County Law Director Leah Dennen stated the county had three options as to constables. One option is to do nothing; another option is to remove the constables law enforcement duties; and the third option is do away with the positions altogether. Constables are a constitutionally elected office governed by state statute. Dennen noted the state Attorney General had opined that, if there was a civil rights violation, the county can be held liable for actions by constables. The county has no control over constables.
County redistricting maps up for review
Let the races begin. The Sumner County Republican Partys Executive Committee voted unanimously Saturday to hold a county primary in conjunction with the Presidential Preference Primary on March 6, 2012. The motion by Melissa Gay was intended to include all races that would be on the primary ballot, including County Property Assessor and constable races.
I stand by the practice of having a primary where all those who are Republicans and Democrats get to select their own nominees. I am a big supporter of the primary system, stated Gay, a voting member on the SCRP Executive Committee by virtue of her position as 18th Senate District Committeewoman on the Republican State Executive Committee (SEC). The Republican SEC consists of one committeeman and one committeewoman from each of the 33 Senate Districts in the state.
Among the many motions and amendments passed by the Sumner County Board of Education in their efforts to cut costs was one authorizing school officials to seek information about privatizing school custodians. An effort by some board members to reverse the authorization failed. The board could receive proposals from private custodial companies as early as next spring.
White Houses Ted Wise was the first to raise concerns. Privatization of custodial services or outsourcing of custodians, I dont favor, never have favored. Its been tried at least three years in a row that Ive been on the board.
Chairman Don Long explained the original motion, which directed school staff to create a request for proposals (RFP) that outlines the schools needs for any private company interested in providing services for the schools. It was just information gathering, but it doesnt obligate the board, by any stretch of the imagination, to move in that direction [toward privatization].
The Sumner County Election Commission has opened up the Administrator of Elections position. The Commission decided at its September meeting to go through the process of seeking applications for a position already filled by Administrator Darlean McDougal. The position is budgeted for a salary of $77,160 plus regular county benefits in FY 2011-12, according to County Finance Director David Lawing.
The deadline for applications is noon on Oct. 11, before the Election Commission meets at 4 p.m. Its regular monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public.
I have had one application come in, said McDougal Friday. Of course, I am going to submit mine. At deadline, two applications had been received, including McDougals. The other applicant is Andrea Sue Jones of Hendersonville.
Recent Grammy award winner and Hendersonville resident, Jason Crabb, and his younger brother, Adam, joined forces with various other musicians to raise $10,000 for Gallatin resident Julie Cline this past Monday at Station Camp High School.
Cline, a former hairdresser from Hendersonville, was recently struck with Encephalitis, an irritation and swelling of the brain, most often due to infection.
When we heard what had happened to Julie, we knew we had to do something because shes always been so caring and giving towards other people, said Jason Crabb, an award winning gospel talent. This family needed help and we were fortunate enough to be able to pull this together, but it was the people that filled that gym at Station Camp that really are the heroes here because they are the ones that gave tonight to help us raise $10,000 for the Cline family.
October 1 marks the kick-off for the first annual Walk Across Sumner, a four week walking
We really want to encourage outdoor activity for our citizens by using our existing outdoor walking paths, trails, greenways, all that beautiful outdoor green space that our county has to offer, explains Amy Summers, Chair of the Sumner County Health Committee. Walking is simple, walking is easy, and it doesnt take a lot of equipment; all you have to do is get moving.program that encourages participants to walk for their health. The program is co-sponsored by Sumner Regional Medical Center and the Sumner County Health Committee. The start of the program will be held in conjunction with the Medical Centers 23rd Fitness Festival.
Participants are encouraged to walk twenty-nine minutes a day, six days a week for the month of October. By Oct. 29, those that complete the task will have walked 34.5 miles which is the diagonal length of Sumner County, according to Summers. Participants who walk the full distance can enter to win door prizes that day, as well. The walk is part of efforts by the Health Committee and Medical Center to promote health and exercise.
Jean Pickard Adcock
age 79, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2011. Funeral service was Tuesday, September 20 at2 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Bill Davis officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Tim Pickard, Gordon Morris, Aaron Pickard, Shawn Speck, Kendle Fisher and Darrell Patterson serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Adcock was born April 14, 1932, in Erin, TN, daughter of the late Robert Henry and Minnie Belle Buchanan Patterson. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by the father of her children, George Edward Pickard, brothers, Dudley Patterson, Leon Patterson, and Buddy Patterson and sister Gladys Sykes. She is survived by her husband, James Kenneth Adcock of Westmoreland; sons, Gary Pickard and wife Pam, of Gallatin, Tim Pickard of McEwen and William Pickard and wife Heather of Portland; daughter, Kim Morris and husband Gordon of Bethpage; brothers, Howard Patterson and W. C. Patterson and wife Estalene, all of Erin; sisters, Jane Sikes and Margaret Baker and husband Hugh all of McEwen; grandchildren, Aaron Pickard and wife Melissa, Jeffrey Bond and wife Katrina, Andrea Morris, Justin Morris, Meggan Speck and husband Shawn and Josh Lawrence and great grandchildren, Vivian Claire Pickard and Jacob Bond. Mrs. Adcock retired after 27 years from Freds Discount Store. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Curtis Wayne Wood, Jr.
