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GPD seeks info on RV theft

The Gallatin Police Department needs assistance from the public in identifying a suspect wanted in connection to a theft that occurred in Gallatin between 1 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 03, 2011.  The suspect or suspects took a 2008 Heartland Cyclone 5th wheel 40-foot triple axle RV / box trailer. 

The recreational trailer was parked in the victims driveway in the 600 block of St. Blaise Road and is valued at over $50,000. This is one of many trailer thefts that have occurred in Gallatin within the past year and the first recreational trailer taken.

Anyone with information that would assist in identifying this suspect, locating and recovering the trailer or related to any other crimes that have occurred in Gallatin are asked to contact Investigator Jamie Helson at the Gallatin Police Department at 452-1313 ext. 223.

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ACLU files lawsuit against Sumner schools

By Corey Conley
For The Gallatin Newspaper

The ACLU of Tennessee filed a lawsuit Monday, May 2, against the Sumner County Board of Education alleging multiple violations of the First Amendments Establishment Clause prohibiting state endorsement of religion.

 The suit, filed on behalf of nine students from four families, names all 11 board members, Director of Schools Benny Bills, and five principals as defendants.

It asks the court to stop the countys endorsement and promotion of religious activities during graduations, classroom instruction, and non-instructional time, and for damages of one dollar plus attorney fees.

According to the ACLU-TN, The alleged violations constitute governmental intrusion upon a familys private religious belief, that reflect persistent and pervasive use of official positions to promote personal beliefs. The ACLU says the violations stretch back to at least 2006.  The organization outlined a lengthy list of grievances.

It cites the distribution of New Testament Bibles by Gideon International during the school day, regular invocations at school board meetings, prayer over school PA systems, a cross in a classroom, and cafeteria proselytizing by a youth minister as examples of violations. Long Hollow Baptists facilities are often used for school-related functions and celebrations, and the ACLU-TN asked the courts stop that practice.

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May 4, 2011
May 4, 5, 6
Community Bible Church garage sale is at 340 Mt. Vernon Road, Bethpage. Sale benefits youth going to summer camp.
May 5
National Day of Prayer, 60th annual observance is from noon until 1 p.m. at New Day Christian Fellowship Church, 202 East Main Street. Church pastor, Van Banks invites everyone to attend. Theme: “A Mighty Fortress is our God”. Presented by the Gallatin Ministerial Asosciation. Message by Daniel Gordon, youth minister of Gallatin Church of Christ. Music by Steve Oldham, Gallatin Church of the Nazarene.
May 5
Blood donations may be made to the Red Cross from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Gallatin Community Civic Center located at 210 Albert Gallatin Ave.
May 6
Gallatin Senior Center potluck dinner is 6-7 p.m. followed by music by Danny and Layna McCorkle.Tickets are $5 each and 7.50 per couple.
May 6, 7
Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Estate/Garage Sale to benefit the Humane Society of Sumner County from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, from 7 a.m to 1 p.m. in “Blue Ridge Subdivision” in Hendersonville at 126 Blue Ridge Drive. Also items donated from two ESTATE Sales.
May 7
Farmers Market opening day, featuring Portland Strawberries and much more, from 7 a.m. until noon.
May 9
Junior 4-H Camp Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. at the UT Extension – Sumner County office at 658 Hartsville Pike,. This is for 4-H’ers currently in the 4th – 6th grades.  Cost of the camp is $245. The dates for the 4-H Camp is   June 13 – 17 and it will be held at the Clyde York 4-H Center in Crossville. No registration will be accepted before this day.
May 10
The Sumner Republican Young Professionals are hosting an  Investor Workshop at  Hendersonville Christian Academy at 6:30 p.m. This event features Paul Winkler, “The Investor Coach”. Winkler is the host of the long running “Investor Coach Show” on Supertalk WTN 99.7, and frequent guest on the “More at Midday” show on WSMV Channel 4 television.
May 12
 Aglow International meets at 7 p.m. at 135 Jones Street. For more information, www.aglow.org, or call 202-1953.
May 13
Teen Pregnancy Forum: What every parent should know, is at Long Hollow Bapatist Church, Hendersonville at 7 p.m. Dessert and coffee from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
May 13
Be a part of the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament, (Moved due to rain from April 15), The event begins at 11 a.m.  with registration/lunch followed by a noon Shot Gun Start at Long Hollow Golf Course.
May 14, 15
Decoration Day at Bradley Cemetery in the Bransford Community is May 15. There is a meeting at the cemetery May 14 at 1:00 to discuss the upkeep of the cemetery.If you can’t come and would like to donate for upkeep please send your donation to: Gail Eller, 6870 Old Hwy 31E, Westmoreland, TN 37186 or deposit directly to Farmer’s  Bank in Westmoreland for Bradley Cemetery.
May 14
54th Annual Lions Club Horse Show begins at 5 p.m. at the Sumner County Fairgrounds. General Admission tickets are $5 at the gate. Box seats are available by calling Doug Moore, 230-1262, 451-0865 or 406-2100
May 14
Sumner County Master Gardeners’ second “Portland In Bloom” garden tour is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Tickets, $7 in advance/ $8 day of tour, are available at Tommy’s Garden Center in Portland, and in Gallatin at the UT Extension Office, 658 Hartsville Pike.  Tickets are also available the day of the tour at any of the eight wonderful gardens.  Children under 12 admitted free. This is a rain or shine event. Three of the garden locations are 3050 Hwy 109 N, 1354 Fowler Ford Rd and 920 New Deal Potts Rd.  Inquiries may be made to Gwen at 325-2722.
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A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at The Blackeyed Pea restaurant in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.

Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center is hosting the Gallatin Municipal July 4th Festivities. Any organizations interested in vending at this event please call the office at 615-206-1176 and ask for Adam or Kathy, or visit the website at www.facesofhopetn.com for vending information.

Sertoma of Gallatin has a drop off box at the Gallatin Senior Citizens Center on Franklin St. near the square for anyone who would like to donate a used hearing aid to be given to HEAR Nashville to refurbish and provide hearing for someone who cannot afford a hearing aid on their own.

FARMERS MARKET will be open Monday through Friday 10 to 6 and Saturdays 7 to 12. Opening day is this Saturday with Portland Strawberries, a variety of homemade breads and jellies, landscaping items/plants, tomato plants, pepper plants and flowers. On facebook, go to Gallatin Farmers Market and ‘like’ it and you will be notified weekly as items change at the market or call 452-5692 to get registered. The daily fee is $10 but drops substantially if you pay by the week or month.
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New police chief decision close

Gallatin’s new police chief willl more than likely be the current Interim Chief Don Bandy.  

At the Monday special called meeting, May 2, Mayor Jo Ann Graves and the city council voted to interview the three internal applicants for the position: Bandy, Lt. Kate Novitsky and Sgt. Danny Strope.

