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Local author holds book signing at Public Library on April 30

By PATRICK HALL
The Gallatin News

Author and Gallatin resident Mary Reed will hold a book signing at the Gallatin Public Library for her recent book Abused, Conquered, Alive.

The book signing will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30.

I was abused and conquered, but now I am alive, Reed told The Gallatin News in October 2012, referring to the books title. This is my first book.

Reed said she married her first husband, who she pointed out was a Pentecostal preacher, and endured years of abuse. She also endured verbal and physical abuse from her father, noting it was all she knew in her life.

Through her experiences with her father and husband, Reed said she believed all men were abusive and thought her experiences were normal.

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Spending spring break reading greens

By SAM HATCHER
MainStreet Media

Hes taking a break from the books this week although he will still be focused on reading.

While his classmates drive to the beach to enjoy spring break with some fun and relaxation,Hendersonvilles Steven Fox will be reading greens and sweating putts at the Masters Golf Tournament inAugusta,GA.

A senior at theUniversityofTennessee Chattanoogaand a product ofHendersonvilleHigh School, Fox is the reigning U.S. Amateur champion and because of that he will be listed among the best of the best players across the world, which will be competing in the Masters this weekend.

If you visit the Masters website youll see the young golfers photo among all competitors. The photo gallery is in alphabetical order. Fox is flanked by golf professional Ricky Fowler on his left and on the next line down by Japanese golfer Hiroyuki Fujita followed by JimFuryk, Sergio Garcia and the rest including Mickelson, Woods and all of todays great names in golf.

Fox became eligible to play in the Masters this year after winning the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship at the Cherry Hills Country Club nearDenverlast August.

Winning at Cherry Hills was just the beginning.

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Families learn and have fun at Vol State Science and Math Expo

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The Gallatin News

Despite drizzly weather, over 600 people from all over Middle Tennessee turned out last week to experience the "Human Element" at Volunteer State Community College's 12th Annual Science and Math Expo.

Each year Vol State hosts a hands-on science fair and math exposition designed to get kids from kindergarten through middle school excited about science.

This year Vol State Science and Math students put together 50 activities with a focus on the human body. One of which was a full-size "operation man" where kids could perform surgery and remove bones and body parts.

Many popular activities return each year, such as the egg drop contest and science discovery room. Kids can watch as balloons are flash-frozen, or view germs under a microscope.

Other exciting demonstrations include rocket launching and making 'slime' in the chemistry lab.

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Servpro to expand Gallatin headquarters, create 90 jobs

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Servpro officials announced plans to expand the companys corporate headquarters on Industrial Blvd. in Gallatin.

The expansion represents a $6.7 million investment by Servpro and will create 90 new, full-time jobs in Sumner County.

Gallatin is privileged to have the Servpro family and its corporate headquarters in our City, said Mayor Jo Ann Graves.Servpros expansion is indicative of the opportunities that exist in Gallatin for businesses to grow and thrive.

Servpro has been blessed with ongoing growth during these trying economic times, said Sue Steen, Chief Executive Officer of Servpro Industries, Inc. Our growth is attributed to an excellent team of employees who are passionate about serving our Franchise Community. I am proud that a significant percent of our employees also live in Sumner County. We appreciate the support we have received over the years from the Gallatin Economic Development Agency. The recent award from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development will help us expand our operations in Sumner County.

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City demolishes Project Play playground Friday

By JOSH NELSON
The Gallatin News

For almost a decade-and-a-half, it has been a site where children run, climb, slide, scream and laugh, but now, the city has decided the Project Play playground next to the Civic Center has run its course and is coming down.

It has been so well-loved and so well-used that it is simply worn-out and has reached the end of its life expectancy, a press release from the city released last Tuesday reads. Regretfully, the City must now remove the playground in the best interest of the children who use it.

In its place, a trailhead for the Triple Creek Park walking trail and Town Creek Greenway will be built.

The playground was built by volunteers as part of Project Play and has been maintained by the city Leisure Services Department since its completion and donation to the city.

I was one of those volunteers who helped build Project Play, Mayor Jo Ann Graves said at last week's city council meeting. I think that between all of us who worked on it, we gave hundreds of hours of volunteer time and I was proud to be a part of it, and I think it has served the community well.

