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Downtown merchants working together

A group of about 25 downtown merchants, property owners and advocates met in the offices of Greater Gallatin last week to begin the process of reviving the Downtown Merchants Association.

Donna Belote, director of Greater Gallatin, explained that the former association kind-of dissolved when the streetscape project began on the Square several years ago. Our local merchants were very busy with keeping their businesses going and letting people know that the Square was still open, she said. Conversations with several of the long-time merchants around Christmas time kept coming back to the need for re-starting the merchants association.

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Community Calendar, February 4 - 9, 2012

February 4

Support Adoption Foundation is pleased to introduce an expanded product line at its Valentines Day Expo, from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Hendersonville. In addition to its regular offerings from African Hope Crafts, Global Mamas and 147 Million Orphans, SAF will offer unique and handcrafted fair trade items from around the world All of the brands are nonprofit charities supporting women and families here and abroad.

American Legion Post 17 invites the public to join them in watching Super Bowl XLVI. Pre game starts at 5:30 p.m. Prize awarded for most outrageously dressed fan.

February 6-11

The Gallatin Civic Center is offering American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes February through June, with the next classes being February 6-11. CPR/AED certification will also be offered during these classes. For prices and times call 451-5911.

February 9

Open Mic Night at Mimis Caf, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. featuring stories spoken and sung by storyteller Beth Easter and singer/songwriter Loney Hutchins. Admission is free as a community service and benefit development of youth storytelling. Arrive, if possible, by 6 p.m. to get seated and place order. Weather: If Sumner County Public School events are cancelled, Open Mic Night will also cancel. Contacts: Irene Erickson 826-4785 or James Perdue 336-2181.

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The following Sumner County locations will provide free VITA tax preparation assistance. Please bring photo ID, Social Security card(s) and last years tax return. Gallatin: Gallatin Senior Citizens Center, 200 East Franklin Street, every Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 3 p.m. beginning January 31 through April 12. Portland: Elmer Hinton Public Library, 201 Portland Blvd., every Saturday beginning February 4 though March 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. E-filing provided no charge, but all parties must be present.

Fairfield United Methodist Church, Westmoreland, is requesting donations of new or clean/gently used clothes, household items, blankets, linens, non-perishable food items, toys, unopened hygiene products, diapers, etc. to help the local area residents. For information call Denise Greene at 615-582-1219 for drop off, pick up and distribution.

American Legion Post 17 invites you as a guest for Tuesday Trivia and Rock and Roll night. Trivia, 6:30 to 7:30 followed by 70s-90s, 7:30 to ? Each Thursday night from 6 to 10 p.m. join them for Karaoke.

Senior Citizens Center serves a hot lunch, meat and two vegetables, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $3 and is open to the public.

College Heights Baptist Church is hosting Grief Share on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. through April12. If you have lost a loved one, you may have found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. That is the reason for GriefShare, a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. There is a $15 fee, which includes a workbook (scholarships are available). For information and to register call Doris Birdwell at College Heights Baptist Church, 452-4952.

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 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.

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The PGA's comeback kid, Brandt Snedeker

Nashvilles Brandt Snedeker has become the PGA Tours Comeback Kid.

Earlier in his career the former Montgomery Bell Academy and Vanderbilt golfer would find ways to lose tournaments on Sunday.

Snedeker has managed to come roaring out of the pack on the final round to win three tournaments.

None will go down in history as more improbable than what Snedeker pulled off Sunday in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in sunny Southern California.

It wasnt so much what Snedeker did, as it was what 24-year-old former Clemson golfer Kyle Stanley didnt do.

I have watched and covered a lot of golf tournaments through the years. None had a more bizarre finish than the chapter Stanley wrote.

Stanley came to the final hole with a three-stroke lead over Snedeker, whose birdie on the final hole left him alone in second place and in the media tent going over his tournament with Stanley still on the course.

You know what happened. Stanley shot a snowman, an 8 in golf parlance. Eight strokes on the par-five. In the water on his third shot. Back of the green on his fifth shot. Two putts to get his ball in the cup and claim his first PGA Tour win.

Stanley 3-jacked the green and Snedeker shockingly found himself paired against Stanley in a sudden death playoff.

