From staff reports
The Hendersonville Standard and Gallatin News Publisher Carol Maynard announced this week that she will be stepping down to assume a new position that is close to her heart.
On Monday, Maynard will begin a new journey as the Sales Director at Park Place, a senior living community in Hendersonville.
It is a service and an industry that I have had a calling to go into. Seniors have a big story to tell, she said. Park Place has been in Hendersonville for many, many years. It is two-thirds independent living and one-third assisted living. It offers a great place for seniors.While Maynard said she is excited for this opportunity, she will miss the relationships she formed during the past three years at The Hendersonville Standard and Gallatin News. I put my heart and soul into it. I truly believe in community news. Ill miss the relationships I formed with my clients because they were not just my clients they were my friends, she added.
By JESSE HUGHES
The Gallatin News
Gallatin Finance Director Rachel A. Nichols has charged the City of Gallatin with unlawful discrimination, City Attorney Joe Thompson confirmed Monday.
The Gallatin News obtained redacted records Tuesday morning after submitting information requests under the Tennessee Open Records Act.
Asked to comment, Mayor Jo Ann Graves stated, I cant. We are in litigation.
Prior to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filing, Graves termed the citys treatment of Nichols as discriminatory over a pay increase compared to other department heads.Nichols stated in a sworn statement that In August 2008, I was hired as a Finance Director on, or around, Dec. 30, 2010. I was given additional supervisory duties over the Information Technology department.
By COREY CONLEY
The Gallatin News
Sumner County Board of Education spent its relatively brief Tuesday night meeting on studying the plight of Sumners homeless students and made some changes to policy regarding foreign exchange students that they hope will eliminate headaches for the system.
On a lighter note, they also recognized representatives from Lowes Home Improvement and Robert E. Ellis Middle School for their contributions to major improvements to the schools campus.
School Attendance Supervisor Grace Oliver delivered her report on homeless students in response to recently-elected Board Chairman Ted Wise asking for the information.
According to Oliver, 173 Sumner students qualify as homeless with 10 families living in extended stay motels and two families living in shelters. The rest live with family members and friends.
However, only 93 of those students are on free lunch programs.
Candidates for Gallatin City Council answered questions and shared their vision on the citys future in a candidate forum held Monday night at the Palace Theater.
Sponsored by the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Randy Nash of the Chamber Board and Young Professionals, the forum included candidates for council at large, incumbent Tom Garrott, Julie Brackenbury and Taylor Condra, Ward 1 incumbent Anne Kemp and Steve Sudbury and Ward 2 incumbent Steve Camp and Jamie Carfi.
The format allowed each candidate up to two minutes to answer all five of the questions posed by Nash. Each candidate was also given two minutes for opening and closing statements.
The mood remained serious throughout the event as each candidate shared their visions of how to grow the citys influence, pass the current budget and create more revenue for the city without raising taxes.Following opening statements Nash asked the candidates about the opportunities and challenges that are facing Gallatin and what they would do to address them.
By JOSH NELSON
The Gallatin News
A motorcyclist had to be transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by LifeFlight on Friday afternoon after he was hit by a vehicle.
As a result, Kevin Sweat, age 53, was charged with vehicular assault.According to an incident report filed with the Gallatin Police Department, Willie Branham was riding his motorcycle southbound on Union Park Drive when Sweat pulled his vehicle out from Pemberton Drive, striking Branham's motorcycle just before 5:15 p.m.
Buna Schaible,age 72, of Magnolia, Texas, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Mrs. Schaible was born June 19, 1940 in Robertson County. Funeral service was Monday, October 1 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Brookside Funeral Home in Houston, TX. Interment followed in Brookside Memorial Park. She is preceded in death by her father, Horace Reynolds, siblings John Reynolds, Barbara Reynolds, and Melba Holt and son Paul Schaible. Mrs. Schaible is survived by her husband of 51 years, Armin Ed Schaible of Magnolia, TX; her mother Edna Choate Reynolds Darby; daughters Conny (Larry) Gehring of Spring, TX and Sandy Schaible of Conroe, TX; brother Dale (Paula) Reynolds of Springfield; sisters, Joyce Reynolds White of Springfield, Rita (Benny) Adams of Gallatin and Shelia Regan of Laurel MS; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Brookside Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Three incumbent directors were awarded new three-year terms during Cumberland Electric Membership Corporations 74th annual meeting last weekend at White House Heritage High School in Robertson County. They were elected by members who voted at the meeting or during early voting Sept. 28 at CEMCs seven district business offices.
