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Dixon Springs’ annual chicken show scheduled for Saturday

Chickens will be all around the Smith County community of Dixon Springs this Saturday, May 18 as the town hosts its annual “Mrs. Bridgewater’s Chicken Extravaganza!”

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the small community welcomes visitors to see chickens of every size and description. The birds will be part of a competition to see who has the prettiest or most exotic or largest chicken, with cash prizes going to the winners.

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You can merely visit or raid your own backyard coop and enter. The categories are: best pen of a pair, rooster and hen; best rooster; best exotic breed; best groomed pen of at least three fowl; prettiest hen; and largest egg! There are both juvenile and adult divisions with first-, second- and third-place awards. A thousand dollars in prize money is available.

But that is not all the day offers!

There will be vendors selling handmade and handcrafted items, live music, antiques on display and a barbecue chicken lunch served in the town’s 100-year-old general store.

A quilt competition is also being held in the Dixon Springs Union Church building. It too will have prizes for oldest quilt, prettiest patchwork, most unique design, most colorful quilt and best applique.

Entries in both competitions need to sign in between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Judging begins at 10 a.m. with prizes awarded at noon.

During the day there will be games for children such as an old-fashioned egg race, an egg toss and chicken calling! And every year the group has live chicks for the little ones to see and their local chicken expert will explain how to tell a baby hen from a baby rooster!

Besides seeing the chickens under the pavilion behind the general store, the town’s old bank building is open for a display on local history. The old stagecoach inn will be open with some vendors set up inside, as well as a century-old cottage and the church.

This annual fundraiser is named for local chicken breeder Nannie Burford Bridgewater who, in the early 1900s, was nationally known for her Buff Orpington chickens. The money raised goes toward restoration of the town’s historic old buildings and is sponsored by the Dixon Springs Preservation Association.

All events take place on the main street of town, which is also the only street in town, just a block off of Highway 25 between Hartsville and Carthage.

You can learn more at mrsbridgewater.com.

Trousdale County High School celebrates 2019 Senior Day

Trousdale County High School celebrated the 89 members of the Class of 2019 with teachers, administrators and families last Friday at the school’s annual Senior Day.

A number of organizations were on hand to present scholarship awards to students from the Class of 2019, and each of the seniors set to graduate were recognized during the assembly.

Among the awards presented were the Rotary Club’s scholarship, which went to Justin Freeman, Hartsville Masonic Lodge (Caleb Hendrix and Carlton Reece), Wilson Bank & Trust (Noah Hrobsky), Citizens Bank (Connor Belcher), Band Boosters (Noah Cartwright) and Farm Bureau (Connor and Cooper Belcher).

Photo by Amanda Carman / Trousdale County Schools

Athletics awards were also represented, with Dyson Satterfield taking the Golden Spikes Award (baseball) and Gene McIlwain Award (football, most improved). The Phil Dickens Award (outstanding football player) was shared by Jake Gregory and Keyvont Baines and the Jim B. Satterfield Award (four-year football player, all-region team) was shared by Gregory and Hrobsky.

Fourteen students were also recognized by Hartsville’s Tennessee College of Applied Technology for earning their CNA (certified nursing assistant) certificates.

According to assistant principal Ben Johnson, the total amount of awards to the 79-member Class of 2018 between local awards, university awards, grants, lottery scholarships and state discounts was $1,084,782. That number will rise as more grants and awards are typically announced at graduation.

The Top 10 members of the Class of 2019 were: valedictorian Sarah Henry, salutatorian Ann Henry, Connor Belcher, Olivia Jones, Gregory, Cartwright, Amy Hix, Cooper Belcher, Rob Henry and Gabrelle Jones.

Of the 89-member class, 56 are graduating with either Honors or Scholars recognition.

To reach Honors level, students must meet the Scholars criteria and all ACT readiness benchmarks. To be a Scholar graduate, a student must complete or be on track to complete 14 of the core curriculum courses and three of the identified elective courses. Core courses are Algebra I and II, Geometry, English I-IV, Physical Science, Chemistry, Biology, U.S. History, World History, Government and Economics. Elective courses are Physics, Biology II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Dual Enrollment courses.

Senior Superlatives were: Mr. & Miss Stepping Stone, Justin Freeman and Ann Henry; Most Versatile, Jake Gregory and Mallorie McGee; Most Likely to Succeed, Connor Belcher and Amy Hix; Most Courteous, Eli Linville, Haley Eden and Sarah Henry; Most Dependable, Noah Hrobsky and Olivia Jones; Most Athletic, Keyvont Baines and Camyron Hurd; Most Friendly, Dyson Satterfield and Kaitlyn Foret; Best School Spirit, Austin Satterfield and Whitney Dansby; Best Dressed, Stetson White and Brenee Key.

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

Law Enforcement Committee backs sheriff’s funding requests

Members of the Law Enforcement Committee gave their support to budget requests from the Sheriff’s Department during their meeting Thursday night.

At the committee’s April meeting, Sheriff Ray Russell said he planned to request funding for two new dispatchers to help with a growing call volume, three new patrol vehicles and a 2.8 percent raise for employees.

“It’s getting a lot busier now with all the people moving into the county,” Russell told commissioners. “We dispatch for us, fire, rescue, ambulance; it’s getting too much.”

Hiring two dispatchers would cost around $30,000 each, not including insurance, Russell estimated.

With regards to raises, committee chairman Dwight Jewell said he had indications from the mayor that no raises for county employees were planned as part of the upcoming budget.

“I know there’s always resistance on one department getting raises and others not,” Jewell said. “As far as I’m concerned, put it in there and we’ll fight for it. You may not get it; it’s not totally our decision.”

Commissioners approved nearly $240,000 in raises for the Sheriff’s Department last year, which both Russell and Chief Deputy Wayland Cothron said were appreciated. Russell said he had not lost any deputies since those raises were approved.

“We’re not trying to keep up with Lebanon or Gallatin; we’re trying to keep up with Red Boiling Springs,” the sheriff said. “Everybody’s having increases, not just us.”

Three new patrol cars would cost around $90,000, Russell estimated. The department tries to rotate out vehicles on an annual basis.

The sheriff said he currently had 21 vehicles, and three per year would allow a vehicle to be retired after seven to eight years and 140,000 to 150,000 miles on them.

Russell said he also planned to budget $20,000 for cameras for the Justice Center, but that he felt there was sufficient money already in place under courtroom security to provide for the cameras without requiring additional funds.

County budget hearings for the upcoming fiscal year have not been set as of press time. The Budget & Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. and budget discussions could be part of that agenda.

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

Look Back: Sheriff Charles Robinson had ‘dry’ sense of humor

Our look at Trousdale County sheriffs this week leads us to a more recent sheriff in Charles Robinson.

Robinson was the sheriff from 1974 to 1996.

