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Hartsville
Community Pregnancy Center to offer free ultrasounds

Hartsville’s Community Pregnancy Center will begin offering free ultrasound scans to expectant mothers next week.

Scans will be offered each Wednesday during regular business hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the center, located at 783 E. McMurry Blvd., starting on Jan. 5.

The project has been a longtime goal of the center, which opened in 2017, and its director, Peg Shonebarger.

“These are going to be limited obstetrical ultrasounds. All our nurses will be able to say is ‘yes or no, it’s a viable pregnancy’ and the approximate age. We would recommend they follow up with their own doctor at that point,” Shonebarger said.

While it is not a requirement, the Pregnancy Center

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would prefer that women seeking an ultrasound there have had one already with their own doctor. Women should be six weeks along in order for the scans to be able to confirm pregnancy.

“Should there be anything wrong or any abnormality, we can’t diagnose that,” Shonebarger said. “Our medical director can read a scan immediately and be able to advise a patient to set up an appointment with their doctor.”

Being able to offer ultrasound scans was a process in itself. Shonebarger worked to recruit volunteer nurses who will undergo training to perform scans, recruit a medical director who is qualified to read scans, obtain an ultrasound machine and accompanying supplies, obtain malpractice insurance and more. She also had to speak with local zoning officials to make sure the property’s current zoning allowed for the use and organize efforts to add a handicap-access ramp to the facility.

“They’re already medical professionals; it’s a matter of knowing how to take measurements, what to look for, how to use and read the machine. The more you practice, the better off you are,” Shonebarger said of the two volunteer nurses who will be performing scans. Scans will be part of the training process as each nurse must demonstrate their knowledge of the process, which is a non-invasive one. After performing enough scans, nurses will receive certification.

“We want to know that we’re doing a good job for our clients,” Shonebarger said. “It was a lot of legwork and phonework.”

In addition to the center’s own fundraising, the Hartsville Rotary Club has directed a District Grant of $6,000 toward the CPC to help offset costs.

The center’s ultrasound machine came after Shonebarger called another pregnancy center referred her to a company in Gallatin. That business owner donated a refurbished machine to the Hartsville center.

“We purchased the service contract, so I really feel confident about the machine we got. It will be good for our needs,” Shonebarger said.

Since there are just two volunteer nurses who will be performing scans, they will only be available on Wednesdays to start out. Shonebarger said she would like to have more volunteers in order to be able to offer ultrasounds on other days in the future.

Anyone interested in volunteering or in getting more information on the free ultrasounds can contact the Community Pregnancy Center at 615-680-8026.

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


Hartsville
Trousdale Christmas For Kids program helps nearly 200

Six years ago, I was privileged to be able to begin working with the Trousdale County Christmas For Kids program. This year might have been the most satisfying of those experiences for me.

This wonderful cause offers help to the underprivileged in our community and has been in place for around 40 years since Regina White first started the program. This year, with need still increased because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the economy, we were able to help 198 children in Trousdale County.

Christmas For Kids provides each child with a brand new pair of pants, shirt, coat and shoes. Children or their parents are also able to go through and select a number of toys that are donated by the Trousdale County community.

Members of the Hartsville Rotary Club, along with assistance from the Hartsville Backpack Program, made this a successful year all around for Christmas For Kids. But there was much more help behind the scenes that deserves equal recognition.

We start our preparations pretty much every year with the fundraising cakewalk, which took place in October this year. Unfortunately it happened to be probably the hottest day of the fall, with temperatures over 90 degrees.

But the community still came out in strong support and we were able to raise over $4,000. That included a $1,000 donation from the Justified Motorcycle Club and on behalf of our board, I thank them from the bottom of our collective hearts.

Rotary Club President Mark Presley was an invaluable asset in getting the cakewalk ready to go, along with his wife Misty. Hartsville Strong volunteers helped out that day too, collecting donated baked goods from the community. Both Kroger and Publix also donated lots of items that were able to be auctioned off.

Raising funds for Christmas For Kids is an ongoing process, but a number of local churches and businesses have continued to show their strong support for our program and deserve thanks. One business owner who insisted on remaining anonymous stopped me one day while out in town and handed me a $1,000 check for the program. I’ll honor their request and not say who, but hopefully that person will read this and know how much their generosity means.

Donations can still be made to Christmas For Kids at First National Bank.

Finding a site to host the annual distribution of items is always a potential hurdle, but for the past few years the Trousdale County school system has stepped up in that regard. We were able to use the auditorium at Trousdale County High School this year both to give out items, and to sort and pack over a two-day stretch. I want to thank Director of Schools Clint Satterfield and TCHS Principal Teresa Dickerson for their willingness to help out. They especially helped out this year after a scheduling conflict arose. We were supposed to use the cafeteria like we did last year, but a home basketball game made it impossible to pack items and have concessions for hoops fans. Clint immediately let it be known that the auditorium was an option and the transition was a smooth one.

