Smokey’s People & Community News Across The County July 28, 2019
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Welcome to Smokey’s news in review. This week we have over 20 stories and events for you. It’s a look back at People & Community news along with this week’s top stories, some you haven’t heard about and may only see on this page.
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In Robertson County News
Robertson County Officially Names New E.M.A. Director
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Following the retirement of Emergency Management Agency Director R.L. Douglas last month, (FULL STORY) Robertson County has named a replacement.
Currently acting as the Interim Director, Deputy Director Chance Holmes, will step in to lead the organization. Holmes was offered the position on Monday. According to Mayor Billy Vogle, Holmes accepted.
Holmes worked under the previous EMA Director R.L. Douglas following a 17-year career in fire service. From suspicious packages to gas spills, rollover crashes to Governor Inaugurations RL Douglas was the go-to man for many years in Robertson County. Now Holmes will take the helm. Read More…
Robertson County Schools Welcomes Teresa Leavitt as Supervisor of Student Services
Teresa Leavitt has been selected to replace Dr. Bob Pruitt as the Supervisor of Student Services for Robertson County Schools, after Pruitt assumed his new responsibilities as Supervisor of Secondary Education.
Leavitt has taught in Cheatham and Robertson counties for 20 years and comes to the position from Springfield High School where she has been principal since 2015. Prior to that she was an Assistant Principal and the Principal at Krisle Elementary School.
She has already begun her new responsibilities and said she is honored to have been selected to serve the district in this capacity.
Commenting on the choice of Leavitt, Director of Schools Dr. Chris Causey said, “Mrs. Leavitt’s experiences at Springfield High School and Krisle Elementary School, as well as those outside of Robertson County, will benefit her as we continue to educate the whole child in Robertson County.”
Robertson County Schools Welcomes Larry Staggs as the next principal of Springfield High School
Larry Staggs has been selected as the next principal of Springfield High School to replace Teresa Leavitt who has moved to the Central Office as Supervisor of Student Services.
Staggs earned his undergraduate degree at Middle Tennessee State University in 2012, and followed it with a Master of Education in School Administration from Lipscomb University in 2015. He has taught since 2012, and has been with Robertson County Schools since 2016 when he became an assistant principal at SHS.
Dr. Chris Causey welcomed Staggs, saying, “Mr. Staggs’ background as a high school teacher and SHS assistant principal will serve him well as he continues the growth that SHS shown over the past few years.”
Staggs is excited at his new responsibilities, saying, “I am blessed to serve as the next principal at Springfield High School. I look forward to taking SHS to the next level by focusing on academic press and a culture of pastoral care. I believe with deep conviction that all successful schools have a primary focus on these two areas, and I am excited to begin the work of forming and bringing to life our mission and vision at Springfield High School.”
Robertson County Schools Awarded Grant Money To Implement high-quality career-focused programs
Robertson County Schools has been informed that the district is among 96 across the state who have been awarded part of the $3.7 million dollar Perkins Reserve Consolidated Grant to support the implementation of, “high quality career-focused programs,” in Tennessee.
Over and above the $169,000 commitment by the state for Career and Technical training, The district applied for grant-funding in the areas of career-exploration program creation and industry certification exam funds.
Supervisor of CTE Mark Gregory announced that RCS has received $35,000 for CTE equipment and $15,000 for industry certification exam fees. The equipment grant will help with initial funding for a new bio-stem lab at White House Heritage High School. The industry certification exam funds will benefit around 140 students as they test for certification in fields including: Microsoft Office Specialists, Certified Nursing Assistants, EKG technicians, and Certified Medical Assistants, among others.
Gregory said that this grant-funding will be a major benefit to the overall CTE program as it reduces the dependence on local funding in these two crucial areas.
“Ensuring students have the skills and resources needed to succeed is one of my administration’s top priorities,” said Governor Bill Lee. Robertson County is pleased to be a beneficiary of his commitment to education in this way.
