January 2018 Around Town 4

Five Longtime City Employees 
Plan Retirement

Five city employees who collectively represent more than 152 years of service to the city all plan to retire soon. 

Debbie Hedgepath has served the city for 28 years in various roles, most recently as the city recorder since 2006. Holly Earls has been named Brentwood’s new city recorder.

After nearly 33 years with the city, attorney Roger Horner is taking a position as a senior legal editor with Thomson Reuter Corporation’s Practical Law Division. In his new role, he will be creating and editing online content to address the needs of municipal lawyers. 

Division Chief Nancy Jones, who serves as the city’s fire marshal, plans to retire on January 5. Jones began her fire career with the city of Brentwood in 1987 as a firefighter before her promotion to engineer. Jeff Pender will serve as the new fire marshal.

Firefighter Allen Wessels is one of only two original firefighters hired by the city in 1986 who remains with the city until January 2018 when he plans to retire. Wessels plans to become a loan officer after retirement. 

Officer John Maxwell has worked with the Brentwood Police Department for 30 years and plans to retire in March. After retirement, Maxwell plans to continue teaching for the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and as an adjunct professor at Nashville State Community College.


Twenty-four outstanding sophomores and juniors from six area high schools have been selected to participate in the Williamson Inc. Youth Leadership Brentwood Class of 2018. During a five-month period, these student leaders will take an intensive look at the Brentwood community, hone their leadership skills and meet one-on-one with adult community leaders in various business sectors.

The 2018 class members are: Paxton Perry, Jackson Phillips, Matthew Porter, Wade Williams and Jennifer Wooten of Brentwood Academy; Namrah Ajmal, John Boshers and Georgia Winkler of Brentwood High School; Samantha Stocker of Father Ryan High School; Elise Bain of Franklin Road Academy; Andrew Neuhaus of Nolensville High School; and Laura Asmussen, Melina Bielsk, Sona Davis, Andrea Huang, Hannah Lee Keller, Jeremy McConnell, Duncan Novak, Adriel Nuta, Anu Raju, Sarah Reidy, Yaseen Sharara, Lauren Shepard and Hyungtaek Shin of Ravenwood High School.

The mission of Youth Leadership Brentwood is to provide students a hands-on exploration of many different aspects of Brentwood, including local history and government while fostering their leadership skills.

Community CPR Classes 
at the Library

In February, The Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department will be offering free CPR classes to the public. This class is mainly for adults and teens 16 and older, but children 10 and older are invited to attend with their parents. Classes are free and will be 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Friday.

This class is based on the American Heart Association’s “Friends and Family” program and will teach the basics of CPR for adults, children and infants. Attendees will not receive a card.

If you are interested, please contact engineer/paramedic Scott Barnes at scott.barnes@brentwoodtn.gov or call and leave a voicemail at 615.371.2200, ext. 4523.

Register Now for Spring Elementary World Language Program Classes

Registration is now open for Williamson County Schools’ Elementary World Language Program’s (EWLP) spring semester. Classes begin the week of January 16.

EWLP classes are meant to prepare students to work in a global community by teaching them either Spanish or Chinese. They also learn to appreciate different cultures and customs. The classes are taught by native speakers who have experience working with children and receive classroom management training.

Classroom spots are on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $100 per student for 12 one-hour classes happening once a week before or after school.