Trousdale schools see mostly good results on state report card

Trousdale County Schools received mostly good scores on a redesigned state report card for the 2017-18 school year from the Tennessee Department of Education last week.

The new report card is intended to help families better understand school performance and support student success. The updated design of the report card includes information was broken down by achievement, growth, chronically out of school, proficiency in English language, ready to graduate and graduation rate.

Trousdale County Schools had an overall success rate (defined as students who are on track to or have mastered subject material) of 50.7 percent, well ahead of the state average of 39.1 percent.

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Broken down by subject, the success rates were: 42.0 percent in English/Language Arts, 75.2 percent in Science, 39.9 percent in Social Studies and 41.1 percent in Math. All but math were ahead of state averages.

“This is a brand-new format from the state,” said Director of Schools Clint Satterfield, “and I think there’s some good things in there. Our ELA is up and that’s one of the things we’ve tried to improve.

“Our science has been traditionally high. The only tarnish on us is our math success rate was down. We know where that came from and we’re working to improve that.”

Trousdale County’s ready to graduate rate was a perfect 4.0 score with 50 percent of students at that mark.

The rating system provides a score of 0.0 to 4.0 on each indicator for each school, similar to a GPA, with 4.0 being the highest. Parents can click through to see more information behind each rating, including how both the full student population and different student groups.

Jim Satterfield Middle School received a 4.0 in academic achievement, a 3.6 in academic growth and a 3.9 in chronically out of school.

Trousdale County High School received a 2.2 in academic achievement, a 3.3 in academic growth and a 2.0 in chronically out of school.

“Their science is 16 percent above the state, ELA is 13.6 percent over state and the overall success rate is 8 percent over the state,” Satterfield said of the high school.

Trousdale County Elementary School received a 1.7 in academic achievement, a 1.3 in academic growth, a 3.6 in chronically out of school and a 3.0 in proficiency in English language. TCES was the only of the three schools with enough students to be counted in the last category.

“The academic achievement at the elementary school is down, but our success rate (43.3 percent) is still over the state average (39.1),” Satterfield said. “We are really happy with what we did in math and ELA. We went up 7.3 percent in achievement there.”
Satterfield also praised the local success rate in two of three subgroups: Black/Hispanic/Native (BHN) 43.1 percent and Economically Disadvantaged (ED) 39.0 percent. Both were at or above the state average in those areas.

Trousdale County is also based well compared to other schools in the Upper Cumberland district, according to Satterfield. Trousdale was first or second in each of 10 categories except for grades 3-5 math and 3-5 science.

The updated design of the report card and information that is included in the tool, including the new rating system, is based on input the department received as it developed a plan to transition to the new federal K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and has several components that are unique to Tennessee.

“We want families to have easy access to information about their school’s performance and how it is meeting the needs of all students, and we want them to have that context on a variety of metrics that encompass success,” Commissioner Candice McQueen said in a press statement. “The report card provides parents and community members with an additional snapshot of information to understand how their school is performing, see successes, and know where to ask questions and get engaged.”

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

Elementary school honor roll, award winners

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Some names were left off the initial list provided to The Vidette. We are happy to re-run the complete list).

Trousdale County Elementary School is pleased to recognize its students who made the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks of the 2018-19 school year.


Third Grade

First Honor Roll: Audrey Barton, Laney Barton, Heath Gulley, Layla Binder, Madysen Carman, Owen Evitts, Mileigh Potts, Madi Willis, Sylas Hopkins, Caroline Eden, Maggie Linville, Kembrey Lee, Aubree Dansby-Morris, Kipton West

Second Honor Roll: Grayson Holder, Julie Juarez, Oakley McCall, Hunter Scott, Lucas Bryant, Adalyn Copas, Carlito Mendez, Kaylee Dixon, Madeline Wilson, Isaiah Cantrell, Cady Slagle, Miyah Lynn Davis, Samara Herrington, Melissa Mendoza, Serenity Adams, Gabe Garcia, Lexie Mathes, Bryson Morgan, Shyann Roberts, Lierra Sykes

Fourth Grade

First Honor Roll: Erin-Scarlett Reynolds, Alexandra Badru, Benjamin Smith, Madison West, Charlie Beth Wright

Second Honor Roll: Sam Dickerson, Jake Malmin, Bethany Zarichansky, Aaron Sexton, Cora Stafford, Katelyn Hutchison, Sarah Miller, Peyton Adkins, Drew Carman, Christian Coble, Brody Wright, Emma Grace Cox, Kira Claywell, Naomi Overman, Jacoby Garrett, Jackson Williams, Emma Gregory, Alexis Claiborne

Fifth Grade

First Honor Roll: Dylan Kennedy, Merceah Lee, Brenna Mathews, Anna Towns

Second Honor Roll: Hunter Cothron, Evelyn Towns, Brenton Dunbar, Levi Ellis


Additionally, the following students earned the Leadership Award for the first nine weeks of the school year:

Kindergarten: Levi Holder, Ana Cardenas, Hayden White, Atziry Garcia Jimenez, Farmer Gregory, Everly Weske, LaVon Sheppard, Kennedy Moore, Ally Kate Elmore, Duane Taylor, Cheyenne Bryant, Noah Satterfield, Miracle Burnley, Olivia Cunningham, Emmy Sanchez-Salazar

First Grade: Christopher McDonald, Layla Melton, Ethan Snow, Lucy Lind, Connor Byrd, Raquel Sanchez, Triston Harris, Aubrey Harris, Camdin Marr, Morgan West, Haile Gamon, Bishop Tucker, Emma Gammons, Layne Pilewicz, Chloe Stafford, Nolan Vetetoe, Joselyn Santiago-Cruz, Shalyn Mayes

Second Grade: Matthew Chambers, Jaky Garza-Ramos, Noah Harper, Kenley Cato, Jonathan Brown, Alyssa Sullivan, Brody Linville, Khloie Cox, Luke Smith, Karley Batey, Jane McCall, Holly Wood, Rese Scott, Tiarra Arias, Jayde Babcock, Holden Sarrell, Cliffton Porter

Third Grade: Eli Fisher, Arika Higginbotham, Colt Lind, Cody Slagle, Gabe Garcia, Kembrey Lee, Dominic Giles, Sophia Waterhouse, Eli Wright, Ava Cothron, Audrey Flower, Kammi Hensley, Lierra Sykes, Madeline Wilson, Aubree Morris-Dansby, Julie Juarez, Makinzy Henley, Laney Barton

Fourth Grade: Will Boes, Katie Hutchison, Trae Rider, Kira Claywell, Ben Smith, Peyton Adkins, Sam Dickerson, Cora Stafford, Jayden Giese, Jacoby Garrett, Mizery Card, Peyton Spears, Bethany Zarichansky

Fifth Grade: Noah Peace, Anna Towns, Wyatt Byrd, Cayden Ray, Ornie Pedigo, Lila Pope, Dominick Dotson, Faith Caton, Alia Ring, Heaven Moss, Dylan Kennedy, Alivia Livingston, Roberto Garza-Ramos, Zaida Moyer

Ms. Cothron’s class: Dakota Byford, Trinity Whitson

Ms. Haynes Pre-K: Xavier Oropesa-Soto, Layla Rodgers


The following students earned the Rising Star Award:

Kindergarten: Matthew Lasher, Ally Kate Elmore, Tyler Clemons, Ava Sullins, Carson Johnson, Haley Fisher, Brylin Storey, Alexiya Williams, Ave Martin, Jacob Chapman, LaVon Sheppard, Mia Mitchell, Thomas Campbell, Makena Linton, Ashton Adams, Paxton Sarell, Bishop Tucker

