Walmart to offer free health screenings Saturday

All Tennessee Walmart stores will be among 4,700 locations across the country to host Walmart Wellness Day on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Photo courtesy of Walmart

This free health screening event provides Tennessee residents an opportunity to learn valuable health information like:

  • Blood glucose
  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index
  • Low-cost immunizations
  • And in select locations, customers can also take advantage of free vision screenings

This will be the second Walmart Wellness Day for which the company has teamed up with the American Diabetes Association to provide support beyond event day, offering additional support to customers whose screening results indicate a risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association estimates nearly 8 million people with diabetes are undiagnosed. Each Walmart customer who learns of potential risk will be offered the opportunity to receive follow up information from the ADA. Tens of thousands of customers took advantage of this free service following the previous Walmart Wellness day event in June.

Tennessee has the highest rate of child obesity in the nation with 37.7 percent of 10- to 17-year-olds in the state considered obese. According to The State of Obesity, obesity and diabetes is a growing problem across all age groups in our state. Compared to all states in the country, Tennessee is:

Second highest in obesity among high school students (18.6%)

Sixth highest in adult obesity (34.8%)

Seventh highest in diabetes (12.7%)

Since its first Walmart Wellness Day event, the company has provided more than 1.4 million free screenings to people across the country, helping countless customers uncover existing health problems. For some, the screenings have been life saving.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans turn out for each Walmart Wellness Day event, making it America’s largest single day health fair event.

Frank Brawner recognized for service to cemetery

Some people would consider keeping up with a cemetery to be a thankless job. After all, the people most likely to notice are six feet underground.

But the Green Grove Cemetery Association recently handed out a big “Thank You” to Frank Brawner for his years of selfless duty looking after the old cemetery.

Frank has taken time from his retirement years to see that the cemetery is taken care of. When someone passed away and family members needed to know where their family plot was, Frank was the man they called.

Submitted photo

If people from out of town visited looking for the grave of their great-great-grandfather, Frank was the one who took the time to meet them at the cemetery and show them the spot. And Frank seems to know the spot for everyone buried there!

The cemetery, located at the edges of Trousdale and Macon counties, is dear to Frank’s heart. Many of his own ancestors are buried there. It is one of our largest rural cemeteries, placed beside the old Green Grove Methodist Church.

Frank’s interest in the community, the past and those people buried in the cemetery led him to spend several years compiling a history of the families in the Green Grove community, and its neighbors, the Carr’s community and Pleasant Valley.

The resulting book was 404 pages long!

The Green Grove Methodist Church is long gone, a victim of declining attendance. But the cemetery is still maintained by the non-profit Green Grove Cemetery Association.

Association member Tammy Nollner realized that as age and declining health have slowed Frank down, it was time to have others take his place – but not before a little ceremony could take place.

So a few Sundays ago, Tammy and the past and present officers of the association, joined by Trousdale County Historian John Oliver, met at Frank’s home to present him with a handsome plaque in recognition of his years of devotion to the cemetery.

The plaque reads, “Presented to Frank Brawner, In grateful appreciation for his many years of dedicated selfless service to the Green Grove Cemetery, from the Green Grove Community.”

Frank blushed a little at the presentation. His wife Bobbie, son Jerry, and other family members beamed at seeing him honored.

Then Frank and the association members sat around and talked about the history of the community, laughing at some memories and solemn at others.

Now Frank can let someone else take over the once-thankless job, and maybe spend some time on his next genealogy project!

Jack McCall: Readers submit more old sayings

Not only did my recent column on sayings generate an excellent response from readers, it also stirred my imagination.

My brothers, my sister, and I cut our teeth on these words from our mother. Whenever she thought we had “bit off more than we could chew,” she would throw out one of these three lines: “You’re spreading yourself too thin!” or “You’re burning the candle at both ends!” or “You’ve got too many irons in the fire!”

Whenever she saw a potential bad situation in the making, she would say, “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.”

Across the Miles
Jack McCall

And here’s another one that has generated much discussion over the years. If someone came up with a lame-brain idea, she would declare, “Why, you don’t know T I from pull up.” Our family has searched for the origin of this saying without success.

When she saw that someone had made a disastrous decision she would exclaim, “He drove his ducks to a bad stream!”

My late friend, Cecil Vinson of Woodbury, had an oft-used saying. Whenever he saw someone taking on too much risk, he would declare, “He’s boring with a big auger!”

My uncle, John E. McCall, recently reminded me of one my mother’s sayings he remembered: “Two heads are better than one, even if one of them is a cabbage head!”

Cousin Mark McCall reminded me of an old saying a while back. He said, “I’m sore as a risin!” If you’ve ever had a “risin” (a boil or carbuncle,) you know of what I’m writing. Someone told me of having a “risin” on their backside one time. Seems they had to have a donut pillow in order to sit down!

Over the course of my lifetime I have heard it said of a few wealthy men, “He’s got enough money to burn a wet mule!” I’ve heard it said of a few others, “He’s as poor as a church mouse!”

A number of well-known sayings are tied to man’s best friend.

A few include, but are not limited to:

“That dog won’t hunt.” (A bad plan or deal.)

“You’re barking up the wrong tree.”

“The wet dog barks.”

“Meaner than a junkyard dog.”

“Swelled up like a poisoned pup.”

And everyone has heard this one, “There are more ways to skin a cat than to choke him on butter.”

My grandmother Amy McCall had a favorite response to a question often asked. When someone asked how she was feeling, she would respond, “I’m feeling with my hands,” as she chuckled happily.

Beverly Baines shared a saying that she had heard and used for years: “It hurt bad enough to make you want to smack your Granny!”

Sometimes good advice and even warnings come in the words of well-worn sayings. Here are a few:

“Look before you leap!”

“Measure twice, cut once.”

“You have to crawl before you can walk.”

“Slow and steady wins the race.”

“Don’t bite off more than you can chew.”

“Birds of a feather flock together.”

“One rotten apple can spoil the whole barrel.”

Melanie Bowman sent me this one from Red Boiling Springs – one often used by her father when she was growing up. “Everything ain’t gonna to be alright no way!”

Margie Shrum, a Mt. Juliet reader, took the time to write down 54 sayings she recalled. Here is a sampling.

“Green as grass.”

“Pretty as a picture.”

