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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

I am writing this letter, because I am confused on a couple of things. I try to stay out of people’s business and tend to my own, unless I am needed, but lately my feathers have been ruffled.

I overheard someone talking about getting an increase of $100 on their

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Coming Events

May 2

A Spring Craft and Gift Show will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Cornerstone General Baptist Church, 1415  E. Broadway, across from the Gallatin Country Club. For more information contact Tangi Leath at 644-5060 or 405-0876.

May 2

The Great American Clean Up is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to all residents within the city limits of Gallatin. Get rid of all your junk and debris in your garage, shed, or property at Southgate Center parking lot on South Water, or Gallatin Service Center at 641 Long Hollow Pike. No construction debris, brush or limbs, hazardous material, paint or concete will be accepted.Gallatin Cares will have a truck on site at Southgate Center for donations of good used clothing and household items and Firestone at 242 West Main Street will accept used motor oil, batteries and household items. This event is sponsored by Gallatin Public Works and Keep Gallatin Beautiful.

May 2

Shackle Island Tractors and Trucks Collectors Club, Inc. will host their Spring Show from 8 a.m. til 4 p.m. at the Long Hollow Jamboree at 3600 Long Hollow Pike in Goodlettsville. Admission is  $3 per person. Proceeds are donated to the Shackle Island Volunteer Fire Department. Call Gary Davis at 822-5504 or Ersel Thackston at 230-0353 or 812-8473 for more information.

May 2

Rehoboth United Methodist Church will host its 1st Annual ‘Bend-A-Roo’ Faith Fest Saturday, May 2nd at 4:30 p.m.. The event will feature great live music provided by the Rehoboth Praise Band, a fun list of activities, a delicious meal and a faith-filled message. Plan to bring a lawn chair and picnic blankets to enjoy this wonderful day of Faith in the Bend. Rehoboth United Methodist Church is located just off Gallatin Road at 2106 Cages Bend Road. Call the church office at 822-3966 or visit the website at www.rehobothgallatin.org for more information.

May 5

The Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main Street, will host the Middle Tennessee Children’s Choir at 6:00 p.m. for a 30 minute performance. The public is invited. For more information, please contact Alyson Haley, 330-5710, midtncc@comcast.net.

May 6

About Books will be reading the classic “Ramona” by Helen Hunt Jackson. The group will meet at the old UT Extension Office at 115A East Main.

May 7

The Sumner County Democratic Women will meet at Demo’s Restaurant in Hendersonville at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Jeanette Jackson at scdw_president@comcast.net.

May 8

Gallatin Arts Council will host Ferdinand the Bull,  a children’s ballet presented by the Nashville Ballet at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theater, 146 North Water, downtown. This Arts Link event is free and open to the public, sponsored in part by a grant from  the Community Foundation of Middle TN and the Tennessee Arts Commission. For more information go to www.GallatinArtsCouncil.org or call Sandra Jones at 452-9129.

May 8

Newly formed Scrabble Club will meet in the Conference Room of Gallatin Public Library  May 8 and May 22 from noon until 3 p.m. Everyone interested is welcome to join us irregardless of skill.  There are no fees. If you can bring a game board and tiles, please do so. Authority for words will be The Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary Fourth Edition.

May 11

Zion Upper Room Apostolic Faith Church will break ground on their new church building, during a ceremony at 10 a.m. RSVP to Sis. Kim Morgan at 452-5704. The location is North Blakemore Street.

May 15, 16

Gallatin Coin Show is from 9 to 5 at the Gallatin Civic Center. Call 519-7777 for more information.

May 16

The first annual stream clean up, sponsored by Gallatin and Sumner County Storm Water Group, Goodlettsville Public works and Keep Gallatin Beautiful, is from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are needed to help clean up Town Creek. Contact Zach Wilkinson, 451-5965 or KGB, 451-5092 for more information.