Although four other finalists for the position were preferred by the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), the council agreed that the opportunity should be made availalble first to local candidates.

However, should no candidate receive five out of eight possible votes (the mayor votes on the selection of department heads), the external candidates would be interviewed.

The interview schedule is undergoing planning.

Several council members expressed an interest in hiring Bandy immediately, but discussion ensued, and the consensus was that Novitsky and Strope should be allowed  interviews as well.

Bandy was given the interim position in January, after the former police chief retired.

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Corker and Black on Bin Laden's death

US Congressman Diane Black

Washington, D.C. (Monday, May 2, 2011)Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), released the following statement on the news that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Armed Forces:
Nearly ten years after the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11, Americans can take solace in the fact that Osama bin Laden, the man behind that terrible day was finally brought to justice. I commend our intelligence and military officials for their tireless devotion to keeping our country secure.  Those men and women who risk their lives every day deserve our deepest thanks for their continued bravery and sacrifice to defend our way of life.   
 
While this is a victory for all Americans, we must remember the War on Terror is far from won. The United States remains under continued threat from al Qaeda and those radical groups who seek to destroy the very freedoms that make this country great.  We must not waiver in our resolve to defend our country and fight the war on terror to ultimate victory.
 
Please join me in prayer for the families of those killed on 9/11 and in the War on Terror; I hope that this news can bring them some comfort. We should express our thanks to President Bush, President Obama, and the millions of Americans who have waged this war for ten years.
 
Senator Bob Corker

WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today made the following statement regarding the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
 
Osama bin Ladens death finally puts an end to an unspeakable reign of terror carried out by the man responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks and the deaths of thousands of Americans and innocent civilians around the world, Corker said. Were tremendously proud of our military and intelligence services who successfully executed a dangerous operation that resulted in a major victory for the fight against terrorism. While the threats against the U.S. remain, bin Ladens death sends a powerful message to the world that we will not rest until justice is done.

