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Trousdale schools offer online registration for 2021-22

Parents looking to enroll their children in Trousdale County Schools for the upcoming 2021-22 school year are urged to use the district’s online registration form.

Forms for both new students and students who were enrolled last year are both available on the district’s website at tcschools.org. Registration is moving to an online-only format, according to Director of Schools Clint Satterfield.

“We want to have as smooth a start to the school year as we can possibly have,” Satterfield told The Vidette. “There’s two types of registration: for returning to school and a new student. It’s imperative that our parents do one of those.”

Trousdale County starts its school year on July 29 and there is no virtual option this year. All classes will be five days a week at all three of the county’s schools.

Students who were in the school system last year should use the “Return to School” form, even if the child is moving from the elementary school to the middle or from middle to high school.

“If you’re coming back this year, you use the ‘Return’ form. Addresses change, cell numbers change, bus stops change. It gives us up-to-date information so that form is vital so we can communicate with parents,” Satterfield said.

The registration forms can only be filled out online and not in person, as in previous years. For those families who lack Internet access at home, Satterfield said the public library could be used. Also, parents can come to one of the schools but will be directed to a computer lab to fill out information.

“It’s all online… This all came from COVID. The information’s cleaner and we’re not having to decipher handwriting. If they don’t have that capacity, we will provide the equipment at our schools to do that.

“I know it’s different but we need to move into that technology space.”

The forms should be filled out as soon as possible to allow the school system to try to meet special requests, such as a particular teacher. The deadline for registration is July 27.

New students who register will have to have their information verified, such as residency and custody, before officially being enrolled in Trousdale County Schools. Parents of first-time students are urged to register their child online as soon as possible.

“Those forms have to be uploaded or they can be put in our box here at the Board of Education,” Satterfield said.

MASK POLICY: The School Board is scheduled to decide on a formal mask policy for the 2021-22 school year at its July 15 meeting, which will be at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education building.

The board made masks optional for the summer learning camps held in June but had said all along it wanted to wait until July to set the new year’s policy in order to utilize the most up-to-date information.

“I don’t foresee that being changed any,” Satterfield said. “Our policy is optional. I think our board has been pretty clear on that.”

Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings.

Satterfield said that all visitors to schools would be asked to wear a mask if they are unvaccinated. The schools will use an honor system and will not check vaccination cards, he added.

“I’m sure (visitors) will want to protect our staff and students,” Satterfield said.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-450-5756 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.

Chamber of Commerce creates directory to promote Trousdale County

The Chamber of Commerce has a new tool in its arsenal when it comes to promoting Hartsville/Trousdale County, in the form of its 2021 directory.

The 2021 Chamber Directory was put together by Chamber Director Natalie Knudsen, who got the idea from her husband Paul’s business travels.

“Paul brought me back a similar product from Broken Bow, Nebraska, which is in the middle of nowhere,” she said. “I read the brochure and the magazine and was like, If I can want to go to Broken Bow, people will want to come here if we can do something similar.’ ”

The 30-page directory contains information on local government, a complete listing of each Chamber member business with contact information, a piece on the history of Trousdale County written by County Historian John Oliver, and writeups on the county’s school system, hospital, library and Highway Department.

“This is a professional product that shows who we are,” Knudsen said. “We wanted to highlight the things that Trousdale County is known for.”

The directory was supposed to come out in 2020 but the pandemic slowed things. On the other hand, the additional time allowed the Chamber to sell enough ads to completely pay for the production of the directory.

“There was no money out of the county’s or the Chamber’s budget. I’m really proud of that,” Knudsen said.

The cover art for the directory was selected by the Chamber after a photo contest. Karen Moreland Photography won for the front cover, which displays local farmland, and Rose Kelley won for the back cover, which displays a local barn.

“We gave prizes and Regina (Waller) judged them,” Knudsen added.

Knudsen said she hopes to be able to update the directory every year or two, depending on how this initial version is received. Free copies will be available at the County Administration building, Wilson Bank & Trust, Citizens Bank, Twice Daily and other businesses around town.

“I think once people see it, they’re going to get excited to see what a product it is and how it highlights our county,” Knudsen said.

TCAT Hartsville suffers damage in welding lab fire

A fire at Hartsville’s Tennessee College of Applied Technology last week caused damage to part of the facility.

