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Snow affects county business

By Neil Siders
For The Gallatin Newspaper

The County Commissions regularly scheduled meeting works like clockwork. Every first through fourth Monday of the month, a batch of committee meetings occurs and the meeting of the full commission is called to order, but a force beyond anybodys control has thrown a wrench into these  internal workings.

 Several meetings in late 2010 and the young 2011 have been postponed because of Mother Nature, and she continued to play havoc with schedules this past  Monday, leading to the cancellation of the Feb. 7 committee meetings.

Several commissioners referred to Mother Natures recent whims as an inconvenience rather than something that would lead to delays in the process of administrating the county.

County Commission Chair Merroll Hyde said that the recent snows have not led to delays,  due to the fact that if issues that needed to be handled in a timely fashion appeared on the agenda of a committee meeting, that meeting has been rescheduledimmediately  after the snow clears.

Hyde said issues that did not need to be addressed immediately,  would be adressed during their next scheduled meeting.

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Literacy Council holds tournament Feb. 26

The Literacy Council of Sumner County, a United Way agency, recently announced that award-winning news anchor Demetria Kalodimos of  WSMV-Channel 4 will again serve as special guest of its 4th Scrabble®  Challenge. The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The Literacy Council of Sumner County is dedicated to improving the community by providing a non-profit, comprehensive learning center for all ages.

“We are thrilled to have Demetria’s endorsement and participation as our special guest,” stated LCSC Director Margie Anderson.  “Demetria Kalodimos is not only a recognized and professional news anchor, but is also a very civic-minded individual who generously gives her time and talents to our community.  Her participation will definitely make this very important fundraiser a success.”

The LCSC Scrabble Challenge will follow National Scrabble® Association official rules and procedures.

There will be three rounds of play.  Total scores of games will result in first, second, and third place team winners.   “This Challenge is a ‘win-win’ for everyone,” said Anderson.  “Funds raised will allow the Literacy Council of Sumner County to continue meeting the needs of the community.  Scrabble® enthusiasts have a great opportunity for fun and friendly competition, and businesses can use this Scrabble® event as a team-building activity for their employees.

Companies, Churches, civic groups, students, and families are invited to come together and test their Scrabble® - playing ability, competing for great prizes.”

The Scrabble® Challenge 2011 is open to the public.  Advance purchase of tickets will be $20 per person and $50 per team of three people.

You may register for this event by visiting our website at www.literacysumner.org or by contacting our office at 615-822-8112.  

Check-in starts at 11 a.m. and game play is set from 12 to 3 p.m. with short breaks between rounds.  There will be three rounds.

The First Baptist Church of Hendersonville is located at 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd. Hendersonville, Tennessee.  For more information call the Literacy Council of Sumner County at 615-822-8112 or email info@literacysumner.org.

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Heated debate over SCEA lawsuit

By Corey Conley
For The Gallatin Newspaper 

The Sumner County Education Association has filed a lawsuit against the Sumner County Board of Education, ending months of speculation about how they would react to the boards October challenge to their right to collectively bargain.

In response the board held a special called meeting, where a motion failed that would have postponed the payout of bonuses and a shift to teachers benefits.

Although the board challenged the SCEA in October, the body did not act on the change until its January meeting, where the board voted to shift the teachers portion of their insurance burden from 15 to 20 percent and made a small addition to the bonuses some teachers will receive.

Neither change was ratified by the SCEA, which some on the board felt no longer held the right to negotiate since the old contract expired at the end of 2010.

On Feb. 15, the courts will hold an injunction hearing to stop them from proceeding with the changes; then later there will be an actual trial deciding the case.

The charges are that they illegally decertified the SCEA and then engaged in unilateral illegal actions, explains SCEA President Mary Pappas.

  At the core of the dispute is the boards October challenge to the SCEAs right to collectively bargain on behalf of Sumner teachers.

The organization has to represent 50 percent of Sumner teachers, plus one. According to the school systems payroll deduction department, over 52 percent of county teachers have union dues directly deducted from their paycheck. Despite this, a vote to challenge the union narrowly passed.

    According to the SCEA, thats not enough.

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Schools closing two hours early today

9:10 a.m.
The Central Office of the Sumner County school system notified schools and parents just minutes ago that the county schools will be closing today two hours earlier than normal.
A severe winter storm advisory is in effect for Sumner County today with a 90 percent chance of snow and a high of 29 degrees by afternoon. Tonights low is expected to be 17 degrees.
Today is the last snow day of the school year, but the Board of Educaiton has targeted four other days in the school calendar that may be used as make-up snow days. See todays edition of The Gallatin Newspaper for more information.

