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

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

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

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

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

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

A tornado watch is already been declared for West Tennessee.

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

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TCAP law affects students' grades

By Corey Conley
For The Gallatin Newspaper

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

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'Work In Gallatin' initiative focuses on job opportunities

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

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

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

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

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Local church celebrates new facility with march

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

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More storms on the way this afternoon

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

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Beware of phone call/ticket scam
 Residents are receiving phone calls (caller i.d. comes up with the actual City Hall phone number) in which they are told they have an outstanding parking ticket of $35 and give a number in order to call back and pay. The same is happening inHendersonville with the  City Hall number.

This is not a valid call. Should you have an outstanding ticket and miss the court date, a letter will be mailed from the Department of Safety. Police are currently working the case but urge residents not to fall for this scam.
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Storms assault city

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

They were not unexpected; there were watches and warnings, but the storms that hit Middle Tennessee on Monday brought enormous straightline winds that brought down trees and powerlines as if they were cardboard.

We had six crews working until about 9:30 last night, said Ronnie Stiles, Superintendent  of the citys Public Works Department.

The crews had to stop in order to wait on the electric department to work on power lines.

They were all over Gallatin, said Rosemary Gammons, also in Public Works.

   Not one neighborhood had more (damage). From Tulip Poplar to Plantation Boulevard to Jackson Streetnot one neighborhood received the worst.

  

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Jail may expand

By Neil Siders
For The Gallatin Newspaper

The Sumner County Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Committee unanimously approved a motion to allow the Sheriffs Department to purchase new management software for the jail.

The committee approved the motion which allowed the Sheriffs Department to transfer funds within their own budget to make payments on the financing of the new management system during the April 4, 2011, meeting.

 The funds were previously being used to pay for an automated phone system that allowed the public to check on the status of the inmate.

Major Don Linzy, who spoke on behalf of the Sheriffs Department on the subject, said that when they entered into the contract for the automated phone system the Sheriffs Department was not sure whether the system would be worth the money that it cost, and they had a one-year release written into the contract.

It has almost been one year, and we do not feel it is worth the cost, said Linzy.

 

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Earth Day volunteer project on April 23

Mapleshade Project needs community volunteers.  On April 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the community is invited to participate in an Earth Day community service project to construct Mapleshade Rest, located along the Gallatin Greenway at the entrance to Triple Creek Park!

This event is being sponsored by Puryear Farms Nursery and Landscaping in conjunction with a broad cross-section of organizations including The Tennessee Valley Authority, The City of Gallatin, The Memorial Foundation, Garrott Brothers Concrete and GAP.  Additional contributors include Dickens Supply, Danny Williams Concrete, Turfgrass America, Southland Brick & Block, Gallatin Public Utilities , Hunter Irrigation, and Holleman Excavating and Trucking.

The design, materials and labor are being donated to create a beautiful shaded seating area along the Gallatin Greenway near the entrance to Triple Creek City Park.  This 9,000 square foot area will contain over 1,100 sq. ft. of concrete with decorative pavers in the interior as well as a brick perimeter border to the landscaped bed area surrounding the terrace. Park benches will be included to provide an inviting environment to stop and rest while children play in the adjacent one acre of open space alongside the creek.  Twelve Brandywine maples will encircle the plaza to provide a canopy of shade and a comforting sense on enclosure.  A granite monument will be placed at the entrance of the area to commemorate the event.

Over 70 volunteers from Puryear Farms and the other sponsors will be in attendance that day to help children and adults of the community install the plants, trees, and sod to complete the addition to the park. This is intended to be a family-oriented event to include people of all ages working together to improve our community and our environment.

Games and activities will be provided for young children to teach them about plants and nature and how they can play a role in preserving their surroundings. Childrens activities will include an Easter Egg Hunt, Face Painting, Field Games, and Planting Wildflowers along the creek.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of business for Puryear Farms Nursery and Landscaping, a company with deep roots and strong ties to the community. The hope of Puryear Farms is that every child participating in the planting of these trees may look back upon them twenty years from now and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from knowing they were a part of a process of developing roots in the community.

