Harton Hospital alters visitation in response to COVID-19

Tennova Healthcare Harton in Tullahoma recently reduced visting hours in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. {Graphic Provided}

TULLAHOMA — Having a family member or friend face an uncertain medical situation is stressful under any condition. The need for social distancing to protect others only complicates that.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Harton Hospital (Tennova Healthcare) will alter their visitation guidelines until further notice. Visiting hours will be limited and all visitors must pass a health screen before entering the hospital. Also, all visitor must be over the age of 16.

Hospital officials will lock the main entrance at 7 p.m. each weekday. On weekends, the only entry into the building will be through the Emergency Department entrance.

Additionally, all patients are being screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors. If a physician determines any patient meets the criteria, they will order testing, according to the hospital’s website.

They also remind the public that should you develop mild symptoms, the best course of action is to stay quarantines inside your home. Only patients with severe symptoms and difficulty breathing should seek care. Elderly patients and those who are immunocompromised should also seek care as soon as possible.

As of Thursday at 2 p.m., there were no confirmed cases in Coffee County. •

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Bell Buckle cancels Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day cancelled

Updated on March 17: Organizers have cancelled this year’s Daffodil Days scheduled for this Saturday due to COVID-19 public health concerns.

REGIONAL NEW | Bell Buckle — Each spring the rolling back roads leading into tiny Bell Buckle, Tennessee transform into a sea of bright yellow daffodils. Their history dates back to the 1800s, when Webb School founder Sawney Webb took a grim view of students absentmindedly snatching leaves off local plants. To teach them a lesson, Sawney assigned them to bulb planting duty all along the roads that converge into historic downtown Bell Buckle an up towards the school.

The daffodil trail as it’s called by the locals still exists today and many locals have added to it by planting thousands of their own bulbs. Each spring as the original bulbs and the newly planted ones, burst open in the warmer temperature, the town hosts one of the first spring events, Daffodil Day.

Here are three “must dos” the we picked for this year’s event:

1| Beekeeping Seminar – If you’re interested in apiculture or beekeeping as it’s commonly called, you won’t want to miss the Honey and Beekeeping Seminar with Dr. Ed Perryman. An avid local bee enthusiast and member of the Duck River Beekeeper’s Association, Perryman bursts with knowledge about all stages of beekeeping from hive construction to carrying your hive through its first winter. If you’ve ever considered starting your own hive, don’t miss this free seminar.

2| Local Author Book Signings – We’re a big supporter of the #buylocal movement and this includes local authors. The Bell Buckle Coffee Shop and Book Swap will feature three regional authors during Daffodil Day: John T. Wayne, Cabot Barton, and Lathan Hudson. Wayne is the grandson of the legendary John Wayne and a western fiction writer. Barton’s opened for artists like Emmylou Harris and the Georgia Satellites. He writes fiction based on his real world experiences. Lathan Hudson’s authored a memoir about his years in Nashville as a singer, songwriter called Once Upon a Time … There Was a Tavern, Volume 1.

3 | Free Tree Seedlings – Bell Buckle in officially the smallest town in Tennessee to earn the Tree City USA designation. Each spring the city celebrates Arbor Day during the festival and offers free tree seedlings to anyone in attendance. It’s just like taking a piece of Bell Buckle home with you.

Daffodil Day takes place in and around the historic downtown area on March 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information check out the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce website. Or for up-to-the-minute events updates, visit their Facebook page.•

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New jobs coming to Bedford County as Newell Brands expands

BEDFORD COUNTY — Over 100 new jobs and an $11 community investment is headed to Bedford County. Newell Brands – whose produces consumer brands like Paper Mate, Graco, Coleman, Yankee Candle, and Ball – announced recently that they will be expanding their Shelbyville operations to keep up with growing demand. The company will expand into an existing 211,000-square-foot facility in Bedford County.

“It is with very great pleasure that we, the City of Shelbyville, commend Newell Brands on its current expansion. We thank Newell Brands for the confidence the company has placed in our community, for the workforce we have and the workforce we continue to grow. This investment in our community does not go unnoticed by our citizens and our surrounding communities,” said Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright.

Newell Brands is a southern company headquartered out of Atlanta. To learn more about the company, click here. There is a Careers page, which offers more information about jobs as they come available in the area. •

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Jack Daniel gets famous first tonight during Super Bowl

Jack Daniel’s “Our Responsibility” ad marks the first time the distillery’s run an in-game advertising spot during the Super Bowl. {Photo Courtesy of Brown-Forman)

Sunday night’s Super Bowl is full of firsts.

It’s the first time the Kansas City Chief’s and San Francisco 49ers have ever faced off in a Super Bowl. Kyle and Mike Shanahan will become the first father-son duo in NFL history to appear in a Super Bowl as head coaches … the younger with the 49ers and the elder with the Denver Broncos. It also marks the first time in the history of the brand that Jack Daniel will air an in-game Super Bowl commercial.

