Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


February 17, 2014

Historic ministers brought to life at Wilderness Wildlife Week

CROSSVILLE — Recently, Will Rabert, the Pleasant Hill monologist, portrayed two historic influential Methodist ministers at the annual Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge. Will Rabert, retired United Church of Christ minister, and his wife, Martha, have lived in Pleasant Hill since 1997. At Wilderness Wildlife Week in January, he became the Rev. Robert Hall, Bishop of the Cumberlands and founder of the Cumberland Mountain School for Plateau children, and the Rev. Dr. John Burnett, founder of the Pittman community and school.

Both men were Methodist ministers, who were instrumental in developing educational opportunities for rural Tennessee children. Rabert’s characterizations are performed regularly in Cumberland County at schools, churches, nursing homes, and the Art Circle Library. For a list of characters or to have a performance at your church or group contact Will at, or 248-0021 (cell) or 277-5424 (home). There is no cost as this is a labor of love.


Pleasant Hill Elementary teachers recently cast votes for their Teacher of the Year candidates for pre-k through eighth grades. The winners are Rhonda Phipps from K-4 and Brian Conatser from 5th-8th. They will compete county-wide. The elementary varsity basketball tournament concluded the end of January. Named to the All Tournament Team were Lady Hornets Jessie Blalock and Sarah Buckner along with Hornet Braden Quails. The players, coaches and cheerleaders produced a successful and fun season.

Beanie Babies were sold by the fifth- graders and delivered on Valentine’s Day with a special note. The basketball team sold roses for the same purpose. The students are taking tests just about every day in the month of February. Try to have your children well rested with a good breakfast each morning. Please visit the Cumberland County website to read Director Donald Andrews’ State of the Schools report: February is Black History Month with all age-appropriate activities acknowledging important black contributions.

The Pleasant Hill Town Council at its February meeting wished speedy recoveries for town maintenance man, Jason and Linda Smith, proprietor of Linda’s Coffee Shop. An initial planning meeting for this year’s town festival has set the date for the third annual spring festival as Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Mark your calendar for what has become a fun-filled, town-wide celebration.

Although the town’s recycling bins are full, the company in Knoxville who has been purchasing the paper is balking at coming so far to pick it up. Volunteers under the leadership of Mark Heald will continue to service the community on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

An initial request for the “weather warning system” has been submitted to Hampton of Rural Development in the Cookeville area office of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for review. No feedback has come to date. The restrooms and kitchenette remodeling at town hall is proceeding apace, thanks to painting by Town Hall Clerk Heather Gunter.

All in the Pleasant Hill area are urged to come to a public meeting to discuss the future of the Pleasant Hill Post Office at noon on Thursday, March 6, in Adshead Hall on the lower level of Fletcher House for Assisted Living in the Uplands Village.

Proposals under consideration are:

1. Keep post office open, reducing hours to six each weekday, or conduct a discontinuance study of the post office.

2. Offer roadside mailbox delivery.

3. Find an alternative location, usually at a local business.

4. Provide P.O. Box service via another nearby post office.

This week in Pleasant Hill:

• Feb 17-28 — Artist Tom Eckert’s paintings will be on display in Adshead Hall of Fletcher House. Reception will be Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. in Adshead.

• Friday, Feb. 21 — Pleasant Hill Baptist Mission will hold a fellowship pot-luck at 6 p.m.

• Saturday, Feb. 22 — The Grab's $1 bag sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1944 West Main St., Pleasant Hill.

• Sunday, Feb 23 — Lake Alice trail, Uplands. This is a three-mile easy hike around the lake plus a trip to the Beaver Dam. Meet at 2 p.m. at the trailhead by the dam on Yonside Dr.

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