Jack McCall: Some fashion statements best left unsaid

A speaking engagement took me to Sacramento, Calif., a while back. I am always curious as to the unusual people and unusual things I will see when I go out to the “left” coast.

Some have called California the land of “fruits and nuts.” On this trip, I didn’t have to land in California before I encountered interesting sights.

As I was enjoying an early breakfast at the Burger King in the Nashville airport, I looked up to see a most unusual looking pair coming in my direction. It was a young man and a young woman.

The young man was sporting a most interesting version of a Mohawk haircut. As he checked out the menu at Burger King, it gave me time to check out his “do.”

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His head was shaven on the sides. Halfway up the back of his head, his hair was cut short into an inch-wide strip that looked liked a fuzzy brown tongue depressor. The end of the strip was even rounded at his neckline where the “tongue depressor” Mohawk began. No more than an inch wide, it fanned across the top of his head.

It looked like a single row of November corn after the ears of corn had been harvested. The hair stood straight up, a good four inches high. We are talking some serious spritz or hair spray here, maybe even super glue. Either that, or he wet his hair each morning and stuck his finger in a live electrical socket. This dude’s hairstyle was out there.

But his female companion was not to be outdone. Her hair was pink – and not just any pink. It was bright, hot pink.

It made me feel a bit uneasy. I had not left Nashville yet and things were already getting weird.

When I arrived at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in California, I was looking to take a long walk. The bellman recommended a six-block route to Sacramento’s downtown mall, where I could grab some lunch. I needed the exercise, so I took a right outside the front door of the Hyatt and headed for the mall. The mall’s anchor restaurant, the Hard Rock Café Sacramento, was closing its doors soon. I thought I would check it out while there was still time. Lunch at the Hard Rock Café is never a bad idea.

As I walked through the front door, The Rolling Stones were blasting their classic hit, “Get Off of My Cloud.” For a moment, I felt right at home.

Then things got a little weird, again.

At the podium I met a pleasant young woman. Her face showcased a broad smile and a silver ring in her nose. Now I’ve seen all kinds of metal in the faces of members of succeeding generations, but here is an attractive young woman with a ring nose! It was as big as a dime and in the side of her right nostril. I’m thinking, “Why would you put a ring in your nose?”

I had a flashback to my days growing up on a farm, where we used to put rings in a hog’s nose.  The rings were brass-colored and formed a triangle when clamped together. The rings kept the hogs from rooting up the lot or rooting under a fence. That’s why we put rings in their noses.

I have no idea why an attractive young woman would have a ring in her nose. Maybe it’s to be different.

It got me thinking. Now, one of those brass-colored triangle shaped hog rings would be different. With her cooperation, I could have fixed it so she was the only young woman in California to have a brass-colored, triangle-shaped ring in her nose. Of course, it might have hurt more than the silver ring; and the right side of her nose might have swelled up and turned red for a few days.

I ordered a Pepsi with my lunch. It came from the bar. The young woman tending the bar brought it out to me. She had a diamond in her face! I know, I know – I’ve seen diamonds in the sides of young women’s noses. And I’ve kind of gotten use to it. I reckon they stick needle-nosed pliers up their noses to attach the back to those diamond studs. This young lady’s diamond was where you usually see a dimple. I ran my finger in my mouth and up under my cheek just to try and figure our how it could be done. Why would you want a diamond in your face?

I noticed she smiled a crooked smile, as if the procedure had damaged a nerve.

When I headed back to Tennessee a few days later, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Mohawk and the face metal. I’ve got to give that hog ring idea some more thought. I may be on to something!

Look Back: Hart descendant’s letter bears famous name

As we continue to organize and file the many boxes of papers we are retrieving from the attic of the courthouse we (a small army of volunteers) are finding correspondence to and from local officials.

It was not unusual for local politicians to write to their United States Congressman or Senator to ask for some particular legislation to be passed.

Such is the case with a letter found in our archives that dates back to Dec. 14, 1908!

A little background first, though.

This short letter from U.S. Congressman Cordell Hull was addressed to a local businessman. Read this week’s article to see what the connection was to our town’s founding father!

The Hart family can be considered the founders of Hartsville. Although they were not the first family to settle here, they moved here by the mid-1790s. Buying land from the Donoho family, James Hart settled on the west side of Little Goose Creek and quickly engaged in business.

In 1798, Hart had a license to operate a ferry on the Cumberland River. In 1800, he purchased the grist mill belonging to Charles Donoho. In that same year, he built an inn on his side of the creek.

In 1804, Hart began operating “Hart’s Race Trace,” and that successful venue for horse racing would operate up to the Civil War. Andrew Jackson raced several of his prize steeds on Hart’s track.

Hart had people living on his side of the creek by 1807, because in that year “Hartsville” got a post office – a sign of enough population to warrant such a designation.

Hart would go one step further. In 1817, he asked the state legislature to officially recognize his little town.

The exact wording of the legislature’s bill is: “BE IT ENACTED, That a town heretofore laid off on the land of James Hart, esq in the county of Sumner, be established and known by the name of Hartsville. November 3, 1817.”

James Hart began selling lots in Hartsville in 1818 – the earliest date we can find such transactions listed in the Sumner County Register of Deeds office.

Even so, as Hartsville grew the Hart family name died out.

James and his wife had a large family, but illness, a short life expectancy back in the early 1800s and childless marriages took their toll. Daughters married and changed their last names, so that eventually there were no Harts left in town.

But there were descendants!

One Hart daughter had married into the Lauderdale family, and there were descendants in that family line. And one branch of the family ended up with the last name of Reaves.