Snedeker has a knack of pulling these Sunday stunners. He came from five shots back to win his first Tour event in 2007 with a 63 at the Wyndham.

Last year, he fired a final round 64 to make up six shots, knocking off the No. 1 golfer in the world, Luke Donald, at the Heritage.

Sunday he pushed the envelope to a 7-shot deficit, only to get unexpected help from Stanley and make Snedekers 67 put him in the playoff.

Snedeker has had his share of Sunday heartbreaks during his career. No one can forget the 2008 Masters. After an eagle on the second hole, Snedeker grabbed a share of the lead. Could this be a signature win, his first major? Eight bogeys later, we had the answer.

Snedekers emotions got away from him that day in the interview room afterwards. He choked back tears, could not get his words out. He covered his face with a towel, sobbing. It was heart-wrenching to see the pain in his face.

But even Snedeker had never lost a tournament the way Stanley did, triple-bogeying the final hole when he had led the tournament from the first day until the final hole.

I havent quite done one like that yet, Snedeker admitted, but Ive had a couple where I really had some devastating finishes. You never want to see anybody go through that. not even your worst enemy on the planet.

It was only Snedekers second start of the season, having left the Tour last fall to have a second hip operation Nov. 1. He was born with a congenital condition that would eventually require surgery on both hips. Two months ago, Snedeker was still relying on crutches to navigate around Nashville.

Media looked at the finish and made the story Stanleys collapse, which it was. But it was also about a 31-year-old Brandt Snedeker who found a way to win what would be a two-hole playoff.

Im not sure there has ever been an ending where the champion conducted a media interview about his runner-up finish, then an hour later re-appeared in the media tent with a trophy.

Round two, Snedeker informed the media.

Someone in the media called his victory tainted.

Snedeker bristled.

If anybody wants to see the trophy, it will be at my house the rest of my life, Snedeker smiled. Its not tainted at all. Winning out here is hard to do.

Kyle Stanley found that out the hard way.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

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Ballot boxes readied under lock and seal

The Sumner County Election Commission met the second Tuesday and started the New Year off getting things locked and ready to unload for the 2012 elections. The newly ordered red and blue Precinct Ballot Box keys were signed out by the respective Republican and Democratic appointees for safekeeping outside of the Election Office without ever being in the possession of or under the control of Administrator of Elections Lori Atchley.

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Remembering Paterno

It started with a tweet on Twitter.

Joe Paterno is dead.

The tweet went viral, a growing problem that happens all too frequently in this digital journalism world when a supposed news source puts out stories that are not edited, nor checked for facts.

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Board Extends Minimum Kindergarten Day

The Sumner County Board of Education has changed its policy regarding the kindergarten school day. A unanimous vote removed a provision which mandated the kindergarten day be only four hours. Sumner students in their first year of schooling will join older students in a full six and a half hours of schooling. Advocates say the move benefits students and parents with the transition to full-day schooling, but some on the board worried about the new stresses put on teachers.

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Constable position abolished, pulled off ballot
Tourism gets boost with Civil War grant

The Sumner County Commission voted 22-1 Monday on second and final reading of Resolution 1112-01 to abolish the position of constable. Commissioner Moe Taylor of Westmoreland was the lone no vote. Taylor had stood with the constables throughout the months-long debate as being a valuable resource to the more rural communities in north Sumner County. The meeting was quiet in comparison to recent meetings. No constable, police chief, or district attorney was observed, much less rose to speak on the topic. No one from the public spoke for or against the measure.

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Happy 101st Birthday, Miss Estelle
A large group of family, friends and residents gathered in the community room at Morningside of Gallatin last Friday to help Estelle Hayes celebrate her 101stbirthday, which is actually today, Jan. 25.

She received a Key to the City of Gallatin from Vice Mayor Ed Mayberry, a state accommodation from State Rep. Mike McDonald, and well wishes from several other elected officials including U.S. Representative Diane Black and Governor Bill Haslam. Well wishes were supposedly on the way from President and Mrs. Obama.

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Council heats up over kitchen use
After months of simmering, slow cooking, and stewing at the hands of the Gallatin City Council, a bare majority of four finally decided on an open contract for use of the kitchen facilities on the lower level of City Hall rather than a rewritten exclusive kitchen contract with Carolyn Reed.

