Smokey’s Community Column, Stories Across Robertson County (4/18/2021)
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Welcome to Smokey’s Community news column. It’s a look back and forward covering the latest news, happenings in and around Robertson County.
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CITY OF ADAMS, TN
Loads Of Fun/Food Planned For Adams Rec. Club Opening Day. Let’s Play Ball!
The city of Adams would like to invite everyone out to the Adams Recreation Club Opening Day set for Saturday, April 24th at 7617 US-41, Adams, TN 37010.
The FREE Family fun Fundraiser event will be taking place on April 24 from 10-3 which will consist of a Vendor/Craft Show, Ball Games, Bouncy Houses, Dunking Booth, BBQ Plates (Pre Sale Only), Snow Cones, Bellhollow Beef Concessions, and a Magic Show. The proceeds will benefit the Adams Recreation Club.
The Vendor/Craft Show will be held inside Bell School Gym from 10 to 3. The Hocus Pocus Magic Show will be in the Bell School Auditorium – Showtimes are 11 & 1 – Ticket Costs are $5 (3 & Under Free) 35% of magic show sales will be donated to the rec club
Ball Games will take place at 10 & 11:30!
BBQ Pick Up (PRE SALE ONLY)
Costs are $10 for BBQ, two sides, dessert, and a drink. All proceeds go to Rec Club. You can get your tickets from any of the kids on the league or at the Gingham Roots boutique – Nikki Falenick 931-241-3917 or Contact Brandon Farmer, Director of Recreation Club at 615-456-3682 to purchase BBQ.
Bellhollow Beef Concessions will be open to the public.
Dunking Booth for kids FUN! — Bouncy Hoses for kids FUN! Snow Cones available for purchase & Playground available for kids.
CEDAR HILL, TN
THURSDAY, APRIL 22: Cedar Hill Farmers Market
When: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4 PM CDT – 8 PM CDT and will run every two weeks through October
Where: Located behind Cedar Hill City Hall: 290 S Main St Cedar Hill, TN 37032
Nearly two dozen local vendors selling produce, clothing, plants, leather products, jewelry, baked goods, knife ware, candles, decor, flowers and more. We’re also excited to bring our local FFA chapter from JBHS in to assist support their program and to help shape and mold the future generations of farmers and create a long term sustainability for our Market.
Our Local Vendors:
Bellhollow Farms, Head Farms, Corbin Creek Greenhouse, Jo Byrns FFA, Gingham Roots, For The Love of Fabric, Sweet Loaves & Ivey, Hudson Barn, Roan Clay Designs, Wholesome Homemade Home, Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy, Perfectly Imperfect Gifts by Michelle, Tennessee Keepsakes, Gracefully Plain Jane, Rampant Lion, Leathersmith, The Tree Maker, Rustique Essentials, Cedar Hill FCE, Sugar Roots Bakery.
Delicious food can be purchased from the Santa Fe Food Truck!! Picnic tables will be placed near the food truck to allow patrons to eat onsite if they’d like.
Big Mikes Little Doughnuts will be there for the perfect snack or dessert. Pick up some homemade ice cream from Heads Farm or some lemonade from Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.
Music will be provided by the guys from the Inglewood Old Time String Band.
You spoke and we listened. This year you’ll experience expanded food truck options by alternating food trucks during markets. Santa Fe will be with us for a market each month and another always different food truck will be there for the other market during the month. Also, we’ve added some new local vendors and are switching several vendors out each market to ensure variety and help us keep our market exciting and fresh. We have increased our roster of local farmers and growers, so this year you’ll be seeing more produce and organic products; especially as produce and other products come in and reach harvest time.
We work tirelessly to try and bring you local vendors with local products. If you are interested in being a vendor, please message me and let me know. Outside vendors are welcome, but priority will be set on local availability, range of products, etc.
CITY OF CROSS PLAINS
Cross Plains Employee Spotlight
Chip Hellmann has served the City of Cross Plains as City Manager for about 25 years. His leadership and wise counsel have been invaluable. It’s often a thankless job but we are so much better because of him.
Thank you Chip!
TOWN OF COOPERTOWN, TN
April 24: Coopertown City-Wide yard Sale
Call City Hall to get your sale on the map. 615- 382-4470
Town of Coopertown – THANK YOU to the 25+ Volunteers who helped clean up Old Coopertown Rd and portions of Hwy 49. In 3 hours we had 2 trailers full!
CITY OF GREENBRIER
The City of Greenbrier – Clean Up day April 17th was a huge success!
