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Bales burst into flames on Long Hollow

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

A flat bed trailer with 15 bales of hay caught fire late Tuesday morning near the intersection of Red River Road and Long Hollow Pike. Wayne Woodard, who was transporting the hay from a nearby farm to his farm near Westmoreland, was driving on Long Hollow Pike. After people waved at him to call his attention to the smoke coming from the stacked bales, Woodard pulled the trailer to the side of the road at the Mystik Service Station.

Sheriff Deputy Joe Matthews, who was also driving on Long Hollow Pike, stopped and went through the contents of three fire extinguishers after calling the Gallatin Fire Department.

I was just on patrol, said Deputy Matthews, I looked over and saw the smoke and saw him trying to put out what looked like a small fire. So I came over and checked with him, and it started spreading. I got out the fire gentlemen came over with fire extinguishers, and it didnt do any good. We had the fire department in route, but we had to do something.

Deputy Matthews backed his vehicle away from the trailer when the bales began to flame, and Woodard unhitched the truck from the trailer and moved it away.

The bales, which the driver stated were from last years crop, smoked and then briefly flamed but persisted in smoldering.

Woodard stated he had no idea how the fire started but estimated the value of the hay at $300.

Firefighters from the A shift at the Gallatin Fire Department first hosed the bales down and then climbed aboard the trailer to shove the bales onto the asphalt and spread them apart.

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October 22-31, 2010
October 22
Gallatin Public Library Lunch and Learn, “It’s for the Birds!” is from noon until 1 p.m. guest speaker, Mary Benson from Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, District II.
October 23
Sumner County Chapter NAACP Branch 41st annual Freedom Fund Banquet is at Gallatin City Hall at 6 p.m. in the dining room. Adult tickets are $35, youth $15.
October 23
Grace Baptist Church in Bethpage is having their Fall Fling and Open House from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The Bethpage and Westmoreland communities are invited for a Weiner Roast and Open House along with a Hayride for the kids (weather permitting) and fun for all ages!!!!  Grace Baptist is located at 410 Old Highwy 31 E. For more information, contact  Kim Brown at 452-2913 or 574-1237.
October 23
Trinity Lutheran Church, 720 Lock 4 Road hosts its third annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
October 23
West Eastland Church of Christ Clothing Giveaway is from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot. In case of bad weather it will be inside. For more information call 452-1429 or 452-8840.
October 24
The Youth & Young Adult Choir of Rome Missionary Baptist Church, 1277 Avondale Road is observing their annual choir anniversary at 2:30 p.m.
October 25
Women’s Council of Realtors presents Rally at the Alley, Bowling for a Cause. The event is at Strike and Spare Family Fun Center, Hendersonville from 6 to 9 p.m., includes three games and free shoes for $25. All entrants who raise $100 to support Humane Society of Sumner County, FreshStart Resourses and Habitat for Humanity will have their entry fee waived. For tickets call Tabatha Hull at 573-8287 or Cindy Bruno at 578-3073.
October 26
In observance of Disability Awareness Month, the pubic is invited to an open House at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center at 1019 Union School Road from 9 a.m. until noon. Call 451-5826 for more information.
October 26
Theresa Allan, Family & Consumer Sciences Educator of the University of Tennessee, will be sharing ways on how to keep our brain active and strong as we enter the “second half of life” at 10:00 a.m. This program will be held at the Grace Grove Senior Center, behind the Westmoreland United Methodist Church, 1101 Park Street, Westmoreland. For more information, please call the Extension office at 452-1423 or the Senior Center at 644-4043.
October 29
Elks Lodge October Bash starts at 2 p.m. Entertainment and activities include a Bluegrass Band, open mike, Karaokee, bake sale, food, and games. Bring your own chairs and musical instruments. All proceeds benefit Childrens’ Christmas. The lodge is located at 242 Airport Road. Call 451-4268 for more information.
October 29
The Gallatin Senior Citizens Center Halloween Party and Dance follows a potluck dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume.
October 30
Liberty UMC annual chili cook-off and fall festival is 12-5 p.m. with games and activities for all ages. The event is at the Liberty Community Center on Liberty Lane, off Red River Road.  Bring your best chili for judging! Donations will be accepted.
October 30
College Heights Baptist Church is hosting a free Community Fall Festival  noon until 4 p.m.  Children and their families can enjoy playing on large inflatable bouncers, taking a pony cart ride, going head-to head with the mechanical bull, hopping on a hayride, face-painting or playtime in the Preschool Patch.  Free hot dogs/chips/drinks and candy will be available. CHBC is located at 2100 Nashville Pike, between Gallatin and Hendersonville.  Call 452-4952 for information.
October 31
The Berean Baptist Church is sponsoring “Trunk or Treat”, 6 - 8 p.m. in the Seventh Day Adventist parking lot located at 873 Hartsville Pike.

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Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center has started Social Skills Classes for special  needs children with any challenge. Teen social skills meet Mondays at 4 pm; pre-school social skills meet Tuesdays at 3 p.m. and Elementary school social skills meets Thursdays at 4 p.m. Classes are $15 per session. Please call 206-1176 for sign ups. Special sports soccer and field hockey meet every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at 185 West Franklin Street.
A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at The Blackeyed Pea restaurant in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to pack out food at Gallatin Meals on Wheels site. M-F, 8:30-10:30 a.m. One day per week or more. Must pass background check. Call 504-4173 for more information or to apply.

The Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., will offer Bingo! in the library, meeting rooms  on Wednesday afternoons during the month of October, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Bingo! is open to the public and for all ages. For more information, please call the library at 452-1722.
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October 14, 2010
Dorothy D. Smith
age 83, of Gallatin, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2010. Funeral service was Saturday, October 9 at 11:00 a.m. at Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church with Reverend Gene Martino officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. She was born in Gallatin, on February 16, 1927, daughter of the late Arthur and Laura Wallace Daughtry. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, A.C. Smith  a daughter, Linda Langford and eight brothers and sisters. She is survived by two daughters, Betty Brown and Judy Coley, both Gallatin; five grandchildren, Charlotte Soporowski and Leo, Rusty Brown and Dora, Jennifer Shelton, Matthew Coley and Ashley and Chris Langford and Kristen and eight great grandchildren, Hunter Willbanks, Michaela Willbanks, Joey Soporowski, Jake Soporowski, Brooklyn Brown, Stuart Brown, Hayliegh Shelton and Ryleigh Langford.  Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
George Henry Vaughn
age 71, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, October 9, 2010. Funeral service was Tuesday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Andy Stephens officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. He was born in Gallatin, son of the late Malcolm B. Vaughn and Mildred Keith Vaughn. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Murphy and Frances Chandler. He is survived by his wife, Linda Chandler Vaughn; two sons, George Henry Vaughn, Jr. and wife Kimberly of Haughton, LA and Paul Evan Vaughn of Gallatin; daughter Georgia Redmond of Gallatin; two brothers, David L. Vaughn and wife Christina of Gallatin and Harvey Thaxton and wife Connie also of Gallatin; two sisters, Maxine Rather and husband M.C. of Mt. Juliet, and Mary Jackson and husband Edward of Gallatin; three grandchildren, Kristen Hudson and husband Mark of Hartsville, Aaron and Jeremy Vaughn of Haughton, LA and two great grandchildren Brooklyn Newman and Maison Hudson. Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Louis Webster Allen
age 89, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, October 11, 2010.  Funeral service is Friday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Jerry Boze officiating.  Burial will follow in Crestview Memorial Park with Van Martin, Stuart Lindsay, David Martin, Jonathan Biggs, John Martin and Larry Jones serving as pallbearers. Visitation is today, Thursday, October 14, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. until time of service. He was born in Smith County,  son of the late Robert Lee Allen, Sr. and Parrie Lee Brooks Allen. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Andrews Allen, who passed away August 9, 2009, son Robert Louis Allen, and siblings, Elmer Allen, Carl Allen, Robert Allen, Jr., Littie Allen, Delia Allen, Frank Allen, Ruth Allen and Olene Bush. He served in the US Navy during WWII and retired from TVA. He is survived by two daughters, Regina Allen Martin and husband Van of Knoxville and Renee Allen Biggs-Lindsay and husband Stuart of Gallatin; 10 grandchildren, Laura Shannon, Sarah Martin, David Martin and wife Rachel, John Martin, Jenny Biggs, Jonathan Biggs, Robert Allen, Christopher Allen, Dustin Allen and Nicole Allen and three great grandchildren, Gabriel and Eva Shannon and Jackieann Denise Allen. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to West End Missionary Church, 440 West Main Street Gallatin, TN 37066 or Tennessee Kidney Foundation, 2120 Crestmoor Road, Nashville TN  37215-2613.  Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Russell Forrest Riddick

