The Town of Kingston Springs, Reliant Bank in Pegram, Barry Segroves State Farm Insurance in Ashland City and KS Supply in Pleasant View have been selected as the 2021 winners of the Pink Out For Hope’s sixth annual “Paint The Town Pink” competition. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Businesses in Cheatham County decorated their storefronts to support breast cancer patients and research. One winner from each town was selected. Judges consider originality, overall design and “Pink Out” spirit to choose the winners.
Pleasant View held its final Cruise’n ’N Groove’n of the year last Saturday and added a ceremony honoring veterans and a Truck or Treat to the event.
Pleasant View Mayor Bill Anderson presented each of approximately 40 veterans with a lapel pin from the town.
“You mean everything to us,” said Anderson. “Without you we would not have the freedoms to enjoy. We wouldn’t have these car shows. So, for that we’re very thankful. I’d love for everyone than can hear me to give these veterans a round of applause. We thank you for the oath you took to protect and serve this country.”
Many in attendance brought along their dog, and there was lots of dancing in the square at Pleasant View Village.
Pleasant View alderman Jill Niccolich said she was delighted by the turnout for the celebration of veterans and classic cars.
“It isn’t hard to see that this event has grown, and our community is happy to keep hosting this event,” Niccolich said. “We hope next year to make it bigger and even better.”
The People’s Choice winner for 2021 was Henry Rittenberry’s 1977 Pontiac Trans Am.
“I think this is the biggest and the largest and the best that I’ve seen,” said attorney Dan Cook, “It was really wonderful because you had children that could enjoy everything and the adults as well.”
He added that getting all of the veterans together was especially moving.
“That is something that’s really good on my heart,” said Cook. “The vehicles and the numbers of people was just outstanding. When we went through with all of the veterans, that made it even more touching.”
Bill Sapp was a principal in Cheatham County Schools for 30 years, but his death on Oct. 2 brought to light that his influence and love for others reached far beyond the school building.
Originally from Iowa, Sapp moved to Cheatham County in the 1960s. He was the principal at Ashland City Primary School, Ashland City Elementary School and Sycamore Middle School.
Joyce Bell served under Sapp for several years at Ashland City Primary School. Referring to him as “a man after an educator’s own heart,” she said Sapp would get calls in the middle of the night from distraught parents whose children were in some form of trouble, even jail, and Sapp would go meet them.
“Mr. Sapp’s concern went much farther than our campus,” she said.
Judy Bell worked in the school system with Sapp and went to Ashland City United Methodist Church with him. Sapp was a member of the church for 53 years.
Judy Bell said she quickly learned upon joining the district that Sapp was the go-to person for any teacher needing help, and that desire to help those around him found an outlet through the church as well.
“When I arrived in the school district, I quickly heard about how teachers just loved him. If there was a resource someone needed, he would get it for them,” she said.
“At church, he’s one of those people that does the majority of the work but is able to pull other people in to want to help, too. When there’s something that needs to be done, his name would come up. He always had a heart for the elderly people in the church, to make sure they had transportation and food. He was on our committees to help people who didn’t have food, clothes and shelter.
“He was always there to do what he could to help the underserved population and help teachers with the resources they needed.”
Rev. Bobbie Martin, Sapp’s pastor, said Sapp had a longtime involvement with The Gideons International, which distributes Bibles worldwide, and started the church’s Helping Hands ministry to assist area residents with rent and utilities and service projects around their homes.
“He was just so giving,” Martin said. “A lot of people didn’t even know when he was helping others. He was quiet about the gifts and services he gave through God. It was just God and him who did it.”
Rachelle Taylor, the oldest of Sapp’s five children, shared her father’s love for the school system and its children and teachers.
“Daddy always said he would have a goal. He didn’t care how they got to get to the goal, as long as it was an honest day’s work. He didn’t care how you go there so he would give them the options on how to get to the goal, and give them what they needed to get there,” Taylor said.
Sapp’s concern extended to children outside the schools, too. Taylor said her parents opened their home to five foster children, as well as kids with no home or who’d gotten in trouble with the law.
Sapp saw loving children as part of putting his love for God into action, Martin said.
“He had a desire to be Christlike in his service to others and in the way he served his LORD. He knew the Word, and he just had this confidence that whatever happened, God was in control so it would be OK. He had a true love for his community and his church,” Martin said.
Joyce Bell said, “From time to time at faculty or group meetings, which I’ve always remembered to keep our perspective right, he’d say, ‘If you think you can’t be replaced, just stick your hand in a bucket of water, pull it out, and see how big a hole it leaves.’ He said it with humor, but I think losing him has proven that statement to be incorrect. I will miss him as I’m sure all of Cheatham County will. His loss leaves a big hole.”