age 35, of Portland, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2011. Graveside service was Tuesday, September 20 at 11 a.m. from OldCedarGroveCemetery in Portland. There was no visitation. Curtis was born January 10, 1976 in Nashville, son of the late Curtis Wayne Wood, Sr. and Vickie Montgomery Wood. He is survived by sister, Brandi Whittemore and husband Jamie of Portland; uncle, Dale W. Wood of Nashville; aunt, Darlene L. Gonzalez of Texas and cousins, Colton T. Wood, Benjamin A. Wood, Caesar I. Gonzalez and Chris W. Gonzalez. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
By Chris Lynn
The Sumner County Sheriffs Department arrested two individuals last week for their involvement in stealing a winning Tennessee Lottery ticket and attempting to claim the $200,000 winnings.
According to arrest reports, Piyushkumar Patel, who owns Express Mart in Portland and Quick Check, located on 2059 Long Hollow Pike in Gallatin, and Kanubhal Bhatt for Class B Felonies for theft over $60,000.
The reports states that Roy Chase, of White House, went into the Express Mart in Portland and purchased two lottery tickets on June 1, and then took the tickets back into Express Mart to check if he indeed did have a winning ticket.
GALLATIN, Tenn. - Growing up in Tennessee or anywhere in the South, you likely grew up listening to country, rock, or Southern rock, and if so, then you wont want to miss the band Reckless when they play State Farms 3rd Thursday on Main concert series at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept.15.
By Randy Cline
Home sales in Sumner County spiked upward in August giving area realtors their best summer of sales in the past three years and solid activity heading into the final quarter of the year.
Stan Peacock, president of the Sumner Association of Realtors and an agent with Crye-Leike in Hendersonville, estimated the increase in home sales this summer as compared to last summer to range from 20 to 25 percent. Overall, we are seeing a lot more activity, he said. When the sun is out, people are out and its been a good, long hot summer.
Pat and Rip Lebkuecher have demonstrated heroic efforts to help people during times of disaster over and over. By volunteering with the American Red Cross, they have helped their neighbors recover from the devastation of tornados, fed people in New York City after the attacks on 9/11 and assisted the homeless in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. They also are heavily involved in the Hendersonville Rotary Club and have traveled on their good will mission trips to Guatemala.
NASHVILLE Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan has selected Bruce Scism to serve as interim president of Volunteer State Community College beginning Oct. 1.
Scism, currently the vice president for Academic Affairs at Vol State in Gallatin, will assume the leadership role following the departure of Vol State President Warren Nichols, who is recommended to be appointed vice chancellor for community colleges at the TBR Central Office in Nashville.
By Randy Cline
Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves presented The Big Picture of Gallatin in her Fifth Annual State of the City address at the Gallatin Chamber luncheon on Monday.
Speaking at the Epic Events Center, which she touted as the largest meeting and dining venue in Sumner County, Graves gave an overview of the citys progress in different areas including financial, grants, road improvements, development, community enrichment, and business/industry.
ROCK FOR THE ANIMALS Event is postponed to a later date, If you have purchased a ticket, your money will be refunded by the person that you purchased it from. If you have any questions, please contact Beckie at 210-3296 or email email@example.com.
Rock-N-Country Band will play at Gallatin Senior Center. Potluck dinner begins at 6 p.m. followed by music from 7 to 9:30.
GHS Varsity Cheerleaders are hosting a cheer clinic from 9:30 a.m. to noon at CenterStage Academy for K-6 grade students. Call 390-4354 for more information.
The Sumner County Democratic Party will be hosting the 8th annual 3-Star Celebration at 6 p.m. at beautiful Sycamore Springs, Highway 31E in Bethpage. This years special guest is State Senator Roy Herron. For tickets and information, visit sumnerdems.org or call 615-826-2505.
Dorothea Wilma Haney
age 83, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2011. Funeral service was Saturday, August 13 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Dr. Larry Yarborough officiating. Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Kenneth Stephens, George Carillon, Jones Hamlett, Floyd Birdwell, Gordon Kenney, Rob Morris, Ronald Brawner, Dessie Moore and Van Conyer serving as pallbearers. Eastern Star service was conducted at Friday, August 12 at Alexander Funeral Home. She was born on March 27, 1928, in Carroll County, daughter of the late Wille Bell Elam and Mary Susan Chandler Elam. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Sandra Haney. Mrs. Haney taught school in the Sumner County School System for 39 years. She is survived by two sons, Frank Haney and Jim Haney both of Gallatin and daughter Jeanette Latham and husband, Richard of Lewisburg, Kentucky; three sisters, Helen Brown and Mildred Schott both of Nashville and Wanda Spencer of Medina, Tennessee and four grandchildren, Johnny Haney, Deric Haney, Jennifer McCarty and Melinda Haney. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Harold O. Atteberry, Sr.