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April 27, 2011
Ruthie Jane Lomax
age 81, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, April 22, 2011. Graveside service was Monday, April 25, at 3:00 p.m. from Crestview Memorial Park with Brother Jerry Peace officiating. Family and friends served as pallbearers. There was no public visitation. Mrs. Lomax was born in Parsons, daughter of the late Wylie and Annie May Baker. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William Carl Lomax, step-son James Ray Lomax, brother James Edward Baker and sister Ester Baker. She is survived by two sons, Billy W. Lomax of Parsons and Dennis Scott Lomax of Gallatin; one daughter, Patricia Lomax Rhea and husband Michael of Holladay, step-grandson James Lewis Lomax of Decaturville and step-daughter Beth Campbell of Decaturville; two grandchildren William Gary Stiles and Christy Shannon Mills, three great grandchildren Kelli Jordan Stiles, Aslan Noel Edleman and Eli Dalton Mills; three step great grandchildren, Laken Lomax, Bianca Brasher and Miranda Brasher and one great great grandchild. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info. Alexander Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Duane (Pops) Alan Nelson
age 79, of Bethpage, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011. He was born February 13, 1932 in Ashland, WI, son of the late Carl Herbert and Edna Schmidt Nelson. In addition to his parents, one brother, David Nelson, preceded him in death. He is survived by wife, Alice Allen Nelson of Bethpage; five children Karen Squires (Charles) of Archer, FL, David Nelson of Gainesville, FL, David Weaver (Karen), of Alexandria, OH, Alan Weaver (Emily) of Hickman, TN, and Darlene Moses (Erik) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; sister Nedra Hulseberg of Sabula, IA; eight grandchildren Celia Westfall (Andy), Jenna Poole, Alan Weaver, Jr. (Laura), Gary Weaver, Melissa Castle (Ryan), Naomi Weaver, Christopher Weaver, Matthew Weaver; six great grandchildren Holden Westfall, Arianna Castle, Christopher Aavatsmark, Everett Aavatsmark, Logan Weaver and Emma Castle. Pops, as his family and friends knew him, was an accomplished carpenter and passionate about life and charity. He loved to spend, long lazy days fishing after a hard days work and playing with his beloved dogs and cats. An animal lover, he never missed a day feeding the wild animals on his property or watching the hummingbirds off his front porch. Duane was a member of Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church in Gallatin, American Legion Post 82 and was a Veteran. He loved to travel, ballroom dance and socialize in the community, with his wife Alice. They had just realized their lifelong dream of cruising to Alaska. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on May 1, at the Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church.  A pot luck at noon to be followed by a service at 1 p.m.
Ellie E. Taylor
age 90, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Funeral service was Friday, April 22, from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Russell officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Steve Taylor, Michael Taylor, Terry Taylor, Byron Fadley, Jason Todd and Brandon Hodges serving as pallbearers. Mr. Taylor was born in Jackson County, son of the late John and Cora Sisco Taylor. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by wife, Mary C. Taylor, son Larry Edward Taylor, step-son Larry Key, step-daughter Barbara Jean Todd, brothers Donald Lee Taylor, Casper Taylor and Willard Taylor, sisters Merlene Brinkley, Louetta Owens and Estelle Hicks and cousin Vernice Taylor. He is survived by sons, Ellie Clifton Taylor (Shirley) of Gallatin, Gary Allen Taylor (Linda Joyce) of Portland; step-son Garey Key (Wanda) of Gallatin; step-daughters Virginia McLean (Walter) of Florida and Brenda Sue Hodges of Portland; four grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Estes Knight
age 73, of Castalian Springs, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2011. Funeral service was Tuesday,  April 26 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Doyle Farris officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Craig Cothron, Billy Shrum, David Walden, Jason Kopp, Brad Moss, Patrick Rich, Jason Ford and Phillip Willis serving as pallbearers. Mr. Knight was born February 16, 1938 in Lafayette, son of the late Estes Cleo and Nola Aloria Pirtle Knight. He is survived by wife, Jean Ford Knight of Castalian Springs; three sons Kenneth Knight (Sheryl) of Virginia, Joel Brooks (Joanne) of Castalian Springs and Steve Brooks (Nancy) of Gallatin; one daughter Joan Porter (Paul) of Lebanon;  three brothers, Charles Cothron (Susan) of  Lafayette, Joseph Cothron of Lafayette and Estes Knight, Jr. (Lisa) of  Nashville; two sisters, Carolyn Andrews of  Madison and Elaine Daniels of Nashville; six grandchildren, Brad Moss (Regina), Jessica Shrum (Billy), Amanda Walden (David), Kristy Kopp (Jason), Jodi Brooks and Katie Knight, 10 great-grandchildren Kristen Moss, Slayer Moss, Striker Moss, Stelth Moss, Isabel Walden, Samuel Walden, Gaby Shrum, Gage Shrum, Brooks Kopp and Sydney Kopp and special caretaker, Susan McFarland. Mr. Knight was owner and manager of Estes Knight Tile and Marble Company, Inc. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Ray Tucker
age 83, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, April 22, 2011. Funeral service was Tuesday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home, with Elder Kenneth Summers officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Bubba Tucker, Mark Tucker, A. C. Tucker, Jr.,  Gene Tucker, Billy Wayne Downs and Trey Ausbrooks serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Clariday, Jim West, Kyle Justice, Ricky West, Charlie Garrett West and Derrick McGaha.   Mr. Tucker was born September 18, 1927, son of the late Saint Andrew Tucker, Sr. and Betty Meador Tucker. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by wife, Clara B. West Tucker, brothers Robert M. Tucker, A. C. Tucker, Charlie Tucker, S.A. Tucker, Jr. and Marion Tucker, and sister Sarah Gammons. He is survived by brother, James L. Tucker and sisters Lottie Ausbrooks and Navada Downs, all of Gallatin.  Mr. Tucker served in the U. S. Army during the Korean conflict and was a member of Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church and V.F.W.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Thomas Edward Hopkins
better known as Tommy, age 61, of Gallatin, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2011. Graveside service was Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethpage Upper Cemetery with Brother James Williams officiating. Family and friends served as pallbearers.    Mr. Hopkins was a Security Guard at Cresent Manufacturing for 33 years. He was born in Gallatin and is preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Lucille Hopkins, and a sister Nancy Hunter. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jean Durham Hopkins and one sister Virginia Lyles and her husband Danny of Westmoreland and his mother-in-law, Annie Mae Durham of Gallatin. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info. Alexander Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Houston Womack
passed away April 15, 2011 in Novato, California. He was born June 22,1940 in Gallatin. Mr. Womack was the son of Jessie Eckel and Thomas Womack and the beloved stepson of Leon and Nancye Hunter. Thomas graduated from Gallatin High School in 1959, then attended Tennessee Polytechnic University in Cookville, where he graduated with a degree in Engineering in 1963. Shortly thereafter, he married Linda Walker. They settled in Novato, California and raised two children. Thomas worked as an engineer for various industries before founding his own filtration manufacturing company, Womack International, in 1980.  He put his heart and soul into the company for 31 years, as an incomparable leader, mentor and friend. As one of the pioneers of the two-piece aluminum can manufacturing industry, his expertise was internationally renowned. He loved ideas and innovation, developing multiple patents and participating in new ventures along the way. But above all, Thomas found joy in the day-to-day running of his business and working with the wonderful people he employed. Thomas married Pamela Reed Womack in 1991. They lived in Novato, where they enjoyed spending time with friends and neighbors, family and their two Bernese Mountain dogs, Kodi and Rufus. Travel was a big part of Thomas’s life, for business and pleasure, and he relished seeing the world. Vacations were a special treat, whether on safari in Africa with his wife Pamela, or spending time with his children and grandchildren in Maui. Thomas was also a car buff and spent time at car shows and special events across California.  As a member of the Maserati Club, he enjoyed showing and driving various sports cars throughout his life. He is survived by his wife Pamela Reed Womack; his son Britton Ryan Womack and daughter-in-law Kirsten Wedereit Womack, their children Lilly, Griffin and Adeline; and daughter Kelley Womack O’Brien and son-in-law Aaron O’Brien, and their children Raleigh, Callen, and Sutter, all of whom will remember “Big Tom” in a very special way. Two private celebrations are planned to honor Thomas, one in Tennessee and one in California. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Tiger Haven, a rescue organization for big cats, and a cause that was close to Tom’s heart. Donations may be made online at tigerhaven.org or via phone at 865-376-4100.
Debra Nixon
age 61, lost her battle with cancer on the morning of April 24, Easter Sunday, 2011. She was born in Blytheville, Arkansas, but has been a resident of Gallatin for approximately 10 years. She is survived by her husband, David Nixon; one son, Billy (Tammy) Hudson; one daughter, Ginger (Herman) Ford; nine grandchildren; two step-sons, Joe Nixon of North Carolina, Pat Nixon (KIA in Iraq March 23, 2003). She was the youngest of nine children, five of whom precede her in death. Two surviving brothers are, Al Woods, Jackie Deason and one surviving sister is Lucille Hoover. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. A celebration of her life will be held at College Heights Baptist Church Thursday, April 28 from noon until 5 p.m.
Odie Denning Womack
age 85, of Aurora, Colorado, passed away April 15, 2011. Mr. Womack was a proud World War II U.S. Air Force Veteran, and retired after serving 25 years, three years in the U.S. Army and 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was preceded in eath by his father, Wesley, his mother, Sophia and brothers, George Wesley, James B. and Thomas Glay  Womack. He is survived by his wife, Janet and daughters, Karen and Maxine and brothers, Houston and Bill Womack. A military funeral will be held at Fort Logan, Colorado.
Hollis Marie Tucker
age 64 of Westmoreland, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Funeral service was conducted Friday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Woodard Funeral Home with Brother Larry Emery and Brother Randy Andrews officiating. Interment followed in Fairfield Cemetery. She is survived by her mother, Evelyn Keen Mandrell of Westmoreland; sons, “Moe” Taylor and James Taylor both of Westmoreland; daughters, Sandy (Robert) Dickens of Westmoreland and Tabitha (Marty) Clark of Westmoreland; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her father, William Estelle Mandrell, brother, William Aaron Mandrell and husband, Kenneth Ray Tucker. Hollis was a loving daughter, mother, and friend to all that knew her.
Ethel Grace Shearer
age 86, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2011. According to her wishes, she was cremated. A service will be at a later date. She was born in Santa Monica, CA on October 19, 1924, daughter of the late William and Laura Rood. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by one brother, William Rood.  She is survived by her husband, Paul O. Shearer of Gallatin; three sons, Peter Russell of Wrightwood, CA, Ronald Russell of Sacramento, CA and Steven Russell and wife Susan of Salt Lake City, Utah; one step-son Scott Shearer and wife Michelle of Grants Pass, OR and two step- daughters Sharon Dalusong of Gallatin and Joni Ray and husband Richard of Victorville, CA; nine grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Mrs. Shearer was a registered nurse and worked in health care for many years. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info. Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home. 
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Sumner Republican Young Professionals to host Gang Awareness Seminar at GHS

On Saturday, April 30, the Sumner Republican Young Professionals will be hosting a Gang Awareness Seminar. The public is invited to join them in the auditorium at Gallatin High School for a presentation by the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Police Departments Gang Unit.

Also featured will be Dr. Carter F. Smith, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at MTSU and a founding board member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association.

This free program will run from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. According to SRYP Chairman Shane Matthews, This is not a public relations dog and pony show lacking substance. This will be an informative, interactive seminar designed to truly show what is happening in Middle Tennessee and what we must do to stop it. This program is intended for adults only. The Metro Police have requested no one under age 18 be admitted due to the graphic nature of the material presented. Special thanks go to John Evans for sponsoring this program.

