Once again today we received a plea for funds for a new (used) fire truck for the FFG fire department. The total cost of this truck is $100,000, and the letter we received stated that, to date, slightly over half of that amount has been raised from donations. We have also seen the ads which tell us that buying a specific meal will result in a $1 donation to this cause. We do not believe that 50,000 more of these inexpensive meals will be sold in the near future.
The FFG Community club spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year subsidizing our amenities. Our fire department is not an amenity. It is an essential service to our community – every bit as important as garbage pick up and sewer service. We all could take our own garbage to the county facilities like we take our recycling. We cannot put out a major fire in our own homes!
Why, then, cannot the club underwrite at least one third, if not half, of the cost of the required new fire truck? If there is something legal that separates our fire department as an independent entity from the Community Club, it should still be possible for the club to make a donation.
We believe our Community Club has, in the past, made donations to help support the Cumberland County Playhouse. We are in no way denigrating the importance of the Playhouse to our community, but this new (used) fire truck is terribly important, not only to the dedicated volunteers who staff our fire department, but to each and every one of us who owns property in our community.
Although we are willing to contribute to this fund, we urge the board of directors of Fairfield Glade to seriously consider making a substantial donation of at least one third, or more, of the total cost of this required new piece of fire fighting equipment in the very near future.
Thank you for your consideration.
Robert and Virginia Wiedemann
- Glade Sun
Feeding and counting birds
A heavy mast crop last fall was one sign that led those who use old-time folk lore to predict conditions to warn that the winter of 2013-'14 would be bad. It was a good call. March blasts of arctic air make seeking out the remaining seeds, berries and nuts a matter of survival for wild birds and animals. Insect-eating creatures find food scarcer due to cold, as well.
Bad weather hurts the bottom line, but warmer weather is on the way
As a resort community, much of the revenue generated in Fairfield Glade relies on visitors. So far this year, cold weather has put quite a damper on outdoor activity. Due to the freezing temperatures and snow, January golf rounds recorded 943 18-hole equivalents – about 325 rounds under budget and 528 less than last year.
The Neighborhood Watch Coalition and you
I know you've heard the term "neighborhood watch," but have you given any thought as to what members of a watch coalition do? The first thing that probably comes to mind is that it's a group of very nosey people wanting to find out who you are, what you have, how much you're worth and all the other curiosities associated with people who can't mind their own business. That answer is simply wrong.
Covenant taps new CMC CAO
Covenant Health has named Jeremy Biggs, vice president of operations for the health system, to be president and chief administrative officer at Cumberland Medical Center, effective March 1.
Read the latest edition of "The Bulletin"
The Crossville Chronicle-Glade Sun also publishes a newsletter called "The Bulletin" in which you'll find a schedule of Glade activities and events, a restaurant and dining guide, golf information, and even tour schedules. Click here for the latest PDF edition of "The Bulletin."
Rep. Cameron Sexton Legislative Wrap
On Monday, HB590 passed 78 to 8, which will give a voice to citizens across the state. It allows communities by public referendum to cast a vote for or against when a city attempts to annex their property.
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My daughter –in–law insists on me getting a pedicure when I visit her in Florida. Since the plans for the week included the beach, I was in favor. Well, to be honest I would have been in favor beach or no beach.
Questions on the rules of golf
We know everyone wants to play by the rules of golf. But sometimes it’s not the U.S.G.A. Rules of Golf. We would like to try and help people clarify any situation or rule that is confusing to them.
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Fairfield Glade Hiking Group announces spring schedule
The Fairfield Glade Hiking Group will begin the spring season on Friday, March 14 with the first of 13 invigorating hikes throughout eastern Tennessee.
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