Before his tenure as our sheriff Charles Robinson was a Tennessee State Highway Patrolman. So his knowledge of the criminal justice system was significant when he first ran for the job – and he kept running and he kept getting elected!

In fact, he held the job of sheriff longer than any previous sheriff, for a total of 22 years. He may have gone on to hold the position longer, but he died of natural causes while in office.

Since then our present sheriff, Ray Russell, has just broken that record by having served from 1996 to the present, 23 years and counting!

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Sheriff Charles Robinson is shown here with some confiscated whiskey. The taxes hadn’t been paid on the brew, so it was considered “bootleg whiskey” and was illegal. With him on the left were deputies Larry Turnbow and Jimmy Gregory.

What keeps a sheriff in office so long? Well, that is a sign that the fellow is doing a good job. Usually, the only people that want to get rid of a sheriff are the ones who have seen the inside of the jailhouse from a professional point of view and therefore harbor a grudge.

Many Trousdale County residents probably have stories and recollections about Sheriff Robinson, but a few years ago former Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe spoke to the Historical Society and shared a few stories with the group.

Ashe said that several years earlier, while he was still the sheriff of Wilson County, he was going to entertain some friends and needed a few bottles of whiskey. Wilson County was, at that time, a “dry county.” That meant that it was against the law to sell liquor anywhere inside the county lines.

But Trousdale wasn’t a dry county, so Ashe called up Robinson and asked him to buy him two bottles of whiskey and to meet him at the county line.

At that time, our own county had four liquor stores (two more than the number of stoplights in the county) and Sheriff Robinson agreed to do this favor for his friend.

That evening, well after midnight and at about 2:30 in the morning, Ashe arrived at the meeting spot on Highway 141 South in the Providence Community. Sheriff Ashe didn’t think it would look good for someone to see the sheriff of a dry county being handed two bottles of whiskey by anyone, especially another sheriff so an “after dark” meeting on a lonely stretch of road made sense.

When he got there, Ashe noticed that the sign marking the county line had been picked up and moved about 100 yards, giving Wilson County some extra land. As it turned out, a paving crew had pulled up the sign while paving and then had forgotten just where it had been, or perhaps they simply wanted to play a joke on the local residents! In any respect, Wilson County had grown a bit!

So Sheriff Ashe stopped at this new county line to await the delivery.

Things were quiet at that time of night. Sheriff Ashe got out and leaned against his own patrol car in the warm summer temperatures. He listened for Sheriff Robinson’s car and sure enough, in just a few minutes he heard the vehicle approaching. He knew it was Robinson’s patrol car because Charles had turned the breather on the car upside down to give the engine a little more noise.

It seems that Sheriff Robinson wanted people to hear him coming!

The old road was a winding and turning stretch of asphalt with ups and downs, but where the new sign had been placed it was straight. Straight enough that when Sheriff Robinson saw Ashe, he hit the brakes and slid the last few feet before coming to a stop right next to his friend’s car.

As Sheriff Robinson got out of his patrol car, he hollered to Ashe, “Hell, Terry… we’re already the smallest (expletive) county in the state and now you’ve gone and taken another quarter mile from us!”

Ashe got a good laugh out of the incident and in case you were concerned, the sign was soon placed back in its original location.

We’ll give you the second story next week but warn you that this time the story involves a dead man and the toss of a coin!

Jack McCall: Roots and wings help us build life

I read somewhere a few years ago the two greatest things we can give our children are “roots and wings.” By “roots” the writer meant a foundation for building a life, or that which provides a stable anchor against life’s challenges and storms. By “wings” he meant a life’s vision and the courage to fulfill one’s life’s calling. Both roots and wings are necessary for one to live well. The two go hand in hand.

I am part of that generation called the “Baby Boomers,” the post-WWII generation born from 1946 to 1964. Sadly, it seems, we, as a generation, dropped the ball somewhere along the way. Many (or most) of those of the generations following us, known as Generation X, Generation Y, and the Millenniums, seem to be woefully lacking when it comes to “roots and wings.” I suppose there are many reasons.

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Jack McCall

The United States of America came out of World War II as the undisputed champion of the world. And as she flexed her economic muscles, more people made more money faster than at any other time in the history of mankind. Those of the WWII Generation made it look easy; but having seen the hardships of the Great Depression, they worked long and hard, and were committed to providing a better life for their families.

I remember my mother, when stressing the importance of a college education, saying, over and over again, “I don’t want you to have to work as hard as your father did.”

The prosperity of the post WWII era made life easier for us Baby Boomers. In some ways, that was not a good thing. We, in turn, attempted to make it easier for the next generation.

For the Baby Boomers, there was an expectation for us to do as well as our parents. The next generation came along and felt entitled to live as well as their parents.

So, we are left with the cold reality that two generations made it too easy for the generations which followed.

Here’s a haunting quote: “Men work hard to make money, so their sons won’t have to endure the hardships that made men out of their fathers.”

And here’s something else to consider. They say there are no atheists in foxholes. I would submit there are fewer atheists when thousands and thousands of mothers and fathers have sons who are in foxholes.

Those of the WWII Generation came out of the war with a renewed vision of God. I would submit our mothers and fathers believed in God because they “knew” God. They had “experienced” God. Sadly, too many of my generation, the Baby Boomers, came to believe in God because their parents believed in God. That’s called “running on someone else’s gasoline.” What do you tell the next generation about God when you have been running on someone else’s gasoline?

I once had a dear friend, now deceased, whose daughter, after finishing college; married a young man from Peru. She had grown up Baptist. He had grown up Catholic. Over the years, they seemed to enjoy a solid marriage, but they never could find any common religious ground from which to teach their children.

“They tried for years to settle on a church to take the kids and never could,” he once lamented to me. “So, the children have always seemed to be adrift, religiously speaking.”

“So they have no spiritual roots,” I offered. “No spiritual roots,” he said sadly, as he shook his head. I felt a deep sadness for my friend.

It was the greatest of all teachers who said:

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”

You know, solid foundations and deep roots have a lot in common. They are essential in navigating the storms of one’s life.

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

Roots and wings. They are essentials in building a meaningful life.

IMPACThought: God can turn victims into victors through faith

The demon-possessed damsel was an annoyance to the missionary team of Paul and Silas. The girl was indwelled by a spirit of divination, and exploited by her masters for significant financial gain. It was a prosperous endeavor by brutal men, who only cared about their crooked business interests and not the spiritual or physical welfare of this young woman.

For many days the demonic girl followed behind Paul and Silas, heckling their ministry work. She shouted that Paul and Silas were servants of the Most High God, declaring the way of salvation. Finally, Paul turned and demanded that the demonic spirit come out of the girl. She was immediately delivered from the bondage of the demon, and fully set free from the evil divination that she had so long practiced. What a glorious transformation occurred in her life!

