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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2017

Contact:
Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks, 455.2648
Director of Parks and Recreation, Kurt Glick, 455.1121

 

More Close Up Fireworks at the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club Independence Day Regional Celebration

Bring chairs, blankets and ride the shuttle from Northgate Mall

 

The City of Tullahoma is pleased to announce that Miller Lite, Southern Community Bank and Budweiser are the presenting sponsors for the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club Independence Day Regional Celebration.  And because of the support of these sponsors and the other sponsors, more fireworks will be added to the twenty minute show.

Park at Northgate Mall and ride the shuttle to the front gate.

Gates open at 3pm on Monday, July 3rd at Frazier McEwen Park and the THS Baseball Stadium. The venue will be filled with free music, games, food trucks, kids zone, and of course, fireworks that evening.

“Because of the close-up fireworks, the best viewing is inside Grider Stadium, or the baseball field,” said Director of Parks and Recreation, Kurt Glick. “We wanted to make the show bigger and better than last year,  and this year we are adding fireworks that will be set off right past the outfield wall. If you aren’t close, then you won’t see this extra part of the show.”

“We want to encourage everyone to come to the THS Baseball Stadium and bring  a lawn chair or a blanket. It is going to be an exciting night,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “The Independence Day fireworks are a long-standing tradition in Tullahoma, and the largest in southern middle Tennessee.”

Leading up to the fireworks show, the music features three Nashville bands:  Vinyl Radio, seventies and eighties music; Make Me Smile, a Chicago tribute-band;   12 Against Nature, a Steely Dan tribute band; and new this year, after the fireworks, Wildflowers, a Tom Petty Tribute band.

“We want to thank our generous sponsors for making this patriotic regional Independence Day celebration possible,” said Mayor Curlee. “There are so many fun activities planned for this event that we are expecting to draw thousands of people from the surrounding communities. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen want to invite our neighboring communities to come to the park and celebrate our independence,” added Curlee.

The Kids Zone will include an exotic animal petting zoo, water slide, slip and slide, face painting, games, fun train and more.

 

Learn more at http://www.Tullahomatn.gov/fireworks.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2017

Contact:
Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks, 455.2648
Director of Parks and Recreation, Kurt Glick, 455.1121

 

Miller Lite, Southern Community Bank and Budweiser Present the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club
Independence Day Regional Celebration

 

The City of Tullahoma is pleased to announce that Miller Lite, Southern Community Bank and Budweiser are the presenting sponsors for the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club Independence Day Regional Celebration. Gates open at 3pm on Monday, July 3rd at Frazier McEwen Park and the THS Baseball Stadium. The venue will be filled with free music, games, food trucks, kids zone, and of course, fireworks that evening.

“The Independence Day Celebration is something that’s going to be spectacular, and we believe fun for the families who attend,” said Southern Community Bank Manager, James Fuller. “We are proud to be a strong community partner to ensure that our communities are healthy and prosperous, and this is one way we can give everyone a chance to celebrate our great country. We hope to see you there.”

The Independence Day fireworks are a long-standing tradition in Tullahoma. Leading up to the fireworks show, the music features three Nashville bands:  Vinyl Radio, seventies and eighties music; Make Me Smile, a Chicago tribute-band;   12 Against Nature, a Steely Dan tribute band; and new this year, after the fireworks, Wildflowers, a Tom Petty Tribute band.

“This event brings the region together, and we understand the importance of a patriotic fireworks event for families in our community,” said Cherokee Distributing General Manager, John Papas. “We are a responsible, generous corporate citizen committed to the communities we serve, and we are proud to sponsor the Tullahoma Kiwanis Independence Day Celebration.”

 

The fireworks display is managed by a national pyrotechnics company that has presented shows around the world, including in Nashville, the Washington Mall and New York City. This will be the largest fireworks show in the area. And this year there will be more close-up fireworks added to the show.

““We are excited to be a presenting sponsor for the Tullahoma Independence Day Celebration,” said Vice President of L. & H. Distributing, Caroline Hennigan. “L. & H. has been a proud member of the Tullahoma community since 1958, and three generations of Hennigans have enjoyed the annual Fourth of July celebrations. The decision to support this event was an easy one.”

There are twenty eight vendors featuring delicious food and drink, as well as crafts and promotions. The list includes:  Kettle Classic, Williams Novelties, Maggie Moos Ice Cream, Frios Gourmet Popsicles, Dixie’s Fresh Squeezed Ades, Coffee County Rescue Squad, Libertarian Party of Coffee County, Sisters by Choice Design, One22West, Trike Treats, Face Painting, Cooper and Avery Fun Train, Piggy’s Place, D Smith Woodcraft, Repicci’s Italian Ice,          Tech ER, The Seafood Place, Tullahoma Police Department, Tullahoma Fire Department, Krafty Headquarters, Buffalo Wild Wings, It Works, Parks and Recreation, Regions, Jersey Mike’s, Ascend, Ole shed, Legacy Creamery, Miller Lite and Budweiser.

“We want to thank our generous sponsors for making this patriotic regional Independence Day celebration possible,” said Mayor Curlee. “There are so many fun activities planned for this event that we are expecting to draw thousands of people from the surrounding communities. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen want to invite our neighboring communities to come to the park and celebrate our independence,” added Curlee.

The Kids Zone will include an exotic animal petting zoo, water slide, slip and slide, face painting, games, fun train and more.

 

Learn more at Tullahomatn.gov/fireworks.

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2017

Contact:
Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks, 455.2648
Director of Parks and Recreation, Kurt Glick, 455.1121

 

Tullahoma Independence Day Regional Celebration Seeks Volunteers

Tullahoma’s Independence Day Regional Celebration is a long standing tradition founded in community spirit.  “We are asking for volunteers who want to get involved and enjoy the fireworks festivities,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Kurt Glick. “This year’s show is going to be even better than last year’s show, and it takes a lot of people working together to make this a successful community event.”

