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June 6-June 13, 2010
June 6-9
Sumner County Upper Cumberland Presbyterian Church invites children grades K-6th to visit for B.O.O.T. Camp VBS, 6:30 – 8:30 nightly. Come and bring a friend,1038 Lock 4 Road.  Wednesday night is family night.  Call 452-8223 or visit www.scucpc.com for more information.
June 6-10
Church of Our Savior and St. Joseph of Arimathea are teaming up every evening for Vacation Bible School, beginning with dinner at 5:30 followed by the program “Egypt! Joseph’s journey from prison to palace”.   There are opportunities to be involved as an adult volunteer or to join the adult track which will meet simultaneously with the Vacation Bible School.Church of Our Saviour is located at 704 Hartsville Pike. For more information or to register contact: The church offices at St. Joseph of Arimathea 824-2910 or Church of Our Saviour at 452-7146.
June 7 - 10
Rehoboth United Methodist Church hosts Galactic Blast, “a Cosmic Adventure Praising God!” Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. nightly. The church is located at 2601 Cages Bend Road, 822-3966.
June 8
The Gallatin Chapter of TVA Retirees meets at King Soloman Masonic Lodge on East Main Street at 1 p.m. Guest speaker is city councilman/banker, Ed Mayberry. Call Al Goguen at 325-6938 for more information.
June 9, 10
Mid Cumberland Community Action Agency Commodity Distribution is at 600 Small Street. Expected Commodities include tuna, cream of mushroom soup, canned pork, mixed vegetables, tomato soup, cream corn, applesauce, peaches, dried plums, northern beans, cherry apple juice, fresh potatoes and creamy tomato soup.
June 10
The Sumner County Democratic Women are
hosting an “All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 750 East Main Street in Hendersonville.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children from 7-12, and children six and under are free. Democratic candidates for all offices have been invited to attend.  Tickets can be purchased from Jeanette Jackson at: scdw_president@comcast.net
June 10
Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center is hosting the Independence Day Celebration at the Gallatin Civic Center, July 3rd. Parties interested in renting booth space, sponsorships or volunteer opportunities need to contact Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center at 206-1176. First meeting for volunteers is June 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the center at 301 Hancock Street, Gallatin.
June 10
The Fairway Golf Club, in conjunction with the Long Hollow Golf Course will sponsor a FREE youth golf clinic at the Long Hollow  Golf Course from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is for boys and girls ages 8 to 16. Professional Jimbo Hicks and members of the Fairway golf club will give basic instructions on full swing, chipping, putting, golf attire, safety, etc. If you have your own clubs, please bring them. If you do not have clubs, they will be provided. To register, call the Long Hollow Golf Course at 451-3120 on, or before June 8 and leave  your name and age.
June 11
Gallatin Arts Council is sponsoring a Songwriters’ Showcase at Larriviere’s on the Square in Gallatin at 7 p.m., featuring Johnny and Clint Park, followed by Steve and Kyle Robinson. Admission is free. Larriviere’s will have food and drinks for purchase. For more information visit www.gallatinartscouncil.org.
June 13
The third annual homecoming of Dry Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church begins at 11:00 a.m.   A lunch of barbeque will be served under the big tent after the worship service. A covered dish is welcomed.  All neighbors and founding families are invited to attend.The church is located about 10 miles north of Gallatin. Turn left at the Marathon station on Rock Bridge Road. Go to Dry Fork Creek Road and turn left.  Church on right on the hill. Look for signs.For more info call 841-3169 or 230-8292. Check out the web site at dryforkchurch.com
June 13
Peach Valley Baptist Church and Pastor Dexer D. Mims celebrate “Mens Day”. First Street Missionary Baptist Church will be the 3:00 p.m. guest and dinner will be served.
FYI
A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at Blackeye 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.

Scrabble Club meets Thursday afternoons, 12:30-3:30 at Gallatin Public Library Meetings Rooms. All skill levels welcome. For further information, contact Berniece at 452-0570.
CLASS REUNION

The GHS 1960 class will celebrate our 50th class reunion June 12 at the Gallatin Hampton Inn.  For information please call Mary Green Morgan at 452 4102 or Saundra Ridings Boyd at 452 6762.
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May 20, 2010

Emma Dorothy Harrison
age 87, of Marion, KY, formerly of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Funeral service was Sunday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Siloam Cemetery in Westmoreland.  Family and friends serviceed as pallbearers. Mrs. Harrison worked at the Sumner County Courthouse in the Building Commissioners Office. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Thomas Oscar (T.O.) Harrison, two sons John and Roy Harrison and two brothers.  She is survived by two grandsons, Tim Harrison (Mandi) of Marion, KY, Tommy Harrison (Regina) of Princeton, KY; four great grandchildren, Dani, Maggie, Quentin and Kristen Harrison and best friend Dorothy Dennis of Gallatin.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com


William Patrick Suddarth
“Chip”, age 30, of Gallatin, died Saturday May 8, 2010. Funeral service was Wednesday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. Rehoboth Methodist Church with Reverend Mike Potts and Reverend Cathy Leimenstell officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William H. Suddarth, Sr. and Virginia D. Suddarth, maternal grandfather Thedford Leon Kelley and a cousin Dustin Caleb Alexander. Chip was born in Hendersonville, February 15, 1980. He is survived by his wife Ashley Embry Suddarth of Gallatin; two children, Ella Grace Suddarth and Owen Patrick Suddarth; mother Patricia Kelley Brown (Henry) of Gallatin; father William H. “Billy” Suddarth (Angela) of Nashville; maternal grandmother Mrs. Leon “Patsy” Kelley of Gallatin; paternal grandmother Clara Louise Suddarth of Gallatin; stepmother Lisa Suddarth Nease of Nashville; brothers, Philip Brown (Melissa)  of Westmoreland, William Trent Suddarth of Knoxville, Justin Chew of Raleigh, N.C.; sisters, Leah Schlacter (Dave) Murfreesboro, Jennifer Roberts of Murfreesboro, Tatum Brooke Suddarth of Knoxville, Jessica Chew of Raleigh, N.C.; uncles Ted Kelley (Allie), of Gallatin and Jimmy Suddarth (Joan) of Hendersonville; aunts, Deborah K. Critz, Connie Alexander and Terri K. Woodward (Fred) all of Gallatin and many cousins.  The family request memorials be directed to Citizen Bank 150 West Main Street, Gallatin, TN  37066 for the Owen Patrick Suddarth and Ella Grace Suddarth Fund. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.


Julius Edgar Bruce
better known as Eddie, age 73, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2010. Funeral service was Wednesday May 19, at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Dee Russell officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mr. Bruce was born in Gallatin, May 4, 1937, son of the late Julius T. Bruce and Ida Caldwell Bruce. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Tommy Bruce, and five sisters, Bessie Taylor, Elizabeth Leskoff, Ada Brobeck, Louise Davis and Alberta Saunders. He is survived by three sisters, Helen Digby and husband George of Green Hills, Thelma Piper and husband Tommy of Brentwood and Dorothy B. Wilson “Dottie” of Green Hills and special niece and nephew-in-law, care givers and friends Carol and Leroy Parker of Gallatin and several other nieces and nephews.  Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.


L.V. Long, Jr.
age 73, of White House, passed away Friday, May 14, 2010. Funeral service was Monday, May 17 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Reverend John McLendon officiating. Burial followed in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Portland with Joe Towers, John Whitefield, Jeff Blackford, Don Lewis, Don Long and Jon Long serving as pallbearers.  Mr. Long was born in Robertson County, October 25, 1936, son of the late Leonard V. Long, Sr. and Minnie Annie Gibson Long. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Faye Gentry Long and one daughter Stacy Page Johnson. He is survived by his wife Clara Long; three sons Don Long (Teri) of Hendersonville, Jon Long (Trish) of Nashville, and Joe Towers (Kim) of Goodlettsville; three daughters, Debbie Lewis (Don) of Hendersonville, Donna Whitefield (John) of Hendersonville and Kim Blackford (Jeff) of White House; one brother Joe Long (Martha) of Portland; 18 grandchildren, Olivia Broaddus, Caleb Long, Tanner Broaddus, Michael Lewis, David Lewis, Christi Lewis, Jordan Thomas, Aaron Thomas, Austin Thomas, Caden Blackford, Alexa Blackford, Davis Blackford, Megan Page, Brandon Page, Collin Page, Devon Johnson, Dylan Johnson and Kalei Johnson; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Coker and Marie Milstein and many friends. For those wishing to make memorial donations, please consider The American Cancer Society or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.

