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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

For one second Wednesday Morning the 28th of January I thought I was going to die. That is all it took, one second, or so it seemed, for a 100-year-old tree to fall, causing my mini-van to drive into it as it was falling.  As I slammed on my breaks, I knew we would collide, me and this tree that threatened my life. This tree that could have

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Obituaries

Charles Harvey Bolin

age 76, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, January 31, 2009. Funeral service was Monday, February 2 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Reid officiating. Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens. Mr. Bolin was born in Alabama, son of the late Harvey Bolin and Elizabeth Kyle Bolin. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Irene Brown Bolin. He is survived by three daughters, Kathy Ann McGuire and husband Tom, Patty Lynn Apollos and husband David, and Vanessa Kemper and husband Eddie all of Gallatin; one sister Lucille Bryant of Shelbyville;six grandchildren Jennifer Young and husband Wayne, Caleb McGuire, Justin Apollos, Gabe Apollos, Amber Kemper and Kyle Kemper and one great grandchild, Bryce Apollos.  Online condolences may be sent at www.familyheritagefh.com.

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Suspect caught in Tuesdays armed robbery of GreenBank

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


A Nashville man has been charged with aggravated robbery after he held up the GreenBank branch on West Broadway next to the Shell station on Red River Road Tuesday.

The perpetrator, Floyd C. Clanton Jr., was apprehended near the city’s service center on Red River Road approximately 30 minutes after he robbed the bank.

No one was injured in the course of the robbery.

According to police, Clanton told them

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Revitalization is underway

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


The city’s downtown revitalization project is now underway, and people are trying to adjust to the conditions while it is ongoing.

Phase I consists of North Water Avenue from the northern end of Public Square north towards the intersection at Highway 31-E/East Broadway.

Phase I is scheduled to be completed March 31, according to the construction schedule for the project, with the entire project slated to be completed August 24, 2009.

As a result of the Phase I work,

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Coming Events

February 7

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

February 7

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

February 8

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

February 8

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

February 8

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

February 13

Gallatin Senior Citizens Center invites the public to enjoy the music of  Dan McCorkle  at their Valentine Dinner Dance. A Ham and Yam dinner is from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by dancing from 7 until 10 p.m. $10 per person or $15 per couple. Call 451-1531 for reservations.

February 14

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

February 14

American Legion Post 17 will host an all you can eat breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. at the post on South Water Street.

February 15

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

February 16

The Department of Human Services will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day.

February 21

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

 February 21

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


FYI

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Free tax preparation and e-filing at the Gallatin Public Library (formerly at Hartsville Pike Church of Christ). Appointments are available with one of six counselors Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The service is sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS for low to middle income taxpayers. With AARP T.C.E., the emphasis is on those 60 and over, but no one is turned away who meets the income levels.


The Strengthening Families Program is a parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum designed to prevent substance abuse, strengthen parenting skills, and build family strengths. The program will be each Monday, February 23 through March fromf 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sumner County Board of Education building. Call Beth Swindle at 804-7545 for more information, or to reserve your space.

 

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Sumner County responders aid Kentucky ice storm victims
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

A group of Sumner County’s first responders from 10 agencies and fire departments went to Caldwell County in Kentucky last week to aid in the recovery from the massive ice storm that has crippled our northern neighbor and left most of the state without electrical power and water for several days that may stretch into weeks.
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We will weather this storm'
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Across the Untied States and here in Sumner County, ordinary people are experiencing the heartbreak of job loss–“career interruption”–and our current sociological pattern of two-income families is being strained to the breaking point. Even the meager aid that unemployment benefits provide may soon come to a standstill if the state’s budget continues to deteriorate.
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

Last Friday, January 16, I was invited to a birthday party to help Miss Minnie Irwin celebrate her 105th birthday.

Miss Minnie lives at Brandywood Nursing Home in Gallatin.

The room was full of friends and kinfolk to help her celebrate. Her nephew, Jay had

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;


I just want to sponsor my granddaughter....

 I am writing because I am very upset with the Gallatin Girls Softball League.  My granddaughter has played from coach pitch on up, this year she is moving into another age division this year and is a very good ball player, I am withholding her name so that this letter doesn’t come back to haunt her.  I have a few friends that are coaches or assistant coaches in the league in age divisions other than the one she is in, so I am hearing

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Veer Left

Tennessee Republicans should read their Aesop. The drama played out in the state House last week was a strong affirmation of the wisdom of the ancient fable writer. Some GOP blogs were calling Rep. Jason Mumpower “Speaker” before the vote. They turned out to be less than prophetic when

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Veer Left

House Speaker Williams brings disgrace to self, party, and legislature

Newly elected House Speaker Kent Williams (R-for-now, Elizabethton) did not take long to wander into an ethical quandary. It seems Williams may have sexually harassed Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) on at least two occasions, and may have made an inappropriate comment to Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville). The allegations are

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Obituaries

Claude Ray Shoulders

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

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Obituaries

Katherine Davis Moss Payne

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

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Hospital bonds given junk bond rating

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


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

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

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

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Coming Events

January 29

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

January 29

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

January 31

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

January 31

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

January 31

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

January 31

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

January 31

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

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

February 1

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

February 7

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

February 7

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

February 8

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

February 8

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

February 8

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

February 14

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

February 15

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

February 21

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

 February 21

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


FYI

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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Frozen rescue
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

 

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

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Veer Left

Holt fails Open Records Test

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

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Obituaries

Carl Ray Cothron

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

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County vehicles going home may become a thing of the past

By Candy Webb

cwhendersonville@bellsouth.net


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

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

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

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Ready, Set, Go

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


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

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

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

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