Thank you to everyone who participated!
EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT IN GREENBRIER, TN – Racing Action/Family Fun At Veterans Motorplex At The Rim
Here’s everything you need to know…
Pits open at 11am
Grandstands at 4pm
Racing at 6pm
WHERE: 6801 Kelly Willis Rd, Greenbrier, TN – Call (615) 643-8725
TICKET INFO: FAMILY PACK – $30 for 2 Adults and up to 6 minor children!
Adults $12 Students, Seniors & Military $10, Children 6-12 $5.00
Great Concessions, Kids Zone and FREE PARKING!
Everyone can get great souvenir items as well as photos and videos of the racing action at the Souvenir Alley Souvenir Stand!
Follow Veterans Motorplex On FaceBook for info on racers, divisions, winners, photos, action-packed videos and announcements of upcoming summer events!
An accident during Saturday night’s races
Two Drivers from the Road Worriers were transported to local Hospitals for non-Life-Threatening injuries during races last night at Veterans Motorplex.
“It is our understanding that both drivers from the wreck in the road warrior are being released from the hospital. Thanks to our fantastic safety crew, Millersville Police Department and Sumner County EMS. Please continue to pray for these drivers as they will be very sore for the next few days.” Jerry Criswell
Greenbrier High School Band is doing a Laundry Detergent Fundraiser for new band equipment!
If you use laundry detergent, dishwasher pods, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, etc, be sure to see your favorite band member to help them out.
Check the flyer for what they’re selling…FB Message Jenn Houchin or Cheyenne Houchin.
Every Saturday In April…
Annual Spring Turkey Shoot Coming To American Legion Post 45 In Greenbrier
Time is not the only thing that has “sprung” ahead! New for 2021, the American Legion Post 45 in Greenbrier, TN will be hosting its first annual Spring Turkey Shoot for all 4 Saturdays in April!
“Our faithful shooters asked and we heard you! Our great American Legion Riders group has stepped up to organize this event.
We begin at 8 am and run till 12 noon! Family-friendly! Only about 3 weeks to we start so get those shotguns dusted off!” American Legion Post 45.
The Spring Turkey Shoot takes place Saturdays starting April 3 from 8 AM to 12 PM or no more shooters through April 24 8 AM to 12 PM or no more shooters.
Location: American Legion Post 45: 2730 US-41 S, POB 160, Greenbrier, TN 37073
Stock guns only. No custom guns or barrels over 36 inches
Prizes include but not limited to turkey, bacon, and ham. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome.
All proceeds are used to assist our local veterans.
Hot and cold refreshments available
***SUPPORT OUR LOCAL VETERANS***
City of Greenbrier, Tennessee – Please do not flush wipes…
The City of Greenbrier is once again asking its residents to stop using flushable wipes. This picture shows you what is causing a $15,000 pump to burn up.
Vendor, Sponsor Applications Now Available For Greenbrier’s 2021 Turning Of The Pig
The Greenbrier Boosters will be hosting the historic Annual BBQ Festival known as “Turning of the Pig” again this summer and in an effort to make it bigger and better than ever, they have opened up the application process early for anyone interested in a vendor booth or sponsorship of this nostalgic family fun two-day event.
“Who’s excited for Turning of the Pig? We’re looking for sponsors and vendors! Applications for sponsors and vendors are now being accepted for 2021 Turning of the Pig on July 3rd behind City Hall!” says Jenn Houchin.
The annual festival is held behind Greenbrier City Hall and offers live country and gospel music, food, a dunking booth, carnival games and an array of local vendors selling everything from crafts to Greenbrier memorabilia. The Historical Society traditionally sells homemade ice cream and fresh squeezed lemonade.
Traditionally Boston butts/pulled pork is slowly cooked on a huge open fire pit throughout the evening on July 3rd. The pork and family picnic packs are ready for sale by 6 AM the morning of the fourth.
Greenbrier’s Independence day parade usually begins at 10 a.m. in the Greenbrier Elementary School parking lot and travels south towards the Greenbrier High school.
The event is free to attend, but the funds from the Turning of the Pig pork sale is the biggest fundraiser of the year and helps to meet all the needs of the Greenbrier High School Marching/Concert Band program.
So, if you would like to participate as a vendor or sponsor in this annual fun-filled family event this fourth of July, you are encouraged to email [email protected] to receive an application.
*All vendor applications are subject to approval.
CITY OF MILLERSVILLE
The Millersville Police Department is accepting applications for police officers.
