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Community Calendar October 26, 2011

October 28

The Gallatin Senior Center will hold a Halloween Costume Party and Dance with best costume prize, cakewalk, line dance and potluck dinner. The Center will furnish drinks and dessert. Dance to the music of the Southern Country Band. Potluck dinner begins at 6 p.m. followed by the dance 7 10. Everyone invited (children get in free) for a fun night. Donation of $5 per person, $7.50 per couple is suggested. The center is located at 200 E. Franklin Street, 451-1531.

October 29

Liberty United Methodist Church, on Liberty Lane, is hosting their annual chili supper 4 to 8 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the building and improvement fund.

GHS/Union Alumni Basketball Game is from 4 to 7 p.m. at GHS gym. Admission is $5, and benefits FBLA and the Shalom Zone.

October 30

Grace Baptist Church, 410 Old Hwy 31E in Bethpage will host a Fifth Sunday Supper and Singing starting at 4 p.m. Soup and sandwiches will be served. At 5 p.m., The Spirituals, a family group from Kentucky, will perform. Free to everyone.

November 1

Sumner County voters are invited to participate in a Town Hall meeting to learn more about the Photo ID voting requirement passed by the Tennessee General Assembly. The requirement takes affect January 1, 2012. The meeting is 10 a.m. in the Bethel Brown Commission Chambers in the Sumner County Administration Building, 355 N. Belvedere Drive. For information call 452-1456.

November 5

American Legion Post 17, at 1140 South Water, is hosting a Big Brothers Breakfast, 6:30 to 10 a.m. Proceeds will help the Big Brothers provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children.

Cumberland Astronomical Society is hosting a Star Gazing Party at Bledsoe Creek State Park beginning at sundown in the day use area. This is free and open to the public.

Gallatin Leisure Services is hosting their 1st Annual Turkey Run at Triple Creek Park. Event schedule: Booth set-up, 7 to 8 a.m. (booths open until 11 a.m.); Registration, 8 to 9 a.m.; Race begins at 9 a.m. Call the civic center at 451-5911 for more information.

Trinity Lutheran Church at 720 Lock 4 Road is having its annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Humane Society of Sumner County holds its 8th Annual Puttin' on the Dog/Cat Gala at Kennesaw Farms Clubhouse, two streets behind Kennesaw Farm's Babar House in Gallatin. Come enjoy a catered dinner, Silent Auction, live entertainment, door prizes, and Scott Couch as emcee. This fundraiser is HSSC's largest in the year and helps support nearly 600 homeless dogs and cats. Tickets may be purchased at sumnerhumane.org, from any board member, or 394-8903.

Microchipping Clinic and Fall Fest is from noon until 3 p.m. at Sumner spay Neuter Low Cost Clinic at 1033 Union School, across from Benny Bills Elementary.

November 6

Rome Missionary Baptist Church, 1277 Avondale Road, is observing their Minister of Music Appreciation Day at 2:30 p.m.

FYI

The Gallatin FFA annual Fruit Sale is underway. The Citrus fruits available are Tangelos, Pink Grapefruit, Navel Oranges, and Hamlin Oranges. The chapter is selling 10 pound bags of Red Delish, Granny Smith, and Golden Delish apples. They are also selling DanJou Pears and Fancy Mixed Nuts. The sale ends November 15. If you would like to purchase fruit please call (615) 452-2621 Ext. 123.

A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at The Blackeyed Pea restaurant in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m.

Alzheimers Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.

Sertoma of Gallatin has a drop off box at the Gallatin Senior Citizens Center on Franklin St. near the square for anyone who would like to donate a used hearing aid to be given to HEAR Nashville to refurbish and provide hearing for someone who cannot afford a hearing aid on their own.

Thrifty Paw is now open at 222 Fairgrounds Road (Behind the Post Office). Hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance (Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic). Furniture, household and childrens items, books, CDs, and more good stuff. They will gladly accept your unwanted items. Contact Beckie, 210-3296 to arrange a pickup.

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Sumner Regional Stars Pink Glove Dance Video

SUMNER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER STARS IN OWN PINK GLOVE DANCE VIDEO TO SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

SRMC Hopes to Win Medlines National Pink Glove Dance Video Competition

(GALLATIN, Tenn. Oct. 19, 2011) Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) needs your vote to win Medline Industries, Incs national Pink Glove Dance video competition. More than 200 staff members at SRMC are starring in their own Pink Glove Dance video to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention. Voting ends this Friday, October 21.

The video is posted on www.pinkglovedance.com , along with the videos of the other 135 participants to be viewed and voted on by the public (voting requires a Facebook account). SRMCs video can be found at the link http://pinkglove.co/102. The winner will receive a $10,000 donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice with second place receiving $5,000 and third place $2,000. The winners will be announced October 28 on www.pinkglovedance.com.

Breast cancer has invaded the lives of too many in our community, and for this we chose to wave our hands, said Donna Henderson, RN, a Surgical Services Nurse at SRMC who coordinated SRMCs Pink Glove Dance. We selected the song Dynamite as a way of showing our desire to blow cancer out of our lives through early detection. We chose to dance in honor of survivors and for those who fought a good fight.

The song used in SRMCs video was Dynamite by Taio Cruz, which the artist granted permission to use specifically for the Pink Glove Dance competition.

Medline, the makers of the pink gloves, premiered the original Pink Glove Dance video in November 2009, which featured 200 Portland, Ore., hospital workers wearing pink gloves and dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention. Today, the video has more than 13 million views on YouTube and has spawned hundreds of pink glove dance videos and breast cancer awareness events across the country. A sequel was produced last October featuring 4,000 healthcare workers and breast cancer survivors throughout North America.

Medline donates a portion of each sale of the pink gloves to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). To date, Medline has donated more than $800,000 to the NBCF to fund mammograms for individuals who cannot afford them.

