Emma Dorothy Harrison
age 87, of Marion, KY, formerly of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Funeral service was Sunday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Siloam Cemetery in Westmoreland. Family and friends serviceed as pallbearers. Mrs. Harrison worked at the Sumner County Courthouse in the Building Commissioners Office. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Thomas Oscar (T.O.) Harrison, two sons John and Roy Harrison and two brothers. She is survived by two grandsons, Tim Harrison (Mandi) of Marion, KY, Tommy Harrison (Regina) of Princeton, KY; four great grandchildren, Dani, Maggie, Quentin and Kristen Harrison and best friend Dorothy Dennis of Gallatin. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com
William Patrick Suddarth
“Chip”, age 30, of Gallatin, died Saturday May 8, 2010. Funeral service was Wednesday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. Rehoboth Methodist Church with Reverend Mike Potts and Reverend Cathy Leimenstell officiating. Interment followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William H. Suddarth, Sr. and Virginia D. Suddarth, maternal grandfather Thedford Leon Kelley and a cousin Dustin Caleb Alexander. Chip was born in Hendersonville, February 15, 1980. He is survived by his wife Ashley Embry Suddarth of Gallatin; two children, Ella Grace Suddarth and Owen Patrick Suddarth; mother Patricia Kelley Brown (Henry) of Gallatin; father William H. “Billy” Suddarth (Angela) of Nashville; maternal grandmother Mrs. Leon “Patsy” Kelley of Gallatin; paternal grandmother Clara Louise Suddarth of Gallatin; stepmother Lisa Suddarth Nease of Nashville; brothers, Philip Brown (Melissa) of Westmoreland, William Trent Suddarth of Knoxville, Justin Chew of Raleigh, N.C.; sisters, Leah Schlacter (Dave) Murfreesboro, Jennifer Roberts of Murfreesboro, Tatum Brooke Suddarth of Knoxville, Jessica Chew of Raleigh, N.C.; uncles Ted Kelley (Allie), of Gallatin and Jimmy Suddarth (Joan) of Hendersonville; aunts, Deborah K. Critz, Connie Alexander and Terri K. Woodward (Fred) all of Gallatin and many cousins. The family request memorials be directed to Citizen Bank 150 West Main Street, Gallatin, TN 37066 for the Owen Patrick Suddarth and Ella Grace Suddarth Fund. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Julius Edgar Bruce
better known as Eddie, age 73, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2010. Funeral service was Wednesday May 19, at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Dee Russell officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mr. Bruce was born in Gallatin, May 4, 1937, son of the late Julius T. Bruce and Ida Caldwell Bruce. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Tommy Bruce, and five sisters, Bessie Taylor, Elizabeth Leskoff, Ada Brobeck, Louise Davis and Alberta Saunders. He is survived by three sisters, Helen Digby and husband George of Green Hills, Thelma Piper and husband Tommy of Brentwood and Dorothy B. Wilson “Dottie” of Green Hills and special niece and nephew-in-law, care givers and friends Carol and Leroy Parker of Gallatin and several other nieces and nephews. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
L.V. Long, Jr.
age 73, of White House, passed away Friday, May 14, 2010. Funeral service was Monday, May 17 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Reverend John McLendon officiating. Burial followed in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Portland with Joe Towers, John Whitefield, Jeff Blackford, Don Lewis, Don Long and Jon Long serving as pallbearers. Mr. Long was born in Robertson County, October 25, 1936, son of the late Leonard V. Long, Sr. and Minnie Annie Gibson Long. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Faye Gentry Long and one daughter Stacy Page Johnson. He is survived by his wife Clara Long; three sons Don Long (Teri) of Hendersonville, Jon Long (Trish) of Nashville, and Joe Towers (Kim) of Goodlettsville; three daughters, Debbie Lewis (Don) of Hendersonville, Donna Whitefield (John) of Hendersonville and Kim Blackford (Jeff) of White House; one brother Joe Long (Martha) of Portland; 18 grandchildren, Olivia Broaddus, Caleb Long, Tanner Broaddus, Michael Lewis, David Lewis, Christi Lewis, Jordan Thomas, Aaron Thomas, Austin Thomas, Caden Blackford, Alexa Blackford, Davis Blackford, Megan Page, Brandon Page, Collin Page, Devon Johnson, Dylan Johnson and Kalei Johnson; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Coker and Marie Milstein and many friends. For those wishing to make memorial donations, please consider The American Cancer Society or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Marlin Dale Johnson, Sr.
