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Clean-up this weekend at Bledsoe Creek State Park

Sat June 4, 2011 9 a.m.–Noon

The public is invited to Bledsoe Creek State Park off Ziegler’s Fort Road in eastenr Sumner County to help with storm damage repair of two bridges.  This will require some lifting and shoveling. Wear appropriate shoes and bring gloves.

Water and snacks for volunteers will be provided.

Please meet at the small shelter on Raccoon Creek Road inside the park.

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Two men die after Hoeganaes' fire

By Marjorie Lloyd

Two fof the five victims of Friday's fire at the Hoeganaes plant have succumbed to their injuries.

Eric Hulsey, of Orlinda, one of five employees injured in Friday's fire at the Hoeganaes plant in Gallatin, passed away late Tuesday afternoon at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville as a result of complications from the severe burns he sustained during the fire.

This morning (Wednesday, June 1) at 8:30 a.m., another victim, Rick Lester of Hendersonville, died at Vanderbilt University Hospital, according to statements by Jennifer Wetzel, Senior Information Officer for Vanderbilt University News and Communications.

A third employee, Fred Tuttle of Gallatin, also injured during the fire and taken to Vanderbilt on Friday, is listed in critical condition at the hospital's burn unit.

Two other men were sent to Sumner Regional Medical Center and later released.

Still reeling from the aftermath of two deaths as a result of a combustible dust fire in January and then another later in March that injured one employee, Hoeganaes on Airport Road is now under investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act administration for this latest fire.

The company, which has approximately 175 employees, was recently under investigation by the Tennessee OSHA and USCSB for the two fires that occurred earlier this year.

A preliminary report on the January and March fires has already been completed by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents. The agency board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Fridays fire, however,  was caused by a hydrogen leak, according to early reports. (Unconfirmed information states that Hoegaenes has a large hydrogen tank that is remotely controlled.)

No details of the fire have yet been released.

First Tennessee Bank has two accounts established for the medical expenses and other expenses of the earlier fire victims: Vernon Wayne Corley, 32, of Lebanon, who passed away May 21, after suffering burn injuries, and Wiley Sherburne, Jr. of Castalian Springs, who died shortly after the January fire as a result of his injuries.

 

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June 2-12, 2011
June 2 & 4
The Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., and the Sumner County Historical Society will co-host a book signing featuring local authors Jack Masters’ and Bill Puryear’s “Thoroughfare For Freedom” on Thursday, June 2, 4:00-6:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m. For more information, please call the library at 452-1722.
June 3
Gallatin Relay for Life is 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the Gallatin Civic Center. Food, fun and entertainment for the entire family. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
June 3
Pastor Dexter D.Mims and Peach Valley Baptist Church will fellowship with Victory Temple at 7:30 p.m.
June 4

Yard sale to benefit Gallatin Kiwanis’ and Sertoma’s Christmas Caravan for Kids at 587 Cottonwood (Firefox Subdivision off Hancock). Donations of items or cash accepted between now and then. Call Randy Hampton for more information at 351-2573.
June 4
The Gallatin Senior Center will hold a pot luck dinner and dance featuring the Southern Country Band. Please bring dinner style dishes for the Pot luck dinner to be held at 6 p.m. Ice tea, punch, coffee and desserts will be furnished by the center. Music and dance from 7 ‘till 10 p.m. All ages are invited and welcome. A donation of $5 per person, $7.50 per couple is suggested. Find the center at 200 E. Franklin St.,  451-1531,
June 6
Servpro is sponsoring the 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic, to benefit Sumner County CASA  at The Club at Fairvue Plantation.  Sumner County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), is a United Way, non profit agency created to provide children involved in juvenile court, due to allegations of abuse and neglect, a voice through community volunteers.  For sponsorship and registration information you can contact the Sumner County CASA office at 451-1688, sumnercasa@att.net   or visit the website at www.sumnercasa.net.
June 9
Aglow International meets at 135 Jones Street at 7 p.m. Visit the website at www.aglow.org.
June 9
Fairway Golf Club in conjunction with Long Hollow Golf Course will sponsor a FREE youth golf clinic for boys and girls ages 6 - 15. The clinic is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the golf course. For more information and to register call 451-3120.
June 10
Sumner County Retired Teachers Association meets at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ with registration beginning at 11 a.m. Newly elected officers will be installed and scholarships will be awarded. Guest speaker is retiring Director of Schools, Benny  bills.
June 11
The 2nd Annual Clifford and Avie McWhirter Family Reunion is at The Gallatin Civic Center, 12:30-5 p.m.
June 12
“Men’s Day” at Peach Valley Church, 508 Peach Valley Road at 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Dinner will be served.
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.

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

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

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

GHS Class of 1991
20 Year Reunion Committee is presently searching for “lost” classmates! The 20 year reunion is being held June 25, from 6-11 p.m. at the Gallatin Country Club. If you or someone you know graduated from Gallatin High School in 1991 please make contact as soon as possible with one of the following Reunion Committee members: Nikki Thompson Michael, nikki@ghs1991.com; Carl Nelson, carl@ghs1991.com; Susan Willbanks Byrum, susan@ghs1991.com or 270-791-3460.Check out the website for registration information and the link to Facebook to get updates and share pictures! ghs1991.com
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Two Hoeganaes' fire victims die at Vanderbilt

From Staff reports

Eric Hulsey, of Orlinda, one of five employees injured in Friday's fire at the Hoeganaes plant in Gallatin, passed away late Tuesday afternoon at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville as a result of complications from the severe burns he sustained during the fire.

This morning (Wednesday, June 1) at 8:30 a.m., another victim, Rick Lester of Hendersonville, died at Vanderbilt University Hospital, according to statements by Jennifer Wetzel, Senior Information Officer for Vanderbilt University News and Communications.

A third employee, Fred Tuttle of Gallatin, also injured uring the fire and taken to Vanderbilt on Friday, is listed in critical condition at the hospital's burn unit.

Two other men were sent to Sumner Regional Medical Center and later released.

Still reeling from the aftermath of two deaths as a result of a combustible dust fire in January and then another later in March that injured one employee, Hoeganaes on Airport Road is now under investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act administration for the latest fire.

The company, which has approximately 175 employees, was recently under investigation by the Tennessee OSHA and USCSB for the two fires that occurred earlier this year.

A preliminary report on the January and March fires has already been completed by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents. The agency board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Fridays fire, however,  was caused by a hydrogen leak, according to early reports. (Unconfirmed information states that Hoegaenes has a large hydrogen tank that is remotely controlled.)

No details of the fire have yet been released.

