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Obituaries

Claude Ray Shoulders

age 78, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, January 23, 2009. Funeral service was Monday, January 26 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Don Curtis officiating. Family and friends served as pallbearers. Mr. Shoulders was born in Smith County, Tennessee, November 26, 1930 son of the late Ottis Shoulders and Myrtle Dickerson Shoulders. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a daughter, Diane Yaraborugh. He was a member of Maces Hill and later moved his membership to Buffalo Springs Missionary Baptist Church. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1953 until 1960. He is survived by his wife, Marie Shoulders of Gallatin; one daughter Sandra McGee of Atlanta, GA; two sisters, Mary Lucy and husband Arvis of Hendersonville, Bonita White and husband Stan of Indianapolis, IN; two stepsons, Travis Willis and wife Martha of Gallatin, Ricky Willis of Gallatin and step daughter Margie Fay Lillard and husband Billy of Gallatin; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Online condolences may be sent at www.familyheritagefh.com.

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Katherine Davis Moss Payne

age 94, of Gallatin passed away January 18, 2009 peacefully at her home. She was born to the late Lucy and LT Moss on March 6, 1914 in Riddleton, Tennessee.  She grew up in Cages Bend and was the second oldest of five children. She loved to tell stories about growing up in Cages Bend.  According to one of her stories, she was six years old when her family moved there, “there were no cars, no TV, no electricity, but we were blessed and loved by so many people”. Her faith was a vital part of her life.

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Hospital bonds given junk bond rating

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


A major ratings service has downgraded the rating on approximately $150 million in outstanding Sumner Regional Health System (SRHS) bonds and categorized the bonds as Rating Outlook Negative.

On January 7, the bonds were categorized by Fitch Ratings as Rating Watch Negative, citing SRHS’s “delay in providing audited and interim financial information.”

“(SRHS) is currently not compliant with bond documents that require disclosure of its fiscal 2008 audit…or unaudited financial statements to the bond trustee by October 31, 2008,” Fitch Ratings said in a press release.  “Fitch notes that Sumner’s disclosure to Fitch has historically been

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Coming Events

January 29

The Recruit Military Career Fair event will take place in Nashville at LP Field (Home of the Tennessee Titans) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 300 veterans are expected to attend this special event intended to help our recently returning troops and other veterans and service members, and their spouses find jobs.

January 29

The Gallatin Public Library has started programs for teens. Teens are encouraged to come and jam at the library. Bring your musical instrument; get ready to sing and dance. We will meet in the meeting room at 4 p.m. and snacks will be provided.  For more information contact: Teresa Parlon, YA librarian, at 452-1722.

January 31

Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park and the Cumberland Astronomical Society will host a Star Gazing event at the park in the day use area from sunset to 10 p.m. Telescopes will be provided to look at the day and night skies. For more information contact Sharon Armistead at 347-3639 or skarmistead@yahoo.com

January 31

The Gallatin Senior Center at 220 East Franklin Street is having a Country Ham Breakfast Fundraiser from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. at $10 per person. This includes country ham, eggs cooked to order, hash browns, biscuits and redeye gravy.

January 31

Learning Disabilities Association of Sumner County will hold its first informational meeting at 10 a.m. at the Gallatin Public Library.  LDA of Sumner County provides group support for individuals and families affected by all types of learning disabilities.  For more information please contact Karen Miller at 452-3424 or sumnercountylda@earthlink.net

January 31

The American Legion John T. Alexander Post 17 will again host the American Legion District 6 High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest at Gallatin High School in the theater at 9 a.m. The public is invited, and admission is free. Participants are from Cheatham, Davidson, Dixon, Montgomery, Wilson and Sumner Counties and will deliver original eight to 10 minute oration, concerning some phase of the United States Constitution plus a three to five minute oration concerning one of the four assigned topics based on amendments of the U.S. Constitution. For more information call Jim Perdue, Post 17 Oratorical Contest Chairman, at 452-3368.

January 31

A New Year...... A New You!

For any woman who wants to make positive changes in her life! There will be a FREE Women’s Seminar, “How to Overcome Fear, Anxiety & Depression”, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Gallatin Shalom Zone at 600 Small Street. The featured speaker will be Tami West. There is a special gift for those who pre-register. Call 442-7575 to register or for more information.  A free lunch is included and registration is required for free child care.

