Commission balks at senator appointment

Xavier Smith • Sep 18, 2017 at 10:42 PM

The Wilson County Commission passed on its opportunity to fill the vacant seat in the state Senate on Monday after Mae Beavers resigned the seat last month.

Beavers submitted her resignation letter to Gov. Bill Haslam to focus on her run for the Republican nomination for governor in the 2018 election, which left a void in her District 17 seat.

The state Constitution allowed the commission to appoint a person to fill the vacant Senate seat until someone is elected in the special election, although the group was not required to appoint a replacement.

The replacement senator would have served in the position until Dec. 19, the day of the special election. 

Primaries will be Nov. 7, and the General Election will be Dec. 19. Both elections will be in Wilson, Cannon, DeKalb, Smith, Clay and Macon counties that make up the 17th Senate District.

The group also approved a $300,000 donation to Empower Me Center.

The Lebanon City Council approved to rezone about 26 acres of unaddressed land on South Hartmann Drive to commercial service at the request of Jim Agee on behalf of Empower Me Day Camp, which announced plans last year to build a state-of-the-art facility on about 16.5 acres to serve about 200 special needs children each week during summer and thousands more year round.

The new facility will consist of a 37,000-square-feet community recreational building, recreational sports complex and more. It will also house independent living cottages on the property.

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