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April 6, 2011
Alan Lee Caldwell
age 67, of Westmoreland, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011. A private family memorial service will be held at Caldwell Cemetery on Saturday, April 9.  Mr. Caldwell was born August 2, 1943 in Indianapolis, IN, son of the late Milburn and Mary Lee Sykes Caldwell. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by son, Scott Caldwell, brothers Stevie Caldwell and Frankie Caldwell. He is survived by daughters, Sherron Brooks of Westmoreland and Karen Hunter of DeKalb County; brothers Shane Tuttle and Donnie Caldwell both of Westmoreland; sisters Kim Key of Lafayette and Cindy Brady of Westmoreland; 10 grandchildren Jessica Moss, Cristy Beth Jones, Cassie Holland, Andrea Eden, Denishea Hardcastle, Candice Daniels, Amber Daniels, Patrick Daniels, Jacob Hunter and Caleb Hunter and five great grandchildren Abbigail Daniels, Kaley Knight, Alexis Knight, Gracelyn Bilbrey and Michael Scott Moss.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Billie Morgan Ensley
age 90, of Gallatin, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011.  Funeral service was 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Jerry Wallace and Dr. Ted Hill officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Wayne Keegan, Richard Clinkinbeard, Calvin Gragg, Travis McCormick, Tom Givens and Homer Leath serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Hester Ward Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church in Gallatin.  Mrs. Ensley was born July 18, 1920 in Davidson County,  daughter of the late Fred Hunter Morgan and Lyona Apple Morgan. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband James Robert Ensley. She is survived by son, Bobby Ensley (Mikie) of Lebanon; daughter Mickey Curtis (Charlie) of Gallatin; three grandchildren Jason Curtis (Beth) of Gallatin, Clay Curtis (Jodi) of Hendersonville and Tony Ensley of Lebanon and five great grandchildren Morgan Curtis, Katelyn Curtis, Bryson Curtis, Reese Curtis and Anderson Curtis. Special thanks to Wanda Jones, Suzanne Pollard and all of her caregivers. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Salvus Center.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Carol Dorris Allen
age 79, of Lebanon, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011. Funeral service was Monday, April 4 at noon from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Dr. Larry Yarbrough and Rev. Billy Devasher officiating.  Burial will follow in Maple Hills Cemetery in Portland with Brent Allen, Matt Allen, Ben Grant, Clint Jackson, Jim Bowman and Andy Bowman serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until time of service. Mrs. Allen worked for the Tennessee Department of Human Services over 20 years.  Carol was born in Portland daughter of the late S. W. and Lola Mae Dorris.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a brother Claude Dorris and son-in-law Scott Hensley.  She is survived by her husband of 60 years Bill H. Allen, of Lebanon, two sons, Chuck Allen and wife Sherron of Castalian Springs, John Allen and wife Mary Walton of Memphis, two daughters Claudia Hensley of Gallatin and Tracey Bowman and husband Jim of Hendersonville, two sisters, Dorothy Devasher of Hendersonville and Trudie Barry of Portland, 10 grandchildren,  Brent (Julie) Allen, Matt (Brenda) Allen, Amy (Matt) Garrison, Ben (Michelle) Grant, Mary Walton (Jason) Webster, Caroline Allen, Annette (Kirk) Neubauer, Clint Jackson, Natalie Bowman and Molly Bowman and 9 great grandchildren.  On line condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Carrie Kay Patterson
age 47, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011.  Memorial service was 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 2 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend George Austin officiating. Carrie was born April 19, 1963 in El Paso, TX, daughter of Thomas Keith and Sue Pace Patterson. She is survived by her parents, Thomas Keith and Sue Pace Patterson; significant other Frank Peterson of Gallatin; daughter Josie Peterson of Gallatin; three brothers Keene Patterson (Lauri) of Franklin, Kevin Patterson of Gallatin and Keith Patterson (Angie) of West Monroe, LA, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.  Carrie was a graduate of Hutchison School in Memphis and attended Belmont in Nashville. Memorials may be made to Josie Peterson Fund at Fifth Third Bank in Gallatin. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Frances Crawford Cothron
age 67, of Westmoreland, passed away Friday, April 1, 2011 at Westmoreland Care & Rehab Ctr, Westmoreland. Funeral service was Monday, April 4 at Woodard Funeral Home with Brother James Parker and Brother Randy Wells officiating.  Active pallbearers were  Tim Coates, William Perry, James Shadix, Tracy McCormick, Karl Haynie and Frank Ruckman. Honorary pallbearers: 18th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Sumner County Sheriff Department, David Hodge and Jerry Perry. Interment followed in New Hope Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Billy Martin Cothron of Westmoreland; a son Marty (April) Cothron of Westmoreland; four grandchildren Treavo(Chelsea) Cothron, Abbie, Clay and Lana Cothron and a host of church family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bransford and Martha Johnson Crawford. She was a  member of Corinth Church of Christ.  She was employed by the Sumner County Board of Education, at Westmoreland High School. Mrs. Frances Cothron went to school at Portland High School.
Alvin Hollis Fishburn
age 68, of Westmoreland, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Funeral service was Tuesday, April 5 at Woodard Funeral Home with Brother Frank Carter and Brother Danny Patrick officiating.  Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.He is survived by his wife, Peggy Hauskins Fishburn of Westmoreland; sons, Bill (Pam) Fishburn of Westmoreland and Chad (Cynthia) Fishburn of Westmoreland; daughters, Lisa (Rodney) Carr of Westmoreland and Channon (Chris) Keene of Westmoreland; eight grandchildren, Lucas Carr, Ashley Amons, Hollie and Jacob Fishburn, Zack and Jayden Keene, Cierra and Chase Fishburn; three great-grandchildren, Hunter Thompson, Collin Amons and Jennsin Keene and three sisters, Nancy Freeman, Jo Johnson and Joyce Perkins, all of Indiana and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; Leland Henry “Jack” and Louise Doss Fishburn and a brother, Wilburn Gene “Catfish” Fishburn. Mr. Fishburn was a truck driver for more than 35 years and later retired from the Sumner County Highway Department after 15 years. Mr. Fishburn was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a friend to all that knew him.
Gary A. Hite
age 70, of Gallatin, passed away April 1, 2011. Mr. Hite was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Hite; daughters, Michelle Shrum and Teresa Gammons; parents, Earnest and Pearl Hite; three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his grandchildren, Carisa Harvey, Corey Shrum, Tracy Harris, Jason Jent, and Heather Brown; seven great-grandchildren; son-in-law, George Shrum and sister, Carlie Smith. Funeral services was Tuesday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Crestview Funeral Home. Interment followed in Crestview Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be made at www.crestviewfh.com.
Jerry Wayne Donoho
age 67, was born to the late Worthy Allen and Hazel Anderson Donoho on April 6, 1943 in Smith County.  Jerry went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 25, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 28, 2011 from the chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home in Carthage. Jerry was saved by the grace of God as a 13 year old boy. He then went on to follow the Lord in baptism and joined His church.  He was called to preach God’s Word in April 1964. He was currently a member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Hendersonville. Jerry was the proud and loving father of three dear children, Tracy, Shannon and Shane. He loved all of his family dearly and longed to see all his grandchildren come to know the Lord and be saved. He began his career as a State Trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol on February 1, 1969.  He retired from the Highway Patrol on December 30, 2003 as a Sergeant. He loved his profession and worked hard to provide for his family.  During his career, he also worked for Ferguson Trucking Company and after he retired from the state he worked part-time for the Magnolia Corporation driving a delivery truck. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Worthy and Hazel Donoho. He is survived by his beloved children, Tracy Wayne (Tonya) Donoho of Westmoreland, Shannon Renea (Chris) Patterson of Lafayette and Shane  (Shae) Donoho of Portland; his brother, Gary Donoho of LaVergne; his grandchildren, Ashley (Paul) Hansen of Portland, Amy Patterson of Lafayette, Bailey and Mason Donoho of Portland, and Peyton and Landon Donoho of Westmoreland; his children’s mother, Jean Scruggs Donoho of Gallatin; and a host of other family and many friends.Jerry was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all.  He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him, but our loss is Heaven’s gain.
Roger W. Griggs
age 57, of Portland, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011.  Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother David Gurchiek officiating. Interment was in Crestview Memorial Park with Daniel Griggs, Michael Griggs, Ryan Griggs and Timothy Johnson serving as pallbearers. Mr. Griggs was born April 26, 1953 in Sumner County, son of the late Thomas Ray and Lois Evelyn Wilson Griggs.  He is survived by sons Daniel Griggs of Lafayette, Michael Griggs of Bethpage, Ryan Griggs of Gallatin and Timothy Johnson of Gallatin, and grandchildren Bree Alexandra Griggs and Tyler Johnson. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Charles ‘Frankie’ Sierman
Funeral services for Charles Franklin ‘Frankie’ Sierman, age 64, of Manchester were Friday, April 1, 2011, at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Shady Grove Cemetery. Mr. Sierman passed away at his residence on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Mr. Sierman was born in San Francisco, California, the son of the late James and Dorothy Sierman. He loved to frequent flea markets, watch sports, and collect antiques. He was of the Church of Christ faith. He is survived by sisters, Dianne (Charles) Pettitt of Gallatin, Shelia Green Boisseau of Manchester; special sister, Betty Torrejon of Florida; niece, Jana (Brent) Hoffman of Manchester; nephews, Thomas ‘T.J.’ Green of Manchester and Jason (Melissa) Green of Manchester; great-nephew, Kody Carr of Manchester and great-niece, Brooke Green of Manchester. The family has suggested donations be made to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.manchesterfuneralhome.com.
May Charlotte Todd
age 89, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, April 1, 2011.  Funeral service was 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Ralph Kidd officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with family serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Todd was born May 29, 1921 in Sumner County, daughter of the late John Alexander Casteel and Mary Elizabeth Scruggs Casteel. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband J. T. Todd, daughter Maggie Johns, son Bernie Todd and five brothers. She is survived by sons, John Todd, James Todd, Ray Todd (Carolyn) all of Gallatin, William Todd of Lafayette, Marty Todd (Charlsie) of Gallatin; daughters Wanda Fowler of Portland, Barbara Lockhart (George) of Franklin, KY, Connie Wix and Margie Holmes both of  Portland; 24 grandchildren; 58 great grandchildren and 19 great-great grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Mary Katherine Hill
age 73, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, April 1, 2011. Funeral service was Monday, April 4 from the chapel at Family Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Abraham Mills officiating. Interment will be in Crestview Memorial Park with Harold Bingham, Tim Price, Tim Hutton, Trever Ray Sloan, Alan Sloan and Jim Wallace serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Hill was born April 1, 1938 in Sumner County, daughter of the late Leonard Wilson, Sr. and Kattie Gilbert Wilson. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, F.D. Hill, brothers Comer Wilson, Ely Wilson, Luther Wilson, and Leonard Wilson, Jr. and sister Lucy Presley. She is survived by her daughter, Lenora Hill Wallace of Gallatin; brothers William T. Wilson (Dona Mills) of Louisville, KY, Wayne Wilson (Janie) of Bethpage, Walter Wilson (Susie) of Gallatin, Lane Wilson (Maggie) of Portland; sister Barbara Bingham of Lawrenceburg; two grandchildren Kattie Marie Hutton and Timothy Wayne Hutton, great-grandson Nathaniel Jesse Lynn Henley; sister-in-law Kay Wilson of Louisville, KY; brother-in-law Harold Bingham of Cottontown and caregiver Deborah Dozier Broner of Cottontown. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Randell Creasy
age 53, of Westmoreland, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Funeral service was Thursday, March 31 at Woodard Funeral Home with Brother Jackie Wakefield and Brother Terrance Pryor officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Jettie  Rene Birdwell Creasy; sons, Jacob, Brandon and Cody Creasy, all of Westmoreland; daughter, Misty Pugh of Alabama; sisters, Glenda (Keith) Jennings of Gallatin, Lisa Crowder and Sherry Johnson, both of Portland and brothers, Ricky (Kim) Creasy of Westmoreland and Ernest Creasy of Portland. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arnet and Mary Estelle Carter Creasy, sisters, Carol Creasy and Sandra Haney and niece, Jessica Haney. Mr. Creasy was a member of Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson County. He was a  God-called Missionary Baptist preacher for more than 20 years. He was employed at Precision Casting, Inc. as a supervisor for 30 years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church of to the family. These can be made at the office of Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland.
Virginia Boren Summers
age 65, of Westmoreland, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at her residence.Funeral service was Saturday, April 2 at Woodard Funeral Home with Brother Donald Huntsman and Brother Eugene Mays officiating. Interment followed in Fairfield Cemetery. She is survived by her husband Everett “Jam-up” Summers and brother, Johnny Boren of Westmoreland. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edgar H. and Velvie Bell Boren; brothers, Bobby Jean Boren and James C. Boren and sister, Imodean Mandrell. Mrs. Summers was a retired cook at Perry’s Crossroads Restaurant. She was a member of Bethtpage General Baptist Church.
Mable E. Shoulders
age 99, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 8 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Forrest Creekmore and Brother Todd Shelton officiating. Interment will be in Crestview Memorial Park with family serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews. Visitation will be Thursday, April 7 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Mrs. Shoulders was born October 3, 1911, daughter of the late R. L. and Flora Mathis Pryor.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, James O. Shoulders, brothers Cecil Pryor, Norman Pryor and L. P. Pryor, sisters Irene Shoulders and Lucy Grant. She is survived by sisters, Shirley Mitchell of Gallatin and Florence Moss of Goodlettsville; nieces and nephews Jorene Cogdell (Jerry) of Gallatin, Jerry Grant (Nancy) of Somerset, KY, Ralph Grant (Patti) of Arizona, Jane Birdwell (Jerry) of Goodlettsville, Ray Moss (Linda) of Hendersonville, Ronnie Moss (Lorie) of Hendersonville, Richard Pryor (Kathy) of Gallatin, Lynn  Craig (Gerald) of Gallatin, Dale Pryor of Gallatin, Joe Bowles (Teresa) of Gallatin, Perry Mitchell of Gallatin, Glenda Hall (David) of Gallatin, Margaret Taylor (Bobby) of Gallatin, Louise Cummins of Bethpage and John Smith (Norma) of Gallatin.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Vol State's Educate a Woman benefit builds dreams