age 88, of Bethpage, passed away Friday, August 12, 2011. Funeral service was Tuesday, August 16 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Steve Brigance officiating. Burial followed in Bradley Cemetery with Randy Atteberry, Harold Atteberry Jr., Dennis Atteberry, Timmy Atteberry, Andrew Atteberry, Chris Atteberry, Michael Dale Atteberry and Ray Tyler serving as pallbearers. Mr. Atteberry was born on April 29, 1923, son of the late Earl Atteberry and Cecil Alice Bennett Atteberry. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Marcella Irene Atteberry, son Christopher Patrick Atteberry, granddaughter Christina Michelle Atteberry, two brothers, Paul and Russell Atteberry and one sister, Irene Pugh. He is survived by his children, Harold O. Atteberry, Jr. of Bethpage, Patricia Stephens of Paris, Randy Atteberry and wife, Elaine of Westmoreland, Dennis Atteberry and wife, Cyndy of Westmoreland, Timothy Atteberry and wife, Cindy of Tallahassee, FL, Jordan Gullette and husband Ray of Sachae, TX and Jeanine Tyler and husband Ray of Hendersonville; 23 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
By Marjorie Lloyd
Several new committee placements were approved at the monthly meeting of the County Commission, on Monday night, as well as amendments to the 2011-2012 budget that included a raise for the Director of Construction and Development, and a 10 percent raise for the finance director.
The countys senior centers were given additional funds as well.
The Committee on Committees presented their initial chart of commissioners for most of the placements for the 2011-12 commission. Commissioners submit their preferences prior to the Committee on Committee selections. However, several commissioners said that they were assigned none of their choices.
Put on your walking shoes and join people all across the Sumner County during the month of October to kick-off a commitment to better health through exercise. The Sumner County Health Committee will partner with several community businesses and organizations to host the Walk Across Sumner wellness program during the month of October.
Participants in the program will be encouraged to walk 34.5 miles (the distance across Sumner County-corner to corner) either in their own neighborhoods or by hitting local greenways and walking trails at parks throughout the county. There is no charge for participating in the month-long program.
By Corey Conley
As the school board continues to refine next years nearly $200 million budget, some members are looking at the districts rising legal fees.
The budget proposal approved earlier this month budgets an additional id="mce_marker"75,000 for legal expenses for this coming year, bringing the total to $425,000. This sum still falls just shy of what the board actually spent on legal fees this past year, and it does not even come close to the over half-a-million spent in the 2009-10 school year.
Renowned eye surgeon, Dr. Ming Wang presents a 12:30 p.m. seminar at the Gallatin Senior Citizens Center to discuss LASIK technology, new FDA research for a breakthrough technology in obtaining "Forever Young Lens" cataract surgery and will accept questions from the audience.
The WannaBeatles are the featured musical entertainment at monthly 3rd Thursday on Main beginning at 6:30 p.m. 3rd Thursday is an exclusive Greater Gallatin, Inc. event, sponsored by State Farm Insurance and other area businesses and is free and family friendly.
The Gallatin Police Department would like to make the public aware of a roadway engineering change that took effect on Sunday, August 7, 2011. Traffic on Hwy 25 / Red River Road coming into Gallatin now has a stop sign at Long Hollow Pike, giving traffic on Long Hollow Pike the right of way. The traffic coming into Gallatin on Long Hollow Pike no longer has to stop at Hwy 25 / Red River Road.
Traffic leaving Gallatin on Hwy 25 / Red River Road will also see changes as right of way traffic now veers onto Long Hollow Pike with a right turn lane created for traffic to continue on Hwy 25 / Red River Road.
The public is encouraged to pay extra attention to this new design change in the roadway and to drive carefully and courteously.
By Marjorie Lloyd
Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer quickly made friends of those attending an early morning informal gathering at Wilson Bank and Trust last week to hear his views on the changes in his department. With his causal language and friendly demeanor, he reassured everyone present that Highway 109 expansion was absolutely going to be accomplished, but later he added that he was not in the business of making roads pretty.
By Ken Beck
For MainStreet Media
JONESBORO, Ark.Friends and relatives of Johnny Cash brought down the house Thursday night with a concert that will result in the restoration of the Arkansas Delta boyhood home of the Man in Black.
The Johnny Cash Music Festival convened at Arkansas State University. The school purchased the Cash house in April.
Co-hosted by the country music legends children, Rosanne and John Carter Cash, the concert also included Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Gary Morris, Rodney Crowell and bluegrass entertainers of the year Dailey & Vincent. Other Cash kinfolk performing were Johnnys siblings Tommy Cash and Joanne Cash Yates, John Carters wife, Laura, and Rosannes daughter, Chelsea Crowell.
By Corey Conley
Plans to add 16 more classrooms to crowded Station Camp High School took another step forward last week when the Board of Education approved a contract with architecture firm KBJM to begin planning the additions. They could be finished as early as the end of 2012, and would replace the portables currently in use.
By Corey Conley
If the County Commission signs off on the School Districts proposed $194 million budget, all school employees will receive a minimum 3 percent raise for the 2011-2012 school year. The pay increase would be the first the districts classified employees - bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and custodians - have seen since the 2008-09 school year; not even their usual step pay increases were added.