Reeds previous contract through Dec. 2010 had been extended month to month and will end Jan. 31. At the hottest point of the meeting, some 58 supporters of Reed were in the room, the count excluding city officials and employees and reporters. Pastor A.L. Hopgood took the seven council members and City Attorney Joe Thompson to task in defense of Reed, who was the only person allowed to prepare meals in the kitchen under the exclusive contract.

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Board struggles to define role for student technology

The Sumner County Board of Education is considering loosening their policy regarding mobile devices in the classroom. Advocates point to the increased use of student technology for educational purposes and the convenience for parents of being able to communicate with their children during school hours. Others on the board worry this could further open the schools to inappropriate behavior and distraction.

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Gallatin woman arrested for stealing daughter's identity

A Gallatin woman was arrested last Tuesday on charges accusing her of using money from the First United Methodist Church in Gallatin to get cable service under her nine-year-old daughter's name.

Christa Smith, 37, of West Jackson Street, was charged with two counts of identity theft and one count of theft of services.

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McDonald: Voters to decide tax ban amendment

With filing deadlines drawing near, members of the House and I are putting final touches on our legislative packages for the 2012 session of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly.

House committees and subcommittees have been organizing over the past two weeks in order to prepare for the large volume of legislation that will be considered in the next few months. According to the Constitution, legislation must receive favorable consideration on two consecutive readings in the House prior to traveling through the committee process.

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Community Calendar, January 26- February 11, 2012

January 26

UT Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences presents Dining with Diabetes, 10 to 12:30 at the Extension Office, 685 Hartsville Pike. Class fee is $10. Call 452-1423 for more information.

January 28

Pastor Derrick Jackson and the First Baptist Church Sports Ministry will host their 1st Annual Wellness Day at 290 E. Winchester Street, 10 a.m. 3 p.m. For more information contact Marcus Lewis at 615-689-864 or Teresa Walker at 615-290-7798. You may also email fbcsportsministry@yahoo.com.

January 29

Penny Roark and her group, Union Hill will be featured at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church on Dobbins Pike when they host their 5th Sunday night singing at 6 p.m. Penny will be appearing with her new group including well-known fiddle player Travis Wetzel. Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church is where Penny started singing Gospel Music.

Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church will be hosting a special evening concert provided by The Commonwealth Quartet at 6 p.m. The public is invited to come and enjoy this special concert. The church is located at 1042 Hartsville Pike, 452-3715.

February 4

American Legion Post 17 invites the public to join them in watching Super Bowl XLVI. Pre game starts at 5:30 p.m. Prize awarded for most outrageously dressed fan.

February 6-11

The Gallatin Civic Center is offering American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes February through June, with the next classes being February 6-11. CPR/AED certification will also be offered during these classes. For prices and times call 451-5911.

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The following Sumner County locations will provide free VITA tax preparation assistance. Please bring photo ID, Social Security card(s) and last years tax return. Gallatin: Gallatin Senior Citizens Center, 200 East Franklin Street, every Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 3 p.m. beginning January 31 through April 12. Portland: Elmer Hinton Public Library, 201 Portland Blvd., every Saturday beginning February 4 though March 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. E-filing provided no charge, but all parties must be present.

Fairfield United Methodist Church, Westmoreland, is requesting donations of new or clean/gently used clothes, household items, blankets, linens, non-perishable food items, toys, unopened hygiene products, diapers, etc. to help the local area residents. For information call Denise Greene at 615-582-1219 for drop off, pick up and distribution.

American Legion Post 17 invites you as a guest for Tuesday Trivia and Rock and Roll night. Trivia, 6:30 to 7:30 followed by 70s-90s, 7:30 to ? Each Thursday night from 6 to 10 p.m. join them for Karaoke.

Senior Citizens Center serves a hot lunch, meat and two vegetables, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $3 and is open to the public.

College Heights Baptist Church is hosting Grief Share on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. through April12. If you have lost a loved one, you may have found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. That is the reason for GriefShare, a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. There is a $15 fee, which includes a workbook (scholarships are available). For information and to register call Doris Birdwell at College Heights Baptist Church, 452-4952.

