The newest Leadership Cheatham County class had its first monthly class experience this week, learning about the rich agricultural history the county has. Throughout day the class learned about the history of agriculture in the county and got an overview of its current role before visiting a number of agricultural sites around the county.
The class opened the day getting an overview of the agricultural industry and 4-H in the county from Sierra Ham and Ronnie Barron of the UT/TSU Cheatham County Extension office, before setting off for the Pleasant View Milling Company. At the Pleasant View Mill, class participants learned about the variety of services and products offered locally at the mill and how its function has evolved over time.
The class then visited the tobacco farm of Jason Barnett in Pleasant View,
learning about and viewing the steps that go into both growing and harvesting of a tobacco crop. A visit to the beef cattle and tobacco farm of Charles Head in Henrietta was next for the class, where they learned got to see a beef cattle operation up close and hear from Mr. Head both the positives and challenges of the industry.
The Leadership Cheatham Class then visited KLD Farm, where they learned about owners Ken and Lucy Drinnon’s all natural beef operation and had the opportunity to sample their all natural farm raised beef hamburgers.
A visit to the Cheatham Wildlife Management Headquarters was next up for the class. They heard from Director Randy Cromer and learned about the variety of activities and events that take place within the county wildlife management area each year. The class concluded its day by visiting the farm of Phil Dawson where they viewed a corn and soybean farming operation.
Now in its 18th year, LCC’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, the Cheatham Vision Plan, an anti-distracted driving campaign for county schools among many others.