FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2018
Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks, 455.2648
Local Tourism Meeting Scheduled for January 31
Citizens interested in learning more about tourism opportunities and growing Tullahoma’s tourism market are invited to the initial Tullahoma Tourism Council meeting Wednesday, January 31st at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held upstairs at City Hall.
The Tullahoma Tourism Council is the latest community initiative offered by Mayor Lane Curlee and endorsed by the aldermen. Tullahoma resident and Director of Marketing Operations at The Jack Daniel Distillery, Steve May, has been asked by Mayor Curlee to chair the council. Alderman Renee Keene will be the board liaison to the council.
Tourism is the second largest industry in Tennessee and the state just cracked the Top 10 states in travel spending.
“Our area offers much of what tourists are seeking….outdoor recreation, attractions, museums, history, sports, activities, music and more. I want us to develop strategies that enhance Tullahoma’s tourism and calls people to visit and return because of their incredible experiences here. I want to “wow” our visitors,” said Mayor Lane Curlee.
“According to the 2016 Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties, our visitors had an economic spent $90.4M, that created $18.27M in payroll and resulted in $5.51M in state tax receipts, of which $2.43M were shared with Coffee County and its two municipalities. Let’s be good to our visitors. They are very good to us.,” said Mayor Curlee.
“Tourism is very important to all of us because of the economic impact it has on our community. We are blessed to live in a beautiful place people want to travel to. At Jack Daniel’s, we treat every person like you treat a guest that you invite to your home.,” said May. “A visitor is a stranger but a guest is a friend! As a community, we should work toward making as many friends as possible because you never know what impact making a friend will have on you and our community.”
The purpose of the meeting is to get as much input on tourism from the citizens of Tullahoma as possible. We will use this input to help develop a plan for the future of tourism in Tullahoma.
Future steps include:
- Make an assessment of the current state of tourism in Tullahoma
- Develop a list of the tourism assets we already have in Tullahoma
- Perform a “Gap Analysis” to determine tourism opportunities for Tullahoma
- Develop a list of key tourism related statistics to measure ourselves by
- Develop a 1-3-5 year plan to enhance tourism in Tullahoma
Begin the journey to a successful tourism future for Tullahoma.
For more information, please contact Community Development Coordinator, Winston Brooks at 455-2648 or email@example.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2017
Winston Brooks, Community Development Coordinator, 455-2648
Mayor Proposes Tullahoma Sports Council
The latest community initiative proposed by Mayor Lane Curlee and endorsed by the aldermen is the Tullahoma Sports Council. Mayor Curlee has asked long-time resident, small business owner and local sports booster Jim Bratcher to chair this effort. Mr. Bratcher has called a meeting of all interested persons for Tuesday, January 9 at 5:30 at D.W. Wilson Community Center.
“I have four broad goals in mind in proposing the Tullahoma Sports Council: fitness, economic development, boosting, and recognition,” said Curlee.
“Tennessee residents were recently ranked as the third most overweight people in the U.S., according to WalletHub. I hope the Sports Council, in conjunction with Tullahoma Parks and Rec and other organizations, can introduce and promote activities that encourage fitness at all age levels.
Tullahoma has excellent sports facilities. We need to take advantage of these facilities and promote activities that bring regional and state tournaments to Tullahoma. These visitors stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants, shop, buy gas, and more, which stimulates economic activity.
We also want to recognize sports participants and patrons. By recognizing achievement, hard work, and teamwork, maybe it will encourage everyone to give their best effort, not only on the playing field, but in all facets of their lives,” offered Curlee.
I also want the Tullahoma Sports Council to be a booster of all sports.
An additional benefit to encouraging sports is that it can bring the community together by all rallying for a common cause.
I envision the group could initiate a local Sports Hall of Fame; a local ESPYs to recognize teamwork, effort, achievement, etc.; host softball, baseball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, etc. regional tournaments, all sports reunions, etc. Many communities are doing very well economically with sports marketing and we need to get on the bandwagon. Tullahoma has exceptional sports facilities and we need to take care of them,” added Curlee.
Jim Bratcher has been a participant, patron and promoter of Tullahoma sports for many years. Alderman Mathis will serve as the alderman liaison to the council.
“My goal is to form a council of passionate, local sports enthusiasts who act as a catalyst to grow sports in Tullahoma and to accomplish the goals of Mayor Curlee,” said Bratcher.