First Tennessee Bank has two accounts established for the medical expenses and other expenses of the earlier fire victims: Vernon Wayne Corley, 32, of Lebanon, who passed away May 21, after suffering burn injuries, and Wiley Sherburne, Jr. of Castalian Springs, who died shortly after the January fire as a result of his injuries.

 

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Chemical Safety Board deploys to Gallatin

Washington, D.C., May 27, 2011 A four-person investigation team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the site of a third serious accident at the Hoeganaes Corporation plant in Gallatin, Tennessee. An explosion was reported earlier today at the plant, injuring five, including three who were in critical condition at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center burn unit in Nashville.
 
The plant produces atomized iron powder for industrial customers and employs approximately 180 people.
 
A January 31 flash fire fueled by combustible iron dust killed two workers at the plant, including one who succumbed to burn injuries just six days ago.  A similar fire involving iron dust occurred on March 29 and caused one injury.  According to a company official, todays accident took place in the vicinity of one of the facilitys furnaces.
 
At a news conference held in Nashville on May 11, the CSB released laboratory test results showing that metal dust collected from various locations around the facility was combustible and capable of exploding when dispersed in air and confined.  CSB Investigative Team Lead Johnnie Banks noted that the CSB team had observed significant quantities of accumulated metal dust on surfaces within close proximity to the incident locations and elsewhere throughout manufacturing areas, including on elevated surfaces.
 
The cause of the most recent incident has yet to be determined.  Investigator Banks will be returning to Gallatin tomorrow to lead the CSBs investigation. = The team will be interviewing key witnesses, examining the incident scene, and requesting relevant documents.
 
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.

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Mayor comments on Hoeganaes' fire

At approximately 1:30 p.m. today, Mayor Jo Ann Graves released the following statement:

The City is very concerned and saddened by the incidents today – and those
earlier this year – at Hoeganaes.
 
The City of Gallatin first and foremost sends its thoughts and prayers out to the
workers hurt and hospitalized today.  We also send our thoughts and prayers to
their families, coworkers and friends.  
 
Gallatin is a close community and many of us know some – or all – of those
involved.   
 
It is premature for this office to speculate on cause or consequences.
 
We must allow the appropriate agencies and professionals to conduct their
investigation and inspections before we make any further comment.
 
Mayor Jo Ann Graves
 

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May 25, 2011
Bobby E. Womack
age 73, of Gallatin, passed away on Monday, May 23 at his residence due to a tractor accident.  Funeral service will be Thursday, May 26 at 11:00 a.m. from the Hendersonville First Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Gilmore officiating. Burial will follow in the Dry Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Zach Womack, Homer Carter, Bill Vandercook, Bud Coley, Mickey Phipps, and Bud Willmore serving as pallbearers. Visitation is today, Wednesday, May 25, 3 to  9 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home in Gallatin and Thursday 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the Hendersonville First Baptist Church.  Bobby was a life-long resident of Gallatin.  When he was in the 11th grade he left high school to join the Marines. After serving three years, he returned home and reenrolled in Gallatin High School. After graduating from Gallatin High School, he went to work in the tobacco industry, where he continued to work and retired after 46 years. After retiring he did what he truly loved, farming, and making furniture. He was born in Gallatin, on February 27, 1938, son of the late Ruby and John Womack. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, George and John Womack, Jr. and one sister Dot Dickey. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gail Anderson Womack; two sons, John Zachary Womack of Gallatin, Robert Todd Womack and wife Desiree of Douglas, Georgia; one brother, Wayne Womack and wife Mary of Gallatin and one sister, Sarah Womack Thomas of Los Angeles, CA; sisters-in-law, Carol Livengood Curtis and husband Allen of Gallatin and Mary Kirk of Bethpage; nephews David (Patty) Womack, Freddy Thomas, Fritz Thomas, and  Shaun (Gretchen) Thomas; nieces Kerren Anderson, Jacquelyn (Jeff) Bowman, Stacey (Ethan) Highers, Dee Dickey and several great nieces and nephews. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Dry Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 174 Dry Fork Creek Road, Bethpage, TN  37022.
Dr. Charles Marshall Cowden
passed away peacefully at home on May 18, 2011. He was 79 years old and the only child of Ray and Lyla Cowden of Sparta, TN who preceded him in death. Dr. Cowden leaves his wife, Ilene Hooper Cowden, whom he called “his Puddin”; children, Gail (Caldwell) Hancock; Chuck (Jackie), Doug (Paula) and Jeff (Talisa) Cowden; step-children, Donna Robinson Miller and Frederick (Danielle) Robinson; grandchildren, Marshall (Jama) Cook, Ashley (Kent) Stock, Chase (Catherine), Weston, Tucker, and Savannah Cowden; Micah Draper, Zack Howell, McKenzie & Schuyler Robinson, Brennan and Ashlan Miller; great-grandchildren, Carson and Campbell Cook, Caroline Draper, Abi, Lilli and Kyle Stock; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Hooper; sisters-in-law, Wanda (Al) Hethcoat, Sheila (Eric) Meredith all of Waverly, Renee Hooper of Nashville, Sarah Wyrick; and mother of his children, Nancy Covert. Dr. Cowden was a graduate of Sparta High School, David Lipscomb College, U.T. Pharmacy School, and U.T. Medical School. He had a general and surgical practice in Hendersonville and Gallatin from 1965-1985. He was loved by his many patients and remembered for his loving and caring spirit, his patience and understanding. Before retiring from private practice, he served as chief of surgery and chief of staff at Nashville Memorial Hospital and was the first chief of staff at Hendersonville Hospital, where he also served as chief of surgery. Because of his love of work and the medical profession, Dr. Cowden continued his career in Emergency Room and Occupational medicine for many years. He was a member of the Army Reserves, fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Nashville Academy of Medicine, among many other organizations including First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, he participated in several mission trips including Venezuela, Mexico, and Brazil. Active pallbearers were Joe Towe, Gene Gaskins, Trent Bain, and grandsons, Chase, Weston, and Tucker Cowden, Marty Cook, and Zack Howell. Honorary pallbearers were Peggy and Art Alexander, Paul and Kay Bain, Phil and Rosemary Baird, Bill and Jean Barnette, Ray Bowles, Dr. James Cato, Shirley  and David Cooper, Dr. Jim Craig, Eleanor and Al Crance, Ann Dobbs, Dorothea Douglas, Dr. Paul Enoch, Dr. Roy Ezell, Frank Freels, Dr. Dick and Betty Anne Hannon, Richard and Peggy McHenry, Dr. Brent Moody, Jimmie and John Moore, Scott Potter, Betty Powell, Ruth Rodgers, Ronnie Russell, Peggy and Lawrence West, Gary and Martha Petty, Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Hendersonville, Huffine and Bracey Sunday School Class, Thursday Night Bunko Group, and HaHa sisters and spouses. A life celebration was Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. from First Baptist Church, Hendersonville with Reverend Courtney Wilson, Dr. Bruce Chesser, Reverend Jeff Lake, and Reverend Richard Gaia officiating. Interment followed in Hendersonville Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Hendersonville Building Fund.
Grace Elizabeth Jackson
age 78, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, May 20, 2011. Funeral service was Monday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Jack Custer officiating. Interment followed in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Jackson was born November 2, 1932 in Jackson County, daughter of the late Nolan and Lola B. Rush Stafford. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Alvis Roy Jackson, siblings Edna Lee Jackson, William Forest Jackson, Andrew Fowler Jackson and Mary Julia Poole. She is survived by children, Alma Pomeroy (Earl) of Springfield, Nannie Goins of Smyrna, Deborah Smith (Daniel) of Gallatin, Alvin Ezra Jackson of Mississippi and Darold Ray Jackson of Gallatin; brothers, Leonard “Red Top” Stafford (Linda) of Gallatin and Elizah “Bud” Nolan (Doris Stafford) of Bethpage; 21 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Jack W. Keith
age 83, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Funeral service was Friday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Doyle Farris officiating. Interment was in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Danny Withers, Mark Withers, Ian Ferguson, Jax Keith, Gregory Cherry and Steve Keith serving as pallbearers. Mr. Keith was born November 16, 1927 in Sumner County, son of the late Charles F. and Julie Mae Stephens Keith. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brother Robert “Bob” Keith, sisters Ann Birdwell and Joyce “Dot” Breedlove, grandson Philip Lewis and great grandson Kyle Withers. He is survived by wife of 63 years, Madge Cherry Keith of Gallatin; children Nilah King of Castalian Springs, Nelda Keith (Franklin Flatt) of Castalian Springs, Jackie Keith Duke (Scott) of Gallatin, Jeannette Ferguson (Steve) of Cedar Hill and Kenneth Keith (Mitzi) of Gallatin; brothers Ed Keith (Geneva) of Port Arthur, TX and Jerry Keith (Helen) of Gallatin; sister Leatha Lee of Gallatin; nine grandchildren Danny Withers, Mark Withers, Andrea Stewart, Brian Lewis, Megan Ferguson, Ian Ferguson, Kelsea Keith, Jax Keith and Hailey Duke; six great grandchildren Kristina Withers, Kimberly Lewis, Emma Lewis, Kaleb Lewis Brandon Withers and Casey Withers and several brothers-in law and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Keith was owner of Keith Auto Repair and Body Shop and Keith Mobile Home Park. Memorials may be made to Hartsville Pike Church of Christ or American Lung Association. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Richard Lee Driver
age 64, of Cottontown, passed away Monday, May 23, 2011.  Funeral service is today, Wednesday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Morris Watson officiating. Interment will be in Drury Cemetery in Lafayette. Remaining visitation is today from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Mr. Driver was born February 7, 1947 in Davidson County, son of Buster and Dorothy Drury Driver. He is preceded in death by his father. Buster Driver. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Drury Driver of Cottontown; brothers Steve Driver (Penne) of Cottontown and Alan Driver (Lisa) of Bethpage; niece Rachel Driver; nephew Riley Driver; great niece Dixie Lynn Driver and great nephew Colin Driver.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
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Canter family seeks votes in 'Battle Your Blah Backyard' Contest

