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Judge hears motions for Reed trial

The preliminary steps for the trial for the death of Dickie Lassiter, a long-time resident of Sumner County and member of a prominent local family, are slowly beginning to close. On Monday, Judge Dee Gay heard motions by attorneys to suppress statements made by the defendant, James Tyler Reed, to law enforcement.

According to Ron Blanton, the Assistant District Attorney, the judge has taken some of the motions under advisement and will issue a ruling in the next couple of days.
Reed is charged with aggravated burglary and felony murder, He has entered pleas of not guilty. The date for the trial is May 23.



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Spay/Neuter Alliance host two events as deadline for new AC building opening nears
For The Gallatin Newspaper

With the new low-cost spay neuter clinic at the Animal Control facility opening, right around the corner in April, the Sumner Spay/Neuter Alliance has the priority of raising the last $40,000 of the original $120,000 determined needed to build, equip and open the facility.

A yard sale is planned for March 12, and something very new and exciting for Sumner County, a Bike Ride is planned for March 26.

The yard sale will be held Saturday, March 12 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 222 Fairgrounds St. in Gallatin (across from the fairgrounds and behind the Post Office).

Fund Raising Chairperson Beckie Foy suggests, “This is a good time to clean out those closets and garages- just in time for the ritual of Spring Cleaning.

“Then please donate your unwanted, but gently used items. If you would like items picked up, please call 210-3296.”

The sale will have a unique twist with $1, $2 and $5 Tables.

Foy said, “There will be lots of great items for sale. Just come on out and make us a deal!”

SSNA invites all bike enthusiasts to join them on March 26 for a fun Saturday morning ride, “Pedals and Paws.”

The ride begins at 9 a.m. at the Civic Center in Gallatin. Registration set up is between 8 and 9 a.m. There will be 25 and 45-mile routes.

Food and drink rest stops will be located along the route. Participants will ride through northern and eastern Sumner County.

There are no challenging climbs on the 25, but the 45-mile ride will climb at mile 22 to 955 ft., followed by a blistering descent after the rest stop at mile 30.

The course will be swept during the ride with a final sweep at noon.

David Hardin, owner of Biker’s Choice in Hendersonville, will be set up at the Civic Center to assist with maintenance problems and other issues.  Biker’s choice is also one of the ride sponsors.

The presenting sponsor is LPS Integration of Nashville; Co-sponsor is McCloud’s Pest and Lawn Service.

Other sponsors are American Bank and Trust, Guns and Leather, Goodyear Tires, Ma and Paw’s Pet Food and Supplies, Woods Tax Service, ASAP Printing, all of Hendersonville. Dr. Kush Frenchman, Culligan, American Security Bank and John and Mary Genung are sponsors as well. Hendersonville and Gallatin Publix are rest stop sponsors which offer food and drink.

For information on the ride or to obtain a registration flier, please e mail cattails1@earthlink.net or call 714-3096.

You may also contact Pedals and Paws Ride Chairperson, Curtis McMahon at puyand2@yahoo.com or call 615-815-5707.

Fliers are not yet in bike shops and sporting good stores, but will be very soon.

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Heavy rains threaten city

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

With a chance of rain today that increases to 80 percent on Saturday, March 5, the city is preparing for another series of thunderstorms with the potential of creating flooded roads in low-lying areas and repeated flooding of basements and yards. Sunday is forecasted as cooling down to the 30s withless prospect of rain.

According to Ken Weidner, director of Sumner Countys Emergency Management Agency, Gallatin was fortunate with the last two rainstorms. On Friday, a residential area on a Hendersonville peninsula had 32 homes hit by straight-line winds during a severe thunderstorm.

We assessed damage on 32 homes in Hendersonville, said Weidner. More had minor damage. I have requested that the National Weather Service personnel come in and look at the damage. They look at indicators that straight-line winds are (the cause).

He stated that the residential areas in Hendersonville had very old, very large trees.

The wind just blew them over. We are lucky no one was hurt or killed, he added.

 

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County vote ignores school board

Station Camp HS, Beech HS and Merrol Hyde Magnet to improve athletic facilities

By Neil Siders
For The Gallatin Newspaper

The Sumner County Commission voted to pass the second reading of a resolution appropriating approximately $572,000 dollars for athletic facilities for three schools with 13 votes at Mondays commission meeting after spending a lengthy amount of time with public recognition and commissioners presentations.

At issue was not the merit of the projects for the three schools, but the means of accomplishing them.

 The much-debated legislation will allocate out of the 2010 bond fund $30,000 for the installation of a lighting system at the Station Camp High School soccer facility, $242,000 for the creation of a soccer complex and athletic facility at Merroll Hyde Magnet School, and $300,000 for repairs to the lighting system on the Beech High School football field, repairs to the Beech basketball bleachers, and the creation of a road linking the indoor athletic complex to the main facility.     

Before the resolution was debated on the County Commission floor, a group of students, parents, teachers, and concerned citizens spoke before the commission supporting the resolution and listing a very detailed description of the merits of each project, ranging from increased student health, due to an increased activity level, to injury concerns based on having inadequate facilities.

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March 412, 2011
March 4
Peach Valley Church, 508 Peach Valley Road, “First Friday” service is at 7:00 p.m. with guest church Victory Temple, Pastor William Douglas
March 5
Tennessee Recovery Project is hosting a childrens’ event at 10:30 a.m. at Gallatin Public Library. Children will receive a coloring book called “Ready, Set, Prepare” as part of a flood awareness project.
March 5
 The Sumner County Republican Party March breakfast will feature 6th Congressional District Congressman Diane Black. Congressman Black, elected in November, will fill local Republicans in on what is going on in Washington. The breakfast meeting will take place at St. Timothy’s Church on Main Street in Hendersonville. Breakfast begins at 9:00 a.m. A home-style breakfast is served for $6.00 for those who would like to eat. All Sumner County Republicans are invited to attend. You can find more information about the Sumner County Republican Party and its activities at: www.sumnergop.org.
March 6
Girl Scout Troop #574 community information and action meeting is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Long Hollow Baptist Church on Hartsville Pike. Those interested in participating will learn about the Girl Scout’s Gold Award Project Plan and can be a part of the restoration of the Historical Brown’s Cemetery on Woodvale Drive.
March 7
The Station Camp High School Choral Department will present a formal concert at 7:00 p.m. at Bluegrass Baptist Church in Hendersonville. Admission is free. For further information, please call the SCHS ARTS
Hotline at 230-3185.
March 8
A 5-Week Series of Grief Support Classes meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Monthaven Room and 6:30 p.m. in the Cragfont Room at Sumner Regional Hospital.Classes will be led by Mr. Frank Conley, EdS, MDiv, a certified grief counselor specializing in the area of grief and loss, and are open to surrounding communities, as well as hospice families. During the five-week series, participants will learn about grief, loss and death, feelings associated with loss and death, stages of grief, rebuilding and making life adjustments and accepting a new sense of self.  Please call (615) 328-6690 to register.
March 8
In celebration of Fat Tuesday, enjoy a Cajun meal and entertainment for $20.00 each, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Hotel (near Lowe’s). There will be Zydeco music, door prizes and more. This is a Key to the City Charity Event, benefitting Samaritan Center, Home Bound Meals and Humane Society of Sumner County. Call Pat Collier or Elaine O’day, 812-6862 or  579-9862 for tickets.
March 9

The Gallatin Chapter of TVA Retirees meet at 1 p.m. at King Solomon Masonic Lodge on East Main Street. The topic is retirement and pension benefits. Call Al Gogen at 325-6938 for more information.
March 9, 10
Mid  Cumberland Community Action Agency, USDA Commodity Distribution is at Mid Cumberland CCA, at 600 Small Street. Expected commodities are apple juice, cherry apple juice, cranberry apple juice, orange juice, figs, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce and sliced potatoes.
March 12
Huge Yard Sale, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Michaels Attic  Parking Lot, 379 Maple (across from Post Office). A unique Yard Sale, with $1, $2 and $5 tables, come take your pick and BUY BUY BUY!!! ALL PROCEEDS  benefit the “NEW” Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic, opening soon in Sumner County. If you would like to donate your unwanted items,  contact Beckie at 210-3296 and they can be pick them up. REMEMBER THIS DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE!!!
March 12
The United Methodist Women of the Hartsville United Methodist Church are sponsoring their annual Dinner Musical at 6:30 p.m. at the Trousdale County High School Auditorium. This year’s theme is “City lights”. Tickets are $15 per person or two for $25 and are available from the UMW and other church members. You may also call Kathy Dies at 374-3752, Kathy Atwood at 374-0907, Lora Lee Langford at the Hartsville/Trousdale Chamber of Commerce 374-9243, or the church at 374-2400 for ticket information. Seating this year is limited to 22 tables and all tickets must be reserved in advance.
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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 holding their 3rd annual yard sale at the Gallatin Farmer’s Market on Friday March 25th and Saturday March 26th from 7 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. Donations are being accepted at the Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center Offices at 185 W. Franklin Street until the start of the sale. Please call 615-206-1176 to schedule a drop-off appointment for any gently-used items you would like to donate. All donations are tax-deductible.
   
The Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., will offer Bingo! in the library, meeting rooms  on Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Bingo! is open to the public and for all ages. For more information, please call the library at 452-1722.

Please join the “Grace Seekers” adult Sunday School Class at Lambuth United Methodist Church in an exciting new Bible study. For further information on this class of any of their services or programs, please call 452-3715.

Peach Valley Church is now having an additional service on Sunday mornings @ 8:00 a.m.

Mid-Cumberland Head Start/Early Head Start us currently recruiting children and mothers-to-be through age four for the 2011-2012 school year. This nationally accredited and three-star preschool program is federally subsidized and offers medical and dental screenings, individualized education plans for each child and a research-based curriculum. There are also a limited number of full year, full day slots for parents who are interested in paying for quality program or have a child care broker certificate. For more information call 451-0323 or 452-5956 or come by, 242 West Eastland or 600 Small Street.
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Live music at The Palace, March 4
R&B, Country and Rock will fill the air when professional musicians Tom Roady, Jay Brown, Gary Talley, Karin Paparelli and AJ Masters take over The Palace Theatre stage for one night only, March 4.
 
Tom Roady has spent his career touring with many artists like James Taylor, John Denver, Ricky Scaggs, The Fifth Diminsions and Paul Anka.  He has played on numerous R&B, Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock and country multi-platinum recordings, many of which have been nominated and won Grammy Awards, CMA Awards and ACM Awards.
 
Mr. Roady has been on over 1000 recording and CDs.  Through the years he has gained popularity and a distinctive reputation as an outstanding musician around his peers.

On March 4 “All My Roady Friends” will include Jay Brown, ASCAP singer/songwriter and NSAI Pro Member.  Gary Talley, lead guitarist for Grammy nominated group The Box Tops.  Karin Paparelli, award winning singer/songwriter and international songwriter instructor.   AJ Master, Independent Male Vocalist of the Year, nominated by the Academy of Country Music for New Male Vocalist.  He performed on the new Faces Show with Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakum, Keith Whitley and Sweethearts of the Rodeo. As an artist AJ has 10 charted singles and has written songs recorded by Faith Hill, Randy Travis, Diamond Rio and many more.
 
Mel O’Drama Theater is producing this concert and is looking for this to become a series of concert events that will feature other friends of Tom Roady who are also in the music business.

This one night event will be on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 in this family friendly venue of The Palace Theatre, 146 N Water St.  Ticket $15 per person, 10 & under half price, and will be available at the door.  Reservations can be made in advance by calling 615-952-4985, or visit www,melodramatheater.org <http://melodramatheater.org.
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Blackburn endorses Roberts
SUMNER AND ROBERTSON COUNTIES:  Congressman Marsha Blackburn today endorsed State Senate Candidate Kerry Roberts in the March 8 General Election.  “Kerry is a solid Conservative who, as a small businessman, understands the issues facing the State of Tennessee.  He has demonstrated his willingness to listen to his constituents and find common-sense solutions to Tennessee’s opportunities.  He will work well with Lt. Gov. Ramsey and the Republican caucus.”

“I am delighted to have Congressman Blackburn’s support,” said Roberts.  “She has been a hero to me for many years and I hope to imitate her courage in the face of difficult choices in Tennessee.  I look forward to seeking her counsel.”

Roberts is running in the March 8 General Election as a Republican.  Early voting runs between February 16th and March 3rd.   District 18 was served by Diane Black until her recent election to the United States Congress from District Six.

About Kerry Roberts
Kerry Roberts is a Certified Public Accountant and owner of The Bike Pedlar stores in Middle Tennessee.  He has taught accounting at Lipscomb University and served as president and chairman of the National Bicycle Dealers Association.  Kerry, his wife, and three children live on a farm in Springfield, Tennessee.  Learn more about Kerry Roberts at www.kerryroberts.com.
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Restaurants warned of fake inspectors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Health is warning restaurant owners of individuals posing as health inspectors who call to arrange restaurant inspections and demand payment. TDOH has received a number of reports in recent days from Asian cuisine restaurants in several counties that have been contacted by someone asking to schedule an inspection and stating that the restaurant must pay a fee. TDOH environmentalists do not demand nor collect payment for inspections of restaurants, and regular inspections are unannounced.

“We want all Tennessee restaurant owners to be aware of this apparent scam and take steps to ensure they are not victimized,” said General Environmental Health Director Hugh Atkins. “Our inspectors carry Department of Health identification. Any restaurant owner called or approached by someone to schedule an inspection or demand payment should ask for identification, and call police if the individual cannot provide it.”

Department of Health environmentalists inspect all Tennessee food service establishments at least twice each year to ensure safe and sanitary food handling practices. Regular inspections are unannounced, meaning no call is made to the restaurant to schedule the inspections. Restaurants do not pay a fee for their inspections.

“Our inspectors have established good working relationships with the many restaurant owners and managers with which we work,” said Atkins. “We are contacting restaurants throughout the state to alert them about this scam and give instructions on what they should do if they are targeted.”