entered into eternal life unexpectedly on Saturday, May 15, 2010. He leaves behind three sons and one daughter, Dale, Jr., Daniel (Jennifer) of Joliet, IL and Nathan of Portland; one daughter, Nicole Henderson (Steven) of Brownsville, TN, as well as his sister Renee Parke of Olympia, WA, and his brother Earle Johnson of Texas. Mr. Johnson also leaves behind six grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews as well as many other grieving friends and family members who will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his mother, Clara Johnson and his father Nathan E. Johnson as well as one sister, Arlene and a brother William. Funeral service was Wednesday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Peace officiating. Burial followed in Sumner Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Rose W. Jones
age 73, of Gallatin, passed away Sunday, May 16, 2010. Graveside service was Tuesday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m. from Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Mrs. Jones was born in Carlisle, Tennessee, daughter of the late Bert Allen Warfield and Eula Wyatt Warfield. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Fred Jones and two brothers, E.W. Warfield and Kenneth R. Warfield. She is survived by one son, Nathan Blain of Joelton; two daughters Beverly Phelps Shoop and husband Mike of Pegram, Eyvonne Hunter and husband Gary of Joelton; one brother Lurton “Leon” Warfield of Dover; two sisters, Ellouise Fox and husband Clyde of Dover, and Audrey J. Ross of Harrison, MI, four grandchildren Christopher Phelps, Jennifer Blain, Kirk Phelps, and Melinda Brown and her husband Daniel. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.
Thomas E. David
“Tom”, age 78, of Gallatin, passed away Friday, May 14, 2010. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. from Family Heritage Funeral Home chapel. Mr. David was born October 6, 1931, son of the late William Rufus David and Bessie Owen David. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Steve David and a grandson Eddie Pitts. He is survived by his wife Linda; one daughter Carmine David (Gerald Swetman) of Franklin, TN; one step-daughter Shannon Boshers (Michael) of Hermitage; one sister Dorothy Lee Rader (James) of Franklin, TN; one grandson Josh David; one granddaughter Katherine David and two great grandchildren. The family requests memorials be made to Sumner Hospice, 510 East Main Street, Gallatin, TN 37066. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
William T. Brown
“Billy”, age 74, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 22 at Woodard Funeral Home with Brother Willie Leduc officiating. Interment follows in New Hope Cemetery with military honors. James Levy, Michael Levy, Michael Leduc, David Leduc, Bill Leduc and Marvin Tuttle will serve as pallbearers. Visitation is Friday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. until time of service. Mr. Brown is preceded in death by his father, Lowell Brown, daughter, Rhonda Morales, son, David Brown, granddaughter, Ariel Morales and grandson, Kevin Eidson. Survivors include his mother, Jessie Lee Brown of Westmoreland; daughters, Janet Keen of Portland, Joanie Brown of Bethpage, Carla Walker of Chicago, Billie Joe Graves of Westmoreland; sister, Jean (Willie) Leduc of Westmoreland; grandchildren Jamie and Jolene Deville, Brian Edens, Michael Graves and Tara and Nicole McDonald. Mr. Brown was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Vietnam era.