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February 2, 2011
Edmond Jess Diller
age 69, died January 27, 2011, at his home in White House, after an extended battle with cancer. Mr. Diller was born on July 3, 1942, in Youngstown, Ohio. He was the oldest of two children. Mr. Diller graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Princeton University in 1963. In 1964, he married Tomi-Tara King of Niles, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Diller then served two years in the Peace Corps in Colombia, South America, before returning to the States to start a family. Mr. Diller worked at R.R. Donnelly & Sons Printing for over 30 years. He worked for the company in Warsaw, IN; Gallatin and San Juan del Rio, Mexico. Mr. Diller is survived by his wife, Tomi-Tara and two children, Devora Manier, White House, and Erik Diller, Gallatin; five grandchildren; his sister, Elaine Diller of Chesterfield, MO and his mother, Rienette Diller of Town and Country, MO. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Ezra Jess Diller. The family wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks to our family, friends, and the team at Caris Healthcare in Springfield for all that they did to make Ed’s last years so full of joy and comfort. Mr. Diller donated his body to science. A memorial service will be announced at a later date, once his ashes have been returned to the family. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to one of the following: Genesis Legacy of Life, 44 South Cleveland, Memphis, TN 38104; Caris Healthcare, 2308 Memorial Blvd., Springfield, TN 37172, 615-384-3833; American Cancer Society, https://www.cancer.org/Involved/Donate.  He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.-- Clarence Budington Kelland
John Bradley Fulcher, Jr.
better known as “Buddy”, age 79, of Castalian Springs, passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2011. He is survived by his wife Betty of Castalian Springs; three sons John Fulcher, III of Franklin, TN, Tony Fulcher of Castalian Springs and Andy Fulcher and wife Paula of Hendersonville; two daughters Michele Williams of Hermitage and Vivian Fulcher of Gallatin and nine grandchildren. Mr. Fulcher was cremated and no services are planned at this time. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.
Karen Arline Smith
age 68, of Smyrna, passed away January 27, 2011. Ms. Smith was a member of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church and was an active resident at Waterford Assisted Living Center. She is survived by her children, David Smith, Kristin (Bryan Whitt) Smith Sumners, Becky (Tim Sells) Smith, Jenny Smith and Tracy Smith; grandchildren, Brandon Garcia and Ariana Sells and sister, Bonnie Geisler Zgola. Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m., Sunday, January 30, 2011 from the Chapel of Hendersonville Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Margaret A. Mencke
age 80, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2011.  Funeral service was Monday, January 31, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Gene Martino officiating. Interment followed in Crestview Memorial Park. Ms. Mencke was born September 28, 1930 in J.Hringshausen, Germany, daughter of the late Heizer Heinrich  and Friedcricke Georene Romer Wacker.  She is survived by husband Paul William Mencke, Sr.; two step-sons Paul W. Mencke, Jr. and wife Linda of Ohio and Theodore Mencke and wife Betty of Washington State;  two step-daughters Paula Johnson and Charelene Mencke, both of North Carolina; brother Helmut Wacker and wife Meta of Fuldantal, Germany; step-grandchildren Nicole Hudak and Michael Hudak and several nieces and nephews in Germany and U.S. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 220 Great Circle Road, Suite 134, Nashville, TN  37228. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Ruth Green
age 75, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Funeral service was Friday, January 28, at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Charles E. Green, Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. She was born in Watertown, on October 7, 1935, daughter of the late Vernon and Callie Ford Hall.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Green, Sr. and one great grandson Hunter Hensley. She is survived by one son, Charles E. “Eddie” Green, Jr. and wife Debbie of Gallatin; one daughter Betty Trisdale and husband Phillip also of Gallatin; one brother Roy Hall and wife Frances of Mt. Juliet; one sister Eula Crain of Nashville; four grandchildren, Charlotte Odom and husband Geoff, Angie Searcy, Joshua Green and Stephanie Pearson and husband Nathan; 12 great grandchildren, Peyton Fuqua, Tyler Hensley, Kaitlin Hensley, Anna Odom, Hayden Odom, McKenzie Searcy, Whitney Searcy, Christopher Searcy, Gavin Barnes, Tyler Dickens, Ryan Dickens and Bradley Pearson. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Thomas C. Cook
age 65, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, January 28, 2011.  Funeral service was Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with interment in Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.  Mr. Cook was born May 16, 1945 in Macon County, son of the late Victor and Earlene Donoho Cook. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brother Billy Cook.  He is survived by four sons, Jeff Cook and wife Rhonda of Cadilllac, MI, John Cook and wife Rhonda of Gallatin, Joe Cook and wife Jennifer of Murfreesboro and Jeremy Cook of Gallatin; three sisters Polly Kimbro of Castalian Springs, Christine Cox and husband G.W. of Bethpage and Beth Butler and husband Terry of Lafayette and nine grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Earl M. Rodgers
age 96, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, January 31, 2011.  Funeral service will be Sunday, February 6 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother David Schreiner and Brother Noel Quinn officiating. Burial will follow in the Gallatin Cemetery with Glen Rodgers, Joey Warren, Bill Logue, Ben Mayberry, Robert Mayberry and John Cox serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be Saturday, February 5, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. until time of service. He is preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Rodgers and parents, Cleveland and Avo Elizabeth Rodgers. Mr. Rodgers served 54 years as an Elder at the Gallatin Church of Christ. He is survived by his children, Thomas Alfred Rodgers and wife, Patricia of Warsaw, IL, Samuel A. Rodgers and wife, Anne of Midlothian, TX and Nancy Warren of Nashville; one brother Carl “Tip” Rodgers and wife Ona of Gallatin; six grandchildren, Mike (Andrea) Rodgers, Amy (Ted) Beaman, Melissa (Derek) Lehew, Ruth Ann (Wes) Woolson, Thomas A. Rodgers, Jr. and Rebecca Rodgers; nine great grandchildren, Emma, Faith and Samuel Lehew, Lindsay and Samantha Rodgers, Tad, Trevor, Trent and Tyler Woolson. Memorials may be made to the Gallatin Church of Christ, 150 East Main Street, Gallatin, TN  37066 or Morningside of Gallatin, 1985 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
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Gallatin Relay for Life kicks-off fundraising for June 3 event

By Julie Brackenbury

Gallatin Relay For Life hosted their annual kick-off, tailgate style, last Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Gallatin Civic Center!
Gallatin  co-chairs Margaret Norris and Julie Brackenbury, led everyone in a cheer: “Are You Ready, Let’s Get Started, We’re Ready” and introduced the 2011 committee members. They also recognized those who were cancer survivors and set the goals for the 2011 Gallatin Relay For Life.
Guest speaker and Heroes of Hope representative Jennifer Purdom spoke about her life experience and explained how Relay For Life benefits everyone who suffers from this dreadful disease.
The kick-off is held each year to recruit interested participants, families, caregivers, companies, schools, etc., to get involved, sign up for activities, and educate themselves about one of the American Cancer Society’s biggest fundraisers.  
Gallatin Relay For Life Team Development co-chairs Brenda Smotherman, Leta Johnson, and Angel Harrison were on hand to talk about the upcoming team meetings.

