By DALE GRAHAM
A long awaited ribbon cutting ceremony finally occurred last week as the doors were opened to the new Veteran’s Service Office, located in the Tucker Empson building in Ashland City, (264 S. Main St., Suite 106).
The county’s Veteran’s Service Officer, Bob Counter, finally has an office to conduct his very important business in.
Cheatham County is home to 3300 veterans. They have for years had to travel to Nashville, or Montgomery County or elsewhere for any help they may need.
County Commission Chair John Haines spoke of the time and effort put out by many, many people to get to this day. The office was a request several years ago by County Commissioners and veterans Walter Weakley (4th District) and Jimmy Hedgepath (6th), who started asking fellow commissioners to prioritize the development of a Veteran’s Service Office. They never stopped working on it, and were on hand to see the ribbon, and the cake get cut.
Also on hand was Mark A. Breece, Assistant Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs. He commended everyone who came together to get the office running, and honored Counter for the service he has provided, and that he will provide to the county’s veterans.
Counter has been serving our veteran’s in the conference room in the building for several months. The office is open every Tuesday and Wednesday.