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 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.

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Fisher goes to the Rams

In somewhat of a rare departure in this era of take the money and run, former Titans football coach Jeff Fisher chose the fit over fortune.

In taking the St. Louis Rams offer, Fisher may have left some money on the table in Miami. He may have missed out on scenic sunsets and warm winters, but Fisher made the right choice.

You take a legal pad, draw a line down the middle and put the pluses and minuses down for both teams and St. Louis, downtrodden as it has been since 2007 (15-65), comes out on top.

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Dorothy B. Bridge Dot

of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Mrs. Bridge was preceded in death by her husband, B.E. Bridge, Jr. (Bud) and her mother, Jeanette Ivey. She is survived by her children, Richard Brill and wife Janet, Burton Bridge and wife Debbie, Barbara Bridge and Betsy Scheets and husband, Rick; grandchildren, Kathleen, Kristin, Benjamin, Rianna and Brandon and several nieces and nephews. After Dots long successful career as a District Manager for The Limited, she and Bud retired to Gallatin from Pittsburg, in 1983. Visitation will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 167 West Main Street in Gallatin, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 21, with a memorial service immediately following at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 167 West Main Street, P.O. Box 1926, Gallatin, TN 37066. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info

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Obituaries for January 19, 2012

Jeweldine McPeak

age 54, of Bethpage, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012. Mrs. McPeak was cremated and a memorial service will be held Thursday, January 19 at 4 p.m. from Rock Bridge Church of Christ. Mrs. McPeak was born January 7, 1958 in Lebanon. She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Jewel McPeak and step-father, Noel Perdue. She is survived by her mother, Daisy Mae Barrett Perdue of Bethpage; sons, Travis Williams (Andrea) of Gallatin and Leo Williams of Pennsylvania; daughter, Danielle Henley (Timothy) of Portland; brother, Michael McPeak (Patricia) of Murfreesboro; grandchild, Deven Williams and daughter-in-law, Tamara Williams of Gallatin. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Jean Francis

age 81, of Cottontown, passed away Friday, January 13, 2012. Funeral service was Sunday, January 15 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Doug Parks officiating. Interment followed in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Francis was born March 11, 1930, in Sumner County, daughter of the late Joe and Myrtle Lane Deweese. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Francis, son, Jimmy Francis; sisters, Mary Tarrents and Lennie Christman and one infant brother. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Morris (Steve) of Cottontown; sister, Geraldine Bursby of Cottontown; grandchildren, Trina Lasley, Joey Morris and Nathan Francis; great grandchildren, Dustin Russell (Jessica), Susan Russell, Mitchell Lasley and Jessica Morris and great-great grandchild Camden Russell. Mrs. Francis was a member of Cottontown Church of Christ and worked for Sumner County Board of Education. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

Jimmy Harold Bo Sherlin, Jr.

age 63, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Funeral Service was Saturday, January 14 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor James Mallard and Pastor Joel Mallard officiating. Interment followed in Bushs Chapel Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mr. Sherlin was born November 16, 1948 in Bradley County. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Sherlin. He is survived by his mother, Betty Todd Shaw of Hendersonville; father, Jimmy H. Jim Sherlin, Sr. and wife, Linda, of Gallatin; son, Dwayne Sherlin, of Castalian Springs; daughter, Tracy Strickland (Chad) of Elyria, OH; brother, Eddie Sherlin (Darlene) of Hendersonville; sisters, Delilah Mallard (James) of Gallatin and Deborah Case of Hendersonville and grandchildren, Brittanie Strickland, Brookelynn Strickland, Brett Strickland, Madison Sherlin and Adrien Sherlin. He was a member of Free Indeed Fellowship Church in Gallatin. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

