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Sumner County Bluegrass Jamboree at Vol State Contest winners

With approximately 600 in attendance over the entire weekend, organizers of the inaugural Sumner County Bluegrass Jamboree at Vol State termed the event a success. Were very pleased with the turnout of both contestants and spectators for our jamboree, said Melissa Du Puy, chair of the Bluegrass Program at Vol State. I am sure this was only the first of many such events that Vol State will host, and we are excited about the future of our new Bluegrass program.

Contest winners:


1st place: Rob Pearcy

2nd place: Joey Gipson

3rd place: Chris Gray

Bluegrass Banjo

1st place: Joey Gipson

2nd place: Chris Gray

3rd place: Rob Pearcy


1st place: Rob Pearcy

2nd place: Chris Gray

3rd place: Ben Ayers


1st place: Rob Pearcy

2nd place: Tyler Sellers

3rd place: Ben Ayers

Bluegrass Band

1st place: Mary Rachel Nally Band

2nd place: Raygan Sellars Band

3rd place: Hillary Bevels Band

Pee Wee Fiddle

1st place: Ivy Phillips

2nd place: Jaden Smith-Borne

3rd place: Savannah Ritter

Beginner Fiddle

1st place: Steven Alonso

2nd place: Lauren Clardy

3rd place: Raygan Sellers

Junior Fiddle

1st place: Gail Johnson

2nd place: Hillary Bevels

3rd place: Dave Wascher

Senior Fiddle

1st place: Jerry McGlockin

2nd place: Carl Franklin

3rd place: Dan Sadler

Pee Wee Dance

1st place: Brayden Chunn

2nd place: Ivy Phillips

3rd place: Lexi Johnson

Junior Dance

1st place: Ty Jackson

2nd place: Sierra Tomlin

3rd place: Kelcy Tomlin

Senior Dance

1st place: Garry Giles

2nd place: Tim Bradley

3rd place: Shawna Taylor

Square Dance

1st place: Main Stage Fusion

2nd place: Main Stage Explosion

3rd place: Tri-Star Express

Obituaries for April 11

Marverene Bentle

age 77, of Westmoreland, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Funeral service for Mrs. Bentle was Friday, April 6, 2012 at noon at Woodard Funeral Home with Brother Travis Graves officiating. Interment followed in Eulia Cemetery. Pallbearers were Travis Carter, Freddie Cook, Tony Bentle, Jerry Stone, Colton Graves and Stacey Graves. Remaining visitation is today, 9 a.m. until time of service. Mrs. Bentle was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Bentle, son, Michael Scott Davenport, parents, Roby H. and Grace Hesson Harrison and grandchildren, Damion Bentle and Danielle Bentle. Mrs. Bentle is survived by her sons, Daniel Wayne (Cindy) Bentle, Westmoreland, Mark (Elizabeth) Bentle, Gallatin; daughters, Kimberly Jo Fishburn, Westmoreland, Kristy Ann Bentle, Westmoreland, Melony (Travis) Graves, Bethpage, Gretchen (Tommy) Kirby, Portland and grandchildren, Hope, Colton, Canaan, Heather, Lacie, Sierra and Dylan.

Ruth J. Martin

age 91, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Gallatin Heath Care. Funeral service was Friday, April 6 at noon from Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church with Reverend Eugene Martino, Jr. and Dr. Kevin Minchey officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with Lee Wiley, Bruce Little, Mark Brown, George Logan, Bobby Avaritt, Oscar Minchey, Joe Butts and Jerry Perry serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers: Lambuth Church Choir, Gary Stewart, Albert Dittes, Bill and Laura Moore, all friends and former pastors, residents and staff at Emeritus at Gallatin and the staff at Gallatin Health Care. Mrs. Martin was born in Ellis County, Texas on November 2, 1920 to James B. Thompson and Nellie Maybelle Williams Thomson. She graduated from Westmoreland High School in 1937. She was married to Menlow Martin for 62 years and retired from GENESCO. She was an active member of Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and Church Choir. She volunteered at Gallatin C.A.R.E.S. from its beginning and served on the Board for eight years. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister, Marie Thompson and brother, Woodrow Thompson. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Henley and Mary Martin of Augusta, GA; three grandchildren, Emily M. Horton (Travis) of Gaffney, SC, Darcy R. Young (Jason) of Ann Arbor, MI and John Martin (Beth) of Ringgold, GA and three great grandchildren, Emma A. Horton, Wyatt Young and Thomas A. Martin. She is also survived by her sisters, Nellie Coker of Gallatin, Mildred Minchey (Oscar) of Madison, Bettie Vaughn of Goodlettsville, Marilyn Butts (Joe) of Hendersonville, Elaine Avaritt (Bobby) of Hendersonville; sisters-in-law, Maxine Perry (Jerry) of Gallatin and Iona McCormick of Lebanon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church, 1042 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066 or Gallatin C.A.R.E.S., 330 North Durham Avenue, Gallatin, TN 37066 or charity of your choice. On line condolences may be submitted at by Alexander Funeral Home.

Ann B. Jessie

age 81, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 12 at 10 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Chaplain Dahron Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Union Cemetery #2 in Glasgow, KY. Visitation is today, Wednesday, April 11 from 2-8 p.m. and Thursday, April 12 from 9 a.m. until time of service. Mrs. Jessie was born November 6, 1930 in Barren County, KY, daughter of the late Claude Ray and Dulcie Ford Williams. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Charles Jessie and brother, Paul Williams. She is survived by daughters, Vicki Jessie and Teresa Glasgow (Frank) all of Gallatin; grandchild, Stacy Garrison and great grandchildren, Carly and Josh Garrison.Mrs. Jessie retired from Gallatin Drugs.Online condolences may be submitted at

Bernice Olson

age 82, of Afton, Tenn. passed away Wednesday April 4, 2012.Graveside service was Monday, April 9 at 1 p.m. from Sumner Memorial Gardens where she was buried beside her husband, Oscar. She was born in York, Maine on August 11, 1929. In addition to her husband Oscar, she is preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Margaret Moulton Hanson, brothers, Alvin and David Hanson, sister, Viola Paradise and grandson, Nathan Olson Desroches. She is survived by her children, Robert (Cathy) Olson of Goodlettsville, Donna (John) Host of Hendersonville, Margaret (Stephen) Clements of Stow, Massachusetts, Christine Gilbert of Afton; brother, Loyd(Eileen) Hanson and sister, Evelyn Donnell, all of Elliott, Maine; nine grandchildren, Matt (Amanda) Holst, Mary Holst, Rebecca Holst, Elizabeth (John) Christopher, Martha Holst, William Olson, William Clements, Diana (Sean) McMahon, Harmony Yotter, and two step-grandchildren, Dane and Danille Olson.Online condolences may be submitted at by Alexander Funeral Home.

