Look Back: Voting to create Trousdale County

Trousdale County will be 150 years old in the year 2020 – that’s next year!

Already the county government, the Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce are making plans to celebrate the occasion with parties, publications, more parties and festivities. And did I mention parties?

Our articles this month recount how we became a county in 1870, despite people living here since the 1780s.

When the first settlers arrived here to build their simple log cabins on the banks of Little Goose Creek, this was land still claimed by the state of North Carolina. We might point out that North Carolina’s claim to this land had not gone through the proper channels. That is, the Native American inhabitants had not been consulted or paid for said land.

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Travel in 1870 was limited to horse and buggy. This photo from the late 1800s shows why travel was slow and difficult – traits that allowed us to become a county! The photo is courtesy of the Mary Horsley estate.

That small detail aside, the land between the Smoky Mountains and what is now Nashville was deeded to men from North Carolina who had served in the American Revolution, as that state was too poor to offer the men money for their service.

The first people to stake claim were men who took their land permits and traveled here and found land to their liking, had it surveyed and registered with the land office in Nashville. Some people had illegally built cabins and claimed land before this, but they were few in number and were for the most part allowed to stay.

But what we need to know is this, what became the town of Hartsville lay in the old Sumner County. That original county was quite large and with time was cut up into smaller units such as Macon County, Smith County and Wilson County.

Each of those counties then established a county seat and formed their own governments. But we were left in the original county.

In 1870 following the Civil War, the state of Tennessee held a Constitutional Convention. As a part of that reorganization of the state’s basic laws and legal language, there was a change in how small a county could be.

Previous attempts by the people of Hartsville to have their own county had been hindered by those limits.

Now a person had to be able to leave their home and travel to their county courthouse, conduct business and return home in one day!

We were not able to do that.

A recently published book written by the late George Wynne tells of his growing up in Castalian Springs around the year 1900. In the small book, he writes, “travel in those days was limited strictly to horse drawn vehicles, such as buggies, carriages, wagons, and very often horseback… unless we planned to go somewhere by train, about 8 to 15 miles was as far as we could travel and return home the same day.”

And that was written about the year 1900, 30 years after we were created as a county!

The State Legislature passed a bill creating Trousdale County on June 21, 1870!

We will discuss how we got our name in another article and how our lines were drawn out. But first, did the people of the affected area agree with the new proposition?

A vote had to be taken and only those people in the proposed new county were allowed to mark the ballot according to their views.

The Nashville newspapers reported on the results of the vote in their July 13 issues: Of those people in the former Smith County area – 51 against and 351 for. Of those people in the former Macon County area – not one vote against and 97 for. Of those people in the former Sumner County area – 42 against and 359 for. Of those people in the former Wilson County area – 7 against and 46 for.

The final tally: 100 people were against the formation of a new county and 854 people were for – a solid vote for a new county!

More calls, training put Fire Department $22K over budget

Two budget amendments, including an additional $22,520 for the Volunteer Fire Department, will be on the agenda for Monday’s County Commission meeting.

The Budget & Finance Committee voted at its Nov. 18 meeting to recommend approval of the request, which is a substantial increase from the department’s budgeted amount, which was just over $34,000.

Interim Fire Chief Mark Beeler told commissioners the extra funds were needed due to increases in the number of volunteers, required training and call volume over the last year.

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Jack McCall: Take your time and enjoy life’s simple pleasures

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Jack McCall

I’ve often heard people say, as words of encouragement, “Take your time.” Sometimes it was advice given to a person recovering from surgery or an injury or an illness – “Take your time.” On other occasions it was offered to someone who was grieving over a great loss – “Take your time.” And I’ve heard it said when an individual was attempting a task that required their full concentration and focus – “Take your time.”

C.S. Lewis in his classic, Mere Christianity, observed, “The real problem of the Christian life comes where people do not usually look for it. It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.”

In today’s world that problem is not limited to Christianity. As a recent TV commercial spelled out, “Life comes at you fast!” We talk of a fast pace, we eat fast food and we clamor for our computers and mobile devices to be faster.

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IMPACThought: Is your spiritual home built on firm foundation?