With just a few days left to vote, the competition so far has attracted more than 500,000 votes, more than one million people have viewed the videos and more than 17,000 people from all walks of life participated in the videos.

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Obituaries for October 19, 2011

George Henry Pee-Wee Rogers

age 76, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Memorial service will be Saturday, October 22 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Chaplain Phillip Sigmon officiating. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of service. Mr. Rogers was born in Fairfax, SC on October 14, 1934, son of the late Stephen Cecil and Sara Cone Rogers. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Martin Rogers and Sonny Rogers and sister, Mary Ann Johnson. He is survived by his children, Tisa Chapman and husband, Guy of Gallatin, Teri Gray of Mt. Juliet, and George Henry Rogers II and wife, Donna of Lebanon; brothers, Robert Wayne Rogers of Orlando, FL and Joe Rogers of Mississippi; sister, Margy Conners of Savannah, GA and grandchildren, Jessica Drake, Calif Chapman, Landon Chapman, Luke Gray, Taylor Gray, Jordan Rogers and Jackson Rogers. Mr. Rogers played steel guitar at the Grand Ole Opry for 40+ years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

Bruce Eugene Fletcher

Fletch, age 71, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, October 14, 2011. He was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Fletcher was born in Akron, Ohio on July 23, 1940, son of the late Paul Edward and Frances Lee Fletcher. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Fletcher of Gallatin; stepdaughter, Brandi Jones and her husband, Dan of Murfreesboro; stepson Kurt Maddox of Centerfield, TN; two grandchildren Baylee and Austin Jones and one sister, Alice Lewis and husband, Clifford of Stuart, FL. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info. Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home.

George T. Terry

His work was done and he entered into eternal rest on Saturday, October 8, 2011 in Houston, TX. Mr. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Wadell Terry and Ida Eula Horner Terry, brothers Raymond Cotton Wadell and Gordon Browning Terry all of Gallatin. Mr. Terry is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Dona Terry of Houston; brother, Weyman C. Terry of Gallatin; sons, Michael Terry of Atlanta, GA; Herbert Terry and wife, Sharron of Portland and John Terry of Nashville; one daughter, Tracy Terry of Gallatin; nine grandchildren, Renee Terry, Heather Cutler, Ashley Terry, Josh Terry, Joseph Terry, McKenzie Terry, Jacob Terry, Hannah Terry, and Noah Terry, and four great-grandchildren, Gabrielle and Evan Cutler, Nicholas Hall, and Jacob Donaldson, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of special friends in Texas and in Tennessee. Mr. Terry was born August 16, 1936, in Gallatin, where he and his family were in the grocery business. He attended Shelby State Junior College of Technology, Memphis. Mr. Terry was affiliated with many of Houstons largest automobile dealerships. After retirement in 1995, he enjoyed acting, horseshoe pitching, Senior Olympics, and his beloved pets, Charlie, Nuchy, Gypsy, Willie, and Fred. He was an avid chess-player, poker-player, and a member of the Texas Horseshoe Association, and the Greater Houston Horseshoe Association. George participated in community theater with The Company on Stage, Inc., in Houston. He was a 31-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous, and until his last day, participated in helping his fellows by giving of himself. A celebration of his life was held Monday, October 17, at 7 p.m. at Family Heritage Funeral Home in Gallatin. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Mildred Juanita Rapheal-Hale

age 76, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Funeral service was Saturday, October 15 at 10 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Noel Quinn officiating. Entombment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Chris Spencer, Justin Hunt, Brent Rapheal, Ryan Rapheal, Jeff Neeley, Nathan Hunt, Ken Brown and Jeremy Akins serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Rapheal-Hale was born July 17, 1935 in Madison, daughter of the late C. N. and Lena Bell Litton Smith. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by sisters, Edith Milele and Clara Smith; brother, Connie Norris Buddy Smith, Jr.; son-in-law, Steve Brown and grandson, Eric Brown. She is survived by son, Nick Rapheal and wife, Jacque of Hendersonville; daughters, Connie Rapheal Brown, Tammy Rapheal Sircy and husband, Bobby, Jennifer Hunt, Abby Lynn Hale, Flor Hale, all of Gallatin and Susie Lasley of Indianapolis, IN; brother, Fred Smith and wife Barbara of Orlando, FL; nine grandchildren, Brent Rapheal and wife Shea, Ryan Rapheal and wife Gladys, Chris Spencer and wife, Beth, Johnny Spencer, Justin Hunt, Lynn Akins and husband, Jeremy, Nichole Brown, Dave Stewart and Douglas Lloyd and 16 great grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

James Henry Jimmy Harrison, Jr.

age 62, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, October 17, 2011. Funeral service was Thursday, October 20 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Don Craighead officiating. Interment was in Gallatin Cemetery with Jared Hesson, Todd Hesson, Frostie Gregory, Bill Anderson, Ron Sloan, John Brooks, Timmy Owens, Tommy Smith, Tim Smith, Dale Owens, Lynn Frye and Glen Smith serving as pallbearers. Mr. Harrison was born May 13, 1949, in Sumner County, son of the late James Henry Harrison, Sr. and Edna Vandercook Harrison. He is survived by wife, Debbie Owens Harrison of Gallatin; son, Trey Harrison and wife, Trudy of Gallatin; sister, Gail Smith and husband Harold, of Westmoreland; sisters-in-law, Juanita Frye and Dene Owens, of Carthage; brother-in-law, Danny Owens of Carthage and grandchild, Talan Harrison. He was a farmer and member of Union Hill Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union Hill Church of Christ, 1000 Dobbins Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066 or 21st Century Global Mission, C/O Union Hill Church of Christ. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

Ruby Daniel

age 96, of Kingsport, formerly of Gallatin, passed away Thursday, October 13, 2011. Graveside service was Monday, October 17 at 10 a.m. from Crestview Memorial Park with Brother Noel Quinn officiating. Family and friends served as pallbearers. Mrs. Daniel was born in Difficult, TN, daughter of the late William Bailey and Flora Grace Law. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde E Daniel. She is survived by one son, Clyde E. Daniel and his wife, Linda; step-daughter, Norma Jones and her husband, Willard; granddaughters, Melissa ONeil and husband, Don and Kathleen Greuel and husband, Justin; great grandchildren, Jackson ONeil and Tula and Owen Greuel and one sister, Hazel Ballenger. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info. Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home.