 

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Car runs into tractor-trailer

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Christopher Baratta, age 60, of Lebanon, failed to stop at the intersection of Highway 109 and Hancock Street on Tuesday afternoon about 4 p.m., and his passenger car struck the rear of a tractor-trailer truck, driven by Clarence Bean Jr. of Memphis, who had stopped at the intersection.
Capt. Kate Novitsky of the Gallatin Police Department stated, The passenger in Mr. Barattas vehicle, Michael Armstrong, age 40, also of Lebanon, was trapped in the vehicle and sustained serious injuries and was transported by Life Flight to Vanderbilt.
Baratta was cited for reckless driving.
According to Capt. Novitsky, the numbers of crashes are down for January compared to last years count: Jan. 1 Jan. 29, we had 46 property damage crashes and 12 personal injury crashes.
Last year during the same time period, we had 61 property damage crashes and 11 personal injuries.

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Gallatin Noon Rotary Club hosts community meeting

By Corey Conley
For The Gallatin Newspaper

The Sumner County Board of Education has completed another phase of its hunt for a new director of schools to replace current director Benny Bills. Along with search firm Ray & Associates,  the board hosted a series of community meetings at schools and civic groups to get public feedback on what Sumner County residents want in their new director.

One of the meetings was held at the Gallatin Rotary Club, where representatives from both the school board and the search firm fielded questions from Rotary Club members and other community residents.

The National Executive Director of Ray & Associates, Dr. William Newman, began the discussion by introducing himself and his firm. The former school superintendent emphasized the importance of getting good community feedback, and commended the board for their desire to solicit public opinion.

Some members of his audience were not nearly so charitable. “Who’s going to listen to this?” asked former Rotary President Mark Smith. “Are we looking for someone who is just going to satisfy the board, or are we looking for someone who’s going to meet the needs of what the citizens want, because there are a lot of folks that are fed up with the way the board has acted the last eight to 10 years and think they are a bunch of spoiled brats.”

Dr. Newman assured the attendees that his company and the board both valued community input. “They’re here through us trying to get the information that will help them make the decision of what we should be looking for.”

Despite Newman’s claims that the process would be objective, some at the forum were not convinced.

 

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One man dies from injuries in Hoeganaes fire

One of the two employees burned during a flash fire that occurred this week at Hoeganaes, on the corner of Airport Road and Steam Plant Road, has died.
Wiley Sherburne, 42, of Castalian Springs, was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday. Vernon Wayne Corley, 31, of Lebanon, remains in critical condition. Both had been flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.
Sherburne was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday. Corley remains in critical condition.
The cause of the accident is stil under investigation. The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health department is also investigating the industrial accident.

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Bomb threat at Bradford's

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Employees at Gallatins Bradford Companys manufacturing site on Airport Road were alerted to a potential bomb threat last Friday morning.

The threatening call came about 9:30 a.m., according to sources, and the anonymous male caller stated, Tell the bitch theres a bomb in the building.

When officers from the Gallatin Police Department and the Gallatin Fire Department arrived, the building was searched.

The building was searched and nothing located, said Capt. Kate Novitsky of the Gallatin Police Department. CID is still investigating the phone call.

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February 4-19, 2011
February 4
Peach Valley Church, Pastor Dexter D. Mims, 508 Peach Valley Road, will have their first monthly “First Friday” service at 7:00 p.m. with guest church Zion Upper Room Apostic Faith Church, Bishop Isaac Williams.
February 5
The Sumner County Republican Party February  breakfast will feature Speaker of the Tennessee State House, Beth Harwell. She will discuss her recent election and her priorities for legislation in this term. The breakfast meeting takes place at St. Timothy’s Church on Main Street in Hendersonville. Breakfast begins at 9:00 a.m. A home-style breakfast is served for $6.00 for those who would like to eat. You can find more information about the Sumner County Republican Party and its activities at: www.sumnergop.org.
February 5
Due to inclement weather, in person sign-ups for the Gallatin Soccer  Club, is rescheduled to 9 a.m.-.noon at Triple Creek Park Soccer Concession Stand. Info Line 451-3116.
February 5
USFA Girl’s Softball Sign Ups are at 10:00 a.m. at the Gallatin Civic Center and Station Camp High School. For more information visit www.selectsports.info.
February 5
Long Hollow Long Beards, NTWF Banquet begins at 5 p.m. at Hendersonville High School, 123 Cherokee Road. There will be food, fun, games, and live and silent auctions. Contact Lee Wiley at 473-3049 for more information.
February 8
Volunteer State Community College Hispanic Family Night is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with information for the entire family about college and English classes, at Thigpen Library. For more information call 230-3570. The event is free of charge.
February 11
Tickets are now on sale for the Gallatin Senior Center Valentine Dinner/ Dance. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. followed by music from 7 to 10 with Danny and Layna McCorkle.
February 13
American Legion Post 17 Middle-TN  Division Seni-Finals High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest is at the Post 17 Legion Hall at 1140 South Water. Orientation of judges and contestants begins at 2 p.m. followed by the competition at 3 p.m. This contest includes the winners of Districts 4, 5, 6 and 7. The winner advances to compete in the State of Tennessee final contest on March 5 and will be guaranteed a $1000 scholarship which is third place in the final state contest. The public is invited to attend. Call 452-3368 for more information.
February 19
Kiwanis Club of Gallatin Annual Bridge Tournament is at the Civic Center. Check in time is 1 p.m. for the 1:30 session and 5:30 p.m. for the after dinner session. Registration deadline is February 12. Call Toni Speer at 319-0290 or Trina Woodard at 478-7260 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.

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.

The Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., will offer Bingo! in the library, meeting rooms  on Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Bingo! is open to the public and for all ages. For more information, please call the library at 452-1722.