I admire the contractors and their subcontractors who have the expertise and trade skill to construct a home. My talents are not in technical trades, but in pastoral ministry, counseling and non-profit organizational leadership. I have learned however, that a home built on a solid foundation is vital in the construction of that home and its longevity. Building a home on shifting ground or a flood plain will, in time, destroy it.

In similar fashion, the Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples that there were two foundations that mankind builds their spiritual lives. The Scripture reference is Matthew 7:24-27. Jesus declares that a wise man builds his house upon a rock. When the rain descends, the floods come and the wind blows but the house remains strong and uncompromised. The reason was it was built to endure the storms; it was prepared for the worst nature could cast upon it. This house was built upon a solid rock.

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Chamber announces Open House Shopping winner

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Martha Satterfield, left, was the winner of the $250 gift certificate as part of the Hartsville/Trousdale County Chamber of Commerce’s Open House Shopping Days on Nov. 8-9.

Those who visited 10 participating businesses over the two-day local shopping event were entered for a chance to win.

Presenting the prize to Satterfield is Chamber Director Natalie Knudsen.

Health Department offering free flu shots on Nov. 19

The Trousdale County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to the community during a special “FightFluTN” vaccination event on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

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“Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from the flu and help keep our community healthy,” said Trousdale County Health Department Director Tim Diffenderfer. ”The flu can make you very sick, keep you away from work, school and other activities, put you in the hospital or even take your life. We urge everyone in Trousdale County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it.”

The Trousdale County Health Department will provide flu shots on Nov. 19 at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive one at the 541 East Main Street Health Department building from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. There is no cost or insurance needed for the vaccine this day and no appointment is needed.

Seasonal influenza activity is spreading in Trousdale County and across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, so it’s important for anyone over six months of age who hasn’t had a flu shot this flu season to get one now. The flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50 and those with chronic medical conditions. The flu shot remains the best protection against influenza.

For more information about the flu and getting a flu vaccine, contact your health care provider, call the Trousdale County Health Department at 615-374-2112 or visit tn.gov/health/fightflu.

Chamber prepares for annual Community Thanksgiving Meal

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Chamber of Commerce will hold its fourth annual Community Thanksgiving Meal next week to give thanks and to honor the spirit of the people of Hartsville.

The meal will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 4-7 p.m. at the Eleanor Ford Theatre in Trousdale County High School.

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Building Committee tables address display ordinance

A proposal to require Trousdale County homeowners and businesses to display address numbers was put on hold last Thursday by the Building Committee.

The proposed ordinance would require that address numbers “no less than four inches in height or three if of a reflective material” be displayed at the street entrance to a property, either on the mailbox or on a post.

Committee members raised questions about the timeframe to begin enforcement, as well as who would be responsible for enforcement. Whether that would fall under the sheriff’s office or codes officer was not defined in Thursday’s presentation.

Ultimately, committee members chose to table the ordinance for the time being to allow those concerns to be addressed by the county attorney.

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Commissioners continue discussions on noise ordinances

Trousdale County’s Law Enforcement Committee continued its discussions on existing noise ordinances during its Nov. 7 meeting.

Nearby residents have complained repeatedly about noise coming from Keller’s Bar & Grill when bands play outside on a stage built earlier this year.

At the committee’s previous meeting on Oct. 22, commissioners raised questions on whether the county’s existing noise ordinance was applicable in such a situation.

Chairman Dwight Jewell said he had discussed the matter with the county attorney, who felt the existing ordinance was sufficient and provided complainants with options to seek remedy.

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Look Back: How Trousdale County came to be

Trousdale County has a long history – but just how long? Well, that’s the subject of this month’s articles.

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This 1869 map of Tennessee counties shows the boundaries of Sumner, Smith, Macon and Wilson counties before Trousdale County was created!

We won’t get into that argument, but we have read that many years ago, Middle Tennessee was an ocean and that the Smoky Mountains were as high as Mount Everest!

But we’ll keep our history a little more recent.

Hartsville began in the early 1800s, getting a post office in 1807 and being recognized by the State Legislature as “an established town” in 1817.