“Old as the hills.”

“High as a kite!”

“You can get used to anything except a rock in your shoe.”

“Life is not a bed of roses.”

“I don’t chew my tobacco twice!”

“Cheap as dirt.”

“Home is where the heart is.”

I was discussing with my brother, Tom, our father’s use of the phrase “much obliged.” We agreed that our father finished many a job by closing with “much obliged.”

Tom reminded me of some of the other sayings our father used to end the day.

When a task was almost done, he would encourage us by declaring, “Boys we’re getting’ into the short rows!”

Sometimes when the last stalk of tobacco was cut, or the last stick of tobacco was handed up into the barn, or the last bale of hay made it into the loft, our father would declare, “That’s what the shoemaker killed his wife with…the last!” Or he would triumphantly announce, “That’s the one we’ve been looking for all day!”

And sometimes when a job was almost completed, he would say, “Boys, we’ve about got his little ball of yarn rolled up!”

In my mind’s eye, I can picture him, his face beaming with a smile of satisfaction, which reminds me of another saying.

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Look Back: Providence club’s blue-ribbon effort

In the years immediately following World War II, communities across Tennessee formed clubs with the goal of improving the quality of life for their members.

The clubs were loosely organized under the auspices of the University of Tennessee and their network of County Extension Service and Home Demonstration agents.

In last week’s article, we wrote about the Providence Community Club.

One of the many improvements made by the Providence Community Club was this sign placed at the edge of the community.

Reading the minutes from the Providence Club’s scrapbook, we saw that the group had voted to sell subscriptions to Reader’s Digest to make enough money to purchase a coffee urn for the club’s meeting house.

That effort turned out well, for in reading the 1957 scrapbook’s list of “goals completed” we see, “…sold 40 subscriptions…donated 2 subscriptions to nursing home, 2 to Hartsville General Hospital, one to a shut-in, one to the dentist…” Plus they purchased a 40-cup coffee urn!

Providence could boast other goals met and could further boast that in a statewide competition they took home a blue ribbon!

An article clipped from The Vidette and glued to the pages of the scrapbook reads, “Providence Community Club, for the second time in two years, won the Trousdale County Community Improvement contest last Friday night…”

The article mentions the clubs in Shady Grove, Barthelia and Walnut Grove and says that Shady Grove came in second.

The win enabled the club to advance to the Middle Tennessee competition, which concluded with a luncheon held at the famous Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville.

And what had Providence done to warrant the blue ribbon?

Club president Roy Dies gave The Vidette this list of the community’s improvements: well-stocked food cellars, freezers stocked with a year’s supply of food, new homes, home repairs, cover crops, permanent pastures, Grade A dairy barns, improvements on the church building, school lunch program and other improvements on the school and the mail box improvement campaign.

But Providence wasn’t the only community to win an award!

Another article from The Vidette, from 1963, bears the headline, “Hartsville Wins First Place in Community Improvement Contest.”

The first paragraph says, “The city of Hartsville received a surprise at the city’s first Industrial Appreciation Dinner here Friday night when Nolen Puckett of the Industrial Division of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Conservation presented Mayor Cecil Harper with a plaque naming Hartsville as first place winner in the State’s Community Improvement contest in towns between 1,000 and 2,500 population.”

The article goes on to say, “The city received this award for the work that has been done in the past year in helping to obtain new industries and also working with the state planning commission to help make Hartsville a better place in which to live.”

The award was the result, Mr. Puckett stated, of the city having brought six new industries to town since 1948, and was about to welcome another – quite an achievement for a town of our size!

The six industries? They were: Hartsville Garment Company, Dixie Box Company, Trousdale Manufacturing Company, Hartsville Cabinet Company, Sparta Manufacturing Company, and the Hartsville Metal Stamping Plant.

And the new business coming to town?

The last paragraph of the front-page article gives the details: “Under construction is a new factory building, financed by an industrial bond issue, that will be occupied next fall by the Texas Boot Company of Lebanon. The firm will make cowboy boots and is expected to employ 300 persons under full production.”

Despite the impressive number of industries brought to Hartsville and the winning of the award, anyone reading this article will be quick to note that only one of the industries listed is still in business!

Changing markets, cheaper labor in other countries, and Americans who value cheaper goods over quality goods have spelled doom to many industries here and across the state!

But the community improvement efforts of Hartsville, Providence, Willard and other communities across the county were impressive at the time and perhaps not a bad idea even today!

Charity West recognized for service at Senior Center

Charity West, administrative assistant at Trousdale Senior Living Center, has received the 2017 Assisted Care Living Facility Service Award from the Tennessee Health Care Association/Tennessee Center for Assisted Living (THCA/TNCAL).

This award recognizes an employee of a TNCAL member facility for providing outstanding service to both residents and the facility as a whole.

West is responsible for a variety of duties as well as managing the front desk. She shops, orders and picks up special food from restaurants or grocery stores for the residents. She will handle any duty that requires attention, such as changing filters in HVAC units, changing lightbulbs and other small maintenance repairs, with a smile on her face.

West makes all accommodations for the facility’s annual picnic day, for which her family provides and assembles an outdoor tent, along with tables and chairs for the residents. Additionally, she has attended work seminars and has even received her administrator license without prompting from anyone.

“Our awards celebrate those individuals and volunteers whose dedication and commitment to our residents stand out in our profession,” THCA/TNCAL Executive Director Jesse Samples said. “It’s truly an honor to recognize their achievements and shine a light on the many wonderful things happening in our long-term care facilities and communities.”

THCA/TNCAL is a nonprofit organization whose members include long-term care facilities located throughout the state. For more information about long-term care, visit thca.org.

Guest View: Bipartisan fix needed for health care

Recently, Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee’s insurance commissioner, Julie McPeak, came to Washington to testify before the Senate health committee — which I chair — to help us take a small step to help solve a problem that’s causing a lot of grief for 350,000 Tennesseans.

These Tennesseans are in the individual insurance market. Nationwide, 18 million get their insurance in that market, rather than from an employer of from Medicare or Medicaid.

It is only 6 percent of people who have health insurance in America, but each one is important. These are farmers in Pulaski, songwriters in Nashville, small business owners in Sevierville — and right now, they are facing the very real prospect of skyrocketing insurance premiums in 2018 — or even having zero options for health insurance next year.

