County’s Democrats call for legislative special session


Trousdale County Democrats are calling on Gov. Bill Haslam to call a special session of the state legislature so that Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver and Sen. Ferrell Haile can vote on the governor’s Insure Tennessee plan.

In a recent poll conducted by Vanderbilt University, 64 percent of registered voters participating in the survey favored Insure Tennessee.

“The people of Tennessee are telling their elected officials to expand health care to 280,000 hardworking Tennesseans, many of whom are our neighbors and friends. They are a part of our community,” said John Oliver, chairman of the Trousdale County Democratic Party.

Insure Tennessee, which would expand the state’s Medicaid program, failed in an early February special session after Republican senators killed it in a committee vote.

“Democrats will continue to fight for opportunity for all, strong families and communities, and effective and accountable government. We want the entire Tennessee General Assembly to vote on and pass this plan to provide coverage for the families in our community caught in an insurance gap. Recently, the media highlighted the fact that Republican lawmakers and their families have access to affordable state health care plans. Why won’t they also allow hardworking Tennesseans access to health care like they do?” said Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

Insure Tennessee would also bring funds into Tennessee hospitals, especially rural hospitals which struggle to deal with rising health care costs and charity care.

Four rural hospitals have closed in Tennessee in the last year, among them Brownville Hospital – the only hospital in Haywood County.

For more information contact Jim Falco, secretary/treasurer of the Trousdale County Democratic Party, by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 615-374-0416.

Christmas for Kids Cake Walk will be Saturday



The annual Christmas for Kids Cake Walk will take place this Saturday, June 6.

Held at the corner of Court Street and Main Street in downtown Hartsville, the event will begin at 6 p.m. with food available. The cake walk itself will begin at 7 p.m.

Organizers are looking for people to bake cakes and other goodies, donate cash, or volunteer. Donations will be accepted all day Saturday at the gazebo. Concessions will be available through the Trousdale County Rescue Squad as well.

The Rescue Squad (also known as the Emergency Management Agency, or EMA) holds the cake walk each year to help raise money for Christmas for Kids, which provides clothing, toys, fruit, candy and even money for shopping to Trousdale County students in need.

For more information or to see how you can help, call the Trousdale County Rescue Squad at 615-374-9503.

Trousdale County EMS holds Open House


Trousdale County EMS gathered with members of the community recently to celebrate National EMS Week.

As part of the celebration, Trousdale EMS held an open house on Thursday, May 21. In attendance were members of law enforcement, county commissioners, firefighters and other public safety officials. The public was also invited to the open house, where a cookout was held.

“It’s an annual tradition to have a cookout (during EMS Week),” said Trousdale EMS Director Matt Batey. “It’s just a recognition of the sacrifice that people make working the hours we work. We miss a lot of family time, holidays, so it’s just a little break. Everyone can get together and spend time together.”

Those who came also had the opportunity to tour the EMS facility and get an inside look at both the personnel and some of their equipment, including a look inside an ambulance.

“Anyone who wants to come can see what we do,” Batey said. “They can sit down and talk, if they have any questions about what we do and why we do. It’s pretty much a community event.”

National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.”

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or [email protected].

Sale on the Boulevard set for June 6


Got items filling your attic or garage that you’d like to get rid of – and maybe get a little cash in the process?

The Hartsville/Trousdale Chamber of Commerce has just the thing for you with its third annual Sale on the Boulevard Yard Sale. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. and will be held in the parking lot of Trousdale County High School.

“It’s pretty much a wide-open event,” said Chamber Director Kent Moreland. “It’s a really neat thing to see. People just come out and set up and sell.”

There is no fee to set up a booth, Moreland said, and most any items are welcome.

“No guns,” Moreland joked. “Anything that you would normally sell at your house or a garage sale.”

Moreland hopes to see a strong turnout and said he had already received numerous inquiries from the community.

“With the location right there on the highway, people driving by will see what’s going on and hopefully they’ll drop in.”

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 615-374-9243 or email [email protected].

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or [email protected].

Letter to Editor: Veterans groups plan Flag Day ceremony


To the Editor:

Flag Day is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, as well as its designers and makers.

Our flag is a representation of both our independence and our unity as a nation – shown in the words of the Pledge of Allegiance, “one nation, under God, indivisible.”