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Volunteer Equine Advocacy plans trail ride fundraiser

Mark your calendars now, bring your families (and your horses) for our Cottontown Trail Ride – Saturday, May 21st.  

Be ready to ride at 10:00 a.m., and we ride until 1:00 p.m, then return to a chuck-wagon lunch with all kinds of special dishes and door prizes.  

Cost is $25. for singles, $40per couple. and $50 for a family of four.  (This inclues ride and lunch!

Horses must have current Coggins.          

While at the Trail Ride make sure to get your, name in the hat for a two-night stay at the Kickin’ Back Cabin in Jamestown, TN for you and five of your friends with your horses (stalls included). The entry is  $5 per ticket or $20for five tickets.  

There will be many door prizes for those attending the Trail Ride and Chuck Wagon lunch.

All proceeds go to VEA to purchase hay.

 DIRECTIONS:  Take Hwy 25 toward Cottonton, turn left on Bug Hollow Road and then right on Bursby Branch.  Follow the signs!
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Gallatin Police Chief pool down to seven

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

At the bi-monthly committee meeting of the city council on Tuesday, April 23, Mayor Jo Ann Graves and the city council received the recommendations of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) for four finalists for the position of Chief of Police. None of the four recommended are local candidates. However, Mayor Graves specifically stated that whenever there are candidates from within the department applying for an open position, they will all be interviewed, whether or nt they were included on the finalists list.

In this case, there are three local applicants: Interim Chief of Police Don Bandy, the former OPerations Commander who was appointed chief in January of this year; Lt. Kate Novitskythe only female in the group of seven, who has had 18 years with the Gallatin Police Department;  and Sgt. Danny Strope, who has had 16 years with the local department and, overall, 35 years of law enforcement experience,.

The four candidates, listed in no particular order, each of which will also be interviewed in the next few weeks, are: Charlie Sewell, current Chief in McMinnville, Tennessee; Arthur M. Scott, a former Chief from Beavercreek, Ohio; Robert W. Metzger, a former Chief from Sylvania Township, Michigan; and Rodney Shoap, a former Sheriff in Lee County, Florida, who is currently employed in Williamson County.

Read next weeks edition of The Gallatin Newspaper for more information.

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Squarefest Saturday, April 30

Saturday is three days away, and Greater Gallatin is busy with finishing up plans for the event.

Currently we have 176 vendors registered to participate in the festival, that will make it the largest in the events history.  This includes everything from inflatables for the children to fine arts and crafts and barbequed ribs,  stated Donna Belote, Executive Director of Greater Gallatin, There is  something for everyone.

Artists and craftsmen from across Tennessee and neighboring states will be in downtown Gallatin this Saturday to participate in Gallatins Annual Squarefest.  A few of the items that will be available include leather goods, woodwork, candles, soaps, local honey, purses, a large variety of jewelry, handmade baby items, cookbooks, baked goodsevery food item that can possibly be imagined.

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April 29-May 6

April 29, 30
Friends of Hannah Yard Sale is at 123 Big Station Camp Blvd, (at the Hairy Moose Pet Retreat). To donate call 230-9419.
April 29
White Beans and Ham Supper, to benefit Tennessee Senior Stars is 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Morningside of Gallatin, 1085 Hartsville Pike. Dine-in and takeout available. There is also a silent auction. Call 230-5600 for more details.
April 29
Gallatin Day Care Center’s 5th Annual Silent Auction & Spaghetti Supper is at the Gallatin Civic Center, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.00. Children under six eat free.
April 29, 30
Christ Christian Center host church for a Women’s Conference, “Beauty for Ashes” at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 7:00 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. Saturday. Price for registration: $70.
Contact: Frances Crenshaw, 268-4135, Christ Christian Center, 136 Prince Street, 230-9200.
April 30
Greater Gallatin, Inc. is hosting the Annual Square Fest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Gallatin. More than 130 vendors will line the streets around the square. There will be a classic car exhibition from 10 to 3 in the Gallatin City Hall parking lot. No entry fee. For information call 452-5692.
April 30
The Sumner Republican Young Professional will host a Gang Awareness program for the entire community at 9 a.m. at Gallatin High School. The program will be
presented by the Metro-Nashville Gang Unit and will feature Sumner County Sheriff officers. This a free event but due to the nature it is strictly 18 and up. For more information: 615-294-4982, sumnerrepublicanyp.org.
May 2
You may donate blood to the American Red Cross, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Farm Services Agency located at 150 Albert Gallatin Avenue in Gallatin. To schedule an appointment, call (615) 452-3838 ext 2. and speak to Laura Booker or Shelia Spears.
May 5
National Day of Prayer, 60th annual observance is from noon until 1 p.m. at New Day Christian Fellowship Church, 202 East Main Street. Church pastor, Van Banks invites everyone to attend. Theme: “A Mighty Fortress is our God”. Presented by the Gallatin Ministerial Asosciation. Message by Daniel Gordon, youth minister of Gallatin Church of Christ. Music by Steve Oldham, Gallatin Church of the Nazarene.
May 6
Gallatin Senior Center potluck dinner is 6-7 p.m. followed by music by Danny and Layna McCorkle.Tickets are $5 each and 7.50 per couple. COUPLES
May 6
Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Estate/Garage Sale to benefit the Humane Society of Sumner County.   from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, from 7 a.m to 1 p.m. in “Blue Ridge Subdivision” in Hendersonville at 126 Blue Ridge Drive. Also items donated from two ESTATE Sales.

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A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at The Blackeyed Pea restaurant in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.

Gallatin High School is accepting nominations through April 30 for a distinguished alumus to be honored at this year’s graduation ceremony. Forms are available at Gallatin High School or contact Sarah Kittrell Payne at Sarah.Payne@sumnerschools.org.

Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center is hosting the Gallatin Municipal July 4th Festivities. Any organizations interested in vending at this event please call the office at 615-206-1176 and ask for Adam or Kathy, or visit the website at www.facesofhopetn.com for vending information.

Sertoma of Gallatin has a drop off box at the Gallatin Senior Citizens Center on Franklin St. near the square for anyone who would like to donate a used hearing aid to be given to HEAR Nashville to refurbish and provide hearing for someone who cannot afford a hearing aid on their own.

