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Tri-County asks customers to keep items off poles

Tri-County Electric wishes to remind everyone that attaching items to the company’s poles is prohibited by both board policy and state law, due to the safety hazard it creates.

Any item attached to our poles presents an obstacle to our linemen when they are climbing and, more importantly, items attached to poles can damage the linemen’s protective equipment resulting in serious injury or death.

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Hartsville Neighborhood Health Clinic to close

Neighborhood Health has announced that it will consolidate the Hartsville Clinic with its Lebanon Medical & Dental Clinic.

Neighborhood Health will continue to serve Hartsville patients at the Lebanon Medical & Dental Clinic. Neighborhood Health is informing all Hartsville patients of the change, which will occur on November 1, 2019, by letter and by personal contact.

The last day of the Hartsville clinic will be Oct. 28. Until then, the clinic will be open on Mondays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Look Back: Wild Game Supper was a Hartsville feast to behold

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This photo from the annual Wild Game Supper shows a long line of pots and pans full of food, and men with forks in hand. The three men on the left are Melvin White, Zan Gwin and Grover Lentz.

Our topic this month has to do with hunting – whether it was for a fur-covered animal, one covered with feathers or one covered with fish scales!

Of course, the object of most hunters is to put meat on the table.

That brings us to a long Hartsville and Trousdale County tradition that has, regrettably, been discontinued – our annual men’s Wild Game Supper!

For close to 20 years, a group of local hunters and fishermen would get together in late winter and share their bounty with their fellow sportsmen and a few friends.

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IMPACThought: Keeping our ‘divine appointment’ with Jesus

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Jon Shonebarger

Jesus had a divine appointment on the other side of the sea. While in route to the appointment, He and the disciples were met with a storm that threatened their lives.

Ultimately, Jesus would still the storm and teach the disciples the importance of overcoming fear through faith.

Faith overcomes all obstacles. That instruction would be tested as they came over into the country of the Gadarenes.

Trials and tribulations amidst the storms of life serve as teachable moments for all of God’s people. Greater tests in our journey always lie ahead.

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Jack McCall: Part 2 of my duck hunting tale

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Jack McCall

As I wrote a couple of columns ago, I took a duck-hunting trip to Alberta, Canada a few Septembers back.

My hunting party flew commercially (United Airlines) into Edmonton by way of Denver International. We arrived in Edmonton on a Sunday just after noon.

Our outfitter picked us up promptly and we traveled 2½ hours north by van to Elk Point, Alberta.

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TCAT students’ tour provides learning experience

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TCAT students meet with Register of Deeds Candice Hall.

The Administrative Office Technology class of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) recently gained the opportunity to visit two important resources in our community.

The group first visited the non-profit Trousdale County Community Help Center to learn the administrative and managerial side of the organizational workflow.

The second visit was to the Administrative Offices of Trousdale County. Students learned not only of the importance of each office, but day-to-day activities in which their TCAT education would be put into action.

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Chamber of Commerce launches ‘Football Fantasy’ contest

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Students at Trousdale County High School are building the footballs for the Chamber’s contest.

The Hartsville/Trousdale Chamber of Commerce is holding its inaugural “Yellow Jacket Football Fantasy” contest as a fundraiser and a way to spark business support in the community prior to homecoming later this month.

Football cutouts and stands are available from the Chamber for $100. They can be decorated in any original manner and displayed in front of local businesses beginning Oct. 14.

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Fake wildlife officer tale turns out to be fake news

Photo courtesy of Trousdale County Sheriff’s Office

A Hartsville man was arrested last week after initially claiming to have been robbed by someone impersonating a wildlife officer.

James Melvin Stansberry, 48, was arrested on Sept. 27 and charged with filing a false report and theft of property.

On Sept. 24, Stansberry allegedly reported to law enforcement that a kayak and paddle were taken from him at the Second Creek boat ramp off Oldham Road.

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Look Back: Dillehay’s Cafe has served three generations in Hartsville

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Dillehay’s Café is the oldest restaurant in Trousdale County and has seen three generations of women working behind the stove to guarantee a tasty meal!

The longest operating restaurant in Trousdale County is located on Main Street in Hartsville and since it is now in its third generation, it looks like it will be around for a long time to come.

When Neoma Dillehay got into the restaurant business in 1965, she had no idea of its longevity, nor did she know anything about running a restaurant.

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Jack McCall: Alaskan anniversary marked memorable 40 years

Last summer my wife, Kathy, and I cruised the inside passage of Alaska with friends from North Carolina. Our ship, the Norwegian Bliss, sailed out of Seattle. The seven-day cruise took us to the ports Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. It was a most enjoyable trip.

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Jack McCall

This fall marked our 40th wedding anniversary. That’s right, 40 years. The blue-eyed blonde and I have been married for four decades. That’s two-score years, or 480 months, or 2,080 weeks, or 14,600 days. In thinking about that span of time I recalled a line from our wedding vows. It went something like this: “in the bad that may darken your days and the good that may light your ways,” or something like that. Well, in those 40 years we saw some of the bad that darkened our days, but we have seen much more good that has shed light on our ways.

So, to celebrate 40 years we decided to see Alaska again.

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Chamber News: Get involved in building a better Hartsville

Natalie Knudsenchamberb

Last week kicked off meetings on a series of ambitious projects for the Chamber and I’m happy to say that all were supported with great community participation.

The ‘Improving Our Community’s Appearance’ meeting covered a wide range of topics, including a look at the history of codes relating to derelict properties in Trousdale County, ideas for improving the appearance of downtown, a look at ways to attract visitors to the county, and an update on the current work by the administration to enforce code violations.

