By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Some Wilson County residents could see a sewer rate hike of 70 percent if a request by an area company is approved by the state.
Officials with Tennessee Wastewater, a private company that provides alternative sewer systems such as Septic Tank Effluent Pump, or STEP systems, and Septic Tank Effluent Gravity, or STEG systems, have said they need the rate increase to continue in business.
The Tennessee Regulatory Authority, which regulates businesses such as Tennessee Wastewater and other utilities, must approve any rate hike before it becomes effective, and State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Lebanon, said it was important first, to verify that a rate hike was in fact needed.
The only way to verify the request, she said, is to investigate the matter further to determine essentially how the company’s business is conducted and to make sure customers are not being charged excessively.
“Most certainly,” is how Lynn responded when asked if Wilson County residents who use alternative sewer systems would be affected if the sewer rate hike is approved.
From Post staff reports
Country Music legend George Jones was shown with five others in a national network television broadcast Tuesday night receiving recognition as a Kennedy Center Honoree.
The actual event was held earlier in December but was broadcast Tuesday night on CBS.
In a way the evening of glitter that placed Jones on a pedestal of stardom with other entertainment greats served also to put the spotlight on a very talented Lebanon man.
Curly Putman, a Hall of Fame songwriter who resides in Lebanon with his wife Bernice, crafted a number of Jones’ hit tunes to include perhaps his greatest, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Putman co-wrote “He Stopped Loving Her Today” with Bobby Braddock.
Recorded by Jones, the song about a man who was betrayed by his lover but despite her actions he never stopped loving her until the day he died, was named the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year for two consecutive years in 1980 and 1981.