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Jon Shonebarger

The girl’s masters were furious at their loss of income from this exploitation. As a result, they captured Paul and Silas and turned them over to the magistrates. Allegations of troublemaking and false teaching were levied against the ministry team that incited the crowd. The magistrates striped and flogged Paul and Silas. They charged the local jailer to secure them in the inner prison (solitary imprisonment in today’s vernacular). Under Roman jurisdiction, a jailer faced death if an inmate escaped their oversight.

Beaten and with their feet bound in shackles, Paul and Silas sang praises to God at the midnight hour. These glorious songs of praise were heard down the corridors of the prison where inmates in general population heard them sing. Abruptly, an earthquake shook the foundation of the prison, resulting in the doors springing open. The inmates were freed!

The jailer awoke from his sleep and saw the catastrophe. The inmates were loosed and able to run for their freedom. Aware of his impending demise at the hands of the Roman authorities, he drew out his sword to commit suicide. He would rather take his own life than face cruel crucifixion at the hands of the Romans! Paul cried to him and implored him to spare his life, testifying that all the inmates remained!

The jailer called for a light and came and cast himself at the feet of Paul and Silas. He desperately inquired, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). The reply, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Verse 31).

The jailer’s response was immediate and obvious. He took Paul and Silas to his home where he fed them and ministered to their wounds. The Scripture tells us he and his family rejoiced and put their faith in Christ as their personal Saviour. The entire household would follow in believer’s baptism. What a glorious turn of events for this family and the ultimate demonstration of God’s power to save.

God turns victims into victors, as demonstrated in the damsel’s life. He utilized persecuted missionaries as messengers of hope and salvation. He turned a hopeless, suicidal jailer into a victorious child of God, along with his entire household! What an awesome God!

You and I can be delivered from any bondage, overcome any obstacle, be set free from suicidal plans, be saved from our sin and receive the gift of salvation through faith in a resurrected Saviour! Would you trust Him today?

Have a good week and remember God loves you!

Contact Jon at jtshonebarger@gmail.com.

David Carroll: When it comes to cables, I’m wired in

You know what they say: “It always happens in threes.” So it was recently with three of my longtime companions. I lost my home compact disc (CD) recorder, my home DVD recorder, and my work DVD recorder. The cause of death? A combination of outdated parts, and dirty, scratched heads.

Sure, I could send them off to some mysterious repair service to be patched and cleaned, but at what cost? As every customer service rep is trained to say, occasionally in English, “It would be cheaper to buy a new one. And I just happen to have a deal for you!”

So, I removed the only parts with any value (the remote control batteries), and thanked my old machines for their service. To be fair, they had high mileage. I started recording music on CDs before it became easier to do on a computer, and I’m still in the midst of a decades-long project to convert my old VHS tapes to DVD, many of which you can see on my Chattanooga Radio TV YouTube Channel.

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I shopped online for replacement devices, found some good buys, and I’m thrilled with the results. My new machines work, for now anyway. That’s the good news. You know what comes next.

While disconnecting and reconnecting all the wires and cables that go into the receivers, stereos and TV sets, I found myself with a few extras. Some came boxed with the new machines, and some of the older ones are no longer needed. As I was throwing the old wires and cables into my big box labeled, “Old Wires and Cables,” I realized I might be the reason Radio Shack went out of business. I have all of its inventory.

As I was digging around behind the TV set, I found a huge plug, tying up two spaces on my already overcrowded receptacle strip. After tracing its cord through a curled, twisted jungle of lookalikes, I learned it was attached to absolutely nothing. It was just plugged in, with no purpose to serve. I’m sure it had been there since Joe Biden was a rookie senator. For many years, it had looked important, so I never moved it. I remembered all the times I needed an extra outlet or two. Of course, I’m keeping that mystery plug and cord because surely I own something that needs it. Something valuable, like an 8-track player.

I’ve kept all those old wires and cables, because they have come in handy on occasion. I have a 90-year-old friend down the street. He’s still a proud VCR owner, and he thinks I’m a genius because I know how where all those cables are supposed to go. He will always consider me a genius as long as my repairs are limited to his TV/VCR connections. If I’m ever called upon to fix his sink or his car, my reputation will be ruined.

My collection ranges from the wildly popular RCA AV cables (good) to the mysterious S-Video (better) to the 21st century HDMI (best). I have a bunch of those red, green and blue component cables too, although I’ve never used them. I’ve learned that the off-brand $5 cables deliver the same colorful picture that the big-name $50 ones do. I have all sorts of male to female extensions, male to male adapters, female to female couplers, and other scandalous combinations.

I have charging cables for cell phones like the kids used on “Saved By The Bell.” I have those wide-mouth computer cables that Bill Gates phased out about ten Windows ago. I have headphone jack adapters from an era in which a “pod” was where a pea resided. If any of these products ever make a comeback, I’m ready. In fact, if I connected all of my cords, cables and wire, and aimed them toward the White House, they would generate enough static electricity to make President Trump’s hair stand on end.

Now that I’ve replaced my dilapidated old machines with smooth-humming new models, what will I do with all of these unnecessary connection cables? There has to be a Radio Shack somewhere. I figure my collection could re-open about three stores.

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

The Loop: Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver’s legislative update

Greetings, Fabulous Folks of the 40th!

After a wonderful weekend with my family celebrating Mother’s Day, the sun is shining bright on this Monday morning. I trust your weekend was spent with the ones you love as well. As promised, I will speak to bills each week that were passed in the first half of the 111th General Assembly.

House Bill 77, known as the Heartbeat Bill, is legislation that protects the sanctity of life. Detection of a heartbeat would prohibit abortions unless the mother’s life is in jeopardy. Think about it. What is the vital sign all medical professionals look for when treating a patient? Is it not a heartbeat? Is life and death not determined by the rhythm of the human heart? Then why would it be any different inside the womb? HB77 passed in the House Chamber but unfortunately succumbed to a train wreck on the Senate side. As your representative, I will continue to fight for our unborn children.

“You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of my mother’s womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139.

House Bill 945 ensures that our students are better prepared for successful careers in the agriculture industry. The goal of the 11- person task force is to encourage and promote agriculture education opportunities. With emerging fields in agriculture and the training knowledge needed for advancement in those fields, Tennessee will now have a pathway initiative for those students! The Great Seal of the State of Tennessee, the official insignia of the State of Tennessee, encompasses agriculture and commerce. It seems only fitting to have more of our students follow in the field of agriculture and commerce.

House Bill 937 Benefits our heroic police officers and firefighters by increasing the training supplement for those who protect and serve our communities and those who are called upon to respond during fires and other emergencies after they complete 40 hours of in-service training.

House Bill 839 creates a statewide payment plan for individuals who submit proof of their inability to pay fines, taxes, or court costs on citations and have their licenses suspended. This legislation will allow them to obtain restricted driver’s licenses so they can go to work, school or attend church. It is important to note, HB839 does not dismiss individual accountability but ensures people who make mistakes have a pathway to paying their fines.