The American flag has a proud and glorious history. It has been at the lead of every battle fought by Americans and many people have lost their lives protecting it.

There is a very special ceremony for retiring a U.S. flag by burning it. It is a ceremony which everyone should see.

On Saturday, June 13, the American Legion Post 56 and VFW Post 4842 will host a Flag Day Ceremony at Hartsville’s Veterans Park, beginning at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Also, to honor the veterans lost in past wars, we invite their families to attend and offer a short history of their fallen loved ones.

Dan Belcher,

Post Commander

American Legion Post 56

Look Back: James Donoho loved to tell stories of youth


We often ask people to write down stories about their past or about growing up in Trousdale County. If they are good enough to oblige, we add them to our historical society archives.

This month, we will share some of those great memories.

Our first reminiscence is compliments of the late James Donoho.

James grew up in the Beech Grove community of Trousdale County in the early 1900s. His father was a farmer and his mother was a homemaker. James was an only child.

Donoho became a successful lawyer in town. He was active in civic affairs, was a member of the Hartsville Lions Club, and was mayor.

James wrote a book on his childhood, but the manuscript burned up when his law office caught fire. All we have are a few pages that he had left at home and that his widow gave us, but those few pages make for fun reading:   

“On the farm where I lived, there were no hickory trees. There was just one walnut tree and one persimmon. Some of these young people today don’t know what a persimmon is. They grow on trees in the woods and up on hills like on Gravely Hill and down on the creeks. Persimmons are small, about an inch in diameter. They’re not good to eat any time before they get ripe. Some people make pies out of them. People ought to know that when green they will turn your mouth wrongside out!

“I can always remember my grandfather Hall, who lived with my mother and father for several years before he died. He always thought that everybody ought to drink some sassafras tea early in the spring cause it would clean the blood. Anyway, in February or early March, we’d see him get on his horse with a grubbing hoe usually going to the Woodmore Hollow farm to dig up some sassafras roots, bring them back home and lay them out to dry and make sassafras tea with them. He would put them in a pot with some water and let them boil and the tea would be real brown. Nearly everybody liked a little sassafras tea in the spring. It had a good taste.

James was a little mischievous in his childhood, as this story shows.

“Mr. Revly Celsor lived along the road to the Beech Grove School. He was hard of hearing and carried around his neck a trumpet you could talk through. He would move around his farm on a horse. When he was on his horse and we would pass him on the road, we would cry out “whoa” and his horse would stop. Mr. Celsor couldn’t hear us and he couldn’t figure out why that horse had stopped.”

There must be a little devilment in all of us!

He was also adventurous.

“There was a time when us kids would go grabbling. That’s when you just run your hand out under the rocks in the creek and catch a fish. Of course, you were liable to catch a snake too. For years and years I was afraid to do that kind of fishing. There was a boy that lived on the farm, some older that I, who would grabble fish and he finally persuaded me to go. During that one summer season I would run my hand back under the rocks and I caught a few fish like that, but I was still a little bit gibberish about maybe catching a snake. That summer ended my grabbling fish.”

Or sometimes he was a little foolish.

“One night we arranged a possum hunting trip (Carl, a neighbor, and Alvin a cousin). We didn’t catch any possum, but we did catch two polecats. We skinned the polecats and carried the hides home with us, stinking as you can imagine they were. Carl went on up Middle Fork road to his house. Alvin and I went over to Uncle Leslie’s. We were so excited about the two polecat hides that we busted right on into the bedroom where Uncle Leslie and Aunt Ada were. The first scent of those polecats hides and Aunt Ada hollered, ‘Git out of here with them things, Boys!’ It took several days, maybe weeks to get all of that scent out of the house!”

Opinion: VA’s problems take root in Tennessee


This past Memorial Day, Tennesseans honored the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and reflected on how their service helped ensure our continued security and freedom. Unfortunately, while our nation’s veterans have always looked out for us, our government has not consistently responded in kind.

Roughly one year ago, the disgraced former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, General Eric Shinseki, resigned amidst revelations that hospitals operated by the Veterans Administration (VA) were plagued with fraud and mismanagement, compromising the care of countless deserving veterans. When the Obama Administration replaced Shinseki with Robert McDonald as the new Secretary, the President promised that ‘the number one priority is making sure that problems get fixed.”