Patricia Ann Hunter
age 62, of Gallatin, passed away Monday, May 17, 2010. Funeral service is today, Thursday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Forrest Creekmore officiating. Interment follows in Crestview Memorial Park with Tom Davis, James M. Hunter, Jr., Robert Hunter, Johnny Taylor, Jeff Conyer, Jerry Birdwell, Dennis Crews and William Story serving as pallbearers. Remaining visitation is today, 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Mrs. Hunter was born in Sumner County, July 20, 1947, daughter of the late Ernest and Elizabeth Conyer Taylor. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James M. Hunter, Sr. She is survived by one son, Gabe Birdwell; step-son James M. Hunter, Jr. (Betsy) of Gallatin; step-daughters, Mary Belle Hunter of Murfreesboro, Amy King (Mike) of Atlanta, GA, Cathy Scott of Gallatin; brother, Barry Taylor of Florida and sister Peggy Davis (Tom) of Sparta, and six step-grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.
Bing Edward Wakefield
age 70, of Gallatin, passed Tuesday, May 18, 2010. Funeral service is today, Thursday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Doyle Farris officiating. Burial is Friday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Swanson Cemetery in Chapel Hill Cemetery with Paul W. Neal, John W. Jones, Joe Armstrong, Lambert Merryman, Kris Phillips, Troy Kemp, Jordan Kemp and Logan Kemp serving as pallbearers. Remaining visitation is today, 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Mr. Wakefield was born in Gallatin, son of the late Leland and Alma McCullough Wakefield. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Carolyn. He is survived by three daughters, Tonja Jennings of Gallatin, Rewa Kemp ( Troy) of Gallatin and Meredith Wakefield (Kris Phillips) of Georgia; one sister Pam Strong (Larry) of Gallatin; three grandchildren, Jordan and Logan Kemp and Scarlett Jennings and mother-in-law Dorothy Darnell and brother-in-law Lee Darnell both of Lewisburg. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderfh.info.
Fredrick Howard Crider
age 72, of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2010. Funeral service will be Tuesday, May 25 at 3:00 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Peace officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow in the Gallatin Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Mr. Crider was born in Arkansas Pass, Texas, May 9, 1938, son of Fred and Katy Crider. He is survived by his wife Shirley Chaffin Crider of Gallatin; children, Mary Brawner (Robert) of Gallatin, Frederick Crider (Wanda) of Phoenix, AZ, and Gladys Baxter (Aaron) of Gallatin; sisters, Lovie Barringer of Joplin, MO, Edna Wallace of McKinley, FL and 10 grandchildren. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.Barbara Louise Butler age 79 of Gallatin passed away Tuesday May 18, 2010. Funeral service will be Thursday May 20th at 2:30 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home with Dr. Larry Yarbrough and Pastor Marc Huddleston officiating. Burial will follow in Crestview Memorial Park with Doyle Butler, Ken Butler, Kevin Butler, Kerry Butler, Jeff Butler and Wendell Holmes serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be Wednesday May 19th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday 12:30 until time of service.
Barbara Louise Butler
Mrs. Butler was born in Davidson County, Tennessee daughter of the late Henry Woody Jones and Velsa Ann Allen Jones. She is survived by her husband of 61 years George Butler of Gallatin, son Kelly Butler (Kellie) of Nashville, daughters, Karen Mathews (Kevin) of Mt. Juliet and Sherry Butler of Hendersonville, two sisters, Gail Flatt of Gallatin and Geraldine “Geri” Thacker (Charles) of Gallatin, four grandchildren, Liam, Lola, Lex and Lana Butler. The family request memorials be directed to First Baptist Church, 205 East Main Street, Gallatin, TN 37066. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Arrangements by Family Heritage Funeral Home.
Gallatin’s Walter Durham has been recognized by two organizations in Nashville for his achievement in the preservation of historical information and places in Tennessee, as part of National Historic Preservation Month.
The Belle Meade Plantation Foundation awarded the first Harding Award for Historic Preservation to Durham at a recent luncheon at the historic plantation site in Nashville.
“This is the first time it’s been given,” said Durham in a later interview. “They decided they wanted to recognize what I’ve been doing in the history field.”
