A Gallatin woman was given a four year sentence Friday in Sumner County Criminal Court for shooting and killing her husband.
Joan Richardson will serve 14 months in jail and the rest of her sentence on probation, under the terms of the sentence handed down by Judge Dee Gay.
Originally charged with first-degree murder, which would have carried a sentence of up to life in prison, a jury convicted Richardson of reckless homicide on March 30 after a three-week trial.
Richardson, age 59, shot her husband a single time with a handgun as he slept in a chair in the living room of their home on University Drive in December of 2010.
She then called police to report the crime.
When police arrived at the scene, she told police she had first thought about killing herself, but then shot her husband, who later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Richardson's attorneys said she had a mental defect at the time due to years of domestic abuse that made her unable to form mental intent to kill her husband, often referred to as battered wife's syndrome.
Some witnesses in the trial testified Richardson had been abused since 1971.
By Josh Nelson
Gallatin police arrested a Westmoreland woman Sunday for leaving a 16-month-old and an 8-year-old in a van at Wal-Mart while she shopped for groceries.
Kecia Lassiter, age 35, was charged with child neglect and endangerment.
Two Wal-Mart employees were with the unlocked running vehicle for approximately thirty minutes, according to an affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court by officer Paul Thompson, who also wrote they were with the van about 10 more minutes before his arrival.
(I) noticed immediately a running van, all doors unlocked, air blowing but air conditioning OFF (officer's emphasis), 89 degree sunny day, Thompson wrote in the affidavit.Approximately 10 minutes later, Lassiter returned to the van with her groceries and four-year-old son.
BrickeyGallatin police arrested two men Monday on charges of using counterfeit money.
Bobby Brickey, age 28, of Boles Street, and Michael Scarbro, Jr., age 33, of Laudermer Road, Bethpage, were each charged with four counts of forgery.
The pair's scheme was discovered after they used fake $20 bills with the same serial number at Sudden Service on Airport Road early Monday morning, according to an affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court.
Police executed a search warrant on Brickey's home and retrieved items used to make the counterfeit money, Investigator Dustin Mesler wrote in the affidavit.
During the course of their investigation, police learned the men had also used a counterfeit $20 at Dairy Queen that had the same serial number as the fake bills used at Sudden Service, and Kroger notified police that they had also received a counterfeit $20.
Both men were held in the Sumner County Jail on $10,000 bond.
They are each scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court August 15.
By Josh Nelson
Garrott faces challenge in Gallatin
Forsythes entry rocks Hville mayoral race
Gallatin Councilman Tommy Garrott picked up a petition last week to seek re-election Nov. 6 to his at-large seat. Two challengers previously picked up papers for the same at-large seat: well-connected businessman Taylor Tomkins Condra and former Gallatin Police Chief John A. Tisdale.
Garrott has recently advocated for increasing city debt by $5 million or at least $2.5 million. Mayor Jo Ann Graves vetoed the $5 million bond and Garrott could not find a fifth vote to override it. A $2.5 million bond issue brought by Councilman Jimmy Overton is expected to come up for a vote Tuesday after deadline.
Ward 2 Councilman Steve Camp returned his petition last week to seek a full term of office. Camp has previously run for the seat in 2004 and 2008, nearly winning last time, only 28 votes shy of a tie and a 29th to win. He received the appointment by council to fill out the unexpired term left by the resignation of Dale Bennett who had won both times in a one-on-one race.
Ward 1 Councilman Anne Kemp still has her petition outstanding. Saturday morning she confirmed she would be returning her petition and be in the running.
Those are the only three races up in Gallatin.
Five other cities have elections
Six Sumner cities total have elections this year on Nov 6. The other five are Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, Millersville, Westmoreland, and White House. Developments in those races follow.
Ward 1 Alderman, Finance Chairman and Vice-Mayor Garry Forsythe rocked the boat in the three-way mayoral race that has been shaping up in Hendersonville since last summer. Forsythe suddenly and unexpectedly picked up a qualifying petition Friday to enter the mayors race instead of seeking re-election. That was the same day incumbent Mayor Scott Foster returned his petition to seek re-election to a third term.
Is Forsythe running? Oh, absolutely. As they say on American Idol, Im in it to win it, he responded Wednesday. He cited his business experience for over 40 years, 30 as a banker and later with the Credit Bureau of Nashville and then CIC Foundation, Inc. which he said provides scholarships to graduating seniors and funding to other 501(c)3s.
I have leadership skills and communications skills from my business experiences. Leadership is solving problems, said Forsythe. He pointed to infrastructure needs and finances of the city as matters than require problem-solving skills. I think I have the skills - all the while keeping the eye on the ball of what needs to be done.
I made the decision recently to run. I think I could be successful and do a better job than the other folks, stated Forsythe.
He said he got along with the other candidates in the race, noting he had eaten with Ward 5 Alderman and mayoral candidate Tommy Elsten earlier that morning. Voicemail messages left for Elsten Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning were not returned by deadline.
