National Voter Registration Day Sept. 24


The Trousdale County Election Commission wishes to remind citizens that Sept. 24 is National Voter Registration Day. The day is the high point of National Voter Registration Month, a time when state and county election officials have been working to encourage voter participation and increase awareness of state requirements and deadlines for voting.  

On Sept. 24, county elections officials invite citizens to stop by at the Trousdale County Election Commission office registration and address verification extravaganza. 

There will be refreshments and citizens can check out one of the newly updated voting machines. People may register to vote or make sure their registration is up to date. The office is located at 214 Broadway in Hartsville. 

Additionally, election officials will be manning verification/registration booths set up from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the senior center, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Trousdale Bank and Trust, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Citizen’s Bank and 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the county courthouse. Citizens may register to vote or make sure their registration is current at these locations too.  

A supplemental registration will also be held at the high school during their lunch period. Administrator of Elections Steve Paxton reminds citizens that his office is ready to help them in any way we can at any time.

Social media has played a role in this month’s promotion. Voters have been encouraged to visit www.GoVoteTN.com, print signs encouraging voter registration and then post photos of themselves holding the signs on social media using the hashtag #GoVoteTN.  

“I am excited to see so many voters sharing their enthusiasm for National Voter Registration Month,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett, who serves as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. “I encourage voters to visit our web site to make sure they are properly registered to vote at their current addresses. Also, I encourage even more people to get involved in the campaign via social media.”

For more information on voter registration options and deadlines in Tennessee, as well as to check your current registration status, visit www.GoVoteTN.com or the Election Commission office at 214 Broadway.

Secretary Hargett announces September as National Voter Registration Month


Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett joins fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in reminding citizens that September is National Voter Registration Month. Secretary Hargett is working with county election officials to make eligible voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements, as well as promoting voter registration.

“The right to vote should never be taken for granted,” said Secretary Hargett, who is also president of NASS. “I encourage all eligible United States citizens to register if they haven’t already. Also, it’s important for people who have moved to make sure voter registration records are updated with their current address information.”

In a concerted effort to remind eligible voters to register and/or update their voting information before deadlines pass, NASS has also declared September 24 as National Voter Registration Day. The goal is to encourage voter participation and increase awareness of state requirements and deadlines for voting.

For more information on voter registration options and deadlines in Tennessee, go to www.GoVoteTN.com.

Communication is key


As the smallest county in the state with a population of approximately 7,800 people and with nearly everyone equipped with cell phones and computers, you’d think communication would be easy. Well, maybe not.

We have the County Mayor, the County Commissioners, the Economic Development Committee, the Planning Commission, Four Lake Regional Industrial Development Authority, the Downtown Hartsville Revitalization Commission, Inc., and the Chamber of Commerce – and one or two groups that I might have missed. And that’s the point!

Each of these groups is focused on improving Hartsville and Trousdale County, yet often times the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. If we could agree on a common set of goals for the city and county, let each organization take a portion of that goal and work towards it while continuing to communicate and coordinate with the other groups, we could achieve our goals. 

It won’t be easy, it won’t happen tomorrow but putting aside our perceived slights and prejudices and engaging in open communication could pave the way for real progress. I’m not suggesting management by committee, we have enough of that, just a clear set of goals that everyone is working toward. You may not agree with every single idea, that’s OK, you just have to be able to see the big picture and be willing to work towards the betterment of our city and county.

Here is a great way to start. Take a stand against hunger by wearing orange on Thursday, Sept. 5. September is Hunger Action Month in Middle Tennessee designed to help bring awareness to not only those who are hungry but to recognize the work of local food banks and Second Harvest.

More than 395,400 people in Middle Tennessee don’t know where their supper is coming from each evening; that translates into 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 children. On a local level, according to our Help Center, that is 1,100 individuals experiencing hunger on a regular basis in Trousdale County. Please make a monetary or food donation to the Help Center this week – someone in your community will be grateful for your help.