Please remember Coffee Conversations continue through the end of May resuming in September. Do not hesitate to call on me at my office at 615-741-2192. See you at the next community event!

Did you know that the average American spends 97 hours a year stuck in traffic, or the equivalent of 12 vacation days?

Go to http://infrastructureweek.org/ #BuildForTomorrow

Blessings,

Terri Lynn

Lamar Alexander: Oak Ridge Corridor keeps U.S. at front of innovation

In 1942, U.S. Senator Kenneth McKellar, who served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for funding the government, was summoned to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s office where the president said, “Mr. Chairman, we need to hide $2 billion in the appropriations bills to win World War II.”

Senator McKellar responded, “Well, Mr. President, I only have one question. Where in Tennessee will that $2 billion be spent?” That is how Oak Ridge got involved in the Manhattan Project, which developed the two bombs that ended the war.

Lamar Alexander

Today, in what I like to call the “Oak Ridge Corridor,” Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the nation’s largest energy and science lab and home to one of the largest concentrations of scientists and engineers in the country.  This is why the Oak Ridge Corridor is so critical to American innovation and global competitiveness.

But we can’t continue to lead the world with our brainpower alone. We must increase federal science and energy research funding if we want to continue to develop the remarkable innovation breakthroughs Oak Ridge is known for.

As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, I have worked hard to ensure the Department of Energy’s Office of Science received four straight years of record funding, and continuing to provide federal support for science, research and innovation is one of my top priorities.

Just this week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced plans for the laboratory to be home to the world’s fastest exascale supercomputer, known as “Frontier” – which will be five times faster than today’s most powerful machines.

Supercomputers are used to solve the biggest problems in every area of science. China, Japan and the European Union all want to be first in supercomputing, but the announcement this week means that America is committed to continue to lead the world in this area. And the stakes are high because the winner has an advantage in such things as advanced manufacturing and artificial intelligence.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is already home to Summit, which is currently the world’s fastest supercomputer. As an example of the value this technology provides, one government agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has been using Summit in Oak Ridge to fight waste, fraud and abuse within their operation, which has allowed them to identify millions of dollars in fraudulent payments.

This decision to build a new exascale supercomputer in Tennessee serves as even further evidence that Oak Ridge’s brainpower and facilities are the best in the world. I’m very proud of what this area has been able to accomplish.

Leading the world in supercomputing and increasing funding for energy research will ensure our country continues to develop breakthroughs that create good paying jobs and grow our economy.

Lamar Alexander (R-Maryville) represents Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.

Congressman Rose offers support for small business

With last Wednesday marking the midpoint of National Small Business Week, Congressman John Rose (TN-6) advocated for the proud small business owners in rural communities of Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District at the House Financial Services Committee meeting.

Rose strongly encouraged his fellow committee members to support his proposed legislation that would allow entrepreneurs in rural communities to receive the capital formation technical assistance available to many other small businesses across the state and nation.

“Small businesses are truly the engine of growth in rural communities,” said Rose. “The vast majority of the 19 counties in Tennessee’s Sixth District are rural, and the workforces in these communities depend on job opportunities provided by entrepreneurs who build their businesses from the ground up. The men and women who operate and work for these enterprises are some of the hardest working people I have met. Startups, family businesses, and local companies in rural communities are often overlooked. Yet, their challenges deserve the same attention other innovators and job creators would receive. This is commonsense reform and a great step toward empowering entrepreneurs by leveling the playing field for small businesses in all types of communities across the United States.”

The legislation, H.R.2409, adds rural small businesses to the mission of the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation and will require the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to consider any adverse effects of regulations on rural small businesses.

It was introduced on April 30 and reported favorably out of the House Financial Services Committee on May 8.

Congressman Rose introduced the legislation with Reps. Cynthia Axne (IA-3), Alex Mooney (WV-2), Nydia Velázquez (NY-7), Chris Pappas (NH-1), and Denver Riggleman (VA-5). The Senate companion bill was introduced by Senators John Kennedy (R-LA) and Doug Jones (D-AL).

Rose represents Tennessee’s Sixth District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their son, Guy.

Community Calendar: May 16, 2019

POLICY: Information for the Community Calendar submitted in person, by mail or fax is due by noon Monday for publication. Items mailed should be typed or printed and sent to: Community Calendar, The Hartsville Vidette, 206 River St., Hartsville, TN 37074 or brought to the office during business hours. Free listing of nonprofit events, community club and government meetings. We reserve the right to reject or edit material. Include name and phone number in the event we have questions.

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS:

Thursday, May 16

6 p.m. – Budget & Finance Committee

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Budget & Finance Committee will meet in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

7 p.m. – County Commission

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Commission will hold its regular monthly work session in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

Thursday, May 23

6 p.m. – School Board

The Hartsville/Trousdale County School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at the offices of the Board of Education, 103 Lock Six Rd.

Tuesday, May 28

5 p.m. – Water Board

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

7 p.m. – County Commission

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting in the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

Wednesday, May 29

2 p.m. – Highway Commission

The Hartsville/Trousdale County Highway Commission will meet at the Highway Department, 535 East Main Street.

Thursday, May 30

7 p.m. – County Buildings Committee

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

OTHERS:

Neighborhood Yard Sale

The Hickory Ridge subdivision will hold a Neighborhood Yard Sale on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 19 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. each day. Lots of good stuff!

Women’s Day

Williams Chapel Church will be celebrating its annual Women’s Day on Sunday, May 19. Our 11 a.m. guest will be Sis. Melba White of New Livingstone Church of Nashville. Our 3 p.m. guest will be Pastor Venerria Smith and New Cedar Groves Baptist Church of Nashville. Everyone is cordially invited to worship with us and lunch will be provided!

Men’s Day

Key United Methodist Church will observe Men’s Day on Sunday, May 19 with 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. worship services. The 11 a.m. message will be delivered by Pastor William Jones. The 3 p.m. guests are Rev. John D. Alexander and Ebenezer United Methodist Church from Nolensville. Join us as we worship together in spirit and truth. The church is located at 314 West Main Street in Hartsville.

Celebration of Life Musical

Smith Chapel AME Church will hold a Celebration of Life Memorial Musical on Sunday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. Musical selections shared by Samari Hammock, NaCole Robb, David Cistrunk, Kendle Fuqua, Sarah Beasley, Hickory Grove Choir, Smith Chapel AME Choir. All proceeds go to support the maintenance of Templow Cemetery.

Spay/Neuter Transport Date

Fix Trousdale’s next transport date for low-cost spay/neuter service of pets will be Thursday, May 23. Do you have a dog or cat that needs to be fixed? Give us a call! We offer high quality, convenient, affordable spay/neuter services including vaccines, dewormer, and transportation from a central Hartsville location. Visit our Facebook page to see our reviews and to understand who we are. Fix Trousdale wants to help all residents be able to afford to fix their pets – to proactively address pet overpopulation through prevention. Please share and help us spread the word. 615-571-0472.