A Sumner County family is a Finalist in Battle Your Blah! Backyard Contest, sponsored by HGTV’s Justin Cave, host of Ground Breakers, and CSN stores.

Six months and a whopping 13,000 entries later, the Room Rescue Crew and Cave have some breakthrough insights on the state of backyards throughout the country.

The Canter family of Hendersonville, is one of 100 finalists in this contest. Betsy Anderson Canter is a Gallatin native.

Their Battle Your Blah Backyard Contest entry:


A BACKYARD RETREAT WOW!!
That would be really neat! Being married for more than three decades hasn’t been quite as hard,
As living in seven houses different houses that only had “yards”.
We’ve had fairly bad luck with the houses that were ours.
But that’s a very long story and you don’t have enough hours
We lost our custom-built home to a fire one New Year’s Eve
And a tornado structurally destroyed the next one see what
I mean!
We’ve had houses on fairly large areas that you could call “lots”.
Lack of access prevented use of the yards – they were just “spots”.
We now have a fairly large backyard that won’t even grow grass.
We’ve tried and we’ve tried, but time and money continue to pass.
Feeling trapped indoors year-round can drive you insane.That’s why we’d love a space where family friends we could entertain.
So please come to our rescue and create a fabulous backyard retreat.
We would be so very thankful!! Here’s to hoping we’ll meet!!
Mrs. Canter adds,
“Our oldest daughter has twin boys on the way
And as you can see, they’ll have no place to play!!
The house and the decks look pretty nice
But the backyard definitely lacks any spice.
I really love trees and flowers in bloom, outdoor kitchens and yards that say,
‘Come on in, there’s plenty of room’.
So fingers are crossed, we don’t want to be BLAH!!
We want a great yard, so we can all shout Hur-rah!!”

To vote on Facebook: 1. Like CSN Stores on Facebook 2. On CSN Stores wall, click Contest Corner on the left side of the page (under the store’s picture) 3. Click “Battle Your Blah Backyard Contest 4. Scroll to Elizabeth C Hendersonville, TN 5. Enter your email address to submit your vote. 6. Check your email for link to click to confirm your vote.

If you do not have a Facebook account, send an email to pr@csnstores.com In Subject enter: Blah Backyard Contest. Then type: “I want to vote for Elizabeth C Hendersonville, TN. I do not have a Facebook account. Please add my vote.” Then add your email address.

The finalists are now in the running for a brand new backyard, that includes $15,000 worth of landscaping, furniture, fire pits, grill goods, lighting, accessories, and more.

The grand prize, second place, and third place winners will be announced June 15.

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Shalom Zone hosts first 'Celebrate Shalom' dinner

By Marjorie Lloyd

Three community leaders who have contributed time, energy and enthusiasm to the growth of the Shalom Zone efforts in Gallatin and Sumner County were recognized for their support at the first “Celebrate Shalom’ dinner and awards ceremony last Saturday at the Epic Event Centre.

Don Abbott received the Volunteer of the Year Award ; The Rev. Charles Williams was given the Shalom Heritage Award; and Dr. Hal Hooper, the Shalom Philanthropy Award.

Board member Bob Green served as master of ceremonies; the Rev. Roland Scruggs gave the prayer and Dwight Lewis and Steve Oldham provided the inspirational entertainment.

