Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead expects things to be looking up for for both the city and Wilson County, and he's excited to be a part of it.
"Looking forward, one of the first things the city will be doing is addressing the flooding/drainage issues in the city," he said.
He referenced three meetings planned for January to allow citizens to voice their concerns about specific problems in their neighborhoods. The meetings are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. and will be held at Lebanon City Hall, located at 200 North Castle Heights Ave. Wards 1 and 2 will meet Jan. 10, Wards 3 and 4 will meet Jan. 17 and Wards 5 and 6 will meet Jan. 24.
"We want to meet with citizens to see what we can do, get their suggestions and see if they note problems we didn't realize," Craighead said.
The mayor also expects the Cumberland Center to take off in 2013, adding new businesses to serve citizens and increase the tax base.
"I'm very excited about what we will be able to accomplish and moving forward," he said. "We want to get the entertainment district established. This will move the city and the county forward. It's bigger than just the city."
Craighead also said with so many country music stars living in Wilson County, he thinks a lot of shows, concerts and events could be lured here from Nashville.
"We have to take advantage of our assets," he said.
Finally, the mayor said there are quite a few businesses looking at Lebanon and Wilson County, which is due to two excellent school systems are attractive to prospective new businesses and the people who run them.
"We have more prospects that we're working on," Craighead said. "Unemployment is at 5.5 percent now, and with new businesses could be lowered even more."
So is the future so bright he's gotta wear shades?
"Well, at least pull the bill of the hat down a bit," he said. "I'm excited to be a part of it."