Ward 4 Alderman Steve Brown and Elsten both have petitions outstanding for the mayoral race. Forsythe, Brown, and Elsten are all in the last year of 4-year terms. Each must choose whether to continue to pursue the mayors seat or revert back to seek re-election to an aldermanic seat for which others are already pulling papers.
It doesnt matter whether its one or five, I will stay focused on my target of winning the election and the plans I have for the city, stated Brown Thursday afternoon. Brown added that he got along with Forsythe and they have ridden motorcycles together.
A voicemail message left for Foster on Thursday was not returned before deadline.
New, old faces in aldermanic races
N. Kee Bryant-McCormick returned her petition Friday to seek the Ward 5 seat opening with Elstens bid for mayor. In 2010, Bryant-McCormick came in second against incumbent Alderman Hamilton Frost, drawing 1,553 votes (41.71 percent) to Frosts winning 2,156 (57.91 percent) with 14 write-in votes making up the difference.
Darrell Woodcock also picked up a petition for Ward 5 but has not yet returned it. Woodcock, a co-founder of Sumner United for Responsible Government, is already being backed by SURG that also subtitles itself as The Sumner County Tea Party.
Eric Stamper wrote in a SURG email May 21: If Darrell is elected, he will be the third SURG member to be elected to the Hendersonville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, joining Arlene Cunningham and Matt Stamper.
Neither Tea Party alderman is up for re-election this cycle. Alderman Matt Stamper is Eric Stampers brother.
Jim Waters returned his petition Tuesday to seek the Ward 6 seat for which Alderman Jim Hoback will not seek reelection. In 2010, Waters came in second with 747 votes (33.60 percent) in a race won by Matt Stamper who pulled in 829 (37.29 percent) with Darlene Stringfellow taking 639 (28.74 percent) with eight write-ins.
Eric Stampers email added: Other SURG Members Seeking Office: Jim Waters, who has been attending SURG meetings since the beginning of this year, has announced he will run for Hendersonville Alderman Ward 6, for which he was also a candidate in 2010.
David Whitt, a frequent commenter at BOMA meetings, has also picked up but not yet returned a petition for Ward 6. SURG claimed both Whitt and Waters in a June 5 email: Another SURG Member Seeks Office: David Whitt, a frequent attendee to SURG meetings and events, has pulled papers to run for Hendersonville Alderman in Ward 6. He will be competing against a recent SURG addition, Jim Waters, for an open seat.
SURG Past President Darrell Woodcock is running for Hendersonville Alderman in Ward 5 in open seat.
If two SURG members are elected to Alderman in 2012 they would join Arlene Cunningham and Matt Stamper, resulting in four SURG members on the 13-member Board of Mayor and Alderman, concluded that section of the email.
No one had picked up papers for the Ward 1 seat now held by Forsythe. Nor has anyone picked up for the Ward 3 seat from which Chris Gallaher resigned effective May 31. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen plans to fill that position soon, probably in June. Applications are being accepted through June 15.
Don Ames picked up a petition for the opening in Ward 4 left by Browns mayoral bid. Ames currently serves on the Hendersonville Regional Planning Commission.
Ward 2 Alderman Scott Sprouse is the only incumbent alderman to have picked up a petition to seek re-election. Of six aldermanic seats up this year, five incumbents are not seeking re-election as of now. If that holds, at least five new faces will be on Board after the election.
Millersville Pick 4
Chad Marshall Ray picked up a petition Tuesday to seek one of the four Millersville Commissioner slots up this year.
Westmoreland Pick 3
In Westmoreland, three aldermen seats are up. Appointed incumbent Alderman Ricky R. Cline is seeking reelection but has not returned his petition. He finished fourth in a six-way race filled by the top three vote-getters in 2008. He finished a close third only three votes behind in a five-way race to fill two seats in 2010. Since December 2010, he has served as an alderman appointed to fill a vacant seat.
Incumbent White House District 4 Alderman Clif Hutson picked up a petition Tuesday to seek re-election. No one has yet picked up for the District 3 seat.
Qualifying petitions are due by noon on Aug. 16 and the deadline to withdraw is noon on Aug. 23.
By Jesse Hughes
The 5th annual Taste of Gallatin is 5 to 8 p.m. at Triple Creek Park. This social event showcases restaurants, caterers, groceries and other Gallatin area businesses. Adult tickets are $10 each ($15 at the gate). Children 4 to 10 are $5 each. Tickets are available at Perkins Drugs, Sumner Bank & Trust (Browns Lane), Volunteer State Bank and Gallatin Chamber of Commerce. Rain location is the Gallatin Civic Center.
The 1st Gallatin Recon Run begins at 8 a.m. at the Gallatin Civic Center. All of the proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life and Make-A-Wish of Middle TN. The cost is $30. All runners will receive a t-shirt, a goody bag, food, and a chance to win some great door prizes. For more information visit www.facebook.com/TheGallatinReconRun and register at www.active.com (keyword-Recon Run). If there are any questions, call 604-5436.