Charles William Adamson

age 83, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2011. Funeral service was Wednesday, October 19 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home, with Brother Johnny Carver officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens, with Steve Keith, Greg York, Bryan Adamson, Josh ONeal, William Angela, Shawn Braswell, David Jackson, Charlie Praught, Troy Tallman and Robert Spurlock, serving as pallbearers. Mr. Adamson was born July 18, 1928 in Sumner County, son of the late Robert and Nella Rogers Adamson. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Robert Adamson and James Hugh Adamson and sister, Katherine Owens. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Carter Adamson; son, Bryan Adamson, both of Gallatin; daughter, Patricia Duffer, of Indiana; step-children, Gerald ONeal (Nella) and Teresa Brigance, all of Gallatin; sisters, Edna Jackson (Wilburn), Dorothy Tuck, Helen Keith (Jerry), Lois Braswell, all of Gallatin and Carlene Spurlock, of Castalian Springs. He retired as a road department supervisor for the City of Hendersonville after 19 years, worked at John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, IL, for 21 years, was a member of New Hope General Baptist Church and attended House of Grace Assembly of God. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

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One killed in crash

A two-vehicle traffic accident on Hwy 25 near the Greenfield Lane intersection Monday night resulted in one fatality and two people being transported to Vanderbilt Hospital by helicopter.

According to reports by Tennessee Highway Patrolman Jason Flatt, a 2000 Chrysler Town and County mini van driven by Vannessa Freeman, 26, of Dowelltown, Tenn., crossed the center line at approximately 9:53 p.m. and hit a 1991 Ford F150 head-on. The impact of the collision caused the truck to roll into the ditch.

The driver of the truck, Amy Lankford, 21, of Lafayette, died from injuries sustained in the accident. A passenger in the truck, Kally Vinson, 20, also of Lafayette, and Freeman were both transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

Neither Lankford nor Vinson was wearing seatbelts. Officer Flatt determined that wearing seat belts would have made a difference in the outcome. Possible charges against Freeman are pending

Director of Sumner County Emergency Management Agency Ken Weidner reported that

the Southeast Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene along with Sumner County EMS, Sumner County EMA. With all occupants being trapped in their vehicles, extra resources were called in from the City of Gallatin and the Gallatin Volunteer Fire Department. he said.

By Randy Cline


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SCHS Band Headed For National Championship

The Station Camp High School Band could be going to the U.S. Scholastic Band Associations (USSBA) national championship, if they can find the money. The band already has a guaranteed spot in the competition, but as of last week their fundraising efforts were still a few thousand short of their $18,000 goal.

Although the band has a few more weeks before the competition, the race to find funding is already getting heated. The band has already raised thousands through a 10-hour Rock-a-thon, selling candy, and hosting an Evening with the Sumner County Band this past Monday, which featured music, dinner, and a silent auction. Band Director James Waters says they are still tallying Monday nights donations, but he estimates they raised around $6,000 and still need roughly $3,000.

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School Director almost to day 100

Director of Sumner County Schools Dr. Del R. Phillps, III (center) visits with Paula Deberry (left) and Patricia Brown after his address to theGallatinChamber of Commerce.

Director of Sumner County Schools Dr. Del R. Phillips, III gave a sneak peek into this First 100 Day Report to thoseattending the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Monday.

His 100th day since taking the reigns of the school system in June will fall on Oct. 31. He told the crowd that, while trying to decide what to put in the report, he jokingly suggested that item number one on the list should say I survived. Phillips referred to some long days spent early in his tenure dealing with a budget battle.

We had some contentious budget discussions and budget meetings with both the school board and the county commission and sometimes, in the heat of discussions, people perceive that it is much worse than it is between parties and I never really felt like that, Phillips said. I felt like people wanted information and that is certainly something they have the right to have.

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Four express interest in council seat

At least four people have expressed interest in serving the remaining 14 months remaining on the current term of the Gallatin City Council District 2 seat recently vacated by Dale Bennett.

The appointment will be decided by the City Council in the near future. The seat will be up for election on Nov 6, 2012 election ballot and the appointed person will serve until the first official council meeting of January 2013.

The four known candidates who have expressed an interest in the appointment include Steve Camp, John Ruth, Albert Strawther, and Joe Whitaker, Sr.

Camp, who ran for the District 2 seat in last election, is retired from the construction industry and recently closed his real estate business. He finished an unexpired term as a Sumner County Commissioner, filling the seated vacated when Jimmy England moved out of the district. He did not run for re-election to that position.

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Commissioners approve new district lines

The Sumner County Commission unanimously approved two resolutions for the reapportionment redistricting lines for the 12 County Commission districts and for the 11 School Board districts on Monday.

The 12 County Constable positions follow the lines drawn for County Commission districts. Constable positions are up for election in 2012 as are even-numbered school board positions.

Redistricting after each decennial U.S. census flows from the landmark US Supreme Court one person, one vote decision in Baker v. Carr in 1962. The case originated in Tennessee because of the failure of the state legislature to redraw the lines to account for population shifts for 60 years.

State Senator Randy McNally of Oak Ridge has explained the process used in Tennessee now as being one in which every 10 years state and local legislators get to choose the voters they want. That is, of course, different from the usual process in which voters choose the legislators they want, he adds.

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"Class Warfare" real, and the middle class is losing

Dear Editor,

Class Warfare is real and the super rich and big corporations are winning. The Occupy movement knows this and their cause is just.