Church of Christ Summer Series

Our Summer Series at the Hartsville Church of Christ, Halltown Road, starts on June 5 and runs each Wednesday until July 10. There will be a different speaker every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Our speakers will be teaching on the parables. Join us each Wednesday night and hear outstanding lessons on Jesus and His parables. Everyone is welcome!

Meals on Wheels

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

American Legion

To all veterans, please consider joining the American Legion Post 56 of Trousdale County. We meet at the Ambulance Service office (across from Stagecoach market on Highway 141) at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday each month. We have a good crowd but always need more members to share their service experiences and help the people of Trousdale County. Contact Bill Painter (615-519-5033, billpainter37@yahoo.com) for more information.

Adult Education

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

TROUSDALE SENIOR CENTER:

Thursday, May 16

9:30 a.m. – Trip to Lebanon Outlet Mall (lunch at Town Square)

Friday, May 17

8:30 a.m. – Highway 52 Yard Sale

9 a.m. – SAIL Exercise

10 a.m. – Tai Chi

11 a.m. – Yoga

Noon – Rook games

12:15 p.m. – SAIL Chair Exercise

1 p.m. – Wii Bowling

Monday, May 20

9:30 a.m. – Wii Bowling

11 a.m. – Book Club

11:30 a.m. – Walk w/ Ease

12:30 p.m. – Singing Practice

Tuesday, May 21

9 a.m. – SAIL Exercise

10 a.m. – Yoga

11:30 a.m. – Craft Class (door hangers; must sign up)

Wednesday, May 22

9 a.m. – Line Dancing

10 a.m. – Walk w/ Ease

11 a.m. – SAIL Chair Exercise

Noon – Rook games

12:30 p.m. – Bible Study

Sheriff’s Reports: May 16, 2019

Editor’s Note: The following are suspects booked in the Trousdale County jail during the specified timeframe. All persons charged are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

May 7

Marcelino Valencia Ruiz, 31, of Lafayette, was charged with failure to appear, drivers license revoke/suspend/canceled by Deputy Joseph Presley. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for June 14.

Rhonda Jean Lampley, 42, of Nashville, was charged with probation violation by Deputy Joseph Presley. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for June 14.

May 8

Jonathan Paul Hutchinson, 38, of Lafayette, was charged with failure to appear by Deputy Brad Basford. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for June 28.

Dillon Shay Lannom, 24, of Castalian Springs, was charged with unlawful drug paraphernalia by Deputy Clint Friar. Lannom was cited to court and General Sessions court date was set for June 28.

Jeffery Allen Collins, 45, of Hartsville, was charged with domestic assault by Deputy David Morgan. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for June 7.

May 9

Christopher Alex Loggins, 44, of Hartsville, was charged with public intoxication by Deputy Tony Wrinkle. Bond was set for $1,000 and General Sessions court date was set for June 14.

May 10

Kenneth Michael Hobbs Jr., 47, of Portland, was charged with probation violation by Deputy Wesley Taylor. No bond was set and General Sessions court date was set for May 10.

May 11

Isidro Soto, 53, of Hartsville, was charged with DUI, driving on revoked license by Deputy Jesse Gentry. Bond was set for $3,500 and General Sessions court date was set for Aug. 9.

Jessie Lee Dickens, 49, of Lebanon, was charged with public intoxication by Deputy Jake Ayers. Bond was set for $500 and General Sessions court date was set for June 14.

Thelma Joyce Disman, 50, of Lafayette, was charged with public intoxication by Deputy Jake Ayers. Bond was set for $500 and General Sessions court date was set for June 14.

State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver says House Speaker should resign

State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver added her name to a growing list of Republican lawmakers calling for the resignation of Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada during a visit to Hartsville on Friday morning.

The Speaker has been mired in controversy in recent days amid media reports of lewd text messages with his former chief of staff, eavesdropping on private meetings on Capitol Hill and a reported FBI investigation into the vote to pass a school vouchers bill.

Weaver was at the Early Bird Cafe for her monthly ‘Coffee & Conversations’ stop in Trousdale County.

Terri Lynn Weaver

“Yes, I do,” Weaver said when asked if she felt Casada should step down from his leadership role. “The choices made by these people – including the Speaker – should have consequences. That teaches a lesson to everyone.”

“If one’s going to step up to a place of authority – mayor, county commissioner – there is a level of representation you’ve got to bring to the table… Bad choices bring bad consequences and bad consequences have victims. Good choices make good things happen.”

The school voucher legislation passed the House by a 50-48 margin after the vote was held open for 40 minutes before one representative was persuaded to change his vote to yes.

NewsChannel5 reported Thursday afternoon that FBI agents have been interviewing lawmakers about whether any improper incentives were offered by leadership.

“No, I didn’t get anything,” Weaver said when asked if she had been approached about changing her vote. “When you’re down there trying to protect your district and bring things back home, a lot of that stuff happens. I’m not going to make deals… I’m going to do it the right way.”

Weaver voted against the bill on the House floor, saying she was supporting the wishes of her district. The Trousdale County School Board was among a number of boards that sent petitions to their representatives requesting votes against vouchers.

Weaver said she was pleased to see eliminations of the professional privilege tax on professions such as accountants and lawyers, as well as an elimination of a tax on ammunition during this session of the General Assembly.

“I’m glad they got rid of that egregious tax,” Weaver said of the professional privilege tax. “We also took taxes off bullets and passed the online sales tax, which is generating $44 million in our budget.”

Weaver also said she was pleased to see the so-called “Katie Beckett waiver” for Medicaid, which will offer coverage to disabled children with complex medical needs regardless of parental income. She also said she favored the passage of a block grant bill for Medicaid in Tennessee, saying it will help reduce medical costs in the state.

Weaver will not hold her monthly ‘Coffee & Conversations’ stop in Trousdale County again until September as the legislature has concluded its 2019 session.

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

Trousdale kindergarten, pre-K registration event to be held May 15

For parents with children of pre-K or kindergarten age during the 2018-19 school year, it’s almost time to register for school!

Trousdale County Schools will hold its Registration Roundup on Wednesday, May 15, from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at Trousdale County Elementary School. Parents should enter from the main entrance on Lock Six Road.

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Parents with children ages 3-5 may make appointments by calling 615-374-0907. Only those with appointments will be served from 10 a.m.-3:50 p.m. on May 16. After 4 p.m., it will be first come, first served.

Free physicals will be offered on site as art of the accompanying Health Fair. All students must have a physical dated Jan. 1 or later and must have an updated copy of their immunization record.

State law also requires that all kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 15 in order to start school during the upcoming school year.

Parents should bring:

  • Proof of residency in Trousdale County, such as property tax statement or signed lease agreement, drivers license with matching address and utility bill with corresponding address;
  • Birth certificate.
  • Tennessee Public School Immunization Certificate with proof of physical (if already completed);
  • Proof of income (if applying for Head Start);
  • Insurance card;
  • Custody papers, if applicable;
  • Photo identification for the parent or guardian.