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Returning soldiers need our help and support

To the Editor:

As a U.S. Army solder returning from Europe during the Viet Era conflict I know what its like to face a hostile environment.

In the 1960s it was anything but pleasant. Fast-forward to the present and were seeing not the hostility but lack of support for our young men coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many with needs most of us can only imagine in a nightmare. And Washington is not providing the support they require.

Why?

I believe that the present administration is not supportive of our military and will use it as leverage to get more for their social programs. I find it disgusting and our elected officials should be holding their feet to the fire on it.

Frank Gregg
Gallatin, TN

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Haslams refusal to expand Medicaid a bad move

To the Editor:

Has Governor Bill Haslam sold his soul?

Instead of immediately expanding Medicaid, Governor Haslam has decided to try to force the feds to allow him to let Tennessee buy private coverage for the states 175,000 uninsured working poor, including 35,000 veterans.

This is a one-state stand with very little chance of success and it jeopardizes Tennessees future social and economic well-being.

Immediate expansion of Medicaid would have created 20,000 more jobs and injected $10 billion into the economy by 2019. Tennessees state budget would have benefitted by $1 billion from 2014 forward. The feds would have covered over 90 percent of Tennessees expenses.

Without immediate expansion, 54 rural hospitals in Tennessee are likely to close and their doctors move elsewhere.

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Obituaries for 4/10/13

Lois E. Hammock

Mrs. Hammock, 79, of Gallatin, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013. Funeral service is today, Wednesday, April 10 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Dr. Wade Powers and Brother David Gurchiek officiating.

Interment follows in Crestview Memorial Park with Jason Hammock, Chris Spann, Richard Merryman, Allen Hammock, Justin Cannon and Billy Hammock serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer is Hunter Hammock.

Remaining visitation is today from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Mrs. Hammock was born March 19, 1934 in Iuka, Miss., daughter of the late William and Ellen Watkins White.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by son, Michael Carey Hammock. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Glen Hammock of Gallatin; sons, Larry Hammock (Glenda) of Gallatin, Harry Hammock (Tami) of Chapmansboro and Bobby Hammock (Mary) of Nashville; brother, Billy White of Pearl, LA; sister, Marie Bonds of Iuka, MS; grandchildren, Jason Hammock (Amanda), Mary Spann (Chris), Mickie Merryman (Richard), Kelli Hammock, Allen Hammock (Alicia), Hunter Hammock, Lesley Cannon (Justin), William Hammock, Rebekah Tate and Adam Childress; great grandchildren, Cade Merryman, Reese Merryman, Kennedy Hammock, Aubrie Hammock, Lainey Cannon and Grady Cannon.

Mrs. Hammock was a member of Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene and she worked in the cafeteria at Union Elementary School.

Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

Deann L. Head

Ms. Head, 47, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013. Funeral Service was Saturday, April 6 at Zion Upper Room Church.

Johnson and Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Gallatin, Sumner unemployment drops in February

From staff reports

Unemployment in Gallatin and Sumner County dropped in the month of February, according to data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Sumner Countys unemployment rate dropped from 6.4 percent to 6.3 percent from January to February. The February rate of 6.3 was the fourth-lowest rate in the state of Tennessee.

A year ago, in February 2012, the unemployment rate stood at 7.5 percent, a decrease of 1.2 percent over the past year. Sumner County was one of 87 counties that saw a decrease in unemployment for February. The rate increased in five counties and remained the same in three counties.

Sumner Countys workforce of 85,030 saw 79,660 employed last month, leaving 5,370 without a job. In Gallatin, the workforce was 14,210 with 13,220 employed and 990 unemployed in February.

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BOE studies changes to bus routes and school fees

By COREY CONLEY
The Gallatin News

Sumner County Board of Education discussed changes to the systems bus routes and a standardization of school fees at their Tuesday work session, as well as naming the Guild Elementary School playground after a student who passed away in 2009.

Sumner Countys Assistant Director of Schools for Transportation Clint Barnes, brought a few transportation issues to the boards attention.

Barnes requested that the area of Clearview Circle and Hunters Trace in Hendersonville be realigned, citing concerns that one bus, in particular has to cross railroad tracks 12 times. He also noted students in the requested area attend the same school as their peers until high school, when some in the zone attend Station Camp High and others are zoned for Hendersonville High.

