Vista Gatherings – May 20, 2014

Fairfield Glade Garden Club meets May 21 

April’s showers have brought May’s flowers to the Plateau and if you’re looking to add to what Mother Nature has provided so far, you’ll want to check out the FFG Garden Club’s May meeting on Wednesday, May 21st.

This month brings Sarah Johnson from Johnson’s Nursery in Cookeville to come and tell us about making the most of window boxes and also showcasing creative containers for spring and summer blooms.

Sarah and her husband, Chuck, started Johnson Nursery & Garden Center in the fall of 1969 and quite quickly became the “go-to” place for the homeowners lawn and garden needs.  Their Cookeville greenhouse is filled to capacity with some of the most beautiful (and unusual) plant varieties on the Plateau.

It is such a pleasure to walk through even if you’re not shopping!  Sarah is a delight to meet and talk to and the Club is fortunate to have her take time to share her extensive knowledge with both members and guests.

The Fairfield Glade Garden Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the FFG Community Church, 521 Snead Dr. in Fairfield Glade.  The meetings begin at 9:30 A.M. with doors opening at 9 A.M. for socializing and refreshments.

You do not have to be a member to attend Club meetings although those who wish to join may do so for $15 per year.

Visit the Club website at for additional information or you can contact the Club Moderator, Ellen Jeffers, at (931)707-8578.  The Club also has a gmail account at [email protected]


City Lites Band at Hebbertsburg June 7

Back by popular demand, the City Lites Band will provide the music for your dancing and listening pleasure at the Hebbertsburg Community Center on Saturday, June 7.

The doors open at 5 P.M.and the music starts at 5:30. The band, featuring Marty Gibson (guitar and vocals), Flavie Miller (guitar and vocals), Glen Holverson (‘HOT’ Saxophone), and Wade England (Drums), will wow us with a variety of music from country classics to classic rock to ballroom and jazz.  You request it, they can probably play and sing it.

The Sweet T’s will set the pace for line-dancing and clogging during the band’s break times, and everyone, young and old, is invited to join them on the dance floor.

Whether you like to put your dancing shoes on and tear up the dance floor, or, tap your feet, clap your hands and watch from the sidelines, you will have a great, relaxing time at the Hebbertsburg Community Center. It is good, clean family entertainment at its best, so bring your kids and/or grandkids with you. Don’t forget their ‘Fun and Famous Cakewalk!’

The Hebbertsburg ladies provide the delicious cakes (sometimes it’s pies), and for just a $1 a chance, you might win the one you pick to share or to take home with you.

In addition to the great music, we’ll be serving our regular homemade Spaghetti Dinner (that’s spaghetti, meat sauce, bread and coffee, iced tea or a soft drink) for just $6, with desserts and additional drinks at only $1 each.

The meal, also prepared by our Hebbertsburg ladies, is served starting at 5 P.M., with the band playing from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M..

There is a $3 adult donation requested at the door, but, children 16 and under are free. The monies collected are used to pay the band and to maintain the Community Center; all the workers are cheerful volunteers.

The Hebbertsburg Community Center is just over 5 miles from the 4-Way Stop on Peavine Road in Fairfield Glade.  Head north and follow the signs. At the Y in the road with a house in the middle, take the left fork a short distance and you’ll find the blue pole barn Community Center on the left.  Call Carolyn at 707-7837 with any questions.


Caregiver Support Group to meet May 20

On May 20, the Upper Cumberland Development District / Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD) will hold its caregiver support groupmeeting.

The meeting will be held at the Crossville Good Samaritans’ (281 10th Street, Crossville TN 38555) from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M.

Contact Fran Davis, Family Caregiver Support Staff, at 931-476-4119 or [email protected] for more information.


County Republican Party meeting today

The Cumberland County Republican Party will have their monthly meeting May 20, at 6 P.M. at the Community Complex Fairgrounds.

Their guest speaker will be Jordan Maynor, spokesman for  “Red to the Roots”. He will give an overview of this new effort and how it will be used to win future elections.

Please try to be there and bring a friend ore two.

For more info, call Karen Shanks, Publicity Chair, at 931-788-2173 or  787-2181.


Kinseekers meet June 5

IThe monthly KINSEEKERS meeting is set for June 5, 2014 at 1pm. at the  Fairfield Glade Community Church, 521 Snead Dr.