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Sue Pittman of Miss Sue’s Med Spa is the Summa Cum Laude Sponsor for the 2011 Educate a Woman event, held annually to raise scholarship funding for women students who are seeking to train and educate themselves at Volunteer State Community College.

Traditionally, the event is held in April at Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club during which attendees have the opportunity to interact with Vol State’s Ambassadors, a special group of scholarship students who are invited to serve the college at public events, and to learn more about the college’s curriculum and programs, as well as hear the stories of the students themselves who have benefited from scholarships. This year’s date is April 29, and tickets are limited.

“We support the women ambassadors and any returning students who fall through the cracks,” said Lori Johnson, Resource Development Specialist for the college.

“Any day, we have women come into the office who say, ‘This came up,' or ‘I’m not going to have enough money.’ Just tear-jerking stories.”

The foundation not only supports the women ambassadors, but also has funding to help out with unpredictable expenses that rise up for some other women students.

Such is the case with Shelly Kreef, a current Vol State Ambassador who met “Miss Sue” last week.

Miss Sue, as the owner and founder of Miss Sue’s Med Spa, has a personal reason for seeking out ways to help women students. She wants to help them build their dreams, as she herself had help building hers.

“I was in that position back in 1960,” she said in a recent interview. “I had two little ones, I was divorced and I had no money. I was so determined. But my father had died, and his checks weren’t any good.”

She stated that because of his relative young age (48), he had left no will and his farm went back to his own father and left Miss Sue’s mother without anything.

“My poor mother,” said Miss Sue, “she was struggling. I wouldn’t dare ask her  for help.

“Someone introduced me to a group of attorneys downtown (Nashville) in the Stahlman Building. They said that they help people that are in need. So I went down and talked to them, and they asked me my goals. I explained that I would pay it back to them.

