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Saturday bake sale to benefit injured local woman

The Trousdale County Senior Center will be holding a bake sale on Saturday to benefit one of its volunteers who recently suffered a life-changing injury.

From 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 21, volunteers will be set up and selling baked goods outside Piggly Wiggly, Foodland and HomePro, according to Senior Center Director Ginny Hunter.

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Earlier this month, Julie Duplichan broke her neck in what was reported to be a pool accident. Initial posts from friends on Facebook indicated that Duplichan was taken to Vanderbilt and was paralyzed from the chest down. Later posts said she was beginning to regain function in her hands and would be going to a rehabilitation center for further treatment.

All proceeds from the bake sale will go toward Duplichan’s medical bills and other costs.

“We’ll have donation jars set up also,” Hunter added. “Julie used to work at the center and has volunteered as a craft instructor, as a Tai Chi instructor. Anything, she’ll volunteer for. She’s one of our best volunteers,” Hunter said.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the bake sale or make a donation can contact the Senior Center at 615-374-1102. Baked goods can be dropped off at the Center on Friday morning or to one of the three locations on Saturday morning, Hunter said.

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

Jack McCall: Memories of a dark blue 1960 Chevrolet

There aren’t many objects (things) that deeply captivate my memory. Most of my most vivid recollections are tied to people and experiences. Usually some kind of strong emotion is involved.

But when this time of year rolls around, I always think of a dark blue 1960 Chevrolet. The image is crystal clear and lasting.

The high school football season will be kicking off soon. During my schooldays in the 1950s and 1960s, high school football was a big deal in our part of the world.

It was during those years in the 1950s and 1960s that the late Turney Ford became a Middle Tennessee high school football coaching legend. At the height of his coaching popularity in 1959, the football boosters in Carthage presented Coach Ford with a new 1960 Chevrolet.

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Jack McCall

It was dark blue. As you might recall, the 1960 Chevys had the big fins on the back corner as did the 1959 models. I was eight years old, and I was some more impressed. A new car! I thought it was beautiful.

Experiences impact our psyche more or less due to our particular perspectives. Up until 1959 my family had never owned a car. Our primary means of transportation was a pick-up truck. My father bought new pickup trucks in 1948, 1958 and 1968.  It was 1961 when we acquired our first car, a Chevrolet Parkwood station wagon. My experience observing the citizenry of Carthage giving Coach Ford a brand new car made a lifelong impression on me. Coach Ford drove that car for years. Seeing that 1960 Chevy always made me smile.

The closest thing to a play-off back in those years was the Tobacco Bowl played in Hartsville. To quote sports announcer Keith Jackson, the Tobacco Bowl was “the grand-daddy of them all.” It was the premier high school football bowl game in all of Middle Tennessee. And in most years it pitted Turney Ford’s Carthage Owls against the other best team the Midstate had to offer. Battle Ground Academy (BGA) usually comes to mind when I recall Tobacco Bowls of the past. The Tobacco Bowl was a happening.

A halftime feature of every Tobacco Bowl was the Tennessee A&I marching band. Tennessee A&I was later named Tennessee State University.

The A&I marching band was worth the price of the ticket. The band was spectacular. I always arrived early just to see the band members get off the

Trailway buses.

The halftime show – you had to see to believe it. I had never seen marching in quarter time until I saw the A&I band. And the band members could play instruments like no other band I have ever heard.

Like I said, the Tobacco Bowl was a happening.

And the games were always “slobber knockers,” hard fought and played with tremendous pride. It was before the days of weight rooms and strength and conditioning programs. Most football players, like the earliest and best Roman armies, were boys who came right off the farm. They were strong and tough as pine knots from haling hay and cutting tobacco and digging post holes and milking cows and pulling up stumps with their bare hands.

To many, those were the glory days of Carthage High School football. State championships were mythical, playoffs were in the future, and Carthage was considered a Midstate powerhouse coached by a legend.

But much like today, a coach’s job is only as safe as last year’s won-loss record. Eventually Coach Ford fell out of favor with the powers that be and was replaced. He moved on to Gordonsville High School where he continued to build on his legend. The last time I attended a football game in Gordonsville I smiled when I read the sign that read, “Turney Ford Field.”

Turney Ford was a great coach and a good man, and he helped shape the lives of many fine young men.

I can see him now, climbing behind the wheel of that dark blue 1960 Chevrolet.

Look Back: Estes Kefauver was a Tennessee original

If you grew up in the South, especially Tennessee, there are names you associate with big-time politics. As a child, I often heard my parents talk about “Boss” Crump, Adlai Stevenson, Estes Kefauver and others.

Younger folks might not recognize these names, but they tell a lot about our political past and they have Hartsville connections!

“Boss” Crump ran the Tennessee Democratic Party in the years leading up to World War II, and had a powerful political machine in West Tennessee and the city of Memphis.

Anyone who wanted to get elected in the years following the Civil War had to run as a Democrat. Resentment over losing the war to a bunch of Yankees spilled over to resentment of the Republican Party.

As it was, through hook and crook, Edward H. Crump used his influence to control the votes of West Tennessee and he could personally approve who ran and who didn’t run on the Democratic ticket.

