Twice last week and five times in the last six months, the words “meth lab” and “motel” made headlines in Lebanon.
While once is too many, five times is a significant problem with epidemic implications. And with one such lab’s explosion blowing out a wall in a motel in October, the dangers are evident far beyond that of chemical exposure.
It’s obvious law enforcement is doing its job to eradicate this problem, but another fact becomes just as clear, the war on drugs is a never-ending reality that may never be won.
Most importantly, while these incidents have filled local news reports recently, it shouldn’t serve as a deterrent for tourists and others looking to discover everything Lebanon, Wilson County and Middle Tennessee have to offer.
The fact is, there are a number of quality hotels and motels in Lebanon where people can stay without the fear of a meth lab in the next room.
The circumstances surrounding those unfortunate motels that fell victim to guests manufacturing drugs there should serve as a challenge to increase awareness, look for signs and notify authorities immediately if drug abuse is suspected.
The high cost of cleanup alone should serve as enough motivation to keep it out.
To those who look to visit Lebanon for a day, week or longer should know this is not what our fare city is all about. Hundreds of hotel and motel rooms are rented here each day without incident.
There are so many reasons to visit Lebanon. No one should have reason not to stop by and stay a while.