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Lebanon Events Center Passes First Hurdle

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by Emily Luxen           

LEBANON, Tenn. - The city of Lebanon is moving forward on plans for a new events center supporters say will energize the local economy.

Tuesday night, the city council voted unanimously on first reading to pass the proposed plans, and establish a savings account to help pay for the Cumberland Center Development District.

The entertainment district has been proposed before, but Mayor Phillip Craighead said the latest proposal calls for an agreement with Wilson County and the Wilson County School Board. Both entities would contribute money to the $40 million dollar events center.

The 257-acre development off of Cumberland Street near Interstate 40 would feature the events center, which could be used for concerts, trade shows and sporting events.  The project also includes space for offices, retail and restaurants.

Mayor Craighead said the development would bring tourism money to the city, and help it stand out.

"We're putting things in motion so future leaders can move us forward on what the community has wanted for 40 years," said Mayor Craighead.

During the city council meeting, several residents expressed strong opinions on the proposal.

"I am in favor of the event center.  I am in favor of development of land" said Lebanon resident Bob O'Brien. "I am not in favor of government participation in it."

"I am willing to pay more money to watch our city grow," said Lebanon Resident Beulah Garrett.  "I love Lebanon. This is the place to be and unless we expand, we aren't going to grow."

This issue will come up for a second vote at the December city council meeting.  The Wilson County Commission may discuss it as well at its December meeting.

Mayor Craighead said it could be years before construction begins.

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