The big banks brought us risky investments like derivatives. They enticed many into risky mortgages. Some banks took bailout money and gave huge bonuses to CEOs.

Meanwhile, too many average Americans are unemployed and underemployed. Real wages, adjusted for inflation, havent risen in 40 years. Tax rates for big corporations and the rich have been dropping for 30 years. The wealth gap is widening and poverty is rising.

Matt Talabi notes that through their huge contributions the super rich and big corporations dominate government from the back rooms and usurp the regulatory structure from within.

Corporations are now considered people, and the Supreme Court has essentially allowed unlimited contributions by the well heeled. Even Supreme Court justices attend parties sponsored by people like the super rich Koch brothers.

Thus, the system has been bought off and rigged against the average person. Legislation and rulings favor the super rich and big corporations. Daily, the average persons life is getting worse and daily the chance to change it is lessening. Thats why the Occupy movement matters so much.

Herman Lawson

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Community Calendar October 20 - November 1

October 20

Peter Moon Band wraps up the series of 3rd Thursday free concerts in historic downtown Gallatin at 6:30 p.m. on the square. This concert is family friendly and is brought to you by State Farm and other sponsors and is an exclusive Greater Gallatin, Inc. event.

October 21

Gallatin Senior Center is hosting a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. followed by music and dancing with entertainment by Kross Kountry band, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

October 21

The Col. Jethro Sumner Chapter, D.A.R., will have a chapter luncheon at noon, at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ, 744 Hartsville Pike. An informative Women's Issues program will be presented by the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center. Hostesses for the luncheon will be Flo Jean Schlosser, Eva Jane Johnston and Jane Black. For more information, call 596-2331.

October 22

A clothing and coat giveaway is at West Eastland Church of Christ from 9 a.m. until noon. For more information call 452-1429 or 452-8840.

October 23

Homecoming/Family and Friends Day is hosted by Gallatin Church of Christ, 150 East Main Street. The speaker is Tim Brown, worship leader, Roscoe Smith. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. immediately followed by worship service. A potluck lunch follows.

October 23

Gallatin Leisure Services is hosting their annual Pumpkin Splash at the civic center indoor pool from 1 to 5 p.m. Kids K-5 may register for $3 per pumpkin by Friday, October 21. Pumpkins will be picked out of pool in age groups then decorated by children and parents. Decoration materials are provided. Free swim begins after decorating is complete. Children must be able to swim or parents must be in the water. Remember to bring towels. Call 451-5911 for more information.

October 24

Kid's Kingdom will officially open with a 4:00 ribbon cutting.

October 28

The Gallatin Senior Center will hold a Halloween Costume Party and Dance with best costume prize, cakewalk, line dance and pot luck dinner. The Center will furnish drinks and dessert. Dance to the music of the Southern Country Band. Potluck dinner begins at 6 p.m. followed by the dance 7 10. Everyone invited (children get in free) for a fun night. Donation of $5 per person, $7.50 per couple is suggested. The center is located at 200 E. Franklin Street, 451-1531.

October 29

Liberty United Methodist Church, on Liberty Lane, is hosting their annual chili supper 4 to 8 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the building and improvement fund.

October 30

Grace Baptist Church, 410 Old Hwy 31E in Bethpage will host a Fifth Sunday Supper and Singing starting at 4 p.m. Soup and sandwiches will be served. At 5 p.m., The Spirituals, a family group from Kentucky, will perform. Free to everyone.

November 1

Sumner County voters are invited to participate in a Town Hall meeting to learn more about the Photo ID voting requirement passed by the Tennessee General Assembly. The requirement takes affect January 1, 2012. The meeting is 10 a.m. in the Bethel Brown Commission Chambers in the Sumner County Administration Building, 355 N. Belvedere Drive. For information call 452-1456

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Gallatin High School is collecting cans and non perishable food items for Gallatin Cares. The JRROTC will be collecting Saturday October 22nd in the Goodwill Parking lot from 9am-3pm

The Gallatin FFA annual Fruit Sale is underway. The Citrus fruits available are Tangelos, Pink Grapefruit, Navel Oranges, and Hamlin Oranges. The chapter is selling 10 pound bags of Red Delish, Granny Smith, and Golden Delish apples. They are also selling DanJou Pears and Fancy Mixed Nuts. The sale ends November 15. If you would like to purchase fruit please call (615) 452-2621 Ext. 123.

A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at The Blackeyed Pea restaurant in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m.

Alzheimers Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.

Sertoma of Gallatin has a drop off box at the Gallatin Senior Citizens Center on Franklin St. near the square for anyone who would like to donate a used hearing aid to be given to HEAR Nashville to refurbish and provide hearing for someone who cannot afford a hearing aid on their own.

Thrifty Paw is now open at 222 Fairgrounds Road (Behind the Post Office). Hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance (Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic). Furniture, household and childrens items, books, CDs, and more good stuff. They will gladly accept your unwanted items. Contact Beckie, 210-3296 to arrange a pickup.

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Don't Replace Election Administrator

Dear Editor,

I know I do not understand politics, but it seems asinine for anyone to entertain the thought of replacing our Administrator of Elections.

Im sure you are aware of the redistricting and voter changes due within the next few months. Ms. McDougal has 39 years of service with this office in one capacity or another. She has been Administrator of Elections for several years and has vast knowledge of the duties and obligations required. She has proven to be very capable of the position and certainly deserves to remain in that capacity.

I personally believe it would be a great injustice and disservice to the voters of Sumner County to replace her. How many businesses would even think of replacing a department manager with the experience, understanding of the job, and successful record that she has attained? Replacing her will surely reverberate throughout the election process when the people who appointed the Commission members come up for re-election.

As a concerned citizen of Sumner County, I ask the Election Committee to reconsider this action and retain Ms. McDougal.

