Hendersonville Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary delivered the annual State of the City Address during the May 1, 2018 meeting of the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce. During his presentation, Clary noted the city’s accomplishments over the past 12 months, and he discussed his goals and challenges over the coming months.

Vol State Holds its Spring 2018 Graduation

Volunteer State Community College held its spring commencement ceremony at the Pickel Field House on its Gallatin Campus on Saturday, May 5, 2018.  During the event, nearly 800 students of diverse ages and backgrounds celebrated their graduations from the college amongst their friends and relatives.

Consistent with national trends, Vol State’s graduating class had a significant number of adult students who had returned to school after many years to achieve their dreams of earning their college degrees. During the ceremony, 31-year-old mother of two Keonya Milam was honored as the Outstanding Spring Graduate. After facing early challenges, Keonya eventually emerged as a Supplemental Instruction Leader who helps other students struggling with mathematics. According to chemistry instructor Chrysa Malosh, Keonya “…is a force on this campus who drives other students, faculty and organizations to push for academic excellence.”

During the commencement, Shirlene Campbell, Vol State class of 1993, gave the alumni address. David Gregory, former chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, gave the commencement address.

Sumner Middle College High School Graduation

The Sumner County Middle College High School graduation ceremony was held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Volunteer State Community College.  Students took college classes at the Vol State Gallatin campus while they were still high school students. This year, 31 students earned their high school diplomas through the Middle College, including 11 students who also earned their associates degrees from Vol State. Several of this year’s graduates made the spring Dean’s List at Vol State and participated in the Phi Theta Kappa honors program and TN Scholar Program. 

Inaugural Strong and Courageous Award at Welch College

David Landrith, the long-time senior pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church, was posthumously given the first Welch College Strong and Courageous award.  This prize honors an individual who exemplifies Christian faith in Sumner County. Accepting the award for the family was his daughter, Rachel Landrith Lorance, along with her husband, Steven, who serves as senior pastor at St. Paul’s Community Church in Nashville.

Dr. Charles Lea, special assistant to the president, noted that Landrith’s accomplishments and life of Christian service merited the receipt of the award.

Bob Frensley Strive to Drive Event

On May 24, Bob Frensley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat held its 2nd Strive to Drive new car giveaway.  Jennifer Frensley Webb, owner of the dealership, welcomed students and parents to the event. Food, drinks and music from 101 The Beat entertained the guest while they waited for the drawing.

Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner Abigale Maxfield from Gallatin High School. She won a brand-new 2018 Fiat 500 and insurance on the vehicle for the first year. Jennifer says Strive to Drive is an academic initiative that encourages good grades and attendance for high school seniors. Students are automatically entered in the drawing for obtaining A’s and B’s or perfect attendance on any nine-week report card as identified by the school board policy.  There were also additional prizes for students including cash, a laptop computer and an Apple Watch. Students had to attend the event to claim any prizes.  Jennifer appreciated all those who attended this year’s event and looks forward to making next year’s event bigger as they want to encourage and invest in the next generations of the community.