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Early morning fire takes one life

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Doris Hamby, who would have turned 71 this year in September, died early Monday morning from smoke inhalation at a fire in a building where she resided, on North Water Avenue next door to The Palace, according to preliminary reports.

There is no exit from the back of the building, and the only egress is through the front of the building.

Hamby had previously managed a shoe shop on the premises and resided there for approximately 16 years. She had recently closed the repair shop. Hamby was well-known for her love of animals, but none of her pets survived the fire.

Gallatin Police FTO Mike Tinker reported the fire at 5:13 a.m., and, according to Lt. Kate Novitski of the GPD, When officers responded to the area, they  found the store fully engulfed.

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Chemical Safety Board says Hoeganaes has hazardous work environment

From Staff Reports

On Friday, June 3, the CEO and Chair of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Rafael Moure-Eraso, called for GKN/Hoeganaes to make significant safety improvements before resuming the manufacturing of iron powder.

Without such improvements, there is too great a risk that additional tragic accidents will occur here in the future. Hoeganaes should immediately begin comprehensive actions to bring the Gallatin plant into compliance with the national fire code requirements for combustible metal dust. These recommended practices are contained in the standards of the National Fire Protection Association or NFPA specifically in NFPA 484, the Standard for Combustible Metals.

Moure-Eraso stressed the concern of the USCSB for the impact on families and the community as well.

I emphasize the devastating results that dust explosions can have on a facility, workers and the surrounding community. We have been deeply affected by the deaths of the two latest victims this week.
 
As I have said on numerous occasions, I believe that worker safety is a basic human right. That fundamental belief is why I am so honored to head the Chemical Safety Board after being appointed by the president one year ago. No workers should die or be severely burned or injured simply trying to earn a living and provide for their families.

