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Public urged to answer census form

By Candy Webb
cwhendersonville@bellsouth.net

As communities across the nation gear up for the upcoming 2010 census, Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt wants to encourage every resident in the county to take part in the process.

“I believe it is a personal responsibility,” said Holt. “And if you don’t do it, you are robbing yourself and your family of your own money.”

Benefits derived from census population and demographic numbers cannot be stressed enough according to Holt.

“With certain population numbers come additional abilities for grants and certain programs,” he explained. “For example, I believe Hendersonville is going to hit the 50,000 number really soon, maybe even with this census, and once you reach that 50,000 mark, it puts you in a new bracket for funding and other things.”



 

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Holt describes county budget process

By Candy Webb
cwhendersonville@bellsouth.net

As the County Commission works toward a resolution of the county budget, County Executive Anthony Holt believes the end is in sight, and while he is not happy that several county employees were laid off, he is pleased that the budget will be balanced without a county property tax increase.

“We are very close,” said Holt. “We began with $5 million out of balance. Now we are looking at $300,000 to $400,000 that we need to deal with. I think we have made real progress.”

According to Holt, the only thing the county is currently waiting on is for the Board of Equalization to complete its work and set a certified tax rate.

 

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Nichols Lane sewer project
The city council made the decision to move forward with the sewer project. It was not deferred, as stated in the July 30 edition of the paper.
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GPD snares 'em
By Candy Webb
cwhendersonville@bellsouth.net

Gallatin police arrested eight men Friday, charging each of them with solicitation of prostitution after they allegedly approached one of two female police officers disguised as prostitutes.

The sting took place along North Water and South Water Avenue and was developed after Gallatin Police Department received several calls from citizens, who suspected prostitution activity in the area.

“We conduct stings several times a year,” said Gallatin Lt. Lamar Ballard. “When we start receiving calls from citizens who suspect prostitution activity in their neighborhood, we conduct surveillance in the area to observe and check out the complaints. If we see evidence of prostitution, we set up a sting.”

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Isbell corrects appraisal critics

By Candy Webb
cwhendersonville @bellsouth.net

The widely reported stories that the Sumner County Assessor of Propertys office may have overestimated property reassessments by more than $110 million were inaccurate, according to Sumner County Assessor John Isbell.

We never said that, said Isbell. That number is not accurate, and it didnt come from our office.

(The Gallatin Newspaper was not among the sources reporting the $110 million figure.)

According to Isbell, the problem began when someone asked for a figure in the middle of the countys reappraisal task. At that time, the process showed an approximate $110 million dollar overestimate; however, it did not account for the many adjustments that will be made before the final numbers are tallied, he said.

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City council defers opt out on guns
By Marjorie Lloyd
mlgallatin@bellsouth.net

“If we don’t allow these people to carry guns, can we guarantee their safety?” –Dale Bennett

Mayor Jo Ann Graves, who earlier said, “I know it’s an emotional issue,” led the city council Tuesday night in deferring action on the so-called “opt-out” decision on the new handgun law until the next work session. On the same evening, the Hendersonville city council voted (10–2), with Mayor Scott Foster and Councilman Chris Gallaher voting against it, to opt out for a year.

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Finney joins Perkins as a partner
By Marjorie Lloyd
mlgallatin@bellsouth.net

A business ongoing in Gallatin for 114 years continues to commit to their customers and the economic health of the city with the formation of a new partnership –Sam Rickman and Ferrell Haile of Perkins Drugs and Gift Shoppe welcomed Dr. Andrew Finney as their new partner the first of July.

“Andrew has joined Sam and me in our partnership,” said Haile, “and the tradition continues. We’re excited about having him. He brings a lot of enthusiasm to our business and excellent patient care to our customers. Since 1895, our customers have allowed our business to continue. This gets us on way to the next 114 years.”