In presenting the award to Abbot, Payne stated that Abbot was one of three volunteers from the Middle Tennessee Region recently honored by the Center for Non-Profit Management, representing an example of  “leadership, commitment and advocacy.” She stated, “He doesn’t stop until it is finished,” referring to his dedication to the various construction issues involved in preparing the former Union High School building ready for occupancy.

Mark Douglas said that The Rev. Williams was “living his dream,” as he listed the many organizations and churches that he has helped.

Clara Rogan said with humor that there were lots of stories she could tell about Dr. Hooper, but she would not actually do that to him. She presented his award with a hug.

The Platinum sponsor for the event was Tenvision; the Gold sponsor was GF Puhl; corporate table sponsors included Goodall Builders; Kelly, Kelly and Allman, Attorneys at Law; Keith and Katherine Bender and Sumner Regional Medical Center; the Silver sponsor was American Home Design; the Bronze sponsors were McDonalds, Hendersonville, and Rogers Group; table hosts included Mary Howard Hayes, Sperry and LaShonda Jones, Robin Lawhorn, Brenda and Jim Payne, Dr. James Rogan, Jay and Karen Shrode, Grace Tomkins, Derrick Jackson, First Baptist Church, Winchester and Key Stewart United Methodist.

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Graves receives Regional Thinking and Action award

By Marjorie Lloyd

Mayor Jo Ann Graves received the Leadership in Regional Thinking and Action Award at The Power of Ten 2011 Regional Summit in Nashville, Wedesday, May 25, in the War Memorial Auditorium.

Hendersonville attorney Charles Bone, Cumberland Region Tomorrow board member and chair of Bone McAllester Norton, made the announcement at the end of the proceedings, whch featured Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Alan Matheson, Executive Director of Envision Utah.

The Power of Ten–the theme for the combined planning and preparation for growth of the ten-county region surrounding and including Davidson County– is the concept of Cumberland Region Tomorrow, which was formed in 2000 by regional leaders and Vanderbilt University with the mission to help the ten-county region grow in a sustainable manner and prosper by maintaining and protecting livability and enhancing economic vitality.

At this year’s summit, panelists of civic and government leaders from the Middle Tennessee region offered information based on their experiences with issues of transportation, land use, infrstructure, open-space conservation, air and water quality and quantity and economic compettiveness.

Representatives from Smart Growth America, part of the EPA, and the Office of Sustainable Communities from HUD also presented information on this year’s grant availabilities and specific steps toward making changes in the public’s perception of approaching regional growith.

Mayor Graves serves as chair of the Middle Tennessee Mayors’ Caucus.

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Second Hoeganaes' January flash fire victim succumbs to injuries

From Wilson Post and The Gallatin Newspaper staff reports

Vernon Wayne Corley, 32, of Lebanon, died Saturday, May 21, from the injuries he received during a flash fire at the Hoeganaes plant in Gallatin last January 31. The information was released by Vanderbilt Hospital, where he has been hospitalized since the fire.

Wiley Sherburne, Jr., of Castalian Springs, died shortly after the January fire, and a third worker was burned on March 29, in a second flash fire at the plant.

The cause of the fires has been determined by the U. S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) in its preliminary investigative report to be combustible iron powder that had accumulated throughout the facility and become airborne. The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents. The agency board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating the fires and could fine and penalize Hoeganaes.

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Memorial Day Schedule

The public is invited to participate in the following two events on Monday, May 30.

9:30  a.m. Sumner Memorial Garden, 420 Albert Gallatin Road
American Legion, John Alexander Post 17 hosts flag ceremony
Guest speaker to be announced
Decoration Day observance
Refreshments by Ladies Auxiliary



11 a.m. Sumner County Veterans Park, 355 Belvedere Drive
Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 240 hosts Memorial Day Ceremony
with Special Remarks by Lorrie Morgan; Speaker, State Rep. Debra Maggart, and National Anthem performed by Carla Burleson
(In case of inclement weather, ceremony will take place inside County Administration Building.)
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Gallatin Public Library partners with community for new teen programs

By Jennifer Flanagan
For The Gallatin Newspaper

The Friends of the Library held their annual fundraiser for Gallatin Library programs and projects on Saturday, May 20 at Amber Leaf Restaurant/Café on located on Gallatin Square.  

With the support of the community, the Friends were able to raise over $8000 to support teen programs and services for the summer.

“We are so excited to have exceeded our goal ,” shared Ann Martin, Co-President of the Friends of the Library.

“Thanks to the generous spirit in our community, our sponsors and the dedicated work of our volunteers, the library will now be able to fund teen services through the summer and have a strong lead into the fall.”

Over 100 guests mingled, danced and placed bids on eye catching silent auction items throughout the evening.  

The menu was planned and prepared by the Friends Board members and included a delicious  selection of light summer fare including pasta, vegetables and fruit salads as well as ham finger sandwiches and meatballs, and a tempting selection of desserts.  

The Gallatin Library has a committed and creative staff led by April Magnum, Library Manager.

Part of the overall mission of the Gallatin Library is to make the library a destination spot for area teens, not just in the afterhours of the school year, but throughout the summer as well.  

“We want teens to feel ownership in the library,” said Teresa Parion, the Teen Librarian who has a long legacy in library science.

 “We have a teen board that plans programs, does publicity and helps with various library initiatives. We are so excited and thankful to the community for provided funds to help move forward this part of our mission.”

Programs include: Wii days at the library, links to homework and other helpful websites, as well as special volunteer programs for teens.  

This summer will see exciting new programs that will attract teens not only to the computer center but to group activities as well.

“We are so blessed to have April as the Library Manager and Teresa as the Teen Librarian,” shared Grace Tompkins, Co-President of the Friends.

“They have forward thinking ideas and reach out to the community on a continual basis.”

The Friends of the Library is 501.c(3)  non-profit organization whose purpose is to enhance the services and programs that our library provides in order to meet educational and enrichment needs of the community.

For more information on the teen services and other programs, including membership in the Friends of the Library, please contact the library at 615-452-1722 or visit at 123 Main Street, Gallatin, TN.

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Gallatin native dies in tractor accident

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Gallatin native Bobby Womack, 73, died in an unusual accident at his home on Coles Ferry Pike on Monday.

Womack, who had lived on the farm with his wife, Gail, for more than 30 years, was outside pressure-washing his driveway, according to his wife.

“He wanted everything perfect,” she said in an interview on Tuesday.

“His joy was working on this farm. He died where he wanted to be–at his farm doing what he wanted,” she added.

Mrs. Womack said that the two of them were working outside their home, something which they enjoyed together numerous times over the years.