Robertson Co Schools: Join us in welcoming Ms. Amanda Fields to Springfield High’s Administration Team
She is joining the administration team at SHS after several years in both high school and, most recently, elementary school settings. #sptbrand #WeAreRCSTN
Robertson Co Schools: We had several students enlisting this week!
SAVE THE DATE… AUG 10th
August 10: Dinner & Show To Benefit RC Senior Center
Dinner & A Show “Just A Song at Twilight” By Marcia Savin. Saturday, August 10th Dinner at 5:30 PM, Show at 6:30 PM. All proceeds benefit the Robberson County Senior Center. Tickets are $20 each and include dinner and the show. Dinner will be fried chicken and all the Fixin‘s, beverage, and dessert. Show featuring Sarah Head as “She” and Thom Wilson as “He”, directed by Connie Smith. Contact the Senior Center for ticket information at 615-384-6367. Sponsored by the Robertson County Players
Robertson County UT Extension – 4H Vol State Awards
Four Robertson County 4-H members received the Vol State Award at State 4-H Roundup last night. Arianna Banta, Gareth Eller, Analynn Jones and Alyssa Jackson were tapped for the award at the Vol State ceremony held in Knoxville. #trueleaders
Robertson County 4-H delegates are attending State 4-H Roundup this week.
Congratulations to state winners, Analynn Jones, entomology project, and Gareth Eller, forestry, wildlife and fisheries project. Not pictured is Arianna Banta, who will receive a $1000 nursing scholarship tomorrow at Roundup. Project winners receive $1000 scholarships plus a trip to National 4-H Congress.
UT Extension-Robertson County Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!
A garden lesson on composting. The students also made a cauliflower and broccoli dish with cream sauce!
Thanks to Joe Elliott, recipient of America’s Farmers Grow Communities award
These 4-H leaders received funding for their trip. #trueleaders This project was made possible by a local farmer and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund. @AmericasFarmers #GrowCommunities
Are You Safe? 911 Robertson County Response Times
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – In the last few months, the city of Ridgetop has gone from a police force of about five officers down to zero. Following a brief legal battle, the department was reopened and two officers were hired back. Then city leaders downsized the department to just one officer citing budgetary constraints. Shortly after that, the city’s one-and-only officer went on leave. So again, Ridgetop has no police department of its own, at least for the moment. FULL STORY
The situation in Ridgetop has turned the spotlight on the Roberton County Sheriff’s Office. Concerned citizens in Ridgetop have on many occasions expressed that they believe that not having their own police department in the city increases response times. Is that true? It depends on several factors.
To get a look at the numbers Smokey Barn News reached out to the county for the Sheriff’s response times for Ridgetop. As a marker, we also asked for the Sheriff’s Office response times for the city of Adams. Like Ridgetop, Adams is a smaller community positioned on the outer edge of the county. Adams is also arguably more rural than ridgetop. As an additional marker, we included Cedar Hill. We asked for a year’s worth of data. Read More…
Lost & Found In Robertson County…
“Clyde is home safe and sound! Thank you for all the kind and helpful words and for all of the prayers!” Jonathan M.
Check out The LOST & FOUND Robertson County TN page. Many people have been reunited with their lost pets and valuables. Join the community!
Do You Wanna Be The Speaker?
Would you like to be the Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives? You may not make it, but you can certainly try! Surprisingly, the Constitution of our Great State does not list the qualifications for a Speaker of the Tennessee Legislature. Section 11, Article II states that, “ The Senate and the House of Representatives, when assembled, shall each choose a speaker and its other officers; be judges of the qualifications and election of its members..”. Constitutional scholars believe that you do not have to be a member of the Legislature to become Speaker. A member has to nominate you and it will be necessary to have a second. Then the members of the House will vote. It is expected that they will vote for one of their own!
The Speaker of a legislative assembly is a presiding officer. The title was first used in the English Parliament in 1377. Responsibilities of a Speaker are complex today, as compared to olden times when the official role was to moderate a debate, make rulings on procedural matters, announce results of votes, appear strict and be an authority on the podium. The Speaker decides who is allowed to speak on the floor of the House. This can influence debate and change outcomes on key issues. The Speaker has the privilege to discipline members who defy decorum and procedures of the chamber. The Speaker represents the legislative body in celebrations and ceremonies.