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U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver often wore a coonskin hat when he campaigned after “Boss” Crump called him a “pet coon for the Soviets.” Crump would later regret that remark. Kefauver made an appearance in Hartsville in 1948 for more than one reason!

Progressive in some ways, his legacy is one of corrupt government. Yet even today, the city of Memphis has a street named in his honor and a statue of Boss Crump is a Memphis landmark.

Now let’s meet Estes Kefauver.

Born in Madisonville, Tenn., in 1903, he attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and later got a law degree from Yale University. And he entered politics.

For five terms, he represented the area around Chattanooga in the United States House of Representatives.

Adlai Stevenson came from a politically connected family in Illinois. His grandfather was a former vice president. From 1949 to 1953, he was the governor of Illinois.

After WWII, men returned from their hard-earned victory to towns and cities across America that were still in the hands of old-time politicians and men like “Boss” Crump.

A new wave of American politics began as the young ex-soldiers demanded changes – everything from running for office, to civil rights, to the modernization of a horse-and-buggy America.

That is what leads us to a headline in The Tennessean in May 1948. With a byline that reads, “Hartsville, Tenn.,” the headline reads, “Back Democracy, Kefauver Urges”.

Estes Kefauver was running on the Democratic ticket for the United States Senate and he was making noise in little Hartsville!

The article relates, “Speaking before the student body of Trousdale County high school in the Kate Wilson auditorium, the candidate for junior senator from Tennessee warned against the present tendency to criticize the operation of government.”

“You may think the laws are made in Washington, but they are made at every crossroads in the United States, because that is where public opinion is formed.”

What is more interesting is that Kefauver was running circles around the Boss Crump machine! And he got elected. It was the beginning of the end for the Crump political vise on Tennessee politics.

Kefauver, who often wore a coonskin hat as he campaigned, was so successful as a candidate and senator that he won a place on the Democratic ticket for vice president in 1952. The nominee for president was Adlai Stevenson. The two ran against Dwight D. Eisenhower and we know who won that race.

Undeterred, the two men ran again for president and vice president in 1956, again losing to Eisenhower.

However, it was after his double defeats and still as a U.S. senator that Estes did his most good for the nation. Among a long list of accomplishments, he co-authored the Kefauver-Harris Act.

That important act brought tough standards to the pharmaceutical industry by requiring that all medicines had to prove their effectiveness and safety before winning Food and Drug Administration approval. They had to list any possible side effects, and had to allow for generic versions to be sold after their initial patent ran out.

We still benefit from that act today!

And the Hartsville connection was more than just speaking to a crowded room of high school students, as another article from the Nashville paper related, “Rep. Estes Kefauver, candidate for the U. S. senate, will spend today in Hartsville with Rom C. Wright, Hartsville businessman and a former roommate of Kefauver’s at the University of Tennessee.”

Alex Seaborne seeks election as commissioner from 9th District

Alex Seaborne is announcing his candidacy for the County Commission from Trousdale County’s 9th District.

Seaborne, 30, has lived in Tennessee for 11 years and in Trousdale County for four years. He is a Kentucky native and came to Tennessee to find better opportunities for work.

Alex Seaborne

“There’s not a whole lot of growth or jobs there,” he said of his eastern Kentucky hometown. “I started out in business management and have been doing that ever since.”

Seaborne is married to his wife, Elizabeth, and the couple has twin 3-year-old daughters, Raina and Avalynn. He is employed by Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville as a construction manager.

Seaborne said he grew up in a small town that struggled and said he wants to help Hartsville manage its growth to better help the people.

“My town died. There’s not a lot there since the coal mines shut down,” he said. “I’ve seen firsthand what happens to a town.

“We have a wonderful county. There’s progress, but I don’t think it’s the right kind of progress.”

Seaborne said he wants to see more efforts to revitalize the downtown Hartsville area, adding that the city needs more growth.

“We need to bring in entrepreneurs, businesses,” he said. “I don’t feel the current commissioners vote for the people. People want things for their kids, they want to be safer. They want to use the park more.”

Seaborne said he wants to help create revenue-generating opportunities for Hartsville and Trousdale County.

“We need to be that small town that everyone wants to come to,” he said. “We have to plan today for tomorrow. With the help of the voters of District 9, we can make this town what it should be.”

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

Rachel Jones seeks full term as commissioner from 9th District

Rachel Jackson Jones is officially announcing her candidacy for County Commissioner from the 9th District of Trousdale County.

Jones has served as a commissioner since her appointment by the current County Commission in October 2017. It is her desire to continue that appointment with an election by the voters on Aug. 2.

Jones was born and raised in Trousdale County. She resides in the 9th District with her husband Brian and their two daughters, Olivia, 17, a senior at TCHS and Julia, 12, who is a seventh-grader at JSMS. She is the daughter of Floyd and Dolores Jackson.

Rachel Jones

In the Candidate Forum on June 28, Jones expressed a strong desire to give back to the community that had done so much for her and her family. She wants to give to the community, friends and family that made her who she is.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this great county and the great people of Hartsville for the last few months. It is an honor I do not take lightly. If the people put their trust in me, I will listen to what they say, I will work hard for what they want, and I will not stop until they get it.”

