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My Bid for November 23, 2011

Vanderbilt travels to North Carolina where it will play Wake Forest.

Tennessee will travel to Kentucky where it will meet the Big Blues football team.

If Vanderbilt and Tennessee win their games, both teams will be bowl eligible with the minimum requirement of six victories.

That only goes to further prove there are far too many bowl games in college football.

The Tennessee-Vanderbilt game was filled with bad play, and even worse officiating. Both coaches were doing their best Saint Vitus dance impersonations on the sidelines.

Did anyone expect anything different? You had Tennessee entering the game 5-6, looking for its first win in SEC play. You had a 5-5 Vanderbilt team that beat SEC bottom feeders Ole Miss and Kentucky.

You now have two SEC teams who have to win their final game of the season to become bowl eligible. That would mean they won half their games, lost the other half.

The teams Vanderbilt beat have a combined record of 18-36, with FCS school Elon having the best record of 5-6. Vanderbilt plays Wake Forest having lost six of its last eight games.

Tennessee has been outscored 212-85 in conference games. The Vols won their first SEC game Saturday, beating Vanderbilt in overtime.

After escaping in overtime, Vols Coach Derek Dooley turned a non-word into a verb when he said: We just gritted out a win.

Vanderbilt left Neyland Stadium feeling they gave the game away. In many ways, they are correct.

Place-kicker Ryan Fowler misfired on two short range field goals. Quarterback Jordan Rodgers had his worst game since moving into the starting role, throwing three interceptions and fumbling away the ball that led to Tennessees first touchdown.

They managed to turn a 72-yard pass that put the ball on Tennessees one-yard line into an 85-yard penalty, thanks to the knucklehead play of Josh Jelesky. The offensive lineman committed a blatant clipping penalty half a field away from the play. Jelesky is a junior who should know better by now. It makes me doubt that all Vanderbilt football players are rocket scientists.

Tennessee had its share of gaffes. Their field goal kicker hit his only attempt so low it flew under the radar at McGhee-Tyson airport, nearly decapitating a lineman or two.

Quarterback Tyler Bray was not as sharp as he was before breaking a thumb. This was his first time back and the rust was apparent.

Even the coaches set the stage for next season as James Franklin took exception to what leaked out of Tennessees locker room in the form of Dooley telling his team that they were Tennessee and Tennessee always beats the (expletive) out of Vanderbilt.

Franklin took his turn during Mondays press conference to respond.

Thats a wound that Ill leave open, Franklin declared. I wont forget it.

Thems fighting words, way I figure it.

Emotions were high. Sure, Tennessee players celebrated as Franklin pointed out, like they won the Super Bowl. Why not? They had been kicked around much of the season, losing three of their SEC games to teams ranked 1-2-3 in the BCS standings.

Emotions were high for Franklin after his team beat Ole Miss earlier in the season. He wiped away tears in the post-game press conference. Nothing wrong with what either coach did.

Its college football. Its why unranked Iowa State upset then No. 2 ranked Oklahoma State last Friday night.

In the SEC, every team better drain its passion bucket every Saturday or they will be the team that walks off a loser.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at

Obituaries for November 23, 2011

Eva (Evie) Lynne Hooge

age 56, joined her beloved husband, Victor in Heaven on November 17, 2011. Evie battled cancer for many years and served as an inspiration and source of strength for all who knew her. She loved the ocean and animals, especially her dog, Atticus. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor. She will be missed by her parents, Eva and Charles Leslie; daughter Christen Cross (Jason); brothers, Tommy Turner (Linda), Michael Brown (Vickey), Aaron Brown (Susie) and sister Cynthia Cross (Bobby) and grandchildren, Nick, Hannah and Eva Grace. Visitation is at Family Heritage Funeral Home today, Wednesday, November 23 at 1 p.m., followed by a celebration of life service at 3 p.m., with Gary Hall officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support a cure for breast cancer. Online condolences may be submitted at

Ruth Allie Graves

age 94, of Westmoreland, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Funeral service for Mrs. Graves was Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11 a.m. from Woodard Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Emery officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeff Whitson, Richie Jones, Matthew Graves, Joey Carroll, Daniel Minor and Greg Goad. Ruth Allie Graves was retired from Westmoreland Manufacturing. She was a member of Providence General Baptist Church. Mrs. Graves was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Idella Venerable Taylor, husband, Johnny Graves, sister, Willie Creasy, brother, Harold Taylor, brother, Gene Taylor. Mrs. Graves is survived by her daughters, Patsy Graves, Westmoreland, Sandra Jones, Bethpage, Brenda Byers, Nashville, Ruth Whitson, Portland; sons, John Michael Graves, Park City, KY, Danny Gene Graves, Cleveland, OH; sisters, Norma Caruthers, Westmoreland; sister, Naomi Carr, Gallatin; 13 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Fire Claims Family Home

The Gallatin Fire Department responded to house trailer fire at 111 Drivers Lane in Gallatin late Monday afternoon. The occupant, Kayla Trusty, and her four children all escaped the fire. Trusty was transported by Sumner County EMS to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Fire Chief Billy Crook reported that a cooking accident involving a grease fire led to the blaze.

Lowe pleads not guilty
The attorney for Lindsey Lowe, the Hendersonville woman who is accused of suffocating her newborn twins, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf in Sumner County Criminal Court last Friday.

Attorney John Pellegrin had filed paperwork so Lowe did not have to appear in court.

Lowe, 25, was indicted by a grand jury Nov. 10. She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of premeditated murder, and two counts of aggravated child abuse.

Lowe allegedly gave birth to the twins and killed them on Sept. 12. She is accused of then hiding the bodies in a laundry basket until they were discovered two days later.

According to Sumner County District Attorney General Ray Whitley, Lowe is facing a sentence of up to more than 150 years if convicted and the sentences for the charges are ordered to be served consecutively. Whitley will not be seeking a death penalty in the case.