While this latest scam effort appears to target only Asian cuisine restaurants, owners of other food establishments are also asked to be wary of anyone posing as a Department of Health environmentalist and asking for money. Restaurant owners are asked to contact their local county health department with any questions about proper inspection procedures.
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February 23, 2011
Bertie Ann Birdwell
age 85, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, February 14, 2011. Funeral service was Saturday, February 19 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Birdwell was born in Sumner County, on July 31, 1925, daughter of the late Charlie Keith and Julia Mai Stephens Keith. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister, Joyce “Dot” Breedlove, one brother, Bob Keith and son-in-law Wayne Lyons. She is survived by her husband, William; son Roy Birdwell and wife Brenda of Hendersonville; daughter Brenda Lyons of Bowling Green, KY;  brothers, Jerry Keith and wife Helen of Gallatin, Jack Keith and wife Madge also of Gallatin, Ed Keith and wife Geneva of Texas; sister Leatha Lee of Gallatin; four grandchildren Dana Whitlow and husband Robert of Gallatin, Jason Birdwell of Hendersonville, Kevin Lyons of Bowling Green and Jennifer Lieneke and husband William of Missouri; three great grandchildren, Katie Lynn, Wayne and Keith. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Raymond J. Lazure
age 66, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, February 14, 2011. Funeral service was Friday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Peace officiating. Mr. Lazure was born April 13, 1944 in Worcester County, Massachusetts. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mollie Mozell Lazure, daughter Christina Lazure and father, Robert Ovide Lazure. He is survived by his mother, Mary Congetta Buccelli Lazure of Brimfield, MA; three daughters, Kerry DiMarzio and husband Anthony of Secane, PA, Carmen Goulet and husband Robert of Southbridge, MA and Tammy Thibeault and husband Tony of Missouri; three brothers, Robert Lazure of Connecticut,  George “Boo” Langlois of Southbridge, MA and William “Billy” Langlois of Kissimmee, FL;  four sisters, Dorothy “Dee” Newton of San Antonio, TX, Joann LaBonte and husband Fred of Southbridge, MA and Debbie Corriveau and fiancé Rick of Southbridge, MA and Linda Hess and husband Michael of Norwich, CT; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Safe Place for Animals, 1070 Old Highway 109 North, Gallatin, TN  37066. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Freddy Ray Case
age 51, of Portland, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2011. Funeral service was Sunday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with Danny Johns, Frankie Johns, Cory Barnes, Joe Eicher, Monte Barnes and Buck Case serving as pallbearers. Mr. Case was born in Hartsville, February 23, 1959. He is preceded in death by his father, Grover Daniel Case. He is survived by his mother, Lorene Terry Case of Gallatin; two sons, Tim Case and Matthew Case; the mother of his children, Jody Simon Case of Gallatin; two brothers, Jimmy Case and wife Jean of Westmoreland and William Case of Hendersonville; five sisters, Reba Case Wright and husband Glenn of Portland, Linda Case Poole and husband James of Gallatin, Peggy Case Moran of the Oak Grove Community, Judy Case Hunter and husband Gary of Gallatin and Diane Case Ellis and husband Dennis of Franklin, KY. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Marjorie “Margie” Isabell Martin
age 76, passed away at Alive Hospice Madison Campus, Saturday, February 19, 2011 after an extended illness. She was born December 18, 1934 in Davidson County, to Leo Isabell, Sr. and Bessie Wheeler Isabell. She was past owner of the Kountry Kupboard in Goodlettsville and worked as a waitress at Mason’s Motel and Restaurant for over 20 years. She loved to cook, read and work crossword puzzles. She was a member of Goodlettsville Pentecostal Church. A Celebration of her Life was held Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at Cole and Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, with Pastor Dan Russell and Bishop Ray Carson officiating. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by infant daughter, Cathy Paulette Martin, brothers, Paul and Sonny Isabell and Russell Wheeler.  She is survived by daughters, Deborah Coleman, Hendersonville, Shirley Martin, Castalian Springs and Pamela Martin, Goodlettsville; brothers, Kenneth (Geri) Isabell, Mount Juliet, Harold (Billie) Isabell, Gallatin, Larry (Carolyn) Isabell, Goodlettsville; grandchildren, Daphne Hargrove, Melissa Lee, Harley Stearnes, Valerie Duke, Lori Russell, Rachael Austin, Phillip Martin and Haley Martin and 10 great grandchildren. Final resting place is Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Grandsons and great grandsons, Phillip Martin, Harley Stearnes, Evan Austin, David Duke, Zachary Duke, and Trevor Duke served as pallbearers. Austin and Bell Funeral Home, Greenbrier Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
Robert Brown Chumley
age 91, of Castalian Springs, passed away Friday February 18, 2011. Funeral service was Tuesday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Peace officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mr. Chumley was born in Castalian Springs, on May 2, 1919, son of the late Oscar Hagwood Chumley and Laura Gregory Chumley. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Ruby Duke Chumley. He is survived by one daughter, Pat Byars and husband Jim of Gallatin; two sons, Curtis Chumley and wife Brenda of Hartsville and Randy Chumley and wife Julie of Castalian Springs; one sister Lucille Apple of Gallatin; five grandchildren, Michael Eric Chumley and wife Kim, Janet Lynn Lawrence and husband Jerry, J. Ryker Chumley, Jennifer Joy Byars Savage and husband Steve, Alanna Raye Byars Napier and husband Todd, and 10 great grandchildren, Ben, Sydney, Hannah, Jonathan, Emma, Joshua, Gracie, Camden, Audrey and Caroline. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
William Howard Curd
age 54, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, February 18, 2011. A memorial service will be Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. from the Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother David Gurchiek officiating. Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. and continue until time of service. William was born on September 18, 1956, son of the late Morris Edward Curd and Sarah Evelyn Piper Curd. He is survived by a son, William “Bill” Curd and wife Trina of Bethpage; two sisters, Patricia Hightower and husband David of Arkansas, and Stacey Hudson and husband Marc of Gallatin; three brothers, Paul Curd and wife Teresa of Gallatin, Butch Curd and wife Wati of Gallatin and Clay Curd and wife Becky also of Gallatin, and two grandchildren Samatha Grace Curd and Wyatt Haynes Curd. Memorial contributions may be made to A Safe Place for Animals, 1070 Old Highway 109 North, Gallatin, TN. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
William Albert Johns, Sr.
age 68, of Cross Plains, passed away February 19, 2011. Mr. Johns was cremated and a memorial service and burial in Eulia will be done at a later date. He was born on September 21, 1942, son of the late Wes Key and Dee Johns. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, William Albert Johns, brother Charles Miles and two sisters, Ruby Wilson and Janie Brown.  He is survived by two sons, Buddy Johns and wife Terinna of Portland and Shawn Allen Johns and wife Tina of Bethpage; daughter Susie Johns of Pleasant Shade; brothers, Jimmy Miles and wife Wanda of Franklin, KY, and Tommy Miles and wife Melissa of Portland; sisters, Faye Woodard and husband David of Portland, Louise Wilson of Cross Plains, Patricia Williams of Portland, Bonnie Templeton of Gallatin, and Juanita Mile of Cross Plains and eight grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Carolyn Inez Workings
age 66, entered into her Heavenly rest on Saturday, February 12, 2011. She is survived by her husband, James Workings, Jr. of Gallatin; two sons, Larry (Kellie) Workings, Charles (Renee) Workings of Gallatin; two sisters, Francis Wright of Gallatin and Mary Buck of Cookeville; two brothers, Shirley Buck, Doyal (Rosie) Buck of Cookeville; three grandchildren, Larry Workings II, Caressa Workings, Fachariah Workings, all of Gallatin; a host of nieces and nephews, along with many friends. Services entrusted to Strawther & White Funeral Home.
Adelaide Louise Rodgers
age 91, of Hendersonville, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2011. Funeral Mass was Friday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. from St. John Vianney Catholic Church with Father Stephen Gideon as Celebrant. After the service she was cremated and her cremains interred at a later date in the Hartsville Cemetery.  Mrs. Rodgers was born in Boston, MA on October 13, 1919, daughter of the late Walter Cox and Mary Elizabeth Jones Cox. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Maxey Rodgers and three sisters, Imelda Jeffrey, Gertrude Silva and Barbara Dennis. She was an active member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church since 1946. She is survived by one son Ben Rodgers and wife Joan of Hendersonville; three daughters, Mary Domahidy and husband Steve of Chesterfield, MO, Nancy Sanger and husband Dave of Reno, NV, and Louise Kelly and husband Pruett of Bethpage; four grandchildren, Claire Rodgers, Ali Rodgers, Colleen Rodgers and Max Rodgers; two nieces Roberta Bronson and Elizabeth Dennis and two nephews Charles Dennis and Steve Dennis. Memorials may be made to St. John Vianney Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Lora Ovell Kinnard
age 85, of New Port Richey, Florida passed away 20, 2011.  Funeral service is today, Wednesday February 23 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Doyle Farris officiating. Burial will follow in Hix Cemetery.  Visitation begins at noon and continues until time of service. Mrs. Kinnard was born on December 11, 1925, daughter of the late Dewey and Bonnie Hix. She is preceded in death by one sister, Jewel Dean Carrico. She is survived by a son, George Kinnard of Newport Richey, FL;  four daughters, Susan Roach and husband Steve of New Port Richey, FL, Janice Tolbert of Hudson, FL, Dorothy Burke and husband Eddie of St. Petersburg, FL and Juanita Lamb and husband Charlie of Pentwater, MI; siblings Charlie Hix and wife (Pat) of Gainesboro, James Hix and wife Ova of Indianapolis, IN,  Helen Browning of Indianapolis, IN, Sue Smith and husband Don of Gainesboro, Bobby Hix of Gainesboro, Barbara Smith and husband Harding of Gainesboro,  Donna Poteet and husband Bobby of Gainesboro, Larry Hix and wife Jane of Gainesboro, Gary Hix and wife Veda of Gainesboro, and Deborah Holman and husband Terry of Gainesboro; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Laurie Ann Thompson
age 46, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2011.  Funeral service was Friday, February 18 at 10:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Dr. Wade Powers officiating. Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Stewart Thompson, Bryant Milligan, Matt McKoin, Larry Thompson, Freeman Thompson and Sam Thompson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Chase Thompson, Brandon Thompson, Tyler Milligan and Dave Michael. Laurie was born in Sumner County, on October 3, 1964. She was preceded in death by a brother Jimmy “Jimbo” Thompson, Jr. She is survived by her parents, Jimmy Thompson, Sr. and Gayle Belt Thompson, both of Gallatin; daughter Brittany Simon of Gallatin; brother Stacey Neal Thompson; niece Cassie Thompson and nephew Stewart Thompson also of Gallatin; aunts, uncles and cousins. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Charles Marschall Hibbett
age 60, of Gallatin, passed away February 8, 2011. Mr. Hibbett was cremated. A graveside memorial service will be Friday, February 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Gallatin Cemetery. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Young Hibbett and Mildred Jean Marshall Hibbett. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Elishia D. Boone
better known as “Snow”, age 56, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2011.  Funeral service was Saturday, February 19 at 3:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home. After the service she was cremated. Elishia was born in Hendersonville, on April 30, 1954. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by one son, Caleb Boone of Louisville, KY; one sister Dawnetta Boone of Iowa and close friends, Ray Banks, Gloria Hall, Elizabeth Adams, Tiffany Eaton, Hilda McCall and Brandy Treenery. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Aubrey I. Morris
age 87, of Gallatin, passed Friday, February 18, 2011. Funeral service was Sunday, February 20, at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Johnny Carver officiating. Burial followed Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Michael Hammock, Patrick Hammock, James Peach, Michael Morris, Johnny Morris and Patrick Rollin serving as pallbearers.   Mr. Morris served WWII under General George Patton and received a Purple Heart. He was born in Sumner County, son of the late Johnnie and Ovie Moris. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son Randy Morris, a daughter Susie Morris, three sisters, Louise Dorris Graves, Phyllis Diane Mosley and Inez Dorris Douglas and one brother J.R. Morris.  He is survived by his wife Reba Gertrude Morris; beloved aunt Allie Bell Hyde of Indiana; two sons, Aubrey G. Morris and wife Shirley of Westmoreland, Roger Morris and wife Judy also of Westmoreland; five daughters, Patricia Arp and husband Daniel of Manchester, Sally Fischer and husband Matt of Mt. Juliet, Teresa Mitchell and husband Ed of Nashville, Rita Lauderdale and husband Mark of Gallatin, Brenda Hammock and husband David of Mt. Juliet; six brothers, James Lowell Morris and wife Emma of Westmoreland, Bill Young Morris and wife Wilma of Old Hickory, Phillip Morris and wife Linda of Westmoreland, Donnell Morris of Westmoreland, Bobby Morris and wife Virginia of Westmoreland and William Morris of Westmoreland, one sister Clara Carter of Westmoreland; 18 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Carolyn Ruth Sircy
age 57, of Gallatin passed away Tuesday, February 22, 2011.  Funeral service will be Saturday, February 26 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be Thursday, February 24 and Friday February 25, 2:00 -8:00 p.m. each day and Saturday 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Carolyn was born in Gallatin on June 9, 1953. She is survived by her parents, Fred  W. Shrum and Bonnie Janeice Hale Shrum; her husband Billy Sircy; son Adam Sircy; daughter Amy Sircy and sister Janice Kathleen Perry all of Gallatin. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Willie James Sharp, Jr.
age 43, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, February 18, 2011. He is preceded in death by his mother, Vina Mae Sanders Sharp. He is survived by his son, Matthew Sharp of Cedar Hill, TN; father Willie James Sharp of LaMarque, TX; three sisters, Annette Sharp, Sherry Sharp and Tina Sharp all of Texas. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date in Texas. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.
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Forrester speaks at Democratic meeting
By Neil Siders
For The Gallatin Newspaper