Juanita Oglesby

age 76, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012. Funeral service is today, Wednesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Kent Christmas officiating. Entombment follows in Sumner Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Remaining visitation is noon until time of service. Mrs. Oglesby was born December 4, 1935 in Marshall County, daughter of the late Lawrence and Alleta Morrison Wise. She is survived by husband, James M. Mac Oglesby of Gallatin; sons, Steve Trice of Gallatin and Freddie Trice (Susan) of Jacksonville, FL; step-daughters, Jackie Lazenby and Pamela Sue Matheison of Georgia; step-son, James Christopher Oglesby (Joyce) of Nashville; grandchildren, Jennifer Trice, Brian Trice, Benjamin Trice, Hannah Ann Trice, Derek Trice, Jason Chance, Seth Owen Lazenby, Lea Ann Lazenby and Todd Oglesby and 10 great grandchildren. Mrs. Oglesby retired as office manager of Miracle Ford.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bridge Ministry, 533 Brick Church Park Drive, Nashville, TN37207.Online condolences may be submitted at

Bobby Ray ONeal

age 60, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012. Funeral service was Tuesday, April 10 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Dr. Larry Yarborough officiating. Interment followed in Halltown Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Bobby was born October 17, 1951 in Vian, OK, son of the late Hollis and Mary Thompson ONeal. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sue Carter. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Parker ONeal; sons, Scottie ONeal and Justin ONeal; daughter, Lauren ONeal, all of Gallatin; brothers, Tommy ONeal (Carolyn) of Portland, Jerry ONeal and Harold Bingham, both of Cottontown; sisters, Judy Lanius of Cottontown and Peggy Frith of Nashville; brother-in-law, Dee Carter of Gallatin and grandchildren, Cameron ONeal, Kaleb ONeal and Shelby ONeal. Online condolences may be submitted at

Charles F. Mattox

age 71, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Graveside service was Friday, April 6 at 9 a.m. from Crestview Memorial Park with Brother Doyle Farris officiating. Mr. Mattox was born July 9, 1940 in Nashville, son of the late E. G. Monk and Louise Kelly Mattox. He is survived by the mother of his children, Sue Crabtree Mattox of Gallatin; daughters, Susan Kelly Mattox of Nashville and Leigh Masters (Courtney) of Hendersonville and grandchildren, Alex Masters, Will Masters and Olivia Masters.Mr. Mattox attended Hartsville Pike Church of Christ, was owner of Mattox Oil Co. and was an avid collector of pocketknives. Online condolences may be submitted at Family Heritage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Frank (Joe Frank) Lyles

age 57, died at home in Clarksville, Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 7 p.m. He was born April 1, 1955, in Gallatin, to the late Elvis Danny Franklin Lyles, Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Hill Lyles Malone. The late Homer Allen Malone was his father figure, which he christened him as Daddy Jimmy. In 1974, he graduated from Gallatin High School. Joe Frank became a member of First Baptist Church at an early age, when he accepted Christ as his personal Savior. During his tour in the United States Army, he met his wife, Young Kim. From this union, there were three children. In his later years, he united with Judith Hambrick. From this union, there were two children. Joe Frank was a good hearted, ambitious, funny, and interesting man that had never met a stranger in his life. He enjoyed watching sports especially his favorite team, the Chicago Bulls, and his children and grandchildren. He also loved talking on the phone, traveling, swimming, cooking, and fishing. As he would say, I make the best banana pudding and boiled custard than anybody in the family. He is preceded in death by his son, Joseph Lyles and brother, Elvis Danny Lyles, Jr. He is survived by his children: Jae Lyles (Telisia), Elizabeth Lyles, Felechia Lyles, and Ashley Farmer-McClure (Desmond); grandchildren, Jomese Lyles, J' Lese Lyles, Hoigo Lyles, Zarquisia Lyles, DeMarcion Lyles, Jaden Lyles and Joseph Lyles; sisters, Paulette McClellan (Mose), Marva Douglas (William), Marva Malone, Twanka Malone, Crystal Malone (Bobby); brothers, Ronald Malone (Linda), Dale Malone (Tina) and Leroy Lyles (Mary); host of nieces, nephews, extend family, and friends. A Life Celebration was Tuesday. April 10, 2012 at First Baptist Church, 290 East Winchester. Crestview Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Neal Boozer

Mother was called upon by our Father God to depart this world on the first day of Spring, March 20, 2012, when she peacefully passed away at her home. She was born in Oak Grove, on April 24, 1924 to the late Robert Gus Neal, Sr. and Emma Clendening Neal. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Gus Neal, Jr. and James F. Neal; son-in-law, Thomas L. Stubblefield; brother-in-law, Buford Ligon. She is survived by daughters, Cynthia Boozer Stubblefield and Kathryn Boozer; sister, Lila Neal Ligon; sisters-in-law, Betsy B. Neal and Dianne Neal; granddaughters, Stacey Stubblefield Henegar and Jennifer Lynn Stubblefield; great-grandsons, Zachary and Matthew Henegar; several loving cousins; nieces; nephews; great nieces and nephews. Mrs. Boozer was a devoted registered nurse who in her early years of nursing chose to serve unselfishly during the polio epidemic of the 1940s and 50s. She started her hospital nursing in Evansville, Ind. and ended her career in industrial nursing for Eaton Corp. in Gallatin. After retirement, she spent much of her time performing volunteer work as long as she was able. She was a gentle soul and an angel who centered her life around Christ and His teachings. Her church, family and friends were truly her refuge. A memorial service is Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Gallatin, HighPoint Hospice in Gallatin or Oak Grove Presbyterian Church.