Lowe currently remains free on $250,000 bond. Her next court date is a settlement hearing scheduled to take place on May 17, 2012.

by Josh Nelson

Atchley resigns position with Republican Party
Lori Atchley, elected as the new Sumner County Administrator of Elections Tuesday, came in to work early and left late on her first day on the job last Wednesday. Sumner County Clerk Bill Kemp administered the oath to swear her into office.

Atchley said she had process in through Personnel in County Finance Director David Lawings office as a new county employee. I had to show two forms of ID which I gladly did and already possessed, Atchley stated. She said she could not resist the opportunity to point that requirement out. Part of her new job will be getting the word out on the new Voter Photo ID law.

Asked about her perception of the mood of personnel in the Elections Office, Atchley responded, Everything is wonderful. I spent the day with most of them throughout the day. I will be meeting with each one of them. As of now, everyone is staying in place.

As to potential partisan conflicts of interest in her position as Treasurer of the Sumner County Republican Party, Atchley stated, I resigned by email last night. It was acknowledged by the Chairman this morning. I didnt want to give any appearance of any impropriety.

Historic Palace Theater Upcoming Events

Historic Palace Theater

Upcoming Events

Nov. 25, 26 & 27 PUSS IN BOOTS Rated PG
Dec. 16, 17 18, 23, 24 & 25 HAPPY FEET 2 Rated PG
Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 1, 6, 7 & 8 THE MUPPETS Rated G

All movie show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission for movies is $5 for adults, $2 for children 10 & under. Please call 452-5692 for concert ticket prices.

Community Calendar, November 29 - December 12, 2011

November 29

additional information contact Scott Danton at 615-566-1542 orby email at

The City of Gallatin will hold the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Historic Square in downtown Gallatin. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. childrens choirs from local churches will be featured, and at 5 p.m. the Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin. Following at 6 p.m. the Gallatin Public Library will host a story telling/activity hour for children. Music around the baby grand piano will be available for adults and light refreshments available for all. This is a free family centered event.

The Gallatin Arts Council and the Friends of the Library are hosting an opening night reception for "Magic on Main Street", The Trees of Christmas at the Gallatin Public Library at 6 p.m. A special musical experience for children, Christmas music around the grand piano and a visit by Santa are planned for the evening. Please stop by to view the holiday trees in all their splendor and enjoy the music while you mix and minglewith family and friends.

December 3

Bruce Amato magic show takes place at 10:30 a.m. at Gallatin Public Library.

Sumner County Property Assessor John Isbell is the featured speaker at the December meeting of the Republican Party of Sumner County at 9 a.m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Hendersonville.The event is free and open to the public.Breakfast is served for $6.00. More information is available at

Explorastory, the premier storytelling group of Sumner County, is hosting a dinner, storytelling-music event 7-9 p.m. at Spring Haven Mansion in Hendersonville. "Christmas in the Mountains" features award winning storyteller Patsy Hatfield Lawson and acoustic guitarist Hunter Carman. The focus is on a traditional Appalachian Christmas complete with a traditional menu, stories and music. Tickets are $50 per person, $100 per couple. For tickets call 824-2861.

Vena Stuart Elementary will hold its third parent meeting at 8:30 a.m. Santa will be present, and children may have their pictures made with Santa. A light breakfast will be served. A variety of information will be shared. For more information, call Vena Stuart at 452-1486. Reservations are required.

Merry Mantles of Rose Mont will be held this year from 6 until 9 p.m. to kick off the holiday season. Tours will be given of the historic home, which will be decorated for Christmas. Heavyhors d'oeuvres will be served along with wine. Valet parking will be available. Reservations are needed should be made by Saturday, November 26. RSVP by calling Juanita Gourley at 452-3973. Cost is $25 per person and the proceeds will be used for restoration and preservation of the house and general maintenance. The annual event is the main fund raiser of the year for Historic Rose Mont, which is located at 810 South Water in Gallatin.

December 4

Historic Cragfont will be all decorated for its annual Christmas open house from 1 to 3 p.m. In keeping with the period of the early 1800s the mansion will be decorated with greenery, berries, pinecones, and apples, which were available on the property at that time. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to tour the home and grounds. Also, refreshments including hot-spiced apple cider will be served in the dining room.

Cragfont is located about seven miles outside Gallatin off Highway 25 (Hartsville Pike) in Castalian Springs.


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.

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

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.

Thrifty Paw is now open at 222 Fairgrounds Road (Behind the Post Office). Hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance (Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic). Furniture, household and childrens items, books, CDs, and more good stuff. They will gladly accept your unwanted items. Contact Beckie, 210-3296 to arrange a pickup.

Lipscomb Universitys senior social work class of 2012 is collecting new toys for children, infant to age sixteen, during Christmas 2011. Please drop off your toys at The Gallatin News office at 110 North Water in Gallatin before Nov. 29.

Teachers Are Invited

Please spread the word to all your friends and family members who are teachers: there will be a meeting to discuss the new teacher evaluation process from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Gallatin Public Library. Due to legislation that was passed by the General Assembly and the new evaluation process, I feel there is concern about the new procedures. I look forward to listening to Sumner County teachers and their ideas regarding these issues.

I have been hearing from teachers in Sumner County, I look forward to discussing the new evaluation procedures with them. We must make sure that these procedures do not hinder the education of our children.

These evaluations were the result of the federal Race to the Top competition, in which Tennessee participated, that called for new ways to evaluate teacher effectiveness and tie it to personal decisions. Tennessee won more than $500 million in federal funding for schools due to the legislation that was passed to adhere to the regulations of the competition.

Teachers and administrators have expressed concern about the hurried pace of implementation of the new evaluation system. Many districts have urged a practice year to work out the kinks.

