Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt has designated tnAchieves to serve as the local partnering organization to help organize and support Tennessee Promise, Gov. Bill Haslam’s vision to provide a tuition-free opportunity for every Tennessee student to earn a college credential. Tennessee Promise offers two years of tuition-free community or technical college to Tennessee high school graduates beginning with the Class of 2015.
Coupled with the Tennessee Promise scholarship, every student will be paired with a mentor to support the student through admission and financial aid paperwork, motivate the student to meet deadlines, and perhaps most importantly, encourage the student to reach his/her potential.
tnAchieves is currently recruiting volunteer mentors in Sumner County. Mentors spend approximately one hour monthly working with high school seniors to ensure they make a smooth transition from high school to college. tnAchieves will train all mentor applicants, provide them with a mentor handbook, and communicate with them throughout their experience with the program. To apply, visit www.tnachieves.org/mentor-application
The Tennessee Department of Correction's Sumner County Probation and Parole Division is collecting new stuffed animals and soft dolls to comfort children during incidents involving law enforcement. Donation boxes are located at:
- Sumner County Administration Building, 355 N. Belvedere Dr., Gallatin
- Sumner County Sheriff's Office, 117 W. Smith St., Gallatin
- Sumner County Probation and Parole Office, 425 S. Water St., Gallatin
The stuffed animals will be given to local law enforcement agencies. When officers respond to calls where minors are present, the toys will be used to comfort the child.
The toy collection is being conducted in preparation for Victim Impact Awareness Week Sept. 20-26. The primary purpose of this week is to increase offenders' awareness of the impact their crimes have on victims.
For more information, contact Meagan Williamson at 451-5868.
The Sumner County Health Committee is conducting the 4th Annual Walk Across Sumner campaign (Sept. 6-Oct.4, 2014). Walk Across Sumner is a county-wide plan that includes a four-week walking program (complete with a kick-off event and a closing celebration). Participants in the Walk Across Sumner program are encouraged to walk 34.5 miles (the distance across Sumner County - corner to corner) either in their own neighborhoods or by hitting local greenways and walking trails at parks throughout the county.
There were over 1,400 participants in the 2013 event and nearly $5,000 was raised for elementary school physical education programs across the country. Last year’s project brought people from the entire county together to get moving and get fit.