Benefit for Felicia Head is being held at the Sumner County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Entertainment will be live music, inflatables, face painting, cake-walk and silent auction. She has a rare genetic disorder. For donations or more information call Donna at 230-9526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dance to the music of Southern Country at the Gallatin Senior Center. Evening begins with a potluck dinner from 6 to 7 followed by music until 9:30.
Trinity Lutheran Church is holding an inside yard sale, 720 Lock 4 Road, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Lords Sanctuary is hosting the Harbinger Series beginning at 6 p.m. at 734 Red River Road. Call 452-1166 for more information.
The first Hispanic service of Ebenecer United Methodist Church is being held at Lambuth United Methodist Church, 1042 Hartsville Pike, at 2 p.m. The Hispanic congregation will join the 11 a.m. morning worship service at Lambuth that same day. At noon there will be a lunch all together sharing the spirit of hospitality in a BIG potluck.
Rehoboth United Methodist Church is hosting Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8:30 nightly. Call 822-3966 for more information.
Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park are having a Fishing Rodeo from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. for children age 13 and under. The event will be at the Bledsoe Creek Park public boat ramp just off Zieglers Fort Road. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Fishing bait and refreshments will be provided free. For more information contact Susan at 452-3664.
The Gallatin Leisure Services Department is hosting its annual kids free fishing derby 8 a.m. until noon at Lock 4 Point Park. Kids ages 5 16 must pre-register at the Gallatin Civic Center by June 7 to participate. For more information call 451-5911.
Gallatin Civic Center is taking registrations for its Summer Day Camp. Camp will run until August 3 and is open for children ages 6-12. There is a one-time registration fee of $20 and kids can come on a weekly or daily basis throughout the summer. Call 451-5911 for information.
Greater Gallatin is pleased to announce the all-new Market Days for 2012 at the Gallatin Farmers' Market. Set hours for this season are Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Email email@example.com if you have homegrown produce or home-produced products to sell and would like to be a vendor.
Senior Citizens Center serves a hot lunch, meat and two vegetables, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $3 and is open to the public.
A Support group for Parkinsons patients and spouses/caregivers meets at The Blackeyed Pea restaurant in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m.
Alzheimers Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, 1020 Carrington Place, 264-2440.
Sertoma of Gallatin has a drop off box at the Gallatin Senior Citizens Center on East Franklin St. near the square for anyone who would like to donate a used hearing aid to be given to HEAR Nashville to refurbish and provide hearing for someone who cannot afford a hearing aid on their own.
The Gallatin City Council is scheduled to vote next week on a new budget proposal.
The latest proposal comes from District 3 Councilman Jimmy Overton and includes issuing a $2.5 million bond.
I've wrestled with this and wrestled with this, and I think we can come to some kind of consensus. he said at last week's council work session.
Included in Overton's proposed bond would be $1.6 million for a therapy pool and children's splash area at the Civic Center, $600,000 to expand the greenway, $225,000 for a garbage truck, $50,000 for guardrails, and $25,000 for other projects.
All but the Civic Center project are in Mayor JoAnn Graves' budget proposal.
Everything is fully funded that the mayor asked to be funded, Overton said of his proposal. It gets things important to the mayor done, and it gets some things some members on here done. It's not what everybody wants, but I think we can take a segment of it for everybody.
It's not exactly what I would like to see...but it does things we've got to do right now, said At-large Councilman Tom Garrott.
Overton's attempt at compromise, however, failed to garner the favor of those who voted against a previous proposal that included at $5 million bond.
When it's all over, and at the end of the day, it's about the expansion of the Civic Center, said At-large Councilman Ed Mayberry. The rest of this stuff (in the proposed bond) is budgeted. It's all over the Civic Center. At this point in time, I'm not willing to float a bond at this time. I'm for (the project), but not at this time.
And Graves, who vetoed the proposal that included the $5 million bond that passed the council, signaled that Overton's proposal could meet the same fate.
This is no different from where we've been, she said. Some are trying to frame this as 'we're against the pool or we're for the pool.' That is not true. I am against going into debt.
Graves said the city will have no choice but to issue bonds next year, and adding this expense to it would lead to a future tax increase.
The measure passed on a 4-3 vote.
The city has until June 30 to pass a budget.
by Josh Nelson
A woman who reportedly showed up to the jail drunk got to stay there a while.
Gidget Adcock, 32, of Webster Street, was charged with public intoxication after the incident May 22.
According to a Gallatin police activity report, Adcock went to the jail to make her boyfriend's bond.
Officer Chris Castleberry wrote in an affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court that Adcock was in the visitation lobby.
I observed Adcock's speech to be slurred and her having a hard time standing without support, Castleberry wrote. At this time Adcock was escorted to the back of the jail for booking.
Adcock is scheduled to appear in court on the charge June 18, 2012.