Im told that the numeric scoring under the new system is demoralizing to our teachers. Teachers are scored on a scale of one to five. Teachers who make a three are meeting expectations, yet this is not enough to obtain professional goals. This is demoralizing because it essentially denies our teachers opportunities for advancement and gives them an average grade for performing up to expectations. The Department has openly admitted that there will be very few fours and fives.

One of the biggest complaints is that the evaluations take time away from classroom instruction and the education of our students.

We need to work to improve this new system and I hope to see everyone Dec. 1 at the Gallatin Public Library so that I can listen and take your suggestions to the General Assembly in January.

For more information call my office at 741-1980.

Rep. Mike McDonald (D-Portland) serves the 44th District in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Can we chill a little?

The Tennessee Titans clubbed the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

It was impressive, 30 to 3 impressive.

Chris Johnson ran for 130 yards, caught four passes for 44 yards and showed signs of the Chris Johnson Titans fans have been searching for.

Wide receiver Damian Williams continued to earn the starting role he was given Oct. 2. Williams caught five passes for 107 yards with a 41-yard touchdown reception being the highlight.

From the local media coverage Monday, one would surmise the Titans are Super Bowl shoo-ins. Will they ever lose another game?

One publication promoted its columnists opinion on Page 1-A and he didnt even cover the game. It must have been a slow news day.

Obituaries for November 16, 2011

Mary Lois Kirk

age 71, of Bethpage, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2011. Funeral service was Monday, November 14 from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Steve Brigance officiating. Entombment followed in the Mausoleum at Crestview Memorial Park with Ricky Gregory, Larry Gregory, Zach Womack, Allen Curtis, Bobby Durham and Joel Tuttle serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Kirk was born in Monroe County, KY, October 21, 1940, daughter of the late William Bill and Mary Dotson Anderson. She is survived by one daughter, Victoria Gregory and one grandson, Christopher Gregory, both of Bethpage and two sisters, Carol Livengood Curtis and husband, Allen and Gale Womack, all of Gallatin. Online condolences may be submitted at

Anthony Allen Warner

age 50, of Lafayette, passed away Tuesday November 8, 2011. Graveside service was conducted Thursday, November 10 from the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Pegram. He was born on March 27, 1961 in Nashville, son of the late Barney and Catherine Fuqua Warner. Anthony is survived by his children, Benjamin Warner of Lafayette, Miranda Amons and husband, Ben also of Lafayette and Jolee Warner of Gallatin; two grandchildren Drake and Marley; sister, Michaela Davis of Portland; nieces Samantha (Billy) Thompson, Chelsey (Adam) Harpole; nephew, Jamie Davis and great niece Aubrey. Online condolences may be submitted at Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home.

William Robert Taylor

age 88, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, November 14, 2011. He passed quietly at home, with his daughter at his side, after a long battle with cancer. He retired from Western Electric and Bell South. He proudly served his country as a Marine pharmacists mate in WWII on the islands of Iwo Jima, Siapan and Tinian. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star for bravery. He was born April 15, 1923, in Davidson County, son of the late Elmer and Hattie Taylor. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Evelyn Taylor; sister, Frances T. Halverson and brother, Elmer Taylor, Jr. He is survived by his son, William T. Tommy Taylor of Utah; daughter, Kathy Roney (Steven) of Gallatin; step-son, Steven Stone (Tonya) of Antioch; brother James Taylor (Joyce) of KY; sister-in-law, Gerry Taylor of Madison; grandchildren, Summer Timmons (Troy) of Utah, Joshua Roney (Scarlett) of KY, Nathan Roney (Emily) of Hendersonville, Heather Towe (Jason) of KY and Zachery Stone of Dixon Springs and six great grandchildren. Graveside service is Thursday, November 17 at 1 p.m. at Sumner Memorial Gardens, with Reverend Jerry Wallace officiating. Visitation is today, Wednesday, November 16, from 4-8 p.m. Online condolences may be submitted at Family Heritage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Betty Joan Buckner

Passed away November 14, 2011. She was born December 21, 1934 in Terre Haute, Indiana, daughter of Clara and George Gordon. She was a member of the West Eastland Church of Christ. She retired from the Vigo County School System. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Lawrence, Dill, Tobey Utley and her mother, Clara Gordon. Mrs. Buckner is survived by her husband of 63 years, James Buckner, Sr.; two children, Patricia Ann Long (Jerry) of Riverview, Florida, James Buckner, Jr. (Margaret), of Cottontown; four grandchildren, James Buckner, III (Marsha) of Greenbrier, Jason Buckner (Margarita) of White House, Jerry Long, Jr., (Heather), of Riverview, Florida, Bettae Rodgers (Lawrence), of Searcy, Arkansas; three great grandchildren, Wesley Wayne, Layla Maria and Jerry Lee, III; a host of relatives and friends. She truly loved all her family. Viewing is at Strawther and Whit Funeral Home Thursday, November 17 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Graveside service follows at Crestview Memorial Gardens.

Wheel Tax referendum approved
The Legislative Committee unanimously approved a resolution to hold a referendum for a $25 increase in the county wheel tax for schools at their meeting this week. If voters approve the measure, vehicle tag fees would run an even $100 per vehicle. It would not be the highest in the state, however, as Robertson County raised its fee to $109, according to Chairman Bob Pospisil.

Commissioner Jerry Stone proposed the referendum as a way to let the people decide on whether to increase funding for education and as an offset to declining property values. The school board has been adamant about a property tax hike, stated Stone, noting the highest he had heard of was a 47-cent hike pitched by School Board Chairman Don Long. A wheel tax spreads the pain to everybody in the county that owns a vehicle.

My district is the old part of the City of Hendersonville and I can tell you that people are hurting, said Commission Chairman Merrol Hyde, who noted that many homes are in foreclosure. Many people are just hanging on. Who in their right mind would want a property tax increase of 47 cents when people cant put food on the table? he asked rhetorically.

