October 2016 Around Town

Vol State Golf Classic Raises 
Money for Athletics

The Tenth Annual Athletic Association Golf Classic, benefiting the Volunteer State College Foundation, raised approximately $18,000. The tournament was held recently at Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin. The highlight of the event was the Volunteer State Bank Paul Warren Memorial Corporate Cup Challenge. The winning team for 2016 was Garrott Brothers. The Four Man Scramble winning team was Ralph E. Morgan Electrical with Brandon Burris, Pete Caldwell, Chris Parker, and Ralph Morgan.

Sumner County Household 
Hazardous Waste Collection 
Set For October 29

The Sumner County Household Hazardous Waste collection event is Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Volunteer State Community College, 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin.

Items being accepted for disposal include:

Automobile and Marine Products

  • Oil and fuel additives
  • Grease and rust solvents
  • Naval jelly
  • Carburetor and fuel injector cleaners
  • Starter fluid
  • Body putty
  • Antifreeze/coolant
  • Gasoline

Home Maintenance and 
Improvement Products

  • Used strippers and thinners
  • Adhesives
  • Driveway sealant
  • Roofing tar
  • Wallpaper remover

Home Lawn and Garden Products

  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Wood preservatives


  • Pool chemicals
  • Photo processing chemicals
  • Medicine/drugs
  • Aerosols/compressed gas
  • Mercury thermostats
  • Thermometers
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Needles and sharps (in puncture-proof containers)

Unacceptable items include:


  • Infectious wastes
  • Dead animals
  • Any waste from a doctor’s office, clinic or veterinarian’s office.


  • Fireworks
  • Military ordnance
  • Gunpowder and ammunition


  • Smoke detectors
  • Radium paint


  • Empty containers of any kind
  • Automotive gas tanks
  • Alkaline batteries (may be thrown away in trash)
  • Electronics
  • Paint

Items will not be accepted from any commercial business, college or university, hospital, home improvement or painting contractors or agribusiness.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards $4.5 Million to more than 1,000 Schools, Nonprofits and Literacy Organizations Nationwide

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently announced the award of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Awarded at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test.  At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers may pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services.
Committed to helping increase the literacy skills of individuals of all ages, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education since its inception in 1993.
A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at DGLiteracy.org. Grant applications for the 2017 grant cycle to benefit adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs will be available on January 2, 2017.
Sumner County High School
Students’ ACT Scores Soar for 
Third Consecutive Year

For the third year in a row, Sumner County high school students scored higher on the ACT test than the previous year.

Sumner County’s average ACT composite score increased from 20.4 to 20.8. This is the highest ACT composite score posted by Sumner County students since 2009, when the state began requiring all Tennessee students to take the ACT assessment regardless of their post-high school plans. Tennessee is one of only 13 states to require all high school students to take the ACT.

Sumner County’s composite score continues to be above the state’s composite score (19.4), a tradition that Sumner County has long held.

Merrol Hyde Magnet had the district’s highest ACT composite of 28.5, with the Middle College High School at Vol State scoring a 24.6. Hendersonville High School posted its highest score in five years at 22.2, up from a score of 21.3 in 2015.

Beech High School showed the highest gain with a composite score of 21.6, representing a dramatic increase over the school’s composite score of 20.4 last year. White House High School also showed tremendous improvement, moving from a 19.5 composite last year to 20.4 this year.

Sumner County students also improved in all four of their college-ready benchmarks, improving the overall readiness average by two percent.

The ACT score is one of the key metrics colleges use when evaluating prospective students. Scores weigh heavily on admission decisions and scholarship offers.