The Speaker also has major administrative responsibilities. He manages the office, House and legislative staff. The Speaker decides the number and structure of House committees. Most importantly, he appoints members to these committees. It is expected that the members will serve on committees where their professional and life experiences will be of value in making laws and decisions. The Speaker can influence outcomes on important societal matters through the members he appoints. Generally, members are expected to vote their ‘district’, i.e. they vote according to the preferences and values of their constituents or vote their ‘conscience’. It is a sweet Blessing when these two are the same!
Since the Speaker is elected by members of the House of Representatives, the person, naturally, belongs to the majority party. A memorable coup occurred, in the Tennessee House of Representatives, in 2009. The Republicans were a razor-thin majority by a count of 50-49. Representative Kent Williams, a Republican, made a secret deal with Democrats to support him for Speakership. With the vote tied at 49-49, he cast the tie-breaking vote to become the Speaker himself. The shocked Republicans expelled him from their Party but he was the Speaker!
It was not as dramatic, but on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, the Republican Caucus of Tennessee House of Representatives met to name a Speaker-elect to replace the current Speaker, Glen Casada. There is sadness in this matter. Speaker Casada accomplished a great deal as he presided over the House session this year. Important legislation, that will improve the lives and well-being of Tennesseans, was passed. However, personal indiscretions and possible irregularities led to the need for his resignation as he lost the confidence of our members.
Fortunately, we have a deep bench of dedicated and capable members willing to serve. Six of the members offered themselves for service. After four rounds of voting, we nominated Chairman Cameron Sexton of Crossville. Linda and I have known Cameron and his family. I am certain that he will restore the integrity and independence of our members. Speaker Sexton has strong moral values and principles. Let us wish the very best for him and his family. His success will also be a success for Tennessee! God Bless!
– Sabi Doc Kumar MD is State Representative, District 66 – Robertson County. Reach him at [email protected]
In Springfield News
Grace Baptist Presents “Christmas In July” to a family in need of a home.
Christmas in July is a project by Grace Baptist Church in Springfield Tennessee and benefits a family who is currently homeless or experiencing unfortunate circumstances and are working hard to get back on their feet and into society.
The Robertson County Schools Homeless Liaison along with a comprehensive group of community leaders involved in homeless ministries select a family to be awarded the new home.
Church members, volunteers and many local sponsors helped to build this brand new 1200 sq ft home in less than one week. A single mom and her two small children were the chosen recipients of this year’s home located on Woodland St. Springfield.
Robertson County is one of the few counties that does not have a homeless shelter and very few resources in place to assist those in need. Unfortunate scenarios that families encounter will often leave them on a downward spiral with a lack of means to get back on their feet. Currently, Robertson County has 352 homeless children in the school system according to the McKinney Vento Act. Aside from these, an additional 27 people were identified in the community per the annual “Point-In-Time” count that took place in January 2019. Thankfully, with the collaborative efforts of our county’s new ministries such as My Father’s House, Stepping Stones, and Christmas in July, we are in a strong position to turn around and change the lives of the disadvantaged individuals in our community.
The process of building a home in only a week transpires through the partnership of many organizations, contractors, churches, businesses, and hundreds of individual volunteers. The Christmas in July project would not be possible without the Lord working in and through each and every entity involved.
ACS Home Builders, 84 Lumber, Patrick Powell Construction, Stewart Williams Furniture, Grace Baptist Church, The City of Springfield, Ed’s Place Appliances, All American Plumbing Company, Builder’s FirstSource, Owens Corning, The Robertson County Association of Realtors, Superior Distribution, Grace Baptist Church Nashville, Warren Brothers, Garrott Bros., Better Block Co. Incorporated, Burchett Bros. Construction, Randy Young Cabinetry, Teeples Footing Construction, Down Home Construction, Electrolux, Roger Denton Heating & Cooling, Jim Moore, & Keith Lampley Doors
If you would like to volunteer or be involved in any capacity in future projects please let us know! Grace Baptist Church: 615-384-3393
In Portland News
A message from Portland TN Fire Department & Tennessee Public Fire Educators Association
Practice and Plan your escape with your family! Know 2 ways out, Practice your Escape Plan, and make sure that you have working Smoke Alarms.
