It’s not often an opportunity comes about to make jabs or tell stories at the expense of the district attorney to his face, but for a selected few, they will get their chance to make him blush.
District Attorney Tommy “The General” Thompson will be on the hot seat April 19 at Eleanor Ford Theatre at Trousdale County High School in Hartsville as roasters attorney Eddie Taylor; brother Eric Thompson; attorney Jack Lowry Sr.; Charneal Smith; Eleanor Ford; Judge John D. Wootten and Toby Woodmore take their best shot to come up with the funniest story about Thompson.
“It will be a fun, entertaining evening where folks can mingle with friends, and also hear a lot of antidotes, jokes, colorful tall tales and other things told on him,” said Janie Oldham, president-elect of the Hartsville Rotary Club. “I know the people who attended the Toby Woodmore roast last year said it was great, and we are hoping to continue the tradition.”
Thompson is a lifelong resident of Trousdale County and graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in 1960. He then graduated in 1964 from Centre College in Danville, Ky. with a degree in chemistry, and went on to teach a few years in Hartsville.
Thompson went back to obtain his law degree from Vanderbilt. He graduated in 1969 and served two years in the law office of Fort Bragg. In 1971, he was named assistant district attorney in Davidson County. Then in 1977, Thompson was appointed district attorney. He has been re-elected in 1982, 1990, 1998 and 2006. Currently he is running unopposed in 2014.
“You have to have the right person, and we were so glad that Tommy agreed to it,” Oldham said. “We chose him because he is a lifelong resident of the county, and he has a good sense of humor.”
Before the roast, Rotarians and Interact Club members will be serving a dinner of chicken in mushroom sauce, green beans, rice pilaf, rolls and an assortment of desserts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased from Hartsville Rotary members, Citizens Bank and Trousdale Bank & Trust.
“We are wanting ticket numbers by Monday, so folks need to try to get their tickets over the weekend.”
The second annual roast is a fundraiser for the Rotary’s scholarship program. The Hartsville club gives a $500 scholarship each year to a deserving senior, and the students continue to receive the scholarship for four years as long as they remain in good standing with their school of choice.
“This was started as an additional fundraiser for the scholarship program,” said Oldham. “Our major fundraisers have been the Hartsville Rotary Golf Tournament and the Hartsville Follies, and last year we decided we needed another fundraiser that would help raise money for scholarships, and something that would be a lot of fun.”