Fast forward 365 days, and how has veterans’ care improved? The number of veterans facing long waits has not decreased significantly and the number of patients waiting more than 90 days for care has almost doubled. How about the president’s promise to hold corrupt and incompetent employees accountable? While 110 VA facilities lied about veterans’ wait times, only one employee has been fired. The others have been transferred to different facilities, retired with benefits, or took paid leave – all still continuing to live off of your tax dollars.

If the VA is looking to identify an excuse for its poor service to veterans, insufficient funding won’t be one of them. Congress has fully funded the VA every year that I have served in Washington. The agency was exempted from the automatic spending cuts in the President’s sequester and has seen its budget increase year after year in an environment where other departments saw their accounts frozen or scaled back. Most recently, the House voted with my support earlier this month to increase VA funding yet again by 5.6 percent over last year’s levels. With the tremendous resources and support Congress has given the VA, it is clear that this agency does not have a problem with its balance sheet – it has a problem with the overall culture of the agency, something that must be fixed from the inside out.

Unfortunately, this misconduct has spilled over into our home state of Tennessee. Last month, my office wrote a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald highlighting stunning reports of mismanagement and inefficiencies at the Alvin C. York Campus of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, located in Murfreesboro. According to multiple reliable sources, the Murfreesboro facility is no longer admitting new patients, instead referring them to Nashville. Additionally, reports state that the facility’s emergency room is closed and now functions as an urgent care center which closes at 8 p.m. daily – a claim the VA has since admitted as fact. This all comes on top of multiple reports last year finding that the Murfreesboro VA clinic had some of the longest wait times in the nation.

In the wake of our request for an investigation of the Murfreesboro hospital, the VA finally announced modest steps to improve care at this facility, but many unanswered questions still remain. We will press forward with our calls for a full, independent report on the quality of care at this hospital so that we can ensure these mistakes are not repeated.

As the wife, mother, and daughter of veterans I know firsthand that these brave Americans give our country their very best, and they deserve the same in return. We need a plan from this President to fundamentally reform and reimagine the way that the VA delivers care to our nation’s heroes and, in the meantime, we need answers and accountability from our local VA here at home. After everything our veterans have done for us, isn’t this the least we can do for them?

Diane Black represents Tennessee’s Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Granville plans “Grits and Glitz’ Barn Sale


The Grits and Glitz Barn Sale, to be held June 19-20 in Historic Granville located on the banks of beautiful Cordell Hull Lake, will offer one-of-a kind finds!

The Pioneer Village offers ample vendor space, rustic charm, a fenced area, and space for local craftsmen demonstrations. You’ll find food, music, craft demonstrations and unique shopping, with that special touch which Historic Granville does so well! This show will feature antiques, vintage items, handmade products, repurposed, woodwork, jewelry, art and shabby chic.

You will see your favorite vendors: J. Alexander Home, A Touch of the Past, Jewelry by Dee Dee, Wife n Laws, Lily Bubble Soaps, Creative Designs by Ms. Gail, Three Generations, Deb’s One of a Kind, Grandpa’s House, Russell Ridge Nubian soaps and lotions, So Nosy, The Tangled Nest, A Cottage Find, Front Porch Culture, Valley Groweres Greenhouse plants, and more and more. Check out Grits and Glitz’s Facebook page for a full list of vendors.

You will also marvel at the scheduled craft and art demonstrations: Tad Crisp from Golden Hollow Pottery with those one of a kind pots, Barbara Boone and her beautiful hand woven baskets, Ann Fife weaving rugs on a rocker beater loom,  Scott and Susan Peek with  handmade brooms,  Jeremy Curtis with his blacksmith bellows, and Carol Berning will demonstrate how she creates those lovely painting.

The gates open at 1 p.m. Shopping hours will be from 1-7 p.m. on Friday, June 19 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. The gate entrance fee is $5 per day or a two-day pass for $8. Free parking is provided. Visitors will be given a wristband to allow them to move in and out of the Pioneer Village during the day.

T.B. Sutton General Store will feature a Grits and Glitz Ladies Menu Special, Granville Gifts and Granville Antique Shop will have items for barn sale specials, and the Sutton Homestead Guided Tour will provide a discount to barn sale participants.

Historic Granville has a proven history of hosting successful festivals and events. To learn more about Granville, go online to granvilletn.com.

