Baseball great subject of Historical meeting


Hub Perdue, one of the greats of the early days of professional baseball, will be the subject of this month’s Historical Society Meeting. Perdue was a resident of Bethpage, Tenn., and for a while, in his old age, lived in Hartsville.

Perdue is also the subject of a new book written by baseball historian and enthusiast John A. Simpson. The book, titled “Hub Perdue, Clown Prince of the Mound,” will be published this month by McFarland Press. Simpson will be the speaker at the October meeting and will discuss this unique sportsman.

While he isn’t as famous as Babe Ruth, Perdue was a star pitcher for the Boston Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals in the early 1900s. He was sometimes called “Hurling Hub.” Locally he added to his fame by promoting “Pat Burnley Twist” chewing tobacco manufactured by the Willard Tobacco Company of Trousdale County. 

Simpson is a resident of Washington State but he has a fascination with Southern baseball and has already published a book on the 1908 Nashville Vols. He is making a special trip to Tennessee to promote this new book on Perdue and his presentation to our local historical society will be his first on his tour. 

The meeting will be this Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Vaught Library. All Historical Society meetings are open to the public and this should prove to be an outstanding program.

More than a parade: Celebrating Veterans Day


Veterans Day is a little over a month a way, and Amber Russell and area veterans are looking for folks to show their support during the annual Veterans Day Parade.

The parade will be Saturday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m., with a memorial ceremony preceding it at 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Wall. The parade route will be the same as the Christmas parade.

After the parade, booths will be set up in the Hartsville City Park for a Hartsville Trading Post event.

“Floats are not mandatory for the parade,” said Russell. “I think worrying about a float may prevent people from entering, so if you want to show your appreciation for veterans and you have a cow that don’t mind being spray painted red, white and blue…then bring her on down! I’m totally open to all ideas for the day.”

Currently the parade has 20 participants, and Russell added they are looking for more.

“The day has been created to celebrate those of the VFW, American Legion and all veterans. Not just here, but all over the United States and abroad,” said Russell.

The ceremony before the parade will feature a performance of “Taps,” Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver will sing and there will be a small presentation to “remember how much some gave all to keep us free,” added Russell.

The event at the park will feature a Blackhawk, which will fly over before landing in the park, for children and adults to tour.

“I’m thinking we will also stage some of our emergency vehicles there to give the children more variety,” added Russell.

Various booths will be set up featuring hair bows, crafts, details for cars, wedding decorations and Tupperware, added Russell.

“Bring your items that you would like to sell, tagged with the price that you would like to get for your goodies, and bring them on down to the trading post,” said Russell. “Who doesn’t love a yard sale? Now we can sift for goodies while we enjoy the celebration.”

Also at the park, music group The County Line will be performing. 

To get a sneak peak of the group, visit facebook.com/thecountylinebandmusic. 

Deadline to enter the parade will be Nov. 1. For more information, contact Russell at 615-680-4799 or visit the parade’s Facebook page.

Managing Editor Marie Corhern can be reached at 615-374-3556 or email [email protected].

Byrd becomes a two-time winner


Timothy “Shane” Byrd of Hartsville is an especially lucky man, proven by his second big win Oct. 9 playing the Tennessee Lottery. 

Byrd, accompanied by his father and father-in-law, made his second trip this year to the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters to claim a cash prize. Wednesday’s visit was to collect a whopping $75,000 won by playing the instant-ticket game, Lady Jumbo Bucks, while the previous trip was to claim a $5,000 prize won by entering a ticket into the Lottery’s second-chance “Play It Again!” program.

“It’s divine intervention!” said Byrd, who woke up his family after returning home from work at 3 a.m. to announce the $75,000 good fortune. “I asked them to look at the ticket again so I could be sure I wasn’t dreaming,” he said.

For his previous win in May, Byrd was notified he won by telephone. At the time, he didn’t believe the phone call was real. “I enter the tickets, but never thought I’d win!”

Byrd is a diesel mechanic who enjoys metal detecting, Civil War history…and playing the Tennessee Lottery’s games. He says the first thing he will do with today’s winnings is pay bills and plan for the future.

Byrd’s Lady Jumbo Bucks ticket was purchased at Pilot Truck Stop, 921 Murfreesboro Road, in Lebanon. 

To participate in the Lottery’s Play It Again! program, players visit www.tnvipsuite.com to become a VIP Players Suite member. Once registered, players may enter eligible non-winning instant tickets into drawings for cash prizes. The Lottery asks that tickets be disposed of properly. For added convenience, players may register at one of the Lottery’s kiosks in its District Offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis or Nashville.


About the Tennessee Education Lottery
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Net proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets, currently averaging over $5.3 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college scholarships and after-school programs.

Since the Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $2.7 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $6.3 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned nearly $684 million in retailer commissions.

Keeping Susan’s fight going


Oct. 12 is more than a Saturday; it’s Susan’s Saturday.