Lily Lovella Cope

age 94, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2012. Graveside service was Monday, January 16 at 2 p.m. from Crestview Memorial Park with Thomas Marlin officiating. There was no visitation. Mrs. Cope was born October 14, 1917, in Sumner County, daughter of the late Charlie C. and Annie Belle Hodges Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William P. Bill Cope. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Frank Richard Rivers Sr.,

age 66, formerly of Gallatin, passed away on January 8, 2012, in Wisconsin. Mr. Rivers was born February 26, 1945 in Gallatin. He proudly served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam Era. Frank was a licensed barber. He enjoyed writing and was a wonderful artist, as well as an accomplished musician. His interests included playing the guitar, softball, Sudoku, and Scrabble. Frank was an avid sports enthusiast and exemplary gardener. He was a very creative individual and a man of strong faith. His faith endured throughout the season of cancer that eventually took him from us. Survivors include his daughters, Serita Summers and Brenda Williams, of Tennessee and Ellen Brown of Utah; a son, Frank Ricky Rivers Jr., of Florida; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas David Rivers, of Louisiana and a sister, Dean Rivers of Tennessee. Frank is further survived by many friends, including special friends, Cliff and Jo Kutzner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jewel Francis (nee Brown) and Leeander Richard Rivers. A graveside service will be held at a later date, in the chapel, at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery. Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory, 908 11th Ave., Union Grove, WI, 53182, 262-878-2011, www.danielsfamilyfuneral.com

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Mayor Graves holds Mayors Night In

Mayor Jo Ann Graves will hold a Mayors Night In from 4:30 p.m. until 6 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the Mayors Office at City Hall.

The Mayor holds the meetings to give citizens the opportunity to meet with her one on one to discuss any issues or ideas that may be important to them.

Mayor Graves said, The ideas of our citizens are extremely important to me. I hold the Mayors Night In as one more avenue for me to meet and talk with citizens individually about issues in our city that may impact them. It is also an opportunity for anyone to talk to me about their ideas for the city.

It is not necessary to make an appointment, but citizens may call the Mayors office at 451-5961 if there are any questions.

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Romney would be disastrous for nation

Dear Editor;

My fellow Americans: Let us be neither coy, nor aloof; if ex-Gov. Mitt Romney is elected our next Commander in Chief, for all intents and purposes, we are very likely to enter a future of dramatic and toxic change. Not that of the Obama psyche; everyone is, as few do. No.

A far more sinister plot awaits all but the most prominent; expect from this cold, uncaring and deceitful individual a lowered corporate tax, increased job losses to foreign lands, sharply reduced/modified Social Security payouts, Medicare Parts A and B cuts, security, education slashes. Drastically lower government expenditures, across the board. Sound good? Not so fast!

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Community Calendar, January 20- 29, 2012

January 20

The Sumner Academy Annual Chili Cook-Off begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Carroll Field House on the Sumner Academy campus. Each grade creates a themed booth and provides chili and toppings. Awards are given for Best Booth and Best Tasting Chili (both judged by a panel of third party judges) and People's Choice (the booth that raises the most money). The cost of each ticket is $5.00 and can be purchased from the school office or at the door on the evening of the event. With the ticket, you get entry into the event and the ability to get samples of chili from any and all booths. Stick around for the Annual Talent Show, which follows the Chili Cook-Off at 7 p.m.

Gallatin Arts Council presents a Mystery Dinner Theater, Mystery at Trouser Place or the Case of the Screaming Assistant at Epic Event Centre, 392 West Main. Dinner is at 6:30, followed by the show at 7 p.m. Dinner by Chef Christopher. Advance reservations are required, by calling 594-4255 or 452-9129.

January 21

Junior Service League of Gallatin presents Bringing Stories to Life at the Gallatin Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Children, ages 3-8, will explore the importance of being healthy and fit through a book, some fun physical activity and a healthy snack. The book this month is Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Beuhner.

The Gallatin Morning Rotary Club invites the public to join in support of Gallatin Public Library with a donation of new and used books, VHS and DVDs at the library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please, no textbooks, encyclopedias, condensed books or magazines.

Shalom Zone is hosting a Community Forum on community concerns, including voting rights, crime, the judicial system and other concerns. Come share your thoughts, insights, hopes and voice at 10 a.m. Gallatin attorney Jim Hawkins, Election Commission Member, Clay Haynes, State Representative District 44, Mike McDonald and others will participate.

January 24

Mayor Jo Ann Graves will hold a Mayors Night In from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Mayors Office at City Hall. The Mayor holds the meetings to give citizens the opportunity to meet with her one on one to discuss any issues or ideas that may be important to them. It is not necessary to make an appointment, but citizens may call the Mayors office at 451-5961 if there are any questions.

