Enjoy “Donuts with Dad” to support Trousdale County PTA

The Trousdale County PTA is planning two fundraisers this fall, with the first to be held Saturday.

“Donuts with Dad” will be held on Aug. 24 from 7-9 a.m. at Sweet Kuntry Bakery, located at the corner of Broadway and Main Street.

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Dixon Springs’ 2019 Ice Cream Social to be held August 25

It’s that time of year again! Time for the annual Dixon Springs Ice Cream Social!

On Sunday, Aug. 25, from 2-4 p.m., you can find containers of homemade ice cream in all the scrumptious flavors of your childhood: vanilla, chocolate, peach, strawberry, plus new flavors like Oreo! All for you to indulge in!

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Look Back: Hartsville’s ties to Maxwell House coffee

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This ad from a 1945 Nashville newspaper shows that the Maxwell House was a popular place to dine on Sundays – and look at that menu!

Our rummage through the boxes of papers, deeds, letters, newspapers and books in our local Historical Society archives has turned up an interesting story that is “good to the last drop”!

If you are a coffee drinker, you are familiar with this slogan for Maxwell House Coffee – at one time the best-known brand of coffee in the country.

But you might not be aware of its connection to one of Hartsville’s oldest families!

Get the rest of the story by picking up this week’s Hartsville Vidette!

Op-Ed: Zoning board made wrong call in rejecting home business

I hadn’t planned on writing a column this week, but then I attended Tuesday afternoon’s meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The board met to act upon a request from a homeowner on Puryears Bend Road who wanted to open a fitness studio in her home, while also offering nutritional counseling, group workouts and paddleboard classes on the Cumberland River from the back of her property.

Board members voted 3-2 to deny the request, and I think they were wrong to do so.

Nearby property owners complained about the potential for added traffic in the area, which sounds like a legitimate concern except that the proposal would have allowed just three cars per day, five days a week. If 15 cars over the course of a week is a traffic concern, some of these folks need to join the 21st century.

Chris Gregory

Other complaints included the potential use of the property as an Airbnb-type establishment or past events held during the summer when the homeowner operated their business under an agreement with county government.

One person complained about not wanting changes to the peace and quiet enjoyed from country living. While there’s certainly something to be said for that, that “not in my backyard” attitude often prevents anything from happening around here.

Look at downtown Hartsville as a perfect example. Little has changed downtown (with some exceptions in recent years) and as a result the area has stagnated. Times change, and people need to deal with that.

As an observer, I felt board members took these arguments into account when making their decision. However the BZA was only considering four specific uses of the property – none of which were related to past or potential activity. I don’t believe those should have been given any weight, as they had no relevance to the issue at hand.

We complain about the lack of businesses in Hartsville and the lack of anything for people to do. Then someone tries to come in and provide an opportunity, and they’re shot down by neighbors and a board unwilling to ruffle feathers (or at least that’s how I saw it).

Middle Tennessee is a booming area – just look around. Other communities are welcoming that growth and working to accommodate it.

Sometimes I just wish Hartsville would be that forward thinking.

Chris Gregory is editor of The Hartsville Vidette. Reach him at 615-374-3556 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.

Trousdale County Fair’s fundraisers are fabulous success

Two fundraising events held last week as part of the 64th annual Trousdale County Fair were big successes for local charities.

The fourth annual Car, Truck & Bike Show, which was held Saturday to benefit the schools’ Backpack Program, drew its most ever entries with 136 cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles in attendance. According to Seed Morton, one of the show’s organizers, the event raised $10,800 to help provide meals to underprivileged children in Trousdale County.

“We’re just amazed and thankful for the support this community shows,” Morton said. “Bryan King helped organize this too and he’s a name in the car business. It showed with the turnout.”

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Visitors stroll the parking lot at Trousdale County High School, taking in some of the 136 entries in the car show Saturday morning as part of the Trousdale County Fair.

Best of Show went to Ricky Gregory for his 1973 Dodge Charger.

The Christmas For Kids Cake Walk was held Saturday night to close out the Fair and raised $1,941 for the charity, according to Rescue Squad member Mark Carman. Included in that total was a generous donation from CoreCivic.

“On behalf of the Hartsville Rotary Club, I want to thank our partners with the Rescue Squad for their help in making this year’s cake walk a success. It couldn’t happen without hard work from a lot of people,” said Rotary Club President Chris Gregory. “We also want to thank everyone who came out to help support Christmas For Kids. I’m proud to be a part of so many in our community who help make this important program successful every year.”

Sweet Kuntry Bakery, Publix stores in Lebanon and Gallatin and members of the community donated cakes, pies, cookies and other items for the cake walk. Home Depot donated a propane grill that was raffled off and won by Brooke Bell.

The Fair opened on Thursday with the annual Sheep Show. Exhibits were on display Friday and Saturday, and returning events included Family Feud, the LEGO contest, livestock show and Tea with the Queen. The Rotary Club won the Family Feud contest, claiming the chicken trophy for a year.

Also held on Saturday was the annual Lions Club pancake breakfast, along with kids’ farm games, the chicken show, Homemade Ice Cream contest and the kids’ beauty pageant.

The Trousdale County Fair is the oldest youth/agricultural fair in the state, and that heritage was well represented with a large number of entries in multiple categories.

The Fair Board wishes to thank the sponsors who make the fair possible each year and also thanks all those who came out to support the 2019 event.

“We appreciate all our sponsors and what they do for us,” said Fair Board President Kathy Atwood.

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

Board of Zoning Appeals rejects Heart Haven fitness

Trousdale County’s Board of Zoning Appeals voted 3-2 Tuesday afternoon to reject a homeowner’s request to operate a business from their Puryears Bend residence.

