Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week: A change of circumstances is rarely as important as a change in attitude. If you change your thoughts, you will most certainly change your circumstances.

Do you like homemade cakes, pies, cookies, candies, etc. and at the same time know you are helping young people raise money for their Summer Mission trip? If you answered “yes” then you will want to go to Wesley Chapel U.M. Church this Sunday, May 15 at 2p.m. to purchase some of the best treats. At 3 p.m., Danny Cotton will be auctioning some of the MOST sought after cakes and pies. All proceeds will benefit the youth from Bethesda U.M. Church as well as Wesley Chapel’s Youth.

We were so shocked and deeply saddened when we learned of the tragic death of Naomi Judd. Our deepest sympathy is extended to her husband Larry Strickland, her daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, as well as her grandchildren, Gracie and Elijah. A private Memorial Service was held this past Saturday. Sympathy is also extended to her friends in the music industry as well as all the others.

If you are planning your vacation out West this summer, I invite you to stop by the KOA Campgrounds at Devil’s Tower, in Wyoming. This is where our children, 2Country4Nashville are located. They are performing in and around there until November. They Livestream each Monday and Wednesday from the location there. From all indications they are having a GREAT time. (You can see Devil’s Tower in walking distance.) 

This Saturday, May 14 is the date for the Franklin Rodeo Parade. It will begin at noon starting from Hwy 96 west. If you, your company, church or any organization would like to be in the parade you can go on line at to register. It is FREE to be in the lineup. The Rodeo will take place on May 19, 20, 21 at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park beginning each evening at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Members of Bethesda Masonic Lodge are taking orders for Boston Butts for Friday, May 27. You can order them from any member of the Lodge or call Wesley Robinson at 615-439-0171. They are only $40 and you can pick them up after 2 p.m. on the 27 at the Lodge on Bethesda/Duplex Road. (These would be GREAT for you to have for your Memorial Day Picnic.) 

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 21 for “Music On THE Creek” at Flat Creek Community Center Pavilion. You can enjoy GREAT music and dancing featuring Williamson County Bluegrass Band. Admission is FREE, but they will “pass the hat” for the band. They will have hot dogs, chili, cold drinks, and homemade desserts for you to purchase. The center is located at 6997 Giles Hill Road, College Grove.

I realized that I forgot to wish our daughter, LeAnne Ulmer, and my great niece, Carrie LeAnne Johnson Hood a Happy Birthday. They both celebrated this past Monday, May 9. We wish for them many more to come. 

Congratulations to ALL of our high school and college graduates. We wish you the best as you venture off into your next phrase of your life. (It seems only yesterday that I was congratulating the parents on these children being born. 

Congratulations to Carole Grooms and Mark Garey who recently were awarded a Tennessee Bandmasters Sweepstakes Award, on behalf of Freedom Middle School Band for the 13th time.(Does this not tell you how GREAT they are?) This award took place at Opryland Hotel

At the Tennessee Music Educators Convention in Nashville. Way to go, Carole and Mark! So glad to be able to say that I worked with you all in FSSD.

Williamson County Public Library is getting ready to “Kick Off” their Summer Reading Program. It will begin on Thursday, May 19 to Saturday, July 30. A family friendly event is being held on Saturday, May 21 between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring outdoor lawn games by Games to Go

Nashville, food trucks, and more. This program has reading opportunities for all ages and each participant can read for 20 hours to earn a FREE book. Call the library at 615-595-1244 for more info or to register.

It seems only yesterday that I was asking you to help me celebrate my sister, Anita Gillespie’s 90th birthday, but it has actually been a year. Now I am asking you once again to help me “shower” her with cards on her 91st which is the 28th of May. (I knew if I waited you would not have time enough to get her a card in the mail).

If you do not have her address call me at 615-308-8205 and I will be happy to give it to you. No, she is not turning her cart wheels, but she does still get in the floor, on her exercise mat, and do her exercises daily. Thank you in advance. I would LOVE to see her receive at least 91.

Hopefully you marked your calendar for May 28 as this is the date for the FIRST Ice Cream Social. It will be held at Belleview C.P. Church located on Murfreesboro Road East . They will begin serving at 5 p.m. You can enjoy grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, with the trimmings, chips, as well as homemade ice cream and homemade baked goods. They will have a silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. with Danny Cotton as auctioneer.

We are continuing to have requests for prayers for those who are sick, homebound, assisted living, as well as nursing homes. Please continue to remember four-year-old Luke Williams, son of Angie and Nathan Williams. He is at home after having been in Vanderbilt Hospital, Barbara Nichols Jones, Julie Tomlin Hazelwood, Claire Savage Morton, Jessica Williams, Julie Parrish Fast, Jack Williams, Danny Smith, Jimmy Thompson, David Gilreath, CoCo Franks, Faye Borum, Everett Hayes, Ruby Thorpe, Cheryl Hunnicut, Sarah Burris, Mattie Marlin, Nellie Stephens, Dodie Hazelwood, Joyce Watson, Gerald McGee, Fred Brown, Jean Dodd, Ruby Thorpe, Ronnie and Judy Pitt, Billie Jean Lillard, Tim Kalthorf ,as well as others who are in need of them.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to those of you who have lost loved ones recently. To Richard King, Janet Garner and Hilda Reynolds, our sympathy is extended to you in the loss of your brother, Glen. To Gene and Diane Marlin our sympathy in the loss of Gene’s sister. To the family of Henry Isenberg, former teacher at Page High, Bob Canaday, Jr., Ann Carroll, Dot Cagle, Minnie Pearl Veach, Colleen Campbell, and others whom I am not aware of, our prayers are with you.

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