January 26

UT Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences presents Dining with Diabetes, 10 to 12:30 at the Extension Office, 685 Hartsville Pike. Class fee is $10. Call 452-1423 for more information.

January 28

Pastor Derrick Jackson and the First Baptist Church Sports Ministry will host their 1st Annual Wellness Day at 290 E. Winchester Street, 10 a.m. 3 p.m. For more information contact Marcus Lewis at 615-689-864 or Teresa Walker at 615-290-7798. You may also email fbcsportsministry@yahoo.com

January 29

Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church will be hosting a special evening concert provided by The Commonwealth Quartet at 6 p.m. The public is invited to come and fellowship and enjoy this special concert. The church is located at 1042 Hartsville Pike, 452-3715

FYI

Senior Citizens Center serves a hot lunch, meat and two vegetables, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $3 and is open to the public.

College Heights Baptist Church is hosting Grief Share on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. through April12. If you have lost a loved one, you may have found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. That is the reason for GriefShare, a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. There is a $15 fee, which includes a workbook (scholarships are available). For information and to register call Doris Birdwell at College Heights Baptist Church, 452-4952.

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 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.

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Sheriff offers Drug Take Back Kiosk

Sheriff Sonny Weatherford will officially open the Prescription Drug Take Back kiosk at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 19 at the Sumner County Sheriffs office at 117 W. Smith Street in Gallatin.

The kiosk, located in the administrative hallway of the Sheriffs Office, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide the public a place to dispose unwanted, unused, or expired medications.

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Sumner Academy to host chili cook-off

The Sumner Academy Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the Carroll Field House on the Sumner Academy campus. This is a much loved event open to the community. Each grade creates a themed booth and provides chili and toppings for the event. Awards are given for Best Booth and Best Tasting Chili (both judged by a panel of third party judges) and People's Choice (the booth that raises the most money).The cost of each ticket is only $5 and can be purchased from the school office or at the door on the evening of the event. With the ticket, you get entry into the event and the ability to get samples of chili from any and all booths. Stick around for the Annual Talent Show which follows the Chili Cook-Off at 7 p.m

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CAP receives $25,000 donation
Cutline: Pictured (l-r) at the Delta Dental of Tennessee check presentation is Delta Dental CFO Tom Perry, CAP founder Fred Bailey, Delta Dental Vice President of Marketing Missy Acosta, and US Congressman Diane Black. Photo by Randy Cline

Children Are People, Inc. (CAP) founder Fred Bailey got a welcomed surprise last week as Delta Dental of Tennessee representatives arrived to present the charitable organization with a $25,000 donation.

Bailey said the contribution was greatly needed and will benefit the 67 children currently enrolled in the organizations program to assist at-risk children of Sumner County to develop academic and life skills to become responsible, self-sufficient adults who contribute to their community.

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Tebow for President

So, I ask you, what does Tim Tebow do after he leads the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl? In his rookie year, no less. Republicans are struggling to find a candidate they feel can defeat President Barack Obama. Tim Tebow is the man. Who can balance our countrys budget after so many have tried and failed? Tim Tebow, naturally.

Who can erase the national debt, which at last glance was bigger than the Grand Canyon? Tebow is the man.

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Obituaries for January 12, 2012