Haven Nutt, owner of Heart Haven LLC, was requesting permission under a special exemption to the county’s zoning ordnances to operate a fitness studio in the basement of her home, along with nutrition counseling, group exercise and paddleboard classes.

“Physical expression, movement and fueling the mind and body is at the core of health and that’s what Heart Haven teaches and promotes,” Nutt told board members.

Nutt had been operating her business in a limited capacity earlier in the summer, with friends and family as clients, under a working agreement with county government.

Board members Tammy Dixon, Peggy Taylor and Robert Thurman voted to reject the request, while Mark Harper and Ron Moreland voted to approve.

Concerns were raised by residents along Puryears Bend Road about potential traffic and the effects of a home business on other property values. Board members also noted pages on Heart Haven’s website promoting special events at the facility, such as movie nights and kids camps.

Board members did note that Nutt could seek to rezone the property to commercial, which would allow for her business without BZA approval.

“It appears to me that everything you’re doing is a commercial activity,” said BZA chairman Dixon.

In her defense, Nutt cited other home businesses in Hartsville that have been allowed to operate and noted that she has not held special events since the BZA meeting was scheduled. She said she had simply neglected to take those pages down from her website.

The request for approval would have limited traffic to three vehicles and no more than five people per day, with no business allowed on the weekend. The paddleboard classes were also removed from the request.

Nutt said she was disappointed but would look to find other alternatives.

“My business is my passion; I believe I have a God-given purpose to help people with their health and wellness. I’m definitely not going to give up,” she said.

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

Look Back: Local poet’s works now preserved in county archives

The Historical Society archives have a lot of stuff!

They hold books, quilts, photos, ledgers, Bibles, maps, newspapers, old tools and even a barber’s chair!

Members of the Historical Society are in the process of organizing and listing everything we have, which has led us to write this month’s series of articles on recent donations to our collection.

This week we look at a small book of poems!

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This is the cover of the small volume of poems published by local author Mary Overton in 1975. Mary wrote on a wide variety of subjects, including a lonely goose!

Now let me start off by saying that not just anyone can write a poem – not a good poem anyway.

I know, because I taught English for 39 years and trying to teach a teenager to write poetry is like trying to convince a fish to wear shoes!

But occasionally there comes a person who has a natural flair for rhyme and a desire to express themselves. That is a poet!

Of course poems don’t have to rhyme, but people tend to enjoy those that do and it is not a skill that comes easy.

Our poet was just such a person. She could look out the window and see a bird and be inspired…

“Mocking bird, Mocking bird

Springtime has come,

It’s time to build your nest

to raise your little ones.

When I wake up in the morn

and the sun is shining bright,

I like to watch you build your nest

then I’ll work with all my might.”

Mary McDonald Overton was just such a woman. She could sit down with a pencil and a pad of paper and jot down a poem on just about everything. Her book of poems has poems on sunsets, sunrises, holidays, family, a goat and a horse, country stores, neighbors, friends and especially her faith.

“I am never alone

No matter where I go,

God is right by my side

He helps me reach my goals.

I’m traveling down that narrow road

Though sometimes I almost fall,

God is still by my side

And helps me when I call.”

Mary Overton was not just a poet – she was a proud poet. Which is why she took it upon herself to have her little book of poems published and to pass them around to her family and friends.

As she stated in the book’s preface, she enjoyed sharing her poems with others. Mary would read her poems to the residents of the old Beene Nursing Home, at church and at school programs. So having her favorite ones printed and put into a little volume for others to read was the logical thing to do, and Mary did.

“A cow and a goose, on the Pat Fergusson Farm,

Have a lot in common, not a thing do they harm.

When you see one, you’ll see the other,

If another cow comes around, the goose will flog her!

A cow and a goose, draws a lot of attention,

The goose lost its mate, that I hate to mention.

She was so lonely, and didn’t know what to do,

So she took up with a cow, and no longer has the blues.”

Married to Bolton Overton and the mother of sons Larry and Bill, Mary Overton enjoyed writing poems but she got greater enjoyment from giving her little book to others so they could share in her joy. What a nice way to give of yourself.

We value the little book of poems, published in 1975, and recently given to us. Mary passed away in 2003, just two years after the death of her husband, but her children and grandchildren still live here and, no doubt cherish her memory and her way with words.

And our Historical Society archives will keep Mary Overton’s poems on a shelf for future generations to read and enjoy!

Jack McCall: The greatest thrills of my life

I don’t know, maybe it’s my age, but it seems it takes a lot for me to experience a thrill anymore. I think as we get older, the highs aren’t quite as high and the lows don’t seem quite as low. Webster defines thrill v.t.: “to affect with a sudden wave of emotion or sensation, esp. of pleasure.” The idea of thrilling experiences got me to thinking. So I decided to dig deep into my memory bank and recall some of the most thrilling moments in my life.

When I was a small boy it was a thrilling experience when my maternal grandfather, Will Herod Brim, bragged on me for any job well done. It many ways that experience alone served to galvanize my developing personality.

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Jack McCall

One of my most thrilling moments as a teenager came when I was a senior in high school. Having been a “B team” player (bench warmer) for my two-year high school basketball career, I was dumbfounded when, in our last home outing, Coach Turner Ford sent me into the game just after halftime in a contest we were losing badly. The other team (Sparta) was no match for my pent-up energy. For the next quarter and a half we played winning basketball. With three minutes remaining, Coach Ford took me out of the game. It didn’t matter. “The die was cast.” We went on to win the game. It remains my most thrilling moment in athletic competition.