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June 1, 2011
Emmaline Curtis Reese
age 92, of Beaufort, South Carolina (formerly of Gallatin), passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Graveside service was Saturday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. from Crestview Memorial Park with Reverend Brent Davis officiating. Curtis nieces and nephews served as pallbearers.  Mrs. Reese was born October 8, 1918 in Hendersonville, daughter of the late Judge Martin R. Curtis, Sr. and Earline Dorris Curtis. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Herbert Russell “Hub” Reese, son Herbert Rufus “Butch” Reese, brother Martin R. Curtis, Jr. and sister Katherine Rice. She is survived by brothers Donald Curtis, John Curtis and Allen Curtis; sisters Milton Starnes, Ann Saunders and Earline Dixon; granddaughter Kristin Bowles; great grandchildren Robert Bowles, Reese Bowles and Cashiel Bowles. Online condolences may be sent at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Etta Irene Coward
age 89, of Gallatin, passed away May 25, 2011. Wife of the late Bernice Odell Coward, she is survived by her brother, Carol Wessinger of Newberry S.C.; her sister-in-law May Belle Coward; brother-in-law James Coward; and many nieces and nephews. She was beloved and will be missed by all who were blessed to know her. She retired from Willis Corroon Corp. in Nashville. Visitation was at Alexander Funeral Home on Saturday, May 28 from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m. conducted by the Reverend Jerry Wallace and Reverend Felix Snell. Interment followed at Hermitage Memorial Gardens in Hermitage. Family and friends served as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers the family asks that gifts be made to Sumner Hospice, First United Methodist Church or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
James F. “Jim” Templeton
age 76, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, May 30, 2011. Funeral service will be Thursday, June 2 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Harold Linville officiating. Interment will be in Sumner Memorial Gardens with members of Old Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church serving as pallbearers. Visitation is today, Wednesday, June 1, from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Thursday June 2, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Mr. Templeton was born December 26, 1934 in Bethpage, son of the late G. O. and Mary Katherine Williams Templeton. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by daughter Lisa Templeton.  He is survived by wife of 54 years, Sarah Byrd Templeton of Gallatin; son Danny Templeton (Linda) of Lewisburg; daughter Pam Pickard (Gary) of Gallatin; brothers Odell Templeton (Louise) of Bethpage, Edward Templeton (Gayla) of Bethpage, Earl Ralph Templeton (Kay) of Westmoreland and Randall Templeton (Teresa) of Westmoreland; sisters Louise Perrigo of Gallatin, Mary Jo Lynn of Westmoreland and Thelma Lewis (Marvin) of Beech Grove, IN; grandchild Jeffrey Bond (Katrina) of Gallatin and great grandchild Jacob Bond. Mr. Templeton was a member of Old Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church and a 50 year member of the Masonic and Scottish Rites. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Leland Bradford “Brad” Stubblefield
age 41, of Gallatin went home to live with his Lord and Savior on May 24, 2011. Funeral service was May 26 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Windell Moore officiating. Interment was in Anderson and Son Memorial Park in Lafayette, with Dennis Fisher, Allen Wheeley, Cody Stubblefield, Barry White, Shelton Campbell and Jerremy Stubblefield serving as pallbearers. Mr. Stubblefield worked at the Gap in Gallatin for several years. He was a loving father to Chelsea who was the joy of his life. His memory will always be cherished by his daughter Chelsea; mother Sandra; brothers Michael (Betsy) of Burns; Jerry (Lori) of Rock Bridge; nephews Jerremy, Cody and Logan Stubblefield; aunt, uncle and cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father Leland Wayne Stubblefield, grandparents Jerry and Hontass Stubblefield and Gerfin and Oma Carver. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Mary Ruth Ravo
age 95, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday May 25, 2011. Funeral Mass was Friday, May 27 at 12 p.m. from St. John Vianney Catholic Church with Father Stephen Gideon presiding. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. She is preceded in death by her parents Joel and Maggie Rittenberry. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Leo Ravo and two brothers Clarence Rittenberry and Reed Rittenberry and one sister Leron Agnes Durham. She is survived by one daughter, Martha Ruth Ravo of Gallatin and several cousins. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Sandra Mai Mills
age 56, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, May 27, 2011. Funeral service was Monday, May 30 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother David Gurchiek officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with nephews David Munday, Wade Munday, Robert Simmons, Erik Munday, Paul Munday, Chris Munday and Jesse Munday serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Mills was born January 23, 1955 in Sumner County, daughter of Paul Douglas Munday and Helen Mai Barber Munday. She is preceded in death by her father, Paul Douglas Munday, daughter Jill C. Ruthledge and mother-in-law Shelby J. Mills. She is survived by mother, Helen Mai Barber Munday of Gallatin; husband of 25 years Timothy Kent Mills of Gallatin; son Matthew Mills (Allison) of Jacksonville, NC; daughter Lindsey Tuttle (Aaron) of St. Louis, MO; father-in-law Joe Bob Mills (Judy) of McMinnville; brothers Mike Munday (Connie) and Dwight Munday both of Gallatin; sisters Paulette Wade (Ken) of Greenbrier and Teresa Wilcox (Richard) of Castalian Springs; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She will be missed by many loving friends and was a member of Old Union Church of Christ. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
James Donald Coleman
age 76, of Gallatin, passed away Monday May 30, 2011. Funeral service will be Thursday, June 2 at 4:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Charles Anderson and Dr. Larry Yarborough officiating. Visitation is today, Wednesday, June 1, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. until time of service on Thursday.  Entombment at Sumner Memorial Gardens Mausoleum will be private with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mr. Coleman was born in Robertson County, on January 5, 1935, son of the late John Andrew Coleman, Jr. and Endura Winn Coleman. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, John A. Coleman, III and Willis Winn Coleman. He was a member of Indian Hills Baptist Church and is survived by his wife of 54 years, Becky Brown Coleman of Gallatin; two sons, Clif Coleman and wife Lisa of Murfreesboro and  Andy Coleman and wife Jayne of Gallatin; three grandchildren, Andrew, Kathryn and Kate Coleman. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
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Two women firefighters among 16 new hires

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Sixteen new firefighters have been hired by the Gallatin Fire Department and attended their orientation on Tuesday. Salaries and benefits for 15 of the new firefighters are funded for two years by a federal SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant of approximately $1.5 million awarded to the City of Gallatin. The other firefighter fills a current position recently vacated.

Among the new employees are two from Sumner County, as well as two women.

“This is precedent-setting for us,” said Mayor Jo Ann Graves, “this is record-breaking.” She stated that the city has never had female firefighters on staff.

“The fire department has worked very hard for diversity,” she added. “The two women had to undergo the same physical agility tests and written tests as the others.”

According to Assistant Police Chief Tom Dale, the department is prepared, and the fire halls will be gender friendly.

“We are building vanity doors,” he said.

Dale noted that the grant required that the new firefighters to be hired by June 5, so the 15 will be dispersed among three shifts until the end of July, when the new fire hall at Station Camp is scheduled to be opened.

Dale said that the department had applied for grants for several years and re-wrote and re-applied again this year and finally received one.

“We feel very fortunate we got this one for two years; there won’t be any more for while.”

Dale also stated that the support of the mayor and the city council has significantly helped in this successful grant application.

More than 400 applicants expressed their interest in working for the Gallatin Fire Department.

These applications were reviewed and narrowed down to 64.

“These went through agility testing and had a written exam,” said Dale, and then a “short list was prioritized and remaining applicants were brought in for personal interviews.

“These firefighters are very qualified, very knowledgeable,” said Dale.

He also stated that the department will be sending them for additional training to the academy at Bell Buckle for 40 hours over 10 weeks.

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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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