New program offers help to first-time homebuyers


Summer is the season of house hunting, including those looking to purchase their first home. However, with ever stricter guidelines at traditional lenders, many financially secure potential homebuyers are finding themselves denied mortgages.

In response, the nonprofit Affordable Housing Resources, Inc. created and launched the Non-Qualified First Mortgage Loan this year to help those who may have higher debt ratios and lower credit scores. As with all mortgages, borrowers must demonstrate stability and the ability to repay.

For more than 25 years, Affordable Housing Resources has helped low- and moderate-income families and individuals achieve homeownership.

“Following the housing crisis, regulators and lenders understandably tightened lending requirements,” said Eddie Latimer, CEO of Affordable Housing Resources. “But the pendulum has now swung so far in that direction that it is preventing responsible people from getting a 30 year, fixed rate mortgage. They are being kept from buying their first home, an important rung in the economic ladder.”

Borrowers must show a two-year history of employment. Self-employed borrowers also are eligible with proven two-year work history and a year-to-date profit/loss report. As part of the program, borrowers must attend an eight-hour homebuyer education course, offered in a one-day or a two-day format. The course covers critical information and important considerations for successful homeownership. If a borrower becomes 45 days delinquent, one-on-one financial counseling is required.

“Homeownership is within reach of more people than realize it but it requires knowledge in addition to financial resources,” said Latimer. “We’ve designed the First Mortgage Loan to provide both, giving the foundation needed for the financial success that can come through owning your home.”

Loans are fixed-rate with terms up to 30 years. The property, including eligible condominiums, must be the principal residence for the owner. A minimum borrower contribution of 1 percent is required for the down payment and closing costs. The remaining 2 percent down payment may be sourced from personal gifts, grants or gifts from a qualified entity and/or employer assistance gift letter.

Potential homeowners can learn more and apply for the First Mortgage Loan through Affordable Housing Resources by calling 615-251-0025 or by visiting AHRhousting.org. 

Opinion: Six steps to reduce opioid abuse


Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton only recently announced her bid for office in 2016, but she has already declared a few important issues on her presidential agenda – including the ever-important opioid crisis in the United States.

In order to work toward a safer world that is free of opioid abuse, here are six steps we can take.

1. Redefine the problem. Many people who suffer from chronic pain rely on opioids to live a semblance of a normal life. There may be no alternative treatments for them. We should view the prescription opioid problem, instead, as a chronic pain problem. Many are chiming in to offer their best solutions to curbing the opioid abuse epidemic; sadly, many of the proposed solutions fail to promote and fund safer alternative therapies for people suffering from chronic pain.

2. Find a plan B. More than 100 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain, meaning a third of the entire country may rely on some form of medication to make their lives better. Pain ranges in severity, with many suffering from severe pain that makes it difficult to live a normal life. Trying to end opioid abuse without addressing the needs of those who rely on the drug may make the problem of chronic pain worse. We need to come up with a Plan B.

3. Fund alternatives. In 2007, Americans spent $34 billion in out-of-pocket expenses to cover the cost of alternative forms chronic pain treatment. To be clear, opioids are not the only means of treating chronic pain. Alternative therapies exist, but are woefully underfunded. As a result, many patients with severe chronic pain must rely only on what their insurance covers – in most cases, opioids. We need to invest in research to bring even more alternative therapies to the market, and crucially, insurance companies must then cover those alternative forms of care.

4. Stop the stigma. Despite the lack of options for alternative therapies for chronic pain, the topic of opioid abuse has caused an increase in stigmatization of patients who use opioids for pain management. Patients have reported reluctant doctors and pharmacists unwilling to prescribe necessary medications. The DEA has rescheduled hydrocodone as a Schedule II drug, leading to a series of unintended consequences. Many patients report feeling like drug addicts for simply trying to fill their legally obtained prescriptions.

5. Require all opioids to be abuse-deterrent. Abuse deterrent formulations (ADF) have been shown to curb some forms of opioid abuse, while maintaining the benefits for patients that need the drug.  Unfortunately, these safer formulations cost too much for practical use. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should lead the way and negotiate deals with manufacturers to make ADFs no more expensive than generic alternatives.

6. Remove methadone as a “preferred” drug. While the use of methadone as an analgesic for chronic pain has expanded in recent years, it shows up in mortality reports with a higher frequency than other opioids. The American Academy of Pain Medicine holds that methadone should not be a preferred drug unless special education is provided to patients, and that it should never be the first choice in treating chronic pain.