At the tender age of 27, I asked my blue-eyed blonde if she would marry me. She said yes. I couldn’t believe it! For the next several days I kept pinching myself to make sure it was true. We were getting married! That was a thrill.

September 1 of this year is our 40th anniversary. The ride has been – thrilling to say the least.

I was standing in the delivery room at Smith County Hospital (Riverview) on the morning of May 31, 1980, having just witnessed the birth of our first son, J. Brim, when a nurse turned to me. As she handed the new arrival to me she said, “We are going to let the father take him down to the nurse’s station to weigh him.” I was taken completely by surprise. That was a thrill!

In 1999 at the quarterfinals of the Class 1A football playoffs, CPA of Nashville and Trousdale County met on the Creekbank in Hartsville. Late in the contest with the game on the line, our second son, Jonathan, intercepted a pass and returned it 87 yards for a touchdown. For a father, that was a thrill!

Our son, Joseph, is gifted with the mechanical genius of my father, the late Frank T. McCall.

When it came to “moving parts,” my father knew what to do. He was a “natural.” Internal combustion engines, leverage, and angles – all that stuff – Frank McCall had “the knack.”

Countless times I have observed Joseph doing things the way my father would have – with the same skilled hands, the same methodical approach. That is a thrill to this son of my father.

And speaking of thrills. In the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of high school I came to what some call the “age of accountability,” or the age of spiritual responsibility toward God. I had looked forward to that time for most of my youth. In the weeks which followed I “had it out with God.” Among other things I promised Him the moon. In a spiritual sense I can identify with Jacob of old who “wrestled with God.”

Finally, by His grace, I reached the end of myself, and experienced “the peace of God which passes understanding.”

Without question it is the greatest thrill of this man’s life. Not only the thrill of a lifetime, but a thrill for all eternity.

Sheriff says SRO guns don’t stay at Trousdale schools

A break-in that resulted in the theft of a school resource officer’s weapon in Macon County last week might raise the question of what steps Trousdale County takes to prevent such an incident.

Sheriff Ray Russell

On Aug. 8, a break-in was reported at Red Boiling Springs Elementary School and an AR-15 rifle was reportedly among the items stolen. Media reports indicate the rifle was locked in a gun safe that two men broke into.

Both suspects were later arrested in Macon County and are now facing charges.

Trousdale County Sheriff Ray Russell told The Vidette that SROs in Trousdale schools do not leave their weapons in the school when they are not on site.

“There’s nothing left there overnight or on weekends. We take our stuff with us,” Russell said.

Russell did not comment on what weapons an SRO has available to them, but noted that weapons are kept in gun safes while the SRO is at school and on duty.

All three Trousdale County schools have an SRO on duty and have since 2018.

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

Chamber News: Thanks to all who support our local Chamber of Commerce

If you were unable to attend the Chamber’s annual Celebration and Recognition Banquet on Aug. 6, you missed out on a great event. One of my favorite parts of the meeting is recognizing businesses and individuals who make our community a better place to live and work.

This year’s award winners includes: Business of the Year – SaGrace Farm Florist; Citizen/Volunteer of the Year – Lisa Dies; Government Official of the Year – Bill Scruggs; Organization of the Year – Backpack Program; Business with Most Improved Appearance – Citizens Bank; and a special Good Sport award to Warden Russell Washburn for his time in the Chamber’s Dunk Tank at Music in the Park.

Natalie Knudsen

Our annual Celebration and Recognition Banquet also features a live auction, which is a major fundraiser for the Chamber’s activities throughout the year. A special thank you to Matthew Carman for auctioneering this great event.

I’d also like to thank the businesses and individuals who contributed items: Advanced Propane, Citizens Bank, Wilson Bank & Trust, TN Central Economic Alliance, Woodsmoke Farms, Stephen Chambers, Trousdale Medical Center, Foodland, SaGrace Farm Florist, Jerry Richmond, Tri-County Electric, Paul and Natalie Knudsen, G & L Garden Center, Psalmbird Coffee, PigPen BBQ, The Mexican Grilled Cheese, Hartsville Liquors, Hartsville Pharmacy, WTNK Radio.

And of course, an auction can’t be successful without bidders willing to spend some money. A big “thank you” to everyone who purchased items at the auction to help support the work of the Chamber of Commerce in the community.

Last month I was invited to attend a program in Nashville called Retail Academy, which focuses on recruiting retail businesses to rural Tennessee communities. The meeting was a mix of facts and figures on Hartsville’s current economic conditions and part education on the steps needed to secure retailers for our community.

Let’s start with the facts and figures, these are based on a 10-mile radius or 15-minute drive time from downtown Hartsville – this is considered our trade area.

The average age is 40 years, median household income is $40,194, and our growth rate is 5.31 percent. Our daytime population is 18,029, which includes people working in the trade area. The 18,000+ daytime population was a surprise to me, but let’s not forget that these individuals have the opportunity to shop, eat and fill up their cars here.

The next group of numbers was especially depressing to me. This was the GAP Analysis or “leakage” in industry speak. This figure represents the degree to which consumers travel outside our trade area for certain retail goods and services. The Hartsville trade area is losing $86,579,415 in potential sales. That’s correct – $86 million – and that doesn’t include sales tax!

The study looked at eight service areas, but Hartsville’s top five focus categories include: clothing, grocery, building and garden, health and personal care. These are the areas where people travel outside our trade area to make their purchases.

Next time we’ll look at what it takes to recruit a retail business to our area. This Scottish nursery rhyme – ‘If wishes were horses then beggars would ride, If turnips were swords I’d have one by my side’ – reflects the current attitude on attracting new businesses. It’s not going to magically happen; we have to put some work into the process.