Please join the “Grace Seekers” adult Sunday School Class at Lambuth United Methodist Church in an exciting new Bible study. Consisting of 24 video lectures by Dr. Bart Ehrman, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, each class will address significant questions about the 27 books of the New Testament Beginning at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday morning in the fellowship hall. For further information on this class of any of our services or programs, please call 452-3715.

Peach Valley Church now having an additional service on Sunday mornings @ 8:00 a.m.
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Making movies: insiders' insights, Friday

The Gallatin Arts Council presents Behind the Scenes: Insider Insights on Making Movies, at 7:00 pm at the Gallatin Library, Friday, Jan. 28. This program features  panelists who have worked on such films as The Green Mile and Oh, Brother, Where art Thou and will include film clips as well as audience questions. Sponsored by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, admission is free. For further information, contact  info@gallatinartscouncil.org or call 452-8592 .

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School Guide debuts this week

The Gallatin Newspaper, Hendersonville Standard and The Wilson Post in Lebanon have joined together this week to publish a special section entitled School Zone, focused on education.

The tabloid insert represents the first joint venture among the three community newspapers and provides a number of insights for readers about both public and private education in Sumner and Wilson County.

The three newspapers are published by MainStreet Media, a print media company headquartered in Lebanon.

The readership of the special section, including distribution in all three newspapers, is anticipated to be greater than 100,000 readers.

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KidzPress inside this week's edition

Welcome to the first edition of KidzPress in your newspaper this week.

KidzPress is a monthly resource for fun games, puzzles and news for kids and parents. Find a calendar of events each month for Sumner County, brain teasers, bios on local heros, coloring pages, art projects, funny words, recipes, useful tips and more!

We are also introducing Charlie, our  mascot. He lives with Adam Brown but he loves to visit our newsroom and catch a snooze while Adam writes about sports. He likes to play hide-and-seek, so look for his image inside the pages of KidzPress. Send the page numbers where he can be found in each issue to ads@thegallatinnews.com, and we will draw a name from the correct entries for a special prize.

Check KidzPress for featured classroom pictures too. You might recognize some of your friends.

Open a copy of KidzPress and have fun.

