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Coming Events
March 20-21

The Gallatin Public Library will be closed to install a new server for the circulation/cataloging system. The Library will reopen Tuesday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m. and resume regular library hours the remainder of the week.  

March 21

Gallatin Sertoma Club’s All-You-Can-Eat Country Style Breakfast is from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Ice Plant in front of Garrott Brothers at 375 Red River Road. Menu includes ham, sausage, eggs, gravy, biscuits, and potatoes. Tickets are $6 each or two for $10 and are available from any Sertoma member, or at the door. All proceeds are spent in Sumner County on hearing and speech. The Service to Mankind Award will also be presented.

March 21

Liberty UMC will hold it’s 2nd annual chili cook-off from 4-8 p.m. Entry details will be announced shortly.  The cook-off is open to the public. The church is on Liberty Lane, located off Red River Road or Upper Station Camp Creek Road.

March 24, 25

The AARP Driver Safety Program is from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home in Goodlettsville. It is two half-day classes designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. There are no outside driving activities. The class fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non AARP members. The fee pays AARP for the instructional material. After completing the course, students will receive a certificate and may be eligible for a discount on auto insurance. To register, call 859-5231.

March 24

Volunteer State College Alumni Association breakfast will be in the Rochelle Center from 7:30 to 9 a.m. There is no cost to Vol State Alum.

March 24

The March  meeting of the Gallatin Chapter of the AARP will be at 1:30 p.m. in the activities room of the Gallatin Presbyterian Church. The speaker will be Joann Kirkham and the subject will be Happy Birthday Yellow Dot Program. Call Harry Smith at 452-7040 if you need more information.

March 27, 28, 29

Big Bubba’s 6th Annual Make a Wish Bash - Softball Tournament benefiting Make a Wish Middle Tennessee Chapter will be the weekend of March 27th  through March  29th. Family night is Friday, March 27th with a Celebrity Game and Concert 7pm to 10pm. Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th is the softball tournament. The concert and tournament will be at Drake’s Creek Park located in Hendersonville behind Demos’ restaurant on Indian Lake Blvd.  You may go to www.bigbubbasbash.com for more information.

March 28

First Baptist Church, 205 East Main is hosting a Wild Game Dinner with doors opening at 4 p.m. The speaker is Lance Brown, Vanderbilt Athletic Chaplain. There are exibits, door prizes, and FOOD. Price: $10. Call 452-5715 for more information.

April 3 and 4

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

April 4

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

FYI

The following Gallatin location will provide free VITA tax preparation assistance. Bring photo ID, Social Security card and last year’s tax return: Gallatin Senior Citizens Center, 200 East Franklin Street, every Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 3:30, January 29 through April 14.


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


Are you struggling to pay your monthly energy bill? You may qualify for assistance. Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency is currently accepting applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Qualifying applicants could be eligible to receive a one- time award on their home energy bill. Interested applicants in the MCCAA service area should contact their local outreach office for assistance, or call 615-742-1113 ext.19 to have an application mailed to you. Proof of household monthly income and a copy of your energy bill are required to apply.


Free tax preparation and e-filing at the Gallatin Public Library (formerly at Hartsville Pike Church of Christ). Appointments are available with one of six counselors Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The service is sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS for low to middle income taxpayers. With AARP T.C.E., the emphasis is on those 60 and over, but no one is turned away who meets the income levels.


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


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


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

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Mr. Hatcher,

Every once in a while you pick up a newspaper and find brilliance. Not often, but every once in a while. I bought a copy of The Gallatin Newspaper (Feb. 26, 2009) and found your column. The headline read Valentine column no longer to appear in this newspaper.

I thought, “Well, I guess this paper

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Veer Left

So, I’m not a doctor or an expert on public health policy. But after hearing so much blather about how President Barack Obama is going to reform healthcare into “socialized medicine” and that the United States has the best healthcare in the world, I decided to do some digging. When I fired up the Google, I found

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Obituaries

Bryan Edward Wix

formerly of Gallatin, was born June 3, 1988 and passed away March 8, 2009 due to complications with asthma. Survivors include parents, Nancy Spears, Darrell and LeAnn Wix, grandparents, Mildred Wix and Bill and Ann Spears, brothers, Michael and Jordan Wix, several aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces. Services are today, March 12, 2009 at Pulliam Funeral Home in Robinson, Illinois.