So it was that in 1908, Col. Algernon Sidney Reaves was a successful Hartsville businessman and respected citizen. His service in the Spanish-American War left him with the title of colonel.

The letter in our archives is addressed “Dear Col. Reaves,” and it is signed by none other than the distinguished Cordell Hull.

In 1908, Hull was merely a member of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation. But he would go on to become the Secretary of State under President Franklin Roosevelt, and in that capacity receive worldwide acclaim.

Hull is today known as “the father of the United Nations” and also as the 1945 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Not bad for a fellow from just down the road, as Hull lived his adult life in Carthage!

The text of the letter is short: “I will take pleasure in offering bill at once & do my best to help get it through. With best wishes, Your friend, Cordell Hull”

The letter is on Hull’s House of Representatives letterhead.

We don’t know what bill the congressman was referring to, nor if it passed or not. Perhaps that too can be found in another box of old papers from the courthouse attic!

Op-Ed: Keep our political differences civil

Two items in the news have drawn my attention, and not in a good way. First, a bill proposed by State Representative Matthew Hill. As introduced, it provides civil immunity for the driver of an automobile who injures a protester who is blocking traffic in a public right-of-way if the driver was exercising due care. The second, where State Rep. Mark Pody and State Senator Mae Beavers had to cancel their press conference due to outbursts by protesters.

To me, the current political environment is more turbulent than any time in recent memory. I have to go back to the 1960s to think of a time where the country was more divided. At that time, civil rights protests and anti-war protests oftentimes ended in violence and death. Those of us who remember those times don’t want to see our country going through episodes like that again.

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Which is why Rep. Hill’s bill chills me so. With emotions highly charged, passing this bill creates a problem: the burden of proof with regard to intent. The bill goes on to say “A person shall not be immune from civil liability if the actions leading to the injury were willful or wanton.” With this language, the protester would have to prove willful or wanton intent, which is very difficult. Would passing this law lead to an outbreak of protesters being assaulted by motor vehicles? I would hope not. But in the current environment, it easily could happen.

So I’m siding with protesters in this case. In the next one, I am not.

I find it highly disappointing that Rep. Pody and Sen. Beavers were unable to hold a press conference where they wished to discuss their proposed Defense of Natural Marriage Act, which challenges the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling on same-sex marriage. Like many issues facing the country today, this one is emotionally charged. People on either side will have strong opinions. In our country, it is our right to disagree with one another. But no one will positively promote their point of view by simply shouting down the opposition. If we demand access to our lawmakers, then we have to hear them out in a civilized manner. We have the right to challenge them during a question-and-answer period. We can respectfully tell them we don’t agree, and why we feel that way. The group of protesters chanting “Kill the bill” did nothing to help their cause, and in fact may have hurt their cause by their disrespectful behavior.

So, I am for protests. And against protests. All depending on how they are done.

It is the right of our citizens to assemble and protest peacefully. There is power in peaceful protest. It allows people to see that they are not alone in their opinions, and join like-minded individuals to attempt to make change. Some protests get out of hand. It is up to our well-trained law enforcement officers to step in and handle that problem when it occurs. It is not up to citizens in their vehicles to take matters into their own hands. Protesters blocking the street? Turn around, let the police do their job. And my advice to Rep. Pody and Sen. Beavers would be to have the appropriate law enforcement officers at their next attempt to discuss the Defense of Marriage Act. Disturbing the peace is an actionable offense that may result in removal from the room and possible prosecution.

So let’s all agree to disagree peacefully, respectfully, as well as passionately. Our community will be all the better for it.

George Coleman is the publisher of Lebanon Publishing Co., which owns The Hartsville Vidette, The Lebanon Democrat and The Mt. Juliet News. Reach him at 615-444-3952, ext. 12 or at gcoleman@lebanonpublishing.com.

County seeks ways to fund urban needs

Allocating more funds for projects in Trousdale County’s Urban Services District (USD) was the subject of the most recent meeting of the Local Government Services Committee.

The group, which met on Feb. 14, discussed some measures already taken or planned as well as other potential options.

Another goal of the committee is to lower the USD property tax rate, which has remained unchanged at $1.13 since Trousdale County went metropolitan in 2001.

“I tend to think there are ways for there to be some equalizing,” said County Mayor Carroll Carman. “Since I’ve been in office, we’ve moved from $3.12 to $2.93 (in the county), but we haven’t reduced the city at all.”

The county has already started redirecting the fees for building permits on projects in the USD, which consists of the old Hartsville city limits, into that fund. That has added nearly $10,000 to the USD fund, according to Carman. Additionally, there are plans in the next budget year to move the dog pound from the USD to the general fund, which would free up an extra $30,000.

Carman noted a number of infrastructure needs in the downtown area, including sidewalks and water/sewer improvements.

“We have, especially in our Urban Services area, 50 years of dereliction, of letting things go,” Carman told the committee. “It’s very clear to see.”

One option discussed was moving some of the local option sales tax, which currently goes entirely into the county’s general fund, into Urban Services and earmarking that money for projects.

Another option that was floated before the committee was creating a local wholesale tax on alcohol. According to information provided by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, state law (TCA 57-3-501) allows municipal inspection fees of up to 8 percent of the wholesale price.

The county will examine the matter further and also plans to get input from the appropriate state agencies on how to enact such an option.

“It is an option for our county since liquor by the drink has been voted in successfully,” Carman said, while adding that he believed the County Commission could pass such a measure with a majority vote.

Asked if any other municipalities were currently collecting such fees, Carman said he had not yet looked into the matter but planned to do so.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.

