March 2018 Around Town 2

Copy Correction: Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation Center

The heading and phone number for Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation Center that was featured in last month’s Readers’ Choice issue under “Best Funeral Home” was incorrect.  Hendersonville Lifestyle is very sorry for this error and any inconvenience this may have caused Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation Center or any of its valued customers. The correct phone number is 615.824.3855.  

While Hendersonville Lifestyle’s goal each month is to get the story right including the facts and spellings, please note that we are still human and do make mistakes. Hopefully, we will learn from this mistake and will work even harder to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

Tennessee Reconnect Act Offers Tuition-Free Community College for Eligible Adults

According to William Slater, dean of Enriched Adult Studies at Gallatin-based Welch College, a new opportunity is just around the corner for adults interested in pursuing an associate’s degree in Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative will add Tennessee Reconnect to two existing programs, Tennessee Promise and TCAT Reconnect.

Eligible adults will be able to attend community college tuition-free starting this fall under the Tennessee Reconnect Act. This last-dollar scholarship comes at no additional cost to taxpayers due to its funding from the lottery for education account.

Tennessee Reconnect adults may also use the grant at qualified, participating four-year institutions. The student must be enrolled in an associate’s degree program, not a bachelor’s or graduate degree program to be eligible at a four-year college. If attending a four-year school, the grant is not a last-dollar scholarship. Instead, the amount awarded is based on the average tuition and fees at a community college—currently $4,200. Participating four-year institutions include both public and private colleges and universities.

To be eligible, an adult may not have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, have been a Tennessee resident for at least one year, complete the FAFSA and be determined to be an independent student, enroll at an eligible institution at least part time in a degree or certificate program, and participate in a partnering advising program.

The potential benefit to individual Tennesseans and the state collectively is huge. Currently, more than 900,000 adults in Tennessee have some college credit but no college degree. Each is considered a prospect for the Tennessee Reconnect program.

Vol State Offers Free Pregnancy Ultrasounds in Spring 2018

The Volunteer State Community College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is offering free ultrasounds for expecting moms in their second or third trimester this spring. The program organizes the scans so that Vol State students can gain experience with real obstetric patients.

The scans will be performed in the Sonography Center at the Vol State campus in Gallatin. It’s equipped with six beds, HD screens and state-of-the-art ultrasound machines. All ultrasounds are supervised by a Vol State faculty member. The students will be scanning on Mondays and Wednesdays through the end of April. The scans usually last one hour. Patients must sign a release of liability and already have had an initial ultrasound exam before they can participate.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Jessica Campbell at 615.230.3322. For more information about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, visit VolState.edu/DMS.

Vol State Spring Events Discuss Incarceration

The American prison system has been the focus of a yearlong project at Volunteer State Community College. The One Book, One Community initiative continues this spring with new events. The community-wide book is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The non-fiction book is an examination of the criminal justice system in the United States and a myriad of problems with that system. It focuses on a notorious murder case in Alabama and widens the scope to include the stories of people caught up in the system.

The One Book, One Community initiative joins Vol State, local schools, libraries and readers from across Sumner County for the group read. There are several speakers coming to the Vol State campus in Gallatin this spring to discuss issues raised by the book.

Graham Reside, the executive director of the Cal Turner Program (CTP) in Moral Leadership for the Professions at Vanderbilt University, will be speaking at 1 p.m. March 28 in Caudill Hall. He will discuss various aspects of social injustice. Reside will be joined by Rahim Buford, a formerly incarcerated social justice advocate from Nashville. Buford was paroled in 2015 after being locked up for 26 years. While in prison, he acquired certifications from several educational institutions and became a leader in Schools for Alternative Learning and Transformation.

Reside’s and Buford’s presentation will be the final portion of the spring speaker series. Previous presenters were Molly Lasagna, the program coordinator for Tennessee Higher Education Initiative college programs, and Alex Friedmann, the associate director of the Human Rights Defense Center and managing editor of Prison Legal News.