Mary Allen Gregory Ellis

age 94, departed this life April 4, 2012 at Gallatin Health Care. Mrs. Ellis was born on March 6, 1918 in Sumner County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Ellis, her parents, William Bell Gregory and Lillian Bertha Fry Gregory and her stepmother, Cora Dee Reed, who raised her from an infant. She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Henry Beasley Gregory and Laura Allen Winkler Gregory and Alfred Winkler and Elizabeth Bradley Winkler, brothers Delmas, Raymond, and Leonard and sister Louise Gregory Burton. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She lived most of her adult years in Haxtun, Colorado, where she was a sales rep for Avon, returning to McKenzie, TN with her husband, Leon for the remainder of her life with the exception of six months at GHC.Graveside service was April 6 at 1 p.m. at Carroll Memorial Gardens in McKenzie. Dilday & Carter Funeral Home of Huntington in charge of arrangements.

Tuninetti and Corcoran honored by VSA Tennessee

Two Sumner County residents were presented VSA Tennessee Awards of Excellence for 2012 at recent ceremonies held at Fontanel Studio Galleries in Davidson County. These awards are given to individuals and corporations across the State of Tennessee that has demonstrated a commitment to disabilities and the arts.

The Art Educator Award was presented to Renee Tuninetti who is a teacher at Station Camp High School. The Corporate Award was presented to Publix Supermarkets and accepted by the Gallatin Store Manager, Matt Corcoran. The host of the evening who presented the awards was Paul McCann, a familiar voice at the Nashville Predators Games.

VSA Tennessee is a statewide nonprofit based in Gallatin with a mission to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in and express themselves through the arts and arts education.


TSBDC celebrates five years of helping small business

The numbers speak for themselves: 925 clients, 106 business starts and 337 jobs created and retained. Those are just a few of the accomplishments for the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Volunteer State Community College. Its the five-year anniversary of the TSBDC and business owners have plenty to say about the help theyve received.

We wanted to expand our catering business, to owning a large event facility and with the TSBDCs help we did it, said Christopher Newton of Chef Christophers Catering and EPIC Event Centre in Gallatin. We started with a business plan and lots of advice, which led to the purchase of a million dollar facility. TSBDC is the first place to go when starting or expanding your business.

Our time spent with the TSBDC has been extremely important to the success of our business, said Linda Alkasem of Caf Rakka in Hendersonville. His expertise working with small businesses has been such a valuable tool for our restaurant.

Charles Alexander is the director of the TSBDC at Vol State. He offers free and inexpensive workshops for small businesses that address their most pressing needs, as well as one-on-one business consulting free of charge. There has been an overwhelming response from the local community and surrounding counties to the services offered by the TSBDC. 3,687 people have attended the 233 classes and workshops held over the last five years. Alexander was recently named a 2012 Business Champion by the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce.

Visit to see what workshops are available. To schedule an appointment to meet with a business counselor e-mail or call 230-4780.

Charles Alexander has been teaching classes in marketing, finance and small business loans with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Vol State for five years now.

Rabies vaccination locations

State law requires that all cats and dogs be vaccinated for rabies and that dogs must wear a rabies vaccination tag. Vaccination clinics will be held in Sumner County on the following dates and locations. The cost is $10 per animal.

April 14

1-2:30p.m. - North Sumner Elementary; the old Westmoreland Elementary and the Castillian Springs Community Center.

April 21 and 28

8 a.m.-1p.m. -(Gallatin) Critter Clinic, 522 W. Main St (452-1477); South Water Animal Hospital, 301 So. Water Ave (452-8870); McMillian Vet Clinic, 426 West Maple St (451-0522); Safe Place for Animals shelter, 1070 Old Hwy 109 (451-7342); Gallatin Animal Hospital, 338 Sumner hall Drive (206-0145); Countryside Vet Hospital, 31E (452-4678); Enoch Vet Clinic, 1112 Hartsville Pike (452-1438).


Squarefest 2012 set for April 28

Downtown Gallatin will soon be filled with people coming to Gallatins Annual Squarefest from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.

Since the event was formed by the Downtown Merchants Association in 2002, it has grown annually to become a festival as large and with as many vendors as Gallatins Main St. Festival. This year promises to be no exception.

Donna Belote, event coordinator said We are expecting as many vendors as 2011, which was close to 200. Its fun to watch and see which vendors return and especially watch new vendors and what they intend to bring to the event. Each year there are more and more vendors making crafts and items to sell.

New additions include recycled glass bottles made into spoon rests and a variety of serving platters, woven baskets that have a changeable clip on and a variety of jewelry made out of vintage broken plates, just to name a few. There will also be several booths with purses, jewelry, scarves and baby items.

We will have several vendors with annual and perennial flowers to plant this spring and also a vendor who will be selling local strawberries, Belote stated.

A large array of food vendors will be in the City Hall parking lot, along with tables for those who are hungry and just want to rest awhile. The food area is one of the most popular areas of the festival due in large part to the wide selection of outstanding food.

Gallatins 2nd Annual Classic Car Exhibition will be held in the First United Methodist Church parking lot. Anyone with antiques, hot rods, rat rods, motorcycles, truck and low riders are welcome to bring it down and show it off. There is no entry fee and a Mayors Choice Trophy will be awarded. The exhibition will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Entertainment will run throughout the day on two stages. The main stage will be in the corner of the Court House, limited seating will be available. The second stage will be at the end of the food area by Franklin St. Both stages will be providing local and outside the community performers from 10am to 5pm.

