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September 5, 2017

Director of Public Works, Butch Taylor, 454-1768


Public Works Reminds You Not to Blow Grass Clippings Into Street 


The City of Tullahoma Public Works Department wants to remind citizens that grass clippings belong in the lawn, not on the public street. This is even more urgent when we have heavy rains are forecasted because the clippings can wash into the ditches, stop the water from flowing and cause flooding.

“Hurricane Irma will possibly be a factor in the coming days for our drainage system,” said Director of Public Works, Butch Taylor. “With rainfall from hurricane Harvey, we worked to remove debris from our drains and ditches, and we are once again asking residents to not place grass, leaves, brush or any debris in the ditches.”

Additionally, grass clippings on the road can be hazardous to motorist, especially motorcycles.

Grass Clippings are Good for Lawns

Grass clippings are good for lawns because they turn into natural fertilizer. When mowing, do not blow your grass clippings towards the roadway. Clippings contain the same things as the rest of your grass – including water and the nutrients that your lawn needs to stay healthy.

When you leave your clippings in your lawn, you give them the chance to decompose, releasing water and nutrients back into your lawn’s soil. This helps grass grow greener, healthier and thicker.


August 22, 2017

Thomas Robinson, Executive Director, Tullahoma Area EDC (TAEDC) 931.455.2282 

Winston Brooks, Community Coordinator, 931.455.2648


Tullahoma Gets New Publix Supermarket

TULLAHOMA, TENN.  August 21, 2017 — The City of Tullahoma is proud to announce that Publix Super Markets, Inc. will open its first store in Tullahoma at Northgate Mall on North Jackson Street.  The 46,000-square-foot store is expected to open in late 2018.

“This is great news for Tullahoma and the region,” stated Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee.   “I’m excited that one of the most respected companies in America is coming to town.  I appreciate their investment and confidence in our community as it represents a new season of retail and commercial development for our City, and the entire area.” “We have been working with the Northgate LLC partners and Brookside Properties for some time now, and the results of the hard work by all involved has resulted in this new development,” said the mayor.

“I want to especially thank Joe Lester and Jim Woodard, and partners of Northgate LLC, and David Crabtree, executive vice president, and Matt Eads of Brookside Properties, and Fred Hohnadel with Redstone Development, for their continuing efforts to bring this project to life,” Curlee continued.  “Announcements like this don’t just happen.  Many, many hours of hard work, and I’m sure a few sleepless nights, preceded this announcement.  The developers have invested a great deal of money and shown a great deal of patience and perseverance.  I commend them and thank them for their efforts.”

The Mayor continued by thanking many other people involved in the process, including the City’s Retail Consulting firm and the local support team that worked behind the scenes to make Publix and other prospective retailers aware of the advantages of the Tullahoma marketplace.

“I want to thank Lacy Beasley and her team at Retail Strategies, LLC for their support and assistance throughout this development process,” Curlee stated.

During the three-plus years that the project has been developing, a group of local city government leaders has also worked hard behind-the-scenes to bring Publix to Tullahoma.

Curlee thanked the local team partnership for their hard work.

“This potential project came to my attention over two years ago.  A special thank you goes to City Administrator Jody Baltz, TUA President Brian Skelton, TAEDC Economic Development Director Thom Robinson, and Planning and Codes Director Lee Lawson,” said Curlee.  “This has been an outstanding team effort between Publix, the developers, and the City,” he added.

“Tullahoma will be one of the smallest cities in middle Tennessee to have a Publix store. This indicates to me a confidence Publix has in Tullahoma and our region.  The addition of Publix will continue to position Tullahoma as a retail destination.  Publix will also bring well-paying jobs and opportunities for advancement to our region.  Publix is consistently recognized as one of the best companies to work for in America,” Curlee stated.

“Our City Staff, including the Planning and Codes Department, Community Coordinator Winston Brooks, St. John Engineering, the City’s Engineering Consulting firm, and Brian Skelton and his team at the Tullahoma Utilities Authority have put in countless hours of hard work over the last several years to turn this development from a dream to a reality,” said Curlee.

“And the dedication and perseverance of the TAEDC Board and staff played a critical role in making this happen,” he added.

The Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation (TAEDC) congratulated the developers and expressed its belief that this project would have a lasting economic impact for the entire region.

TAEDC Board Chairman Lynn Sebourn was especially excited to learn of the Publix project announcement.