“I got no child support. I worked at the hospital as an LPN, so I made a little money. I worked and went to school, and they paid my tuition and that was great.

“In the meantime, I would go up and say, ‘Are there any errands I can do?’... So I felt like I was paying, about three or four hours each week,” added Miss Sue.

“I would go by there and I felt real bad because I wasn’t a person to ask for help at all. When I applied for food stamps I said, ‘I just need  a little bit of help for six months, and I know I can make it.’

Her mother helped her with the two children, and Miss Sue drove back and forth to school in her Volkswagen, which she said she could fill up "for $5 a month.”

And  make it she did. As an RN, Miss Sue was employed for many years as a corporate nurse and then formed her own business here in Gallatin.

Now the time has come, she believes, to return the kindness that was shown to her and offer the same opportunity to another young woman who “just needs a little help.”

“That’s why I have so much compassion for this program because it is something that is needed out there. I never expected to go through a divorce. But I was determined. I always told my father I would finish my nursing, no matter what.

“God just sent me these four attorneys. ... It just seems like they were so compassionate to do this.”

Shelly is also studying for a career in nursing; at this time, she is focusing on pediatric nursing.

Visit www.volstate.edu/EducateAWoman for more information about tickets and donations to teh Educate a Woman luncheon.

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Apron Extravaganza, May 68

“Aprons don’t hold us back, they take us back.”   

The seven Sumner County Family & Community Education Clubs, fce in partnership with the University of Tennessee Extension Service, are hosting the first “Apron Extravaganza,” May 6 and 7, at the  new EPIC Centre.     

This two-day event will feature a special Apron Show and exhibit.  There will be 10 categories to celebrate the apron:

1. Everyday/Workday Aprons

2. Sunday Best- Fancy Aprons –(the aprons for parties, bridge, and company calling)

3.Business/Club/Professional aprons (Those aprons worn for occupations, nurses, chefs, mechanics)  

4. Family Aprons     

5.New Aprons/Diva Aprons – (celebrating the new commercial, new embroidery machine, screen printed aprons we love to purchase)

6. My Favorite Christmas Apron, (can be old or new creations)   

7. Other Holiday Aprons  

8. Barbeque/Grilling (aprons to celebrate Dad or your favorite outdoor cooker )  

9. Children’s Aprons – (can be for child or dolls )

10. Apron Other – which celebrates the apron on quilts, wall hangings, apron towels, vintage apron patterns and anything else apron!

Teh public is invited to submit their favorite aprons, either contemporary or vintage. Entries will be accepted May 3 and 4, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.at the EPIC Center. Tickets for the Apron Show are available at the event for $10.

According to Theresa Allan, UT Extension Agent, EllynAnne Geisel, the speaker for Friday and Saturday luncheons, “is the Apron Queen Bee.”

She has been a guest on CBS‘s Good Morning Show, had articles about her in Country Living, Cooking with Paula Deen, Southern Lady, Country Woman magazines, and many others. She writes a blog in Huffington Post.  She is the founder of the National Tie One on Day. . . An Apron of Course!  

Luncheon tickets are $25 and includes lunch by Chef Christopher’s Catering and free admission to the apron show. These must be pre-purchased; they are available from fce Clubs or the UT Extension office.

Contact Allan for more information at 452-1423 or email tallan@utk.edu. View the Sumner website: https://utextension.tennessee.edu/sumner or www.apronmemories.com.

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April 5-16, 2011
April 5-26
Parenting Classes will be held at the Union High Resource Center every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pastor Bill Davis of the Long Hollow Baptist Church, Gallatin Campus, will teach classes that are adapted from the Boundaries Series written by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Child care will be provided at the Center at no charge. Please check out the website at www.gallatinshalomzone.org and for more information on signing up for this course, call Gallatin Shalom Zone at 442-7575 Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or email dawn@gallatinshalomzone.net. Classes are free but space is limited.
April 6-10
West End Missionary Baptist Church, 440 West Main, is hosting a revival at 7 p.m. nightly with Elder Jeremy Wilson and Brother Wesley Woods preaching. Everyone is welcome.
April 7
Tennessee Teen Court Program Inc. is hosting the annual, scholarship benefit dinner and silent auction, in memory of Mary Ann Williams at Hendersonville Christian Academy. Events include the dinner, a silent auction, and awards. The silent auction will open at 5 p.m; dinner and awards start at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $15.00 and can be purchased by contacting Tammy Lee at 451-6035.  All proceeds will go to Tennessee Teen Court Program Inc. for the Mary Ann Williams Scholarship.
April 9
Compete for Cash Prizes at  the Cornhole for Cancer Tournament at 10 a.m. at Gallatin Civic Center. Early registration is $35/team, day of the event, $45/team. Tournament benefits the American Cancer Society.
April 9
Join in at the Gallatin Civic Center for a ride to benefit the Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance. (Rescheduled from last week, due to rain) All proceeds support programs to provide low cost spay/neuter services in Sumner County. The ride  begins at 9 a.m. There will be 25 and 45 mile routes. Food and drink rest stops will be located along the route. The cost is $25 for mailed entry, $30 day of the ride and is tax deductible. Please mail entries to: Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance, Pedals and Paws, P.O. Box 1834, Gallatin, TN 37066, info@SumnerSpayNeuterAlliance.org
April 9

Gallatin Shalom Zone’s annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place behind the Union High Resource Center at 11 a.m. The hunt is for ages 2 to 12, but everybody is welcome to attend. For more information, call Gallatin Shalom Zone at 442-7575   Mon – Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or go to the website www.gallatinshalomzone.org.
April 10
Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 3504 Hartsville Pike, Castalian Springs will be having their pastor Rev. Thomas O. Staten First Year Anniversary Service at 11 a.m. Guest will be pastor J.D. Harris and the congregation from Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Kansas Community, Gallatin. The 3 p.m. guest will be pastor George T. Brooks, Jr. and the congregation from Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Hendersonville. Dinner will be served.
April 11
The Weather Club at Gallatin High School is hosting a weather  Storm Spotter Class from 4–6 p.m. in the theater. Michael Davis from the Nashville Weather Center will be conducting the class. Attendees will be official Certified Storm Spotters at the conclusion of the class. The public is invited to attend, and there is no charge. Carolyn McDonald, the sponsor for the club, said that the certified people would measure and report on hail, rain and other weather events and contribute to the data that the Weather Center collects in order to help ensure the safety of the public during severe weather.
April 11
The Weather Club at Gallatin High School is hosting the popular “Surviving the Storm” program from WSM-TV at 7 p.m. in the theater at the school. The public is invited; seating is first-come, first serve. There is no charge for the event.
April 14
Aglow International meets at 135 Jones Street at 7 p.m. For more information call 202-1953, www.aglow.org.
April 15
Gallatin Chamber of Commerce 2011 Golf Tournament begins with registration and putting contest at 11 a.m. Call 452-4000 to reserve your spot.
April 15
The Col. Jethro Sumner Chapter, D.A.R., will have a chapter meeting, 1 p.m., at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ, 744 Hartsville Pike. Guest speaker Cherel Henderson, from the East Tennessee Historical Society, will provide information on “The First Family Program.” Hostesses for the meeting will be Judy Drake Wise, Betty Zuccarello and Lucy Richey. For more information, please call 596-2331.
April 16
Sumner County Young Marines’ 4th Annual Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction is at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post at 1140 South Water Avenue. For more information contact Rhonda Lewter at 513-6134.
April 16
An Annual Women’s Pray Day Brunch is at Key-Stewart United Methodist Church, 166 Dorothy Jordan. Sister Lynette Cistrunk is guest speaker. Tickets are $6.
FYI
The following Sumner county locations are providing FREE VITA TAX PREPARATION assistance: Gallatin Senior Citizens Center, 200 E. Franklin Street every Tuesday and Thursday, noon until 3 p.m. through April 14; Elmer Hinton Public Library, 321 Victor Reiter Parkway, Portland, every Saturday through April 9, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bring photo ID, Social Security card(s) and last year’s tax return. E-filing provided at no charge, but all parties must be present.