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January 26, 2011
Clara Barrett Hodges
age 90, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2010. Funeral service was Thursday, January 20 at 10:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Kyle Gott officiating. Entombment followed in the Mausoleum at Sumner Memorial Gardens with Ronnie Tennant, Seth Tennant, Chris Branham, Norman Earl Hughes, Billy Hughes and Phillips Evans serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Hodges was born in Simpson County, Kentucky, daughter of the late Eddie Terrell Barrett and Loutella Soyars Barrett. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William Guthrie Hodges and two brothers, Henry Barrett and Homer Barrett. She is survived by one son, James Hodges and wife Becky of Gallatin; one daughter Lauwanna H. Branham and husband Gary also of Gallatin; two grandchildren, Leigh Ann Tennant and Chris Branham and four great grandchildren, Seth and Abby Tennant and Cassidy and Trevor Gulley. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Gallatin, 167 West Main Street, Gallatin, TN  37066. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Glenn Grisham
age 75, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2011. Funeral service was Saturday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Elder Jerry Boze officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mr. Grisham was born on October 6, 1935 in Smith County. He is preceded in death by his father, Albert Grisham and two sisters, Linda Chitwood and Betty Sircy. He is survived by his wife, Mary Dias Grisham of Gallatin; his mother Lou Ella Reece Grisham of Carthage; daughter Karen Grisham of Hartsville; brother Ray Grisham and wife Bobbie Sue of Lebanon; grandchild Minta Johnson and husband Cory and two great grandchildren Aden and Lathan Johnson. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Rutledge “Rut” Kittrell
age 94, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2011. Funeral service was Friday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Noel Quinn officiating. Entombment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Charles Hill Beaty, Hoyte Richardson, Todd Havron, Jonathan Beaty, Eric Beaty and Seth Beaty serving as pallbearers. Mr. Kittrell was born in Dixon Springs, son of the late Jack B. Kittrell and Sadie Key Kittrell. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a grandson, Kaylor Kittrell and brother Jack Kittrell. He is survived by his wife, Mary Emily Hunter Kittrell; son Bruce Kittrell and wife Connie; daughters, Montee Beaty and husband Charles Hill, and Marilyn Kittrell all of Gallatin; four grandchildren, Kara Havron and husband Todd, Jonathan Beaty and wife Deanne, Eric Beaty and wife Nan, and Seth Beaty; seven great grandchildren, Grant, Gracie, Greta and Graham Havron and Hunter, Harrison and Mary Lu Beaty. The family requests memorials be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL  33607 or the Gallatin Church of Christ, 150 East Main Street, Gallatin, TN  37066.  Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Victor Craig Hooge
of Jamestown, passed from this life on January 21, 2011 in the UT Medical Center in Knoxville after a brief illness.  He was 62 years of age (born April 28, 1948). He was preceded in death  by his mother, Clara Mildred Hooge and his brother Eddie Kim Hooge, both of Sumner County.  He is survived by his wife Evie Brown Hooge of Jamestown and children Jerome L. Hooge, Danielle Hooge Baskerville, and Chastity Crabtree of Sumner County, and Christen L. Cross of Lafayette. He is also survived by his father, Conrad Victor Hooge of Rock Bridge Community and by his brothers and sisters Danny M. Hooge of Eagle Mountain, Utah, and Robert LC Hooge, Charles R. Hooge, Blanche Hooge, and Selene Birdwell of Sumner County. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany in duties related to artillery and enjoyed sharing patriotic information with friends and relatives. He was self taught in herbal and natural medicine to the benefit of many others. During his working career, he was involved in buying/selling automobiles, asphalt paving, well drilling, carpentry, and as a supervisor for many years at Andrew’s Wire Company.  He had a curiosity and fascination with learning about many topics and was sort of a jack of all trades. He was fond of dogs and usually always had one or more of these as pets. He loved the outdoors. He was a friend to those less fortunate and was a jovial and lively person who will be missed by those who knew him. Goodbye Vic’. We are sorry for your recent suffering. We miss you. Farewell and may God be with you till we meet again. A visitation will be held on Friday night, 6-8:30 p.m. and a Memorial Service on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Family Heritage Funeral Home, 100 Albert Gallatin Avenue.
Orchid Ater
age 59, of Castalian Springs, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2011. Funeral service was Sunday, January 23, at 2 p.m. from Freedom Church. Burial followed in Wilson County Memorial Gardens with Travis Coile, Nick Patterson, Matt Thomas, Jr., Josh Thomas, Gabe Thomas and Steve Payton serving as pallbearers.  Mrs. Ater was born in Louisville, Kentucky on October 1, 1951, daughter of the late Ollie C. and Violet R. Thomas.  She is survived by her husband, David Ater of Castalian Springs;  two sons, Daniel Ater and wife Merilyn of Lebanon, Michael Ater and wife Kellea of Lebanon; two daughters, Leah E. Coile and husband Travis of Castalian Springs and Falenia R. Payton and husband Steve of Glendale, Kentucky; two brothers, Tommy Thomas and wife Shirley of Georgetown, Indiana and Matt Thomas and wife Cathy of Paoli, Indiana; two sisters, Rosemary Graham and husband Homer of Jeffersonville, Indiana and Daisy Austin and husband Randall of Glendale, Kentucky; 10 grandchildren, Nick, Lauren, Anthony, Sydney, Tiffany, Emily, Seth, Brittany, Ryker and Rafe. The family requests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info. Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home.
Mary Margaret Petrin
age 74, of Castalian Springs, passed away Friday, January 21, 2011. A memorial service is today, Wednesday, January 26 at 4:00 p.m. from the chapel Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Peace officiating. Visitation begins at 3 p.m. and continues until time of service. She was born on October 15, 1936, daughter of the late Clarence and Ruth Ann Swink. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, John Nicholas Petrin. She is survived by one son, John “Nick” Petrin, Jr. of Castalian Springs and one sister Pat Larkin and her husband Gus of Texas. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Evelyn Ann Salch Waskow
age 87, of Gallatin passed away on Friday, January 21, 2011. Mrs. Waskow was born March 28, 1923 and is preceded in death by husband, Harry N. Waskow and grandson William Barrett Graves. She is survived by daughters, Angea E. Waskow and Jo Ann (Bill) Graves; grandchildren Daniel (Allison) Graves and Whitney Graves. The family requests memorials be made to the William Barrett Graves Scholarship at First United Methodist Church, 149 W. Main St., Gallatin, Tn. Funeral services will be at Finch Funeral Home in Yorktown, Texas on Saturday, January 29, 2011.
Verda Giltz
age 66, of Bethpage, passed away Friday, January 21, 2011. Funeral service was Monday, January 24 at 6 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Father Pete Minton officiating. After the service, Mrs. Giltz was cremated according to her wishes. She was born in Hamilton, Ohio on May 17, 1944, daughter of Albert and Doris Gorrell. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a grandson Dennis Trivett. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Giltz of Bethpage; two sons Russell Giltz of Goshen, Ohio, Robert Giltz of Bethpage; one daughter Tina Trivett and husband Clark of Bethpage; two brothers, Krussell Gorrell and wife Linda of Rosemead, California, Alan Gorrell of Greensboro, North Carolina; one sister Bertha Popp and husband Pumpkin of Batavia, Ohio; six grandchildren, Regan and husband Billy, Lisa, Russell, Heather, Ryan and Miranda and eight great grandchildren, Brittany, Richard, Makayla, Madison, Courtney, Caitlyn, Dennis and Bentley. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
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Graves re-elected chair of RTA, moves toward regional comprehensive mass transit

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors recently elected officers for 2011.

Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves has been elected as the new chair.  Nashville-Davidson County Mayor Karl Dean has been elected vice chair. And Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee Executive Director Ed Cole, who is a Governors Appointee, has been elected secretary.

New officers are elected at the first regular meeting of the RTA Board in each calendar year.  The officers must include at least one appointed member and one elected official member.
More buses and trains may be on their way to Middle Tennessee as a result of a unanimous decision of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors last week.

The board also voted to restructure or reconstitute the RTA so that it could receive dedicated funds for public transit within the region. This action is a first step toward building the necessary foundation for a new and improved regional transportation system.  

On Jan. 19, the board adopted a resolution recommended by the Executive Committee of the board that had been evaluating the pros and cons of restructuring under the provisions of new state legislation. The RTA board passed the resolution after months of research and discussion.

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Anthony Street drainage survey begins

The City of Gallatin would like your assistance to pursue relief for certain drainage issues in the Anthony Street area  drainage basin.
 
As those of you familiar with the area know it can flood and hold water in that drainage area.  The city has identified a solution and is in the process of applying for a grant to pay for it.  The grant would mean the City would not have to use your city tax dollars for the work.
 
The first step in applying for the grant is to conduct a survey of about 220 residents in the area.  The survey has about 10 items on it including number of people in the household, race or minority data, and income ranges.  The survey area includes homes on Anthony, Blythe, Carson, Center, Chambers, DeMoss, Hall, Lincoln, Magnolia, Pace, Randolf, Scott and Small Streets.
 
The information is confidential and will only be used to determine whether the City is eligible for the grant.
 
Over the next two weeks, employees of the City will be going door-to-door to these 220 homes.  They will have the survey and can help you complete it or allow you to complete it and give it to them at that time.  Theyll also have envelopes so you can fill out the survey, put it in the envelope and seal it if that is a concern of yours.
 
