Taking part in their second class day of the eight month Leadership Cheatham County program, the 2013-14 class spent Tuesday learning about Ashland City. The class spent the day receiving a detailed history lesson, toured prominent employers and saw behind the scenes with Ashland City’s civil servants and elected officials.
The day began with Cheatham County Historian Lisa Walker leading the class through the history of Ashland City, the early years of the town, how it has changed over time and some of the famous residents who have become famous not just in Cheatham County but also around the country and world as well. The class then heard from Ashland City Times editor Tim Adkins reviewed the role of the local newspaper in Ashland City and the services it provides during the year throughout the entire county.
Next Ashland City Fire Chief Chuck Walker discussed the role of the city fire department and how it has evolved greatly over the years. Chief Walker then guided the class on a tour of Fire Station No. 2 where the class viewed the various equipment used by the fire department and had the opportunity to take a ride up the ladder truck and experience what it is like when fully extended.
The class then turned its attention to Ashland City’s largest employer, AO Smith, and spent time learning about AO Smith’s history back through the State Industries years and its current day state-of-the-art operations before going on a tour of the plant.
City Hall was the next step for the class on Ashland City day. It learned about the city courts system from Anita Justice before spending time with Phillis Schaeffer, the City Recorder, who discussed the operation of her office and its role in city government.
The class then traveled to the city water plant and public works department when Billy Harris and Dwayne Noe discussed the role of public works department and its ties to the health of citizens and the environment. The Ashland City Police Department was the next stop for the LCC class, where they got a tour of the facility and heard from Police Chief Marc Coulon about the role of the city police officers.
Parks and Recreation Director, Tony Young, later spoke to the class about Ashland City parks, athletic leagues and the various options Ashland City have for leisure activities in the town. That was followed by Buildings and Codes Inspector Mike Armstrong who discussed the purpose of various building codes in addition to economic and community development that is going on within Ashland City.
The day concluded with a session from Ashland City Mayor, Rick Johnson, who spent time with the class talking about where Ashland City is today, the city council and where the town hopes to go in the future.
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.