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Ownership returns to family
By Marjorie Lloyd
mlgallatin@bellsouth.net

Tony and Sue Alexander revealed their new sign Tuesday as ownership of their former business is resumed. The family also has had Family Heritage Funeral Home on Albert Gallatin Drive here in Gallatin since 2006.

Since 1908, the family-owned business has served the area, and Tony represents the fourth generation of his family.

“My great-grandfather started out in Scottsville, Kentucky. It’s been in the family ever since. We just continued it. My grandfather, my father and me.”

The Alexander’s building on Nashville Pike has been in its location for 50 years and now has a new sign: “Alexander Funeral Home.”

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Home on the road

By Marjorie Lloyd
mlgallatin@bellsouth.net

When entertainers like Trace Adkins, Drew Carrington, Tom Petty, Bill Engvall, Josh Turner, Gloriana, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Hank Williams Jr. or Santana plan their annual concert road trips, they turn to an independently-owned company in Gallatin to make their “home away from home” as safe and comfortable as it can be for their families, their bands, and their crew members.

Eric Blankenship and Jim Borelli founded their own company, All Access Coach Leasing, in 2002, based on their mutual respect for each other’s skills and their faith that it was the “right” thing to do. Today their charter coaches travel the roads of North America all year. And other family members have joined the team.  Pat and Jack, Eric’s parents, and Michael, Jim’s son, are all an integral part of the day-to-day operations.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

The Great Gun Debate

Lately there has been way too much hype over whether someone should be allowed to carry a gun into a restaurant or a public park. Remember, the “laws” only apply to the “law abiding” citizen, not the criminal. Yes, all handgun carry permit owners knew long before the permit was ever issued that the

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Veer Left

By Veronica Rexford

 The Race is On

The 2010 Tennessee gubernatorial race is warming up with candidates now reporting their fundraising for the first six months of their respective campaigns.  Each candidate is also hard at work building a following of activists and voters, and in this race, social media will be

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Obituaries

Charles Howard Jessee

age 79, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2009.  Funeral service is today, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Elvis Farley officiating.  Burial will follow in Union Cemetery # 2 in Glasgow, Kentucky with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

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Leaders team up to promote small business

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


Small businesses in Gallatin may get some extra help and support in the future as the Gallatin Economic Development Agency (EDA) and Volunteer State Community College have teamed up to work toward the possibility of creating a business incubator.

A business incubator is a

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Funding issues heat up

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


Tensions between the County Commission and the schools escalated a bit again Monday night during the meeting of the commission’s Education Committee.

At issue was how to come up with the estimated $1 million it will take to replace the roof at Hendersonville High School.

Commissioner Paul Decker of Hendersonville, who chairs the committee and is the former principal at the school, said

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Coming Events

July 10, 11

Kids’ Intervention Super Yard Sale is at 155 South Maple (off Long Hollow) from  8 to 5. Call 230-5520 for more info.

July 10, 11

The Durham’s Chapel Community of Bethpage is having a huge indoor yard sale at the community center to help in the restoring of the historic school building from 8 to 5 on Friday and 8 to 1 on Saturday.

July 11

West Eastland Church of Christ will host a Youth Day at Rucker Stewart Middle School, 350 Hancock Street. Registration and breakfast is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. followed by opening devotion, group activities, lunch, a theatrical performance, recreation and a basketball tournament from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

July 11

Bike Ride for Parkinson’s Research will begin at 9 a.m. at Rockland Park in Hendersonville. The ride id dedicated in memory of fellow biker and friend, Richard Corley. Cost is $25 per bike. For more information, call John Burton at 336-0481 or Dennis Burton at 268-3589.

July 11

Beijing Opera demonstrated by Ke Ning Mason at the Gallatin Public Library at 1 p.m. There is no charge.

July 12

West End Missionary Baptist Church, 440 West Main Street revival meets at 7:00 with Elder Jerry D. Boze as pastor, assisted by Brother Johnny Carver.