WBT employees receive banking diplomas

Wilson Bank & Trust Hartsville branch employees Tiffany Churchman and Jenesia Ellis recently completed all requirements to obtain the American Bankers Association General Banking Diploma.

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This distinction, with its solid grounding in banking fundamentals, has been the most popular and widely recognized ABA diploma for individuals in the banking industry. The curriculum centers on banking essentials, such as the role of banking in the U.S. economy and the purpose of specific banking functions. Courses in accounting and economics provide the foundation for an understanding of banking. Legal and regulatory issues and compliance matters, as well as marketing fundamentals, are addressed through specific course work.

Churchman began her financial career at WB&T as a customer service representative in 2008, and moved into a personal banker role in July 2016. Ellis has worked as a customer service representative at the Trousdale County office of WB&T since 2010, and has 10 years of banking experience.  Both are graduates of Trousdale County High School.

Wilson Bank & Trust, a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender, is an independent, locally owned bank established in 1987 to provide personal and professional service in a hometown setting. One of the top banks in the South in stability, products, technology, growth and earnings, WB&T currently operates 26 full-service offices in eight Middle Tennessee counties, offering a full range of financial products that include secondary market mortgage loans and online banking services.

Granville plans 1940’s theme for 2017 celebration

Historic Granville announced last week that its 2017 theme will be “1940’s: A Decade of Change – Thanks for the Memories.”

The 1940s will be a yearlong celebration that will begin when the 2017 season opens on March 9. Soldiers were in Granville during World War II Maneuvers, as well as wives and girlfriends who came to visit them while they were stationed in Granville.

The 1880 Sutton Home will feature guided tours of “Maneuvers: They Came as Strangers and Left as Friends,” the Antique Car Museum will feature 1940s automobiles and military Vehicles, the Granville Museum will feature Memories of the 1940s and the town will be decorated in the 1940 era. The Granville Museum will be hosting the Tennessee State Museum’s Traveling Exhibit “The Slaves & Slave Holders of Wessyngton Plantation,” which will be on exhibit from March 9 until June 6.

Pictured in front of the Sutton General Store are some of the 2017 scarecrows created by Granville resident Cynthia Mathews, which represent soldiers who were in Granville during World War II maneuvers.

The official Grand Opening of the 1940s Celebration will be on April 8, with the 1940s coming to life in a grand fashion as two World War II-era musicals entitled “I’ll Be Seeing You” performed by the Freedom Belles, as well as two World War II re-enactments which will be occurring.

April 8 will also feature the fifth Granville Genealogy Festival with a full Day of wonderful speakers, booths and genealogy information. The celebration will also feature a Antique Car Show which will be for automobiles up to the 1950s, with a parade at 3 p.m.

The second annual Upper Cumberland Wine Festival, sponsored by The Upper Cumberland Wine Trail, will be held from noon-5 p.m. in the Pioneer Village, which has been greatly expanded from last year.

The museum will be featured all day by the Lynn Beal Jazz Band at the Pruett Stage as well as craftsmen of yesteryear. April 8 will also mark the ninth anniversary celebration of the “Sutton General Store and Sutton Ole Time Music Hour.” John Tomlin & Company will be performing at the Anniversary Ole Time Music Bluegrass Dinner Show.

The 1940s theme will also be carried out at the April 22 Vintage Fashion Show, Sale and Lunch, May 6 Cornbread & Moonshine Festival, 19th Granville Heritage Day on May 27, third annual Grits and Glitz Shopping Extravaganza Pioneer Village Barn Sale on June 9-10, Scarecrow Festival from Oct. 1-31, Fall Celebration on Oct. 7 and the 1940s Christmas season, entitled “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” which runs from Nov. 10 until Dec. 30. That will also feature a 1940’s Granville Country Christmas on Dec. 9.

Historic Granville is operated by 180 dedicated volunteers who give of their time to preserve the historic town of yesteryear. Granville is currently enlisting new volunteers for the 2017 season. For more information, call 931-653-4151 or visit granvilletn.com.

Sumner UT Extension plans book signing for local author

Ready to discuss a fun book, partake in a delicious lunch and meet a new local author? Then you need to purchase a ticket for the “ABOUT BOOKS” annual Author Luncheon on Wednesday, March 1, from noon-1 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the UT Extension office where the luncheon will be held, at 658 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin. Tickets will be available until Feb. 24.

Theresa Allan, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, will serve as the host and moderator of this bi-monthly book club and has signed copies of this book available at the Extension office for $10. The book is also available for checkout at local Sumner County libraries and for sale on Amazon.com.

Dixon Springs author Leslie Whitson released this novel set in the fictional town of Sulphur Springs, Tenn., a small town not unlike Dixon Springs, Westmoreland, White House, Portland, Hartsville, Lafayette or Carthage.

In a witty look at small towns and how people are quick to make assumptions, this humorous book tells the story of a young, unmarried high school art teacher who plans to enter a painting in the town’s annual art show. That is harmless enough, until the residents learn that the title of the painting is “A Room Full of Naked Men.”

That is also the title of Whitson’s novel!

Of course, it is not the actual painting that causes the uproar since no one has seen it, but rather what people think the painting will be. Over the course of the book, the reader meets a cast of characters that every resident of a small town will recognize. The gossiping ladies down at the beauty shop, the over-amorous editor of the local newspaper, the excitable chairman of the school board, and a nervous Baptist preacher are just a few of the people that inhabit the pages of the book.