First Grade: William Davis, Lettie Humphrey, Jason Donnell, Emily Valladares, Karson Blackwell, Alison Marshall, Hunter Clemons, Nora Kiesling, Jasper Hamilton, Chloe Stafford, Christopher McDonald, Layne Pilewicz, Earlando Montgomery, Ty Swords, Harlan Sallee, Brahlyn Young, Jayden Knight, Braden West

Second Grade: Kade McGowan, Kenley Eicher, Jordan Stafford, Mackenzie Dix, Braylon Lee, Allie Anderson, Aiden Ring, Brylee Stovall-Denning, Braylon Pryor, Kinsley Bergdorf, Holden Sarell, Holly Wood, Khloe Cunningham, Noah Harper, Jacob Thomas, Kaden Talley, Cannon Sanders, Diezel Bilbrey, Jon Paul Boyers

Third Grade: Eli Johnson, Mackenzi Shahan, Camrix Stott, Helena Harris, Max Morton, Serenity Adams, Lathan Johnson, Arriana Moore, Jude Williams, Belicia Timberlake, Gabe Garcia, Lierra Sykes, Carson Bassler, Charlie Sanders, Andrew Nelson, Nathan Knight, Lane Denning

Fourth Grade: Peyton Scruggs, Valla Holler, Isaiah Rotella, Mary Rogers, Wyatt Preston, Alissa Barnhill, Jayden Burnley, Mizery Card, Jayden Giese, Charlie Beth Wright, Trae Rider, Tyanna Dalton, Josh Stewart, Wyatt Maasen, Sarah Miller, Bayleigh Vaughn, Nathan Ware

Fifth Grade: Hunter Stone, Kylie Vaughn, Tyler Hayes, Alivia Livingston, Devon Barnes, Alexis Troutt, Layne Mathes, Emma Pilewicz, Jackson Arkle, Alia Ring, Kiron Johnson, Kamrynn Snow, Brian Rolin, Taqueshi Santiago-Cruz, Hayden White, Amber Bilbrey

Ms. Cothron’s class: Ryan Smith, Trinity Whitson

Ms. Haynes Pre-K: Jackson Williams, Kambri Scott


The following students earned the Student of the Month Award:

Kindergarten: Rhett Butler, Paisley Towns, Morgan Robertson, Miracle Burnley, Alannayh Butler, Caidence Gilliland, Sophia Calhoun, Paisley Rolin, Hayes Gulley, Ave Martin, Beau Carey, Jackson German, Haley Guard, Duane Taylor, Sophia Ricketts, Colston Pryor

First Grade: Layla Melton, Kyler Maasen, Trentin Dennis, Brad Waggoner, Jaxon Schneider, Nevaeh Bush, Joselyn Santiago, Judson Brown, Connor Byrd, Maddie Christian, McKenzie Drown, Passion Stafford, Nolan Vetetoe, Christian Kittell, Camden Bullock, Aubrie Harris, Morgan West, Lucy Lind

Second Grade: Shelby Briscoe, Noah Sprankle, Rylyn Garcia, Mallory Dies, Rashawn Phillips, Lilyan Whited, Noah Thompson, Dante Bryant, Jonathan Brown, Cliffton Porter, Jackson Carey, Kylee Denning, Rowan Frizzell, Bo Cothron, Rylee Butler, Biloxi Vargas, Makenna Lee

Third Grade: Andy Russell, Daisy Chandler, Diane Winter, Isaiah Cantrell, Sylas Hopkins, Samara Herrington, Maggie Linville, Kipton West, Aubree Morris-Dansby, Carlito Mendez, Adalyn Copas, Emma McCurry, Anna Scruggs, Isabella Timberlake, Ryan White, Kadence Bates

Fourth Grade: Erin Scarlett Reynolds, Tessia Stypula, Jesse Shaffer, Bennett Jarvis, Jayden Giese, Ivory Durham, Charlie Beth Wright, Alexandria Badru, Alexis Claiborne, Brady Wright, Haley Hughes, Sam Sullins, Wyatt Preston

Fifth Grade: Merceah Lee, Brenna Matthews, Dylan Kennedy, Westin Dennis, Brooklynn Webb, Aiden Andrews, Whitney Parrish, Talor Frizzell, Lila Pope, Heaven Moss, Landon Satterfield, Jayda Harris, Abby Parris

Ms. Cothron’s class: Levi Headley, Jayden Douglas, Tori Ashford

Ms. Haynes Pre-K: Aubrey Bandy, Kloey Watkins, Samuel Dunn

Ms. Leonard’s class: Karly Vaughn, Tallan Livingston


The following students earned the Star Reader Award:

Kindergarten: Khrmun Locke, Jaxon Scott, Adalyn Scruggs, Paxton Sarrell

First Grade: Aubrey Gregory, Isabella Gibbs, Harlan Sallee, Braeden West, EmmaLee Burton

Second Grade: Khloe Jewell, Mollie Holder, Leresa Scott, Haven Ray, Tyson Jones


The following students earned the Math Whiz Award:

Kindergarten: Colston Pryor, Cheyenne Bryant, Cody Pedigo, Kira Noble

First Grade: Trenton Dennis, Brahlyn Young, Shaylyn Mayes, Ryan McDonald, Earlando Montgomery

Second Grade: Declan Sprague, Kendall McKee, Levi Gilbreth, Ellie Rose Bohanon, Jane McCall

Hartsville man sentenced on child exploitation charges

Curt Cannamela, 41, of Hartsville, was sentenced on Friday in U.S. District Court for child exploitation crimes, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Chief Judge Waverly Crenshaw, Jr. sentenced Cannamela to 188 months in prison, to be followed by lifetime supervision. Cannamela was charged in a criminal information in November 2017 and pleaded guilty in January to enticement of a minor; receipt of child pornography; and distribution of child pornography.

In March 2016, agents with Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) began investigating Cannamela after discovering email communications between Cannamela and what appeared to be an underage female. After exchanges of child pornography were discovered, agents posed as a 14-year-old female.  Cannamela disclosed that he was actually 39 years old and lived in Hartsville.

Cannamela requested that they move their conversation to another platform and then moved their conversation to KIK, an instant messaging application. Cannamela then sent images depicting child pornography to someone he believed to be a minor female and expressed his desire to travel to Laredo, Texas, to meet her.

In August 2017, Cannamela purchased an airline ticket for who he thought was the 14-year-old female to fly from Laredo to Nashville. HSI agents later executed a federal search warrant at Cannamela’s residence in Hartsville and seized laptops and other electronic media, which contained evidence of other victims of child pornography and child predators. Agents were able to verify Cannamela had distributed child pornography through his KIK application and email accounts.

Also, Crenshaw sentenced Kendall Carter, 24, of Milton, Tenn., to 30 years in prison, to be followed by lifetime supervision. Carter was indicted in 2015 and pleaded guilty in December 2017 to production of child pornography; two counts of extortion; and possession of child pornography.

These cases were investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney S. Carran Daughtrey.

Senior Living Center thanks ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ participants

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Trousdale Senior Living Center would like to offer our sincere thanks to all of the participants that “adopted” grandparents this year.

Our annual “Adopt a Grandparent” program was once again very successful and proved to bring smiles to our residents’ faces. They look forward to this each year.

We met several new faces this year and I have a feeling that we will be seeing these faces quite a bit throughout the upcoming year, which has been a hope of ours since this began.

We are humbled by the support that we always receive from our small community and other surrounding areas, local churches, individuals, etc. especially at Christmas time when remembering our elderly.