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

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

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

Gallatin Senior Center Thrift Store is having a big sale on winter clothing.

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

The baseball game between Gallatin and Station Camp has not only moved its start time but its location as well.  Station Camp will now host Gallatin tonight, Tuesday April 5 beginning at 5 p.m.  The 5 p.m. start is the beginning of the varsity game.  Junior Varsity will follow after. 

Also, Gallatin was set to host Hendersonville today, Tuesday April 5 at Triple Creek in a District 9-AAA softball contest.  That game has been rescheduled to April 6.  Start time and location will remain the same. 

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Tornado Warning

Gallatin and Sumner Counthy are now under a tornado warning until 2:30 p.m. Make preparations to protect yourself and your families:

1. In homes or small buildings, go to the basement or to an interior room, such as a closet or bathroom, on the lowest level. Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table or a bed.
 
2. In mobile homes and vehicles, abandon them and go to a sturdy structure. If there is no such structure nearby, lie flat in a ditch, ravine, gully, culvert or low spot with your arms and hands shielding your head.
 
3. In large buildings, such as schools, factories, hospitals, nursing homes and shopping centers, go to the pre-designated shelter area. Interior hallways on the lowest floor are usually best. Stay away from rooms that are large in area because they have weakly supported roofs.
 
4. In high-rise buildings, go to an interior small room or hallway.
 
5. Stay away from windows. Don't bother opening or closing them. It won't make any difference to the structure and you'll just waste time or put yourself at risk should glass break as you are near.


 

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GPD seeks info on compressor theft

The Gallatin Police Department needs assistance from the public in identifying a suspect wanted in connection to a theft that occurred in Gallatin between March 24, 2011 and March 29, 2011. 

The suspect or suspects took an Ingersoll-Rand 185 enclosed box-type trailer compressor with onboard attachments of a drill, pavement breaker and air hose. The compressor is yellowish beige in color and has a Pintle style tongue hitch which would most likely have required a Pintle receiver to tow.  The compressor was taken from a CEMC worksite located at 2053 Long Hollow Pike and was inside a locked fence enclosure.  A lock was removed from the trailer without force suggesting someone used a key to take the trailer.


Anyone with information that would assist in identifying this suspect, locating and recovering the compressor or related to any other crimes that have occurred in Gallatin are asked to contact Investigator Pete Ritchie at the Gallatin Police Department at 452-1313 ext. 222.