While the book is a work of fiction and the town and its residents are all fictional, the reader will find themselves laughing as they recognize characters that cause them to say, “ I know someone just like that…”

Before the novel’s exciting conclusion on the day of the infamous art show, the reader will be treated to gossiping ladies playing Rook, a truckload of chickens, a high society party that ends in a fist fight, the boys down at the local garage, and a surprise as the single school teacher is caught off guard and falls in love.

Come, meet the author who tells us, despite the title, “…a good clean novel with humor, a little satire, and a romance thrown in for good measure…”. Two ladies have already called to tell me, “they couldn’t put the book down… they laughed so much”, said Allan. “I can picture the characters in a TV sitcom like Mayberry RFD and think I may know some of them.”

This is the first novel for the author, a retired high school English teacher who has already published two books on Trousdale County history and is a weekly columnist for The Hartsville Vidette. The author is also active with the Dixon Springs Preservation Association.

UT Extension programs are for everyone.  All are welcome to join the “ABOUT BOOKS” book club also, but you may attend the lunch with ticket purchase. If you need more information contact Theresa Allan, at 615-452-1423 or tallan@utk.edu.

Crisis Text Line offers new link to those seeking help

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) and Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 text-messaging support line for people in crisis, have announced the launch of a partnership bringing crisis support to anyone in the state. People in Tennessee can now text “TN” to 741-741 and connect with a crisis counselor.

During the most recent meeting of TSPN’s Advisory Council, Marie Williams, LCSW, the new Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, applauded the newly established partnership and joined members of the Advisory Council and TSPN staff for a group photo commemorating the launch of the service in Tennessee.

“Not everyone in crisis is comfortable verbalizing their problems or talking to relative strangers on the phone. Meanwhile, many teens and young adults – a high-suicide-risk population group – use their phones for texting instead of talking,” said Scott Ridgway, TSPN’s Executive Director. “The Crisis Text Line offers an alternative means of contact for people who might not reach out for help otherwise.”

In Tennessee, an estimated 950 men, women, and children die by suicide each year. More people die by suicide each year than from homicide, AIDS, or drunk driving. Suicide is the leading cause of violent deaths in our state, nationally, and worldwide, far above homicide and death due to natural disasters.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among youth and young adults ages 15-24 in Tennessee and for the United States at large. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there were 945 recorded suicide deaths in our state in 2014, at a rate of 14.4 per 100,000 people.

Established in 2013, Crisis Text Line provides access to a trained crisis counselor who can provide immediate support and referrals not just for suicidal thoughts, but also for anxiety, depression, child and domestic abuse, substance abuse, eating disorders, human trafficking and beyond. The Crisis Text Line will also share Tennessee specific trends similar to their national website at crisistextline.org/trends.

“We are psyched to partner with TSPN to bring Crisis Text Line to Tennesseans in pain. Our Tennessee-specific data trends will help TSPN continue to develop policies to save even more lives,” said Nancy Lublin, Founder and CEO, Crisis Text Line.

More information about the Crisis Text Line is available via their website at crisistextline.org. Non-emergency information about suicide and other crisis resources are available on the TSPN website at tspn.org.

Guest View: Fixing Obamacare an emergency for Tennessee

There is an Obamacare emergency in Tennessee. Humana’s announcement that it is pulling out of all Obamacare exchanges could leave 40,000 residents in Knoxville with no health-care exchange options next year — they may have an Obamacare subsidy but it’ll be like holding a bus ticket in a town where no buses run.

This news from Humana should light a fire under every member of Congress to work together with Secretary Tom Price to rescue Americans trapped in the failing Obamacare exchanges before even more individuals have no insurance options next year.

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services released a proposed rule to help rescue Americans from the currently collapsing Obamacare individual market.

Lamar Alexander

This action by Secretary Price was a good first step towards rescuing the health care market that the Tennessee state insurance commissioner says is “very near collapse.” Without this course of action, many of the 18 million Americans in the individual insurance market may have zero choices for insurance next year.

Here is what we are working to do: We will first send in a rescue crew to repair temporarily a collapsing health care market so Americans who buy individual insurance can continue to do so while we build a better set of concrete, practical alternatives.

Then, step by step, we will build better systems that give Americans access to truly affordable health care. We will do this by moving health care decisions out of Washington, D.C., and back to states and patients — which will help states where the individual market is struggling, including in Tennessee. Testifying at a Senate health committee hearing this month, Tennessee’s Insurance Commissioner Julie McPeak urged Congress to give more flexibility back to states stressing that it would stabilize and regulate their markets.

Finally, when our reforms become concrete, practical alternatives, the repeal of the remaining parts of Obamacare will go into effect in order to repair the damage it has caused Americans.

If your local bridge were “very near collapse,” the first thing you would do is send in a rescue crew to repair it temporarily so no one else is hurt.

Then you would build a better bridge, or more accurately, many bridges, as states develop their own plans for providing access to truly affordable health care to replace the old bridge. Finally, when the new bridges are finished you would close the old bridge.

It’s time to stop fighting like the Hatfields and the McCoys over Obamacare — Tennesseans expect the new Congress and administration to work together to quickly fix the Obamacare emergency in our state.

Lamar Alexander represents Tennessee in the United State Senate.

Guest View: Keep American soldiers out of Syria

President Trump must not authorize troops on the ground in Syria. Once our troops are moved to a country, they never leave. Iraq and Afghanistan are cases in point.

Part of our economic despair in our country can be traced to the trillions of dollars we’ve spent on foreign soil the last sixteen or so years. This doesn’t include all the countries where we have troops and billions of dollars invested in military bases. America is scattered out around the world.

Our soldiers go and are killed or are maimed for life. We revere all they do for America, but in the meantime our government continues to send thousands of troops overseas.