The Sumner County Democratic Women’s Saturday, Feb. 19, meeting featured an address from the Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, Chip Forester. Forrester spoke to a crowed comprised of teachers, professors, members of the Sumner County Women Democrats, and citizens at the St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church.
Forrester’s address followed a speech by the Democratic nominee for the special election for the 18th district state senatorial seat, Ken Wilber. That election is March 8, and early voting has begun .
Forrester said, as he opened his speech to the crowd, that he first wanted to give credit to the Democratic leadership in the Tennessee State Legislator for leading the opposition to the proposed bill that would eliminate the Teachers Association’s ability to collectively bargain, and secondly, he would like to put “a small word in for Ken Wilber.”
“This is a critical election,” said Forrester. “We have an opportunity, because of what the Republicans are doing, to actually elect him to the senate. People are motivated. Democrats here across the districts and across the state, he can be elected but he can’t do it with out your help.”
Forrester said, because this contest for the 18th Senatorial seat was a special election, the turn out at the polls would be lower than normal and thus, a small percentage of voters can have an even more dramatic effect of the election.
“Special elections are special,” said Forrester.
Forrester said, switching subjects, that one of the best parts of his job as Democratic Chair is visiting with people and getting new ideas and an idea of peoples’ feelings about the Democratic Party.
“I know it has been tough,” said Forrester.
“I know that November 2 was a difficult day for all of us. When I woke up November the 3rd, I knew it was not a day to rejoice, and it is hard to hear political pundits continue to talk about the Democratic Party as dead and gone in the south.”
Forrester said that he was before the crowed at the St. Timothy Church to talk about the lessons the Tennessee Democratic Party had learned during 2010.
“Let me tell you that the Tennessee Party is alive and well,” Forrester said.
Forrester said he would like to explain four factors that led to the result of the 2010 election and how those same factors could have a positive effect for the Democratic Party’s efforts in future elections.
The four factors that Forrester described were, first, that the party in power has historically lost seats in the midterm elections.
“We lost fewer seats than Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan during their mid term elections,” Forrester said.
Forrester said, secondly, the fact that many of the Congressional seats which were lost in the midterm elections were seats that the party had taken during the 2008 elections in largely republican areas through hard fought batrtles.
Forester said the next fact was the unbelievable amount of money spent in the last election as a result of changes in federal campaign laws.  
“$2.6 billion dollars was received and spent in Tennessee,” said Forrester. “When you factor in the United States case that allows special interest and corporations to buy victory for the Republicans, it is easy to see how Democrats fighting for funding for seniors and struggling counties can really be overwhelmed.
“I want it clear that this Supreme Court case is not just bad for us because it makes things tough for us down the road, but it is just bad policy. You know it and I know it.”
Lastly, he said the Democratic Party had a “consistently muddled” message during the 2010 campaign.
“It has allowed Republicans to define us on their terms,” said Forrester.
Forester said that the Republican Party has consistently embraced and utilized clear and to the point branding to gain momentum in recent years, offering the examples of pro-gun and pro-life. Forrester said that, while the Republican Party has embraced clear branding, they don’t tell the public the specific details behind their ideals.
 “They talk about smaller government, but they don’t tell you what that looks like,” said Forrester.
“They talk about lower taxes, but they don’t tell you it’s for the top two percent or the richest people in the country.”
Forrester called on members of the Democratic Party to help fashion a consistent message that dwells with problems in a practical fashion in order to ensure the success of the Democratic Party in future elections.
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Haslam endorses Kerry Roberts

Nashville, TN- Governor Bill Haslam today officially endorsed Republican Kerry Roberts for State Senate in District 18.

“As a successful small business owner, Kerry brings the type of proven, business leadership that we need in the State Senate. I trust that Kerry will be a strong voice for the voters in Sumner and Robertson counties, and that’s why I have decided to endorse his candidacy for State Senate. I look forward to working with him on the many important issues facing our state,” said Governor Bill Haslam.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of our new Governor Bill Haslam. If given the endorsement by the voters in Sumner and Robertson counties, I will be eager to work with the Governor and fellow State Senators to focus on  creating a better economic environment in our state,” said Republican Kerry Roberts.

District 18 includes Sumner and Robertson counties. Early voting ends on March 3rd and election day is March 8th.

For more information on Kerry Roberts, visit his website at www.KerryRoberts.com. 

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Roberts spells out education stance
By Kerry Roberts, Republican candidate for District 18 State Senate

As a parent of three children in our public schools, I have a strong passion for excellence in our public schools and for supporting the teachers who pour their hearts into educating my children.
 
My passion for education comes naturally: I’m from a family of teachers. My father started his career in the classroom and ended his career as a successful superintendent. My grandfather – my childhood hero – was a teacher and principal who retired early to farm. I only knew him as a farmer, but his influence as a teacher was well-known in the community.
 
The influence of my father and grandfather led me to teach for six years. To this day, some of my fondest memories are from the classroom. It brings me great joy whenever I run across a former student who shares a story about how his or her life was impacted by our time together.
 
And that’s exactly what I want for my children: a classroom experience full of learning from a teacher who cares. Thankfully, we’ve been blessed with just that during our children’s education.
 
But not all children enjoy that experience. Some schools are better than others. Some teachers are better than others. Some neighborhoods are better than others. And the same can be said about parents, principals, school board members, and county commissioners.
 