Lamar Alexander

I invited Gov. Haslam and Commissioner McPeak to give their insight and expertise at our committee’s hearings — the first two of four hearings we’ll hold to come up with a small, bipartisan, balanced solution for these individuals — to help limit their premium increases for next year, and to help ensure they have some choices of insurance in 2018.

Commissioner McPeak has described Tennessee’s individual market as “very near collapse.” At the end of September last year, BlueCross, our largest insurer, pulled out of the individual market in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis, not just for Tennesseans with Affordable Care Act subsidies-for everybody.

That could happen again at the end of this September — if Congress doesn’t act. But if Congress acts this month, we can help limit those increases in premiums in 2018; continue support for co-pays and deductibles for many low-income Tennesseans; make certain that health insurance is available in every market; and lay the groundwork for future premiums decreases.

We can do this by taking just two actions: amending the Section 1332 waiver already in current law so Tennessee and other states can have more flexibility to devise ways to provide more choices of insurance and lower costs and, second, appropriate cost-sharing payments through the end of 2018 to help with co-pays and deductibles for many low-income Tennesseans, which also has the effect of lowering premiums generally.

There are a number of issues with the American health care system, but if your house is on fire, you want to put out the fire. In this case, the fire is in the individual market. While I am disappointed that the Senate failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in July, I’m committed to taking a small, first step to find a short-term solution for stabilizing Tennesseans’ premiums and helping to ensure they have some choice of insurer next year.

Working together during the last two years, our committee has been able to agree on big steps on big issues about which we have big differences of opinion. In education, we fixed No Child Left Behind, a step the Wall Street Journal called “the largest devolution of federal control to states in a quarter century”; we passed 21st Century Cures, which has the potential to help nearly every Tennessean live a healthier life; and we passed the first overhaul of mental health laws in a decade to help the one out of every five adults in Tennessee who struggles with mental illness. So we should be able to take this small step.

Health insurance has been a very partisan topic for a very long time, but the bottom line today is that 18 million Americans — including 350,000 Tennesseans — need our help, and I hope senators can work together — as we have in the past — and stay focused on getting a result.

Lamar Alexander represents Tennessee in the U.S. Senate. He chairs the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Tennessee to restore work requirement for SNAP

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes announced plans Monday to reinstate the federal work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that was waived in 2008 during the economic recession.

With the state’s record-low unemployment rates and significant job growth, the waiver is no longer needed across most of the state – but will remain in place in 16 counties designated as economically distressed.

Haslam also announced he will propose legislation to the 2018 General Assembly that will incentivize work, reduce fraud and strengthen program integrity in the state’s welfare programs.

The state will reestablish work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) receiving SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) in 70 counties beginning Feb. 1, 2018.

Work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents were waived in 2008 as the Great Recession struck the nation and Tennessee with high unemployment. As the economy has recovered, most other states have either fully or partially restored the work requirement.

DHS, which administers the program, conducted its annual review of all 95 counties, evaluating criteria such as unemployment rates, labor surplus status, poverty rates and per capita income. As a result of the review, the requirement waiver will remain in 16 counties designated as distressed and have a labor surplus. The work requirement is currently in place in nine counties, seven of which surround Davidson County, where the economy showed faster improvement.

Of the approximately 1 million Tennesseans who receive SNAP benefits, the reinstated work requirement will likely impact 58,000 able-bodied individuals without dependents who are not currently meeting the requirement.

“This waiver was necessary at a time when people were hurting from the recession. But nearly a decade later, Tennessee is one of the top locations in the Southeast for high-quality jobs, and it’s now difficult to justify waiving the requirement for adults without dependents who are able to work,” Haslam said. “We have experienced record-low unemployment rates and substantial job growth in Tennessee, and if you can’t find a job, we are here to help you through a network of resources and opportunities across the state.”

To satisfy the ABAWD work requirement, an individual must fulfill one of the following: work at least 20 hours per week; or participate in qualifying education and training activities at least 20 hours per week; or participate in an approved workfare/volunteer program at least 20 hours per week.

Haslam also plans to propose legislation during the 2018 legislative session aimed at reducing fraud, waste and abuse associated with welfare programs while encouraging self-sufficiency by incentivizing work. Key components include:

Seeking approval to join a multi-state cooperative to identify dual participation in programs;

Strengthening investigations of multiple EBT card replacements;

Increasing the ability to investigate fraud with additional tools;

Reducing the fiscal cliff for families meeting the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF or Families First) work requirements by providing an incentive transitional benefit; and

Encouraging family stabilization by linking the TANF maximum benefit to the current standard of need.

Tennessee unemployment rate hits all-time low

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips announced last week a preliminary unemployment rate of 3.3 percent for August, declining one-tenth of a percent from the previous month. This marks an all-time low for the statewide unemployment rate and August is the seventh consecutive month Tennessee has seen a decline in the statistic.

“To see the unemployment rate decrease nearly every month in 2017 is a positive sign,” Phillips said. “It shows we are experiencing growth in the state and that the governor’s programs aimed at spurring that growth are working.”

While Tennessee’s latest unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percent from July’s 3.4 percent, the national unemployment rate increased from 4.3 to 4.4 percent. Over the past year, the state and national rates have declined by 1.5 and five-tenths of a percentage point, respectively.

“The fact Tennessee’s unemployment rate has dropped three times as fast as the national unemployment rate is remarkable,” Phillips noted. “That decline proves Tennessee is a great place to operate a business, to work and to raise a family.”

Total nonfarm employment increased 8,200 jobs from July to August. The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, mining/logging/construction, and educational/health services.

Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 52,200 jobs, with the greatest amount of growth experienced in trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and leisure/hospitality.

Previously, Tennessee marked an historic low rate in June 2017 at 3.6 percent, which was bested the following month by a 3.4 percent seasonally adjusted rate. The August rate of 3.3 percent is the lowest statewide rate since the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the statistic in January 1976.

The Economic Analysis and Labor Force Estimates are prepared by the Employment Security division’s labor market information specialists. The division reports metrics and contextual information as it relates to employment, income, and population in Tennessee.

Guest View: Help is available to fight opioid addiction

Our country is facing the deadliest addiction crisis in its history. Opioid overuse kills nearly 100 people in the U.S. every day — and Tennessee is ranked third in the country for prescription drug abuse.

Overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under age 50 — beating car crashes, gun accidents and AIDS. According to STAT, opioids could end nearly half a million U.S. lives over the next decade.

This crisis doesn’t just affect those who struggle with addiction, but also their families, loved ones, friends and communities. Aside from causing brain damage and death, this epidemic is causing an overflow in our hospitals, court systems and streets. It has wrecked lives, threatened regional economic development and brought unexpected challenges across our nation.

We at Centerstone are often asked who is hit hardest by opioid abuse. The sad answer is that we all are. Opioid addiction knows no age, race, gender, socioeconomic or geographic boundaries.

Still, as important as it is to recognize the crisis we are facing, it is equally important to recognize there is hope. In the flurry of news coverage about overdoses, death and addiction statistics, messages of recovery are often lost. Fortunately, recovery is possible. There are people in every state who are overcoming opioid abuse, and there are hundreds of organizations through which help is available.

September is National Recovery Month – a time to celebrate people who have overcome addiction and to encourage those who still actively battling to know they aren’t alone in the fight. Now is the time to sow a message of hope and recovery. We must come together to help those who struggle with addiction find the services and support that they need to succeed.

For the general public, this means not being afraid to address suspected substance use in others. For public officials, it means finding more pathways to help ensure those in need have access to effective treatment options. For those of us in the treatment community, it means seeking more ways to educate and connect with people about addiction and recovery. And for those in recovery, it means sharing your stories to help others break through the darkness that this epidemic has cast on our nation and create hope that recovery can happen.

This Recovery Month, let’s work together to spread the word that addiction recovery happens. Let’s celebrate those in recovery, and offer support, reassurance and solutions to those who are seeking it. Acknowledging a recovering person’s efforts and validating their commitment provides encouragement to continue towards recovery.

Centerstone is committed to providing support to those seeking recovery from substance use issues. To schedule a time to talk with us, please call 888-291-4357 (HELP). For urgent assistance, contact our 24-hour crisis hotline at 800-681-7444.

Ken Stewart is a licensed Senior Psychological Examiner and Regional Vice President at Centerstone (centerstone.org), overseeing the organization’s integrated behavioral health care services in the southern area of Middle Tennessee.

Guest View: Trump shows willingness to work both sides of aisle

Shortly before Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. mainland, the latest waves of Hurricane Trump hit Washington, reshaping political battle lines in a totally unexpected but potentially productive way.

Many analysts wonder if Trump’s new alliance with Democratic congressional leaders can persist past recent success in raising the debt ceiling, funding the government and making a down payment on Hurricane Harvey reconstruction. After all, these measures HAD to be passed, as opposed to those the president would LIKE to pass.

But it may recur because it reflects two institutional realities that almost certainly will ultimately force the president to seek Democratic votes.

Senate rules requiring 60 votes for most legislation mean that GOP leaders will generally need more than the 52 Republicans. They weren’t enough for the special procedure Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used in the effort to repeal-and-replace Obamacare. Except for a few months in 2009, neither party has had 60 votes in nearly 40 years.

The House GOP’s adherence to the so-called Hastert Rule. That is, the refusal to consider measures without support from a majority of Republicans, has weakened the chamber’s clout in recent years by preventing consideration of measures with broader support.

Throughout the Obama years, House Republicans repeatedly passed legislation reflecting the views of a majority of their members, who hail primarily from heavily Republican districts. Multiple appropriations bills cutting social programs and other conservative measures died in the Senate because they failed to attract enough bipartisan support to get the 60 votes needed to surmount the Senate’s rule allowing unlimited debate.

On health care, Republican leaders sought to act with only GOP votes, using the rule that allows a reconciliation bill implementing the annual budget resolution to pass each house with a simple majority, meaning 51 in the Senate.

But increased GOP congressional numbers have broadened the party’s ideological coalition, requiring the conservative majority to make compromises with more moderate members. That’s how House Republican leaders succeeded in passing Obamacare repeal on their second try, but the legislation cut too many benefits from too many people for some Senate Republicans.

The failure angered Trump, who is far more interested in results than ideological purity. If he had been better prepared for his presidency and been able to set his own congressional priorities, he might have put tax reform or infrastructure reconstruction before Obamacare.

White House legislative director Marc Short conceded Tuesday at a breakfast session with reporters sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor that the Obamacare experience showed the difficulty of trying to pass major legislation with only GOP votes, something likely to become increasingly evident in the months to come. Though Trump’s initial infrastructure plan relies more on private and state funds than federal money, it’s still too costly for many House Republicans. But Democrats won’t support repairing the nation’s roads and bridges without a significant influx of additional federal money.

Short said Republicans are still planning to pass tax reform via reconciliation, which would only require GOP votes, but added that the White House plans to reach out for bipartisan backing and is not assuming it can be done “strictly on a partisan basis.” Trump has already hosted three moderate Democratic senators from red states he carried last year.

Meanwhile, the need for additional billions for hurricane relief may complicate prospects for any Republican tax bill that cuts rates so much it costs the government far more in revenue than it recovers from closing loopholes.

Trump will also need bipartisan support for his announced intention of protecting the Dreamers – from his own administration’s decision ending their protection from deportation. Indeed, many Republicans won’t support it unless it is part of a broader immigration bill.

That’s probably why Short indicated that Trump wants to include enhanced border security – though not necessarily his controversial plan for a wall – in any legislation protecting the Dreamers brought to the United States illegally as children. In 2013, a bipartisan Senate-passed immigration bill might have passed the House, but GOP leaders killed it by invoking the Hastert rule and refusing to bring it to the floor.

Forming additional bipartisan majorities like Trump and the Democrats created for the debt ceiling won’t be easy. It will require cooperation from GOP leaders, who control the calendar in both houses. It will be necessary for the only measure Congress MUST pass in December, a bill funding the government for the rest of the fiscal year.

That’s why, for Trump, reality requires that he continue to look beyond his Republican majorities if he wants to get things done.

Carl P. Leubsdorf is the former Washington bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News. Readers may write to him via email at carl.p.leubsdorf@gmail.com.