Thank you to each and every one of you for your kindness and thoughtfulness, not only at Christmastime, but all throughout the year.

From our TSLC family to yours, may you have a most blessed Merry CHRISTmas and a happy, healthy and promising New Year!

Jack McCall: Sometimes best Christmas gifts are also the simplest

As I write this column, it is already December 10. As you read it, there are less than 15 shopping days until Christmas. Black Friday, the biggest Christmas shopping day of the year, is behind us. But here in modern day America, it is still buy… buy… buy!

In spite of the fact that debt (both nationally and personally) is still on the rise, we Americans tend to get a little crazy at Christmas.

Many, again this year, will spend money they don’t have on gifts the receiver doesn’t need (or sometimes want). It amazes me at all the “junk” marketers attempt to sell us. Somewhere along the way we, as a nation of people, lost the skill of recognizing the difference between trinkets and treasures. So while we are accumulating the trinkets, we miss out on the treasures.

Across the Miles
Jack McCall

My friend, the late Bob Rickman, was quite the personality and philosopher. One Christmas, he visited his young grandson in Florida. As his Christmas gift to the little boy, Bob took a red, tin Prince Albert Tobacco can, put a half-dozen pieces of small gravel inside it, and glued the top shut. To the consternation of his son-in-law, that Prince Albert can became the little boy’s favorite Christmas gift. He spent most of his waking hours walking around and shaking the can. The boy’s father would later declare that he had spent “hundreds of dollars on gifts to be beat out by a tin can!”

I guess we all have purchased gifts for a child only to see the little one more interested in the bow, or the wrapping paper, or – by all means – the BOX!!

One Christmas I gave our first granddaughter a pad of notes and some tan shoestring for Christmas. That’s what she liked – paper and shoestrings. It doesn’t take a lot to please a child.

Sometimes, I think we purchase all those toys, not so much for the children, but for ourselves and others’ eyes.

Speaking of boxes, I gave two of our granddaughters a big box one Christmas. I got the boxes at D.T. McCall and Sons Furniture and Appliance. You know, they are the folks who “haul the boxes off.” I figured they had plenty of big boxes.

Our son, J. Brim, and wife Emily are the proud parents of Oakley – 8 years old; and twins – Whitman and Amelia – age 2. They also have two “inside the house” dogs: Marley and Zeke.

I was interested to see two new pieces of furniture in their house a while back. What appeared to be end tables were, in fact, “dog boxes.” Turns out, inside those dog boxes is one of Whitman’s favorite places to play.

So, I’ve listed a big box from D.T. McCall’s on Whitman’s Christmas list.

As our grandchildren have been growing up, Kathy and I have constructed a number of “tents” in our bedroom when the girls come to spend the night. Of course, we go all out. We stretch quilts and bedspreads from one piece of furniture to another, anchoring the corners as best we can. Then, with the help of the girls of course, we spread out sleeping bags underneath the tent roof. It is quite an undertaking.

After our guests have chosen their favorite stuffed animals and get settled in; then begins our attempt to get them to go to sleep. There is usually lots of giggling… and eventually complaining on their part that ultimately results in threatening on my part.

Finally, one (it’s never the same one) becomes exasperated and leaves the tent and gets in bed with us. Before the night is over, they all three end up in our bed. So much for the tent! And somewhere in the night I am awakened by someone’s foot up under my nose.

Tin cans, cardboard boxes and makeshift tents can make for the best of times – and memories.

Look Back: Survivor of fort bombing became Seminole legend

In last week’s article, I introduced you to three key players in a drama that unfolded in the swamps and scrublands of Florida in 1816: General Andrew Jackson, Hartsville’s own William Lauderdale and a young boy named Billy Powell.

Our saga started with the end of the American Revolution and the growing pains of a new nation.

As the newly minted Americans crossed the Allegheny Mountains into Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, they cleared land, built large farms and prospered.

But to prosper, they also took land from the Native Americans and used African men and women as slaves to work their plantations.

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This drawing shows a typical Seminole warrior from the Seminole Indian Wars.

And Florida lay on the horizon, ready for the taking! Except for the fact it was owned by the Spanish.

That is where General Jackson comes in. He, along with most Americans, wanted to control both banks of the Mississippi River. That ultimately led to Jackson entering Spanish land, taking Mobile, the Battle of New Orleans and the beginning of the first Seminole Indian War.

The Seminoles were not a true tribe, but were a loosely organized group of Indians from several tribes (mostly Creek) that had fled the white onslaught. Runaway slaves added to the mix.

In 1816 at the prompting of Jackson, General Edmund Gaines destroyed a wooden fort occupied by 320 men, women and children of the Seminole tribe. Because a cannonball hit the fort’s powder magazine, the fort blew up in a pile of dust, splintered wood and the bodies of 250 of the occupants.

One survivor was the 12-year old Billy Powell, but Billy’s family was wiped out in the explosion.

Billy Powell was typical of many of the Seminoles in that he was a mixed-race child. His parentage included Creek Indian, African, Scottish and English.

As young Billy fled the smoldering ruins of the fort, he turned his face to the Americans who were responsible and vowed to get even – and he would be true to his words!

Our third player in this deadly game was William Lauderdale of Hartsville, Tennessee!

Born in Virginia, young William had moved to Middle Tennessee with his parents in 1792.

His family owned more than one large tract of land in the area and they were prominent in local business, political and military affairs. They were also friends with Jackson.

William would form a company of local men to fight in the War of 1812. He also fought in the Battle of New Orleans and the Creek Indian War.

In 1816 when Billy Powell made his vow, William Lauderdale was back in Tennessee, farming his local land holdings. But he and Billy would meet in the future.

Now you are probably saying to yourself, “I have never of this character Billy Powell. How is he so important?”

And you would be right – sort of!

You see, Billy had the advantage, because of his mixed origins, of being able to speak both English and Creek. He also had a strong personality!

As the Americans forced the surviving runaway slaves from the demolished fort back into slavery and considered themselves heroes, the few Creeks and Choctaws who escaped began a deadly series of raids on the white settlers in the grasslands of Florida.

One of them was Billy, who became known for his rousing speeches to the scattered Indian villages. He was a tough fighter and began to lead the raids on poorly defended cabins and their white occupants.

Oh, and one more thing about young Billy.

He changed his name. He was now calling himself a more traditional name – he was now “Osceola!” That is a name you will probably recognize!

The raids by Osceola and his followers led to the First Seminole Indian War.

The Americans, with more men and better guns, won that war and sent the Seminoles across the Mississippi to new reservations.

But as you may have guessed, some of the Seminoles didn’t accept defeat and merely retreated further into the swamps of Florida. Osceola was one of them.

Meanwhile back on the banks of Little Goose Creek, young William Lauderdale was getting married and starting a family. He was unaware that he and the hostile Osceola would one day face each other in the Second Seminole Indian War.

Wilson Bank & Trust announces employee awards

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From left: Tommy Decker, Hendersonville Office – Mike Baker Community Service Award; Sonja Moniz, Gallatin Office – Sue Talley Community Service Award; Kelly Dwenger, Gallatin Office – Commitment to Excellence Award; Kendra Cato, Hartsville Office (not pictured) – ‘Whatever it Takes’ Award.

Wilson Bank & Trust recently announced the winners of the bank’s annual employee awards, which are presented to staff members who have exhibited outstanding service in their jobs and in the community over the past year.

