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Schools update parents on bus driver needs

All school bus routes in Trousdale County are once again open as of last week.

A shortage of bus drivers prevented Bus #9 from operating at the start of the school year. But a driver has been hired for the route, which covers Hawkins Branch Road, Gravel Hill Road and Skillet Creek Road, and service began last Friday.

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“We had a bus driver come in Monday who was driving for a bus tour company and she had her licenses ready to go,” said Director of Schools Clint Satterfield. “She started Friday, so our Bus 9 families went without service for nine school days.”

Three drivers are continuing to drive double routes and Satterfield thanked them for helping out during a time of need for the school system.

“We’ve had a lot of employees step forward to help with this problem of not having enough drivers,” Satterfield said. “We can’t say enough good things about our employees who are doubling those routes.”

Satterfield said four drivers have passed their written tests and will take their driving tests in the next two weeks. If they all pass the driving test, they could begin driving around Labor Day and end the doubling of routes.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding our families have shown. I’ve had plenty of parent calls, but no complaints,” Satterfield said. “We appreciate everyone cooperating with us.”

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

Library celebrates Summer Reading Program

What a great summer! We had such a fun time with everyone and hope you all did as well.

Congratulations to our grand prize winners: Kendal Guffey with a paint party from Regina Waller, RJ Fisher with a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones, and Erica Slagle with an Amazon gift card.

We’d like to give a huge thank you to everyone for making our Summer Reading program a success for yet another year.

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Thanks to our sponsors: Tri-County Electric, Hartsville Foodland, Hartsville Piggly Wiggly, Wilson Bank and Trust-Hartsville, Citizens Bank-Hartsville. Thanks also to our programmers: Tashi and trainer from Music City Pet Partners, Runaway Puppet Theater, Hartsville City Pool, Jessica Whitmill from TriStar Reads, NHECM Animals, Noah Cartwright, Clint and Lydia Tucker, Jack McCall, Entertainer Scott Tripp, the Knudsen Family, Rosella Morton, Destinee Burnley, Alexis Moore and Mr. Bond’s Science Guys.

Of course, we’d also like to thank our library board and staff, along with our patrons.

For events in June alone, we had a total of 849 attendees during the month and just under 2,000 visitors total. That’s amazing!

If you haven’t visited us lately, come on by and keep yourself updated with our library’s Facebook account. See you for more fun soon!

County swimming pool lost $13K in 2018

Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette

The swimming pool in Hartsville City Park lost $13,621 over the summer, according to a report presented to the Parks & Recreation Committee during last Thursday’s meeting.

Public Works Director Cliff Sallee called it a good year overall, acknowledging that the pool consistently loses money but that it gives children in Trousdale County something to do during the summer.

“We did pretty good on revenue this year,” Sallee told commissioners, while noting that some one-time expenses should not recur, such as repairs to the building.

“Every year I’ve been here, it’s lost money,” chairman Bubba Gregory added. “It’s just part of it.”

Sallee also updated committee members on the addition of cameras in the park to catch wrongdoers in the act and better enable prosecution when necessary.

Little League representatives also discussed various repair needs in the park and the Little League fields.

The light poles around the Little League fields are of concern, according to board member Joe Cornwell, with many needing either repairing or replacing.

The Little League would also like help in erecting a storage building that the league could use.

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

Look Back: Trousdale County has been well represented over the years

This month we have been looking at local men who have served in the Tennessee State Legislature. I say men because until recently, only men have served in that capacity.

In last week’s article, I mentioned that Trousdale County has always been what is considered a “Floterial” District. Our county is not large enough, population wise, to have its own state representative.

Over the years we have been thrown in with other counties to create a district large enough to warrant its own representative.  Because some counties grow in population faster than others, we have been moved around over the years.

By looking at the state’s website, I have found that in 1887 we were combined with Smith and Sumner Counties in one district, the 14th. That number too has changed as the “powers that be” have redrawn maps and moved other counties around. We sometimes call that “gerrymandering,” but we won’t get into that.

In 1917, we were grouped with Sumner and Macon Counties.

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In 1932, local businessman J.P. Owen ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. This is a handout he had printed explaining his beliefs and thoughts on government.

By 1967, we were thrown in with Wilson County.

We stayed there for a while until 2003, when we were merged with part of Wilson County and Cannon County – but not for long!

In 2013, we were taken out of the Wilson County mix and stirred in with Smith, part of Sumner County and part of Dekalb County!

Likewise, we have been in the 14th District, the 17th, the 16th, the 21st and currently the 40th.

As can be imagined, over the years, some of the elected state representatives have come from Trousdale County. My research has turned up these names as being local boys: W. J. Hale, 1887-1892; M.D. Rickman, 1909-1910 and 1913-1914; J.E. Faust, 1911-1912; J.D. McMurry, 1919-1922, 1931-1932, and 1940-1941; James Donoho, 1939-1940; and Gene McIlwain, 1949-1952, 1959-1960, and 1961-1964.

Today our state representative is Terri Lynn Weaver, who hails from Smith County and is our first female state representative!

My research hasn’t been limited to the state representative. We have been represented in the State Senate by some hometown fellows as well.

They are: N.C. McConnell, 1873-1875; A.B. Newsom, 1886-1887; Edward T. Seay, 1899-1905; John McMurry, 1905-1907; Andrew Fitzpatrick, 1913-1915; Charles P. Freedle, 1915-1917; John W. McMurry, Sr., 1920-1921; James P. Owen, 1925-1927, and Jim T. Cunningham, 1945-1947.

Currently, our state senator is Ferrell Haile.

James P. Owen had a connection to the Owen Tobacco Company. It was started by his father. James was one of 10 children born to Joe and Elizabeth Bennett Owen.

He was a veteran of World War I and when he served as our state senator, he was one of the youngest men in that legislative body.

