Honorable Judge Bill Higgins Speaks to Civitans




The Nashville City Civitan Club met at Swett’s restaurant in West Nashville. President-Elect Aaron Justice led the meeting after a prayer, Pledge of Allegiance and song. A report was presented about the recent Civitan Basketball Tournament. Leslie Benmark gave the club the district PEEPS award for adding members and discussed Special Olympics.
The speaker was the Honorable Judge Bill Higgins, the longest-serving active judge on General Sessions Court. Higgins covered a lot of ground, discussing everything from the big climb in foreclosure cases to the increase in medical and credit card plaintiffs. He talked about the changes in mental health cases stating that patients used to spend years in the old Central State Mental Hospital on Murfreesboro Rd. but now the normal stay in the newer mental health facility is two weeks due to the improvements in medications for mental illness.
Higgins commented on a practice he has observed of the Legislative Body using the courts to raise money by raising fines, fees and court costs on everything from permits to marriage licenses. He said the Traffic bureau brings in millions of dollars of income.
After the informative talk, the Civitans discussed their Dec. 21 meeting when they will do their “Dirt Santa” gift exchange as well as the Club Christmas Social on Dec. 8 at McCabe’s Pub.
Club December Calendar:
* December 7 — Next club meeting
* December 8 — Club social
* December 9 — John Early Middle School Junior Civitan Club Charter Ceremony 3:15 pm, at the school
* December 21 — Dirty Santa Gift Exchange for club members
The Nashville City Civitan Club meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 11:30 at Swett’s Restaurant. Visitors are welcome. For more information, email Christian Activities for more information or visit nashvillecitycivitan.com/
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