It’s time to purchase your tickets for the annual Goose Gala being held on Saturday, Sept. 21. Tickets are available at several local businesses including Hartsville Pharmacy, Trousdale Bank & Trust, Citizens Bank and Hartsville Liquors. The event includes dinner, music by Southern Image and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event are used to fund improvements in the downtown area.

MAL, LDP extended with help of American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012


The marketing assistance loan (MAL) and loan deficiency payment (LDP) provisions authorized in the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) have been extended for the 2013 crop year with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

MAL’s and LDP’s provide financing and marketing assistance of wheat, rice, feed grains, soybeans and other oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, cotton, honey and wool. Assistance is available to eligible producers beginning with harvest or shearing season and extending through the program year. 

The 2013 mohair crop is not eligible for MAL’s or LDP’s because mohair provisions were suspended by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 and the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013.

MAL’s provide producers interim financing at or after harvest to help them meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows. A producer who is eligible to obtain a loan, but agrees to forgo the loan, may obtain an LDP if such payments are available.

The 2013 corn loan rate is $2.04 per bushel and soybean loan rate is $5.14 per bushel for both Macon and Trousdale County.

For more information about marketing assistance loan and loan deficiency payments, please visit your FSA county office or FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport.

The Rev. Carr on union churches and camp meetings of old


Late summer is a traditional time for revivals and a good revival needs a good preacher. Our subject for September will be local preachers, revivals and camp meetings.

“Men of the cloth,” as preachers are sometimes called, have been a part of our town’s history from the very beginning. We know that “circuit riders” visited here and our town had a “Union Church” by 1800. A “Union Church” was a church building shared by several different faiths.

One of the earliest preachers in our area was the Rev. John Carr. We know a lot about the Rev. Carr because he wrote a book, “Early Times in Middle Tennessee” and the “early times” he wrote about were before 1850!

In his book he states, “I will now give you a sketch of the first Meeting-house that was ever built upon Goose Creek. In fact, there was none in all that section of the country for many miles around, when the great religious excitement took place in 1800. Our dwelling houses were too small to hold the large multitude of people that flocked out to meeting. At that time the Methodists and Presbyterians were almost a unit; they could not tell which shouted the loudest!

“We determined to build us a house to worship the God of our fathers in…we had a meeting, purchased a piece of ground on a beautiful eminence, convenient to a fine spring. We appointed a day to get the timbers to build…When the day arrived, it was wonderful to behold the multitude of people that came out – wagons and teams, choppers and hewers. (the church would be build of logs)

“By evening we had collected timber to build a large house; and, in the evening, laid the foundation…

“It was proposed we should have prayer…we knelt down around the foundation, and prayer was offered up to God in a most solemn manner…” 

That early church was also a “Union church” and stood, as well as can be determined, about where the Willow Grove Methodist Church stands today in the Willow Grove community of Trousdale County.

In the early days of the ministry in Middle Tennessee people would gather for revivals or for “camp meetings.” A “camp meeting” was a large meeting usually set in a grove of trees by a spring or creek and people would camp there for several days, enjoying each other’s company and attending services morning, noon and night.

Carr wrote this about one such camp meeting, “On the first day of the meeting, the people arriving in crowds, in wagons, on horseback, and on foot…and the great work commenced immediately, and progressed night and day without intermission…”

The call to be saved was given and people responded, “…one saw many men, women, and children, from the aged father down to the youngest son, now stretched upon the ground and pleading for mercy; then rising, and with shouts giving glory to God.”

Having gone for long periods of time away from a church, this sudden immersion in faith caused some people to react in a manner we might consider peculiar today…and one which drew the attention of their fellow worshipers back then.

The Rev. Carr wrote about these people who “felt the spirit,” “The jerks cannot be so easily described. Sometimes the subject of the jerks would be affected in some one member of the body, and sometimes in the whole system. When the head alone was affected, it would be jerked backward and forward, or from side to side, so quickly that the features of the face could not be distinguished. 