There is now a buildup of troops in Poland on the Russian border. I am sure Poland does not appreciate Russian aggression against them. Is it America’s job to send thousands of troops to this region of the world? More is now being said about troops on the ground in Syria. Once we start, we will be there for years and maybe forever.

What will be the defining moment that stops our country from making every world problem and conflict our problem? Will it be when all Americans are poor and hungry? Will it be when we no longer have bridges that we feel safe crossing or roads in such shambles we can’t drive on them? Will it be when we are so drained from spreading ourselves around the world so thinly that we can no longer defend ourselves?

Inside of our own nation we are spread too thin. We have welcomed the world to come here for many years. Many of our major cities are beyond recognition, as thousands of internationals have become a major presence in our country. They need money, medical care, housing and on and on. In the meantime we have hungry veterans and homeless Americans sleeping in cars, under bridges and in city parks. I see it all the time and it’s not pretty.

I understand life is not pretty in Syria or many other places on the planet. We cannot fix them all. ISIS is a threat to America and destroying their oil refineries, bridges, communication abilities and airports is something we can do from the sky. That doesn’t require military bases and thousands of troops stationed in Syria. Plus, we can’t kill them all. There is not a silver bullet that will eliminate the entire ISIS cell groups scattered in Syria and now in other parts of the Middle East.

Please President Trump, do not put our troops on the ground in Syria. We don’t want to lose another thousand American lives, spend another trillion dollars and try to police another nation that we will later have to rebuild.

Glenn Mollette is a syndicated columnist and author of 11 books. He is read in all 50 states. Contact him at GMollette@aol.com.

Guest View: Help teens recognize danger of dating violence

February is traditionally the month best associated with the color red, the emotional feeling of love and the complexities of the human heart.

However, February is also the month that teens and parents of teens are reminded that teen dating violence is a very real issue in the U.S. and here in Trousdale County.

February is recognized each year as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Statistics show that as many as 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience some form of physical violence from a dating partner each year.

Teen dating violence does not pick and choose preferences with respect to rural or urban areas or the demographics of those who become victims or those who are aggressors as it has no boundaries and occurs across diverse groups and cultures.

Even in Trousdale County, teen dating violence is a matter for which parents and teens should be concerned.

Some incidents of dating violence are reported to authorities and school officials but most are not.

Teen dating violence is defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners, occurring in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual.

Dating violence is much more common that what most people think.

According to data provided by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, one in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone with whom they are in a relationship before they become adults.

The Centers for Disease Control notes that unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.

Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors, according to the CDC, can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.

That is why adults need to talk to teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.

Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life. Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Nathan Miller, director of the Cumberland Mental Health Center, a division of Volunteer Behavioral Health Care Services, advises that parents should be aware of signs of teen domestic violence and be prepared to discuss the topic with their children.

Parents, teachers, and mentors are urged to talk with teens about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.

Nathan Miller is the director of Cumberland Mental Health Center, a division of Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System, Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System has provided prevention, treatment and recovery services for more than 40 years. As a leader in behavioral health care, VBHCS continues to be dedicated to the service of community members across Tennessee. For more information about the services of VBHCS contact the agency’s customer service department at 1-877-567-6051 or visit the website at vbhcs.org.

WoodmenLife donates flag to EMS station

WoodmenLife Field Representative David Bussell recently donated a U.S. flag to the Trousdale County EMS Station.

Bussell met with Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Carman on Tuesday, Feb. 14, to discuss special membership benefits that WoodmenLife offers to first responders and other emergency personnel.

As they were discussing the benefits, Bussell said he noticed that the EMS Station had a flagpole, but no flag, and offered to donate one on the spot. Carman accepted without hesitation.

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WoodmenLife is the largest donator of U.S. flags in the nation. Almost any non-profit organization can have a flag donated to them. Please don’t hesitate to ask if your organization might qualify.

Bussell said WoodmenLife is not only an insurance company, but a fraternal organization that loves to help in the communities it services.

Bussell would to love to hear about any events, fundraisers, or benefits that Trousdale County residents might be organizing to see if he could be of assistance.

WoodmenLife has an event trailer that can be used to assist with many different kinds of functions. WoodmenLife, formerly known as Woodmen of the World, would be excited to help the people of Trousdale County.

Reach Bussell by phone at 931-260-1107 or by e-mail at dlbussell@woodmen.org.

Community Calendar: Feb. 22, 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, Feb. 23

6 p.m. – Purchasing Oversight Committee

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

Monday, Feb. 27

7 p.m. – County Commission

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

Thursday, March 2

6 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Committee

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


Trustee’s Office

The trustee’s office will be open from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 25. The last day for citizens to pay property taxes without penalty will be Feb. 28, 2017. For more information, call 615-374-2916.

Black History Month

Key United Methodist Church will celebrate Black History Month on Sunday, Feb. 26, with services at 11 a.m and 2 p.m. Our theme is “Rooted in the Past, Growing Toward the Future.” The 2 p.m. guests are Rev. Denzil Bryant and St. John Missionary Baptist Church from Hartsville.

USDA Commodity Giveaway

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency will hold a USDA Commodity Giveaway on March 8-9, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Trousdale County Park. Commodities are for low-income families in Trousdale County. MCCAA does not discriminate on basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Call Amy Anderson, 615-374-3489 for more information.

95th Birthday Party

The community is cordially invited to celebrate Risey Scruggs’ 95th birthday at a party on Sunday, March 12 from 1-6 p.m. at the Gallatin Senior Citizens Center. Please bring covered dish.