February 1

Station Camp Church of Christ will host guest speaker U.S. Air Force Col. (Ret.) Michael Whittington at 10 a.m. He is a former Senior Staff Chaplain and minister.

February 7

February 12 will mark the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Children will be studying about President Lincoln in every classroom across the country. President Lincoln will visit the Gallatin Public Library at 10 a.m. Hear Abe Lincoln speak about his life and times. Principals, teachers, parents and grandparents are invited to take advantage of this opportunity for their children. For questions about children’s events contact Anita Link, Children’s Librarian, at 452-1722, or visit or the web site at gallatinlibrary.org.

February 7

The Sumner County Democratic Women will meet at 9:00 a.m. at Shoney’s Restaurant in Hendersonville. On the agenda are officer elections and committee assignments for 2009. For addtional information or to RSVP, please contact Jeanette Jackson at scdw_president@comcast.net or 822-6126.

February 8

Celebrate and worship with the youth and young adult department of the East Fork District Association as they host their annual Black History Program entitled “Gospel Music Then, Now and Forever” at 4 p.mn. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Hartsville at 530 East Main Street.

February 8

Dr. Ben Albert from Chosen People ministries will be the guest speaker at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church. The subject is Israel and prophecy. For more information call 841-3020.

February 8

Sumner County CASA’s 3rd annual dodgeball event is just around the corner. The location is at Volunteer State Community College from 2:00-6:00 p.m. The tournament will be held for ages 18+. This year there is another opportunity for your team spirit to shine by creating the best uniform and competing for the best uniform award and the overall award. If you know of five or more friends who would enjoy the experience you will have the makings of a team. All proceeds from this event will be used to give an abused and/or neglected child a voice. For more information on CASA and dodgeball rules and registration information visit www.sumnercasa.net or call our office at 615-451-1688 or email at sumnercasa@att.net.

February 14

Begin your Valentine’s evening with CK1 (“Covenant Keepers”  Couple’s Ministry) of First Baptist Church, 290 East Winchester Street, as they present the “Cupid Shuffle” at the church at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 452-8189. Derrick Jackson, Pastor

February 15

The American Legion John T. Alexander Post 17 will host the American Legion Middle Tennessee division High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest at 3 p.m. at the post at 1140 South Water. The contestants will be the winners of Districts 4, 5, 6 and 7 contests. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call Jim Perdue, Oratorical Chairman at 452-3368.

February 21

Cornerstone General Baptist Church, Men’s IMPACT Group will host a Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at 1415 East Broadway. Call 452-3173 for more information.

 February 21

 The United Methodist Women’s group of Liberty UMC and Douglass UMC will hold a free spaghetti dinner from 4-8 p.m., with a snow day of February 28. The dinner is free, however donations will be accepted for mission work. The dinner will be held at the Liberty UMC club house located next door to Liberty church on Liberty Lane, Gallatin. Liberty Lane is located off Red River Road or Upper Station Camp Creek Road.


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The following Gallatin location will provide free VITA tax preparation assistance. Bring photo ID, Social Security card and last year’s tax return: Gallatin Senior Citizens Center, 200 East Franklin Street, every Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 3:30, January 29 through April 14.


DonateSumner.Org is a website devoted to sharing the needs of organizations and individuals within Sumner County, Tennessee. When donating your time or goods, remember your neighbors in need. See the fruits of your work right here in our great community. If you or your organziation need donations of any kind, please email donate.sumner@gmail.com. In your email please include: name of organization and/or contact name, items/services needed, when/where items can be dropped off, contact phone number. This information will be made public on DonateSumner.Org.


Grief Support Group – Community Church of Hendersonville will begin a new session of GriefShare 2/11/09 - 5/6/09 on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Any adult who is experiencing grief due to the death of someone close to them is welcome. Only cost is for workbook - $12 (scholarship money available).  Pre-registration is required – contact jnelson@cchville.org or krougon9295@bellsouth.net or call Jennifer Nelson@ 826-0042  (web ref.: www.griefshare.org).


