By Josh Nelson
Two of the ranking members of the Sumner County Commission had different reactions to the events of the Tuesday night’s Sumner County School Board meeting.
County Commission Chairman Merrol Hyde of Hendersonville said Wednesday he was not swayed by the meeting.
“My position is still the same,” he said in a telephone interview. “For the last couple of years, I can’t remember a time where the relationship between the County Commission and the School Board has been worse, and the only thing I hope for – and I don’t care who is the Director of Schools is or the School Board members are – I just hope to get back to a good working relationship, because right now there is no trust or relationship with the School Board.”
Hyde, who said he was not able to be at the School Board meeting, went on to say that he’s still bothered that money was transferred from the renovation of Portland Middle School to be used for the construction of Drakes Creek Elementary and paving projects in Gallatin and Hendersonville.
“That bothered me quite a bit because of the trust factor,” he said. “Most of us on the County Commission truly thought that we would be truly involved in the decisions. Whether it was legal or not, I’m not sure, there are opinions both ways, but if you want a good relationship with the County Commission, you would want them involved in those kinds of decisions, so I’m bothered that we were not consulted or involved.”
Hyde said he has still not identified where the money would come from to renovate Portland Middle School.
“No, I have not, and one of the options is that it wouldn’t be renovated, which would be a travesty, but I have no idea,” he said.
Education Committee Chairman Paul Decker also serves as Commission Chairman Pro Tempore.
“As the Chair of the Education Committee, we certainly want to continue to build a relationship between the School Board and the committee, and work with Mr. Bills to continue to provide a first-class school system,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
“We’re at a point now where the board has been able to air some of their differences, and there is a new board and perhaps we can mend some fences and get back on a positive footing,” Decker continued.
“It’s a new board with new ideas, and we just want to develop a good working relationship,” he went on to say. “I’ve known Benny for many years – he appointed me principal of Hendersonville High School in 1980 and I know he’s a good school person and he does what he thinks is right, and just like we talked about in that meeting (last Thursday between the County Commission leadership and Bills) we need to go through the proper channels.”
Decker, too, said that he does not know the fate of the scheduled renovation of Portland Middle School.
“There has not been any direct discussion or votes,” he said. “What I think the school system has to do is move to the second phase (of the school construction and renovation program) and we need to look at that. With the money designated for the first phase, let’s all pull together and look at the second phase.”
“We need to finish up the first phase and look at the second and reevaluate what we talked about 18 months ago about facilities and make a decision and make decisions together and make a recommendation to the County Commission so it can do what it can to support what the needs are.”
“But I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish over the years and I want to continue that,” Decker added.
By Marjorie Lloyd
Homecoming Week at Gallatin High School has been overshadowed by rumors that have been circulating recently among students that a shooting would occur Friday at the pep rally.
The following is an email sent to parents of students by Principal Ron Becker today.
Updates will be published as more information is available.
By Marjorie Lloyd
Sumner County Director of Schools Benny Bills remains the Director of Schools.
Despite what many in the last few days have called an “ambush” and a single-minded attempt to wrest his authority away and publicly humiliate the Director with accusations of illegal actions and also, in the process, establish iron control over the Sumner County Board of Education, Bills had
Gallatin Senior Center, at 200 Franklin Street, will host the Fall dance beginning at 7 p.m. followed by a potluck dinner at 8:30. Live music provided by the Volunteer Band. The center is located across the street from Christian Towers.gallatinseniorcenter.org
The Col. Jethro Sumner Chapter, D.A.R., will have a chapter meeting, 1:00 p.m., at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ, 744 Hartsville Pike, in Gallatin. Chapter members, Ruth Lovell and Virginia Melton, will present a program on The Constitution. Hostesses for the meeting will be Julia Carnahan, Peggy Govan and Syble McGee. For more information, please call 451-2538.
Movies by Starlight featuring Kung Fu Panda and Iron Man begins at 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer State Community College. Bring a blanket or chairs to this free event.