By Josh Nelson
Sumner County Director of Schools Dr. Del R. Phillips III announced Tuesday that Amanda Prichard will join the staff at Sumner County Schools as the districts new Assistant Director of Finance. Prichard is a certified public accountant and has spent the last five years working for the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Prichard graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in December of 2000 with a bachelor of business administration with a major in accounting. She obtained her certified public accountant license in June of 2002.
The Hendersonville woman charged with killing her two newborn babies will go on trial March 11, 2013.
Sumner County Criminal Court Judge Dee Gay reviewed the probation status of Lindsey Lowe at a hearing Thursday morning and set aside two weeks for the trial to take place next year.
Lowe, age 25, was indicted in November on two counts of first degree murder, two counts of premeditated murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse.
Lowe was charged with double infanticide after giving birth to the twins in a toilet and killing them by suffocating them with her hand on September 12, 2011. She then allegedly hid the bodies in a laundry basket until they were discovered two days later.
Reportedly, Lowe confessed to police that she killed the babies. District Attorney General Ray Whitley said after Lowe was indicted that he will not seek the death penalty in the case.
By Josh Nelson
Outgoing Lifepoint Hospitals Chief Executive Officer Mary Jo Lewis informed members of the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce this week that current Chief Operations Officer Mike Herman will guide the day-to-day activities of Sumner Regional Medical Center while the search for a new CEO is conducted.
I was a transitional CEO, one who comes in hits the ground running, Lewis said. I came in with lots of experience and I knew Lifepoint well. They brought me in to not waste any time, and not only have we not wasted time, weve accomplished all my goals. With budget coming up, and strategy review, I had to make a decision to stay on for a couple more years or move on.
I feel like a coach after a winning season, but Im tired and Im looking forward to spending more time with my grandchildren, she said. I look to stay involved in Gallatin. I think this community is the coolest place going.
A Gallatin woman was arrested last Monday on charges of stealing from a bed-ridden couple for whom she gave care.
The victim's daughter notified Gallatin police of the situation on Thursday, May 3.
She told police her family hired Melissa Pewitt, 32, of Dobbins Pike, as a sitter for her mother and father, both of whom were bed-ridden, to care for the couple in October of 2011, according to an affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court.
Pewitt, according to the victim's daughter, had admitted to her and other siblings when confronted, that she had committed thefts of household items, medications, and towels and washcloths from their parents' home, Detective Ron Brawner wrote in the affidavit.
Brawner also reported the family had forgiven her for those thefts and kept her in their employ, but when the man Pewitt was caring for died in the spring, the family began to notice other items missing.
Included in that list were two rings belonging to (the man), Brawner wrote in the affidavit. (I) checked pawn records and discovered that on 11-15-2011 two rings matching those (described as missing) were pawned...by Melissa Dawn Pewitt, who is the sitter hired by the (family).
On May 7, Brawner interviewed Pewitt, according to the affidavit, and she admitted to the theft of the rings, the theft of Christmas presents, household items, three piggy-banks full of old silver coins and prescription medications which she said she took to help her sleep.
Pewitt was arrested and held in the Sumner County Jail on $3,000 bond. Her court date was set for June 6.
By Josh Nelson
The Gallatin City Council was scheduled to begin discussions on Mayor Jo Ann Graves' finalized budget proposal at their work session at City Hall Tuesday night.
The budget I presented is responsible, she said. It plans for the necessities of ourcCity as determined by our citizens.
The budget increases the number of police officers on our streets. It includes money for road projects as required by our contracts with TDOT, Graves said. It includes money for our match for the greenway as required by our contract with TDOT. The budget includes money for our match for doing drainage projects. At the same time, it gives our employees a 2.5 percent step increase and safeguards all of their benefits.
2011 Station Camp graduate Lucas McKinney was at the right place at the right time last month when the 19-year-old initiated life saving CPR on an unconscious customer while at work at the Gallatin Lowes.
McKinney, a life-long Sumner County resident, joined the National Guard just over a year ago, and is already putting his technical training as a combat medic to work. He is a Private First Class in the Tennessee Army National Guards 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment out of Cookeville.
County Executive Anthony Holt mentioned at the most recent Government Relations meeting that better education can prevent some of the problems the county has with overcrowding at the jail. All you have to do is look at our jail and who is in it, he said near the end of a presentation to the Chamber of Commerce by School Director Dr. Del Phillips.
Monday Dr. Phillips reported more details of an April 21 workshop to the Education Committee. He rolled out critical current projects as well as longer term needs of the school system. He provided a PowerPoint slide presentation printout for Phase II Building Program by Kaatz, Binkley, Jones & Morris Architects, Inc. with a Facility Planning Study from 2009 to 2012.
With no single, controversial issue on the agenda of their Tuesday night meeting, the Sumner Board of Education was able to preview a wide variety of issues on the minds of board members. Among the issues discussed were how much schools shared football revenue with their cheerleading programs, the Architectural Standards Manual, and concerns about the Sumners School Nutrition Association, an organization that includes many of Sumners cafeteria employees.