Out of respect for the voters, I would vote to allow the voters to have a say. I would not vote for any tax hike, Hyde added. He said after the meeting that he made himself clear and would not vote for the increase in the referendum.

Comm. Jim Vaughn agreed with Hydes position and said, We need to let the school board know its time to live within your means. I will vote for this motion. He has indicated that he does not favor any tax increases.

Board Reacts to Private Act Committee Proposal
The Sumner County Board of Education held its first meeting since the joint county commission-school board Private Act Committee issued its proposal for increasing transparency and coordination between the schools, the county, and the road department. Board reaction to the proposal was mostly positive, although several concerns were raised about the details of its implementation, many of which have yet to be finalized in this early draft.

School Director Del R. Phillips, III started the conversation. Shortly after my arrival, I started to sense exactly why we were potentially having some transparency issues. He listed the lack of electronic connections between county government, school human resources, and school payroll as specific problems.

Were just really disjointed, stated Phillips. This lack of coordination creates inefficiencies, according to the Director.

Board May Tighten Policy for Out of District Students

Some out-of-district students attending Sumner schools will soon have to return to their home countys schools. Of the 79 out-of-district students who are not the children of employees, two students at Merrol Hyde Magnet and one at Union Elementary will not be able to return after this school year. Sumner County schools will also eject three out-of-county students that have been frequently disciplined.

Director of Schools Dr. Del R. Phillips, III explained the decision to remove students from Merrol Hyde and Union. When you have a waiting list of 500 or so that live in our district we need those two seats. If theyre not bonafide, legal residents of Sumner county by next year, then we dont intend to have out-of-county [students] at those two schools.

Tourism hires Young as new executive director

The board of directors of the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau voted to bring Barry Young in as its new executive director at its meeting last Monday (Nov. 7). Young has most recently been Director of Welcome Centers for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development over Tennessees 14 welcome centers.

The vote was 5-1 with Paige Brown casting the no vote. The guy is a good candidate. I just didnt agree with the terms of hiring him. I think its hard to commute like that. I will certainly be supportive of him. I am excited that we are moving in the right direction.

Browns objection was that Young was not required to move into Sumner County and be a part of the community. She also had high praise for Chris Dickinson and Kelly Dickey who filled in during the difficult months after the previous director, Colleen Coury, was forced out.

The salary is $65,000 with four weeks of vacation. Also, the SCCVB has a SIMPLE IRA plan.

Since 1986 Young has worked for government entities and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a BS in Communications.

The SCCVB is a 501c(6) nonprofit with its primary funding vehicle being a hotel/motel tax approved by the county under state statutes. lists SCCVBs purpose as promotion of business. It is treated just like chambers of commerce under the Internal Revenue Code.

The most recent IRS Form 990 available at GuideStar covers the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, and shows gross revenue of $440,302. Government grants provided $407,938 and all other contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts provided $32,181. The remaining $183 was interest received. Salaries, advertising, and sponsorships are the largest expenses. Gross receipts for year ended June 30, 2008, were $434,126. Gross receipts for year ended June 30, 2007, were $354,355.

by Jesse Hughes

Community Calendar November 18 - 22, 2011

November 18

The Gallatin Senior Center will hold a Thanksgiving Day Dance including a potluck dinner, line dancing and music. The center will furnish iced tea, punch, coffee and dessert. Music by Southern Country. Potluck dinner begins at 6 p.m. with music 7 10 p.m. Everyone invited (children get in free) for a fun night. Donation of $5 per person, $7.50 per couple is suggested. The center is located at 200 E. Franklin Street, 451-1531.

The Col. Jethro Sumner Chapter, D.A.R., will have a chapter luncheon at noon, at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ, 744 Hartsville Pike. Myers Brown from the Tennessee State Museum will present a program on The War of 1812. Hostesses for the meeting will be Robbie Pafford and Effie Lee Cherry. For more information, call 596-2331.

November 19

The 29th annual Christmas Harvest Craft Show is at the Gallatin Civic Center, 9 a.m. 5 p.m., free admission. The event is sponsored by Gallatin Leisure Services. Attendees can register to win free prizes that will be given away all during the show, which includes over 75 booths of master craftsmen from all over the Middle Tennessee and the Southeast. For more information call 451-5911.

The annual First United Methodist Mens Country Ham Breakfast is 6:30 to 9 a.m. in Ramsey Hall at the church. Proceeds support the scouting program and other church and community needs. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door or in the church office, 149 West Main Street.

The World's Largest Barn Dance will be held at 7 p.m. at the Westmoreland Expo Center at 4011 Fleetwood Drive. Door admission is $5.00 and with a donation of canned goods. The door fee is only $3.00 with 3 canned goods and a boxed new toy. The food is given to the Westmoreland Food Bank and the toys are given to the Rotary Club to be dispersed to those in need. Entertainment will be Tommy Ross and TCB Band. 615-644-3017

The United Methodist Women of Hartsville United Methodist Church will have their Annual Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale from 7 a.m. until noon in the Basement of the church. Come join the church youth group for their Pancake Breakfast and then shop for your Christmas essentials. Loads of crafts including Christmas ornaments, wooden items, wreaths, picture frames, and more will be available. There is something for everyone at this years sale. The church is located 224 River Street in Hartsville.

November 22

Zion Upper Room Church Annex is hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at 373 Magnolia Street.


Hartsville Pike Church of Christ is hosting a special showing of the DVD series The Silencing of God by Dave Miller, at 7 p.m. on each of the following dates: November 17 and 21. Call 452-2530 for more information.

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.

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

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.

Thrifty Paw is now open at 222 Fairgrounds Road (Behind the Post Office). Hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance (Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic). Furniture, household and childrens items, books, CDs, and more good stuff. They will gladly accept your unwanted items. Contact Beckie, 210-3296 to arrange a pickup.