Community Calendar: Sept. 20, 2017

POLICY: Information for the Community Calendar submitted in person, by mail or fax is due by noon Monday for publication. Items mailed should be typed or printed and sent to: Community Calendar, The Hartsville Vidette, 206 River St., Hartsville, TN 37074 or brought to the office during business hours. Free listing of nonprofit events, community club and government meetings. We reserve the right to reject or edit material. Include name and phone number in the event we have questions.


Thursday, Sept. 21

6 p.m. – School Board

The Hartsville/Trousdale County School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at the offices of the Board of Education, 103 Lock Six Rd.

7 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Committee

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Parks & Recreation Committee will meet in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse to discuss the fall festival.

Monday, Sept. 25

7 p.m. – County Commission

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Commission will hold its monthly meeting in the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

10 a.m. – Water Board

The Hartsville/Trousdale Water Board will hold its monthly meeting in the county mayor’s office, 328 Broadway.

Thursday, Oct. 5

6 p.m. – Law Enforcement Committee

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Law Enforcement Committee will meet in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

7 p.m. – Insurance Committee

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Insurance Committee will meet in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

Monday, Oct. 9

7 p.m. – Planning Commission

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Planning Commission will meet in regular session in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

Tuesday, Oct. 10

7 a.m. – Executive Committee

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Executive Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting at Dillehay’s Café.

10 a.m. – Emergency Communications District Board

The Trousdale County Emergency Communications District Board will hold its regular quarterly meeting at the Sheriff’s Station, 210 Broadway.

6 p.m. – Local Government Services Committee

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Local Government Services Committee will meet in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

7 p.m. – Election Commission

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Election Commission will meet in the office of the Administrator of Elections, 214 Broadway.


Food Pantry

The food pantry at Hartsville Church of Christ (Halltown Road) will be open on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pantry will be open on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Fall Festival

Trousdale County will hold its second annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. in Hartsville City Park. There will be car show, live music, hay ride, cake walk, carnival games, face painting and more! Contact Amber Russell, Bubba Gregory, Linda Sue Johnson or Gary Claridy for more information.

Men’s Night Out

Williams Chapel Church will be celebrating its annual Men’s Night Out program on Saturday, Oct. 14 beginning at 4 p.m. We will have numerous male groups, chorus and soloists. Everyone is cordially invited to worship with us!

Hartsville Rotary Bass Tournament

The Hartsville Rotary Club will hold its second annual Bass Tournament on Sturday, Oct. 14 at Defeated Creek Marina from safe light until 2 p.m. Entry fee: $30 per person, lunch $10 extra. Door prizes and cash prizes to be awarded. Contact Ronny Tucker, 615-680-4556 or Stanley Farley, 615-633-7041.

Mother-Son Dance

The Hartsville Rotary Club is sponsoring its Mother-Son Glow in the Dark Dance Party on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 7-9 p.m. at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $20 per couple, $5 each additional child. Limited tickets are available at Citizens Bank, Wilson Bank & Trust, Trousdale Senior Living Center and Register of Deeds office.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver meals to elderly within Hartsville city limits. Drivers especially needed on Fridays. Call Ruby, 615-374-3987.

American Legion

Attention all former military members! American Legion Post 56 of Trousdale County would like to invite you to come spend time with us and get information on the benefits the Legion has to offer. You served your country well, now let us know how the country and your community can help you! Call John LaFleur, 860-268-7303 for more information.

Adult Education

FREE GED/HiSET CLASSES! The Adult Learning Center holds adult education classes each Wednesday at the middle school. Call 615-374-1131 to schedule an appointment.


Thursday, Sept. 21

9 a.m. – Trip to Stones River Mall (lunch at Panera Bread)

Friday, Sept. 22

9 a.m. – AFEP Exercise

10 a.m. – Tai Chi

11 a.m. – Yoga

Noon – Rook games

12:15 p.m. – Chair Exercise

Monday, Sept. 25

9 a.m. – Wii Bowling

11:30 a.m. – Mystery Lunch

Tuesday, Sept. 26

9 a.m. – AFEP Exercise

9 a.m. – Manicure/Pedicure

10 a.m. – Yoga

11:30 a.m. – Current Events by Wilson Bank & Trust

Wednesday, Sept. 27

9 a.m. – Line Dancing

11 a.m. – Chair Exercise

Noon – Halloween Craft

Noon – Rook games

1 p.m. – Bible Study

Sheriff’s Reports: Sept. 20, 2017

Editor’s Note: The following are suspects booked in the Trousdale County jail during the specified timeframe. All persons charged are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sept. 12

Joshua Allen Sanders, 34, of Bethpage, was charged with probation violation by Deputy Dusty Cato. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Sept. 27.

Stephen Kacee Phillips, 18, of Hartsville, was charged with unlawful drug paraphernalia, simple possession/casual exchange by Deputy Danny Johns. Phillips was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Sept. 22.

Katie Nicole Westmoreland, 25, of Carthage, was charged with simple possession/casual exchange by Deputy Grant Cothron. Westmoreland was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Sept. 22.

Wesley Adam Hardcastle, 28, of Carthage, was charged with simple possession/casual exchange, unlawful drug paraphernalia by Deputy Grant Cothron. Hardcastle was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Sept. 22.

Jesse Dale Strong, 20, of Dixon Springs, was charged with contempt of court by Deputy Danny Johns. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Sept. 22.

Sept. 13

Tambra Annette Shields, 46, of Lebanon, was charged with forgery, simple possession/casual exchange by TDOC’s Ramon Sherrell. Bond was set for $2,000 and General Sessions court date was set for Sept. 22.

Sept. 14

Cateena Nyree Burgess, 44, of Hartsville, was charged with DUI by Deputy Grant Cothron. Bond was set for $1,500 and General Sessions court date was set for Dec. 8.

Sept. 16

Randall Scott Beach Jr., 22, of Lafayette, was charged with DUI-second, driving on revoked license by Deputy Dillin Polston. Bond was set for $14,000 and General Sessions court date was set for Dec. 8.

Octavio Cassius Castillo, 18, of Hartsville, was charged with simple possession/casual exchange, unlawful drug paraphernalia by Deputy Wesley Taylor. Castillo was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Dec. 8.

Sept. 17

Jeffery Kelley Oliver, 59, of Hartsville, was charged with drivers license revoke/suspend/canceled by Deputy Grant Cothron. Oliver was released on his own recognizance and General Sessions court date was set for Dec. 8.