Rae Collier, VSCC Board Member and Educate a Woman Luncheon Committee Member, pictured with Dr. Jerry Faulkner and his wife, Wanda Faulkner. Photo Submitted.Dr. Jerry Faulkner hasnt officially begun his new job as President of Volunteer State Community College but that hasnt kept him from getting started on laying the ground work to move into his new position. Meanwhile, his wife Wanda, who Dr. Faulkner teasingly calls the Vice President for Domestic Affairs, has been working hard getting the couple ready to move after living the past 25 years in the Chattanooga area. She, too, is making progress as the couple recently closed on a new home in Sumner County.
She has been invaluable in taking care of all things to get us ready for this move, Dr. Faulkner said. I used to say that Chattanooga was the farthest west Id ever lived but now this is a far west as Ive ever lived. Faulkner is a native of the Knoxville area. Wanda grew up in Virginia but her family moved her senior year in high school where she and Jerry became high school sweethearts. The couple has been married for 42 years.
Her role as VP for Domestic Affairs is new to her since she has worked in higher education longer than her husband. She will be retiring from her long time job as the Graduation Analyst in the records office at Chattanooga State Community College and will now focus on assisting on VSCC Foundation projects. I believe my background in higher education will allow me to better understand what he is dealing with on his new job and will allow me to support him better, she said.
She is very astute in the Tennessee Board of Regents policy so when I have a policy question I usually end up calling her, Dr. Faulkner said. If she doesnt know the answer off the top of her head, she can point me to the policy number where I can find it.
The couple spent a couple days last week getting more familiar with folks at the Gallatin and Livingston campuses. Last Thursday was spent at the Tennessee Technology Center in Livingston, including a reception with faculty and students at the Livingston campus, a meeting with the Presidents Advisory Council that afternoon followed by another reception for community members to attend that evening.
Fridays schedule included the Educate a Woman luncheon in Hendersonville to raise scholarship funds for women. That was a fantastic event. To have that size room packed with women dedicated to help other women achieve their goals, is just tremendous, he said. Our female enrollment hovers around 62-64 percent so its critically important that we support these women who are trying to ensure a better life for themselves and their families.
Everyone has been so gracious, kind and helpful, Wanda said. I havent met anyone that has been rude. Everyone just says come on and have been so welcoming.
Dr. Faulkner added his comments about the change in their lives. We are excited about the move, coming to Volunteer Sate. Its a new adventure for us, a new chapter of our life.
While he prepares for his May 15 start date, Dr. Faulkner is already focused on a few areas that he believes will require his immediate involvement. Perhaps first on the list is to get familiar with the campus, the personnel and the community. We are meeting a lot of wonderful people every time we are here, both on the campus and in the community. But Ive got to learn more about the community and the people here.
A top priority will be helping the school meet the requirements of the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010. All public higher education in Tennessee is looking at how we can implement the requirements of this act, which now places our funding emphasis on not just how many students attend, but on how fast students progress and how many of them complete a degree or certificate. Theres a fairly complex funding formula that the Tennessee Higher Education Commission put together following the mandates of the act. It rewards colleges for getting students through learning support courses (new language for remedial courses), how many students reach 12, 24, or 36 hours of credit, how many complete their degree or certificate, how many transfer on to a four-year university, and such. So that will be on top of my list as well.
Another top priority will be the construction of a new humanities building on campus. The governors budget, if it is approved, contains funds to begin the planning phase of a new humanities building. I understand that has been on the drawing table for many years, maybe as many as 12 or 13 years. The funding allocation does include a requirement that the local institution raise 10 percent of the total cost so that means, very quickly, we are going to have to raise $3 million dollars. Its something that, as far as I can determine, is really needed.
Serving as the chief academic officer for Cleveland State since 2008, Faulkner has provided leadership for the schools academic-related programs and initiated several processes and programs to improve student learning and success. In addition to obtaining a $2 million Title III grant for the college, he piloted an allied health consortium with two other colleges in the state and set up a dual admission agreement to allow students to seamlessly transfer to a university.
In the dual admission, students, in their first 30 hours at a community college, can apply to the university they plan to transfer to and they are accepted into the university, he explained. The student then has an advisor at the community college and an advisor at the university. They can get student priced tickets, use the university library, and other benefits because they are already admitted.
Prior to 2008, Faulkner worked his way up through the academic ranks at Chattanooga State Community College, where he began teaching biology in 1994. In 2002 he was selected Department Head for Life Sciences and then Teacher Education Coordinator. He also taught and served two years as associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Tennessee Temple University before joining Chattanooga State.
Faulkner earned his Ph.D. and masters degrees in botany/ecology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and his bachelors degree from Tennessee Temple. He has also completed the Future Leaders Institute/Advanced from the American Association of Community Colleges.
By Randy Cline
The square in Gallatin is not just drawing new businesses, but also attracting existing businesses to move to the square.
Two businesses, City Mouse Country Mouse and Rising Sun Karate Studio, both of which were located less than five blocks from the square, have recently moved their businesses to the square.