Is your house cold and drafty? Is your heating bill out of control? Your house may need an energy makeover. Through the Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency Weatherization Assistance Program, your house could receive new insulation, caulking, door and window repair or replacement, and many other money and energy saving measures. MCCAA is currently accepting applications for the Weatherization Assistance Program.  The WAP services are free to qualifying clients. Interested clients in the MCCAA service area may contact their local outreach office, or call Debbie Houser, the WAP program director, at 615-742-1113, Ext 17. If your home has been weatherized in the past by MCCAA, please be advised that you will not qualify, as this is a one- time only service for eligible clients.


Effective immediately, all income eligible participants need to recertify for commodities. Bring 2009 income for all household members, social security numbers, and know all member’s date of birth. The next distribution will be March 11, so recertification needs to be completed by the end of February. Bring information to Mid Cumberland Community Action Agency at the Union Resource Building located at 600 Small Street, Suite 122. For more information, call 452-7570.


Gallatin High School Class of 1953  resumed their monthly luncheon on the third Monday of each month. The meeting place has changed to the Cracker Barrel.


Are you struggling to pay your monthly energy bill? You may qualify for assistance. Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency is currently accepting applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Qualifying applicants could be eligible to receive a one- time award on their home energy bill. Interested applicants in the MCCAA service area should contact their local outreach office for assistance, or call 615-742-1113 ext.19 to have an application mailed to you. Proof of household monthly income and a copy of your energy bill are required to apply.

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Thigpen nominated for prestigious Athena award
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Virginia Thigpen, current president of the Sumner County Election Commission and Associate Professor Emerita of the faculty at Volunteer Sate Community College, has been nominated for the prestigious Athena award for 2009, part of an international organization that honors the achievements of professional women.

Women’s organizations throughout Middle Tennessee nominated 22 women for this year’s award. The ceremony where the announcement of the winner will be made will take place at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on March 23.

“I was very pleased to be nominated,” said Thigpen in a recent interview. “Traditionally, Nashville women are nominated.”

Thigpen received a dual nomination from the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus and the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.



 
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'Educate and Grow' letters arrive this week
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Graduating seniors throughout Sumner County will receive letters this week in envelopes from the Sumner County Board of Education informing them of the availability of full tuition scholarships to Volunteer State Community College for the academic year that begins in fall 2009 for qualifying students. The deadline for the applications is March 1.

“We’re the only county in Middle Tennessee that is providing scholarships for two years of higher learning after high school,” said Paul Goode, the county commissioner who initiated the concept of the scholarships with the County Commission.

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Frozen rescue
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

The most dangerous rescue mission since the Sheriff’s Office has taken over management of Animal Control occurred during a recent dramatic rescue of two miniature horses trapped in icy water.

Three miniature horses had become stranded in partially frozen water, but only two were rescued from drowning after a combination of resources and effort that involved several local emergency agencies. The third horse had already succumbed by the time emergency personnel arrived.

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'Tears of joy'
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

“These are tears of joy,” said Kathy Jackson, a teacher at Rucker Stewart Middle School, as she walked into the hallway and wiped her face, overwhelmed by the inauguration of the first African-American President. Several students gave her hugs and reassurances, as she smiled through the tears. 
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Knox Doss name change protested again
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Sherry Walker, the parent of a child at Knox Doss Middle School, spoke to the Board of Education at its Tuesday, January 20, meeting and requested they reconsider the name change to Station Camp Middle School and assigning the Knox Doss Middle School name to the new middle school at Drakes Creek, scheduled to open in the fall.

“The board never surveyed the community, whether they were for or against the change,” said Walker, in an earlier communication. “There are many rumors, complaining, grumbling going on in the KDMS community.”

The proposed changes were presented by the Board’s Vice Chair Don Long (District 3, Hendersonville), who had spearheaded an informal survey during a festival at the school earlier in the fall.  The survey offered only the proposed Station Camp Middle School name as a possibility, with a blank space for filling in other suggestions.

Thirty-two people responded to that survey indicating their approval of the name change.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

 

Its a darn shame, voting to make English the official language of Nashville.  Of course English is spoken here.  Why does it have to be an issue?  Why the push for legislation to make English the official language?  Well Ill tell you what I think. 