IMPACThought: Exercise faith to gain in spiritual strength

He was awestruck by the visions. The revelations were all glorious. Being ushered into paradise to hear words that were not lawful for a man to speak was incredible. Was this spectacular moment one where he was taken bodily into heaven, or was it his spirit that was ushered into the presence of God? Only God knew the answer!

The apostle was humbled by the experience of personally being taken into the glory and splendor of heaven. Certainly, this was a ministry-transforming moment! Should he now boast about this privilege? Should he take personal glory in this unspeakable experience?

The choice was clear to Paul. He would not boast of his experience in heaven nor take any glory in God’s choice of this servant of the Gospel. He understood that he was not better than any man, even though he was chosen to see and hear what others did not. He humbly testified that just like any other man, he had numerous infirmities, frailties and problems. These physical and emotional burdens would be a thorn in his flesh throughout the course of his lifetime.

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Jon Shonebarger

Paul beseeched God to remove a thorn in his flesh three times! In order to prevent Paul from becoming exalted and venerated by others for his heavenly experience, God issued a thorn in the flesh, a messenger from Satan, to buffet him. The prayer requests for deliverance were denied three times. Almighty God, in His sovereignty, love and wisdom, taught His faithful servant that His grace was sufficient in all weakness. In other words, lean on Him in times of weakness and pain.

The grace of God is a marvelous thing. It is all we need through the course of our journey. Difficulties will come; messengers from Satan, authorized by God, will buffet our minds and bodies. Life is full of infirmities. We may petition God repeatedly for relief. We can cry out in pain and frustration, but God will often answer us, as he answered Paul, my grace is sufficient. I will not remove your illness. You need Christ more than you need relief!

“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9). “Perfect” here speaks of maturity. Our spiritual growth will come through the pain, difficulties and insufficiencies of our life. As a result of viewing these infirmities from God’s point of view, we should be thankful for what God is doing in our lives. He is maturing us in our love, dependence and knowledge of the Almighty. Our personal relationship deepens through suffering.

Paul saw the significance of God’s counsel. He testified, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Paul chose spiritual strength over physical strength! We should personally evaluate. What would we choose, the power of God to rest upon us or relief from the infirmity? Hmm, it doesn’t appear having both was an option! The Lord needed His apostle humble, dependent completely for his needs, and to have the power and presence of the Holy Spirit upon his life’s work. When Paul was the weakest, Christ was strongest. We recall a statement of John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30).

It is the will of God to keep His children humble and dependent upon Him. The Lord wants His children to fully look to His grace to supply their needs. Finally, we must appreciate that when we are weak, then Jesus Christ is the strongest in our lives. Have a great week and remember, God loves YOU!

Contact Jon at jtshonebarger@gmail.com.

David Carroll: I miss the days of good customer service

Some retailers insist on good customer service, while others treat it as an afterthought. A few years ago, I entered a certain supermarket, we’ll call it Chain Store 1, and during my brief visit, a sudden rain shower began. The employees practically smothered me as I started to exit, offering the use of an umbrella or raincoat, and even offering to fetch my car.

Later that day, I visited Chain Store 2. My wife had given me a shopping list with an item I couldn’t identify. Fennel? I had no idea. I later learned it is a healthy food, which explains why I had never heard of it. Hershey’s chocolate syrup? Now THAT I can find.

So I wandered around, in search of fennel. I saw some store workers, but they studiously avoided any eye contact.  I think one of them was “pretend-talking” on his phone. He started saying gibberish like, “Well, about that car, you might have to jump start the fibberator, but if you dazzle the reverbanoid, you could sling a rod.”

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I kept on walking, and saw the store manager sitting on a stack of boxes, looking down at his phone. As I got closer, I cleared my throat, and coughed a couple of times. He never looked up. I could have been walking on stilts, with a marching band and a herd of cattle, and he wouldn’t have flinched.

This may be why Chain Store 1 has the superior reputation.

Of course, sometimes store personnel can be a little too attentive. Like the chatty checkout lady who comments on every item you buy. “When did they start putting this hemorrhoid cream in extra large containers? I’ve had one little tube in my medicine cabinet since before I got married, and I’m talking about the first time, not my new husband.”

When she pipes down about that, it’s something else. She grabs the store microphone and shouts, “CAN I GET A PRICE CHECK ON ROACH TRAPS?”

At least she acknowledges me. Some cashiers are annoyed if I interrupt their chat with co-workers about what happened on “The Bachelor.” A good store manager would have a serious talk with these employees, unless of course he is still sitting on a stack of boxes.

Even the shopping experience itself can be frustrating. How many times have I entered a huge superstore, in search of one oddball item like a can of artichoke hearts. It could be 11:30 at night, and there are no other customers in the store, except for a couple standing right in front of the artichoke hearts, engaged in a 10-minute debate over which kind to get. Marinated, quartered, Bush’s or Libby’s? Only two families on Earth are buying this product tonight, and I somehow found the other one.

How about those surprise encounters with someone you haven’t seen in 20 years? I’ll be cruising down the cereal aisle, and there’s the guy whose daughter was in third grade with my son. We catch up on life and family for 10 minutes. We then go our separate ways. A few minutes later, we awkwardly reunite in the frozen food aisle. Then at the dairy case. And on it goes. What will be left to talk about the next time we see each other in 2039?

In fairness, we customers give the clerks headaches too. Like the man who holds up the checkout line because he remembers “just one more thing.” It’s always located in the rear of the store, which is apparently a 10-minute hike. He makes it back, so it’s all good, right? Nope, he left his checkbook in the car. Pull up a chair while your ice cream melts.