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'Twist of Fate':A story of community renewal
By Marjorie Lloyd
mlgallatin@bellsouth.net

Twist of Fate: A Story of Community Renewal is a special section in this week’s paper examining the healing of the communities in three Middle Tennessee Counties after the devastating tornadoes of February 2008.

A year later, the wounds of the earth are still visible in broken tree trunks and bare hillsides, piles of debris and tree limbs ready to be burned or trucked away. And the scars of loss remain in our hearts.

This collection of photographs, first-person narratives and interviews is the collaborative work of our high school students, graduate students from Vanderbilt University and the staffs of three newspapers from the Main Street Media, LLC family–The Gallatin Newspaper, The Macon County Chronicle and The Williamson Herald.

The strong hope for the future is clearly evident in the continued rebuilding and the forging of new relationships, as well as a new awareness of the mysteries of life’s experiences that interrupt our lives with such tragedy and renew faith in our neighbors and ourselves.

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Construction/owner advocate plan to be studied
By Marjorie Lloyd
mlgallatin@bellsouth.net

The issue of a construction owner advocate to oversee construction projects in the future for the Sumner County Board of Education is scheduled for study by the Facilities and Maintenance Committee of the Board of Education.

At its last meeting, Committee Chair Don Long (District 3) proposed that the committee invite representatives of companies that offer this service to make presentations to the committee in the upcoming months.

“I want to be extremely careful we don’t use the phrase ‘construction management,’” said Long. “That’s not what we’re discussing. This is more of an owner’s advocate at this point. Once we start looking into it, that may expand.”

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Budget meetings scheduled for city

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves has scheduled budget meetings with the various city departments beginning Tuesday and running through the end of the month.

As she handed out the schedule to the members of the City Council at the council’s committee meeting Tuesday night, Graves told council members, “I think you’re going to see a much leaner budget this year.”

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School construction at targeted cost

By Marjorie Lloyd

mlgallatin@bellsouth.net


The disbursement of the Phase I bond issue funds for Sumner County school construction is nearing completion and is projected to come in under the targeted amount.

Assistant to the Director for Finance Maryanne Durski reported to the Facilities and Maintenance Committee of the Board of Education at a recent meeting that $53,586,806.93 has been disbursed to various projects, and $25, 457, 145.75 is presently encumbered for specific expenses, with a remaining balance of $4,881.92.

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FAA finds Airport Authority in violation of Federal law

By Josh Nelson

jngallatin@bellsouth.net


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found that “…the Sumner County Regional Airport Authority is in violation of Federal law and a Federal grant obligation,” according to a ruling issued by the agency.

The ruling comes in response to a number of complaints filed against the Airport Authority by Gina Moore of Warbird Sky Ventures.

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Coming Events
March 14 & 21

Help keep the peace in your community. Sumner Mediation Services is holding volunteer mediator training on March 14 & 21. Volunteer Mediators will mediate actual court referred cases. The training is free. For more information call 206-7447 or check our website sumnermediation.org

March 14

A bluegrass concert with Barry Scott and Second Wind is at the Cookeville Community Center, at 7  p.m. Call 931-256-0777 for more information.

March 14

American Legion Post 17 Open House, part of the American Legion 90th Birthday Celebration is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1140 South Water. For more information call 452-0590.

March 15

Pastor Will A. Duncan and the Senior Choir of Rome Missionary Baptist Church at 1277 Avondale Road, Hendersonville invites the public to their Choir Anniversary at 2:30 p.m. Pastor McClain and Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Madison are special guests.

March 15

Registration for a Memorial Day weekend family reunion trip for the McDonalds and Wrights is due. For $20, those registering will travel by Greyline Bus to Hardyville, KY. At least 50 people must pre-register in order to secure the bus reservation. Call Georgia Wright at 452-6844 for complete details.

March 14

Liberty UMC will host a free concert at the church  at 6:30 featuring the Music City Boys and other guest singers. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow. The concert is open to the public and a love offering will be accepted. The church is on Liberty Lane. Liberty Lane is located off Red River Road or Upper Station Camp Creek Road.

