was approved by a 17-5 vote, although financing the rest of the Wilson County Schools' building plans for 2015-16 has been deferred until August.

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$2 pet tax may be back

The county's former $2 pet tax that went to New Leash on Life may get a new lease on life, itself.

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Expo countdown looming
Expo countdown looming

The deadline to present signatures to place funding for the planned Wilson County Expo Center on the ballot turns out to be 24 hours later than petition sponsors originally thought, so as of Tuesday morning, they had not yet turned in their petition.

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Anti-Expo petition fails
Anti-Expo petition fails

The deadline to present signatures to place funding for the planned Wilson County Expo Center on the ballot turned out to be 24 hours later than petition sponsors originally thought, but even with the extra day, the group failed to gather the required number of signatures.

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An Exponential Tourism Boost
An Exponential Tourism Boost

"Build it and they will come" is one of the most recognized lines from the movie "Field Of Dreams."

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Chamber supports Expo Center

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce proudly supports the new Wilson County Expo Center. We believe that all Wilson County cities, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown will benefit from the Expo Center.

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Expo petition still short of 6,000

With three days to go before the deadline for submitting a petition to require a countywide referendum on funding for the planned Wilson County Expo Center, opponents of the center don't claim they have enough valid signatures yet to submit the petition successfully.

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Is The Post adding more confusion to the Expo Center?

I'm sure the JECDB would like the MTSU study because it suggested a $4.88 million economic impact with first year revenues for the Expo at $563,000.

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Bond deferral for Expo Center fended off
Bond deferral for Expo Center fended off

The Wilson County commissioners were in a contentious mood Monday night. They hotly debated both the bond issue for the proposed Expo Center and a proposed amendment to the bond ordinance. But in the end, they turned down the amendment by a 16-8 vote and approved issuing the bond, 17-6.

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GOP trying to 'kill off Expo Center'
GOP trying to 'kill off Expo Center'

Construction of a Wilson County Expo Center was approved by the Wilson County Commission in April, but the Wilson County Republican Party's executive committee is now trying to kill the project by circulating a petition to bring it up for a countywide referendum.

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'Expo Center in West Wilson would have been a sure money maker'

One Mt. Juliet leader had hopes the Expo Center would be built in West Wilson and contends it would have made more money there.

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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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County revives Expo Center idea
County revives Expo Center idea

"To be or not to be, that is the question" - where the Wilson County Expo Center is concerned. The Public Works Committee of the Wilson County Commission voted 5-2 this week to freshly recommend a proposal to build the Expo Center and sent it on to the Budget Committee.

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New school board districts approved
New school board districts approved

From five have come seven --

The redistricting of Wilson County School Board seats has been accomplished with the County Commission's unanimous approval Monday night of the new districts that were recommended to the commission by the Education Committee chaired by District 20 Commissioner Annette Stafford.

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Contested squire races mixed bag in fundraising

In looking at the financial disclosure statements filed with the Wilson County Election Commission six of the 11 remaining contested races for the County Commission filed paperwork for a campaign treasurer.

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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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Applications for Director of Schools

Here are the resumes of the 17 candidates for the Wilson County Director of Schools position.

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Hotel/motel tax increase dies in subcommittee

Wilson County Government’s attempt to secure funding through an increase in the hotel/motel tax for the proposed Expo Center at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center via a legislative private act needing the General Assembly’s approval died Thursday afternoon.

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Hotel tax measure sent to subcommittee

Members of the State Legislature sent a measure to raise the hotel-motel tax in Wilson County back to a subcommittee on Tuesday for additional study.

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MJ not buying Expo Center Deal

Mt. Juliet city commissioners are opposed to helping finance Wilson County’s proposed Expo Center, although Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto expects that Mt. Juliet would gain about $80,000 a year in tax revenues from the project.

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Concerned citizen to legislature: You work for us

I am a proud yet concerned citizen living in a wonderful growing suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, in Wilson County.

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POST OPINION -- We’re too close to give up now on the Expo Center

County leaders have been trying for years to figure out how to fund a Wilson County Expo Center at the James A. Ward Agricultural Center.

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In my humble opinion, Setterlund did it to himself

Ever since breaking the story for The Wilson Post about former Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund’s answers to questions about having a drink and then driving his Board of Education-issued vehicle on Jan. 16, I’ve been asked in a myriad of ways, “What do you think about the situation?”

Well, Saturday, it was done. Dr. Setterlund signed a release and settlement agreement, received a nice severance package and waived his right to ever sue the BOE or the County Commission over his employment or resignation.

Now, I can voice my opinion.

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Pody: Impasse on hotel/motel tax for Expo Ctr.

Although he was not on the agenda, District 46 State Rep. Mark Pody gave the Wilson County Commission Monday night an update on the two private acts sent to the General Assembly regarding funding for the proposed Expo Center.