July 13-17

First Presbyterian Church at 167 West Main Street hosts Crocodile Dock, Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. until noon each day. For more information call 452-3151 or www.fpcgallatin.org.

July 13-17

First United Methodist Church, 149 West Main Street, announces Vacation Bible School for 3 yr olds (must be potty trained) through the 4th grade. This is an open registration for all interested children and registration forms may be obtained at the church office. Contact 452-1922, or sue.goslin@fumcgallatin.org. Camp Edge begins at 9 a.m. with snacks furnished mid-morning and parental pick-up by 12:15 p.m.

July 16

Gallatin BPW Summer Picnis is at Gallatin City Park from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Past and present members, friends and husbands are welcome. Bring vegetables, side dishes, fruits or desserts. Meat will be provided along with paper goods and utensils. RSVP to 452-7251 by July 14 by calling 452-7251 or 452-9279.

July 17

The monthly pot luck dinner and dance is 7:00 pm, the theme is “Under the Stars”. The Gallatin Senior Citizens Center is located at 200 East Franklin Street, just one block off the square. The public is invited. Please dress as your favorite movie star, past or present. There will be prizes for the best “look alike”!

July 18

Clothing giveaway. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bethpage United Methodist Church, Hwy 31E, 841-3761. One day event. All are welcome.

July 18

Family Fun Day at Bledsoe Creek Baptist Church is from 2 to 4 p.m. There is free food,including hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks and games.

July 18

An Old Fashion Sing a Long around the Piano with Lance Batchelder at the Gallatin Public Library at 11a.m. There is no charge.

July 19

Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 3504 Hartsville Pike, Castalian Springs is having their Annual Homecoming Services at 11a,m. Guest will be the Rev. John D. Alexander, Sr. and the congregation from Dowell Chapel Methodist Church, Watertown.  3 p,m. Guest will be the Rev. B.L.Chandler and the congregation from Parkers Chapel Baptist Church, Portland.  Dinner will be served.

July 22-24

Vacation Bible School at Peach Valley Baptist Church.  The theme will be “Jesus’ Miraculous Power”. VBS will begin at 6:00 p.m.

July 30-August 2

The Gallatin Lions Club will sponsor a talent revue beginning July 30th thru August 2nd at the Wemyss Auditorium at Volunteer State Community College. The show will host a variety of local talent from Sumner and surrounding counties.

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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.


The Prayer and Praise Ministry at First Baptist Church, 290 East Winchester Street, hosts a mid-week one-hour sharing of exhortation, inspirational spiritual uplifting prayer and praise service each Tuesday at 11 a.m. until noon in the W.L. Shaw Chapel. This service is open to the public. For transportation or additional information, call 452-8189 or 451-1494.

Class Reunions

Gallatin High School  Class of 1989 20 year reunion will be July 25 at BB Kings in Nashville. Email ghs89alumni@gmail.com or contact Amy Stevens Martin at 230-6173 or Beth High Bennett at 230-7752 for more information.


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.


Sumner County High School (Portland) Class of 1959 is hosting their 50 year reunion August 1 at 4:30 p.m. at Cherokee Steak House. For more information call Melvin (Fuzzy) Link at 452-6927 or Rita Webb at 325-2837.

Hendersonville High School Class of 1977 reunion will be at Sanders Ferry Park, Shelter 8. For more information contact Patty Gilbreath at Pattyapple77@yahoo.com, 452-8420 or Anita Douglas Richards adr2291yahoo.com, 824-7341.

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Home from Honduras, safe

 By Daniel Gordon Youth Minister, Gallatin Church of Christ

Last Thursday and Friday nights, many people slept better—not least, many of our family members. Our Honduras mission trip had ended safely, and our loved ones could rest their heads without any further worry about our condition in a politically uncertain Honduras.

