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Owning her own life
 By Marjorie Lloyd
mlgallatin@bellsouth.net

She is a petite, lovely and articulate 17-year-old high school student. Involved with music, she participates in her high school band and in the concert band.

As she tilts her head and strokes her bangs away from her eyes, she exhibits a calm certainty and assurance that is unusual with many her age.

After school, she has a part-time job she has held for a few years and speaks proudly of her workplace.

With seven siblings–among her father, mother and stepparents–she is protective of the younger ones and often mentions them in her conversation.

Her classes at public school are typical, and she adamantly announces that she prefers Band and United States History.  

She has several friends and enjoys a close relationship with her mother, who is also beautiful and has dark eyes and the same fair skin.

But her life is not the fairy tale of middle-class America.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

The businesses of the historic square of Gallatin want to remind you to come and see them during the construction of the square. They invite you to shop and visit the more than 200,000 square feet of retail, visit our new public library or eat a delicious meal before catching a movie at the Palace Theater.

The streetscape project that the square is currently undergoing will be

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Veer Left

First Lady Michelle Obama has both charmed and inspired with her fresh twist on her tradition-laden role.  Clear that her most important title is actually First Mom, setting a good example for her girls is paramount on her list of priorities.  From day one, Michelle has

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Obituaries

Fred C. Smith, Jr.

age 69, of Bethpage, lost his battle with cancer on April 6, 2009. Funeral service was Wednesday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Harold Dean Linville and Brother David Manning officiating. Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Christopher Smith, Kenny Manning, Richard Green, Chris Green, Chase Johnson and Michael Robinson serving as pallbearers.

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City Planner demoted

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


City Planner Jim Svoboda was demoted Monday afternoon in a special called council meeting.

Mayor Jo Ann Graves had asked for the move at an earlier meeting, citing “habitual lateness” and listing several examples that she said led her to believe Svoboda operates the department in a “crisis management” mode.

Svoboda responded

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City officials could see term limits in the near future

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


Gallatin City Councilman John D. Alexander is proposing that the city enact term limits for elected officials.

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Alexander asked that the council discuss the idea at the council’s work session scheduled for Tuesday night.

“I think it’s something

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City tries to help struggling downtown business during construction

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


Downtown business owners have been seeing fewer customers the last few months due not only to the state of the economy, but also because of the construction involved in the Downtown Streetscape project.

Some business owners have said the loss in business has been dramatic, telling The Gallatin Newspaper they are concerned they may not be in business when the project is complete.

One merchant, Bishop Isaac Williams, who runs a business on North Water, appeared at the City Council meeting Tuesday night to voice his concerns.

“Sometimes,

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Coming Events
April 12

Liberty UMC, Liberty Lane, Gallatin, will be holding an early Easter service at 7 a.m., with fellowship and light breakfast following. There will be no other service that day.

April 14

The annual business meeting for Old Brush Cemetery will be at 7 p.m. at Clyde Riggs Elementary School, 211 Fountain Head Road. Please attend if you have anyone buried or if you have a burial plot at the cemetery.

April 16

A free seminar on how to manage debts, collection calls, and civil court judgements is at 10 a.m. at the Union High Resource Center at 600 Small Street.

April 17

The Col. Jethro Sumner Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will have a chapter meeting, 1:00 p.m., at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ, 744 Hartsville Pike, in Gallatin. A representative from the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Grant, Alabama will present the program. Hostesses for the meeting will be Marty Brooks, Kay Hurt and JoAnn Perdue. For more information, please call 451-2538.

April 17

The third annual Southern Gospel Concert to benefit Multiple Sclerosis begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Gallatin Church of the Nazarene, located at 407 North Water. There is no admission charge, but donation received will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society that funds research and provides those suffering from the disease support that may be needed. Featured group is the Commonwealth Quartet, including members from Gallatin and Lebanon.

April  17

The Gallatin Arts Council hosts “Ferdinand the Bull” presented by the Nashville Ballet at the Palace Theatre at 7 p.m. This free event is designed for adults and children and is funded in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. For more information go to www.gallatinartscouncil.org. Parking is available beside city hall.

