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Bethesda News: Thanks, Franklin Noon Rotary, for great BBQ festival

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Joyce Smith, Columnist

Thought for the week: God has made many promises to you, and He will keep every single one of them. Your job is to trust God’s word and to live accordingly. 

My hats are off to the Franklin Noon Rotary Club for the Great Americana BBQ Festival they recently hosted at Harlinsdale Farm. It was great, and from the looks of people, the barbecue was just as good. I was also impressed when I picked up a pamphlet that showed all of the different organizations they gave grants to over this past year. I counted close to 40 different ones. Several of them were ones very close to my heart.  

Of course, I had another reason for being there, as our daughter and son-in-law, 2Country4Nashville, performed in the afternoon. I was so proud of them, but mostly proud of the people in attendance. You see, during their second session, they did a patriotic eulogy in memory of the servicemen and women who had just lost their lives in Afghanistan. LeAnne asked everyone to join them in a minute of quietness, and I was so impressed when I saw people stop in their tracks and young men and older ones remove their hats during this minute, as well as the silence that was over the whole field. Had it not been for the grass, I think you could have heard a pin drop.  

It made me so proud to be from Williamson County and know that we still have people who honor America. Thanks to each of you who had a part in this event.  

I received word that the Fall Festival at Hillsboro UMC has been canceled due to numerous reasons. It was scheduled for this coming Saturday, Sept. 11, so be sure and let your family and friends know so they will not make a trip there.  

Congratulations are in order for my neighbor, Ellie Driver. She is a freshman at Centre College, where she was on the dean’s list for the fall and spring semester. She is the daughter of Teri and John Driver. Way to go, Ellie! We are proud of you!  

Friends of Bethesda Public Library are hosting the Book-Bake Sale beginning tomorrow, Sept. 10, and going through Saturday. The hours will be 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, on which they will have a bag sale. The library is located on Bethesda Road near the Williamson County Recreation Center. 

Well, it is hard for me to believe that 85 years ago today I entered this world welcomed by five brothers and two sisters. I am so thankful that God has seen fit for me to still be here and continuing to write this column (I have been writing for several local papers for 47 years and never missed a column). Also, this month, I am a 37-year cancer survivor (I realize October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but I am celebrating this month).  

God has been so good to me and my family over these 85 years. My thanks go to each of you who have prayed for me over all these years. Greg, our son, who lives in North Carolina, will arrive tomorrow, and our daughter and son-in- law, LeAnne and Jo-el, will be here with us to celebrate at the home of our son and daughter in law, Jeff and Julie Smith, tomorrow evening, along with some of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I thank God daily that I am still here on this earth. 

Our prayers continue to be with the families in Waverly and the families who lost loved ones as well as their homes, valuables, etc. We cannot imagine how devasting it must be. Also, please continue to keep all of the families in Haiti as well as Afghanistan in your daily prayers.  

You may recall that in my last column I wrote about our 4-H students who had won different honors on their steers, etc. Since then, I have learned that there were also Grand and Reserve Grand Champion winners for chickens. Annabelle Althoff won Grand Champion with her black sex link pullets. Reserve Champion went to Paili Doyle with buff orpington pullets. The Breed Champions were awarded to Aaron Chaffin with his Rhode Island red, Lila Vaden with her partridge rock, William King with his buff orpington and Zoe Althoff with her black sex link. Congratulations to each of these young men and women for being a part of our Williamson County Fair. 

I recently learned that Carly Scott, daughter of Dot and Kenny Scott, received the All-Academic Award in softball for 2021. She attends Chattanooga State Community College. Carly, we are so proud of you. Keep up the good work!  

Plans have been finalized for the 16th annual Walker Baptist Church Fish Fry. Once again, it is drive-through only. The date is Saturday, Sept. 25. You can get a catfish plate for only $10 consisting of USA hand-breaded catfish filets, white beans, coleslaw homemade hushpuppies and a dessert. Hours will be 3-6 p.m. If you want to pre-purchase tickets, go to www.walkerbc.org. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 24. You can also bid on their cake auction online. I understand they will have an on-site bake sale as well as a raffle for an Ernie Greer country ham. The church is located at 1350 W. Main St. in Franklin. If you need more info, call the church at 615-794-7000.  

Hopefully, all of the Grigsby/Watson families and friends have received word that our family reunion has been canceled due to COVID-19. It was scheduled for this Sunday, Sept. 12 (I was looking forward to celebrating Grandparents Day as well, but we can still celebrate this day on Sunday).  

Tonight, 2Country4Nashville will play at Poncho’s in Spring Hill. They will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 9. They will then leave to go on the road again.   

Members of Bethesda Lodge would like to say thanks to those who purchased Boston butts from them for your Labor Day meal. This is their way of making money for the lodge to be able to offer scholarships to deserving seniors. If you would like to make a tax-deductible monetary donation to this group of young men, contact me and I will see that it is delivered.  

We were really saddened when we learned of the death of Jeff Maxwell this past week. Funeral services are this morning at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour before at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda; son, Justin (Kayla); daughter, Katie; five grandchildren; sister, Donna (Keith) Roberson; and brothers Jim (Paulette) and Jay Maxwell. He was a graduate of Page High School. Our deepest sympathy is extended to all.  

Please continue to remember those who need our prayers. Some are suffering from COVID, while others are in hospital, rehabs, etc. Some of whom I am aware of are my niece, Darlene Watson Heath, Joey Glenn, Allie Bobo, Coco Franks, Fred Brown, Bob Warnica, Ryan Pratt, Brad Sanders, Lee Anderson, Tom Mefford, Roger Cathey, Eddie Lynch, Jackie Sweeney, Jack Williams, Jessie Bennett, Dot and Allen Marlin, Freda Poteete Joslin, Tim Hill, Billy and Katie Giles, Ronnie and Judy Pitt, Joyce Watson, Walter McGee, Herbert and Mattie Marlin, Libby Padgett, Pat Marlin, Dee Lynch, David and Delores Gilreath, Brenda and Jimmy Thompson, as well as others. 

So many friends have recently passed away. Please continue to remember the families of Jim Nicks; Terry Reed; Joe Lillard; Robert Burr, husband of Sandy Burr; Jeff Maxwell; Roger Tomlin; Johnny Chandler, brother-in-law of Barbara Hood; Corrine Givens; Gerald Templeton; Susan Abbott; Sherri Burdette Baker; Martha Jean White; and Willard Scott, as well as the ones who lost their lives in the flood at Waverly, those who lost their lives due to Hurricane Ida and all those who lost their lives in Haiti. Our prayers are with all of these as well as those whom we have not been made aware of.   

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