In 1925, Owen was written up in the Nashville newspapers for a stirring speech he made on the use of child labor, something he was against.

The article says that Owen was called a “Bolshevik” by his opponents, for his sympathy for the young boys and girls forced to work in mills and mines across the state. A Bolshevik was a communist!

In an eloquent rebuttal to his detractors, Owen reminded the public that many men are ahead of their time in wanting change. He instead referred to himself as a dreamer and stated that dreamers are “architects of greatness.”

The paper ended the article saying, “It was a great speech of the old-fashioned Southern oratory type.”

In his role as state senator, Owen was one of those responsible for getting the Coleman Winston Bridge built across the Cumberland River, replacing the old ferry.

Owen had loftier goals and sought election as a United States Congressman. A brochure that Owen had published fully stated his ideas on government, including a distaste for Wall Street, support for the labor movement, and farm relief. As for taxes, he stated that sales tax “…is undemocratic and un-American.”

He didn’t get elected and Washington was denied some stirring speeches from a gifted orator. Owen later moved to Nashville to work in the insurance business. Never married, he died in 1957 at age 64.

Jack McCall: A lifetime’s worth of friendship

I must admit in the earliest years of my life I didn’t have (or need) many friends. When you grow up in a large family, your brothers and your sisters fill any need you have for friendship.

By the time I started to school, William Denney and Hugh E. Green, Jr. had become my best friends outside of my family. That remained the case throughout my high school days, although Hugh attended Castle Heights Military Academy. I kind of lost touch with William after he moved away, but Hugh and I still get together on a pretty regular basis.

College brought me in touch with a whole new set of friends, but I never really became close friends with many of them. I still relied on my brothers for close friendship. Fortunately, my brothers, my sister and I have remained tight over the years.

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Jack McCall

Over the course of my professional career I have had the amazingly good fortune to develop friendships with four very fine men. It is almost like God said, “You are going to need these guys, so I am blessing you with their friendship.”

I was introduced right out of college to the first two men who would become my friends. When I took my first full-time job, there they were. Both were about 15 years my senior, and both had established families and enjoyed solid marriages. At the time, I didn’t realize how much I needed their steady counsel and Christian example.

They have been like “rocks” for me for over 40 years. We stayed in touch throughout the years, we celebrated Christmases together, and generally kept up with each other’s family members.

For me, they provided “a window on the world” for what may be coming next down the road of my life. They were always quick to share their experience with me. You might say they have been my special appointed “guides.”

And their lives were not without challenges and heartaches. One man has a “special-needs” son to whom he gives credit for “making our spiritual life.” He has seen his other son through business failure and the salvaging of a rocky marriage.

A few years back I assisted in conducting at his wife’s funeral.

My other friend – well, he had his troubles too. This past spring I delivered the eulogy at his funeral. His passing has left a hole in my soul.

I met my third friend about 15 years ago. He, too, is about 15 years older than me. We are both “country boys.” He grew up in Midland, Texas. Our mamas had a lot in common. As he would say, “We took a liking” to each other from the very start.  At the time we met, each of us had three sons.

Before we met, he was the victim of what we call today corporate downsizing.

That didn’t slow him down. And over the years, he has had his share of health issues. That hasn’t slowed him down, either. And a few years back, one of his boys died in a car wreck.

My friend has borne his great loss with such grace. He is the youngest man his age I know. We get together often, for many reasons; one of which is – he makes me feel younger!

Amazingly, my fourth friend is, you guessed it, about 15 years my senior. He is the businessman, visionary, a “mover and shaker.” Well connected politically, he rubs shoulders with powerful people. He’s at the top of his game, the best in his field, yet he remains compassionate and empathetic. He is one of those rare, generous-spirited people, almost bigger than life. I have often wondered why he took an interest in me when I was a fledgling.

Again, it was almost like God said, “You need to see this man, up close” – another blessing of friendship.

Of course, I have other friends. But these four men kind of “came out of nowhere.” I didn’t pick them and they didn’t pick. I am quite certain they were chosen for me. Strange, this life – filled with wonderful surprises.

I have often heard it said, “Take care of your friends, and they will take care of you.”

A famous singer once sang, “I’ll get by with a little help from our friends.”

And from the writer of Proverbs:

“A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

Now that’s a friend!

IMPACThought of Week: How are you doing? To Christians, answer is great!

How are you doing? This is a common question that we casually ask those we pass by and we don’t even pause for an answer. We may as well say, “Hi,” or “Hello!” Have you ever had someone want to tell you how they were, when you needed to keep moving? Did we really want to take the time to listen, usually about all that ails them, and everything that is on their mind? Hmm, do we really care? It begs the question, why did we even ask them how they were doing?

I have spent considerable time thinking about this interesting greeting through the years. As a result, when I ask that question, I have determined to pause and listen if each individual wants to tell me how they are. If the person isn’t busy, I usually get an answer. Obviously, being a chaplain motivates interaction for some. So, I take the time to listen, nod my head, and offer any counsel the individual may seek.

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Jon Shonebarger

Conversely, when I get asked how I am doing by some folks, one of my favorite replies is, “I am a child of the Living God, filled with the Holy Spirit of God; I’m doing great!” I state that boldly and with a big smile on my face! In turn, I usually get a smile with a positive reply.

For a Christian, there is joy that captures the soul. To know that you are loved by God unconditionally;
that Jesus died on the Cross for their sin and that He has accepted them into His family, by grace, through faith. Wow! Personally, I haven’t gotten over those truths my entire Christian life! I hope I never do.

When I share that I’m a child of the Living God, filled with the Spirit of God, I am sharing that nobody can take away my joy and that I am blessed. I am also saying that nobody can take away my dignity, my significance or my joy. I belong to Jesus and Jesus belongs to me. I am filled with the assurance that I do not need to worry about what others may say or do to harm me. Because I am the apple of my Saviour’s eye! The joy of the Lord is my strength, confidence and protection.