Lipscomb Universitys senior social work class of 2012 is collecting new toys for children, infant to age sixteen, during Christmas 2011. Please drop off your toys at The Gallatin News office at 110 North Water in Gallatin before Nov. 29.

Historic Palace Theater Upcoming Events

Nov. 18, 19 & 20 FOOTLOOSE Rated PG-13
Nov. 25, 26 & 27 PUSS IN BOOTS Rated PG
Dec. 16, 17 18, 23, 24 & 25 HAPPY FEET 2 Rated PG
Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 1, 6, 7 & 8 THE MUPPETS Rated G

All movie show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission for movies is $5 for adults, $2 for children 10 & under. Please call 452-5692 for concert ticket prices.

Gallatin Police respond to shooting

The Gallatin Police Department responded to an aggravated assault that occurred at 720 Anthony Street at approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday morning. Officers have determined that a female victim, 34 years of age, had sustained one gun shot to the face. The victim, identified as Loyce Brinkley, was inside her apartment located on the second level of the apartment building when the shot came through the front door striking her as she lay on her sofa. The apartment was occupied by several other persons at the time of the shooting.

The investigation has not yet determined the cause of the shooting and it is not known at this time if the victim was the intended target. The victim who was conscious and talking when officers arrived on scene was life-flighted to Vanderbilt where she is currently in stable condition. Police are asking anyone with information related to this shooting or any events that led up to this shooting to contact them.

Anyone with information related to any other crimes that have occurred in Gallatin are asked to contact Sgt. Chris Shockley at the Gallatin Police Department at 452-1313.

May be time for Joe to go

Penn State football icon Joe Paterno claimed he didnt know.

If this is true we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims and their families, Paterno said in a prepared statement after a grand jury brought charges against longtime Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The allegations and charges against Sandusky are some of the most vile, despicable, inexcusable I have ever come across in my career.

They paint a pretty indefensible portrait of Sandusky as a sexual predator who targeted young boys for a number of years.

If you are a coach, athletics director, school board member or teacher on any level, you need to read the grand jury report. You need to be aware. There are people in our communities that are just as sick and perverted as Sandusky allegedly is.

You need to read the 23-page grand jury report, even though it will turn your stomach.

The 67-year-old Sandusky should be locked up somewhere where he has no access to other inmates. He is a sick, sick person.

So where does Paterno fit into all this? Already Penn State Athletics Director Tim Curley and senior vice-president for business and finance Gary Schultz have left the university.

Both denied guilt in connection with the grand jury investigation into whether Sandusky sexually abused eight boys that involved preteens and young teenagers covering a span of 15 years.

A 28-year old Penn State graduate student reported one incident that he walked in on, where he saw Sandusky and a victim, estimated to be about 10 years old, together in a shower at a Penn State locker room. The graduate assistant reported it to Paterno.

Paterno informed university administrators. Curley and Schultz were arraigned and face multiple charges including perjury for lying to a grand jury.

Paterno claims he did what was called for. Obviously he didnt want to believe the claim. How could Sandusky, a married father of six adopted children, commit such heinous acts?

Sandusky was a revered coach on Paternos staff. He started The Second Mile in 1977. It was a charity whose goal it was to help at-risk youths. According to the grand jury report, Sandusky helped them all right. Helped them scar and ruin their lives forever.

The fact that someone we thought we knew might have harmed young people to this extent is deeply troubling, Paternos statement read.

I fault Paterno for not following up on the charge made by the graduate assistant, currently employed as a member of Paternos staff. Sure, he reported it to higher ups, but did he not wonder whatever happened to the case? Did he never conduct his own investigation to see if such charges had merit? No, Paterno did what he was required to do and nothing else.

Now, he is deeply troubled? Why wasnt he more troubled when first informed of alleged sexual misconduct involving his longtime assistant and a young boy?

Dont misunderstand. Paterno is not responsible. Sandusky is. Society is. We tend to turn our heads the other way when we suspect someone is doing something they should not especially when that someone is a person who is looked up to in the community because of what they have done on the field, or on the sidelines.

The label, Coach, is often overused. Real coaches have their players best interest at heart and treat young kids who are facing lifes lessons with respect and care.

Jerry Sandusky was not a coach. He was a sexual predator who was able to keep his sordid secret far too long.

By Joe Biddle

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at

Obituaries for November 9, 2011

Rowena Lassiter

age 84, of Bethpage, passed away Monday, November 7, 2011. Funeral service will be Thursday, November 10 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Chad Scruggs and Dr. Andy Wisner officiating. Interment will be in Crestview Memorial Park with John Wilkes, Jonathan Wilkes, Keith Bowman, Ken Turner, Bob Howell and Tracy Martin serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Wilkes and Nathanael Wilkes. Visitation is today, Wednesday, November 9, from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, November 10 from 11 a.m. until time of service. Mrs. Lassiter was born March 6, 1927 in Sumner County, daughter of the late William Guy and Myrtle Cherry Birdwell. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, James Edward Lassiter, Sr.; brother, Robert Birdwell and sisters, Betty Lou Moss and Estelle Black. She is survived by son, James Edward Lassiter, Jr. of Nashville; daughter, Linda Wilkes (John) of Huntsville, AL; brother, William Birdwell of Gallatin; sister, Zelma Howell of Gallatin and grandchildren, Jonathan Wilkes, Meredith Wilkes, Olivia Wilkes, Andrew Wilkes and Nathanael Wilkes. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Limestone County, P.O. Box 626 Athens, AL 35612. Online condolences may be submitted at

Bobby Gene Smith, Sr.

