Sheriff’s bloodhound Ethel sniffed out missing people and sought out children, especially those seated in wheelchairs, when she served five years at the Sheriff’s Office.
Ethel, who retired from duty because of cancer three years ago, said her last goodbyes to handler K-9 Deputy Michael Romans Monday as she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge for pets located just outside of heaven.
Romans remembered Ethel, his first K-9 partner.
“She was always happy and always seemed to have a smile on her face,” Romans said. “She never met a stranger and her tail was always wagging. Her favorite things to do was definitely eating and meeting all the people and children in the schools and the community.”
Ethel served as the first full-time bloodhound on a shift and loved her job to locate missing people.
In her first find, she located a missing girl and “licked her in the face,” Romans remembered.
On another search, Romans lifted her over a fence to Sgt. Nick Coble and handed him the lead while he climbed over the fence.
“She was trying to pull him to the lady we were looking for” just yards away in a wooded area, the handler said.
Her last find was a man who injured himself and retreated to a wooded area.
“We found him in a thicket,” said Romans, who was accompanied by Lt. Brian Wright and Lt. David Foote.
Besides tracking people, Ethel represented the Sheriff’s Office at many schools and other community events.
Ethel loved visiting kids at schools and at Special Kids, a center providing therapy and nursing services to children with special needs.
“She would always go and sit by the children in wheelchairs and wait for them to pet her,” Romans said, explaining Ethel had a sense about special children.
Ethel loved Christmas. When Romans’ family prepared to decorate, Ethel would grab a Santa hat and other decorations and play.
“She liked Christmas because she knew she would get toys,” Romans said with a smile.
Romans thanked veterinarians Dr. Larry Williams and Dr. Jean Lavalley and their staff at Williams Animal Hospital for treating Ethel for many years.
The deputy wrote a tribute to Ethel.
“Ethel, you will truly be missed, more importantly you will be missed by me. Thank you, Ethel, for your service and being very special in my life. I love you Ethel.”
Murfreesboro, TN (Rutherford County)—Rutherford County Assessor of Property, Rob Mitchell, was presented the 2019 Three Star Certification before the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers at the fall regional seminars last week. The certificate was presented on behalf of the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers by the executive director, Will Denami.
“The Three Star Certification is a professional standard of operations recognized by the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers. The certification represents an operational analysis for compliance in the numerous standards monitored by the division of property assessments, as well as, a demonstrated commitment to continuing education. Rob Mitchell’s innovative approaches and continual refinements keep the Rutherford County office of the Assessor on the cutting edge,” said Will Denami.
“We are fortunate to have such a strong and dedicated team in the Rutherford County Assessor’s office. We recognize our role is to serve the public fairly and equitably and that requires constant improvement to do it right. I am personally humbled to serve as Assessor of Property and I am committed to doing the absolute best job I can for the taxpayers in Rutherford County,” said Rob Mitchell.
“I am very proud of Mitchell and his team,” said Mayor Bill Ketron. “Their dedication to continued professional development is a nod to their desire to provide outstanding service to our citizens.”
The Three Star Certification is an annual certification process where each office of the Assessor of Property is independently reviewed for technical compliance by the Comptroller’s division of property assessments. Each office must successfully complete the monitoring process and complete the necessary continuing education requirements for the Assessor of Property. Once the standards are met, the Assessor of Property submits application to the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers for verification.
The Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers (TNAAO) is a professional organization composed of the elected officials serving as Assessors of Property in Tennessee. The TNAAO’s purpose is to work on behalf of the people of our great state to ensure fairness and uniformity in statutes regarding the assessment of property, as well as, to promote excellence through best practices and professionalism amongst those charged with this vital task.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The signs are popping up all around Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, and even a few spots beyond.
You can find the signs at Hattie Jane’s Creamery, City Café, Pearcy’s General Merchandise and Lascassas Feed in Lascassas, Tennessee, and in Rutherford, Cannon and Wilson counties where MTSU dairy products are sold.
The MTSU Creamery has nearly doubled production at its small processing plant on campus and continues to market its milk utilizing a throwback from the past — tin signs.
The 11-by-17-inch, old-fashioned-looking signs’ message — “We Proudly Sell MTSU Milk” — are a vehicle “to increase visibility of our product,” said Matthew Wade, director of the MTSU Experiential Learning and Research Center (aka the MTSU Farm and Dairy) in Lascassas.
“It’s a throwback and a fun sign,” Wade said. “It takes us back to when milk was in old glass bottles and that vintage era. … Ours is a locally-sourced product and these signs display that.”
The signs have been out for more than one month and, like the first 1,000 pints bottled, have become somewhat of a collector’s item.
“We wanted to get them to the vendors and some sponsors first,” Wade said. “People can relate to them — the look, feel and design. We are already getting calls from people who have seen the signs and want to buy them.”
This interest might lead to an online store, Wade said.
Wade and Jessica Carter, director of the School of Agriculture, used part of a statewide grant from the Dairy Alliance through the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association to purchase 200 signs to not only promote the MTSU Creamery but also the Tennessee Milk Program.
“We’re thanking the Dairy Alliance and Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for giving us this grant and we’re getting the word out about what we’re doing at the processing plant and our participation with Tennessee Milk,”Wade said. “What are we doing in the plant? We’re teaching, promoting and leading by example.”