March 14-15

First Baptist Church of Gallatin, located at 205 Main Street, will celebrate its 150th Anniversary. In recognition of it’s rich history, several of the church’s former pastors and staff will return to celebrate with members and visitors at a “Birthday Bash” on Saturday, March 14, 2-5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The community is invited to drop in and enjoy this reception and an historic photo display tracing the church’s roots back to 1859, as well as a 100-year old church time capsule with its memorable contents. A Children’s Birthday Bash with supervised activities, games and goodies will be available for babies and children through 5th grade during these hours. On Sunday, March 15, members and guests will enjoy special music and a pictorial panoramic history at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Learn more about First Baptist Church of Gallatin at www.fbcgallatin.org, or call 452.5715.

March 16

Be a part of a live studio audience on at 7 p.m. for a taping of nationally televised program hosted by Donnie McClurkin with special guests: Michael W. Smith and Israel Houghton. There are 1500 free seats at Trinity Music City, USA , One Music Village Blvd., Hendersonville, 822-8333.

March 17

Salem Community Club meets at 6 p.m. Please bring a dish. County Commissioner Frank Freels and County Executive Anthony Holt will be speakers. Call Mildred Cornell at 452-0425 or Margaret Hunter at 452-3845 for more information.

March 20

The Col. Jethro Sumner Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will have a chapter meeting, 1:00 p.m., at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ, 744 Hartsville Pike, in Gallatin. Dr. Wes Carnahan will present a program on Nashville V.A. Hospital. Hostesses for the meeting will be Betty Freudenthal, Mariah Goodloe and Jane Wright. For more information, please call 451-2538.

March 20

The Volunteer Band, with a brand new sound will provide music at the Saint Patrick’s Day dance at the Gallatin Senior Center, 200 Franklin Street,  451-1531. Dance starts at 7:00 p.m. with potluck dinner at 8:30 p.m. $5.00 per person, $7.50 for couples. Web: gallatinseniorcenter.org.

March 21

Gallatin Sertoma Club’s All-You-Can-Eat Country Style Breakfast is from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Ice Plant in front of Garrott Brothers at 375 Red River Road. Menu includes ham, sausage, eggs, gravy, biscuits, and potatoes. Tickets are $6 each or two for $10 and are available from any Sertoma member, or at the door. All proceeds are spent in Sumner County on hearing and speech. The Service to Mankind Award will also be presented.

March 21

Liberty UMC will hold it’s 2nd annual chili cook-off from 4-8 p.m. Entry details will be announced shortly.  The cook-off is open to the public. The church is on Liberty Lane, located off Red River Road or Upper Station Camp Creek Road.

March 24

Volunteer State College Alumni Association breakfast will be in the Rochelle Center from 7:30 to 9 a.m. There is no cost to Vol State Alum.

March 27, 28, 29

Big Bubba’s 6th Annual Make a Wish Bash - Softball Tournament benefiting Make a Wish Middle Tennessee Chapter will be the weekend of March 27th  through March  29th. Family night is Friday, March 27th with a Celebrity Game and Concert 7pm to 10pm. Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th is the softball tournament. The concert and tournament will be at Drake’s Creek Park located in Hendersonville behind Demos’ restaurant on Indian Lake Blvd.  You may go to www.bigbubbasbash.com for more information.

March 28

First Baptist Church, 205 East Main is hosting a Wild Game Dinner with doors opening at 4 p.m. The speaker is Lance Brown, Vanderbilt Athletic Chaplain. There are exibits, door prizes, and FOOD. Price: $10. Call 452-5715 for more information.


FYI

The following Gallatin location will provide free VITA tax preparation assistance. Bring photo ID, Social Security card and last year’s tax return: Gallatin Senior Citizens Center, 200 East Franklin Street, every Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 3:30, January 29 through April 14.

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


Are you struggling to pay your monthly energy bill? You may qualify for assistance. Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency is currently accepting applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Qualifying applicants could be eligible to receive a one- time award on their home energy bill. Interested applicants in the MCCAA service area should contact their local outreach office for assistance, or call 615-742-1113 ext.19 to have an application mailed to you. Proof of household monthly income and a copy of your energy bill are required to apply.