Circumstances control many of us. We are “doing great” when circumstances are in our favor. We are “doing terrible” when circumstances are going against us. Many people will say, “Well, under the circumstances ____.” My friends, we need to get out from under the circumstances and not allow them to rob us of the joy that Jesus gave us in salvation.

Let us remember, through the course of our day, that we are sheltered in the arms of God. This generates the confidence we need to navigate every storm, overcome every challenge and deal with every negative circumstance. Let us not allow this world to beat us down or lead us into despair. Bad days will come for all of us, but being a child of the Living God, filled with His Spirit, will carry us through. Have a great week and remember, God loves you.

Senate approves funding to expand rural broadband

As rural telecommunication coops and companies like DTC Communications expand critical high-speed broadband service, the U.S Senate plans to help.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander announced the Senate passed legislation to provide $425 million in support for broadband in rural areas.

DTC, which serves DeKalb, Cannon and Smith counties, and parts of Wilson and Rutherford counties, is already making high-speed broadband available. But more is needed for these rural counties. It is vital to local businesses, students, health care providers and first responders.

Lamar Alexander

“We applaud the action of the Senate,” said Levoy Knowles, executive director of the Tennessee Telecommunications Association, which includes DTC. “TTA members in rural Tennessee have installed more than 21,000 miles of fiber, the fastest internet service available. But there are more areas that need high-speed broadband, and support from Washington and Nashville is always welcome.

“For rural communities to thrive in the 21st century, high-speed broadband is as essential as the telephone was when TTA members made it available nearly 100 years ago. When an employer is looking for a place to locate, it is one of the first things they’ll tell you that they must have. Our members are making it happen.”

Johnny McClanahan, President/CEO of NCTC said: “North Central Telephone Cooperative provides broadband Internet service via fiber facilities to a number of local businesses across Sumner, Macon, Trousdale and Smith Counties. This service is vital for our communities, and we are committed to doing our part to help them and their economies to thrive.”

TTA members, including DTC, are independent and cooperatively owned telecom companies that provide high-speed broadband or fiber service to customers in rural Tennessee. By 2019, they will have spent more than $243 million to connect rural Tennesseans with gig-speed fiber.

TTA has connected rural Tennesseans for 70 years. The 21 members of TTA are currently experts in Tennessee rural broadband.

FSA conservation program signup deadline is Aug. 17

Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.

“Any agricultural producer that has eligible land should review the benefits of this program,” said Fordyce. “It removes from production marginal, erodible land and, in doing so, improves water quality, increases wildlife habitat and provides more opportunities for recreational activities, including fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing.”

For this year’s signup, limited priority practices are available for continuous enrollment. They include grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others.

FSA will use updated soil rental rates to make annual rental payments, reflecting current values. It will not offer incentive payments as part of the new signup.

USDA will not open a general signup this year, however, a one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants with expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or less.

Additionally, FSA established new ranking criteria for CRP grasslands. To guarantee all CRP grasslands offers are treated equally, applicants who previously applied (prior to the current sign-up period) will be asked to reapply using the new ranking criteria.

In return for enrolling land in CRP, USDA, through FSA on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), provides participants that remove sensitive lands from production and plant certain grasses, shrubs and trees that improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and increase wildlife habitat with annual rental payments and cost-share assistance. Landowners enter into contracts that last between 10 and 15 years.

Signed into law by President Reagan in 1985, CRP is one of the largest private-lands conservation programs in the United States. Thanks to voluntary participation by farmers, ranchers and private landowners, CRP has improved water quality, reduced soil erosion and increased habitat for endangered and threatened species.

The new changes to CRP do not impact the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, a related program offered by CCC and state partners.

Producers wanting to apply for the CRP continuous signup or CRP grasslands should contact their USDA service center. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov. More information on CRP can be found at fsa.usda.gov/crp.

Letter to the Editor: Aug. 16, 2018

Dear Editor,

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the 7th District who took the time to vote for me as one of your county commissioners.

I will do my best to serve you and to do what is best not only for you but for our entire county. If any one of you has any questions, I will gladly talk to you and if I can’t answer your question, I promise I will find an answer and get back to you.

Thank you and God bless you all!

Gary Claridy

Hartsville

Guest View: Veterans can get free legal help

Veterans make up just 7 percent of the U.S. population. So it’s safe to say that for large swaths of our country, the realities of military service are somewhat removed from our daily lives and sphere of understanding.

Though the sacrifices made by veterans are brought to our attention on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the emotional or physical wounds that some vets carry are a constant, daily struggle. Some experience a spiraling effect on their personal relationships and ability to manage basic life responsibilities.

According to a 2017 HUD report on homelessness, 9 percent of the U.S. homeless population is made up of veterans (40,056 veterans). It’s a tragedy when any person experiences homelessness, but especially so when their service to our country has played a role in them being in that situation.

These men and women often face a variety of legal needs. In fact, a survey released in May by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that four of the top 10 unmet needs for homeless veterans result from a lack of legal assistance. They are:

Legal assistance for child support issues (No. 5 for males, No. 5 for females)

Legal assistance to help restore a driver’s license (No. 8 for males, No. 8 for females)

Legal assistance for outstanding warrants and fines (No. 9 for males, No. 10 for females)

Legal assistance to prevent eviction and foreclosure (No. 10 for males)

These unresolved legal issues often contribute to the cycle of poverty that keeps these veterans in a homeless situation. Wrongful eviction or foreclosure can force residents from their homes, robbing them of a stability that we all depend on. Outstanding warrants and fines can pile up beyond a person’s ability to pay, possibly leading to jail time. The ability to bring in money through a job can be hampered by the lack of a fixed address, and without a driver’s license, commuting to a job by other means can be a struggle.

