The Leadership Cheatham County class gathered together for its January session earlier this week, visiting the town of Pegram and learning about the county’s social services programs. Throughout the morning the class heard from a number of representatives from the town Pegram, before spending time with seven different social service organizations serving Cheatham County.
The program day began with a history lesson of the town of Pegram and its special events by Jim Garrett and Diana Pike. Betty Springer then discussed the history of Pegram’s fire department with the group before Gene Hannah presented the economic and community development efforts and tourism options the town offers.
Local government then became the focus as the class sat with Pegram Mayor Charles Morehead to discuss how the town government is structured, along with challenges facing the town and where it is headed in the future. The class wrapped up its visit in Pegram by hearing from Brent Stuart and Lou Chambers about the present day emergency services provided.
In the afternoon the LCC class heard from a number of charitable groups that provide valuable services to the county through their efforts. John E. Mayfield, of the John E. Mayfield Charitable Foundation and Kiwanis International spoke to the group first, followed by Kim Moore from Cheatham County Children’s Services.
Ronnie Anderson of the Bethesda Center then spent some time with the group, followed by Jesse Fleck of the Ecumenical Community Resources and Bobbie Greene from the Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency. To close the day Claudette Fizer, the Parental Involvement Coordinator for Cheatham County Schools, addressed the group followed by Michael Allen who is the director of the Cheatham Division of Habitat for Humanity.
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.