She was in the back at a flowerbed on Monday, however, and Mr. Womack was in the front of the house, washing the driveway. A tractor was parked nearby.

“Apparently, the tractor just went out of gear,” said Mrs. Womack. “It was not running. He couldn’t have heard it with the noise of the  pressure-washer.”

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Tonights 'Taste of Gallatin' moved to Gallatin Civic Center

Gallatin, TN, May 26, 2011:  Tonight’s Taste of Gallatin event will now be a rain-free and cicada-free event!  In consideration of the possibility of inclement weather and the already saturated ground, organizers have decided to move the event inside to the Gallatin Civic Center, located at 210 Albert Gallatin Boulevard in Gallatin.  
 
 Presented by Volunteer State Community College, Newton Nissan and Newton Marine, and the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce, the fourth annual “Taste of Gallatin” is tonight from 5–8 p.m. More than 30 restaurants, caterers, specialty food producers and grocery stores from the Gallatin area will showcase their best “tastes” to those attending.
 
Participating businesses’ offerings will range from Greek specialties from Grecian’s and barbecue from the Cockeyed Pig, to grilled skewers and chicken chili from the Whippoorwil, to Buffalo Wild Wings’ signature product.  There will even be take-home treats for the four-legged members of the family from Rochelle’s Pet Supplies.  Other participants include: Chef Christopher’s Catering & Epic Event Centre, D’Lish Delivery, Iced Bake Shop, Jet’s Pizza, Kimberly’s Desserts, Kroger Marketplace, Larriviere’s (LA riv ee err az), Lime Deli, Longhorn Steakhouse, McDonalds, Pampered Chef and Publix Supermarket
 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children.  For more information, contact the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce at (615) 452-4000 or info@gallatintn.org.

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May 26June 6, 2011
May 26
Gallatin’s Triple Creek Park is the scene for the 4th Annual Taste of Gallatin this year, 5 to 8 p.m. Rain location, Gallatin Civic Center. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 10 and under $5, three and under, free. Advance tickets are available at Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, The Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Commerce Union Bank and Perkins Drugs and Gift Shoppe.
May 28
The 2011-2012  GHS Varsity Cheerleaders are hosting a  car wash from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cars will be washed for a donation behind Chick-Fil-A on Nashville Pike and behind Zaxby’s.
May 28
The McDonald Family Reunion is 11 to 4 at the Gallatin Civic Center. Please bring two of your favorite dishes, meat and vegetable. For more information contact Georgia Wright, 943-4325 or Hattie McDonald, 633-1305.
May 28
The John T. Alexander American Legion Auxiliary Unit #17’s annual Poppy Day Distribution is at various business locations in Gallatin. The poppies are handmade by disabled veterans and all money donated goes to help veterans.
May 30
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 240 Memorial Day Ceremony is at the Sumner County Veterans Park, 355 Belvedere Drive at 11 a.m. In case of inclement weather, certmony will be conducted inside the Sumner County Administration Building. Special remarks by Lorrie Morgan and the National Anthem will be performed by Carla Burleson, performer of National Anthem for NASA Space Shuttle  launches.
May 30
The Department of Human Service is closed in observance of Memorial Day.
June 2 & 4
The Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., and the Sumner County Historical Society will co-host a book signing featuring local authors Jack Masters and Bill Puryear’s “Thoroughfare For Freedom” on Thursday, June 2, 4:00-6:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m. For more information, please call the library at 452-1722.
June 3
Gallatin Relay for Life is 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the Gallatin Civic Center. Food, fun and entertainment for the entire family. Prioceeds to to the American Cancer Society.
June 3
Pastor Dexter D.Mims and Peach Valley Baptist Church will fellowship with Victory Temple at 7:30 p.m.
June 6
Servpro is sponsoring the 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic, to benefit Sumner County CASA at The Club at Fairvue Plantation.  Sumner County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), is a United Way, non profit agency created to provide children involved in juvenile court, due to allegations of abuse and neglect, a voice through community volunteers. Registration has begun!  Registration is $100 per person. The deadline to register, May 31,  is quickly approaching.  For sponsorship and registration information you can contact the Sumner County CASA office at 451-1688, sumnercasa@att.net   or visit the website at www.sumnercasa.net
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.

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

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

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

GHS Class of 1991
20 Year Reunion Committee is presently searching for “lost” classmates! The 20 year reunion is being held June 25, from 6-11 p.m. at the Gallatin Country Club. If you or someone you know graduated from Gallatin High School in 1991 please make contact as soon as possible with one of the following Reunion Committee members: Nikki Thompson Michael, nikki@ghs1991.com; Carl Nelson, carl@ghs1991.com; Susan Willbanks Byrum, susan@ghs1991.com or 270-791-3460.Check out the website for registration information and the link to Facebook to get updates and share pictures! ghs1991.com
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Bandy appointed Chief of Police

Interim Chief of Police Don Bandy was officially appointed to the position to lead the Gallain Police Department at Tuesday’s special called meeting of the Gallatin city council, prior to teh coucnil committee meeting.

In a unanimous vote, Mayor Jo Ann Graves and council members Ann Kempe, Dale Bennett, Jimmy Overton, Ed Mayberry and John Alexander chose Bandy over two other internal applicants.

Absent were council members Craig Hayes and Tom Garrott.

Chief Bandy has been serving as interim chief since January, after the resignation of former Chief John Tisdale.

When the council was presented with a list of 70 applicants for the position and  the top four candidates, they voted to interview only the three internal candidates that, in addition to Bandy, included longtime officers Lt. Kate Novitski and Sgt. Danny Strope.

Chief Bandy's salary was established at $72,755.33; he assumes responsibillities immediately.

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100 years of a 'happy life'

For a lady who really enjoys birthday parties for other people, Mabel McDole, a resident at Morningside on Hartsville Pike, hopes friends and former students will come to her own special birthday party at Morningside on May 27, at 2 p.m. Mabel will be celebrating her 100th birthday, which is actually on May 29.

“We were a large, happy family,” said Mabel speaking about growing up in Bethpage, where she was born in a recent interview. The second daughter of Andrew Herschel Hunter and his wife, Ola, Mabel had four sisters and two brothers and proudly points to a photo of her large family. One of her brothers was known as “Preacher,” although he was not one.

Mabel said her mother made their clothes and cooked, and the family were members of a local beef club.

“They killed them on Fridays, and on Friday nights, we always had steak for dinner,” she said.

Mabel grew up playing all sorts of games and that love continued through her professional career, as she later became teacher, principal and basketball coach at Independence School, which no longer exists.

“My daddy was a merchant. He owned a store,” said Mabel, describing her childhood.