Free tax preparation and e-filing at the Gallatin Public Library (formerly at Hartsville Pike Church of Christ). Appointments are available with one of six counselors Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The service is sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS for low to middle income taxpayers. With AARP T.C.E., the emphasis is on those 60 and over, but no one is turned away who meets the income levels.


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

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

President Obama’s promise of change has so far been a disaster. Unfortunately, he has not changed from being the third most liberal senator, during his very brief tenure in the US Senate, and continues in his senate day’s practice of never being bi-partisan. Having a few senators over for cheese and crackers at the White House during the super bowl was

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Veer Left

When it comes to pending gun legislation in Tennessee, some bills make sense to me.  Allowing handguns in a wildlife area? I get that. Allowing district attorneys, judges and some non-guard prison workers to carry? Sure, you can make a case. But allowing guns in

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Obituaries

Carolyn Sue Counce Kiber

age 58, died March 2, 2009 at Vanderbilt Medical Center from injuries caused by a fire at the family home. She was a devoted wife of 39 years to Mickey Kiber, whom she married on August 23, 1969. A native of Gallatin, where numerous family and friends still reside, Carolyn graduated from Gallatin High School in 1968. Carolyn was passionate about her family above all else, and cared for them with every fiber of her being. She valued kindness and generosity, which she practiced to excess. Carolyn was a skilled Cosmetologist and instructed students in the practice in recent years.

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City approves $85,000 in new spending
By Josh Nelson
jngallatin@bellsouth.net

The Gallatin City Council Tuesday night gave final approval to $84,500 in new spending.

Of that, $72,500 will go to complete infrastructure improvements in the Stonehedge subdivision, while $12,000 will go to repair a fire engine.

In addition, the council gave preliminary approval to spend another $25,000 for the construction of the Farmer’s Market that is to be built to replace the current structure.


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S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen classes start Saturday

By Marjorie Lloyd

marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

David Frensley has been the sergeant responsible for the Canine Unit at Metro Nashville Airport Authority for nine years. He also started the Canine Psychology Center, which helps pet owners on a one-to-one basis within the home environment. He is a certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and will be conducting these two classes at no charge, beginning Saturday, March 7.
Frensley is offering these sessions for dog and puppy owners to help families train their pets to be responsible canine companions. However, only the first ten responders for each group will be eligible for these classes. Frensley limits each class to ten dogs.
”The pound has dogs that have been turned in by owners because they bite or have other problems,” said Frehsley. “”We don’t need any more in there because of bad behavior. We need to educate owners.”
Frensley has been rehabilitating dogs with aggression issues for ten years and has served as an evaluator with the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program for six years. He believes that pet owners should be responsible for the training and the behavior of their animals.
“It’s very important, and I am willing to put my time and effort to help dog owners,” said Frensley. “The more we can educate, the better it is.”
The AKC S.T.A.R Puppy classes are at 9 a.m. Saturday and meet every Saturday for six weeks. According to the AKC, per owners who complete this program will receive a medal for their puppy, and AKC Handbook, a discount enrollment in the AKC’s Companion Animal Recovery in case the puppy is lost, and a subscription to a monthly e-mail letter that contains training tips.
The Canine Good Citizen program focuses on teaching a dog good manners at home and  in public and helps pet owners become more confident. The Canine Good Citizen class, for dogs six months and up starts at 10:0 a.m. and meets every Saturday for eight weeks.
Also, all dog owners must show proof that their dogs are current on their vaccinations at the start of the first class.  All dogs must be on a leash at all times, the owners must bring the proper supplies to pick up after their dogs since we will be in a public area, and all dogs must have either an identification tag with their name and address, a tattoo, or a microchip by the completion of the class. For more information and to register your puppy or dog, contact Frensley at K9psychology center@yahoo.com or call 615.230.1063.Classes begin at 9 a.m. at Nat Caldwell Recreation Area this Saturday.

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Audit finds County spent money that was legally questionable
By Josh Nelson
jngallatin@bellsouth.net

An audit of county finances by the state Comptroller’s Office found the Sumner County Commission spent money that was legally questionable.