“When the whole system was affected, I have seen the person stand in one place, and jerk backward and forward in quick succession, the head nearly touching the floor behind and before.”

The Rev. Carr also describes people dancing about with the spirit, “The subject…began to dance…such dancing was indeed heavenly to the spectators…sometimes the motion was quick, and sometimes slow…they continued to move forward and backward by the same track…till nature seemed exhausted…and they would fall prostrate on the earth…”

More from John Carr next week!

Trousdale declares September Suicide Prevention Month


County Mayor Jake West and Brenda Harper, formerly of Cumberland Mental Health, signed a proclamation recently recalling September Suicide Prevention Month in Trousdale County.

In support of this act, the Trousdale County Health Council will be hosting Trousdale Remembers Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. in front of the county courthouse.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there were 938 recorded suicide deaths in our state in 2012, at a rate of 14.7 per 100,000 people. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among youth and young adults ages 15-24 in Tennessee and throughout the entire nation.

More people die by suicide each year than from homicide, AIDS, or drunk driving. Suicide is the leading cause of violent deaths in our state, nationally and worldwide, far above homicide and death due to natural disasters.

Through signing the proclamation, it will, hopefully, raise awareness of this terrifying problem and become the key to preventing further suffering and loss of life. Raising awareness has helped reduce the risk for human self-destruction, and urged education and treatment.

Suicide prevention has been declared a national priority by the President and Congress; and Tennessee declares suicide prevention as a state priority and the legislature, in partnership with The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN), implements the Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention based on the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

In almost all cases, suicide can be traced to unrecognized, untreated, or poorly treated mental illness. It can happen to people of either sex, any race or ethnicity, and any economic status. The average suicide death leaves behind six survivors – family and friends of the deceased – all of whom are at increased risk for a suicide attempt themselves. As if the emotional and psychological toll were not enough, suicide and suicide attempts cost the state of Tennessee $1 billion a year in medical treatment, lost wages, and lost productivity.

TSPN and its allies in the public health, mental health, and social service fields are joining forces to recognize the month of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. During this annual observance, TSPN and its allies arrange several educational and memorial events across Tennessee. These projects help teach the general public about the problem of suicide and how it can be prevented.They also give family and friends an opportunity to remember those lost to suicide; to encourage survivors of suicide, survivors of suicide attempts, and people who have triumphed over mental illness; and to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to suicide prevention efforts in the state.

As part of this observance, mayors and county executives across Tennessee will receive proclamations declaring September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which they will sign in support of our state’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month efforts. These proclamations will be presented at the annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Day event, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Trevecca Community Church, located at 335 Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville.

The TSPN is a grassroots collaboration of Tennesseans and organizations working to eliminate the stigma of suicide, educate the community about the warning signs of suicide, and ultimately reduce the rate of suicide in the state.

Managing Editor Marie Corhern can be reached at 615-374-3556 or email thevidette@bellsouth.net.

Trousdale helps keeps Tennessee beautiful


Trousdale County has helped Keep Tennessee Beautiful (KTnB) achieve perfection again.

KTnB once again achieved 100-percent participation from all 95 counties during the 2013 Great American Cleanup (GAC) thanks to the tireless efforts of our volunteers. 

This marked the seventh year in a row KTnB and its local organizers have accomplished this feat.

“For the seventh straight year, Tennessee had volunteer participation in 100 percent of its counties for the Great American Cleanup, which is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Becky Lyons, Keep America Beautiful’s chief operating officer. “Thanks to the stewardship of Keep Tennessee Beautiful, the Great American Cleanup achieved remarkable results making Tennessee a cleaner, greener, more beautiful state.”

Trousdale County Litter Program, led by Ginny Hunter, collected 600 pounds of trash in Trousdale. A total of 50 volunteers contributed 150 hours, helping Trousdale County achieve these totals.

The National Sponsors of the 2013 GAC are: Dart Container Corporation; The Dow Chemical Company; The Glad Products Company; LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc.; Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water; PepsiCo’s Pepsi-Cola and Gatorade companies; Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment; Waste Management, WM Recycle Service; and Wrigley. 