If you are interested in learning more about the efforts to make Trousdale County the prettiest small town in Middle Tennessee, please make plans to attend our next meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. in the courthouse.

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IMPACThought: Be content in knowledge that God has plan for us

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Jon Shonebarger

The aged apostle was under house arrest for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. His journeys had come to a stop along with the ability to start new churches, encourage established believers and continue to impact the Kingdom of God. Nonetheless, he recognized the providence of God. Everything happens for a purpose; everything works together for good to those who love God. Paul testified, “But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel…” (Philippians 1:12)

This tremendous prison epistle of Paul is pertinent to our journey today. We do not choose the difficulties of our life, like unjust incarceration, but we do choose our response. We choose to trust the love, wisdom, power, plan and presence of God for our circumstances, or we fail in our faith. We choose to rejoice in the trials and tribulations or fret. We choose to pray or complain. We choose to be content with God’s supply or yearn for more.

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County commissioners select Dwight Jewell as chairman

Dwight Jewell was elected as the new chairman of the County Commission during Monday evening’s meeting.

Jewell, who was elected last year to represent District 7, was elected by acclamation after being nominated. He previously served two terms on the County Commission.

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Marching Yellow Jackets to host annual band competition Saturday

Amanda Gregory / For The Vidette

If good music and a good show is your thing, Trousdale County’s football field is the place to be Saturday as the band hosts the 15th annual Trousdale County Marching Yellow Jacket Invitational.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, 17 bands from Middle Tennessee are scheduled to compete on the Creekbank beginning at 10 a.m.

“We invite all Yellow Jacket fans to come out and support the Band and see these wonderful kids from across the region,” said TCHS band director Rob Joines.

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Trousdale Elementary named one of America’s healthiest schools

Photo courtesy of Trousdale County Government

Trousdale County Elementary School was named last week to a 2019 list of America’s Healthiest Schools.

The recognition came from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation as part of the group’s Healthy Schools program, in which schools are rewarded for their commitment to students’ health and wellbeing.

In a statement from AHG, Trousdale County Elementary was noted for meeting or exceeding federal nutrition standards for school meals and snacks, offering breakfast daily, incorporating physical activity before, during or after the school day, implementing district wellness policies and update progress annually and involving parents and community members in decision-making.

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Look Back: Cunninghams’ store left mark on downtown Hartsville

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This is the photo than ran in The Hartsville Vidette in 1968 when Cunningham’s department store burned. It was the store in the middle.

We have looked at several old businesses in the past, and we have many to choose from.

Last week we wrote about our local radio station, WTNK. This week we write about a downtown department store.

Standing on Main Street for over a half-century, the ‘J. Cunningham and Son’ department store was a Hartsville institution!

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Jack McCall: Heeding friends’ call for duck hunting

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Jack McCall

On a Monday morning a few Septembers ago at precisely 6:57 a.m., I found myself in a duck blind in a wheat field, 150 miles north of Edmonton, Alberta. At the break of dawn, the sliver of a silver moon was hanging high in the pale blue Canadian sky as I watched the stars disappear, one by one.

The scene was eerily quiet and peaceful as my hunting partners and I waited for the first ducks to arrive. It gave me a moment to think about those stars so far away as they faded from sight. Under that big sky, brilliantly coming to life with the arrival of the sun, thousands of miles from home; I suddenly felt very small. Just as suddenly, God seemed very big.

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IMPACThought: Let us leave behind a legacy of our faith

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Jon Shonebarger

It was a trip of a lifetime as my wife and I traveled to the Mediterranean a few weeks ago. The vacation was a dream for both of us, being able to see Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, the Vatican, Croatia and Montenegro over a two-week period.

Walking in the steps of bygone legends is incredible and makes you pause and think about history.

I was struck with the thought of what others will think of my legacy in the following generations. Will those that come behind me, find ME faithful? Will the testimony of my contributions bring glory to God? Will my character be revealed to be one of legitimacy or hypocrisy? Will my life’s work have contributed to the Kingdom of the Lord and Savior I profess? Will my life been one of purpose, significance and worth?

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Look Back: The classic sounds of Hartsville’s WTNK

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Gary and Lisa Frank are shown here soon after they took over Hartsville’s radio station and changed the call letters to WTNK.

When I moved to Hartsville in the 1960s, I would turn the knob on my car radio to our local station, WJKM, and listen to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and the Andrews Sisters!

Now in the late 1960s, the Beatles, Beach Boys and the Supremes were all the rage. But radio station owner Chester Davis had a warm spot in his heart for the music of his generation, and every day the station devoted an hour to the tunes and melodies of the 1940s.

Now the oldies aren’t Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, but Three Dog Night, Michael Jackson and the Eagles. And we call it “classic rock!”

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Jack McCall: How sweet was the sound of ‘Amazing Grace’

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Jack McCall

Savannah, Ga., has become one of my favorite Southern cities. Fortunately, it is also a favorite convention city as well. For that reason, I get to visit Savannah quite often on speaking assignments. On a few occasions, clients have put me up in the Westin Hotel and Convention Center located across the river. But I most often stay in a hotel right on the riverfront.

It is a special treat for me to visit the Savannah riverfront. The pace there is leisurely and the food is terrific.

I was back in Savannah not long ago. On this trip, I stayed at the Hilton Desoto Hotel in the downtown area. When I arrived there I found the hotel to be over a mile from the riverfront. As good fortune would have it, the weather was ideal. The first evening found me taking a leisurely walk to my favorite restaurant. Little did I know I would be introduced to a part of Savannah that heretofore I had never seen.

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