The family lived across from the depot, she said. They often took train rides into Gallatin to shop.

“I remember the first car I ever saw. The man lived on the road below us, and it was black, I think,” said Mabel.

Mabel graduated from Gallatin High School in 1928 and is the only surviving member of that class. She married Graidon McDole in 1937, and they have one son who now lives in Westmoreland.

She retired from Westmoreland Elementary School in 1974, after 40 years in education.

“I taught at elementary schools in Sumner County. I liked everything,” said Mabel. “We had a good time.”

She said she asked the school superintendent for more desks one year, and he told her that was her problem.

“Some sat on the floor,” she said.”They had lunch at school.” They also  had stables for the horse that students rode.

During retirement, Mabel did not slow down; she served as a volunteer at Sumner County Medical Center.

The family were active members of the Westmoreland Methodist Church, and she served as superintendent of the Children’s Division.

Mabel continues her love of music and singing today, and she can burst into the “Halloween Song” with a twinkle in her eyes, if invited.

In 2001, Mable and Graidon were named Citizens of the Year by the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce.

“I know a lot of people, honey,” she said with a smile.

“Honesty and integrity were the principles that both Mother and Daddy always practiced,” said Mabel’s son, Dave, in discussing his childhood.

“My father would say, ‘Always tell the truth.’  Mother taught me to be kind and considerate to other people. She basically loved people, and she taught me to love other people.  Mother always taught me to love our country.  She was truly proud of our state and country. Both parents taught me to be a responsible citizen.Both parents taught me to care for older people as I watched them care for their parents.”

Some special guests will be attending the birthday reception. Anyone who is a former student or family friend may call Morningside, 230.5600, and indicate their desire to attend the party.

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Long speaks to commission on '81 Act

By Neil Siders
For The Gallatin Newspaper

The Sumner County Commission voted at their Monday, May 16,  meeting to schedule a meeting between Sumner County Board of Education Chair Don Long and the chairman of the 1981 Financial Management Act Implementation Committee, Commissioner Frank Freels,  before the next commission meeting. The purpose, according to Commissioner Paul Decker who presented the motion, is to discuss the school boards questions concerning the new financial management system that passed last fall on the third time it was presented to the commission for a vote. During the 2010-11 commission period, implementation of the 81 Act was voted down twice.

We ask you to stick to the amount of time you are given, which is approximately five minutes, said Merrol Hyde, commission chair, at the beginning of the meeting, as he instructed the audience on the public forum time. You will not speak anyones name; just speak to the issues. We put a great emphasis here on not speaking out or speaking over people or not interrupting people, added Hyde.

On a night when the commission presented six different awards for excellence in education, the commission voted to schedule the meeting following a presentation made by Long on behalf of the school board that expressed their concerns over the dangers of combining three county financial departments; the county general, the school system and the highway.

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Out-of-zone assignments debated

By Corey Conley
For The Gallatin Newspaper

The Board of Education is weighing changes to policy that would affect students ability to attend schools out-of-zone.

 Supporters hope the new rules will iron out some of the logistical problems created when a school takes on too many out-of-zone students. Other board members want to see broader reforms that take the school board out of the assignment process altogether. Still others expressed hope the new Director of Schools would expand

 Portland member Glen Gregory proposed the policy change, which would require an out-of-zone student to get approval from  both the out-of-zone and in-zone schools principals before being allowed to move. Gregory said the change came as a response to principal complaints that they didnt get a chance to defend themselves when students list their reasons for leaving. Parents and students who claim their decision was based on a school not offering a certain program or class sometimes have a different reason for leaving, says Gregory.

The policy would also delay final approval of any out-of-zone students for a further two weeks, to allow school officials to evaluate whether adding students would require the hiring of additional teachers or installation of portable classrooms. 

 

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May 18, 2011

Clyde Melvin Summers
better known as “Duck”, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Funeral service was Friday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother James Bell officiating. Burial followed in Siloam Missionary Church Cemetery in Westmoreland, with nephews serving as pallbearers. He was born in Macon County, on January 24, 1947, son of the late Lester and Eula Lee Summers.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, L.C. and Bobby Summers and two sisters, Willie Mae Summers and Margaret Bybee. Mr. Summers is survived by his wife, Virginia Rodgers Summers of Gallatin; six sons, William Lester Summers and wife Brandy of Lawrenceburg,  Chris Summers of Springfield, Randall Summers of Gallatin, Jonathan Summers of Lawrenceburg, Billy Miller and wife Heather of Oak Ridge and Patrick Miller of Gallatin; two daughters, Annie Eddings and husband Chris of Lawrenceburg, and Elizabeth Bradley and husband James of Bristol, two brothers, Leslie Summers and wife Wanda of Bethpage and Charles Summers and wife Betty of Portland and sister Lillie Louise Warren and husband Robert of Castalian Springs and 16 grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.