Jones has also stated that there has been growth in Trousdale County. With that growth, planned budgets, and proposed projects, there is going to be an increase in demands for revenue from the county in the next few years.

“We are going to need smart growth strategies that will strengthen our economy, provide better quality of life, build on local assets, and fund creative ways to increase revenue without increasing taxes,” she said.

Some examples:

1. Finish the 840 Loop to make Trousdale County more strategically located for businesses.

2. Recruit businesses/industry by offering tax breaks, discounted fees, and permits for “x” amount of years.

3. Look at more community involvement to raise money for smaller/cosmetic projects at the schools instead of using taxpayer funds (for example, PTO. having sponsors for projects from local businesses).

“The most important thing I want the 9th District to know is that if I am elected, I will be their voice, their advocate, their good man in a storm. I think sometimes people get elected and forget why they are there. It is not about them; it is about the people who put you there,” Jones said.

“It is with this promise of more than good intentions but action that I will do more than listen; I will hear. One thing I got from my daddy, I will work hard and not give up until either it is finished or I am. I will work hard. I will not disappoint. I will be your voice. With this promise, I humbly ask for your support and vote on Aug. 2. Thank you Trousdale County.”

Steve Whittaker seeks re-election as county commissioner

Steve Whittaker is announcing his candidacy for re-election to the County Commission representing the 8th District of Trousdale County.

Steve Whittaker

Whittaker, who is completing his first term as commissioner, resides in the Gravel Hill Community along with his wife, Gail.

“First of all, I want to thank you for the privilege of serving as your commissioner for the past four years,” Whittaker said. “I share the concerns that many of you have expressed about the need for more jobs, better school security and lower taxes Trousdale County is experiencing tremendous growth and that’s why your opinions, ideas and values are important to me.

“I’m asking for your vote and support as I run for re-election for commissioner in the 8th District. If elected, I’ll try to serve with integrity, honesty and transparency that each of you expect and deserve. Trousdale County is a great place to live, work and raise a family and I believe that the best is yet to come.

“Remember, it’s your vote and your voice!”

Early voting has already begun and lasts through July 28. Election Day is Aug. 2.

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

Guest View: It’s up to consumers to call out ‘fake news’

As news consumers, we’re swamped with information. Whether we read newspapers, watch cable news, or get stories from Aunt Judy on Facebook, we must decide which information is trustworthy.

Advocacy journalism outlets including Fox News and MSNBC, ideological talk radio, and conspiracy websites like InfoWars make this difficult. Was Trump snookered by North Korea? Will his tariff war hurt the economy? How we answer that sort of questions may depend on where we get our news.

As the midterm elections approach, we must be prepared for another misinformation onslaught from Russia. Media organizations are taking steps to push back.

On July 6, the Washington Post reported that Twitter has purged 70 million fake and suspicious accounts since May to reduce the misinformation spread on its platform. Three days later, YouTube announced that it was giving $25 million to support legitimate news organizations, flag misinformation and highlight authoritative news sources.

Those actions reflect the emerging movement to help people become savvy news consumers. Media literacy organizations – such as the National Association for Media Literacy Education, the Center for Media Literacy, and the News Literacy Project – work to promote informed news consumption.

Dozens of fact-checking organizations call out falsehoods by politicians and others. They include such well-known outlets as FactCheck.org, the Washington Post’s FactChecker, Snopes and PolitiFact. A report from Duke Reporters’ Lab this year counted 149 fact-checking projects in 53 countries. Recently in Rome, more than 200 fact checkers from 56 countries participated in the world’s largest fact-checking conference.

The fake news fiasco of 2016 spurred public outrage and led to government action. According to Media Literacy Now, several states introduced or continued consideration of media literacy legislation in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, Washington, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Mexico passed media literacy education laws. All states should enact similar measures.

Many universities now have media literacy majors and programs. The State University of New York at Stony Brook created the Center for News Literacy in 2007, which teaches undergraduate students to use critical thinking skills to judge the credibility of news reports.

The website AllSides provides differing perspectives on major issues, sorting news stories from the left, right, and center. By fall, NewsGuard will be launched to fight fake news by providing users with reliability ratings and “nutrition labels” for 7,500 news and information websites.

In May, Facebook announced plans to start a news literacy campaign by offering tips on how to detect fake news and by recruiting researchers to look for misinformation on its website. In early July, Poynter.org reported that the WikiProject will create news information boxes to help Google users judge the veracity of local news organizations.

All these measures are important, but without individual responsibility, they won’t amount to much. We still have a president who has turned a blind eye to the misinformation issue. We still have countries and groups determined to shape U.S. public opinion through sophisticated lies.

Ultimately, the burden falls on all of us to be savvy news consumers and confirm the information in the messages that bombard us constantly. Don’t believe everything Aunt Judy sends you on Facebook; verify it by checking several news sources. When you see misinformation, warn others.

Russian bots and trolls wanting to destabilize the United States, Macedonian teenagers seeking profits, and misleading memes will be in full force for the 2018 midterms. They will set out to dupe you. Will you be able to sort out the truth from misinformation?

Larry Atkins, the author of Skewed: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Media Bias, teaches journalism at Temple University and Arcadia University. This column was written for the Progressive Media Project, which is run by The Progressive magazine, and distributed by Tribune News Service.