“This is a great opportunity for school support clubs, civic organizations, church groups, Tennessee Promise students or families to get involved,” said Community Coordinator, Winston Brooks.

If you would like to volunteer for the event Monday, July 3, please contact Winston Brooks at wbrooks@tullahomatn.gov or 931-247-1574.

Vendor space is available for businesses for $100, food vendors for $70 and arts/crafts for $35. All proceeds will benefit children’s charities supported by the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club. This is a Regional Independence day event. Tullahoma wants to invite the region to experience a great day of fun and an evening of amazing fireworks. We are also inviting anyone who is interested to reserve a booth to showcase their business, food or art. For details, contact Winston Brooks at 931-247-1574 or complete the form at http://www.tullahomatn.gov/fireworks  and mail it to Tullahoma Fireworks, PO Box 807, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

If an organization would like to have a presence at the celebration and be a sponsor, please contact Mayor Lane Curlee at 581-0360 or mayor@tullahomatn.gov.   There are sponsorship levels ranging from $250 to $5,000.

“We are still accepting sponsors, so please consider this patriotic regional Independence Day celebration,” said Mayor Curlee.

“There are so many fun activities planned for this event that we are expecting to draw thousands of people from the surrounding communities. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen want to invite our neighboring communities to come to the park and celebrate our independence,” added Curlee.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2017

Contact:
Parks and Recreation Director, Kurt Glick, 931.455.1121

 

Steely Dan Tribute Band to Perform at July 3 Independence Day Celebration

 

Twelve Against Nature, a Steely Dan Tribute Band, will perform Monday, July 3 at the Tullahoma Independence Day Celebration on center field of Grider Stadium. “We know that a Summer day will be no threat for rabid Steely Dan fans,” said Director of Parks and Recreating, Kurt Glick. “This is superb multi-piece ensemble built around playing the hits of a great band.”

This is a free show that is just one of the main acts for the Tullahoma Independence Day Celebration. Twelve Against Nature’s trump card is their uncanny and ambitious ability to successfully blend elements of jazz, soul, pop, rock and funk just like the original.

The band will perform a set of well-known radio hits. “With this show and all the other great family fun activities planned, we want to encourage everyone to get out of your car and come hear and experience this great event,” said Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks.

Some of the great hits they will perform and most will recognize: Hey Nineteen, Black Friday, Dirty Work, Reelin’ in the Years and many others.

Many activities are planned for the Independence Day celebration, set for July 3.

Frazier McEwen Park and Grider Stadium will host games, food trucks, music, kids zone and fireworks in the evening.

From 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Make Me Smile: a Chicago tribute band, 12 Against Nature: a Steely Dan tribute band will entertain visitors.

“There are so many fun activities planned for this event that we are expecting to draw thousands of people from Tullahoma and the surrounding communities,” said Mayor Lane Curlee.

“New this year is a performance after the fireworks,” said Community Coordinator, Winston Brooks. The Tom Petty tribute band, Wildflowers will wind down the evening.

Vendor space is available for businesses for $100, food vendors for $70, and arts and crafts vendors for $35. All proceeds will benefit children’s charities supported by the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club. Applications for vendors are currently being accepted. Please contact Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks, at 247-1574 to register as a vendor or visit http://www.tullahomatn.gov/fireworks

For more information about sponsoring the event, call Curlee at 931-581-0360 or email mayor@tullahomatn.gov. There are four sponsorship levels ranging from $250 to $5,000.

 

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2017

Contact:
Public Information Officer, Winston Brooks, 455.2648

Tullahoma Honors Police Officers

The City of Tullahoma Police Department is pleased to announce that the Police Memorial ceremony will be May 15, at noon, at the Fallen Officers Memorial at the South Jackson Civic Center. The public is invited to join this special honor to all police Officers.

Proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, May 15 of each year is designated Police Memorial day. It also coincides with National Police Week.

“This day we recognize the officers of our community and nation that have given the ultimate sacrifice in the service to their communities,” said Chief Paul Blackwell. “Five officers have given their lives in the service to our community.”

“Although the day is set aside to honor those that have fallen, we, as members of our community, should also honor those that have and are still serving,” said Chief Blackwell. “Their greatest fear is the unknown, and their goal each day is to return to their families when the tour of duty is over.”

Any questions about this or other police operations may be directed to Chief Paul Blackwell at (931) 455-0530, or pblackwell@tullahomatn.gov .

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2017

Contact:
Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks, 455.2648
Director of Parks and Recreation, Kurt Glick, 455.1121

 

Fireworks, Music, Refreshment and Family Fun at the
Kiwanis Tullahoma Independence Day Regional Celebration

Call for Vendors and Sponsors

The City of Tullahoma is celebrating America’s 241th birthday this year with a free family festival. The City is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for vendors and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Gates open at Noon on Monday, July 3rd. Frazier-McEwen Park and Grider Stadium will be filled with free music, games, food trucks, kids zone, and of course, fireworks that evening.

The Independence Day fireworks are a long-standing tradition in Tullahoma.  In 1968, the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club started the celebration and this year’s event will build on their great tradition. Leading up to the fireworks show, the music features three Nashville bands:  Vinyl Radio, seventies and eighties music; Make Me Smile, a Chicago tribute-band;   12 Against Nature, a Steely Dan tribute band; and after the fireworks, Wildflowers, a Tom Petty Tribute band.

The fireworks will be presented by a national pyrotechnics company that has presented shows around the world, including in Nashville, the Washington Mall and New York City. This will be the largest fireworks show in the area. And this year there will be more close up fireworks added to the show.