Stephen E. Douglass of Dover ran unopposed for a second term representing South Stewart County.
Tommy G. Whittaker of Portland also ran unopposed and will serve a third term representing North Sumner County.
The only contested race pitted incumbent Michael A. (Andy) Mason of Springfield against one challenger for the North Robertson County seat. Mason defeated William A. Vogle of Adams and will retain the post for a sixth term.
The CEMC board is comprised of 10 directors from its five county service area who serve staggering terms.CEMC distributes electricity to approximately 90,000 members in Cheatham, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart and Sumner counties.
Ann Kemp announces her candidacy for District One council seat. Ann shares, "I have served eight years in district one and eight years serving as council at large. My concern is for the citizens of Gallatin to get the services they need at the very best cost. Also, to keep taxes low - my voting records show I never voted for a tax increase. I will use the money very carefully and conservatively. I will always return your calls and hope that I can help you. Thanks for allowing me to represent you. I would appreciate your vote on November 6th.
In mid August I received a call from several of Gallatin and Sumner Countys political leaders urging me to seek the office of Council At Large for the City of Gallatin. After prayerful consideration and family discussions I decided to accept this challenge before me.
Being actively involved in civic and political issues over the past several years through my affiliations with our local news media, I have sought to create effective change in Gallatin. I have worked with the local community with the hope of giving Gallatin a choice. My family and I now feel that the time has come for me to offer myself as a servant in the public arena. I am hopeful that I can bring some of those common sense ideas straight from the people to Gallatin City Hall.As you may know, I have been energetically engaged in creating change in my community through my work with various advisory committees and boards. I feel we have made some progress, but our victory is faint. My hope is to bring small business to the forefront, have a balanced budget, and be able to show the citizens of Gallatin a return on the investment of their tax dollars. I believe there are workable solutions available without creating a hardship for taxpayers. I would like to see Gallatin return to emphasizing its community spirit and local development rather than attitudes and social agendas. It is my goal to see Gallatin once again setting the standard, not just for large commercial and industry development, but also for small business and community enrichment thus becoming the city of inspiration for all cities.
It was quite a series of events Saturday for two Nashville men trying to make their way through Gallatin.
According to Gallatin Police Lt. Bill Vahldiek, James Hatton, age 44, was driving a gray Toyota truck with his passenger, Jesse Bumbalough, age 33, on the 109-bypass westbound between South Water and Long Hollow Pike.Somewhere in there, they got into a collision, Vahldiek said. It wasn't with another vehicle it was with a stationary object. We think it was a sign. We're still looking into it.
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Bob Corker for U.S. Senate in Tennessee."Bob Corker has fought to protect our Second Amendment rights," said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. "His strong voting record has earned him an "A" rating from the NRA-PVF, and we proudly endorse him for re-election to the U.S. Senate."
The Tennessee Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education (TEA-FCPE), the political action arm of the Tennessee Education Association, has announced its endorsement of Maria Brewer for Senate District 18, Sarah Marie Smith for House District 40 and Steve Glaser for House District 44. Senate District 18 includes Davidson, Sumner and Trousdale counties. House District 40 includes DeKalb, Smith, Sumner and Trousdale counties. House District 44 includes Sumner County.
Maria Brewer, Sarah Marie Smith and Steve Glaser won the support of teachers in their districts based on their support of public education issues, said Gera Summerford, Sevier County math teacher and TEA president. They recognizes that the states future depends on strong public schools, and their positions merit the support of the education community, parents, and all others interested in the future of public education in Tennessee.
Public schools have a friend in Maria Brewer, Sarah Marie Smith and Steve Glaser. We look forward to working with them in the 2013 legislative session, the TEA president continued.
Supporters of public education are invited to visit vote.teateachers.org to join Tennessees teachers to pledge to vote for who support public education.
The Gallatin Chamber of Commerce is making plans to hold a Gallatin Candidate Forum on at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Palace Theater on the historic Square. Randy Nash of the Chamber of Commerce Board and Young Professionals is the moderator.