Garden Bros. Circus

Garden Brothers Circus celebrates 100 years entertaining families throughout North America with a stop in Lebanon on Friday, Feb. 24, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.! Last chance to see elephants live! ‘Motorcycle Madness’ has motorcycle daredevils somersaulting and spinning in a big Globe of Doom; Chinese acrobats, the Human Slingshot, Racing Camels, crazy comedy with Circus Clowns, daring aerialists; cirque artists. It’s 1½ hours of excitement and fun. The first 100 adult tickets sold online are only $9.95 at GardenBrosCircus.com.

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.

High School Yearbooks

Trousdale County High School has yearbooks from the 2015-16 school year available for $65. Call Christie Glover, 615-374-2201.

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, Feb. 23

11:30 a.m. – BP by Suncrest

Noon – Birthday Dinner

Friday, Feb. 24

9 a.m. – AFEP Exercise

10 a.m. – Tai Chi

11 a.m. – Yoga

Noon – Rook games

Monday, Feb. 27

10 a.m. – Wii Bowling w/ HATS

11:30 a.m. – Mystery Lunch

Tuesday, Feb. 28

9 a.m. – AFEP Exercise

9 a.m. – Manicure/Pedicure

10 a.m. – Yoga

11:15 a.m. – Family Feud

Wednesday, March 1

9 a.m. – Line Dancing

Noon – Rook games

1 p.m. – Bible Study

Sheriff’s Reports: Feb. 22, 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.

Feb. 13

Nicholas Patrick Baird, 20, of Madison, was charged with introducing contraband into penal facility, mfg/del/sell Schedule II, mfg/del/sell Schedule VI by Deputy Troy Calhoun. Bond was set for $5,500 and General Sessions court date was set for March 10.

Joseph Daniel Webb, 45, of Lafayette, was charged with DUI by Deputy Joe Sullins. Bond was set for $2,000 and General Sessions court date was set for March 3.

Dillian Tyler Hasty, 24, of Hartsville, was charged with aggravated assault by Deputy Joe Sullins. Bond was set for $1,000 and General Sessions court date was set for March 10.

Feb. 14

Stephanie Jonette Davis, 37, of Hartsville, was charged with public intoxication by Deputy Dusty Cato. Bond was set for $1,000 and General Sessions court date was set for March 10.

Stephanie Ann Isham, 49, of Hartsville, was charged with failure to appear, failure to pay by Deputy Joe Sullins. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Feb. 18.

Michael Edison Parker, 21, of Hartsville, was charged with failure to register by Deputy Joe Sullins. Bond was set for $8,000 and General Sessions court date was set for Feb. 21.

Feb. 15

Ashley Renee Fields, 24, of Lafayette, was charged with probation violation. Fields was released on her own recognizance and General Sessions court date was set for March 24.

Crystal Dawn Vinet, 31, of Dickson, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Randy Linville. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Feb. 24.

Kyle Lewis Wix, 26, of Hartsville, was charged with leaving child unattended in vehicle by Deputy Grant Cothron. Wix was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Feb. 24.

Feb. 17

James Clifford Hoey, 24, of Hartsville, was charged with probation violation by Deputy Eric Langford. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for March 10.

Rodni Lelan Nixon, 47, of Hartsville, was charged with domestic assault by Deputy Jared Lake. Nixon was released on his own recognizance and General Sessions court date was set for Feb. 24.

Feb. 19

Lesia Lynn Reid, 36, of Murfreesboro, was charged with driving on suspended license by Deputy Troy Calhoun. Reid was released without bond and General Sessions court date was set for March 3.

Jeremy Edward Woodard, 37, of Hartsville, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Joe Sullins. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Feb. 24.

TCAT Hartsville launches new CNT class

In recognition of the growing health care industry in Middle Tennessee, Hartsville’s Tennessee College of Applied Technology is adding a new class to train Certified Nursing Technicians/Assistants at its Lebanon campus.

“TCAT Hartsville has recognized interest for CNT/CNA classes for the area. Many local employers are seeking Certified Nursing Assistants,” said Lou Ann Hall, TCAT Hartsville’s Health Sciences Education Coordinator, in a press statement. “TCAT Hartsville-certified CNT/CNA graduates will be eligible for many of the healthcare career opportunities in the area along with a foundation for potential career advancement in the healthcare field.”

According to the website study.com, CNTs work closely with patients and assist with daily tasks, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, cleaning up messes and turning over in bed. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment outlook for certified nurse technicians is significantly higher than the job market as a whole.

TCAT Hartsville’s goal is to provide training to students seeking employment and/or advancement with local healthcare employers.

The course is 120 hours long and typically takes about 5-6 weeks to complete, with classes to be held Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Wilson County Campus in Lebanon. After obtaining a certificate, students must pass the state’s certification exam before working as a CNT.

The registration deadline for the new CNT class is Tuesday, Feb. 21, and classes begin on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Call 615-374-2147 or visit tcathartsville.edu for more information.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.

Jack McCall: Dogs, houses just aren’t meant to mix

My wife Kathy has a dog. It is a miniature schnauzer.

A miniature schnauzer has been a part of Kathy’s life for over 40 years.

I have been married to Kathy for 37 years. A miniature schnauzer is a housedog.

I consider myself a country boy. When you grow up in the country, you develop a caveman mentality toward dogs. Cavemen had their dogs sleep at the mouth of the cave – outside. The dogs served as an alarm system.

On the farm where I grew up we had many dogs over the years. My favorite was a little black, long-haired dog named Pudd. Then there was Ginger, King, Skip and a Doberman named Mick. They all stayed outside. They slept in the barn, in the shop, under the back porch, and on the front porch. They never came inside the house.