At that time we were part of Sumner County, created in 1786.

The original Sumner County was quite large and as more settlers arrived on the frontier, it was cut up to create Smith and Wilson counties in 1799 and Macon County in 1842.

When people in Hartsville, which was Sumner County’s second-largest town in the 1850s, wanted to create their own county with Hartsville as the county seat, they faced some problems.

To create a new county would mean cutting off even more of Sumner County, but also taking a little from its other adjoining counties: Macon, Smith and Wilson.

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Jack McCall: Maintaining good health in body and mind

I read an interesting cover story in USA TODAY recently about Baby Boomers (those born from 1946-64.) It seems more and more “boomers” are “running, cycling, swimming, boot camping – doing just about anything that will keep them fit, outdoors and among friends.”

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Jack McCall

As we boomers age, we seem to be placing much more emphasis on our physical health than our parents did. That is largely due to the fact that our parents lived a lifestyle that was much less sedentary than ours. Their very way of life kept them physically fit.

Because life expectancies continue to get longer, they are now saying age 60 for the “boomers” is the new 40.

Maintaining our physical health should certainly be one of our top priorities if we are to continue to be happy and productive. But it is important that we address our mental health as well.

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IMPACThought: Trust in God’s plan even when we can’t see it

The Forerunner was frustrated. Languishing in jail for preaching against the adultery of King Herod, he heard the reports of the mighty works of Jesus. Miracles were occurring throughout the region yet he sat wrongfully, waiting for the Lord to deliver him from the king’s dungeon. He was the prophesied forerunner of Christ, the one who was the Voice Crying in the Wilderness, the one who had called Pharisees, kings and soldiers to demonstrate works of repentance, the one who dressed in camel hair and ate locusts.

Yes, he was the one who leaped in his mother’s womb at the announcement of the soon-coming birth of Israel’s Messiah. He was the one who baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. This is John the Baptist! He was impatient; he was frustrated and he wondered about the delay of all of these events in the hands of Jesus.

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Chamber of Commerce holding Open House Shopping Days

The Chamber of Commerce is very excited at the participation from local businesses and independent vendors for the Open House Shopping Days being held on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9.

This is a great time to visit our local merchants and show your support for everything they bring to our community. Independent vendors from Trousdale County can be found at the Senior Center on Saturday.

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Shoppers may begin and end at any business, and can leave completed cards at their last stop. You must visit 10 businesses to be included in the drawing for a $250 gift card good at any participating business. A stop at the Senior Center will count as two businesses visited.

“The Shopping Days are the Chamber’s chance to support local business,” said Chamber Director Natalie Knudsen. “It’s our chance to support direct-sale vendors; it’s a great opportunity for everyone to start their Christmas shopping!”

Start your Black Friday shopping early without the crowds, take time for lunch at one of our local participating restaurants – and shop local!

The list of participating businesses is:

Advanced Propane (109 McMurry Blvd. East);

Citizens Bank (100 McMurry. Blvd);

G & L Garden Center (113 McMurry Blvd. East);

Golden Hollow Pottery (1410 Dalton Hollow Road);

Hartsville Foodland (106 McMurry Blvd. East);

Hartsville Liquors (103 White Oak Street);

Hartsville Pharmacy (207 McMurry Blvd. East);

Hartsville Taco Company (101 River Street);

Hartsville United Methodist Church (224 River Street);

Nick Nack (202 River Street – former site of Hartsville Printing);

Piggly Wiggly (103 McMurry Blvd. East);

Pig Pen Barbeque (116 McMurry Blvd. West);

SaGrace Flower Shop (403 East Main Street);

Southern Shears Salon (206 River Street);

The Mexican Grilled Cheese (333 Broadway);

Wife-in-Laws (118 Rogers Street);

Wilson Bank & Trust (127 McMurry Blvd.).

Independent vendors at the Trousdale County Senior Center (270 Marlene Street) will be:

Creekbank Boutique;

Pampered Chef;

You’re a Gem $5 Jewelry;

Rustic Lillee Creations;

The Drops of Hope;

Lost Dogs;

Southern Comfort Creations;

T&L Honey, Jams and Jelly;

Taylor Muirhead; and


Two new books celebrate Hartsville’s rich history

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The Hartsville Civic League is helping celebrate Trousdale County’s 150th anniversary by publishing a set of two books on the county’s history!