The City would greatly appreciate your cooperation.  Getting the grant would save the City about $300,000.  If you have any questions about the project, please dont hesitate to call the Mayors Office at 451-5961... or Councilman John Alexander at 451-4268.
 

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January 19, 2011
Rutledge Kittrell
age 94, passed away Tuesday, January 18. Funeral service will be Friday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, January 20, 2:00-8:00 p.m. A complete obituary notice will publish next week. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Clara Hodges
age 90, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2011. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Thursday at Family Heritage Funeral Home. Interment follows at Sumner Memorial Gardens. Visitation is today, 2 to 8 p.m. A complete obituary notice will publish next week. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Mary Elizabeth Baskerville Gregory
age 103, and one of Sumner County’s oldest residents, passed away peacefully Monday, January 17, 2011. Born in Gallatin August 11, 1907, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Edward Gregory of Smith County, parents John  Alexander Baskerville and Birdie Louise Withers Baskerville, sister, Alma Roth Baskerville and brother William Alexander “Little Brother” Baskerville. Mrs. Gregory was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Gallatin, where she taught Sunday School for many years and was active in United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Bluegrass Home Demonstration Club and the Review Club. Mrs. Gregory graduated from Peabody College in Nashville in 1925 and began her teaching career in Centerville where one of her first students was Minnie Pearl. She also taught briefly at Portland High School before dedicating the remainder of her career teaching English and French to students at Gallatin High School.  Fondly known as “Titta” and “Mame” to family and friends, she was an avid gardener and seamstress, enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles and cooking. She is survived by devoted cousins, Frances Withers Bently of Gallatin, David (Nancy) Bentley of Pittsburg, PA, Mack (Sherry Brown) Bentley of Nashville and Nancy Bentley (Mike) Cunningham of Franklin. Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, January 21, 2011 at First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Felix Snell and Pastor Jerry Wallace officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to service. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Howard P. Fulbright
of Castalian Springs, passed away January 1, 2011 surrounded by his family. He was born August 2, 1925 to Daniel L. and Hattie Yount Fulbright in North Carolina. Mr. Fulbright’s personal relationship, faith, and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ was evident and a priority in his life. He lived his life in active service to God. He was a member of First Baptist Church Gallatin, where he served his church as an ordained deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. Mr. Fulbright served his country as a WWII veteran in Germany. He was injured in action, a divine appointment that led to the meeting of his beloved wife, Nell whom he married in 1945. He was also an active community member in Gallatin and Castalian Springs. He is survived by wife, Nell P. Fulbright; children Beverley (Larry) Kelley of Memphis and Maurice H. (Darlene/Bug) Fulbright; grandchildren, Dourna (Bob) Taylor of Bowling Green, Eric H. Coons of Castalian Springs, Abigail Fulbright (Joe) White and Betsy M. Fulbright both of Chattanooga, and James Casey Fulbright of Gallatin; great-grandchildren, Robert Thomas Taylor and Lauren Grace Taylor, both of Bowling Green. He is also survived by one brother, Ralph Fulbright of NC.  He is further survived by honorary son, Ronald Coons of Alabama. He is preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Fulbright and sisters Willie Mae Coffey, Sarah Parker, and Elizabeth Feeney. Funeral services was Tuesday, January 4, 2011.  Interment followed at Crestview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Eric Coons, James Casey Fulbright, David Fulbright, Ray Fulbright, Robert Taylor, Robert Thomas Taylor, and Joe White. Honorary pallbearers: Howard P. Fulbright Sunday School Class.Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Gallatin: Preschool Ministry or Missions Fund.
Della Elizabeth Gourley Mullinax
age 79, of Cottontown, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Funeral service was Saturday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Ken Riddle officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with Jacky Neely, Andy Garrett, Bobby Gourley, Ralph Smith, Jerry Mullinax, David Sherrill and Jason Parchman serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Mullinax was born February 1, 1931, daughter of the late Irvin Dan Gourley and Gertrude Honeycutt Gourley in Davidson County. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Dillard Mullinax, Sr. She is survived by a son, Billy Mullinax (Cindy Troutt), of Cottontown; sister Frances Franklin of Goodlettsville; four grandchildren, Travis Mullinax, Dana Mullinax, Brandy Birdwell and Stephanie Davis, and seven great grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Eva Nell Durham
age 92, of Gallatin, passed away January 13, 2011. Funeral service was Monday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Reverend Ron Wright officiating. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Rodney Durham, Jr., her parents, Irving and Minnie Hudson, one brother, James Henry Hudson, one sister Anna Belle Burysek. She is survived by a son, Rodney (Debbie) Durham of Gallatin; one sister, Marjorie (Lem) Tanksley of Nashville; a sister-in-law Louella Hudson of Gallatin and three granddaughters, Hollie Durham of Gallatin, Ashlee Durham of Nashville and Abbie (Matt) Jenkins of Hendersonville. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Garland Hampton  “Stude” Douglas
age 67, of Portland, passed away January 15, 2011. He was born in Sumner County, June 3, 1943, to the late Goldman and Lexie Perdue Douglas. Mr. Douglas is preceded in death by his son, Bennie Douglas, brothers, Goldman Douglas, Jr., Paul Ray Douglas, William Douglas, Richard Douglas, sister, Margie Douglas. He is survived by one son, Gary Douglas of Bethpage; one daughter, Gayla Horn of Fort Worth, Tx; four grandchildren, Lisa Allen, Matthew White, Nacole Horn, and Nathan Horn; three sisters, Dorothy Reese of Gallatin, Elberta Douglas of Bethpage, and Rebecca Brown of Gainesboro; two brothers, Donald (Linda) Douglas of Gallatin and Charles Douglas of Bethpage. Funeral service is at 1 p.m.today, Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Wilkinson & Wiseman Funeral Home with Brother Philip Day officiating. Interment will be in Sulphur Fork Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Adam Parrish, Barry Parrish, Brandon Huntsman, David Douglas, Charles Walter Douglas, and Ray Reese. Remaining visitation is today, 9 a.m. until time of service.
Jean Marschall Hibbett
age 84, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, January 14, 2011. Funeral service was Tuesday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Dr. Larry Yarborough officiating. Burial followed in the Gallatin Cemetery.  Mrs. Hibbett was born in Gallatin, January 21, 1926, daughter of the late O.F. Marschall and Mamye Cook Marschall. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Y. Hibbett and one brother Jack Marschall. She is survived by one son Marschall Hibbett of Gallatin. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Kathleen Brewer
age 74, of Gallatin passed away Friday, January 14, 2011.  Funeral service was Tuesday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Tim Williams officiating. Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Brewer was born in Willett, Tennessee on April 7, 1936, daughter of the late Oscar Gentry York and Gracie Wallace York. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one son, Tex Allen Cook and one brother Leslie York. She is survived by her daughter, Doris Cook of Gallatin; her son Ricky Clay Cook of Davidson County; one brother, C.B. York of Gallatin; one sister Wilma Keith of Gallatin; her former husband Bill Cook; nephew Larry York; grandchildren, Gary Lee Hurt, Jr., Amy Elizabeth Hurt, Leigh Ann Cook Howell; great grandchildren, Haylee, Kiyue, Josh, Gary Lee and Michael Wayne. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Paul Douglas Munday
age 85, of Gallatin, formerly of Lafayette, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2011. Funeral service was Wednesday, January 19 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother David Gurchiek officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park. Mr. Munday was born in Robertson County, October 19, 1925, son of the late Jesse and Ella Ponds Munday. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Guy Munday, one sister Viola Groves and one granddaughter Jill Rutledge. He is survived by his wife, Helen Barber Munday of Gallatin; two sons, Mike Munday and wife Connie of Gallatin and Dwight Munday also of Gallatin; three daughters, Sandra Mills and husband Kent of Gallatin, Paulette Wade and husband Ken of Greenbrier and Teresa Wilcox and husband Richard of Castalian Springs; two brothers, Jesse Richard Munday of Greenbrier and Charles Munday of Franklin, KY. 15 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Danny Ray Noles
age 54, of Gallatin, passed away January 15, 2011. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Edward Noles and Gertic Cole Noles. He is survived by his wife, Linda M. Noles; daughters, Melissa (Shane) Cox and Monica Hollingsworth, both of Hollow Rock, Michelle Noles of Murfreesboro; son, Matthew Noles, of Murfreesboro; sisters, Wilma (Maxey) Kilmon of Castalian Springs, Judy (John) Czachowski, of Knoxville; brothers, James Eugene (Carolyn) Noles and Edward Noles of Pegram; four grandchildren; nieces, nephews and special friend, Karen Agee of Gallatin. A memorial service is Thursday, January 20 at 2 p.m. at College Heights Baptist Church, 2100 Nashville Pike. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Jane Taylor Harned Meredith
of Leitchfield, Kentucky was born on March 24, 1937 to the late Elizabeth Morrison Arnold Taylor and Walter Coakley Taylor and returned to her Heavenly Father January 15, 20ll. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, James Meredith; children, Victoria Sturgeon(Tom), Bobby Harned(Janice), Elizabeth Walker(Jim), Martha Lynne Harned, Jon Bowman Harned (Anna), Hugh Patrick Harned (Ekaterina); grandchildren, Samantha Williams,Taylor Harned, Amanda Mertz, Victor Harned, Christina Sturgeon, Kiana Harned, Nick Walker, Samuel Harned, Alex Harned, Antonina Harned and  one great grandchild Jacob Williams.  Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Victor C. Harned. The family will receive friends today from 10 a.m. until the time of services at Dermitt Funeral Home. Her Celebration of Life Service will be 1:00 p.m., today. Online condolences can be made in the guest book at www.dermittfuneralhome.com
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Roberts wins Republican nomination