Submitted photo

When I married Kathy, her dog came as part of the deal.

Her first schnauzer’s name was Brandy. Brandy lived to the ripe old dog-age of 16. In her declining years, she grew completely deaf. By her 13th year she had grown fond of sleeping on the cool floor of our garage. One day, as Brandy lay sleeping behind the car, Kathy got in the car, started the engine and backed over the sleeping dog.

From all indications, Brandy had suffered a broken back. Her back legs seemed useless. It was on a Sunday. Not a veterinarian was in sight.

Kathy called her uncle, the late Dr. E.K. Bratton, and told him of her plight. After much soul searching, she agreed to have Dr. Bratton come out and put the dog to sleep. Late in the afternoon, Dr. Bratton came and administered a combination of drugs that he thought would do the trick.

I placed Brandy in a big cardboard box with low sides and transported her across Walnut Grove Road to my neighbor’s old calf barn. It was a good, isolated place for her to die in peace.

The next morning, I took my shovel and headed across the road to execute a proper burial. The double doors to the calf barn are big, heavy and noisy. As I slid one of the doors open and looked inside the barn, Brandy’s head popped up like a jack-in-the box! She was fully alert and very much alive!

It was Monday morning. We took her to the vet and found that her pelvis was broken.

That dog lived three more years until Kathy ran over her – again!

The next schnauzer we owned was a little black male we named Reebok. That was the meanest, most defiant little dog with which I was ever acquainted. I knew he would not be long for this world. If he got outside the house, he headed for the hills. One morning he ran away and met his maker on Walnut Grove Road.

After two schnauzers and almost 20 years, I was ready to give up on having a housedog.

However, I am keenly aware of, and fully appreciate the old Southern axiom that goes something like this: “If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”

We got another dog. It was just before Christmas. We named her Jingle Belle. For 14 years, we called her Belle.

Over those 14 years Belle developed some really bad house-habits. In her declining years, she insisted on sleeping in the bed with Kathy.

Let me say it this way. If the dog was sleeping with Kathy, and I was sleeping with Kathy; then I guess you could say I was sleeping with a dog.

And if I may, let me throw this in. There is nothing that can kill a romantic moment like snuggling up close to your wife, placing your arm around her, and sticking your hand in a dog’s mouth.

Over the last year of her life, Belle’s health deteriorated rapidly. She experienced multiple seizures and seemed to suffer from a general state of confusion. One evening she walked slowly to the foot of the bed, quietly lay down and stopped breathing. What a way to go!

Now we are living with dog number four. Her name is Chancy. And she is really smart. Kathy tells me she is the best one yet. I tend to agree. But I still think dogs were meant to live outside.

Look Back: Jazz legend’s photo found in archives

People regularly come up to me to show me an old deed and wonder about its value.

Most old deeds are just old pieces of paper!

The deeds I have written about in my last two articles were unique, in that they were original deeds and were signed by the governors of the state, and had an official seal on the paper. Those deeds are indeed rare and can be of some value, if you were to sell them to a person who collected autographs of Tennessee governors!

The real value of an old deed is in the touch to the past that it brings the owner. If the deed is signed by an ancestor and is the original deed to the family farm – then its value is beyond measure.

As land was sold and resold over the years, new deeds were written and most people simply threw away the old original deed. You may come from a family that “never threw anything away” and if that is the case, you may have an authentic old document!

This autographed photo of jazz great Lionel Hampton is one of many unique items that can be found in our County Archives.

But deeds aren’t the only things we have in our county archives!

The attic of the courthouse has been a repository for old county records since 1905. All records before then were lost in fires that destroyed our original courthouses. Any records before 1870, when our county was created by taking parts of neighboring Macon, Smith, Sumner and Wilson Counties, can be found in the archives of each of those counties!

So we have elections records, county court minutes, marriage licenses, tax papers, arrest records and fines, annual reports from every branch of county government and probate (wills) records.

We also have stacks of donated items, old photos, deeds, high school yearbooks, newspapers, letters and even stacks of cancelled checks!

As I said, some people don’t throw away anything!

Among the many items given to the Historical Society over the years, and also now a part of our County Archives, is a box of old photos that once belonged to the late Bessie and Charlie Riadon.

The Riadons once owned a music store in the old Arcade in downtown Nashville.

This was before the Great Depression and way before television. It was in the early days of radio, and back in the time when people gathered around the family piano and sang to their heart’s content.

Bessie and Charlie sold sheet music, and for quite a while ran a very successful business. They were the “in” place in Nashville to buy a copy of the newest song sensation. Traveling musicians would always visit their shop to promote their music, often leaving publicity photos for the shop to put in its large display window.

But the Depression caused the shop to fail, and Bessie and Charlie boxed up bits and pieces of their business and moved back to Trousdale County, where Charlie had family.

After the deaths of both Charlie and Bessie, those boxes of papers and photos eventually made their way to our Historical Society and now rest in our new County Archives building.

One of the most interesting items in the collection is a signed photo of jazz musician Lionel Hampton – a name most people will recognize. Hampton was a skilled drummer before making a name as the best vibraphonist in the business (a vibraphone is a type of xylophone).

Not only did he go on to have his own orchestra, but he spent four years playing alongside Benny Goodman in the Benny Goodman Quartet. Gene Krupa was another member of the quartet!

Our photo was made and autographed early in Hampton’s career. He would go on to play internationally, perform in movies and appear on stage with such greats as Louie Armstrong and Bing Crosby. The school of music at the University of Idaho is named for Hampton, the first school of music in the nation to be named for a jazz musician!