Gearldine Brazier Thacker

340 Newton Lane

Gallatin

838-7245

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McDougal should stay

Dear Editor;

As a concerned citizen, registered voter, part-time employee, and a precinct officer, I feel the urgency of speaking out on behalf of the present appointed administrator of Sumner County election office, Darlean McDougal.

In the past 39 years, Mrs. McDougal has started at the bottom, learning every aspect of being a well versed, informed, and knowledgeable administrator. In critical moments of decision-making, she stands firm as a non-partisan.

Darlean McDougals ability to operate an on-going efficient and accurate office based on her knowledge, integrity and love for all citizens should be enough to reconsider and allow Darlean to remain in her appointed position.

Seeing her performance first hand, Darlean knows the answers to the questions and she runs a smooth and efficient office. Voters, candidates and all politicians are treated equally and with respect.

With all that being said, in addition to major elections in 2012, we have redistricting coming up. In all due respect, this just isnt the time to make changes. I have always heard, if it isnt broken, dont fix it.

Judy Barnes,

Gallatin

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Station Camp Band Hosts Fundraiser

A Night Out With Station Camp Band

October 17, 2011

6pm @ SCHS Cafeteria

Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased by calling Michelle Mitchell at 615-424-9510 or by visiting our website at http://stationcampband.wordpress.com/ and purchasing tickets through our PayPal account. Please reference the dinner, how many tickets and a name for the reservation list. Tickets will also be available at the door.

****If you are unable to join us, please consider making a donation to our cause on our website!!!

Join us for dinner, music (by the students), and live and auction!

Some of the items up for grabs in our theme baskets are:

Opryland Hotel Room & ICE tickets, Titans Tickets, Predator Tickets, $500.00 Gift Card to ToysRus, Laptop Computer, Spa Day, Chocolate and Coffee, Home & Media, Christmas around Town, Everything Gift Cards, and more!

Come enjoy a great evening, bid on a basket (or two), and help support the band in their effort to raise the money necessary to represent Station Camp, Sumner County, and the state of Tennessee in the

USSBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Annapolis, Maryland November 12, 2011

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This is a great opportunity for community members, parent and students to get to know the members of the high school band and the booster organization. Thank you for supporting the Band Program and music education in our schools!

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Obituaries for October 12, 2011

Frank Eugene Ashley

age 85, of Hendersonville, passed away October 7, 2011. Mr. Ashley was retired from Oscar Mayer after many years of service and was a member of Our Lady of The Lake Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, M. Joan Ashley; son, Tom Ashley; daughter, Kathy Riley (Art); grandchildren, Mike Ashley, Bryan Ashley, Lauren Ashley, Hank Riley, Carson Riley and Mary Francis Riley. He also leaves behind a host of close friends. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, October 11 from Our Lady of The Lake Catholic Church with Father Eric Fowlkes and Father Jerry Strange, celebrants. There was reception for family and friends following the service at the church. Arrangements entrusted to Hendersonville Memory Gardens and Funeral Home (615)824-3855 www.hendersonvillefh.com

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Election Administrator post nets eight applicants
Eight applicants submitted paperwork for the Sumner County Administrator of Elections position that the Sumner County Election Commission opened up at its September meeting. Darlean McDougal, the current appointee, faces seven rivals seeking the $77,160 position. Five are from Hendersonville, one from Gallatin, and another, currently from California, is a previous resident of Gallatin.

McDougal brings 39 years of election experience to the table, having worked in the office since she was 18. She moved from the bottom of the totem pole to the top of the post when she was appointed in 2006 to fill a vacancy. She survived a 2009 attempt to replace her after Republicans gained control of the state General Assembly in the 2008 elections. Under state law, control of the statehouse gave Republicans majority control over all election commissions, including the state and all 95 counties. Republicans now hold three of five Sumner County appointed election commissioner seats.

Lori Atchley of Hendersonville applied for the position by email over the weekend and also had a hard copy application dropped off Tuesday morning. Atchley currently holds the position of Treasurer of the Sumner County Republican Party and thereby is a member of its Executive Committee.

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SCHS Addition by Fall, Rucker Stewart gets new roof

The Sumner County Board of Education approved final bids for an addition to Station Camp High School and new roofing for Rucker Stewart Middle School at a recent special called meeting. The badly-needed projects are expected to be quickly approved by the county commission. Both projects came in under their initial cost estimates.

Bomar Construction beat seven other bidders with its base bid of $2,131,000 for the addition of 16 classrooms to SCHS. With other assorted soft costs such as furniture, the total price tag amounts to $2,495,509. This is far below the projected cost of over $3.7 million.

Were excited about that bid. Were going to move this through the county commission side... and hopefully be able to get a notice to proceed in the coming month or so, and get construction started there at Station Camp on the classroom additions, said Director of Schools Del Phillips. A motion to approve was quickly seconded and approved unanimously

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Community Calendar for October 12, 2011

October 12

Join Morningside of Gallatin as they celebrate World Arthritis Day, 3 to 5 p.m., with Dessertfest 2011. All you can sample for $5. Vote for your favorite. Morningside is located at 1085 Hartsville Pike.

October 12

First Baptist Church, 290 E. Winchester Street begins the Bible study, Experiencing God, This is a 13 week series meant to draw you into a intimate, personal encounter with the God of all creation. Come out and join this journey at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

October 14

Grace Baptist Church, 410 Old Hwy 31E. in Bethpage is hosting a Fall Bonfire/Weiner Roast with chili and all the fixings at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Bring your guitar and join in around the fire for free food, games for children and fellowship.

October 14, 15

Gallatin Church of Christ, 150 East Main, is having a flea market from 7 to 3 with tons of holiday items for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with winter coats and sweaters. Other items available are toys, games, furniture, books, dishes, etc. Proceeds benefit the Honduras Mission Fund.