If parents are unable to register their children on May 15, a second Registration Day will be held on Tuesday, July 9 from 4-7 p.m. at the elementary school.

The Registration Roundup is sponsored by Coordinated School Health, Trousdale County Pre-K Program, Mid-Cumberland Head Start and Trousdale County Schools Child Find. For more information, call 615-374-0907 or 615-374-2193.

Look Back: Recalling Rex Turner’s tenure as Trousdale County sheriff

We continue our look at sheriffs from Trousdale County by looking at another sheriff named “Turner.”

Last week we visited with Lawrence Turner, Sheriff of Trousdale County from 1950 to 1952. This week we visit with his slightly younger brother Rex Turner, who was the Trousdale County sheriff from 1970 to 1974.

Rex took a round-a-bout way to get into the sheriff’s patrol car!

Born a year after Lawrence, he was raised in the Shady Grove community of Trousdale County by parents Emzie Herod Turner and Beatrice Franklin Turner.

Rex served in the Army for a short stint, but he also married and started a family, and then began working at the Vultee Company in Nashville as a welder. That job led to his being hired as a welder for the Hartsville Gas Company.

After only a year, he was managing the company!

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Trousdale County Sheriff Rex Turner sits at his desk during his tenure as our county’s leading law enforcement official, which ran from 1970 to 1974.

At this time, his brother Lawrence was the owner of the local Western Auto store across the street from the gas company, where the Vidette office is today.

Once a day, Rex would walk over to the store and buy himself a five-cent Coke and visit with his brother Lawrence for a few minutes.

If readers are old enough to recall, you could buy a Coke in a bottle for a nickel back in the 1950s.

Then the Coke company made the decision to raise the price of their drink – to a whopping 6 cents!

Well, Rex continued to toss a nickel on to the counter and reach into the icebox and take his daily Coke.

Lawrence was generous at first, but after a while, he stopped being so generous. When Rex tossed the nickel down, Lawrence said, “You owe me a penny to go with that!”

Rex took offense and didn’t return to the store for a couple of weeks!

But brotherly love won over and he returned to his daily routine and started paying six cents!

Rex quit the job at the gas company and became a city policeman in 1968. In 1970, he ran for sheriff and was elected.

I spoke to people who recall those days.

Hartsville was almost like Mayberry of the old “Andy Griffin Show.”

Things were at a slower pace and crime was confined to a little bootleg liquor or a couple of teenagers making noise.

One story that has made the rounds was when Rex found and confiscated a moonshine still.

He took the contraption, a mess of copper tubes and a big copper barrel, and plopped it down on the lawn in front of the courthouse for everyone to see.

And people did stop by during the day to see an authentic “moonshine still.”

Evidently someone stopped by during that night to see it, because the next morning it was gone!

Maybe someone felt that it needed a good home.

Another story is when Rex arrested a fellow at the other end of town from the jail for public drunkenness. The man had made a mess of himself and smelled from the liquor and such.

Faced with putting the man into his patrol car, Rex instead told the man to start walking – all the way through town to the jail, as Rex rode alongside in the car.

We didn’t have any crime spree or headline-grabbing bank robberies while Rex was sheriff, but there was a jailbreak when four or so inmates made a dash for it. Cells weren’t always kept locked back then as the men might be used to cut grass or help prepare meals, so rules were sort of lax.

Anyway, Deputy Jim Ross caught up with the men before they had gotten very far. They were trying to use the creek bed to hide their movements.

Jim had to struggle with them and one of them hit him pretty hard up against the side of his head. Jim lost a little blood, but before it was over so did the escapee!

Nobody back then thought of “police brutality” as something to get worked up about. The thinking was, if you wanted to play the game of “breaking the law” then you better expect to get a few bumps and bruises.

After four years as sheriff, Rex served as Chief of Police for three years and then he retired.

Readers might envy the quieter times of the past, before gang violence and drugs were so prevalent. We are sure our law-and-order officers long for those days too, when you could just have your criminal walk down the street to jail while you ride in the patrol car!

NOTE: The Trousdale County Historical Society will meet on Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. at the County Archives building, 328 Broadway. Our speaker will be Mr. Key Dillard with Do Re Mi Gospel Music Academy.

Jack McCall: Has it really been 50 years since high school?

The Carthage High School (Smith County High School) Class of 1969 celebrates its 50th class reunion this weekend. That’s right – number 50! Five decades, half a century! It is hard to believe. I am reminded of the famous words of Charlie Brown from Charles Schultz’s Peanuts cartoon, “Good grief!”

Where did the time go? Seems just yesterday I was walking across the stage to receive my diploma and making plans to “live happily ever after.”

Seems like yesterday I was hauling feeder pigs for my grandfather, D.T. McCall, while on my way to school; hoping all the along the way I wouldn’t smell like a pig when I arrived for my first morning class. I tried it all to mask the smell – Hai Karate, Brut by Faberge, English Leather, Aqua Velva. You know what they used to say, “There’s something about an Aqua Velva man.” I just hoped there wasn’t “something” about a pig haulin’ man.

Across the Miles
Jack McCall

Seems like yesterday when the boys’ hair was growing longer and the girls’ skirts were getting shorter – when you were more concerned about a big, red pimple on your nose than the Cold War.

The Statler Brothers were right when they sang, “Things get complicated when you get past 18.” We had no idea 50 years ago.

Over the course of these last 50 years, my fellow classmates and I have seen a lot of changes. We, like all others who have traversed this earth, have seen blessings and heartaches. We’ve endured the pain of seeing friends and loved ones “gone too soon.” And most of us have experienced letting our parents go.

In my 50 years since graduation I have watched my sons grow up and have families of their own. And Kathy and I have experienced the wonder of grandchildren – times seven. (I know. I know. Some of my classmates have great-grandchildren.)

And I must say, in the past 50 years I have met some remarkable people; a few of which became my closest of friends. You might say I have become a rich man. Not in terms of money, but in terms of the people who have enriched my life. I have known some of the very best.

Along the way, I have worked with some great individuals from all kinds of backgrounds. I have been mentored by men and women who were at the top of their game.

And in these 50 years of travel, I have made speaking presentations in all 50 of these United States. It has been one of my most pleasant experiences. And you know what I found along the way? I found that Americans are great people who share common concerns. It is amazing how most of us think alike.

And I have met a few “duds” along the way. There are some people who just can’t get out of their own way. You have met them too. As the late Zig Ziglar used to say, “Some people find fault like there was reward for it!” Somehow, they can spot a cloud in every silver lining.

I have probably, in the last 50 years, spent too much time trying to figure those people out. I eventually came to the conclusion that you can’t help them. You can love them, but you can’t change them. Maybe they were “born under the wrong star” or weaned on a dill pickle. I don’t know.