The Gallatin High School Football Homecoming Parade will be at 4 p.m. Line up will begin at 3 p.m. on the GHS campus along the drive parallel to the track. Organizations and individuals that want to participate in the parade must submit an entry form which is available at Gallatin High School and on the school’s website. The theme is “Save a Colt; Ride the Green Wave”. Please note that political slogans, banners or other election campaign materials are prohibited on any parade entry. The deadline for submitting requests to enter is 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 16. Contact Jay Lovett, assistant principal at 452-2621 for more information.
The Crossroads Community Center Auction & Cakewalk will begin with supper from 4-5:30 p.m. (Green and pinto beans, potato salad, slaw, ham, dessert and drink for a donation.) The cakewalk will be from 5:30-6:30. Music by Portland City Limits will be from 6:30-7:30. The auction will be held at 7:30. Please bring a lawn chair. To donate cakes or auction items call 666-3994 or 644-3368. Proceeds go to community center for building expenses.
Gallatin Chapter of Optimist International will host an all you can eat spaghetti supper at American Legion Post 17 at 1140 South Water Ave. from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will support community programs that benefit children in the community. For more information call Keith Bean at 442-1846 or Kate Novitsky at 452-6811.
Fairfield Masonic Lodge #553 will host its annual fish fry at the lodge on Hwy 174 (Fairfield Rd.) from 11 a.m. until the food runs out. The all you can eat meal is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12.
Cages Bend Community Art Sale will be from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Rehoboth United Methodist Church at 2601 Cages Bend Road. There will be mixed media, oil painting, watercolor, handmade beaded jewelry, photography, etc.
A FREE educational event, Learning About Essential Tremor: Diagnosis and Treatment Options will be presented by the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) in Laskey B of the Scarritt Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave. S., Nashville from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Patients, family, friends, caregivers and all healthcare professionals are invited. Registration may be made by calling 888-387-3667 or on-line: www.essentialtremor.org. Free parking is provided and refreshments will be served.
Bledsoe Creek State Park will be celebrating National Public Lands Day 8:30 a.m.- Noon at Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Road. Volunteers from Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Young Marines, School Groups, Church Groups, Civic Groups and private individuals are needed to help clean up Bledsoe Creek and Bledsoe Creek State Park. Land owners along Bledsoe Creek are encouraged to set aside this time to clean their area of the creek. Landowners are invited to take pictures of their cleaning project and bring it to the park. Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park will host a wiener roast and picnic after the clean up for all volunteers. Please come and join us and help clean up your public lands. For further information contact Sharon Armistead 615-347-3639 or email@example.com
The historic Dry Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church invites the public to a talent show on at 6:30 p.m. Any type of talent is welcome.(singers, instrument players, comedians, magicians, poets, artists, etc.) For more information call, 841-3169, or 230-8292. The church is located at 343 Dry Fork Creek Road, about l0 miles north of Gallatin off Rock Bridge Road.
The September meeting of the Gallatin Chapter of the AARP will be at 2:00 p.m. at Morningside of Gallatin, 1085 Hartsville Pike. Stephanie Harville, director, will provide the program. For more information call Harry Smith at 452-7040.
Volunteers are needed for one-on-one tutoring for adults in reading or math skills. An introductory session will begin at 5 p.m. No prior teaching experience is required, just a willingness to help someone. Tutors and students met once a week for one to two hours in a safe environment. The program is customized to the individual needs of the student and the availability of the tutor. Call Terry Huffman, Literacy Coordinator, Sumner County Adult Education P rogram, at 451-5425 to attend the session.
Volunteer State Community College will host a Fall Job Career Fair from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Pickel Field House Gymnasium.
Benefit for Portland native Dewel Bullington will be held at the new Portland High School, Thursday, September 25th at 7:30 p.m. There will be performances by The McCormick Brothers, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, The Dale McCoury Band, Curly Seckler, Mike Twitty and many more. There is a $10.00 admission charge. All proceeds will be donated to Dewel Bullington.