Trousdale Medical Center delivers $4.66 million impact to county

The Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) released its Economic Report last week, which outlines the tremendous financial impact and economic benefit of hospitals statewide. The financial impact of healthcare industry employment in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available, was $18.3 billion, of which hospital employment was $6 billion.

Healthcare employees also have household members who are employed in the community that create a ripple effect, which resulted in $28 billion in salaries and pay that year. This is the impact of the more than 586,000 healthcare jobs, of which 180,532 are hospital-based.

Photo courtesy of Trousdale Medical Center

Marvin Eichorn, THA board chair and Ballad Health’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said, “Regardless of size or location, all 172 Tennessee hospitals share a common mission to provide quality healthcare to the communities they serve. Beyond this role to serve patients, hospitals also play a critical role in local economies.”

Hospitals are a reliable source of employment, many of which offer a sustainable living wage and employee benefits. This impact is particularly significant in rural communities, where hospitals are frequently the largest employer and a major driver of economic development. With nine rural hospital closures in the state since 2012, and other facilities facing challenging futures, the importance of rural hospitals cannot be understated.

Beyond boosting the economy, the work of hospitals to care for communities is vital to the wellbeing of Tennesseans. In 2015, the state’s hospitals treated 3.7 million people in emergency departments and provided more than 8 million outpatient visits and roughly 852,000 inpatient stays.

Craig Becker, THA president and CEO, said, “In Trousdale County, residents are served by a facility that cares for a wide array of healthcare needs, while also providing important economic support for the area. In 2015 alone, local hospitals cared for 10,570 patients. Those facilities provided 56 jobs, resulting in a total economic impact of $4,664,014 for the county.”

The Tennessee Hospital Association was founded in 1938 and serves as an advocate for hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations across the state. The initiatives of THA support the efforts of Tennessee’s hospitals to ensure high quality care for the patients and communities they serve.

County Commission to set standards for THDA grant assistance

The County Commission will have a very short agenda for its July meeting on Monday, with just two resolutions up for passage.

One will set policies for the THDA HOME Grant received by Trousdale County. The grant for $500,000 is designed to assist with home repairs for low-income residents who meet certain criteria.

A public meeting will be scheduled sometime in August to further discuss details of the project.

The mayor’s office has already received calls from Trousdale County residents interested in signing up for the program.

However, administrative assistant Amy Thomas told The Vidette, “The actual application process will not open until late August. Any names that have been submitted to the mayor’s office are purely interested parties. There is no wait list, no front of the line, no advantage to calling the mayor’s office at this time.”

The other resolution would allow the county to waive the motor vehicle tax for volunteer firefighters and Rescue Squad members. The Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill earlier this year allowing this.

Commissioners will also vote on the reappointment of Mark Beeler as interim fire chief on a 30-day basis.

Commissioners will meet Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse. All Commission meetings are open to the public.

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

Wilson Bank & Trust receives 5-star financial rating

BauerFinancial, Inc., of Coral Gables, Fla., the nation’s bank rating firm, recently recognized Wilson Bank & Trust with a 5-Star rating for being an invaluable partner to the communities it serves, continuing a more than four-year recognition from the firm.

Wilson Bank & Trust’s 5-Star rating for the first quarter of 2018 marks 17 consecutive quarters the community bank has received the highest distinction offered by the firm, starting in 2014. The distinction signifies Wilson Bank & Trust as one of the strongest banks in the nation.

Wilson Bank & Trust has never earned below a 4-Star rating since it received its first rating in the third quarter of 1989.

Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial, touted Wilson Bank & Trust’s 5-Star distinction and said, “As market conditions continue to change, banking institutions must be adept enough to evolve with them. With Wilson Bank’s stellar financial condition and track record, we have no doubt in its ability to do so. The community is privileged to have such a strong financial partner in its midst.”

BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s 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, 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 currently operates 27 full-service offices in eight Middle Tennessee counties, offering a full range of financial products that include secondary market mortgage loans and mobile and online banking services.

BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s 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 can pay for or opt out of a BauerFinancial rating. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting bauerfinancial.com.

Guest View: No reason to keep health insurance, employment linked

Health care is one of the top concerns on the minds of voters. Our system is failing patients who are unable to afford treatment or medication. Our doctors drown in paperwork and administrative costs, and our workers are seeing their take home pay eaten up by healthcare costs. However, the health insurance system is not just a burden to those who try to use it, it’s also a burden on those providing it. A system that depends on businesses to be one of the primary providers of health insurance is simply not sustainable.

Our health care system puts a colossal burden on businesses to be one of the principal providers of health care. On average, eight percent of employee compensation is spent on health care, and that number gets dramatically higher if the businesses wish to offer family plans to those with dependents. As we’ve seen in recent news, it’s getting to be high even for multi-billion dollar companies, but it’s an even bigger problem for small and mid-sized companies.

Insurance premiums are a huge overhead cost for small business owners like myself, and their prices are only going up. According to the 2016 Employer Health Benefits Survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average annual premium for employer-sponsored coverage for a single person household is $6,435. The cost of family coverage is almost triple that amount at $18,142. Over half of wage earners in the United States earn under $30,000, and it isn’t hard to see why when you realize the cost of the health insurance benefit.