The area is currently zoned for George Whitten Elementary, Knox Doss at Drakes Creek Middle School and Hendersonville High. The students not in high school would attend Nannie Berry Elementary and Ellis Middle School. Hendersonville would remain the high school for those zones.

Rezoned students would be able to stay at their current schools if they choose, however they will no longer receive free transportation.

The board also reviewed the bus replacement schedule. School systems are required by state law to replace school buses after 15 years or 200,000 miles, whichever comes first. Buses 15 years or older but under 200,000 miles can extend their service an additional two years with extra safety inspections and fees.

The number of buses requested is 14 this year, a number Barnes attributes to the low number of buses purchased between 2009 and 2011, when a total of 8 buses were purchased. In 2008, 12 buses were purchased.

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Shalom Zone to honor community activists at Tribute Dinner

For the third year, the Gallatin Shalom Zone Tribute Dinner will honor several outstanding individuals and organizations that have worked to develop Shalom in the local community on April 19.

Honorees for this years Tribute Dinner include Felecia and Dwight Lewis, who will receive the Shalom Heritage Award; the Memorial Foundation, which will receive the Shalom Philanthropy Award; and the Dodson Family Foundation will receive the Leimenstoll/Martin Humanitarian Award.

Felicia Lewis is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and has worked at RR Donnelley in Gallatin for 33 years and serves as a Customer Service Representative. She has been involved in various community organizations including the NAACP, United Way Allocations Committee and the Gallatin Shalom Zone.

Dwight attended Western Kentucky University; he works for the Sumner County Drug Court and the Shalom Zone. Dwight worked for RR Donnelley Printing for 25 years until work force reduction in April 2009. He is co-founder of Friends for Life a support group for recovering addicts and alcoholics based in Gallatin. He has been a volunteer for the Homeward Bound Program at the Sumner County Jail.

Dwight and Felecia married in 1981. They have two daughters, Crystal and Andrea. In addition Dwight has another daughter, Danielle Morris Moore of Colorado. The Lewisare members of First Baptist Church on Winchester St. where they are involved with the music ministry and the youth.

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United Way to announce record fundraising at April 12 Awards Breakfast

Following a record setting 2011 campaign, anticipation is building toward the announcement of United Way of Sumner Countys 2012 fundraising total, which will take place at the organizations annual Campaign Awards and Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, April 12, at the Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club in Hendersonville.

In addition to revealing how much money was raised to improve the daily lives and future opportunities of Sumner County residents, the event will recognize and honor the volunteers, businesses, and individuals who made the 2012 fundraising campaign a success.

According to United Way of Sumner County President and CEO Dana M. Given, the final 2012 fundraising figure will not be known until just before the awards breakfast, but it is already guaranteed to be a new record for the local charity.

We already know that we have surpassed last years record total of $715,447.90, Given said. Our fundraising year officially ends on March 31, so we have a few more days of fundraising and about a week of closing out our books to know whether we will reach our goal of $775,000. While it has been a fantastic year, we still have some work to do.

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Education Committee hears audit on school security upgrades

By CODI KIRK
The Gallatin News

After 10 weeks of analysis, representatives of Sumner County Schools presented their school safety/security audit recommendations to include technology upgrades and construction retro-fit to the County Commission Education Committee at their April 1 meeting.

Director of Schools Dr. Del R. Phillips III introduced a summary of what would be presented to the committee by former Director of School Safety and Grants, Pat Conner and Hewlett Spencer Representative Ron Bargatze.

Well be back next month with hard numbers. This is the best estimates that we could put together and we wanted to bring it forward so you kind of understand the scope of what were trying to do, said Phillips.

Conner, who had just worked the first day in her new position at the State Department of Education, presented a report on building level recommendations and technology upgrades with the estimated pre-bid costs associated with each item.

The report covered building-level items and included reflective tinting on all doors with outside access at $107,550, a new system of door blocks at an estimated $14,250 and updating the phone system throughout all the schools at approximately $800,000.

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Allers to accept $22,000 severance agreement from city

By JOSH NELSON
The Gallatin News

Gallatin Planning and Codes Director Tony Allers, said Monday night that he expects to accept a separation agreement the City Council approved unanimously last Tuesday night.