Regretfully, I have not accomplished as much as I thought I would in the past 50 years. I have not been as good a father I thought I would. I have not been as good a husband I once saw myself being. Professionally, I have not been as successful as I thought I would be. You might say I have disappointed myself along the way.

But with all my stumbling and fumbling and falling, I have always found God’s grace to be sufficient. I have found when I keep trying, He keeps supplying.

So I will celebrate these past 50 years with my classmates this weekend with a grateful heart.

Elementary school recognizes student achievements

Trousdale County Elementary School recognizes the following students who had perfect attendance for the third nine weeks of the 2018-19 school year.

Pre-K: Knox Duffer, Braylon Morgan

Kindergarten: Jaycie Brawner, Kylie Brennan, Kylee Whittaker, Daxton Flora, Kendra Adcock, Abigail Anderson, Kennedy Moore, LaVon Sheppard, Madisyn Sircy, Emma Lynn Barrett, Khrmun Locke, Vanessa Valentin, Jacob Chapman, Jackson German, Cash Huffines, Ava Martin, Lena McCall, Thomas Campbell, Hayes Gulley, Jasper Liggett, Jaxon Sexton, Ava Wade

First Grade: Jason Donnell, Isabella Gibbs, Corbin McDaniel, Bishop Tucker, Brahlyn Young, Christian Kittell, Camdin Marr, Braylea Morgan, Jessa Rieger, Nolan Vetetoe, Morgan West, Aubrie Harris, Keno Jay Jones, Ryan McDonald, Avia Ring, Daksh Patel, Joselyn Santiago-Cruz, Trentin Dennis, Kyler Maasen, Christopher McDonald

Second Grade: Ellie Bohanan, Khloie Cox, Alyssa Hall, Aiden Ring, Kaleb Blackwell, Jonathan Brown, Dante Bryant, Madison Crocco, Madeline Gregory, Braylon Lee, Noah Thompson, Matthew Chambers, Angelica Garza-Ramos, Khloe Jewell, Camber Whittaker

Third Grade: Laney Barton, Ava Cothron, Heath Gulley, Julie Juarez, Maxwell Linne, Belicia Timberlake, Isabella Timberlake, Melvin Marshall, Andy Russell, Mackenzi Shahan, Grace Shepard, Madeline Wilson, Kaden Jewell, Lierra Sykes, Kipton West, Matthew Woodard, James Chambers, Sylas Hopkins, Drew Royals, Cady Slagle, Camrix Stott, Willa McCurry, Alyse Barber, Kaydence Blair, Madyson Carmen, Adalyn Copas, Emma McCurry, Colton Moore

Fourth Grade: Allison Blair, Mizery Card, Brissa Chambers, Wyatt Maasen, Peyton Spears, Tyler Cox, Erin Newman, Christian Coble, Izabella Hobgby, Marley Watkins, Madison West, Alexis Blair, Blaine Hale, Trae Rider, Isaiah Rotella, Jacob Scruggs, Natalie Anderson, Leah Banks, Wyatt Byrd, Westin Dennis, Brenton Dunbar, Kenidy Hatter, Dillon Humes, Alivia Livingston, Rafael Rodriguez

Fifth Grade: Khaniah Berry, Ethan Goins, Whitney Parrish, Lila Pope, Aaron Crocco, Roberto Garza-Ramos, Jason Geese, Emma Pilewicz, Will Pope, Tristan Carson, Bryant Dupont, Damien Hamilton, Kyrsten Johnson, Dylan Kennedy, Merceah Lee, Rocean Monson, Noah Peace, Alia Ring, Anna Towns, Kylie Vaughn, Wyatt Whited

The following students at TCES won the Leadership Award for the third nine weeks:

Kindergarten: Matthew Lasher, Paisley Towns, Daxton Flora, Norah Parker, Carson Johnson, Sophia Calhoun, Keighan Stafford, Ruby Towns, Duane Taylor, Melany Barragan

First Grade: William Davis, Chloe Crocco, Brad Waggoner, Lucy Lind, Brady Delaney, Joselyn Santiago, Jaden Knight, McKenzie Drown, Nick Tillman, Braylea Morgan

Second Grade: Kade McGowan, Marin Arkle, Kaden Talley, Lilyan Whited, Diezel Bilbrey, Cliffton Porter, Khloie Cox, Brayden Morgan, Rylee Butler

Third Grade: Cooper Batey, Madeline Wilson, Colt Lind, Riley Dudley, Gabe Garcia, Aubree Morris-Dansby, Dominic Giles, Emma McCurry, Heath Gulley, Laney Barton

Fourth Grade: Tyler Cox, Erin-Scarlett Reynolds, Isaiah Rotella, Keelia Thelwell, Trinton Montoya, Naomi Overman, Luke Sexton, Allison Blair

Fifth Grade: Noah Peace, Merceah Lee, Wyatt Byrd, Brooklynn Webb, Ornie Pedigo, Taylor Frizzell, Jackson Arkle, Brandy Knight

Ms. Cothron: Jayden Douglas, Trinity Whitson

Preschool: Samuel Dunn, Layla Rodgers

IMPACThought: Don’t let petty differences keep us from God’s work

It was a first century “dream team,” joined together by God for a special mission. A partnership that would be gloriously blessed of God, with tremendous fruit borne from their labor. Both men had been personally called by the Holy Spirit to accomplish the work of this special calling. Both were ordained by their church in Antioch, and sent to the foreign mission field as a team. Both men were filled with knowledge of the Scriptures, with a heart-filled passion, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Together they experienced acceptance of their gospel message, as well as opposition, rejection and persecution. They were bold partners in ministry; preaching, defending the truth and supporting one another’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Together they returned home to Antioch, to teach and preach there for a season. What a glorious missionary journey it had been! The record was written of their remarkable teamwork and joint labor for the Kingdom of God. The ministry team was Barnabas and Paul.

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Jon Shonebarger

When the time came for a second missionary journey, Barnabas and Paul made decisions about who would accompany them. Barnabas was determined to take John Mark, who had been with them at the beginning of their first journey. However, John Mark had quit in the midst of the journey and returned home. Barnabas wanted to give John Mark a second chance. Paul vehemently disagreed with this possibility.

The Scripture states that, “…the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other…” (Acts 15:39). Wow, this “dream team” broke up and went their separate ways! How could this God-ordained team break up? Why couldn’t they reconcile their differences? Why couldn’t they strike a compromise? How could they let their personal preferences and stubbornness get in the way of what God had ordained? How could they allow the devil to get in the way of the details? How could two mature men of God not work out their differences and successfully move forward? These and many other questions perplex Bible students through the years.

Barnabas was known as a compassionate man. A man with a tender heart for those who had stumbled. He had a personal heart for John Mark. The Scripture does not say why John Mark had quit the first mission and returned home. Could it have been homesickness? Could it have been fear? Could it have been a sweetheart? Could it have been discouragement? We will never know. However, John Mark had obviously resolved the issues from the past and was recommitted to the job of which he had originally surrendered.

