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
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County residents urged to vote
Cumberland County has around 39,000 registered voters, as well as a strong reputation for voter participation. However, as of press time on Tuesday, only 4,300 residents had taken advantage of early voting for the Aug. 7 primary and general elections. Local officials are predicting less than 50 percent of registered voters will cast their vote in the 14 days of early voting, plus election day. Only 23 percent of registered county voters participated in the May elections.
Board amends by-laws
At the July meeting of the Fairfield Glade Community Club, the board of directors approved a vote to amend the club's bylaws regarding uncontested elections of board members, effectively declaring Bob Diller and Steven Smith new board members.
Senior olympian on the run for good health
No one can get away with telling Naiad Kuhlman of Crossville that age is a barrier to exercise. The avid runner, personal trainer and instructor at Cumberland Medical Center’s Wellness Complex at Fairfield Glade won’t buy the excuse.
Get your mink coat on the road
It is interesting what animals you see crossing the roads sometimes. When animals cross roads, you can get a look at them, that wouldn't be possible if they stayed inside the cover of trees or grass. Sometimes, it is just a fleeting glance and you aren't sure what you saw. When you go into the woods looking for animals, they usually hide or leave the area before you even know they are around. But, roads are wide open with no cover. Also, most mammals are nocturnal, so they are out when we aren't. Anytime that I am on a two-lane road at night, I am always watching intently for wildlife in the headlights.
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."
Patches of Life: The replacement years
I need a new refrigerator. There are some other things on order too as we seem to be in the replacement year of our life. Everything from the light bulbs to the computer seemed to agree that this is the year of replacement.
Abacus Column: Tennessee the third most corrupt state in the U.S.?
According to a recent article in Time magazine, Tennessee is ranked third among U.S. States in political corruption. I am not sure how they measure such crime in order to make such a charge. Does some purveyor of statistics identify the number of elected officials proved guilty in a court of law; or merely charged with corruption?
A Time 4 Paws celebrates pet adoption after 3 1/2 years
Three and a half years ago, a local no-kill animal welfare organization known as A Time 4 Paws (AT4P) received an important email. A Nashville animal shelter volunteer asked if AT4P could take two severely abused English Pointer mixes. The email said they didn't want to take back two dogs they had placed in foster care for fear they would have to kill them.
A Time 4 Paws collecting shoes to help Soles4Souls in fight against global poverty
Attention anyone with a closet! Those shoes no longer wanted are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty.
That’s the message being delivered by A Time 4 Paws, which has launched an ongoing drive to collect shoes to help the poor. Used and new shoes can be dropped off at A Time 4 Paws in Crossville and can be left in the blue recycling bin outside labeled Soles4Souls.
FFG Treasure Hunt set for Sept. 5
The 2014 Fairfield Glade Treasure Hunt is set for Friday, Sept. 5. This has always been a fun evening for those who enjoy puzzle solving, figuring out clues or just having a good time.
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