Road closures will begin at 6 a.m. and will include Main St. from Boyers to Locust St. and Water St. from Franklin St. to Smith St.

Booth space is still available. For more information on the event, contact the Greater Gallatin office at 452-5692 or for an application. you can visit their website at


Sumner County Pilgrimage: Hitchcock House on tour of homes

The Hitchcock house at 600 Deshea Creek Road is one of the five private homes featured on this years Pilgrimage (Tour of Homes) set for Saturday, April 28.

On a small rise above two forks of Deshea Creek stands a Craftsman style home, built in 1921 that is in the process of being restored and renovated by Stan and Denise Hitchcock. The six acres surrounding the house is planted with thousands of naturalized spring bulbs, a legacy of previous owner, Mrs. Porter (Theda) Womack.

History surrounds the location. Noted historian, Walter Durham, points to the rock spring, located in the front yard, as the location for Blythes Big Spring, a focal point for frontier revival in September of 1800 (The Great Leap Westward, Walter Durham, pgs. 158, 166). The current house sits on the site of an older brick home. It is thought that home belonged to John Wright as it is noted in a deed which hangs on the wall of the downstairs bedroom showing the sale of property encompassing the site in 1817 from William Montgomery to James Wright for the price of $1. A small cemetery containing the grave of Mary Wright sits on adjoining property.

An outdoor stone fireplace was built by owner, Porter Womack, in 1950s for a party honoring Senator Estes Kefauvers announcement of his candidacy for the Democratic Partys presidential nominee.

The oldest occupants of the property, Native Americans, left chunks of mud daub that once covered their structures indicating that this rise above the two creeks was, even then, prime real estate.

George Womack built the Craftsman house for a family of seven boys and one girl. Originally warmed by four fireplaces, the second story stairs were boxed off to preserve heat. The upstairs, prior to renovation, was one large room, separated by chimneys that created a barracks for the boys. Now the upstairs contains three bedrooms, a bath and a large parlor.

With the exception of the upstairs, many of the original walls and rooms are retained on the main floor, only slightly repurposed: a summer sleeping porch becomes the breakfast room, the former kitchen and eating space is now dedicated to cooking, which both of the Hitchcocks love.

The master bedroom on the main floor remains the same, but the daughters bedroom is now the Hitchcocks formal dining room, and the parlor is now the living room. Outdoor living is important for the Hitchcocks and porches surround the house for use in every season. One modern addition is a room that serves as a retreat for Stan Hitchcock, and can be accessed from the deck near the front entrance.

Directions: From Gallatin take Highway 31E North approximately 4 miles to Deshea Creek Road. Turn left on Deshea Creek Road. Turn left again on the second road going to the left, and take the first driveway to the right.

This is the 61st year for the Pilgrimage (Tour of Homes) which benefits Historic Cragfont. There are ten sites on this years Tour five private homes and five historic sites including Cragfont. The Tour begins at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.

Other private homes include Malcolm and Barbara Patton, 920 Harris Drive; Jack and Joe Ann Little, 1321 Highway 25; John Glover, 211 West Smith Street; and Fred and Marcie Knox, 562 East Main Street, all located in Gallatin.

The historic sites include Rose Mont (Tour headquarters), 810 South Water Avenue; Trousdale Place, 183 West Main Street; Sumner County Museum located directly behind Trousdale Place, all located in Gallatin; Historic Bledsoe Fort Park in Castalian Springs; and, of course, Cragfont also located in Castalian Springs.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children which includes admittance to all the sites or individual tickets are $5 for each site. Advance tickets will be available April 17 through 27 - for adults $17 and children $3. Advance tickets will be available in Gallatin at Perkins Drug Store, 532 Hartsville Pike; Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, 118 West Main Street; Rose Mont, 810 South Water Avenue; Cragfont, 200 Cragfont Road; Volunteer State Bank, 615 Nashville Pike; and First State Bank, 1135 Nashville Pike. Hendersonville locations include Volunteer State Bank, 323 East Main Street and 530 New Shackle Island Road; Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, 100 Country Club Drive.


Movies by the Starlight at Vol State, April 20

A swashbuckling cat and a flaming hero-skeleton take to the screen at Volunteer State Community College for the popular Movies by Starlight night on Friday, April 20.

Puss in Boots and Ghost Rider 2 will be shown on the Thigpen Library lawn in the center of campus starting at dusk (around 7 p.m.). In case of rain the event will be held in the Pickel Field House. It is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs. Vol State is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 230-3799. For a complete look at all of the events presented by Vol State this month, visit and click on the events guide.

Vol State Career Fair coming up on April 25

Job interviewing skills are an important part of a job search. Volunteer State Community College has an event that can help. The Spring Job Career Fair will feature special sessions on Sharpening your Interview Tools and Goal Setting. Job seekers will also find dozens of area employers on site. The fair provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring at many area companies. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes and be prepared to talk business. The fair is free and open to all job seekers.

Pamela Bradley Smith, the director of FiftyForward, will present Sharpening Your Interview Tools at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and Mary Garrison, professional sales trainer with Southwestern Consulting, will present Goal Setting at 10:30 a.m. Reservations are required for the free sessions and can be made

The Spring Job Career Fair will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House on Wednesday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vol State is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 230-3307.


Gallatin Art Crawl set for May 5

The Gallatin Arts Council and The Artist Guild are proud to present the Gallatin Art Crawl from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 on Gallatin's Historic Downtown Square.

Artwork by local artists will be displayed in various restaurants and businesses on and around the downtown square. Your journey begins at Amber Leaf with an opening reception where you can pick up a map and light refreshments to start your evening. As you peruse the art and enjoy the music, you may discover a new favorite place to eat or shop. And you may see a work of art you must have.

We hope you will join us for a fun evening and help us support our local artists and downtown businesses. This event is free and open to the public. Show your appreciation by shopping downtown and supporting your local artists and arts organizations.