We're all about supporting 'Main Street,' said Tina Parise-Boone, who owns City Mouse Country Mouse with her husband Mike Boone. We like to see the butcher, the baker, and candlestick-maker all do well, you might say. We like the idea of a bunch of mom-and-pops being together and supporting each other.
City Mouse Country Mouse is a business that helps with estate liquidation or personal downsizing, or as the business calls it, right-sizing.
A rare and historic airplane made a pit-stop in Gallatin last week.
First built in 1940 for the Navy, the F4U Corsair was later given to the Marines when the Navy thought it was unsuitable for carrier duty.
Pilot Frank Kimmel told those who came to see the plane just how rare it is to see such a plane.
There are only 25 or 26 of these planes exist anymore, he said. But only 10 or 11 still fly the rest are in museums.
The plane that stopped in Gallatin last week was flown by Major Phillip Delong, who was the 13th highest scoring Marine Ace and the recipient of the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross and several other awards.
Built in 1949, Delong's plane saw action in the Korean War and continued in service well after the war.
Delong didn't know it, of course, but the plane flew over the cemetery at his funeral, Kimmel said.
Property Assessor John C. Isbell reported an ending balance on hand of $6,607 at the end of the first quarter. Isbell is the Republican nominee and is unopposed on the Aug. 2 County General ballot. He reported starting with a balance on hand of $8,105.04, raising receipts of $525.40, and expending $2,023.44 since the pre-primary report ending on Feb. 25. Isbell reported an itemized contribution of $250 from Doug Shannon and $275.40 of unitemized contributions of $100 or less.
Brian Keith Belcher who lost to Isbell in the Republican Primary reported a zero ending balance on hand with no receipts and expenditures of $1,111.50. Itemized expenditures totaled $823.35 with loan repayments of $288.15 towards a $500 loan from himself. A loan of $211.75 remains outstanding.
School Board races slow to raise cash
School Board District 2 incumbent candidate Tim Brewer of Hendersonville reported that he received and expended less than $1,000 and did not have to file a detailed report for the first quarter disclosure for the August 2 election. No report from Challenger Tony D. Jackson.
District 8 incumbent candidate Ted Wise reported he did not have to file a detailed report and showed $25 in receipts with no expenditures and a $25 balance on hand. No report from challenger Nathan Miller.
District 10 challenger candidate Teddy D. Baird of Portland reported that he received and expended less than $1,000 and did not have to file a detailed report for the first quarter disclosure for the August 2 election. His report showed no contributions, no expenditures, and a zero balance on hand. No report from incumbent Glen Gregory.
Unopposed District 4 incumbent candidate Beth Cox of Hendersonville reported that she received $300 from Michael Todd Cox, at the same address as her report, and expended no funds for a balance of $300.
Unopposed District 6 candidate Nancy Glover reported receiving $85 and expending none for a balance on hand of $85.
By Jesse Hughes
HighPoint Health System CEO Mary Jo Lewis is retiring, and the search for a new CEO is currently underway, according to Jeff Seraphine, Division President of LifePoint Hospitals, the company with which HighPoint is affiliated. In the coming weeks, Seraphine and Lewis will work closely together to lay the groundwork for a smooth leadership transition as they search for the right person to lead HighPoint Health System in the future.
I want to thank Mary Jo for her many valuable contributions to HighPoint Health System. She was instrumental in leading the successful transition of HighPoint following LifePoints acquisition of the hospital system almost two years ago, Seraphine said. I am also appreciative that she has made herself available to help during this transition as we search for the next CEO of HighPoint. While we will miss Mary Jo, we wish her the very best in her retirement.
Lewis has served in the top leadership position at HighPoint Health System formerly named Sumner Regional Health Systems since it was acquired by LifePoint Hospitals in September 2010. Previously, Lewis served as CEO of Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Ky., since 1999. During her tenure at Jackson Purchase, the hospital was recognized as one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and as one the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare.
I have enjoyed my work as CEO of HighPoint Health System, and I am very proud of everything the organization has accomplished during my tenure. I leave this position with the satisfaction of knowing that HighPoint is well positioned to achieve new levels of growth and success in the future.
With approximately 600 in attendance over the entire weekend, organizers of the inaugural Sumner County Bluegrass Jamboree at Vol State termed the event a success. Were very pleased with the turnout of both contestants and spectators for our jamboree, said Melissa Du Puy, chair of the Bluegrass Program at Vol State. I am sure this was only the first of many such events that Vol State will host, and we are excited about the future of our new Bluegrass program.
1st place: Rob Pearcy
2nd place: Joey Gipson
3rd place: Chris Gray
1st place: Joey Gipson
2nd place: Chris Gray
3rd place: Rob Pearcy
1st place: Rob Pearcy
2nd place: Chris Gray
3rd place: Ben Ayers
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Say it aint so
Walter and Anna Durham moving to Nashville
By Randy Cline
Time moves on and we have to deal with things that come along, is how life-long Gallatin resident Walter Durham explained the decision he and his wife Anna made to sell their Gallatin home and move to Nashville to be closer to family members. We really dont want to go but it seems like the wise thing for us.
