Bethesda News: Congrats to Mayor Anderson, who’s simply the best

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week: Whenever you encounter situations that you cannot change, you must learn the wisdom of acceptance. You must also learn to trust God. 

Why did it take the Tennessee County Services Association so long to recognize what we, as residents of Williamson County, already knew? That is, we have the “2019 outstanding county official of the year” in Rogers Anderson, our county mayor.  

This honor was recently bestowed upon him at the 16th annual association meeting. The following was printed on the plaque he received: “In recognition of your support, dedication, and effectiveness in the affairs that benefit county government and its citizens.” 

We have known this for the years he has served us and continues to serve us. Congratulations, Mayor Anderson, we appreciate you and what you have done for us. 

The annual country ham breakfast at Bethesda United Methodist Church, on Bethesda Road, is set for Saturday. They will begin serving at 7 a.m. and continue until 9. You can enjoy country ham as well as bacon, sausage, eggs, gravy, breakfast casseroles, fruit, pastries, homemade biscuits, jellies and jams and fresh coffee, milk and juice. 

Money raised from donations at the door will go toward the church’s scholarship fund. They will also have their fresh pecans that the United Methodist Women are selling. They are $11 for a one-pound bag. If you need more information, call me at 615-790-1833. 

Don’t forget about the 19th annual veterans program at Spring Hill Memorial Park and Gardens. It is set for 2 p.m. Sunday and the guest speaker will be state Rep. Sam Whitson. Special music will be provided and special recognitions will take place during the service.  

We will be honoring all U.S. veterans at this service. After the service, you can enjoy refreshments and visit with friends and family. (A special thanks goes to the Stephens family for honoring our heroes on this special day.) 

Best of luck to Libby Benson, who recently retired from FiftyForward College Grove Center. She has served as program director for the past six years.  

Benson was a person who could always be counted on to see that things were taken care of. If you need any information from the center, you can contact Sarah Stephens. 

It seems as though the “trail riders from Bethesda” were not going to let rainy and cold weather deter their annual trip to East Tennessee.  

Jamie Cantrell, Allen Giles, Kenny Hickman, Keith Roberson, Jeff Smith and Scott York recently journeyed, along with their trailers of horses, to Newport to enjoy days of riding even though it was pouring down raining and temperatures were falling. They enjoyed one beautiful day, even though it was cold, trail riding on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate House, in North Carolina. 

Have you seen Stephanie and Stephen Moore recently? They have a big smile on their faces thanks to their newest grandson. James Ross Farris was born on Oct. 27, weighing 6.4 pounds and 20.5 inches long. His proud parents are James and Katherine Farris of Murfreesboro. Congratulations to each of them. 

Don’t forget that our veterans parade is set for Monday. It will begin at 11 a.m., with the parade going down Main Street. A brunch for all veterans and their families is set for 9 a.m. in the archive building. 

Roberta Stem Taylor would like to thank those who helped her celebrate her 90th birthday this past Sunday. Family members and friends gathered at Eagleville Community Center to wish her happiness in the years ahead as they all enjoyed a beautiful table of delicious finger foods and desserts.  

This event was given by her daughters, Paulette and Annette, as well as other family members and friends. 

We were so happy to learn that Ammon Paturno, the young man who was seriously injured on Bethesda Road, is improving after undergoing several surgeries. His parents have been most gracious to those of you who have prayed for him and continue to do so. 

Congratulations to Elizabeth Pittsley, who was recently honored as teacher of the year at Bethesda Elementary School. She is very deserving of this honor. 

On Monday, Members of FiftyForward College Grove will be going to Bluebird Cafe, where they will be entertained by a Nashville songwriter. The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. and the cost is $7. 

Linda and Tommy McGuire, owners of Riverside Franklin, invite everyone to their annual open house on Saturday. You will see some of the most beautiful antiques as well as jewelry, clothes and decorative items.  

While you browse, you can enjoy finger foods and punch. The hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (I can personally say that you will not be disappointed.) 

Our prayer chain continues to work. Please add David Gilreath, who was recently diagnosed with cancer of the lymph node. Continue to pray for his wife, Delores, who also is battling this disease, as well as Joel Pedrick, who is taking extensive treatments of chemo, Bobby Rutledge, Doug Harmon, Ellen Bogle, Red Hazelwood, Peggy Yancy, Ronnie and Judy Pitt, Ralph Genoble, Billy and Katie Giles, Doris Pedrick, Donnie Cameron, Jessie and Charlie Bennett, Debbie Morales, Malcolm Hazelwood, Cristy Garner, Michelle Hamm, Faye Thompson Harper, Aaron Clifton, Judy Clifton, Dee Lynch, Pat and Bill Marlin, Jackie Marlin, Betty Marlin, Joe Farrar, Teresa Locke, Charles Gore, May Johnson and Cleo Cowan as well as others in need. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended to families who have recently lost loved ones. Our hearts were broken when we learned of the death of Dale Wiley as well as James Ronnie “Cotton” Ladd, Dr. Joel Lee Sr., Karen Haas, Willie Pewitt, Marjorie Scales, Howard Smithson, John Tomlin, Shirley Giddens, Eddie Long, Marion Robinson, Norman Dale Copeland, Nettie Jane Roberts Choate, Carl Veater, Frances Ratcliff and Kenneth Green, of Columbia, as well as others.

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