Invited to participate are candidates for the At-Large seat including incumbent Tommy Garrott, and challengers Julie Brackenbury and Taylor Tomkins Condra. Candidates for District Ward 1 include incumbent Anne Kemp and challenger Steve Sudbury. Candidates for District ward 2 incumbent Steve Camp and challenger Jamie Carfi.
The event is free and open to the public. Citizens are invited to submit questions prior to the forum via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone needing additional information can contact The Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce at 452-4000 or email@example.com.
The Sumner County Education Committee attentively received a detailed report from Schools Director Dr. Del Phillips Monday that focused on the actual student enrollment increases revealed last week. Reported to be nearly 1,400 during the critical budget process, the actual number was 280. That outcome had been predicted early on by Commission Chairman Merrol Hyde, a former School Superintendent, and Comm. Jerry Stone. Both attended the Education meeting.
Stone remained reserved at the meeting. Afterwards, he said. All I am comparing is apples and apples. Percent increase in students requires an increase in budget and the budget is usually 2X what the increase in students is, Stone stated.
The actual 20th day enrollment increase report shows the relatively minuscule raw figure of 280 to be a 1.01 percent year-over-year increase. Thus, previous school system public statements ranging upwards to 1,382 or 4.96 percent were inflated, being off by almost a factor of five.
Geraldine D. Bursbyage 88, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 21 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Charles Anderson officiating. Interment followed at Crestview Memorial Park with Troy Gann, Jerry Bursby, Melvin Kirkham, Jim Kirkham, David Tarrents and Steve Morris serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Bursby was born October 26, 1923, in Sumner County, to the late Joseph and Myrtle Lane Deweese. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Bursby and sisters, Dorothy Francis, Mary Tarrents and Lennie Christman. She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Ronald) Gann of Gallatin; grandson, Troy Gann and great-granddaughter, Katy Gann. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
In an email distributed to media, House District 44 Democratic candidate Steve Glaser, using his former title of judge, called on Republican candidate and Assistant District Attorney General William Lambert late Tuesday afternoon to explain campaign donations from a killers father and attorney.
I had absolutely nothing to do with that case. I was never assigned that case and did not discuss the case with the prosecutor who handled it. General Ron Blanton handled it. General Blanton had no knowledge of the day-to-day operation of my campaign and I have no involvement with cases he is assigned, including this one, responded Lamberth.
I think it is reprehensible that Steve Glaser would try to score political points based on a tragedy that has destroyed two families. This race should be decided by the voters on the issues, not made-up mudslinging.
The Sumner County Regional Airport Authority on Monday again put off taking action to resolve the matter of Dr. Bill Taylor and consent for a hangar sublease agreement. Nashville attorney Randle Davis was again on hand to represent Taylor who purchased the hangar in 2009 in the business name of Exceptional Housing LLC.
The authoritys attorney, Art McClellan, was not present. Members agreed none of the board members were attorneys and thus could not interpret a two-page contract and the meaning of lessor.
The board was initially near adjournment without taking up the matter that was not on its agenda.
I thought Art had sent your attorney a letter, Chairman David Hunter responded when it was finally raised.
Things may appear to be quiet in the Gallatin municipal elections so far. Behind the scenes, however, candidates have their work cut out for them and are busy crafting ways to crank out their vote come November 6. The more local an election, the more personal contact is likely.Population and demographic statistics have a significant impact on what candidates do to win over voters. The size of an ideal district in Gallatin in a five district system was 6,056 based on the 2010 census, according to an Oct. 11, 2011, Memo by City Attorney Joe Thompson. Thompson drafted the memo as the city council was wrestling with the decision last fall over whether to continue its five-ward system or change it. Last December, Council voted to keep five wards and two at-large seats. The four-year terms are staggered with a presidential and a gubernatorial cycle. Two wards and one at-large seat are on the Nov. 6 presidential cycle ballot.
The Gallatin Planning Department was recognized by the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) recently for their Agenda Management system, which puts all documents for planning commission meetings online.
I worked on it for over a year, said Tony Allers, director of the Codes/Planning Department. It's not just the agenda it's every document attached to each item on the agenda. It's all available to everybody the public, developers, and commission members.As a concerned citizen, you don't have to come to the meeting, Allers said. You can see staff and developer comments on each development. Otherwise, you wouldn't know unless you go to a (planning commission) meeting.