Age is unrelenting; if youre still alive, youre going to get older, the 87-year-old historian noted. We knew this time was coming but it seems to have come now.
The couple plans to move by mid-May to the Richland Place Retirement Center on West End in Nashville, near the families of three of their children, including two grandchildren. A fourth child lives in Savannah, Ga.
It is a very nice, Independent living facility, Durham said. We have been there on several occasions and have friends there.
Durham will continue in his role as Tennessee State Historian and will continue to work with his long-time assistant, Glenda Miliken, saying he has no interest in breaking in a new assistant.
We, of course, will continue our friendship and we will work by phone or email, he explained. Im going to scale down a lot of my activities. Im not going to undertake any big books or research projects. Ill be writing an article every now and then and maybe a small book, but nothing major. Shes been a big part of all my major undertakings.
Miliken knows that her life will be different and is a bit uncertain on exactly what the future holds. We hope to continue with back and forth trips to Nashville, fax machines, computers and phones, she said. He is very interested in continuing what he does and Ill be available if there is some way we can accomplish these things.
Many friends and community leaders have expressed their sadness in seeing the Durhams leave along with wishing them the best.
The Durhams have been pillars of this community for decades, said Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves. They have left their mark on, not only Gallatin, but all of Sumner County, whether it was through business deals, his being an author or their involvement in various endeavors, they have changed the face of this community and they will be sorely missed.
Mr. Durham has certainly changed the face of Gallatin while Mrs. Durham was the wind beneath his wings raising four children in the home they built over 51 years ago.
Durham, a Gallatin High School graduate, returned to his home after serving in South Africa during World War II, helped start the family business, Durham Lumber Company, helped create jobs by starting Gallatin Aluminum Products Company, recorded the history of Sumner County and Tennessee through numerous books and publications, was a founding father of the citys banking industry and served on uncountable boards and committees to serve his city. He has been a member of Gallatin First United Methodist Church for 75 years and a member of the Gallatin Lions Club since 1950.
Walter Durham has done a whale of a job telling the story of Sumner County, said John Garrott, himself a noted historian. He is very interested in the history of the buildings and the areas around Gallatin, like Wynnewood, Rock Castle, Cragfont, Rosemont and others. We hate to lose him but I can understand that its that time of life that he needs to get close to his children.
Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt said, It was just last year that I awarded Mr. Durham the Order of the Horse Award for his outstanding contributions to Sumner County. We are losing a true treasure. I know that that their heart will continue to be in Sumner County. Im happy for them that they are able to move closer to their family. We still feel they are Sumner Countians even though they are moving to Davidson County.
Long time friend and Gallatin attorney Nathan Harsh commented, Ive known Anna and Walter Durham for many years and they have been outstanding citizens of Gallatin and Sumner County; for that matter, the whole state of Tennessee. Im sure he will continue his relationship with his many friends here and continue his outstanding work with the state as historian. This county and Tennessee have been greatly enhanced by his research and documentation of local, county and state history.
Harsh knows his friend because he almost took the words out of his mouth concerning the continuing of his Gallatin friendships.
I look forward to returning at every opportunity, Durham said. We dont want to cut off our relationship with Gallatin and our friends here. Weve invested our lives here for a long time; you dont just walk away from it.
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By Josh Nelson
A Gallatin man was charged with attempted murder last Tuesday after he reportedly stabbed his wife several times with a screwdriver at their home on Green Leaf Circle.
Joseph Maddox, 37, was held in the Sumner County Jail on $500,000 bond.
At around 10:30 pm on the night of April 2, Gallatin police were called to the residence, where they found the victim, according to an affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court.
Victim had multiple stab wounds on her back, arms, and head, Officer Christian Booth wrote in the affidavit.
Booth wrote that the victim told police Maddox became upset with her and that he threw her phone out the window.
Victim then went downstairs and Maddox came with her, the affidavit reads. Victim said that they went to the back door. She advised that a screwdriver is required to open this door and that she thought Maddox was opening the door for her.
Maddox then turned toward the victim with the screwdriver in his hand, Booth wrote. Victim advised that Maddox said, 'I'm going to (expletive) kill you (expletive).' Maddox then began to stab the victim with the screwdriver in the area of the back, arms, and head.
The victim begged for Maddox to stop and was eventually able to escape out of the house and run to a neighboring residence, according to the affidavit.
Victim has sustained a collapsed lung from the incident and numerous stab wounds, Booth wrote.
According to the affidavit, Maddox has a criminal history of 2nd degree rape, sexual abuse, and reckless endangerment with a weapon.
He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court May 16.
'Remembrance and Respect' Set for May 8
From 1941 to 1944, more than 850,000 soldiers from 25 U.S. Army divisions participated in seven large-scale maneuvers across 22 counties of Middle Tennessee, including Sumner County--deadly serious war games (250 soldiers and civilians died in the training) to prepare for the war in the European and Pacific theaters.