Everyone is who is interested in genealogy is invited to to our monthly meetings.  This month Mark Pfaffenroth will present Finding Your Ancestors’ Military Records.

The meetings are open to everyone who is interested in genealogy (the why’s, the how to’s or the where to go’s) . If you decide to join the group it only costs $10 for the year.  Any questions, feel free to contact Erin at 456-8367.


Author to speak

The Shalom Center for Continuing Education is sponsoring an appearance by the author, Jeanette Keith discussing the “Culture, Place and History in the Upper Cumberland” on Friday, May 30 at 6:30 pm in Adshead Hall in Pleasant Hill. Jeanette Keith grew up on a farm in North Springs, a tiny village in Jackson County.  She graduated from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, and obtained her PhD in history from Vanderbilt.

Her first book, Country People in the New South: Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland, is a study of the social history of the Upper Cumberland from the 1890s to the 1920s. She is currently a history professor at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Originally trained as a jThe program will be preceded by a potluck at 5:30 pm. Bring table service and a dish to share. Keith’s talk will begin at 6:30 pm and is free and open to the public. Adshead Hall is on the lower level of the Fletcher House of Assisted Living in Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill. It is located at 40 Fletcher Drive off of Church St., which is across from the PH Elementary School on Main Street. The Shalom Center for Continuing Education is a non-profit educational center whose purpose is to provide opportunities for holistic education in areas of social, economic, cultural, ecological, ethical, and theological importance on behalf of shalom (wholeness, health, and peace). For more information, visit or call 931 248-3165.


Free medical clinic now open in Crab Orchard

On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, free medical care is provided by doctors and nurses in Crab Orchard. The St. Mary’s Mobile Medical Clinic comes from Knoxville and provides this service. This service is sponsored by the Crab Orchard Care Center, 87 Commerce St. in Crab Orchard.

This mobile clinic, which has been coming since January, provides physical exams and treatment for medical problems. Anyone no able to access medical care due to lack of insurance or ability to pay for care is welcome to come.

The hours are from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. Clients need to bring a photo I.D. and all medications that are being taken. Further information can be obtained by calling 931-337-2981 during business hours. The next clinic day will be on May 13th.


Thurman seeks reelection

Chancellor Ron Thurman, who has served with distinction in the 13th Judicial District since 2006 and ran unopposed in the May primary, is seeking re-election to the post and will be on the upcoming August ballot.

“When I first took the job as Chancellor I promised that all citizens who came before Chancery Court would be treated with respect, and have their cases resolved in a fair, just and timely manner,” said Thurman.  “I have kept that promise, and want to continue to serve the people of the 13th Judicial District.”  The 13th Judicial District consists of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White Counties.

[email protected] or call Carolyn at 931-484-9556. (Please remember, if you can’t keep your reservation, pass it on or honor your obligation; we are charged for every meal ordered.  Thanks.)

Parking is limited, but carpooling is available for ladies coming from Fairfield Glade. If interested, mention it when calling in your reservation.


Christian Women’s Connection is an affiliate of Stonecroft Ministries.

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (May 5, 2014) — May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and Youth Villages, a private nonprofit organization, is offering several opportunities for the Crossville community to help children in need of homes.

A statewide Day of Prayer for foster children on Sunday, May 18 will highlight Foster Care Awareness Month. Youth Villages is asking churches in the Crossville-area to join other churches across Tennessee in praying for children in the community who are waiting for loving foster homes.

“This month, we want as many local churches as possible to get involved in supporting foster care awareness,” Shawn Cline, Youth Villages foster parent recruiting and training supervisor, said.

Adults in the Crossville-area who are interested in becoming foster parents are invited to attend free foster parent training classes on Saturdays at 9 a.m., beginning May 31, at the Youth Villages office, located at 448 Neal Street, Cookeville, TN 38501.

Foster parents should be over the age of 25 and living in the Cumberland County-area. Foster parents should have viable income, reliable transportation and be able to pass a background check and home study.

Youth Villages provides foster parents with 24-hour access to counselors, support groups and a monthly stipend to offset the cost of adding a child to the home. Foster parents also often have the first right to adopt if the child becomes available for adoption.

For more information about becoming a foster parent or how you can help support children in need during Foster Care Awareness Month, contact Shawn Cline at 931-560-4233 or [email protected]