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April 29-May 6

April 29, 30
Friends of Hannah Yard Sale is at 123 Big Station Camp Blvd, (at the Hairy Moose Pet Retreat). To donate call 230-9419.
April 29
White Beans and Ham Supper, to benefit Tennessee Senior Stars is 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Morningside of Gallatin, 1085 Hartsville Pike. Dine-in and takeout available. There is also a silent auction. Call 230-5600 for more details.
April 29
Gallatin Day Care Center’s 5th Annual Silent Auction & Spaghetti Supper is at the Gallatin Civic Center, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.00. Children under six eat free.
April 29, 30
Christ Christian Center host church for a Women’s Conference, “Beauty for Ashes” at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 7:00 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. Saturday. Price for registration: $70.
Contact: Frances Crenshaw, 268-4135, Christ Christian Center, 136 Prince Street, 230-9200.
April 30
Greater Gallatin, Inc. is hosting the Annual Square Fest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Gallatin. More than 130 vendors will line the streets around the square. There will be a classic car exhibition from 10 to 3 in the Gallatin City Hall parking lot. No entry fee. For information call 452-5692.
April 30
The Sumner Republican Young Professional will host a Gang Awareness program for the entire community at 9 a.m. at Gallatin High School. The program will be
presented by the Metro-Nashville Gang Unit and will feature Sumner County Sheriff officers. This a free event but due to the nature it is strictly 18 and up. For more information: 615-294-4982, sumnerrepublicanyp.org.
May 2
You may donate blood to the American Red Cross, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Farm Services Agency located at 150 Albert Gallatin Avenue in Gallatin. To schedule an appointment, call (615) 452-3838 ext 2. and speak to Laura Booker or Shelia Spears.
May 5
National Day of Prayer, 60th annual observance is from noon until 1 p.m. at New Day Christian Fellowship Church, 202 East Main Street. Church pastor, Van Banks invites everyone to attend. Theme: “A Mighty Fortress is our God”. Presented by the Gallatin Ministerial Asosciation. Message by Daniel Gordon, youth minister of Gallatin Church of Christ. Music by Steve Oldham, Gallatin Church of the Nazarene.
May 6
Gallatin Senior Center potluck dinner is 6-7 p.m. followed by music by Danny and Layna McCorkle.Tickets are $5 each and 7.50 per couple. COUPLES
May 6
Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Estate/Garage Sale to benefit the Humane Society of Sumner County,  from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m to 1 p.m. in “Blue Ridge Subdivision” in Hendersonville at 126 Blue Ridge Drive. Also items donated from two ESTATE Sales.

FYI
A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at The Blackeyed Pea restaurant in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.

Gallatin High School
is accepting nominations through April 30 for a distinguished alumus to be honored at this year’s graduation ceremony. Forms are available at Gallatin High School or contact Sarah Kittrell Payne at Sarah.Payne@sumnerschools.org.

Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center
is hosting the Gallatin Municipal July 4th Festivities. Any organizations interested in vending at this event please call the office at 615-206-1176 and ask for Adam or Kathy, or visit the website at www.facesofhopetn.com for vending information.

Sertoma
of Gallatin has a drop off box at the Gallatin Senior Citizens Center on Franklin St. near the square for anyone who would like to donate a used hearing aid to be given to HEAR Nashville to refurbish and provide hearing for someone who cannot afford a hearing aid on their own.

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Sumner under flash flood warning, more storms coming

The National Weather Service has made the following statement about the weather in Sumner County and Middle Tennessee today.

Be on the lookout for addiitonal storms to hit the area later today. A flash flood warning is in effect at this time and will last at least into the evening.

Periods of flash flooding possible through tonight across the Tennessee Valley; deep Gulf moisture entrenched across the region, combined with a series of upper level disturbances and a slow moving front, will bring heavy rainfall associated with several rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms, showers

The NWS offers this advice:
Avoid flooded areas and take belongings to higher ground; never drive through flooded roads as the depth of water may be too great to pass, even in trucks or sport utility vehicles. If you come across a flooded road, turn around, dont drown.

A wind advisory is also in effect for today. There is a potential for winds to be 25 to 39 mph and/or gusts of 35 to 57 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Stay tuned to NOAA weather radio or the local media for further information from the National Weather Service.

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Gallatin Day Care Center Spaghetti Dinner, April 29

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Bring your appetite and your wallet to the fifth annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction that takes place Friday, April 29, at the Gallatin Civic Center. The event, which features homemade spaghetti by members of the Board of Directors of the day care as well as friends, benefits the center, which  provides a safe environment and academic reinforcement for young students whose parents are in school or working and need assistance.

In addition, the center offers a daily preschool curriculum, low adult-child ratios in every classroom, nutritional meals and snacks funded by the U.S.D.A. Food Program, and also warm hugs in a child-centered place that even includes classroom mascots.

The center opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m., which means that some children are there for 11 hours per day. The after-school children are given tutoring opportunities and games and other activities.

Linda Boyers, the longtime executive director, said the facility, which opened its doors in 1969, has a waiting list. The center serves 97 children,  ages 12 months through 12 years.  

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Del Phillips, III likely to be next Director of Schools

By Corey Conley

    This evening at 5 p.m., the Board of Education will formally offer a contract to Dr. Del Phillips, III to be Sumner Countys next Director of Schools, according to our sources. The current Columbus, Mississippi, superintendent will replace current Director Benny Bills, when he retires in June.

    Despite the boards insistence on interviewing non-traditional candidates with a military or business history, Dr. Phillips comes from a firm educational background. His 14-year career in education includes time as a teacher, athletic director, and assistant superintendent. All three of his degrees are in education. He earned top marks while earning his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, and his undergraduate degree trained him to be a technology instructor.

    Despite his lack of a business background, he impressed board members with his aggressive cost cutting. He consolidated 13 schools to 10 and outsourced food service and transportation to private companies.

    His new salary, likely to be in the range of $175,000 according to a board vote last year, will only be a slight increase from the $161,200 he earns currently. However, the move from Columbus to Sumner will represent a huge leap in responsibility.

    Sumners budget is over four times Columbuss $43 million.Similar jumps occur when comparing that districts 4,500 students, 375 certified and classified staff, and eight schools to Sumner, which has 27,000 students, over 4,500 employees, and 46 schools.

    Dr. Phillips was not only popular with the board, he also made SCEA President Mary Pappass short list of favorites. While he was scored fifth out of the top five candidates during the penultimate stage of the selection process, he ranked first with Mrs. Pappas when she used the same scoring system as the board.

    He also won over some skeptics on the board like Beth Cox, who, prior to his interview, expressed some doubts about the performance of some schools in his district. However, the interview process ironed out enough of the concerns to earn him the boards unanimous support.

    Phillips can still turn down the boards contract and remain in Columbus. Many there are expressing sadness at his departure, and some are calling for their own school board to counter Sumners offer.

Read The Gallatin Newspaper on Wednesday for more information.

