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New tags to promote, help Wilson County

Jared Felkins Director of Content • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

New specialty license plates promoting Wilson County and designed to benefit community organizations are now available to motorists.

The plates, which feature the “Wilson County The Place To Be!” slogan, are available to be ordered with proceeds to benefit organizations that both help people in need, as well as preventative programs in Wilson County.

Each tag’s $35 price is split with half going to United Way of Wilson County.

“A full 90 percent of the purchase price is tax deductible,” said United Way of Wilson County President John McMillin. “We are very excited about the possibility of this new program bringing more funds to help those in need across our county.”

He said the specialty plate is available for non-commercial vehicles only, and 1,000 plates must be presold for it to go into production.

“Once completed, they will be shipped to the county clerk’s office, and those who ordered a plate will receive a letter from the state of Tennessee letting them know their plate is available,” McMillin said.

The Tennessee Department of Revenue requires 1,000 pre-registrations before they will begin the process of making the plate. 

Carol Knight with the Wilson County mayor’s office said after plates are ordered from the state, it will take about two months for the plates to be manufactured and distributed to the county clerk’s office. Purchasers will receive a letter advising them that their plate is ready to be picked up. Renewals work the same as other plates with annual stickers.

According to Knight, when the plates are picked up, motorists will pay the usual fee for their tags. In Wilson County, this fee is $49, and to renew the license plate every year will cost an additional $35 for the specialty tag.

“This is a really economical way to get a specialty tag that shows your pride in Wilson County,” Knight said. “At $35, half of the purchase price is going back to Wilson County to help people all over our communities, so this is a real win for our county and a great way to show pride in it.”

Since 1,000 of the plates have to be ordered to begin production, several local businesses, the United Way and the local chamber offices have come together to meet the June 30 order deadline. 

“We want to encourage people to order plates now,” Knight said. “You don’t need to wait until your current registration expires to pre-order, and purchasers can order as many plates as needed, which makes for a unique gift idea for members of the family while helping members of our community.”

Motorists can order plates at the Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown chambers of commerce offices, as well as the Wilson United Way office and the county mayor’s office. They are also online at wilsoncountytn.org.

McMillin said “Wilson County The Place To Be!” is an effort by local businesses, government, education and civic leaders to spread the word about a positive livability campaign for Wilson County.

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