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Relay for Life, other events should make Hummer look here

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By SAM HATCHER           Living in this community is such a good thing.

When we read about new industries or new businesses wanting to locate or relocate in a community, we often see atop their respective list of conditions or criteria that they want to be situated in a community that has a reputable high quality lifestyle.

Just this week the company acquiring Hummer from General Motors said among the cities or areas at which they are looking to locate their corporate headquarters is Nashville. Not necessarily Nashville proper but the Nashville area.

And following this declaration the company said among the items high on its list for finding a suitable site is that of identifying a community with a high quality of life asset.

In many ways Wilson County qualifies under this heading.

This is indeed a championship, blue-ribbon community featuring strong values in education both public and private, excellent health care with more than 250 physicians on staff at the local hospital, accessibility to a broad range of transportation options, and closeness in proximity to opportunities found only in the big city like professional sports, the symphony and the fine arts.

But there is one additional factor that should be considered as a leading contributor to our local quality of life status, the people who live here.

There perhaps is no greater example of those who choose to call this place their home than this weekend’s Relay for Life event on the Castle Heights athletic field.

Year-in and year-out hundreds volunteer to make this communitywide fundraising effort to help battle cancer successfully. This year is no different.

Go by the Castle Heights field tonight and see for yourself how a community can come together and be engaged in a common effort.

We volunteer. We cheer. We contribute our money and we do what we can to make this worthwhile event successful each year.

But this is only one example, and the list of examples is lengthy.

Whether providing as good neighbors to a community 45 miles away ravaged by a tornado or serving as a volunteer at the magnificent Wilson County Fair or at Sherry’s Run or washing cars for a church mission trip to Central America or working in a concessions stand at a Little League baseball game or doing any one of a hundred other community projects, Wilson Countians stand ready to serve.

I would tell the Hummer company “if your looking for a site near Nashville to locate your new corporate headquarters and want a place that offers a high quality of life, look no more. Wilson County, Tennessee is the place you need to be.”

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