age 92, of Gallatin, died October 1, 2010. Memorial services were October 3 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was born in Crockett County, son of the late Peter T. and Gertrude Robertson Riddick. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Stavely Riddick and daughter, Alice Carol Riddick. He is survived by sons, Tony (Carol) Riddick of New York and Douglas (Harriette) Riddick of Texas; daughters, Joyce (James) Cole of Gallatin and Judy (James) Baird of Atoka, TN; nine grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Family Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
William Bryant Shoulders, Jr.
better known as “Pops”,  age 79, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, October 8, 2010. Funeral service was 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 11, from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with Daniel Puller, Joe Shoulders, Richard Fuhr, Zach Swinney, Jerry Wallace and Dell House serving as pallbearers. He was born in Smith County, son of the late William Bryant Shoulders, Sr. and Virgie Bulah Sircy Shoulders. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Claude Ottes Shoulders and Ernest Henry Shoulders, and Lukie Bea Shoulders and sister Sallie Marrietta Shoulders Dias. He is survived by three sons, Joe Dale Shoulders and wife Rhonda of Gallatin, Neal Bryant Shoulders of Nashville, and James Edward Shoulders and wife Jessica of Watertown; one daughter Daphne Alana House and husband Dell of Cullman, AL; one brother Hugh Francis Shoulders of Cato, TN; five grandchildren, Melody Nicole Shoulders, James Ethan Shoulders, Rachael Wallace, Brittany Wallace and Jerry Wallace and special friends Bonnie and Richard Fuhr of Cottontown. Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Mildred Gregory Zuerlein
age 77, of Gallatin passed away Saturday, October 2, 2010. Funeral service was Tuesday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Steven Nelson officiating. Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Michael McCormick, Jason McCormick, Charlie Allen, Jason Doss, Jimmy Caldwell and Jimmy Caldwell, Jr. serving as pallbearers. She was born in Gallatin. She was the owner of Mildred’s New & Used Furniture on the Square for many years. She is preceded in death by her father, Howard Gregory, one son Eddie Anderson, two husbands, Bill Anderson and James Zuerlein, two brothers, Roy Gregory and Bill Gregory and three great grandchildren.  She is survived by her mother, Bertha Gregory of Gallatin; one son Gregory Thomas Anderson and wife Judy of Gallatin; three daughters:, Melva Elaine Anderson of Knoxville, Debra Stewart and husband Butch of Goodlettsville and Juanita Faye Allen and husband Jimmy of Gallatin; four brothers, Wallace Gregory and wife Frances of Gallatin, James Gregory and wife Helen of Portland and Steve Gregory and wife Uteva of Gallatin and  Buford Gregory and wife Betty of Gallatin; one sister Faye Caldwell and husband Jimmy of Gallatin and sister-in-law, Pauline Gregory also of Gallatin; nine grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
E. Lorraine “Rainy” Hunt
age 81, of Bowling Green, passed away Monday, October 4, 2010. A memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, October 16 at J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel. Visitation is 10 a.m. until time of service. Survivors include sons, Jack Hagen and wife Victoria of Gallatin, David Hunt and wife Sara, of Bowling Green; daughter, Jill Hunt Lovett and husband, Ricky of Murray, KY; brother, Floyd McCain of Lake Placid, FL; grandchildren, Karie Hagen Thornton and husband, Chris of Paducah, KY, Roy Hagan of Gallatin, Jacob and Rachel Hunt of Bowling Green; nieces and nephews, John Maget and wife Pam of Julian, NC, Maggie Grabel and husband Keith of Scotch Plains, NJ and their children, Michael and Megan and Elizabeth Lubin and husband Clifford of East Brunswick, NJ and their children Meredith and Jeffrey. Special recognition goes to her niece Jan Hunt Shepherd and daughter Summer and former sister-in-law Judy Hunt for their unselfish and unfailing care and concern and support. Online condolences may be sent to jckirbyandson.com. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Bowling Green Warren County Animal Adoption Center, 1925 Old Louisville Road,  Bowling Green, KY 42101. Mrs. Hunt was a loving and caring mother and will be greatly missed. She had an unwavering love for the Jersey shore and a profound love for animals. She was cherished by all who knew her.
Anna Ruth Dishman
age 68, of Bethpage, passed away Thursday, October 7 at her home. Funeral service was Sunday, October 10 at Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland with Brother Doyle Farris officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens. Jason Pryor, Steven Sexton, Cody Bohanan, Tim Oldham, Doug Stafford and Troy Mouser served as pallbearers.Eddie Sexton and Chad Simons were alternate pallbearers.  Mrs. Dishman is survived by a daughter, Lucy Marie Sexton of Bethpage; step children, Michael W. Dishman of Nashville, Larry N. Dishman of LaVergne, Christy K. Bohanon of Nashville; sister, Wanda G Oldham of Bethpage; brothers, Mabrey Tayse of Wisconsin and Sonny Tayse of Gallatin; grandchildren, Amber Sexton, Steven Sexton, Trina Sexton, Cody  Bohanon, Charleen Dishman and Eric Dishman and two great grandchildren. She was preced is death by her parents, Milton L. and Delilah Mayberry Tayse, husband, Charles E. Dishman, son, John B. Dishman, brothers, Carrol, Frank, James and Ed Tayse, sisters, Zephine Yates, Margaret Mouser, Ruby Stafford Mable Pryor and Janie Stafford. Mrs. Dishman was a member of Hartsville Pike Church of Christ.
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Early voting

Early voting began October 13 and continues through October 28. The precincts are open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The first reports, as of October 14, from the Sumner County Election Commission state that 1,476 people have voted at the polls, and 172 have voted through the mail.

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Wear your red ribbons, Oct. 25-29

Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition's annual Red Ribbon Week and Drug Free Workplace emphasis begin October 25. Members of the community can show their support for the non-profit's efforts to help communicate safe education of children and young people about addictions and the effects of inappropriate and illegal drug use by sporting a red ribbon the entire week.

 

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Durham's new book focuses on sports club

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

They to came to Sumner County from all over the world in 1930 and 1931the finest horses that money could breed or buy, sought out for their strength and endurance, to run the course known as the Grasslands Downs, located near the present Volunteer State Community College.