Thus, we need a comprehensive approach for improving the public education experience of our children that includes ALL stakeholders in the public education process. Let’s put aside our political differences and come together for the sake of my children and yours.

Not only do we owe this to our children, but our public schools are funded by precious taxpayer dollars and we owe it to the taxpayers to deliver the very best educational experience for their dollars.
 
And that means hiring the best teachers, treating them as professionals, and acknowledging and rewarding their exceptional work. It also means supporting them in their in their quest for professional development and in supplying necessary classroom resources.  After all, teachers make the most important impact in the education of our children.
 
But our current system doesn’t always treat our teachers the way they deserve – just ask any teacher you know. They will tell you status quo isn’t acceptable. If elected as your state Senator, I’ll work to improve the educational experience of our children. And it starts with the way we support and reward our teachers.
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School Board disagrees with County Commission's spending priorities

By Corey Conley 

    Sumner County schools are going to receive an extra $587,000 in funding from the county commission. The money, left over from last years bond issue, is to be spent on school facilities. While board members are grateful, they want the commission to consult with them on which projects should be top priority.

    Theyre all needed items, said Vice-Chair Danny Hale of the countys list of proposed projects, but theyre not in keeping with the priority that we have.

Hale, who chairs the facilities and maintenance committee, made a motion acknowledging the county commission for wanting to spend the money on the schools, but asking them to consult with the board to review our priority list and make sure that that is exactly where we would place the funds.  

    By example, he pointed to the commissions decision to spend $30,000 on new lights for a soccer field, when Station Camp High School students were selling cookie dough to pay for new auditorium seats. The plastic hinges on many of the seats at the nine-year-old school have broken, leading to some minor injuries. Thats why we developed a priority list, said Hale.

    Shannon Dunn said that Beech High School was also having trouble with auditorium seats, and she felt there was no excuse for a school as new as Station Camp to have that problem.

    Chairman Don Long agreed, and repeated Hales request that the commission allow them to review the proposed maintenance items. Lets let them know where we, as those responsible for the maintenance of our facilities, feel the money would be best spent according to our needs, said Long, before he listed a slew of much needed repairs to county schools. He pointed to the atrocious paving at Portland East Middle School and new HVAC units at Portland High, among other unfunded projects.

   

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Wilber to Democrats: 'We are at a turning point'

By Neil Siders
For The Gallatin Newspaper

Democratic Candidate for the 18th State Senatorial seat, Ken Wilber, spoke before a meeting of the Women Democrats of Sumner County, Saturday. The meeting took place at the St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church before a room scattered with school teachers, Volunteer State Community College professors, and impassioned female democrats.

As the crowed applauded Wilber’s introduction, members of the Democratic Party said they would like to cite Wilber’s success at creating jobs for the Portland area, and the rest of Sumner County, as one of the many reasons that he was the right man for the job.

“We are at a turning point in the political history of Sumner and Robertson Counties,” said Wilber as he opened his address.

Wilber said that, while he was proud of his ability to create jobs, he viewed education as not only the central issue of this election, but also a fundamentally necessary step to creating jobs in Tennessee.

“The most important issue is education, because it is the driving force behind economic development and creating jobs,” said Wilber.

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Sumner County EMS receives prestigious state award

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

The Tennessee Ambulance Service Association honors emergency medical services for excellence each year. At last weeks conference in Gatlinburg, the Sumner County EMS received the Bob Thomas ALS Service Award, an award that recognizes achievement in several categories by a single ambulance service. The categories listed by the EMS in their application for the award are training, patient care, grants, community involvement, special teams and information technology. And they have excelled in each category.

Some of the accomplishments listed are as follows:

In training, CPR classes on Saturdays, including an outreach to industrial facilities, nursing homes, community centers, churches, volunteer fire departments and the US Navy.

EMS has provided instruction in the last year for more than 80 classes in several areas. The EMS has also equipped all trucks with the state-approved infant carrier system and is the first county to implement hypothermic post cardiac arrest protocol in conjunction with both county hospitals.

 

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Severe Weatherit's on the way

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Within the last four years, Sumner County has been devastated by tornadoes and floods. Severe weather has taken lives and left many homeless. Businesses have been damaged or completely destroyed.

The loss is incalculable.

In addition to tornadoes and floods, earthquakes are now looming on the horizon for Tennesseans. In anticipation of a cataclysmic earthquake, on May 16, local, state and federal emergency responders will be practicing an eight-state response to a major earthquake.  

Two hundred years ago, Reelfoot Lake was formed in West Tennessee when a series of earthquakes forced the Mississippi River to flow backwards. Sumner Countys proximity to that area, the New Madrid Seismic Zone, places us at risk.

The new Madrid Fault is our biggest concern. We dont expect a direct effect, but indirect, in regards to getting fuel and food. If West Tennessee gets hammered, its going to affect us, said Ken Weidner, Director of Sumner County Emergency Management Agency, this week as he helped promote education about preparation for weather disasters.

This week, the National Weather Service, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, including our Sumner County EMA, and other groups are dispersing practical advice to the public on preparing for emergency weather conditions.

Wednesday the emphasis is tornado drill day.

The last tornado we had was outside Westmoreland, in September 2009, said Weidner.

However, weve got the second largest number of tornadoes in the state. Weve had 32 since they have kept records. Shelby County is first.

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February 24
The Annual Meeting of the Sumner County Long Term Recovery volunteer group begins at 10 a.m. at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church, located at 217 East Main Street. If you plan to attend, RSVP to sweetum915@comcast.net so that adequate accommodations can be made.
February 25
Gallatin Public Library Lunch and Learn is from noon until 1 p.m. featuring Ginny Thigpen and Janan Dorris sharing their adventures from a recent trip to United Arab Emeritas and Oman.
February 25
Gallatin Senior Citizens’ rescheduled Valentine Dinner and Dance begins at 6 p.m. with beef pot roast followed by music at 7 p.m. with Danny and Layna McCorkle.  Tickets are $15 per couple,  $10 singles.
February 25
Gallatin Chamber of Commerce 90th anniversary celebration, “Roaring 20’s Gala” begins at 6:30 p.m. at Epic Event Center, 392 West Main Street. Call 452-4000 for more information.
February 26
The Art Team from Martin Methodist College in Pulaski show opens at Lambuth United Methodist Church. The show is entitled “Heavens and Earth”. Go to www.globalriversart.org for more information about the art exchange project. The show opens at noon and runs until 2:00 p.m.
February 26
The Gallatin Arts Council will host the Mystery Dinner Theater “Art Attack”,  performed by the Whodunnit players at AmberLeaf. Dinner is at 6 p.m.  Show at 7 p.m. Admission is $20, includes dinner and show. Pay in advance by mailing check to Gallatin Arts Council,  PO Box 1522,  Gallatin, TN 37066.  Call 452-9129 or 452-8597.  www.gallatinartscouncil.org.
February 28
Gallatin High is hosting a Storm Spotter Class from 4-6 p.m Michael Davis from the Nashville Weather Center will be teaching the class and it is free and open to the public.
March 4
Peach Valley Church, 508 Peach Valley Road, “First Friday” service is at 7:00 p.m. with guest church Victory Temple, Pastor William Douglas
March 5
Tennessee Recovery Project is hosting a childrens’ event at 10:30 a.m. at Gallatin Public Library. Children will receive a coloring book called “Ready, Set, Prepare” as part of a flood awareness project.
March 8
A 5-Week Series of Grief Support Classes meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Monthaven Room and 6:30 p.m. in the Cragfont Room at Sumner Regional Hospital.Classes will be led by Mr. Frank Conley, EdS, MDiv, a certified grief counselor specializing in the area of grief and loss, and are open to surrounding communities, as well as hospice families. During the five-week series, participants will learn about grief, loss and death, feelings associated with loss and death, stages of grief, rebuilding and making life adjustments and accepting a new sense of self.  Please call (615) 328-6690 to register.
March 9
The Gallatin Chapter of TVA Retirees meet at 1 p.m. at King Solomon Masonic Lodge on East Main Street. The topic is retirement and pension benefits.  Call Al Gogen at 325-6938 for more information.
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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 in Gallatin is accepting gently used items for their 3rd annual yard sale. Items may be dropped off at Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center at 185. W. Franklin St. behind Dairy Queen on Main Street. Please call for times to drop off donated items at 206-1176.   
The Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., will offer Bingo! in the library, meeting rooms  on Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Bingo! is open to the public and for all ages. For more information, please call the library at 452-1722.

