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Metro Could Give Properties To Wilson County

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by Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new bill in the state legislature could mean some current residents of Davidson County, who are cut off from the rest of Metro, will soon be Wilson County residents.

Just by looking at Kellie Messick's property you wouldn't think she lives in Metro Nashville. The place she's called home her entire life is split by Davidson and Wilson Counties.

"I love that country feel about it," she said.

The area of Hermitage has been plagued with problems for years. Residents said when Percy Priest Dam went in, it cut off a stretch of Stewarts Ferry Pike.

Emergency responders either can't find homes or won't come to them.

"There's really no way to get to us unless you travel outside of county and come through Wilson," Messick said. "We are in Davidson County so we're due to have the same services as everybody else does, but it just doesn't happen that way all the time."

That could soon change.

Thursday, the state Senate passed a bill 29-0 introduced by Senator Mae Beavers to officially make the area Wilson County. Metro would legally lose 25 properties east of Percy Priest Lake.

"It's hard for them to get fire service or any other service from Davidson County," Beavers said on the Senate floor.

The state House will take its companion bill up again next week.

Messick is glad she may no longer have to worry if someone will come if she needs help because of a change she says should have been done years ago.

"We're really happy that we're being turned over so that we'll have the same protection and everything that everybody else does because we've just been a forgotten area," she said.

The idea has already been approved by the Metro Council and Wilson County Commission.

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