I can’t leave out the frustrating encounters at fast food places. At the drive-through recently, I ordered a sausage biscuit with gravy. This, apparently, is complicated. “Do you mean a gravy biscuit, add sausage?” asked the voice on the speaker. I said, “I guess so. I just want a biscuit with sausage, and gravy.” Long pause. “Well,” she said, “I need to know if it’s a sausage biscuit with gravy, or a gravy biscuit with sausage. And is this a combo number 2 with coffee?” “Nope, no coffee,” I said. “Just a biscuit, with a piece of sausage, and a cup of gravy. That’s all.” I felt like I was negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. If I slipped up and said the wrong thing, the whole deal would fall apart.

She eventually summoned the manager, we worked out a compromise, and peace was restored. I should have warned the guy in the car behind me to order a combo, but why deny him a potentially unforgettable experience? Besides, he may also need material for a weekly column.

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

Robin Smith: Celebrating Tennessee’s role in 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

August 1920. In world news, Ethelda Bleibtrey became the first woman to medal at the Olympics by setting the women’s 100m freestyle world record. In the U.S. – just 48 states at the time – the first commercial radio station began daily broadcast in Detroit as 8MK (WWJ). The printed news of newspapers was the near-exclusive method of mass media of the day. No, TV was not yet available. Sirloin steak cost about 48 cents per pound, milk was 17 cents per quart and gasoline was about 30 cents per gallon to fuel the Model-T Ford, invented just 12 years earlier.

And, women were given the right to vote in federal and presidential elections via the 19th Amendment.

This month, August 2019, Tennessee launches the Centennial celebration of a year to learn and appreciate the history and civic value of woman suffrage and our state’s pivotal role cast on the canvas of appreciation of the value of mass communication in this achievement.

State Rep. Robin Smith

Why August and why Tennessee?

Back in June 1919, the key legislative domino fell in the nation’s Capital that put into motion a months-long battle with Suffragists (be sure not to say Suffragettes) and anti-Suffragists mobilizing a state-by-state movement to ratify the U.S. Constitution, as required by law, to add the necessary amendment which declares, simply: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex…”

Thirty-six of the 48 United States would each now need to ratify the amendment to make it the law of the land.

The woman suffrage effort started back in 1848 at a convention held in Seneca Falls, N.Y., hosting around 300 women. Quite a feat with the few newspapers of the day, letters and word of mouth serving as the operational method for communications!

Two national organizations formed after the ravages of the Civil War to fight for woman suffrage – the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) worked the halls of the U.S. Congress with its key figureheads Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the American Woman Suffrage Association, led by Lucy Stone, lobbied state legislatures to pass laws permitting women to vote. Their original goal was that woman suffrage be included in the Reconstruction Amendments (the 13th, 14th and 15th) that established a protection of voting regardless of race, color, or previous status of servitude.

Just as today, political cartoons and opinions were written, submitted and published in efforts to make a public point for or against the woman’s right to vote, most often from a reasoned stance. Yet, some dared sensational arguments that even equated women having a voice with the disruption of the home.

By March 1920, 35 states had voted to support universal woman suffrage, and only one more was needed for national ratification. Understanding that Tennessee was the last, best hope, our state became the epicenter of the suffrage movement with newspapers blaring the headlines of the drama ahead.

Governor Albert H. Roberts called a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly as suffragists and the “antis” descended on Nashville in the heat of August 1920. Both groups set up headquarters at the Hermitage Hotel, a popular gathering place just a block from the Capitol to intensify their lobbying efforts of a divided House, after the Tennessee Senate easily passed the ratification resolution.

A tool for vote-counting was either red or yellow-rose boutonnieres worn by legislators. Red signaled opposition while yellow stood for the woman vote. Roses and reporters were key elements of the day, but a handwritten letter from a mother forever left a mark.

On August 18, 1920, suffragists and anti-suffragists packed the public galleries in the House chamber. The atmosphere was tense as House Speaker Seth Walker of Lebanon led the “antis” with Joseph Hanover of Memphis the politician leading for women. Walker unsuccessfully attempted to table the amendment, which would have effectively “killed” the bill. The vote was tied with a second vote called to move the resolution.

The youngest House member, 24-year-old Harry Burn of Niota, faced an internal dilemma. His coat pocket held a 7-page letter from Febb Burn, Harry’s mother. Febb had read the speeches given in the General Assembly in her local newspaper, and she was mad. Among general news of the family farm, Febb used the letter to persuade her son to change his anti-suffrage stance, writing “hurrah and vote for suffrage!” Sporting a red anti-suffrage rose, Burn shocked the chamber by declaring “aye” for the amendment, thus breaking a tie and changing the course of history.

While America attentively watched, well, actually read through their newspapers, activist efforts of the anti-suffragists to reverse the vote failed. Using parliamentary and procedural moves, thirty Tennessee legislators left the state, fleeing to Alabama as reported by the Philadelphia Evening Ledger on August 21, 1920. The Norwich Ledger of Connecticut noted the attempts to overturn the votes in the Tennessee House, but the Santa Fe New Mexican ran the banner headline, “Women will vote in next presidential election in November; Tennessee thirty-sixth and final state to ratify Susan B. Anthony Amendment.”

On August 24, 1920, Gov. Roberts certified Tennessee’s ratification and, two days later, U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby officially certified it and the 19th Amendment became part of the United States Constitution.

Tennessee provided the 36th and final state needed to ratify this landmark amendment to the U.S. Constitution, earning itself the nickname “The Perfect 36.” Tennessee had given 27 million women the right to vote.

All of this history is thanks to motivated individuals using the tools of the day, primarily the written word and their own energy, to forever change history. While much has changed, much remains the same.