Durham was generous in his description of the Nashville plantation. “The Belle Meade Plantation is one of the larger, more impressive sites in Middle Tennessee. Their emphasis is physical preservation of the site,” he noted.
Durham said that William G. Harding, who built Belle Meade, was incarcerated in Michigan with Josephus Conn Guild (of Gallatin’s Rose Mont), who has been the subject of many of Durham’s publications, along with another Nashville man during the Civil War.
Durham said this was “an example of what could happen to Confederate sympathizers if they didn’t shape up.”
Durham was also presented the Leadership in History Award from the Metropolitan Historical Commission at their 35th annual preservation award ceremony on May 11.
The organization honors commercial businesses that participate in restoration, institutions, such as Nashville’s Fisk University, as well as those who maintain the integrity of an historic neighborhood when building new structures.
“They told me they created that (leadership) award for me,’ said Durham.
“I had worked to help is get Fort Negley opened up so it could be visited in a meaningful way.”
The visitor’s center at the fort, which opened in 2007, helps preserve the history of the site. It was the largest fort west of Washington D.C. during the Civil War.
Durham’s current project is a history of The Southern Grasslands Hunt and Racing Foundation, which purchased 28 square miles in the area between Gallatin and Hendersonville and organized steeplechase races from 1929–32.
“It was an attempt to overshadow the Grand National races in England,” said Durham. “They were trying to have a green space where they could ride and run the hounds in fox hunting. When the depression started, they went bankrupt. If it had survived it would have been one of the greatest green spaces in America.”
Durham stated that the stone tower along Nashville Pike is “the only tangible remains” of that ambitious project.
Durham stated that the book should be published “in time for Christmas” this year.
Durham’s contributions to the preservation of local and state history are undeniably impressive. He has authored numerous books and written more than 100 articles for journals, newspapers, magazines, including the Encyclopedia of the Confederacy and the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Durham is past chair of the Tennessee Historical Commission, past president of the Tennessee Historical Society and founding president of the Tennessee Heritage Alliance, now the Tennessee Preservation Trust.
He is on the Board of Advisors of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and is a member of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
His contributions and support of education, archives and libraries have been recognized by Vanderbilt University with the Library Leadership Award, the John H. Thweatt Archival Advancement Award from the Society of Tennessee Archivists and the Glass Apple from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Durham just recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tennessee Preservation Trust.
In addition to his contributions to historical research and preservation, Durham also served in Europe during World War II and has been a successful businessman in his hometown. He and his wife, who met while both were students at Vanderbilt University, have been longtime Gallatin residents and supporters of various local projects.
A section of South Westland Avenue will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for at least one week, beginning today, as the Citys Public Works Department installs a new box culvert under the road.
The section of South Westland that is now temporarily closed for at least a week is between East Bledsoe and Jones Streets. Both lanes will be closed because the road section will be removed to place the box culvert and then the road will be reinstalled.
By Marjorie Lloyd
Sumner Station is closing its doors on the anniversary month of its dedication, which was celebrated in May 2008.
Whos going to push me like Lynn (Stewart) does? asked Margaret Norris, a longtime member of the facility who goes there five days a week, including Sundays after church.
I swim in the pool. Its clean and beautiful. I always felt so special. They had a lot of stuff provided for you, like shampoo. They always had clean towels.They had personal trainers, people to help you. It was just a nice place to go. Its really going to be sad for a lot of people.
In a letter dated May 19, Dana McAdams, director, and Roger Kaiser, Jr. MD, the SRHS CEO, informed members of the fitness center that the facility would have its last day of operations on Sunday, May 23.
The letter reads: As part of its chapter 11 filing last month, Sumner Regional Health Systems (SRHS), which operates the Fitness Center at Sumner Station, rejected the lease with the owner of the building in which the Fitness Center operates and have determined that closing the Fitness Center is in the best interest of the health system.