The award recipients for the bank’s northern region were: Tommy Decker, Hendersonville Office – Mike Baker Community Service Award; Sonja Moniz, Gallatin Office – Sue Talley Community Service Award; Kelly Dwenger, Gallatin Office – Commitment to Excellence Award; Kendra Cato, Hartsville Office – ‘Whatever it Takes’ Award.

The bank’s ‘Whatever it Takes’ and Commitment to Excellence awards are chosen by fellow employees, and community service awards are selected by executive management.

Guest View: Need help with SNAP? Give Legal Aid a call

Chances are, if you live in Tennessee, you probably know somebody who currently benefits, or who has benefited in the past, from the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) is used by more than 1 million people in Tennessee — a state with fewer than 7 million total residents. That means more than 1 out of 7 residents depend on this program to keep food on the table as they keep up with other essential living expenses. As we reflect on our own blessings this holiday season, that figure is an eye-opening one that should give us all pause.

Benefits go to residents whose income is below an established threshold — a situation that can apply to working families, the elderly, the disabled and the unemployed, among others. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2016, 107,000 of Tennessee’s SNAP recipients were seniors, very few of whom likely know they can deduct medical costs in order to receive more SNAP benefits. Around 467,000 children in Tennessee were on SNAP in 2016, without which they would be less likely to receive adequate nutrition and food.

Mary Grace Stoneking

SNAP delivers more nutrition assistance to low-income children than any other federal program, making it the United States’ largest child nutrition program, according to a 2016 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report. Despite providing an average of just $1.35 per person per meal for households with children, the small boost it gives families is enough to bring them over the poverty line into a basic level of stability.

Despite the clear need for this assistance, there is often confusion surrounding how SNAP works. Many Tennesseans don’t know their legal rights when it comes to the program — such as when they qualify, how to apply, or if they are receiving the correct amount. Some have even had their SNAP benefits wrongfully terminated or reduced.

It’s a terrible feeling to not know where to seek help for such a fundamental need. As a result, some of our fellow Tennesseans do not have sufficient food for their families, oftentimes choosing between having a meal or being able to pay for rent.

This is why Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has started its new SNAP Outreach Program to inform and educate our state’s most vulnerable populations of their rights when it comes to SNAP. By contacting us, these residents can ensure they are getting the level of SNAP benefits they are entitled to, as well as resolve issues surrounding benefits that have been unexpectedly cut off or cut back.

This new program is funded by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. MAZON is a national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. MAZON is enabling Legal Aid Society to more effectively provide advocacy for those who experience food insecurity.

If you ever feel that your SNAP benefits have been wrongfully terminated, or you would like to know what amount of SNAP you should be getting, please contact us. We’re also happy to work with organizations that serve low-income and senior Tennesseans to provide SNAP training sessions and to accept referrals for people who need help getting access to their benefits. All it takes to get the process started is a phone call.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands provides assistance on SNAP and other civil legal matters to eligible residents across 48 counties in Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau. Call 1-800-238-1443 to learn more.

Mary Grace Stoneking joined Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands in August 2018 as its new SNAP Community Outreach Advocate. Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands advocates for fairness and justice under the law. Learn more at las.org.

Guest View: Live a life worth remembering

Will people remember you after you die? Will anybody even care? How will you be remembered?

I can’t recall a more respected, loved and admired human than George H.W. Bush. The love and outpouring of celebrating his life was more than I’ve ever seen. I watched President Kennedy’s funeral and recall the national horror and grief associated with his assassination. I remember when Martin Luther King was killed and the outpouring of grief that followed. We can remember these and many dark periods of sadness. President Bush, of course, lived a long life with many opportunities that few people will ever have.

He became the 41st President of the United States. He was a former congressman, CIA director, millionaire oilman, graduate of Yale and came from a family who had money and many life achievements. While much has been said about his humility you don’t achieve all he did without being self-serving. It takes some ego to run for public office. If you don’t have a strong ego, you can’t pull off all running for such an office involves. You have to believe in yourself.

Granted – Bush could have simply maintained his work in the oil business and racked up a few more million dollars, but he made millions and then desired the power of public office, even the presidency. This in no way berates him. Somebody has to do the work and Americans and world leaders have lauded his life and success. I don’t believe anyone has said anything bad about him lately on national television and they shouldn’t. His life of incredible work and service is over. He has gone on to his greater reward.

No one knows how they will be remembered after their death. Bad people are remembered for their evil deeds. Good people are remembered for their good works. How will you be remembered?

Jesus Christ is remembered of course every day in some way. He is celebrated at Christmas, Easter, at church and in our lives of faith and devotion. He is remembered for how he lived, and what he did. He is remembered for what he called us to do in our personal lives of faith. No one has been remembered and worshipped like Jesus Christ. His life was different than most all people who are remembered. He came to serve in every way. He didn’t have any money, fast boats, big houses or political clout. He lived and died to demonstrate a loving God. His life’s mission was to help, seek and save the lost.

The bottom line is you will not be remembered like Jesus Christ or even George H.W. Bush. However, you can be remembered for loving people. You can be remembered for being a good mom or dad. You can be remembered for being good to your children and grandchildren. You can be remembered for being good to your parents. You can be remembered for being a good neighbor. You can be remembered for being a good citizen and faithful to your church or synagogue. You can be remembered for your service to your community and your country. Most important is to be remembered for being you. God only made one you. Just be you. Be a good you. Try to be a better you and that is all you can do.

Actually the world needs for you to be all that you were created to be.

He only made one Jesus and one “41” and he only made one you. So, be who you are and we all have room to improve. I have my work cut out being me, and when we are remembered people will remember us for who we were while we were alive. Therefore, since you are reading this you are still working on how you will be remembered when time here is through.

Contact Glenn Mollette at GMollette@aol.com.

Phil Valentine: Trump’s deal focused only on winning

The Washington elites still don’t quite understand the art of the deal. President Donald Trump met recently with Chinese President Xi Jinping regarding trade tariffs. Right now there’s a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of products. That was set to rise to 25 percent come Jan. 1. The Chinese, in turn, have levied tariffs on $110 billion in U.S. goods. The two leaders agreed to a 90-day truce while they negotiate terms. The mainstream media claim Trump blinked. Did he?

The “Trump blinked” rhetoric demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of how this president operates. Most U.S. presidents have gone into these negotiations with exactly what they want. They generally come out with about half. President Trump goes into these negotiations with about 400 percent of what he wants and comes out with 200 percent. This latest “truce” is a great example.

Phil Valentine

What did we get at the end of the day? The 10 percent tariff on Chinese goods stays intact. In return, the Chinese have promised to substantially increase the amount of agricultural, energy, and industrial products they buy from the United States thus reducing our trade imbalance. The purchasing of more agricultural products from our farmers will begin immediately. China will also designate fentanyl as a controlled substance, which will aid us in our war on opioids. But because Trump didn’t go forward with the 25 percent tariffs, he blinked.

Too many in Washington want to go along to get along. President Trump wants to actually fix the trade problem. The dreaded global economic crisis the left-wing media were trumpeting that was supposed to happen is now being debated in the markets and will most likely never materialize. Just like the so-called collapse of the soybean market over Trump’s spat with the EU never materialized. In fact, soybean futures for January jumped 1.1 percent on news of the tariff truce with China.

President Trump is not finished yet. One of the real goals of the tariffs is to stop China from stealing intellectual property. The irony is that two of the most vocal anti-Trump groups – Hollywood and Silicon Valley – would be the primary beneficiaries. The president hopes to recoup $50 billion in lost corporate earnings for U.S. corporations. Microsoft has given up on charging for Windows in China. According to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, when he left the company a few years ago an estimated 90 percent of Chinese companies were using Windows. Guess how many were actually paying for it. Only 1 percent, according to Ballmer. That’s some major theft. Even though Microsoft has given up on getting their money out of the Chinese, Trump has not.