Paul had no desire to take a quitter on this second journey. The mission was a serious calling for Paul and it required grit and resilience. After all, Paul had been stoned and left for dead on the first journey! This was a man’s job. Nobody without guts and grit were going to be on Paul’s team. There was no place for reconsideration. End of discussion!

As we reflect upon this split, we can discuss who may have been right and who may have been wrong. Yet, there are significant lessons to be learned from this breakup. First, both Barnabas and Paul would faithfully continue in the ministry, but with new partners. God’s sovereignty is clearly demonstrated. God wanted the gospel to go forth, on the mission field, and it did, regardless of men’s decisions. Secondly, God uses flawed men (and women) to accomplish His purposes. He will also us you and me! Third, God continues to work on the hearts of His servants (Paul) through the course of their lives. Paul, in the final days of his life, called for John Mark, and Paul testified that John Mark was profitable to him in ministry. Had Paul mellowed? Had Paul determined that he was too harsh on John Mark? Had Paul grown in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ?

You and I may face “irreconcilable differences” in our relationships. These may be experienced personally and professionally. They may become bitter and final. Please consider that it is always wise for us to seek help in our conflicts. It is important to observe that neither Barnabas nor Paul sought counsel from the church of Antioch. The elders of the church would have provided guidance and a godly, impartial solution. Paul and Barnabas should have submitted to their decision. We should also consider our potential stubbornness that prevents a solution. As Christians, reconciliation is our goal. Unconditional love is the fundamental principle in all relationships. Let us determine, with God’s help, to resolve all our differences with others and go forward with peace of mind and heart.

Have a great week and remember, God loves YOU!

Contact Jon at jtshonebarger@gmail.com.

The Loop: Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver’s legislative update

Greetings Fabulous Folks of the 40th!

Both the House and the Senate Chambers are now adjourned. Working from my study on Seabowisha, this cloudy Monday morning has just relinquished its hold and is giving permission for a brilliant burst of sunshine of which I pray remains throughout the day. There is much needed attention to the yard of the Weaver residence!

Terri Lynn Weaver

But first I want to say how grateful I am you have entrusted me to work and do the people’s business in the Tennessee House of Representatives. It was a swift first session and at times extremely stressful; nevertheless you know how much I care for the folks of the 40th District, so I believe this first chapter of the 111th General Assembly accomplished some stellar achievements.

The $38.5 billion budget made thoughtful investments across the state government as it preserves Tennessee’s AAA bond rating, with $225 million in rainy day funding for Fiscal Year 2019-2020, bringing the state’s saving account to $1.1 billion.

Listed are some of the Budget’s Highlights.

House Bill 498, better known as The Katie Beckett Waiver Program, invests $27 million to provide life saving medical services through TennCare for Tennessee children with the most significant disabilities and the highest medical needs, regardless of their parental income levels.

In this year’s budget, education continues to be a priority with a $11.3 billion total investment including:

$6.5 billion directly for K-12 in our public schools;

$71 million of this goes to teacher’s salary (a 2.5 percent increase);

Approximately $46 million to fully fund the BEP; and

$40 million invested in additional safety measures and school resource officers.

The budget also targets health care, opioids, job growth and economic development while supporting our veterans and elderly citizens. House Bill 419, the “Tennessee Right to Shop Act”, will help us continue to work on our broken health care system focusing on a patient-centered health care system that puts the patient in the driver’s seat and lowering costs.

One of my favorite tax cuts of this year is House Bill 1262. Reducing taxes for hard-working Tennesseans and their families, the professional privilege tax on accountants, architects, athletes’ agents, audiologists, chiropractors, dentists, engineers, landscape architects, optometrists, pharmacists, podiatrists, psychologists, real estate brokers, speech pathologists, and veterinarians was removed. A $22 million reduction! That puts more money back in the people’s pocket.

Folks, Tennessee is now viewed as a destination state. We are the second-lowest taxed state in the country with no income tax and we are a right-to-work state, having created more than 400,000 jobs since 2011. Is it any wonder people want to raise their families, work, and enjoy the beautiful landscape in our amazing state? We surely are experiencing growth. It matters who governs!

Next week I will specify further legislation and tax cuts.

Please attend any of the Coffee Conversations for the month of May. We will pause for June, July, and August resuming our schedule in September. It appears to be a busy summer; however, I do look forward to seeing you in the district.

It is a pleasure to serve and work for you.

Blessings,

Terri Lynn

FCC, Social Security warn of phone scams

The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to reported waves of “One Ring” or scam robocalls targeting specific area codes in bursts, often calling multiple times in the middle of the night.

These calls are likely trying to prompt consumers to call the number back, often resulting in per minute toll charges similar to a 900 number. Consumers should not call these numbers back.

Recent reports indicate these calls are using the “222” country code of the West African nation of Mauritania. News reports have indicated widespread overnight calling in New York State and Arizona.

Generally, the One Ring scam takes place when a robocaller calls a number and hangs up after a ring or two. They may call repeatedly, hoping the consumer calls back and runs up a toll that is largely paid to the scammer.

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Consumer Tips:

Do not call back numbers you do not recognize, especially those appearing to originate overseas.

File a complaint with the FCC if you received these calls by visiting fcc.gov/complaints.

If you never make international calls, consider talking to your phone company about blocking outbound international calls to prevent accidental toll calls.

Check your phone bill for charges you don’t recognize.

Advances in technology allow massive amounts of calls to be made cheaply and easily. In addition, spoofing tools make it easy for scammers to mask their identity. The FCC is working to combat scam calls with enforcement actions, a strong push for caller ID authentication, and support for call blocking tools.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has also issued a warning that scammers were spoofing calls from the SSA’s Fraud Hotline. The impostors are telling lies such as, “Your Social Security number has been suspended for criminal activity” or “Your benefits might be suspended if you don’t follow these instructions.”

Here are some tips to protect yourself:

Share scam information – Scammers had to find a new con because the IRS impostor calls became too recognizable. Remember, knowledge is power, so please tell your family and friends.

Ask questions – The Social Security Administration typically does NOT call you out of the blue and they DO NOT call from the Fraud Hotline phone number.

Follow Up – Don’t call the numbers provide by the caller or through a robocall. Call SSA directly at 1-800-772-1213.

Hang up – These scams use fear to take your money. If you feel pressured into making a quick decision, just hang up.

Don’t trust the Caller ID – Scammers are constantly spoofing numbers to look official and there’s no way to tell the difference.

Don’t wire money – Methods of payment are important. Reputable companies don’t mind a money trail, but scammers do. That’s why wire transfers, gift cards and Bitcoin are the payment methods con artists use because once you pay it, it’s gone.

Report the scam – Whether you fall for the scam or not, report it. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has set up a specific site at identitytheft.gov/ssa.