The letter continues with information that SRHS will refund services purchased but not used since May 1. However, services paid prior to May 1 cannot be refunded. Checks are scheduled to arrive no later than 30 days after the closing.
By Candy Webb
As she stood on the side of the road May 2, watching the flood waters rise, Gallatins Rent-A -Center manager, Theresa Mitchell, knew her store was damaged.
We couldnt get into the area, she said.
The water was everywhere, including in our building. I knew right away we would end up with furniture to give away and the first thing I thought about were the flood victims.
According to Mitchell, it is company policy to remove and write off furniture with even minimal flood damage.
It doesnt matter if one inch of wooden or steel legs got damp and can be dried off with a towel, we cant sell or rent it per company policy, she said. It can be something very minor, but we have a policy not to sell merchandise that are damaged in floods or other disasters.
As soon as Mitchell could get into the store, she assessed the damage and realized she had approximately $30,000 in couches, beds, appliances and other items that would have to go.
Instead of having her crew take the merchandise to area dumps, she started making calls to several non-profit organizations and churches throughout Sumner County.
I knew that they would be working with flood victims and would know where help was needed, so I asked them if we could donate the furniture to their organizations, said Mitchell.
And I asked them to donate it for free to flood victims of their choice.
The City of Gallatin will host a public information meeting regarding the revitalization of South Water at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Guild Elementary School, 1018 South Water.
Mayor Jo Ann Graves will be available for Mayor’s Night In at her office in City Hall, 132 W. Main Street, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sumner County Anti Drug Coalition Membership meeting is at 5:30 at the SCADC office. Please join in for a thought provoking message on the “generation gap” between parents and teens when it comes to Alcohol and Drug awareness.
Third Annual Taste of Gallatin is from 5 to 8 p.m. at Historic Rose Mont. Advance tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, 118 West Main.
The McDonald Family Reunion is at the Gallatin Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please be on time and bring your favorite dish. Wear a red t-thirt. Each one tell one. Contact Georgia Wright, 230-0574, 943-4325 or Hattie McDonald, 374-3716 or 633-1305 for more information.
The Department of Human Services will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at Blackeye Pea restaurant in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.
Scrabble Club meets Thursday afternoons, 12:30-3:30 at Gallatin Public Library Meetings Rooms. All skill levels welcome. For further information, contact Berniece at 452-0570.
The GHS 1960 class will celebrate our 50th class reunion June 12 at the Gallatin Hampton Inn. For information please call Mary Green Morgan at 452 4102 or Saundra Ridings Boyd at 452 6762.
By Marjorie Lloyd
As Mayor Jo Ann Graves and city department heads presented their preliminary budgets to the council in an unusually long committee meeting on Tuesday, May 11, the mayor announced again that the proposed overall budget included no tax increases, preserved employee benefits, contained no lay-offs of personnel nor reduction in public services and preserved the citys rainy day funds.
However, she pointed out, because of the fiscally conservative approach the city has taken the past year, if needed, the city has access to more than $7 million.
This total cash availability is made up of $4.5 million in the rainy day fund, $1.2 million in the bond funds and $1.6 million in undesignated funds in the proposed budget.
In addition, the mayor announced that the citys bond rating has been upgraded to match that of Sumner County and is now a AA+ from AA-, which will allow a more favorable position for the city if it becomes necessary to acquire more funds in the future.
Sumner County residents desiring to dispose of storm/flood debris (drywall, carpet, etc. only) on their own can bring it to the containers placed throughout the county. No household garbage can be accepted. Containers are located at:
• Gallatin: 1029 Union School Road
(Highway Department substation)
• Westmoreland: 1129 Pleasant Grove Road
(Near the library)
• Shackle Island: 3199 Long Hollow Pike
(Shackle Island Volunteer Fire Dept.)
• Bethpage: 610 Old Hwy 31-E #3
(next to Masonic Lodge)
• Castalian Springs: 3120 Hartsville Pike
(Stagecoach General Store)
By Scott Wilson
For Cindy Coker, the visit couldnt have come at a better time. Coker, who is operations manager for Gallatin Cares, said because of the struggling economy and the recent torrential flood, food supplies at the local organization are getting low.