St. John Missionary Baptist Church at 1085 New Shackle Island Road will host a revival at 7:00 each evening. Lecturer for Thursday is Pastor Cordell Haynie from the Second Baptist Church, Lebanon. Preacher for Thursday is Rev. Frank Kelly Jr., Associate Minister, Second Baptist. Lecturer for Friday is Rev. Anthony Hopgood, Assisting Minister, First Baptist, Gallatin. Preacher for Friday is Pastor Derrick Jackson, First Baptist, Gallatin. Saturday at 7 p.m. features “the preachers” of the East Fork District Association and other Male Choruses. Sunday is American Baptist College Day at 6 p.m. An offering will be received to benefit the college.
Shalom Zone will be hosting an open house in the newly remodeled facility beginning at 10:30 a.m. There will be tours of the building, light refreshments and a short program. The public is invited. Call 442-7575 for more information.
Brandywood Nursing Home on Bledsoe Street is having a yard sale to benefit the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk.
The Friends of the Gallatin Library is hosting its 2nd annual TASTE & SEE Kitchen Tour from 10:00 til 4:00. Seven kitchens will be open; each will feature a guest chef and samples of his/her tastiest treats. Local boutiques will have displays in each kitchen. Chefs participating include 5 Chefs Restaurant from Portland; September’s Cafe in the Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville, The Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Aprons from Publix, Linda Rausch’s Everyday Gourmet Catering, Greg West from Gallatin High School’s Culinary program, and Steve Sudbury in his own kitchen. Participating businesses are Occasions, Invitations, Etc., Beverly’s Bouquets, Red Tulip, Melanie’s Custom Framing, Publix, and Roxanna’s Closet. Tickets (actually booklets with recipes and features about each kitchen, chef, and business) can be purchased at the Gallatin Library, Perkins, Red Tulip, and the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce. Only a limited number of tickets have been printed, so get yours today. (Last year was a sell-out!) For more information, call 452-6700.
“My Hometown-Local Business Showcase” is at City Square Shopping Center in downtown Hendersonville from 11 till 3.. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Sumner County. Bring your pet dog and participate in our “Pet Contest” - 10 category’s to enter, $ 5.00 per entry, per dog. Contest starts at 12:00,. Visit on-site adoptable dogs, hamburgers/hot dogs, drinks, cotton candy, Antique Classic Car Show, Drakes Creek Boats on Display, Kids games and inflatables. Vist local vendor booths, silent auction, door prizes, etc.... Bring the whole family and support the animals at the Humane Society of Sumner County.
The 4th Annual Library Guild yard sale will be from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Martin Curtis Hendersonville Public Library, 116 Dunn Street. A wide assortment of clothing, furniture, household and seasonal items will be offered with all proceeds benefiting the library. The Guild is accepting donations of lightly used items for the sale, pick-up is available. To make a donation, or for additional information, please contact Peri Allman at 424.0605 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Household hazardous waste collection event will be from 9 a.m. until 2 at Volunteer State College at 1480 Nashville Pike.
Key to the City Club of Sumner County will host a benefit, “Celebrations!” - Tablescapes/Fashion Show by Coldwater Creek / Lunch / Market Place with vendor shopping at Country Hills Golf Club in Hendersonville. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for shopping and lunch, catered by Movable Feast, Inc. at 11:30 a.m. Tickets, $25, are available in advance by calling 812-6862. All proceeds from this event will go to HomeBound Meals, Gallatin Home Safe and Sumner County Humane society.
Have you ever thought about being a foster parent but just did not know how to get started or whether it was a good fit for you? Youth Villages would like to help you find the answers. Come and join us at 6:00 p.m. at the Portland Church of Christ located at 200 North Russel Street, Portland. Here you will receive information on our therapeutic foster care program, hear testimonials from current foster parents, and have a chance to win door prizes. Spaces are limited and you must RSVP. Contact Emily Moore at 615-250-7270 or at email@example.com for more information and to reserve your spot.
The Gallatin Business and Professional Women will meet at the Department of Electricity at 6:30 p.m. for the social, followed by a program at 7 p.m. Senator Diane Black and Representative Debra Maggart will speak. Contact BPW president Sara Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
October 2, 3, 4
Victory Chapel at 800 N. Broadway (109/TGT Rd) is having a flea market during Old Timers Weekend. Booths are available for $8-$15 a day depending on the size. Call Dyan Reynolds at 325-2433, Joyce Meadows at 325-4378 or Nesha Knight at 325-0672 for more details.