The fourth annual event honors Susan Denning and helps raise funds for scholarships in her memory. The event will start at 10:30 a.m. and will be on the Trousdale County High School campus. It will feature inflatables, cow chip bingo, concessions, indoor batting cages, duck pond, face painting, book fair, ball toss, a kids’ auction, obstacle course, craft fair, petting zoo and a silent auction.

“All proceeds will be donated to the Susan Denning Memorial Scholarship Fund,” said Shelley Cook, an event organizer. “In the past three years, a total of 29 students have received Susan Scholarships for a grand total of $22,500. [The] 2011 class – seven students – received $6,500; 2012 class – 16 students – received $10,000; and 2013 class – six students – received $6,000.”

Sandra Taylor, an event organizer, added, “Our only goal is just putting in our time, to try to raise a little money so kids can go to school, and maybe, just maybe, there will be a kid from Trousdale County that will figure out away to stop breast cancer.”

Taylor reminds parents that while there is a lot of free and fun stuff to do for the whole family, there certain events like face painting that will have a charge. As of Oct. 4, there were still tickets for cow chip bingo, which will begin at noon, still up for grabs. Tickets for bingo are $30, and the “winner” can win a $1,000 prize.

“The real fun is the silent auctions for the students,” said Taylor. “We have had bidding wars in the past, especially for items like the principal’s parking spot and baskets filled with chocolate and cokes.”

The student auction will end Oct. 11 before the pep rally.

Silent auction items will include: Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts tickets for Nov. 14; Titans vs. Chargers for Dec. 15 tickets; UT Vols vs. Vanderbilt tickets for Nov. 23 with parking pass; Lady Vols vs. Oakland basketball tickets for Nov. 24 with parking pass; Premier Jewelry; Silpada; Wife-In-Laws $50 gift certificate; $400 gift certificate for tires/services; season passes with reserved seating and snack for TCHS baseball home games; season passes for TCHS softball home games; session passes for TCHS basketball home games; a homemade child’s Adirondack chair; a handmade child’s picnic table; Trousdale County cornhole set with Yellow Jacket bags; Matilda Jane gift certificate; Thirty-One purple monogrammed blanket; Cinda B. duffle bag; pink ribbon official Titans signed game ball; signed game from the Trousdale County vs. Gallatin game; hat with infinity scarf from Van Loos; homemade cheesecake; Jackets Bling jersey and much more.

“People are still bringing things in for auction,” said Taylor.

Bidding for the silent auction will end Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Sandra Taylor or Shelley Cook at 374-2201.

Managing Editor Marie Corhern can be reached at 615-374-3556 or email [email protected].

Senior Center fundraiser a success


The eighth annual fundraiser at the Senior Center was called a success by participants. “We filled over 100 plates at lunch, and had over 200 deliveries,” said Senior Center Director Ginny Hunter. “So far we have had lots more folks than we have had in previous years. Lots of folks have come out in support than before.” The annual fundraiser raises funds for education, health screening, physical fitness, recreation and events.

Haslam visits Trousdale


Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam made a couple of stops Oct. 1 in Trousdale County. Many of those stops included visiting Award School Trousdale County Elementary School where he talked fractions with students, and announced new business growth and a water grant at Trousdale County High School.

Third annual event keeps Haley’s memory alive


“She will never walk alone…”

And she never will as participants keep Haley’s memory alive as they walk or run in the third annual Haley’s Hearts Foundation’s Forever 5K Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Hartsville City Park.

Those who would like to participate in this event will still be eligible to sign up Saturday morning at 7 a.m. with a $25 registration fee and no guarantee for a t-shirt. 

The Forever 5K will begin at 9 a.m., rain or shine, and follow Marlene Street to East Main Street turning onto River Street, continuing up Cemetery Lane before turning around and heading back to the starting line for a total of 3.1 miles.

This year’s event will include guest of honor Nadia Dabit, who was born in 2010 with Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome.

“After undergoing three major open heart surgeries, she learned at her routine 2-year check up that she was going into heart failure,” said Haley’s mother and organizer for Haley’s Hearts Tina Chasse. “Nadia was listed for a heart transplant on Sept. 20, 2012. Her heart continued to fail so it was decided that Nadia would receive the Berlin Heart (an artificial heart device) to bridge her till a heart was available. Nadia was the first single ventricle patient to ever receive the Berlin Heart at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.”

Dabit remained in the hospital for five months until they found a match, and on Feb. 3, they found a match. She wasn’t out of the woods yet, as complications erupted from the surgery. Dabit was “placed on ECMO, the highest form of life support,” added Chasse.

“This little miracle pulled through with the help of our faithful God and all of her prayer warriors,” said Chasse. “On Feb. 27, nearly six months after being admitted into the hospital, Nadia was discharged from the hospital and reunited with her family at home!

“We are very excited to have Nadia as our guest of honor at this year’s Haley’s Hearts Foundation Forever 5K! If you would like to see a living miracle come out and join us on Oct. 5!”

