October 3, 2019


The Hickory Withe Community Association met on October 3rd 2019. Becky Sue Evans, President, called the meeting to order at 6:30.  There were 32 members present and all stood for the pledge to the flag. A blessing on the food was pronounced before the pot luck dinner. Two new members, Joe and Poppy Underwood, were welcomed and received the Hickory Withe Welcome Package.


During the general meeting of the HWCA, Becky Sue announced the plans for the “Joe Moore Leadership Fayette Scholarship”.  The HWCA would ask for donations toward the scholarship of $350 per year. The HWAC bank account would make up any short-fall. It is the intention of the HWCA to select a member in good standing to attend the “Leadership Fayette” course to make our association more visible and united with the goals of the HWAC and Fayette County. Interested parties will submit applications to the “Leadership Fayette” course. This scholarship will have a “sunset clause” and will continue for 5 years, beginning in 2020. In 2025, the HWCA will vote to extend the scholarship for an additional length of time. Jess Evans made a motion to go forward with the “Joe Moore Leadership Fayette Scholarship”. Deb Norton seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously. Jeanie Moore, Joe’s widow, thanked the community association with tearful gratitude and said it was an extremely kind gesture to honor Joe.


Steve Hetterscheidt, treasurer, reported that the checking account at Bank of Fayette had been closed and that we would use our “High Cotton” account for checking purposes. He also reported that yearly dues paid in October will be good through 2020.


Liz Klepko will send out an email to all inactive people (those who have not paid dues) listed on the roles to “Streamline” our membership.


The organization is still looking for someone who is willing to chair the membership committee.


Sandra Brewer is the “Hospitality Chairperson” through December.


Jane Mitchell will continue a Benevolence Chairperson. She spoke about the “Relay for Life” activities that will be coming up and will keep the membership informed of opportunities to participate in fighting cancer.


Plans for a “Spaghetti Dinner” fund raiser were announced. It will be held at the Hickory Withe Presbyterian Church on February 29, 2020.


The program for the evening proved very informative. Bob Kenney discussed the plans for the new “Fayette County Animal Shelter”. Bob and his co-director, Maria Prince, presented a power point showing the need for a new animal shelter. The presentation was quite moving and pointed out the desperate circumstances surrounding the current animal shelter.


Steve Hetterscheidt discussed and demonstrated the use and value of therapy dogs. He brought his beautiful Golden Retriever, Belle, to show what a remarkable effect a therapy dog can have on any environment. Steve pointed out the difference between “working dogs” and “therapy dogs”. A working dog is one who has been trained for a specific purpose, such as police work, or seeing-eye dogs. NO PETTING.  Therapy dogs have been trained to be calm, loving, and the object of petting and adoration.






Future Meetings



Next Pot Luck Supper and Meeting of HWCA will be on Nov. 7th. Our special guests will be Senator Delores Gresham and Ron Gant, State Representative. We will have turkey and dressing catered and ask the membership to bring sides and desserts. Please bring nonperishable food goods for the box in the foyer of the church for “Fayette Cares”. Also, to thank the Marines for their participation last month in performing the flag folding ceremony, please bring an unwrapped toy to put in the box in the foyer of the church for “Toys for Tots”. If you know of a needy family with children, they can register for toys online by the 15th of November.



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Hello fellow Fayette County Citizens and Friends!
Spring has finally sprung and I hope you all are enjoying the sunshine and beautiful weather as much as I am.  Our County is continuing to grow and thrive and I believe it is a place we can all be proud to call home.  The last few months have been very active and we will see increased activity over the next few months as we begin deliberating over the budgets for the County.  I would encourage each of you to get involved and attend a County Commission meeting so that you can hear first hand how your dollars are being disbursed.  
Most recently we have received numerous letters, calls, and complaints about the trash on the roads, especially in the more rural areas, and we are taking action.  Last week during Development Committee we recommended reallocating funds from the litter department to the Sheriff’s Office.  The individual who was overseeing the litter pick-up is retiring and this will give us a more active response with the Deputies and inmates running the trash clean-up efforts.  I believe you will quickly begin to notice a cleaner County and at little to no increased cost!
Our County Schools are also continuing their great work and more than just a few have taken notice.  Within the last few weeks our Governor, Bill Lee, took a tour of Fayette-Ware’s College, Career, and Technical Education programs and stated he was highly impressed with the things he saw happening.  Most recently the new TN Commissioner of Education, Dr. Penny Schwinn toured Oakland Elementary’s classrooms and had in-depth discussion with the teachers and staff there.  Having the leaders of Tennessee come to our schools just further shows that we are on the move in the right direction.  Let Dr. King know how much you appreciate his and the members of the school board’s efforts to make education in Fayette County a priority!  Great job team!
Last, but not least, Easter is tomorrow!  I know this day will be filled with egg hunts and family meals, but I hope you will all take time out of your day to celebrate the Risen Savior!
“ For God so loved the world, that he gave His only son...”. Happy Easter Fayette County!
Our next Commission meeting is Tuesday at 7:00 in the Justice Complex in Somerville.  Please reach out if I can serve you in any way. 
Robbie Sills