By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter


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.