age 64, of Gallatin, passed away November 2, 2011. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Ruby Smith. He is survived by his daughter, Tracy Smith; son, Bobby Jean Smith, Jr.; sister, Sue Allen; brothers, Jack Smith, Jim Smith and Alex Bud Smith; faithful companion, Virginia Bates; grandchildren, Ashley Paredes, Michael Paredes, Lucas Paredes, Timothy Hoffman and Bryan Jean Smith and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services was conducted on Saturday, November 5 at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of Crestview Funeral Home. Interment followed in Crestview Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be made at

Floyd Hayes

age 85, of Leitchfield KY, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2011 at the Owensboro Medical System in Owensboro, KY. He was born on July 25, 1926, in Anneta, KY, the son of Elza and Alma McGrew Hayes. He was a retired auto body repairman, a veteran of World War II, a member of the Big Clifty Masonic Lodge # 599 and the Leitchfield American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Dolus Meredith Hayes; two daughters, Judy Jones of Gallatin and Flo Navarro of Millwood, KY; son, Jason Hayes of Millwood; two grandchildren, Patrick Langston of Millwood and Robert Langston (Sandy) of Leitchfield, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Hayes and two sisters, Della Mae Lile and Florene Robertson. Funeral services was Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Dermitt Funeral Home in Leitchfield with Brother Buddy Brooks officiating. Burial followed in Layman Memorial Cemetery. There was a Masonic service on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral Home. Online condolences can be made in the guest book at

Jimmy Elvis McConkey, Jr.

age 56, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2011. Memorial service will be Thursday, November 10 at 5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Felix Snell officiating. Mr. McConkey was born February 27, 1955 in Knoxville, son of the late James Hancock McConkey, Sr. and Mary Vincent McConkey. He is survived by sisters, Elizabeth Knox and Carolyn Mancuso Seagraff (James) of Gallatin; uncle, Jack D. Vincent of Chattanooga; several nieces and nephews and great niece. Mr. McConkey was a member of Sumner County Sons of the Confederacy, Thomas K. Porter Battery Sumner County Light Artillery and Sumner County Film TN Guild. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 149 West Main Street, Gallatin, TN 37066. Online condolences may be submitted at Family Heritage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Margaret M. Wilson

age 82, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Funeral service was Friday, November 4 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Daniel Jenkins officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Branden Fitzgerald, William Horne, Daniel Jenkins, Bobby Joe Wilson, Jerry Lewis Wilson and Bill Horne serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Wilson was born October 9, 1929 in Nashville, daughter of the late Lewis and Betty Parks Woods. In addition to her parents, she is preceded by her husband, Lewis Wilson; daughter, Mary Wilson and grandson, Donnie Wayne Crockett. She is survived by sons, Bobby Joe Charlie Wilson (Lindy) of Madison, Jerry Lewis Rooster Wilson of Nashville and Mike Wilson (Cheryl) of Gallatin; daughters, Linda Horne (Bill) of Columbia, Donna Toomey (Bill) of Castalian Springs, Margaret Crockett of Antioch, Katie Harrison (Marty) of Denham Springs, LA and Brenda Fitzgerald (Jim) of Portland; grandchildren, Branden Fitzgerald, Aaron Fitzgerald, Daniel Jenkins, Rachel Smith, Dawn Marie Wilson, Bobby Joe Wilson, Jr., William Horne and Andy Horne, Gus Henry Crockett, Michael Shawn Crockett, Taylor Harrison, Jami Wilson, Michael Dean Henson and eight great grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at

Ruby L. Presley

age 76, of Westmoreland, passed away Friday, November 04, 2011 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Funeral services for Mrs. Presley was Monday, November 07, 2011 from the Chapel of Woodard Funeral Home with Brother Larry Emery and Brother David Mitchell officiating. Interment followed in New Hope Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Gene Presley, brothers, Bobby Gene Huntsman, Doug Huntsman, William Huntsman, Larry Wayne Huntsman, Carl Douglas Huntsman, parents, Virgil and Ivy Huntsman. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa and husband, Mark Gregory, of Westmoreland, son, Ronnie and wife, Patrica Presley, Westmoreland; sisters, Rebecca and husband, Roger Bandy, of Westmoreland, Eva Mae Johnson, Indianapolis, IN, Mary Collins, of Westmoreland; brother, Kenneth and wife, Janice Huntsman, of Gallatin; grandchildren, Ronnie and wife, Tina Presley, of Bethpage, Donnie and wife, Amber Presley, of Bethpage, Cory Presley, of Westmoreland, Heather Gregory, of Westmoreland; great grandchildren, Kavan Presley, Autumn Presley, Caleb Presley, all of Bethpage.

Samuel Cullen Green, Jr.

age 54, of Portland, was born May 29, 1957 and was called home on November 1, 2011. Cullen was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ, involved in HATS of Sumner County, the Gallatin Saddle Club, and he worked for a number of years for Bennetts IGA Grocery Store. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Cullen Green, Sr., grandparents, J.B. and Mary Gaither and James and Emily Green. He is survived by his faithful mother, Patricia Gaither Green; brothers, Jeff (Lisa) Green and Lionel (Karen) Green; nieces, Mary Katlyn Green and Baylee Green; nephews, Lee (Kelly) Daniels and Cole Green. Active pallbearers were Chris Morgan, Jerran Clifton, Lee Daniels, Trey Gaither, Jerry Gann and Dan Nelson. Funeral service was Thursday, November 3 at 10 a.m. from the Chapel of Crestview Funeral Home with Ted Williams, Troy Williams and Dane Nelson officiating. Interment followed in Crestview Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hillcrest Church of Christ Missionary Fund. Online condolences may be made at

Wilma Eathleen Keith

age 73, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Funeral service was Saturday, November 5 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Dan Wilson officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Tracy Hill, Adam Barton, Larry York, Richie Shannon, Billy Fuqua and Robbie Wallace serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Keith was born September 3, 1938 in Macon County, daughter of the late Gentry Oscar York and Gracie Ann Wallace York. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Fred Odell Keith; brother, Leslie York and sister, Kathleen Brewer. She is survived by her brother, C. B. York of Gallatin and sister, Stella Thompson (David) of Bethpage and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of Community Bible Church in Westmoreland. Online condolences may be submitted at