He has until the end of business today to do so.

The agreement gives Allers, who is 63-years-old, three months pay, which amounts to just over $22,000, according to the severance agreement, after which Allers will retire.

Recently, Allers was accused of having an unqualified person perform codes inspections, an allegation Allers disputes. Mayor Jo Ann Graves suspended Allers about two weeks ago with pay due to the allegations.

Allers had been on sick leave since late last year due to having a bone graft taken from his knee and placed into his ankle, which required two four-inch screws to be surgically placed in his foot.

He said the recovery has been slower than he hoped.

I had no intention of resigning, and I don't want to, Allers told The Gallatin News last week.

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Obituaries for 4/3/13

Martha Dee Smith

Mrs. Smith, 81, of Gallatin, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013. Funeral service is today, Wednesday, April 3 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Dr. Larry Yarborough officiating.

Interment follows in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Remaining visitation is today from 12 p.m., noon until time of service.

Mrs. Smith was born Sept. 14, 1931 in Warren County, daughter of the late Christopher Columbus and Lillielee Osha Clouse Martin. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Harold A. Smith.

She is survived by sons, Cliff Smith (Vicki White) and Mark Smith of Gallatin; sister, Elizabeth Patrick (Alton) of McMinnville; grandchild, Stephanie Jutlie Brady and great grandchildren, Drew Spurlock and Cole Brady.

Mrs. Smith was a member of Gallatin First Baptist Church. She was a teacher in the daycare program for First Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church for over 30 years where the children lovingly called her Ms. Martha.

Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

ThelmaHawkins

Mrs. Hawkins, 66, of Gallatin passed away Friday March 29, 2013. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 4 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Johnny Fox officiating.

Interment will be at Sumner Memorial Gardens. Visitation is today from 2 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, April 4 from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Mrs. Hawkins is preceded in death by her father, Jimmie Moore McDaniel; mother, Tilda Mae Bean McDaniel and sisters, Linda Covington and Etta Cravens and brother, Jerry McDaniel.

She is survived by her husband, James Hawkins of Gallatin: son, Richie (Carol Engel) Hawkins of Mt. Juliet; daughter, RaDonna Hardin of Gallatin; sister-in-law, Katie McDaniel of Lavergne; brothers, Harlie (Sue) McDaniel of Murfreesboro, Ralph (Lois) McDaniel of Donelson; sisters, Emogene Moss of Old Hickory and Cathy (Ricky) Taylor of Hermitage; five grandchildren, Richie Hawkins, Jr., Kristian Hawkins, Lane Hardin, Kinsley Hawkins and Emily Hardin.

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Obituaries for 3/27/13

Ronald J. Mock

Mr. Mock, 78, of Gallatin, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013.

Memorial service will be Thursday, March 28 at 2:30 p.m. at Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Charles Anderson officiating. Visitation is 1 p.m. until time of service.

Mr. Mock was born Aug. 8, 1934 in Aberdeen, SD, son of the late Robert and Clara Wallund Mock. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sisters, Betty Lou Walsh and Mereece Woznick.

He is survived by wife and sweetheart of 60 years, Flora Carlberg Mock of Gallatin; sons, Tom Mock of Memphis, Gary Mock (Julie) of Enid, OK and Jon Mock of Gallatin; daughters, Sandra Kirkendall (Rick) and Laura Lucas all of Hendersonville; half-sister, Cathie Shaw (Kurt) of Minnesota; grandchildren, Joshua Mock, Scott Mock, Kayla Kirkendall, Alayna Kirkendall, Alexis Black (Josh), Shelby Haley, Henry Lucas and Craig Kirkendall (Neeli) and great grandchildren, Katelynn, Caxton and Cannon Kirkendall and Jaxson Black.

Mr. Mock worked for Salkin & Linoff as operations manager for 35 years. Then he owned and operated his own business, Nashville Service Center, for 10 years. He was the rock of the family and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Also, he was a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

Ruby Naomi Carter

Mrs. Carter, 86, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013.

Graveside service was Monday, March 25 at Crestview Memorial Park with Brother Steven Oldham officiating. Homer Carter, Van Conder, Jim Sherlin, Johnny Oldham, Danny Rogers and Santos Tunguia served as pallbearers.