For more information on GAC, contact Keep Tennessee Beautiful at 888-862-5326, or visit www.keeptnbeautiful.org/get-invo….

Transferring tobacco buyout contracts


It doesn’t seem possible but FSA will soon make the final payment on the tobacco buyout program (Tobacco Transition Program Payment) in just more than months from now, January 2014.

The January 2014 payment is the final installment of 10 equal payments when the government’s quota and price support system ended on various types of tobacco effective in 2005.

Anyone with an active tobacco contract can still transfer a contract to other immediate family member as long as this transfer is completed by Nov. 1.

The only other transfer available is for a decreased contract holder being allowed to transfer when the following is met in this order:

• First, if the deceased person with a contract has a surviving spouse, the tobacco buyout contract must go to the surviving spouse upon presentation of a death certificate, without regard to any will or other document.

• Secondly, if there is no surviving spouse, the contract can be transferred to members of the estate by the person allowed under State Law to distribute the assets of the deceased and provide a copy of the death certificate. Until this documentation is presented that identifies a personal representative to act on behalf of the estate, the contract is made inactive and no further payments can be issued.

Crowder recognized for Trousdale’s contribution in $4M gift to fund organ donation awareness


The Tennessee County Clerks Organ Donor Awareness Foundation is pleased to announce they have reached the $4 million mark in donations since its inception in 1996. 

“Thanks to the dedication of our state’s county clerks, we have been able to raise money to provide our citizens with education on the importance of organ and tissue donation,” Janice Butler, president of the Tennessee Association of County Clerks said. 

She and Tom McRedmond, foundation executive director, recognized the continued dedication and commitment of Tennessee County Clerks at their recent spring meeting. 

Trousdale County Clerk Rita Crowder and her staff received a commemorative plaque in recognition of this milestone. 

“We are pleased to be a part of saving lives through this program. I want to thank the citizens of Trousdale County for their continued generosity and support of organ and tissue donation,” Crowder said. “Many of us have a connection to organ donation. We know either an organ recipient or someone currently waiting on a life-saving transplant. We also knew a donor who passed on the gift of life.” 

The Tennessee County Clerks Association launched the foundation in 1996 to support organ donation education in Tennessee. The foundation works in cooperation with the non-profit Tennessee Donor Services and Mid-South Transplant Foundation to educate Tennesseans on the importance of becoming an organ and tissue donor. A board comprised of physicians, donor service professionals and county clerk representatives administer the funds. This financial support played a critical role in developing the Donate Life Tennessee online registry. 

Contributions help create and distribute educational materials, develop school-based programs and produce events to recognize organ and tissue donors. 

Currently in the United States there are more than 119,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. More than 2,500 of those live in Tennessee. Every 18 minutes a patient on the waiting list dies – and every 10 minutes another person needing a life-saving transplant joins the waiting list.

As of August 2013, over 1,850,000 Tennesseans registered to donate their organs through the Donate Life Tennessee Organ & Tissue Donor Online Registry or via the Department of Safety. On average nearly 3,500 people register weekly. While the rate falls far short of the nationwide goal to register 50 percent of each state’s licensed drivers, Tennessee’s registry is growing quickly. 

Tennesseans can register to be an organ donor by simply checking “yes” when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or online at www.DonateLifeTN.org.

Donate Life Tennessee is a non‐profit, state‐authorized organ and tissue donor registry, administered by the state’s two organ procurement organizations (OPO), responsible for facilitating the donation process in Tennessee: Tennessee Donor Services and Mid‐South Transplant Foundation. The Donate Life Registry assures that all personal information is confidential and stored in a secure database, accessible only to authorized OPO personnel.

The many dishes of corn


My wife and I have a collection of cook books. They cover everything from French Cuisine to campfire cooking to one dish crock pot recipes. I can sit down with a good cook book and find it as interesting to read as the latest detective novel.

One of my favorites is “The Cornmeal Gospels” by a well known food critic…for one good reason, I love cornbread!