Cumberland University, which served as 2nd Army field headquarters for those massive exercises, wants to award honorary Master of Military Arts degrees next spring to as many of the soldiers from the Maneuvers as it can find.
The simulated combat in Middle Tennessee was a critical element in the Allied victory in World War II, said Cumberland University President Dr. Harvill Eaton. What soldiers learned here, as they engaged in rigorous corps-level exercises, was an important part of their education for their overseas combat assignments.To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 2nd Army Maneuvers Field Headquarters moving to our campus inLebanon, we will award the honorary degrees in a special Remembrance and Respect celebration.
Eaton said the university plans to host the event and confer the degrees on May 8, 2012.The date the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day is significant because 22 of the 25 U.S. Army divisions that trained in the Tennessee Maneuvers fought in the European theater.
We have titled our commemoration Remembrance and Respect Cumberland University Honors the Veterans of the WW II Tennessee Maneuvers because its important for us to remember how Cumberland University and Middle Tennessee contributed to the Allied victory, Eaton said.But, more important, we want to pay our respects to the men who trained here and fought with such skill and tenacity.
Were hopeful that many veterans will be able to attend the May 8 event on our campus, Eaton continued.Were planning a variety of interactive displays that will allow the veterans to see and touch a large assortment of vehicles and equipment they used, to hear music from that era, to be in the company of other soldiers who shared their wartime experiences, to see WW II re-enactors, and most important to be honored by Middle Tennesseans who recognize and appreciate their sacrifices and service. Those who are unable to attend the event can, of course, receive their degrees by mail.
Veterans who trained in the Tennessee maneuvers but are unable to attend the ceremonies in person may still receive the honorary Master of Military Arts degree by contacting Cumberland University by mail, email or phone.
Phone: 615-547-1387 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web:www.cumberland.edu/veterans
The seven large-scale Tennessee Maneuvers involved the following divisions:
2nd Armored June, 1941
4th Armored September November, 1942
5th Armored April June, 1943
5th Infantry June, 1941
6th Infantry September - November, 1942
8th Infantry September - November, 1942
10th Armored July August, 1943
12th Armored September November, 1943
14th Armored November, 1943 January, 1944
17th Airborne January March, 1944
26th Infantry January March, 1944
27th Infantry June, 1941
30th Infantry (Participated twice) June, 1941 and September-November, 1943
35th Infantry November, 1943 January, 1944
78th Infantry January March, 1944
79th Infantry September November, 1943
80th Infantry July August, 1943
81st Infantry September November, 1943
83rd Infantry July August, 1943
87th Infantry November, 1943 January, 1944
94th Infantry September November, 1943
98th Infantry September November, 1943
100th Infantry November, 1943 January, 1944
101st Airborne (Participated twice) April June & and July August, 1943
106th Infantry January March, 1944
The terrain of middle Tennessee allowed soldiers to make river crossings and engage in simulated combat in conditions similar to those expected in France and Belgium.The training was very realistic, with more than 250 soldiers and civilians killed in the Tennessee Maneuvers.The Cumberland Universitycommemoration will also pay tribute to those who died in training and in overseas combat.
Sumner Regional Medical Center has named Melvin Boone the 155-bed hospitals employee of the year for 2011, said Mary Jo Lewis, CEO of Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) and HighPoint Health System.
The employee of the year award, or Maverick Award, was established in 2011 as part of the hospitals new Top Gun themed monthly employee recognition program which celebrates employees who go above and beyond in their service to patients, visitors, physicians and fellow employees of the hospital. At the end of 2011, the 12 Top Guns, including February 2011 award-winner Boone, were chosen by their peers throughout the year were voted upon once more, resulting in Boone being voted the Maverick award-winner and winning a $500 cash prize.
Boone joined Sumner Regional Medical Center in 2003 as the hospitals guest services specialist. He is the first person most visitors to the hospital meet when they enter the front doors of the hospital, and is known throughout the hospital community as being the friendly first face many associate with their experience at SRMC, said Lewis.
Melvin is a true model of excellent customer service at Sumner Regional Medical Center, said Lewis, who presented Boone with the award. He comes to work each day with a smile on his face and is always ready to offer a helping hand to our patients, visitors, physicians and his colleagues. He has a strong work ethic, is dependable and he takes great pride in doing his job well. We are fortunate to have him on our team and we take great pleasure in presenting him with this award.
Its an honor to have been selected by my peers for this recognition, said Boone. I love my job. I love the people I work with, and I honestly couldnt imagine doing anything else.
Boone, formerly a long-time resident of Gallatin, lives in Nashville with his wife, Deborah. He has a son, three step-children and one step-grandaughter. His mother, Frances Boone, and his brother and two sisters live in Gallatin. He is a lay minister of his church, Key Stewart United Methodist Church in Gallatin. He is also president of the Bowling League of Sumner Regional Medical Center, and is a former reserve police officer for the City of Gallatin.