The Leadership Cheatham County class spent its final class meeting of the year Tuesday learning about local government on the county level, along with hearing about county history, and from regional media representatives and tourism officials about Cheatham County.
The morning started with a history lesson on the county, how it was formed and many of the highlights of its history over the years. Leadership Cheatham and local business owner Valerie Dreier led the session with the class and was joined by Doris Sanders, who discussed the history of the county’s courthouse and its major remodeling in the 1990s. County Mayor David McCullough then met with the LCC class to discuss the county government structure, in addition to talking about and answering questions about current issues facing the county.
The class then heard from Sherriff John Holder and local attorney and LCC alumni Ray Crouch about the judicial system in the county. After discussing the processes of the judicial system the class was taken on a tour of the Cheatham County jail.
After seeing the county’s jail facility, the class turned its attention to the emergency services by hearing from county Emergency Management Director Edwin Hogan, 911 Director Pat Harris and local EMS first responders. Each speaker addressed the function of their office with the class, including stories from the 2010 flood and recent experiences. The class also got a tour of the 911 call center and while there experienced what a live call coming in is like. The class saw the 911 operators turn around and inbound call into proper emergency services on the road headed to respond within 60 seconds.
The class then met for lunch at the home of local business owners and supporters of LCC Jackie and Donnie Kemp, where they heard from Jerry Barlar of WKRN News 2. Barlar, who is a Cheatham County resident, discussed with the class television media and covering Cheatham County stories in the news. The class also heard from Darrel White of Tristar Ashland City Medical Center who discussed health services offered in the county and the challenges each of them face, along with Ed Wansing of the Compost Company to discuss environmental operations and concerns in the county.
The day concluded with the class traveling to Braxton Marina where they heard from Cheatham Chamber of Commerce Director Ann Thompson. Thompson spoke about the efforts of the county to attract visitors to the county, along with new business and residents. She highlighted the tourism attractions of the county, of which a primary one is the Cumberland River. The class was treated to a tour of the river and locations of interest from former Chamber Director Gary Binkley.
The class will next present the group project they have been working on for the betterment of the county over the last year, prior to graduating from the Leadership Cheatham County program.
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.