The opioid crisis is not a black and white issue. Until we stop treating it as such, we will not be able to tackle the problem at its root. Eliminating opioids does not alleviate the problem, end patient suffering, or acknowledge what the true issue is.

We can finally begin to treat the opioid epidemic in a safe and responsible way – a way that does not hurt the millions of Americans who rely on opioids to get out of bed, to play with their children, to get through the day.

Dr. Lynn R. Webster, MD, is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, vice president of Scientific Affairs at PRA Health Sciences, and author of a forthcoming book, The Painful Truth, and producer of a PBS TV documentary by the same name.

Pool safety tips for summer swimmers

Millions of Americans enjoy warm weather every year by swimming in our backyard pools and relaxing in hot tubs. Tragically though, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year.

The American Red Cross suggests owners make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:

Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.

Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses from the Red Cross.

Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.

Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”

Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses from the Red Cross.

Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. But it’s also important to know how to be safe while you’re in the water. The American Red Cross offers these safety tips:

Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.

Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.

Maintain constant supervision. Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.

If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.

Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.

The American Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation® have partnered to create an online Home Pool Essentials course that describes steps home pool owners can take to prevent tragedy and keep a well maintained pool or hot tub. The course is available at HomePoolEssentials.org.

Keep your car ready for road trips


Emergencies are one of the fastest ways to put the brakes on a great vacation. While some motorists may not encounter problems, travelers can minimize the risk by planning ahead and preparing properly.

According to the American Driving Survey provided by AAA, Americans drive the most during the summer months, July-September. More than half (55.6 percent) of calls AAA receives from stranded motorists are due to dead batteries, flat tires, low fuel and lockouts. AAA service technicians are able to get those motorists back on the road. The other forty-four percent of stranded motorists have problems that cannot be resolved on the roadside, requiring them to be towed.

“Nothing ruins a summer trip faster than a flat tire, overheated cooling system or battery that quits working on a hot summer day,” said Montrae Waiters, AAA spokeswoman. “That’s why it is important to perform basic safety checks before you get on the road.”

Kicking off the summer driving season, AAA offers theses precautionary tips to ensure you arrive safely:

Car Maintenance

Get your car inspected by an automotive technician before a long trip.

Check the tires regularly for uneven or excessive tread wear. Make sure all items, including the spare, are inflated properly. Do at least one check BEFORE hitting the road, as tires hot from driving give inaccurate inflation readings.

Check the coolant level and condition, making certain the proper 50/50 mixture of water and coolant is present.

Check the level and condition of the engine oil. If driving under extreme conditions- such as very hot summer weather or pulling a heavy trailer- you may want to consider switching to oil with higher viscosity. Check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations.

Look for worn, cracked, blistered or soft belts or hoses. Always perform this check with the engine off.

Hot weather can shorten the life of a car’s battery. If there’s concern; have it tested by a qualified automotive technician.

Is your car road-trip ready?

Don’t let car trouble spoil your travels this summer. Know what to do if your encounter a problem:

Carry an emergency kit with a flashlight, extra batteries, warning devices such as flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables, a first-aid kit and extra water.

When driving at night on unlit roadways, use high beams whenever possible.

Don’t let the gas level get below one-quarter of a tank.

Select your route on a map or smartphone ahead of time and study it to know exactly where you’re going. If you have a smart phone- use the new AAA MOBILE app.

Reserve all accommodations in advance.

Lock your car when you leave it and keep valuables out of sight.

Red Boiling Springs to hold Folk Medicine Festival


Yoga classes, identifying local plants and herbs, bio-dynamic farming, Native American lore and crafts, alternative medicines, wagon rides, music, food and fun are all planned for the annual Folk Medicine Festival on June 6 in Red Boiling Springs.

Throughout the city parks and downtown area the festival features local artists and craftspeople, food vendors and entertainment of all kinds. The goal of the Red Boiling Springs Folk Medicine Festival is to pass on knowledge, skills and traditions that ensure the survival of folk activities, from old-time medicine and natural healing arts to arts and crafts that demonstrate the traditional, handmade way of not only creating art but useful household items.