Evidently, so do most Southerners and if you were a pioneer, it may have been on your plate at every meal!

As we have seen in this series of articles, corn was the basic crop of the pioneer and continued to be the main food crop for the southern farmer up to WWII.

On the Tennessee frontier, corn was the first thing the settler planted. It was crucial to his survival.

On sure, the pioneer could always go hunting and supply his family with venison, or bear meat…but, for the “bread” he used to soak up the juices of his bear steak, he used cornbread!

The pioneer would grind his dried kernels of corn into a coarse powder, or “meal.” This “cornmeal” was the basic ingredient for a multitude of baked, fried or boiled dishes.

Corn mush was the simplest meal the pioneer could make and it made a good breakfast. Boil water, add a pinch of salt, then stir in some corn meal. The result, after a little stirring, was “corn mush.” You could eat it straight from the kettle or add a little milk or butter or sugar (if you were fortunate enough to have any on hand).

If you make the corn mush thick enough, you can shape it into a small “pone” or cake and fry it in a skillet. This was the recipe used by slaves out in the field who would stop for lunch and build a small fire. With no skillet, they would place the corn pone onto the flat edge of their garden hoe and place the hoe over the fire.

That is where “hoe cakes” came from.

Of course, adding eggs, or buttermilk, lard or a little flour to the mix and you are going “upscale” on us, but that gives us corn cakes, cornbread, corn light bread, hot water cornbread, corn fritters, corn muffins and corn dumplings.

I can find ten different recipes for cornbread in our cookbooks, but they are all basically the same: corn meal, a little milk, soda, salt, an egg and a little lard (shortening is too high class for real cornbread).

If you grind your corn meal coarser, you get “grits.” This is another standard southern food for breakfast. Again, the recipe is simple: coarse grind corn meal, hot water, a dash of salt and simmer until the consistency of oatmeal.

Grits with red-eye gravy are a true southern delicacy.

Corn doesn’t stop there.

Hominy is another food made from corn and involves boiling shelled corn in lye water, or ashes from the fireplace if you don’t have lye!

Corn could be eaten on the cob, fried in the skillet, creamed, cooked into “corn pudding,” or used to make corn chowder.

And, what respectable fisherman doesn’t add a little onion to his cornmeal and toss it into grease for “hushpuppies.”

The recent infusion of Hispanic cooking on the American scene has given us corn in even more tantalizing ways, but this is a history column and the pioneer never tasted tortillas! 

You would think that the pioneer would be content with the many ways he could use the corn plant. 

But, his favorite use for corn was also the one that caused him the most trouble: corn liquor!

Using the same corn kernels as our other recipes, the settler could make “corn mash” and boil and distill it to make a potent brew that would keep him warm at night, put a little hop into his step and liven up any party, meeting, revival or political rally!

We know it in slang as “moonshine,” but on the frontier the pioneer made more off of his corn liquor than he did from any other farm product!

And, that is a subject we’ll look at in a future series of articles!

Waller celebrates 67th Anniversary


Tabitha Frances Ward, daughter of Hubert N. Ward and Birdye Parker Ward, and Edgar Morrison Waller, son of Alfred H and Maggie Duke Waller, were married Aug. 31, 1946 at 4:30 p.m .at the home of Bro. W.W. Suddarth of Shop Springs, Tenn.

The only attendants were brother and sister of the bride, Hubert Ward Jr. and Cora Alice Ward.

Their honeymoon was going to the barn lot to help milk 19 cows. They were so happy, honeymoon didn’t matter at all.

Blessings from this marriage are four children: Dianne (Kenny) Martin, Joanne (Larry) Turnbow, Roxy Caroline Cunningham and Phillip Bryant (Regina) Waller.

Seven grandchildren: Fran, Cynthia, Amy, Allison, Jon, Sylvia Caroline and Jon Edgar.

Nine great grandchildren: Hannah, Lydia, Tanner, twins, Addison, Anslee, Mary, Maggie, Caroline and Olivia.