The Southern Grasslands Hunt and Racing Foundation was a private club with a $10,000 membership fee and monthly dues of $500. With family names like Vanderbilt, Whitney, du Pont and Mellon, the members and their guests gathered for one spectacular time each year for two years, arriving mostly by private train cars that were sidetracked on property nearby, or as in one mans case, an amphibious aircraft that landed on the Cumberland River, where he was met by a boat that ferried him to land.

The local merchants that supplied food and a few other necessities were, unfortunately, later left holding worthless credit accounts when the impact of the Great Depression eroded the lifestyles and financial holdings of many of these people.

Those who came partied for several days, participating in foxhunts on the 28 square miles of land owned by the club and match-up races where one horse would be pitted against one other, pigeon shoots and other games.

All the festivities led up to the grand party the night before the big race.

Fairview (later renamed Fairvue by Will and Ellen Wemyss) would be turned into a fantasy, as the ballroom became the dance floor for a bal poudre, where the partygoers wore white-powdered wigs and elaborate costumes.

Most of the members of this private sporting group were outsiders from the East and Midwest. The only two from Middle Tennessee were John M. Branham from Gallatin, and, from Nashville, Rogers Caldwell.

But the Grasslands Downs Steeplechase race was the highlight, and it was the only international steeplechase race in the United States.

The story of this brief, glorious period in American steeplechase racing is the subject of Walter Durhams newest book entitled Grasslands. With research that has extended over years, Durham, Tennessees state historian, has compiled information from a variety of sources, gleaned step by step from libraries, court documents and recollections, among other resources.

But the personal reason Durham selected this topic for his research, after writing numerous, highly respected, books on Tennessee history and as well as articles, is that he, at seven years old, went with his father to the 1931 race.

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Mayorial candidates sprint for the last leg of the race

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Mayor Jo Ann Graves and a former Gallatin mayor, Don Wright, appear to be the front runners in the race for the mayors office, as the third candidate, Mark Suiter, chose not to appear at Tuesdays Chamber of Commerce luncheon where all three candidates were invited to answer questions submitted by Chamber members.

Graves has based her campaign on her first terms performance during which property taxes were reduced from $1.12 cents to 99 cents, government grants totaling more than $38 M were awarded to the city, and improvements in the quality of life were achieved with expansion of the industrial park, the revitalization of the downtown core commercial district, including the new Farmers Market, and improved transportation routes and expanded technological innovations at the citys offices, allowing developers to obtain permits and the public to make payments via the Internet.

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Cairo Road home burns, collapses

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

We were sitting in the living room, said Kayley Shuck, who was at home with her mother, Leighanne Prettyman, on Monday, October 11. Her nine-month-old son, Mason, was asleep in his room.

A neighbor knocked on the door.

David Stewart, who lives nearby, saw smoke and flames at the Prettyman home at 1801 Cairo Road. He had stopped and knocked to see if anyone was home.

David said the whole back of the house was in flames, and we didnt know it, said Kayley, who added that the smoke detector did not go off until the roof actually collapsed.

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Cairo road home destroyed

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

We were sitting in the living room, said Kayley Shuck, who was at home with her mother, Leighanne Prettyman, on Monday, October 11. Her nine-month-old son, Mason, was asleep in his room.

A neighbor knocked on the door.

David Stewart, who lives nearby, saw smoke and flames at the Prettyman home at 1801 Cairo Road. He had stopped and knocked to see if anyone was home.

David said the whole back of the house was in flames, and we didnt know it, said Kayley, who added that the smoke detector did not go off until the roof actually collapsed.

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October 15-26, 2010
October 15
Volunteer State College Foundation presents Harvest Moon Soiree, at Bluegrass Country Club beginning at  6 p.m. For more information contact Lori Johnson 230-3526 or lori.johnson@volstate.edu.
October 14, 15, 16
Fall Festival including huge yard sale and BBQ outside and inside at Safe Place for Animals, 1070 Old Hwy 109, 451-7342.
October 15, 16
Shackle Island Collectors Club annual Fall Harvest Show is 8 to 4 at Long Hollow Jamboree, in Goodlettsville. Call Gary Davis, 822-5504, Ersel Thackston, 206-1837 or 812-8473 for more information. Admission is $3 per person. There is a wide variety of entertainment. Proceeds benefit Shackle Island Volunteer Fire Department.
October 15, 16, 17
First Baptist Church, 290 East Winchester Street, will be celebrating its 9th year of spiritual unity with Pastor Derrick Jackson,  it is Friday night at 7 p.m. featuring “The Prodigal Son”, a play presented by the First Baptist Drama Ministry. Saturday night at 7 p.m. a musical concert will be held with special guest, Mr. Frederick Vaughn of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville. Then on Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. the Unity Day service begins. For more information, contact the church office by phone at 452-8189 or by email at chur413@bellsouth.net.
October 15
The Col. Jethro Sumner Chapter, D.A.R., will have a chapter meeting, 1:00 p.m., at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ. Dan Pomeroy, Chief Curator and Director of Collections for the Tennessee State Museum, will present a program on The Battle of King’s Mountain. Hostesses for the meeting will be Peggy Govan and Judy Wise. For more information, please call 596-2331.
October 16
Castalian Springs Community Club mega yard sale and silent auction (rain date October 23) is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The silent auction runs in two sessions, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and noon until 1:30 p.m. To rent a yard sale site call Gerald Brown at 452-4461 or Tom Ashton at 452-3196. The event is to raise funds to renovate the old school building.
October 16
Hank Thompson “Trek or Treat”, Thompson Plaza at the Streets of Indian Lake. Family Fun Run at 8am and Halloween Festival & Kids Zone 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  For more information: hankthompsontrekand treat.org.
October 16
The first annual Family 5k Walk/Run and Kids 1k sponsored by Girl’s Get’n Fit kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Gallatin Civic Center. Proceeds from the 5k Walk/Run and Kids 1k will benefit Ashley’s Place, the child advocacy center located in Gallatin.  
October 17
The Women’s Auxiliary of Rome Missionary Baptist Church, 1277 Avondale Road is sponsoring a skit entitled “Shouting John” at 2:30 p.m. in observance of their Women’s Day.
October 18
Be a part of a live studio audience hosted by Jason Crabb with Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, 33Miles and the Collingsworth Family. Doors open at 6 p.m. Events Begin at 7 p.m. 1500 Free Seats ~ 615-822-8333 at Trinity Music City, USA .
October 19
5-Week Community Grief Support Classes will be every Tuesday for five weeks, starting October 19, at Sumner Regional Medical Center, 10:00 a.m. – Monthaven Room or 6:30 p.m. – Cragfont Room. Classes will be led by Mr. Frank Conley, Ed.S., M.Div., a certified grief counselor specializing in the area of grief and loss, and are open to surrounding communities, as well as hospice families. During the five-week series, participants will learn about grief, loss and death, feelings associated with loss and death, stages of grief, rebuilding and making life adjustments and accepting a new sense of self.  Please call (615) 328-6690 to register.
October 22
Gallatin Public Library Lunch and Learn, “It’s for the Birds!” is from noon until 1 p.m. guest speaker, Mary Benson from Tnnessee Federation of Garden Clubs, District II.
October 23
Sumner County Chapter NAACP Branch 41st annual Freedom Fund Banquet is at Gallatin City Hall at 6 p.m. in the dining room. Adult tickets are $45, youth $15.
October 23
Trinity Lutheran Church, 720 Lock 4 Road hosts its third annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
October 23
West Eastland Church of Christ Clothing Giveaway is from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot. In case of bad weather it will be inside. For more information call 452-1429 or 452-8840.
October 24
The Youth & Young Adult Choir of Rome Missionary Baptist Church, 1277 Avondale Road is observing their annual choir anniversary at 2:30 p.m.
October 25
Women’s Council of Realtors presents Rally at the Alley, Bowling for a Cause. The event is at Strike and Spare Family Fun Center, Hendersonville from 6 to 9 p.m., includes three games and free shoes for $25. All entrants who raise $100 to support Humane Society of Sumner County, FreshStart Resourses and Habitat for Humanity will have their entry fee waived. For tickets call Tabatha Hull at 573-8287 or Cindy Bruno at 578-3073.
October 26
Theresa Allan, Family & Consumer Sciences Educator of the University of Tennessee, will be sharing ways on how to keep our brain active and strong as we enter the “second half of life” at 10:00 a.m. This program will be held at the Grace Grove Senior Center, behind the Westmoreland United Methodist Church, 1101 Park Street, Westmoreland. For more information, please call the Extension office at 452-1423 or the Senior Center at 644-4043.