The Portland Masonic Lodge #326 will host it’s annual fish fry at the fellowship hall behind the lodge at 505 Hwy 52E from 3 p.m. until the food runs out. $7 adults, $4 children under 12 years. Proceeds will support lodge charities and functions.
Safe Place for Animals fundraiser/rummage sale is from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at their new location at 243 West Eastland Avenue. To donate your unwanted items call Beckie at 452-9810.
Just for You Women’s Clothing Sale, sponsored by Volunteer Friends of Sumner Regional Health System, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Cafeteria Area at Sumner Regional Medical Center.All proceeds benefit the medical scholarship fund and other benevolent causes of the SRHS volunteers.
Rose Mont’s Annual Membership Dinner and Meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Rose Mont at 810 South Water. Dinner will be potluck and everyone interested in historic preservation is invited to attend. Membership is $10 per person or $15 per family per year.
HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS
Gallatin High School Class of 1998 is planning their 10 year reunion for September 27. If you are a member of the graduating class or know a graduate, please contact the committee with your mailing address at email@example.com or call Amanda Yates Slusher at 230-8229.
Westmoreland High School Class of 1978 is planning a 30 year reunion October 18 at 6:30 at Macon Bank in Westmoreland. Call Mildred Herald Cornwell, 452-0425 or 972-9749 for more information.
Gallatin High School Class of 1988 is planning a 20 year reunion September 19 and 20 at Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club. For more information call (615) 646-7777 or visit www.classactreunion.com. Gallatin High School Class of 1968 has scheduled their 40th reunion, August 23 at Gallatin Country Club.
Call Linda Stiles at 452-0173 or Sam Reynolds at 452-7786 for details.
Gallatin High School class of 1953 will have a reunion Saturday, November 1 at Cherokee Steak House. Visitors from other classes are welcome.For information call 452-7276, email firstname.lastname@example.org or 826-8159, email email@example.com. Monthly get-togethers continue every third Monday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Dining Room.
Thursday is Senior Discount Day at Goodwill. Shoppers 60 years of age and older receive 20% off their entire purchase. (Must present a valid ID at time of purchase) Purchases help fund Goodwill’s mmission of helping people get and keep jobs. For employment help, contact the Gallatin Career Solutions office at 452-7745.
By Marjorie Lloyd
Sunday, September 7, changed the American economy.
In what some consider to be a desperate measure and others to be the salvation of the housing mortgage market and thus the American economy, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. announced the federal government had placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship, somewhat equivalent to bankruptcy. The impact on the American and the world economies is enormous. According to the International Monetary Fund, as reported in the Washington Post, the global losses are heading toward $1 trillion.
By Marjorie Lloyd
Mike Fussell, who has in the past year established himself as an outspoken member of the Sumner County Board of Education, often taking adversarial positions toward the management of the Sumner County School System and Director of Schools Benny Bills, was elected chairman of the Board of Education for the School Year 2008-09 in a special called meeting Tuesday night, replacing Will Duncan (District 9). Duncan declined his nomination for the chairman’s position by Rob Wheeler (District 5). The only dissenting vote came from Wheeler, who served as the previous vice-chairman. Fussell represents District 1 (Hendersonville) for the Board of Education.
By Marjorie Lloyd
Gail Denson and her son Chris cut a bright red ribbon at the top of the front porch steps at their new home on Lincoln Street, Sunday afternoon, as family and friends and other well wishers cheered. A light breeze kept onlookers comfortable on a hot, dusty afternoon. Members of the Girl Scout Troop 1175 presented the family an American flag and placed it on the corner of the porch. The small crowd then repeated the Pledge to the Flag.
This celebration was the culmination of months of planning, of volunteers coming together from throughout the county to help with construction, and the teamwork of community representatives who organized and made this house a reality.
By Marjorie Lloyd
Despite a delay of several months due to County Commission budget discussions and the wait for information about state funding, teachers’ salaries for the Sumner County School System are on the verge of being determined.