All of these issues feed into one another, and the effect can be overwhelming. But there is help available. At Legal Aid Society, we provide free legal services for veterans and other low-income Tennesseans throughout our 48-county Middle Tennessee and Cumberland Plateau service area.

We recently partnered with several other local groups to launch The Veterans Project, a program that offers legal assistance to veterans. We take direct referrals from the Metro Homelessness Commission and the Veterans Court, and coordinate the staffing of Attorney for a Day events held each Wednesday at Operation Stand Down Tennessee, where veterans from across Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau can meet with one of our volunteer attorneys from several local law firms.

Although the program’s main focus is veterans who are homeless or facing homelessness, assistance is also available for a range of civil legal issues, including child support, debt, bankruptcy, car purchase/repair, family law, expungement and reinstatement of driver’s licenses.

Our veterans have fought and sacrificed for our country, and we must do our part by fighting for them in return. Helping them confront their legal troubles is one way of bringing much-needed stability into their lives.

To schedule an appointment at Operation Stand Down’s Tennessee office, call 615-248-1981. You can also learn more about our free legal services by visiting las.org/find-help/self-help-resource-center/legal-help-booklets.

DarKenya Waller is the executive director of Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Legal Aid Society is Tennessee’s largest non-profit law firm and serves 48 counties across Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau. Learn more at las.org.

Guest View: Need TennCare help? Contact Legal Aid Society

For thousands of low-income Tennesseans, TennCare is a godsend. This state-run Medicaid program, established in 1994, is the only means by which some residents can access needed medical services.

Although TennCare serves a vital need in our state, getting and keeping eligibility for TennCare can be very difficult for people who are eligible.

People receiving TennCare must again be determined eligible for coverage each year, and the redetermination packets — with 12 pages of questions — can be overwhelming, particularly for seniors with failing eyesight or people with poor reading comprehension skills. In addition, TennCare’s communications with applicants can be difficult to understand, leaving many in limbo on the status of their coverage. It’s not uncommon for TennCare recipients to find themselves cut off, even though they still meet the eligibility requirements, or to encounter unexpected roadblocks in accessing the care they need through the program.

In my work with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, I assist Tennesseans in getting their TennCare benefits restored. We provide our services free of charge to low-income or elderly Tennesseans and have been very successful in resolving their situations, often more quickly than they can by themselves.

One recent client of mine is Joshua Hughes, a 19-year-old Murfreesboro resident who previously had cancer. When he went in for a regular checkup, his doctor told him that his cancer might be coming back, necessitating further tests. When he tried to use his TennCare coverage to pay the doctor, he was told that he was no longer covered.

The reason, according to TennCare, was that Joshua hadn’t responded to a TennCare request for additional information after he completed the redetermination packet. Joshua said he never received the request for additional information, nor did he receive a subsequent letter telling him that his benefits had been cut off.

Typically, when people are cut off from TennCare, they have 40 days to appeal the decision. The next step in the appeals process is a hearing, which can have a wait time of as long as 90 days.

In Joshua’s case, it simply wasn’t an option to wait for the appeals process to play out at its normal pace. He contacted Legal Aid Society, and we were able to reach out to TennCare directly. He received approval to get his coverage back just 20 days after we took on his case.

If you’re a TennCare recipient and are unsure about your current status — and especially if you haven’t received a re-application packet in the past 12 months — I suggest calling Tennessee Health Connection at 1-855-259-0701. Packets aren’t sent out on a regular schedule, and they’re not usually processed quickly, either. I’ve had clients who sent in their packets more than a year ago who still haven’t received confirmation notices of their coverage.

To its credit, TennCare is in the process of implementing a new system, TEDS (short for Tennessee Eligibility Determination System), which aims to make the eligibility determination process more reliable and efficient. TEDS is scheduled to roll out by spring 2019.

In the meantime, I suggest a few strategies for people trying to work with TennCare:

If you send your application packet or any other materials to TennCare, fax them in, and keep your fax confirmation sheet on file so that you can prove the date of receipt if necessary. Don’t send your packet by regular mail.

The most frequent error that applicants make is failing to include additional requested documents, such as bank statements or proof of a life insurance policy. If you’re confused about how to fill out your application correctly, call Tennessee Health Connection to get your questions answered.

If you’ve been informed that your benefits have been discontinued, appeal immediately so that you don’t miss out on the 40-day window for appeals. The best way to appeal is by faxing your appeal to 1-855-315-0669. TennCare has an online form for this that you can get if you search “TennCare How to File an Eligibility Appeal.” Be sure to save the fax receipt so you have proof of your appeal. If you cannot fax your appeal, you can call the Tennessee Health Connection at 1-855-259-0701 to appeal.

If you have moved or changed your address in the last four years, you should let TennCare know your new address, unless you are sure they have it already. The best way to do this is to fax your new address to Tennessee Health Connection at 1-855-315-0669. TennCare has an online form called “TennCare Change of Address Reporting Form” that you can use. You should be sure to save the receipt that shows that you sent TennCare your new address. If you can’t fax, you can call Tennessee Health Connection at 1-855-259-0701 to report a change in address.

If you’ve reached a dead end and aren’t getting helpful information from TennCare, or you’ve had your coverage terminated unexpectedly and don’t know what to do, call Legal Aid Society at 1-800-238-1443. Our services include clearing up misunderstandings, getting the necessary information to the right people and fighting for you to get the coverage you’re entitled to.

Amelia Miller Luna is the family law practice lead attorney at Legal Aid Society’s Murfreesboro office. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and a 2003 graduate of the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She joined the Legal Aid Society upon graduation.

Guest View: Government can lower barriers to broadband

Participation in the 21st-century economy depends on access to affordable high-speed Internet. As I travel across the state mayors, law enforcement officials, teachers, and residents identify broadband access as a top concern.