Working with the Trousdale County Historical Society and county historian John Oliver, the Civic League has ordered 500 copies each of two books celebrating the county’s history.

The first book captures Trousdale County in old photos. Over 900 pictures taken from the files of the Historical Society were carefully chosen to reflect all aspects of the county’s history.

The second book is a compilation of over 230 articles on Trousdale County, written by county historian John Oliver and previously published in the Hartsville Vidette as part of his weekly article “Looking Back.”

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Look Back: Trousdale County preparing for 150th birthday

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This map shows just how large Sumner County originally was before Wilson, Smith and Macon counties were cut out of it.

Trousdale County has a reason to celebrate!

Next year, in 2020, we will be 150 years old!

The correct name for this is “Sesquicentennial.” Try saying that 10 times in a row!

Parties are already being planned – so look for a spectacular Fourth of July celebration and more!

The Historical Society and the Hartsville Civic League are publishing two books on our county and its illustrious past. More on that can be found in a separate article in the Vidette.

Our age is actually a little confusing, as our town is over 200 years old!

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Jack McCall: What a wonderful time I had in Walla Walla

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Jack McCall

Have you ever heard of Walla Walla? I can say I had heard of it, but I had never been there. Honestly, I didn’t know where Walla Walla was located in Washington State, until recently.

Not too long ago, I received a call from a California-based speaker’s bureau inquiring as to my availability to speak in Walla Walla, WA. Fortunately the date was open on my calendar, so I agreed to take the booking. As soon as the contract was finalized, I grabbed my trusty atlas to see where in the world Walla Walla was on the map. To my surprise, and delight, I found Walla Walla tucked in the southeast corner of Washington. I was even more delighted to realize Walla Walla was a mere 40 miles north of my favorite northwestern city – Pendleton, OR.

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New Beginnings Pentecostal Church opens its doors

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We are New Beginnings Pentecostal Church of Hartsville and we have come to Hartsville with a burden on our hearts! We are Pastor Robert Harvey and Laurie.

We have recently moved to Hartsville and we love the community. Our mission is to help the brokenhearted, drug addicts, the sick and families in need by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.

We are a Pentecostal, Apostolic, Bible-believing Church and we believe in one God as Deuteronomy 6:4 says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” We are a multicultural church and everyone is welcome at New Beginnings. We want to invite you to come out and worship with us on Sundays at 11 a.m. at 104 E. Main Street. We also have church on Wednesday at 7 p.m. We offer Kids Club classes for children of all ages during service times. If you would like a Bible study, we offer those too. Currently, there is a Ladies Bible study every Saturday at 11 a.m. You can visit our website at newbeginningsofhartsville.com or search for us on our Facebook page at NBHartsville.

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Trousdale Medical Center wins Chamber’s football contest

Congratulations to the Chamber’s 2019 Yellow Jacket Football Fantasy Contest winner – Trousdale Medical Center!! The footballs will be on display at the football field throughout the week and at our first playoff game.

A special Thank You to all of the businesses for supporting our community spirit, football team and the Chamber. If you missed signing up for the contest this year, make plans to participate next year!

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IMPACThought: One veteran’s journey towards faith

I had just celebrated my 18th birthday that September. I recently graduated high school in May, in the greater Cincinnati area when I began to seriously consider my future. Here is the back story.

My endless summer was coming to an end. What would I do with my life? Would I be satisfied being a cook? In addition, those jobs weren’t impressing my girlfriend’s parents. I knew I needed to make some serious decisions about my future. I needed to get focused!

I went to an Air Force recruiter and enlisted under their “Delayed Enlistment” program. It was September, only a few weeks after my birthday. I would be entering Basic Training in January. I had a few months to enjoy myself, continue to walk on the wild side, then get ready for my new “adult” life. But something significant occurred before arriving at Lackland Air Force Base, the Gateway to the Air Force.

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