It was the end of an era for Sumners Board of Education. Don Long, who served as Chairman for the past three years, declined to serve for the coming year. This cleared the way for new Chairman Ted Wise to take up the gavel at his first meeting, which addressed pending cuts to adult education and discussed the planned Focus Academies program.
Andy Daniels, nominated by David Brown, was the only challenger to Wise, who was nominated by Beth Cox.District twos Tim Brewer, after reading a prepared statement praising Long for his leadership during the past three years, nominated Long. With the trials and tribulations that are before this board for the next year, I feel it would dreadful to make a change at this time... Id like to nominate Don Long to continue as chairman.
Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Schroer and other TDOT personnel gave local elected officials a unique look at the Highway 109 bridge on Monday during the departments second Projects Tour.
The $29 million project to construct a new bridge over the Cumberland River began in January 2011 and is expected to be completed by October 2013. Mt. Juliet-based Britton Bridge, LLC, is building the bridge.
People in Sumner County really look to Hwy 109 to get down to the Interstate 40 area, said Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer Paul Degges.
Local elected officials and members of the press were transported by boat, around the bridge and the barges where construction crews are currently working. TDOT Civil Engineering Director Wayne Seger said the old bridge was opened in 1954, before the Old Hickory Lake reservoir was created.
Charles Eugene Johnson Gallatin Police Department has identified a suspect in the recent armed robbery of the Gold Buyers store located at 1101 Nashville Pike (Suite 180) that occurred on Sept. 5 and now needs assistance from the public in locating and apprehending that suspect, who has been identified as Charles Eugene Johnson of Nashville. Johnson is described as a black male, 56 and 175 lbs. His primary Nashville address is 40 Shepard Street with an alternate Nashville address of 110 Claiborne Street. Johnson has an extensive criminal history that includes multiple drug charges, violent crimes, evading police and criminal impersonation. Johnson is wanted in Gallatin for Aggravated Robbery and also has a warrant on file through Sumner County for Failure to Appear. If Johnson is located, please contact the police department immediately.
Anyone with information related to this or any other crimes that have occurred in Gallatin are asked to contact Investigator James Kemp at the Gallatin Police Department at 452-1313 ext. 245.
Alker Mai Piperage 80, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 15, from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Eugene May officiating. Interment followed at Sumner Memorial Gardens with John M. Faulton, William Bucky May, Kenneth May, Tommy Wall, Johnny Russell, Michael Lankford serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Piper was born January 19, 1932 in Sumner County, to the Late Frank and Iva Rippy Graves. Mrs. Piper is also preceded in death by her husband, Paul Piper and son, Steve Piper. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn (Johnny) Russell of Gallatin; daughter-in-law, Karen Piper of Gallatin; grandchildren, Michael Lankford, Brittany Russell, Johnny Russell, Ashleigh Piper, Kristy Piper and Nicole Piper and great-grandchild, Hailey Lankford. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
The full Sumner County Commission approved the school budgets Monday in a 20-4 vote. Included was the General Purpose School Budget which increased funding to $193,667,643. Commissioners Paul Goode, Chris Hughes, David Kimbrough, and Jerry Stone cast the nay votes. The vote came just in time for the Oct. 1 deadline for state funding purposes. Thus was the end of another bitter budget battle as two elected bodies locked horns.The legislative funding body, the County Commission, has under its current authority no real control over line items in school spending; the requesting body, the Board of Education, has no tax authority. Members of both sides have suggested or proposed this year the need to change the balance of tension to their favor. Any change would go before the General Assembly.
Gallatin police were called to Terry's Market on Sunday after receiving a call that the store had been broken into overnight.
That call to police came exactly one week after the passing of Weyman Terry, the founder and active proprietor of the store on the corner of North Water Avenue and Hatten Track Road.
It's sad...but they may not have known about the circumstances, said Captain Kate Novitsky said of the timing of the burglary. It may have just been a coincidence. Who knows?
Novitsky said the report filed with the police departments says the perpetrator gained access to the store by forced entry through a window.
Beer and cigarettes that's all that was taken, Novitsky said.
The store was not equipped with security cameras and there were no witnesses, so police currently do not have any suspects.
Unfortunately not, Novitsky said. We just processed it like we do any other crime scene.
Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call the police department at 452-1313.
By Josh Nelson