Jack McCall: ‘Yes sir, no ma’am’ sadly lacking in today’s world

I have come to the conclusion that good manners and appropriate language are never out of place.

In the house where I grew up we answered our father in the affirmative by responding, “Yes, sir,” and in the negative by saying, “No, sir.” Likewise, we answered our mother in the affirmative by saying, “Yes, ma’am,” and in the negative by responding, “No, ma’am.”

It was a serious infraction to respond to a command or request by either of our parents by saying “No.” It was considered a blatant act of rebellion and was simply not tolerated. It was fine to answer by saying, “I would rather not,” or “I don’t want to,” but you said that while doing what you were told.

Across the Miles
Jack McCall

My late mother, who was valedictorian of the Class of 1941 at Smith County High School, had a wonder grasp of English grammar. And she saw to it that her children used proper English in our conversations.

Toward the end of her life I asked to what she attributed her skill in the use of the mother language.

“Two things,” she answered. “My eighth-grade English grammar book and my teacher, Mr. Ervin Smith.”

Inappropriate language was never tolerated by either of our parents. I can only think of a very few occasions when my brothers, my sister or I got our mouths washed out with soap as a de-incentive for saying an “ugly word.” I, for one, can say I know what hand soap tastes like.

I made some new friends, Mike and Michelle Wade, in Kansas a few years back. Mike told of how a 2-year-old stepson came along with his second marriage. He soon found out that the little boy’s uncles had taught him to cuss. Mike said his stepson could say things that would “turn the air blue.”

One afternoon the little boy let out a string of bad words in Walmart in front of an audience. Serious action had to be taken. Mike decided to wash his mouth out with soap the next time it happened. He didn’t have to wait long. It happened again later that day when they were at home.

“I walked in the kitchen and filled three fingers with dishwashing liquid and headed for the boy. As I grabbed him by the arm, he put up more of a fight than I was expecting. When I started toward his mouth with my fingers he jerked his head and my fingers went in his eye!” Mike related

Then Mike smiled a wry smile and said, “I didn’t know tears would make bubbles. Bubbles were coming out of his eye!”

“Of course, the boy had messed up my plan. I had planned to say, ‘The next time you talk like that I’m going to put soap in your mouth.’ I couldn’t say that. So I blurted out, ‘The next time I hear you talk like that I’m going to put soap in your eye,’” Mike continued.

“That stopped the cussing cold!” he said with a smile.

I was watering a row of trees in Hartsville’s City Park a few summers ago as part of a Rotary Club project. One day as I worked, a little girl, about six years old, wandered over from the playground with her grandfather in tow. She was bright and engaging in her conversation, asking all kinds of questions. And she was handy with “Yes, sir” and “No, sir” as she answered my questions.

“You certainly have wonderful manners,” I said. “Who taught you to say ‘Yes, sir’ and ‘No, sir?’ ”

She chuckled. It was a most pleasurable kind of chuckle.

“My Aunt Sophia!” she chirped. (That was not her name. I changed it to protect the innocent.)

After that exchange, she blossomed like a flower, her conversation sprinkled with “Thank you,” and “You’re welcome.”

And I felt better about life. But my little friend was not finished.

She followed me around and never stopped talking, almost to the point of getting on my nerves. As I was concluding my work by picking up the last water buckets, she stepped closer to me, turned her head to one side and said, “I’ll bet God appreciates you watering His trees.”

Deep in my spirit I felt refreshed. And I thanked Him for this bright little girl, for the aunt who had taught her good manners, and for the person who had taught her to be comfortable with talking about God.

And I thought of Hebrews 13:2: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

Look Back: Providence had one busy community club

In the years immediately following World War II, there was a statewide program to bring improvements to the lives of the small-town and rural Tennessean. The program was run through the University of Tennessee and used the talents of each county’s Extension Service.

Tucked in among the many papers and documents of our Historical Society is “Special Circular #296” from the Agricultural Extension Service of the University of Tennessee, dated July 1947. The circular gives details on the community improvement program, such as how to make a survey of each community’s needs.

One of the photos in the Providence Community Club’s scrapbook is this one of a cellar stocked with canned goods. The scrapbook records that in the community in 1957, residents put away 4,525 cans of fruit, 7,786 cans of vegetables and 150 hogs were butchered for home use!

It also lists suggestions of what kind of improvements small towns and communities might need. The list is interesting, as it includes such things as: Secured cod-liver oil for each child in school, letters and cards sent each month to boys in service, cooperative purchase of farm supplies in carload lots, and monthly square dances held with proceeds to go to community projects.

This was right after the end of the war and global concerns were included in the list. One suggestion was: clothes collected for Russian and Phillipine relief.

The rural nature of most Tennessee communities was reflected in the suggestions, such as: fence rows cleaned off, beef ring organized, cannery built and operated, and survey for electric power line.

Some Tennessee counties were still without electricity.

Many residents here will recall that a “cannery” was built behind the old high school and people from across the county could go there to can their produce for the coming winter. The cannery had large tables, huge sinks, running water and a large stove. Usually several people would go to the cannery together with the old adage in mind, “Many hands make light work.”

We mentioned in last week’s article that the Historical Society has a scrapbook kept by the Willard Community Club. There were other communities that took part and other scrapbooks. If any reader has some of the scrapbooks in their attics or closets, we encourage you to donate them to the Society for their preservation.

A few years ago, the Providence Community scrapbooks were given to the Society and they, like the Willard scrapbook, are a wealth of information and a look at the not-too-distant past.

The 1957-58 scrapbook starts off with a listing of the club’s officers: President, Roy Dies; Vice-President, Lawrence Tomlinson;  Secretary, Mrs. Mann Reed; Treasurer, Mrs. Paul Cassetty;  Reporter, Polly Tomlinson; Song Leaders, Mrs. Mary Stone and Dot Reed; and the voting delegates for the county council were Vander Wright, Charles Haley, Lena Wright and Lawrence Tomlinson.

There is an impressive list of goals for 1957.

We won’t list them all, but will include a few that show how times have changed: Clean off community cemeteries; continue community mail box improvement; send floral design at each death in the community; to sell food at the elections; install new rope on the flag pole at the school grounds; have an Easter egg hunt; and encourage more people to attend church and Sunday school.