Marlin Dale Johnson, Sr.
entered into eternal life unexpectedly on Saturday, May 15, 2010. He leaves behind three sons and one daughter, Dale, Jr., Daniel (Jennifer) of Joliet, IL and Nathan of Portland; one daughter, Nicole Henderson (Steven) of Brownsville, TN, as well as his sister Renee Parke of Olympia, WA, and his brother Earle Johnson of Texas. Mr. Johnson also leaves behind six grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews as well as many other grieving friends and family members who will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his mother, Clara Johnson and his father Nathan E. Johnson as well as one sister, Arlene and a brother William. Funeral service was Wednesday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Peace officiating. Burial  followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.


Rose W. Jones
age 73, of Gallatin, passed away Sunday, May 16, 2010. Graveside service was Tuesday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m. from Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Mrs. Jones was born in Carlisle, Tennessee, daughter of the late Bert Allen Warfield and Eula Wyatt Warfield. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Fred Jones and two brothers, E.W. Warfield and Kenneth R. Warfield. She is survived by one son, Nathan Blain of Joelton; two daughters Beverly Phelps Shoop and husband Mike of Pegram, Eyvonne Hunter and husband Gary of Joelton; one brother Lurton “Leon” Warfield of Dover; two sisters, Ellouise Fox and husband Clyde of Dover, and Audrey J. Ross of Harrison, MI, four grandchildren Christopher Phelps, Jennifer Blain, Kirk Phelps, and Melinda Brown and her husband Daniel. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.


Thomas E. David
“Tom”, age 78, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, May 14, 2010. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. from Family Heritage Funeral Home chapel. Mr. David was born October 6, 1931, son of the late William Rufus David and Bessie Owen David. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Steve David and a grandson Eddie Pitts. He is survived by his wife Linda; one daughter Carmine David (Gerald Swetman) of Franklin, TN; one step-daughter Shannon Boshers (Michael) of Hermitage; one sister Dorothy Lee Rader (James) of Franklin, TN; one grandson Josh David; one granddaughter Katherine David and two great grandchildren. The family requests memorials be made to Sumner Hospice, 510 East Main Street, Gallatin, TN  37066. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.


William T. Brown
“Billy”, age 74, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 22 at Woodard Funeral Home with Brother Willie Leduc officiating. Interment follows in New Hope Cemetery with military honors. James Levy, Michael Levy, Michael Leduc, David Leduc, Bill Leduc and Marvin Tuttle will serve as pallbearers. Visitation is Friday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. until time of service. Mr. Brown is preceded in death by his father, Lowell Brown, daughter, Rhonda Morales, son,  David Brown, granddaughter, Ariel Morales and grandson, Kevin Eidson. Survivors include his mother, Jessie Lee Brown of Westmoreland; daughters, Janet Keen of Portland, Joanie Brown of Bethpage, Carla Walker of Chicago, Billie Joe Graves of Westmoreland; sister, Jean (Willie) Leduc of Westmoreland; grandchildren Jamie and Jolene Deville, Brian Edens, Michael Graves and Tara and Nicole McDonald. Mr. Brown was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Vietnam era.


Patricia Ann Hunter
age 62, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, May 17, 2010.  Funeral service is today, Thursday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Forrest Creekmore officiating. Interment follows in Crestview Memorial Park with Tom Davis, James M. Hunter, Jr., Robert Hunter, Johnny Taylor, Jeff Conyer, Jerry Birdwell, Dennis Crews and William Story serving as pallbearers.  Remaining visitation is today, 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Mrs. Hunter was born in Sumner County, July 20, 1947,  daughter of the late Ernest and Elizabeth Conyer Taylor. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James M. Hunter, Sr. She is survived by one son, Gabe Birdwell; step-son James M. Hunter, Jr. (Betsy) of Gallatin; step-daughters, Mary Belle Hunter of Murfreesboro, Amy King (Mike) of Atlanta, GA, Cathy Scott of Gallatin; brother, Barry Taylor of Florida and sister Peggy Davis (Tom) of Sparta, and six step-grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.


Bing Edward Wakefield
age 70, of Gallatin, passed Tuesday, May 18, 2010.  Funeral service is today, Thursday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Doyle Farris officiating. Burial is Friday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Swanson Cemetery in Chapel Hill Cemetery with Paul W. Neal, John W. Jones, Joe Armstrong, Lambert Merryman, Kris Phillips, Troy Kemp, Jordan Kemp and Logan Kemp serving as pallbearers. Remaining visitation is today, 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Mr. Wakefield was born in Gallatin, son of the late Leland and Alma McCullough Wakefield.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Carolyn.  He is survived by three daughters, Tonja Jennings of Gallatin, Rewa  Kemp ( Troy) of Gallatin and Meredith Wakefield  (Kris Phillips) of Georgia;  one sister Pam Strong (Larry) of Gallatin; three grandchildren, Jordan and Logan Kemp and Scarlett Jennings and mother-in-law Dorothy Darnell and brother-in-law Lee Darnell both of Lewisburg.  Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.


Fredrick Howard Crider
age 72, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2010.  Funeral service will be Tuesday, May 25 at 3:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Peace officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow in the Gallatin Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.  Mr. Crider was born in Arkansas Pass, Texas, May 9, 1938, son of Fred and Katy Crider. He is survived by his wife Shirley Chaffin Crider of Gallatin; children, Mary Brawner (Robert) of Gallatin, Frederick Crider (Wanda) of Phoenix, AZ, and Gladys Baxter (Aaron) of Gallatin; sisters, Lovie Barringer of Joplin, MO, Edna Wallace of McKinley, FL and 10 grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.Barbara Louise Butler age 79 of Gallatin passed away Tuesday May 18, 2010.  Funeral service will be Thursday May 20th at 2:30 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Dr. Larry Yarbrough and Pastor Marc Huddleston officiating.  Burial will follow in Crestview Memorial Park with Doyle Butler, Ken Butler, Kevin Butler, Kerry Butler, Jeff Butler and Wendell Holmes serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be Wednesday May 19th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday 12:30 until time of service. 

Barbara Louise Butler

Mrs. Butler was born in Davidson County, Tennessee daughter of the late Henry Woody Jones and Velsa Ann Allen Jones.  She is survived by her husband of 61 years George Butler of Gallatin, son Kelly Butler (Kellie) of Nashville, daughters, Karen Mathews (Kevin) of Mt. Juliet and Sherry Butler of Hendersonville, two sisters, Gail Flatt of Gallatin and Geraldine “Geri” Thacker (Charles) of Gallatin, four grandchildren, Liam, Lola, Lex and Lana Butler.  The family request memorials be directed to First Baptist Church, 205 East Main Street, Gallatin, TN  37066. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.  Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.

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Durham receives two prestigious awards
By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Gallatin’s Walter Durham has been recognized by two organizations in Nashville for his achievement in the preservation of historical information and places in Tennessee, as part of National Historic Preservation Month.

The Belle Meade Plantation Foundation awarded the first Harding Award for Historic Preservation to Durham at a recent luncheon at the historic plantation site in Nashville.

“This is the first time it’s been given,” said Durham in a later interview. “They decided they wanted to recognize what I’ve been doing in the history field.”

Durham was generous in his description of the Nashville plantation. “The Belle Meade Plantation is one of the larger, more impressive sites in Middle Tennessee. Their emphasis is physical preservation of the site,” he noted.

Durham said that William G. Harding, who built Belle Meade, was incarcerated in Michigan with Josephus Conn Guild (of Gallatin’s Rose Mont), who has been the subject of many of Durham’s publications, along with another Nashville man during the Civil War.

Durham said this was  “an example of what could happen to Confederate sympathizers if they didn’t shape up.”

Durham was also presented the Leadership in History Award from the Metropolitan Historical Commission at their 35th annual preservation award ceremony on May 11.

The organization honors commercial businesses that participate in restoration, institutions, such as Nashville’s Fisk University, as well as those who maintain the integrity of an historic neighborhood when building new structures.

“They told me they created that (leadership) award for me,’ said Durham.

“I had worked to help is get Fort Negley opened up so it could be visited in a meaningful way.”

The visitor’s center at the fort, which opened in 2007, helps preserve the history of the site. It was the largest fort west of Washington D.C. during the Civil War.