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of Tennessee. P.O.S.T. Certification must be obtained within six months of employment. Must meet Minimum Standards Law (TCA 38-8-106) requirements. Must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age and meet the physical, psychological and criminal records and other standards for the assignment established by the Police Department.
Job Type: Full-time
Apply online or at Millersville City Hall, 1246 Louisville Highway, Millersville, TN 37072 Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Coming To Orlinda: Multi-Million Dollar COVID Swab MFG Facility
ORLINDA TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) -Guilford Maine bassed Puritan Medical Products, a manufacturer of single-use products for the healthcare, diagnostic, forensic, critical environment, food safety, and drug manufacturing industries will receive up to $146.77 million from the Department of Defense to open up a new production facility in Orlinda Tennessee, according to the defense department.
On March 26, 2021, the Department of Defense (DOD), on behalf of and in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, awarded a contract with a not-to-exceed value of $146.77 million to Puritan Medical Products to increase domestic production capability of foam tip swabs used in critical COVID-19 diagnostic tests.
The global increase in COVID-19 cases continues to impact diagnostic test manufacturers and the supply chains that support specimen collection and testing performance. This industrial base expansion effort serves as a modification to the previous Puritan contract. This award will allow Puritan to conduct renovations to the facility and prepare the space for equipment that will increase the company’s total production capacity to 250 million foam tip swabs per month in Orlinda, Tennessee by February 2022.
The DOD’s Defense Assisted Acquisition (DA2) Cell led this effort in coordination with the Department of the Air Force’s Acquisition COVID-19 Task Force (DAF ACT). This effort was funded through the Health Care Enhancement Act (HCEA) to support domestic industrial base expansion for essential medical resources.
The project represents an investment of $220 million and the creation of 625 jobs over the next five years.
Headquartered in Maine, Puritan Medical Products is a family-owned business that has been operating for more than 100 years. Puritan is one of two companies in the world that manufactures the specialized swabs used in COVID-19 tests. Because of the contributions the company has made to the fight against COVID-19, Puritan was named “Company of the Year” by Inc. on the magazine’s Best in Business 2020 list.
Prior to the pandemic, Puritan produced roughly 15 to 20 million swabs per month. With funding awarded through the Department of Defense and the CARES Act, Puritan has since increased its swab production to 70 to 90 million swabs per month at its two facilities in Maine.
The Orlinda operations is designed to produce up to 200 million swabs per month.
Over the last five years, TNECD has supported more than 10 economic development projects in Robertson County, accounting for 1,300 job commitments and $471 million in capital investment.
“We’re proud to welcome Puritan Medical Products to Tennessee. This company has been instrumental in the fight against COVID-19, helping to make testing available quickly. Tennessee’s strength in advanced manufacturing and skilled workforce makes it the perfect location for this company to expand and meet the needs of COVID-19 testing throughout the country.” – Gov. Bill Lee
“Puritan Medical Products is performing critical work to fight COVID-19 and we’re extremely proud to partner with them. This company has stepped up to the challenge of manufacturing test swabs for millions of Americans and I’m confident that the residents of Robertson County will benefit from this enormous investment and help meet Puritan Medical Products needs as they ramp up production in Tennessee.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe
“Puritan Medical Products has been operating in Maine for over 100 years. Today we are announcing expansion plans into the State of Tennessee in order to continue to grow our company and diversify geographically. We are enthused about working with the good people of Tennessee, where we have received a very warm welcome. We currently have 1400 hard-working employees in Maine and we will hire 625 employees in Tennessee.” – Timothy Templet, executive vice president of Global Sales at Puritan Medical Products
“Robertson County is proud to welcome Puritan Medical Products to our community, especially considering the tremendous importance of the products they make to our nation’s health. Orlinda and our entire county look forward to a great partnership and working to get them settled and helping them find the workforce they need to be successful.” – Robertson County Mayor William Vogle
“TVA and Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation congratulate Puritan Medical on its decision to locate operations in Robertson County. Helping to attract new job opportunities and investment in the Valley is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with Robertson County Economic Development Board, City of Portland, City of Orlinda and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help further that mission and support Puritan Medical’s business success.” – John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development
“We are very excited that Puritan has selected Robertson County for locating this important facility. This facility will manufacture products that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, which will also strengthen our economy. I appreciate all of our state and local officials for their work to secure these jobs and wish Puritan every success in supporting our nation’s medical needs.” – Sen. Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield)
“Puritan Medical Products is a company with an excellent reputation and their work is critically important as we continue to navigate through the pandemic. I’m very proud of the role our talented workforce will play in producing these vitally important medical supplies that will save lives and improve the health outcomes of others. We welcome our newest employer to Robertson County and wish them success for many years to come.” – Rep. Sabi “Doc” Kumar (R-Springfield)
Sources tell Smokey Barn News that, initially, Puritan looked at a location on Kirby Dr in Portland TN before deciding on the facility in Orlinda……
For the full history of family-owned Puritan Medical Products CLICK HERE.