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Veer Left

Holt fails Open Records Test

Republican Anthony Holt did not wait long to make his first mistake as County Executive. Several weeks ago this paper reported on the status of the search for a new county finance director. When asked to name the finalists, Holt refused, saying the finalists probably did not

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Obituaries

Carl Ray Cothron

age 84, of Westmoreland passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2009. Services were Saturday, January 10, 2009 at Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland with Brother David Simmons and Brother Ricky Vance officiating. Interment followed at Eulia Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Brandon Cothron, Tim Oakley, Kristian Prock, Mike Compton and Troy Cothron. Honorary pallbearers were Wallace Eidson, Kendahl Oakley, Zhane Oakley, Chelsea Compton and Holly Compton. He was preceded in death by parents, Elaish and Kathrine Vance Cothron, brothers, Fred Vance and Howard Cothron, sister Lassie Key and grandchild, Suzanne Prock. Survivors include wife, Vauda Mae Williamson Cothron; son, Fred (Becky) Cothron of Westmoreland; Cammie Sue (Wallace) Eidson of Gallatin; brothers, Donnie Cothron of Lafayette, Harold Gene Cothron of Hartsville; sister, Ruth Sloan of Westmoreland; three grandchildren; two step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.

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County vehicles going home may become a thing of the past

By Candy Webb

cwhendersonville@bellsouth.net


Members of the countys General Operations Committee are looking into the cost of allowing county employees to take county issued vehicles home at night.

Currently, the countys Planning Director, Codes Director and Risk Management Director all drive their county vehicles to and from work each day.

The topic came under the discussion as several committee members disagreed on

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Ready, Set, Go

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


The work on the downtown streetscape is scheduled to begin January 27.

A meeting was held Wednesday afternoon with business and property owners at the Gallatin City Council chambers to answer questions and address concerns.

David Coode, with the design firm Kimley Horn, which designed the streetscape project, said the work is scheduled to

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Mayor vetoed on voting for Vice Mayor

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


The Gallatin City Council reversed course Tuesday night and decided not to allow the mayor to vote on who is selected to serve as vice-mayor.

The City Council recently approved a number of changes to the city charter, and it voted to allow the mayor to vote on who is vice-mayor after City Attorney


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Gallatin principal remembers another presidential inauguration 40 years ago
By Marjorie Lloyd marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

“It shows you how fast 40 years can go by.”

January 1969 was a significant month in the life of Andrew Cornelius Turner.

As a member of the marching band for Mississippi Valley State College, he and his fellow band members played in the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena, California, on January 1, and then, a few weeks later, on January 20, for the inauguration of President-elect Richard Nixon in Washington D.C. It was the first Christmas that the young student had spent away from home.

“I’ve given speeches about my life because my life has paralleled significant events in history,” said Turner, the popular principal of Rucker-Stewart Middle School.

 

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Free tax return help
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Seniors and mid to low-income people in Sumner County have free 2008 tax filing available, thanks to the IRS, AARP and local volunteers. Several sites across the county will have trained volunteers available to help individuals with their 2008 income-tax return, as well as help determine if they received the correct amount on their federal stimulus check in 2008.

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SCEA objects to School Board internet policy revision
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

The revision of the policy on the use of Internet technology by employees of the Sumner County schools is currently under study. With approximately 7,500 computers in the school system that has 43 schools and more than 3,500 individual email accounts, an update of the policy has been deemed necessary by the Board of Education.

Two sections of the proposed policy are under discussion, including the one focusing on bulk emails and the one on the use of school equipment by organizations either critical of the Board of Education’s actions or discussing issues in a manner that targets influencing the Board’s deliberations.

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Coming Events

January 17

Newly elected Sumner County school board member Beth Cox will discuss current issues facing the school board at the Sumner County Republican Womens Clubs breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. at Shoneys Restaurant in Hendersonville.  Visitors are encouraged to attend. For more information  call Patricia Polston, president, at 824-2025, or Susanna Hayward, vice-president for membership, at 826-9280.  The club meets for breakfast every third Saturday at 9 a.m. at Shoneys Restaurant, 200 East Main Street, Hendersonville.

January 19

The Sumner County NAACP will have a Unity Day March in observance of Martin Luther King Day, beginning at noon at the City Hall parking lot and ending at Rucker Stewart Middle School on Hancock Street where a short program will be held. Speaker will be Harold Gilbert and entertainment by the Senior Steppers from Nashville. For more information call Phillip Douglas at 451-9755.