It is a necessity for students to complete their homework.  As a mom, I know how difficult it is to juggle schedules and get children where they need to be for activities, so when you have to add driving to find Internet access to the top of the list, parents are juggling another challenge.

Expanding broadband access will open doors for our small businesses to grow and find new customers. Next Generation 911 will allow individuals to send texts, videos, and photos to emergency responders while providing location accuracy so help is there as soon as you need it. Telemedicine gives rural patients access to specialists without having to travel hours to the nearest hospital. Precision agriculture helps farmers increase yields and ensure profitability.

The bottom line is: you can’t have a 21st-century education, a 21st-century economy, or 21st-century healthcare, if you don’t have 21st-century Internet.

We have already made great progress in closing the digital divide. Tennesseans have seen tremendous progress because of what the General Assembly and Gov. Haslam have done in collaboration with what we’ve done at the federal level. We’ve gotten rules and regulations out of the way and put $600 million in grant money into the rural utility service.

However, there is still work to be done, and sustained growth depends on the continued implementation of policies we know work. Technological advances have played a key role in rural broadband expansion, but technological innovation cannot solve the problem on its own. Government must get out of the way and limit burdensome regulatory barriers that make private investment cost prohibitive.

Technologies like satellite and fixed wireless need spectrum to deliver broadband service to customers. Spectrum is the radio frequencies over which wireless signals travel. Commercial use spectrum is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.

In rural areas, providers might be unable to provide service to families in their coverage area, because the provider lacks access to the necessary spectrum. We recently passed legislation that provides incentives to ensure effective reallocation of commercial use spectrum. These incentives will make more spectrum available in rural areas, broadband providers have the tools they need to provide access to as many people as possible.

There are several federal programs that provide grants and loans to companies that invest in rural broadband infrastructure. These programs seek to provide broadband to unserved areas. These programs, however, are implemented by different agencies, and overbuilding has become a problem, as it wastes federal resources and puts small carriers that invest in broadband infrastructure without the help of federal dollars at a disadvantage.

Any effective solution must streamline federal, state, and local permitting processes. President Trump recently signed a bill to ensure that states and localities do not stand in the way of private broadband deployment. Broadband deployment often requires access to locally owned and managed poles and rights-of-way. Local entities can charge fees for use of their locally owned infrastructure. Rather than charging just what is necessary to maintain shared infrastructure, localities are increasingly charging market-based access fees. High fees make broadband deployment in rural areas even more cost prohibitive. These fees also disproportionately harm small local providers that are instrumental in expanding access in rural areas.

We must continue to promote competition and pursue multi-faceted solutions. We cannot turn broadband expansion over to the government. Doing so would create a monopoly and raise taxes, all while drawing the process out.

Ultimately, in order to deliver broadband to rural areas, we must continue promoting innovation and creative solutions. We must free up commercial spectrum and streamline permitting processes. Most importantly, however, we must ensure that government solutions complement private investment rather than competing with it.

Marsha Blackburn represents Tennessee’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

Child Advocacy Center opens new Lebanon facility

The 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center held an open house for its new facility in Lebanon last month to help promote the healing of abused children and families.

Dozens of people from the community, including law enforcement and government officials, attended to support advancements in the facility and the selfless work that is done on behalf of the victims of child abuse.

“We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary, and this house is a dream come true,” said Nancy Willis, CAC’s executive director. “We work with children who have been severely physically and sexually abused, and we do the forensic interviews here. Because we have been able to expand to a house like this, we can hire additional staff to work with our kids and our non-offending families to help them start healing from the trauma they are experiencing.”

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The Child Advocacy board of directors gather at the open house of the Child Advocacy Center on July 26.

The new facility is in a large house with everything expected – a couch, kitchen and bathrooms, along with offices and a monitored therapy room. The layout of the facility is comfortable and inviting, something that is intentional, according to Willis.

“Kids come in here and they feel comfortable; parents feel comfortable. We want them to feel comfortable, to feel safe and to know that they’re believed and be able to tell their story one time,” Willis said.

The center’s former location was inside a strip mall, and since the opening of the new location June 4, the center has already conducted 40 interviews. Last year, it conducted 340 interviews and 1,800 in the past 10 years with children who were abused.

Jason Lawson, an assistant district attorney, talked about the role the center plays in to help children and convict their abusers.

“We see people from the Department of Children’s Services, Child Protective Services, the mental health community, the police departments, the district attorney’s office all come together and work together to produce one coordinated investigation that gets to the truth of what has happened in each of these situations. It is a way that protects the integrity of the investigation and is done in a way to help the children to not experience re-traumatization as the process is going on all the way through the court system. It also helps the kids to begin the healing process to deal with some the trauma they have experienced through abuse.”

Willis also spoke of the importance of her role in the center and the gratification that comes with helping children in need.

“It’s a really good feeling [to work here] because 90 percent of children who have been sexually abused never tell, so they take it into adulthood. If we have children who are brave enough to tell their story or we find out that something has happened to them, then they can start that healing process, so that they can get the counseling and treatment that they need so that they don’t carry that burden into adulthood,” Willis said.

CeCe Ralston, the CAC’s forensic investigator, also stressed the importance and level of involvement of the work she and Willis do at the center.

“I wanted to do something meaningful, and I’ll tell you what, honestly, I didn’t really understand the weight of this until after my training that I went to where I learned how to do these interviews. I came back and I began doing these interviews, and I realized how very important this is, because so much hinges on a really good interview,” Ralston said. When a child feels comfortable enough to disclose what’s been happening to them, then we are able to move forward and help that child.

“I think about one night in particular early in my career, where we got a call and asked if we could do a late interview with a couple of girls. Nancy and I did the interviews, staying at the office until 9 o’clock that night, and it was a situation with years of abuse toward these two girls.