 

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April 20, 2011
Carrie “Peggy” Turner
of Goodlettsville, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011. Funeral service was at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 20 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Don Hutchinson and Reverend Ben Alexander officiating. Interment follows in Bethpage Lower Cemetery with Bill Bertrand, Charles Ray Harris, Bobby Hogin, Harper Lashbrook, Jack Lashbrook, John Lashbrook and Christopher Turner serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include IAWP Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Retirees Association. Remaining visitation is today from noon until time of service. Mrs. Turner was born December 30, 1919 in Dickson County, daughter of the late Samuel Abraham Hogin and Katie Mai Brown Hogin. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband William Desha “Dick” Turner, Jr. in 1979, brothers Morgan Lilburn Hogin, John Harper Hogin and Samuel Hudson Hogin and sisters Dimple Hogin Harris and Maybelle Edna Spicer. She is survived by son, William Barry Turner (Cheryl) of Goodlettsville; daughter Brenda Turner Logan of Owensboro, KY and three grandchildren Kimberly Logan Lashbrook (John) of Owensboro, KY, Christopher Desha Turner and Jennifer Michelle Turner, both of Goodlettsville, and three great grandchildren Harper McRae Lashbrook, Caroline Logan Lashbrook and John Sumner “Jack” Lashbrook.  Mrs. Turner retired from a devoted career of 62 years in Tennessee State Government in 2004, serving the entire time in the Department of Employment Security, later renamed Labor & Workforce Development. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed to First United Methodist Church, 217 East Main Street, Hendersonville, TN  37075 or First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Griffith Avenue, Owensboro, KY  42301. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Gordon Lyle Lowe, Jr.
age 64, of Castalian Springs, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011. Funeral service was Sunday, April 17, from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Lorin Pedigo officiating. Graveside service was Monday, April 18, from Greenelawn Memory Gardens in Greeneville, TN. Family served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were National Guard, State of Tennessee Dept. of Military, Beersheba Masonic Lodge, Hartsville Masonic Lodge #113, Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Bethpage United Methodist Church and Amedisys Health Services. A Masonic service followed visitation on Saturday. Mr. Lowe was born July 11, 1946 in Greene County, TN, son of the late Gordon Lyle Lowe, Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth Lindsey Lowe. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #113 and Crescent Chapter #26 Order of the Eastern Star in Hartsville, where he served as Treasurer. He retired after 29 years with the State of Tennessee National Guard Dept. of Military. He loved to hunt and fish. He is survived by wife, Barbara Waddell Lowe; two sons Brian Lowe (Janet) of Murfreesboro and Todd Lowe of Castalian Springs; two brothers Gary Lowe (Karen) of Greeneville, TN and James Lowe (Susanne) of White Pine, TN; one sister Doris Penley (Geater) of Greeneville, TN; five grandchildren Kayla Lowe, Todd Lowe, Jr. “T. J.”, Lucas Lowe, Caden Lowe and Isabel Lowe and his beloved mini pinchers Penny and Coco. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Rebecca Ann “Becky” Griffin
age 61, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011. Funeral service was 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend William S. Bevington officiating.  Becky was born November 13, 1949 in Chicago, IL, daughter of the late James and Loretta Corns Griffin. She is survived by her companion of 26 years, Edward Clancy of Gallatin; daughter Kimberly Ann Maus of Phoenix, AZ; brother John Griffin of Chicago, IL and sisters Julia Wysoki of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and Jean Lightcap of Chicago, IL. Becky was a beauty consultant at Walgreens in Hendersonville. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Winder L. Emery
age 77, of Castalian Springs, passed away April 13, 2011, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward L. Emery and Sarah Buchanan Emery. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Evelyn D. Emery; daughter, Angela (Paul) Bosch of Castalian Springs; brother David (Ann) Emery of Brentwood; three grandchildren, Heather Hall and Brittney Haller of Hendersonville and Adam Haller of Clarksville; three great-grandchildren; niece, Lynda (Ty) Ragsdale and nephew, Carl (Monica) Emery. Funeral services was conducted  Saturday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Crestview Funeral Home. Entombment followed in Crestview Memory Gardens Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post 17 of Gallatin Youth Organization.
Delano Ward Graves, Sr.
age 71, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, April 18, 2011. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 21 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home, with Brother Howard Shelton officiating. Interment will be at Crestview Memorial Park with Kent Graves, Delano Ward “Trea” Graves, III, Allyn Sloan, Andrew Sloan, Trevor Sloan and Chad Craighead serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Sasha Craighead and Amber York. Visitation will be today, Wednesday April 20 from 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Mr. Graves was born July 31, 1939 in Sumner County, son of Homer Rye and Wardyne Griffin Graves. He is preceded in death by father, Homer Rye Graves, and brothers Byron Graves and Jerry Graves. He is survived by mother, Wardyne Graves, of Gallatin; his wife of 49 years, Carrie Pemberton Graves; children Delano Ward Graves, Jr. (Shari) of Portland and Laura Allyn Henrickson of Gallatin; sister Donah Hall (Malcolm, Jr.) of Murfreesboro; sisters-in-law Sharon Graves and Ruth Graves both of Gallatin and Joyce Pemberton of Arkansas; grandchildren Sasha Craighead (Chad), Amber York (Bill), Trevor Ray Sloan, Jr., Delano Ward “Trea” Graves III, Andrew R. Sloan, Allyn R. Sloan; five great grandchildren and beloved neighbors Chuck and Judy O’Gorman and Frank and Suzanne Counts. Mr. Graves worked in the family business, Gemco Electronics and loved to play golf. Special thanks to Dr. Kenneth Case, Dr. William T. Faith, Dr. Reginald Dickerson, Dr. Priya Bazzani. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Vernon Lee “Sonny” Deaton, Sr.
age 69, of Gallatin, passed away April 18, 2011. Mr. Deaton was preceded in death by his parents, Lilburn and Elizabeth Deaton and grandson, Jacob Deaton. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Euna Deaton; son, Vernon “Sonny” Deaton, Jr. (Janet); daughter, Valerie Deaton Cushen (Shawn); son, Victor Deaton (Sharida); sisters, Ruth, Pearl and Jean; grandchildren, Jimmy Deaton, Jesse Deaton, Mary-Molly Storey, Annie Elizabeth Storey, Josie Deaton, and great-grandchild, Jaiden Deaton. The family will receive friends today, Wednesday, April 20 from 5-8 p.m. and on Thursday, April 21, from 10-11 a.m. at Crestview Funeral Home. A life celebration service will be conducted on Thursday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Crestview Funeral Home with David Filson officiating.
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Mapleshade project at Triple Creek completed

Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Gallatin community gathered at the “Mapleshade Rest” site inside the entrance to Triple Creek Park off Hwy 31 and created a garden setting to commemorate Earth Day.  

More than 70 volunteers from Puryear Farms Nursery & Landscaping and other sponsors  helped participants install plants, trees, and sod to complete the project.

Games and activities were provided for young children to teach them about plants and nature and how they can play a role in preserving their surroundings. Children’s activities included an Easter egg hunt, face painting, field games, and planting wildflowers along the creek.