May 5 is less than a month away so mark your calendar and save the date. For more info go to


Folk Medicine Festival in Red Boiling Springs begins May 11

Celebrating the Restorative Power of Nature

If you take care of the earth, it will take care of you, according to the Barefoot Farmer Jeff Poppen. Noted author and speaker on organic and biodynamic farming, Poppen will be one of the featured presenters at the revived Folk Medicine Festival in Red Boiling Springs. The day and a half festival will be held in the historic downtown area on May 11 and 12.

Poppen will be speaking at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 11. Other presenters include Cathy Hix Cunningham (Food for Natural Health), Nathan Beachy (Utilizing Local Wild Herbs), Jacob Shirk (Iridology and RBTI), Anthony Knight (Essential Oils and How They Heal) and Barbette Norfleet (Homeopathy and Your Health). Stop at the old RBS bank building to hear these speakers and A Shoe-Shine Boy and His Corn-Poppin Buddy, storytelling about Red Boiling Springs heyday.

Throughout the downtown area and city parks you will find local artists and craftspeople, food vendors, and entertainment. You wont want to miss the Outhouse Race sponsored by the RBS Fire Department Saturday afternoon and the City Street Dance sponsored by the City of Red Boiling Springs Saturday night.

The Village at the Log Cabin will feature demonstrations by blacksmiths, a basket weaver, bark bottom chair maker, a potter and more. Wagon rides are being planned and you will, of course, want to visit the three historic hotels in town and walk through the city parks on the states only Walking Quilt Trail.

There is no admission to the festival. Festival hours are 1-6 p.m. on Friday, May 11 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. For more information, e-mail You can also find us on Facebook or at

Come be a part of the festival known around the world for celebrating the restorative power of nature.


Gallatin native Don Cox named Kroger Manager of the Year

Gallatin native Don Cox was recently named the 2011 Store Manager of the Year for District 3 of the Mid South Division of Kroger. Cox was chosen by his peers to receive the honor for his work as the Goodlettsville Kroger Store Manager.

I am so pleased that Don was recognized in this way, said Don Smith, District 3 Manager for Kroger. His strong leadership skills, experience, and wealth of knowledge about our business has made him a very successful store manager. We are proud to have him on our team.

Cox has been with Kroger for over 16 years. He started in the Kroger management training program and then was assigned to one of the Clarksville Kroger stores as assistant manager. While he spent time in management at several other Kroger stores including Springfield, Bordeaux, and Madison, many will remember him for the six years he spent at the Gallatin Kroger. Cox has been at the Goodlettsville store since 2005. A life-long resident of Gallatin and graduate of Gallatin High School, Cox and his wife Joyce, a retired Sumner County school teacher of 38 years, have one grown daughter, Kristen, and two grandkids, Kate and Parker. Cox is a member of First United Methodist Church in Gallatin, and an avid Gallatin Green Wave fan.

I have worked with a lot of great people over the past 16 years including the wonderful team we have here in Goodlettsville, said Cox. I am very proud of them and the work they do every day to provide our customers with an enjoyable shopping experience.

Kroger is one of the nations largest retail grocery chains. The company operates 63 stores in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.

Mayor Graves holds Mayor's Night In

Mayor Jo Ann Graves will hold a Mayors Night In from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 in the Mayors Office at City Hall.

The Mayor holds the meetings to give citizens the opportunity to meet with her one on one to discuss any issues or ideas that may be important to them.

Mayor Graves said, The ideas of our citizens are extremely important to me. I hold the Mayors Night In as one more avenue for me to meet and talk with citizens individually about issues in our City that may impact them. It is also an opportunity for anyone to talk to me about their ideas for the City.

It is not necessary to make an appointment, but citizens may call the Mayors office at 451-5961 if there are any questions.


SRMC names Melvin Boone Employee of the Year

Sumner Regional Medical Center has named Melvin Boone the 155-bed hospitals employee of the year for 2011, said Mary Jo Lewis, CEO of Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) and HighPoint Health System.

The employee of the year award, or Maverick Award, was established in 2011 as part of the hospitals new Top Gun themed monthly employee recognition program which celebrates employees who go above and beyond in their service to patients, visitors, physicians and fellow employees of the hospital. At the end of 2011, the 12 Top Guns, including February 2011 award-winner Boone, were chosen by their peers throughout the year were voted upon once more, resulting in Boone being voted the Maverick award-winner and winning a $500 cash prize.

Boone joined Sumner Regional Medical Center in 2003 as the hospitals guest services specialist. He is the first person most visitors to the hospital meet when they enter the front doors of the hospital, and is known throughout the hospital community as being the friendly first face many associate with their experience at SRMC, said Lewis.

Melvin is a true model of excellent customer service at Sumner Regional Medical Center, said Lewis, who presented Boone with the award. He comes to work each day with a smile on his face and is always ready to offer a helping hand to our patients, visitors, physicians and his colleagues. He has a strong work ethic, is dependable and he takes great pride in doing his job well. We are fortunate to have him on our team and we take great pleasure in presenting him with this award.

Its an honor to have been selected by my peers for this recognition, said Boone. I love my job. I love the people I work with, and I honestly couldnt imagine doing anything else.

Boone, formerly a long-time resident of Gallatin, lives in Nashville with his wife, Deborah. He has a son, three step-children and one step-grandaughter. His mother, Frances Boone, and his brother and two sisters live in Gallatin. He is a lay minister of his church, Key Stewart United Methodist Church in Gallatin. He is also president of the Bowling League of Sumner Regional Medical Center, and is a former reserve police officer for the City of Gallatin.

Tennessee Maneuvers Veterans to receive Honorary Masters Degrees from Cumberland University

'Remembrance and Respect' Set for May 8

From 1941 to 1944, more than 850,000 soldiers from 25 U.S. Army divisions participated in seven large-scale maneuvers across 22 counties of Middle Tennessee, including Sumner County--deadly serious war games (250 soldiers and civilians died in the training) to prepare for the war in the European and Pacific theaters.