So, like the auto tariffs on automobiles coming out of the EU were used as leverage for soybeans and other products, so are the tariffs on Chinese goods. People complain that their cheap Chinese goods in Walmart might go up in price. Personally, I think it’s despicable that we buy so much from the most brutal communist regime the world has ever known. If we never bought another item from China it would suit me just fine. But this isn’t about ending trade with China. It’s about stopping them from stealing the labor of some of our most brilliant minds.

President Trump is fighting for the songwriters and the movie producers, as well as those who write software programs. He’s fighting for America’s creative community. In the meantime, they almost unanimously bash him. Still, Trump is undeterred. He’s a businessman, not a politician. He’s not negotiating to get along. He’s negotiating to win.

Phil Valentine is a nationally syndicated talk radio host. Find him at philvalentine.com.

IMPACThought: God gave us greatest gift of all in His Son

Tucked away in the eighth chapter of the second epistle to the Corinthians is a reminder from the Apostle Paul of the example of sacrificial giving by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul was teaching the believers in this church that they should abound in the daily practice of their faith journey, boldly proclaiming the gospel, utilizing the knowledge they have received through the revelation of Scriptural truth. Paul even challenged them to prove the sincerity of their love! However, through the daily operation of their faith, Paul exhorts them to remember the ultimate demonstration of giving by Christ:

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Jon Shonebarger

“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor…” (II Corinthians 8:9).

Our Saviour gave Himself! Jesus set aside His majesty as He left the glory and splendor of heaven, to come to this world. He left His throne and the constant worship of the angelic host who proclaimed,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.” (Isaiah 6:3).

Jesus left the worship, the praise, the adoration He was worthy of in Heaven. He left His throne. He made Himself of no reputation and took upon Himself the form of a servant, to be made in the likeness of men. He became obedient to death on the cross (Philippians 2:7-8).

The story of Christmas is a love story. God the Father gave His only begotten Son, as Saviour, for a fallen race of people. He demonstrated His love! What a tremendous gift offered to all who will believe on Christ’s sacrifice and to be able to receive the precious gift of eternal life.

The Gospels tell the story of how Mary would conceive of the Holy Ghost and give birth to Jesus in Bethlehem’s manager. The God-man! In theology this is called the Hypostatic Union; the Theanthropic man. One hundred percent God, one hundred percent man. His name is Immanuel, God with us!

Jesus came into the world to seek and to save those who are lost in their sin. He willingly laid down His life, as a ransom for many. The sin of man was laid upon Him at Calvary’s cross. He was brutally crucified, died and rose from the grave. Indeed, greater love hath no man, but to lay down his life for others.

As you celebrate the Christmas season and give gifts to those you love, remember Jesus! Remember His sacrifice for you! Remember the unspeakable gift of salvation He offers to all who will receive Him as Saviour, by faith.

God bless you this and remember, God loves YOU!

David Carroll: Sometimes being wrong isn’t a bad thing…

One of the funniest episodes of the old TV show “Happy Days” involved super-cool Fonzie having to admit he was wrong about something. He couldn’t even say the word. “I was…wrrr…” He just couldn’t do it.

Not me. I am wrong quite often. Just ask my wife.

For instance, a few decades ago, a friend told me he had been asked to invest in something called cable television. He explained the concept. It would revolutionize the way we watch TV, he said. No longer would we be limited to three channels. We would soon have 20 or 30. There was a catch: a monthly fee.

I laughed out loud. “No one is ever going to pay to watch TV,” I told him. “Not when you can get it for free!” He never let me forget that.

David Carroll

I also never believed that bottled water would catch on. Back in our country store, neither my dad nor I could imagine people buying water. I wonder what he would say about putting six quarters in a machine to buy air for your tires. A machine, I might add, that may or may not work.

I was also wrong about soccer and hockey. I never believed either sport would thrive in the South.

In fact, I doubted that Nashville would support a pro hockey team. “Come on,” I said. We’ve got the SEC, the NFL, NASCAR, the Braves, and rasslin’.” If anyone had asked me, I would have told them to take their puck and go home.  Down here, “icing” is what Mama puts on the carrot cake.

How wrong was I? Well, the Nashville Predators are huge. And if you put a soccer game and a baseball game side by side, I guarantee you’ll find more kids kicking a ball than swinging at one.

Last, but not least, I was seriously wrong about surveillance cameras. I thought they would take a big bite out of crime.

My television station features a report called “Crime Stoppers,” which started long before the “caught on camera” phenomenon. When we began airing the stories, we created re-enactments, hiring amateur actors to simulate a particular crime. Some of the actors played the perpetrators, and others played the victims. We gave viewers a look at where and how the crime took place, and we used sketches when victims were able to describe the suspect.

Now that security cameras are everywhere, we have pretty much stopped doing re-enactments. We can usually show the real thing. What were once fuzzy black-and-white images are now full-color and high-definition. Also, the cameras are no longer confined to stores. For about a hundred bucks, you can put one on your front porch and in your living room. Every night on the news, the video is there for all to see. If you steal something today, there’s a good chance you will be on TV, the Internet, and the front page tomorrow.

Yet, I was wrong about these cameras. I was naive enough to think that they would put a huge dent in crime. Who in their right mind, I thought, would even think about holding up a cashier, snatching a purse in a parking lot, or grabbing a package from your front porch? It seemed obvious to me the crime rate would plummet.

However, various studies done in the U.S. and Great Britain show that surveillance cameras have little to no positive impact on crime. In several of the case studies, crime actually increased after the cameras were installed. Now get this: the cameras often aid in solving the crimes, but they have not prevented the next batch of criminals from breaking and entering.

One police officer told me, “There are websites devoted to the dumbest criminals caught on camera. We laugh at them to keep from crying. I think some of them know they are on camera, but they are so high, they just don’t care.” He continued, “For some of them, they steal to support their habit. Others do it for the rush. They got away with it before, so they take it a step further. That security camera is low on their list of concerns. They are shocked when we arrest them. They have no idea they have been on the news. I don’t think they watch a lot of TV. They have other forms of recreation.”

A judge added, “They are criminals, pure and simple. This is what they do. They’ll follow a UPS truck, just to see them put a package on your porch.”

So while the cameras may help the police catch that crook, they don’t seem to prevent the one right behind him.

Maybe someday, I won’t be wrong quite as often. In fact, I’m hearing that fewer people are paying to watch TV now. Maybe I was right about that, after all.

David Carroll, a Chattanooga news anchor, is the author of “Volunteer Bama Dawg,” a collection of his best stories. You may contact him at 900 Whitehall Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 or 3dc@epbfi.com.

Community Calendar: Dec. 13, 2018

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, Dec. 20

6 p.m. – School Board

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

Wednesday, Dec. 26

10 a.m. – Water Board

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

Tuesday, Jan. 8

7 a.m. – Executive Committee

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

7 p.m. – Election Commission

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

Monday, Jan. 14

7 p.m. – Planning Commission

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

Thursday, Jan. 17

6 p.m. – School Board

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

Tuesday, Jan. 22

6 p.m. – Budget & Finance Committee

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

7 p.m. – County Commission

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Commission will hold its regular monthly work session in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

Monday, Jan. 28

7 p.m. – County Commission

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


Christmas Concert

The Trousdale County Instrumental Music Program’s annual Christmas Concert will be on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Eleanor Ford Theatre at the high school. The concert should last approximately one hour, and, as always, the concert is free.