May 16

The Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park will be hosting a Bluegrass/Gospel Festival at the Pick Inn, 550 Zieglers Fort Rd from 1 to 8 p.m. This is a benefit event to raise funds for the Friends of Bledsoe Creek for activities and projects in your state park. Come and enjoy the music of Jesse McReynolds, Bo Bomar, Steve Austin and the Flat Broke Boys, Day Seven, a comtemporary Christian band and the famous Portland City Limits Band will also be performing during this event. The cost is $5.00 at the gate, 10 years and younger are free. Rough camping is available in campers only for $10. No tents. No water/electric/sewer available.  No coolers/alcohol permitted.


FYI


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


Ashley’s Place (Sumner Child Advocacy Center) is seeking donations for a 17 year old mother to be, who just found out she is seven months pregnant.  Call Amy or Laura at 451-2169.


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.  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.


Class Reunions


Gallatin High School Class of 1969 will host their reunion at Rose Mont June 13. Call Rhonda Fulkerson at 452-1206 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.


GHS class of 1949 will hold their 60th reunion Thursday, May 21 at Rose Mont. Call Tom Neal at 230-7585 if yu have not received an invitation.


The Gallatin High School graduating class of 1999 will host a 10 year reunion on July 18, at Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club. There will also be a family picnic on July 17,  at Triple Creek Park.  For more information please email, gallatin99@gmail.com.

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Three cases of swine flu identified in state
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Three cases of swine flu have been identified in Tennessee in Williamson County, Davidson County and Shelby County as of Thursday, April 30.

A press release from the Department of Health, states, “It’s important to note that more human cases of swine flu will be detected in Tennessee because of expanded testing and surveillance,” said State Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “People should be alert to developing news and information about this virus, but should not panic based on this probable case. The more you know, the more you can do to ensure your family’s health.”

With the death of a toddler in Texas Wednesday morning, the spread of the so-called swine influenza virus into the United States has now become a significant health issue. The toddler, who was 23 months old, was a native of Mexico visiting the United States with his family.

In a press release on the web site of the Tennessee Department of Public Health, Governor Phil Bredesen states, “The Tennessee Department of Health prepares continually and has a thorough plan in place to respond to a potential threat to public health in Tennessee. We are fortunate to have nationally-known medical experts who are trained to implement a state-level effort necessary to ensure health and well-being of Tennessee residents.”

In a media conference call Wednesday morning, Tim Jones, MD, a state medical epidemiologist for Tennessee’s Public Health Department, responded to inquiries about the spread of the swine influenza virus within the borders of Tennessee.

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Time will tell
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

In a special called meeting of the Budget Committee of the Sumner County Commission, the committee moved to recommend to the full County Commission on May 18, at its regular scheduled meeting, to reduce the monthly budget of the Emergency Management Services, the 911 provider for the county, by $27,000. Since the fiscal year ends June 30, that would mean that the reduction would be in effect for one month only.

Craig Garton, whose father required life-saving emergency services in March, presented the committee with a petition listing 550 signatures that protest the lowering of the EMS budget and possible lessening of services to the public.

“I beg you not to cut (the budget). I also beg you not to cut other essential services,” said Garton.

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Veer Left

Spouting Off


The Tea Party event that took place last week in Hendersonville was my first political protest.  I know my liberal creds are in question here, but it’s true.   The chill in the air didn’t stop the crowd from gathering to spout off about taxes (too high), the deficit (too big), the president (Obummer), and Congress (incompetent).  Not unexpected at an anti-government rally, certainly.  

What was unexpected was

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Obituaries

Harry William Person

was born April 21, 1925, at 519 South Water Street, Gallatin. He passed away on April 19, 2009 at Sumner Regional Medical Center Hospice Unit.  He is preceded in death by his father, mother and sister, Harry W. Person, Sr., Prudie Winchester Hitchcock Person, and Katherine Person. He is survived by several cousins, Elizabeth Smith, Peggy Collins, John Holmes Smith and their families, Dr. Joannie Bowles and family, Dorothy Person, Tony Person and family, Ed Person and family. He is also survived by two loving and faithful caregivers, Betty Hibdon and Steve Robinson. 

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Property appraisals a shock

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net

 

Homeowners across Sumner County are expressing shock after receiving their reappraisals from the County Assessor’s Office.