Durham’s current project is a history of The Southern Grasslands Hunt and Racing Foundation, which purchased 28 square miles in the area between Gallatin and Hendersonville and organized steeplechase races from 1929–32.

“It was an attempt to overshadow the Grand National races in England,” said Durham. “They were trying to have a green space where they could ride and run the hounds in fox hunting. When the depression started, they went bankrupt. If it had survived it would have been one of the greatest green spaces in America.”

Durham stated that the stone tower along Nashville Pike is “the only tangible remains” of that ambitious project.

Durham stated that the book should be published “in time for Christmas” this year.

Durham’s contributions to the preservation of local and state history are undeniably impressive. He has authored numerous books and written more than 100 articles for journals, newspapers, magazines, including the Encyclopedia of the Confederacy and the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Durham is past chair of the Tennessee Historical Commission, past president of the Tennessee Historical Society and founding president of the Tennessee Heritage Alliance, now the Tennessee Preservation Trust.

He is on the Board of Advisors of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and is a member of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

His contributions and support of education, archives and libraries have been recognized by Vanderbilt University with the Library Leadership Award, the John H. Thweatt Archival Advancement Award from the Society of Tennessee Archivists and the Glass Apple from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Durham just recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tennessee Preservation Trust.

In addition to his contributions to historical research and preservation, Durham also served in Europe during World War II and has been a successful businessman in his hometown. He and his wife, who met while both were students at Vanderbilt University, have been longtime Gallatin residents and supporters of various local projects.

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South Westland closing

 

 

 

A section of South Westland Avenue will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for at least one week, beginning today, as the Citys Public Works Department installs a new box culvert under the road.  

The section of South Westland that is now temporarily closed for at least a week is between East Bledsoe and Jones Streets. Both lanes will be closed because the road section will be removed to place the box culvert and then the road will be reinstalled.

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Sumner Station's last lap was May 23

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Sumner Station is closing its doors on the anniversary month of its dedication, which was celebrated in May 2008.

Whos going to push me like Lynn (Stewart) does? asked Margaret Norris, a longtime member of the facility who goes there five days a week, including Sundays after church.

I swim in the pool. Its clean and beautiful. I always felt so special. They had a lot of stuff provided for you, like shampoo. They always had clean towels.They had personal trainers, people to help you. It was just a nice place to go. Its really going to be sad for a lot of people.

 In a letter dated May 19, Dana McAdams, director, and Roger Kaiser, Jr. MD, the SRHS CEO, informed members of the fitness center that the facility would have its last day of operations on Sunday, May 23.

The letter reads: As part of its chapter 11 filing last month, Sumner Regional Health Systems (SRHS), which operates the Fitness Center at Sumner Station, rejected the lease with the owner of the building in which the Fitness Center operates and have determined that closing the Fitness Center is in the best interest of the health system.

The letter continues with information that SRHS will refund services purchased but not used since May 1. However, services paid prior to May 1 cannot be refunded. Checks are scheduled to arrive no later than 30 days after the closing.

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$30,000 in furniture donated to flood victims

By Candy Webb
Candy@thegallatinnews.com

As she stood on the side of the road May 2, watching the flood waters rise, Gallatins Rent-A -Center manager, Theresa Mitchell, knew her store was damaged.

We couldnt get into the area, she said.

The water was everywhere, including in our building. I knew right away we would end up with furniture to give away and the first thing I thought about were the flood victims.

According to Mitchell, it is company policy to remove and write off furniture with even minimal flood damage.

It doesnt matter if one inch of wooden or steel legs got damp and can be dried off with a towel, we cant sell or rent it per company policy, she said. It can be something very minor, but we have a policy not to sell merchandise that are damaged in floods or other disasters.

As soon as Mitchell could get into the store, she assessed the damage and realized she had approximately $30,000 in couches, beds, appliances and other items that would have to go.

Instead of having her crew take the merchandise to area dumps, she started making calls to several non-profit organizations and churches throughout Sumner County.

I knew that they would be working with flood victims and would know where help was needed, so I asked them if we could donate the furniture to their organizations, said Mitchell.

And I asked them to donate it for free to flood victims of their choice.

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May 24-31, 2010

May 24
The City of Gallatin will host a public information meeting regarding the revitalization of South Water at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Guild Elementary School, 1018 South Water.
May 24
Mayor Jo Ann Graves will be available for Mayor’s Night In at her office in City Hall, 132 W. Main Street, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
May 25
Sumner County Anti Drug Coalition Membership meeting is at 5:30 at the SCADC office. Please join in for a thought provoking message on the “generation gap” between parents and teens when it comes to Alcohol and Drug awareness.
May 27
Third Annual Taste of Gallatin is from 5 to 8 p.m. at Historic Rose Mont. Advance tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, 118 West Main.
May 29
The McDonald Family Reunion is at the Gallatin Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please be on time and bring your favorite dish. Wear a red t-thirt. Each one tell one. Contact Georgia Wright, 230-0574, 943-4325 or Hattie McDonald, 374-3716 or 633-1305 for more information.
May 31
The Department of Human Services will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.


FYI
A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at Blackeye 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.

Scrabble Club meets Thursday afternoons, 12:30-3:30 at Gallatin Public Library Meetings Rooms. All skill levels welcome. For further information, contact Berniece at 452-0570.
CLASS REUNION

The GHS 1960 class will celebrate our 50th class reunion June 12 at the Gallatin Hampton Inn.  For information please call Mary Green Morgan at 452 4102 or Saundra Ridings Boyd at 452 6762.