The minutes of each monthly meeting are included in the scrapbook. At the March 1958 meeting it was noted that, “Dorothy Reed put before the group a plan to get a nice coffee urn for the Club by selling subscriptions to Reader’s Digest.” The idea was warmly received, discussed, voted on and passed!

The May meeting was held at the community’s new picnic area. That was one of their projects and the minutes state that a “delicious supper was served.” There was a program following the meal, held in the Providence School. A film was shown and there were door prizes, compliment of Texaco. The top door prize was a Kitchen Step Ladder won by Lena Wright, while “Motor Oil and Grease” were won by Mrs. Roy Dies, Mrs. Lois Sanford, and James Russel.

Photos of community members participating in the various club activities fill the pages of the scrapbook, as do clippings from The Vidette from every time a resident of Providence was in the news. There are pictures of children in costume for the community Halloween party and wiener roast, 4-H members with their livestock, men cleaning up a cemetery, and a local woman in bed recovering from an illness and reading a “get well card” sent by the club.

Providence was a farming community and the closing page of the scrapbook boasts that 89 percent of their farm families raised chickens and produced their own eggs!

Cash Express thanks local first responders

On some anniversaries, we celebrate. On others, we reflect.

The 16th anniversary of the attack on America and New York’s World Trade Center is one of the times for reflection. There is truly nothing to celebrate in the extraordinary tragedy of 9/11.

As much as I would like to forget some of them, the images from that day will never be out of my mind, nor will the victims and their families.

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Cash Express manager Beth Crocco, third from right, presents Trousdale EMS staff with posters and a cake.

But there is one memory I want to hold on to, one that I want to cherish as the deepest and most lasting of Sept. 11, 2001. It is the memory of the heroism and selflessness demonstrated by law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who went about their business that day without concern for their own safety and without consideration for the magnitude of what they were confronting.

I suppose the term ‘first responders’ was around before 9/11, but I can’t remember ever hearing or using it before then. It caught on with me because it succinctly and accurately captures not only what these public servants do, but it says something about who they are.

They are people willing to respond without question or hesitation when our community needs them. Men and women willing to make someone else’s emergency or crisis their own and to put their lives on the line doing it.

If that doesn’t deserve our respect, nothing does.

Most of us have always had an appreciation for first responders, whether we called them that or not. At one time or another, what little boy or little girl didn’t want to grow up to be a police officer or a firefighter? As time passes and most of us go on to do other things with our lives, we tend not only to outgrow our hero worship, but also to start taking things for granted. Then some tragedy happens and our attention is drawn to them again.

I am not sure where the tradition of delivering a meal to first responders on the anniversary of 9/11 started in our company, but I’m glad it did. It started out of someone’s caring and appreciative heart, and spread from employee to employee and location to location until stores all over Kentucky and Tennessee were involved.

No one ever imagined that taking a meal to first responders as a way of showing our appreciation would turn out to mean so much to the people in our company. As more and more people and locations became involved, a simple gesture became an annual salute to first responders.

The way we show our appreciation differs from community to community and location to location, but everyone involved knows they have the support and encouragement of our company.

We value the opportunity to show our appreciation to first responders. One of our goals is to encourage others in the community to be involved as well.

Using the 9/11 anniversary as an opportunity to refresh and rekindle our feelings for first responders is a good thing. It’s a simple but meaningful way to say, “Thank you, first responders. We salute you.”

Garry McNabb is the Chief Executive Officer of Cash Express, LLC.

Batch & Bushel Farmer’s Market opens in Lebanon

The Batch and Bushel Farmer’s Market officially opened last Thursday at the Wilson County Expo Center.

The grand opening event featured live music by Donny Bart, reusable shopping bags for all attendees from Southern Bank of Tennessee, free scoops of locally sourced ice cream from Two Fat Men catering and activities for children.

The market will continue each Thursday evening from 4-7 p.m. for the remainder of September and October and will feature local produce, eggs, flowers, meats, coffee, baked goods, microgreens, seasonal décor and artisan items.

“We’re giving the community an opportunity to shop local and connect to agriculture,” said Charity Toombs, director of marketing and events for the Wilson County Expo Center. “Adding the market brings together a diverse group of artisans and farmers to make it easy for the consumer to be a part of the farm-to-table trend – a movement toward knowing where your food is coming from.”

Batch and Bushel also partnered with Pick Tennessee Products, a state program that promotes local producers, artisans and farm-based activities. Items exclusive to Pick Tennessee will be showcased at the market each week.

Diane Black to host Academy Day

U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) invites all students, parents and school officials from Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional district who are interested in learning more about attending our nation’s military academies to come to Academy Day 2017 on Saturday, Sept. 16 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon.

The event will include presentations from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard and Naval Academies, as well as from the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). Following the program, students will be able to speak individually with academy officers and admissions staff.

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Diane Black represents Tennessee’s Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Coming from a family of veterans, I have always believed that one of the most honorable callings in life is to serve one’s country in the military,” Black said. “That is why I host this annual event as a way to provide students in our community with information on how to continue their education at our U.S. Service Academies. I wish all of our applicants the best of luck.”

Each year, members of Congress may nominate a limited number of students to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with a commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

This year’s Academy Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at Wilson Central High School, located at 419 Wildcat Way in Lebanon. Registration will take place at 9:30 a.m. with a formal program set to begin at 10 a.m. The event is free and is open to all Sixth District middle school and high school students and their families.

For more information, please visit black.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations.

John Rose plans kickoff event for congressional run

Sixth District Congressional candidate John Rose will be hosting a campaign kickoff event with free food, music, and activities for kids on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The event will be held at the Smith County Ag Center in Carthage from noon-3 p.m. To RSVP for the free event, visit the campaign’s website at JohnRose.com.

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“I can’t think of a better way to start the campaign than with a family-friendly event in the heart of the district,” Rose said in a press release. “I am running for Congress to help ensure the America we leave our children is better than the America our parents left us. This event is another way to show my commitment to the people of the Sixth District.”

Rose is an eighth-generation Tennessean, farmer, small-business owner and lifelong resident of the Sixth District. His Lancaster Farm is the oldest farm in Smith County and one of the oldest in the state, founded in 1790. Rose’s deep roots in the area are part of his inspiration for seeking the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District.