Educational sessions will be held in the dining room of the Armour’s Red Boiling Springs Hotel. Four sessions are being offered beginning at 9:30 a.m. with Jeff Poppen, the Barefoot Farmer. Come learn about organic and bio-dynamic farming from Poppen. Next, Aurora Wray will share about the benefits of fermentation. After lunch, come visit hear Ila Hatter, the Lady of the Forest, as she shares her knowledge on the identification and use of local herbs and plants. Our final presentation will be by Lesley Hall on an Introduction to Homeopathy.

Across the creek from the Armour’s will be the Festival Quilt Show. Down the creek in the Log Cabin Village area, demonstrators include a potter, a wood carver, basket weaver, blacksmith, grist mill and more. Newberry and Sons Chairs will be there to demonstrate chair-making craft. Horse-drawn wagons provide “taxi service” throughout the festival grounds.

New this year on Market Street between the Palace Entertainment Stage and the Log Cabin Village, will be the Red Boiling Springs’ Fire Department’s Auto Jam. Also, be on the lookout for Miss Folk Medicine Festival and Mrs. Folk Medicine Festival. The first Red Boiling Springs Folk Medicine Festival beauty pageant will happen in late May. Plans are to include these features and more in the 2015 festival, including an arts-and-crafts market area, healing arts practitioners’ area, two live music stages and a children’s play area.

Festival hours are from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. in downtown Red Boiling Springs. There is no admission to the festival. There is a $2 admission to each educational session and the Festival Quilt Show.

Entry forms for the Quilt Show, application forms for food vendors and arts and crafts vendors are available on the Vision 2020 Inc. website. To learn how to become part of the 2015 Red Boiling Springs Folk Medicine Festival, contact Vision 2020 Inc. at [email protected] or visit vision2020inc.com. Updates on festival plans and activities will be posted on the festival’s Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Folk-Medicine-Festival.

Tennessee State Fair to host 9/11 memorial


Turning the calendar back to one of the most devastating days in U.S. history, the Tennessee State Fair will open this year Sept. 11 and feature for the entire 10-day run a nationally acclaimed exhibit that depicts the events and sacrifices made Sept. 11 from 14 years ago.

Never Forget, a mobile exhibit created to be a tool to help educate America’s youth about the tragic events that took place Sept. 11, 2001 and to also serve as a vivid reminder for others, will be anchored at the State Fair in Nashville from Sept. 11-20.

The traveling exhibit, which continues to be in great demand, was secured for the fair’s opening date several weeks ago, according to Scott Jones, state fair manager.

The memorial museum, which is transported by a tractor-trailer rig, was created in 2013 by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation as a tribute to all who sacrificed on this special day. The late Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter, died with other members of his company while trying to save the lives of others during the disaster at the Twin Towers.

The exhibit provides details of the day and the ultimate sacrifices made by hundreds of emergency workers through photographs, interactive education, artifacts, news and video recordings and live tours led by New York City firefighters who were there Sept. 11. On display will be steel beams from the towers, equipment used by emergency workers and the actual recordings of first responder radio transmissions.

“We are so very fortunate to have this exhibit at the Tennessee State Fair on the Fair’s opening date and also on the 14th anniversary of Sept. 11, as well as for the entire run of the fair.

“Since its first appearance the exhibit has been in great demand nationwide and has been praised nationally for the graphic detail it provides visitors of the happenings on this important day in America’s history,” said Jones.

He said the appearance of the Sept. 11 Never Forget exhibit also coincides well the patriotic theme “Red, White and You,” adopted by this year’s state fair.

The Tennessee State Fair, a true family event and a tradition of the “Volunteer State” for more than 100 years, is held annually at the State Fairgrounds in Nashville. For more information about the state fair, visit tnstatefair.org.

Train tickets for July 4 celebration available soon


Tickets for the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee’s (RTA) July 4 Music City Star train from Lebanon to downtown Nashville for the Music City celebration at Nashville’s Riverfront Park will be on sale Monday, June 1.

The train will depart from Lebanon Station at 4 p.m., stop in Martha at 4:13 p.m., Mt. Juliet at 4:24 p.m., Hermitage at 4:33 p.m., Donelson at 4:44 p.m. and arrive at Nashville’s Riverfront Station at 5 p.m.  The return train to Lebanon leaves 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Nashville fireworks.

