Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 12, 2014

Body Farm founder to speak at RHA dinner


CROSSVILLE — Dr. Wiliam M (Bill) Bass III, world renowned and Professor Emeritus from the University of Tennessee, will be the featured speaker for the Fairfield Glade Resident Homeowners meeting on March 24 to be held at the Legends. A social hour will be held from 5 – 6 p.m., with dinner starting at 6 p.m.

Dr. Bass is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and will speak about founding the original "Body Farm" at the University of Tennessee. The Body Farm is a research facility where human decomposition can be studied in a variety of settings.

After years of dedicated service, UT has built a new forensic center – the William M. Bass Forensic Anthropology Building – in his honor. Dr. Bass is the third generation of his family to have an educational building named after them.  The new facility is located below the current Body Farm.

Dr. Bass has the largest collection of skeletal remains in the world and has started a cremains collection, as well. He is a legend in forensic circles. In 1980, he created the world’s only laboratory devoted to human decomposition. Dr. Bass has written or co-authored more than 200 scientific publications, many of them based either on the research facility’s work or on actual cases he has helped solve and prosecute.

Dr. Bass and co-author, Jon Jefferson, have written nine books and, as of 2012, signed with Harper Collins for two more books. Bone Zones will be selling Dr. Bass’ books and will accept cash or credit cards.

You will find this to be a very classic program, unique and interesting, and we encourage you to invite your neighbors to attend with you.Come prepared to ask questions and learn how forensics have changed and improved over the years. If you are not an RHA member now, you can still attend by paying an entertainment fee of $6 plus, $17 for the meal of pecan crusted chicken. Yearly dues are $12, but if you attend any of the other upcoming four programs for $6 you will automatically become a member of RHA.  Dues are our only source of money to contract for the entertainment and we think that you will find it to be a good bargain.

In April you will enjoy the music of Shani L Hedden from Chattanooga, singing great songs of Patsy Cline.

After the summer lull, we will pick up in September with the charming voice of Weslie Webster from the Playhouse. Work is progressing yet on the October and November shows. All in all, $12 in dues is a great value for the entertainment provided.

RHA is strictly a social event which provides an opportunity for you to meet your neighbors and keep up with the activities of the Community Club and, at the same time, enjoy some very fine entertainment.

To make reservations call Carol Pontius at 484-3138, or email to  If you do not get a confirmation back, please try again, or call to make sure your reservation was properly recorded. Your participation is greatly appreciated. The deadline for reservations is Thursday, March 20.

When making your reservations, you can make up your own table of six or eight, or you can just reserve for yourself and we will get you seated with a good group. If you have a group you would like to sit with, please indicate that when making your reservations.

Men are asked to wear a jacket, ties are optional. Everyone is asked to wear a name badge to help everyone get acquainted. One will be provided if you do not have one.

For easier reference for the treasurer, we ask that whenever possible, please write a check for your meals and/or entertainment.