When the burden of health insurance falls on businesses, some are not able to manage the high costs. In 2016, only 56 percent of businesses were able to provide employer-sponsored coverage. Even worse, only 46 percent of small businesses had the budget for employer-sponsored health insurance, which leaves a huge portion of our workforce scrambling to cover themselves and their families on the private market.

Small business owners want their employees to have health insurance. Most of us know our employees and their families well. They are a part of our community. We depend on them staying healthy and well to keep our businesses afloat. It’s a blessing to be able to provide insurance to our employees, but it’s understandable that there are many who aren’t. The overhead costs are always unpredictable and always rising.

As a business owner, my job should be to help make sure my customer’s needs are met, my prices stay competitive, and my employees are fairly compensated. We need to invest in expanding, leading innovation, and creating new jobs. We should be enabled to operate freely in the market, and not be bogged down by the weight of our health care system.

The responsibility of business owners to provide insurance to their employees is putting a strain on their budgets, making it difficult to raise wages or plan for long-term growth, and is leaving many people with no coverage, or coverage that’s so expensive they can’t afford to actually use it. Our health care system is hurting our economy and our country.

There is a solution, though. A Medicare-for-All system would alleviate the burden of health care financing from businesses and insure all Americans, at a lower cost. We spend significantly more per person on health care than anywhere else in the world, and yet the United States is the only developed country without some form of universal health insurance. It’s no coincidence that we’re also the only country in the world that expects our businesses to be one of the primary providers of health insurance. It’s time to free our small and mid-sized businesses from this responsibility once and for all.

David Steil is the CEO of Micro Trap Corporation, a manufacturing business in eastern Pennsylvania, and spent 16 years as a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He is also Advisor to the Business Initiative for Health Policy.

County clerks recognized for help in organ donation campaign

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has designated July 15-21, 2018, as Tennessee County Clerk Appreciation Week, recognizing the 95 county clerks and employees for their support of the Tennessee County Clerk Donor Awareness Foundation (TCCODAF).

The foundation provides resources to help educate Tennesseans on the importance of organ and tissue donation; and asking individuals to register as organ and tissue donors. Donate Life Tennessee staff, donor families and transplant recipients will be visiting county clerk offices across the state to express their appreciation to clerks and staff.

Rita Crowder

“I am proud of the support from our employees and county residents of the ‘Donate a Dollar’ campaign. The donations made, when someone receives or renews their vehicle tags, are essentially helping to save and improve lives. The funds raised are key to Donate Life Tennessee’s efforts to educate Tennesseans on the importance of registering to be an organ and tissue donor,” said Rita Crowder, Trousdale County Clerk.

Ninety-eight percent of Tennesseans who have registered as organ and tissue donors have done so when receiving or renewing their driver licenses or state IDs at Driver Service Centers or at the 41 county clerk offices providing renewal services. Currently, more than 2.2 million Tennessee are on the state registry.

In 2017, Tennesseans save 1,156 lives through organ transplantation and thousands more received life-improving tissue transplants. Presently, more than 2,900 Tennesseans are listed on the national organ transplant list.

Donate Life Tennessee is maintained by the state’s two organ procurement organizations: Tennessee Donor Services and the Mid-South Transplant Foundation. A critical part of their mission is to ensure Tennessee residents understand the importance of organ and tissue donation and register as donors.

“We cannot overstate the impact our county clerks and their employees have on saving the lives of people in Tennessee and across the nation,” said Jill Grandas, Executive Director of Tennessee Donor Services. “We are extremely grateful to them and the Tennessee County Clerk Organ Donor Awareness Foundation.”

For more information about organ and tissue donation, or to register as a donor, visit DonateLifeTN.org.

David Carroll: Enough with the political attack ads

I’ve been quiet long enough. Somebody must say it. The negative political ads must stop. Now. More than ever, they just need to go away.

Notice I didn’t say “all” political ads must stop. Just the negative ones. The ones with the focus-group buzz words, labels and name-calling.

Please note: I have nothing against commercials. Whether you’re advertising used cars, retirement living, or supermarket specials, I’m all for you. You make my paycheck possible, and I appreciate it.

But in a world filled with hatred, partisanship, and anger, the last thing we need right now are candidates for our state and nation’s highest offices stooping ever lower by the day.

David Carroll

It’s nothing new, I know. Long before the age of high-powered, national-PAC funded consultants, politicians were slinging mud at each other. In the early days of newspapers, cartoonists and pundits were questioning candidates’ heritage and morals. Our history books are filled with slogans and epithets, quite racy for the 19th century, accusing politicos of extramarital affairs, mixed-race romance, and fathering children out of wedlock. Perhaps I should be thankful that the harshest labels that are thrown around today are usually “liberal” and “moderate.”

I grew up in Alabama, where four-term Governor George Wallace successfully practiced, and later apologized for incredibly nasty campaign tactics. He lost his first bid for governor, famously learning he had been beaten in the game of gutter politics, and vowed never to let that happen again. Four years later, and many times after that, he took the much lower road. He never again lost a statewide election.

Ironically, in 1982, while frail and in constant pain, he won his fourth and final term due to his sincere remorse about his previous tactics. He apologized to those he had offended, and won enough of their votes to prevail.

