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First Freedom, WC Motors show growth in economy

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{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=80|imageid=552|displayname=0|float=left}Unemployment rates in Wilson County remain among the lowest in Tennessee and fall below the national average; home sales reports over the past six months have consistently been positive; and home values are also on the rise.


Plans shown Wednesday for a new Wilson County Motors dealership represent another earmark for an improving economy, according to local officials.


W.P. Bone, representing the dealership started by his father in 1927, said the new facility to house the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC store, will likely open in spring 2013.


The family owned dealership currently has two locations for new car sales, both on West Main Street. The present site of Wilson County Motors on West Main at South Hartmann will be renovated for the Hyundai dealership, now located several blocks to the west.


Bones two sons Mitchel and Paine are partners in the business with Mitchel having general manager responsibilities over Chevrolet, Buick and GMC, and Paine over Hyundai.


The philosophy of this building is to conserve your time, provide real value, and make your visit a great experience that will leave you wanting to come back again and again, Paine Bone said.


Paine Bone noted the legacy that Wilson County Motors has in the local community and said they hope to continue that legacy in an up-to-date building that will also allow them to update other properties owned by the dealership.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=80|imageid=553|displayname=0|float=right}


We are daily aware of our legacy given to us by my father and their grandfather and covet our obligation to that legacy, he said.


When the new dealership is completed next spring, it will be one of several businesses in the new Lebanon Market Place which will include other businesses and retail space.


First Freedom Bank, opened for the first time in 2006, welcomed patrons and visitors to its new headquarters location Thursday.The new bank building, built by Hardaway Construction Company, contains 15,000 square feet.


We would not be here if it werent for our founders vision and optimism about the future, said First Freedom President and CEO John Lancaster. We are very proud of this building.


This building is nothing without you, without the people inside it, said Board Chairman and Director Ken Howell.


A full service, community bank, First Freedom Bank offers personal and commercial banking services from three locations in Wilson County and employs more than 40 people.First Freedom Bank has assets in excess of $250 million and is owned by more than 1,100 shareholders from Wilson and surrounding counties.


First Freedom also has banking locations in Mt. Juliet.


Publisher Sam Hatcher may be contacted at shatcher@wilsonpost.com.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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