Vendor space is available for businesses for $100, food vendors for $70 and arts/crafts for $35. All proceeds will benefit children’s charities supported by the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club. This is a Regional Independence day event. Tullahoma wants to invite the region to experience a great day of fun and an evening of amazing fireworks. We are also inviting anyone who is interested to reserve a booth to showcase their business, food or art. For details, contact Winston Brooks at 931-247-1574 or complete the form at http://www.tullahomatn.gov/fireworks  and mail it to Tullahoma Fireworks, PO Box 807, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

 

If an organization would like to have a presence at the celebration and be a sponsor, please contact Mayor Lane Curlee at 581-0360 or mayor@tullahomatn.gov.   There are sponsorship levels ranging from $250 to $5,000.

“We are still accepting sponsors, so please consider this patriotic regional Independence Day celebration,” said Mayor Curlee.

“There are so many fun activities planned for this event that we are expecting to draw thousands of people from the surrounding communities. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen want to invite our neighboring communities to come to the park and celebrate our independence,” added Curlee.

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2017

Contact:
Tree Board Chairman, Ralph Graham, 581.2417
City Forester, Ian Anderson, 455.1121

 

 

City Arbor Day Celebrations

The City of Tullahoma will observe Arbor Day on National Arbor Day, Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend the ceremony to celebrate:

  • National Arbor Day and the East Park Arboretum
  • Tullahoma award of Tree City USA for the 20th consecutive year
  • Tullahoma Utilities Authority’s award of Tree Line USA

The ceremony will be held at the Sunrise Rotary Disc Golf Course at East Park located behind East Middle School. This is also the location of the arboretum which has been named East Park Arboretum.

Steven Rogers, Forestry Technician Coffee & Warren County, Tennessee Division of Forestry, will present the City with its 20th consecutive Tree City USA Award. To qualify for Tree City USA (administered by the Arbor Day Foundation), a City must have

  • A Tree Board
  • A tree care ordinance
  • A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
  • An Arbor Day observance and proclamation

https://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/standards.cfm

Ralph Graham, Chairman of the Tullahoma Tree Board, will recognize Sunrise Rotary President Charle Coffey, Rotary Club of Tullahoma, President Hank Jordan, and Daughters of the American Revolution Regent, Mary Ann Scott, for their Clubs’ contributions toward the arboretum, and will recognize former City Forester J. P. Kraft and current Forester Ian Anderson for their work in making this arboretum possible. He will also provide a brief history of events leading to certification of East Park Arboretum.

The Level I East Park Arboretum was certified by the Tennessee Urban Forest Council (TUFC) on April 20, 2016. TUFC is responsible for administrating the State’s arboreta, numbering over 70. In order to qualify for a Level II arboretum, the organization must plant a collection of 63 species of trees. The trees must be identified by signs at each tree, protected from equipment damage, and display a sign identifying the site as a Tennessee Certified Arboretum. Once certified, each arboretum will be listed in the TUFC website and will receive a statewide and local news announcement.

http://www.tufc.com/arboreta.html

History of East Park Arboretum

Tullahoma’s arboretum was made possible by a series of State Forestry Department matching grants of $10,000, awarded in 2014 and 2016 for planting 60 trees with species selected by the grantee and meeting State guidelines for species. The Tullahoma Tree Board wants to thank The Tullahoma Sunrise Rotary Club for helping with this project. These trees completed the Sunrise Rotary Disc Golf Course design for trees placed at strategic locations throughout the Course. The Tullahoma Noon Rotary Club purchased 13 memorial trees for deceased members and agree to their being incorporated into the arboretum and to the Tree Board’s recommended tree species. This brought the total number of trees to 63.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2017

 

Contact:
Director of Public Works, Wayne Limbaugh, 454-1768

 

Jackson Street Resurfacing to Begin April 17

The City of Tullahoma Public Works department has announced that a resurfacing project will begin on Jackson Street (41-A) will begin April 17. The project will consist of resurfacing operations, roadway repairs and related work. The project will resurface Jackson Street from Carroll Street to Washington Road. Please use caution when driving on Jackson Street.

Construction operations will occur at night during off-peak hours from 8:00pm to 6:00am in order to minimize the impact on the traveling public and to ensure crews and personnel are able to make improvements to this regionally important roadway.

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2017

 

Contact:
Program Coordinator, Jon Neal, 455-1121
Community Coordinator, Winston Brooks, 455-2648

Mayor challenges citizens to “Walk to the Beach”

Mayor Lane Curlee is encouraging Tullahoma area citizens to join him in a “Walk to the Beach,” and not even leave Tullahoma.

“We’re encouraging businesses, churches, families and friends to get a team together and join this Get Fit! Tullahoma initiative,” said Mayor Lane Curlee.

The program is made possible by the sponsorship of these generous businesses: Barrett Construction, Buffalo Wild Wings, Citizens Tri County Bank, Coca-Cola Bottling Works of Tullahoma, Coffee County Realtors, Damron Properties, Drs. Glick and Woods, First Choice Realtors, First Vision Bank, Fortune Management, Harton Realty, Healthier Tennessee Communities, KK’s Loan, Music and Jewelry, Lester, Greene and McCord, Lighttube, Michelob Ultra, L & H Distributing, Mortgage Connection, NHC Tullahoma, Rogers Group, Russell Barnett Automotive, Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Center, Sonic, Sonoco Protective Solutions, Southern Community, Steve Worsham’s, Stroop’s Accurate Refrigeration, Tennova Healthcare – Harton, Traders National Bank, Tullahoma Funeral Home and Woodard’s Diamonds.

Each team will have 5 members with a team captain and team name. The Walk to the Beach campaign will last five weeks. Each time the team reaches a beach, the Team Captain will collect the number of miles walked from each team member and email the number of miles walked to jneal@tullahomatn.gov or lrussell@tullahomatn.gov. The miles turned in will be on the honor system. There will be prizes for all participants and prizes for the team that Walks to the Beaches the quickest, plus the team with the most miles walked, and other categories.