Paul W. Nelson

beloved husband and father, passed away November 2, 2011. He was born September 21, 1946, to the late Frances Carter Nelson and Paul Gilbert Nelson. He is survived by his wife, Linda C. Nelson; son, Ken Nelson (Julie); daughter, Teresa Weatherly; grandchildren, Michael Nelson (Crystal), Cory Nelson, Andrew Nelson, Hunter Nelson, Heather Butler, David M. Weatherly III, and Nicole Weatherly. Mr. Nelson worked for 40 years as a respiratory therapist. Mass of Resurrection was conducted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church. A private burial was held on Monday, November 7, 2011. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the American Diabetes Association or the Sheperds Center of Madison.

Samuel Hudson Jackson, Sr.

age 85, departed from this life November 6, 2011. He leaves his two sons, Samuel Jackson, Jr., (Linda) of Murfreesboro and Roy Jackson (Charlene) of Gallatin, to cherish his memory. Family visitation is Thursday, November 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. with the celebration of his Homecoming immediately following at Johnson and Coleman Funeral Home, 723 Anthony Street. Burial is scheduled for noon on Friday at Crestview Memorial Gardens.

Joan Latimer Bowker Lunsford

Joan grew up in the country between Hendersonville and Gallatin.She was preceded in death by her parents, Harris and Floutie Latimer, stepmother, Beatrice Latimer and sister, Bonnie Latimer. She is survived by her maternal aunt, Lois Gossage; sister, Shirley (E.C.) Green; children, Ary (Pam) Bowker and Betty (Allen) Lytle; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 2 at the Chapel of Spring Hill Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, St. Jude Childrens Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital or to Shriners Hospital for Children.

Council elects Camp
Steve Camp became the newest addition to the Gallatin City Council when Mayor Jo Ann Graves quickly swore him into office at last weeks meeting. It was left up to the six remaining members of the Gallatin City Council and Mayor Jo Ann Graves to cast votes to fill the unexpired term of the District 2 seat vacated by former Councilman Dale Bennett.

The seven-member council currently has two at-large and five district seats. Councilman Tom Garrott stated before the roll was taken, We are voting for a seat that none of us can vote in. He added that each of the five candidates had the type of qualifications that can serve the city.

It was a good turnout, said a happy Camp afterwards. I was glad to see as many showing interest in it. Camp stated that one of the other four applicants had already indicated he was looking at running for the seat next year. Camp did not need to point out that his election now gives him a vote on redistricting.

Committee votes to restrict power of constables
The Sumner County Emergency Services Committee voted 4-1 Monday to strip constables of their law enforcement authority. The matter now goes to the Legislative Committee.

Voting in favor of the motion to strip constables of their power were Committee Chairman Jim Vaughn, Vice-Chairman Paige Brown, and Commissioners Mike Guthrie and Bob Pospisil. Voting against the motion was Comm. Ben Harris. Commissioners Paul Decker and Paul Freels were absent from the meeting.

The liability the county is subjected to by having the constables continue with full law enforcement authority supersedes the need for that position, stated Chairman Vaughn afterwards. There is no oversight. They only report to the electorate, the people who vote them in.

If they have no police powers, why have them anyway? asked Commissioner Harris at one point in the discussion. He later voted not to strip constables of their current power.

Longtime Park Ranger Wayne Bomar spoke in favor of keeping constables as they are. I have called on the constables since 1979. Not once have they shown anything other than professionalism, he said. Bomar is tied by decades in his profession with traditional rural-interest areas of the county near Bledsoe Park in contrast to high-growth-rate suburban areas closer to Nashville that appear to be against keeping constables.

Gallatin native earns national honor
Teachers are always telling their students that if they study hard and apply themselves, they can do anything in life they want. Sometimes the students actually listen and follow that advice.

Such was the case for Marsha Sanders Ingram. Born in Gallatin and educated in Sumner County public schools, Ingram studied hard and applied herself and will be honored this month for her accomplishments during American Education Week in Washington DC.

Ingram has been principal of W.R. McNeil Elementary School in Bowling Green, KY for the past six years. McNeil is one of only six schools in the state of Kentucky to be named a National Blue Ribbon School. The honor is given to public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels, especially among disadvantaged students.

Each states Commissioner of Education nominates schools in the spring when test scores and No Child Left Behind results are announced. The U.S. Secretary of Education makes the final selection on who receives the blue ribbon. Only 305 schools in the nation were so honored.

It is an honor to receive the Blue Ribbon Award, Ingram said in a recent telephone interview. McNeil has always had a reputation for excellence. We get great support from our school board and we have a great district. In fact, McNeil is the third school from our district to receive this honor.

Ingram graduated from Gallatin High school in 1981 and earned her Bachelors and Master degrees, as well as her 30 Hours Above designation from Western Kentucky University. She was a fifth grade classroom teacher at McNeil for 21 years before taking over as principal.

She would not tell you this, but when there was a vacancy for the principal position, Marshas fellow teachers nominated her and supported her for the job, said family friend Velma Brinkley. You dont normally find that kind of support among your peers in the teaching profession.

Ingram lists her mother and father, Elizabeth and James Sanders, as the greatest influences in her life. I was blessed with having two loving and supportive parents in my life, she said. Not going to college was not an option. It was planted in my head growing up that I would go to college. I grew up on a farm in Castalian Springs where I learned what hard work was; setting and stripping tobacco. I also learned about good wholesome living. My parents provided a strong Christian home for us.

