Did the Nashville drivers choose “In God We Trust”?

  • Tennessee rolled out new license plates this year.
  • Vehicle owners can choose between two versions.
  • One includes the words “In God We Trust”

Of Tennessee’s 95 counties, Davidson County has the lowest percentage of vehicle owners choosing to have “In God We Trust” on new state license plates, according to state data. .

Only 13.3% of Nashvillians who receive new plates opted for the trust-in-God plates, according to the numbers, making Music City a true outlier in the volunteer state.

A majority of drivers in 86 of the state’s 95 counties are choosing “In God We Trust” plates starting May 16, according to figures from the state Department of Revenue.

A plate of samples

But before deciding that Nashville is full of ungodly pagan drivers, there are non-religious reasons why Davidson County’s count might be so low.

Many Nashville drivers said they didn’t know they could choose between two plates.

“I went in person and had no choice,” radio personality Terry “Holly Wood” Hendrix said. “They gave me what they gave me.”

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And what’s handed to you in Davidson County — if you don’t say anything about a preference — is the plaque without “In God We Trust” on it, county clerk’s office officials said.

Deputy Chief Clerk Joey Workman said outposts of the Clerk’s Office finally put up signs indicating the choice on April 4.

Several other Nashville drivers told The Tennessean that they are aware of their choice and believe in God. But they also believe in the separation of church and state.

“Even though I believe in God – and trust Him – I don’t think it should be on a state-sanctioned license plate,” said Darin Morrissey, 57, a salesman who lives in Donelson .

“If I want to send a message about God, I’ll get a bumper sticker,” he said.

Umari Osgood, Sabian Samaniego, Mark Palomino, and Nina Kalpakis work on the new Tennessee license plate designs.

The county with the highest percentage of drivers choosing God’s plates is Fentress, a rural county that sits near the Kentucky line between Nashville and Knoxville.

There, 98% have chosen “In God We Trust” plaques so far, with motorists saying it out loud as soon as they pull up to the counter in Jamestown, Tennessee, deputy clerk Anna said. Rains.

Why so high in Fentress County?

“Bible belt,” Rains said.

Counties bordering Nashville are also in the bottom half of all Tennessee counties in the percentage of drivers choosing “In God We Trust” on their new plates.

But those percentages vary wildly in Nashville’s so-called donut counties: over 75% of drivers in Robertson County (Springfield area) choose the god plates, and bottom only 39% in Williamson County (Franklin- Brentwood area) drivers choose them.

The following is a list of counties and county seats, from highest to lowest percentage of drivers choosing “In God We Trust” plates. Nashville and surrounding counties appear in bold.

1. Fentress County, Jamestown, Tennessee, 98.1%

2. Benton County, Camden, Tennessee, 97.9%

3. Van Buren, Spencer, TN, 97.7%

4. Overton County, Livingston, Tennessee, 97.4%

5. Dekalb County, Smithville, Tennessee, 94.1%

6. Polk County, Benton, Tennessee, 94.1%

7. Hancock County, Sneedville, Tennessee, 90.3%

8. Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, 90.1%

9. Moore County, Lynchburg, Tennessee, 89.9%

ten. Haywood County, Brownsville, Tennessee, 88.9%

11. Wayne County, Waynesboro, Tennessee, 88.7%

12. Chester County, Henderson, Tennessee, 88.6%

13. Johnson County, Mountain City, Tennessee, 88.4%

14. Franklin County, Winchester, Tennessee, 88.6%

15. Decatur County, Decaturville, Tennessee, 88%

Tennessee law requires the reissue of a new license plate design at least every eight years, but the design introduced by Bredesen was essentially unchanged by Governor Bill Haslam.  This year, residents have the opportunity to evaluate four models, the winner will be announced in the fall and will be available in 2022.