Like our other autographed documents, Lionel Hampton’s photo and signature will be preserved, framed and put on display in our archives for the public to appreciate.

The Loop: Weaver’s update on Capitol Hill

Greetings, Amazing Folks of the 40th!

The deadline for members to have filed bills was Thursday, Feb. 9. As you know, the limit of 15 bills that each member can prime-sponsor has been the rule for quite some time, and I can tell you, amen to that!

Truly we need to focus on enforcing the laws already in the books. While in the quietness of my study, I am reaching out to you who read this Loop, and asking you for your prayers, and for wisdom from above. Already at the genesis of the legislative session there is such an intensity of antagonism. Not so much in our members, but as the elevator arises from the tunnel on Monday nights, I can hear the angry shouts of protesters in the Capitol rotunda. When the doors open, all one can see is a mob of protestors shouting, shoulder to shoulder, as every member is escorted to the House Chamber to do the people’s work. Our Tennessee Highway Patrol is to be commended for giving me, one of 99 members, assurance that all is OK.

Terri Lynn Weaver

Now for the big issue at hand.

Gov. Haslam came to my home county of Smith last Friday to present his plan on transportation funding. There was a good turnout for a Friday lunch crowd. It is no secret to my district that because of the majority of those for whom I work are asking me to oppose a tax on fuel, I believe wholeheartedly that we can achieve the objective of meeting the needs for roads and bridges, but without a tax!

The Hawk Plan is one many of us are leaning on. So with that being said, I invite you to the discussion presenting both sides of this heated issue: the IMPROVE Act, presented by the administration, will be debated, and my special guest, economist Art Laffer, will speak to the Transportation Subcommittee at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Folks, if you cannot watch live on the General Assembly website (capitol.tn.gov), watch us at your convenience later; but watch and hear the conversation, for it is important that you know why low taxes and broad base bring record revenues. Tennessee is experiencing that now – why fix what ain’t broke? As long as taxes remain low and government is reined in, we will always have more than enough to meet the need for our roads and bridges. Transportation must be a priority!

Establishing needs from wants is a basic discipline in every budget, whether home or government. Living within your means must apply in every checkbook. So stay tuned as we vet and discuss these next few weeks, then take action on March 1.

As always, it is such a joy to have folks from my district join me for the day. Really, it is the responsibility of a republic to be engaged in the preserving of how the machine works on the hill in Nashville. Call my office at 615-741-2192, and Grace will get you scheduled.

The fuel tax has been my world here of late, but there are some other hefty issues as well. Again, use the Tennessee General Assembly’s website to navigate bills of interest to you. During my tenure in office, the Division of Unclaimed Property within the Treasury Department has returned $9,966,321.18 to the rightful owners in District 40. Yet, still the work is not complete, for there is currently $13,263,724.55 in unclaimed property that needs to find its rightful owner. I encourage you to go to claimittn.gov, to check and see, at no extra charge, if you are the owner or a legal heir to claims.

In closing: “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.” Isaiah 32:17



Terri Lynn

Weaver bill causes Internet stir

Controversy arose on the Internet over the weekend with regards to a bill filed by State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver.

The bill, HR 1406, would repeal a current statute that deems children conceived through artificial insemination to be the legitimate child of a husband and wife, provided that the procedure was performed with the husband’s consent.

Terri Lynn Weaver

The bill’s filing led to multiple claims posted on Facebook and other websites that the proposed measure would make such children illegitimate, while also potentially affecting same-sex couples who seek to have a child. No current state law clarifies the status of children born to married same-sex couples via artificial insemination.

Weaver responded to the claims by pointing out that her bill would simply clear up confusing language in state law.

On her Facebook page Sunday night, Weaver posted; “…There is another statute, TCA 36-2-304, still on the books that makes it clear that when a child is born to a married woman, the child is presumed to be that of her husband. So, the repeal of the law does not de-legitimize a child conceived by insemination and, to be honest, the law that will remain on the books is less intrusive into the relationship of a husband and wife than the statute being repealed. Unlike the law being repealed, the remaining law… does not have the government inquiring into the means by which the couple’s child came into existence…”

The Vidette was unable to reach Weaver for comment.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.

CSB Water District gets $1.6 million loan

Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bob Martineau announced last Friday that the Castalian Springs-Bethpage Water Utility District has been approved to receive more than $1.6 million in low-interest loans for drinking water infrastructure improvements.

“These funds will support needed infrastructure improvements and clean drinking water for these communities,” Haslam said in a press statement. “The State Revolving Fund Loan Program helps citizens enjoy a better quality of life.”

The Castalian Springs-Bethpage utility will receive two loans of $1,245,980 and $354,020 for replacement of approximately 55,500 linear feet of old water lines and the addition of approximately 640 automatic meter reading (AMR) transmitters and associated software. The projects will be funded with 20-year loans with an interest rate of 0.54 percent and $311,495 in principal forgiveness that will not be repaid.

“We thought is would get approved,” said CSB District Manager Bennie Oldham. “The biggest part of it will be spent in Sumner County, but there is part of it that will be spent along 231N in Trousdale County.”

According to a project map provided by CSB officials, the Trousdale County portion will be along 231 North from the Highway 25 intersection to Templow Road.

Tennessee’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program has awarded more than $1.7 billion in low-interest loans since its inception in 1987. Tennessee’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program has awarded more than $292 million in low-interest loans since its inception in 1996.

“Clean drinking water is a necessity and this Program helps local communities provide this vital resource in an efficient way,” said Martineau.

Through the SRF Program, communities, utility districts, and water and wastewater authorities can obtain loans with lower interest rates than most can obtain through private financing.