“Now, I was heading home, but the DCS worker is still going to go with this family for medical exams, law enforcement – their night’s not over – they’re going to get search and arrest warrants. I remember driving home and thinking, I am so proud to a member of this team, and this is really important and really weighty work that we are doing. And that person – the offender – is going on trial next month, and I am proud to be a part of that. I think that’s what gets me up in the morning and keeps me going, to know that you are helping these children.”

According to Willis, the CAC expects to hire a family advocate and a part-time therapist counselor in the near future.

David Carroll: Missing the days of dusty chalkboards

I have been covering schools for 25 years, and if you’ll pardon the pun, it has been very educational. I feel fortunate to have visited more schools than the milk delivery guys. As Johnny Cash sang, I’ve been everywhere, man. From the dusty rural roads to the swanky private prep schools, and everywhere in between.

I wish everyone could see the changes and progress first-hand, but due to safety concerns, that will never happen again. Many of us remember the days when we could stroll through the front door of our neighborhood school and begin volunteering. Tragic events across the nation have resulted in fortress-like safety measures at every entrance. Once inside, the office staff checks your ID, and makes sure you have a good reason for being there.

David Carroll

I am not being critical. That’s how we must protect our children in 2018. The days of cracking open the classroom window, or propping the front door open on a clear fall day are long gone.

There are other things I miss too. One by one, small community schools with creaky wooden floors and classic auditoriums are fading away. In most cases, they are replaced with cookie-cutter mega-schools, with plastic stacked chairs in multi-purpose café-gym-atoriums. The shiny waxed floors and color-coded hallways lead to the first-grade wing. To get there, a GPS would be helpful, because you might get lost if you miss that third left turn at the aquarium.

I also get nostalgic for the dusty chalkboard. We would be rewarded for good behavior by being sent outside to bang the erasers together. Then again, that may be what caused the smog that engulfed Chattanooga back in 1969.

The biggest discipline problems in my classes were gum chewing, throwing paper wads, and being disruptive. My one and only paddling occurred when a teacher lined up all the boys, because no one would admit to making a certain noise. The teacher figured by paddling us all, the guilty party would definitely be punished.

Technology took a major step forward when I was in 8th grade. That’s when our school purchased an overhead projector. It was guarded as if it were the Hope diamond. The school only had one, and each teacher had to request it in advance. If you planned to use it Friday at noon, you had better get in line.

The first time we saw it in action, we were in awe. The teacher would carefully plug it in, line it up for the best sightlines, and then her tiny cursive words were displayed on the big pull-down screen covering the chalkboard. In the 1970s, the overhead projector brought us into the space age.

Soon, the chalkboards came down, and were replaced with dry-erase white boards. We were no longer inhaling chalk dust. We traded that in for the chemical paint fumes of colorful markers.

These days, many classrooms have gone upscale, using a Promethean board, which enables teachers to display whatever is on their computer device, and allows students to interact with it. Honestly, if someone had asked me what Prometheans were when I was in third grade, I would have told them it was the chapter that followed Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians.

I also envy the art supplies students can now use. Pottery wheels, Mac labs, and digital tools abound. We only had crayons, but that’s not what we called them. That was too fancy a word. They were “colors.” As in, “She has more colors than I do.” Oh, and if a classmate happened to own the Crayola 64-crayon box with the built-in sharpener, he must have been wealthy. His mama scraped together $1.29 to get that. As for off-brand, non-Crayola “colors,” I guess owning those would compare to someone who doesn’t wear $500 sneakers today.

I think my K-12 years prepared me pretty well in basic math, essential grammar skills, history, and some degree of scientific knowledge. Incredibly, I even had a good driving teacher, in a much-needed program that is often overlooked today.

However, I left high school with little or no knowledge about banking, personal saving, budgeting, how to buy insurance, credit card debt, interest rates, how to buy and maintain an automobile, home maintenance and repairs, mortgages, healthy eating, job interviews, and how to pay for college.

Some would argue that mastering these skills is an important part of being an adult, and you learn best by trying, and even failing in the real world. Maybe so, but I’m glad today’s schools do a better job covering these topics.

Finally, I miss the days when we didn’t stress out over annual standardized testing. We had something called the Iowa Basics, and I don’t recall the angst and turmoil we have today. Next time I meet someone from Iowa, I will thank them for that.

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

Community Calendar: Aug. 16, 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:

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

5:30 p.m. – Emergency Services Committee

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

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.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

10 a.m. – Water Board

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

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:

Choir Day

Greater Beech Hill Missionary Baptist Church will hold its Choir Day on Sunday, Aug. 19 with worship services at 3 p.m. All are invited to come and worship with us!

Missionary Day

Williams Chapel Church will be celebrating its annual Missionary Day on Sunday, Aug. 19. Our 2:30 guest will be Pastor Dwight Haynes and his congregation from Mt. Olive of Dickson. Everyone is cordially invited to worship with us and lunch will be provided.

Macon Christian Academy

Macon Christian Academy registration is in progress for grades K-12, and Pre-K for ages 2-4. You may register at 707 Warrior Lane (behind Old American Greetings Building). For more information, call 615-688-8131 or 615-633-7265. Open House at Macon Christian Academy will be Thursday, Aug. 16 from 1-6 p.m. First full day of classes will be Monday, Aug. 20.

Spay/Neuter Transport Date

Fix Trousdale’s next transport date for low-cost spay/neuter service of pets will be Thursday, Aug. 23. 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.

USDA Commodity Giveaway

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency will hold a USDA Commodity Giveaway on Sept. 5-6, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Trousdale County Park. Commodities are for low-income families in Trousdale County. MCCAA does not discriminate on basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Call 615-374-3489 or email aanderson@midcumberland.org for more information or for information on LIHEAP or Weatherization programs.