Robin Smith is a House Representative with the Tennessee General Assembly, representing part of Hamilton County. She wrote this column in conjunction with the Official Committee on the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial.

Glenn Mollette: How many bullets is enough, America?

Terrorists proved on September 11, 2001 that guns are not necessary to kill 2,753 people. Timothy McVeigh proved that a truckload of explosives could kill 168 people and injure 680 while destroying one-third of a building and damaging many others in Oklahoma City. A man with a knife killed four people and wounded two others in Los Angeles last week.

A weapon of mass destruction can be a plane, an automobile, a knife, a gun or whatever an evil person chooses to utilize at a certain moment.

By and large the weapon of choice has been an automatic weapon capable of holding a high-capacity magazine. Whether it was Las Vegas, Columbine, Charleston, El Paso, Dayton or sadly too many other locations to name, the weapon of choice has been an automatic rifle with high-capacity bullet magazines. A truck can kill people but normally you can hear and see a truck coming. A knife can kill people but not as many as a rifle with a magazine clip holding 70 or more bullets.

An evil person can walk into a church, theatre, Walmart or school and immediately have a couple of hundred people huddled together as a target. He doesn’t have to aim. He just points the weapon and pulls the trigger. The gun acts like a sprayer of bullets hitting people so fast that running or dodging is almost impossible. The shooter looks for scenarios where people are trapped with limited escape door opportunities. Thus a shooter with a bullet clip of 50, 70 or more has a potential of killing many people in just a minute or less.

This is why Congress must enact background checks, strict licensing for high-powered rifles and limit the number of bullets a clip can hold at one time. However, here is the problem. What is the magic number? My ordinary pistols hold six shells and my automatic ones hold more so what is the magic number of bullets that Americans will be limited to in one clip? Will it be 10 or 15 or 20? Honestly, there is no right number because a skilled marksman will still be able to kill. The hope is that maybe the ending of one clip or emptying of one pistol would give someone a chance to tackle the monster if anyone is still alive. Hopefully someone in the room will have a gun and be able to stop the shooter.

I’m for limiting magazine capacity but it won’t eliminate terrorism and mass shootings. It’s a Hail Mary and our Congress has to do something but we have to do more. All gatherings must take security measures. Hollywood and network television has to change. Universal Studios/NBC television is the biggest hypocrite of all. They constantly bark gun control and are negative toward the National Rifle Association while coming out with a movie titled “The Hunt” which is supposedly about liberals hunting deplorables and killing them. This kind of junk is a huge part of the problem. Hollywood, the music industry and video games must dramatically change their tone. Barney Fife in the Andy Griffith show carried a gun but he never made any of us want to kill anyone or hate people.

Guns, knives, trucks and airplanes can all kill and there are many other weapons that will kill massive numbers of people. We can’t eliminate them. Our greatest need is a culture change.

Contact Glenn Mollette at GMollette@aol.com.

2019 Sherry’s Run dedicated to memory of Geoff Sadler

The 16th Annual Sherry’s Run will be held in September in memory of Geoff Sadler, who died in 2018 of esophageal cancer.

Sadler’s wife Heather said during The Big Payback in May that Sherry’s Run had been integral in her families ability to pay bills during their difficult time.

“We had a Sherry’s Run team for him last year called Geoff’s Jedis, and they just supported us the whole time through his battle. They actually paid our utility bill for 14 months, even after he passed away,” Sadler said. “This community has supported us 110 percent. I can’t even tell you. You know, I’m a 38-year-old widow, and I couldn’t do it without my village, and Lebanon and Wilson County is my village.”

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Geoff, Sophie, Savvy Jean and Heather Sadler attended a past Sherry’s Run as the team Geoff’s Jedis. The 2019 Sherry’s Run will honor Geoff Sadler, who died in 2018.

Geoff Sadler served four years in the Navy as a submariner in Desert Storm before becoming an IT specialist and senior network engineer.

“The world needs more Geoff Sadlers in this world,” Heather Sadler said in a news release. “He was a wonderful and genuine guy and was honored to serve his country.”

Faith has been the foundation for the Sadlers as they dealt with the Geoff’s illness and passing.

“Psalm 91:4 tells us that He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge,” Heather Sadler said. “When the worst happens, you can choose to either walk away from God because He did not answer your prayers or choose to trust Him through it.”

“Although I’ve been the mouthpiece of our faith, make no mistake, Geoff was the foundation,” Heather Sadler said.

The Sadlers have two children, Sophie and Savvy Jean, who will join Heather as part of the 2019 Sherry’s Run team Princess Protection Agency to honor Geoff.

“Geoff always said he was the founding member of the Princess Protection Agency, and we have had so many who have stepped up to help us protect our girls,” Heather said. “This is a way for us to give back and make it fun for the girls.”

Registration is open for the 16th annual Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk, which will take place in Lebanon on Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. Register or join a team at www.sherrysrun.org.

The Sherry’s Run organization, Wilson County’s largest grassroots cancer fundraising effort, is a nonprofit, Christian organization that helps hundreds of families each year who are experiencing a financial hardship due to a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

To learn more about the Sherry’s Run organization, call 615-925-2592 or visit sherrysrun.org. To refer someone for assistance, please call 615-925-9932 or email sherrysrunhelp@gmail.com. To make a donation to Sherry’s Run, visit sherrysrun.org or mail donations to Sherry’s Run, P.O. Box 8, Lebanon, TN 37088-0008.

Tennessee to invest $3 million in rural work initiative

To help strengthen and expand workforce development programs in Tennessee’s rural counties, the Tennessee Workforce Development Board recently approved a $3 million investment to support Governor Bill Lee’s rural initiatives.

