This is our Cubby as result of the fundraiser we held in September for the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center
February 1st program:
Somerville Banjo crafter, Tommy George, will share with us his local, handmade art of custom crafting banjos. He and his business partner, Christian Stanfield, believe that banjos are extremely important to Tennessee’s musical heritage. Their art was featured in this fall’s edition of Tennessee Home and Farm magazine. Music will be performed by these two musicians.
March 1st program:
We will have a representative from Chickasaw Electric Cooperative to speak at this meeting.
April 5th program:
We have asked the director of the Fayette Academy Theater group to entertain us with some clips from their spring musical, “Annie” in April.
Above photos are from our October Chili Cook-off. The photo on the left are the judges...Jim & Janie Miller and Richard Volmer. The large group are the participants in the cook-off. The First place winners were Phil Henke and Charles Allen, with second places going to Jim Holley and Bob Kenney.
Thanks to all for a very successful fund raising event for the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center. The event was well attended, and we raised $1641 for this worthwhile charity.
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JANUARY 4, 2018
Bob Kenney called the meeting to order.
Jim Mitchell led the prayer and Joe Moore led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Total attendance was approximately 45 people.
The pot luck meal was followed by officer reports, including the 2018 budget presented by our treasurer, Merrel Miller. Discussion included the need for fund raising.
Dues for the 2018 year were collected.
Vice President Eddie Brewer announced that the program for February will be Tommy George and Christian Stanfill, both banjo crafters. Music will also be performed by these musicians at this meeting.
The March meeting will include a representative of Chickasaw Electric.
The April meeting will be members of the Fayette Academy drama group sharing a portion of their spring musical, Annie.
The Meet Your Neighbor segment was moved to the next meeting in February. The Jim Nortons will share with us.
The January program was given by Dr. Barton Thrasher. He shared ideas and information that promote good health and he emphasized choices that lead to better wellness. His interesting and inspiring talk led to several questions from the group concerning how to improve personal health.
The meeting was adjourned.
Minutes submitted by Sandra Brewer, Secretary
Merry Christmas to all of You:
Here we are again in that glorious time of year, a few days before Christmas, and even though the temperature may not attest to it, we normally think of Christmas as the heart of winter. I hope you get to participate in many of the festivities taking place in churches, town squares, theaters, civic centers and certainly spending and enjoying an abundance of time with your families.
As is normal, the County Commission has canceled meetings for December. In January, we will begin working on the 2018/2019 budget. Construction is really picking up in Fayette and that increases revenue, which helps with our growing budget and decreases the need for tax increases. Yes, government should live within its means and let the citizens manage their own money. In addition to all the residential, industrial and commercial activity, other needs, such as a high school in the west end of the county; a medical facility, perhaps a hospital emergency room, also likely in the west end are being discussed, but premature to give the where and when answers. The widening of Hwy 196 is drawing attention, but will not likely happen earlier than five years hence, but should be reality prior to ten years. Fayette is geographically positioned to experience big growth in coming years.
The "Primary Election System" is now in place for the Republican party in Fayette as well as approximately 64 other counties in Tennessee. As earlier stated, I am not running for reelection next year. At this point two people have pulled petitions to run for this seat and after due research as to what they stand for, I will recommend the one I feel is best qualified. I also ask that you research and thereby, vote knowing your candidate and what they stand for.
Public schools, in Fayette, continue to progress in giant steps. We lost School Board member Robert Redditt and appointed Sibil Watkins to complete his term. She indicated she did not plan to run for the seat in the election next August. Dr. King and his staff continue to implement programs which enhance the education opportunity for our students, such as reading programs ARISE2Read and more; created the "Freshman Preparatory Academy" to assure students preparedness to meet and succeed at the challenges of high school, as he targets each and every one with the success bulls eye. He and staff are in their third year of completely overhauling our schools and have not asked the County for more money. He continues to consolidate administrative roles, consolidate school departments into a multi purpose single building, reorganize purchasing as well as other cost saving measures. To insure being able to hire the best teachers, he indicated his teachers would get a raise. Even while doing all this and more, and while most all school systems are preparing to request their funding bodies for millions more, he left me believing his cost saving measures, this year, may provide adequate funding without requesting additional. Quite a management feat!
In closing, allow me to mention, our Hickory Withe Community Association meeting is this Thursday, the 7th, at 6:30 PM. We meet at First Baptist Church, on Hwy 196, about a half mile north of US64. It is pot luck with the Association providing sliced ham, but others to bring a vegetable, bread, salad, dessert, etc. The program will be a hand bell choir playing beautiful Christmas music. We would love to see you there.
Again, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018. It is a pleasure to serve as your Commissioner. If you need me, email or call me at 901 496-0247.