Byrum-Porter Senior Center – This trip is a little closer to “home”, but so many of us would prefer for someone else to do the driving!
There is a lot of bang for your buck on this one too! Share this with some of your church groups that have been wanting to go. We would love to have them.
5 Days – 4 Nights
Sep 13 – 17, 2021
$614 pp/Double Occupancy
This Tour Includes:
4 nights lodging in the Cincinnati area
8 meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners
Admission to the Stunning – ARK ENCOUNTER!
Admission to the Famous CREATION MUSEUM
Admission to the NEWPORT AQUARIUM
BB RIVERBOATS SIGHTSEEING CRUISE along the Ohio River
CITY OF PORTLAND, TN
Portland TN Parks & Recreation – Meadowbrook Park
The pavilions at Meadowbrook Park are the perfect place to safely host your events this year! Call 615-325-6464 to reserve any of our facilities…
The new playground at Meadowbrook Park is now open!
Portland TN Fire Department – Both stations came together to conduct extrication training on C-shift.
It was a great night for some training. We would like to thank Stateline Auto on Dorris Rd for donating the vehicles and thank Carlos from Danny’s Towing for transporting the vehicles for us. #portlandtnfire
C-Shift also finished their extrication class. This was a great refresher and training for our firefighters. We would like to thank our TARS Instructor Wade Kunstmann for teaching the class. Once again, we would like to thank Stateline Auto on Dorris Rd for donating the vehicles and Carlos from Danny’s Towing for transporting the vehicles for us. #portlandtnfire
Portland Fire- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
“Whatever the occasion, leave professional explosive devices to the professionals.”
Mark your calendars… May 7-8 in Portland, TN!
May 7th – concert & fireworks
May 8th – festival day!
5K, pancake breakfast, 200+ vendors, live music on 2 stages, magic shows, bingo, carnival, robocars, KidTown USA, strawberry farmers, mascot face and parade!
Free admission, free parking at Portland High School and free shuttle to the festival area beginning at 10am May 8th!
Saturday Nights…Portland, Tn – Car, Motorcycle & Truck Show
Bring your classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and everyday car and SHOW them off on Main Street under the lights in Portland, TN on Saturdays from 5:00PM to 9:00PM. First Saturday in April through the last Saturday of October.
Address: 125 Main St. Portland, Tn 37148
TOWN OF RIDGETOP, TN
THURSDAY, April 22: Blood Drive (Nashville Predators) At Ridgetop Vol. Fire Dept
The Ridgetop Volunteer Fire Dept will be holding a Red Cross Blood Drive at the Fire Hall located at 1735 US-41 Ridgetop, TN on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ALL Presenting Donors will receive a free Predators foam puck and and be entered to win a Preds and Red Cross branded puck signed by a current Preds player (one per location)! Additionally, all donors will be emailed a $5 Amazon gift card!
To make your appointment visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: Preds19
According to the US Food & Drug Administration, “Every two seconds, a patient needs a blood transfusion.”
The number of blood donations has been dramatically reduced due to the implementation of social distancing and the cancellation of blood drives.
Donating blood is safe and takes only a little of your time. At many blood donation centers, those who are interested in donating can make an appointment to minimize the time it takes to donate blood. Centers can arrange to call a donor’s mobile phone when they’re ready for the donor to come in.
CITY OF SPRINGFIELD, TN
Collecting a swarm of honey bees…
16-year-old Katelyn Brown (one of the youngest beekeepers in the state of Tennessee) of Greenbrier (left) aided by Jerry Allen (right) collecting a swarm of honey bees between Lowes & Farmers bank in Springfield Monday afternoon. The honey is for sale at Chris Brown Honey 615-766-3101
May 1st: Kiwanis Club of Springfield Annual Pancake breakfast
When: Saturday, May 1st – 6:30 am – 11:00 am
Where: 638 Building Patio – 125 6th Avenue West, Springfield
Tickets: $5 donation, all you can eat
Pay with Cash, Check made out to “Kiwanis Club of Springfield”, or [email protected]
April 24: City of Springfield, TN – Community Cleanup
The City of Springfield is on a mission to keep Springfield beautiful by launching a city-wide cleanup and a new Adopt-a-Street program.