Christmas For Kids is also grateful to the school system for its assistance in getting the word out about the program. While Trousdale County Schools do not make decisions about who is helped, they do allow applications to be received and picked up at each of the three schools. That makes the process of collecting applications a lot easier.

Shopping this year was the easiest it has ever been. The Gallatin Walmart store was extremely cooperative and pre-ordered every item for us. What used to be a three- or four-hour process took just over an hour this year!

The volunteers who spent Thursday afternoon and Friday morning and afternoon sorting through and packing clothes, and getting the toys ready too, deserve special thanks for their hard work. We had a great turnout this year and got things done quickly and smoothly. Sheriff Ray Russell sent a work crew to help and their assistance was amazing and very much appreciated as well.

We even got some unique assistance this year. The Tennessee State Troopers Association called me back in October. They pick one county in each district every year to provide food boxes to 25 families and Trousdale was up this year. Four state troopers showed up the Monday morning of distribution and provided their boxes to the first 25 families to arrive.

In addition, the Community Help Center donated 36 holiday meal boxes to supplement those from THP. In all over 60 families were helped with food, something Christmas For Kids has never done to my knowledge. I want to thank both the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Community Help Center for this unexpected generosity.

Our local Veterans of Foreign Wars post even got in on the action, bringing a pair of bicycles to be given out. The bikes, along with others donated through the toy drive, were given to children chosen at random off the list of applicants and hopefully will provide much joy to their new owners!

I also need to thank the Rescue Squad, Volunteer Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office for conducting the annual toy drive. Their help means so much and we couldn’t make Christmas For Kid happen without them. Thanks guys!

I’ve said before that Trousdale County is a special place to live, mainly because of the generous hearts of the people who call this place home. I’m proud to call Hartsville home myself and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Thank you and may God bless each one of you!

Chris Gregory is managing editor of The Hartsville Vidette. Reach him at 615-450-5756 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.


Hartsville
Trousdale School Board sets 2022-23 calendar

The Trousdale County School Board approved the calendar for the 2022-23 academic year during their Dec. 16 meeting, following the recommendation of the district’s teachers.

Director of Schools Clint Satterfield said there originally were two options presented to teachers but that high school officials came up with a third option, which received 67.6% support from teachers who were surveyed.

“This calendar starts like the traditional and has three days for Thanksgiving and 11 days for Christmas break,” he said. “The second semester, because of testing windows, did not differ in any way.”

The TNReady assessment window falls from April 10-May 5, 2023.

“If that large a group of our teachers wanted a particular calendar, I’m ready to go with that,” board chairman Johnny Kerr said.

The calendar contains an opening date of July 28 and sets graduation for May 19, 2023. The calendar contains a three-day Thanksgiving break and a Christmas break from Dec. 19-Jan. 4.

Fall Break will be Oct. 17-21 and Spring Break March 20-24, 2023 under the calendar.

There are also four Power Fridays built into the schedule with 12:15 p.m. dismissals and four professional development days. Two of those will be on Aug. 4 and Nov. 8, which will be election days.

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


Hartsville
Cumberland Pediatrics set to open Hartsville office

Hartsville’s newest medical office will open its doors next week as Cumberland Pediatrics is scheduled to begin seeing patients on Monday, Jan. 3.

Cumberland Pediatrics will be located at 333 E. McMurry Blvd., in the building next to Anthony Funeral Home. Business hours will be Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. but the practice has 24/7 availability to deal with emergencies.

Nurse practitioners Miranda Green and Brandy Tomlinson, along with Dr. Anthony Jordan, will be expanding their services to the Hartsville area, which already provides a number of patients for two clinics already open in Lebanon and Gordonsville and is the oldest pediatric practice in Wilson County. Opening a Hartsville branch was the natural choice for the group, Green said.

“We already have quite a large patient population from the area,” Green said.

“Miranda already lives out there (Bethpage) so it was an easy location to put together,” Tomlinson added. “We did a survey of patients who lived out there and we hope a lot of them will go there. Sometimes people can’t get to Lebanon and it’s easier to have somewhere closer to home.”

Green will be on site each day except Thursday, while Tomlinson will be on site on Thursdays. Dr. Jordan will provide coverage as needed and is always just a phone call away if either NP needs a consult, they added.

Pediatrics is a passion for both Green and Tomlinson, who promoted parents having a specific pediatrician for their children rather than a regular family doctor.

“Being parents ourselves, we have sick kids and we know the experience parents have with taking care of their kids,” Green said. “I’m a small-town girl, grew up in the area and am a Westmoreland graduate. To provide care to kids is a blessing for me and we want to provide the best pediatric care possible.”

Cumberland Pediatrics offers well exams, sports physicals as needed and all routine vaccinations for children.

“Instead of going to urgent care, they’ll be able to come see pediatric providers and we hope people use us,” Tomlinson said.

“We want patients to get all the care they need, urgent care, chronic care for the child,” Jordan said. “When we know what’s going on with a child, we know when it’s time for proper care.”

Cumberland Pediatrics will also offer same-day appointments for patients. For more information, call 615-549-7737 or visit cumberland-pediatrics.com.

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


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