James Martin “Jim” Byrd age 78, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011.  Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. from St. John Vianney Catholic Church with Fr. Stephen Gideon as celebrant.  Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Jim Butrum, Jesse Butrum, Brandon Byrd, Dillon Byrd, Kevin Critchelow, Joe Fertitta, Glenn Haller and Roger Stevens serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Connelly, Al Gonski, Bob Johnson, Dave Neville, Frank Neeley, Dave Powell, Don Slepski, Sonny Wilson and Jerry Zimmerle. Mr. Byrd was born August 31, 1932 in Nashville, son of the late John and Ailene McMillan Byrd.  He is survived by wife Nell Neidert Byrd of Gallatin; son Martin Byrd (Rita) of Oklahoma City, OK; daughter Ellen Butrum (Jim) of Hermitage and four grandchildren Jesse Butrum, Devon Butrum, Brandon Byrd and Dillon Byrd.  Mr. Byrd was a 1950 graduate of Father Ryan High School and attended University of Tennessee in Nashville. He served in U.S. Air Force from 1952-1956 and retired from Nashville Electric Service with over 30 years of service. He will be remembered as a dear and caring, devoted man who would do anything and everything for his family and friends. He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 10010. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Father Ryan Tuition Assistance Program and American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mathilda Lally
age 65, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2011.  Memorial service was Saturday, May 14 at noon from Alexander Funeral Home with Father Stephen Gideon officiating. A Celebration of Life Service was conducted  Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. from the St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home in Chalmette, Louisiana. Mathilda was born in New Orleans on February 21, 1946 daughter of the late Frank and Catherine Chetta. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin George Schaff and one brother Anthony Chetta. After working at Roadway Express for over 40 years as an Import/Export Clerk, she retired to Gallatin to live with her daughter. She was a member of the Hendersonville Newcomers Club and the Gallatin Civic Center. She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly S. LaBruzza of Gallatin; two brothers Edward Perez and wife Elsa of Chalmette, LA and Frank Chetta and wife Carole of Bay St. Louis, MS; two sisters, Gloria Melerine of Slidelle, LA, and Olga Rogers of Covington, LA and sister-in-law Barbara Chetta of Covington, LA and  nieces and nephews.  In lieu of flowers please consider The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info. Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home.
Phyllis Marie Furr
age 61, of Bethpage, passed away Monday, May 16, 2011. Funeral service will be Thursday, May 19 at 9:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Abshire officiating. Interment will be in Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation is today, Wednesday May 18 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Mrs. Furr was born November 5, 1949 in Smith County, daughter of the late Hamilton H. and Ruby Deckard Kinslow. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by sons, Christopher Osborne and Bryant Osborne. She is survived by husband Jeffrey Furr of Bethpage; brothers Richard Kinslow of Lebanon and Sam Kinslow (Eve) of McMinnville. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Rada Laura Gaertner
died peacefully at the age of 95, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation and Care Center, May 14, 2011. She was preceded by her husband Matthew and is survived by three stepsons, Helmut, Gerhard and Roland Gartner.  She was also the grandmother to Derek, Dustin, and Matthew Gartner, Heidi (Gartner) Fingar, Kristin (Gartner) Hill, and James Gartner and seven great grandchildren. She attended St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin. Mrs. Gaertner was born in Romania and spoke five languages including Romanian, German, French, Italian and English. Prior to her short stay at Westmoreland Rehabilitation and Care Center, she was a 12-year resident at the Manor in Gallatin, previously residing in New York. She will be laid to rest in Johnson City, New York, next to her husband’s gravesite.  Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info. Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home.
Thomas Stewart
age 76, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Funeral service was Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. from Cornerstone Baptist Church with Brother Darrell Braswell officiating. Interment followed in Gallatin Cemetery with Anthony Culwell, Thomas Young, William Young, Brandon Buck, Josh Legge and Jay Kirkland serving as pallbearers. Mr. Stewart was born November 15, 1934 in McKee, KY, son of the late James and Cora Bell Peters Stewart. He is survived by wife, Bernice Jordan Stewart of Gallatin; three daughters Rhonda Lynn Culwell (Anthony) of Portland, Deborah Bernice Conatser and Tammy Jo Stewart both of Gallatin; eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, served in U.S. Army, was a life member of VFW in Richmond, IN. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com    Family Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Everett Cordell Borders, Jr.
age 66, of Wesmoreland, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Service was Friday at Woodard Funeral Home with Brother Lionel Borders,  Brother Len Graves, and Brother Larry “Bubba” Meadors officiating. Interment followed in New Hope Cemetery with Garrett Brooks, Jordan Brooks, Cole Borders, Simon Freeman, Eric Radley, Devin Gregory, Shannon Freeman and Zack Fennell serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Eli, Levi, Gabe and Zack Borders. He is survived by his wife, Carol Borders; children, Jana and husband Ricky Smith of Gallatin, Lionel and wife Necia Borders of Westmoreland, LaDonna “Lucy” and husband David Brooks of Bethpage, Spencer and wife Kim Borders of Scottsville, Adam and wife Angel Borders of Westmoreland and Amanda “Mandy” Freeman of Gallatin; 21 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sisters, JoAnn and husband Kenneth Graves of Gallatin, Lorretta and husband Don Brown of Bethpage. He is preceded in death by his parents, Everett Cordell Sr. and Wilma Pearson Borders and grandchildren, Ben Borders and Shandy Freeman. Mr. Borders was a member of New Hope Church and was retired from BellSouth Mobility after 35 years as an Operations Engineer.
Lena Ruth Carr Hesson
age 88, of Westmoreland, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011 at her residence. Funeral service is today, Wednesday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoeland. Interment follows in Eulia Cemetery. She survived by her daughters, Shirley Henry and Bonnie Keen, both of Westmoreland; son, Robert Hesson of Gallatin; sister, Betty Cline of Westmoreland; brother, Oscar Carr of Gallatin; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Pattie Scruggs Carr, husband, Ransom Hesson, brothers, A.W., Fred Sr., and Bobby Jo Carr and sister,  Dorothy Key. Ms. Hesson was retired from the Texas Boot Company.

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Guest Editorial: Gallatin's growth tied to the region

By Reginald Mudd 

As a long-time resident of Sumner County, I have seen this part of the state grow into one of the most desirable regions in the country.

As the latest U.S. Census numbers show, people want to live here because of what’s called our “high quality of life.” But all that really means is that we have good jobs, we’re close to nature, our culture is vibrant and we have communities in which people feel safe and comfortable to raise their kids.

But as I see more and more people realizing the great opportunities our region offers, I see the growth-related problems that accompany it. The Nashville region was recently ranked as having one of the worst commutes in the nation. Experts are predicting our current water supply will not meet the future demands of the million extra people expected to live here by 2035. And it seemed during the boom-time family farms were giving way to subdivision developments daily. While I realize growth is good, I also know that, if we don’t take care of what makes Middle Tennessee special, it won’t be for long.

Fortunately our region has been thinking and working on these issues for a while now and thanks to efforts from groups in both the private and public sectors we’ve been able to address some of these concerns and learn from other regions on both what to do and not to do.

 As an example, the Nashville Area MPO and Cumberland Region Tomorrow are co-hosting an event on May 25th with some of our country’s and region’s top leaders and thinkers in regional quality growth development.  The POWER OF TEN Regional Summit (10power.org) will continue discussion and education with public and private leaders about what our region is doing to ensure we continue to maintain our high quality of life and economic vitality.

Because whether you live in Gallatin or Nashville, we’re all affected by what’s happening in our ten-county region. I encourage everyone who cares about the future livability and quality of life in this region to attend the POWER OF TEN Regional Summit from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and learn what we can do together as a region to ensure Middle Tennessee continues to be a great place to live for future generations.

 For more information, call Cumberland Region Tomorrow at 615-986-2698 or go to 10power.org.

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3rd Thursday begins tonight!

Last years popular, free concert series Sip, Supper & Song in historic downtown Gallatin is coming back for 2011 newly renamed as 3rd Thursday on Main.

The free concerts will be the third Thursday of each month from May through October from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Greater Gallatin, Inc. is hosting the free concerts with the help of local business sponsors. This years presenting sponsors are your local State Farm agents: Jeannie Gregory, Craig Hayes, Anna Stephens and Larry Treadway.

Greater Gallatin, Inc. is working diligently to present the same quality entertainment that concert goers came to expect last year. Organizers want to bring an even wider variety of music into the community so the concert calendar is expanded to six months. Musicians from different genres will be appearing each month.

