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Gallatin Brings Back Beautification with Cleanup Event

First 100 Volunteers to Receive “Weird Head” Shirt

Gallatin – In 1979 Gallatin adopted an ordinance creating the City Beautiful Commission. Among their goals was to “promote public interest in the appearance of the city, plant trees, prevent fires, and protect songbirds.” Different administrations over the years have implemented their own versions of the initiative. In 2016 the Gallatin Beautiful Committee was formed and split into two subcommittees; one focused on litter and the other to recognize businesses for enhancing their properties. Both committees are driven by volunteers from city government, local businesses, and the general population.

“The strength of a community can be really demonstrated by how clean it is and how many residents and businesses take ownership of the city’s beautification.” said Mayor Paige Brown. “As the city grows, I’m hoping to see more community involvement in efforts like the one this weekend.”

This Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, the Gallatin Beautiful Committee is holding a cleanup effort at both Lock 4 Park and Woods Ferry Boat Access. The two cleanup sites were picked by asking the public for nominations on which sites needed it the most. After responses were tallied, Lock 4 Park and Woods Ferry Boat Access were chosen. The two sites have different needs and volunteers should consider where are able to help most.

Lock 4 Park – This Park at the end of Lock 4 Road would be the most suitable for volunteers of all ages. Trash can be easily recovered along the shoreline and park roads. For those with boots and higher physical ability, the hidden areas of shoreline require climbing in and around densely wooded areas. Pope John Paul’s Hockey Team, Scouts Pack 425 and Pack 426, and Vena Stuart Student Council have expressed interest in working at this site.

Lock 4 Road – Google Link

Woods Ferry Boat Access – This area is more of a challenge as it involves shoreline cleanup that is mostly accessible by water. The Gallatin Fire Department and TWRA’s boats will work the shoreline, and anyone with a kayak or canoe is encouraged to help.

Woods Ferry Boat Access – Google Link

Gallatin Beautiful acquired sponsors for the event. Servpro and Rogers Group Inc. paid for the “weird head” t-shirts for volunteers; Freedom Church paid for the banners for the signup areas; and the City of Gallatin’s Public Works, Fire, and Police Departments are providing volunteers and cleanup supplies. Pictured is the “weird head” shirt available to volunteers. View the weird head video at the city’s Facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/gallatingov/videos/342172596135603/ For more information on the cleanup event contact Dianna Johnson at (615) 829-3612.




Posted on: 17 Oct, 2016


Meeting Notice – Public Involvement Meeting for Proposed Sidewalk Construction Projects

Design Public Involvement Meeting for Proposed Sidewalk Construction Projects with Transportation Alternatives Program funding
City of Gallatin



The City of Gallatin will hold a public meeting at The Gallatin City Hall, located at 132 West Main Street in Gallatin, on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to present the proposal for improvements to pedestrian facilities along nine roadway segments throughout the City using Transportation Alternatives Program and City funding.

The Transportation Alternatives Program provides funding assistance from the Federal and State governments to improve safety by constructing pedestrian and bicycling facilities.

The City of Gallatin proposes to apply for a $1.494 million grant with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to fund the design and construction of sidewalks segments at nine locations located throughout the community as described below:

Blythe Avenue from the Housing Authority (N. of Small St.) to N. Water Avenue

South Water Avenue from Hale Drive to SR 109

Airport Road from State Route 109 to Woodcrest Drive

Woodcrest Drive from Airport Road to Meadowview Drive

Belvedere Drive from Tulip Poplar Dr. to Long Hollow Pike

Long Hollow Pike from Belvedere Drive to Walnut Crest Drive

Hancock Street from the GPU Office to SR 109, and

Long Hollow Pike from Stratford Park Blvd. to Wendling Blvd.


City and school officials will be available to present the proposal to the public and answer questions about the project.

For additional information, please contact the Gallatin Planning Department at (615) 451-5796.