An allotment of 950 tickets is available to the general public.  Round-trip tickets cost $14 plus a $1 processing fee and are available for purchase through the Music City Star website at www.musiccitystar.org or at www.ticketsnashville.com with a credit card.  Tickets will be on sale until 24 hours prior to departure or until they are sold out, whichever comes first. Tickets will not be for sale July 4th on the platforms. Parking is free at all of the outlying stations. 

Customers will receive only one ticket for the round-trip and will need to show the ticket to train personnel for scanning when boarding on both trips. Children age 4 and younger will not need a ticket to board; however, they are required to sit in a parent or guardian’s lap.  Children age 5 and older will need a ticket.   After the fireworks, passengers should be seated in the same train car for easier exiting at their designated station.  Weekday Music City Star passes are not accepted on the July 4 train.

Following deboarding at Riverfront Station, the train will move out of the station so its locomotives will not interfere with performances on the Riverfront stage. Passengers will not be able to return to the train during the July 4 festivities. To get some relief from the heat, misting stations and water fountains will be available.

Backpacks and folding chairs will be allowed onboard.  Any items that will not fit underneath the seat, such as large coolers, bikes and wagons, are not permitted on the train.  Anyone needing special accommodations to board should call (615) 862-5925 prior to their trip.

For more information, contact Customer Care at (615) 862-5950 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays or visit the RTA website at musiccitystar.org.

County Commission OKs pedestrian bridge after debate


The Hartsville/Trousdale County Commission weighed in on improvements to the downtown area during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The commission normally meets on the last Monday of the month, but May’s meeting was pushed back a day because of the Memorial Day holiday.

The commission approved a pair of resolutions in regards to downtown improvement. The Budget & Finance Committee recommended both resolutions for approval during its May 18 meeting.

The first accepted a donation of $60,000 from the Downtown Revitalization Committee, to be used toward the construction of a covered pedestrian bridge from Front Street to John Kerr Field. The commission was also asked to approve a supplemental cost of $20,000 from the Urban Services Fund for the project.

That plan was rejected by a 12-6 vote after a number of commissioners objected to taking the money from Urban Services as opposed to the county’s General Services Fund. The commission instead voted 16-2 to appropriate the money from $400,000 earmarked for capital improvements.

A timetable for completion of the bridge was not available at press time, but county officials hope the bridge will be ready by football season.

The $400,000 Capital Projects Fund will be used now in four different areas: the bridge, the Bank of Hartsville building which the county recently purchased, the Co-op building and communications equipment.

The original plan called for the bank building to receive $100,000 to go toward a new roof and repairs to the parking lot, among other things. The Co-op building was to receive $150,000 toward completing roof repairs and building a new façade for the remainder of the building.

While the county is using a $600,000 grant to turn part of the Co-op building into a community center/emergency shelter, that grant can only be used for that part of the building. The additional $150,000 would cover the remainder of the building.

“It’s hard to roof part of a building,” County Mayor Carroll Carman said before Tuesday’s meeting, “and most of this building is going to be the responsibility of the county. We’ve got to fix the outside, lest it look like a sore thumb.”

Finally $150,000 was to designated for the purchase of communications equipment as a first step toward delivering broadband service to the county; and for an updated phone system in the bank building, which will eventually house county administrative offices. The communications equipment would be housed in the bank building.

Carman pointed out to the committee that if the county provided broadband to its own offices, Trousdale County could save an estimated $3,700 monthly. That link between the county offices could also be expanded.

“We have so much potential to broaden the use of broadband,” Carman said. “We would eventually be going in the direction of businesses and residences.”

After the meeting, Carman said the $20,000 outlay for the bridge would likely be taken from the Co-op portion of the Capital Projects Fund, but noted that it was too soon to make that determination for certain.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or [email protected].

Chamber News: Volunteer work benefits the body too


We all know that community service is generally a good thing, but did you know that it is also good for your health?

There are many good reasons why everyone should volunteer and get involved. Most of those benefits err on the side of the community. However, helping out in the community may also be an option for those of us who are a little more self-centered.

According to Stephanie Watson, Executive Editor for Harvard Women’s Health Watch,

Volunteerism is not only good for your mental state of being; it can also be physically rewarding.

In her article “Volunteering may be good for the body and mind” she cites a study from Carnegie Mellon University that stated that in adults over the age of 50, those who volunteered regularly were less likely to develop high blood pressure. It was also noted that volunteering could lead to stress reduction. Who wouldn’t benefit from a little less stress!