Cumberland University, which served as 2nd Army field headquarters for those massive exercises, wants to award honorary Master of Military Arts degrees next spring to as many of the soldiers from the Maneuvers as it can find.

The simulated combat in Middle Tennessee was a critical element in the Allied victory in World War II, said Cumberland University President Dr. Harvill Eaton. What soldiers learned here, as they engaged in rigorous corps-level exercises, was an important part of their education for their overseas combat assignments.To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 2nd Army Maneuvers Field Headquarters moving to our campus inLebanon, we will award the honorary degrees in a special Remembrance and Respect celebration.

Eaton said the university plans to host the event and confer the degrees on May 8, 2012.The date the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day is significant because 22 of the 25 U.S. Army divisions that trained in the Tennessee Maneuvers fought in the European theater.

We have titled our commemoration Remembrance and Respect Cumberland University Honors the Veterans of the WW II Tennessee Maneuvers because its important for us to remember how Cumberland University and Middle Tennessee contributed to the Allied victory, Eaton said.But, more important, we want to pay our respects to the men who trained here and fought with such skill and tenacity.

Were hopeful that many veterans will be able to attend the May 8 event on our campus, Eaton continued.Were planning a variety of interactive displays that will allow the veterans to see and touch a large assortment of vehicles and equipment they used, to hear music from that era, to be in the company of other soldiers who shared their wartime experiences, to see WW II re-enactors, and most important to be honored by Middle Tennesseans who recognize and appreciate their sacrifices and service. Those who are unable to attend the event can, of course, receive their degrees by mail.

Veterans who trained in the Tennessee maneuvers but are unable to attend the ceremonies in person may still receive the honorary Master of Military Arts degree by contacting Cumberland University by mail, email or phone.

Phone: 615-547-1387 or Email: veterans@cumberland.eduor

The seven large-scale Tennessee Maneuvers involved the following divisions:

2nd Armored June, 1941

4th Armored September November, 1942

5th Armored April June, 1943

5th Infantry June, 1941

6th Infantry September - November, 1942

8th Infantry September - November, 1942

10th Armored July August, 1943

12th Armored September November, 1943

14th Armored November, 1943 January, 1944

17th Airborne January March, 1944

26th Infantry January March, 1944

27th Infantry June, 1941

30th Infantry (Participated twice) June, 1941 and September-November, 1943

35th Infantry November, 1943 January, 1944

78th Infantry January March, 1944

79th Infantry September November, 1943

80th Infantry July August, 1943

81st Infantry September November, 1943

83rd Infantry July August, 1943

87th Infantry November, 1943 January, 1944

94th Infantry September November, 1943

98th Infantry September November, 1943

100th Infantry November, 1943 January, 1944

101st Airborne (Participated twice) April June & and July August, 1943

106th Infantry January March, 1944

The terrain of middle Tennessee allowed soldiers to make river crossings and engage in simulated combat in conditions similar to those expected in France and Belgium.The training was very realistic, with more than 250 soldiers and civilians killed in the Tennessee Maneuvers.The Cumberland Universitycommemoration will also pay tribute to those who died in training and in overseas combat.


Gallatin man charged with attempted murder

By Josh Nelson

A Gallatin man was charged with attempted murder last Tuesday after he reportedly stabbed his wife several times with a screwdriver at their home on Green Leaf Circle.

Joseph Maddox, 37, was held in the Sumner County Jail on $500,000 bond.

At around 10:30 pm on the night of April 2, Gallatin police were called to the residence, where they found the victim, according to an affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court.

Victim had multiple stab wounds on her back, arms, and head, Officer Christian Booth wrote in the affidavit.

Booth wrote that the victim told police Maddox became upset with her and that he threw her phone out the window.

Victim then went downstairs and Maddox came with her, the affidavit reads. Victim said that they went to the back door. She advised that a screwdriver is required to open this door and that she thought Maddox was opening the door for her.

Maddox then turned toward the victim with the screwdriver in his hand, Booth wrote. Victim advised that Maddox said, 'I'm going to (expletive) kill you (expletive).' Maddox then began to stab the victim with the screwdriver in the area of the back, arms, and head.

The victim begged for Maddox to stop and was eventually able to escape out of the house and run to a neighboring residence, according to the affidavit.

Victim has sustained a collapsed lung from the incident and numerous stab wounds, Booth wrote.

According to the affidavit, Maddox has a criminal history of 2nd degree rape, sexual abuse, and reckless endangerment with a weapon.

He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court May 16.

Walter and Anna Durham moving to Nashville

Say it aint so

Walter and Anna Durham moving to Nashville

By Randy Cline

Time moves on and we have to deal with things that come along, is how life-long Gallatin resident Walter Durham explained the decision he and his wife Anna made to sell their Gallatin home and move to Nashville to be closer to family members. We really dont want to go but it seems like the wise thing for us.

Age is unrelenting; if youre still alive, youre going to get older, the 87-year-old historian noted. We knew this time was coming but it seems to have come now.

The couple plans to move by mid-May to the Richland Place Retirement Center on West End in Nashville, near the families of three of their children, including two grandchildren. A fourth child lives in Savannah, Ga.

It is a very nice, Independent living facility, Durham said. We have been there on several occasions and have friends there.

Durham will continue in his role as Tennessee State Historian and will continue to work with his long-time assistant, Glenda Miliken, saying he has no interest in breaking in a new assistant.

We, of course, will continue our friendship and we will work by phone or email, he explained. Im going to scale down a lot of my activities. Im not going to undertake any big books or research projects. Ill be writing an article every now and then and maybe a small book, but nothing major. Shes been a big part of all my major undertakings.

Miliken knows that her life will be different and is a bit uncertain on exactly what the future holds. We hope to continue with back and forth trips to Nashville, fax machines, computers and phones, she said. He is very interested in continuing what he does and Ill be available if there is some way we can accomplish these things.

Many friends and community leaders have expressed their sadness in seeing the Durhams leave along with wishing them the best.