April 17

The Sumner County Retired Teachers’ Association invites you to accompany them on a day trip to Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre for  lunch and to see the matinee performance of The Second Time Around on May 21. The cost is $65 per person and includes transportation, lunch, play admission and driver tip.  Make reservation by; sending payment before April 17, to Pam Strong, 1070 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066. Make check payable to Sumner County Retired Teachers’ Association. Reservation may be confirmed with a $30 deposit and the balance of $35 due May 1. For more information call Pam Strong at 452-6930 or Deloris Schreiner at 452-7976.

April 18

The men of Rome Missionary Baptist Church located at 1277 Avondale Road will host their annual Pre-Men’s Day Country Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. There is a $6 donation for all you can eat. You may make your donation prior to the breakfast by calling 451-3052 or at the door.

April 18

Key-Stewart United Methodist Annual Women’s Day Brunch, at 166 Dorothy Jordan Avenue will begin at 10 a.m. The speaker is Minister Marilyn Rodriguez. For ticket information contact Sister Sarah Wallace at 230-9584.

April 18

American Legion Post 17 hosts an all you can eat breakfast from 6:30 until 10 a.m. at the post at 1140 S. Water Avenue. Adults are $5 and children under 12 are $3.

April 19

The public is invited to Rome Missionary Baptist Church at 1277 Avondale Road for Men’s Day Celebration at 2:30 p.m. Pastor Grant Watkins Emeritus of Beech Creek Missionary Baptist Church will be the speaker and music will be provided by the male chorus of First Baptist Church in Gallatin and Dowel  Chapel of Watertown.

April 21

Be a part of a live studio audience at 7 p.m. with host Gary Oliver and special guest Israel Houghton. 1500 free seats at Trinity Music City, USA, One Music Village Blvd., Hendersonville, 822-8333.

April 21

Gallatin Senior Citizens INC. will host “Targeting Senior Citizens for Medication Management”, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the senior center. If you take more than one prescription medication, this event is for you. Seniors will need to bring all their medications to the senior center where UT pharmacy students will present a short program on ways to better manage medications. The pharmacy students will then help seniors learn how to use the Universal Medication Form developed by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association and used by pharmacists statewide. Seniors will also learn how to use this information to talk with their pharmacists and doctors about their medication concerns. Medical advice will not be provided at the event. This event is free, but participation is by reservation only. To reserve your place at the event, seniors should call 615-451-1531 by April 16. 2009.  This event is sponsored by the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) Area Agency on Aging and Disability and the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy.

April 24

Gallatin Day Care will host its 3rd Annual Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction at 6:00 p.m. at the Gallatin Civic Center.  Admission is $10.00; children 6 and under are free. Auction items including: a four night stay in Panama City, restaurant gift certificates (Cheesecake Factory, Chop House, Cracker Barrel, Longhorns, Mimi’s Café and more) two tickets to the Nashville symphony, Nashville Zoo membership,  dry cleaning gift certificates, signed Predators jersey, signed country artists CD’s and 8x10 glossies, DVD players, over 40 gift baskets for all ages, and much more.  Tickets are on sale now and at the door.  For ticket information call:  452-2518.         

April 24, 25

The sounds of jazz, pop and rock will be featured during the Spring Music Showcase at Volunteer State Community College at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The Vol State Showstoppers, Commercial Music Ensemble and the Survey of Recording class will perform. Some of the selections will be original student works. A CD of the student work will also be available for sale. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door for admission. A $10 donation will include admission and the Spring Music CD.

April 25

Bethpage Masonic Lodge #521 will host its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the lodge. The menu is all you care to eat pancakes, sausage, milk, coffee and juice for $5. Proceeds go to sponsor lodge charities and activities.

April 25

A fundraiser and benefit concert for the animals fo the Humane Society of Sumner  County will be held from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at The Pick Inn, 550 Zieglers Fort Road in Gallatin, near Bledsoe Creek State Park. The concert will feature Jett Williams, Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys with Amanda Larry Stephenson, The McCormick Brothers, The Straight Arrow Boys, Smokey Lonesome, Daniel Rothwell, Judy Carter & Rens Vreeburg, and Radio Personality Harv Mason as  Announcer. A Silent Auction  will be held and a Classic Car Cruise-In, as well, weather permitting. Tickets may be purchased by calling 394-8903.