Mrs. Carter was born March 10, 1927 in Robertson County, daughter of the late Willie L. and Ida Bell Glover Groves. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Carter; brothers, Marshall Groves and Charles Groves and sisters, Estelle, Gladys, Leila and Margie.

She is survived by brother, Raymond Groves (Mary) of Portland; nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Carter was a waitress at Burger Hut and in later years she devoted her time to caring for others.

Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.

Family Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Sumner ranked third-healthiest in state

From staff reports

A report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin places Sumner County as the third-healthiest county in Tennessee.

Four broad areas are used in the survey to make final determinations with respect to each countys status. Those areas include health behaviors; clinical care; social and economic factors; and physical environment.

In the category of health behaviors the use of tobacco, diet and exercise, and alcohol consumptions are considered, while clinical care is directed toward the availability or access to quality health care.

Social and economic factors include considerations for education, employment, income, family and social support, and community safety.

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Commission approves $36 million in bonds

By CODI KIRK
The Gallatin News

Two resolutions authorizing the issuance in total of over $36.2 million in general obligation school and public improvement bonds were approved by Sumner County Commissioners at the March 18 meeting.

The first resolution for $6.1 million to be used for capital improvements at the Sumner County jail passed unanimously with no discussion.

Any funds not used under this bond issuance may be reallocated toward school projects.

The second resolution was a combined package specifying $25 million toward school capital projects.

The other $5.1 million is designated for county projects but can also be used for school projects, stated County Law Director, Leah May Dennen.

A motion for amendment was made by District 9 Commissioner Chris Hughes for total exclusion of any bond funds to be used toward sports or athletic facilities or improvements of any kind.

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Brown named new Sumner Schools safety director

Sumner County Director of Schools Dr. Del R. Phillips III announced on Wednesday that he has named Katie Brown to be the next Safe Schools, Healthy Students Coordinator for Sumner County Schools.

Brown has served as the Executive Director of the Sumner County Anti?Drug Coalition since 2009. She has also worked as a site manager, grant writing assistant, and a coordinator within SCSs Unity.com program.

Brown will be replacing Pat Conner, who was named the Executive Director of the Office of Safe and Supportive Schools for the Tennessee Department of Education last month.

Mrs. Brown said she is excited to follow in Mrs. Conners footsteps and to continue to promote school safety and prevention in Sumner County Schools.

I have worked alongside Pat and with a lot of the programs she has developed and I am looking forward to building on the foundation she has created, Brown said. I think its one of the most important things we do in the school system because having that healthy school atmosphere allows the students to focus on getting the education that they need.

Phillips said Browns previous experience in Sumner County Schools combined with her work at the Sumner County Anti?Drug Coalition made her a natural fit for the Office of Safe Schools, Healthy Students.

She has some big shoes to fill, but I am confident that she has the experience and the skills to continue to make the programs managed by Office of Safe Schools, Healthy Students a success, Phillips said.

From staff reports

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Council expected to accept Allers resignation Tuesday

By JOSH NELSON
The Gallatin News

Gallatin City Council was scheduled to convene a special-called meeting Tuesday night to accept the resignation of Planning and Codes Director Tony Allers.

If passed by the council, Allers would have a week to agree to the deal, which would give him three months of severance pay and end his employment by the city on April 3. That amount would be just over $22,000, according to the severance agreement.

The issue between Allers and Mayor Jo Ann Graves has been simmering for years and includes Allers' run at a state Senate seat as a Republican a seat which Graves, a Democrat, once held.

After Allers was hired, the two had several run-ins.

The most recent conflict between the two revolved around accusations that an unqualified person performed codes inspections, an allegation which Allers disputes.

Allers has been on sick leave since late last year due to having a bone graft taken from his knee and placed into his ankle, which required two four-inch screws surgically put into his foot.

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Commission approves $36 million in bonds

By CODI KIRK
The Gallatin News

Two resolutions authorizing the issuance in total of over $36.2 million in general obligation school and public improvement bonds were approved by Sumner County Commissioners at the March 18 meeting.

The first resolution for $6.1 million to be used for capital improvements at the Sumner County jail passed unanimously with no discussion.

Any funds not used under this bond issuance may be reallocated toward school projects.

The second resolution was a combined package specifying $25 million toward school capital projects.