October 14,15

Shackle Island Collectors Club, Inc. presents their Fall Harvest Show of tractors and trucks at the Long Hollow Jamboree in Goodlettsville, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. Proceeds are donated to Shackle Island Volunteer Fire Department. Call Gary Davis at 822-5504 for more information.

October 15

Cherry Mound Masonic Lodge is having their Fall Ham Breakfast, 7 to 11:30 a.m., at 200 Old Hwy 31W in Cottontown. Immediately following is Three Degrees Masonic Motorcycle Club fundraiser ride, $10 per bike. Registration is 10:30 11:30.

October 15

Junior Service League of Gallatin presents Bringing Stories to Life at the Gallatin Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3 to 8 will explore the importance of being healthy and fit through a book, some fun physical activity and a healthy snack.

October 15

Safe Place for Animals is hosting its first annual October Adopt-a-thon at Tractor Supply, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.There will be a number of cats and dogs up for adoption, thrift store booth, grooming booth, bake sale, and live entertainment from Big Nose Kate.

October 15

Gallatin Elks Lodge October 15th Bash is 2 to 6 p.m. at 242 Airport Road, with live music, BBQ, bake sale, hot dogs, hayride, etc.

October 15

The Excellence in Aging Banquet, honoring Ed Mayberry, is at 6:30 p.m. at Gallatin Church of Christ.

October 16

First Baptist Church on East Winchester Street would like to invite all to come be a part of their Unity Day Celebration celebrating 10 years of unity as pastor and people. There will be one service at 10:45 am in the new multi-purpose building. There will be a special guest speaker and special music.

October 16

The Durhams Chapel Baptist Church, Old Hwy 31E No. 2, Bethpage is having their Male Chorus Singing at 4 p.m.

October 16-19

REVIVAL!!! at Grace Baptist Church, 410 Old Hwy. 31E in Bethpage, at 7 nightly. Brad Hanks from Hendersonville will be bringing the message each evening. All are welcome to attend!

October 17

A Night Out with Station Camp Band begins at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Dinner is catered by Demos, along with music and a live auction. This fundraiser is to help SCHS band participate in USSBA National Championships in Annapolis, Maryland in November.

October 20

Peter Moon Band wraps up the series of 3rd Thursday free concerts in historic downtown Gallatin at 6:30 p.m. on the square. This concert is family friendly and is brought to you by State Farm and other sponsors and is an exclusive Greater Gallatin, Inc. event.

October 21

The Col. Jethro Sumner Chapter, D.A.R., will have a chapter luncheon at noon, at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ, 744 Hartsville Pike. An informative Women's Issues program will be presented by the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center. Hostesses for the luncheon will be Flo Jean Schlosser, Eva Jane Johnston and Jane Black. For more information, call 596-2331.

October 23

Gallatin Leisure Services is hosting their annual Pumpkin Splash at the civic center indoor pool from 1 to 5 p.m. Kids K-5 may register for $3 per pumpkin by Friday, October 21. Pumpkins will be picked out of pool in age groups then decorated by children and parents. Decoration materials are provided. Free swim begins after decorating is complete. Children must be able to swim or parents must be in the water. Remember to bring towels. Call 451-5908 for more information.

FYI

A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at The Blackeyed Pea restaurant in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m.

Alzheimers Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.

Sertoma of Gallatin has a drop off box at the Gallatin Senior Citizens Center on Franklin St. near the square for anyone who would like to donate a used hearing aid to be given to HEAR Nashville to refurbish and provide hearing for someone who cannot afford a hearing aid on their own.

Thrifty Paw is now open at 222 Fairgrounds Road (Behind the Post Office). Hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance (Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic). Furniture, household and childrens items, books, CDs, and more good stuff. They will gladly accept your unwanted items. Contact Beckie, 210-3296 to arrange a pickup.

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Obituaries for October 5, 2011

Dr. Nolen Eugene Bradley, Jr.

age 85, went to be with the Lord, September 28, 2011. Dr. Bradley was a veteran of WWII, a deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church in Gallatin, an educator for 27 years, Dean of Administration at Volunteer State Community College and member of Gallatin Lions Club. He was preceded in death by his father, Nolen Eugene Bradley, Sr., Memphis, TN; mother, Anice Pearl Luther, Memphis, TN; and brother, James Bradley, Sr., Memphis, TN. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eloise Mullins Bradley of Gallatin; daughters, Sharon (Kennie) Bonds of Aldolpus, KY, Diana (Wiley) Rutledge of Cleveland; sons, Nolen Eugene (Teresa) Bradley, III of Gallatin and David (Beth) Bradley of Gallatin; grandchildren, Leonard (Danielle) Brabson of Chandler, AZ, Wiley (Beth) Rutledge of Cleveland, Jason (Adrian) Bradley of Yuma, AZ, Jeremy Bradley of Gallatin, Nolen Eugene Chip (Hillary) Bradley, IV of Franklin, Laura (Ben) Reed of Clarksville, Mary (Aaron) Ferry of Nashville, Jared (Katie) Bradley of Atlanta, GA and Carson Bradley of Gallatin; great-grandchildren, Avery Bradley, Colson Bradley, Audrey Brabson, Garrett Brabson, Elle Rutledge, London Bradley and Rex Reed; step-grandchildren, E.W. (Danielle) Vanderpool and Elissa Gray; step great-grandchildren, Kay Lee Gray and Annabella Vanderpool; adopted grandchildren, Rachael (James) Lowe and Clara (Aubrey) James; special family friend, Dr. Brenda Valentine of Gallatin. A Celebration of Life service was held on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Gallatin with visitation and fellowship following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Missions Program, Sumner County Hospice, Volunteer State Community College Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Carl Martin

age 82, of Gallatin, passed away October 2, 2011. Dr. Martin dedicated his life to the ministry serving several churches in Tennessee, Bloomington, IN and Louisville, KY. He retired from ministry from the Shelby Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lilburn and Willie Mai Martin; sister, Rebecca Beitler; brothers, William Martin, Jewel Martin, Earl Martin and Arthur Ewing Martin. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Doris Martin; children, Debra (Doug) Crawley, Donna Martin, Duane (Joellen) Martin and Darla Martin; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; sister, Roberta Bryant and brothers, Bob (Nell) Martin and Wayne (Doris) Martin. Remaining visitation is today, Wednesday, October 5 from 12-2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. Funeral service is today at 2 p.m. from First Baptist Church of Hendersonville with Dr. Raymond Langlois officiating. Interment will follow in Old Brush Cemetery in Portland. He fought the fight, he kept the faith and henceforth is laid up for him his Crown of Righteousness. Arrangements entrusted to Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, (615)452-1943 www.crestviewfh.com