“We worked for well over two years with the developers to help put some of the funding in place to make this project possible,” Sebourn said.  “We believe that the tax increment financing program that was completed and approved in 2015 was an integral part of financing for this initial project, but also for future announcements in the same area,” he continued.

“It is our desire to work with these and other developers of various projects to bring more retail growth to our area,” Sebourn added.

Sebourn also added that the support of the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Coffee County Commission, by approving the concept of the tax increment financing, or TIF program, was instrumental in making the development possible.

“We certainly want to thank the developers for Publix and other new companies coming in, but we also want to remember that the local governing bodies, by approving the TIF program, provided the impetus to make this happen, providing jobs and economic benefit to the whole region, not just the City of Tullahoma,” Sebourn concluded.

TAEDC Executive Director Thom Robinson was also happy to hear the news.

“We have been working with the developers, local officials, financing institutions, attorneys, and our retail consulting firm, Retail Strategies, Inc., to put all the pieces of a giant puzzle together,” Robinson stated.  “Development of any kind is often a long, arduous process requiring many t’s to be crossed and i’s dotted.  I really appreciate the patience and determination of the developers, and the companies they have brought to the table, to make this happen,” he said.

“It’s a wonderful day in the life of this City and County, and hopefully, there will be many future, similar announcements to continue to grow the local economy,” Robinson concluded.

Curlee ended his remarks by looking to the future.

“Tullahoma continues to grow and offer opportunities for investment.  Tullahoma is a great community for young families to live.  This Publix development is just the next step in designing a world-class community.  I look forward to welcoming Publix to Tullahoma,” Curlee concluded.

The grand opening dates for the new location will depend on several factors, including permitting and completion of the store’s construction.  For additional information, please contact www.publix.com.







August 3, 2017

Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks, 931.455.2648
Arts Council Chairman, Tisha Fritz, 931.455-2648


The City of Tullahoma Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Generates $1.1 Million in Economic Activity


Arts & Economic Prosperity 5(AEP5) national economic impact study provides evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the City of Tullahoma—one that generates $1.1 million in total economic activity. This spending—$610,715 by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $457,871 in event-related spending by their audiences—was reported by 11 local organizations.

As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in local lodgings. In the City of Tullahoma, these dollars support 32 full-time equivalent jobs, which generates $561,000 in household income to local residents and delivers $85,000 in local and state government revenue.

The City of Tullahoma Arts Council led the local survey efforts. They collected 695 surveys from audiences attending events at the 11 participating local nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, and coordinated financial and program data collection from the organizations.

“I want to thank the City of Tullahoma’s Arts Council for coordinating the study effort during the 2016 calendar year.” said Mayor Lane Curlee “Arts and culture are powerful. This study shows that an investment in the arts is a viable investment in economic development – one that supports jobs, generates public, private and non-profit revenue and is a cornerstone of tourism.”

The study reported that there were 37,119 nonprofit arts and culture attendees in the City of Tullahoma in 2015, 88 percent of whom were residents. Of the nonresident survey respondents, 79 percent indicated that the primary purpose of their visit to the City of Tullahoma was “specifically to attend this arts/cultural event.” Nonresident attendees spent an average of 40 percent more per person than local attendees ($16.45 vs. $11.79) as a result of their attendance to cultural events.

“We are incredibly pleased with the results of the study; as it confirms that Tullahoma is in the perfect positions as a regional arts destination”, said Tullahoma Arts Council Chairman, Tisha Fritz. “The Tullahoma Arts Council will continue its efforts to amplify the message to locals and surrounding areas alike-Tullahoma is the place to be for art, music and culture. Please join us.”

The study shows that arts and culture help retain local dollars: 47 percent of local resident attendees said they would have “traveled to a different community to attend a similar cultural event” if the event was not taking place locally.

During 2015, 416 volunteers donated a total of 43,117 hours to the City’s 11 participating nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. This represents a donation of time with an estimated aggregate value of $1,015,837.

The statewide report shows that Tennessee’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $1.17 billion in annual economic activity—supporting 38,482 full-time equivalent jobs, and generating $837.8 million in household income and delivering $135.9 million in local and state government revenues.

The Tennessee Arts Commission worked with 25 local partners and nine development districts to produce a statewide report and customized city, county and regional reports. Data was collected from 642 participating nonprofit organizations across the state and included 14,915 audience participation surveys. The study does not include numbers from individual artists or for-profit arts, music and culture businesses.