For more information about Haley’s Hearts Foundation or to donate, visit haleyshearts.org


Haley’s Hearts Foundation

In 2010, Haley’s Hearts Foundation was established to educate the public about CHD (severe congenital heart defects) and to raise money to help families who are in financial need with children who were born with CHD after Tina and Ryan Chasse lost their daughter Haley due to complications from her heart defect, Ebstein’s Anomaly.

Haley was 5-years-old.

Today, thanks to the tireless efforts of the foundation and supporters, Haley’s Hearts Foundation helps families from all over Tennessee to pay simple bills like food or gas to complicated bills like medical.

Last year the foundation raised $22,000. $12,000 went to families in the form of gas cards, expenses, medical equipment, rent and utilities; $1,000 to children staying at the Children’s Hospital during Christmas; and $15,000 to Pediatric Heart Institute at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for research, development and awareness, added Chasse.

The Chasse family also donates their time visiting and lending a shoulder to families dealing CHD at area hospitals.

Managing Editor Marie Corhern can be reached at 615-374-3556 or email [email protected].


Senior Center to host annual fundraiser


There are certain things that must happen before one can truly say it is fall. Football season must be in full swing, temperatures should begin dropping and the Trousdale County Senior Center begins preparing for its annual fundraiser luncheon.

The eighth annual luncheon will be Friday, Oct. 4, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the senior center on Marlene Street. The traditional lunch includes a hamburger or hotdog plate with chips, pork and beans and a dessert. Tickets are $5.

“All money raised goes to help support our local senior center,” said Director Ginny Hunter. “The senior center uses this money for education, health screening, physical fitness, recreation and events.

“Our senior center has a lot to offer the people of Trousdale County, and all our stuff is free of charge; every once in a while do we ever charge. We are one of the only senior center in Tennessee that does not charge a yearly fee to be a member. Anybody can be a member.”

The senior center will also be hosting a silent auction until 11:30 a.m. Friday. More than 80 items are up for bid including Titan tickets, golf bag, Silpada, propane heater, and more. 

“A lot of people have come together in the community to give us donations,” added Hunter.

Lunches can be to-go orders or delivered, but for those who come by the center on Oct. 4 will be entertained by Dave “Choo Choo” Traini and Lou Crocco. WTNK will be broadcasting Lunchtime with Eleanor during the fundraiser at the center.

“We have a great group of men and women that use the senior center and we are always looking for new members. We hope this is a success so we can continue to offer free services and even add new ones,” said Hunter.

To place advance orders or to-go orders on Friday, call the Trousdale County Senior Center at 374-1102.

Managing Editor Marie Corhern can be reached at 615-374-3556 or email [email protected].

Trousdale sees glimpse of new siren


For residents it was a sound so familiar but forgotten, that many had to stop Monday afternoon as a tornado siren blasted through the airwaves of Trousdale.

Crews from McCord Communications installed a Whelen brand siren, the largest in it’s class according to County Mayor Jake West at City Hall.

“The location and positioning of the siren was determined by McCord Communications, to be the center point of the county,” said West. “It’s range, with the terrain of our county, can be heard up to three miles away. The siren is equipped with a voice command that can reach and be clearly understood at one mile.”

West added, “The location is a perfect fit when considering the schools, hospital, parks and convalescent homes all being with in the one mile.”

While many Nashville media outlets have claimed this is Trousdale’s first siren, but according to West, Trousdale had an old siren that dated back to the ’60s and was used into the early ’80s by the county. Eventually it was retired due to its life expectancy and new technology.

The new siren is part of Phase I of a $750,000 government grant that has approved money for back-up generators, limb chippers, fuel pump replacement to name a few items to help communities in recovery from the February 2008 tornadoes and preparedness for the next storm.

“After the tragic event of 2008, the Federal Government discovered 35 counties across the State of Tennessee that had received substantial damage to property, residential and governmental,” said West. “We hope to never need to use this siren, but with time and considering the past few years, maybe our experience with the siren will allow us to consider more to be added as funding is made available.”

According to West, government officials will meet and discuss “what time of day or which day testing of the siren should take place.”

“Our old siren was used to alert our fireman in the event of a fire. The test of the old siren once occurred at noon each Thursday.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) will automatically activate the siren when the county is put under a tornado warning. West added that “a voice text will also call into dispatch landline for a secondary warning if something were to fail at NWS.”

“I ask that everyone have patience with us over the next few months, as we test the siren settings, tones and voice command,” said West. “The testing time will be very important to us all in getting the siren tuned in to perform at its max for the service of safety it will provide to the citizens.”

West added, “On Monday Sept. 23, 2013, I feel we have finally made some headway in answering to the cry of those families who lost lives and some whose lives were changed forever. The devastating tornado of Feb. 5, 2008, brought a punch that will be talked about for many years to come.”

Managing Editor Marie Corhern can be reached at 615-374-3556 or email [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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.