“We are missing out on a tourism opportunity with regards to growing local sports in Tullahoma,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Kurt Glick. “Whether it’s the swim team, football and baseball teams, or one of the many other sports in our city, I want to host more tournaments and position Tullahoma as a regional sports destination.”
“There is not a system in place for the city to take advantage of the economic development impact sports can have on our community,” said Bratcher. “I have been studying the issue and looking at what other communities are doing. We want to centralize the activities so people who want to get involved know how to get involved, and we want to bring more teams and families to the city.”
Bratcher will propose a slate of nine Tullahoma citizens to serve as inaugural Tullahoma Sports Council members. It is anticipated the Board of Mayor and Aldermen will formally nominate and select the council members at their January 22rd board meeting. Those selected will serve staggered 2, 3, or 4 year terms.
All interested persons wishing to propose ideas or learn more about serving on the council are invited and encouraged to attend the January 9 meeting. Contact the Tullahoma Sports Council at Tullahomasportscouncil@gmail.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2017
Winston Brooks, Office of the Mayor, 931.455.2648
Colonel Scott Cain to Speak at Veterans Day Ceremony
Mayor Lane Curlee and the Tullahoma Board of Aldermen are pleased to announce that US Air Force Colonel Scott Cain, commander of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) at Arnold Air Force Base will be the featured speaker at the City of Tullahoma’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Veterans and the public are invited to attend the Veterans Day Ceremony to be held on Friday, November 10 at the South Jackson Civic Center at 404 South Jackson Street at 10:45 am. At this time, the City of Tullahoma will pause to honor America’s veterans and celebrate their contributions to our nation’s security. After the ceremony there will be a reception with refreshments.
“When you honor those who have served in defense of this country, you honor the best of what men and women can be,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “We are pleased to host this event for veterans and their families, and it is an honor to have our local military leaders participating in Tullahoma’s Veterans Day Ceremony.”
Col. Scott A. Cain is commander of AEDC, headquartered at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee. The Complex employs more than 3,000 people and comprises more than 55 aerospace test facilities across six states. With facilities at Arnold Air Force Base in middle Tennessee and operating locations at the Federal Research Center at White Oak near Silver Spring, Md.; at Ames Research Center, in Mountain View, Calif.; Edwards AFB, Calif.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Holloman AFB, Kirtland AFB and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, AEDC offers a suite of test capabilities to simulate speed, temperature, pressure and other parameters over a wide range to meet the needs of aerospace system developers. The test facilities simulate flight from subsonic to hypersonic speeds at altitudes from sea level to space. All NASA manned spacecraft and every high performance aircraft, missile, most space launch systems and many military satellites in use by the Department of Defense today have been tested at the Complex.
Colonel Cain received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1995, where he was a distinguished graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering. Colonel Cain attended undergraduate pilot training in 1995 and was selected to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon. After completion of F-16 training, he served as an operational F-16 pilot at Kunsan AB, Korea, and Misawa AB, Japan, flying combat missions in support of Operation Southern Watch. He also served as an F-117A Nighthawk pilot at Holloman AFB, where he attended the U.S. Air Force Weapons School F-117 Division. He was then selected to attend U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, and he served a follow-on tour in the 416th Flight Test Squadron as a developmental test pilot. Colonel Cain completed the Air Force Fellows program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), followed by duty as an Operations Officer and as Commander of the 40th Flight Test Squadron. Colonel Cain also served as Senior Military Evaluator for Air Warfare systems within the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test & Evaluation. He comes to Arnold after successful command of the 412th Operations Group, Edwards AFB.
1995 Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2003 Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.
2003 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
2005 U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
2006 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2008 Air Force Fellow, DARPA, Arlington, Va.
2011 Air War College, by correspondence
2015 Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School, Washington, D.C.
September 1995 – October 1996, student, undergraduate pilot training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
November 1996 – December1996, student, introduction to fighter fundamentals, Columbus AFB, Miss.
February 1997 – October 1997, student, F-16 qualification training, Luke AFB, Ariz.
October 1997 – September 1998, F-16 pilot, chief of training, Kunsan AB, Korea
October 1998 – November 2000, F-16 pilot, chief of current ops, Misawa AB, Japan
December 2000 – December 2004, F-117 pilot, chief of standardization and evaluation, Holloman AFB, N.M.
January 2005 – December 2005, student, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
January 2006 – April 2008, developmental test pilot, 416th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif.