“The raise is a minimum of 3 percent,” said Ron Hosse, Instructional Coordinator for Schools, who along with Mary Ann Durski, Director of Schools for Finance, and Craig Ott, Assistant Director of Schools for Human Resources, recently negotiated teachers’ salaries with the representatives of Sumner County Education Association members.
A head-on collision early Friday morning left one person in critical condition and the roadway where it occurred blocked and closed for hours. The accident happened about 2:00 a.m. on Highway 109 in Wilson County near the river bridge that crosses the Cumberland River at the Sumner County line, said Laura McPherson, public information officer with the Tennessee Department of Safety.
The accident involved a 2005 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Charles Haney, 19, of Gallatin, and a tractor-trailer driven by James Downs, 50, also of Gallatin.
Women have been screaming for a female to be on the ticket for years. Finally get one and they don’t like the idea that she’s a Republican, attractive, refused an abortion, and it wasn’t Hillary, queen of the Liberals. We may be witnessing the possibility of two women running against each other in 2012 or 2016. You have to wonder if Liberals will ever be satisfied. Let the games begin.
The Political Notebook
A Bridge to Nowhere
The state Department of Transportation last week announced that the Hadley Bend Connector project–a highway link between Hendersonville and Nashville–would not be considered as a possible project under the Tennessee Tollway Act. The project got, at best, lukewarm support on this side of the river, despite strong advocacy by Republicans Sen. Diane Black and Rep. Debra Maggart. There was outright opposition on the Nashville side, and the Tollway Act requires broad public support before a project can be considered.
Things just got more interesting. The wide-open race to replace the irreplaceable Hank Thompson as Sumner County Executive is adding even more spice to a local political scene with three hotly contested state legislative races already off and running. The contest to sit in the big chair in the Administration Building features a contrast of styles, experiences, abilities, and even a few twists.
age 84, of Gallatin, was born August 11, 1924, and passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bryant and Vergie Sircy Shoulders. Mrs. Dias was saved at the age of 11 and has been a member of Mace’s Hill Missionary Baptist Church since that time. She is survived by her husband, Neal Dias, Gallatin; daughters, Debra Dale, Bartlett, TN, Janie Sturgill, Gallatin; brothers, Hugh Shoulders, Cato, W. B. Shoulders, Jr., Gallatin; grandchildren, Dennis Sneed, Bartlett, Stephanie Goeman, Ft. Myers, FL, and great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Sneed, Woodlands, TX, and Ava Goeman, Ft. Myers, FL. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, August 29, 2008, from the chapel of Alexander-Newby Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Boze and Bro. Doug Curtis officiating. Interment will follow in Sumner Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., today and 9 a.m. until the time of service on Friday.
Clifton Wayne Totty
age 64, of Gallatin passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2008. Mr. Totty was born in Indianapolis, IN, August 23, 1943 son of Armistead Clifton Totty, who precedes him in death and Mildred Pauline Petty Totty, who survives. He is also survived by one son, John Totty and wife Aileen of Noblesville, IN; two daughters, Jennifer Allan and husband James, of Martinsville, IN and Carol Nevitt and husband Steven of Coatesville, IN; eight grandchildren; Tyler, Alyson, Logan, Lindsey, Michael, Megan, Nicholas and Jacob. A private memorial service will be held at a later date, family and friends will be notified. Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.