And thats why Coker and directors from several other non-profit organizations in Sumner County were so excited when Second Harvest Food Bank showed up in Gallatin Monday with truckloads full of food.
Were seeing a lot of need for food and even financial help. A lot of people have lost their jobs or companies are downsizing, said Coker.
Those people can go on unemployment, but it takes a while because so many people are on unemployment. They can go get food stamps, but theyre backlogged because of the situation with the economy. So they dont have anywhere to go for help except to organizations like ours.
Coker said her organization serves around 1,100 people in a month and probably 300 families.
Second Harvests service area covers 46 counties in Middle Tennessee and that covers almost 29,000 square miles of the state. There are other food banks in the state, in Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville and one in the Tri-Cities; however, we are the largest, said Jervon Dailey, Second Harvest operations manager.
We received a grant that was designed to help us to purchase food for our agencies in our counties. So, we did a survey with our agencies and asked for a wish list of items they could use in your pantries. And this is why were here.
By Marjorie Lloyd
Another week has passed and the citizens continue to work to relieve the immediate needs of those impacted by the recent flooding, including providing temporary housing, food and clothing when necessary.
Mayor Jo Ann Graves estimates the damaged homes in the city to be over 130 and the number of businesses at 55. The cost of the impact on the citys infrastructure, she noted, is estimated at $1 million, with the Gallatin Public Utilities Department bearing the most. Three pump stations for the city were damaged.
However, the mayor noted that the count is not absolutely complete because the information comes from people notifying the city through phone calls or emails or through city personnel driving the streets literally to assess damage.
(May 10, 2010 11 a.m.) FEMA inspectors are in Sumner County today and will begin meeting with citizens who had property damage because of the flood.
I met with a FEMA inspector this morning and he explained that a team of inspectors is here and will begin knocking on doors today, Mayor Jo Ann Graves said.
FEMA said its inspectors carry identification and that property owners should be sure the FEMA inspector provides the identification. If a property owner has any questions about an inspector, they are welcome to contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
It is very important that homeowners contact FEMA immediately and register for assistance, Mayor Jo Ann Graves said. We want to ensure that FEMA is aware of all citizens who might need disaster relief.
Graves said it is also important for businesses with flood or storm damage to contact FEMA. The deadline for businesses to register is Feb. 4, 2011.
Even though the deadline for businesses is much later, business owners should not wait, Graves said. It is critical to get on the FEMA list.
Property and business owners must contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or at the FEMA website www.fema.gov <http://www.fema.gov> .
Links to the FEMA information are available on the Citys website at www.gallatinonthemove.com <http://www.gallatinonthemove.com> .
If citizens have any questions, please call my office at 451-5961, Graves continued. I want to make sure everyone receives the information they need as we all recover.
FEMA has authorized a major disaster declaration for Sumner County and Mayor Jo Ann Graves said citizens should immediately begin contacting FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or by accessing the Disaster Assistance page of the FEMA website at www.fema.gov <http://www.fema.gov> .
If a homeowner or business owner experienced any damage, they should not hesitate to contact FEMA, Graves said. There is a process to follow and FEMA will determine what type of assistance might be available to those who qualify.
Graves has been meeting with Emergency Management personnel who indicated that FEMA may open an office in Sumner County, but that it may be several days before FEMA has a location set.
Again, I encourage and ask everyone with damage to please call the FEMA hotline and start the process, the Mayor urged. We want everyone who qualifies for assistance to receive the help they need.
Links to the FEMA information are available on the Citys website at www.gallatinonthemove.com <http://www.gallatinonthemove.com> .
The Gallatin Library is open and they do have computers available, Mayor Graves said. I am advised it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to follow the process on-line if citizens prefer that method.
If citizens have any questions, they are certainly welcome to call my office at 451-5961, Graves continued. We want to make sure everyone receives the information they need as we all recover.