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May 13, 2010
Donna Rittenberry Cole Skaggs
age 53, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010.  Funeral service was 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 10 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Sherron Cemetery with James “Bud” Rittenberry, Thomas Rittenberry, Joe Rittenberry, Brent Silcox, Randall Silcox and Aaron Johnson serving as pallbearers.   Mrs. Skaggs was born in Gallatin, November 6, 1956, daughter of the late Isom Langberry Rittenberry and Thelma Jewell Bolton Rittenberry.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James David “J.D.” Cole. She is survived by one son James David Cole, Jr. “J.J.”, of Gallatin;  one daughter, Heather Leann Summers of Halls, Tennessee; three brothers, James “Bud” Rittenberry (Jean) of Gallatin, William “Joe” Rittenberry (Barbara) of Red Boiling Springs, Thomas Rittenberry (Jackie) of Lafayette; six sisters, Betty Gammons of Gallatin, Bertha Tucker (Gene) of Castalian Springs, Janet Woodard (Lee) of Bethpage, Debbie Silcox (Charles) of Gallatin, Pat Moore (Larry) of Gallatin and Sheryl Smith of Gallatin; four grandchildren,  Chris Summers, D.J. Summers, Jewelianne Summers and Kayleigh Ferguson.  Online condolences may be submitted at www.familyheritagefh.com.
Edith Lacy
age 92, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, May 7, 2010. Graveside service was Monday, May 10 at 12:00 from Crestview Memorial Park Mausoleum. Mrs. Lacy was born in Hartsville, August 10, 1917, daughter of the late Sam Alexander Oldham and Eugenia Averitt Oldham. She is survived by her husband, James Lacy of Chattanooga; daughter, Frances L. Prentice and husband Harold of Chattanooga; one sister Jean McEwin of Washington, and two grandchildren, James A. Bassham and Terry D. Bassham; three great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
James David Scruggs
age 66, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010. Funeral service was Tuesday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with Jerry Scruggs, Gene Scruggs, Pat Scruggs, Jimmy Hibdon, Donnie Hibdon, Nick Hunter, Jason Hibdon and Donnie Ray Hibdon serving as pallbearers. Mr. Scruggs was born in Robertson County, September 3, 1940, son of the late Jesse Henry Scruggs and Mary Aline Hale Scruggs. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother Ricky Scruggs. Mr. Scruggs worked for Purity Dairies for many years and was a member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Joyce Hibdon Scruggs of Gallatin; two daughters, Tracy Hamilton (Ben) of Gallatin and Jennifer Hardy (Mark) of North Olmsted, Ohio; one grandchild Dustin Scruggs; three brothers, Jerry Ray Scruggs, Gene Scruggs (Michelle), Pat Scruggs and one sister Rosemary Hunter (Jimmy) all of Gallatin. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Margaret Calaway
age 85, resident of Gallatin Health Care, died March 30, 2010, after a brief illness. The former Margaret Louise Collman was the daughter of Margaret Iola Proctor and Frederick Albert Collman and was born in Junction City, AR, May 4, 1924. Margaret Collman married Homer Carl Keel of El Dorado, AR in 1943 and was widowed in 1972. During their marriage she was an office manager at the El Dorado News Times and was a member of the El Dorado Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was the great-great niece of Martha Norwood White who was related by marriage to Abraham Lincoln. In 1975, she married Emery Ralph ‘Shorty’ Calaway of Strong, AR and was widowed in 1994. In 2001, she married Richard Alton Confer of Russellville, AR and was widowed in 2005. In 2007, she moved to Gallatin, and resided at Gallatin Health Care for three years where she made many friends that made up her extended family. Mrs. Calaway is survived by her daughter, Margaret Keel Sullivan of Hendersonville; her  grandson, Kaleb Thomas Dickey of Russellville, AR; her cousins, Kathleen Holt Stevens and Mrs. John W. Taylor, both of El Dorado; her sister, Mrs. Lawrence Durham of Rusk, TX, and her nieces, Nancy and Carol, also of Texas. A graveside service will be held in Junction City, AR at Roselawn Cemetery on Tuesday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. under the direction of Dr. David Loomis, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of El Dorado, AR.
 Alice Denning Puryear
died May 8, 2010 at the age of 96. Mrs. Puryear was born in Gallatin, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.O. Denning. She was the widow of Major General R.W. Puryear, a former commander of Keesler Technical Training Center from 1964-1967. She received her education at Nazareth Academy of Bardstown, KY and Ward Belmont of Nashville. Mrs. Puryear was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church of Ocean Springs and had served on boards of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Arts Council, and the Gulf Coast Community Concert Association. She was also a member of the Colonial Dames XVII Century, Daughters of the American Colonists, Beach Garden Society and the Gray Ladies of the American Red Cross. Mrs. Puryear is survived by her daughter Susan and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. David Mumme of Houston, Texas; two sons, R.W. Puryear, Jr. of Ocean Springs, Mississippi and Armistead D. Puryear and wife Julie of Tiburon, California; sister Mrs. Leo P. Dahl of Montgomery, Alabama; three grandsons, Jonathan and Samuel Mumme and Nicholas Puryear; two granddaughters-in-law, Jennifer Mumme and Stephanie Mumme; four great grandsons, Noah, Caden, Everett, and Levi, and one great granddaughter, Caya. A prayer service will be held Saturday, May 15 at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ocean Springs; the family will receive visitors 12 – 1. An Episcopal grave site service will be at Arlington National Cemetery. The family prefers memorial donations to be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Pat Dallas Ferguson
age 55, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at Skyline Medical Center. Funeral service was Saturday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Spring City Cemetery in Spring City, Tennessee. Pat was born in Rockwood, Tennessee on March 2, 1955, son of the late Farley Brady Ferguson and Mary Elizabeth Lindsay Ferguson. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister Ann Evans. He is survived by four daughters, Hailey Ferguson of New York City, NY, Joy Plank (Craig) of Gallatin, Sally Ferguson Wright of Gallatin and Erin Ferguson of Gallatin and one sister Sara Vaughan (Stuart, Jr.) of Gallatin and two grandchildren, Bailey Ferguson and Connor Wright. He was the owner of the Homerun Market. The family request memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, 149 West Main Street Gallatin, TN  37066.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Randy Dalton Burris
age 69, of Gallatin, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2010. Funeral service was Wednesday, May 12, from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Jerry Boze officiating.  Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Gary Hubbell, Madison Whittemore, Mike Jones, Michael Brown, Wayne Pinegar, Brian Jorgenson, Calvin Gilbert, Charlie Whittemore and Samuel Shabazz serving as pallbearers. Mr. Burris worked at the Executive Park in Nashville over 38 years in the maintenance department. He was born in Sumner County, October 1, 1940 son of the late Aaron Dalton Burris and Nettie Wix Burris. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Norman Richard Burris. He is survived by his wife, Judy Vantrease Burris of Gallatin; two sons, Randall Lee Burris (Cathy) of Portland, Michael “Chad” Burris (Sue Ann) of White House and daughter Penny Hansen of Gallatin; six grandchildren, Brittni Burris, Blake Burris, Andrew Hansen, Skylar Burris, Savannah Parker and Tori Perminter.  Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
William David Abbott, Jr.
age 63, of Gallatin, passed away Thursday, May 6, 2010.  Funeral service was Monday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.at Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Dee Russell officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Stephen Crabtree, Christian Crabtree, Matthew Crabtree, Timothy Crabtree, David Abbott, Derrick Jenkins and Anthony Abbott serving as pallbearers. He was born in Nashville, February 23, 1947, son of the late William David Abbott, Sr. and Emma Elizabeth Halpin Abbott.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother Phillip Abbott and one sister Lucille Beaver. He is survived by his wife Peggy Abbott of Gallatin; one son Anthony Paul Abbott and wife Dianna of Bethpage; two daughters, Angela Lynn Jenkins and husband Derrick of Bethpage and Jamie Lea Abbott of Gallatin; one brother Larry Abbott and wife Wanda of Watertown; eight grandchildren, Stephen Crabtree, Christian Crabtree, Matthew Crabtree, Timothy Crabtree, Jessica Moore, William David Abbott, Paula Abbott and Zoey Madysin Whitaker and one great grandchild Kaidyn Crabtree. On line condolences may be submitted at family heritagefh.com.  
William Patrick Suddarth “Chip”
age 30, of Gallatin, died Saturday May 8, 2010.  Funeral service was Wednesday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Rehoboth Methodist Church with Reverend Mike Potts and Reverend Cathy Leimenstell officiating. Interment  followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Davis Lessman, Jason Graham, Benji Copeland, Daniel Farrell, Lee Narramore, Trent Suddarth, Brad Suddarth, Steward Fisher, Randall Carter, Richard Merryman, Justin Webb, Michael Oakley and Josh Fisher serving as pallbearers. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William H. Suddarth, Sr. and Virginia D. Suddarth, maternal grandfather Thedford Leon Kelley and a cousin Dustin Caleb Alexander. Chip was born in Hendersonville, February 15, 1980. He is survived by his wife Ashley Embry Suddarth of Gallatin, two children, Ella Grace Suddarth and Owen Patrick Suddarth; mother Patricia Kelley Brown (Henry) of Gallatin; father William H. “Billy” Suddarth (Angela) of Nashville; paternal grandmother Clara Louise Suddarth of Gallatin; stepmother Lisa Suddarth Nease of Nashville; brothers, Philip Brown (Melissa)  of Westmoreland, William Trent Suddarth of Knoxville, Justin Chew of Raleigh, N.C.;  sisters, Leah Schlacter (Dave) Murfreesboro, Jennifer Roberts  of Murfreesboro, Tatum Brooke Suddarth of Knoxville, Jessica Chew of Raleigh, N.C, Uncles Ted Kelley (Allie), of Gallatin and Jimmy Suddarth (Joan) of Hendersonville; aunts, Deborah K. Critz, Connie Alexander and Terri K. Woodward (Fred) all of Gallatin and many cousins. The family requests memorials be directed to Citizen Bank, 150 West Main Street, Gallatin, TN  37066 for the Owen Patrick Suddarth and Ella Grace Suddarth Fund. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home was in charge off arrangements.
Richard Harlan Embry “Ricky”
age 37, of Gallatin, died Saturday, May 8, 2010. Funeral service was Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Larry King officiating. Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Ricky was born in Nashville, May 4, 1973. He is survived by his wife Christian Haas Embry of Gallatin; daughter Jaden Brooke Embry; parents Harlan B. and Sharon Lankford Embry; one sister Ashley Embry Suddarth of Gallatin and several aunts, uncles.  The family requests memorials be directed to Citizens Bank, 150 West Street, Gallatin, TN  37066.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Thomas Allen Baskerville
also known as “The Haint”, age 70, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, May 7, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Abner and Elizabeth Baskerville, brother, Charles Baskerville and sister, Judy Odell. He is survived by his sons, Tim (Jackie) Baskerville, Billy Baskerville and Jeff (Frozak) Baskerville; daughter, Cathy (David) Likens; brother, Grover “The Preach” Baskerville; sisters, Tawanda (Leon) Browner and Jean (Wendell) Browner; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Funeral service was Tuesday at Gallatin Funeral Home with Jimmy Williams officiating. Family and friends served as pallbearers. Interment followed in Gallatin Memory Gardens at Crestview.
Brenda Irene Thomason
age 47, of Gallatin, passed away April 13, 2010. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Thomason; sons, Tyler J. Skiba and Sawyer A. Skiba; parents, Marvin and Ann Goughler; brother, Alan Goughler and sister, Lisa N. Kiser. A memorial service is 1 p.m., Saturday, May 15 from the chapel of Gallatin Funeral Home.
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Mayor still says, 'No tax increases'

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

As Mayor Jo Ann Graves and city department heads presented their preliminary budgets to the council in an unusually long committee meeting on Tuesday, May 11, the mayor announced again that the proposed overall budget included no tax increases, preserved employee benefits, contained no lay-offs of personnel nor reduction in public services and preserved the citys rainy day funds.

