News & Notices
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.
For the first time in over 200 years, the Sumner County legislative body convened at the historic Douglass-Clark House on Monday, July 21. The event was attended by over 350 people and included a re-enactment of a County Court meeting from the late 1780s and the introduction of descendants of the Douglass and Clark families. County Executive Anthony Holt dedicated the newly restored historic structure which served as one of Sumner County's earliest courthouses.
For coverage by the Portland Leader, click here.
Click here to watch the reenactment on Hendersonville Online.
To view NewsChannel5's coverage of the evening, click here.
For News Examiner/Star News coverage, click here.
Sumner County remains the third healthiest of Tennessee's 95 counties, according to a recent report.
Only Williamson and Knox counties rank higher than Sumner in the Health Factors category, which represents what influences the health of a county. Sumner ranks fourth in the Health Outcomes category, which represents how healthy a county is.The 2014 County Health Rankings rely on a comprehensive set of data and analysis that allows counties to see what it is that is making residents sick or healthy, and how they compare to other counties in the same state.
This is the fifth year of the rankings, published online at www.countyhealthrankings.org by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews imploded the old State Route 109 Bridge over the Cumberland River in Sumner and Wilson counties on Friday morning, April 25. Traffic on the newly constructed bridge was temporarily stopped for the bridge implision. Lanes were reopened to traffic shortly after the blast.
Demolition crews used explosives to bring down the truss-style bridge that was built in the early 1950s. The old structure showed signs of aging and was listed as structurally deficient prior to its implosion. Construction began in 2011 on the new $29.5 million concrete and steel bridge, which was built beside the original structure. One lane in each direction on the new bridge was opened in March 2014. The remaining two lanes are expected to be completed by fall 2014.
Approximately 16,500 vehicles travel the SR 109 Bridge each day. That number is expected to reach 30,000 by 2035.
To view video of the bridge implosion, click here.
Members of Leadership Sumner, the personal development program designed to educate potential and active community leaders, have pledged to raise funds for the Sumner County Drug Court so it can continue to provide services to individuals convicted of drug- and alcohol-related crimes.
Click here to watch the NewsChannel 5 report.
Click here to read the article in the News Examiner.
Sumner County is the third healthiest of Tennessee's 95 counties, according to a new report.
Only Williamson and Rutherford counties rank higher than Sumner in the Health Outcomes category, which represents how healthy a county is. Sumner ranks fifth of 95 in the Health Factors category, which represents what influences the health of the county.
"It is rewarding that Sumner County ranks so highly in this report," said County Executive Anthony Holt. "We pride ourselves on our quality of life here in Sumner County and these health rankings reinforce our commitment to healthier lifestyles."
The 2013 County Health Rankings rely on a comprehensive set of data and analysis that allows counties to see what it is that is making residents sick or healthy, and how they compare to other counties in the same state.
This is the fourth year of the Rankings, published online at www.countyhealthrankings.org by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The upcoming renovation of the historic Douglass-Clark House was featured recently on NewsChannel 5. The structure, which was used as one of Sumner County's earliest courthouses, is located off Long Hollow Pike and is a trailhead for the Station Camp Greenway.
Click here to view the segment by reporter Marcus Washington.
Join Tennessee's commemoration of the Civil War by ordering the official Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial License Plate.
The specialty plate fee ($35) is free to the first 1,000 people who sign up. One thousand orders are needed before the state will produce this specialty plate. Proceeds will support Civil War battlefield preservation and the Tennessee Civil War Trails Program. Currently, 12 Civil War Trails Program markers are in place in Sumner County, with more planned for the near future. Click here for more information on the Civil War Trails Program.
Trusted Choice Agents of Insurors of Tennessee has generously offered to pay for the first 1,000 orders.
Click here for an order form.