On Thursday, July 8, crews with the Volunteer Fire Department were called out around 10:30 a.m. after reports of an explosion in the TCAT welding shop.

After arriving on scene, it was determined that an acetylene tank had caught fire.

“It had a valve that malfunctioned and got a little flame going back there,” TCAT Hartsville President Mae Wright told The Vidette. “Nobody was hurt; we had everyone in the vicinity checked out and they got a good bill of health.”

Nearby classes were evacuated and fire units remained on scene for almost four hours, as the acetylene tank had to be kept cooled down. Once the fuel had burned off, the tank was removed from the building and the fire was completely extinguished.

“We’ll go in there and clean it out… there’s a lot of smoke. I don’t think there’s major damage because we got to it in time,” Wright added.

All classes were held Friday while damage assessment was being done. There was smoke and water damage in the welding and machining shops, Wright said. Estimates on damages were not immediately available.

“The welding class doesn’t have to go back into the shop to have class; they can do some things in the classroom,” she said. “We’re back in operation.”

First Baptist Church honors Billy Woodard for service as treasurer

Billy Cato Woodard was recently honored by the members of First Baptist Church of Hartville for having served 48 years as church treasurer.

Mr. Woodard joined First Baptist on Jan. 27, 1952. He was elected as deacon in 1975 and served faithfully in that capacity until his retirement as treasurer. He also served for many years as a church trustee.

Throughout the years Billy Woodard has been known for his honesty, humility, thoroughness and attention to detail.

Mr. Woodard retired from USDA-ASCS on July 1, 1991 after 38 years of service to the agricultural community.

Married on June 3, 1955 to the former JoAnn Gregory, the Woodards have one daughter, Melissa (Johnny) Langsdon, and one grandson, Jake.

— Submitted to The Vidette

Building delay could cost Water Department

The Water Board held a called meeting last week to discuss an unexpected delay in plans to build a $1.2 million office building.

On June 28, the County Commission voted to defer until July a resolution authorizing the construction of an 11,000-square foot building on property behind the County Administration building. Commissioners at the time questioned the site selection and even whether such a facility was necessary.

The Commission’s approval is required as the property is deeded in the name of Trousdale County government, despite having been purchased by the Water Department in 2018.

“We’ve had to back up to let the Commission understand what we’re wanting to do. Right now, we’re kinds on hold to give them more time to look at our plans and make a decision,” Water Board Chairman Craig Moreland said. “Putting this off is going to raise the cost of the building.”

Per the contract awarded by the Water Board, the price is guaranteed for 60 days. That period expires on July 24.

At the request of the Water Board, the County Commission will hold a called meeting on Monday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. to take up the issue. The Commission’s regular July meeting is July 26, after the 60-day deadline.

County Mayor Stephen Chambers said a price increase if the contract is delayed beyond 60 days would be at least $14,820, based on an estimate from the contractor. Chambers cited the rising cost of materials and said that number could easily go higher.

“There’s a possibility of increases past that,” the mayor said.

“It sounds like our hands are pretty much tied…,” added board member Todd Webber.

While each member of the County Commission was invited to attend the meeting and ask questions, only eight of 20 attended and just one, Mary Ann Baker, spoke. As she did at the June Commission meeting, Baker asked why the Commission felt the need to “micromanage” the functions of the Water Board.

“Why would the Board have bought this property if they weren’t going to be able to build on it?” Baker said.

Chambers addressed concerns on whether the proposed building could be expanded, something that was raised previously by some commissioners. The mayor said there was some ability to expand on the site if needed.

He added that moving the Water Department offices into a new building would benefit the county as a whole, noting that the Administration building has already become a tight fit for those already there.

“I’ve had to tell three elected officials we can’t expand right now because there’s nowhere to put them,” Chambers said. “Four or five years and we’ve already outgrown the building.”

Sewer insurance delay: Water Department General Manager Tommy McFarland has announced that there will be a one-month delay in the implementation of a sewer insurance policy, as mentioned in last week’s Vidette.

The sewer insurance will be added to bills beginning Oct. 1, rather than the September date previously mentioned. McFarland said the extra time would better allow the utility to inform customers of the upcoming change. Flyers will be included in upcoming water bills for two months and will describe the policy, which will require customers to opt out.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-450-5756 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.

Trousdale County’s Brayden Gooch, bottom, stole 13 bases, hit .400 and went 3-1 on the mound as a sophomore for the Yellow Jackets.