Kidz Central 5K Run/Walk

The Kidz Central 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. at the Smith County Community Playground in South Carthage, 1-mile Fun Run takes place at 10:15 a.m. Kidz Central Celebration is an event that promotes health and physical activity. Various exhibits will be available to adults and children establish and maintain a safe and healthy lifestyle. To pre-register, call 615-735-2735.

Haley’s Hearts Forever 5K

Haley’s Hearts Foundation will hold its eighth annual Forever 5K/Run on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. at Hartsville City Park. Pre-registration available through Sept. 22 for $20/adult, $20/youth, $10/toddler and includes T-shirt (add $2 for 2X or 3X). Race day registration is $25 and does not guarantee shirt. All money raised goes to individuals/families who have incurred significant expenses due to illness or death from congenital heart defects and awareness of CHD. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Call 615-374-1236 or visit haleyshearts.org for more information.

NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

The Sumner County NAACP will hold its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 13 at First Baptist-Winchester in Gallatin. 2018 theme is “Steadfast and Immovable” and keynote speaker will be attorney Tillman Payne of Nashville. Tickets are $50 adults/$20 youth; tables are $400 adult/$200 youth (seats 8). Call 615-822-7840 or 615-452-8754 for more information.

Meals on Wheels

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

American Legion

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

Adult Education

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

TROUSDALE SENIOR CENTER:

Thursday, Aug. 16

7:30 a.m. – Trip to Tennessee Titans practice (lunch at Wise Grill Hibachi & Burger)

Friday, Aug. 17

PURPLE & GOLD DAY

9 a.m. – AF Exercise

10 a.m. – Tai Chi

11 a.m. – Yoga

Noon – Rook games

12:15 p.m. – SAIL Chair Exercise

1 p.m. – Wii Bowling

Monday, Aug. 20

9:30 a.m. – Wii Bowling

11 a.m. – Book Club

11:30 a.m. – Speaker Clear Captions (snacks provided)

Tuesday, Aug. 21

9 a.m. – AF Exercise

9 a.m. – Manicure/Pedicure

10 a.m. – Yoga

5:30 p.m. – Confederate Railroad concert at Wilson County Fair

Wednesday, Aug. 22

9 a.m. – Line Dancing

11 a.m. – AF Chair Exercise

Noon – Rook games

1 p.m. – Bible Study

Sheriff’s Reports: Aug. 16, 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.

Aug. 6

Francisco Joeangle Ruiz, 26, of Hartsville, was charged with theft from building, non-habitational burglary by Deputy Jesse Gentry. Bond was set for $2,000 and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 10.

Aug. 7

Kelley Reene Maynard, 35, of Hartsville, was charged with failure to pay by Deputy Joseph Buehler. Bond was set for $310 and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 24.

Treyvon Edward French, 21, of Lebanon, was charged with intro/poss contraband in penal institute by DTF’s Brandon Gooch. Bond was set for $5,000 and General Sessions court date was set for Sept. 14.

Aug. 8

William Daniel Oshrin, 26, of Lebanon, was charged with probation violation by Deputy Travis Blair. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 10.

Aug. 9

Robert Samuel Jeffery, 42, of Ashland City, was charged with probation violation by Deputy Jake Ayers. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for Sept. 10.

Aug. 10

Brandon Lee Woods, 18, of Dixon Springs, was charged with contempt of court by Judge Kenny Linville. No General Sessions court date had been set at press time.

Aug. 11

Jeremy Wayne Smith, 33, of Hartsville, was charged with theft-all other larceny by Deputy Joseph Buehler. Bond was set for $1,500 and no General Sessions court date was set at press time.

Lydia Gayle Zarichansky, 18, of Hartsville, was charged with unlawful drug paraphernalia by Deputy Tony Wrinkle. Zarichansky was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 24.

Shaheem Lamontize Scharkley, 23, of Gallatin, was charged with drivers license revoke/suspend/canceled by Deputy David Morgan. Bond was set for $2,000 and General Sessions court date was set for Sept. 14.

Aug. 12

Christopher Wayne Lilly, 24, of Hartsville, was charged with drivers license revoke/suspend/canceled by Deputy David Morgan. Bond was set for $500 and General Sessions court date was set for Sept. 21.

Chamber of Commerce recognizes local businesses, volunteers

The Hartsville/Trousdale Chamber of Commerce held its annual Recognition Banquet on Tuesday afternoon to honor community members and businesses for their service.

Awards were presented to St. Mary’s Medical Plaza (Most Improved Business Appearance), the Trousdale County Health Council (Civic Group of the Year), Trousdale County Veterinary Services (Business of the Year), Mark Beeler (Government Official of the Year) and Jim Falco (Volunteer of the Year).

Dwight Jewell / For The Vidette

“We do these awards to honor people who make special contributions to our community,” said Chamber Director Natalie Knudsen.

Knudsen also announced Mark Presley as the newest member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, replacing Kathy Atwood.

She trumpeted the Chamber’s activities to promote Hartsville and Trousdale County, from the Community Thanksgiving Meal to Open House Shopping Days to Leadership Trousdale.

Kent Moreland demonstrated the Chamber’s website, hartsvilletrousdale.com, which is currently being redesigned.

The website will eventually feature a calendar of events in Trousdale County and information about local government and businesses.

“Thank you to every Chamber member. We appreciate your support,” Knudsen said.

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

Protests put spotlight on diabetic lawsuits against CoreCivic

Protests at the Nashville headquarters of CoreCivic on Monday drew new attention to three lawsuits filed by inmates at the company’s Hartsville prison.

Inmates are alleging that diabetics are receiving inadequate care at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center by being denied timely access to insulin shots to control blood sugar.

A class-action lawsuit filed earlier this year by inmate Douglas Dodson alleges that inmates sometimes wait hours after meals to receive insulin shots because of understaffing and frequent lockdowns at the prison. Diabetics typically inject insulin when they eat.