With the housing market in a severe slump, several people have told The Gallatin Newspaper that they “only wish” they could sell their house for the value their home has been reappraised.

County Assessor John Isbell said in a telephone interview this week

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

On behalf of Gallatin High School faculty and staff, I want to thank everyone who has helped our students be successful with the 2009 Interdisciplinary Project centered on Caring.  It is such a rewarding experience to watch our students bring in piles and piles of change for our annual

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Coming Events
April 25

The annual Sumner County Tour of Homes to benefit Cragfont is scheduled today. Seven homes and the First Presbyterian Church are included on the tour, along with five historic sites. A plant and bake sale will also be ongoing at Cragfont in CastalianSprings. Tickets may be purchased at Perkins Drug Store, Sumner CVB, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Rose Mont, Cragfont, Antiques on Main, J. Alexander Home, Green Bank (Gallatin and Hendersonville locations), and Sumner Academyolunteer State Bank (Hendersonville).Tickets are available through April 24 at $17 for adults and $3 for children. Prices will be $20 and $5 the day of the tour. The proceeds from the annual tour will be used for the maintenance and the preservation of the historic home.

April 25

Roberts Tabernacle Church is sponsoring a community outreach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free resume assistance, free car wash, free blood pressure checks, free yard sale, free oil changes for seniors and single moms, free food, free haircuts and fun activities for kids. For more information, call Karen Coley at 644-3824. Some services are by appointment only.

April 25

Westmoreland Ladies Auxiliary #9806 will host their annual indoor yard sale at the Westmoreland VFW Hall on Epperson Springs Road from 7 a.m. until ?   

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 for 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, 27, 28

Mt. Vernon UnitedMethodist Church in Bethpage is hosting a Spring Revival with Pastor Mike Potts, from Rehoboth United Methodist Church speaking Sunday at 4 p.m., Pastor Renee Franklin from Key-Stewart UMC at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Rev. Kathy Gaines of First UMC in Springfileld, will deliver the message, also at 7 p.m. For more information, call 888-2149.

April 26

Gallatin’s First Free Methodist Church will dedicate its new building addition  during morning worship beginning at 10:45 a.m. This project marks the church’s first additional construction with new facilities since it was first built in 1964. The Free Methodist Church is located at 568 N. Water Avenue.

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.

April 27

Learning Disabilities Association of Sumner County works to provide group support for individuals and their families who struggle with learning disabilities. A parent support meeting is at 6:30 p.m. with  guest speaker Tara Sweeten, Senior Psychological Exminer with the BABBCENTER as she answers questions regarding educational testing for children and adolescents.  Parents are encouraged to attend this informal question-and-answer session to ask general questions about testing and psychological issues that often accompany learning disabilities.  The meeting will be held in the conference room of Bob Parks Realty at 1417 Hunt Club Blvd, Gallatin. For more information contact Karen Miller at 452-3424 or ldasumner@earthlink.net or visit our website at www.learningdisabilities-sumner.org

April 27

The Hendersonville Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to Washington, D.C. May 13-17. The five day, four night trip includes: round trip transportation, four nights lodging, four breakfasts, two dinners, guided tours of D.C., all taxes and gratuities and is open to all ages. The cost is $475 based on double occupancy. A $50 deposit is due by April 27 and the balance by May 4. Call Frank at the senior center at 822-8758.

April 28

A beginning genealogy seminar titled “Researching for Confederate Ancestors” will be presented by Clark Chapter #13 United Daughters of the Confederacy in conjunction with Confederate History month. The seminar will be held at Trousdale Place, from 10:00 until 12:00.  The seminar is free but space is limited. To register for the seminar, call (615) 320-5250. Trousdale Place is located at 183 West Main Street.

April 28

The Gallatin Chapter of AARP will meet at 1:30 p.m. at Morningside Assisted Living on Hartsville with Linda Pitt as guest speaker. The subject is Identity  Theft. Call Harry Smith at 452-7040 for more information.

May 2

A Spring Craft and Gift Show will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Cornerstone General Baptist Church, 1415  E. Broadway, across from the Gallatin Country Club. For more information contact Tangi Leath at 644-5060 or 405-0876.