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March 30, 2011
Floyd Winburn Woodard
age 89, of Gallatin, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011. Funeral service was Saturday, March 26 at 10:00 a.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Dr. Larry Yarbrough officiating. Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with family serving as pallbearers.  Mr. Woodard was born in Smith County, son of the late Floyd Franklin Woodard and Osia Mae Smith Woodard.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a grandson Kaylor Kittrell and one brother Hubert Ray Woodard. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Marie Boze Woodard; two daughters, Jane and husband Bill Edwards and Connie and husband Bruce Kittrell all of Gallatin; three grandchildren, Todd Edwards, Beth Thornton and husband Eric and Kara Havron and husband Todd; brother Paul Bryant Woodard and wife Bobbie of Mayfield, KY; four sisters, Lorelle Anderson of Portland, Thelma McCloskey and husband Junior of Lenoir City, Lucy Lamberth of Portland and Joyce Atchisson and husband Thomas of White House; seven great grandchildren, Chase Thornton, Hayley Thornton, Grant Havron, Gracie Havron, Moren Edwards, Greta Havron and Graham Havron. In lieu of flowers memorials made be directed to Sumner Hospice, 575 East Bledsoe Street, Suite 9, Gallatin, TN  37066.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at alexanderfh.info.
Marie Boze Woodard
age 88, of Gallatin passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011.  Funeral service was Saturday, March 26 at 10:00 a.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Dr. Larry Yarbrough officiating.  Burial will follow in Sumner Memorial Gardens with family serving as pallbearers.  Mrs. Woodard was born in Smith County, daughter of the late Clarence Fisher Boze and Mamie Annie Dillehay Boze.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Floyd Winburn Woodard “F.W.” who also passed away on March 24, 2011, a grandson Kaylor Kittrell, two brothers Prentice Carl Boze and Dewitt Bridges Boze and one sister June Evelyn Shoulders. She is survived by two daughters Jane and husband Bill Edwards and Connie and husband Bruce Kittrell all of Gallatin; three grandchildren Todd Edwards, Beth Thornton and husband Eric and Kara Havron and husband Todd; two brothers, James Gordon Boze of Gallatin and Joe Allen Boze and wife Mary Ruth of Carthage; three sisters, Lucy Irene Woodard of Pleasant Shade, Robbie Sue Oldham and husband Joe Beasley Oldham of Carthage and Hilda Ann Gray and husband Billy of Shelbyville; seven great grandchildren Chase Thornton, Hayley Thornton, Grant Havron, Gracie Havron, Moren Edwards, Greta Havron and Graham Havron. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Sumner Hospice, 575 East Bledsoe Suite 9, Gallatin, TN  37066.  Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Murrel L. Reigle
of Crossville and formerly of Gallatin, passed away March 26, 2011 at Vanderbilt University Hospital  with her beloved husband, Thomas Reigle and her children and granddaughters by her side. Mrs. Reigle was born in Missouri, the daughter of Nolan and Hattie Mills. She married Thomas Reigle in 1982. Thomas is the former President and CEO of Bendix-Jidosha Kiki Corporation in Gallatin. Mrs. Reigle is survived by her husband, their children Laurie (Wilson) Dumont of Houston, TX,  Paula and Kevin Helms of Tucson, AZ, Jeff and Kathy Wilson of Saint Joseph, MI, Charlu Reigle of St. Augustine, FL, Al and Kimberly (Wilson) Bernal of Houston, TX, Tonya Prescher of Lexington, Indiana, Donice (Wilson) Johnson and their grandchildren, Chad Hall, Shawn Hall, Donny Wilson, Nikki Little, Kristen Little, Tyler Hall, Emily Prescher and Bailie Prescher. She was active in her church, loved to cook, she loved to dance and entertain but most of all she loved her family and she too was loved by all who had the honor of knowing her. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Fairfield Glade First Baptist Church, 5160 Peavine Road, Fairfield, Glade, TN.
James E. “Jim” Tucker
age 87, of Diamondhead, MS, formerly of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday March 22, 2011. Funeral service was 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Vanover and  Chris White officiating. Interment followed in Crestview Memorial Park with Martin Harrell, Jay Tucker, Chris White, James Edwin “Jim Bo” Tucker, Bryan Tucker and Brad Reynolds serving as pallbearers.  Mr. Tucker was born July 15, 1923, son of the late Henry Grady and Minnie Sanderson Tucker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Fannie Rebecca Worsham Tucker. He is survived by wife, Barbara Evans of Diamondhead, MS; son James Edward Tucker of Costa Rica; daughter Becky White of Gallatin; step-son Mitch Adcock (Patsy) of Apopka, FL; step-daughters Anita Sanderford (Jim Bo) of Diamondhead, MS and Tammy Briggs (A.J.) of Madison, MS; brother Wayne Tucker (Doris) of Franklin, TN; sister Nora Gooch of Florence, AL; four grandchildren James Edwin “Jim Bo” Tucker (Christy) of Hendersonville, Jay Tucker (Amanda) of Bethpage, Kelly Reynolds (Brad) of Spring Hill, and Chris White (Connie) of Nashville; six step-grandchildren Wes Sanderford, Chelsea Bonds, Blake Bonds and Hunter Davenport all of Mississippi and Matt Adcock and Amy Adcock both of Florida, and five great grandchildren Bryan Tucker, Brandon Tucker, Tobin Tucker, Katelyn Greenman and Grace Greenman.  Mr. Tucker worked at TVA and was the former owner of Swim World in Gallatin. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
James Monroe Key
age 82, of Portland, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2011. Funeral service is 11:00 a.m. today, Wednesday March 30 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Kenneth Woodall officiating. Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Franklin, KY with Danny Brown, Steve Key, Eric Hawkins, Ron Key, Joey High and Troy Jones serving as pallbearers. Remaining visitation is today from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Mr. Key was born March 5, 1929 in Sumner County. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers Hubert Key, Paul Key, Gilbert Key and Gene Key.  He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dorothy Wattenbarger Key of Portland; one son Jim Key (Judy) of Gallatin; two daughters Angie Reed (Mark) of Greenfield, IN and Starr Ray (Keith) of Marshall NC; one brother Billy Key (Carolyn) of  Portland; three sisters Christine Hawkins of Gallatin, Eveline Brown (William) of Portland and Patty Craddock (Bill) of Portland; six grandchildren Ben Key, Andrew Key, Kristen Key, Emily Gardner, Adam Gardner and Jordan Messer (Bobby) and one great grandchild Keeley Messer. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Miriam G. Fuller
age 90, of Gallatin, passed away Friday March 25, 2011. Funeral Service was 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 28 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Don Craighead officiating.  Interment followed in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg, with friends and family serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Fuller was born May 6, 1920 in Corinth, MS, daughter of the late William P. and Addie Davis George. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Thomas F. Fuller, sister Jean Gallagher and grandchild Wendy Sloan. She is survived by daughter, Linda Sloan (Ron) of Gallatin;  brothers Jack Pollard (Joann) of Ft. Smith, AR and Ray Pollard (Gail) of Burlington, NC; grandchild Rhonda Hilgadiack (Stan); two great grandchildren Nichole Ayers (Tony) and Josh Hilgadiack and one great-great grandchild Dylan Ayers. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Patricia Thompson Carr
age 60, of Bethpage, passed away Monday, March 28, 2011.  Funeral service is today, Wednesday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother J. E. Shoulders and Brother Jackie Stagner officiating. Interment follows in  Bradley Cemetery with Freddy Carr, Leon Carr, Raymond Carr, David Carr, Steve Robertson, Doyle Hawkins and Kenneth Bennett serving as pallbearers. Remaining visitation is today, noon until time of service. Mrs. Carr was born January 12, 1951 in Sumner County, daughter of James Allen “Peter Bob” and Ann Marie Meador Thompson. She is preceded in death by her father James Allen “Peter Bob” Thompson and daughter Tina Leanne Carr. She is survived by husband Jerry Carr; mother Ann Marie Meador Thompson and son Eric Carr (Sandra) all of Bethpage and grandchildren Daniela Greer and Andrew Carr. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Dr. Ronnie Gene Stout, PhD
age 53, of Gallatin, passed away March 26, 2011. Dr. Stout was employed as a clinical psychologist for 25 years, after receiving his PhD from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He was also a longtime member of Rehoboth United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Buster and Willo Stout. Survivors include his wife, Carol Stout and daughter, Sarah Stout both of Gallatin; sister, Willodene Agnew of Lebanon; brother, Richard (Rosemary) Stout of Lebanon; sister, Nancy (Roger) Bradley; mother-in-law, Betty Stansifer of Chattanooga and a host of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Friday, April 1 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Crestview Funeral Home. Memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, April 2 at 1:30 p.m. from Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 2601 Cages Bend Road, Gallatin, with Mike Potts and Mary Nobel Parrish officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rehoboth United Methodist Church or the cancer foundation of your choice.
Jeff Barnes Draper
age 72, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011.  Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2011 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Bishop William Morris officiating. Interment will be in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Willie Miller, Ray Curl, Ray Stiles, Brian Weldy, Derryl Henry, Jr. and Joe Williams serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be Thursday, March 31 from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Mr. Draper was born February 23, 1939 in Jackson County, son of the late Jake and Cora Wilson Draper.  He is survived by wife Fran Draper of Gallatin; one son Jeffrey Allen Draper of Gallatin; one daughter Cindi Weldy (Brian) of Williamsburg, VA; one brother David Draper (Teresa) of Cottontown and two sisters Suzette Henry (Derryl) of Gallatin and Linda Draper of Cottontown. Mr. Draper was the owner of Draper’s Upholstery Shop in Gallatin. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
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State reviewing Gallatin/Hatten Track extension

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

They are small and easily fit into the palm of a hand; they usually have single pups or a set of twins per year. They have fingers and a thumb that are webbed, which give them agility.