The spot entitled “Our Responsibilities” features lots of local faces and tells the story of the various “responsibilities” at the distillery from whiskey taster to warehousing to Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade to tour guide … and even the local dog. To view the 30-second commercial, click here.

It’s a little known fact that the National Football League banned liquor advertising during it’s broadcasts until as recently as 2017. This year’s spots are going for an estimated $5 million per 30-second spot.

It’s a logical fit for our local product as they already supports the NBA, MLB, and NHL with national advertising dollars. Arnold Worldwide created the spot and it’s paired with Uber discount codes on social media and in select bars to encourage “drinking responsibly.” According to officials, the ad will air in nine markets including Nashville, so keep your eyes pealed. Cheers y’all. •

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Join others across the state and plant a tree on Tennessee Tree Day

STATE NEWS — It’s our state’s largest single-day tree planting effort and it takes place on Saturday, March 21 – the official first day of Spring. Thousands of folks across all Tennessee’s 95 counties will come together to plant trees for generations to come.

The Tennessee Environmental Council wants to help you participate by offering tree seedlings for a small donation to the state non-profit. Those trees can be picked up by Moore County residents in surrounding counties. Regionally, you may pick up seedlings in Bedford, Coffee, or Lincoln counties.

Why plant trees? Because they’re crucial to a happy and healthy environment. They filter the air we breathe, filter water, and help reduce the ozone layer. Most importantly, they sequester carbon, which helps remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from our air, which in turn cools the earth. They also provide habitat for animals and provide the key ingredients in up to 25 percent of medicines.

In Bedford County, trees can be picked up at the UT Extension Office located at 2105 Midland Road in Shelbyville. In Coffee County, trees can be picked up at the Coffee County UT Master Gardeners located at 1331 McArthur Street in Manchester. In Lincoln County, trees can be picked up at Don Davidson Park at 1701 Wilson Parkway in Fayetteville. Pick up locations will not be able to take cash. Those who wish to participate must order and pay for their seedlings online. To view a list of the types of seedlings available at each pick up site and order trees, click here. The deadline to order tree seedlings is March 1.

According to their website, since 2007, the Tennessee Tree Project has mobilized over 60,000 Tennessee residents in planting 637,100 native trees in Tennessee and beyond. For more information, visit the Tennessee Tree Day 2020 website.•

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Tims Ford seeks vendors for Lawn and Garden Show

LOCAL NEWS — Do you grow plants or flowers? Do you make birdhouses, hummingbird feeders, or other lawn decorations? Do you sell gardening accessories? Maybe you’re a garden-related artist. If so, Tims Ford State Park is looking for you.

Tims Ford State Park plans a Lawn and Garden Show for Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Recreation Area. The all day event will feature live plants, flowers, and well as lawn decorations, gardening accessories, and art. They also plan to host educational workshops and outdoor-themed speakers throughout the day.

They’re currently seeking local vendors to participate in the show. Anyone interested should contact Charlotte Jones at charlotte.a.jones@tn.gov or stop by the Tims Ford State Park office to pick up a vendor application. The office is located at 570 Tims Ford Drive in Winchester. You can also get up-to-event update on the event’s Facebook page. •

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Hamilton Brothers perform free concert at Motlow on Feb. 11

Tullahoma natives, the Hamilton Brothers and nephew, Isaac Eady, will perform a free concert on the Motlow Moore County campus on Feb. 11, at 12:30 p.m., in Eoff Hall, Powers Auditorium in celebration of Black History Month. The public is invited. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — They say they always knew they wanted to make music in as many places as possible … and that’s exactly what they did.

To celebrate Black History Month, Motlow College will host The Hamilton Family in concert on Tuesday, February 11 at 12:30 p.m. in Eoff Hall at Powers Auditorium. The free concert will feature Tullahoma natives, the Hamilton Brothers and nephew, Issac Eady.

Hailed as celebrated musicians, the Hamilton Brothers, Walter “Hinkie,” Tyronne, and Tim, have traveled the world and performed with noted artists including Lalah Hathaway, Aaron Neville, the late B.B. King, After 7, Dr. Bobby Jones, Christiana Aguilera, Kelly Price, and others. Their music is an electric mix of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop-funk, all blended and smoothly presented. Additionally, they have stepped into the role of producers, currently working with Kim Fleming and Winchester native and university student Ashley Brooks.

Issac Eady performs on piano
Issac Eady

Isaac Eady is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. In 2016 he moved to New Orleans, where he has been teaching and collaborating with world-class musicians. He has performed with well-known artists Jabo Starks, Nigel Hall, Rhiannon Giddens, Papa Mali, Russell Batiste, Jenifer Harswick, Stanton Moore, Warren Batiste, and Luther Dickinson. Born into a family with a deep tradition of music, Eady gravitated towards music early, playing the drums by age two. By age 14, he was playing the organ and directing the choir at church.