However, she pointed out, because of the fiscally conservative approach the city has taken the past year, if needed, the city has access to more than $7 million.

This total cash availability is made up of $4.5 million in the rainy day fund, $1.2 million in the bond funds and $1.6 million in undesignated funds in the proposed budget.

In addition, the mayor announced that the citys bond rating has been upgraded to match that of Sumner County and is now a AA+ from AA-, which will allow a more favorable position for the city if it becomes necessary to acquire more funds in the future.

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Debris locations for county residents

 

 

  Sumner County residents desiring to dispose of storm/flood debris (drywall, carpet, etc. only) on their own can bring it to the containers placed throughout the county. No household garbage can be accepted. Containers are located at:
• Gallatin: 1029 Union School Road
(Highway Department substation)

• Westmoreland: 1129 Pleasant Grove Road
(Near the library)

• Shackle Island: 3199 Long Hollow Pike
(Shackle Island Volunteer Fire Dept.)

• Bethpage: 610 Old Hwy 31-E #3
(next to Masonic Lodge)

• Castalian Springs: 3120 Hartsville Pike
(Stagecoach General Store)

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Second Harvest Food Bank delivers to city

By Scott Wilson
Scott@thegallatinnews.com

For Cindy Coker, the visit couldnt have come at a better time. Coker, who is operations manager for Gallatin Cares, said because of the struggling economy and the recent torrential flood, food supplies at the local organization are getting low.

And thats why Coker and directors from several other non-profit organizations in Sumner County were so excited when Second Harvest Food Bank showed up in Gallatin Monday with truckloads full of food.

Were seeing a lot of need for food and even financial help. A lot of people have lost their jobs or companies are downsizing, said Coker.

Those people can go on unemployment, but it takes a while because so many people are on unemployment. They can go get food stamps, but theyre backlogged because of the situation with the economy. So they dont have anywhere to go for help except to organizations like ours.

Coker said her organization serves around 1,100 people in a month and probably 300 families.

Second Harvests service area covers 46 counties in Middle Tennessee and that covers almost 29,000 square miles of the state. There are other food banks in the state, in Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville and one in the Tri-Cities; however, we are the largest, said Jervon Dailey, Second Harvest operations manager.

We received a grant that was designed to help us to purchase food for our agencies in our counties. So, we did a survey with our agencies and asked for a wish list of items they could use in your pantries. And this is why were here.

 

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Recovery, with neighbors and sunshine

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Another week has passed and the citizens continue to work to relieve the immediate needs of those impacted by the recent flooding, including providing temporary housing, food and clothing when necessary.

Mayor Jo Ann Graves estimates the damaged homes in the city to be over 130 and the number of businesses at 55. The cost of the impact on the citys infrastructure, she noted, is estimated at $1 million, with the Gallatin Public Utilities Department bearing the most. Three pump stations for the city were damaged.

However, the mayor noted that the count is not absolutely complete because the information comes from people notifying the city through phone calls or emails or through city personnel driving the streets literally to assess damage.

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May 14, 2010
May 14
The Station Camp High School Choral Dept.  presents the musical revue “Reflections” at 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door.  For further information, call the SCHS ARTS Hotline at 230-3185.
May 14
Gallatin Senior Citizens have an evening trip to the Thomas House for dinner and a play.
May 14-16
Grace Baptist Church’s revival meeting starts  at 7 p.m. On May 15 at 12 p.m. they are hosting “Ol’ Brush Arbor Days” which includes games (such as inflatables, “minute to win it” and more), prizes, food and fun for all ages and will conclude with a tent meeting including singing from the Griffin family and others and preaching starting at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 16,  morning services begin at 9 a.m. at 650-7A Nashville Pike (strip mall behind waffle house).  Call 642-6337 for more information.
May 15
Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance Bake Sale - 8 a.m. - ?, in front of the Gallatin Wal-Mart
May 15
Decoration Day at Bradley Cemetery in the Bransford Community.
May 15, 22, 29
Emeritus @ Gallain, a Senior Living Community is hosting an open house from 10am - 2pm. Refreshments and tours will be available. Emeritus @ Gallatin is located at 400 Hancock Street, Gallatin. For more information contact Jennifer Kuhn, Community Relations Director at 451-7722.
May 16
The Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance is hosting a volunteer planning social from 2:00 until 4:30. at 1403 Shoreside Drive, Hendersonville.  Call 452-8742 or 714-3096 if you would like to help by giving just a little time. or e mail cattails1@earthlink.net
May 16
There is a meeting at Bradley Cemetery in the Bransford Community at 1 p.m. to discuss cemetery upkeep. If you can’t come and would like to donate for upkeep please send your donation to: Gail Eller, 6870 Old Hwy 31E, Westmoreland, TN   37186 or deposit direct to FARMER’S BANK in Westmoreland for Bradley Cemetery.
May 19
The annual HEALTH FAIR is 9:00 ‘til 12:00, with a group of vendors for questions. There will be a snack lunch and door prizes during the day at the Gallatin Senior Center. A special feature following immediately after the Health Fair will be Dr. Nachnani from Living Well giving a talk and answering questions from 12:00 ‘til 12:30 p.m.   Vendors Registration is available until May 12. For information call 451-1531.
May 21
A benefit concert is at the VFW, Morrison Street at 6:30 p.m. Featured singers and musicians: Jackie Kincaid and Steppin’ Out, Jene’ Jones, Doug Mounts and many more. Proceeds benefit the family of Jennifer Boner. Call Rick or Penny Roark at 452-1962 or 475-7040 for more information.
May 21, 22
Gallatin Coin Club Semi Annual Show is 9:30 to 5:30 at the Gallatin Civic Center gym. Free admission and parking. Call 519-7777 for more information.
May 22
Indian Hills Baptist Church is hosting a Churchwide Yard Sale  from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Proceeds go to help support the 2010 Vacation Bible School Ministry in June. Donations are appreciated.
May 22
Crawfish boil on the Square, sponsored by Larriviere’s is from noon until 4 p.m. The event features all you can eat crawfish, corn, potatoes and sausage. Adults, $15, children, $5. Proceeds benefit Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center.
May 23
Victory Temple, 236 East Schell Street, hosts a 1st church and pastorial anniversary service at 11 a.m. with guest, Pastor Derrick Jackson of the First Baptist Church and 4 p.m. with guest Elder Robert Gardner of Greater Faith Apostolic Church in Springfield.
May 24
The City of Gallatin will host a public information meeting regarding the revitalization of South Water at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Guild Elementary School, 1018 South Water.
May 24
Mayor Jo Ann Graves will be available for Mayor’s Night In at her office in City Hall, 132 W. Main Street, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
May 25
Sumner County Anti Drug Coalition Membership meeting is at 5:30 at the SCADC office. Please join in for a thought provoking message on the “generation gap” between parents and teens when it comes to Alcohol and Drug awareness.
May 29
The McDonald Family Reunion is at the Gallatin Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please be on time and bring your favorite dish. Wear a red t-thirt. Each one tell one. Contact Georgia Wright, 230-0574, 943-4325 or Hattie McDonald, 374-3716 or 633-1305 for more information.
FYI
A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at Blackeye 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.
Scrabble Club meets Thursday afternoons, 12:30-3:30 at Gallatin Public Library Meetings Rooms. All skill levels welcome. For further information, contact Berniece at 452-0570.
Gallatin Public Library will offer water color painting instruction during the month of May. This class will meet every Tuesday from 11-12:30 and be taught by Jennifer Viall. The cost of this four week class is $50.00. Class size is limited and prepayment is required. Everyone interested should call Anita Link at 452-1722.
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FEMA in Gallatin today

 

(May 10, 2010 11 a.m.) FEMA inspectors are in Sumner County today and will begin meeting with citizens who had property damage because of the flood.