Anna Lois Wix

age 91, of Gallatin, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2011. Funeral service is today, Wednesday, October 5 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Dr. Larry Yarborough officiating. Remaining visitation is today from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Westmoreland. Mrs. Wix was born on September 27, 1920, daughter of the late Herschel Gregory and Louise Carter Gregory. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Ford Wix, sister, Mary Frances Gregory, brother, William Douglas Gregory, nephew, Ronnie Gregory. She is survived by a nephew, Larry Gregory and wife Patricia of Gallatin; sister-in-law, Thelma Gregory, of Gallatin; great-nephews, Jason Gregory, of New Orleans and Brian Gregory, of Nashville; great-niece, Mindy Rudolph and husband, John, of Clarksville; two great-great nieces, Hadley Ann Rudolph and Anna Rudolph of Clarksville.

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A Public Thanks; Keep McDougal

The Family of Debbie Templeton, would like to thank each and everyone for your overwhelming support and contributions to the Fundraiser Benefit that was held on Sept. 3. We would like to say a big Thank You to the hosts, Eddie and Ollie Fowler, for organizing and graciously providing their home for the benefit, and for working so hard as our friends in putting this benefit together. There is no way we could possibly name everyone who was involved in making the benefit such a success. Please know that everyone who worked, the band, people and organizations who donated items for the auction, who made cakes for the cake walk, the riders in the bike ride, the people who parked cars, all of you, who donated anything, and those that came and showed your support for Debbie will never be forgotten to this family. This community is such a loving and giving place and we are proud to be a part of it, and are blessed to have so many friends and family that care. Your continued support is so overwhelming and so deeply appreciated for this family. Your kindness and caring means so much, and will always be remembered. God Bless each and every one of you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The Templetons

Debbie, Jimmy and Darrell

Dear Editor

Every person over the age of puberty has heard the old adage, If it aint broke, dont fix it. Apparently some of the newly appointed members of the Sumner County Election Committee have not reached that age. Why would anyone with a stable mind want to arbitrarily change a position such as the administrator of elections at a critical time as this when facing redistricting and major voter registration changes?

I have only met Ms. McDougal and her staff a few times at the registrars office but have always been aware of an orderly, efficiently run office. In talking with various people at restaurants, and other public places, it is obvious to the layperson that the rampant policy of cronyism that has permeated our government and reduced it to its present state has once again reared its head in Sumner County.

I understand that Ms. McDougal has been with the elections office for about 39 years. With that experience behind her, how could she be replaced with an equal? Has there been any malfeasance of office or maybe gross misconduct to warrant such a move? If not, why bother to disrupt a well oiled machine?

If We the people still rings a bell with anyone, and Im sure it does, the voters will be sure to serve up the just rewards to those committee members voting to throw this office into chaotic turmoil.

Chuck Thacker

340 Newton Lane

Gallatin

390-1052

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A Message from the Mayor

October is Walk Across Sumner month which encourages folks of all ages to get out and exercise by walking. This event is the brainchild of the Sumner County Health Committee comprised of members from all over the county.

Gallatin's Community Enrichment Committee partnered with the Health Committee to organize the kickoff event at our civic center. Our own Sumner Regional Hospital was a major supporter of the event and Angela Alexander was invaluable. There were too many sponsors of this event to name them all, but this walk would not be possible without them.

Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercising and appropriate for people of all ages. Gallatin has many beautiful areas in which to walk, especially our Town Creek Greenway. Our greenway is used by hundreds of people each month and the numbers are increasing. People choose to walk, run, bicycle, or roller blade on this trail. There are benches and landscaped areas along the way where one can sit and take in all of the beautiful surroundings.

Our greenway was first envisioned in 2003 under Mayor Don Wright. The council at the time was made up of Tommy Garrott, Ed Mayberry, Craig Hayes, John Alexander, Daryl Holt, Dr. Deotha Malone and Paul Perry. Shortly thereafter, two grants were applied for through the state. One was to build a greenway from Triple Creek Park to Hume and the second grant was from Hume to Downtown with access from our Farmers Market. The greenway would give citizens an opportunity to walk downtown and take advantage of restaurants, shops, or professional services.

When I took office in 2007, the grants were not enough to cover design and construction of the greenway because of rising costs; however, the council voted to build the greenway as far as it could and continue to apply for grants to finish the trail to downtown. In October of 2010, Gallatin opened its first phase of our greenway. In spite of some skepticism, the trail has been a huge success. In this years State of the City Address, a lady from Lebanon spoke about how much she enjoys running on our greenway.

Because of this success and demand for expansion, Gallatin is moving forward with building the trail to downtown. We have been very successful in obtaining funding from the Tennessee Department Of Transportation to build our greenway. We have just received notification that we are being awarded $2.36 million from the state which will allow us to complete our greenway to downtown.

This grant will be going to the council soon for approval of the funds. There are still four of the original members of the council of 2003 in office. If you are a fan of the greenway, you might want to take time to thank them for their vision and continued support. What satisfaction they must feel to know that their vision for Gallatin is about to become a reality.

