FEB 2-- A fundraising effort is underway to repaint Crump’s AH-1 Bell Cobra Gunship helicopter that sits prominently in front of city hall, serving now as the “Crump Helicopter Veterans Memorial.”
A plaque on the gunship says, “Presented on behalf of WWII Veterans Lt. Homer Feldon Snodgrass, US (Navy) and Cpt. James Irvin (J.I.) Bell, US (Army) to the veterans of Hardin County.”
The Courier reported at the time that the helicopter was a donation from the U.S. Army through Col. Danny Snodgrass, whose father was Crump’s first mayor and a long-time Hardin County Schools superintendent.
The Cobra helicopter at Crump was officially dedicated to all veterans on May 19, Armed Forces Day, 2001, with a crowd of hundreds on hand to witness and celebrate the day of honor.
Setting outside and unprotected from the fickle Tennessee weather, the helicopter’s paint and decals have faded over the years. Local veterans say it’s time to spruce the old warbird up, and have formed a committee to solicit donations to fund the project.
JAN 27– The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 21st annual meeting and distinguished service awards banquet on Thursday at Pickwick Landing State Park Inn.
This is the chamber’s major fundraiser and with 400 in attendance, the new year has kicked off to a great start, organizers agree.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Distinguished Service Awards. Categories included Man of the Year winner Tom Smith, Woman of the Year Betty Lynn Collier and Pinnacle Award recipient Bettye Stanley.
Other awards were:
JAN 23– The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual meeting and awards banquet Thursday, Jan. 26 at Pickwick Inn. A silent auction and business showcase starts at 6 p.m., with dinner and the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
The highlight of the evening is the Distinguished Service Awards. In the running this year are the following nominees.
Nominated for “Man of the Year” are Michael Davis, Richard Beecham, Tom Smith and Larry Lowery.
•Michael Davis is the Hardin County Director of schools. He is a member of the Darryl Worley Foundation, a member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, president of the Savannah Cemetery and a speaker for Sports Talk on WKWX Radio. He is very involved in the community and is committed to service.
•Richard Beecham manages Wise Company in Savannah and has overseen their recent growth through his leadership ability. He is president of the Lions Club, president of the Savannah Gideon Camp and a deacon of Second Baptist Church.
•Tom Smith is the city project manager. Tom volunteered his time to serve on the Christmas on Main committee this year. He designed the electrical layout for all the Christmas lights throughout the downtown district.
•Larry Lowery has been the mayor of Saltillo for the past eight years. During his terms, Saltillo has been awarded a CDBG housing grant, a disaster relief grant which built the city storm shelter, a fire department renovation grant, established a senior citizens center, and revitalized the riverfront.
Nominated for “Woman of the Year” are Rachel Bailey and Betty Lynn Collier.
•Rachel Bailey is the founder of Hillside New Beginnings and has a heart for veterans. She is the director of Operation Salute and is actively involved with equine therapy.
•Betty Lynn Collier chaired the Christmas on Main committee this year and had the vision for the event. She strives to serve Hardin County by implementing programs of community service. She volunteers for the Darryl Worley Cancer Center and started the “Jesus Acts of Kindness” project in Savannah.