The Rural Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcement (RIFOA) will make monies available to local workforce development boards over the next three years.

“Our hope is this investment will help to ensure workers in our rural counties have the opportunity and resources to enhance their economic circumstances through education and skill development,” said Deniece Thomas, Deputy Commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

Tennessee’s distressed, at-risk, and rural counties face workforce challenges that do not exist in the state’s urban and metropolitan areas.

Often, local leaders in rural counties are forced to navigate workforce obstacles such as geography, demography and high demand for employees, but a low supply of a qualified workforce.

The goal of the RIFOA is to increase workforce funding in local workforce development areas that contain distressed and at-risk counties. New programs will create greater opportunity for residents in these counties to take part in skills training in high-demand growth sectors. These programs will also include work-based models such as on-the-job training.

“Members of the State Workforce Development Board come from every corner of Tennessee,” said board chairman Tim Berry. “They know firsthand the workforce development needs in the rural areas many of them call home. This additional funding will have a high impact on the communities that receive it.”

Expanded workforce development opportunities will originate from American Job Centers in selected counties to allow for easier access to programs and services.

Money for the RIFOA will come from the Governor’s reserve of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) funds. TDLWD will provide additional program guidance to the local workforce development boards deemed eligible to receive this funding.

Community Calendar: Aug. 15, 2019

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, Aug. 15

6 p.m. – School Board

The Hartsville/Trousdale County School Board will meet in the offices of the Board of Education, 103 Lock Six Road.

7 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Committee

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

Monday, Aug. 19

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 a special called meeting in the courthouse for the first reading of FY2020 budget resolutions and ordinances.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

7 p.m. – County Commission

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Commission will hold a special called meeting in the courthouse for the public hearing, second and third readings of FY2020 budget resolutions and ordinances.

Monday, Aug. 26

7 p.m. – County Commission

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

Tuesday, Aug. 27

10 a.m. – Emergency Communications District Board

The Trousdale County Emergency Communications District Board will hold a special called meeting in the sheriff’s station, 210 Broadway, to open sealed bids for a simulcast radio system.

5 p.m. – Water Board

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


Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery holds weekly meetings at Hartsville’s Community Pregnancy Center at 7 p.m. each Tuesday.

Month of Sundays

All area Churches of Christ will host Sunday night services with fellowship meal afterwards through Aug. 25. Aug. 18 at Antioch, led by Hartsville. Aug. 25 at Morrison Street, led by Philippi. Please join us for great singing, sermons and loving fellowship!

Class of 1999 Reunion

TCHS Class of 1999 will hold a 20-year reunion at Sammy B’s restaurant in Lebanon on Saturday, Aug. 17, beginning at 6 p.m. Advance payment of $20 per person is needed by Aug. 1 for attendance.

Missionary Day

Williams Chapel Church will be celebrating its Missionary Day on Sunday, August 18 at 11 a.m. Our guest speaker will be Minister Shervonda Caples of Nashville. Everyone is cordially invited to worship with us!

Donuts with Dad

Trousdale County PTA will hold ‘Donuts with Dad’ event on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 7-9 a.m. at Sweet Kuntry Bakery & Eatery, 100 W. Main Street. Enjoy a donut decorating station, games, Shutterup photography and more! Tickets are $5 each, kids 4-under free. All proceeds benefit Trousdale County Schools.

Friends & Family Day

Gravel Hill Missionary Baptist Church will hold its annual Friends & Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 24 beginning at 10 a.m. in Trey Park. There will be bake sale, gospel singing, games, Family Feud, sack races, food and lots of entertainment! Everyone is welcome – come join us for a day of fun!

UT Extension Book Club

Sumner County UT Extension will welcome author Belle Blackburn to its Book Club meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at noon to discuss her book “The Doctor’s Daughter – Journey to Justice.” For more information, call 615-452-1423.

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

To all veterans, please consider joining the American Legion Post 56 of Trousdale County. We meet at the Ambulance Service office (across from Stagecoach market on Highway 141) at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday each month. We have a good crowd but always need more members to share their service experiences and help the people of Trousdale County. Contact Bill Painter (615-519-5033, billpainter37@yahoo.com) 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, Aug. 15

11 a.m. – Bowling in Lebanon (lunch at Dairy Queen)

Friday, Aug. 16

9 a.m. – SAIL Exercise

10 a.m. – Tai Chi

11 a.m. – Yoga

Noon – Rook games

12:15 p.m. – SAIL Chair Exercise

Monday, Aug. 19

9:30 a.m. – Wii Bowling

11 a.m. – Book Club

11:30 a.m. – Trip to local Amish

12:30 p.m. – Traveling Harts Singing Practice

Tuesday, Aug. 20

9 a.m. – SAIL Exercise

10 a.m. – Yoga

11:15 a.m. – Picnic at Defeated Creek (bring quarters)

Wednesday, Aug. 21

9 a.m. – Line Dancing at Assisted Living

10 a.m. – Snacks w/ staff

11 a.m. – SAIL Chair Exercise

Noon – Rook games

12:30 p.m. – Bible Study

Sheriff’s Reports: Aug. 15, 2019

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.

Aug. 5

Brooklyn Mai Hendrix, 20, of Castalian Springs, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Daniel Gunter. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 9.

Michael Dale Troutt, 22, of Hartsville, was charged with contributing alcohol to person under 21, contributing to delinquency of minor by Deputy Travis Blair. Troutt was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 9.

Aug. 6

Jessie Lee Dickens, 49, of Hartsville, was charged with public intoxication by Deputy David Morgan. Bond was set for $1,000 and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 9.