Please join the “Grace Seekers” adult Sunday School Class at Lambuth United Methodist Church in an exciting new Bible study. For further information on this class of any of their services or programs, please call 452-3715.

Peach Valley Church is now having an additional service on Sunday mornings @ 8:00 a.m.

Spring Flag Football Sign-Ups are every Saturday through February at Gallatin Civic Center and Station Camp High School.
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GHS Weather Club sponsors Storm Spotter Class
 Gallatin High School is hosting another Storm Spotter Class on Monday, Feb. 28th from 4-6 p.m.  Michael Davis from the Nashville Weather Center will be teaching the class at the high school. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 452-2621.
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February 16, 2011
Geraldine Jones
age 72, of Bethpage, died Monday evening, February 7, 2011 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage. She is survived by her husband, Lewis Jones; two sons, Michael (Melissa) Jones of Bethpage, Mark (Shelly) Jones, of Hartsville; two daughters, Kimberly (Tony) Kirby, of Castalian Springs, Cynthia (Keith) Gross, of Hartsville; grandchildren, Erica Gross, Craig and Chelsea Brown. Funeral service was Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home,  conducted by Brother Floyd Farris. Interment followed in the Hartsville Cemetery.
Anna Douglas Bransford Ligon
died Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tyree and Callie Bransford, seven brothers and her ex-husband William Ligon. She is survived by five children, William Norman, Gallatin, Delores Lytton, Gallatin, James Tyree, Nashville, Deloise Malone, Gallatin, Walesha (William) Brown, Madison; a devoted sister, Elaster Douglas, Gallatin; two sisters-in-law, Florence Bransford, Gallatin and Marjorie Bransford, Nashville; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; numerous cousins; nieces; nephews; grand nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors and staffs of Living Well Health Center, Sumner Homecare and Sumner Regional Medical Center for their special care and attention. Special thanks are also extended to the members of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa National Teacher’s Sorority, the members of the Original Church of God, Pace Street, Gallatin and to Mamie Sweat for all their support and love. Visitation is Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Johnson and Coleman Funeral Home, 723 Anthony Street. Funeral service is Friday, at 1 p.m. at Johnson and Coleman with Pastor Luther Hill, Sr. of the Original Church of God officiating. Interment follows at Crestview Cemetery.
Carolyn Talley
age 62, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2011. Mrs. Talley was cremated. Visitation with the family will be Saturday, February 19, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Family Heritage Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her mother Willie Mae Henry. She is survived by her husband, Don Talley of Gallatin; daughter Tammy Gieg of Cottontown and two grandchildren Tayler and Maycie Gieg. Online condolences may be sent to the family at familyheritagefh.com. The family would like to send a special thank you to Alive Hospice.
Fred R. Womack
age 78, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, February 14, 2011. He was born in Gallatin, on January 31, 1933, son of the late Morgan and Katherine Pruett Womack. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lynzi Lafferty, devoted step-mother Mable Simpson Womack and brother Johnny Womack. He professed faith at Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church in 1955. He has been an active member through the years, serving as usher and member of the administrative board. He was a farmer, construction worker and a retiree of the Ford Glass Plant. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Patricia “Patti” A. Womack of Gallatin; son Rusty Womack of Franklin; daughter Liz (Mark) Hadley of Hendersonville; four grandchildren, Justin (Kristin) Womack and Peyton Womack of Franklin, Landon Hadley and Marlee Hadley of Hendersonville; one great granddaughter Mia Womack of Franklin; two step-daughters, Pam (Jeff) Seifert and Penni Newman-Davis of Gallatin, grandchildren, Brandon (Sapna) Boze of California, Chris (Bridget) Gentry, Haley (Chad) Meridieth and great grandchildren Kaylee Gentry and Baylor and Emma Meridieth; nieces Barbara Belote and Jennifer Schmittou. Funeral service is today, Wednesday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Gene Martino officiating. Burial follows in Sumner Memorial Gardens with grandsons serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Don Boze, Danny Carmack, Robert Doss and Ellis “Franklin” Hollerman. Remaining visitation is today, 9:30 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church, 1042 Hartsville Pike Gallatin, TN  37066. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
George Scott Frye
better known as Scotty, age 87, of Gallatin passed away February 4, 2011. Service was Monday, February 7 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Reverend Felix Snell, Reverend Delwyn Fryer and Reverend Jerry Wallace officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with Steve Robinson, James Gibbs, John Grigg, Donnie Hickerson, Mark Tolbert and Jimmy Masters serving as pallbearers. Mr. Frye served in the Army during World War II, retired from Textron Airostructures, worked for Wal Mart after his retirement and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  Mr. Frye was born  October 19, 1923, son of the late Walter Scott Frye and Mary Myrtle Henry Frye. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Robbie and son David Frye.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at alexanderfh.info.
Darrell Wayne Gibbs
age 62, of Bethpage, passed away Thursday, February 10 , 2011. Services were Sunday, February 13 at Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland with Brother Eugene May and Brother Nick Baskerville officiating. Interment followed in Wolf Cemetery. He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl Archie and Jennetta O’Neal Gibbs. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Gibbs; son, Daniel and wife Sharla of Portland; daughters Reba and husband Bobby Sullivan and Joy and husband Mickey Wheeley, all of Bethpage; brother, Danny and wife Jennifer Gibbs of Westmoreland; sisters Geraldine Gibbs and Carol and husband Ricky Smith, all of Portland; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Gibbs was a truck driver for Titan Company and a member of May Hill Church.
Carlean Edward Lyles
age 80, of the Rocky Mound Community passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2011. Services were Sunday, February 13 at Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland with Brother David Scruggs officiating. Interment followed in Eulia Cemetery. Mr. Lyles is survived by his children Debra (David Brian) Sutton of Bethpage, Donald (Diane) Lyles of Gallatin, Karen (Larry) Herz of Bartlett; brothers, Guthrie Lyles of Bethpage, Harold Lyles of Gallatin; sister, Maxine Trammell of Gallatin; grandchildren, Amanda Sutton of Bethpage, Jessica (Chris) Holmes of LaVergne, Dominic (Sherrie) Cathcart of Gallatin, Derek (Rachel) Lyles of Kansas, Laura, Caroline and Abigail Herz, all of Bartlett, TN and great grandchildren, Courtney and  Chloe Cathcart. He is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Maggie Eller Lyles, wife, Betty Blankenship Lyles, brother, Eugene Lyles and sister, Frances Burris. Mr. Lyles was retired from Pirelli  Armstrong. He attended New Zion General Baptist Church.
Evelyn D. Troutt
age 85, of Westmoreland, passed away  Wednesday, February 8, 2011. Services for Mrs. Troutt were Friday, February 11 at Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland with Pastor Tony  Cannon and Brother Willie Leduc officiating. Interment followed in New Hope Cemetery.  She is survived by sons, Darrel Troutt of Lebanon, Kenneth Troutt and Gary Troutt, both of Westmoreand; brother George “Buddy” Troutt of Gallatin; grandchildren, Tiffany Nicole Troutt, Shawnta Sheree Troutt and Eugene Dale Troutt, all of Westmoreland. She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Sylvia Graves Troutt, husband, Willie Eugene Troutt, brothers, Raymond, Edgar and Clyde Troutt and sister, Nellie Troutt Rippy. Mrs. Troutt was retired from Yale & Town Cmpany and loved being a wife and mother. She was a member of New Hope Church in Westmoreland.
“Wayne” Garland Wade
age 55, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2011.  Funeral service will be Saturday, February 19 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother James Gill officiating. Burial will follow in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Ferrell Boone, Michael Ford, Donald Parker and Tim Durham, Chris Ford, and Christopher Ford serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be Thursday, February 17, 11:00-8:00 p.m., Friday February 18, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. until time of service.  Wayne was born in Gallatin, on January 18, 1956, son of the late Mark Elm Wade and Evelyn Louise Higgison Wade. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Gary Lee Wade and two sisters, Betty Reed Jordan and Wanda Faye Dobbs. He is survived by his wife Wanda;  two daughters, Jennifer Wade Franklin and April Dawn Wade, all of Gallatin; one brother, Billy Mack Wade of Gallatin; three sisters, Anna Louise Parker and husband Ron of Gallatin, Shirley Rhea Day and husband Butch of Springfield and Evelyn Jewell Boone and husband Frankie of Gallatin; three grandchildren, Brooklynn Lenee Settles, Cameron Lee Franklin and Braden Matthew Franklin and several nieces and nephews.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.info.
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County looks at space needs

By Neil Siders
For The Gallatin Newspaper

 The Sumner County Commission began to address issues concerning a need for more office and storage space at the County Administrative Building during the General Operations Committee meeting on Monday, Feb. 14.

