County transfers land for new ABC store

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County commissioners approved the transfer of property Monday night to the Wilson County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for the reconstruction of the ABC liquor store on U.S. 301.

ABC Supervisor Larry Etheridge said the store near Lane Street will shutter later this year to be torn down. A new, larger store will be built nearby at 5916 Ward Blvd., but officials had to convey the property to the board Monday. Etheridge said the fence on the property has been moved off the city’s right of way to avoid conflicting with the renovation project coming on U.S. 301.

Emergency Management Director Gordon Deno also spoke during the county meeting to secure approval of the Rock Ridge Volunteer Fire Department District Map. The expansion of Buckhorn Reservoir and bridge demolition meant some residents lost fire coverage, but officials approved a new map Monday to update the district’s boundaries due to the recent construction of a new substation.

During the presentation portion of the meeting, a resolution for outstanding achievement by child support staff was read and County Manager Denise Stinagle honored five employees who recently completed a new program for staff to learn about the functions of county government.

Other items discussed during the meeting included a five-year contract for medical oxygen tanks for Wilson County EMS, a three-year lease for computers with IBM and a grant application for public transportation. Department of Social Services Director Glenn Osborne also presented his department’s annual report.

In October, officials announced a public hearing would be held Monday about economic development incentives for an unnamed company that would bring more than 400 jobs and $175 million in investment. During the meeting, the public hearing was moved to the 7 p.m. meeting Dec. 4.