     I met with a FEMA inspector this morning and he explained that a team of inspectors is here and will begin knocking on doors today, Mayor Jo Ann Graves said.            

FEMA said its inspectors carry identification and that property owners should be sure the FEMA inspector provides the identification.  If a property owner has any questions about an inspector, they are welcome to contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

It is very important that homeowners contact FEMA immediately and register for assistance, Mayor Jo Ann Graves said.  We want to ensure that FEMA is aware of all citizens who might need disaster relief.

Graves said it is also important for businesses with flood or storm damage to contact FEMA.  The deadline for businesses to register is Feb. 4, 2011.

Even though the deadline for businesses is much later, business owners should not wait, Graves said.  It is critical to get on the FEMA list.

Property and business owners must contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or at the FEMA website www.fema.gov <http://www.fema.gov> .

Links to the FEMA information are available on the Citys website at www.gallatinonthemove.com <http://www.gallatinonthemove.com> .

 If citizens have any questions, please call my office at 451-5961, Graves continued.  I want to make sure everyone receives the information they need as we all recover.

 

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FEMA disaster declaration

 

FEMA has authorized a major disaster declaration for Sumner County and Mayor Jo Ann Graves said citizens should immediately begin contacting FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or by accessing the Disaster Assistance page of the FEMA website at www.fema.gov <http://www.fema.gov> .

If a homeowner or business owner experienced any damage, they should not hesitate to contact FEMA, Graves said. There is a process to follow and FEMA will determine what type of assistance might be available to those who qualify.

Graves has been meeting with Emergency Management personnel who indicated that FEMA may open an office in Sumner County, but that it may be several days before FEMA has a location set.

Again, I encourage and ask everyone with damage to please call the FEMA hotline and start the process, the Mayor urged.  We want everyone who qualifies for assistance to receive the help they need.

Links to the FEMA information are available on the Citys website at www.gallatinonthemove.com <http://www.gallatinonthemove.com> .

The Gallatin Library is open and they do have computers available, Mayor Graves said. I am advised it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to follow the process on-line if citizens prefer that method.

If citizens have any questions, they are certainly welcome to call my office at 451-5961, Graves continued.  We want to make sure everyone receives the information they need as we all recover.

 

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May 6, 2010
James Cummings McBroom
age 67, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, April 30, 2010. Funeral service was Monday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m. from the Gallatin Church of Christ on East Main Street. Interment followed in the Williams Cemetery in White Bluff, TN at 4:00 p.m. with Gary Walf, Dale Walf, Richard Pickard, Steve Walf, Skip Dean, Brantz Batey, Jin Stringer, John Finch and Jeff Horst serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the Brentwood Shriner Golf Group and members of the Gallatin Church of Christ. There was a Masonic Service Sunday evening. Mr. McBroom was a proud Eagle Scout. He graduated from Litton High School in 1961. After graduating from MTSU, he taught school at East Junior High School from 1967 – 1971,  while going to night school at the YMCA school of law and graduating in 1971.  He was a well respected instructor at the Nashville School of Law for 20 years. He was the city of Nashville Racket Ball Champion in the late 70’s. In 1976, he and Dan Finch formed the law firm of Finch and McBroom, continuing under that name until his death. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rites Mason, Master Mason, Past Director of the Director’s Staff of the Al Menah Temple, where he was best known as Jim “Boom Boom” McBroom, and was a charter member of the Brentwood Shriner Golf Group. Born in Nashville April 17, 1942, Mr. McBroom was the son of the late Giles H. and Hester Pewitt McBroom II. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister Patricia McBroom Kamish. He is survived by his wife Rita of Gallatin; one daughter Carrie Stark and her husband David of Wake Forrest, N.C.; one brother Giles H. McBroom III “Buzz” of Nashville and the Warf family. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to American Kidney Foundation, American Diabetes Foundation, the Gallatin Church of Christ or charity of your choice. Online line condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info. Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home.
James “Jim” Edwin Johnson
age 89, of Bethpage, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2010. Funeral service was Friday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m.  from the Grace Baptist Church where he was a founding member. Burial followed in the Sadler Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mr. Johnson was born on April 17, 1920 son of the late Wilburn Durham Johnson and Nancy Parker Johnson. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Sadler Johnson, six brothers, W. Alfred, Joe, Frank, Leslie, Leon and Cleo Johnson and three sisters, Velma Harrison, Rosie Cook and Ruby Daughtry, and one granddaughter Rhonda Krandz. He is survived by one son, Hollis Johnson and wife Christy of Gallatin; three daughters, Barbara Turner and husband Scottie of Portland, Jane Brown and husband James of Gallatin, and  Karen Stone and husband David of Westmoreland; seven grandchildren, Melissa Bradley, Melody (Mike) Myers, Theresa (Jose) Johnson, Kenneth (Stephanie) Brown, Emily (Lanny) Harris, Mike Regan and Nichols Regan; 11 great grandchildren, Charles (Tonya) Wilbanks, Kayla Jones, Justin Myers, Cheyenne Myers, Liz Wilbanks, Madison Ausbrooks, Sophia Johnson, Randal Chapman, Kaitlyn Brown, Kera Clark and Jacob Clark and one great great-grandchild Heath Wilbanks. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the four ladies who took care of him. Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church. Online condolences may be submitted at www.familyheritagefh.com.  Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.
Jean Halliburton Ferrell
age 82, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2010. Graveside service is Saturday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. from Crestview Memorial Park with Steve Parham officiating. Visitation is at Alexander Funeral Home, Friday, May 7, 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.  and Saturday 11:00 a.m. until departure for the cemetery.  Mrs. Ferrell was born in Davidson County, August 1, 1927, daughter of the late Frank James Halliburton and Mildred Babb Halliburton. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Dana Broyles Calton. She is survived by one son, James M. Ferrell; three daughters, Peggy Clark and husband Allen, Elaine Broyles and Patsy Smith all of Gallatin; one brother Frank Halliburton; two sisters, Mattie Parham and Betty McCreary all of Nashville; eight grandchildren, Angela Smith, Bryan Smith (Sabra), Candrice Loveall, Allen “Hawk” Clark, Jr., Daniel “D.J.” Clark, Steven F. Broyles, Jamie Ferrell and Clint Ferrell (Courtney); seven great grandchildren,  Audrey Sullivan, Victoria Burkhardt, Kenny Loveall, Katie Loveall, Cody Calton, Anthony Broyles and Dylan Broyles and devoted friend Evelyn Lee. Mrs. Ferrell was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She was a secretary for the State of Tennessee for more than 30 years.  Online condolences may be submitted at www.alexanderfh.info. Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home.
Jerome John Hyman
age 56, of Gallatin, better known as Jerry, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2010. A memorial service was conducted Sunday, May 2, from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Jerry Wallace and Reverend Carlton Thackston officiating. Mr. Hyman was born in Long Beach, CA, March 22, 1954, son of the late Leonard and Marion Bowers Hyman. He is survived by his wife Adrienne of Gallatin; one son Rich Cools and wife Crystal of Phoenix, AZ; three daughters, Courtney Rich of Scottsdale, AZ, Stephanie Sneed of Gallatin, and  Mariah Bleichner and husband Joe of Gallatin; one brother, Steve Hyman and wife Margee of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters, Therese Whigam and husband Charlie of Scottsdale, AZ and Joann Marshall and husband Steve of Flagstaff, AZ; six grandchildren, Christian Rich, Mason Rich, Chase Cools, Gage Cools, Aiden Cools and Syphera Cools. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Mary L. Ferguson
age 89, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2010. Funeral service was Friday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. from the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Jerry Wallace and Reverend Felix Snell officiating. Interment followed in the Spring City Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.   Mrs. Ferguson was born November 21, 1920 in Spring City, Tennessee, daughter of the late Dr. John D. Lindsay and Mary Elizabeth “Mamie” Wasson Lindsay. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Farley Brady Ferguson and a daughter, Ann Evans. She taught Sunday school in Spring City for many years. She was a member of Christensen Sunday School Class. She retired from TVA after 31 years of service. After retirement she traveled extensively and worked with Meals on Wheels. A special thank you to everyone at Morningside, Gallatin Health Care and Sumner Hospice for their care and love, not only to her, but to her family. She loved God, her family and her church. She is survived by one son, Pat Ferguson of Gallatin; one daughter Sara Vaughan (Stuart, Jr.) of Gallatin; eight grandchildren, Stuart Vaughan, III, Jennifer Stauffer (Tom), Hailey Ferguson, Joy Plank (Craig), Sally Ferguson Wright, Erin Ferguson, Jeff Hendrickson and Andrew Hendrickson; six great grandchildren, Lindsay Hendrickson, Baylor Hendrickson, Mary Stuart Stauffer, Molly Stauffer, Baily Ferguson and Conner Wright. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.
Peggy Reese Gray
age 74, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2010. Funeral service was Tuesday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home. Entombment followed in the Mausoleum at Crestview with Homer Leath, Larry Leath, Glen Leath, Tim Gray, Terry Tuttle and Buddy Eden serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Gray worked at Eaton for 35 years and later worked at Brandywood Nursing Home. She was born in Sumner County, daughter of the late Emory Reese Gray and Katherine Campbell Gray. She is survived by one son, Fred P. Tuttle, Jr. of Gallatin; one daughter, Joyce Thurman and husband Ricky of Lafayette; one brother Billy Gray and wife Hidia of Shelbyville; seven grandchildren. Emily Williams (Kyle), Eric Munday, Paul Munday (Abby), Nicholas Tuttle (Candi), Stacy Tuttle (Valerie), Lindsey Hickman (Joe), and Mitchell Tuttle; seven great grandchildren, Parker Williams, Gage Williams, Braxton Munday, Alex Tuttle, Tai Tuttle, Deacan Tuttle and Faith McKenzie Munday. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Virginia L. Williams
age 77, of Westmoreland, passed away Tuesday, May 4 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Services are Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Woodard Funeral Home with Brother Guthrie Gregory and Brother Guthrie Thompson officiating. Interment follows in Sumner Memorial Gardens. Visitation is today, Thursday, May 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service. She is survived by sons, Glenn and wife, Virginia Williams of Westmoreland, Harold Williams of Lebanon, Mark Williams of Murfreesboro, Mike and wife Denise Williams of Westmoreland and Ricky Williams of Springfield; daughter, Diane Williams of Livingston; sisters, Ruth Clark of Mississippi and Sarah Calla of Gallatin; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jessie James and Velma Hyde Tuttle, husband, O.C. Williams and daughter, Betty Williams. Mrs. Williams was retired from Gary Manufacturing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice.
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Health hazards accompanying flooding are dangerous
By Scott Wilson
Scott@thegallatinnews.com