January 20

Salem Community Club will meet at 6 p.m. Bring a dish. The speaker will be Frank  Freels Sr., the new fourth district county commissioner. Everyone is welcome. Call Mildred Cornwell at 452-0425 or Margaret Hunter, 452-3845 for more information.

January 20

A free seminar, Choosing Welness: Lifestyle Changes for Optimal Wellness begins at 6 p.m. at Carrier Chiropractic clinic on Indian Lake Road across from the Hendersonville High School football stadium.

January 22

SPEND A DAY WITH SSA, officials from the Gallatin Social Security Administration will be at the Hendersonville Public Library from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for general questions and answers, as well as assisting those interested in filing an application for benefits. For more information, call the Social Security Administration in Gallatin and ask for Mrs. Roberson at 451-9341.

January 23

The Gallatin Arts Council presents Tennessee Poet Laureate Maggi Vaughn as the first in their 2009 ARTS LINK series. Vaughn will entertain the audience with her homespun stories and poems at the new Gallatin Public Library, at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and suitable for all audiences. It is funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. For further information go to www.gallatinartscouncil.org.

January 27

The January meeting of the Gallatin Chapter of the AARP will be at 1:30 p.m. in the activities room of the Gallatin Prebyterian Church. The speaker will be Wade Douglass on the subject of Assistance for Tax Preparation. Call Harry Smith at 452-7040 for more information.

January 31

The American Legion John T. Alexander Post 17 will again host the American Legion District 6 High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest at Gallatin High School in the theater at 9 a.m.The public is invited, and admission is free. Participants are from Cheatum, Davidson, Dixon, Montgomery, Wilson and Sumner Counties and will deliver original eight to 10 minute oration concerning some phase of the United States Constitution plus a three to five minute oration concerning one of the four assigned topics based on amendments of the U.S. Constitution. For more information call Jim Perdue, Post 17 Oratorical Contest Chairman, at 452-3368.

January 31

A New Year...... A New You!

For any woman who wants to make positive changes in her life! There will be a FREE Womens Seminar, How to Overcome Fear, Anxiety & Depression, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Gallatin Shalom Zone at 600 Small Street. The featured speaker will be Tami West. There is a special gift for those who pre-register. Call 442-7575 to register or for more information.  A free lunch is included and registration is required for free child care.

February 7

February 12 will mark the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincolns birthday. Children will be studying about President Lincoln in every classroom across the country. President Lincoln will visit the Gallatin Public Library at 10 a.m. Hear Abe Lincoln speak about his life and times. Principals, teachers, parents, and grandparents are invited to take advantage of this opportunity for their children. For questions about childrens events contact Anita Link, Childrens Librarian, at 452-1722, or visit or the web site at gallatinlibrary.org.

February 8

Sumner County CASAs 3rd annual dodgeball event is just around the corner. The location is at Volunteer State Community College from 2:00-6:00 p.m. The tournament will be held for ages 18+. This year there is another opportunity for your team spirit to shine by creating the best uniform and competing for the best uniform award and the overall award. If you know of five or more friends who would enjoy the experience you will have the makings of a team. All proceeds from this event will be used to give an abused and/or neglected child a voice. For more information on CASA and dodge ball rules and registration information visit www.sumnercasa.net or call our office at 615-451-1688 or email at sumnercasa@att.net.

February 14

Begin your Valentines evening with CK1 (Covenant Keepers  Couples Ministry) of First Baptist Church, 290 East Winchester Street, as they present the Cupid Shuffle at the church at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 452-8189. Derrick Jackson, Pastor

February 15

The American Legion John T. Alexander Post 17 will host the American Legion Middle Tennessee division High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest at 3 p.m. at the post at 1140 South Water. The contestants will be the winners of Districts 4, 5, 6 and 7 contests. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call Jim Perdue, Oratorical Chairman at 452-3368.

February 21

Cornerstone General Baptist Church, Mens IMPACT Group will host a Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at 1415 East Broadway. Call 452-3173 for more information.


FYI

DonateSumner.Org is a website devoted to sharing the needs of organizations and individuals within Sumner County, Tennessee. When donating your time or goods, remember your neighbors in need. See the fruits of your work right here in our great community. If you or your organziation need donations of any kind, please email donate.sumner@gmail.com. In your email please include: name of organization and/or contact name, items/services needed, when/where items can be dropped off, contact phone number. This information will be made public on DonateSumner.Org.


