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Leadership Cheatham County Class Learns About Local Government

(Pictured above) The 2012-13 Leadership Cheatham County Class at the Cheatham County Courthouse, Tuesday, January 8, during Local Government Day.

Back Row: Derek Noe, Abigail Boeing, Matthew Waldron, Dwayne Noe.

Front Row: William Powers, Matthew Binkley, Sharon Elkins

The Leadership Cheatham County class took an up-close look at how local governments work in Cheatham County Tuesday. The class heard from and visited the offices of numerous county officials, having a chance with each to discuss the operations of their office. The class then heard from the mayors of the four towns within the county, the county mayor and learned about the county’s judicial system.

The day began for the class with visits from county clerk Teressa Gupton and an overview of the county government makeup from Steve Walker. Next, the county learned about the county’s finances, hearing from property assessor Betty Gail Balthrop, Trustee Dot Jones and Budget and Finance Director Tara Paterson on how all their offices operate and work together.

After the morning sessions, the class was then treated to a tour and history lesson of the Cheatham County courthouse from First District Commissioner Doris Sanders, who spoke of the renovations the courthouse has experienced over the years and of some of the significant events that have happened there.

In the afternoon the class had the opportunity to sit down with each of the mayors from within the county, one at a time. The discussion began with County Mayor David McCullough, who talked about what it entails representing the entire county, plus how he also has to work in cooperation with the state and many other counties in the region as well. The attention then turned to the individual towns. Pleasant View Mayor Perry Keenan and Ashland City Mayor Rick Johnson were the first to appear before the class, before Kingston Springs Mayor Tony Campbell and Pegram Mayor Charles Morehead each added to the discussion about what challenges each town is facing as well as some of the recent individual success stories.

The class finished its day learning about the county judicial system, hearing from both General Sessions Court Clerk Julie Hibbs and General Sessions and Juvenile Judge Phillip Maxey. The pair spoke about the roles of the different courts in the county.

Now in its 17th year, Leadership Cheatham County’s purpose continues to be focused on the enhancement of individual leadership skills, abilities and community knowledge while fostering a free exchange of ideas and concerns. In addition LCC aims to help develop a positive, cohesive community image and foster attitudes of increased commitment, cooperation and participation within our community for the long-term benefit of Cheatham County.

The LCC program consists of nine monthly seminars, group discussions, field trips and retreats that address various issues of importance in Cheatham County. Participants will view and gain a hands-on knowledge of the county’s history, agriculture and tourism offerings, in addition to seeing how the education system, businesses and industry, safety services and government operations all work together within Cheatham County and its four cities.

Each participant will also be involved in the development of a group project that will benefit the county as a whole. Previous classes have completed such projects as the development of the county-wide fire plan, the county animal control facility, satellite early voting locations and the Cheatham Vision Plan among many others.

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