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Slightly more than 6,000 voters in Sumner and Robertson County determined the Republican nominee for the state senate special election for District 18 on Jan. 20. There are currently 101,000 active voters in Sumner and 39,000 in Robertson.

In the uncontested Democratic primary, Portland Mayor Ken Wilber had a total of 526 votes in both counties.

The unofficial total number of voters: 6,582.

Kerry Roberts, the Republican nominee winner, carried his home ground of Robertson County last Thursday with a total of 1,496 votes.  In Sumner County, he came in third, with 835, behind Dr. Bryan Bondurant, the frontrunner for Sumner (1,454) and William Slater, the second runner-up in Sumner (1,399).

The other Republican candidates had significantly less turnout in Sumner: Fred Congdon, 215; Joe Warren Jones, 119; and Jeff Stromatt, 55.

In Robertson County, Slater came in second, with 310; Bondurant third, with 118, Stromatt had 26; Congdon had 16; and Jones had 13.

The top three candidates and their votes were Roberts with 2,331; Slater with 1,709; and Bondurant with 1,572.

The general election to fill the seat vacated by U.S. Congressman Diane Black is March 8.

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Evelyn Waskow, Mayor's mother passes away

Mrs. Evelyn Waskow, mother of Mayor Jo Ann Graves, passed away peacefully last night Friday night at Sumner Regional Medical Center. 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete as of Saturday at noon. However, Mrs. Waskows funeral and burial will be in Texas, where she lived until moving to Gallatin a few years ago.

Memorials for Mrs. Waskow may be made through a donation to the Barrett Graves Scholarship Fund at First United Methodist Church in Gallatin.

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Chief Tisdale retires

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

After seven years of leadership at the Gallatin Police Department, Chief John Tisdale submitted his retirement notice late afternoon, Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Ive done what I can do; its on someone elses shoulders now, said Tisdale in an interview.