16. Macon County, Lafayette, Tennessee, 87.5%

17. Weakley County, Dresden, Tennessee, 86.2%

18. Dyer County, Dyersburg, TN, 86.1%

19. Obion County, Union City, Tennessee, 86%

20. McNairy County, Selmer, Tennessee, 85.9%

21. Grainger County, Rutledge, Tennessee, 85.8%

22. Hardin County, Savannah, Tennessee, 85.8%

23. Hickman County, Centerville, Tennessee, 85.7%

24. Scott County, Huntsville, Tennessee, 82.8%

25. Claiborne County, Tazewell, Tennessee, 82.6%

26. Henry County, Paris, Tennessee, 82.4%

27. Bledsoe County, Pikeville, Tennessee, 82.3%

28. Lake County, Tiptonville, Tennessee, 82%

29. Campbell County, Jacksboro, Tennessee, 81.8%

30. Smith County, Carthage, Tennessee, 81.4%

31. Lincoln County, Fayetteville, Tennessee, 81.1%

32. Clay County, Celina, Tennessee, 80.9%

33. Gibson County, Trenton, Tennessee, 80.3%

34. Hardeman County, Bolivar, Tennessee, 80%

35. Carroll County, Huntingdon, Tennessee, 79.7%

36. Cocke County, Newport, Tennessee, 79.4%

37. Trousdale County, Hartsville, Tennessee, 79.4%

38. Meigs County, Decatur, Tennessee, 78.6%

39. Crockett County, Alamo, Tennessee, 78.5%

40. Houston County, Erin, TN, 78.2%

41. Lewis County, Hohenwald, Tennessee, 77.8%

42. Carter County, Elizabethton, Tennessee, 77.4%

43. Jefferson County, Dandridge, Tennessee, 77.3%

44. Roane County, Kingston, Tennessee, 77.2%

45. Cannon County, Woodbury, Tennessee, 76.8%

46. Marshall County, Lewisburg, Tennessee, 76.6%

47. Lauderdale County, Ripley, Tennessee, 75.8%

48. Robertson County, Springfield, Tennessee, 75.6%

49. Union County, Maynardville, Tennessee, 75.5%

50. Rhea County, Dayton, Tennessee, 75.2%

51. Fayette County, Somerville, Tennessee, 74.9%

52. Stewart County, Dover, Tennessee, 74.6%

53. Humphreys County, Waverly, Tennessee, 74.5%

54. Pickett County, Byrdstown, Tennessee, 74.2%

55. Henderson County, Lexin73.8%

56. Greene County, Greeneville, Tennessee, 73.7%

57. Bedford County, Shelbyville, Tennessee, 73.3%

58. Sequatchie County, Dunlap, Tennessee, 72.9%

59. Coffee County, Manchester, Tennessee, 72.3%

60. Unicoi County, Erwin, TN, 72.3%

61. Grundy County, Altamont, Tennessee, 71.6%

62. Marion County, Jasper, Tennessee, 71.6%

63. Cheatham County, City of Ashland, Tennessee, 70.2%

64. Dickson County, Charlotte, Tennessee, 70.2%

65. Hawkins County, Rogersville, Tennessee, 69.9%

66. White County, Sparta, Tennessee, 69.2%

67. Sevier County, Sevierville, Tennessee, 68.3%

68. Perry County, Linden, Tennessee, 67.9%

69. Hamblen County, Morristown, Tennessee, 67.5%

70. Loudon County, Loudon, Tennessee, 67.4%

71. Cumberland County, Crossville, Tennessee, 67.3%

72. Warren County, McMinnville, Tennessee, 67.1%

73. Maury County, Columbia, Tennessee, 66.7%

74. McMinn County, Athens, Tennessee, 66.7%

75. Putnam County, Cookeville, Tennessee, 66.4%

76. Montgomery County, Clarksville, Tennessee, 65.6%

77. Tipton County, Covington, Tennessee, 64.6%

78. Giles County, Pulaski, Tennessee, 64.2%

79. Sumner County, Gallatin, Tennessee, 63.9%

80. Bradley County, Cleveland, Tennessee, 62.5%

81. Sullivan County, Blountville, Tennessee, 61.8%

82. Hamilton County, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 57.6%

83. Monroe County, Madisonville, Tennessee, 56.6%

84. Blount County, Maryville, Tennessee, 54.5%

85. Morgan County, Wartburg, Tennessee, 52.6%

86. Wilson County, Lebanon, Tennessee, 52.2%

87. Rutherford County, Murfreesboro, TN, 49.9%

88. Knox County, Knoxville, Tennessee, 48%

89. Jackson County, Gainesboro, Tennessee, 47.5%

90. Anderson County, Clinton, Tennessee, 46.6%

91. Washington County, Jonesborough, Tennessee, 39.2%

92. Williamson County, Franklin, Tennessee, 39.1%

93. Madison County, Jackson, Tennessee, 35.9%

94. Shelby County, Memphis, Tennessee, 27.2%

95. Davidson County, Nashville, Tennessee, 13.3%


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