RELATED LINK: Complaint filing against CoreCivic (PDF) 

Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette

Former Trousdale inmate Thomas Leach filed a lawsuit in 2016 making similar claims against the Hartsville prison, and a third lawsuit was filed earlier this year after the death of inmate Jonathan Salada, who allegedly spent days in excruciating pain because of diabetes complications.

CoreCivic has denied wrongdoing in all three lawsuits. According to a report in The Tennessean, the company claimed in a court filing that Dodson and the other inmates have documented histories of skipping meals, refusing insulin shots, using illegal drugs and buying sugary snacks at the prison store in “willful non-compliance” with a diabetic diet.

In a statement on Tuesday, CoreCivic declined to respond to discuss the specifics of the lawsuits but said it is committed to “high-quality healthcare” for inmates and “appropriate levels of staffing” in company facilities.

At a recent meeting of Trousdale County’s Prison Oversight Committee, Warden Russell Washburn stated that CoreCivic recently terminated its contract with a third-party company to provide inmate healthcare at TTCC and brought that department back under company control.

The American Diabetes Association has filed a court motion in March to join the class-action lawsuit against CoreCivic.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com. Contributing: Staff reports

Local man sentenced for assault conviction

A Hartsville man was sentenced Wednesday morning to 11 months and 29 days in jail after being convicted of misdemeanor assault from a 2016 incident.

Jerry Alan Thigpen, 53, was sentenced by Judge Brody Kane in Criminal Court after a two-hour hearing. According to Kane’s sentence, Thigpen must serve 70 percent of that term – or 255 days – before being eligible for release.

Jerry Alan Thigpen

Thigpen was convicted in April of assaulting Property Assessor Dewayne Byrd during a meeting of the Board of Equalization on June 6, 2016. According to testimony, Thigpen brought a video camera into the meeting room and was told recording was not allowed. Byrd took the camera from Thigpen, who proceeded to punch and kick Byrd.

In Wednesday’s hearing, Byrd testified that Thigpen had made threats via online forums and social media prior to the incident, including an alleged statement that Thigpen “was not too good to put a bullet in the back of my head.” Byrd did testify there had been no direct threats to him since the incident.

Assistant District Attorney Jack Bare called Thigpen’s conduct “absolutely abominable” in requesting the maximum sentence.

Kane agreed, saying of Thigpen, “He planned there was going to be a dispute. In my history, he likes disputes.”

Thigpen was taken into custody but could be released pending appeal. Attorney Randy Lucas gave notice in court of Thigpen’s intention to appeal the conviction.

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

Look Back: Hartsville’s A.B. Newsom had short, successful political career

Several people from Hartsville and Trousdale County have held state offices, including the State House of Representatives and the State Senate.

When doing research on who has represented Trousdale County over the years, our efforts are complicated by the fact that before 1870, Trousdale County didn’t exist.

For many years we were part of a much larger Sumner County. That county has been cut, sliced and chopped up over the years, including when tiny Trousdale County was created, with the largest chunk coming from Sumner County.

In fact, before the Civil War Hartsville was Sumner County’s second-largest city!

Submitted photo
This illustration of Tennessee State Senator A.B. Newsom appeared in the Nashville newspapers in 1896. Newsom was from Hartsville and had a short political career!

Many people had represented us, but they represented us as citizens of Sumner County or Macon, Smith or Wilson Counties.

The first local fellow to represent “Trousdale County” was Mr. N.C. McConnell of Hartsville in 1873. And, this was at a time when not only did women not pursue politics, but they weren’t even allowed to vote.

Now McConnell did not just represent Trousdale County.

Rather he represented several counties, of which Trousdale County was the smallest.

Lines determining state congressional districts can change as population determines how large a district is.

So Trousdale County has often been thrown into a district that includes Macon County, or Smith County, or Sumner County, or Wilson County.

Today we are in the same district as a part of Sumner, all of Trousdale, all of Smith and most of DeKalb County.

Districts like ours, the 40th State Congressional District, are called “Floterial” districts. The name implies that by itself, Trousdale County does not have the population to warrant its own congressional district. Nor evidently does Sumner, Smith or DeKalb.

N.C. McConnell may have been the first state representative to actually represent a place called “Trousdale County” and to come from Hartsville, but he wasn’t the only one over the years!

Last week we wrote about state legislator Morgan C. Fitzpatrick of Hartsville.

This week we write about the Honorable A.B. Newsom, who served in the Tennessee State Senate and who had something in common with Fitzpatrick as both men died young.

Newsom was born in Sumner County in 1838, but in a part of that county that became Trousdale County in 1870. His father was a successful farmer and the family was considered to be one of the pioneer families of Middle Tennessee.

Like most young men of his day, he got his education from local schools and chose to join the Confederacy during the Civil War. After the war, he studied law and began his practice right here in Hartsville.

When the opportunity presented itself, he sought the position of a state senator.

Now there is more to the story than that.

It was an unwritten, but well understood, agreement that the three counties that made up our floterial district would take turns choosing the state representative.

That is, one session the representative would come from Macon County, then the next session the representative would come from Sumner County, and the next session the representative would come from Trousdale County. In 1896, those three counties made up our floterial district.

This worked at a time when the state voted Democratic and when the Democratic Party had a strong state presence and could pick candidates. Today, that system is gone and the race is usually between individuals who simply have enough money to run on their own.

Newsom was chosen to run and the rest was simply procedure, because who ever got the party nomination would also be elected since the state always voted for the Democratic nominee.

Newsom, however, only got to serve part of his two-year term.

An article in the Nashville Tennessean newspaper from Aug. 7, 1895 reported that Hon. A.B. Newsom “…died this afternoon at 3 o’clock at the home of his cousin…(he) had been sick ten days…”

NOTE: The Trousdale County Historical Society will meet on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at the County Archives building, 328 Broadway. Sara Beth Urban with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development will be our featured speaker. All meetings are open to the public.