“To present Isaac and the Hamilton Brothers in concert is an honor for Motlow State as well as the community,” said Brenda Cannon, executive director of community relations at Motlow. “Bringing this family home is a celebration. The performance allows them to serve the community where they grew up and learned the craft that has taken them to new platforms. We invite the community to come and help us celebrate our very own.” •

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12 Angry Jurors performed in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE — Is he guilty or isn’t he? That’s the central question in 12 Angry Jurors, a classic stage play being performed by Lincoln County’s Carriage House Players beginning this Thursday.

Written in 1954 by Reginald Rose, it’s a work that’s evolved from the stage to the television to the big screen. Audiences might recall the 1997 remake that starred Jack Lemmon, Mary McDonnel, Edward James Olmos, and James Gandolfini. The play revolves around an 18 year old defendant accused of murdering his father. If found guilty, he’ll lose his life in the electric chair. The jury must decide his fate … and all 12 must agree in order for justice to be served. The play examines the themes of conformity, persuasion, and takes a closer look at group think mentality.

The Fayetteville performance stars Dowel Burnett, Mike Steelman, Scott Wingard, Sonya Evans, Mickey Johnson, Anissa Webb, Henry Webb, Mary Ashley Webb, Craig Clemons, Brandi Barnes, Lonnie Ables, Katie Blackwood, and Tami Newcomb. It’s directed by Brenda Wilkes. Performances take place this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (January 30 thru February 1) and again next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (February 6-8) at the Lincoln County Museum Theater. All performances are at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and may be bought in advance at Bagley & Bagley Insurance, Carter’s Drug Store, or The Flower House in Fayetteville. You may also purchase ticket by calling 931-433.1300. For up to the performance update, check out the Carriage House Players Facebook page. •

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Authorities release more details in Belvidere shooting death

Christopher Maxwell, age 48, has been charged with first degree murder and homicide related to the fatal shooting of his wife< Holly, on January 25. His teenage sons remain hospitalized. {Photo Courtesy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department}

{Editor’s Note: We updated this article on January 29 based on newly available public information.}

FRANKLIN COUNTY — More details are coming to light in a domestic case that turned fatal in Belvidere … touching the lives of two MCHS students who remain hospitalized.

According to Franklin County Public Information Officer Chris Guess, local officials have charged Christopher Maxwell, age 48, with first degree murder and homicide in the shooting death of his wife, Holly Raquel Maxwell, age 46 at their Vernon Ridge Road home in Belvidere on Saturday. He’s also charges with criminal attempt, aggravated child abuse, and neglect, for shooting his two teenage sons, according to a press release.

According to authorities, they received a domestic disturbance call at the residence on Saturday around 4:30 p.m. While en route to the scene, dispatch informed deputies that they’d received a report that shots had been fired at the home. When deputies arrived, they discovered Holly Maxwell deceased and laying on the floor in the residence. Deputies also discovered the Maxwell’s two teenage sons, ages 13 and 14, “adjacent to the residence” and suffering from gunshot wounds.

As authorities attempted to secure the scene, they discovered Christopher Maxwell in an adjacent milk barn. Deputies arrested Maxwell and transported him to Southern Tennessee Regional Health Systems in Winchester for treatment for chest pains. Doctors later released him into local authority’s custody and he was immediately transported to the Franklin County Jail.

At the scene, both teenagers were initially also transported to Southern Tennessee Regional Health Systems, and then again transported to state level one trauma centers via air ambulance. Authorities transported the 14 year old to Erlanger Hospital via Life Force helicopter and the 13 year old to Vanderbilt Hospital via LifeFlight helicopter. According to Franklin County officials, both remain hospitalized in stable condition.

Chris Maxwell remains in custody in Franklin County where he is being held without bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Franklin County General Sessions Court on March 5. According to an arrest affidavit related to the case, Maxwell told deputies that he shot his wife in the head because he believed she was cheating on him.

Members of the Moore County community are working to help the two juvenile victims. Click here for more information on those efforts.•

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Cascade Hollow offers Whiskey and Yoga on Feb.21

TULLAHOMA — Cascade Hollow, the birthplace of George Dickel Whisky, is a southern, middle Tennessee gem. It’s nestled between Tullahoma and Normandy on a sloping piece of property with a gently flowing stream. It’s been tucked in that hollow since 1870, and on Friday, February 21 an old southern whisky recipe and a new age concept will blend once again during Whiskey & Yoga.

It’s your newest and favorite southern, middle Tennessee tradition. Every third Friday in 2020, visitors can enjoy an hour long yoga class followed by a tasting tour. Yoga class will be taught by Tami from SKY Yoga and it begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information or to book a class, click here. •

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