Portland TN Fire Dept Crews had a blast at the Back to School Bash and Touch a Truck event.
Our Firefighters assembled bicycles and filled backpacks for the Back to School Bash held this Saturday at Richland Park.
Firefighters had a blast helping hand out backpacks, helping kids go through the obstacle course, kids checking out Ladder 1, while still responding to emergencies. Thank you to everyone who came out and visited! We had over 100+ kids go through our obstacle course.
A Letter to the Editor from Portland, Tennessee
The news media seems to always report racial division amongst the American people. It appears to be instigated by anti-America groups whose agenda is to tear apart this nation.
I recently learned that the word “racist” was a made up word invented by the communists in the 1930’s to foster division in America.
Racism is the most common form of prejudice today, But, nowhere in the Bible will you find the word “race” used to described the division of mankind. We may vary according to our nationality, land, language or family, but we are a single race, human.
The Bible describes all human beings as being of “one blood” (Acts 17:26). This emphasizes that we are all related, descendants from the first man, Adam, and the mother of all living, Eve.
This Biblical teaching was confirmed when scientists mapped the human genome around the year 2000. They confirmed that genetically we’re all one race.
We’re all different shades of God’s creation. All have been made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27).
We all have a brown pigment in our skin called melanin. This is what makes us the shade of color that we are. Some people have a lot of melanin and they would be very dark; some people don’t have as much melanin, they would be lighter. We all do have the same type of skin color, it is just that the amount of melanin (brown color) differs from person to person. Actuality, no human really is “black” or “white.” There are not different colors but different shades of one basic color, brown
The color of your skin is simply containers in which the real you rides around in. Your skin color has nothing to do with what kind of person you become.
I pray that we all stop judging by skin color, but instead look at the content of one’s character. We all belong to one race, the human race, equal in value before God our Creator.
Submitted -Ken Blinco, Portland Tennessee
In Orlinda News
Orlinda Girl, 12, Trains At NASA Rocket Center Space Academy
ORLINDA TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Addie Cook, 12, of Orlinda, TN recently attended Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics™, Aviation Challenge®, U.S. Cyber Camp® and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.
The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem-solving.
This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a passion for space exploration. Addie, who is going into the 7th grade this fall, spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the Moon or Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. Addie and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors. Read More…
In White House, TN News
White House Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Tiny Paws Resort
Congratulations Tiny Paws Resort and welcome to White House! We are so excited you are here and so are all of the “tiny paws.” #DiscoverWhiteHouse
SAVE THE DATE… August 2nd
White House Middle School Community Action Poverty Simulation Set For August 2nd. Volunteers Needed
We are still looking for a few volunteers to help with their Community Action Poverty Simulation at WHMS on August 2nd from 8:00-11:30 AM. The poverty simulation is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. Volunteers are needed to assume the roles of community resources like banks, grocery stores, social service agencies, faith-based agencies, mortgage companies, school, community health centers, child care centers, etc. It is not necessary that a volunteer has had any experience in a specific role, but it can make the experience more real to the participants if they have. All information they will need to know will be given to them at a short training the morning of.
How can you get involved?
Please contact Beth Martin at [email protected] or
(615) 854-0722 if you would like to sign up to volunteer or if you have any questions.
• Promote Poverty Awareness
• Increase Understanding
• Inspire Local Change
SAVE THE DATE… August 3rd
(White House, TN) August 3rd: Carnival To Benefit Shipping Costs For Operation Christmas Child – Bethlehem Baptist Church
Over the years Bethlehem Baptist Church has been heavily involved in Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child. They sent over 1000 shoe boxes last year and are sending 1350 this year. The shipping cost starts to get expensive and this year it’s projected to be around 13,000 dollars. These shoe boxes are shipped all over the world and bless kids in rural areas where they otherwise may never get gifts or receive the message of Christ.
