Thursday, March 26, 2020
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The world, as we have known it, has come to a screeching halt! Most of the citizens across our land have retreated to their homes to wait out the coronavirus. Waiting is the hardest part. Our lives are indefinitely stuck in neutral.

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Editor’s Note: The following are suspects booked in the Trousdale County jail during the specified timeframe. All persons charged are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Tennessee lawmakers sent a bill dropping state testing requirements while also waiving a law requiring 180 days of annual classroom instruction to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk last Thursday afternoon.

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The Trousdale County Health Department is working in partnership with other local, regional and state officials to implement prevention and mitigation strategies for local communities based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by state leadership.

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County and state government operations have been affected by the spread of the coronavirus, which as of Tuesday had 667 reported cases in Tennessee.

Thursday, March 19, 2020
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The 2020 Census is getting underway and is ready for America to respond as the first invitations begin to arrive at the nation’s estimated 140 million households by March 20. For the first time, nearly everyone will be invited to respond online, by phone or by mail.

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We have never seen anything like this. Our common experience binds us together as we face the dangers of a worldwide pandemic. Our normal is held in abeyance. Life is on hold. Our routine has taken a sharp swerve into the unpredictable.

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Someone has said common sense is not so common. In reality, common sense is really uncommon sense. Some have described common sense as “walking around sense,” implying one’s being in touch with everyday reality.

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POLICY: Information for the Community Calendar submitted in person, by mail or fax is due by noon Monday for publication. Items mailed should be typed or printed and sent to: Community Calendar, The Hartsville Vidette, 206 River St., Hartsville, TN 37074 or brought to the office during busin…

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The Tennessee gas price average continues to decrease amid growing concerns about COVID-19 and has dropped 12 cents since this time last week. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $2.04, which is nearly 17 cents less than one month ago and 31 cents less than one year ago.

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As the number of Tennessee’s reported coronavirus cases jumped from 52 to 73 on Tuesday, with economic activity expected to fall, Gov. Bill Lee announced he will use some of the $732 million from the state’s welfare program to help families, while the state’s unemployment fund is well prepar…

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Citing latest COVID-19 guidance from both federal and state health officials, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Speaker Cameron Sexton announced they are taking the “unprecedented action” to “limit all remaining legislative business” to passing the state’s budget and …

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Editor’s Note: The following are suspects booked in the Trousdale County jail during the specified timeframe. All persons charged are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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As Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee urged school districts across the state to close for at least the rest of the month Monday, Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn asked the federal government for a waiver to potentially suspend statewide assessments this year.

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Members of the county’s Parks & Recreation Committee scheduled Saturday, May 23 as the opening date for the swimming pool during last week’s meeting.

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New data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows unemployment increases in nearly all of Tennessee’s 95 counties in January 2020.

Thursday, March 12, 2020
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The devastating news came rapidly from a handful of sources. Each source came individually to report that through separate horrendous incidents, there had been a total loss of servants and livestock. All of their owner’s material wealth was gone in a single day. However, the most grievous of…

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POLICY: Information for the Community Calendar submitted in person, by mail or fax is due by noon Monday for publication. Items mailed should be typed or printed and sent to: Community Calendar, The Hartsville Vidette, 206 River St., Hartsville, TN 37074 or brought to the office during busin…

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I offer a quick note to those who are interested in buying the Historical Society’s two-volume set of books on Trousdale County history. Although we have sold almost half of our stock, we are waiting on the publisher to deliver volume two before we have a big sale.

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As the number of Tennesseans infected with the coronavirus rose from three to four on Monday, state Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said the state’s response has been appropriate despite charges from a top state House Democrat that Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s administration isn’t being trans…

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Editor’s Note: The following are suspects booked in the Trousdale County jail during the specified timeframe. All persons charged are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Thursday, March 05, 2020
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Hartsville and Trousdale County continue growing and changing — and not without a few pains here and there. If you’d like to learn what’s ahead, please join us at the Community Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at noon. We’ll meet in the Community Center at 301 E. Main St.

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Decisions, decisions, decisions! I am frequently sought for guidance on the decisions that people need to make. Life is full of difficult decisions and nobody wants to make a bad one; nobody wants to miss a golden opportunity and nobody likes to make decisions that also affect others. So, pr…

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A few springs back I traveled to Twin Falls, Idaho, to make a speaking presentation for the Idaho Ag Bankers Association. The first leg of my flight took me to Denver, and then it was on to Boise. Boise, Idaho, is the home of the Boise State University Broncos football team. The football sta…

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If you weren’t at the Senior Center for our Valentine’s Party, you missed a fun time. We had a good lunch, a few games and were entertained by Danny McCorkel and his wife. We danced, we sang along, and enjoyed the afternoon.

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We have spent the last two months up in the air with a local man who flew high in the sky, making birds jealous and us earthbound folks envious. If William James Gregory had been born a few years later, he would no doubt have been an astronaut!