April 30, May 1

The Station Camp High School Theatre and Choral Depts will present the musical “Oliver!”  at 7:00 in the school auditorium. Tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, call the SCHS ARTS Hotline at 230-3185.

May 2

The Great American Clean Up is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to all residents within the city limits of Gallatin. Get rid of all your junk and debris in your garage, shed, or property at Southgate Center parking lot on South Water, or Gallatin Service Center at 641 Long Hollow Pike. No construction debris, brush or limbs, hazardous material, paint or concete will be accepted.Gallatin Cares will have a truck on site at Southgate Center for donations of good used clothing and household items and Firestone at 242 West Main Street will accept used motor oil, batteries and household items. This event is sponsored by Gallatin Public Works and Keep Gallatin Beautiful.

May 2

Shackle Island Tractors and Trucks Collectors Club, Inc. will host their Spring Show from 8 a.m. til 4 p.m. at the Long Hollow Jamboree at 3600 Long Hollow Pike in Goodlettsville. Admission is  $3 per person. Proceeds are donated to the Shackle Island Volunteer Fire Department. Call Gary Davis at 822-5504 or Ersel Thackston at 230-0353 or 812-8473 for more information.

May 8

Newly formed Scrabble Club will meet in the Conference Room of Gallatin Public Library  May 8 and May 22 from noon until 3 p.m.  Everyone interested is welcome to join us irregardless of skill.  There are no fees. If you can bring a game board and tiles, please do so. Authority for words will be The Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary Fourth Edition.

FYI


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


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.  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 Rhonda Fulkerson at 452-1206 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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Protecting childrentwo new bills will help

By Marjorie Lloyd

Two bills introduced by Representative Debra Maggart in the state House and Senator Diane Black in the Senate will have an impact on the protection of children across the state.


As a familiar supporter of the work that is accomplished by Ashley’s Place, the Sumner Child Advocacy Center for the 18th Judicial District, Rep. Maggart has been the guest speaker at the two annual pinwheel garden commemorations held at Young’s Nursery on Nashville Pike in April.

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Schools' custodial outsourcing no go

By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

In front of another audience-packed chamber, four custodial employees and two principals spoke to the Sumner County Board of Education at their regular monthly meeting, Tuesday, April 21, asserting their opposition to the Board’s consideration of outsourcing custodial services. 

Each was applauded by those attending the meeting.

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New bleachers for new Knox Doss Middle
By Marjorie Lloyd
marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Never underestimate the power of a cheerleader. In this case, the power of an ex-cheerleader.  Anyone familiar with the television show Heroes understands that well.

Beth Cox, representing District 4 on the Sumner County Board of Education, continues to demonstrate her strength of purpose, determination to conduct proper research rather than bargaining before voting on issues, and her loyalty to the constituents who elected her to the position.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

Attention all School Board Members.  I come to appeal to you one final time about the proposed name change for Knox Doss Middle School. I wish to speak to you, not about money, but about pride and history.

Many years ago a man poured his sweat, time and passion into the schools of Sumner County.  This man helped shape the schools we have today, he may have even taught you a thing or two. That man was Knox Doss.  

Now time has a way of

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Veer Left

Opposite Day

Tea Parties – Wake up and smell the coffee


Hendersonville City Hall was the site of a tax day Tea Party protest sponsored by local Republican groups yesterday. Since the publication deadline occurs prior to the actual event, I’ll stick to a few questions. What exactly is

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Obituaries

Douglas Harding Suddarth

age 87, of Gallatin passed away Sunday, April 12, 2009. Funeral service was Tuesday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Kenneth Woodall and Brother Johnny Meadors officiating. Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

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Mayor sides with Fire Chief over grievances

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


Mayor Jo Ann Graves issued a ruling Monday over the issue of grievances filed by two Gallatin firefighters against A Shift Captain Robert Richie.

Graves made two recommendations after reviewing the grievances.

First, she said that Robert Richie will remain as Shift Captain.

“He had Chief Billy Crook’s full support when Richie wrote his letter and he continues to have Chief Crook’s support,” Graves wrote.