Auditors pointed to seven loans totaling $679,475 to various school booster clubs that were to be repaid between March 1, 2003, and June 19, 2006.  Last fiscal year, the County Commission forgave the balance of the loans, which totaled $375,913.

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Number of county homeless students increasing

By Marjorie Lloyd

marjorie@thegallatinnews.com

In Sumner County, currently 138 students are identified as homeless. The numbers have increased steadily in the last few months. Gallatin has the highest number, Hendersonville the second highest and Portland, the third highest number.

 “This is the largest number we’ve ever had,” said Unity.com Director Marijo Monette in a recent interview, “even the year we had Hurricane Katrina. This is still the highest number.”

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Coming Events
March 7

Castalian Springs Community Club meeting and pot-luck dinner is at 6:30 p.m. at the Castalian Springs Community Center located at the corner of Hilton Lane and Hartsville Pike. All Castalian Springs and surrounding area residents are invited to join us for dinner and fellowship. If you are joining us for the first time bring a side dish, salad or desert for the pot-luck dinner. Dinner is promptly at 6:30 p.m.

March 7

Sumner County Young Marines will host their 2nd Annual Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction at the American Legion Post 17, 1140 S. Water Ave, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Cost: $5.00 per person (Children ages 12 and under $3.00 --- Children ages 2 and under FREE).

March 7

The Sumer County Democratic Women will meet at Shoney’s Restaurant in Hendersonville. Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at  9:15 a.m. Donations for Friends of Hannah, an animal support group,  will be collected. Food, towels, cleaning supplies, money are appreciated. Contact scdw_president@comcast.net.

March 7

Iris Bloom Beauty Pageant,  at Robert F. Woodall Elementary School in White House, includes ages infant to 18yrs old (including boys categories of infant to age 6).  The registration form can be downloaded at:   http://www.rcstn.net/whhs.patriot.partners/fundraisers. Pageant sponsored by and benefitting the White House Heritage School Patriot Partners.

March 9

The Station Camp High School Choral Deptartment will present a formal concert at 7:00 p.m. at Center Point Baptist Church in Hendersonville. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 230-3185.

March 10, 12

The Hendersonville High School Select Chorus will present their Spring Coffee House each evening at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Come and enjoy an evening of dessert, coffee and entertainment in the lobby of HHS. Tickets can be purchased for $5 from any Select Chorus member or from the office at HHS.

March 10

The public is invited to be part of a live studio audience at 7 p.m. for a taping of a nationally televised program hosted by Jason Crabb, at Trinity Music City, USA in Hendersonville. There are 1500 free seats available.

March 11

Gallatin Chapter TVA Retirees will meet at the King Solomon Masonic Lodge on East Main Street at 1 p.m. Guest speaker will be county executive, Anthony Holt. For more information call Al Goguen at 325-6938.

March 11, 12

Mid Cumberland Community Action Agency U.S.D.A. Commodity Distribution is from 9 a.m. til 3 p.m. at Mid Cumberland CAA, 600 Small Street #122. Call Ruby or Linda at 452-7570 for more information.

March 12

Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Chip Forrester will address the Sumner County Democratic Party at 6 p.m. at the Hendersonville Public Library, 140 Saundersville Rd. This is a free event open to all Democrats. For information, visit www.sumnerdems.org or call 230-0973.

March 13

Sumner County Retired Teachers Association will meet at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ at 744 Hartsville Pike. Registration begins at 11 a.m.  Featured speaker will be Family Literacy Coordinator, Heather Smith from Vanderbilt University. Lunch will be sponsored and catered by Green Bank of Gallatin.

March 14

A bluegrass concert with Barry Scott and Second Wind is at the Cookeville Community Center, at 7  p.m. Call 931-256-0777 for more information.

March 14

American Legion Post 17 Open House, part of the American Legion 90th Birthday Celebration is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1140 south Water. For more information call 452-0590.

March 15

Pastor Will A. Duncan and the Senior Choir of Rome Missionary Baptist Church at 1277 Avondale Road, Hendersonville invite the public to their Choir Anniversary at 2:30 p.m. Pastor McClain and Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Madison are special guests.