Commodity Distribution

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency will hold its Commodity Distribution on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. until boxes are gone, at Trey Park, 200 Marlene Street. Commodities are available to households that meet income eligibility guidelines. MCCAA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, natural origin, color, sex, disability or veteran status.

Polar Express

Come pretend with us on the Polar Express at Hartsville Church of Christ (Halltown Road) on Friday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.! Free tickets will be given out during the Hartsville Christmas Parade on Dec. 8 and tickets will also be available at the door. Kids can wear pajamas, drink hot chocolate and apple cider and tour seven booths of exciting things to do! Free pictures with Santa Claus will also be available! Everyone is welcome.

Dixon Springs Christmas Party

Dixon Springs will be hosting its annual Christmas Party at the old Union Church on Saturday, Dec. 22, beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to join us in song and fellowship!

Mother-Son Dance

The Hartsville Rotary Club will hold its second annual Mother-Son Dance on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the auditorium at TCHS. Contact the Rotary Club’s Facebook page for more information.

Spay/Neuter Transport Date

Fix Trousdale’s next transport date for low-cost spay/neuter service of pets will be Thursday, Jan. 17. Do you have a dog or cat that needs to be fixed? Give us a call! We offer high quality, convenient, affordable spay/neuter services including vaccines, dewormer, and transportation from a central Hartsville location. Visit our Facebook page to see our reviews and to understand who we are. Fix Trousdale wants to help all residents be able to afford to fix their pets – to proactively address pet overpopulation through prevention. Please share and help us spread the word. 615-571-0472.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver meals in Trousdale County one day a month to elderly clients outside Hartsville city limits. Call 615-374-3987.

American Legion

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

Adult Education

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


Thursday, Dec. 13

11 a.m. – Karaoke/Christmas Special

Friday, Dec. 14

9 a.m. – AF Exercise

9:30 a.m. – George Shinn Christmas (limited tickets, first-come basis)

10 a.m. – Yoga

10 a.m. – Tai Chi

11 a.m. – Yoga

Noon – Rook games

12:15 p.m. – SAIL Chair Exercise

1 p.m. – Wii Bowling

Monday, Dec. 17

9:30 a.m. – Wii Bowling

11 a.m. – Book Club

Tuesday, Dec. 18

9 a.m. – AF Exercise

9 a.m. – Manicure/Pedicure

10 a.m. – Yoga

Wednesday, Dec. 19

9 a.m. – Line Dancing at Assisted Living

11 a.m. – AF Chair Exercise

Noon – Rook games

1 p.m. – Bible Study

Sheriff’s Reports: Dec. 13, 2018

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.

Dec. 3

Gary Allen Beasley, 35, of Hartsville, was charged with driving on suspended license by Deputy Dusty Cato. Beasley was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Dec. 21.

Tyler James Ware, 19, of Hartsville, was charged with driving on suspended license by Deputy Tony Wrinkle. Ware was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Jan. 11.

Dec. 4

Edward Jerome Stewart, 39, of Hartsville, was charged with worthless checks by Deputy Jake Ayers. Stewart was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Jan. 11.

Dec. 6

Cody Harold Isabell, 31, of Hartsville, was charged with simple possession, unlawful drug paraphernalia, driving on revoked license by Deputy Brad Basford. Isabell was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Jan. 11.

Justin Lee Gammon, 26, of Castalian Springs, was charged with non-support of child, escape misdemeanor, criminal responsibility for escape by Deputy David Morgan. Bond was set for $27,000 and General Sessions court dates were set for Jan. 10 and Jan. 22.

John Goodwin Bybee, 33, of Dickson, was charged with failure to pay by Deputy Wesley Taylor. Bond was set for $419.50 and no General Sessions court date was set at press time.

Danielle Marie Yates, 22, of Portland, was charged with probation violation by Deputy Travis Blair. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Feb. 19.

Megan Nicole Gammons, 26, of Dixon Springs, was charged with probation violation, intro/poss contraband in penal institute, unlawful drug paraphernalia, meth mfr/del/sell/poss consumption by Deputy Travis Blair. Bond was set for $9,000 and General Sessions court date was set for Jan. 11.

Jeremy Shane Stafford, 40, of Lafayette, was charged with Schedule II del/mfg/sell/poss by Deputy Jesse Gentry. Bond was set for $12,500 and General Sessions court date was set for Jan. 22.

Dec. 7

Travis Lee Polston, 24, of Hartsville, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Jake Ayers. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Jan. 25.

Rickie Donnell Frazier Jr., 41, of Hartsville, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Jake Ayers. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Dec. 7.

Tyler James Ware, 19, of Hartsville, was charged with domestic assault by Deputy Joseph Butcher. Bond was set for $1,500 and General Sessions court date was set for Jan. 11.

Charles Daniel Armstrong, 32, of Hartsville, was charged with aggravated domestic assault by Deputy James Killmon. Bond was set for $500 and General Sessions court date was set for Jan. 11.

Methodist men to hold annual country ham breakfast

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the men of the Hartsville United Methodist Church will host their annual country ham breakfast from 7-10 a.m. The event is always held on the day of Hartsville’s Christmas Parade.

The breakfast will be held in the basement of the church at 224 Church Street. The early start will let participants in the parade fuel up for the day’s events and will continue long enough to let late sleepers arrive to fill up their plates with good homestyle cooking.

On the menu, which is all you can eat, is the aforementioned country ham, along with pork sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, grits, fruit compote and hot biscuits!

Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette

To round out the menu is both cream-style gravy and red-eye gravy, fruit preserves, coffee and juice.

All this for the price of $5!

The men of the church do all the preparations and the cooking. This has been a church tradition for over 25 years and we can guarantee that the cooks have mastered the art of frying, slicing, baking and stirring the pot with the gravy!

In addition to the food in the kitchen, the ladies of the church have filled a room of the church basement for a Christmas White Elephant sale. They will be selling Christmas items, decorations and baked goods. The money they raise will go towards ministry projects of the church’s United Methodist Women’s group.

The money the men make goes towards scholarships for the church’s high school seniors.

2018 Hartsville Christmas Parade Lineup

If questions regarding the lineup, please call Racheal Petty 615-804-8945

*Once the parade starts, please fill in any empty gaps*

*Please keep at a slow space, do not leave the entry behind you*

1 – Ray Russell

2 – Color Guard by Trail Life

3 – Grand Marshall – John W. Martin

4 – Chamber of Commerce

Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette

5 – Terri Lynn Weaver

6- Ferrell Haile

7 – Stephen Chambers

8 – Shriners (all staged at Minit Mart)

9 – Dewayne Byrd

10-11 – VFW & American Legion

12-13-14-15 – TCHS Marching Band

16 – Fun Radio 93.5

17-18 – Citizens Bank

19-20 – Bill Scruggs / 9 & 10 year old All Stars

21-22 – Team Trousdale Girls Basketball

23 – Haley’s Hearts Foundation & Team Reagan

24-25 – Rocky Creek Baptist Church

26 – Fred A. Vaught Library

27-28 – Book Bus

29-30 – Showcase of Stars Dance Studio

31-32 – Trousdale Medical Center

33-34- Wounded Warrior Project

35-36 – Wilson Bank & Trust

37-38 – Rotary / TCHS Interact

39-40 – Church of Christ

Intersection of Andrews Ave & Rogers St

41-42 – Trousdale Medical Center

43 – Latienda Hispana La Costenta

44-45 – Trousdale County Vet

46-47 – Rocky Creek Fellowship Church

48-49 – Trail Life USA Troop 426

50 – Hartsville Sonic

51 – Hartsville Masonic Lodge #113

52 – Fred’s Pharmacy

53-54 – Hartsville Foodland

55-56 – Hartsville Church of God

57-58 – Bates Ford

59-70 – Claude Hailey Mid South Chevelle

Intersection of Rogers St and Carr St

71-72 – Macon Power Sports

73-74-75-76 – TC Youth Football & Cheerleaders

77 – Alexa Butler

78 – Cumberland University Cheerleader – Courtney Burris

79 – Namiah Wilson

80 – TOB – Tyler O’Brien

81 – Blair Evitts – Little Fair Princess

82 – Charlie Beth Wright – Little Miss Trousdale & Fair Pageant Winner

83 – Madison Farley – JSMS Queen

84 – Whitney Dansby – Miss Trousdale

85 – Aubree Kate Dansby – Fair pageant winner.