Their ears are famous, but not as much as their silhouette at Halloween.

Bram Stoker should be ashamed. He gave bats a bad name, as well as a few other unimaginative novelists, less than stellar movie producers and those who repeat misinformation because it makes a “good story.”

But bats may enter into the construction and completion of the Albert Gallatin/Hatten Track Road extension.

The public is just now beginning to understand the importance of bats to man’s survival. These relatively dainty critters are currently under siege by a new disease called “white nose syndrome,” a fungus that irritates their faces and wings while they hibernate, causing them to wake during a time when their food is unavailable. Thus, they starve and die and are doing so in frightening numbers.

It was first detected in 2006 in the Northeast. The disease has quickly reached our state.

According to Bat Conservation International, “Scientists estimate that the million bats that have died so far would have consumed just under 700 tons of insects.”

Of the 15 species of bats (who knew?) in Tennessee, two are endangered and others are “species of concern.”

The two endangered ones are the Gray bat and the Indiana bat.

The latter one has a wingspan of 9-11 inches and choose to spend summers in hollow trees with wide, loose bark where they raise their one pup. They hibernate in caves in the winter.

Currently, one of the major transportation projects for Gallatin is the one termed Albert Gallatin/Hatten Track Road Extension.

The firm of Gresham, Smith and Partners is under contract with the City of Gallatin to conduct the environmental and design project phases, and TDOT will conduct the Right-of-Way and Construction phases of the project.

 “We have a grant with TDOT which is an 80/20 grant – TDOT pays 80 percent of the project, the City is responsible for 20 percent,” said Rosemary Bates, special projects coordinator for the city of Gallatin.

“This project is to widen and extend Albert GallatinAvenue/Hatten Track Road from the intersection at North Water/Albert Gallatin Avenue (the intersection where Family Heritage Funeral Home is located) all the way to SR 109 North where a new intersection/interchange will be constructed.

“This project includes a new bridge over the railroad tracks between Blythe Avenue and North Water; a new four-way intersection at Blythe Avenue; and a new road extending from this new four-way intersection over to SR 109,” said Bates.

  “The council chose to put the new road behind the properties on existing Hatten Track Road– between the back of those properties and the County Road Garage/buildings.  The council also voted to pursue an elevated interchange at SR 109 instead of an at-grade intersection.”

One important part of the process is the environmental study required by the federal government because it is providing funding assistance for the project, through the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

One issue encountered in the environmental study is the existence of possible habitat for an endangered species, the Indiana bat.

Margaret Slater, a senior planner for Gresham, Smith and Partners, stated in an interview, “My responsibility is to oversee the preparation of the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) documents. This includes assessing impacts to the human and natural environment and involving the public.”

“Numerous technical studies, for example by ecologists and archaeologists, are conducted to support the impact analysis.”

In August 2010, a public meeting was held about the project and another may occur after the environmental assessment is reviewed and approved by the federal government and TDOT.

“TDOT is reviewing the draft,” said Slater.

“Once TDOT approves it, it goes to the Federal Highway Administration for review and approval. The project has several environmental concerns that will need to be addressed in the design of the project–for example, possible wetlands, an old landfill,  and stream crossings.

“Any project with federal funds must follow the National Environmental Policy Act. There are several levels for environmental documents, and the Albert Gallatin/HattenTrack project is requiring a lower level environmental document because it has a low potential for significant impacts.”

Gresham, Smith and Partners will eventually create design the project in cooperation with the city and TDOT, and Slater said, “We can’t invest in design (until the environmental document is approved), if you’re using any federal monies.”

Slater explained that TDOT will be studying the area during the summer months, when the bats may be present in the project area. The bats could roost in hollows of trees or under bark with their offspring.

 “If they do find bats just roosting there for a couple of months, the construction could (be planned) to protect the habitat. ... This means that the project area containing trees where the bats could roost could only be disturbed for construction before or after the end of the roosting period for the bats, essentially the trees would need to be removed in the Winter.  

“It is the intent of the Endangered Species Act to protect specifies that are important to our ecosystem.”

Many people may question the delay of such a significant project because of the potential for disturbing Indiana bats’ habitat.

The response is complicated but easily understood.

Our genetic nightmares involve insect forms (think of the popularity of Alien series) that some scientists have attributed to our species being in perpetual struggle with insects over food (consider the ancient biblical plague of locusts).

Bats consume 50–100 percent of their body weight per night; many of the insects they devour are crop pests, such as beetles and moths.

.Bats’ important function is serving as pollinators, along with bees, certain wasps, butterflies and other critters.

A world without these pollinators would have far fewer varieties of food

According to one local master gardener, one out of every four bites of food we ingest exists because of the work of the pollinators.

The second most important function of bats is the control of mosquitoes and agricultural pests. No one living in our humid landscape with standing water and ponds can argue about the reduction of mosquitoes.

Contrary to popular misinformation that gives bats a bad reputation, less than one-half of one percent of bats carries rabies.

The public is in more danger of being killed by a dog or lightning or power mowers than rabies from a bat, according to one source.

An individual’s chance of contracting rabies in one in 200 million

The Albert Gallatin/Hatten Track Road extension project will be completed, after careful preparation, and it will benefit the city and the county, as well as allowing us to be ecologically cautious and protective.

In the meantime, anyone interested in preserving the bat population of Sumner County may erect a bat house, especially close to a garden, resist cutting down hollow trees and delay spelunking until the bats recover.

 
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One Stop Career ShopWhat's Next?

By Mike Needel
Local Veterans Employment Representative
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

I have a goal.  That goal is to help the Veterans and non-Veterans who are looking for jobs, get back to work.  This is my mission.  
The current economy is going through some difficult times right now and if you find yourself in need of a job, the first question you usually ask is; “What Next”?
So what do you do?  I work at the Sumner County Career Center, also known as the One Stop Shop, and we are a great resource for both Veterans and non-Veteran jobseekers. At the Career Center we can make referrals for people to open job orders, help write or revise their resumes or provide computers for internet access.  We are located at 175 College St., Gallatin, and our phone number is (615) 451-4800.
If you are a Veteran, I can work directly with you and provide additional resources that are geared to assist you.  For example, I can provide information about VA benefits, small business loans, or web sites that are designed specifically for Veterans.
I don’t know if you have noticed, but people are different.  Veterans and non-Veterans may have barriers that can make it difficult for them to find work.  We all have diverse needs.  So, when you are job hunting, what works for one person may not work for another.   The key is not to limit your job search methods.  Talk to 10 people and ask them how they got their job; you’ll get at least seven different answers.                                                                                 
Someone may have good computer skills and they will do great searching jobs on-line.  Whereas another person may be better at networking and find employment that way.  Some find work through newspapers or other printed material.  The point is that what ultimately works may be different for all of us.    
The Career Center is a great place to start for everyone.  Whether you find a job through us or not, we are a good foundational resource in your search for work.  
Once you are registered, you can look for open job orders right here in the office.  These jobs are from local employers and cover Sumner, Davidson, Wilson and Macon Counties.  You can also access these job orders on line at: http://www.state.tn.us/labor-wfd/ and follow the “Job Seekers” links.  You will have to set up a new account first before you start looking. For another on line search you can go to http://tn.gov and click under “Employment” then “Find Jobs” and start your search there.
Many job seekers find employment through “Networking” with people that they know.  You can start by asking your friends or acquaintances if they are aware of any companies that are hiring.  I found a job for a Veteran in just this manner.  I was at church and was talking to a friend of mine about finding jobs for Veterans and the manager of a chain grocery store overheard me and said he was looking for a butcher in his meat department.  He said the person didn’t have to be experienced but he needed someone right away.  Monday, I created a job order and by the close of business I sent him an applicant that was hired on the spot.  
 The lesson is that networking with people can be effective, but, they can’t help you if they don’t know you are looking for work.  So advertise by word of mouth.  It’s free and it might just be the answer you are looking for.    