As he watched the television reports of last weekend’s torrential thunderstorms blanketing Middle Tennessee, Gallatin physician Robert Kanaby was concerned.

As he watched people being rescued from the raging water, he quietly hoped the people protected themselves once they got out of the water.

Besides the impact of the rainfall, the flooding water can pose health issues, Kanaby said, if precautions aren’t taken.

“The flooding water is rainwater, but it is ultra-contaminated. It is not water you would want to hang out in, it is not water you would want to drink and it is certainly not water you would want to bath in,” said Kanaby.

“So if you get wet with that water, you need to wash off because as it falls from the sky and it runs off from areas, fields where they have animals, there are chemicals in it. There are cars that are still completely submerged in that water, so you could have fuel leakage, oil leakage, you could have the possibility of bacteria.”

Kanaby said the health issues from floodwaters are numerous and, possibly, dangerous.

“If you’re in the water just momentarily, you might just want to change the clothes you’ve been wearing. When you have people in that kind of water for hours or days on end, then you do see increased risk of skin infections,” Kanaby said.

“And obviously there could be injuries. When you’re walking through the water you may not realize there is a board in the water with a nail sticking up.  You have to be careful when you’re walking in flood water.”

“Depending on what the chemical is, you can get some significant health issues, skin issues,” said Dr. Ted Hill of the Gallatin Salvus Center.

“There could be fertilizers in the water, insecticides could get in the water supply and all of that can be dangerous to your skin and to yourself because you can absorb all of that through your skin.

“There is no difference if you expose your bare skin to the water or if you are exposing your clothes to the water. If the water is caustic, it could cause a burn on your skin.”

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Sheriff praises the emergency responders and volunteers

By Candy Webb
Candy@thegallatinnews.com

When Sumner County was battered by a flood of historic proportions on Sunday, deputies for the Sumner County Sheriffs  Office worked alongside area agencies to help residents survive.

The shift that was scheduled to get off, stayed on, said Sheriff Bob Barker. And the shift that was scheduled to come in later, came in early.

Barker commended the efforts of agencies that worked in tandem during the crisis.

Ken Weidner (Emergency Management Agency director) and his people did an excellent job, said Barker, who also commended the Sumner County EMTs, firefighters and area police departments.

We had all of the municipalities working  together, he said, The state agencies were out there too.

Barkers people joined others in performing evacuations, rescues, and road closures.

We had people who were at home when it happened, he explained.

And they had to be rescued. We also had people who were trapped in vehicles that had to be helped.

According to Barker, even if people were not trapped in individual homes, many were trapped in subdivisions when the water flooded the roadways, and there was no way in or out of the area.

Pets were also high on the priority list as residents were evacuated from their homes, said the sheriff.

Oh, yeah, if people were coming out, they were going to bring their pets, he said. Which was understandable. They had no idea what they would end up going back to when it was over, and they didnt want to leave their pets behind.

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Mayor's office asks citizens to report flood damage

The Emergency Management Agency has asked the City of Gallatin to begin collecting information from its citizens whose homes or businesses were damaged by the flood – information that FEMA will use to determine whether Sumner County receives federal disaster relief.

“As you may be aware, President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for four of the 52 counties affected by flooding.” Mayor Graves said.

“We have been instructed to gather information required by FEMA to determine if Sumner County meets the damage threshold to be designated a disaster county.”

Mayor Graves asks that anyone who has experienced damage either to their residence or business please go to the City’s website and provide the City with necessary information to receive the forms that will help determine Sumner County’s designation.

“We will need your name, address, phone number and e-mail so we can send you the forms we will need to provide FEMA,” Graves said.  

“It is very important we are able  to provide FEMA with as much information on damages as we can.  We certainly want Gallatin and Sumner County to be eligible for relief.”

The home page of the City’s website will have a place for citizens to provide their contact information.  

The City’s website is www.gallatinonthemove.com <http://www.gallatinonthemove.com>  

If e-mail or the internet are not available to you, please call the Mayor’s office at 451-5961 and ask for Pat Byars.  The Mayor’s office will assist you and assure you receive the forms.


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New Women's Orderladies win the rumble

By Scott Wilson
Scott@thegallatinnews.com

Depending upon which candidate you talk to, a significantly low voter turnout may have played a factor in the May primary elections Tuesday. Only 4.9 percent of all registered voters in Sumner County cast a ballot Tuesday, putting a high return on each candidates campaign efforts.

According to final numbers released by the Sumner County Election Commission, there are 99,199 registered voters in the county and a total of 4,381 actually cast votes at one of the 37 area precincts Tuesday. There were 1,292 votes cast during early voting.

The voter turnout has been low since early voting began and when you have so many uncontested races, the turnout is usually low, said Darlean McDougal, administrator of elections.

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A 1,000 year 'rain event'
By Rachel Vickrey
news@thegallatinnews.com

After more than 13.5 inches of rainfall recorded over the weekend, Sumner County is taking steps to scrap away the sludge, salvage the remains and begin life once again.

Residents are looking to county and city officials for guidance on

necessary steps to take along the road to recovery - and Sumner CountyExecutive Anthony Holt is making sure that recovery is sooner thanlater.

“We’re focused on this county being approved for disaster relief. We spoke with the governor this (Wednesday) morning, and he is behind us.

Our state legislatures are behind us. The bottom line is we’re just now getting out of rescue and evacuation mode and properties need to be assessed,” he said.

Once the damage assessments are compiled from each city and the county, the data is sent to the governor’s office. If okayed on a state level, the information is submitted to Washington D.C.

“We’re working just as quickly as we can to complete the assessment process and hope to hear a declaration in a very timely manner.”

Holt said he knew Sumner County had a problem when he saw water flowing over his dead end road near Station Camp Creek.

“I realized then we had a disaster in the making,” he said. “But ourcommunity has really come together.”

First responders and volunteers worked tirelessly Sunday despite heavy rainfall and life-threatening circumstances.

