On Nov. 5, the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce hosted the Lunch & Learn State of the County and Schools event at The Center.
All attendees were required to wear masks while moving about the room. However, once seated, they could remove their masks. Also, attendees were safely spread out while hearing the presentation.
State of the County
County Mayor Billy Vogle took to the podium first saying, “There’s been a lot of work done with the county from state and federal money that’s come. I would like to tell you where some of the stimulus money went.”
Vogle said Fire Departments were given an extra $25,000 this year to help with coronavirus supplies, fire truck operations and more.
Robertson County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has been awarded $170,000 for a new ambulance. The Sheriffs’ Department will be receiving six news police cars. The Tech Department has been awarded money for digital operations. As a result, Robertson County employees will have security on their computers for protection.
“I have been blessed to work with the best department heads in the state. I don’t take that lightly. They’ve been good to me and I respect everyone one of them,” said Vogle. “Everybody’s calling me about growth. In the year 2045, Robertson County will grow by 46 percent.”
Vogle said the county has already permitted 2,000 new home sites that will be developed beginning this year.
“This 2,000 has come the last four months, that’s how fast this county’s’ growing. I want to tell you how we’re preparing for it,” said Vogle, adding there are several projects going on.
One of those is with Animal Control. The budget committee gave that department $500,000 for new kennels.
The budget committee also awarded the County Court $40,000 to build another drive-thru, he added.
For Agriculture, Robertson County is number three in the State of Tennessee for the crops that are sold, Vogle said. Locally in 2017, there was 47,684 acres of soybeans, 35,323 acres of corn, 30,031 acres of wheat and 25,000 acres of hay.
“That’s where the money is. That money is spent in Robertson County. I thank the Lord for the agriculture part of this county and our farmers. I think it needs to be mentioned because these farmers work hard and they do bring in a lot of money to our city,” said Vogle.
Lastly, the airport’s new terminal has a conference room that can be rented out to the public. The airport has a waiting list of 65 people wanting a hanger to park their airplanes too.
“One day, there will be hotels and motels all around that airport,” said Vogle.
In closing Vogle said, “It’s been two years. It’s been a trying time. But because of my support (from) everyone, you don’t know how much it means to me. I’m very proud to be the mayor of Robertson County. I love this county and don’t ever forget that. I’ll fight anybody tooth and nail, we got the best county in state and I believe it. Thank you.”
State of the Schools
The Robertson County school system is a school system of 11,500 kids. The systems in the top 20 of the State of Tennessee.
“People think of us as being rural or being one of the smaller school systems, we’re not, we’re one of the largest in the State of Tennessee,” said Director of Schools Dr. Chris Causey.
Robertson County has 25 schools - 12 are elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools that are grades nine through 12, and five other schools.
There’s the Robertson County Phoenix Academy, the Robertson County Adult High School, the Robertson County Virtual School and two Tennessee Connection Academies. The district has 957 certified employees, 148 substitute teachers, 95 school nutrition workers, 22 nurses plus two PRNs and five social workers. The school system is the second largest employer in the county.
“We’re a big deal,” said Causey.
The school district has 28 updated Programs of Study. Programs include Snap-On Precision Measurement, Certified Nursing Assistant, Autodesk Inventor, EKG Technician, MOS Word, MOS Excel, MOS Powerpoint, ServSafe Manager, OSHA 10, OSHA 30, TSIC Dietetics, UTM Agriculture Dual Enrollment, VSCC Dual Credit Medical Terminology, TCAT Dual Enrollment Portland, TCAT Dual Enrollment Clarksville, Dual Credit Nossi College of Art, TCAT Dual Enrollment SHS Welding, CLEP Testing for Business and Intro to Coding classes with VSCC.
The School Systems Economic Development Board has been given $14,000 by the Springfield Mayor Ann Schneider for books and literacy materials for homes and $112,000 for a welding lab at Springfield High School.
Lastly, the School system is putting in a brand-new floor at Greenbrier Middle School. It will cost around $250,000.
“Safety for kids is number one,” said Causey.
In closing, Causey said, “Thank you to everyone for the opportunity to talk about our kiddos. Our kiddos are what make us get up every single day.”