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Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center has started Social Skills Classes for special  needs children with any challenge. Teen social skills meet Mondays at 4 pm; pre-school social skills meet Tuesdays at 3 p.m. and Elementary school social skills meets Thursdays at 4 p.m. Classes are $15 per session. Please call 206-1176 for sign ups. Special sports soccer and field hockey meet every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at 185 West Franklin Street.
A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at The Blackeyed Pea restaurant in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to pack out food at Gallatin Meals on Wheels site. M-F, 8:30-10:30 a.m. One day per week or more. Must pass background check. Call 504-4173 for more information or to apply.

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

October is National  Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and HomeSafe, the Domestic Violence program serving Sumner, Robertson and Wilson Counties invites you to stand together with us against domestic violence.  

Stand Together With HomeSafe, at Gallatin City Hall on Oct 12, at 5:45 p.m. will feature speakers from the judicial and law enforcement areas, music, and a candlelight ceremony to honor Sumner County Domestic Violence Homicide victims.

We invite you to stand with survivors and concerned community members and show all victims that domestic violence has no place in our community. Please join us at Gallatin City Hall, Oct. 12, at 5:45 pm.

For more information on what you can do to help HomeSafe please contact us at 615-452-5439.

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October 7, 2010
James Wright Troutt
age 74, of Bethpage, passed away Monday, October 4, from injuries due to an automobile accident.  Funeral service will be Friday, October 8, at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Dr. Tim Rayburn officiating. Burial will follow in Crestview Memorial Park with Jim Hilton, Henry Roberson, Tim Roberson, Barnell Roberson, Jackie Adams and David Sadler serving as pallbearers. Visitation is today, Thursday, October 7, 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday 12:00 p.m. until time of service. He was a lifetime resident of Bethpage, son of the late James Thomas Troutt and Norma Gertrude Perry Troutt. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sons, Wright Thomas Troutt and Tony James and three brothers, Henry, Sonny and Hazel Troutt. He is survived by his wife, Anita Troutt of Gallatin; two daughters, Teresa (Kevin) Smith of Hendersonville and Kimberly Conyer of Westmoreland; one son Jesse Conyer; two brothers, Donald (Louise) Troutt of Scottsville, KY, Buck (Ruth) Troutt of Gallatin; two sisters, Louise Thomas and Ted (Henry) Roberson all of Bethpage; two grandsons, Tony Troutt and Blake Conyer and two granddaughters, Dusty and Brooklyn Conyer.  Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Donald R. Tate
78, of Murfreesboro died Friday, October 1, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville after a short illness. Mr. Tate retired as co-owner of Tate’s Upholstery, which is still operated by his son James. He was a former director of the Radnor area Youth Hobby Shop, now known as Youth Improvement Services. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Before moving to Murfreesboro last year, he was a resident of the Christian Towers in Gallatin and active in the Gallatin Senior Center. Born in Jeffersonville, Ind., he and his late wife, Sharon Bauerla Tate, moved to Nashville in 1970 so their children could attend David Lipscomb elementary and high schools. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ermine and Mary Thelma Tate; brother, Charles Tate; sisters, Dorothy Tate Sampson and Deanna Tate Pendley. In April 2007, he married Edna Statts of Murfreesboro, who survives. Mr. Tate is also survived by sons, David D. (Juanita) Tate, James (Cecily) Tate, and Scott (Lisa) Tate of Winston-Salem, N.C.; daughters, Cheryl Tate Davis and Larry Dennis of Gallatin and Mindy Tate and Mike Thompson of Franklin; grandsons, Josh Tate of Nashville and Jonah Tate of Winston-Salem; brothers, Bob (Louise) Tate and Marion (Peggy) Tate, all of Jeffersonville, Ind.; brother-in-law, Phocian Sampson of Nashville; stepdaughter, Beth (Chuck) Wilson; stepgrandchildren, Christopher Wilson, Austin Davila and Marleé Wilson; step great grandchild, Bradon Davila; a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; and the couple’s dog, Benji. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 9, 2010, at Gallatin Senior Center with a memorial service with Pastor Rich Gipson and Phil Boeing officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Gallatin Senior Center, 200 E. Franklin St., Gallatin, TN 37066, or Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203, or a charity of your choice.
Russell Forrest Riddick
age 92, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, October 1, 2010.  Memorial service was Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 p.m. from Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Mr. Riddick is preceded in death by his parents, Peter T. Riddick and Gertrude Robertson Riddick and his wife Louise Stanley Riddick.  He is survived by two sons, Tony Riddick and wife Carol of New York and Douglas Riddick and wife Harriett of Texas; three daughters, Joyce Cole and husband James of Gallatin, Judy Baird and husband James of Otoka, TN and Alice Carol Riddick also of Otoka, TN; nine grandchildren; four step grandchildren; six great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Family Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com
Mildred Gregory Zuerlein
age 77, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, October 2, 2010. Funeral service was Tuesday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Steven Nelson officiating. Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Michael McCormick, Jason McCormick, Charlie Allen and Jason Doss serving as pallbearers. She was born in Gallatin. She was the owner of Mildred’s New & Used Furniture on the Square for many years. She is preceded in death by her father, Howard Gregory, one son Eddie Anderson, two husbands, Bill Anderson and James Zuerlein, two brothers, Roy Gregory and Bill Gregory and three great grandchildren.  She is survived by her mother, Bertha Gregory of Gallatin; one son Gregory Thomas Anderson and wife Judy of Gallatin; three daughters, Melva Elaine Anderson of Knoxville, Debra Stewart and husband Butch of Goodlettsville and Juanita Faye Allen and husband Jimmy of Gallatin; three brothers, Wallace Gregory and wife Francis of Castalian Springs, James Gregory and wife Helen of Portland and Steve Gregory and wife Uteva of Gallatin and one sister Faye Caldwell and husband Jimmy of Gallatin, and sister-in-law, Paula Gregory also of Gallatin; nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
James H. Jones
age 82, of Hendersonville, passed away Thursday, September 30, 2010. Graveside service was  Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 p.m., from Old Brush Chapel Cemetery with Brother Ferrell Haile officiating. Burial followed in the cemetery with David Leath, Dwight Leath, Mark Brown, Jordan Mott, Jim Flynn and Johnny Jones serving as pallbearers. Mr. Jones was born in Whitleyville, TN, son of the late John Henry and Myrtle Heady Jones. He is survived by his wife, Nadine Jones of Hendersonville; son Terry Alan Jones of Hendersonville; daughter Carol Beth Hamilton and husband John of Portland; brother, Ward Jones and wife Joyce of Russellville, KY; sister, Joyce Leath of Portland; two grandchildren, Amy Hamilton Mott and husband Jordan of Nashville and Julia Hamilton of Mt. Juliet. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Elma McCullough
age 95, passed away at her home in Gallatin, on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens on Highway 109 in Gallatin. Funeral services and interment will also take place at Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens with funeral services beginning at 2:00 p.m. after visitation and interment directly following the funeral. Elma was born to Bud and Arlie Law on July 9, 1915 in Westmoreland. Raised in Portland, she married and is preceded in death by pharmacist and former First Independent Bank member Raymond A. McCullough. She is survived by two daughters, Camilla McCullough Lawson and Ramona Bowles; five grandchildren Ray Lawson, Jay Lawson, Gray Lawson, Christie Bowles Lou and Teresa Bowles and five great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens.
Patricia Carolyn Scott
age 84, of Hendersonville, passed away at Hendersonville Medical Center, Tuesday, October 5, 2010. Mrs. Scott was cremated and the family will have a private memorial service. She was born December 12, 1925, in Riverhead Long Island Jamaica, NY, daughter of the late James and Rose Bella Warren. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph J. Scott and three brothers, James, George and Arthur Warren. She resided in Brooklyn,  NY before moving to Kendall Park, NJ and has been a resident of Hendersonville since 1986. She is survived by her children, Jacqueline A. Simbala and husband,  Kenneth of Delray, FL, son, Arthur W. Scott and wife Natalia of Kendall Park, NJ, and  daughter, Janet McDonough of Hendersonville; four granddaughters, Jennifer Jameson of Lake Worth, FL, Catherine Langman of Fairfax, VA, Patricia Hawkes of Westmoreland and Tammy Thurston of White House and five great grandchildren, Justin and Heather of Westmoreland and Aleczander, Zachery and Madeline of White House.  Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
David Eugene Haley, Sr.
August 29, 1938 to September 30, 2010, passed  away from complications from congestive heart failure. He was born in Delton, MI and graduated from Lakeview High School in 1957 in Battle Creek, MI. He lived around Battle Creek for many years before, moved to California for many years and has lived in Gallatin for the last 14 years. He was preceded in death by his parents. Alden W. Haley and Minnie B. Haley (Oliver). He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara J. Haley (Lutz); one sister, Shirley Erskine and husband Gary of Battle Creek, MI; three sons David E. Haley, Jr. and wife Karen, of Montclair, CA, Jefferson L. Haley and wife Dawn of Castalian Springs and Eric Haley and wife Thresa of Clarksville; one daughter, Julie A. McDaniel and husband Pat of Gallatin; 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was in the USMC and later was in the Army National Guard, was a volunteer firefighter in  Climax, MI. He worked as a master mechanic on forklifts for many years and worked in the experimental department at Clark Equipment in Battle Creek, until it closed in the early 70’s. Mr. Haley enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with his family and until his health would not allow it, spent his weekends going to yard sales buying stuffed animals to donate to the police and fire departments to give to children in crisis.
Pedro Mejia Mejia
age 54, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2010.  Funeral  service will be Friday, October 8, at 11:30 a.m. from St John Vianney Catholic Church with Father Fernando Lopez officiating. Burial will be in Memtlo Cemetery at Oakland. Visitation is today, Thursday October 7, at 1995 Highway 25 at Oakland, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  He was born in El Llanito, GTD, Mexico, May 19, 1956. He is preceded in death by his parents, Epifocnio  and Anoc Mejia. He is survived by his wife Maria Mejia and three sons, Carlos Mejia, Emeterio Mejia, Ernesto Mejia all of Gallatin and one daughter Maria Mejia Diaz of Mexico and three grandchildren. Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com
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Mayberry announces for citys councilman-at-large