In addition, each walker will receive a weekly e-newsletter with results, fitness tips encouragement to keep walking. “The previous Walk Across Tennessee was so successful that we needed to add mileage to the completion,” said Director of Parks and Recreation, Kurt Glick. “It’s 439 miles to Gulf Shores, the first beach, and the total trip is 2,589 miles.”

The beaches that will be milestones include Gulf Shores, Destin, Clearwater, Miami, Cocoa, Daytona, Tybee Island and Myrtle Beach. The final beach will be Tullahoma’s Splash Island where there will be a finale celebration party on May 25 from 6:20 pm to 8:30 pm. There will be food and live entertainment available while awards are announced.

The program starts April 17 and ends May 22. Each person decides when, where and how long they want to walk each week. And there is a chart that equates other activity to walking. So if you want to bike, do aerobics, swim, or play other sports, you can join the competition.

Each Thursday at 6 p.m. during the five week program, walkers are encouraged to meet at Frazier-McEwen Park and walk the greenway. A different local community leader will lead the walk each Thursday.

“Gov. Haslam has recognized Tullahoma as one of the two Healthier Tennessee communities in middle Tennessee. We are proud of that recognition and want to keep the momentum going by encouraging more people to be more active. This is a perfect opportunity for the not-so-active person to start entry-level fitness by walking,” said Curlee.

There are many benefits to walking, including getting fit, losing weight, meeting new people, developing a healthy habit, having fun, decreasing blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels and more.

For more information and to sign up, go to https://www.tullahomatn.gov/walk-to-the-beach  or e-mail  jneal@tullahomatn.gov or lrussell@tullahomatn.gov.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2017

            Contact:
Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks 455.2648

 

Daughters of the American Revolution to honor Vietnam War veterans

The City of Tullahoma and the Tullahoma Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are pleased to announce they have joined with the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense as a commemorative partner to honor the nation’s Vietnam War veterans.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 has been designated as a day to express gratitude and support to Vietnam War veterans across the nation. It was the last day American troops were on the ground in Vietnam. At 2 p.m. at City Hall, Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee will read a proclamation honoring Vietnam Veterans, and  DAR Regent Mary Ann Scott will host a flag raising ceremony. A Vietnam Commemorative flag will be raised by the color guard and fly over City Hall for three days. The flag reads, “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You.”

The objectives of the commemoration are to thank and honor Vietnam Veterans and their families; to highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War; and to pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States.

The public is invited to the event, especially Vietnam War veterans and their families. For more information contact Sandy Sebren at 455-3572.

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2017

            Contact:
Director of Public Works, Wayne Limbaugh 454-1768

Public Works to Start Last Round of Leaf Pick-Up

 

The City of Tullahoma Public Works Department is nearing the completion of leaf pick-up. Starting Friday, February 24, Public Works will begin its final round of collection. Residents are asked to have the leaves curbside immediately. “All residential areas have been serviced at least three times during the leaf pick-up cycle,” said Director of Public Works Wayne Limbaugh. “Once we complete leaf season the leaf-boxes will be removed from the dump trucks, so they can be used for other projects.”

Leaves should be raked as close to the street or existing ditches as possible, but not into the street or ditch.  If there is a ditch, leaves should be left on the property owner’s side of the ditch. Crews will gather all leaves raked for collection in this manner. Check your schedule at the City’s web site http://www.tullahomatn.gov/leaf-collection-schedule or contact the Public Works Department at 454-1768. Residents are asked to keep in mind that the schedule is not precise but a guide to show how the work is progressing.

Limbaugh added that after this last cycle, the city will pick up leaves if they are bagged in biodegradable green bags and placed at the curb. One call to Public Works at 454-1768, and your bags will be picked up within 48 hours. These bags are then composted and mulched.

Helpful tips:

  • Please rake your leaves in piles not exceeding two feet in depth;
  • Please do not place your leaves more than five feet from the curb or shoulder;
  • Please do not block storm drain inlets;
  • Please do not mix tree limbs or stumps, metal, lumber or any other debris with your leaves. This may injure our employees or damage the equipment.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2017

                Contact:
Winston Brooks, Office of the Mayor, 931.455.2648

Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Tullahoma High School National Honor Society to Host Thank You Luncheon for Agencies Who Helped with the Tornado Recovery

Community Asked to Bring Desserts

 

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The Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Tullahoma High School National Honor Society is pleased to host a luncheon to thank and recognize all of the workers who helped Tullahoma recover from the tornado damage. The luncheon is scheduled Tuesday, January 10 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at D.W. Wilson Community Center.

The community is asked to show their gratitude by providing desserts for a luncheon to thank tornado responders. Desserts can be dropped off at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 North Collins Street on Tuesday, January 10 from 7:00am to 11:00am.

“I want to express our sincere gratitude to all of the organizations that helped the City of Tullahoma recover,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “The response from the area to help the people of Tullahoma has been tremendous. Many public agencies from the area have been part of the response efforts, along with several faith-based organizations who are putting their faith into action. Our heart-felt appreciation goes out to the many hundreds who have come to the aid of Tullahoma and who have put in long hours of hard work.”

 

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2016

Contact:
Police Chief, Paul Blackwell, 931.455.0530

 


Quilting Dreams and Girls Night Out Give Tullahoma Police Department Handmade Quilts for Children

dsc_0291Quilting Dreams owner, Jeanette Kiech, and representatives from the Girls Night Out Society, Sharon Bell and Beth Johnson, donated thirty-three handmade quilts to the TPD.

“We wanted to give the officers a tool to make their job easier,” said President of Girls Night Out, Sharon Bell.

The quilts are to be given to children in distress. Each one was handmade by staff and customers of Quilting Dreams and by the Girls Night Out Society. Officers can give these quilts to help comfort children they may encounter.

“This is a wonderful gesture that will go along ways in helping our officers respond to the needs of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Chief Paul Blackwell. “We are thankful for this donation of beautiful quilts.”