Ingrams role model for the classroom was her mother who taught school for 40 years and retired from Rucker-Stewart Elementary School. I went to school with her and saw how much she loved her job. She never said anything negative about her kids or about her job its the same for me. I loved my kids and my job.

Ingram will be honored as part of the 90th Anniversary of the National Education Associations American Education the week of Nov. 13.

by Randy Cline

Board Debates Next Year's School Calendar

Recommendations by the school systems Calendar Committee raised a familiar debate among Board of Education members. The committee picked its favorite schedule for the 2012-13 school year, a refined version of the other calendar. However, some board members and school officials want to make a more dramatic change in the calendar.

The discussion centered on shifting to a 9/2 calendar. A 9/2 calendar breaks the school year into four nine-week segments, each capped by a two week break. The current 9/1 schedule offers one week breaks but a longer summer vacation.

Some like the extra rest and vacation time afforded by the 9/2, but others say it puts a burden on certain students, teachers, and parents.

One of those offering support was school director Dr. Del R. Phillips. I really like the 9/2 calendar, said Phillips, who suggested the two week breaks could be used for special enrichment programs.

However, board member Ted Wise pointed to the roughly 10,000 Sumner students who depend on the school system for a free or reduced lunch, and how a two week break could negatively affect them. Youre talking about half a month that theyre out of school and that could be pretty devastating for some of our children.

Director of Instruction Jennifer Brown also voiced reservations about the longer breaks of a 9/2 calendar. It would be detrimental, too, to their success in school. However, she said the longer breaks would allow for enrichment programs. I can see some great things happening from a 9/2. It would be a great opportunity to do some camps and programs even for our higher level students. She listed ACT preparation and college campus visits as two possible programs.

Board vice-chairman Danny Hale pointed to the parents at Union Elementary, which is on the 9/2 calendar, as an example. Every parent over there swears by the 9/2, they believe in it, they believe its better for their children.

However, Brown responded that Union, as a choice school, is different from other county schools. The Union population is different. At Union, parents provide transportation, there are a different percentage of free and reduced lunch students, and fewer households have both parents working full-time.

District Fours Beth Cox spoke in opposition to the 9/2 calendar. Im going to respectfully disagree with the fact that the 9/2 is the best calendar. She said that from her communications with principals and teachers, many are opposed to the longer breaks. Cox said teachers of special education and advanced science classes are especially opposed. She noted that the burdens of finding childcare, feeding children, and transporting children to sports practices were all much greater with a two-week break.

She also pointed out that any enrichment programs would require extra funding.
Board member Andy Daniels shared his perspective as a parent of a Union Elementary student. Until youve really experienced it its hard to say that ones better and ones worse. For me, I like the 9/2 calendar. I think it works great for our kids. It helps them decompress a little bit, catch their breath, and go back at it. Theyre out just long enough to get on our nerves a little bit.

However, the overwhelming recommendation by the calendar committee, an advisory body of teachers, principals, parents, and students, was a 9/1 calendar. The calendar was selected for the way it protected standardized testing dates, cleanly divided grading periods with breaks, and left a five-week period after the last break but before the important end-of-year achievement tests.

Even with that strong recommendation, the discussion is likely to go on. I think, philosophically, the 9/2 calendar is better for students... but I do believe we have some concerns that need to be addressed, said Phillips.

by Corey Conley

Remember our Veterans

Dear Editor,

As this year progresses, we are coming to another milestone, 11-11-11, Veterans Day. The end of World War II showed us how many lost their lives or was wounded for the freedom we take for granted.

Since that day, there have been, and still are other conflicts fought again for our freedom. Let us not forget the price being paid for all of us. Hardships for many families are hard to endure.

When you see or talk to one of our veterans and servicemen and women, be sure to thank them for all they do. Honor them, our flag and our God.

Sincerely yours,

Frances Green

President, Unit 17

American Legion Auxiliary

Gallatin Senior Citizens Center thanks community

Dear Editor,

For all those people who do not already know, we have amazing merchants in Gallatin and surrounding areas. They are so supportive of the non-profit organizations anytime there is a fundraiser and they are asked for a donation.

The Gallatin Senior Citizens Center staff and members say a big Thank You to the following merchants and individuals who contributed so generously to our seventh annual Excellence in Aging Banquet/Roast held recently. They are Regions Bank, Wilson County Bank, Farmers Bank, Portland, Advance Auto Parts, Jets Pizza, Shangri-La Massage Studio, NCG Theatre, Painturos, Longhorns Restaurant, R.J. McDonald, Gallatin Optical, Concept One, Gateway Tire, Logans Roadhouse, Mables Restaurant, Georges Restaurant, Larrivieres, Champions Car Wash, Derryberrys H/A, Campiones Taste of Chicago, Miracle Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Applebees, Mr. Gattis Pizza, the Gallatin Newspaper, Carriage Cleaners, Masters Touch Cleaning & Restoration, Subway, Sherwin Williams Paints, Nationwide Insurance, Broadway Liquors, Belks, Kohls, Morrisons Hair Salon, Fantastic Sams, Gibson Furniture, Mattie Lous Florist, Discount Tire, Concept One, OReillys Auto Parts, Long Hollow Nursery, McGees Florist, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Willow Grove United Methodist Church, and Friends of the Gallatin Senior Citizens Center, Irene Berry, Buddy Brewster, Betty Troutt, Leon and Joann Kirkham and the Titans Organization.

A special thank you goes to the office staff at Gallatin Church of Christ, to Linda Kittrell for helping make this fundraiser a success and to all the people who attended the banquet to support the Center.

The Gallatin Senior Citizens Center is located at 200 East Franklin Street and we are open five days a week, serve a hot lunch each day, have a large thrift store, offer a variety of activities not only for senior citizens but to the public as well. Please come by and check us out anytime. For more information, please call 451-1531.

The Staff and Volunteers

Gallatin Senior Citizens Center


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