Graves also

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No opposition voiced over city term limits proposal

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


A proposal to put term limits on the Mayor and City Council members appears it has a chance to pass.

Councilman John D. Alexander first suggested the term limits at the City Council meeting last week.

In an interview with The Gallatin Newspaper last week, Alexander said

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Down Town Merchants Denied Help

Downtown merchants denied help

By Josh Nelson
jngallatin@bellsouth.net

Downtown merchants say they are experiencing a large drop-off in customers due to the effects of the downtown revitalization in place.

Business owners that have spoken with The Gallatin Newspaper say their revenues per month have dropped approximately 30-40% since construction began.

As a result, efforts have been 

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Coming Events
April 18

The Gallatin Public Library will host Family Story and Craft Time at 10:30 a.m.. Publix will be here to demonstrate decorating techniques. The children can then practice on their own cookies or cupcakes!  Yum-Yum! For more information about Children’s Programs contact Anita Link, Children’s Librarian, at 452-1722.

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

Sign ups are due for a trip to Harrah’s in Metropolis, IL on April 30. The trip is sponsored by the Hendersonville Senior Center and costs $10, which includes transportation and a lunch certificate at Harrah’s. The bus will leave the Hendersonville Center at 9 a.m. and will return at approximately 6 p.m. Visit the center or call Frank at 822-8758 for more information.

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

The annual Sumner County Tour of Homes to benefit Cragfont is scheduled today. Seven homes and the First Presbyterian Church are included on the tour. A plant and bake sale will also be ongoing at Cragfont in CastalianSprings. Tickets may be purchased at Perkins Drug Store, Sumner CVB, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Rose Mont, Cragfont, Antiques on Main, J. Alexander Home, Green Bank (Gallatin and Hendersonville locations), and Sumner Academyolunteer State Bank (Hendersonville).Tickets are available through April 24 at $17 for adults and $3 for children. Prices will be $20 and $5 the day of the tour. The proceeds from the annual tour will be used for the maintenance and the preservation of the historic home.

April 25

Roberts Tabernacle Church is sponsoring a community outreach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free resume assistance, free car wash, free blood pressure checks, free yard sale, free oil changes for seniors and single moms, free food, free haircuts and fun activities for kids. For more information, call Karen Coley at 644-3824. Some services are by appointment only.    

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 for 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.

April 27

The Hendersonville Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to Washington, D.C. May 13-17. The five day, four night trip includes: round trip transportation, four nights lodging, four breakfasts, two dinners, guided tours of D.C., all taxes and gratuities and is open to all ages. The cost is $475 based on double occupancy. A $50 deposit is due by April 27 and the balance by May 4. Call Frank at the senior center at 822-8758.

April 28

A beginning genealogy seminar titled “Researching for Confederate Ancestors” will be presented by Clark Chapter #13 United Daughters of the Confederacy in conjunction with Confederate History month. The seminar will be held at Trousdale Place, from 10:00 until 12:00.  The seminar is free but space is limited. To register for the seminar, call (615) 320-5250. Trousdale Place is located at 183 West Main Street.

May 2

The Great American Clean Up is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to all residents within the city limits of Gallatin. Get rid of all your junk and debris in your garage, shed, or property at Southgate Center parking lot on South Water, or Gallatin Service Center at 641 Long Hollow Pike. No construction debris, brush or limbs, hazardous material, paint or concete will be accepted.Gallatin Cares will have a truck on site at Southgate Center for donations of good used clothing and household items and Firestone at 242 West Main Street will accept used motor oil, batteries and household items. This event is sponsored by Gallatin Public Works and Keep Gallatin Beautiful.

May 2

Shackle Island Collectors Club, Inc. will host their Spring Show from 8 a.m. til 4 p.m. at the Long Hollow Jamboree at 3600 Long Hollow Pike in Goodlettsville. Admission is  $3 per person. Proceeds are donated to the Shackle Island Volunteer Fire Department. Call Gary Davis at 822-5504 or Ersel Thackston at 230-0353 or 812-8473 for more information.

FYI


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


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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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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