The national political consultants would never state this publicly, but they learned a valuable lesson from Wallace’s success: many of us simply won’t to go to the polls to vote “for” someone.  It takes a lot for us to get out of our easy chair, slip on some clothes, start the car and go vote. It isn’t enough, apparently, to cast a ballot for that nice man, or that qualified lady. But give us a villain to vote against, and we’re on the way!

Some might argue, “What’s wrong with that?” Certainly, if two people are running for the same seat, and one of them is believed to be downright terrible, an “against” vote may be warranted. Surveys have shown that most of the votes cast in the 2016 presidential election were actually anti-votes against either Clinton or Trump.

But the current nonstop barrage of negativity can’t be good for our collective psyche. Doesn’t it sometime seem like these ads are written and produced on one big national assembly line, with a “fill in the blank” for the candidate’s names? This person is “the only true conservative.” Another person is “Trump’s best friend.” Still another is “Trump’s worst enemy.”

Photos of opposing candidates are edited to make them look evil and menacing.  If candidate John Doe ever got a parking ticket, the negative ad is likely to say, “John Doe BREAKS THE LAW. Do you want a CRIMINAL representing you?”

There are some well-known elected officials who have said privately that they regret some of the advertising tactics that helped put them into office. In each case, they claim their campaign officials went too far, and in retrospect, they wish their tone had been more civil. But would they employ the same tactics again, if it meant the difference between winning and losing? We all know the answer to that. This successful strategy begs the question: is it their fault for dishing out the hateful words, or is it our fault for eating them up?

Even the few positive ads are factory-made, rubber stamp. Do all our political hopefuls wear plaid/checked shirts, carry guns, inherit their deep religious convictions from saintly parents, and somehow amass million-dollar fortunes by “starting from scratch?” No doubt, some of this is real. But when you see it over and over, you start to wonder, don’t you?

If the constant bombardment of negative advertising bothers you as much as it does me, let’s agree to do something about it. Whether you see a candidate in person, or you prefer to send a letter or e-mail, or post on their Facebook page, you can tell them what I did.

Dear political candidate, I will NOT vote for anyone who runs a negative ad about another candidate. Just tell me what YOU will do to make my part of the world a better place. Do you want my vote? It’s that easy.

The ball is in your court. Only we can stop the noise.

David Carroll is a Chattanooga news anchor. You may contact him at 900 Whitehall Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 or 3dc@epbfi.com.

Community Calendar: July 19, 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.

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS:

Monday, July 23

7 p.m. – County Commission

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

Wednesday, July 25

10 a.m. – Water Board

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

Thursday, July 26

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, July 31

10 a.m. – Emergency Communications District Board

The Trousdale County Emergency Communications District Board will hold its rescheduled regular quarterly meeting at the Sheriff’s Station, 210 Broadway.

6 p.m. – Prison Oversight Committee

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

7 p.m. – Metro Communications Committee

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Metro Communications Committee will meet in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

Thursday, Aug. 9

6 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Committee

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

Monday, Aug. 13

7 p.m. – Planning Commission

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

Tuesday, Aug. 14

7 a.m. – Executive Committee

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

6 p.m. – Local Government Services Committee

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Local Government Services Committee will meet in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

6 p.m. – Election Commission

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

Thursday, Aug. 16

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.

Monday, Aug. 20

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, Aug. 27

7 p.m. – County Commission

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

OTHERS:

Back to School Bash

Rocky Creek Fellowship Church will host a Back to School Bash on Saturday, July 21 from 6-9 p.m. at the Hartsville Community Center. All of the community is invited to join us in celebrating the start of a new school year and the 13th birthday of our pastor’s son, Samuel Dotson!

St. John’s Program

St. John Missionary Baptist Church will be having a program on Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m. The speaker for the hour will be Minister Cynthia Boyd and Dr. Pickett and Family will render the music. Please come out and enjoy this day with us. All proceeds go toward our pastor’s anniversary.

Back to School Bash

Hartsville Church of Christ will hold its annual Back to School Bash on Monday, July 23 at 6 p.m. at its fellowship hall (behind McDonald’s). Free school supplies for each student (while supplies last), activities & ice cream. Come join us for fun before school starts!

Spay/Neuter Transport Date

Fix Trousdale’s next transport date for low-cost spay/neuter service of pets will be Thursday, July 26. 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.

Christmas For Kids Cake Walk

The Christmas For Kids Cake Walk will be held Saturday, Aug, 4 at Trousdale County High School beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, call 615-374-9503 or 615-374-3556.

Food Pantry

The food pantry at Hartsville Church of Christ (Halltown Road) will be open on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Please use the backdoor entrance.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver meals to elderly within Hartsville city limits. Drivers especially needed on Fridays. Call 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.

TROUSDALE SENIOR CENTER:

Thursday, July 19

11 a.m. – Bowling (lunch at Burger King)

5 p.m. – Water Aerobics

Friday, July 20

9 a.m. – AF Exercise

10 a.m. – Tai Chi

11 a.m. – Yoga

Noon – Rook games

12:15 p.m. – Chair Exercise

1 p.m. – Wii Bowling

Monday, July 23

9:30 a.m. – Wii Bowling

11:30 a.m. – Bingocize by Rosemary Franke

12:15 p.m. – Family Feud Practice

Tuesday, July 24

9 a.m. – AF Exercise

10 a.m. – Yoga

11:30 a.m. – Current Events by Wilson Bank & Trust

Wednesday, July 25

9 a.m. – Line Dancing

11 a.m. – Chair Exercise

Noon – Rook games

1 p.m. – Bible Study

Sheriff’s Reports: July 19, 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.