The other $5.1 million is designated for county projects but can also be used for school projects, stated County Law Director, Leah May Dennen.

A motion for amendment was made by District 9 Commissioner Chris Hughes for total exclusion of any bond funds to be used toward sports or athletic facilities or improvements of any kind.

Nothing can be used for athletics, gyms, tracks, fields, whatever, from this bond, specified Hughes.

The motion was seconded by District 3 Commissioner David Satterfield.

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Red Cross needs local volunteers for Blood Drives

When you become an American Red Cross volunteer, you become part of a group of people who truly make a difference in the lives of their fellow Americans. The Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region is in need of volunteers who will help us in our life-saving mission.

Did you know each year the American Red Cross collects more than six million units of blood from roughly 3.5 million volunteer donors? By volunteering time with your local Red Cross, youwill help save lives by contributing to your community's blood supply and you will be able to take pride in the fact you are part of a 131-year-old tradition.

The American Red Cross provides the fabric that enables ordinary individuals to perform extraordinary services. Volunteers constitute 96 percentof the total workforce to carry out our humanitarian work.

We have volunteer opportunities available for you, your family and friends. Whether you need community service hours for school, are retired and looking for ways to help your community, currently unemployed and looking to give back and build your resume, there is something for everyone.

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Habitat for Humanity sets move to new ReStore this weekend

By CODI KIRK
The Gallatin News

Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County is moving their ReStore into its newly constructed facility this weekend and they need the community's help.

The new location is at 327 Sumner Hall Drive in Gallatin which is directly behind the existing store at 670 Nashville Pike.

With two five-hour sessions each day the move will take place beginning Friday, March 22 through Monday, March 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a meal provided for each session.

They are hoping to have a moving crew of at least 40 volunteers per session that will aid in everything from serving meals and filling boxes to loading and unloading boxes and larger items.

All physical abilities are needed. Volunteers must be age 16 or older and will be required to complete a waiver upon arrival.

Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County TN, Inc. began in 1993 as a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry helping to make the dream of home ownership a reality for those less fortunate.

In 1995, the first house was built on Long Hollow Pike in Gallatin and was completed for Christmas. Since then 26 houses have been completed and families moved in.

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Codes Director Allers suspended by Mayor

By JOSH NELSON
The Gallatin News

Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves suspended city Planning and Codes Director Tony Allers last Tuesday after it was learned that he allegedly allowed an unqualified city employee to perform inspections.

The following statement from Graves was distributed to the media after last week's city council meeting, just before the council began to engage in budget hearings.

Effective today, I have placed Tony Allers on administrative leave pending an investigation into the inspection of homes done by a Codes employee who appears to have not been properly certified to perform the inspections.

(The employee in question was reportedly licensed to perform inspections on commercial buildings, but not residences).

During Mr. Allers administrative leave, Katherine Schoch and Addam McCormick will continue in their respective Council-confirmed duties of Interim Zoning Administrator and Interim Building Official. Additionally, Ms. Schoch remains the Assistant Director of Codes and Planning."

"It is my conclusion that this administrative leave is in the best interests of the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Gallatin, Tennessee."

"The administrative leave will continue until Mr. Allers is notified by my office of a change in his status."

Allers has not been working for several months due to an ankle surgery.

He has not been paid by the city since January.

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Commission approves funding for 13 new SROs

By CODI KIRK
The Gallatin News

Sumner County Commissioners approved a resolution requesting the allocation of $246,345 to fund the employment and training of 13 School Resource Officers at their March 18 meeting as the beginning part of a larger plan to place an SRO in every school and resolve safety issues for school children.

District 9 Commissioner Chris Hughes, moved for an amendment to fund all 38 SROs needed to place an officer at each Sumner County school for an amount of $720,085.

In response to the motion to amend, District 6 Commissioner Jim Vaughn expressed that the full intent of the Ad Hoc committee was to eventually place an officer in every school.

Vaughn went on to explain the logistical constraints that exist in hiring and training someone qualified as an SRO. Each candidate must undergo the hiring process, participate in field training provided by the Sumner County Sheriffs office and also complete the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy before they are certified to be an SRO.

We can hire as many people as you want to hire, but until the training can be completed they cant be deployed to any school, explained Vaughn.

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