86 – Shelby Vaughn – Fair Pageant winner

87 – Sarah Dickerson – Fair pageant winner JSMS Queen

88 – Ashton Scott – Fairest of the Fair Princess

89 – TCHS Homecoming Court

Classic/Custom Vehicles

90 -Seed Morton – 1968 Chevy Nova SS

91 -Joe Morgan -1970 Chevelle SS

92 -Tony Keisling – 1969 El Camino

93 -Jackie Gammon – 1960 Chevy

94 -Jimmy Shrum – 1954 Chevy Truck

95 -Roy Shrim – 1987 Monte Carlo

96 -Travis Smith – 1987 Chevy Truck

97 -Randall Blair – 1964 Chevy Impala

98 -Daniel Blair – 1991 Chevy Truck

99 -Tony Spears – 1948 Jeepster

100 -Jeff Gregory – 1969 Super Bee

101 -Jeff Gregory – 1964 Plymouth Fury

102 -Ed Gregory – 1973 Road Runner

103 -Ron Johnson – 1946 International Truck

104 -Phillip Smith – 1948 Studebaker Truck

105 -Kevin Porter – 1966 Chevelle

106 -Danny Halliburton – 1970 Chevy Impala

107 -JT Harris – 1948 Cadillac

108 -David Harris – 1948 Chevy

109 -Ronnie Givens – 1969 Camaro

110 -Dewayne Bennett – 84 GMC Truck

111 -Jimmy Anthony – 1953 Ford Truck

112 -Joe Christiansen

113 -Melissa Moore – 71 Chevy Truck & 4 wheelers

114 -Brandon Gooch

115 -Tim Banks

116 -Tow Mater – Wayne Knight

117 -Brandon & Kayla Moore – 1965 Chevy Impala

118 -Bob Thurman 1963 Austin Henley

119 -Harry McCarl – 1975 MGB

120 -Chris Shannon


121-122 – Jerry Towns – antique tractors

Heavy Equipment

123-124 – Old Time Express

125-133 -Magnolia Trucking – 8 spaces

134-135 – Kaleb McClellan – P3 Transport 2019 Peterbilt

136-137 – Mid Tn Materials – 2007 Kenworth W 900

Service Vehicles

138 – Trousdale County EMS

139- Trousdale County Rescue Squad

140-141 – Trousdale County Fire Department

142 – TC Solid Waste

143-144 – Macon County Fire Department


145- Dion Burnley – Polaris Razor

146 – Kevin Carter

147 – Michelle Mahan – 2 -4 wheelers

148 – Mike Burnley – Polaris Razor & Polaris Ranger

149 – Jennifer Holmes 2 -4 wheelers & 1 side by side

150 – Amanda Earps Sexton – motorcycle & 2 -4 wheelers

151 – Jeremy Hutchinson 2 -4 wheelers

152 – Chaney Wright

153 – Karlton Baker


154-155 – Castalian Equestrian Center 5 horses and walkers

156 – Tracy Lankford, Van Dallas & Tilly Boze

157 – Lilyana Hays Steva – 3 horses

158 – Ashley Litton – 3 horses


**If you planned to enter the parade, but did not get your entry turned in and do not have a lineup number, please lineup before the horses**

Look Back: Hartsville man’s link to Seminole Indian War

This summer, I was contacted by a Florida historian and writer wanting some information. I was more than happy to give him a few details for an article he was writing for the magazine Flamingo.

The author, Eric Barton, then sent me his article and the tale that he spun has all the elements of a grand historical novel. It is all true and it involves a man from Hartsville!

The story includes gunfire and mayhem, Native Americans, British, French and Spanish soldiers, deceit and trickery – and ends with the only war that America has lost (our current conflicts not taken into account).

But let’s start at the beginning!

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William Lauderdale was a captain in the War of 1812. He would later lead a company of troops in the Second Seminole War. This is a list of Lauderdale’s company, all local men, who served with him in the 1812 campaign.

The settlement of our nation involved three great nations: Britain, France and Spain – all fighting to claim the continent for themselves.

As things worked out, France ended up with Canada and Louisiana, the British got most of the land east of the Alleghany Mountains, and Spain got Florida and the American Southwest.

But being an independent-minded people, our ancestors resisted British rule and created our own nation through the American Revolution.

Before the war for our independence even began, other things were taking place. The Southern colonies were depending more and more on slaves for the labor to work their large farms and plantations. And the American Indians did not take kindly to the intrusion of settlers, who often took land without asking.

This led to the creation of a new tribe of Indians – the Seminoles.

Their name can be traced to the Spanish who occupied what is now Florida. Because runaway slaves often found refuge with Native Americans, and because Creek Indians fled their homes for less-settled land in Florida, the Spanish called them Cimarrones, which means “wild ones” or “runaways.” That evolved into Seminoles.

Things got more complicated when the British persuaded the Seminoles to take their side in the American Revolution.

When the war was over, the American settlers in Georgia and Alabama never forgot the actions of the Seminoles and continued to think of them as enemies.

The war also left Florida still in the hands of the Spanish.

But pioneers being what they are, the new Americans eyed the Florida territory as a good place to reside.

We could write a whole book on the First Seminole Indian War – there would be three – but we will spare you that.

What we will tell you is that Andrew Jackson got into the fray.

The new nation wanted control of the Mississippi River. That led to our purchase of the Louisiana Territory, the invasion of east Florida by Andrew Jackson and later the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812.

Another man in the action is Hartsville’s own William Lauderdale.

Lauderdale fought with Jackson in the Creek Indian War and was with Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans.

And we introduce a new character, a 12-year-old boy named Billy Powell.

The British had built a fort on the Apalachicola River. They abandoned it and it was immediately taken over by runaway slaves and Creek Indians, or Seminoles.

Jackson wanted the fort destroyed.

The farmers of Georgia and Alabama were afraid that the fort would attract other slaves to run away and find safety in the fort, which stood in Spanish territory.

Orders went out and Brigadier General Gains entered Spanish east Florida and fired eight cannon shots into the fort’s wooden structure. Those first shots did little damage. Then the Americans fired a ninth shot – a “hot shot.”

A “hot shot” was when the cannon ball was heated till it glowed red and then placed into the cannon.

The ninth shot, deadly in its own right, has the distinction of being called “the single deadliest cannon shot in American history.” It hit the fort’s powder magazine!

The resulting blast was heard in Pensacola 100 away.

Of the fort’s 320 occupants, which included women and children, 250 were killed instantly! Others would die from their injuries.

Twelve-year-old Billy Powell, who was part Creek, black, Scottish and English, was one of the few survivors.

Billy surveyed the damages, stepped over the dead bodies of family and friends. Before escaping into the swamps, he swore vengeance!