Is your house cold and drafty? Is your heating bill out of control? Your house may need an energy makeover. Through the Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency Weatherization Assistance Program, your house could receive new insulation, caulking, door and window repair or replacement, and many other money and energy saving measures. MCCAA is currently accepting applications for the Weatherization Assistance Program.  The WAP services are free to qualifying clients. Interested clients in the MCCAA service area may contact their local outreach office, or call Debbie Houser, the WAP program director, at 615-742-1113, Ext 17. If your home has been weatherized in the past by MCCAA, please be advised that you will not qualify, as this is a one- time only service for eligible clients. This program is partially funded by the Tennessee Department of Human Services.


Effective immediately, all income eligible participants need to recertify for commodities. Bring 2009 income for all household members, social security numbers, and know all members date of birth. The next distribution will be March 11, so recertification needs to be completed by the end of February. Bring information to Mid Cumberland Community Action Agency at the Union Resource Building located at 600 Small Street, Suite 122. For more information, call 452-7570.


Gallatin High School Class of 1953 will resume their monthly luncheon on the third Monday of each month beginning January 19. The meeting place has changed to the Cracker Barrel.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

Just a note to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ask Ken Beck and hope this column will be a regular feature.

Best wishes to The Gallatin Newspaper for continued success in the New Year!

Judy Roberts

Hendersonville

 

Dear Editor;

You should be ashamed of yourself.

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Veer Left

I have a fairly simple test I use to determine whether to support a piece of legislation. If the proposed law would provide an overall increase in freedom then I am for it. If it reduces our freedoms, I am against it. Of course there are exceptions, such as for public safety or national defense, and some cases where

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Obituaries

Donald Burkett Nelson, Sr.

age 87, of Hendersonville, passed away January 6, 2009. He was born March 11, 1921, in Decatur, Alabama. He was preceded in death by wife of 64 years, Evelyn Bartlett Nelson (2006); son Robert Bartlett Nelson (1981); parents Robert Donald and Ida Nelson; sisters Bobbie Lou Rowe and Faye Primm. Mr. Nelson is survived by children, Donald Burkett Nelson, Jr., Martha/Molly Glenn, Freda (Scott) Rushton; grandchildren; Robert Burkett/Arby Nelson (Sinkyung), Virginia/V (Bill) Moore, Erica (Melan) Salas, Emila Nelson, Aaron Rushton and Evelyn/Lyn Rushton; great grandson Devin Salas; step-grandchildren, Bob (Susie) Glenn and Gretchen (Scott) Shrader and seven great-step-grandchildren. Children and grandchildren served as pallbearers. Visitation is today 5 - 8 p.m. and one hour before services conducted Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Hendersonville Funeral Home by Hendersonville Church of Christ elder Larry Graham. Internment will follow at Crestview Cemetery.

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Emergency alert notification system set for second test
By Marjorie Lloyd
mlgallatin@bellsouth.net

The recently adopted emergency notification system entitled SchoolCast that has been installed by the Sumner County School District Office will be tested for the second time either at the end of this week or next week, according to the Supervisor of Board and Community Relations, Jeremy Johnson.

Were trying to get people aware, said Johnson in a recent interview. He noted that letters had been sent to parents requesting that they provide updated contact information.


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Corps of Engineers chooses two locations in Sumner County for proposed marinas

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has chosen three proposals as finalists for expanding public demand for marinas and yacht clubs.

The Corps accepted proposals beginning in October of 2007, and six sites were looked at for potential expansion.

One finalist is

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Board of Education requests policy on interruption of meetings
By Marjorie Lloyd
mlgallatin@bellsout.net

At the regular Study Session meeting of the Board of Education, Tuesday, January 6, Vice-Chair Don Long (Hendersonville) instructed Jim Fuqua, the board’s attorney, to compile a preliminary version of a policy on the consequences of interrupting a Board of Education meeting that will later be discussed and subsequently voted upon and possibly be included in the Board’s official policy.

Long directed Fuqua to include probable consequences based upon whether or not the individual is “a member of the general public, a teacher employed in the school system or a student.”

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