Born and raised in Gallatin, I am proud of our community! I graduated from Gallatin High School and attended Volunteer State Community College, where I was its first Student Government President. I went on to attend and graduate from Middle Tennessee State University and then the School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

In 1973, I married Betty Pate Mayberry, who has been a high school math teacher in Sumner County for 35 years.

All of the above was a long time ago!  But I learned something then that carries on into today–an involved and informed citizen makes a good worker, a good councilman and a great community.

I am excited to be running again for the position of Councilman-At-Large.  This position carries the responsibility of representing the entire city.  As former President and CEO of First Independent Bank in Gallatin and now Regional Executive of GreenBank in Sumner County. I am involved in the community every day and have served in various ways over the years to help improve our quality of life in Gallatin.

Gallatin is growing: We can either fight it or guide it.  I believe we can guide it through experienced leadership, community involvement, a willingness to meet challenges and vision through wisdom.

It is vitally important that our council continue to improve planning and zoning codes through unified support and find common ground in order for the Gallatin community to grow fairly and equitably for all citizens.

To live, work and shop in our own community, to offer more higher-paying jobs, to provide a safe and progressive community where our educated youth will want to remain to carry on this on-going process with new vision–these are the dynamics that make a community great.

With your help and support, as your Councilman-At-Large, I will continue to effectively work to develop sound, safe, strategic planning necessary for positive and progressive growth for Gallatin.

I ask and thank you for your support.

Don’t forget, early voting begins October 13th and election day is November 2nd.

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McDonald announces candidacy for State Representative

Mike McDonald announced today that he is a candidate for State Representative from the 44th District, which is part of Sumner County.  “I believe hard work and determination produce results,” McDonald said.  “I plan to work just as hard in the future as I have in the past.”

During his service to Sumner County, McDonald has hosted hundreds of community meetings to stay in touch with the people of the 44th District.  “I am committed to listening to the people I represent,” McDonald said.  “My community meetings are opportunities to visit with my neighbors and to listen as they share their concerns or problems.  I thoroughly enjoy helping people when I can,” McDonald said.  “I pledge to continue to listen, be available and accessible, work hard and serve the people of the 44th District as effectively as possible,” McDonald said.

McDonald has supported and promoted new state highway projects for Sumner County. He fought for the new four-lane SR 109 between Gallatin and Portland. This year McDonald secured TDOT funding for a 109 Bypass for Portland and a new I-65 interchange.

McDonald taught communications at Volunteer State Community College and received VSCC’s “Outstanding Faculty Award” for teaching excellence, professional development, college service, and community service.  He is a member of the Gallatin, Portland, Westmoreland, and White House Chambers of Commerce.  He is a member of the Sumner County Farm Bureau, a member of the Sumner County Historical Society, a member of the Sumner County Museum Association, a member of the Bledsoe’s Lick Historical Association and a board member of Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park.  McDonald earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from David Lipscomb College and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois.

Mike is married to Mila Ezell McDonald.  Mike and Mila have two married children and four grandchildren. The McDonalds live and work on the family farm in the heart of the 44th District.  The McDonalds worship with the Portland Church of Christ.

“I look forward to continuing my service to the people of the 44th District,” McDonald said.  “I respectfully ask you to vote for Mike McDonald for State Representative during early voting October 13 – October 28 or on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2.  Thank you for your support and your vote.” Mike’s website is www.MikeMcDonald2010.com.