Citizens are invited to participate in Springfield’s Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon at various locations throughout the city. The city has partnered with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to provide all volunteer supplies including safety vests, bags, and gloves along with water to stay hydrated. Volunteering is easy. Register online
The city understands our streets need attention year-round, so the public works department has launched a new Adopt-A-Street Program to keep them litter-free. This volunteer program enables community organizations, businesses, and individuals the opportunity to help maintain and beautify city streets.
To participate in the Adopt-a-Street program, volunteers agree to adopt one-mile segments of a major or collector street and agree to remove litter a minimum of four times per year for at least one year. In recognition of the litter removal efforts, the city will install a sign recognizing participants for their commitment to the program and community.
Adopting a street is free, but you must conduct a cleanup at least four times throughout the year, specifically one during each season. The agreement is valid for one year and can be renewed annually.
The Springfield Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with United Way made a very large donation of needed school supplies for our teachers and students to the Robertson County Schools Family Resource Center
June 12, 2021 Free Youth Fishing Rodeo – J Travis Price Park Springfield, Tn
When: Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 6:30 AM CDT – 11 AM CDT
Location: Travis Price Park
Springfield Parks and Recreation in partnership with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) hosts a Free Fishing Rodeo for children 14 years of age and under at J. Travis Price Park to celebrate National Fishing Month.
Participants must bring all fishing gear and bait – (no artificial lures allowed). TWRA stocks the pond with catfish, bream, sunfish, and other small fish for the event.
Registration begins at 6:30 AM. Help youth begin an activity of a lifetime. Prizes will be awarded from local sponsors!
2 Day FREE Food Giveaway Event May 5-6 By Mid Cumberland Community Action
The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency will be hosting a 2-day FREE food giveaway event in Robertson County set for Wednesday, May 5th and Thursday, May 6th from 9 am to 3 pm at Travis Price Park: 4155 Wilks Rd in Springfield, TN for any and all Robertson County residents in need.
Questions, please call (615) 742-1113
The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency.
Springfield – Disc golf is now available at J. Travis Price Park!
The new disc golf course was made possible thanks to a generous donation of equipment by Discin Disciples Disc Golf Group. The equipment donation was made possible by various local businesses, entities and individuals.
The Springfield Parks & Recreation Department installed the nine-hole disc golf course, with plans to add nine more holes by June 2021.
An official course name will be unveiled in August.
Disc golf is very similar to regular golf. Players compete by throwing a disc at each target until they land a goal. The score is tallied based on how many throws it takes a player to reach each goal.
The new course is accessible to the public during park hours, dawn to dusk.
Payne Chevrolet of Springfield
One of the most surprising things about Kevin Hart’s new classic Corvette is what’s under the hood. Click image to learn more.
Payne Chevrolet of Springfield
The Chevelle’s profound influence on modern production and marketing has made it one of the most important cars in history. Click photo below for more…
Learn More About The “Friends of The Library”
Meeting – Wednesday, May 5th
The Friends of Gorham-MacBane Library is a is a not-for-profit organization for people who are interested in books and libraries.
The Friends meet the 1st Wednesday of every other month at Stokes Brown Public Library at 11am. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 5th. Anyone is welcome to join our Friends group.
They meet in January, March, May, July, September, and November.
Become A Friend
A ‘Friend’ is someone who can help with an annual membership fee and perhaps be able to give some time to the Library in volunteer hours. Meetings occur six times a year and we have events/activities throughout the year.
Volunteers can help shelve books, prepare materials for children’s groups, or help with special events. There are many opportunities for you to help in your Library. It’s a good way to meet people and make new friends!
The purpose of this organization is:
• To maintain an association of persons who are interested in literature, music, art, science, education, and culture.
• To promote the operation, maintenance, growth, and development of the Library.
• To promote an informed interest in the Library, its services, facility’s needs, and to stimulate the use of the Library resources and services.
• To encourage, receive, and administer gifts, endowments, and bequests for the promotion of the objectives of Gorham-MacBane Public Library.
• To support and cooperate with the Library in developing Library services and facilities for the community.
• To support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.
If you would like to join the Friends of Stokes Brown Public Library, contact Ann Rausch at 615.305.2598 or email [email protected]
Starting April 28 – Classic Tin Cruise-In
(Wednesdays In Springfield)
“It’s almost time for Cruise-In Season! Starting April 28th. Every Wednesday (weather permitting) Springfield!” Shelby Horner
Classic car Cruise-In for Springfield and the surrounding communities coming together, sharing and talking cars, trucks and bikes.