The Durhams have been pillars of this community for decades, said Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves. They have left their mark on, not only Gallatin, but all of Sumner County, whether it was through business deals, his being an author or their involvement in various endeavors, they have changed the face of this community and they will be sorely missed.

Mr. Durham has certainly changed the face of Gallatin while Mrs. Durham was the wind beneath his wings raising four children in the home they built over 51 years ago.

Durham, a Gallatin High School graduate, returned to his home after serving in South Africa during World War II, helped start the family business, Durham Lumber Company, helped create jobs by starting Gallatin Aluminum Products Company, recorded the history of Sumner County and Tennessee through numerous books and publications, was a founding father of the citys banking industry and served on uncountable boards and committees to serve his city. He has been a member of Gallatin First United Methodist Church for 75 years and a member of the Gallatin Lions Club since 1950.

Walter Durham has done a whale of a job telling the story of Sumner County, said John Garrott, himself a noted historian. He is very interested in the history of the buildings and the areas around Gallatin, like Wynnewood, Rock Castle, Cragfont, Rosemont and others. We hate to lose him but I can understand that its that time of life that he needs to get close to his children.

Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt said, It was just last year that I awarded Mr. Durham the Order of the Horse Award for his outstanding contributions to Sumner County. We are losing a true treasure. I know that that their heart will continue to be in Sumner County. Im happy for them that they are able to move closer to their family. We still feel they are Sumner Countians even though they are moving to Davidson County.

Long time friend and Gallatin attorney Nathan Harsh commented, Ive known Anna and Walter Durham for many years and they have been outstanding citizens of Gallatin and Sumner County; for that matter, the whole state of Tennessee. Im sure he will continue his relationship with his many friends here and continue his outstanding work with the state as historian. This county and Tennessee have been greatly enhanced by his research and documentation of local, county and state history.

Harsh knows his friend because he almost took the words out of his mouth concerning the continuing of his Gallatin friendships.

I look forward to returning at every opportunity, Durham said. We dont want to cut off our relationship with Gallatin and our friends here. Weve invested our lives here for a long time; you dont just walk away from it.

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2012 Community Spirit Award to Habitat for Humanity

2012 Community Spirit Award to Habitat for Humanity

By Randy Cline

The Gallatin Chamber of Commerce recently honored Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County, Habitat Re-Store and Executive Director Bob Dyer with the 2012 Community Spirit Award.

Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County and Habitat Re-Store impacts our community in ways large and small and its effects for many, will be felt for generations, said Chamber representative Paula DeBerry during the presentation. They are being recognized for their outstanding community spirit, as this organization exemplifies it like no other.

Recognized recently as the best of 51 affiliates in the state of Tennessee, they are an important part of improving our community, having built 35 homes since its beginning in 1996 and six in the last two years. 2012 will see four more homes constructed.

Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry whose stated mission is to eliminate poverty housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Dyer expressed his appreciation of the honor. We greatly appreciate the recognition the chamber gave us, he said afterwards. We strive to eradicate bad housing in Gallatin and Sumner county and we appreciate them recognizing us for that endeavor.

All homes are funded by donations and grants, and 100% of donated funds are used in building homes. The organization brings together hundreds of volunteers from churches, civic groups, construction companies, schools and womens groups, exhibiting dedicated community spirit in its finest light.

In 2008, they went even further by opening a local store, Habitat Re-Store, which serves consumers while raising funds. The Re-Store sells used building materials, some furniture, windows, doors and such to raise money used to run Habitat and try to build one house a year out of that store, Dyer said. It is the retail arm of Habitat. We have some very good contractors in the county who donate leftover building materials to us each month. Some windows are misfits and are brand new.

DeBerry summed it up by saying We love what they do and appreciate all that they do to improve our community.

Tiger Woods is always the story

As much as a number of fans have relished Tiger Woods personal and professional demise, the golf world needs him.

Woods is the Babe Ruth, the Muhammad Ali of golf. He set the golf world on fire when he won his first of four green jackets, symbolic of the Masters champion. He was 21 years old and smothered the field by a whopping 12 strokes.

For years he dominated the game. When he showed up on the first tee, everyone else was playing for second. Some players publicly acknowledged it to be true.

After accruing 14 major titles, Woods house of cards fell on top of him like an avalanche. He was labeled an adulterer. His marriage dissolved. He lost valuable face time with his two young children. He was mocked by late-night comedians.

He is now 36 years old, beset in recent years by a variety of health issues. His knee. His Achilles. His head.

Sumner Academy student wins essay contest

The Gallatin News

The top honor for the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Gallatin News Fish Tales essay contest for children 12 and under was captured by 12-year-old Heidi Uhl, of Sumner Academy. Second place went to Madelyn Henon, a 10-year-old Sumner Academy student and third place went to Haley Ray, a middle-school student at Merrol Hyde Magnet School.

The contest was held in conjunction with a Kids Fishing Rodeo set for Saturday, April 7 at Bulls Creek landing in Gallatin. The contest encouraged children to write either a 100-250 word essay or a poem about their favorite fish tale.

Tullys opening on the Square


Another dining option is coming to the Square in Gallatin.

Executive Chef Tully Wilson announced to waiting crowd Tuesday morning that he will open a restaurant, appropriately named Tully's, in June at 101 and 102 North Water, which formerly housed Larriviere's.

We will have everything from comfort food such as hamburgers and catfish to filet and duck, so a wide variety, Wilson said, adding that menu prices will be between $7 and $28. It's an $8 hamburger. And its 10 ounces fully cooked, so it's huge. I've rarely seen anyone finish one.

Sumner County teachers take a Seoulful journey with their adoption

By April Stilwell
The Gallatin News

Life has thrown multiple curves at John and Laura Parker, teachers for the Sumner County School system, especially when it came to starting a family. The couple tried everything imaginable to have a family of their own. They soon realized God had another direction for their life as they adopted beautiful two-year-old daughter Olivia, their first South Korean child. Immediately after bringing home their daughter in February 2011, the couple knew they wanted a second child and started to save money.

