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County to receive John S. Wilder Award for complex
Recognized for outstanding development
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THE DEKALB COUNTY COMPLEX
County officials will accept the John S. Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award at a ceremony in Nashville tomorrow.The Tennessee Development District Association and The Upper Cumberland Development District will present the award.The new DeKalb County complex was chosen as one of nine special projects in each of the state's development districts.DeKalb’s new facility got the nod for the UCDD.Plaques will be presented in recognition of outstanding development by the East, Middle, and West Tennessee Development District Association vice-presidents at the TDDA Annual Rebuild Tennessee Awards Breakfast on April 4 at the downtown Sheraton in Nashville.“The John S. Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award is selected by each development district,” said Teresa Sanders, coordinator for the conference. “Tennessee is divided into nine development districts and each one chooses a project in their district to be recognized.“It can be a project they are affiliated with or it can be a project that is beneficial to that region overall,” said Sanders.According to the description of the complex project submitted for award consideration, “The DeKalb County Commission saw that there was a major need for a multi-use community facility in their county seat, Smithville. To meet that need, DeKalb County purchased an abandoned strip center about two blocks from the courthouse on Highway 56 South.“This property is 5.5 acres of land and a 63,000-square-foot building.