Pictured L to R: Corporal Derrick Derlien, Sharon Bell, Beth Johnson, Jeanette Kiech, Sergeant Phil Henderson, and Captain George Marsh.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2016

Contact:
Fire Chief, Richard Shasteen, 931.455.2265

 

Tullahoma Fire Department Thanks Community for Supporting Toys for Tots

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Pictured back row L to R: Captain Jasen Damron; Firefighter Tim Tucker; and Fire Chief Richard Shasteen.

 

The Tullahoma Fire Department (TFD) is grateful for the support of the community for the donations that have been made to Toys for Tots.

“We are grateful to the community for their donations. It is this support that allows us to serve the families in our community,” said Captain Jasen Damron. “Our goal is to provide a few toys to each child up to age 14, and this year we have had a successful campaign.”

At the beginning of December, this year’s Toys for Tots campaign was not fully funded. However, after announcing the need, the TFD will be able to provide 186 families and 450 children with new toys for Christmas morning.

“We appreciate the community spirit and willingness to help those less fortunate in our community” said Fire Chief Richard Shasteen.

This year’s campaign is complete and any additional donations that come in will be applied to next year’s efforts.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2016

 

Contact:
Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks, 931.455.2648

 Thanksgiving Holiday Garbage and Recycling Pickup Schedule

Public Works wants to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and remind residents that the Thursday, November 24 garbage and recycling route will not run. If your normal garbage recycle day is Thursday, please put your garbage and recycling out on Monday, November 28 for pick up.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2016

Contact:
Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks, 931.455.2648

Anonymous Donors Give Community Extra Time to Match $5,000
for Animal Medical Fund

Bark in the Park 2016 raised the most money in the event’s history. On Saturday, October 29, at Wagonner Park, the community came out to have fun and raise funds for the Tullahoma Animal Shelter’s medical funds. But this year’s fund raising is not complete. A generous anonymous donor is asking if the community can raise an additional $1,100.00 to fully fund their $5,000.00 match.

The Tullahoma Animal Shelter is asking the public to please send checks to PO Box 807, Tullahoma, TN 37388. Checks can be made payable to Tullahoma Animal Shelter Medical Fund. Concerned citizens may also bring donations to Public Works at 942 Maplewood Ave or to City Hall at 201 West Grundy.

“This was the best year ever,” said Animal Control Supervisor, Teresa Holt. “I want to thank all our sponsors, donors and volunteers.”

The community raised $7,278.50 of which $3,909 will be matched by a wonderful anonymous donor, bringing our total to $11,187.50. “Many lives will be saved,” said Holt.

The anonymous donor has pledge to match $5,000 of funds that were placed in a special jar at the event. These donors want to give the community extra time to fully match the $5,000.

“It is really important that we take advantage of this challenge,” said Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks. “The Animal Shelter staff and volunteers do a great job caring for the city’s animals. It is not an easy job, and they need our support.”

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2016

 

Contact:
Police Chief, Paul Blackwell, 931.455.0530

The Tullahoma Police Department has concluded the investigation into the Juvenile Charged in Homicide

A sixteen year old Tullahoma youth has been charged in the August 15, 2016 stabbing death of Carlos Harris.  Harris was found lying on the ground at the Dossett Apartments, 927 E Grundy St, and was deceased upon arrival of officers and EMS.  A single puncture wound to the chest was observed and was later determined by the Medical Examiner to be the cause of death.  Det Johnny Gore consulted with the District Attorney’s office and after reviewing the information gained during the investigation, the charges of second degree murder, aggravated assault resulting in death, and voluntary manslaughter were brought against the juvenile.  The juvenile was taken into custody on Thursday, Oct 20, 2016, and was transported to the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention facility awaiting further court proceedings.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2016

 

Contact:
Police Chief, Paul Blackwell, 931.455.0530

 

Tullahoma Police Department Concludes alleged Attempted Abduction Investigation

badgeThe Tullahoma Police Department has concluded the investigation into the alleged Attempted Abduction reported on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at the old West Middle School on South Jackson St.  As a result of the investigation, information was gained, and statements obtained, indicating the incident did not occur and was a fabrication.

In consultation with the District Attorney’s Office, Carmin Fults of Sewanee has been served a summons to appear in the Coffee County General Sessions Court on Thursday, November 3, 2016, alleging Filing a False Police report.  In addition, the fourteen year old male has been served a Juvenile Petition to appear in the Coffee County Juvenile Court, also on November 3, 2016 for the Filing of a False Police Report.

The Tullahoma Police Department would like to thank the citizens and the various media outlets for their assistance in this investigation.

 

 


NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2016

Contact:
Fire Chief, Richard Shasteen 455.0936

 

Every smoke alarm has an expiration date: What’s yours?

Tullahoma Fire Department urges all Tullahoma residents to know how oldtheir smoke alarms are, and to replace them every 10 years

O2016_200x200.inddctober 3, 2016 – Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure.

A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. That lack of awareness is a concern for Tullahoma Fire Department and NFPA because smoke alarms don’t last forever.

“Time and again, I’ve seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but I’ve also seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly,” said Fire Chief Richard Shasteen. “That’s why we’re making a concerted effort to educate residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms, and that they do have a life limit.”

NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code®, requires smoke alarms be replaced at least every 10 years, but because the public is generally unaware of this requirement, many homes have smoke alarms past their expiration date, putting people at increased risk.

As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, NFPA is promoting this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” to better educate the public about the critical importance of knowing how old their smoke alarms are and replacing them once they’re 10 years old. Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016.

To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase). The Tullahoma Fire Department also says smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and that batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.

For more information on receiving a free smoke alarm and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”, contact Fire Chief Richard Shasteen at 455-0936 or rshasteen@tullahomatn.gov .