Highway 141 bridge under repair


TDOT contracted crews are currently working on necessary repairs to the bridge on Highway 141 South that passes over the Cumberland River. The maintenance work will involve some replacement of metal beneath the bridge while also tearing out some of the old asphalt down to the concrete in the areas that have shown wear. New asphalt will be paved when the project is complete in a couple of weeks. TDOT asks for patience from motorists as lane shifts will be involved to keep the flow of traffic. Motorist are asked to use caution in work zones so workers can remain safe as they do their jobs. Any questions on the project, contact County Mayor Jake West at 374-2461 or email trousdalemayor@gmail.com.

Tuck named National American Miss Tennessee


Rachel Tuck, daughter of Kendall and Melanie Tuck, has earned the prestigious title of the 2013 National American Miss Tennessee at the stage pageant held July 29.

She will be attending the National Pageant to be held in Anaheim, Calif., at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week, representing the state of Tennessee, where she will have the opportunity to win her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes.

The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the National American Miss Pageants awards $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. 

National American Miss has added the ultimate door prizes to Nationals 2013. Each girl that qualifies for the national pageant has a chance to win a new 2013 Ford Mustang Convertible. For more details visit www.namiss.com/car. 

National American Miss is dedicated to developing the success of young women across our nation with a program that is designed to be age-appropriate and family-oriented. Pageants are held in each state for girls age four to eighteen in five different age divisions.

The National American Miss Pageants are for “Today’s Girl” and “Tomorrow’s Leaders.” The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise, presentation and offers an “All American Spirit” of fun for family and friends. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future.

Tuck’s activities include organizing fundraisers and community service events for the EAO Foundation, playing baseball with family and friends, and watching her favorite show, The Golden Girls. 

Her sponsors for the pageant were Ann York, Dr. Phillip Hunt of Armadillo Medical Services, Melanie Hendricks, Sue Porkes, Randall and Marie Tuck, Larry and Cynthia Hudson and her parents. 

Tuck would really like to get to know the people of Tennessee that she will be representing, so please do not hesitate to invite her to any and every community event. She would like to be involved as much as possible. You may contact her by email at rachel.tuck@ymail.com.

‘Best yet’ for summer reading program


This year’s Summer Reading program at our library has been our best yet. If you couldn’t make it, you missed out on magic, movies, mummies and much, much more! 

We hope everyone had as much fun as we did the past couple months, and we could not have been able to provide all our entertainment without the help of our library board and staff, patron donaters, teen volunteers and our wonderful local sponsors this year: Tri-County Electric, Hartsville Foodland, Trousdale Bank and Trust, Hartsville Piggly Wiggly, Citizens Bank Hartsville and McDonald’s of Hartsville. 

A special big thanks to all of our performers: entertainer Scott Tripp, Bob Tarter with NHECM Animals, Channel 4 WSMV Nashville Snowbird, entertainer Rachel Sumner, Runaway Puppet Theater and Mr. Bond: The Science Guy. Also, congratulations to our grand prize winners: Youth – Sidney Gregory; Teen – Shyla Banar; and Adult – Marie Burnley. We hope to see everyone again next summer for lots more fun!

Storytime is starting again for ages 5 and under. Join us at the library on most Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for storytelling, dancing and crafts. Free basic computer classes will be available again in the next few months, and other special events, so be sure to keep an eye on our library calendar for those dates.

We are also planning to begin making off-site access to our library catalog and individual accounts available soon through a link on our county library website. The site will be a valuable patron resource to find library information such as patron checkouts, policies, upcoming events, memorial donations, new items and more.

Parents with small children will be excited to know that we now have an early literacy game computer is our children’s area! The computer was provided to our local library and others for free through AWE and the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Please come by with your child and take a moment to engage them in easy, educational games that will help them build the skills they need to become lifetime learners.