“This study demonstrates that nonprofit arts and culture is a significant industry in Tennessee and the City of Tullahoma—supporting jobs, generating local and state revenue, and driving tourism,” said Anne B. Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Nationwide, the AEP5 reveals that the nonprofit arts and culture industry produces $166.3 billion in economic activity every year. In addition, it supports 4.6 million full-time equivalent jobs and generates $96.07 billion in household income.

Summary Report


July 31, 2017

Director of Public Works, Butch Taylor, 931.454.1768


Ledford Mill Road Construction August 2 and 3

The City of Tullahoma Public Works Department has announced that a Ledford Mill Road construction project will reduce traffic to one lane on Ledford Mill Road on Wednesday, August 2 and Thursday, August 3. The construction is located in the 300 block of Ledford Mill Road near the intersection of Deerfield Road. Drivers are asked to use caution and reduce speed.

Public Works will be replacing a drainage culvert underneath the road.










July 20, 2017

Office of the Mayor, Winston Brooks, 931.455.264


Public Invited to Reception to Recognize Wayne Limbaugh and Mike Stanton

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen invite the public to a reception to honor the service of Alderman Mike Stanton and retiring Public Works Director, Wayne Limbaugh. The reception will be held at 5:00 pm on Monday, July 24 at City Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Alderman Mike Stanton’s last Board meeting will be Monday night. “I have enjoyed working with Mike and appreciate his work on this Board,” Said Mayor Curlee.

Additionally, the Board will recognize Wayne Limbaugh. “I will miss Limbaugh and his ‘get-it-done’ attitude,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “Wayne is able to relate to people from all walks of life and he always keeps a calm demeanor, even under challenging circumstances.”


July 11, 2017

Public Information Office, Winston Brooks, 931.455.264
Police Chief, Paul Blackwell, 931.455.0530


Tullahoma Police Department Urges Motorists to
Never Leave Children or Pets in Unattended Vehicles

Tullahoma Police Department (TPD) urges motorists to take extra precautions as temperatures rise this summer and never leave children or pets in unattended vehicles.

“Our goal is to educate the public on the dangers of leaving children or pets unattended in vehicles. The consequences could be deadly. Citizens should call 9-1-1 immediately if they see a child, an elderly person or anyone left unattended in a hot vehicle,” said Chief Paul Blackwell.

Experts say the temperature inside a car can reach potentially deadly levels within minutes on a typical sunny, summer day. The inside temperature can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes and nearly 30 degrees in 20 minutes. Cracking the window has little effect on inside vehicle temperatures. (Source: San Francisco State University – http://www.ggweather.com/heat/)

Only 20 states, including Tennessee, have laws that prohibit leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.  By statute, effective July 1, 2017, a parent or custodian of a child can be charged with a felony offense for child endangerment if knowingly exposes such child to or knowingly fails to protect such child from abuse or neglect resulting in physical injury or imminent danger to the child.  Imminent danger means the existence of any condition or practice that could reasonably be expected to cause death or serious bodily injury (TCA 39-15-401).

Follow a few simple safety steps to make sure your child is safe this summer:

  • Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open.
  • Place a cell phone, PDA, purse, briefcase, gym bag or whatever is to be carried from the car, on the floor in front of a child in a backseat. This triggers adults to see children when they open the rear door and reach for their belongings.
  • Teach children not to play in any vehicle.
  • Lock all vehicle doors and trunk after everyone has exited the vehicle – especially at home. Keep keys out of children’s reach. Cars are not playgrounds or babysitters.
  • Check vehicles and trunks FIRST if a child goes missing. (Source: Safekids.org)

Motorists should also take precautions in the event of a break down on a highway, especially with children or elderly citizens in the vehicle. The Tennessee Highway Patrol suggests the following safety tips when traveling:

  • For highway emergencies, summon help immediately via cellular phone by dialing *THP (*847) to connect to the nearest THP District Headquarters.
  • Have a basic first aid/survival kit, including two-three bottles of water per person, in vehicle.
  • If vehicle begins to overheat, turn off the air conditioner.
  • If a break down occurs, steer your vehicle as far away from the flow of traffic as possible.

Any questions about this or other police activities may be directed to the Tullahoma Police Department at (931) 455-0530 or tpd@tullahomatn.gov.

June 27, 2017

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.