July 9

Michael Wayne Belcher, 51, of Hartsville, was charged with simple possession/casual exchange by Deputy Joseph Buehler. Belcher was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for July 27.

Denise Kay Chance, 37, of Lebanon, was charged with probation violation by Deputy James Pattie. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for July 16.

Jason Lee Hicks, 38, of Hartsville, was charged with drivers license revoke/suspend/canceled by Deputy Joseph Presley. Hicks was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for July 27.

Antonio Jamar Laster, 28, of Nashville, was charged with drivers license revoke/suspend/canceled by Deputy Joseph Presley. Laster was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 10.

Christa Leanne Martin, 45, of Hartsville, was charged with identity theft, forgery by Deputy Joseph Buehler. Bond was set for $3,000 and General Sessions court date was set for July 27.

July 10

Darren R. Myers, 39, of Lebanon, was charged with abandonment/nonsupport of child by Deputy Gary Cato. Bond was set for $500 and General Sessions court date was set for July 26.

George Wilson Taylor, 70, of Mt. Juliet, was charged with DUI by Deputy Wesley Taylor. Bond was set for $1,000 and General Sessions court date was set for Nov. 19.

George Wilson Taylor, 70, of Mt. Juliet, was charged with DUI by Deputy Joseph Buehler. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Nov. 19.

July 11

Tomias Lane Jackson, 39, of Nashville, was charged with theft-shoplifting by Deputy Jordan Davis. Jackson was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for July 27.

July 12

Amber Leann Boswell, 23, of Lafayette, was charged with probation violation by Deputy Jesse Gentry. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Oct. 15.

July 13

Janie Frances Satterfield, 42, of Hartsville, was charged with parole violation by Deputy Brad Basford. No bond was set and no General Sessions court date had been set at press time.

July 15

Thomas Joe Storey, 22, of Lafayette, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Brad Basford. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for July 16.

Jeffery Thomas Whited, 46, of Gallatin, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Tony Wrinkle. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for July 27.

Frederick Allen Woodmore, 60, of Hartsville, was charged with DUI by Deputy Tony Wrinkle. Bond was set for $1,500 and General Sessions court date was set for Oct. 26.

Hartsville UMC welcomes Zimmerman as new pastor

Hartsville’s First United Methodist Church has announced the appointment of a new pastor in Abraham Zimmerman.

Pastor Zimmerman and his wife, Izzie, have moved into the church’s parsonage and have already begun the process of settling in, meeting church members and beginning pastoral duties.

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Pastor Abe is originally from New Jersey, but moved to this area to attend Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. The move proved to be fortuitous as it was there that he met his wife, who was also a student at the seminary.

Pastor Abe began preaching in 2013 and is in the ordination process to become an Elder in the United Methodist Church. His assignment here includes the Hartsville church on River Street, and the smaller congregation of the Chapel Hill church in Riddleton.

Mrs. Zimmerman, who grew up in Illinois, Ohio and South Korea, is employed by the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church. In that capacity, she works with church outreach projects.

The Zimmermans look forward to their work in Hartsville and Riddleton and are enthusiastic about the tasks before them. They also welcome any residents of this area who are looking for a church, to join them any Sunday at either church.

Honor Vote program allows recognition of veterans with ballot

Tennesseans will head to the polls in 2018 with an updated way to proudly honor someone who is serving or has served our country.

The Honor Vote program allows registered Tennessee voters to dedicate their vote to a U.S. veteran or active duty military member, both online and with a commemorative button, to thank them for protecting our country.

Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette

Once enrolled, dedications are posted on the official Honor Vote List as well as the Honor Vote Twitter account @tnhonorvote. Voters can also share their dedication on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #GoVoteTN.

The Division of Elections will send a packet to each participant with an official Honor Vote button. Voters are encouraged to wear their button while going to the polls in honor of the veteran or service member they are recognizing.

“The men and women of the U.S. military ensure our freedom and democracy, allowing us to cast a ballot each Election Day. It’s important we honor those who protect that right,” said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “I’m proud we are able to offer customized buttons to honor the specific branch each honoree represents.”

The program returns this election season with the ability to honor military service members by branch, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Tennessee National Guard. Each branch now has its own button branded with its unique camouflage pattern.

To learn more, visit GoVoteTN.com/honor.

Paul Knudsen seeks County Commission seat from 8th District

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Paul Knudsen is announcing his intention to seek office as a County Commissioner representing Trousdale County’s Eighth District.

As a resident of Trousdale County since 2011, Knudsen is active in the Hartsville Rotary Club as a former president of the group, attends Hartsville First United Methodist Church and also is active in the Hartsville-Trousdale Chamber of Commerce.

He is married to Natalie Knudsen and the couple has three children and two grandchildren.