Held every Wednesday, from spring till Halloween, Classic Tin Cruise-In will be in Springfield, TN. The classic car, truck, and bikes Cruise-In for Springfield and the surrounding communities coming together for some Family Fun!
Being held at 2008 Memorial Blvd, Springfield, TN, Between the Hardees and Burger King.
Any questions please call Shelby Horner at 615-336-2257 See Less
NOTICE: Food Assistance Available
The United Ministries Food Bank would like to inform the residents of Robertson County that they are still helping with food needs.
If you are struggling to put food on your table they can help.
They are located at 808 S Main St. (beside Cope). Familes need to have ID’s and Birthdays dates for all living at their residents.
Residents are welcome to come in monthly for assistance. If you have questions please call 615-384-8306.
Hours: Open Monday thru Thursday 10:30AM to 1:30 PM.
FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 Drive-Thru Food Pantry
United Ministries Food Bank of Robertson County, TN
will be having a drive-thru food pantry at Springfield Baptist Church
When: Friday, May 7, 2021 at 9 AM CDT – 11 AM CDT
Where: Springfield Baptist Church – 400 North Main St. in Springfield, TN
Please help us spread the word about our upcoming drive-thru food pantry happening Friday, May 7, 2021 starting at 9am.
We will be setup in the Willow Street parking lot next to Springfield Baptist Church.
Clients will be asked to stay in their car, volunteers will collect food items according to family size and place in your car.
Want to volunteer with us for the drive-thru food pantry? Please give us a call: 615-384-8306
CITY OF WHITE HOUSE
White House FFA Plant Sale – White House High School
April 19-May I
Weekdays 3-Sp.m. , Saturdays 10 am-12pm.
Whole Flats (36 plants). $ 10.00
Ind. Cell Packs (6 plants). $2.00
Potted Plants (4″ pot). $2.00/ea 10 for $15.00
Geraniums Wave Petanias
Hanging Baskets. $ 10.00
• Begonias (Dark Leaf-Red, Pink, & White)
• Dusty Miller
• Tomato (Big Boy & Bradley) Salvia (Red & Purple)
• Snapdragon (Mixed) Impatiens (White, Red & Pink)
• Vinca (Red & White) Coleus (Mixed)
• Jalupeno Peppers Bell Peppers
• Impatiens (White & Pink)
• Wave Petunias (Purple w/White, Purple, & mixed)
• Wandering Jews
• Bridal’s Veil
• Devil’s Wing
• Geraniums (Red, Cherry, or White burst)
Two local Girl Scouts earn their Bronze Award
WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. – Two Girl Scouts from Robertson and Sumner Counties recently earned and received their Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can achieve, during a ceremony in White House on April 14.
The two girls, Emma Haas-Allen from Cedar Hill and Zion Smith from Portland, both 11-years-old, are part of Girl Scout Troop 1539.
To earn their award, Emma and Zion had to identify an issue in their community, set goals for improving the problem, and then work a minimum of 20 hours each toward achieving their goal. The award gives scouts the chance to show they are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community.
“Emma and Zion decided to complete a joint project aimed at improving the lives of animals at the Sumner County Humane Society,” said Susan Haslam, Troop 1539’s Assistant Scout Leader.
First, they developed a “Care for Other Creatures” brochure with the help of their fellow Troop members. The brochure taught others how to safely care for cats and dogs and help find families and homes for several of the animals at the Humane Society.
“The girls worked very hard to develop their informational brochure, and then they handed them out, delivered them to local businesses, and fastened them to information bulletin boards for people to see,” said Haslam. “Because of their hard work, several dogs and a long-time resident cat were all adopted.”
That was only part of their project. Next, Emma and Zion set out to improve the lives of those animals still living in the shelter. The two girls made cat and dog toys as well as baking treats for the animals.
“I really wanted to make sure the animals had things to play with and use to get exercise while they were waiting to be adopted,” said Emma.
They made over 300 chew toys, tug-of-war ropes, and other toys visitors could use to play with the animals or the animals could use on their own. Unfortunately, COVID-19 caused significant challenges for the girls as they began their project. They had to learn to work independently since their troop could not meet in person as of March 2020. In addition, visiting the Humane Society was limited due to COVID restrictions.