March 15

Registration for a Memorial Day weekend family reunion trip for the McDonalds and Wrights is due. For $20, those registering will travel by Greyline Bus to Hardyville, KY. At least 50 people must pre-register in order to secure the bus reservation. Call Georgia Wright at 452-6844 for complete details.

March 14

Liberty UMC will host a free concert at the church  at 6:30 featuring the Music City Boys and other guest singers. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow. The concert is open to the public and a love offering will be accepted. The church is on Liberty Lane. Liberty Lane is located off Red River Road or Upper Station Camp Creek Road.

March 14-15

First Baptist Church of Gallatin, located at 205 Main Street, will celebrate its 150th Anniversary. In recognition of its rich history, several of the church’s former pastors and staff will return to celebrate with members and visitors at a “Birthday Bash” on Saturday, March 14, 2-5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The community is invited to drop in and enjoy this reception and an historic photo display tracing the church’s roots back to 1859, as well as a 100-year old church time capsule with its memorable contents. A Children’s Birthday Bash with supervised activities, games and goodies will be available for babies and children through 5th grade during these hours. On Sunday, March 15, members and guests will enjoy special music and a pictorial panoramic history at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Learn more about First Baptist Church of Gallatin at www.fbcgallatin.org, or call 452.5715.

March 17

Salem Community Club meets at 6 p.m. Please bring a dish. County Commissioner Frank Freels and County Executive Anthony Holt will be speakers. Call Mildred Cornell at 452-0425 or Margaret Hunter at 452-3845 for more information.

March 20

The Volunteer Band, with a brand new sound will provide music at the Saint Patrick’s Day dance at the Gallatin Senior Center, 200 Franklin Street,  451-1531. Dance starts at 7:00 p.m. with potluck dinner at 8:30 p.m. $5.00 per person, $7.50 for couples. Web: gallatinseniorcenter.org.

March 21

Liberty UMC will hold it’s 2nd annual chili cook-off from 4-8 p.m. Entry details will be announced shortly.  The cook-off is open to the public. The church is on Liberty Lane, located off Red River Road or Upper Station Camp Creek Road.

March 24

Volunteer State College Alumni Association breakfast will be in the Rochelle Center from 7:30 to 9 a.m. There is no cost to Vol State Alum.

March 27, 28, 29

Big Bubba’s 6th Annual Make a Wish Bash - Softball Tournament benefiting Make a Wish Middle Tennessee Chapter will be the weekend of March 27th  through March  29th. Family night is Friday, March 27th with a Celebrity Game and Concert 7pm to 10pm. Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th is the softball tournament. The concert and tournament will be at Drake’s Creek Park located in Hendersonville behind Demos’ restaurant on Indian Lake Blvd.  You may go to www.bigbubbasbash.com for more information.


FYI

The following Gallatin location will provide free VITA tax preparation assistance. Bring photo ID, Social Security card and last year’s tax return: Gallatin Senior Citizens Center, 200 East Franklin Street, every Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 3:30, January 29 through April 14.


Is your house cold and drafty? Is your heating bill out of control? Your house may need an energy makeover. Through the Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency Weatherization Assistance Program, your house could receive new insulation, caulking, door and window repair or replacement, and many other money and energy saving measures. MCCAA is currently accepting applications for the Weatherization Assistance Program.  The WAP services are free to qualifying clients. Interested clients in the MCCAA service area may contact their local outreach office, or call Debbie Houser, the WAP program director, at 615-742-1113, Ext 17. If your home has been weatherized in the past by MCCAA, please be advised that you will not qualify, as this is a one- time only service for eligible clients.


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


Are you struggling to pay your monthly energy bill? You may qualify for assistance. Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency is currently accepting applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Qualifying applicants could be eligible to receive a one- time award on their home energy bill. Interested applicants in the MCCAA service area should contact their local outreach office for assistance, or call 615-742-1113 ext.19 to have an application mailed to you. Proof of household monthly income and a copy of your energy bill are required to apply.


Free tax preparation and e-filing at the Gallatin Public Library (formerly at Hartsville Pike Church of Christ). Appointments are available with one of six counselors Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The service is sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS for low to middle income taxpayers. With AARP T.C.E., the emphasis is on those 60 and over, but no one is turned away who meets the income levels.