This family-oriented event was intended for all ages to have the opportunity to come together to create a beautiful place to revisit and enjoy for many years to come.

Design, materials and labor were donated to create a beautiful shaded, garden seating area.  This 9,000 square foot area contains over 1,100 sq. ft. of concrete with decorative pavers in the interior as well as a brick perimeter border to the landscaped bed area surrounding the terraced seating area.

Twelve “Brandywine” maples encircle the plaza and three benches flanked by crepe myrtels all provide a rest area which will in the years to come have canopy of shade.  A granite monument marks the entrance of the area to commemorate the project.


Tiime-Line:    
9 a.m.                        Community Work Begins
1 p.m.                        Height of activity to complete project
2 p.m.                        Unveiling of “Mapleshade Rest”; Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves
 
This event is being sponsored by Puryear Farms Nursery & Landscaping with assistance from the following organizations:
•    Tennessee Valley Authority
•    The Memorial Foundation
•    Garrott Brothers Concrete
•    GAP
•    The City of Gallatin
•    Additional contributors include;  Dickens Supply, Danny Williams Concrete, Turfgrass America, Southland Brick & Block, Gallatin Public Utilities, Hunter Irrigation, and Holleman Excavating and Trucking.
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60th annual Pilgrimage Tour of Homes, April 23

The 60th Annual Pilgrimage Tour of Homes is Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in and around Gallatin.
This year’s tour features 12 sites. Some are:

Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau
2310 Nashville Pike
The Comer House, now the home of the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau, was built in 1949 in the Neoclassical/Greek Revival style. The two-story, white brick, plantation-style home, is full of grandeur, grace and style. Sitting on 540 rolling acres, known as Wilson Farm, the Comer House has long been regarded as a landmark entrance to Gallatin.
The sprawling estate with its shady, old growth hardwood trees boasts many interesting features, including an antique iron gate opening onto a timeworn, milestone walkway in the rear of the home. Also standing as a sentinel to history, is the original pre-Civil War stone wall which runs parallel to Nashville Pike.
This is the debut of the Comer House on the Cragfont Pilgrimage.

Home of Mike & Janet Sims, Fairvue Plantation, 1732 Jacobs Drive
This unique lakefront custom home offers a one-of-a-kind location overlooking the 18th Fairway and green of the “Lakes ”course in the gated section of Fairvue Plantation. This stunning home is nestled in a cul-de-sac with dramatic views of the 18th Fairway and green from the covered terrace of the “19th Hole-Cigar Bar” and entertainment area. Enjoy secluded panoramic views capturing the Old Hickory Lake and fairway views of the “Foxland” golf course from the 4th floor Eagles Nest. Every room has a view of lake or golf.

Home of William & Pat Corn, 810 Haynie Place
As you approach this stately home with magnificent columns, you feel that you have stepped back into the “Old South. Built in 1967, the home of William and Pat Corn sits in a cul-de-sac in an older neighborhood. Five years ago, the Corns were living on a quarter horse farm in Houston, Texas when they decided to relocate. Going to the Internet, they discovered this house on a huge lot and near Old Hickory Lake. Pat feels that her house is a “work in progress.” You can feel that she decorated from the heart and that the human emphasis is what counts most. 

Home of Brian & Shannon Monticello, 1235 Overton Circle
Soaring ceilings in the entryway extend to an incredible 20 feet. Custom trim fills all the rooms in specialized craftsmanship that you won’t see at any other home. This open floor plan gives you the space you need to entertain with the benefit of having substantial room to grow.
Last but not least, you enter the backyard sanctuary with your very own personal swimming pool, complete with custom stamped pool deck and breathtaking views of Old Hickory Lake. 

Also featured are The Whippoorwill at 118 Northe Water Avnue in Gallatin; the home of Mike and Janice Sims, 1732 Overton Circle, Fairvue; the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Pettis, 967 Blue Jay Way; HIstoric Rose Mont, South Water Avenue; Trousdale Place, Main Street; Sumner County Museum, behind Trousdale Place; Bledsoe Fort and Cragfont in Castalian Springs.

Tickets may be purchased at Rose Mont, the pilgrimage headquarters on Saturday.

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Randy Wood gave city a national identity

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

With the passing of Randy Wood, 94, in La Jolla, California, last weekend, a beloved era of American pop culture has come to an end. The music business entrepreneur, who was friends with some of the most famous entertainers and music executives in the world during his lifetime, never let his enormous financial success change him or his friendships, according to accounts from local people who recall that time fondly. He is credited with maintaining a family-based lifestyle, remaining married to his college sweetheart for 69 years, which was unusual for the decades that embraced an anything-goes, flamboyant type of approach to life. He was a college graduate and a World War II veteran who became a legend, first, in Gallatin, and his reputation as a businessman and a record producer made him internationally famous.

Wood formed a record business in 1947 that eventually became DOT Records and he moved the business to California in 1956. He recorded many of the popular artists of the time period, including R & B artists.

Wood and a friend opened Kirk and Randys Record Shop in 1944. Somewhere along the way it became Randys Record Store. Wood had earlier started an electrical appliance store on North Water Avenue that also carried some popular and classical records, but the customers kept asking him for R&B artists they had heard on WLAC radio in Nashville. Wood decided to carry more of those records, and 45s, 78s and 33 1/3 records were all carried there.

Wood bought a local radio station, WHIN, and broadcast inside the record store during the day. After Wood formed DOT Records, the space was used as a recording studio at night.