As he watched the television reports of last weekend’s torrential thunderstorms blanketing Middle Tennessee, Gallatin physician Robert Kanaby was concerned.
As he watched people being rescued from the raging water, he quietly hoped the people protected themselves once they got out of the water.
Besides the impact of the rainfall, the flooding water can pose health issues, Kanaby said, if precautions aren’t taken.
“The flooding water is rainwater, but it is ultra-contaminated. It is not water you would want to hang out in, it is not water you would want to drink and it is certainly not water you would want to bath in,” said Kanaby.
“So if you get wet with that water, you need to wash off because as it falls from the sky and it runs off from areas, fields where they have animals, there are chemicals in it. There are cars that are still completely submerged in that water, so you could have fuel leakage, oil leakage, you could have the possibility of bacteria.”
Kanaby said the health issues from floodwaters are numerous and, possibly, dangerous.
“If you’re in the water just momentarily, you might just want to change the clothes you’ve been wearing. When you have people in that kind of water for hours or days on end, then you do see increased risk of skin infections,” Kanaby said.
“And obviously there could be injuries. When you’re walking through the water you may not realize there is a board in the water with a nail sticking up. You have to be careful when you’re walking in flood water.”
“Depending on what the chemical is, you can get some significant health issues, skin issues,” said Dr. Ted Hill of the Gallatin Salvus Center.
“There could be fertilizers in the water, insecticides could get in the water supply and all of that can be dangerous to your skin and to yourself because you can absorb all of that through your skin.
“There is no difference if you expose your bare skin to the water or if you are exposing your clothes to the water. If the water is caustic, it could cause a burn on your skin.”
By Candy Webb
When Sumner County was battered by a flood of historic proportions on Sunday, deputies for the Sumner County Sheriffs Office worked alongside area agencies to help residents survive.
The shift that was scheduled to get off, stayed on, said Sheriff Bob Barker. And the shift that was scheduled to come in later, came in early.
Barker commended the efforts of agencies that worked in tandem during the crisis.
Ken Weidner (Emergency Management Agency director) and his people did an excellent job, said Barker, who also commended the Sumner County EMTs, firefighters and area police departments.
We had all of the municipalities working together, he said, The state agencies were out there too.
Barkers people joined others in performing evacuations, rescues, and road closures.
We had people who were at home when it happened, he explained.
And they had to be rescued. We also had people who were trapped in vehicles that had to be helped.
According to Barker, even if people were not trapped in individual homes, many were trapped in subdivisions when the water flooded the roadways, and there was no way in or out of the area.
Pets were also high on the priority list as residents were evacuated from their homes, said the sheriff.
Oh, yeah, if people were coming out, they were going to bring their pets, he said. Which was understandable. They had no idea what they would end up going back to when it was over, and they didnt want to leave their pets behind.
The Emergency Management Agency has asked the City of Gallatin to begin collecting information from its citizens whose homes or businesses were damaged by the flood – information that FEMA will use to determine whether Sumner County receives federal disaster relief.
“As you may be aware, President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for four of the 52 counties affected by flooding.” Mayor Graves said.
“We have been instructed to gather information required by FEMA to determine if Sumner County meets the damage threshold to be designated a disaster county.”
Mayor Graves asks that anyone who has experienced damage either to their residence or business please go to the City’s website and provide the City with necessary information to receive the forms that will help determine Sumner County’s designation.
“We will need your name, address, phone number and e-mail so we can send you the forms we will need to provide FEMA,” Graves said.
“It is very important we are able to provide FEMA with as much information on damages as we can. We certainly want Gallatin and Sumner County to be eligible for relief.”
The home page of the City’s website will have a place for citizens to provide their contact information.
The City’s website is www.gallatinonthemove.com <http://www.gallatinonthemove.com>
If e-mail or the internet are not available to you, please call the Mayor’s office at 451-5961 and ask for Pat Byars. The Mayor’s office will assist you and assure you receive the forms.