Jerry Alan Thigpen, 54, of Hartsville, was charged with animal at large by Deputy David Morgan. Thigpen was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 23.

Aug. 7

Shaheem Lamnontize Scharkley, 24, of Gallatin, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Daniel Gunter. Bond was set for $440 and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 9.

David Lee Asbridge, 43, of Gallatin, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Joseph Presley. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 9.

Dewey Lee Owens, 66, of Portland, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Joseph Presley. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 9.

Aug. 8

Jason Adam Ford, 25, of Hartsville, was charged with DUI by Deputy David Morgan. Bond was set for $1,500 and General Sessions court date was set for Nov. 8.

Jesse Dale Strong, 22, of Clarksville, was charged with joyriding, violation of order of protection, failure to appear by Deputy Dusty Cato. Bond was set for $25,000 and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 9.

Aug. 9

Corey Stephen Duffer, 29, of Dixon Springs, was charged with failure to appear, driving on suspended license by Deputy Brad Basford. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 9.

Alyssa Dawn Givens, 21, of Lafayette, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Wesley Taylor. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 9.

Tina Marie Hale, 46, of Hartsville, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy David Morgan. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 23.

Kassie Joylyn Fisher, 32, of Hartsville, was charged with possession of Schedule IV, possession of Schedule I, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on suspended license by Deputy Daniel Gunter. Bond was set for $6,000 and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 23.

Aug. 11

Bradley Wayne Madden, 23, of Westmoreland, was charged with evading arrest by motor vehicle by Deputy Daniel Gunter. Bond was set for $1,500 and General Sessions court date was set for Sept. 27.

Jeffery Reed Linder, 38, of Hartsville, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Brad Basford. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 23.

Chamber of Commerce recognizes Backpack Program

The Hartsville/Trousdale Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards ceremony and live auction during its Tuesday meeting.

Chamber Director Natalie Knudsen began by recognizing two retiring board members in Charly Lyons and Lisa Dies. New board members joining are Jordan Barnes, Kelsey Dansby and Jenesia Ellis.

The award for Civic Organization of the Year went to the Hartsville Backpack Program for its year-round efforts to provide food to underprivileged children in Trousdale County.

Photos by Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette
The Hartsville Backpack Program received a $2,000 donation Tuesday from Trousdale Medical Center.

“The program serves a lot of people but a lot of people serve the program,” said Wayne Andrews, a member of the Hartsville’s Church of the Firstborn. “It would not be what it is now without numerous people who are contributing on a regular basis to make this happen.”

The Backpack Program was also the surprise recipient of a $2,000 from Trousdale Medical Center. Its parent organization, LifePoint, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

“We are delighted to celebrate LifePoint Health’s 20th anniversary in our community with a donation to the Hartsville Food Backpack Program,” said Mike Herman, chief executive officer (CEO) of Trousdale Medical Center, in a press release. “LifePoint was founded on the idea that everyone deserves quality healthcare close to home and that strong hospitals create strong communities. We are proud to be part of the LifePoint family and excited to continue our legacy of high quality, community-based care in Trousdale County for years to come.”

Volunteer of the Year – Lisa Dies

The Volunteer of the Year award went to Lisa Dies.

“She started the School Bank at the elementary school, she’s a Career Day supporter, offers scholarships to seniors, supports athletics awards for students in all sports, serves on the Fair Board and Chamber of Commerce,” Knudsen said of Dies. “No one supports more people in this community.”

Awards were also presented to Bill Scruggs (Government Official of the Year), Citizens Bank (Most Improved Business – award based on sprucing up business front) and SaGrace Farms (Business of the Year).

A live auction was also held with numerous items, including a 32” TV donated by the mayor’s office. The auction brought in over $900 to support the Chamber’s activities in Trousdale County.

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

Trousdale County kicks off 2019 Fair with annual banquet

Trousdale County’s Fair Board kicked off the 2019 fair season last Friday night with its annual banquet and recognition of fair supporters.

The 2019 Trousdale County Fair was dedicated to the memory of Dianne Martin. Her daughter, Sylvia Eden, gave a glowing tribute to her mother in which she spoke of memories of preparing entries for previous fairs and passing that love down to a new generation.

“We would stay up all night making sweets; talking about what ribbon we thought we would win,” Eden told the audience. “Friday morning came and it was time to enter all our goodies… We weren’t just having fun, we were making memories.”

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Rose Kelley, left, receives the 2019 Fair Pioneer award from board member Judy Woodard.

Rose Duncan Kelley was presented with the 2019 Fair Pioneer Award for her longtime participation and support of the Trousdale County Fair.

“From entries in her early years to supervising in later years, she epitomizes how a true Trousdale County resident becomes an avid supporter of the fair,” Fair Board secretary Judy Woodard said of Kelley.

Fair Board President Kathy Atwood and guest speaker Toby Woodmore each spoke on the history of the Trousdale County Fair, which is the oldest youth fair in Tennessee.

Three new Century Farms were also recognized, raising the number of such farms in Trousdale County to 16. A Century Farm receives such a designation from the state and must have remained in the same family as a working farm for 100 years.

Those farms honored were the Oldham Farm in the Cato Community, owned by Dan and Stacy Dickerson (dates back to 1885); the Robinson Farm (1910) in Cato, owned by Jerry & Mary Ann Dickerson; and the Belcher Farm (1913) in the Puryears Bend Community.

Awards were also given to the premier exhibitors who had the most quality exhibits in the 2018 fair. Those went to Westin Dennis (Exploring 4-H division), Willow Jones (Junior), Sarah Dickerson (Junior High) and Claire Belcher (Senior).

The 2019 Trousdale County Fair will run from Aug. 8-10.

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