May Elections, TN-China​ Network​, ​Medical Honor, RIP Sen. Joe Haynes

Hobbs_2-1-2018May Election: ​Candidates galore showed up at the first  2018 Donelson-Hermitage community breakfast at John A’s. Races are heating up for the upcoming May 1 election and referendum.  Candidates from U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper ​(5) ​to his brother Councilman John Cooper spoke to the crowd. Sheriff Daron Hall assured folks he is running for re-election and supporting Phil Bredesen for U. S. Senate. Richard Exton, who  wants to be Register of Deeds, invited everyone to his​ Mar. 5 birthday party at John A’s.  State Rep. Sherry Jones (59)​, who served many years in the legislature, now seeks office as Juvenile Court Clerk.  Metro School Board Chairman Anna Shepherd is running to serve a third term. Sitting judges Sam Coleman (X)​, Melissa Black- burn ​(II)​ and Nick Leonardo (III)​ are asking to continue their service on the bench. Several challengers for judicial posts spoke about why they should sit instead. Council m​embers Larry Hager (11)​, Jim Shulman, Jeff Syracuse (15)​ and John Cooper, highlighted controversial issues before the Council. State Sen. Jeff Yarbro​ (21)​ paused to remember two outstanding senators who have died: Senators Joe Haynes and Douglas Henry. Host John A​.Hobbs​ signed copies of his book: “The life and Times of a Music Valley Visionary.” The book is available locally or online for $30.

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TN-China: Dr. Elizabeth Rowland, founder of the TN-China Network, stopped by for breakfast with Green Hills Rotarians.  She spoke about how her company can connect exporters from Tennessee and investors in China to enhance opportunities for both sides. Tennessee is now the third largest export destination for Chinese goods and the state’s goods exports to China have grown 137 percent. For  further information contact Dr. Rowland at ERowland@ TNChinaNetwork.org  (865) 387-7012.

50 Years: Dr. John Witherspoon, an ENT-Otolaryngologist was recently honored for practicing medicine in Nashville for 50 years.  Nashville Academy of Medicine President Kevin Smith presented Witherspoon and six other doctors with pins marking their achievement during the 2018 President’s reception. The Nashville Academy of Medicine, founded in 1821, will celebrate a bicentennial in 2018.

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RIP: Senator Joe Mann Haynes passed away on Jan 26, 2018 at the age of 81. A former Democratic state senator, Haynes served nearly three decades in the Tennessee legislature before his retirement. He is survived by former Davidson County General Sessions and Circuit Court Judge Barbara Haynes and their three children and seven grandchildren.  Upon Haynes retirement from the Senate his colleagues adopted a resolution honoring him as a “distinguished public servant.” Memorials to Sen. Haynes may be made to the Montgomery Bell Academy Joe and Barbara Haynes Scholar- ship Fund, the Goodlettsville Help Center or the Bledsoe’s Lick Historical Association. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral on Thu., Feb. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  The funeral will follow at 1:00 p.m.

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