Next Week: The Second Seminole Indian War!

Jack McCall: Grass string ties me to treasured memories

It goes by many names – hay baler twine, baler twine, grass string. Any farm boy (or girl) knows its feel with their eyes closed, and is familiar with its many uses on a farm.

I grew up calling it grass string. As I was considering writing about it in this column, I wondered if the term “grass string” had a common usage or if that is just what we called it on our farm.

I asked my friend Jim Coley, a veteran feeder of hay, if he used the phrase “grass sting” when he was growing up. Jim explained to me that until it came out of the hay baler, and while it was still on the hay bale, it was called baler twine. But as soon as it was cut and removed from the hay bale, it became a grass string.

Across the Miles
Jack McCall

That made perfect sense to me because, in fact, that’s the way it was on our farm. Now that I have that issue straightened out, I can proceed to consider both baler twine and grass string.

Speaking with Jim also reminded me of how his late Uncle Clyde insisted the baler twine be cut at the knot when bales were being “busted” and fed to their fine Horned Hereford cattle back in the day.

My first experience with baler twine took place in the hay fields of Smith County. I’m not sure how old I was, but I was big enough to roll a bale of hay up on a wagon. Taut baler twine has a unique feel about it. Handling hundreds of bales of hay over many days makes for strong hands and fingers. If the hay was baled heavy and tight, the twine seemed to cut into your fingers like baling wire.

Speaking of baling wire, my father used to say that you could fix almost any problem that came up with a Model T Ford if you had three things: an air pump, a box of inner tube patches, and a piece of baling wire. That brings me back to grass strings. There are a thousand uses of grass string on a farm, and there were always plenty of grass strings to use when I was a boy.

I marvel at how many stable doors, crib doors, and gates have been made secure with a doubled grass string. My father was known to keep one or two grass strings in the hip pocket of his overalls. You never know when something will need to be tied up.

My grandfather, Herod Brim, was a master at weaving ropes with grass strings. He called them “plaided ropes.” He could weave them with three or four grass stings. He had grass string ropes that were 10 and 20 feet long. And they were strong. One of those ropes, tied around the horns of a big billy goat, would stop him in his tracks

I remember one rope in particular. It had a closed loop in the end that made for a perfect lasso. That lasso played a part in one of my most cherished childhood memories.

In the summer, I would spend weeks at a time with my grandparents Herod and Lena Brim in the Brim Hollow. My grandfather had a routine every morning. He would leave the house early and tend to his chores. Then, “up in the morning,” he would come back to the house to see what I was doing.

I would be lying in wait for him with a cleverly designed trap. Just inside the kitchen door, I would spread the open end of the lasso into a large loop on the floor. Then, I would hide under the kitchen table and wait. When he came through the door he stepped right in the middle of the noose. I would pull hard on my end of the rope and tighten the rope around his leg.

He would squall out like he had stepped into a bear trap. “Whoa, Lena!” he would bellow. “Whoa, Lena! Come here quick.  Something’s got me!”

I would roll on by back and laugh out loud as I held on to the rope.

Then he, acting like he had finally come to his senses, would mockingly begin to chastise me. “Why you!” he would scold, “Come here to me and I’ll skin your head.”

I would always get away without getting my head skinned. And he would always step right in the center of that noose the next time I set the trap.

Sometimes I hear his booming voice echoing in my memory, and I can still feel the end of that grass string rope in my hands.

IMPACThought: Keeping Christ in the Christmas season

December is a favorite month for many Americans. We have entered the “holiday season” where both the religious and non-religious are busy with activity. There is the gift shopping and giving, parties, vacations, get-togethers with friends and family, special dinners and celebrations. Multicultural traditions are a normal part of a pluralistic society. Everyone seems to enjoy the season in their own distinct way. In addition, there are numerous religions with observations in December.

Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Charlie Brown and the Grinch captivate the imaginations of children. The dreams of a white Christmas, mistletoe, a warm fire in the fireplace with chestnuts roasting, plenty of food and drink, makes the Yuletide season exciting for kids and adults alike. Holiday music plays on a loop on many radio stations.

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Jon Shonebarger

Retail stores bombard the television networks with holiday merchandise, promising the “magic of Christmas” and to bring abundant holiday joy to the recipients. The Hallmark Channel plays Christmas movies around the clock the entire month! This month has been coined, “the most wonderful time of the year.” It is certainly a month unlike any other. No wonder people talk about how exhausted they are!

For Christians, December focuses on the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. The familiar Bible text, from the second chapter of the gospel of Luke, testifies of the journey of Joseph and his espoused wife, Mary, to Bethlehem. Mary, who was in her ninth month of pregnancy, journeyed with Joseph, to register for the census. Joseph was in the family tree of King David.

This mandate from Caesar Augustus required they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the city of David, to register the family in King David’s royal line. This is key in the birth of Jesus. While Joseph was not his biological father, it nonetheless gave Jesus the “legal” right to sit one day upon the throne of Israel. One day Jesus will sit upon David’s throne and rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! This will be the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant.

In Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (Chapter 4:4), he states that at the perfect time of God’s eternal plan, the Father would send His only begotten Son into the world to be born of a virgin, conceived of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is named Immanuel, God with us. The Incarnate Son of God. Mary would give birth in a lowly manger and the birth would be heralded by a heavenly host of angels to shepherds in the field. The angelic host proclaimed good tidings of great joy, for all people. A Saviour was born, to save people from their sin. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men! (Luke 2: 14).

While our secular society is busy with the material components of the holidays, it is important for believers to thank God and worship Him for this “unspeakable gift.” The spiritual reality of this season. I can recall many significant gifts in my lifetime that were truly wonderful. None of them compare to the gift of eternal life, this unspeakable gift, which I received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ!

This gift of salvation is beyond the capability of mankind to fully declare its wonder. It is offered to the fallen race of humanity, all of whom need the Saviour. By God’s grace, the gift of salvation is received through faith in that sacrificial death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Have you received this gift of eternal life? What a tremendous gift to receive this holiday season!

It is my expressed hope that each of you enjoy the festivities of the season. Feast, sing and praise God from whom all blessings flow! But let us make time to worship the King of Glory, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. We are grateful that God became man in order to pay for our sins upon the cross, with His blood. Yet, our worship and adoration should be throughout the year, not just on a day at the end of the year. Praise Him, Jesus our Blessed Redeemer!

Finally, as gifts are bought and received, let us remember the charities who, with limited resources, commit themselves in helping the poor and needy. They need our financial gift as well as the possibility of offering our time to volunteer. May you and your family enjoy the season and remember, God loves YOU!

Jon Shonebarger may be reached by email at jtshonebarger@gmail.com.

Wilson Bank & Trust earns five-star financial rating

BauerFinancial, Inc., the national bank rating firm, recently recognized Wilson Bank & Trust with a 5-Star rating for being an invaluable partner to the communities it serves.

With the latest rating, which is based on financial data through September 2018, Wilson Bank & Trust has earned BauerFinancial’s highest recognition for 19 consecutive quarters. The distinction signifies WBT as one of the strongest banks in the nation.

“Institutions like Wilson Bank & Trust that have earned Bauer’s top rating for strength and security reflect a deep-rooted sense of loyalty to the community,” said Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial.

BauerFinancial, Inc., a leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting bauerfinancial.com.

Wilson Bank & Trust (wilsonbank.com), member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender, is a community 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 now operates 28 full-service offices in nine Middle Tennessee counties, offering a full range of financial products that include secondary market mortgage loans and mobile and online banking services.