Helen Pauline Bates Baber

age 100, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, January 6, 2012. Funeral service is today, Wednesday, January 11 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Kyle Gott and Dr. Charles Moffatt officiating. Interment follows in Crestview Memorial Park with Bill Baber, Britt Bassoni, Andrew Hogan, Billy Kirklin, Todd M. LaPorte, Shaun Potter, Ben Spears, and Martin Spears serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be E. H. Garrott, Jr., John Garrott, Tommy Garrott, Mary Bell Neal Ginanni, Pat Hibbett, Paul Neal, Tom Neal, Nancy Parsons, Gay Shields, John Shields, and Kenneth Thomson. Mrs. Baber was born August 2, 1911, in Sumner County near Castalian Springs, the daughter of Hugh Britton Bates and Nettie Clay Talbot Bates. She was the widow of Marion Mason Baber whom she married in 1930. A member of Gallatin's First Presbyterian Church, she left alegacy of faithful service there. She particularly enjoyed delivering the church-sponsored Meals on Wheels for 31 years. "Miss Helen" volunteered for over 30 years at Sumner Regional Medical Center, accumulating almost 5,000 hours of service. For 39 years, she was employed at Randy's Record Shop, owned by Randolph C. Wood. Earlier she had partnered in Gallatin Printing Company with her brother William Russell Bates. As a young lady, she secured her first employment with the Sumner County Board of Education in the Howard School Cafeteria. She was a descendant of the early families of Sumner and Wilson Counties, including Bates, Britton, Cole, Walters, Baker, Blakemore, Mathes and Connell. In Kentucky, the Talbot, Speed, Owsley, Clay and Lewis families. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her six siblings, Mary Catherine Oglesby, Talbot Bates, Hugh W. Bates, Charles H. Bates, Sadie Bates, and William Russell Bates. She is survived by her daughters, Betty B. Laporte (Todd) of Lafayette, California and Polly B. Bassoni of Portland; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and her beloved niece, Anita Hogan, of Brentwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church Meals On Wheels 167 West Main Street, Gallatin, TN 37066 or to the charity of ones choice. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Meredith Catherine Conner

age 30, passed away January 4, 2012. She is survived by her parents, Pat and Chuck Conner; brother, Chase Conner. A Life Celebration Service was held Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Hendersonville First United Methodist Church with Reverend Don Hutchinson and Reverend Ben Alexander officiating. Interment followed in Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers were Lindy Gaughan, Lile Rogers, Marrianne Cook, Kathy Atkinson, Jan Nunnally, Nina Shields, Angela Shields, Suzanne Graham, and Ivy Lindey. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hendersonville First United Methodist Church Renovation Fund. Hendersonville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. hendersonvillefh.com.

Donald Lee McCloud

better known as Razz, age 79, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2012. Funeral service was Friday, January 6 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Stacey Durham officiating. Burial followed in Old Brush Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mr. McCloud was born in Sumner County, on December 29, 1932, son of the late William and Annie Mae McCloud. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Lillian. He is survived by one sister, Thelma White, of Portland; two half-sisters, Janie Thomas of Antioch and Cathy King of Nashville; four step-sons, Walter Baker and wife, Bonnie, Frankie Baker and wife, Jennifer, Wayne Baker and wife, Jeri all of Gallatin and Billy Baker and wife, Linda, of Gainesboro and one brother, Wayne McCloud of Indiana; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.

Herman Douglas White

age 72, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Funeral service was Friday, January 6 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Elder Brent Hall officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Derrick Cook, Tony Leal, Douglas Lankford, Martin Boles, Travis Collins, Brandon Gulley and Johnny Gulley serving as pallbearers. Mr. White was born August 5, 1939 in Macon County, son of the late Hobson and Hortense White. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters, Ruby Meador and Helen Bingham. He is survived by his wife, Mary Hauskin White, of Gallatin; daughters, Tammy Crook (Ronnie) of Gallatin and Wynemia Cook (Anthony) of Bethpage; sisters, Peggy Hauskin (Bobby) of Lafayette and Selma Tuck (Charles) of Hendersonville; two grandchildren, Derrick Cook (Heather) and Amanda Leal (Tony) and four great grandchildren, Hannah Cook Gregory, Andrew Leal, Gracie Cook and Grayson Cook. Mr. White was saved at an early age. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

Margaret Ross Todd

age 81, of Castalian Springs, passed away Monday, January 9, 2012. Funeral service will be Thursday, January 12 at 2:30 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Eugene L. Martino, Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be today, January 11, from 11:30 a.m. -8 p.m. and Thursday, January 12, from noon until time of service. Mrs. Todd was born in Sumner County, daughter of the late Hosea Mosco Ross and Minnie Cantizy Gross Ross. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Ervin Todd; brother, Douglas Ross and sister, Ruby Piper. She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Lee Hall (Ronald) of Gallatin; brother, Ewing D. Ross of Gallatin; grandchildren, Renee Williams (Dan) and Brandi Wright (Shane) and great grandchildren, Kendra Clark, Kelsey Wright and Coby Wright. Mrs. Todd worked at Genesco and Sumner Regional Medical Center. The family would like to express special thanks to the healthcare providers at Gallatin Health Care. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