“I think it is important for commissioners to be active in the community they represent,” Knudsen said. “My background as a business owner will help me understand the changes taking place in our growing community and make the best choices for its citizens. It’s important to balance costs and outcomes.”

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

Brian Crook running for County Commission from 8th District

Brian Crook is announcing his candidacy for election to the County Commission representing the Eighth District.

Crook, 33, has lived in the Willard Community of Trousdale County for most of his life. He met his wife, Miranda, in high school and the couple has been married for 14 years. They have four children, Savanna, 13; Caitlyn, 11; Sean, 7; and Sadie, 1.

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“I have always had personal interest in history and government and how it’s affecting us today and how it can affect us tomorrow,” Crook said. “I believe it’s time that we bring a conservative vote to our county government. It’s time for the people of my district to be represented and not just the opinions or desires of any one individual. Government is intended to be for the people, by the people.”

Crook said he wants to fight to keep lower taxes and a lower cost of living in Trousdale County.

“I know a lot of income was lost when big tobacco corporations shut down a lot of the small farmers in the area. This was the only income source for a lot of those families,” Crook said.

“If it makes sense and if it’s beneficial to people in my district, then I’ll vote for it. I’d like to represent everyone in my district and not just a select few. To the people in the Eighth District, I’d like to ask you for your vote and your support. Let me be your voice and represent you and what’s best for our district. Let your voice be heard!

“Please come out and vote. Early voting begins on July 13 and runs through July 28, and Election Day is Aug. 2. Your vote and support are sincerely appreciated. Thanks and God Bless!”

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

Look Back: Roy Acuff visited Hartsville during 1948 run for governor

You don’t have to live in the United States very long to overhear someone talk about “dirty politics.”

Even today we talk about “hostile political divisions” between citizens who one day are friendly neighbors, and the next are having a war of words on social media!

We won’t take sides in any political debate here, but in the past Tennessee politics was more than words or even the occasional bloody nose – it was a duel to the death.

© Birthplace of Country Music; Donated at the request of the late William Wampler. Reprinted with permission
This poster is from Roy Acuff’s run for governor of Tennessee as the Republican candidate in 1948. One of his campaign stops along the way was here in Hartsville!
Acuff added his signature to the photo in 1972.

So many residents of the state got involved in bloody combat that in 1817 all public officials in Tennessee had to swear that they had not fought a duel since that law took effect, or “had issued a challenge nor acted as a second in a duel” and to furthermore promise not to engage in a duel while in office!

Tennessee’s own Andrew Jackson took part in a famous duel that left him with a bullet that doctors were unable to remove. He carried that bullet with him till his death.

Another Tennessean with no fear of fighting was David Crockett.

While we have no evidence of the famous backwoodsman ever passing through Hartsville on his way to Washington, he likely did so.

But we do have this story about him in the halls of congress.

Sitting in the United States House of Representatives, Crockett was listening to an especially long speech by a fellow representative. When Crockett heard him beginning to repeat himself, the feisty Tennessean jumped up and hollered for all to hear, “Aw, sit down you fool! You’re comin’ out the same hole you went in at!”

Politics does get a bad rap at times. But like a necessary evil, if we didn’t have politicians we wouldn’t have any government. And without government, who knows where we would be.

Rural people often have a low opinion of politicians, so it comes as no surprise that some elected officials deny their involvement in the election process. In the 1940s, Nashville newspaper columnist Red O’Donnell was interviewing Smith County’s veteran son, I.D. Brooks. O’Donnell asked Brooks how long he had been involved in politics.

Brooks quickly replied, “I’ve held public office since 1921, but I’ve never been in politics!”

Rural representatives tend to be close-fisted when it comes to spending county money.

As the old adage goes, “You can’t get a farmer to vote for money for county roads, unless the road in question runs right in front of his farm.”

One Trousdale County candidate for the County Commission ran his announcement for office in The Vidette 40 years ago with this comment, “I ask for the support of all those in this district who would like to see an end to more and wasteful spending and for an increasing property tax to pay for unneeded and useless projects.”

Of course, one man’s definition of “useless projects” is not another man’s definition!

Hartsville has had its share of politicians, and we will visit with several in the next few articles, but due to the money that flowed in and out of our town from the tobacco market in the past we were a necessary stop for any politician running for statewide office.

When the late country music great Roy Acuff ran for governor of Tennessee, he put Hartsville on his list of places to be seen.

A month before the November election of 1948, the musician-turned-politician made plans to appear here. The Tennessean carried an article announcing the event.

Dr. Archer, Homer Alexander, and O.G. Davis were in charge of his arrival and presentation.

The Nashville newspaper said, “Davis predicted that the largest crowd ever to attend a political gathering would be on hand to hear the candidate and the music of Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys.”

No doubt the crowd was large, for after all Acuff was a very popular regular on the Grand Ole Opry. But Acuff ran on the Republican ticket at a time when 99 percent of Trousdale County voted Democratic. He lost the race here and across the state to Gordon Browning, who won statewide with 67 percent of the vote.

Note: The Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. at the County Archives building, located behind the Administration Building on Broadway. Our speaker will be Mr. Kent Moreland.

CORRECTION: The lady in last week’s photo was Sadie Jane Parrish Clardy and her husband was Roy Clardy. The Vidette regrets the error.