April 26

David Collier’s 90th Birthday will be celebrated at the Liberty United Methodist Church  at the 9:45 a.m. service. Friends and family are welcome to come and share in the celebration.  A covered dish lunch will follow. For further information, contact Laurette Green Nuckols at 451-2721.

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.


Gallatin High School Class of 1953 meets for their monthly luncheon on the third Monday of each month at the Cracker Barrel.


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.


Mid-Cumberland Head Start/Early Head Start is currently recruiting children ages three and four for the 2009-2010 school year. this nationally accredited and three-star Preschool Program is federally subsidized and offers medical and dental screenings, individual education plans for each child, and a researched curriculum. There is a limited number of full year, full day slots for parents who are interested in paying for a quality program or have a child care broker certificate. For more information call 451-0323 or 452-5956.


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


Gallatin High School Class of 1969 will host their reunion at Rose Mont June 13. Call Patricia at 452-1313, ext. 3 for more information.


TCHS Class of 1959 will hold their 50-Year Reunion, June 6 at the Gallatin Country Club. Contact Henry Linville at 374-3635, Ottie G. Marks at 444-4569, Pat Parker  Cassetty at 824-0474 or Tommy Ruth at 451-0207 for more information.

 

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Highway Commission surprised by visitors
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

When the Sumner County’s Highway Commission met Tuesday, April 7, the group was surprised by the number of residents attending, voicing their concern about the future of Lower Station Camp Creek Road.

The topic was not scheduled on the agenda but County Executive Anthony Holt agreed to answer questions during his report to the chairman.

Several residents spoke, expressing their

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

As a teacher at Gallatin High School I am well acquainted with the excellence of our students. However, when we attended the GHS Chorus show, Les Miserables, I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of talent!  This was the first full-blown musical stage show the Chorus has attempted in several years, and I admit I was skeptical when I heard they had chosen such an epic play. 

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

Phil Valentine’s March 15 column in The Tennessean focused on his stock-in-trade subject:  wasteful “pork” spending in federal legislation. He did skillfully tip-toe around Sen. Lamar Alexander’s support of the recently-passed omnibus bill which will bring in badly-needed earmarked federal funding for worthwhile Tennessee projects and services, and even admitted

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Veer Left

Attending United Way Day on the hill last week with Stand for Children, I was reminded of the, shall we say, spirited campaigning over Pre-K in Sumner County the last election cycle.  I think that offering a program that demonstrably helps children start kindergarten on a relatively level playing field is

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Veer Left

While we careen through this near-depression together, there’s been plenty of outrage by regular working people of all political stripes over the current escapades of Wall Street firms and executives. After begging for taxpayer money to keep the world’s financial systems from collapsing, bailed-out banks haven’t

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Obituaries

James Homer Cox

age 81, of Gallatin passed away Saturday, March 28, 2009. Funeral service was Tuesday, March 31 at 12:00 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Deric McClard officiating.  Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Gardens with Dale Ventress, Zach Ventress, James Anderson, Allen Parrish, Shawn Larkin and Daniel Sahagun serving as pallbearers.

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Obituaries

George Walter Shaffer

a retired businessman and U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, died March 19, 2009, at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Friends and relatives are invited to a Memorial Mass, today, March 26 at 9:00 a.m. from St. John Vianney Catholic Church. He was 88, and had resided for the past five years in Gallatin. He was born in Portage, PA., the youngest of five children of James and Gertrude Shaffer, who preceded him in death.

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City Planner could be demoted

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


The Gallatin City Council is weighing a recommendation from Mayor Jo Ann Graves to demote City Planner Jim Svoboda.

The mayor made the recommendation at a special called meeting of the council last Friday.

“Jim has a lot of good qualities, but he’s not a very good manager,” Graves told the council.  “I do believe

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City employee, City time, City vehicle. . .

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


A city employee resigned from his job last month after being caught with a male prostitute in a city vehicle.

According to a police report, an officer saw a city vehicle traveling down Broadway with a female passenger.  The officer radioed his sergeant and informed him that he was behind Johnny Brown, who was in a city vehicle with another person.