St. John’s crown Little Miss Queen and King


St. John Missionary Baptist Church held a Little Miss Queen and King beauty pageant April 28. Khrum Bekhai Locke, 8 months, center, was named Little Miss Queen. She is the daughter of Kemilah Locke. She is the special friend of Leon W. Berry; granddaughter of Kenneth W. Locke and Betty J. Locke; and niece of Khealan W. Locke. Orlando rafael Montgomery, 1, right, was crowned King. He is the son of Lachresha Jenkins. He is the grandson of Shirley Locke. Runner-up went to Shaniya Janease Jones, left. She is the daughter of Sha Jones and Chris Jones.

More to see and do at the Trousdale County Fair


This year’s Trousdale County Fair was bigger and better than previous fairs with new fair events, more than 1,056 entries turned in and activities for everyone in the family.

“We have been excited about the results,” said Fair President Kathy Atwood. “We had a lot of people who said, ‘We had no idea.’ People are already thinking about next year. Folks are already asking about books.”

With more participants in previous years, Trousdale County has remade their image into something more than just a youth fair, this year’s focus on entries from young kids all the way to adults.

“When it is going on, we makes notes on things that we think might need changing as far as how we do things,” said Atwood. “After looking at our notes, we will be asking folks about things and what we need to improve.”

Attendees to this year’s fair participated in the inaugural Cornhole Tournament with William West and Richie Bean winning cornhole boards, the inaugural VFW Post #4842 Car Show, Red Hat ladies performing skits, performance from the Senior Center Line Dancers, and Young and the Restless, representing Trousdale Medical Center and playing for Trousdale County’s Christmas for Kids, defeating seven teams to win Family Feud.

Post Commander Gary Walsh said, “It was been great [the car show]. We are sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts this year, and have received several door prizes from local businesses. We are really happy from the community support for this.

“The public who are coming out to the fair are stopping by and taking a look. We plan on getting out and being a part [of the fair] every year.”

All proceeds from the car show went to the VFW.

Of course the county fair kept to it’s roots and showcased participants’ favorites like the cattle, sheep shows and the annual chicken auction.

“We did very well,” said UT Extension Agent Jason Evitts. “We had 33 birds, who averaged $16.50 a piece. The judge was very pleased with the quality of chickens that were here today [Saturday]. They did better than last year. We had a lot of chickens, and they averaged $7.”

This year around 12 students participated in the Chicken Chain event. The students received their chicks around March 15.

“A lot of the 4-Hers that have done it in the past have said this year has been the most productive as far egg laying they have ever had,” added Evitts.

This year’s fair was dedicated to Billy Woodmore, while his son Toby, received the Pioneer Award.

Billy dedicated over 60 years of his life to agriculture said Fair Vice-President Angie Williams during the Fair Kick-off Banquet on Aug. 9.

“He was born and raised on a century farm, and continues to own that farm to this day,” said Williams. “To this day he remain an example of the quiet strength, dedication and love of the land that is the American farmer.”

Atwood commented that without the help that Toby was given the fair over the years, “the fair wouldn’t be what it is today without him.”

The Trousdale County Fair will go on in January and compete with other county fairs who are a part of the Merit Award Program.

Managing Editor Marie Corhern can be reached at 615-374-3556 or email thevidette@bellsouth.net

Connector road for Industrial Park Road discussed


The Planning Commission met Aug. 12 to discuss a road that will connect the Industrial Park Road over to New Halltown Road. 

TDOT will need to do a study on the road for engineering and right of way variances. After much discussion, the Planning Commission voted to give their recommended endorsement of the project to the County Commission. 

Mayor Jake West stated that “this project would be a good move for a lot of people.” 

“The biggest improvement by adding the road, it would take the big trucks off of Andrews Street. It would also make it easier for truckers to maneuver their large rigs from the Industrial Park over to State Route Highway 25,” said West. 

Chairman Rod Bowen reported Kirk Sutherland was nominated to be the Planning Commission representative to interface with all the entities that will be working on the application process. 

For more information, call the mayor’s office 374-2461 or go to website www.trousdalemayorwest.com.

