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Trousdale gets $94K grant for park upgrades

Trousdale County will be the recipient of a $94,152 grant designed to make improvements to the play area in Trey Park.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced the grant awards on June 9. Trousdale County had applied for the grant, which requires an equal match, to help make part of Trey Park compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“I want to thank TDEC for awarding Hartsville/Trousdale County this grant, and Sen. (Ferrell) Haile and Rep. (Terri Lynn) Weaver for their support,” said County Mayor Stephen Chambers. “This is the first step in carrying out the master plan of improvements to the park. The ADA parking and sidewalk improvements along with the installation of inclusive playground equipment for those with mobility issues will make Trey Park more accessible for anyone who visits the park.”

Trousdale County will make ADA-compliant improvements to Trey Park, which was built in 1998. The additions will include inclusive play equipment and the widening of two handicapped parking spaces. It will also improve ramps to meet ADA requirements and replace a sidewalk with an ADA-compliant sidewalk, and the sidewalk will be extended to an existing pavilion that is not currently accessible.

When the work will begin was not immediately known, but it was expected that the Parks & Recreation Committee would discuss that during its June 14 meeting.

The grant is part of $7,584,530 awarded to communities throughout the state from the Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program.

“We are happy to announce grants that will enhance the outdoor experience in communities across our state,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of TDEC, said in a press statement. “We want Tennesseans to enjoy recreational activity, and we recognize local leaders need funding to make it happen. These grants help meet that need.”

“Our parks and playgrounds enhance the quality of life in our community and I’m so proud that they will give residents with disabilities greater access,” added Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster. “I thank our local leaders for their partnership and for submitting a successful application for this very worthy project. It was an honor to support their efforts, and I appreciate TDEC’s investment in Trousdale County.”

Hartsville's meat processing plant holds ribbon cutting

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently for Anderson Meats & Processing as the Chamber of Commerce celebrated another new business in Hartsville.

The meat processing plant, located at the corner of Industrial Park Drive and Halltown Road, is operated by Steve Anderson of Carthage. Anderson Meats & Processing began operations in February and the plant now employs 14 people, according to Anderson.

A number of dignitaries, including Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Charlie Hatcher, were on hand for the June 3 ceremony.

“This has been a vision for a long time for me and my family,” Anderson told the assembled crowd. “It is now a reality and we appreciate you more than you’ll ever know.”

“This is a momentous occasion and these things don’t happen by accident,” Hatcher said. “It’s a community effort to pull something off like this and this is a much-needed facility. As evidenced by the pandemic, meat processing is one of the big gaps we uncovered.”

Anderson Meats & Processing currently is able to process roughly 20-25 head of cattle per week and has the capacity to do double that. While the facility has processed some hogs and sheep, beef has by far been the vast majority of its business thus far, Anderson said.

Anderson and Hatcher also noted assistance the facility has received from the Coronavirus Agricultural and Forestry Business (CAFB) Fund, a $55 million fund set up through the CARES Act to help ensure stability of the food supply chain. According to a list from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the facility received $250,000 in funding.

“That just shows how supportive the governor is of agriculture and forestry, and how supportive the legislature is as well,” Hatcher said.

The audience was invited to tour the facility, from the pens in which cattle are brought in to the room in which they are humanely slaughtered and the walk-in coolers where processed cattle are stored while the carcasses age.

While the facility does not currently offer retail sales to the public, Anderson said plans are in the works to do so and could be ready by the end of 2021.

“We’ll have an online pre-order and you just pull right in and pick it up,” Anderson said. “Right now we’re really waiting on a permit from the state.”

The facility has two large walk-in coolers where carcasses are allowed to age for two weeks before being processed. Anderson Meats & Processing also offers USDA certification if requested by a supplier.

Anderson Meats & Processing accepts cattle for processing on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays by appointment only. For more information, call 615-374-7990 or visit andersonmeatsandprocessing.com.

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

All-a-go with the rodeo

The first event that Laine and Hannah Lamb threw this summer went better than anticipated.

Better is how they hope to describe this weekend’s second event.

The Macon County residents will host the second LH Cattle Company 2021 Summer Series event on Saturday evening at their home facility, located at 3794 New Harmony Road in Hartsville.

“We started doing these ourselves at our old place,” Hannah Lamb said. “Last year, at our first event, we probably had 200 or 250 tops at our first event. It was about the same at the second event.”

However, the first event of the 2021 summer series included more than 500 spectators.

“We were over the moon,” Hannah Lamb said. “We both have full-time jobs. Raising bulls and putting on bull-riding is a second job and a hobby too. It not only means a lot to us income-wise, but it’s great to see local people coming out and supporting something we’re passionate about. The local community came together to support us.

“We want to have something family-friendly. We want it to be affordable. We’re not looking to make a killing off of it, but we want to see something that we’ve put so much time and hard work into pay off.”

The events are sanctioned with the Southeastern Bull Riding Association (SEBRA), which consists of both bull-riding and barrel racing. However, the summer series events will consist exclusively of bull riding as the Lambs’ arena isn’t large enough for barrels.

Saturday’s event is the second of five that are scheduled, with the others slated to be held on July 17, Aug. 28 and Sept. 25.

ontactors and rodeo/bull-riding producers, which means that they produce their own events and transport their own bulls to other events.

“When you have the kind of bulls we have and the kind of talent we have there, you’re going to have a quality show,” Hannah Lamb — a Georgia native — said. “With the caliber of bulls we have, the kind of show we run and the talent we have, it’s going to be something good to watch. For someone who doesn’t know, you’re getting top-quality entertainment.”

Seating has been expanded at the facility from 350 to approximately 600 currently, and the May event was standing-room-only.

Attendees can bring lawn chairs if desired.

Gates open at 4 p.m., and competition begins at 6 p.m.

Admission is $10 for individuals age 11 and older and $5 for children age 6-10, and children age 5 and younger can attend with no charge.

Hartsville woman indicted on statutory rape charge

A Hartsville woman has been indicted by the Trousdale County grand jury on a charge of aggravated statutory rape.

Angel Marie Johnson, 33, was arrested on June 2 after the indictment was handed down the previous day. The indictment alleges that in April, Johnson had sex with a victim described as at least 13 years old but under the age of 18.

Johnson was booked into the Trousdale County Jail and released on $7,500 bond. She was arraigned in court on June 4 and a new court date was not immediately available.

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

Trousdale Medical Center recognized for overall quality

Trousdale Medical Center was recently recognized as one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the country for overall quality by The National Rural Health Association.

The 20 highest-ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the country, as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health, were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

“I am very proud of the level of quality provided by our employees and medical staff,” said Mike Herman, CEO of Trousdale Medical Center. “Providing critical access to our community is vitally important, but that care is only good if it can be trusted by our community. We’re committed to maintaining this high level of quality care for the people we serve.”

The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on the results of the Hospital Strength Index and its eight indices of performance: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. This elite group of hospitals was selected from the Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2021 top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year.

Forty best practice designations were also given to facilities that achieved success in one of two key areas of performance: 1) quality: a rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across rural-relevant process of care measures, and 2) patient perspective: a rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across all 10 HCAHPS domains.

Trousdale Medical Center (TMC) is a 25-bed critical access hospital in Hartsville. The hospital offers diagnostic services, outpatient rehabilitation, 24-hour emergency care and skilled and acute nursing services to the residents of Hartsville and surrounding communities. TMC is a facility of HighPoint Health System. To learn more, call 615-374-2221 or visit MyTrousdaleMedical.com.