By Scott Wilson
Depending upon which candidate you talk to, a significantly low voter turnout may have played a factor in the May primary elections Tuesday. Only 4.9 percent of all registered voters in Sumner County cast a ballot Tuesday, putting a high return on each candidates campaign efforts.
According to final numbers released by the Sumner County Election Commission, there are 99,199 registered voters in the county and a total of 4,381 actually cast votes at one of the 37 area precincts Tuesday. There were 1,292 votes cast during early voting.
The voter turnout has been low since early voting began and when you have so many uncontested races, the turnout is usually low, said Darlean McDougal, administrator of elections.
After more than 13.5 inches of rainfall recorded over the weekend, Sumner County is taking steps to scrap away the sludge, salvage the remains and begin life once again.
Residents are looking to county and city officials for guidance on
necessary steps to take along the road to recovery - and Sumner CountyExecutive Anthony Holt is making sure that recovery is sooner thanlater.
“We’re focused on this county being approved for disaster relief. We spoke with the governor this (Wednesday) morning, and he is behind us.
Our state legislatures are behind us. The bottom line is we’re just now getting out of rescue and evacuation mode and properties need to be assessed,” he said.
Once the damage assessments are compiled from each city and the county, the data is sent to the governor’s office. If okayed on a state level, the information is submitted to Washington D.C.
“We’re working just as quickly as we can to complete the assessment process and hope to hear a declaration in a very timely manner.”
Holt said he knew Sumner County had a problem when he saw water flowing over his dead end road near Station Camp Creek.
“I realized then we had a disaster in the making,” he said. “But ourcommunity has really come together.”
First responders and volunteers worked tirelessly Sunday despite heavy rainfall and life-threatening circumstances.
Ken Weidner, Emergency Management Agency director, coordinated most of the rescue operations in the area.
“We have logged more than 400 EMA-involved rescues since Sunday but have not had an opportunity to compile a complete list,” he said.
Weidner said EMA’s final number will not include all police, fire and EMS rescues.
“We also have no way to compile a list of volunteers who rescued people,” he said.
Weidner and his agency continue to deal with rescues, evacuations and welfare checks. He said some residents remain stranded in landlocked areas.
“Our biggest concern following search and rescue and making sure that citizens are cared for is getting the FEMA declaration,” Weidner said.
Mayor Jo Ann Graves announced late afternoon, May 3, that Sumner Countians should document and photograph damage to their properties in order to prepare for obtaining relief from the federal government.
Sumner County is among the 52 counties included in Governor Bredesens request for disaster relief. We do not yet know when we will get word from the federal government on the Governors request.
In the meantime, citizens are encouraged to call the Mayors office about disaster relief.
My office is keeping a list of everyone who calls so that we can provide that to the officials when the time comes, the Mayor said. It is still very important that people take pictures and document any damage.
Vietnam Veterans is closed indefinitely, according to TDOT.
Triple Creek Park will be closed all week.
Coles Ferry and Big Station Camp are open.
Debris is still clogging a section of Lower Station Camp, which will remain closed until it can be cleared.
If you see any road damage, please notify the Mayors office immediately. (451-5961)
Place debris from your property on the side of the road and notify Public Works for pick-up. (451-5909) However, there may be some delay in pick up since safety issues are the first priority.
All but three homes have had electricity reinstated. Call GDE if you have problems (452-5152)
All city drinking water is safe. Call GPU, if you have problems. (451-5922)
Please phone the Civic Center (451-5911) for updates on availability of sites if you have had an event planned prior to the flooding.
Dalean McDougal, Sumner County election commissioner, just announced that the primary elections scheduled in Sumner County for Tuesday, May 4, have not been cancelled.
"We can get to all our precincts. We are not postponing our elections," said McDougal.
County Executive, Sheriff, Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk, Road Superintendent, County Trustee and County Commissioners positions are all included in the primary elections.