“I am so proud of that the hard work the girls put into their project,” said Haslam. “Once they finished, they were both able to bring their toys to Sumner County Humane Society, where they were able to meet with the shelter manager and staff. They had to take extra COVID precautions, but they were able to play and give their toys and treats to the kittens, cats, and dogs.”
“I was so happy to meet the animals we helped,” said Emma. “I learned a lot about what it takes to take care of animals and the hard work it takes to get them to good families and homes.”
April 24: White House Turns 50!
The city of White House turns 50!
Celebrate the city of White House turning 50 at the Hudson amphitheater 105 College St., White House Tennessee on Saturday, April 24 at 3:00 PM to 6 PM.
There will be live music performed by Jeff Allen and AC Drive, children’s activities and lots of fun FREE things for the family to enjoy at the Birthday Celebration!
🎈 FREE Balloon Artists 🎈
🎨 FREE Face Painting 🎨
👩🎨 FREE Caricature Artists 👨🎨
🧁 FREE CUPCAKES 🧁
There will also be photos displays reminiscing the last 50 years in White House!
READ ALL ABOUT IT – 1970’s In The City of White House – Click HERE
Mr. Walter was ordered to the Principals office!
He not only keeps The Heritage beautiful – he is also the kindest person I know. He was caught giving a student his own shoes when he saw that the kids shoe had broken.
True kindness and such a blessing! #PatOn Back
Saturday, May 15, 2021: Ice Cream Social & Silent Auction from 1-5 PM.
Bring a friend, join us for a free Ice Cream Social, and participate in a silent auction. All proceeds from auction to benefit the Tanzania Missions bringing Bibles and other vital supplies to the area this summer.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
4095 US, US-31W, White House, TN 37188
White House Greenway Safety Tips
📍Trail Watch/General Number: 615-382-6863 for White House Police Department
📍 Crime in progress, or a serious life-threatening injury can be reported to the White House Police Department at Emergency # 9-1-1.
📍Suspicious activity, strange behavior, threatening presence, loitering: Call White House PD.
📍Illegal camps or litter related to alcohol or public intoxication: Call White House PD.
📍Incidents involving domestic animals: Call 615-382-6863 White House Police Department.
📍Trail erosion, trail obstruction, graffiti, trail hazards: Call 615-672-4350, ext. 2114 White House Parks .
📍Carry a cell phone in case of emergency. Program the White House Police Department’s number into your cell phone before you leave.
📍There is safety in numbers. Use the buddy-system and enjoy the trail with a companion.
📍 Park in a well-lit, heavily-trafficked area. Lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables such as purses, wallets, jewelry, or cell phones inside.
📍Carry identification including your name, phone number, critical medical information, and a contact name/number in case of an emergency.
📍Wear comfortable sport shoes, loose-fitting clothing appropriate for the weather, and use proper safety equipment. Wear bright and/or reflective fabrics and carry a whistle or noisemaker.
📍Tell friends or family the route you will be taking and when you expect to return. If you are going to be late, give them a call.
📍Stay on the designated trail and avoid short-cutting or crossing open country.
📍Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Avoid areas where visibility is poor, and be aware of sounds in your environment.
📍Be confident. Look people in the eye and let others know you are aware of their presence with a polite “Hello!”
📍When you approach your car, have your key ready. Check the floor and back seats before you get in.
City of White House, Tennessee – SENIOR CENTER
Did you know that White House has a Senior Citizens Center that offers senior citizens lunch on Wednesday’s for $2.50?
The meal includes a meat, vegetables, bread, and dessert. Reservations are required by noon on Monday.
Find out more HERE
SENIOR CLASSES FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART!
Introducing Fittercise, our new line up of fitness classes, a variety of fun and energizing workouts, suitable for all levels of fitness. Make friends and improve your physical health and mental well being!
Class Description: (Giggle and Wiggles Work Out)
Tuesday & Thursday @ 9a—A whole body workout that tones arms, abs and legs combines with low impact cardio. Enjoy upbeat music that will have you wiggling, giggling and having a blast.
Wednesday @ 10a-10:45a—Chair Yoga
A gentle way to build strength, increase flexibility and relieve stress. Postures are performed either seated in a chair or standing next to it.
**Classes are taught by certified instructor, Ann Manly. All students are encouraged to go at their own pace and modifications are offered.
More classes to be added in May. Stay tuned!!!!!
WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING! MASKS & TEMPERATURES REQUIRED!
TOWN OF PLEASANT VIEW
Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department – Chief Pj Duncan and Lt. Abbie Boeing were honored to have had the opportunity to spend some time in DC last week representing the PVVFD and the nations fire service at the capital.