Honestly, for most of our mission trip members, the most tiring part of last Thursday was the repeatedly delayed flight that would carry us home to Nashville from Miami. Our boredom-induced creativity was put to the test as we sat outside of our gate at Miami International.

But enough about getting home. There are things we’d like the community to know about our trip. First, and most important, we believe that God blessed our trip, strengthened our group’s relationships, guarded us, and enabled us to accomplish everything we had hoped to accomplish in Honduras … and then some. We attribute our safety and success to God. Perio

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

So called employee free choice act

The union card -check voting law change sought by unions is nothing more than a requested pay-off for the millions of dollars the unions invested in the Obama campaign. The present labor laws have served us well since 1935 when the NLRB labor law was passed. I will share some of my experiences from having dealt with unions for 49 years.

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Veer Left

By Veronica Rexford

If you can't stand the heat...

I have to admit it was tough being out of town last week when things were broiling – and I don’t mean the weather. Locally, issues heated up over handgun carry in local parks and whether or not to replace our Election Commissioner with a reliable Republican just because

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Veer Left

By Maria Brewer

Questions of Judgement

The stories we skim in the news everyday ricochet from scandal to triumph, tragedy to humor. But in the faces we see, we find a choice: to step into the shoes of that story’s subject, or to stand apart–entertained, aghast, incredulous, or in simple judgme

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Obituaries

Robert Glenn McCullen, Jr.

“Chicken Head”, age 63, of Bethpage, passed away Monday, June 22, 2009.  Funeral service is today, Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Upper Bethpage Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

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Attempted first-degree murder charges brought

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


A Gallatin man is facing several charges after fighting with his wife and later running a minivan into two men at General Tire on Red River Road last week.

Agim Hyseni, age 33, and his wife got home from shopping last Thursday and began arguing over his family in Kosovo and

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Election Commission keeps Chief

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


The Sumner County Election Commission Saturday chose to retain Darlean McDougal as the county’s Administrator of Elections.

The Republican-leaning commission was meeting to decide whether or not to replace McDougal, a Democrat, with Charles Kimbrough, a Republican who is a former Mayor of Hendersonville.

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109 Corridor to boost economy

By Marjorie Lloyd

mlgallatin@bellsouth.net


The development of Highway 109 from Wilson County through Sumner County in order to connect Interstate 40 and Interstate 65 is first on the list of needs to aid economic development for Gallatin, according to Clay Walker, executive director of the Economic Development Agency for the city of Gallatin.

“The planned improvements on 109, including construction of the bridge, represents the

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

The recent attack on State Senator Diane Black, over a thoughtless prank by a senate aide is obviously a cheap shot by political hacks to discredit her office and character.

She is one of the few

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Coming Events
July 4

The Clearview Dance Project is hosting their First Annual Summer Festival and Youth Walk on at Clearview Park beginning at 11:00 a.m. Come celebrate Gallatin’s youth and enjoy a day of food and fun! Booths are available and can be reserved by contacting Natasha Pope at 839-4111. To learn more about this and other events, please visit us online at www.clearviewdance.org.

July 5

Stephens, Rittenberry, Witt and Keith family reunion is from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Gallatin Civic Center. Call 452-4553 for more information.

July 5

Rome Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Homecoming with Pastor Will A. Duncan delivering the 11 a.m. mssage and Pastor Leslie Stratton and the Rockland Missionary Baptist Church rendering the 3 p.m. service.

July 5

“Meet Mr. Lincoln”, 11:00 a.m. at Lambuth United Methodist Church, 1042 Hartsville Pike. The public is invited to attend this special service sponsored by the United Methodist Men and will feature dinner on the grounds, weather permitting, special music by the Lambuth Chancel Choir, a Color Guard, and Dennis Boggs as the 16th President of the United States. A love offering will be taken to cover expenses. Please RSVP the church office at 452-3715 no later than June 29 if you plan to attend.