In the email he sent to city Attorney Joe Thompson, Tisdale said, After 30 years of public service, I have decided to retire.  ... I would like to thank the men and women of the Gallatin Police Department for their support and friendship. ... I would like to thank the city council, the mayor and the citizens of Gallatin for their support and friendship.

The target date for his official retirement is the first of February. However, he is taking vacation time in the remaining weeks and will not be active in the day-to-day business of the department.

The details of the process have not yet been worked out.

This is just a thing we need to do right now, said Tisdale. Its what is the best for my family. Ive got to do what is best for me and Sue (his wife).

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Woman charged with TennCare fraud

A Gallatin woman is charged with TennCare fraud involving “doctor shopping,” or using TennCare to go to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain controlled substances.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), in a joint investigation with Gallatin Police, today announced the arrest of Tonya R. Dill, 42.

She is charged with five counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances by “doctor shopping.”  

An indictment against her says Dill saw multiple physicians within a 30-day period, receiving prescriptions for the strong painkiller Hydrocodone, with the physician office visits and the medications being paid for by TennCare.  

Dill was also charged with five counts of obtaining possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, Hydrocodone and 16 counts of obtaining possession of Alprazolam, an anti-anxiety medication and Schedule IV controlled substance.

“We have zero tolerance in Tennessee for the unauthorized use and abuse of prescription drugs, especially when TennCare is involved,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said.

“We’re committed to ensuring that TennCare benefits are used to improve the public health, not jeopardize it.”

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison, and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a Class D felony, punishable by two to four years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Lawrence R. Whitley is prosecuting.

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $2.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $171 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures.  To date, over 1,300 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions.  Call 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”

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Fairvue: community in transition
By Jennifer Flanagan
For The Gallatin Newspaper

From the first real estate offering, Fairvue Plantation has been marketed as a prestigious, lakefront country club and golf course community–a high-end enclave for Sumner County residents complete with vistas of Old Hickory Lake.

Initial memberships in the Club and the Golf Course were made available both to residents and non-residents and were well-received. The calendar of events offered a full range of seasonal activities, holiday events, and member celebrations, including wedding receptions.  

The swim team filled many summer hours of competition and camaraderie.

The Golf Course fielded regular foursomes and well attended tournaments.

A “community” developed over the years, with members and their families looking forward to their favorite annual activities and events.

A little over two months ago, on Nov. 3, 2010, the Club House and Golf Course were closed, suspending services and amenities. One month ago, on Dec. 20, 2010, First State Bank foreclosed on the Club House and became the owner of all properties associated with the  Club House. 

The fate of the memberships will be uncertain, until a new owner is secured and closes on the property.

Adding to the complexity of the situation is the fact that three different banks have financial interest in the properties. 

In addition to First State Bank’s foreclosure are the impending completion of American Security’s foreclosure process on the Golf Course (Lakes Golf Course) and Wilson Bank & Trust’s foreclosure process on the properties associated with the Foxland Golf Course.

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Tuesday last day to enter romance sweepstakes

Tuesday, Jan. 25, is the last day to win a romance pakcage for you and your special someone that includes dinner for two at Whippoorwill’s, limosine service,  one night’s stay at either the Hampton Inn in Gallatin or the Holiday Inn Express, Hendersonville, plus tickets to the NCG theater in Gallatin.

To enter, write 400 wrods or less why you and your loved one deserve a special evenng just for yourselves and tell us how you fell in love. You need to include a photo of the two of you as well for publication.

The winning essay and accompanying photo will appear Feb. 9, in The Gallatin Newspaper in our annual Love and Marriage special section. It will also appear in the Hendersonville Standard on Feb. 11.

Send your entry via email to ads@thegallatinnews.com. Entries will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Jan. 25.

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January 27-29, 2011
January 27
The Relay For Life kickoff rally will be held at 6 p.m.  at the Gallatin Civic Center. All interested participants, families, caregivers, companies, schools, etc., are invited to the kick off rally to get involved, sign up for activities, and educate themselves about one of the American Cancer Society’s biggest fundraisers. For more information call Julie Brackenbury at 615-604-4144, visit www.RelayForLife.org/Gallatin, www.GallatinRelay4Life.com, or find them on Facebook.
January 27
The following Sumner county locations will provide free VITA tax preparation assistance: Please bring photo ID, Social Security card(s) and last year’s tax return. Gallatin: Gallatin Senior Citizens Center, 200 E. Franklin Street, every Tuesday and Thursday, noon until 3 p.m. through April 14. Portland: Elmer Hinton Public Library, 321 Victor Reiter Parkway, every Saturday beginning February 5 through April 9, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. E-filing provided at no charge, but all parties must be present.
January 28
The Gallatin Arts Council presents “Behind the Scenes: Insider Insights on Making Movies”, at 7:00 p.m. at the Gallatin Library. This program features panelists who have worked on such films as “The Green Mile” and “Oh, Brother Where art Thou” and will include film clips as well as audience questions. Sponsored by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, admission is free. For further information, contact  info@gallatinartscouncil.org or call 452-8592 .
January 29
In person sign-ups for the Gallatin Soccer  Club, 9 a.m.-.noon at Triple Creek Park Soccer Concession Stand. Info Line 451-3116. Convenient at-home registration on the online sign-up site, until midnight Friday, February 4, 2011. www.GallatinSoccerClub.org.
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.

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.

The Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., will offer Bingo! in the library, meeting rooms  on Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Bingo! is open to the public and for all ages. For more information, please call the library at 452-1722.

Peach Valley Baptist Church has begun an additional service. There will be a 8:00 a.m. service and a 11:00 a.m. service each Sunday.

Please join the “Grace Seekers” adult Sunday School Class at Lambuth United Methodist Church in an exciting new Bible study. Consisting of 24 video lectures by Dr. Bart Ehrman, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, each class will address significant questions about the 27 books of the New Testament Beginning at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday morning in the fellowship hall. For further information on this class of any of our services or programs, please call 452-3715.
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