Robert Franklin McElwee

better known as Bob, age 89, of Gallatin, passed away December 29, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Mary McElwee. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Irene and three daughters, Carol Livengood of Gallatin, Sharon Single and husband, Al of Okeechobee, FL and Diane Cleveland and husband, Samuel, of Safety Harbor, FL; four grandchildren, Bryan Single of Los Angeles, CA, Grant Cleveland and wife, Lori of Chagrin Falls, FL, Carrie Swartz and husband, Trace of Sarasota, FL and Alicia Borley and husband, James of Denver, CO and three great grandchildren, Eleanor, Damien and Vivian Cleveland. Memorials may be directed to the Paralyzed Veterans Fund.

Linda Darnell Woodard York

age 48 of Old Hickory, passed away Monday, January 9, 2012. Funeral service will be Friday, January 13 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Dove officiating. Burial will follow in Sumner Memorial Gardens with family and friends and serving as pallbearers.Visitation will be Thursday, January 14, 11 a.m. 8 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m. until time of service. Linda was born in Sumner County on February 2, 1963, daughter of Donald and Roberta Woodard. She was preceded in death by her mother. She is survived by her children, Samantha and Johnavan York, of Old Hickory; father, Donald Woodard, Sr. of Gallatin; companion, John Lombardo of Old Hickory; three brothers, Donald Woodard and wife, Maxine, of Watertown, Bobby Woodard, Billy Woodard and wife, Tara, all of Gallatin; two sisters, Donna Suddarth and husband, Mark of Castalian Springs and Deborah Woodard, of Gallatin and several nieces and nephews. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.

Jerry R. Smith

age 74, of Gallatin, passed away January 8, 2012. Mr. Smith was a very fun loving, caring, kind and patient man. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and wood working. He was a member of the Beech Masonic Lodge #240. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Paul Smith and Glenna Faye Smith. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Delores Smith; daughter, Angie Smith Kimble (Jeff); grandchildren, Abby, Alex and Austin Kimble; sister, Sarah Greene; brother-in-law, Joe Lawson; beloved uncle, Dee Buddy Smith (Georgia); dear nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A Life Celebration will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Hendersonville Funeral Home with burial to follow at Beech Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Beech Masonic Lodge #240 and graduates of Madison High School classes of 56 and 57. Visitation will be 2 4 p.m. and 6 8 p.m. today with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. at Hendersonville Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alive Hospice 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN. www.hendersonvillefh.com

Sherril Hall

ge 65, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Memorial service was Monday, January 9 at 6 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church. Ms. Hall was born March 21, 1946 in Little Rock, AR, daughter of the late Raymond and Lewellyn Winifred Cain McAlvey. She is survived by two sons, Mark Hall of Ft. Lewis, WA and Ryan Hall of South Bend, IN; two daughters, Stacey Diaz (Lino) of Parrish, FL and Shannon Lannon (Scott) of Gallatin; one sister, Cynthia Hein of Indianapolis, IN and six grandchildren, Chase Diaz, Tristan Diaz, Nicholas Diaz, Kelsey Hall, McAley Lannon and Presley Lannon. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com Family Heritage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wilma Faye Woods

age 74, of Gallatin, passed away January 9, 2012. Funeral service will be Thursday, January 12 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home. Interment will be in Crestview Memorial Park with Chris Duerr, Ashley Donoho, Douglas Woods and Derrick Duerr serving as pallbearers. Visitation is today, Wednesday, January 11 from 2-8 p.m. and Thursday. January 12 from 10 a.m. until time of service. Mrs. Woods was born in Springfield, daughter of the late Loney Hayden Greene and Virginia Louise Mayes Greene. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Billy H. Woods. She is survived by her son, Douglas Hayden Woods of Boonesville, AR; daughters, Teresa Kaye Duerr of Nashville and Wanda Renee Humphrey of Gallatin; brother, Billy Greene of Hendersonville; grandchildren, Misty Ann Donoho and Christopher Brian Duerr and great grandchildren, Jillian Hope Donoho and Olivia Grace Donoho. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

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