OCTOBER 2019 NEWSLETTER
The Robertson County Session is in the books and it was AMAZING! The theme was "Agriculture" and the Class of 2020 was introduced to local farmers, educated about H2A workers, visited a cattle company, experienced a tobacco/hay/soy bean/watermelon farm, learned about Nelson's Greenbrier Distillery (plus a little tasting!) and so much more! Ed Cope (LMT 2015) kept everyone entertained on the bus. He was such a great tour guide! Ed and his partner Sheriff Michael Van Dyke (LMT 2015) even helped the bus navigate through railroad gates gone awry. To top it off, it was perfect weather! Thank you to the planning team for showcasing your beautiful county. It was outstanding!
The class was in two groups touring the O'Riley Brothers farm learning about dark tobacco vs barley tobacco.
Alumni involvement is so very important! Thank you, Robertson County alumni for showing up in large numbers to support the planning team! Pictured Above: Margot Fosnes (LMT 2002), Whitfield Hamilton (LMT 2001), Lee Rucks, President and Kathy Raglin (LMT 2016).


Ed Cope (LMT 2015) was an excellent tour guide! The bus ride from place to place was about learning the history of farming in Robertson County, where the future of farming is going and the challenges of a bedroom community experiencing growth. Pictured left: Ed Cope engaging the Class of 2020.
Big smiles from Courtney Vick (Wilson) and Sherri Ferguson (Robertson).
Some serious discussion with classmates Marc Pearson (Dickson) and DarKenya Waller (Williamson).
The class usually takes a good picture then a goofy picture. The picture above looks like they were in between photos!
The residents of the UT Highland Rim AgResearch & Education Center were treated to some yummy grain while the class was educated on the purpose of the research happening in Robertson County. Pictured above: One happy cow.
The "Buddy" system! Each class member is assigned a new buddy for each session. The hope is for buddies to get to know someone just a little bit better. After two sessions, we think it's working! Pictured above: Kimberly Wiggins (Montgomery) and Tim Adkins (Cheatham) at the Shade Tree Farm & Orchard.
Hemp and agriculture. The class was introduced to something they never thought they would see! Pictured above: This was a recent harvest from Corbin Sciences' farm.
A HUGE THANK YOU and SHOUT OUT to our Robertson County session sponsors! We couldn't do it without you! Thank you for your support! When you see them, please thank them, too!

Thank you to our Robertson County Planners! Alisha Wix (LMT 2019), Jonathan Garner (LMT 2019), Howard Bradley (LMT 2004), Laurie Riley (LMT 2019), Margot Fosnes (LMT 2002), Jordan Osborne (LMT 2012), Ed Cope (LMT 2015), Sheriff Michael Van Dyke (LMT 2015), Edison Guthrie (LMT 2018), Susan Murphey (LMT 2008) and Christy Bartee (LMT 2007).
LMT Dates to Remember:

Rutherford County Session - November 20-21, 2019
Annual Holiday Party at Maggiano's Little Italy - December 3, 2019
Williamson County Session - December 11-12, 2019
Winter Executive Committee & Board Meeting - January 8, 2020
Davidson County Session - January 15-16, 2020
Dickson County Session - February 19-20, 2020
Thank you to Laurie and Billy Jo Riley for hosting the LMT Fall Fiesta at their beautiful farm in Springfield! The weather was perfect, the food was plentiful and the fellowship was priceless. Laurie's daughter Olivia took care of the margaritas and the beer was "help yourself". Let's just say that Olivia was busy! These events are planned to keep alumni involved and committed to Inspiring Regionalism. We want you to know the latest and greatest that going on! Keep an eye out for the next event! HINT: Holiday Party!
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