“I am a conservative outsider who is ready to join President Donald Trump in taking on the Washington liberals and elites for the good of my friends, family, and neighbors across the district,” Rose said.

Rose is a conservative who believes America’s immigration system is broken and will vote to build a wall along the southern border, increase patrol officers, and defund dangerous sanctuary cities. He has also pledged to work tirelessly to create and pass a plan that repeals and replaces Obamacare. Among his other areas of focus are securing Tennesseans’ Second Amendment rights and defending the lives of the unborn.

“I want to take Tennessee values to Washington,” Rose said. “This kickoff event is the perfect way to start my campaign, surrounded by friends and neighbors who embody the values America needs. I hope everyone will come out and enjoy this time of fellowship.”

Visit JohnRose.com to learn more about John and his vision for Tennessee and America’s future.

Guest View: Congress ready to tackle tax reform

Traveling across the Volunteer State during the month of August is one of the most valuable parts of my job, and this past month was one of the most energizing summer work periods I have experienced since being elected to the Senate.

From Sevierville to Memphis, I traveled more than 1,975 miles across our state to hear from Tennesseans about the issues you care about most.

During my travels, I heard a common theme: you want your elected leaders – across the board – to do better. I agree. That is why I am fighting for you and against Washington’s broken system on a daily basis.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker

As we return to D.C., one of the most important tasks on the agenda is to reform America’s broken tax code to provide middle-class tax relief and reinvigorate our economy, which will lead to more jobs and higher wages.

The good news is that there is broad understanding in the White House and on both sides of the aisle in the Senate and House that our tax code is antiquated, uncompetitive and overly complex. I know the president is committed to tax reform.

I am committed to tax reform. And it is our responsibility on behalf of the American people to get it done.

During the last election, we often heard President Trump talk about the forgotten man and woman. The fact is that a lot of the political divides taking place in our country today are driven by the stark reality that many Americans, especially in the rural parts of our state and country, feel they have been left behind.

They have done what they thought they needed to get ahead and provide a better life for their children and grandchildren. They graduated high school. Or maybe they went to a couple of years of community college or a technical school. They found work and gave it their all. And yet they find themselves in jobs that in many cases pay less than they did 20 years ago.

It is clear that something has to change, and passing comprehensive tax reform will be an important step in the right direction.

By overhauling our tax code, these individuals and families will be able to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks and invest more effectively for the future.

These families also will benefit from the president’s plan, which will level the playing field for American businesses. Right now, U.S. companies are the highest taxed in the industrial world. And while small businesses still make up the bulk of job creation in our country, by cutting our business tax rate, we will further unleash the animal spirits of the American economy and spur major investments in our communities that need it most.

As we begin this public debate, my focus will be on ensuring we are building a more simplified tax code that eliminates loopholes, encourages investment and sparks economic growth, delivering a pay raise to hardworking Americans.

But with our federal debt approaching $20 trillion, we must find a way to do so without making our dire fiscal situation worse, which remains the greatest threat to our country.

Over the next few weeks and months, you are going to hear heated rhetoric on both sides of this debate. There is a reason our tax code has not been reformed for more than three decades.

Passions on this issue run deep. And the road ahead will not be easy. But I do not think you sent me to Washington to shy away from great challenges.

You sent me to Washington to tackle problems, call it how I see it, and work to create a better life for you and your families. That will remain my focus during this debate, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and with the White House to accomplish this task.

Bob Corker represents Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.

Guest View: Trump missed DREAM chance to lead on immigration

An executive’s job is to make tough decisions and convince people to follow you. That’s what CEOs are hired to do – and it’s what we elect presidents to do.

By punting the legal status of young immigrants to Congress without offering his own proposal, President Trump has failed an important test of executive leadership. But his failure is Congress’ opportunity.

The administration’s threat to rescind the legal status of 800,000 individuals brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents would be a monumentally bad economic decision that – in its cruelty toward innocent people – would also be patently un-American. Business leaders I speak with from across the country, and from every major industry, understand that deporting these young people would adversely affect the labor supply as well as consumer demand. Growth would suffer, innovation would move overseas, and the future of our country would be dimmer.

There is no sound economic case to be made for deporting a young, productive workforce and surrendering the real benefits they provide our country.

According to a new analysis by New American Economy, a coalition of business leaders I co-chair, the young people who qualify for the Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, earn almost $20 billion in income annually. They pay more than $3 billion in local, state and federal taxes, and they contribute almost $2 billion to Social Security and $470 million to Medicare. Another study found that passing a DREAM Act to keep young immigrants here instead of sending them abroad would pump over $300 billion into the U.S. economy over the next two decades.

Immigrants and their children have founded more than 40 percent of our Fortune 500 companies. Think of the next Main Street entrepreneur who grows his or her company to employ many local residents. Or the next Silicon Valley entrepreneur who builds a company that benefits millions of Americans – and keeps America at the forefront of the global economy. Think too of the next award-winning teacher, or life-saving doctor.

They are called Dreamers because they are pursuing the great American dream: the chance to work hard, play by the rules and build a better life for yourself and your children. Deporting them would deprive local communities of talented, hard-working and law-abiding young people, and deprive the country of the brains and brawn it needs to continue leading the world economy.

Our coalition of business leaders has a deep regard for the rule of law, and we understand the desire to see all immigrants held to the same standard. But children brought here illegally by their parents did nothing wrong – and in order to stay, they must pass background checks and prove they are going to school, have graduated, or have honorably served in the military.

Doing so demonstrates that they are law-abiding and productive members of their communities, and it gives them the opportunity to qualify for DACA, which grants them two things: temporary protection from deportation to a country many do not remember and whose language they may not speak, and a renewable, two-year work permit.

In the past, members of the House and Senate have introduced a variety of bipartisan bills to give these young people a more permanent place in American society. Until now, those in Congress who oppose deportation – and I believe it’s a strong majority, as it is among Americans – had the luxury of sitting back and allowing Obama’s temporary fix to remain in place. That is no longer a viable option.

The future of the American dream – for all Americans – depends on our willingness to keep it open to all young people who pursue it. And that now depends on Congress having the courage to lead where the president will not.

Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News. He is the UN secretary-general’s special envoy for cities and climate change. Readers may email him at mbloomberg@bloomberg.net.