If this information is news to you, and you’re fired up about a new way to relieve some stress, contact the Hartsville/Trousdale Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is looking to the good citizens of the community to help get a volunteer program started. The program is my idea to help increase the Chamber’s effectiveness. We have our ideas about how to use our resources for the betterment of business in the community, however we would like to hear from you, the business owners and consumers of the community.

What events would you like to attend? What businesses would you like to hear from at our monthly meetings? Becoming a Chamber of Commerce volunteer can help you promote your businesses visibility in the community as well as enhance professional development. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to work with the Chamber on planning of events, form networks and build professional relationships that could prove to be invaluable.

Be on the lookout for more information regarding this program as it is in the beginning stages, but if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like more information, email [email protected].

*Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

• Trousdale EMA volunteer informational meeting, May 28, 7 p.m., EOC Center

• TCAT Hartsville Golf Scramble, May 29, Windtree Golf Club, sign-in 7:15 a.m.

• Relay for Life Concert in the Park, May 30, Hartsville City Park, 6-9 p.m.

• Third annual Sale on the Boulevard Yard and Craft Sale, June 6, Trousdale County High School Parking Lot

• Trousdale County High School Reunion, June 6, Eleanor Ford Auditorium, 10 a.m.

• 2 Hicks in the Stix Barn Sale, June 5-6, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Friday); 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday), 1125 Honey Prong Rd.

Please remember to visit our website at hartsvilletrousdale.com for more information about the Chamber of Commerce, and also to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Rep. Black named to “Influential” list


Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), was named to CQ Roll Call’s “25 Most Influential Women in Congress.”

A profile of Congressman Black is included in CQ Weekly’s annual “power issue” which describes her as someone who “knows how to effectively make her case and turn her ideas into legislation” and adds that “her background as a nurse gives her particular sway when discussing her stalwart opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.”

“I am humbled by this honor and grateful to see the accomplishments of women in Congress being recognized in this way,” Black said in a press statement. “Women bring a unique perspective to their work in Washington. We are multitaskers, caretakers, mothers, wives, grandmothers, and oftentimes the unofficial CFOs of our households. While there is much to celebrate about the gains that women have made in Congress, there is still work to be done. Today, women comprise a majority of the U.S. population and vote at a higher rate than men, yet they still make up less than 20 percent of the House and Senate. I am proud to be part of the efforts to bring more conservative women into the fold and encourage their participation in the political process.”

Prior to being elected to Congress, Black was the first woman in state history to serve as Republican Caucus Chair in the Tennessee state senate.

In that capacity, she helped engineer the Republican takeover of the state legislature and the election of Tennessee’s first Republican Lieutenant Governor since Reconstruction. Black is the first woman elected to represent Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District, which includes Trousdale County.

In Congress, Black serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee. She is also a founding member of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee.

Letter to Editor: Thanks for supporting American Legion


To The Editor:

In recent weeks, the American Legion Post 56 Hartsville has been gearing up support to serve our community.

Recently we had a pancake breakfast to help fund a student to attend Boys State in Cookeville this month.

We especially want to thank the citizens of Hartsville for their generous support of our annual poppies drive, held in remembrance of the fallen veterans who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy today. The drive also serves to remember veterans whose sacrifices away from family and friends, for whom the call to serve our country was the highest honor.

Memorial Day was our moment to give thanks for the many blessings we share and to honor those who gave their last measure of devotion.

As Post Commander of Post 56 I, along with Adjutant William “Buddy” Hughes,” I have scoured the community’s public service buildings to see if any American flags flying proudly were in need of attention.

Last week we found one such flag and it was retired.

Next month, we will honor “Old Glory” on Flag Day, June 14. We invite the public to attend a flag retirement ceremony that will be hosted by members of the American Legion and by Post 4842 of the VFW. The event is still in the planning stages and will be announced further soon.

For God and Country,

Dan Belcher

Library begins Summer Reading program


It’s our favorite time of the year at our library – Summer Reading is here!

Come join us for a fun-filled June full of magic, exotic animals, puppetry, science experiments and much, much more!

Sign-ups for children to read for prizes through the end of July began May 26 and last through June 30.

There are no sign-ups for teens and adults; simply visit us and pick up your entry ballots.

We have something for all ages! If you have any questions, contact the Fred A. Vaught Memorial Library at 374-3677.