January 2018 Around Town 3

Annual Hendersonville Veterans Day Parade Held on November 5

The fifth annual Hendersonville Veterans Day Parade was held on November 5. Sponsored by the city of Hendersonville, VFW Post 9851 and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 240, this event honored all U.S. military veterans as well as today’s fire, police and emergency services providers.

This year’s parade featured more than 50 entrants. Parade participants included veterans in military vehicles, local politicians and area officials riding in classic cars, marching bands and the Shriner clown corp. The parade’s grand marshal was Korean War veteran Guy Clary. Fox 17 News anchor Scott Couch served as the parade emcee.

Inaugural Bark Avenue Canine Cutie Pageant Held on November 12

The first Bark Avenue Canine Cutie Pageant was held November 12 at the Movement Church. As part of the HolidayFest event umbrella, the new event attracted multiple dogs and their owners who competed for several prizes, including the chance to ride in the 2017 Hendersonville Christmas Parade on December 3. Sponsored by Kimbro Air, the pageant raised money for the Hendersonville Senior Citizen Center.

This year’s pageant had a variety of contestants, including Lucy, owned by Beverly Jones; Orion, owned by Abby Akers; and Marley, owned by Julie McCutcheon. All dogs and their owners were required to walk down a runway where they rated by local judges Deborah Gordon, Nancy Pedigo, Connie Maynord and Darlene Rawls, 2017 HolidayFest queen.

Hendersonville Christmas Tree Lighting Held on November 26

The annual Hendersonville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was held November 26 at Memorial Park. The event featured musical performances, carriage rides, a children’s play area, visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus and fairy tale characters leading up to the lighting of the official Christmas tree. Thanks to the mild weather, hundreds of citizens came out to enjoy the celebration.

The event was co-emceed by Jim Hunter, owner of WHIN radio, and Jennifer Waddell, Fox 17 News anchor. They were assisted by Larry Phillips, the president of HolidayFest, who kept the event on schedule.

At the conclusion of the evening, Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary and his children, Zachary and Amelia; Santa and Mrs. Claus (Dave and Lynda Evjen); and 2017 HolidayFest king and queen Mike and Darlene Rawls performed a countdown that culminated in the lighting of the tree.

Jessica Buchanan Joins Vol State Strategic Initiatives Office

Jessica Buchanan has been hired by Volunteer State Community College as special assistant for strategic initiatives. She will work directly with Vol State President Jerry Faulkner in developing special projects.

“It’s all about collaboration,” Buchanan says. “I’ll be making partnerships in the campus community and working on initiatives that cross academic divisions. I think a large part of my job is listening—trying to understand what people need.”

Buchanan comes most recently from Be Better Advertising in Franklin where she was operations and data analyst. She was assistant director for Student Success Services and Career Services at Midway University in Kentucky. She has also held career development positions at Berea College in Kentucky and Polk State College in Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and communication arts from Warner University and a master’s in information technology from Florida State University.

New Vol State Degree on the Front Lines of Public Health

Volunteer State Community College has a new health sciences associate of science degree program that is designed to train workers for public health administration jobs. The Vol State Health Sciences degree includes courses that you might expect, such as medical terminology and anatomy and physiology, but it also includes other important education for a public health worker, including fundamentals of speech communication and introduction to ethics. The program is intended to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in health sciences at a university. Most public health jobs require at least a four-year degree. The Sumner County Health Department handles many responsibilities, including the operation of health clinics, promoting immunizations and preventing the spread of disease. Public health administrators have many roles within the field.

“The roles of public health administrators are evolving to include community economic development, community planning and design,” Hal Hendricks, county director for the Sumner County Health Department, says. “We live in a global society, even in what we still consider rural communities. That, along with changes in health care, make public health an integral part of community safety and quality of life.”

For more information about the program, visit VolState.edu.

Vol State Completes $475,000 Building Renovation Fundraising

Ron Hibbard, of Ron Hibbard Toyota in Gallatin, has donated $10,000 to the Volunteer State Community College J. Howard Warf Science and Math Building renovation fund. The Toyota Dealer Match Program equaled the donation for a total of $20,000. The latest donations increase the total raised for the campaign to $475,000, completing college fundraising requirements established by the state of Tennessee for the $4.6 million project.

The design process for the renovation is underway. The science labs in the building were constructed in the 1970s and have become worn and outdated. The project focus is upgrading the classroom facilities students use and improving the technology teachers need for better instruction. For more information about the College Foundation, visit VolState.edu/Foundation.

Adult Students Consider Vol State Spring Classes

Spring classes start soon at Volunteer State Community College and students should apply now. The college is encouraging adults to consider taking college classes this spring, as a launch pad for the TN Reconnect program which begins in fall 2018. TN Reconnect will provide tuition-free college classes for Tennessee adults who do not already have an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree and meet other eligibility requirements. Adults who want to get a head start on going back to college can take classes this spring and apply for financial aid and scholarships that may reduce costs. Those students may then be able to move into the tuition-free program starting in the fall by simply filling out a TN Reconnect application and following the other program requirements. For more information about TN Reconnect, including eligibility for adults, and links to apply to the college, visit VolState.edu/Reconnect.

Vol State offers day, evening and Saturday classes in a variety of formats including online courses. The spring semester starts January 16. Course registration is open now for all students. New and readmitted students will need to apply first. The application process can be completed online at VolState.edu/Apply. Contact the school at 615.230.3688 for more information.