See you next time

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Second fire at Hoeganaes brings federal investigators

Washington, DC, March 30, 2011 The Chenical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is deploying a team to the site of a flash fire at the Hoeganaes Corporation in Gallatin. The incident occurred during maintenance on a burner and is the second flash fire that has occurred at the Hoeganaes facility since January.

One worker was fatally injured and another seriously burned as a result of a January 31 incident.  CSB Investigator-in-Charge Johnnie Banks is leading the investigation; he is scheduled to arrive in Gallatin this evening to begin gathering information.

Johnnie Banks said, We are concerned that we are looking at a second serious incident within a short period of time at this facility.  We will be looking at whether these two accidents share a root cause and indicate broader safety issues that may need to be addressed.

After returning to Gallatin, the CSB team will conduct interviews with eyewitnesses and document site conditions. The Hoeganaes facility is largest major producer of atomized steel powder.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents. The agencys board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. CSBs final report including can be viewed at www.csb.gov <http://www.csb.gov/> .

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Working to bring work ... to the people

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Gallatins Director of Economic Development, Clay Walker, recently received one of the highest recognitions in his professioncertification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He joins approximately 1,250 people in the United States with the designation of Certified Economic Developer and is the only person in his field to have this in Sumner County.

In addition to having a history of participation in economic development, extensive education as well as continuing education, a person qualified for this certification must have a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment, and a commitment to personal and professional growth, according to a press release from the IEDC.

The interviews and test were administered earlier this month in Virginia.

According to the EDA Board of Directors Chairman Earl Fischer, contenders have to pass a rigorous and comprehensive three-part, two-day examination, which tests their knowledge, proficiency, and judgment in the key areas of economic development, including business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, community development, real estate, strategic planning, and management.

I think that my CEcD designation reflects our agency and our city more than anything else, said Walker this week, who came to the Gallatin EDA in August 2005, with 10 years in economic development at both the local and regional levels. A 1986 graduate of Murray State, Walker is also a graduate of  Oklahoma Universitys Economic Development Institute.

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April 1-10, 2011
April 1
A Gospel music concert benefiting Multiple Sclerosis featuring The Commonwealth Quartet and The Music City Boys begins at 6:30 p.m. at Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene, 407 North Water.
April 1
Sumner County Museum opens for the season. Hours are  Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Group tours by appointment. The museum consists of 9500 sq. ft. and is located at 183 West Main Street, behind the Trousdale Place. Call451-3837 for more information.
April 2
The Sumner County Republican Party March breakfast will feature County Executive Anthony Holt to present a “State of the County” report. Holt, served on the county Commission for almost 20 years prior to his election as County Executive. 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.
April 3-6
Union Chapel General Baptist  Church, 1125 College Street in Portland is hosting a Revival at 6 p.m. on Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday-Wedneday.
April 5-26
Parenting Classes will be held at the Union High Resource Center every Tuesday from 6 p.m to 7 p.m. Pastor Bill Davis of the Long Hollow Baptist Church, Gallatin Campus, will teach classes that are adapted from the Boundaries Series written by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Child care will be provided at the Center at no charge. Please check out the website at www.gallatinshalomzone.org and for more information on signing up for this course, call Gallatin Shalom Zone at 442-7575 Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or email dawn@gallatinshalomzone.net. Classes are free but space is limited.
April 9
Join in at the Gallatin Civic Center for a ride to benefit the Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance. (Rescheduled from last week, due to rain) All proceeds support programs to provide low cost spay/neuter services in Sumner County. The ride  begins at 9 a.m. There will be 25 and 45 mile routes. Food and drink rest stops will be located along the route. The cost is $25 for mailed entry, $30 day of the ride and is tax deductible. Please mail entries to: Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance, Pedals and Paws, P.O. Box 1834, Gallatin, TN 37066, info@SumnerSpayNeuterAlliance.org www.
April 10
Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 3504 Hartsville Pike, Castalian Springs will be having their pastor Rev. Thomas O. Staten First Year Anniversary Service at 11 a.m. Guest will be pastor J.D. Harris and the congregation from Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Kansas Community, Gallatin. The 3 p.m. guest will be pastor George T. Brooks, Jr. and the congregation from Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Hendersonville. Dinner will be served

FYI
The following Sumner county locations are providing FREE VITA TAX PREPARATION assistance: Gallatin Senior Citizens Center, 200 E. Franklin Street every Tuesday and Thursday, noon until 3 p.m. through April 14; Elmer Hinton Public Library, 321 Victor Reiter Parkway, Portland, every Saturday through April 9, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bring photo ID, Social Security card(s) and last year’s tax return. E-filing provided at no charge, but all parties must be present.

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.

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.

Mid-Cumberland Head Start/Early Head Start is 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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Phone scam using local bank name

The Gallatin Police Department would like to alert local residents of a phone scam. Numerous citizens have reported receiving an automated phone call claiming to be from Sumner Bank and Trust or some variation of that name. The call states that there is an issue with your debit card and ask you to enter account information. This call is a scam, and anyone receiving such a call should hang up.

Financial institutions will never contact customers by phone requesting account or personal information. Never provide such information over the phone. Contact your financial institution directly to see if there is an issue with your account.     

Anyone with information concerning criminal activity is requested to contact the Gallatin Police Department at 615-452-1313.

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United Way breakfast date changed to April 15
The 2010 United Way of Sumner CountyCampaign Awards and Appreciation Breakfast has been re-scheduled for  Friday, April 15, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club.

Reservation “tickets” are $16 and available on our website: www.unitedwaysumner.org/shopping.
Or checks can be mailed to our new office at: 1531 Hunt Club Blvd., Suite 110
Gallatin, TN 37066.
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