Our litter pick-up today focused on a very busy two lane road leading into the town of Charlotte in Dickson County. It was a bit nerve-wracking having my daughters working on a roadside with such heavy traffic, but the local law enforcement did an excellent job of strategically placing their squad cars with flashing lights to slow the drivers down. Its a shame that it takes that much effort to get cars to slow down when people are working alongside the road.
Over the years, I have read sobering statistics in the newspaper about how many roadside fatalities there are among construction crews, emergency service providers and police officers. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security statistics, 537 pedestrians and 121 bicyclists were involved in vehicular accidents last year in the state. The most recent compilation of pedestrian fatalities in the state was from 2007-2008 when 123 people were killed. There is actually a Pedestrian Danger Index with Memphis being ranked as the most dangerous place in the state to walk to work. I'm sure most of these tragedies could have been averted if drivers would just SLOW DOWN.
After our litter pick-up, we ventured to the small town of Pegram in adjacent Cheatham County. There we were introduced to Gretchen Priest-May, her husband Tim May and their passion project – Fiddle and Pick, the Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee.
According to their website, “it is a place where people old and young can come to discover the joy found in making traditional music - mainly, but not limited to, music played on fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars and similar instruments - and in particular, music played in the Middle Tennessee region throughout its history.” During our visit, Gretchen and a group of first-class musicians treated us to a wonderful rendition of an old Stephen Foster tune, Angelina Baker. The song included expert solos on banjo, fiddle, dobro, and mandolin.
We ended our day by venturing to beautiful Montgomery Bell State Park where we camped for the night. We got a chance to visit the restaurant in the lodge. It has a beautiful, sweeping view of Lake Acorn. I could not script a more perfect ending to the day - having dinner with a view of the sunset over the lake.