Downtown merchants, restaurants and bars will be open late and will be selling merchandise, food and beverages.

This years concert calendar includes: May 19: Cissy Crutcher Band; June 16: The Parks; July 21: Bobby Bare, Jr.; August 18: The Wannabeatles; September 15, Chris Golden and October 20: Peter Moon Band.

This years first performer is Cissy Crutcher Band. Cissy is a Round 1 Contender in the AVON Voices Global Singing Contest, and is a native of Gallatin.

She has performed recently at the Whippoorwill on the square. Her rich music is described as up tempo, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, and more.

 This is a free, family friendly event in historic downtown Gallatin. It was such a huge success last year that we had to bring it back for 2011, said Donna Belote, Director of Greater Gallatin, Inc. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call 452-5692.

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Out-of-zone school assignments debated

By Corey Conley
For The Gallatin Newspaper

The Board of Education is weighing changes to policy that would affect students ability to attend schools out-of-zone.

 Supporters hope the new rules will iron out some of the logistical problems created when a school takes on too many out-of-zone students. Other board members want to see broader reforms that take the school board out of the assignment process altogether. Still others expressed hope the new Director of Schools would expand

 Portland member Glen Gregory proposed the policy change, which would require an out-of-zone student to get approval from  both the out-of-zone and in-zone schools principals before being allowed to move. Gregory said the change came as a response to principal complaints that they didnt get a chance to defend themselves when students list their reasons for leaving. Parents and students who claim their decision was based on a school not offering a certain program or class sometimes have a different reason for leaving, says Gregory.

   The policy would also delay final approval of any out-of-zone students for a further two weeks, to allow school officials to evaluate whether adding students would require the hiring of additional teachers or installation of portable classrooms. 

 

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May 18-25, 2011
May 17-June 22
Volunteer State Community College will host a free workshop titled “Living Well with Chronic Conditions”.  The class will be held in two sessions. The first session will meet May 18 – June 22, once a week on Wednesdays. The second session will meet July 6 – August 10, once a week on Wednesdays. Both sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Jim Moore Conference Room of the Thigpen Library on the Vol State campus, 1480 Nashville Pike. For more information, or to sign-up, call 615-891-5864.
May 18
Gallatin Senior Citizens Center at 200 East Franklin Street is hosting a Health Fair, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This includes Free Health Screening, Blood Pressure Checks, Home Care Information, Mobility for Elderly, Assisted Living, 12:00 p.m. - Dr Nachnani from Living Well. Finger food lunch provided. Open to Public.....Door Prizes.
May 19
Free concert in historic downtown, 6:30 to 9 p.m. featuring Cissy Crutcher Band. This event, formerly called “Sip, Supper & Song”, is back with a new name, “3rd Thursday on Main” and an expanded calendar through October. Musicians from different genres will appear each month.
May 20
The Col. Jethro Sumner Chapter, D.A.R., chapter meeting, 1:00 p.m., at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ, 744 Hartsville Pike. Ted Franklin Belue will speak on, “Music Of The Revolution.” Hostesses for the meeting will be Maria Goodloe and Jane Wright. For more information, please call 596-2331.
May 20, 21
Gallatin Coin Show is 10-6 at the Civic Center. Free parking, free admission, door prizes. Call 451-5911 or 519-7777 for more information.
May 21
Chapter 1343 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, based at Sumner County Regional Airport, is hosting a fly-in/drive-in breakfast at the airport  starting at 7 a.m. Pilots from around the state and our friends and neighbors in Gallatin are all invited.  Breakfast is professionally catered and all you can eat. $7.00/person. Information  available for those interested in aviation. For more information, call Len at 615-512-6297 or visit us on the web at eaa1343.org.
May 21
Join the Sumner County Republican Women’s Club   at 9 a.m. for a lesson in gun safety, carry permits at the new gun range in Hendersonville. Owner Ted Murrell will host the meeting at N Range, 1008 Lavern Circle. For more information about the Sumner County Republican Women, call JoAnne Kemp, President, at 826-0694, or Elverta Kenney, Vice-President for membership, at 452-4329.
May 21
Come party with “Friends”, hosted by Friends of the Library at 6:30 p.m. at AmberLeaf on the square. Dinner, wine, beer, a silent auction and music are available for the evening. Tickets are $40. RSVP  to Reba Armstrong, 446 Branham Mill Road, Gallatin, TN 37066. Proceeds benefit the Teen Center at the library.
May 22
Victory Temple is celebrating their 2nd year anniversary at 3 p.m. with speaker, Pastor Derrick Jackson and the First Baptist choir. Victory Temple is located at 236 East Schell Street.
May 22
Decoration Day, all day at Wolfe Cemetery with preaching at 11 a.m.The cemetery is located on Hwy 31E North between Westmoreland and Scottsville.
May 24
Human Resources Fundamentals for Small Businesses takes a look at the three key HR processes that, if not done well, will seriously handicap or destroy a business. It will be held  at 3 p.m. at Vol State. Registration is required. Visit www.tsbdc.org  and click on “Training” to reserve a seat. The TSBDC also offers free and confidential one-on-one counseling for existing and start-up small businesses. To register visit the web site, call 230-4780 or e-mail charles.alexander@volstate.edu.
May 26
Gallatin’s Triple Creek Park is the scene for the 4th Annual Taste of Gallatin this year, 5 to 8 p.m. Rain location, Gallatin Civic Center. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 10 and under $5, three and under, free. Advance tickets are available at Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, The Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Commerce Union Bank and Perkins Drugs and Gift Shoppe.
May 28
The McDonald Family Reunion is 11 to 4 at the Gallatin Civic Center. Please bring two of your favorite dishes, meat and vegetable. For more information contact Georgia Wright, 943-4325 or Hattie McDonald, 633-1305.
May 28
The John T. Alexander American Legion Auxiliary Unit #17’s annual Poppy Day Distribution is at various business locations in Gallatin. The poppies are handmade by disabled veterans and all money donated goes to help veterans.
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.

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

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

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

GHS Class of 1991 20 Year Reunion Committee is presently searching for “lost” classmates! The 20 year reunion is being held June 25, from 6-11 p.m. at the Gallatin Country Club. If you or someone you know graduated from Gallatin High School in 1991 please make contact as soon as possible with one of the following Reunion Committee members: Nikki Thompson Michael, nikki@ghs1991.com; Carl Nelson, carl@ghs1991.com; Susan Willbanks Byrum, susan@ghs1991.com or 270-791-3460.Check out the website for registration information and the link to Facebook to get updates and share pictures! ghs1991.com
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