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2016

Contact:
Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks,  931.455.2648

 Walk Your Dog Across Tennessee
Dogs to Lead Celebrity Walk Thursday, September 29nd

20120724-greenway-0015The public is invited to Frazier-McEwen Park Thursday, September 29nd, to take part in a walk on the Greenway at 6 p.m.   Leading this week’s walk is Tullahoma Dogs.

“The public is invited to bring your dog for a walk in the park,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “Walking is something we can all do to stay fit. We want to get at least 100 people and 100 dogs to join us for our Thursday evening walk.”

The Walk Across Tennessee program has had over 600 participants walking almost 100,000 plus miles so far.  During the competition, a different celebrity leads a community walk at Frazier-McEwen Park each Thursday at 6:00pm.

Future celebrity walks will feature Police Chief Paul Blackwell include On October 6, and on October 13, Fire Chief Richard Shasteen will lead the march.

Participants in Walk Across Tennessee receive weekly e-newsletters with fitness tips and encouragement to keep walking.

“Gov. Haslam has recognized Tullahoma as one of the two Healthier Tennessee communities in middle Tennessee. We are proud of that recognition and want to keep the momentum going by encouraging more people to be more active. This is a perfect opportunity for the not-so-active person to start entry-level fitness by walking,” said Curlee.

Pet owners should plan to clean up after their pets.

For more information, contact Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks at wbrooks@tullahoamtn.gov.

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2016

Contact:
Parks and Recreation Program Director, Frances Samples,  931.455.1121

 

International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB) Pro Whitney Wiser to Lead Celebrity Walk

 whitney-weight-trainingParticipants in the mayor’s Walk Across Tennessee initiative are invited to Frazier-McEwen Park Thursday, September 22nd, to take part in a walk on the Greenway at 6 p.m.   Leading this week’s walk is Whitney Wiser, a native Tullahoman who now lives in Nashville and is a competitive bodybuilder who has excelled in her field.  Everyone is invited to participate in Thursday’s walk to meet and walk with Whitney, even if not involved in Walk Across Tennessee.  The Walk Across Tennessee program has had over 600 participants walking 30,000 plus miles so far.  During the competition, a different celebrity leads a community walk at Frazier-McEwen Park each Thursday at 6:00.   Breakdown of teams is 39 businesses, seven churches, 38 friends/families, 24 schools and one club team.

Wiser attended Farrar Elementary School, West Middle School and is a 2005 graduate of Tullahoma High School.  While at THS she was a member of the basketball team and this is when she began lifting weights.  After college at MTSU, a trainer introduced her to the sport of bodybuilding, and her hard work and competitive nature have led to much success in this area.

She started competing on the national stage in the Bikini division in 2011 when she suffered a crushed spine which required immediate back surgery.   Despite this setback, Wiser was determined to not give up on her bodybuilding career.  She kept pushing and, thanks to a lot of hard work and determination, was back in full force by 2013, competing in 6 shows and placing top 5 in all of them.  She earned her Pro Status in early 2014, and this year qualified and competed in the biggest show in the world – The Olympia.   Wiser won the Muscle Mayhem in Kansas to qualify for The Olympia show in Las Vegas this weekend.

“Whitney’s story is one of hard work, determination and perseverance, and I appreciate her spending the afternoon in Tullahoma.  In addition to leading our 6 pm walk, she is also visiting some area schools to talk about fitness, nutrition, and her incredible comeback following her back injury.  I hope we have a big crowd on hand Thursday night at Frazier-McEwen Park to welcome Whitney back to Tullahoma,” said Mayor Lane Curlee.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2016

Contact:
Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks,  931.455.2648

 

Small Business Development Loans Available

Small Business Development loans are currently available to assist City of Tullahoma small business owners.  Low interest rate loans are available primarily for capital improvements and equipment purchases.  Loan amounts can be in amounts of $5,000 to $15,000.   Loans must be secured with either equipment or real property as collateral.

To be eligible, a business must be located in the City of Tullahoma, have less than 50 employees, and annual revenues under $1 million.  Interest rates are set at 4% below prime with a floor of 1%, adjusting annually, with three to five years terms for repayment.

Applications are available at the Tullahoma Municipal Building, 201 W. Grundy Street, or may be requested by contacting the Finance Department at (931) 455-2648 or e-mail debigraham@tullahomatn.gov.  There is a $25.00 application fee and additional charges for a credit report and UCC lien filings.  Applications will be reviewed by the Business Loan Committee.

“The purpose of these loans is to provide another tool to help small businesses grow and prosper in Tullahoma,” said Mayor Lane Curlee.

This loan program was originally funded by a United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Business Enterprise Grant to assist in the recruitment, development, and promotion of local businesses. Loan payments are returned to the program, creating a revolving loan fund. The City also administers a revolving loan program for larger industries for job creation purposes.

 

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2016

Contact:
Tullahoma Police Department, Chief Paul Blackwell, 931.455.0530

 

Tullahoma Police Department (TPD) Dispatched in Regards to a Man Unresponsive

 

At approximately 11:00 pm on Monday, August 15, 2016, officers of the Tullahoma Police Department (TPD) were dispatched to the area of 927 E Grundy Street, Dossett Apartments, in regards to a man on the ground and unresponsive. Upon officers arrivals they found Carlos Joseph Harris, Jr, 21 years of age, unresponsive from what appeared to be a single puncture to the chest. Arriving officers began CPR on Mr. Harris until the arrival of Coffee County EMS; however, Harris was declared dead by the EMS. The investigation by the TPD is ongoing. Any information about this incident should be directed to Investigator Johnny Gore at 931-455-0530 or tpd@tullahomatn.gov.