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Company seeks Sumner franchisees

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

Mark Williams, who describes himself as a Middle Tennessee native because he has lived in most areas of this part of the state from childhood to adulthood, is offering an opportunity to people in Sumner County interested in participating in a remodeling franchise.

I actually grew up in Middle Tennessee, said Williams in a recent interview. My father was a minister.  When I went to college I never intended to be a contractor. I lived all over Middle Tennessee when I was growing up. I attended Oakland High School (in Murfreesboro) and Middle Tennessee State University.

Williams began what would later develop into his career as a student during the summers.

Over the summers, I started cleaning windows and doing various odd jobs. People kept saying, Well, Mark, can you do this, can you do that? And I said sure. And if I couldnt do it, I would find somebody that could.

By the time he reached his senior year, the successful entrepreneur developed his own business plane.

When I graduated, I started a business from window cleaning to lawn care, landscaping, about 13 different services were offered. Over the years, we became more specialized in remodeling, construction, and home improvement type things. In the 90s, we got our contractors license and became Remodeling Services Unlimited, which is where the RSU contractors name comes from. We took our brand, modified what we had been using.

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Man on train track survives accident

By Marjorie Lloyd

A 33-year-old white male, identified as Joseph Cupit, was struck by a CSX freight train on tracks near Tulip Poplar Drive, at approximately 9 p.m. on Monday, October 4. He was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, and, as of press deadline, is listed in stable condition.

We still dont know what he was doing on the tracks, said Gallatin Police Departments Lt. Kate Novitsky.

According to Lt. Novitsky, there is no current address record available for Cupit.

The last contact we had with him he said he was homeless, she stated.

Accidents involving people and trains in the Gallatin area occur infrequently, Lt. Novitsky noted.

We get one every few years, she said.

The accident is still under investigation.

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Sumner Veterans Park to be expanded and re-dedicated

Barry Rice, President of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 240, announces that the Chapter will dedicate the Wall of Honor extension at the Sumner County Veterans Park on October 9, 2010. The Wall of Honor is located behind the Sumner County Administration Building on Belvedere Drive, Gallatin, TN.  The dedication will begin at 11:00 a.m. and a lunch will be available following the ceremony.  State Senator Diane Black, member of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America and spouse of Vietnam Veteran David Black, will be the keynote speaker.  Anthony Holt, Sumner County Executive, and Mr. Rice, will also speak.

The Wall of Honor is comprised of bricks inscribed with names of veterans from Sumner County and Tennessee.  The extension will provide additional space for veterans to display their service to our country or for family members to honor their hero who has honorably served, or is currently serving, in the United States Armed Forces.

There will also be a ground breaking ceremony to commemorate two new additions to the park.  The first will be a sidewalk of paver stones.  There will be an elevated planter, encompassing the seven flag poles, with the top of the planter inscribed with “Supporters of Sumner County Veterans”, and faced with engraved supporter’s bricks   Members of the public can donate to display their support for veterans and active duty military by having their business or individual names inscribed on a paver in the sidewalk.  Businesses or individuals may also have their names inscribed on a planter brick for a donation of $100.  Applications for Hero Bricks, Donor Bricks and Pavers will be available at the dedication or by calling Ernie Grinder (615) 491-1224, Alice Bachman (615) 513-4156, or Don Floyd (615) 415-5290.

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Hayes makes re-election bid

I, Craig Hayes, do hereby announce my candidacy for the 4th District City Council Seat on the November 2nd City Election. My strong commitment for providing the citizens of the 4th District and the City of Gallatin with quality leadership and responsible growth is shown by my commitment of the City Council for the past 14 years.

As a 45 year resident of Sumner County, I am aware that Gallatin is a city with tremendous potential, a community striving for excellence and a great place to live and raise a family. We have many assets and I want to be involved in making the most of them. That is why I am asking to continue representing the 4th District on the City Council.

For the past 14 years, I have listened, learned and worked hard to build consensus so as to improve our city. That is what public service is about. Members of the council and I have worked hard to make valuable improvements but there is still much work to do and I am eager to continue working for the 4th District and the City of Gallatin.

While serving on the council, I have been committed and voted in support of improving the quality of life for residents. I and the other members of council have worked to complete the GreenLea extension, Big Station Camp Road improvements, purchase of the new Industrial Park and the downtown revitalization project, just to name a few. We completed all of these projects without a tax increase. That is the role of Government. These projects help and make our city attractive for businesses. Having these projects in place makes our city ready when the economy starts to turn.

I have two children, Austin Hayes and Ashley Hayes. I am a member of the Gallatin Lions Club, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce and the Gallatin First United Methodist Church.

If re-elected, I plan to focus on planning and zoning, infrastructure and the economic development of Gallatin. These issues are crucial to the responsible, long term growth of the city. We need to continue with a plan in place that provides opportunity for growth while simultaneously protecting the interests of existing property owners.

I have enjoyed serving as the representative for the residents and business owners of the 4th District and I ask for your vote on November 2, 2010.

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Murder suspect set free

By Chris Lynn
chris@thegallatinnews.com

Nearly two months ago, on August 12 at 3 p.m. the Gallatin Police Department responded to an assault call at 721 Lincoln Street, and what they found rocked several officers to the core.

Lydia Gutierrez, a 27 year old Hispanic female, was found lying face down in a pool of blood in the living room by her eight year old son as he arrived home from school.

Her son gathered his other two brothers, who were both under the age of two and a half, and went to neighbors house to call the Gallatin Police Department.

Once the police entered the residence, they found Gutierrez had been stabbed multiple times in the neck, head, and upper torso, and within a few hours the police had a suspect.

Joshua Singletary, a 25-year-old white male, had gone to Hendersonville Medical Center to be treated for cuts to his left hand, left leg, and left foot, but was registered under his brothers name, Mark Singletary.

Joshua told police that he registered under his brothers name because he had an outstanding probation warrant, said Gallatin District Attorney Ray Whitley.

 