Recently, they have been surprised by the wonderful news of being able to adopt their second South Korean child. They are currently scrambling to raise a large sum of money to cover the costs of bringing six-month-old Jae Joon, a special needs child, home.

Notice of election announcements and letters policy

By Randy Cline


The Gallatin News wants to remind candidates for local offices of the newspapers policies regarding campaign announcements and also to remind everyone of our letters to the editor policy during election season.

First, if you are planning to run for office in Sumner County, The Gallatin News will be happy to publish the announcement of your candidacy at no charge. Your announcement is your chance to tell readers/voters who you are and why you are running for a particular office. Be advised that The Gallatin News reserves the right to edit these articles as deemed necessary for correct spelling, news style of writing, etc.

In addition to your announcement, you may also wish to submit a photograph of yourself, a headshot, to accompany the article. There is no charge to run the photo.

The Gallatin News will also run photographs and caption information of campaign managers and treasurers, free of charge.

Other items submitted for publishing will be considered as advertising and must be paid for in advance.

The Gallatin News also reserves the right to report what it considers news about candidates.

Campaign announcements and photos may be emailed to Photos must be jpegs.

Campaign announcements and photos will begin on page two of the A section of the newspaper as space permits and will be continued elsewhere in the paper as necessary.

As for letters to the editor, it is the policy of The Gallatin News not to publish letters that are essentially endorsements of one candidate over another, nor is it the policy of this newspaper to publish letters that pick a topic or two to highlight one candidates stance on issues versus another candidates.

Should such letters be received at The Gallatin Newss office, they will be kept on file should you wish to read them here.

The Gallatin News will continue its focus on Sumner County and the people who live here and do good things every day to make our communities better.

The Gallatin News also encourages everyone to vote in August and November.

Airport Authority lowers products liability insurance

The Sumner County Airport Authority (SCAA) voted unanimously Monday to lower the minimum Products Liability insurance requirements. The new rate will be a minimum of $500,000 with an aggregate of $1 million. The same rate will apply across the board to full-service and limited Commercial Aeronautical Service Providers (CASP).

We set our insurance requirements so that its on an equal playing field for every service provider, explained SCAA Chairman David Hunter after the meeting. There is currently one full-service CASP and there is the potential for a number of more limited CASPs.

Govans named 2012 Community Champions

Henry and Angela Govan, owner of Govans Salon and Espresso Cafe, was recently honored by the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce by being named the recipient of the 2012 Community Champion Award.

This business began as the perpetuation of a dream of a talented family member, but evolved into what is now a landmark in our community, said chamber representative Paula DeBerry during the presentation. Not only have the owners built their own business over the years, but they have been constant champions of Gallatin, and their fellow business owners. They are a pair of the most innovative, enthusiastic and creative business partners in Gallatin, and they have worked hard through good times and difficult ones largely out of their love for Gallatin and its history.

Opened 11 years ago as Govans Gathering Place, the business morphed over the last the last couple of years into the recently remodeled Govans Salon and Espresso Caf. Now in addition to their line of coffee drinks and treats, you can add getting your hair styled or a therapeutic massage as reasons to gather.

We were in stunned, Angela said of hearing their names called at the presentation. It was one of the most honorable and humbling things that has happened since we opened in February 2001.  To see your peers stand up and clap for you in order to recognize something youve been doing just because you loved doing it, is such an awesome experience.

DeBerry noted that not only has their business enhanced Gallatin, the Govans have given of themselves in numerous ways including being active in their church, their business district, and key players in numerous events, including downtown festivals and the Colonial Fair. Their impact in our community is far-reaching, she said.

We have been involved with various associations & historic societies because we wanted to be a part of what is going on in our community and because we have a passion for history & family, Angela explained. We never expected or even realized that there was an award for being active in your community and honestly, when they were talking about these two people, before reading our names, I figured they must have been talking about the Garrotts.  When they said our name, it took a minute for us to process it and we werent sure if we were supposed to stand up, go forward or what.

Henry says that owning a business has been one of the toughest and one of the most rewarding experiences they have ever had.  We came to Gallatin in 1996, but didnt really connect with the community until we opened our Coffee House & Salon., he said. This idea came in 2000 following the death of my father.  We purchased our building largely as a place to show my fathers paintings.

He was a professor at the University of Memphis for 25 years and an acclaimed artist in New York in the 50s during the developing years of what he called expressionism, he said. We had been to a play one evening at the palace and were walking around the square not quite ready to go home and wishing for a place for coffee and dessert, but there wasnt one.  So we thought hey, we could put a coffee shop in our building along with a gallery. The rest, as they say, is history.

Being located on the Square has been like being in Mayberry, Angela added. We have had two sons who played up and down the sidewalks and sold their own produce and lemonade and window washing services to our downtown neighbors.  We were immediately accepted with kindness and were made to feel like family.  We have some customers who have had coffee with us almost every day, sometimes twice a day, for the last eleven years.  Those folks have become our extended family and one even became our sons godfather.   

The Govans have had lots of fun in their business, which has continued to evolve over the years.  From beginning as a coffee house with a full lunch menu, antique store, art gallery, live music every week for six years, mystery dinner theatre every month for four years, songwriters showcases, improv nights for actors, Back Alley Blues Bashes, Wine Tastings, Belly Dancers, Rehearsal dinners, Birthday Parties, Pirate Fests, 18th Century Nights, Colonial Coffee Houses, Christmas on the Square, churches that formed in their coffee house, first dates, a wedding, and much more.  But their constant has always remained a Coffee House & Salon committed to serving their customers and clients with the intention of making them feel great from the outside in and feeling even better when they leave than when they arrived.

In this economy, times can be hard and people find themselves being a little more selective about where and how they spend their money and we feel like God has so richly blessed us and allowed us to continue in our business, Henry said. We have a good team working with us and the best customers ever.  We have our family around us and tremendous support from friends and community.  What more could you ask for?  God is Good.


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