May 3, 2018





The meeting was called to order by President Bob Kenney, followed by prayer led by Jim Mitchell and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Bob Stallings.


The meeting was held at the HW Presbyterian Church  with a Mexican theme.  Officials present included Delores Gresham from the TN state legislature.


Approximately 32 were in attendance.


Meet Your Neighbors featured Ed and Inice Patnode.


Open Topic Discussion centered around the Highway 196 and I-40 Interstate Exchange. 


Reports included an announcement of the Relay for Life effort on May 19th to support the American Cancer Society.


A nominating committee will present a slate of officers at the June meeting and the election of community association officers will follow at the July meeting.


The June association meeting on June 7th at the HW Presbyterian Church will include a forum of guests who will answer questions about the exchange at 196 and Interstate 40.


The meal will be a regular potluck.


Minutes submitted by Sandra Brewer, Secretary





Future Meetings




June 2018

As a result of the Open Topic night in May, we will be having a meeting in June to discuss the ramifications of the new Interchange at Interstate 40 and Hwy 196.

We will be taking nominations for next year's officers


July 2018

First Responder Picnic

We will be voting on the nominations for officers


August 2018

Rescheduled:  Field Trip to UT Martin Extension Campus-dinner will be catered



Our meeting for May was an Open Topic Night plus a "Get to Know Your Neighbor" segment: Inice and Ed Patnode.  We also celebrated an early Cinco de Mayo with an array of Mexican dishes to enjoy.

At our April Meeting, the Fayette Academy Drama group shared excerpts from their upcoming spring musical, “Annie.” Here they are enjoying the potluck dinner provided by the Association

Above are the photos from our February meeting.  Somerville Banjo crafter, Tommy George, shared 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.  We all enjoyed the performance.

This is our Cubby as result of the fundraiser we held in September for the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center

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.

For important information concerning the emergency helicopter service available to Fayette County Residents click Here.

Hello Everyone,


Well, it has been a wet spring, but we have survived the bad storms and that is something to be thankful for. Fayette County remains probably the most desirable place to live and raise a family in this region and I am proud to live here with you and to be one of your commissioners.
The Primary Election is nearly here and, in fact, is Tuesday, May 1st. Early voting, in Somerville, ends this Thursday, the 26th. 
We are beginning to get information from each department of County government, which is necessary for structuring our budget. With a growing economy, creating growing revenue, there should be no concerns regarding a tax increase. This, even though we are doing many projects to make our community an even better place to live, and our schools are a main focal point of improvement all across the County.  Dr. King and staff are implementing many new programs to challenge our students and enhance their education. Three years ago, when he came on board, our graduation rate was 75% and it is now 90+%. At that time we had 3200 students and we now have 3600. This Tuesday evening, at our 7:00 PM  County Commission meeting, we will present three "Teacher of the Year" awards, as well as honor the "Pentathlon Team" and its two coaches. These students placed first in the state of Tennessee and fourth in the entire country. There was rigorous competition involving these subjects; literature, mathematics, fine arts, science and social science. Come and see this nice event.
For information the West Fayette Republican Club will meet this Thursday, the 26th, at 6:30PM, at Warren Community Church near Somerville. It is pot luck, so bring a vegetable, salad, bread, pie or something and join us.  Commissioner Tim Goodroe will be speaking regarding the animal shelter.
On Thursday, May 3rd, the Hickory Withe Community Association meets at 1st Baptist Church Hickory Withe, at 6:30PM, at the church, which is one half mile north of US64 on Hwy. 196. It is pot luck, so bring a dish and visit with us.
As always, it is a pleasure to serve as your commissioner.  If you need me, email or call me at 901-496-0247.
Homer Bunker