“Citizens have been telling us that Mr. Brown has

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Tensions are brewing at the Gallatin Fire Department

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


Tensions among employees of the Gallatin Fire Department increased this month following a meeting that was held about the events that took place during a response to a fire.

In the fire call that was handled by the downtown fire station, a portion of a dry wall ceiling fell on a firefighter.  After a meeting was held about how the situation at the scene was handled, Shift Captain Robert Richie fired off a four-page letter to members of the shift at all three fire halls.

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109 bridge replacement moved up

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsoutn.net


The replacement of the State Route 109 bridge is being given a higher priority by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).

Highway 109 is being widened to four lanes from Gallatin to the intersection with Interstate 40.

The bridge replacement was scheduled to take place after the road widening is complete, but Mayor Jo Ann Graves told the council at its work session Tuesday night that she has received a letter from TDOT informing her that the bridge project has been moved up.

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Two firefighters file grievances

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


While some members of the Gallatin Fire Department tell The Gallatin Newspaper that the letter Robert Richie gave to members of the A shift was necessary, two members filed grievances on March 11 in response to the letter.

In the grievances, which are nearly identical, the firefighters accuse Richie of breaking three of the city’s Personnel Rules by using “abusive language” and “profanity” towards employees, making

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GCS Solutions janitor arrested on cocaine charges
By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

An employee of GCA Solutions, one of two custodial services companies appearing at the Facilities and Maintenance Committee of the Sumner County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 31, to discuss outsourcing custodial services for the school system, was arrested in Cookeville for “selling and delivering crack cocaine to an undercover officer on March 25,” according to an article in the local Herald Citizen.

Although the arrest took place at the local high school, the charge against the custodian does not include an allegation of criminal conduct on the school property. However, according to the same article, additional charges will be filed against the 57-year-old man, identified as a Livingston resident, for violation of the state's Drug Free School Zone Act, which enhances criminal charges and penalties against anyone dealing illegal drugs in a school zone.

The janitor had been the focus of an investigation by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office “for an undisclosed amount of time regarding the sale and delivery of crack cocaine within Cookeville," stated the article.  Undercover agents had been making purchases from the individual at "many places throughout the community."

Sumner County School Board member Don Long, (District 2), chair of the Facilities and Maintenance Committee, brought the concept of revisiting outsourcing custodial services for the school system at a recent meeting, and the committee invited representatives from GCA Solutions, whose educational division is headquartered in Knoxville, and CCS Services K-12 division, also based in Knoxville, made lengthy presentation to a standing-room only audience and the committee at Tuesday’s meeting.

Both companies insisted that they conducted background checks on all prospective employees.

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Bills to be awarded TEA Administrator of the Year

By Marjorie Lloyd

mlgallatin@bellsouth.net

Sumner County’s Director of Schools Benny Bills has been selected by peers from across the state to receive the Administrator of the Year Award for Middle Tennessee by the Tennessee Education Association. Director Bills will be recognized at the annual general assembly on May 1, in Nashville, when representatives of all the state’s education associations will convene in Nashville.

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Jobs in jeopardy?
By Marjorie Lloyd
mlgallatin@bellsouth.net

In a packed, standing-room only chamber, members of the Facilities and Maintenance Committee of the Sumner County Board of Education heard presentations by two custodial services companies at a meeting held Tuesday, March 31, at the central office, specifically for the presentations. The topic was the revisiting of outsourcing of custodial services for the county school system.

The school system attempted to outsource custodial services in the early 90s, but, after approximately five years, returned to district custodians.

Pride, dependability, excellent staff relationships, relationships with students, integrity, healthcare and the fate of custodians near retirement were several of the issues presented at the meeting.

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Coming Events

April 3

Ages 0-12 are invited to the 1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Station Camp Elementary at 3 p.m., rain or shine. Come prepared to hunt for thousands of eggs and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.  This event is sponsored by Station Camp Church of Christ.

April 3 and 4

Gallatin Church of Christ at 150 East Main Street will host their annual flea market to benefit a week-long mission trip to Honduras.

April 3 and 5

“Memories of Mary”, an Easter drama will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Sunday, at House of Grace Assembly of God at 600 Lock 4 Road. Call 452-3946 for more information.