The Samaritan Group is applying for grant funds from the THDA HOME program to provide home ownership and rental opportunities for low income citizens of Sumner County. The Samaritan Group will assist low income eligible individuals and families to acquire affordable housing using THDA HOME funds to (1) To assist in acquiring a down payment to eligible potential home owners, and (2)  To built units of affordable rental housing. The units will be single family houses. THDA will announce the grants in July, and if awarded, we will begin recruiting eligible clients at that time.

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Errors found in Vol State audit
By Josh Nelson
jngallatin@bellsouth.net

An audit by the state Comptroller’s Office of Volunteer State Community College and college’s affiliated foundation found 15 errors in their annual financial reports for the years ending June 30, 2005, and June 30, 2006.

“Based on our audit, we found that the former Assistant Vice President for business and Finance made…errors because of carelessness, oversight, or misapplication of the accounting standards or accounting guidance,” the Comptroller’s Office wrote in the audit.


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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor;

“Stimulate Me !!!!”

Based on a population of 302 million, each individual’s share of the $787 Billion stimulus package is roughly $2600. If the government issued a debit/credit type card for $2000 to each person (saving us taxpayers $183 Billion) with an expiration date of 12/31/09,  we could

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Obama's Speech to America

Having been a supporter of Barack Obama during the recent presidential election, I wasn’t surprised at his excellent speech addressing Congress and the American people Tuesday night.  What did surprise me was the real-time polling showing McCain voters and Republicans with sky-high approval throughout the speech, even during the most populist moments. 
That looks like widespread agreement 

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Obituaries

Ernest Richard Corley, Jr.

born December 17, 1940, died February 22, 2009 after a valiant battle against Parkinson’s Disease.  Predeceased by parents E.R. and Pauline (Polly) Crawford Corley.  Survived by wife of 45 years, Nancy Krider Corley; daughters Jennifer Kotler (Jonathan), Rachel Higgs (Clark), Leisel Keaton (Aaron); brother Paul Corley (Jody); grandchildren Corley Marion and Elle Kate Kotler, Wilson, William Crawford and Wyatt Higgs, Savannah and soon-to-be-born Burke Richard Keaton; nephew Jason (Leigh Ann), Jack and Caroline Corley; niece Jessica (Brett), Clare and Campbell Jones; and a host of Corley and Crawford cousins.

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Teachers contract still under negotiation

By Marjorie Lloyd

mlgallatin@bellsouth.net


Representatives of the Sumner County School System’s central office and the Board of Education and those of the Sumner County Education Association have begun the process of negotiating the three-year contract between the two groups. The current contract ends June 30, and the new one begins July 1, if negotiations are completed.

 

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Work in progress

 City officials said this week that the work on the downtown revitalization project is on target for completion in the fall.  

Work in Phase I, which consists of North Water from Franklin Street to Main Street, proceeded more quickly than anticipated, officials said, allowing the contractor to pour new sidewalks sooner than expected.

There are some areas within Phase I where the sidewalks will not be replaced until a future date, though, because those areas either connect to a plaza area, a handicapped parking space, or replacement of the storm water sewer line.

The focus of the work shifted late last week from work on the sidewalks to the replacement of the storm water sewer line that runs from the Square down to Town Creek.

The goal of replacing the storm water sewer line replacement is to improve drainage on and around the square.

Crews are currently working at the intersection of North Water and East Eastland and will work their way back up North Water.

This portion of the project, however, is taking longer than anticipated – possibly two or three weeks, officials said.

Once the storm water sewer line is installed, the sidewalk on North Water along the Courthouse is scheduled to be removed, and then work will move into the “L” portion of the square.

 

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Three sentenced in murder-for-hire case

By Candy Webb

cwhendersonville@bellsouth.net


A woman who thought she would collect $2 million by hiring a high school student to murder her mother was sentenced in a Sumner County courtroom with her co-defendants yesterday.

Though the intended murder victim Karen Colleen Stribel resided in Wilson County, the recorded conversations providing proof of the murder for hire plot took place in Sumner County, thereby giving Sumner County venue jurisdiction over the case.

Lauren Ashley Morrow of Castalian Springs was

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