We joined several hundred fire service personnel from around our nation to talk to congress on a couple of very important issues. We broke up into groups and hit as many folks as we possibly could in a such a short time.
We were able to discuss the importance of installing fire sprinkler systems in buildings such as residential high rises when these building are remodeled.
We were also able to speak about the refunding of the FEMA AFG and SAFER grants. This bill is expiring and has been reintroduced, we just need it refunded. It is important that we let our leaders know just how important these federal grant programs are to the livelihood of many of our nations fire departments, including the Pleasant View Fire Department.
Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department – The final day of PDO in Pleasant View TN!
Students ran scenarios, worked with a 4-way hydrant valve, and joined the 2K club by flowing 2,000 GPM from their Ascendant midmount tower!
These guys have put in a tremendous amount of work and it has been a pleasure teaching them. Special thanks to my amazing fiancée Amanda Dobbs for spending the day with us and taking some great photos!
Starting in May – Pleasant View’s – Cruise’n N Groove’n
(3rd Saturday of each month thru October)
“Don’t take the dust covers off yet! We are looking forward to seeing everyone in May. Stay safe and stay well.”
Location: 214 Village Square Pleasant View, TN 37146
This fun event is held every 3rd Saturday of the month in Pleasant View, TN. Come see vintage cars, great food choices, and enjoy a family fun evening. Time: 5pm – 9pm
Along with Mayor’s Choice, this year O’Reilly Auto Parts will sponsor the “Pick of the Month” vehicle.
ACROSS ROBERTSON COUNTY
Hello! After one LONG year… on March 15th we were able to open our doors to our Seniors again!
I realize that our opening guidelines were very restrictive in the begin ning guidelines and quite honestly, not very welcoming but…
Spring has finally sprung! As promised, we are able to lift more restrictions and do away with some all together!
Although as you can imagine, we still have to be viligent and follow some protocol… I think you will as pleased as we are that things are much more relaxed and closer to normal!
Our Operating hours will re main from 9:30am- 2:30pm. This allows adequate time to sanitize and prepare for activ ities.
We plan to add even some more activities in May like, our Harmonica elass, another exercise class, etc. We also plan to start our “Out & About trips again!
WOO Hoo! Things are really looking up!
Can’t wait to see your smiling face!
CHECK OUT OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER –> HERE
Robertson County Emergency Medical Services – Congratulations to Kyle Sorensen for obtaining his Tennessee Paramedic license!
Kyle has begun his field training process that our employees undergo when they transition from AEMT to Paramedic.
Once completed, this will be one more paramedic that RCEMS has to provide outstanding prehospital care to the citizens of Robertson County.
Robertson County Sheriff’s Office – Friday, April 16th, Sheriff Michael Van Dyke joined CASA of Robertson County, TN and many community members in the annual planting of the pinwheels in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
When you pass by the Robertson County Court House and see the pinwheels, remember that CASA of Robertson County is working hard to be the voice of those children that have been abused and neglected. #ChildAbusePreventionMonth
DRUG TAKE BACK is Saturday, April 24th from 10am – 2pm in the CVS Parking Lot!
Dispose of any unused or unwanted pills or medications with NO QUESTIONS ASKED!
We will also have proper disposal of any e-cigarettes and vaping devices.
E-Cigarette & Vaping devices – On the DEA National Take Back Day on April 24, 2021 (NTBI 20):
• DEA will collect vape pens or other e-cigarette devices from individual consumers only after the batteries are removed from the devices. It is important to stress that the DEA is not responsible for removing the batteries from the devices.
• If the battery cannot be removed, individual consumers can check with large electronic chain stores who may accept the vape pen or e-cigarette devices for proper disposal.
• Individual consumers may also contact their local Hazardous Materials Management Facility to determine if they accept these devices, and for additional guidance regarding proper disposal.
Robertson County Sheriff’s Office – Congratulations to Corrections Officer Anderson on her promotion to Facility Training Officer and Corrections Officer Williams on his promotion to Booking Officer.
4-H Camp is coming to Robertson County!
Join us for the 2021 4-H Jr Day Camp on June 3rd from 8-3 at the Robertson County Fairgrounds!
Sign-ups are still open and spots are LIMITED!
Questions? Contact the Robertson County Extension Office at (615) 384-7936!
UT Extension-Robertson County – FREE Eat Smart Move More class at The Center City of Springfield, TN
401 North Main St. Springfield, Tn 37172.
Free food tastings & incentive items when joining the class.
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