To raise money for the shipping cost Bethlehem Baptist Church will be having a Carnival on the Hill fundraiser. This event will offer games, food and fun for families in the community. Tickets will be sold at the event that will be redeemable for the rides, jump houses, food and games. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to ship the shoe boxes. See FULL Flyer
City of White House Fire Dept. – Pinning Ceremony
Congratulations to Mike Fisher, Blake Garrett, Andrecus Boyle, and Luke Maholland. Today was their official Badge Pinning Ceremony. Mike Fisher has been promoted to the rank of Captain and will lead WHFD C shift. He was pinned by his wife, Sarah. He replaces Captain Kevin Holman who retired after 30 years of service to the City of White House. Firefighter Garrett was pinned by Alderman Decker. Firefighter Boyle was pinned by B shift Captain Brewer. And Firefighter Maholland was pinned by A shift Captain Railey. Congratulations to them all! And thank you for your hard work!
City of White House Fire Dept. – WELCOME LUKE MAHOLLAND!
Luke is our newest addition to the White House Fire Department. Welcome to the team Luke!
City of White House Fire Dept. NEVER A DULL MOMENT AT WHFD…
Our C shift crew took care of daily vehicle inspections, training for their newer personnel, performing weed control on some fire hydrants and a public relations event at the White House Farmers Market. As well as running several 911 calls….Being a firefighter is more than just waiting for the next call for service….
In Coopertown News
A message from Coopertown Police Department – Have you looked to see if your proof of insurance is current or expired?
Tennessee law requires drivers to carry and exhibit proof of insurance when involved in an accident or when stopped for a traffic violation.
Without proof of insurance, you could be charged with violation of the financial responsibility law and your vehicle could be towed. Acceptable forms of proof of insurance can be in either electronic or paper format and must either be a declaration page or proof of insurance card.
While an electronic format is acceptable, consider the reliability of your cell phone service in the event you’re somewhere with no signal. (T.C.A 55-12-139)
In Pleasant View News
Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department handed out free smoke alarms this week
We can schedule an installation appointment for you where our members will install them in your home for free. If you prefer to install the alarms yourself we will give you the alarms and one of our smoke alarm members will educate where and how to install them properly in your home. PVVFD is always #here4you.
In Greenbrier News
Family Celebrates Life/Memory Of Greenbrier Man
How you can help….
Kelvin Cranford of Greenbrier was reported missing last week. After an exhustive seach, Kelvin’s body was found in the Cumberland River, foul-play was not suspected. MORE As his family celebrates his legacy of love, they look to the future of those left behind.
Kelvin Cranford, husband to Vera Cranford and father to Courtney and Cory, passed away unexpectedly. The Cranfords are a family that embody love, friendship, and kindness. Kelvin will never be forgotten but life will never be the same without him. He leaves behind 2 children that are aspiring to further their educations, start their careers, and find their soulmates. He also leaves behind Vera, his soulmate and beautiful wife of 21 years.
This Gofundme page is a tribute to this great family and also to hopefully assist them in the coming days. We truly appreciate everyone’s help in this most difficult and tragic time.
Greenbrier’s Bobby Bobcat Surprised the Greenbrier Jr Pro Cheerleaders at camp
In Neighboring Montgomery County News
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Congratulates Explorers at Graduation
CLARKSVILLE, TN – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate Explorers Post 600 on their graduation from Explorer Academy.
The week long, 40-hour course, is modeled after coursework taught by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
Students received instruction on traffic stops; building searches and room clearing; police equipment and weapons handling; formations drill and ceremony; patrol response to burglary, domestic violence, alarms and suspicious activity; active shooter training; constitutional law; arrest procedures and evidence collection; and Tennessee criminal law.
The Law Enforcement Explorers Program is part of Scouts BSA. The Program helps youth prepare for a future in law enforcement through community service, confidence building activities, and hands-on experience. The program is open to young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 who have completed the 8th grade.
Anyone interested in the Program can contact Jeff Campagna at 931-648-0611.
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