James D. Plummer
age 82, of Gallatin passed away Saturday, August 23, 2008. Funeral service was Tuesday, August 26 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park. Family and friends served as pallbearers. Mr. Plummer was born September 5, 1925 son of the late James A. Plummer and Dorthea Durkee Plummer Stutt. He served in the US Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict and was a member of Cairo Methodist Church. He also served in the Air Force. He is survived by his wife Bernice, of Gallatin; one son Robert (Judy) Plummer of Portland; three grandchildren, Michael Sessler, Robert O. (Jennifer) Plummer, Shawn (Kelly) Matthews and three great grandchildren, Courtney McDermott, Kelsie Matthews, Madison Matthews and a very special friend Spec. Online condolences may be sent at www.familyheritage.com
Erma T. Graves
age 97, of Bethpage passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2008. Funeral service was 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2008 from Family Heritage Funeral Home chapel with Elder Jerry Boze officiating. Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Larry Garrett, Brandon Troutt, Steven Graves, Jerry Perry, Ernest Black and Woodson White. Mrs. Graves was born December 22, 1910 daughter of William and Lola Garrett in Newrow, KY. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by husband Hubert Graves; two brothers, Elmer D. Garrett, William Thomas Garrett and one sister Geraldine Hunter. She was a longtime member of the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church and Oak Grove Home Demonstration Club. She is survived by one son Delano Graves and his wife Ruth of Bethpage; a sister-in-law Estelle Woodruff; one grandson Steven Graves and his wife Debbie; three great grandchildren, Mary Ruth Graves, Haley Graves and Glenda Troutt and her husband Brandon. On line guest register at www.familyheritagefh.com.
William “Bill” Wright
age 79, of Gallatin passed away Thursday, August 21, 2008. Funeral service was Saturday, August 23 from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home. Burial was in Sumner Memorial Gardens.Mr. Wright was born in Hendersonville July 6, 1929 son of the late James Madison Wright and Mattie Ann Dixon Wright. He is also preceded in death by a sister, Ann Schell. He is survived by his wife, Samma Hickerson Wright of Gallatin; children, Suzanne Freeland and husband Preston of Cadiz, KY., Penny Freeland of Bethpage, Michael Wright of Westmoreland, Judy Spain of Jacksonville, FL., LTC James Beasley and wife Marcia of Clarksville; brothers, Clifford Wright and wife Shirley of IL, Jimmy Wright and wife Barbara Ann of Jamestown; sister June Allen of Gallatin; six grandchildren, Melissa Drew Wright, Karen Roy and Luke, Stacy Freeland, Preston Freeland, Jr., Melissa Martinez and Mario, Neil Beasley, and eight great-grandchildren. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.familyheritagefh.com.
Denise Lynn Perdue
age 50, of Greer, South Carolina passed away Friday, August 22, 2008. She was an employee of Hewlett-Packard. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she was the daughter of Richard and Marjean Parriott. She is survived by husband, James Robert (Bob) Perdue; brothers, David (Joan) of Cumming, GA, Doug (Carol) Parriott, Mt. Juliet, TN, Donald (Karen) Parriott of Lebanon; parents-in-law James H. (JoAnn) Perdue and Susie (J.L.) Hale of Gallatin. A memorial service will be today, August 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church in Madison. A graveside service will follow at Sumner Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.
age 79, of Gallatin, was born November 20, 1928, and passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ivey, and her parents, Jim and Belle Vance Ladd. Mrs. Ivey is survived by her special friends, Stephen and Melissa Burgett, Gallatin. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., today, August 28, 2008, from the chapel of Alexander-Newby Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the Eulia Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday and continues at 10 a.m. until the time of service, today.
Geneva May Pedigo
age 90, of Gallatin, formerly of Westmoreland, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2008. Services were Sunday, August 24 at Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland with Rev. Lorin Pedigo and Rev. Larry Pedigo officiating. Interment followed at Eulia Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Duffer, Wayne Kemper, Keith Pedigo, Eric Pedigo, Chris Pedigo and Terry Templeton. Mrs. Pedigo was a member of Leath’s Chapel Methodist Church and worked for a number of years at Lawnlite. She was preceded in death by husband, James (Boots) Eugene Pedigo; parents, Andrew B. and Fannie May Williams Lauderdale; brothers and sisters, Willie Lauderdale, Clyde Lauderdale, Agnes Lauderdale, James Lauderdale and Ruby Templeton; grandchildren, Harold Pedigo, Jr., and great grandson Grayson Kemper. Survivors are, daughter, Martha Pedigo of Hendersonville; sons, Harold Pedigo of Franklin, KY, Larry Pedigo of Gallatin, Gaylon Pedigo of Lafayette; brother, Guthrie Lauderdale of Gallatin; sister, Christine Shoulders of Portland; 15 grandchildren, five step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and six step-great grandchildren.