Ken Weidner, Emergency Management Agency director, coordinated most of the rescue operations in the area.

“We have logged more than 400 EMA-involved rescues since Sunday but have not had an opportunity to compile a complete list,” he said.

Weidner said EMA’s final number will not include all police, fire and EMS rescues.

“We also have no way to compile a list of volunteers who rescued people,” he said.

Weidner and his agency continue to deal with rescues, evacuations and welfare checks. He said some residents remain stranded in landlocked areas.

“Our biggest concern following search and rescue and making sure that citizens are cared for is getting the FEMA declaration,” Weidner said.

 

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May 619, 2010
May 6
National Day of Prayer service is at noon at the Gallatin Church of Christ at 150 East Main Street. Parking is at the rear of the church, or across the street at Gallatin First Baptist Church parking lot.
May 6
Parents of kindergarten, first and second graders at Vena Stuart Elementary are invited to a special Nashville Zoo presentation from 6 to 7 p.m. at Vena Stuart Elementary. There are a limited number of seats available, so reservations are required. Call 452-1486 for more information.
May 7
Mothers-day dance and Pot luck dinner will be held at the Gallatin Senior Center, featuring Southern County, country dance band on a new dance night. Pot luck starts at 6 p.m.; music from 7-10 p.m. with desserts supplied by the center. Drawing’s will be held for door prizes during the dance. Everyone is invited to enjoy the fun and good food. Donation of $5 per person, $7.50 per couple requested, includes potluck dinner, prizes and dance. 200 E. Franklin St. 451-1531, Gallatinseniorcenter.org
May 7, 8
The Humane Society of Sumner County Yard Sale is from 7 a.m. til 4 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at 105 Blue Ridge Ct. S., Hendersonville. Items may be donated for the sale at the sale site, or the adoption center, 16 Volunteer Drive. Call 394-8903 or 822-0061 for more information.
May 7, 8, 10, 11
Gallatin High School annual show will be “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, being performed Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7:00 at GHS in the Juliette Guthrie Theater.
May 8
Gallatin High School Band Yard Sale is at GHS from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.
May 8
The American Legion Post 17 Ladies Auxiliary will be available in front of Wal-Mart and downtown Kroger, as well as throughout Gallatin to offer poppies for your contribution to the poppy fund to help veterans at the local home and soldiers and families in need.
May 8
Middle Tennessee Mission Outreach is proud to hold its Inaugural “Pancake Breakfast” from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. at Longhorn Steakhouse. The cost is $5 per person and 100% of the proceeds go to Middle Tennessee Mission Outreach. Please visit MTMO.org for more information about the  program.
May 8
Hearts & Hands Ministries Mr. & Miss Spring Fantasy Baby and Beauty Pageant is at Westmoreland Middle School. Deadline for regular entry is May 5, walk-in entries pay additional $10 late fee. For more information call 644-5060, email leathball32@nctc.com or 417-7369. Proceeds benefit the 2011 Honduras Mission trip.
May 8
The 53rd Annual Gallatin Lions Club Horse Show begins at 5 p.m. at the Sumner County Fairgrounds just off West Main Street. More than 200 horses will be entered in this year’s fundraising event that benefits Lions Sight Conservation Program. General admission tickets are $5 at the gate. Box seats are available by contacting Doug Moore at 230-1262 or 451-0865.
May 8
Oak Grove Community Fire District of Sumner County Pancake Breakfast is from 7 to 9 a.m. at the fire hall, 164 Blackey Bandy Road off Hwy. 52, one mile east of Dobbins Pike. An auction will follow breakfast. Call 390-1052 for more information.
May 10
4-H Junior Summer Camp registration is  8:00 – 4:30 at 658 Hartsville Pike. This is for grades 4th – 6th and the cost is $240. If you have any questions call 452-1423.
May 11
Gallatin Senior Citizens Center hosts a Free Comedy Show at 6 p.m. at the center at 200 East Franklin Street.
May 13
The Hendersonville Community Singers, in their 31st season, present their annual spring concert at 7:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church  located at 172 W. Main Street, Hendersonville.  The featured piece will be John Rutter’s Requiem. The Rutter Requiem, one of the most moving and emotional requiems of modern times, will be accompanied by John Todd, Shelia Pugh, and instrumentalists from Belmont University. The choir is directed by T. J. McLaughlin, Choral Director of Gallatin High School. Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased the night of the concert or from any member. The Hendersonville Community Singers is a community choral group serving Hendersonville and Sumner County since 1979. They also provide scholarships for aspiring high school and college vocal students. They are funded through the generous gifts from their Patrons and donations.  For more information, please call Tom Williams at 757-3042.
May 13
The Sumner County Food Bank celebrates their first year’s anniversary at their May food-give-a-way at 354 East Main Street.
May 14
Gallatin Senior Citizens have an evening trip to the Thomas House for dinner and a play.
May 14-16
Grace Baptist Church’s revival meeting starts  at 7 p.m. On May 15 at 12 p.m. they are hosting “Ol’ Brush Arbor Days” which includes games (such as inflatables, “minute to win it” and more), prizes, food and fun for all ages and will conclude with a tent meeting including singing from the Griffin family and others and preaching starting at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 16,  morning services begin at 9 a.m. at 650-7A Nashville Pike (strip mall behind waffle house).  Call 642-6337 for more information.
May 15
Decoration Day at Bradley Cemetery in the Bransford Community.
May 16
There is a meeting at Bradley Cemetery in the Bransford Community at 1 p.m. to discuss cemetery upkeep. If you can’t come and would like to donate for upkeep please send your donation to: Gail Eller, 6870 Old Hwy 31E, Westmoreland, TN   37186 or deposit direct to FARMER’S BANK in Westmoreland for Bradley Cemetery.
May 19
The annual HEALTH FAIR is 9:00 ‘til 12:00, with a group of vendors for questions. There will be a snack lunch and door prizes during the day. A special feature following immediately after the Health Fair will be Dr. Nachnani from Living Well giving a talk and answering questions from 12:00 ‘til 12:30 p.m.   Vendors Registration is available until May 12. For information call 451-1531.  
FYI
A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at Blackeye 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.

Scrabble Club meets Thursday afternoons, 12:30-3:30 at Gallatin Public Library Meetings Rooms. All skill levels welcome. For further information, contact Berniece at 452-0570.

Gallatin Public Library will offer water color painting instruction during the month of May. This class will meet every Tuesday from 11-12:30 and be taught by Jennifer Viall. The cost of this four week class is $50.00. Class size is limited and prepayment is required. Everyone interested should call Anita Link at 452-1722.
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Mayor's update

 

 

 

Mayor Jo Ann Graves announced late afternoon, May 3, that Sumner Countians should document and photograph damage to their properties in order to prepare for obtaining relief from the federal government.

Sumner County is among the 52 counties included in Governor Bredesens request for disaster relief. We do not yet know when we will get word from the federal government on the Governors request.

In the meantime, citizens are encouraged to call the Mayors office about disaster relief.

My office is keeping a list of everyone who calls so that we can provide that to the officials when the time comes, the Mayor said. It is still very important that people take pictures and document any damage.

 

Vietnam Veterans is closed indefinitely, according to TDOT.

Triple Creek Park will be closed all week.

Coles Ferry and Big Station Camp are open.

Debris is still clogging a section of Lower Station Camp, which will remain closed until it can be cleared.

If you see any road damage, please notify the Mayors office immediately. (451-5961)

Place debris from your property on the side of the road and notify Public Works for pick-up. (451-5909) However, there may be some delay in pick up since safety issues are the first priority.

All but three homes have had electricity reinstated. Call GDE if you have problems (452-5152)

All city drinking water is safe. Call GPU, if you have problems. (451-5922)

Please phone the Civic Center (451-5911) for updates on availability of sites if you have had an event planned prior to the flooding.

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Primary elections still scheduled for Tuesday

Primary elections:

Dalean McDougal, Sumner County election commissioner, just announced that the primary elections scheduled in Sumner County for Tuesday, May 4, have not been cancelled.

"We can get to all our precincts. We are not postponing our elections," said McDougal.

County Executive, Sheriff, Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk, Road Superintendent, County Trustee and County Commissioners positions are all included in the primary elections.


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Flood Relief donations today

Flood Relief Drop Off:

Today from 1-2 p.m. at the tennis courts in Cambridge Farms off of Long Hollow Pike. They are taking adult clothes, pillows, and blankets. Also need plus size women's clothes.

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