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April 22-30, 2011
April 21, 22, 24
First Presbyterian Church Easter week activities include Maundy Thursday Communion service at 7 p.m. Good Friday, the Cancel Choir, with orchestra, presents “In Calvary’s Shadow” A Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. There are two worship services on Sunday at 7 and 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 167 West Main Street.
April 22
Everyone loves a cookout!! Commerce Union Bank located at 425 East Main Street is hosting a cookout, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with all proceeds benefiting Relay for Life and The American Cancer Society! Come by and support a great cause! If you have any questions you can contact us at 575-1425!
April 22
Gallatin Church of Christ, 150 East Main, is having a Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. Join them as they follow Christ through the last days of His life.
April 22
The Department of Human Services is closed in observance of Good Friday.
April 22
Grace Baptist Church, 410 Old Hwy. 31E, Bethpage, invites the public to attend “Good Friday Lord’s Supper and Candlelight Service” at 7:00 p.m. Nursery will be available.
April 22-24
First Baptist Church at 290 East Winchester Street will enter its new multi-purpose building with a weekend of events and Open House. On Good Friday evening at 7 p.m. the Drama and Music Ministries present a dramatization of the Crucifixion entitled “Roads and the Tomb.” Open House is Saturday from 2 p.m. thru 5 p.m. with tours, along with a 3 p.m. “Time Capsule Installation.” On Easter Sunday morning, a continental breakfast and Open House Tours begin at 9 a.m. thru 10:30 a.m.  The Easter Worship Service and Dedication of the Multi-Purpose Building begin at 10:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
April 22
Gospel Singing at Station Camp Baptist Church, 100 Vantrease Road, Cottontown at 7 p.m. featuring The Mystery Men. Everyone Welcome.
April 22
The next Lunch & Learn at the Gallatin Public Library is from 12:00-1:00, featuring landscaper Steve Sirls, who  will be speaking on: “Container Gardening”.
April 23
American Legion Auxiliary is hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 1-12 beginning at 10 a.m. (rescheduled from last Saturday, due to bad weather). The event takes place in the field beside the Veteran’s Home on South Water Avenue.
April 23
The 60th Annual Pilgrimage Tour of Homes is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Twelve sites will be featured. Historic Rose Mont, 810 South Water, is tour headquarters the day of the tour. Proceeds from the event go toward the continuing maintenance of Historic Cragfont. Special events the day of the tour at Cragfont include a bake sale, barbecue lunch available from 11-1 and an Easter Egg Hunt for children 2-10 at 1 p.m.
April 23
A Safe Place for Animals will host the sixth annual Dog Daze event at the Streets of Indian Lake, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors and various groups will have booths during the event and animals available for adoption will be on display. Sponsorship and vendor applications are available from the non-profit agency. Visit www.safeplaceforanimals.com  for more information.
April 23
Community Bible Church, 1118 Pleasant Grove Road, Westmoreland is having a church bake sale at 9 a.m. All proceeds go to the Billy Wayne Lee Memorial Youth Fund to aid youth in going to summer camp.
April 23
Clothing Give Away at  West Eastland Church of Christ from 9 a.m. until noon. In case of bad weather, it will be moved inside. For more information call 452-1429 or 452-8840.
April 23
Come get involved in the “Mapleshade Project” at Triple Creek Park on Hwy 31E. Volunteers of all ages are needed to help plant trees, along with numerous other jobs, to create a peaceful setting along the greenway. All tools and materials provided, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fun games and activities for young children.
April 23
Gallatin Leisure Services is partnering with Famiy Resource Center and Key Stewart United Methodist Church and Peach Valley Baptist Church to host a Community Easter Egg Hunt at Clearview Park from noon until 2 p.m. Children 12 and under should bring their own baskets to collect eggs.
April 24
Union Chapel General Baptist Church, 1125 College Street, Portland, is hosting an Easter Drama, “Because of The Tomb” at 10 a.m.
Everyone is welcome.
April 29, 30
Friends of Hannah Yard Sale is at 123 Big Station Camp Blvd, (at the Hairy Moose Pet Retreat). To donate call 230-9419.
April 29
Gallatin Day Care Center’s 5th Annual Silent Auction & Spaghetti Supper is at the Gallatin Civic Center, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.00. Children under six eat free.
April 30
Greater Gallatin, Inc. is hosting the Annual Square Fest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Gallatin. More than 130 vendors will line the streets around the square. There will be a classic car exhibition from 10 to 3 in the Gallatin City Hall parking lot. No entry fee. For information call 452-5692.
April 30
The Sumner Republican Young Professional will host a Gang Awareness program for the entire community at 9 a.m. at Gallatin High School. The program will be
presented by the Metro-Nashville Gang Unit and will feature Sumner County Sheriff officers. This a free event but due to the nature it is strictly 18 and up. For more information: 615-294-4982 sumnerrepublicanyp.org.
FYI

A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at The Blackeyed Pea restaurant in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.

Gallatin High School is accepting nominations through April 30 for a distinguished alumus to be honored at this year’s graduation ceremony. Forms are available at Gallatin High School or contact Sarah Kittrell Payne at Sarah.Payne@sumnerschools.org.

Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center is hosting the Gallatin Municipal July 4th Festivities. Any organizations interested in vending at this event please call the office at 615-206-1176 and ask for Adam or Kathy, or visit the website at www.facesofhopetn.com for vending information.
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Weather update

Forecasters are predicting that today’s weather is going to be severe, with the 90 percent chance of rain emerging as thunderstorms, containing hail and the possibility of tornados. Temperatures won't reach 70, instead, hovering in the60s.

A tornado watch is already been declared for West Tennessee.

Drive cautiously today since gusty winds may prove difficult for travelers.

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TCAP law affects students' grades

By Corey Conley
For The Gallatin Newspaper

A controversial testing policy intended to draw more student attention to TCAP testing has become a concern for Sumner Countys Board of Education.

The law mandates that a students TCAP score represent between 15 and 25 percent of a students final spring semester grade.

 Many school officials disagree with the law, but state school boards are required to draft a policy for the 2011-2012 school year. Many lawmakers hope to revisit or repeal the requirement before it can go into effect.

    The board unanimously approved a proposal making TCAP scores 15 percent of elementary students spring semester grade and 20 percent for junior high and high school students.

    Lawmakers created the policy in the hope that it would make older students, especially eighth graders, perform better on the test.

The origin of this motion had to do with middle schoolers taking the test less seriously than elementary children do. Especially eight graders, when they near the end of that middle school career and start approaching high school they think perhaps that school is over for the year, explained Assistant Director for Instruction Judy Wheeler.

  

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'Work In Gallatin' initiative focuses on job opportunities

The Gallatin Economic Development Agency unveiled its Work In Gallatin initiative today. The program, created as part of the agencys GEAR Gallatin Expansion and Retention program, is designed to create a higher level of visibility and awareness about the many career opportunities that are available in Gallatin, which has become the employment hub for Sumner County.

Our GEAR meetings are great forums to identify and address common issues among our major primary employers and, like most of our existing business and industry initiatives, Work In Gallatin came from those meetings, EDA Executive Director Clay Walker said.

A couple of our largest employers were perplexed that such a low number of job applicants came from Gallatin, or for that matter, Sumner County. Once that was brought up, other companies expressed the same experience with all of them stating the desire for a more local workforce.

The EDA formed a subcommittee of GEAR, which created the Work In Gallatin initiative. The programs centerpiece is the launching of a website, WorkInGallatin.com, which has just recently gone live. The site is designed to demonstrate the numerous career opportunities that are available within the citys major employers, highlight positions that are currently open, and provide resources to citizens that are designed to help them obtain employment.

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Local church celebrates new facility with march

Zion Upper Room Apostolic Faith Church is having a march over to their new facility on this Sunday, April 17, at 12 noon. The public is invited to participate.
The church is located at 373 Magnolia Street in Gallatin. For more infomation, call (615) 452-5704.

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More storms on the way this afternoon

More heavy storms are heading into Sumner County and Middle Tennessee this afternoon.
According to the National Weather Service, the public should prepare for possible hail accompanying these thunderstorms, along with strong winds and even tornado warnings.
A cold front appears to be colliding with our record-breaking warm weekend temperatures.

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