- Mayor Jo Ann Graves

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Community Calendar for October 5, 2011

October 6

Key to the City Clubs Annual Tablescapes fundraiser is at Hendersonville Lady of Our Lake Church from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be 20 decorated tables by local businesses and individuals. There is a catered lunch, fashion show by Belk, door prizes and goodie bags for all guests. Proceeds from the event benefit Samaritan, Home Bound Meals and Humane Society of Sumner County. Tickets/reservations are on sale now by calling Pat at 812-6862. The cost is $25.

October 8

The Sumner County Stamp Club is conducting a free evaluation session at the new Portland Public Library, from 10 a.m. until noon. No appointment is necessary.Just drop by and let them look over your collection and see if it possibly has some value. Do not bring antiques. This is for stamps, stamp collections, letters, or related materials.The club memberswill offer advice as to how to prepareyour collectionfor sale, or how to care for it, if you intend to keep it.The Sumner County Stamp Club representsmany years in experience.If you have any questions, contact Forrest Wise at 822-3137.

The Humane Society of Sumner County is having a huge yard sale/estate sale from 9 to 4 at 16 Volunteer Drive in Hendersonville. Items donated from four estates include antiques, glassware, brass/copper, kitchen items, florals, costume jewelry, etc. Call 822-0061 for more information.

October 9

Blessing of the Animals is at 10:30 a.m. outdoors at Lambuth United Methodist Church, 1042 Hartsville Pike. Please bring a donation of pet food for a local animal shelter. Call 452-3715 for more information.

Historic Cragfont's annual Fall Picnic is at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the historic mansion in Castalian Springs.
The public is invited. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish. The board will provide fried chicken and ice tea.

October 10-13

Shalom Zone in Partnership with Gap Foundation presents Career Development Academy for young adults ages 15-20, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. in room 111. Topics feature how to look for a job, mock interview, time and money management, rules of good work ethic, mentoring and networking connections, and dealing with real world issues. Call 442-7575 to reserve a seat. Lunch will be provided.

October 12

First Baptist Church, 290 E. Winchester Street begins the Bible study, Experiencing God, This is a 13 week series meant to draw you into a intimate, personal encounter with the God of all creation. Come out and join this journey at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

October 13

Aglow International meets at 7 p.m. at 135 Jones Street.

October 14, 15

Gallatin Church of Christ, 150 East Main, is having a flea market from 7 to 3 with tons of holiday items for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with winter coats and sweaters. Other items available are toys, games, furniture, books, dishes, etc. Proceeds benefit the Honduras Mission Fund.

October 15

Safe Place for Animals is hosting its first annual October Adopt-a-thon at Tractor Supply, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.There will be a number of cats and dogs up for adoption, thrift store booth, grooming booth, bake sale, and live entertainment from Big

October 15

The Excellence in Aging Banquet, honoring Ed Mayberry, is at 6:30 p.m. at Gallatin Church of Christ.

Recurring

A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at The Blackeyed Pea restaurant in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m.

Alzheimers Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.

The farmer's market is open Monday through Friday 10 to 6 and Saturdays 7 to 12. A variety of homemade breads and jellies, landscaping items/plants, vegetables and flowers are available. On Facebook, go to Gallatin Farmers Market and like it and you will be notified weekly as items change at the market or call 452-5692 to get registered.

Sertoma of Gallatin has a drop off box at the Gallatin Senior Citizens Center on Franklin St. near the square for anyone who would like to donate a used hearing aid to be given to HEAR Nashville to refurbish and provide hearing for someone who cannot afford a hearing aid on their own.

Thrifty Paw is now open at 222 Fairgrounds Road (Behind the Post Office). Hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance (Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic). Furniture, household and childrens items, books, CDs, and more good stuff. They will gladly accept your unwanted items. Contact Beckie, 210-3296 to arrange a pickup. This weekend only, 1/2 off sale!

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NAACP Hosts Town Hall on New Photo I.D. Law
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County Eyes Constables
The Sumner County Emergency Services Committee invited constitutionally elected constables last month to attend its Monday meeting. Constables showed up. So did District Attorney General Ray Whitley and every head of law enforcement from Sumner County. The item was not listed on an advance agenda. After presentations and much discussion, the committee opted to defer any

County Law Director Leah Dennen stated the county had three options as to constables. One option is to do nothing; another option is to remove the constables law enforcement duties; and the third option is do away with the positions altogether. Constables are a constitutionally elected office governed by state statute. Dennen noted the state Attorney General had opined that, if there was a civil rights violation, the county can be held liable for actions by constables. The county has no control over constables.

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Parties choose to hold primary elections

County redistricting maps up for review

Let the races begin. The Sumner County Republican Partys Executive Committee voted unanimously Saturday to hold a county primary in conjunction with the Presidential Preference Primary on March 6, 2012. The motion by Melissa Gay was intended to include all races that would be on the primary ballot, including County Property Assessor and constable races.

I stand by the practice of having a primary where all those who are Republicans and Democrats get to select their own nominees. I am a big supporter of the primary system, stated Gay, a voting member on the SCRP Executive Committee by virtue of her position as 18th Senate District Committeewoman on the Republican State Executive Committee (SEC). The Republican SEC consists of one committeeman and one committeewoman from each of the 33 Senate Districts in the state.

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School Board May Privatize Custodians

Among the many motions and amendments passed by the Sumner County Board of Education in their efforts to cut costs was one authorizing school officials to seek information about privatizing school custodians. An effort by some board members to reverse the authorization failed. The board could receive proposals from private custodial companies as early as next spring.

White Houses Ted Wise was the first to raise concerns. Privatization of custodial services or outsourcing of custodians, I dont favor, never have favored. Its been tried at least three years in a row that Ive been on the board.

Chairman Don Long explained the original motion, which directed school staff to create a request for proposals (RFP) that outlines the schools needs for any private company interested in providing services for the schools. It was just information gathering, but it doesnt obligate the board, by any stretch of the imagination, to move in that direction [toward privatization].

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