This is our Cubby as result of the fundraiser we held in September for the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center
December 7th program:
Christmas party with Hand Bell Choir providing Christmas music (Becky Sue Evans)
January 4th program:
Tentatively, Dr. Barton Thrasher will speak on health issues to start 2018 off on a healthy note
February 1st program:
Tentatively, 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.
March 1st program:
We hope to 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.
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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.
The Briarcrest Band was recently accepted, by audition, to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This is an amazing accomplishment for our band and an exciting opportunity for our students. In an effort to help these students pay for such a great trip, our band is raising support by raking leaves. If you or someone you know would be interested in having our students come out to rake your leaves this fall, please email Mr. Parsons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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November 29, 2017
President Bob Kenney called the meeting to order.
Bob Stallings led the prayer and Lawrence Sisk led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Elected officials present included Mayor Skip Taylor and Terry Leggett.
Attendance was approximately 75-80 people.
The minutes of the previous meeting were shared and approved.
The treasurer’s report was accepted. The treasurer reported that the 2018 budget is in progress and will be presented soon.
The wonderful meal of turkey and dressing and sides was partly catered by Patrick’s Restaurant in Memphis.
Jane Mitchell shared that Homer Bunker’s sister passed away and that the association was sending a condolence card.
Many members brought food and gifts to donate to Fayette Cares for their holiday efforts.
Lawrence Sisk announced a work day at the Coursey family’s place, a local elderly couple, where there was a need for help.
Another opportunity to help during the holidays involves making up gift bags for needy women in Galloway. These Christmas gifts are due at the December meeting on December 7th. Questions about this should be directed to Jane Mitchell or Carolyn Chalk.
The November program consisted of an inspiring music presentation given by the local Anderson family group, “High Road.”
The meeting was closed by President Kenney and 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.