Micah Joe Carter
age three months, of Westmoreland passed away August 20, 2008. Services were Saturday, August 23 at Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland with Brother Jimmy Kelly officiating and interment at Caldwell Cemetery. Survivors are parents, Robert Allen Carter and Tracye Lynn Caldwell of Westmoreland; sisters, Courtney Caldwell and Christa Graves of Westmoreland; brother, Robert Braxton Carter of Westmoreland; paternal grandparents, David and Brenda Wallace of Westmoreland; maternal grandparents, Jo and Peggy Caldwell of Westmoreland; maternal great-grandmother, Delorse Caldwell of Westmoreland and paternal great-grandmother, Betty Lee Carter of Westmoreland.
Robert (Magci) Dean Hammonds
was born March 10, 1954 and departed this life August 21, 2008 at 3 a.m. at Summit Regional Hospital. He leaves to mourn, his beloved mother and his eight sisters and four brothers, his wife and children, along with a host of family and friends. A memorial service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Scattersville Cemetery in Portland
By Josh Nelson
The repercussions of the expansion of the Sumner County Airport could end up helping build a new facility to be used as the county pound.
The airport is planning on expanding its runway so larger planes could land in the county.
The move is seen as an attempt at spurring economic development, because if larger planes can land at the airport, more corporate headquarters might be interested in relocating to Sumner County.
In order for the airport to extend its runway, however, the school system must either make their transportation building smaller or to another location and tear down the existing building.
By Josh Nelson
The latest dust-up between the County Commission and the Sumner County Schools took place Tuesday night over the issue of parking lots.
Director of Schools Benny Bills and School Board Chairman Will Duncan, who make up the Schools’ Executive Committee, decided to use $800,00 to pave a couple of school parking lots, including the lot at Gallatin High School.
The money was originally in the school system’s budget last year, but the two decided to use money from the $75 million bond issued for Phase I of the county’s school construction and renovation program instead.
By Josh Nelson
County Executive Ragan Hall has found a person to perform euthanasia at the county pound at a cheaper rate than the previous veterinarians.
Doctors David and Nathan Clariday of Mt. Juliet had a contract with the county that paid them $250 to make the trip to the Sumner County pound to perform euthanasia and another $25 for each animal that was euthanized.
The Claridays’ bills to the county had been running roughly $10,000 a month, depending on the month.
“I have cut the cost for the county,” Hall said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
By Josh Nelson
Now that last Thursday’s qualifying deadline, the ballot is set for the Gallatin City Council elections that will take place in November.
One At-large Council seat is open with the retirement of incumbent Deotha Malone.
In addition, incumbents in the First District and Second District are both facing challengers.
Four candidates are vying for the At-large seat: Steve Fann, Tom Garrott, Chuck McKinney, and Albert Strawther, Jr.
Garrott is a former Mayor and Council member who represented the Third District, which is roughly the area from South Water over to Maple Street and the southern two-thirds of Lock 4 Road.
Standoff subject dies, joint investigation pending
By Marjorie Lloyd
Herbert Hipsher died Friday after he kept officers from the Gallatin Police Department and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office in a standoff last Thursday morning at Chapel Ridge Apartments near Airport Road.
When negotiations failed, the exchange of gunfire between the 79-year-old man and officers ended with Hipsher having a jaw wound.
According to GPD Media Officer Bill Storment, at the scene, Hipsher was alert and speaking with the paramedics attending him.
The National Defense Force will meet at 7 p.m. in the headquarters building at 116 Bledsoe across from the Sheriff’s Department in Gallatin. Members and anyone interested in becoming a member are invited to attend. Call 596-5583 for more details.
The Gallatin Business and Professional Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Department of Electricity on Jones Street. The speaker will be Hendersonville attorney and candidate for the legislative 45th district, Andy Allman. For more information contact Sara Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sumner aids in Trousdale Fire
By Julie Brackenbury
Photos by Josh Nelson & Julie Brackenbury
It was Sumner County to the rescue of the fires that seemed to blaze out of control just across the county line in Trousdale County.
The fire occurred just off Bass Road which is located at Highway 25 and Highway 231.