Dixon Springs to host annual Ice Cream Social


The Dixon Springs Preservation Association is once again hosting its annual Ice Cream Social. It will be held this coming Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25, from 2-4 p.m. The “all you can eat” event takes place in the small community’s restored old bank building.

The public is invited, so you don’t have to be a resident of the community to attend…and, the event is free!

The Association hosts this yearly social to encourage residents and visitors alike to come to Dixon Springs and enjoy its small town charm.

Guests will enjoy a variety of homemade ice cream flavors made by the association’s members and will be able to see some of the preservation work done by the group.

In addition to the town’s old People’s Bank building, the group has helped restore and save an old cottage, a stagecoach inn and the town’s country store.

Each year attendees take a straw poll to decide who has brought the best “homemade” flavor to the social, and residents of the community are encouraged to bring their own favorite recipe to compete. It will be a great way to wind down after the long hot days of summer!

Husking the night away


“Aw Shucks!”

Many a country boy has let out this exclamation when embarrassed, agitated or just plain excited…and, it’s a fitting comment on this week’s look at corn and its role in our history.

We have seen in our past three articles that corn was the most important crop on the Tennessee frontier. It was the first thing the pioneer planted!

Corn was a versatile crop.

It could be used to feed almost every animal on the farm. The settler and his family ate a steady diet of corn. (A subject that we will look at in next week’s article.)

And, the plant itself had a multitude of uses.

As it grew, the settler would plant beans, squash and pumpkins in the corn row. The beans could climb the corn stalk for easy picking and the squash thrived in the corn’s shadow.

The top of the stalk could be cut in the middle of the growing season and set aside as “fodder” to be fed to the farmer’s cattle in the winter months. 

There is more!

After the ears of corn are “shucked” (the source of our opening expression), the shucks themselves were put to use! 

The shucks, for those who are unfamiliar with the way Mother Nature prepares each ear of corn, are the leaves that wrap around the tender ears of corn protecting them as they mature on the stalk. They can also be called “husks.” 

Corn shucks could be used to stuff a homemade mattress, make a primitive broom, and even be tied and twisted into a doll for the children of the household.

Corn shucks can be braided into bridles for horses, short pieces of rope or used to make a chair bottom, woven to make a door mat, a primitive mop or into baskets.

As you can imagine, nothing went to waste on the frontier. The pioneer cabin was full of everyday objects crafted from the natural world about him.

This leads us to “corn husking” parties.

Corn can be left on the stalk to dry and then the stalk pulled up and tied into bundles called “shocks.” The shocks would be left in the field until late fall when it was time to pull the ears of corn and to shuck the husks off.

It was part of the farmer’s annual routine to shuck the corn. And, when you have a few thousand ears of corn…it is quite a job!

So, the pioneer had a system, a system that allowed the work to get done and provided a little entertainment to boot!

The pioneer would invite his neighbors over for a “corn husking.” On a late fall evening the neighbors would all show up and help the farmer shuck his corn and he would provide a little food and entertainment in exchange for their help.

Sometimes the corn would have to be brought in from the fields where it was still standing in shocks. Sometimes the farmer would have the ears piled up on the floor of his barn ready for the husking to begin.

In either case, the farmer hosting the party or “bee” as it was sometimes called, would set a table out with food and cider for his guests.

With the eating over, the work began.

There might be a competition between two teams to see who could get a certain size pile done first. Sometimes the girls competed against the men.

An ear of red corn was sometimes hidden in the pile and whoever found it was considered lucky in love, for…if it was a fellow he got to choose any girl in attendance to kiss. If it was a girl, every boy there got to kiss her on the cheek!

After the corn was all shucked, a fiddle would be tuned up and there would be dancing till midnight!

The recollections of Edwin Sanders Payne of Trousdale County, tells about such a party in the mid 1800s and he says there was more than just corn and music.

“(We would) have a big corn shucking at night…plenty of whiskey, and a big supper and then have fiddling and dancing…” 

Oh yes, corn could be made into whiskey as well!