Posted on: 27 Sep, 2016


City Councilman Jimmy Overton Named Municipal Legislator of the Year

City Representative Honored by Sumner County Council of Governments

Gallatin – The Sumner County Council of Governments has honored City Councilman Jimmy Overton as Municipal Legislator of the year. Overton represents Gallatin’s District 3, an area in the middle of the city stretching from Highway 25 to the Cumberland River.

The Municipal Legislator of the Year Award is presented each year to lawmakers for the instrumental actions in city and county government on behalf of local communities. These individuals are recognized for their efforts benefiting local governments or who have fought consistently to support constituents within their districts.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized among so many respected leaders across Sumner County,” said Gallatin Councilman Jimmy Overton. “Doing the right thing every day is important to me because it supports our residents and the businesspeople working here. I’m just pleased to contribute to the growth and development of this great city.”

Overton is the Vice President of Loss Mitigation of Volunteer State Bank in Gallatin. He has served as a city councilman in Gallatin since 2006. The Sumner County Council of Governments was formed in 1994 for the purpose of fostering a spirit of cooperation among the city and county governments. Participants are dedicated to sharing ideas and best practices. Each year the Sumner County Council of Governments Awards Ceremony is offered in a different host city. Gallatin hosted this year’s event at the Epic Event Centre.

Municipal Legislator of the Year Jimmy Overton, Councilman District 3, City of Gallatinsumnercouncil_10_final









County Legislator of the Year Robert Scott Langford, Sumner County Commissionersumnercouncil_11_final









City Administrator of  the Year Caryn Miller, City Manager of Millersvillesumnercouncil_13_final









County Public Servant of the Year Bill Kemp, Sumner County Clerk sumnercouncil_7_final










Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt recognizes Portland Mayor Kenneth Wilber who was named the 2016 Mayor of the Year by the Tennessee Municipal League.










Posted on: 26 Sep, 2016


2016 State of the City Address

Posted on: 19 Sep, 2016


Gallatin Awarded for Achievements in Innovation

Honors Received in Water Treatment, Cost Saving, and Business Communication

Gallatin – The City of Gallatin received three awards for innovation in government programs by the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) during their 49th Annual Awards Banquet. Gallatin received more awards than any other single city or county in Middle Tennessee.

The recognition comes on the heels of Gallatin’s State of the City Address, where Gallatin’s Mayor Paige Brown touted the city’s achievements and highlighted growth milestones in the past year (watch the video).

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by the GNRC among our peers in government,” said Brown. “It really reinforces our belief that our City Council, partner agencies, and city departments are on the right track for improving Gallatin for our citizens.”

Gallatin was given top honors for cost-saving techniques for its Special Census. The certified increase in population for Gallatin resulted in $516,000 additional annual funding to the city and a 4,691% return on investment.

Gallatin’s Public Utilities Department was honored for completing a $4.65 million upgrade to its water treatment plant. The improvements changed the process by which water is disinfected and no longer requires hazardous chemicals to be stored on-site.

Gallatin’s Economic Development Agency (EDA) was awarded for their “Gallatin Gets It” campaign. The agency’s “2015 Growth Report” showcased important information about Gallatin; their website workingallatin.com provides an avenue for industry to find area information and post available jobs; a bi-monthly morning radio show featured local industry; and an online marketing campaign resulted in increased visitors to EDA’s online resources.

Sumner County was also honored for two initiatives. They were recognized for their Library Improvement Program and Sumner County Tourism’s “Sumner County Dining Guide.”

Also at the banquet, Mayor Brown was sworn in as the new Regional Council Treasurer for the Greater Nashville Regional Council. The GNRC is a council of governments that services as an economic development district and planning agency for 13 counties and 52 cities across Middle Tennessee. Their mission is to assist local communities and state agencies in the development of plans and programs that guide effective growth and ensure the continued long-term livability of the region.



Posted on: 19 Sep, 2016


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