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October 7-16, 2010
October 7
The Epilepsy Foundation Middle and West Tennessee hosts a Sumner County epilepsy support group meeting in Gallatin from 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m. at Gallatin Public Library in Meeting Room 1, located at 123 East Main Street to discuss “Causes of Epilepsy.” The meeting will be led by the Epilepsy Foundation’s Patty St. Clair. Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no cost. For more information, call the Epilepsy Foundation at (615) 269-7091 or e-mail pstclair@epilepsytn.org.
October 8
First Ever VSCC Bluegrass Jam Session is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the carpeted dining area in Wood Campus Center, introducing Melissa Du Puy, coordinator of VSCC Bluegrass Program & Friends. Bring instruments(Fiddles, banjos. guitars, basses, dobros) to this jam. For more info contact: James Story 230-3216 or James.Story@volstate.edu
October 9
The Annual Arts & Crafts Festival at the Sudanese Presbyterian Church at 1115 Old Hwy 109 is from 9:30 to 5. For more information call 424-2914 or 451-4595. Booths may be rented for $35.
October 9
Benefit Men’s Softball Tournament will be at Westmoreland City Park, $125.00 a Team, Home Run Derby, $10.00- 10 pitches have to hit 7. Double Elimination, 1hr 15 mins. Run rule will apply. Six Home Run Limit. Call Kyla @ 633-8005 for more info. Proceeds from the tournament will help purchase softball  equipment for the Lady Eagles High School Softball Team.
October 10
Historic Cragfont, Inc. is hosting the annual fall picnic at the historic mansion in Castalian Springs starting at 1 p.m. Children’s activities will be provided. Meat and drink will be furnished. Bring a side dish and a friend. The picnic is open to the public.
October 10
Lambuth Memorial UMC  will host a “Blessing of the Animals” service to honor St. Francis of Assisi. It will be casual and will be held outdoors in a tent  at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 1042 Hartsville Pike. People are invited to bring their pets and critters to share in this celebration. All animals are required to be on a leash or in a kennel (or in a goldfish bowl). For more information call  452-3715.
October 10
Hymnspirational Worship Service is at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. with services in the Sanctuary at Gallatin First United Methodist Church at 149 West Main. Special guest musicians and the Chancel Choir will provide music.
October 11
The Chocolate and Wine Fantasy Event, sponsored by Candylicious and Mimi’s benefits Crohns Disease, is 6-8 p.m. at Mimi's Patio at Streets of Indian Lake. The event celebrates the magic that happens from the pairing of fine chocolates from Candylicious and fine wines from Mimi’s Wines
Tickets are $25.00 each and include a goodie bag and door prizes. Be sure to make your reservations well in advance, as there will be no tickets available at the door.  For more info contact Candylious at 590-7596.
October 12
Gallatin Police Chief Tisdale and Assistant District Attorney  Tara Wyllie will share their views on working to end Domestic Violence at 5:45 p.m. at Gallatin City Hall. Join HomeSafe in their effort to end domestic violence and recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
October 15
Volunteer State College Foundation presents Harvest Moon Soiree, at Bluegrass Country Club beginning at  6 p.m. For more information contact Lori Johnson 230-3526 or lori.johnson@volstate.edu.
October 15, 16
Shackle Island Collectors Club annual Fall Harvest Show is 8 to 4 at Long Hollow Jamboree in Goodlettsville. Call GAry DAvis, 822-5504, Ersel Thackston, 206-1837 or 812-8473 for more information. Admission is $3 per person. There is a wide variety of entertainment. Proceeds benefit Shackle Island Volunteer Fire Department.
October 15, 16, 17
First Baptist Church, 290 East Winchester Street, will be celebrating its 9th year of spiritual unity with Pastor Derrick Jackson. Please join us for a full weekend of events. We’ll start off on Friday night at 7pm featuring “The Prodigal Son”, a play presented by the First Baptist Drama Ministry. Saturday night at 7pm we will host a musical concert with special guest, Mr. Frederick Vaughn of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. Then on Sunday morning at 10:45am our Unity Day service will begin. Pastor Kelly Miller Smith of First Baptist Church Capital Hill in Nashville, TN will be our guest pastor. Everyone is invited. For more information, please contact our church office by phone at 615-452-8189 or by email at chur413@bellsouth.net.
October 16
Castalian Springs Community Club mega yard sale and silent auction (rain date October 23) is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The silent auction runs in two sessions, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and noon until 1:30. To rent a yard sale site call Gerald Brown at 452-4461 or Tom Ashton at 452-3196. The event is to raise funds to renovate the old school building.
October 16
Hank Thompson “Trek or Treat”, Thompson Plaza at the Streets of Indian Lake. Family Fun Run at 8am and Halloween Festival & Kids Zone 10am-2pm.  For more information: hankthompsontrekand treat.org
FYI
Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center has started Social Skills Classes for special  needs children with any challenge. Teen social skills meet Mondays at 4 pm; pre-school social skills meet Tuesdays at 3 p.m. and Elementary school social skills meets Thursdays at 4 p.m. Classes are $15 per session. Please call 206-1176 for sign ups. Special sports soccer and field hockey meet every Saturday morning at 9am at 185 West Franklin Street.
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.
Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to pack out food at Gallatin Meals on Wheels site. M-F, 8:30-10:30 a.m. One day per week or more. Must pass background check. Call 504-4173 for more information or to apply.

The Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., will offer Bingo! in the library, meeting rooms  on Wednesday afternoons during the month of October, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Bingo! is open to the public and for all ages. For more information, please call the library at 452-1722.
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September 23. 2010
Avis Trammell Simmons
age 93, of Gallatin, passed away September 16, 2010. Funeral service was Sunday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Doug Curtis officiating. Interment followed in the Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Simmons was born in Macon County, daughter of the late Thomas B. and Missie Frances McGuffey Trammell. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Simmons, her son Jerry D. Simmons, her granddaughter Ava Pruitt, her brother Tom Trammell, a sister Ann McDonald, and two nephews, Billy Jenkins and J.T. Trammell. She was a member of Rocky Mound Missionary Baptist Church in Westmoreland. She is survived by two sisters, Addis Lambert of Gallatin and Faye Johnson and husband Charles of Hendersonville; a great granddaughter Angie Pruitt; three nieces, Linda McBride of Gallatin, Sharon Ann Simpson and husband Mike of Florida and Dorothy Massingale of Kentucky; two nephews, Jim Trammell and wife Jean of Kentucky and Jim Lambert and wife Rosemary of Memphis. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Ann R. Combs
passed away September 18, 2010 in Hendersonville, after a brief illness. She is survived by her son,  Mark Combs and daughter-in-law, Hillary of Hendersonville; granddaughter, Jennifer Combs West and her husband, Elliott of Birmingham, AL; grandson, Brandon Combs of Chattanooga; son, Chris Combs of Myrtle Beach, SC; sister, Barbara Hall and her husband, Robert of Cincinnati, Ohio; nephew, Tommy Hall of Franklin, TN and numerous cousins in Arkansas and Tennessee. Mrs. Combs graduated from Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, Florida, and received her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University.  She worked as a medical social worker at Tennessee Christian. The focus and love of Ann’s life was helping people discover their purpose in worship. To help facilitate this, she began Divine Purpose Ministries to equip people of all ages to discover and use their God-given gifts for ministry in their local churches. Ann has also been very active in prayer ministry for Women’s Aglow chapters in this area. She was known and will be remembered in her life and in her passing for her strong faith and her love for God. Ann’s family will receive friends from 5:30 to 6:30, today, Thursday, September 23, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 525 New Shackle Island Rd, Hendersonville. A Celebration of Ann’s life will begin at 6:30. In lieu of flowers, please share your favorite memory of Ann for her Book of Remembrances by sending an email to mhcombs2@yahoo.com.
Louise Grimm Gilliam
age 91, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, September 17, 2010.  Funeral service was Monday, September 20 at 12:00 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Peace officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park. She was born in Sumner County, on November 9, 1918, daughter of the late Claude and Mildred Hosay Grimm. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. She is survived by 10 nieces and nephews, Ted and Brenda Howes of Gallatin, Robert Howes of Gallatin, Harry and Sherri Howes of Lewisburg, Charles and Kathy Howes of Portland, George Howes of Gallatin, Betty and Kevan Bennett of Gallatin, Kenneth and Beverly Curtis of Nashville, David and Diane Curtis of Hendersonville, Kay and Tommy Isabell of Hendersonville and Carol and Richard Garrett of Nashville.
Mamie Edna Todd Austin
age 80, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2010.  Funeral service was Friday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home. Entombment followed in the mausoleum at Sumner Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. She was born September 19, 1929 in Jackson County, daughter of the late Willie and Tealie Stevens Brown. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Ernest Brown, two sisters, Myrtle Moore and Ethel Kyle and two grandsons Scotty and Joe Todd. She is survived by her husband, Phillip Austin of Madison; two sons, Walter Bate Todd of Bethpage and Donald Edward Todd and his wife Elaine of Goodlettsville; daughter Patricia Denise Gulley and husband David of Hendersonville; sister Ruth Smithson of Madison; six grandchildren, Timmy Todd, Brian Todd, Walter B. Todd, Jr., Christopher W. Todd, Joshua Gulley and Nicole Gulley and eight great grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Charles David McCall
age 47, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after an extended illness. Funeral service was Saturday, September 18 in the chapel of Johnson-Coleman Funeral Home with Pastor Thomas O. Staten, of Hickory Grove Baptist Church officiating. Brother Ben Roberts of West Eastland Church of Christ delivered the eulogy. Interment followed in Crestview Memorial Park. Mr. McCall leaves to cherish, a devoted and loving mother, Geraldine McCall of Gallatin; one caring brother, Jonah Odom of Atlanta; aunts, Ann McCall-Greer of Nashville, Johnnie Winchester of Gallatin, Helen Nelson of Cookeville and Savannah Lauderdale of Nashville; uncles, Lawrence McCall of Nashville, John A. Lauderdale, Jr. of Gallatin, Jefferson McCall of Hartsville; three nephews; one niece; a host of great nieces; nephews, cousins; many friends and other family connections.
Keith Andrew Haden
age 47, of Bethpage, passed away Friday, September 17, 2010. Services were Sunday, September 19 at Woodard Funeral Home with Brother Donald Key and Brother Steven Anderson officiating. Interment followed in Eulia Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Audrey Lucille York Haden; daughters, Tracey Haden of Bethpage and Kara Spencer of Manchester; mother, Norma I. Ison Haden of Nashville; brothers,  Richard E. Haden, III of Ann Arbor, MI, Roger Haden of Nashville and Brian (Tammy) Haden, Sr. of LaVergne and grandson, Levi Cable of Hillsboro. He is preceded in death by his father, Richard E. Haden, Jr. Mr. Haden was a member of New Vision Ministries in Westmoreland and was employed by USF Holland. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made at Woodard Funeral Home for funeral expenses.
Ella Pearl Cantrell
age 70, passed away Sunday, September 19, 2010. Visitation is 12:30-2 p.m., Saturday, September 25 at West Eastland Church of Christ, immediately followed by the service. Survivors are her husband,  Frank Cantrell and daughters,  Rhonda Lusk and Angela Search and family. Johnson and Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Bethpage Elementary a National Blue Ribbon School
By Candy Webb
Candy@thegallatinnews.com