 

NEWS RELEASE
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2016

 

Contact:
Community Coordinator, Winston Brooks, 455-2648

 

Mach Tenn Running Club to Coach Couch to 5k (C25K)
Want to feel better and get in shape in just 9 weeks? Ever wondered what it would feel like to complete a 5K race?

cocuhto5kThe City of Tullahoma is pleased to announce Mach Tenn Running Club’s third annual Couch to 5K (C25K) Mach Tenn is taking the Get Fit! wellness program to the next level with the COUCH to 5K CHALLENGE.

This group training and exercise program does not require any running experience. It is designed to encourage, motivate and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers. The Couch to 5K challenge will meet at Frazier McEwen Park Tuesdays starting August 23 at 6:00pm. Good news – the program is low cost and no prior running experience required. Runners are asked to pay the $25 entry fee for the 3.1 mile Jack Dash, which is the goal of the program.

Sign up online  or at the first meeting August 23 at Frazier McEwen Park.

Coffee County is ranked 72 out of 95 counties in the percentage of adults that report a BMI of 30 or more. The US average is 28% compared to Coffee County at 35.6% (Robert Woods Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings).  “This is an alarming statistic, and what the Get Fit! Tullahoma initiative is trying to reverse. There are many people in our community working to make us healthier. The Mach Tenn Running Club is just one example,” said Parks and Recreation Program Director, Frances Samples.  “Make a change you can live with’ is a slogan I’ve informally adopted. This is another life changing program Tullahoma Parks and Recreation is making available to many people in partnership with the Mach Tenn Running Club.”

Diabetes impacts many people in Coffee County and it is not a change people can live with, but this event is to encourage people to take the first steps toward a healthier lifestyle.

“This is going to be a fun adventure and a thrill to complete the Jack Dash. We are excited that Get Fit! Tullahoma has partnered and challenges each runner to finish the Jack Dash 5k on October 25, 2014,” said Club President and Director of the C25K program, Kim Childress.

“The C25K wants people who want to complete a 5k and receive education and training from Mach Tenn Running club mentors on topics that include running, nutrition, stretching and other fit choices,” said Mach Tenn Running Club Administrator, Melissa Miller.

“The C25K is only a part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Childress. “But we believe if you complete the challenge, you will be a different person then you were before.”

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2016

Contact:
Fire Chief, Richard Shasteen, 931.455.0936

Fire department to give away free smoke alarms Saturday, August 6
Goal is to make sure every home has a working smoke alarm

The Tullahoma Fire Department will be holding its “Get Alarmed“ program this Saturday, August 6 in the Forrest Park/Dicks Drive area of town.

“We will be set up in the parking lot of Magic Café located beside Tullahoma Lanes Bowling Alley,” said Fire Chief Richard Shasteen. “We will go to people’s houses and install the smoke alarms for the homeowner, FREE.”

The firefighters will be distributing the smoke alarms and information from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Lowe’s, the American Red Cross and 1-800-Board Up will be there helping us with distributing fire safety information to people that come by to talk with us,” Shasteen said.

The fire department received the smoke alarms free from the State Fire Marshal’s Office for distribution to residents. The Fire Department will be available to give advice on emergency escape plans, fire safety, and any other questions if needed.  There is no charge for this service.

“We provide the free smoke alarms every day,” Shasteen said, “we felt the need to concentrate on different areas of Tullahoma to make an extra push to assure everyone is safe.”

Anyone living in Tullahoma who wants a free smoke alarm can contact fire hall number one at 455-0936 to request alarms for their home.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2016

Contact:
Public Information Officer, Winston Brooks, 931.455.2648

Traffic Alert: 900 Block of NW Atlantic St

Traffic Alert: 900 Block of NW Atlantic St will be closed for paving. Detour on W Ogee Street and Jack Farrar Lane. Work will start July 27 and last approximately three days. Seek alternate route. Slow down, use caution.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2016

Contact:
Public Information Officer, Winston Brooks, 931.455.2648

Community Centers to be Closed Monday, Splash Island Will Remain Open

DW Wilson and CD Stamps Community Centers will close at 2:00pm on Monday, July 18 and open Tuesday, July 19. Both facilities are closing to allow staff to attend the funeral services for their long time friend and colleague, Joe Moon. Details of Joe’s funeral arrangements are here.

Splash Island will remain open.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2016

Contact:
Office of the Mayor, Winston Brooks, 931.455.2648

 

Remembering Joe Moon

Joe moon retirementIt’s a sad day in Tullahoma.  My heart is heavy from hearing the news about the one-of-a-kind Joe Moon.  I have known Joe for over 40 years; in fact, as a teen I worked for him as a lifeguard at the city pool.

Every town has its cast of characters – Joe was one of ours and I say that with all respect.  Joe spent his life in service to the people of Tullahoma.  He tried to retire from public service in the Parks & Rec Department several times but kept coming back, and we were always glad when he did. Several years ago the weight and fitness room at D.W. Wilson Community Center was named after Joe.  In fact, at his most recent “retirement” I told Joe and the large crowd, “We’ve named a room for you and I’ve already given you a congratulatory retirement certificate.  That’s all I’ve got.  You’ve either got to keep working or stay retired.”

Joe started working with the Tullahoma city government on February 24, 1975 as a Recreation Center Supervisor; he was promoted to Parks and Recreation Director in March 1988 and served until he stepped down in June 2000.  He retired on March 2, 2015 as the Recreation Superintendent and started working part time the next day at CD Stamps Community Center.

At our annual Soapbox Derby event two years ago, Joe came up to me and said, “Mr. Mayor, Grider Stadium is a landmark; we need to take care of it.” I looked into it and sure enough Grider Stadium was in need of a renovation. That year the city board added several hundred thousand dollars to a bond issue to renovate the stadium.  All it took was a mention by Joe to me to get the ball rolling.

He had a positive impact on so, so many and practically raised generations of young people.  He was more than a character – he was an institution in Tullahoma.  He gave his heart and soul to Tullahoma and his “kids” at the community centers.  Joe would get a smile out of you, no matter your mood.  He was always someone you looked forward to talking to whenever you ran into him.  I never heard a bad word about Joe and he always had a smile;  he will be missed.