The space concerns relate to the storage of permanent records, the construction of new offices on the third floor, the construction of an office for US Congresswoman Diane Black, and creation of a space to house the offices created under the 1981 Financial Act.

 Registrar of Deeds Pamela Whitaker and County Executive  Anthony Holt brought the discussion of space concerns before the committee.

Whitaker spoke before the commissioners during the time allotted for the public to speak and  Holt placed the issue on the agenda for discussion.  

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Fire kills 45-year-old man

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

One man died as a result of a fire in a house on Hartsville Pike last weekend. Doug Johnson, 45 years old, from Morristown, in East Tennessee, was the victim of an accident that caused severe brain injury, according to his niece, also a resident of Morristown. Johnson had been a resident in the two-story home on Hartsville Pike, used by 21st Century Living Services as a long-term residence for adults who have suffered a brain trauma that renders them incapable of living alone.

Unofficial reports state that on Saturday, Feb. 12, the caregiver for the facility was preparing Johnson for a bath and was called downstairs by another resident, yelling for a fire extinguisher. By the time the caregiver attempted to run back upstairs, the fire had spread and Johnson was unable to be reached.

The severely burned man was transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Initially the emergency calls related that a child was trapped upstairs.

“This scared the dispatchers, the firefighters and everyone,” said Gallatin Fire Department Fire Marshall Stan Gwaltney. However, when the first responders arrived on site, they learned that an adult, not a child, was trapped. According to other reports, two of the residents continued to fight the fire until the firefighters arrived.

 

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Students go 'undercover' in alcohol sting

By Neil Siders
For The Gallatin Newspaper   

Police work is often viewed through a whirl of flashing lights and screaming sirens  often followed by a blur of motion as uniformed officers jump into action, evaluating the situation as to whether it is a simple traffic ticket or a narcotics bust.  

But on Feb. 2, as an arrest went down, the process was accompanied by none of the usual sightsno sirens, no lights, no uniformed officers with guns drawn, generally none of the excitement that can be viewed on Law and Order.

The wily undercover agent was replaced with college students, whose back-up was limited to a van full of students, teachers, and one reporter.

The only stitch of traditional police work was offered by the two vice cops overseeing the operation, hidden behind the black windows of an unmarked vehicle.

This story started on a black rubbery floored classroom in the Pickle Building at Volunteer State Community College.

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February 1926, 2011
February 19
The Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance (SSNA) is hosting a  roadblock in Hendersonville  from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00  p.m.  Funds collected will be used  to equip the spay neuter clinic which is now under construction along with the  new Animal Control Facility Gallatin. The clinic is scheduled to be open this  spring. The group is seeking volunteers who care about the welfare of  animals in our county. If you are over the age of 18 and would like to  participate in the roadblock,  contact Sonja Maxwell at kaycoby22@aol.com.  Volunteers can help for the entire four hours, or just a short time. Contributions can be sent to P.O. Box 1834, Gallatin Tn. 37066.  Or contact the group by phone at 615-714-3096.
February 19
The Sumner County Democratic Women meet from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 650 E. Main St., Hendersonville. A light breakfast will be available. Special guests will be Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester and 18th District Senate Democratic candidate Ken Wilber.
February 19
Kiwanis Club of Gallatin Annual Bridge Tournament is at the Civic Center. Check in time is 1 p.m. for the 1:30 session and 5:30 p.m. for the after dinner session. Registration deadline is February 12. Call Toni Speer at 319-0290 or Trina Woodard at 478-7260 for more information.
February 20
2011 Dodgeball Tournament: Interested in helping a child dodge abuse sign up for the annual dodgeball tournament. Visit Sumnercasa.net for more information.
February 21
The Department of Human Services is closed in observance of President’s Day.
February 21
Sumner United for Responsible Government (SURG) will have its monthly open meeting at Cody’s Pub at Twelve Stones Crossing golf club in Goodlettsville at 6:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be State Senate candidates Kerry Roberts (R) and Ken Wilber (D).  A buffet dinner will be available for $9.95.  To learn more about SURG please visit www.sumnerunited.org.
February 24
The Annual Meeting of the Sumner County Long Term Recovery volunteer group begins at 10 a.m. at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church, located at 217 East Main Street. If you plan to attend, RSVP to sweetum915@comcast.net so that adequate accommodations can be made.
February 25
Gallatin Public Library Lunch and Learn is from noon until 1 p.m. featuring Ginny Thigpen and Janan Dorris sharing their adventures from a recent trip to United Arab Emeritas and Oman.
February 26
The Art Team from Martin Methodist College in Pulaski show opens at Lambeth United Methodist Church. The show is entitled “Heavens and Earth”. Go to www.globalriversart.org for more information about the art exchange project. The show opens at noon and runs until 2:00 p.m.
February 26
The Gallatin Arts Council will host the Mystery Dinner Theater “Art Attack”,  performed by the Whodunnit players at AmberLeaf. Dinner is at 6 p.m.  Show at 7 p.m. Admission is $20, includes dinner and show. Pay in advance by mailing check to Gallatin Arts Council,  PO Box 1522,  Gallatin, TN 37066.  Call 452-9129 or 452-8597.  www.gallatinartscouncil.org
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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 in Gallatin is accepting gently used items for their 3rd annual yard sale. Items may be dropped off at Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center at 185. W. Franklin St. behind Dairy Queen on Main Street. Please call for times to drop off donated items at 206-1176.   

The Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., will offer Bingo! in the library, meeting rooms  on Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Bingo! is open to the public and for all ages. For more information, please call the library at 452-1722.

Please join the “Grace Seekers” adult Sunday School Class at Lambuth United Methodist Church in an exciting new Bible study. For further information on this class of any of their services or programs, please call 452-3715.

Peach Valley Church now having an additional service on Sunday mornings @ 8:00 a.m.

Spring Flag Football Sign-Ups are every Saturday through February at Gallatin Civic Center and Station Camp High School.
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Black endorses Roberts in state senate election
SUMNER AND ROBERTSON COUNTIES:  With The Republican primary over in the Senate 18th District special election, newly elected Congressman Diane Black from Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District has thrown her support behind GOP candidate Kerry Roberts.

The special election was called after then-Senator Black resigned from the Senate in order to assume her Congressional duties.  The Primary was held on January 20, with Roberts defeating several other contenders.  The General Election will be held on March 8.  Roberts was a candidate in the 6th District Congressional race.  He and State GOP Chairman, Chris Devaney, led the unity tour along with other candidates to support Black’s Republican candidacy for the 6th District.

“Kerry Roberts is a conservative, and he will dedicate himself to this job and to representing the people of the 18th district.  Kerry is a listener, and as he travels throughout the district, people should know that he is there to hear their concerns and bring them back to the State Senate”, commented Congressman Diane Black.

Roberts and Black met again recently at a Town Hall forum in Springfield.  “The bar that former Senator Black established for the citizens of the 18th District will be hard to equal,” said Roberts.  “Her high standard will be one to imitate in the years to come.  I am thankful for her advice and support.”