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VIDEO: BOE accepts agreement


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Board returns from executive session at 11:30 mark of video.

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POST OPINION: Director gone, time to move forward

The seven-month reign of Dr. Timothy Setterlund as Wilson County Schools director has ended.

The past nine days have been very trying for those in our school system, and we commend Dr. Setterlund for making the right decision.

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BOE delays appointing interim director; agrees to let Setterlund out of his contract

It took less than 40 minutes Saturday morning for the Wilson County Board of Education to unanimously vote to let former Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund out of his contract.

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In Their Own Words: Elected officials react to today’s BOE’s meeting

Following this morning’s meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education, who unanimously voted to terminate the contract as Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, who had been on the job for only seven months, The Wilson Post attempted to contact all five of the board members to ask them the following question: “What take away lesson, if any, did you learn from the entire situation concerning Dr. Setterlund as you prepare to move forward in your search for a new director?”

 

Additionally, The Post talked to the chairs of the Wilson County Commission Budget and Education Committees for their reactions to today’s meeting, and with whose comments we begin our reporting of “In Their Own Words.”

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BOE to consider Setterlund's retirement Saturday morning

BREAKING NEWS: Setterlund retires

The purpose of tomorrow’s Wilson County Board of Education meeting has changed. According to a notice sent out via email at 5:06 p.m., the special called session will be to accept Dr. Tim Setterlund’s official notice of retirement.

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BOE to meet Saturday morning re: Setterlund’s future

Wilson County Board of Education will meet Saturday to determine the future of Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, who took over the reins of the school system less than seven months ago.

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A timeline of events during Dr. Tim Setterlund’s tenure as Director of Schools

This article first appeared in the Wednesday, Jan. 22, print edition of The Wilson Post. Because The Wilson Post realized the issues that seem to concern several county commissioners, as well as some principals, teachers, parents and students with Setterlund, go much further back in time than last Thursday, we are publishing online with links to the original stories and/or sources of information as possible.

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Admiration turns to ‘shock and awe’ by terminations

I am the Junior Class President at Lebanon High School. I am writing this letter to voice my concerns on the future of our school system under the leadership of our current director, Dr. Tim Setterlund.

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BOE contract with Setterlund available for review

The Wilson Post has had several inquiries from the general public about Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund's employment contract with the Wilson County Board of Education.

Therefore, we have published it as .pdf file, as it a public record and available for review by the public.

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A student's perspective on the Dr. Setterlund situation

Jasmine Carlisle, a 15-year-old Mt. Juliet High School sophomore, has followed closely the recent situation involving Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund. She has written a letter to the Board of Education about the situation and with her mother's written permission, The Wilson Post is printing it online Monday night and will print it in Wednesday's print edition.

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Board considering 3 options regarding Setterlund

The Wilson County Board of Education has basically three options under consideration regarding the recent events surrounding Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, according to the board chairman.

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Weathers explains government sticker removal
Weathers explains government sticker removal

While interviewing Wilson County Board of Education Chair Don Weathers, The Wilson Post asked him about the removal of the county sticker from the director of school’s board-issued Ford Expedition.

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BOE: No action will be taken except in an open meeting
BOE: No action will be taken except in an open meeting

To watch a video excerpt from the press conference, click here!

Following a two-plus hour, closed meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education and its attorney Sunday afternoon regarding recent information about Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, the next step is for the five school board members to digest the information they received and possibly hold a special meeting later this week.

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BOE meeting moved to Sunday, Jan. 19

BREAKING NEWS!!! BOE MEETING MOVED TO SUNDAY

The Wilson County Board of Education will be meeting in private with the School Board Attorney on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

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POST OPINION -- Director must resign

The Wilson Post calls for Setterlund's resignation
 
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund must resign.

His Thursday night admission to drinking a beer and getting behind the wheel of his county-issued SUV has created a firestorm within the educational community.

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What Tennessee law says about open meetings

INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW!!!

Editor’s note: In light of Sunday’s scheduled, private meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education’s regarding recent events involving Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, The Wilson Post thought it would be beneficial to remind everyone – members of the public and board members – what the law says about what can and cannot be done at this meeting and about giving notice of such meetings. The story is long but we urge everyone to it.

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‘Appetite of the board’ will determine Setterlund’s future

EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS!!!!

The next step regarding the future of Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund lies with the Wilson County Board of Education.

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BOE director admits to driving county vehicle after drinking

FIRST REPORTED HERE!

Wilson County Schools Director admitted in an open meeting Thursday to having consumed alcohol at a local establishment and then driving his county-assigned vehicle.

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Committees move Expo Center forward

Wilson County Ag and Budget Committees approved by unanimous votes Monday night to send two resolutions regarding two separate funding mechanisms for the proposed Expo Center to the full commission.

If the resolutions pass by the required two-thirds majority, or 17 votes, at the Dec. 16 meeting of the commission, then they will go to the General Assembly for approval.

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