April 4

Cumberland Astronomical Society will hold their monthly stargazing party at Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Rd from sunset till 10 p.m. in the Day Use Area. The event is FREE and open to the public.

April 4

Castalian Springs Community Club meets at 6:30 p.m. for a pot luck dinner and short meeting in the Castalian Springs Community Center on the corner of Hilton Lane and Hartsville Pike (SR 25). All Castalian Springs area residents are invited to attend and enjoy fellowship and dinner with your neighbors. If you are attending for the first time, please bring a side dish or desert for the pot luck table.

April 4

First Presbyterian Church, at 167 West Main Street, will host a Pancake Breakfast from 7 until 10 a.m. All you can eat for $5. All proceeds will help fund Appalachia Service Project.

April 4

The Sumner County Democratic Women (SCDW) will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Commission Chambers of the Sumner County Administration Building on Belvedere Drive. The meeting will precede The Sumner County Democratic Executive Committee Convention for Reorganization meeting which begins at 10 a.m.  Contact Jeanette Jackson at scdw_president@comcast.net for more information. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m for the Sumner County Democratic reorganization meeting. A credentials committee will require all participants to sign a credentials form. No one will be admitted after the convention is called to order. Any Sumner County Democrat seeking office, seeking to nominate candidates, or wishing to introduce bylaws changes should contact the convention Chair at len.assante@sumnerdems.org or 230-9199.

April 10

The Department of Human Services will be closed in observance of Good Friday.

April 10

Gallatin Funeral Home and Lambuth United Methodist Church will host a Good Friday service with special music by the Lambuth United Methodist Church Choir and Ms. Wilma Zonn, Oboist. The service is at the Gallatin Funeral Home on 109 North at Crestivew at 7 p.m. R.X.V.P. to 452-1943 or 452-3715.

April 14

The annual business meeting for Old Brush Cemetery will be at 7 p.m. at Clyde Riggs Elementary School, 211 Fountain Head Road. Please attend if you have anyone buried or if you have a burial plot at the cemetery.

April 16

A free seminar on how to manage debts, collection calls, and civil court judgements is at 10 a.m. at the Union High Resource Center at 600 Small Street.

April 17

The Sumner County Retired Teachers’ Association invites you to accompany them on a day trip to Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre for  lunch and to see the matinee performance of The Second Time Around on May 21. The cost is $65 per person and includes transportation, lunch, play admission and driver tip.  Make reservation by; sending payment before April 17, to Pam Strong, 1070 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066. Make check payable to Sumner County Retired Teachers’ Association. Reservation may be confirmed with a $30 deposit and the balance of $35 due May 1. For mmore information call Pam Strong at 452-6930 or Deloris Schreiner at 452-7976.

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.


Gallatin High School Class of 1953 meets for their monthly luncheon on the third Monday of each month at the Cracker Barrel.


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.


Mid-Cumberland Head Start/Early Head Start is currently recruiting children ages three and four for the 2009-2010 school year. this nationally accredited and three-star Preschool Program is federally subsidized and offers medical and dental screenings, individual education plans for each child, and a researched curriculum. There is a limited number of full year, full day slots for parents who are interested in paying for a quality program or have a child care broker certificate. For more information call 451-0323 or 452-5956.


TCHS Class of 1959 will hold their 50-Year Reunion, June 6 at the Gallatin Country Club. Contact Henry Linville at 374-3635, Ottie G. Marks at 444-4569, Pat Parker  Cassetty at 824-0474 or Tommy Ruth at 451-0207 for more information.


Gallatin High School Class of 1969 will host their reunion at Rose Mont June 13. Call Patricia at 452-1313, ext. 3 for more information.


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

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A Safe Place for Animals holds open house, March 27
By Marjorie Lloyd Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

 

Diana Townshend has been a spokesperson for change at the Sumner County Animal Control Office for several years. When the County Commission voted to turn the management of the facility over to the Sheriff’s Department, Diana went to work locating and setting up a facility for her own 501(c)3 non-profit organization, A Safe Place for Animals is now temporarily located on 243 West Eastland and is open seven days a week. SPA is hosting a grand open house Friday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The majority of our animals are from animal control, owner surrender and people nice enough to pickup strays,” said Diana in a recent interview.

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