It is my understanding the family has requested privacy at this time.  Our condolences to them and Joe’s many, many friends.

Lane Curlee, Mayor

July 14, 2016

 

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2016

Contact:
Tullahoma Police Department, Chief Paul Blackwell, 931.455.0530

 

Tullahoma Police Investigate Fatal Accident

At 12:16 a.m., Tullahoma Police officers investigated a wreck in the 600 block of South Jackson Street. Officers arrived on the scene at the intersection of South Jackson Street and Carroll Street where there was a two car accident with the driver of a pick-up truck deceased at the scene.

The accident happened during a chase initiated in the vicinity of Manchester by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department. The suspects crashed into the driver side of a pick-up truck driven by Joe Moon, 66, an employee of the City of Tullahoma.

The suspects’ names have not been released and were taken to the hospital. They are an 18-year-old female and a 20-year-old male.

Moon had been a faithful employee of the City of Tullahoma Parks and Recreation Department for forty years.

 

 

 

Get the details at http://www.tullahomatn.gov/fireworks

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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2016

Contact:
Parks and Recreation Director, Kurt Glick, 931.455.1121

 

An Evening of music from Chicago at the Tullahoma Independence Day Celebration

 On Saturday, July 2 the Chicago Tribute Band, Make Me Smile, will take the main stage at Grider Stadium at 5:00 pm. This is a free event and is just one of the bands that will be performing at the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club Independence Day Celebration at Frazier McEwen Park.

If you are too young to remember Chicago, they are a 70’s and 80’s pop / rock band who got their start in Chicago. Their unique sound incorporates a strong use of horns in their music and a number of different vocal styles. Over the course of their career they have charted five No. 1 albums, and have had 21 top ten hits. Some of Chicago’s hit songs are: Saturday In The Park, Make Me Smile, 25 or 6 to 4, Beginnings, Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is, Old Days, If You Leave Me Now and Color My World.

Made up of professional Nashville studio or touring musicians, the Make Me Smile includes a horn section that gives the band an authentic Chicago sound. “Guests will enjoy the Chicago songs, and if you close your eyes you will think you are listening to the original members,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Kurt Glick.

The set list will include Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is, If You Leave Me Now, Call On Me, Searchin’ So Long, So Much to Say So Much to Give, Anxiety’s Moment, West Virginia Fantasies, Color My World, To Be Free, Now More Than Ever, Hard Habit to Break and many more great Chicago songs.

The gates open at Noon and there are many more bands, fun activities and vendor booths to enjoy and explore.

Get all the details at http://www.tullahomatn.gov/fireworks.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2016

Contact:
Parks and Recreation Director, Kurt Glick, 931.455.1121

 

Twelve Against Nature Steely Dan Tribute Band to Perform at July 2 Independence Day Celebration

Twelve Against Nature, a Steely Dan Tribute Band, will perform Saturday, July 2 at the Tullahoma Independence Day Celebration on center field of Grider Stadium. “We know that a Summer day will be no threat for rabid Steely Dan fans,” said Director of Parks and Recreating, Kurt Glick. “This is superb multi-piece ensemble built around playing the hits of a great band.”

This is a free show that is just one of the main acts for the Tullahoma Independence Day Celebration. Twelve Against Nature’s trump card is their uncanny and ambitious ability to successfully blend elements of jazz, soul, pop, rock and funk just like the original.

The band will perform a set of well-known radio hits. “With this show and all the other great family fun activities planned, we want to encourage everyone to get out of your car and come hear and experience this great event,” said Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks.

Some of the great hits they will perform and and most will recognize: Hey Nineteen, Black Friday, Dirty Work, Reelin’ in the Years and many others.
NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2016

Contact:
Fire Chief, Richard Shasteen, 931.455.0936

Fire Department, American Red Cross, Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, and 1-800-BoardUp to Install Smoke Alarms
Goal is to make sure every home has a working smoke alarm

The Tullahoma Fire Department is partnering with The American Red Cross, Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, and 1-800-BoardUp to canvass neighborhoods and ensure homes in the Tullahoma area have working smoke alarms.

“This year we have had six structure fires within the first four months compared to eleven structure fires total in 2015. “Several instances this year there have been no working smoke alarms to alert the occupants at the home,” said Fire Chief, Richard Shasteen.  “There is no reason why our residents should put themselves in danger.

The Tullahoma Fire Department along with The American Red Cross, Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, and 1-800-BoardUp will be in the Tullahoma neighborhoods starting in June. They will be available to assist with any fire safety questions.  The Fire Department will also be providing free smoke alarms and free installation in Tullahoma.

The Fire Department will be available to give advice on emergency escape plans, fire safety, and any other questions if needed.  There is no charge for this service.

The following is a list of dates, times, and locations for GET ALARMED Saturdays:

 

June  4

Sharondale/Westwood/Cumberland Ave.  (NW)

 

                   10:00 am- 3:00 pm

July 9

Tara Estates/Country Club Dr.  (NE)

                  10:00 am- 3:00 pm

August 6
Forrest Park/Dicks Dr.  (SE)

                  10:00 am- 3:00 pm

September 10
Ellis Acres/New West Middle School/Kaywood Subdivision (SW)

                 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

The goal of the Tullahoma Fire Department is to help bring awareness to the importance of fire safety and also to remind citizens that working smoke alarms save lives. Last year, more than 2,700 people throughout the nation died in residential fires. Two-thirds of those who died had been living in a home that did NOT have a working smoke alarm.

The Fire Department would like to remind citizens to take just 5 minutes to check your smoke alarms.  For questions about fire prevention and community education, contact Chief Richard Shasteen at rshasteen@tullahomatn.gov or call the Fire Hall at 931-455-0936.