July 7

Be a part of a live studio audience at 7 p.m. for a taping of a nationally televised program hosted by Jason Crabb with special guests: Pat Day (Chaplain at Churchill Downs and Jockey who won the ‘92 Kentucky Derby), and Austin’s Bridge. There are 1500 free seats available at Trinity Music City, USA, One Music Village Blvd., Hendersonville, 822-8333.

July 11

West Eastland Church of Christ will host a Youth Day at Rucker Stewart Middle School, 350 Hancock Street. Registration and breakfast is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. followed by opening devotion, group activities, lunch, a theatrical performance, recreation and a basketball tournament from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

July 11

Bike Ride for Parkinson’s Research will begin at 9 a.m. at Rockland Park in Hendersonville. The ride id dedicated in memory of fellow biker and friend, Richard Corley. Cost is $25 per bike. For more information, call John Burton at 336-0481 or Dennis Burton at 268-3589.

July 11

Beijing Opera demonstrated by Ke Ning Mason at the Gallatin Public Library at 1 p.m. There is no charge.

July 13-17

First Presbyterian Church at 167 West Main Street hosts Crocodile Dock, Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. until noon each day. For more information call 452-3151 or www.fpcgallatin.org.

July 13-17

First United Methodist Church, 149 West Main Street, announces Vacation Bible School for 3 yr olds (must be potty trained) through the 4th grade. This is an open registration for all interested children and registration forms may be obtained at the church office. Contact 452-1922, or sue.goslin@fumcgallatin.org. Camp Edge begins at 9 a.m. with snacks furnished mid-morning and parental pick-up by 12:15 p.m.

July 16

Gallatin BPW Summer Picnis is at Gallatin City Park from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Past and present members, friends and husbands are welcome. Bring vegetables, side dishes, fruits or desserts. Meat will be provided along with paper goods and utensils. RSVP to 452-7251 by July 14 by calling 452-7251 or 452-9279.

July 18

Family Fun Day at Bledsoe Creek Baptist Church is from 2 to 4 p.m. There is free food,including hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks and games.

July 18

An Old Fashion Sing a Long around the Piano with Lance Batchelder at the Gallatin Public Library at 11a.m. There is no charge.

July 22-24

Vacation Bible School at Peach Valley Baptist Church.  The theme will be “Jesus’ Miraculous Power”. VBS will begin at 6:00 p.m.


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


The Buy a Bag of Books at the Gallatin Public Library for $5.00 continues through June.


Searching for Special Olympic athletes wanting to play flag football. Volunteers are needed as well, to help with these athletes. Special Olympics Tennessee is offering this sport for the very first time.  Interested in either of these of these areas  contact Richie Williams, Sumner County Area Director at 615-210-1141, or pastorichie@comcast.net


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.


The Prayer and Praise Ministry at First Baptist Church, 290 East Winchester Street, hosts a mid-week one-hour sharing of exhortation, inspirational spiritual uplifting prayer and praise service each Tuesday at 11 a.m. until noon in the W.L. Shaw Chapel. This service is open to the public. For transportation or additional information, call 452-8189 or 451-1494.


Class Reunions

Gallatin High School  Class of 1989 20 year reunion will be July 25 at BB Kings in Nashville. Email ghs89alumni@gmail.com or contact Amy Stevens Martin at 230-6173 or Beth High Bennett at 230-7752 for more information.


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.


Sumner County High School (Portland) Class of 1959 is hosting their 50 year reunion August 1 at 4:30 p.m. at Cherokee Steak House. For more information call Melvin (Fuzzy) Link at 452-6927 or Rita Webb at 325-2837.


The Gallatin High School graduating class of 1999 will host a 10 year reunion on July 18, 2009 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.


Hendersonville High School Class of 1977 reunion will be at Sanders Ferry Park, Snbelter 8. For more information contact Patty Gilbreath at Pattyapple77@yahoo.com, 452-8420 or Anita Douglas Richards adr2291yahoo.com, 824-7341.

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