May 2008 – May 2009, Air Force Fellow, DARPA, Arlington, Va.
June 2009 – May 2010, operations officer, classified location
June 2010 – July 2012, Commander, 40th Flight Test Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
August 2012 – July 2014, Senior Military Evaluator, Air Warfare, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test & Evaluation, Washington, D.C.
August 2014 – June 2015, student, Eisenhower School, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
July 2015 – June 2017, Commander, 412th Operations Group, Edwards AFB, Calif.
July 2017 – Present, Commander, Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 2,800 hours
Aircraft Flown: 29 aircraft including F-35, F-16, and F-117
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Introducing Colonel Scott Cain will be last year’s speaker, First Lieutenant Howard Thompson, US Army Corps of Engineers. Thompson served as executive officer before being assigned as Commander of the 514th Engineer Detachment, Vietnam. A native of Coffee County, he served the United States with honor and distinction before returning to Tullahoma and starting a successful business, Thompson Jewelers. He is the Commander of the Disabled Veterans Coffee County, Chapter 90. He served as past Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10904, past Senior Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 78 and past Chairman of the Coffee County Veterans Association.
“I look forward to thanking our men and women who have honorably served in the military,” said Thompson.
Others taking part in the ceremony include Mayor Lane Curlee, American Legion Post No. 43, VFW Post No. 4188, Marine Corps League Detachment 1128 and Boy Scout Troop 402. Patriotic music will be provided by select members of the Tullahoma High School Brass Ensemble, THS Aristocats, Lloyd Smith will perform the Armed Services medley and Jon Gray will sing Faithful Soldier.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2017
Director of Public Works, Butch Taylor, 454-1768
Leaf Pick Up Starts October 30
City Recommends Green Bag Program for Fastest Leaf Pick Up
The City of Tullahoma Public Works Department will begin on Monday, October 30 to run the city’s leaf routes. A schedule is located here http://www.tullahomatn.gov/leaf-collection-schedule/. Due to weather conditions, the timing is not exact, but residents can monitor the progress as the list is updated daily.
Taylor added that for fastest leaf collection, have your leaves bagged in biodegradable green bags ($2.10 for 10) and placed at the curb. These bags can be purchased at City Hall or Public Works. 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. Learn more about leaf pick up http://www.tullahomatn.gov/leaf-collection.
Loose Leaf Collection
Another option is to rake your leaves to your curb. In order to efficiently cover the entire city, the Department works two to three sections of the city at a time. Public Works plans to cover each neighborhood of the city at least three times during the collection program.
“Please watch for our crews and slow down and be cautious,” said Public Works Director, Butch Taylor. “We will get the leaves picked up, and we ask that you be sure that your piles are free from large debris that could break the equipment. When the equipment breaks, it is costly and slows the process for all residents,” he continued.
The city dumps leaves at the mulching operation to be composted and mulched. Last season the City of Tullahoma collected over 1,500 tons of leaves that were processed for mulch and redistributed as a recycled product.
Residents taking advantage of this service are requested to attempt to keep leaves for collection free of debris, as leaf collection equipment can be damaged when foreign items are mixed with the leaves, and damaged equipment slows the collection process.
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. Public Works ask that residents be patient during peak times.
- Please rake your leaves curbside as soon as possible;
- Please do not place your leaves more than five feet from the curb or shoulder (unless there is a ditch);
- 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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2017
City Recorder, Rosemary Golden, 931.455.2648
City Recorder Improves Property Tax Notice Distribution
The City of Tullahoma is focused on improving services provided to the public. City Recorder, Rosemary Golden, is pleased to announced that property tax notice distribution will be streamlined to save tax dollars.
“We have contracted with a third party, County Record Services, LLC, to manage the property tax notice distribution process for less than it costs the city for postage to mail the notices ourselves,” said City Recorder, Rosemary Golden. “Each year we process over 10,000 property tax notices. This year, we expect to save money and manpower by working with County Record Services, LLC.”
This year, property owners may receive property tax notices that in the past had been sent directly to their mortgage company. “We are asking property owners that if they receive a property tax bill in October, and in the past this bill was paid by your escrow, please contact your financial institution to be sure that your financial institution also received a copy of the bill.”
Some of the property tax notices will go directly to the mortgage companies. The three (3) largest mortgage companies (Wells Fargo, Core Logic and Lereta) have already requested this information, and their parcels will be handled as they have been in the past years and go directly to them and not the property owner.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.