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The Dickson County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Main Street Media of Tennessee, publishers of the Dickson Post, is very pleased to present the 2019 edition of their annual chamber magazine, Discovering Dickson County.

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Rusted Rags, a vintage photography studio in Charlotte owned by Malissa Lambert, has scheduled its official opening on Saturday, July 11 at the historic Samuel Harding Cabin in Charlotte.

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For 2020 only, the Tennessee General Assembly has approved two sales tax holiday weekends to help Tennesseans save money and support the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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To say that Mable Rector Daniel, a widow living in Dickson, has a servant heart would be an understatement.

Daniel, who turned 98 last month, started making prayer shawls in 2012. It was prompted by the Prayer Shawl ministry that has been actively engaged by the Pleasant View United Methodist Church in Cheatham County, where her daughter, Martha Daniel Kirby, and her son-in-law, Wally Kirby, attended.

“They gave him a prayer shawl, and he took it with him when he’d go to the hospital for his treatments,” said Daniel’s friend Glenda Dawson.

Daniel, who has been a member of the Cumberland Furnace UMC since 1935, said that the prayer shawl ministry prompted her to get her home church involved.

“We can make them,” she said. “Our church needs to do outreach.”

Martha got her mother a pattern for making the prayer shawls.

“I’ve made at least 250, and I made one for Wally,” Daniel said. “It is a ministry.”

Wally Kirby passed away on April 22, 2019. The prayer shawl minister lives on as a loving tribute to him.

Cumberland Furnace UMC Pastor Carl Jowers said that Daniel’s strong spirit, servant heart and comforting demeanor makes her a joy to be around.

“She’s 98 years old and she drives from Dickson to Cumberland Furnace every Sunday for church,” Jowers said. “She is dedicated to serving the Lord. She makes 15 or 20 of them (shawls) and brings them in for the blessing of the shawls. People in the community that have family members that are ill or sick or in the hospital, we donate a prayer shawl to them. Many times, the notes and the cards we get say they can tell the love that went into it, with the prayers that are in the shawls themselves is overwhelming to the people that receive them.”

Mable, who grew up in Cumberland Furnace, said that the process requires patience and can be tedious because of the stitches and size of each shawl.

“Each shawl takes two days to make, has 61 rows,” she said. “I feel like I’m helping somebody along the way. I enjoy it.”

Daniel has neuropathy in her feet which makes walking a challenge.

“My mother taught me to crochet,” said Daniel, who is the ninth of 12 children. “All of the shawls are made alike. The only difference is the colors.”

She said she looks forward to the pastor blessing the shawls that are draped over the rails of the altar, which she finds especially moving.

“We’ve given prayer shawls to cancer patients at Natchez Trace, Guardian Home Health, and Caris Home Health,” she said.

Daniel worked at South Central Bell for 27 years and DuPont in the Madison area near Old Hickory for three years.

She considers the chair where she sits and makes the prayer shawls to have special significance.

“This right here is my happy place,” she said with a smile. “Even though I’m not quite as fast as I used to be.”

She and her husband, Herman Richard Daniel, whose nickname was “Sank,” were married for 47 years. He passed away in 1993.

“He was a farmer who raised tobacco,” she said, adding that Martha is their only child, but added that she has two grandsons and a great-granddaughter.

“Every day is a good day. Thursdays I get my hair done. I drive to church. I get a pedicure, go to the drug store, and I don’t tell my family everything I do.”

“Ms. Mable is a very loving kind person,” said Dawson, who said she has made two or three of the prayer shawls. “She is a very good friend of mine. She taught me how to crochet. A very good friend.”

Dickson County artist Willie Speight said he has known Daniel a long time.

“She is incredible,” Speight said. “I went to school with her grandson. Her daughter (Martha) and my mother were also classmates. I saw where she had her 98th birthday a week or so ago. She’s an amazing lady for sure.”

Daniel is also very humble.

“This isn’t about me,” she said. “Prayer shawls are for comfort and prayer. It’s a comfort to people, and it comes from the church.”

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The Drug Free Dickson Coalition has been chosen as one of six counties in Tennessee to partner with the Tennessee Alliance for Drug Endangered Children to establish a Drug Endangered Children Response Team.

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The Humane Society of Dickson County, which had closed its facilities to the public on June 24 because of a staff member’s exposure to COVID-19, plans to reopen Wednesday, July 8.

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A request for time at the July 6 Dickson City Council meeting to discuss a proposed fuel terminal and associated road-building was withdrawn pending the outcome of a July 7 hearing by the Dickson County Board of Zoning Appeals, a city administrative assistant said. 

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A memorial badge presentation was held last Wednesday in a metal fabrication plant near Dickson County, where craftsmen are building a monument called the America’s Wall of Honor that is planned for tours across the United States.

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Gov. Bill Lee and his health commissioner on Wednesday said they are working to enable local governments to mandate mask use and they both spoke against people who “pack” into bars and graduations and people who don’t wear masks, and hinted the state will continue enacting measures until there is a vaccine.

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Families from Dickson County returned to The Roxy, Dickson’s only movie theater, last Friday for the reopening of the facility which had temporarily shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued a new executive order Monday that extends until Aug. 29 all the closings and activity limitations that were to expire Tuesday.

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The Dickson City Council passed its 2020-2021 budget at a special session in the council chambers on June 15.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Monday signed Executive Order No. 50 to extend the State of Emergency related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to Aug. 29. The order allows the continued suspension of various laws and regulations and other measures in these orders to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19 through regulatory flexibility, promoting social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings, and protecting vulnerable populations.

Dickson resident Larry Hillis, a member of the Tennessee Republican Party’s State Executive Committee, is backing Dr. Manny Sethi in the race for U.S. Senate.

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Dickson Mayor Don L. Weiss Jr. administered the Peace Officer’s Oath to Dickson Police Department Officer Cameron Stinson at the June 15 Finance and Management Committee meeting.

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The Dickson County government is asking the Tennessee Department of Transportation to help pay for Two Mile Road upgrades as part of a broader plan for tanker trucks to access the fuel terminal proposed by Houston-based Buckeye Partners LP, according to TDOT documents.