Bethpage Elementary School was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School and school administrators couldn’t be more proud.

“This is really an honor,” said Bethpage Instructional Coach, Kimberly Gann. “We have a great community that really supports the teachers.”

Gann also credited the leadership provided by school principal, Bill Johnson with the school’s academic success.

“He provides such professional leadership,” said Gann. “And a positive learning environment.

Bethpage is among 254 schools chosen nationwide to receive the award. Recipients have been invited to send representatives to Washington D.C. Nov. 15-16 to receive their awards.

“We were initially nominated for the award,” said Gann. “And the school had to fill out an application that included school data, TCAP scores and a statement about what we believe makes us a Blue Ribbon School.”

Once that was sent in the school was selected to receive a visit from members of the Tennessee State Department of Education.

“They came here for a site visit and then sent a report to the U.S. Department of Education,” said Gann. “When we found out that we were chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School we were very excited.”

Johnson called a school-wide assembly last week to announce the award to teachers and students.

The award program has two categories, high achievement as noted by annual test scores, and significant improvement in test scores at schools that qualify as a Title I school. Gann believes Bethpage qualified in both categories.

“We are a Title I school,” she said. “And we qualified for having high achieving students.”

Title I is a federally subsidized program that provides funding to support specialized reading programs in schools with a high percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches.

Gann believes that the Title I program at Bethpage Elementary contributed to the improvements in TCAP scores for the students.

“Our program,School Wide Academic Advancement Program (SWAP) provides for small groups of students to be given 30 additional minutes of reading instruction a day,” she said. “Every day the students come together in small groups and receive that extra help.”

In addition to SWAP, Bethpage Elementary School has a program called Bethpage Early Literacy Program, (BELP). The programs are supervised by the school’s Title I reading specialist Gale Moudy.

“She does a great job,” said Gann. “And it shows in our TCAP scores.”

The school is also focused on technology for each classroom.

“We are in the age of technology,” said Gann.

Throughout the school, teachers and students can be seen working with specialized projectors, Smart Board type machines and other tools that make learning fun.

“We are meeting their needs,” said Gann. “And we are getting them excited about learning.

While Gann says the school staff was thrilled to receive the award, she is not surprised that the teachers have been recognized for excellence.

“The teachers here work with the students and their individual needs,” said Gann. “There are 135,000 schools in this country. It is an amazing honor to have been chosen.”

The date has not been set, but there will be a school-wide celebration for the students in the coming weeks.

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GHS team competing in cyber contest

Five students from Gallatin High School will be competing online in coming weeks for a chance to win college scholarship money and a free trip to Washington, D.C.

CyberPatriot, presented by Northrop Grumman, is the one-of-a-kind national cyber security competition produced by the Air Force Association (AFA), a nonprofit organization headquartered near Washington, D.C. This unique competition will help students learn first hand about the cyber security field and introduce many to the idea of cyber security as a profession.

Led by Coach Allen Robnett, the Gallatin High School team will virtually compete against hundreds of teams around the nation.

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St. Blaise residents confront city

By Marjorie Lloyd
Marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

As the Gallatin city council prepared to vote on first reading at Tuesdays meeting for the plan of service, the rezoning and the annexation of St. Blaise Estates, residents lined up once again to protest the actions.

The public recognition time period brought a few tense moments, as Mayor Jo Ann Graves interrupted one speaker, who addressed some comments toward Craig Hayes, to remind those present that all remarks had to be courteous.

This council has had a policy of listening to everybody, said the Mayor, and we always do. We are courteous and respectful, but I am not going to allow people to come up and be disrespectful to the council.

Its not easy to be a public servant, and I understand there will be differences of opinion. Were not going to have personal attacks up here. If you want to talk about issues, Im perfectly fine to let everybody speak.

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Lawsuit filed against jail

By Candy Webb
Candy@thegallatinnews.com

An 18-year-employee of the Sumner County Jail has filed a federal lawsuit against the Sumner County Jail, alleging gender and racial discrimination.

The suit, filed in federal court July 30, 2010, alleges that Lt. Beverly Stovall, who is the only African-American female supervisor employed by the jail, was mistreated, based on her race and gender, during the summer of 2009 and that she continues to be harassed.

According to the suit, Stovalls recent annual job performance reviews have all been average or above average. A request on Tuesday by this newspaper to see Stovalls last three reviews was made; however, jail administrators stated it would take several days to comply with the request, which was not in time for this newspapers deadline.

The suit stems from a 2009 incident in which two jail employees came under scrutiny for accepting payments from a particular bail bondsman to refer incoming inmates to the company he worked for. According to the suit, Stovall was made aware of the situation in July or August 2009 when a Warrants Officer, Jay Fitts, told Stovall there was a rumor of improper handling of bail bondsmen referrals.

The jail typically posts all local bail bonding companies so inmates have choices, without referring any particular company; however, the rumor was that certain officers, including Curt Cline, were accepting payoffs to recommend one bail bonding agent to incoming inmates.

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