About Kerry Roberts
Kerry Roberts is a Certified Public Accountant and owner of the Bike Pedlar stores in Middle Tennessee.  He has taught accounting at Lipscomb University and served as president and chairman of the National Bicycle Dealers Association.  Kerry, his wife, and three children live on a farm in Springfield, Tennessee.  Learn more about Kerry Roberts at www.kerryroberts.com.
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February 9, 2011
George Scott Frye
better known as Scotty, age 87, of Gallatin, passed away February 4, 2011. Service was Monday at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Reverend Felix Snell, Reverend Delwyn Fryer and Reverend Jerry Wallace officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with Steve Robinson, James Gibbs, John Grigg, Donnie Hickerson, Mark Tolbert and Jimmy Masters serving as pallbearers. Mr. Frye retired from Textron Aerostructures and worked for Wal Mart after his retirement and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mr. Frye was born October 19, 1923, son of the late Walter Scott Frye and Mary Myrtle Henry Frye. He is survived by his wife, Robbie and son David Frye. Online condolences may be sent to the family at alexanderfh.info.
William and Ida Atwood
William Robert “Dugan” Atwood, 81, Hermitage, passed away December 9, 2010, and Ida Louis Rutherford Atwood, 76, Hermitage, passed away February 4, 2011. They were married December 15, 1953. Together in life, together in death, together forever. They are survived by their children, Kim (Norm) Atwood McNab, Susan Atwood Scherrer and Robin Atwood; grandchildren, April (Matt) McNab Deckard, Ross Atwood, Brent Scherrer, Blake Scherrer and Rachel McNab; great-grandchildren Noah and Will Deckard. Graveside services are Friday, February 11 at 1 p.m. at Crestview Memorial Gardens, 1620 Highway 109 N., Gallatin. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Donelson Senior Center, 108 Donelson Pk., Nashville, TN, 37214. PHILLIPS-ROBINSON FUNERAL HOME, www.phillipsrobinson.com, 615-262-3312
Barbara Gail Velsor
age 57, of Cross Plains, passed away Monday, January 31, 2011. Funeral service was Thursday, February 3 at 1:00 p.m. at White House General Baptist Church with Brother Larry Treadway officiating. After the service she was cremated. Mrs. Velsor was born on February 10, 1953 in Evansville, IN. She is preceded in death by her father, Jack Vickery, grandparents, Canna Stokes, Harold Daugherty, and Mary Vickery. She is survived by her mother, Margaret A. Daugherty of Evansville, IN; two daughters, Jamie Marlin and husband Billy of Cross Plains, Kari Blalock and husband James of Tennessee; brother, Darrell Seitz and wife Beverly of Hobart, IN; sister, Wanda Kendle and husband Gary of Evansville, IN and three grandchildren, Skylar and Taylor Blalock and Makayla Marlin. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.
Billy Joe Johnson, Sr.
age 69, of Gallatin, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2011. Funeral service was Sunday, February 6 at noon from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home, with Pastor Phillip Shadowens and Pastor Steve Newsome officiating.  Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Jerry McAlpin, Jerrod McAlpin, Robert Newsome, Jeff Mundy, James Gober and Chris Gober serving as pallbearers. Mr. Johnson was born in Sumner County on August 26, 1941, son of the late Cortez and Ruby Johnson. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife Shirley Johnson, a great grandchild Caleb Willis and his best friend Bill Holt. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Johnson of Gallatin; children, Jerry Wayne McAlpin (Doris)  of Westmoreland, Billy Joe Johnson, Jr., of Nashville, Ricky C. Johnson of Gallatin, Regina Harper of Gallatin, Glenda Lemmons of Smithville, Karen Rollin (Ricky) of Westmoreland, James Gober (Shawn) of Gallatin, Chris Gober of Gallatin; grandchildren, Amanda Shrum, Jerrod McAlpin, Tabitha Harper, Chad Harper, Anthony Willis, Neil Lemmons, Kyle Lemmons, Nicholas Rollin, Nakia Rollin , Boomer Gober, Christopher Gober , Michael Gober, Misty Gober and April Gober and 11 great grandchildren.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Joshua Russell Gorski
age 18, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday February 1, 2011. Joshua was born on February 17, 1992 in Davidson County. He attended Gallatin High School and graduated in 2010 and was employed by American Tire Company in Nashville. Josh was an extraordinary son, brother and friend to all.  Everyone will miss Josh’s smile. He never met a stranger and would give anybody in need the shirt off his back. Funeral mass was conducted Friday, February 4 at 11:00 a.m. from St John Vianney Catholic Church with Father Ed Steiner as Celebrant and Seminarian Scott Russell assisting.  Interment followed in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers.  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather John Gorski. Josh is survived by his parents, Thomas and Valeria Gorski; brother Thomas and sister Emily all of Gallatin; maternal grandparents, John and Mary Russell of Manchester, TN; paternal grandparents, Andrea and Joe Culver of FL; paternal great grandmother, Anne Gorski of Dearborn, MI; aunts, Patricia (Garry) Davidson of Estelle Springs, TN, Elisa (Ron) McDole of Gallatin, Ronalda (Darrell) Smith of Old Hickory, Mary Lynn (Steve) McGrew of Mounds, OK, Julie (Patrick) O’Rourke of Lawrenceburg; uncles John Gorski of Franklin, John (Pam) Russell of Clinton and Andy (Shirley) Russell of Fairfield, CA and many cousins, other family members and friends. Online condolences may be submitted at Family Heritage Funeral Home.com.
Mildred Irene Cronk
age 90, of Gallatin, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2011. Funeral service was Tuesday, February 8 at noon from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother James Edison officiating. Burial followed in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Cookeville, with Kevin Cronk, Billy Connors, Gary Osteen, Tyler Cronk, Bill Hall, and David Jones serving as pallbearers. She was born in Huntsville, AL on July 9, 1920, daughter of the late Green and Pearl Herron.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded death by her husband, Arnold Taylor Cronk and two sons, James Marlin Cronk and Michael Gene Cronk. She is survived by three sons, Melvin Glenn Cronk and wife Joyce of Rickman, TN, Larry Keith Cronk and wife Linda  of Gallatin and Stephen Lynn Cronk of Gallatin and one daughter  Brenda Fern Cronk of Gallatin; eight grandchildren, Tommy (Beth) Cronk, Tammy (Butch) King, Jimmy (Crystal) Cronk, Kevin (Lisa) Cronk, Sandy (David) Jones, Debbie (Chuck) Knight, Rodney Johnson and Brian (Susan) Cronk, and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Online condolences may be sent to the family at alexanderfh.info.
Edward Ewing Person, Jr.
age 73, of LaVergne and formerly of Gallatin, passed away February 1, 2011. Mr. Person was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Helen Person, Sr. and his sister, JoAnne Sanders. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Drena Person; children, Edward Person, III (Valerie), Glenn Person, Teresa Phillips, Zana Anderson, and Cory Fulghum; grandchildren, Miriam and Ilsa Person, Courtney and Cody Anderson, David and Scott Phillips, Missy and Sarah Anderson; great-grandchild, Isaiah Phillips; beloved pet, Tippy; and many extended family members. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, February 3 at 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Crestview Funeral Home. Interment followed in Crestview Memory Gardens. www.crestviewfh.com.
J. T. Thompson
age 67, of the Siloam Community passed away Wednesday, Febrary 2, 2011 at Macon County General Hospital. Funeral  service was Friday, February 4 at Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland with Brother Chase McCloud and Brother Merlin Nelson officiating. Interment followed in New Hope Cemetery. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roosevelt and Dellie Lee Hoskins Thompson, sisters, Mildred Carter, Wilma Satterfield, Donnie Anderson, Mary Frances Thompson and Joyce Clayton and brothers, Franklin, Randall and Leon Thompson. He was a member of Siloam Missionary Baptist Church and was retired from Unipress. He is survived by his wife, Erma Lou Smalling Thompson; daughter, Christy Thompson of Westmoreland; son, Rocky Carter of Westmoreland; sisters, Velma Loftis of Gallatin, Edna Harrison of Westmoreland; brother, Earl Jr. Thompson of Westmoreland and grandchildren, Austin Caperton Thompson and Victor Carter, both of Westmoreland.
Shirley Ann Johnson
age 56, of Westmoreland, passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at her residence. Funeral service was Sunday, February 6 at Woodard Funeral Home with Brother Donald Key officiating. Interment followed in Forrest Chapel Cemetery. Bryan Clark, Mark Beasley, Mack Freeman, Willie Holmes, Stacy Holmes and Darrick York served as pallbearers. She is survived by her son, Michael Johnson Jr. of Westmoreland; brothers and sisters, Cecil Hoyt (Kathy) Blankenship of Florida, James Earl Blankenship, May Rehia Alderson, both of Westmoreland, Lester “Pip” (Mary) Blankenship of Gallatin, J.W. (Linda) Blankenship of Indiana, Betty (Jr.) Clark of Westmoreland; grandchildren, Callie, Brandon and Carter, all of Westmoreland and special companion, Tommy Holmes of Westmoreland. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Alta Dickson Blankenship and daughter, Julia Johnson. Mrs. Johnson worked in the restaurant business most of her life. She previously owned and operated the Westmoreland Corner Cafe and currently owned and operated with her two sisters, the 109 Family Restaurant in Portland.
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