They say if March “comes in like a lion” it usually “goes out like a lamb.” I hope that is the case after a devastating start to March in the southeastern part of the county. The tornado and strong winds that ripped through the Watertown community left a path of destruction, causing several of our citizens a great hardship as they rebuild.
Thankfully, no one was hurt in the storms. Buildings can be rebuilt and restored; loved ones cannot. When I visited the Watertown community following the tornado March 1, I was amazed at the spirit of volunteerism. There were people of all backgrounds helping one another and providing comfort.
Volunteerism is one of Wilson County’s greatest strengths. Wilson County volunteers are some of the best in the state of Tennessee. The Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards took place Feb. 12. We had an adult and youth representative from Wilson County. Mikayla Tobin, the youth winner, and Tina Wilke, the adult winner, both sacrifice their time and utilize their talents to help others. Wilson County is honored to call them our own.
Also, the Wilson County Town and Country Garden Club recently donated a Blue Star Memorial Marker to be placed on the grounds of the Veterans Plaza. The marker serves as a reminder of the sacrifice that so many men and women give every day to serve and protect our country. Wilson County, Tennessee and the United States as a whole would not be what it is today without the volunteer spirit and sacrifice of those who serve and have served in our Armed Forces.
This month, as spring nears, I ask you to find an organization to get involved with and volunteer. Helping others is the greatest gift we can give ourselves.
Randall Hutto is mayor of Wilson County.