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WEMA breaks ground on station in Norene, dedicates another

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Wilson Emergency Management Agency broke ground on Station No. 11 on Monday afternoon.

Station 11 will be located at 13151 Cainsville Road in the Norene community.

Leaders including Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, county commissioners and WEMA Director Joey Cooper were on-hand for the groundbreaking.

Cooper expressed his thanks to the Norene community for their support in the coming to fruition.

"Mainly I want to thank the community. We are here because of you. We think a lot of you and we hope that you will think the same of us," he said. "We are here to serve you."

Cooper also commended the county commission for their work. "I can't say enough about the EMA (Emergency Management) Committee. That is who I work with on a day-to-day basis," he said. "I'm looking forward to breaking ground."

Hutto thanked the crowd for coming out to show their support on an afternoon when the "weather was challenging."

Hutto said the process to build Station 11 started almost five years ago. "In February 2012 we got together with the commissioners and talked about a site. We went through 15 different sites and this is lucky number 16," he explained. "My thanks to the Young family for selling us this property and making this dream come true."

Hutto also noted that for the last 50 years, the Watertown Volunteer Fire Department has kept that area safe - for free.

Finally, he praised WEMA personnel for what they do. "They see things that we never thought about seeing. We appreciate them."

Statesville Station No. 7 also had a dedication ceremony on Monday at 7239 Greenvale Rd.

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