More than ever, Middle Tennessee consumers are spending more of their money in the counties that surround Nashville: Newly updated numbers from the MTSU Business & Economic Research Center. show that sales tax collected — a proxy for total retail sales — rose just 0.2 percent in Metro in the year end Feb. 28. Contrast that with Rutherford and Williamson counties, where growth has topped 6 percent. Sumner's numbers, meanwhile, climbed more than 3 percent in the past year, while Wilson's are up 6.2 percent.
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