News & Notices

Early voting runs July 18-Aug. 2

Early voting for the Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 Sumner County general election, state and federal primaries and a state general election for the retention of statewide judges begins Friday, July 18 and continues through Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Sumner County Administration Building, 355 N. Belvedere Dr., Gallatin. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Additionally, satellite voting will be conducted on seven different days in various locations. Click here to view the complete early voting schedule.

Click here for a sample ballot.

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Old 109 bridge imploded

Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews imploded the old State Route 109 Bridge over the Cumberland River in Sumner and Wilson counties on Friday morning, April 25. Traffic on the newly constructed bridge was temporarily stopped for the bridge implision. Lanes were reopened to traffic shortly after the blast.

Demolition crews used explosives to bring down the truss-style bridge that was built in the early 1950s. The old structure showed signs of aging and was listed as structurally deficient prior to its implosion. Construction began in 2011 on the new $29.5 million concrete and steel bridge, which was built beside the original structure. One lane in each direction on the new bridge was opened in March 2014. The remaining two lanes are expected to be completed by fall 2014.

Approximately 16,500 vehicles travel the SR 109 Bridge each day. That number is expected to reach 30,000 by 2035.

To view video of the bridge implosion, click here.

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Sumner retains health ranking

Sumner County remains the third healthiest of Tennessee's 95 counties, according to a recent report.

Only Williamson and Knox counties rank higher than Sumner in the Health Factors category, which represents what influences the health of a county. Sumner ranks fourth in the Health Outcomes category, which represents how healthy a county is.The 2014 County Health Rankings rely on a comprehensive set of data and analysis that allows counties to see what it is that is making residents sick or healthy, and how they compare to other counties in the same state.

This is the fifth year of the rankings, published online at www.countyhealthrankings.org by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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