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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2018

Contact:
Public Information
Officer, Winston Brooks, 931.455.2648
Interim Police Chief, George Marsh, 931.455.0530

Update on Body Found in Tullahoma

Tullahoma Police Department (TPD) has been in contact with the State’s Medical Examiner regarding the body found near the greenway on June 20, 2018. The Medical Examiner has given a preliminary report indicating there was no sign of trauma to the body. The department is awaiting the toxicology report in the next few weeks before a final cause of death can be determined. Based on the Medical Examiners initial report and subsequent investigation by authorities, the department has not found any indication of criminal involvement. The Medical Examiner has positively identified the remains as that of Deborah White, 58, of Tullahoma. White was reported as missing by her family days before being discovered off the greenway in a grassy area.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2018

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
Tullahoma Independence Day Regional Celebration

Call for Vendors and Sponsors

The City of Tullahoma is celebrating America’s 242nd 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 Tuesday, 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.

Leading up to the fireworks show, the music features three bands: Chase Clanton and the Vintage Vibes; Vinyl Radio, seventies and eighties music; and Sixwire, aka Small Time Rock Stars. If you’ve been to a Nashville Predators game, you may have enjoyed this band. The band’s story is pure Nashville. They met while touring with Lee Greenwood and have gone on to successful careers with other artists and their own band, Sixwire.

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 and larger 8-inch mortars added to the show. “Be sure to find a spot on the baseball field,” said Director of Parks and Recreation, Kurt Glick. “Visitors will be the best experience when they enjoy the show from inside Grider Stadium.”

Vendor space is available for businesses for $100, food vendors for $70 and arts/crafts for $35. 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. The application deadline is June 25. 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 25, 2018

Contact:
Winston Brooks, Public Information Officer, 931.455.2648

New App Launches Pilot Program in Tullahoma – Delivers Information to a User’s Phone Based on Time & Location

Using the latest proximity technology, Near2 seeks to connect people to the places they are, in the moment they are there

 

Tullahoma, TN., May 20, 2018 – Imagine waking up on Saturday and wondering what’s going on in/around town. The Near2 app, launched today, enables Tullahoma residents and visitors to get the most up-to-date information – from local vendors and restaurants to exhibits, events and activities – with just one click. As a user moves from place to place through town, the Near2 app will deliver information to his/her phone based on where they are, so the experience is seamless and timely.

Download Near2 on Google Play: https://n2.fyi/2IOD8Sp

Download Near2 on  iTunes app store http://apple.co/2jpBt7b

Near2 partners with local businesses and organizations to deliver up-to-date information directly to a user’s phone when he/she is in a designated location. Using the latest proximity technology, the app removes the need for a user to go looking for information they would traditionally have to search for – but only when they need it.

“A lot of tools and apps have popped up to help people discover what is happening around them; where we differ is that our platform allows venues to keep their content fresh – the information delivered to a user’s phone is not static,” said Leigh Fogle, founder of Near2. “Today, people walk from place to place looking at their phones. Near 2 is about connecting them to their surroundings – whether that’s a local coffee shop or museum; promoting and enabling engagement with those places and helping people discover something new, whether that’s a place or piece of information.”

There are nearly 25 local merchants taking place in the Tullahoma pilot, with more being added regularly.

“This opens up exciting new opportunities for us – with both existing and potential customers,” said Joseph Keller, London’s Sports Bar. “We believe a tool like this will allow us to connect and engage with them in new and creative ways, while enhancing their experience with our brand. It’s a win-win.”

 

“Near2 is another example of how Tullahoma is leading the way as a center of innovation and technology,” said Winston Brooks, Community Coordinator with the City of Tullahoma. “We are seeing a steady stream of people moving to our city to capitalize on what we have to offer – from the free downtown Wi-Fi network, Tullahoma LightTube, to a wonderful quality of life; this technology will enhance the experience of all residents and visitors – both old and new.”

Near2 will have a booth at the Taste of Tullahoma event on Tues., May 22nd and is available in both the iTunes and Google Play stores.

For more information, visit www.near2.co.

About Near2

The Near2 app connects people to timely, relevant and purposeful information that aims to enhance their experience(s). Using the latest proximity technology, Near2 bridges the gap between a person’s mobile device and environment by delivering location and time-based information directly to the device’s screen.

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2018

Contact:
Tree Board Chairman, Ralph Graham, 931.581.2417
City Forester, Ian Anderson, 931.455.1121

 

Tullahoma Tree Board Celebrates Arbor Day
Tullahoma is Tree City USA Twenty-one Years in a Row

The City of Tullahoma will observe Arbor Day on National Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Vision Source, located at 600 Airpark Drive.  The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

The ceremony will celebrate:

  • National Arbor Day
  • Tullahoma being awarded Tree City USA recognition for the twenty-first consecutive year
  • Award of Tree Line USA to the Tullahoma Utilities Authority
  • Award Vision Source the Tree Board Award

Alderman Robin Dunn will proclaim the importance of trees on Arbor Day Proclamation. “Trees produce life-giving oxygen, reduce erosion of our topsoil, cut heating and cooling costs, clean the air and many more important functions,” said Alderman Dunn. “And I will encourage residents to plants trees for current and future residents.”

In addition, the Tree Board will recognize Vision Source for the landscaping of its new facility. “The Tree Board decided to present the Tree Board Award to Vision Source because of their incorporation of an attractive placement of trees and shrubs into the landscaping,” said Tree Board Chairman, Ralph Graham. “Vision Source planted over twice the City’s minimum requirement for trees.”

Steven Rogers, Forestry Technician Coffee & Warren County, Tennessee Division of Forestry, will present the City with its twenty-first 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 annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation

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

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2018

Contact:
Community Coordinator, Winston Brooks 455.2648

 

Volunteers Needed for the City Cleanup Day

The City Clean Up day is Saturday, April 21 from 8:00 am until 10:00am. Volunteers are asked to report to Public Works for tools and assignments.

“Getting litter picked-up is critical to the vibrancy of our City,” said Director of Public Works, Butch Taylor. “We ask residents to not litter. With your help, we can go a long way in keeping Tullahoma clean and beautiful. It is simple to keep the garbage with you and throw it away and recycle it at home or a gas station.”

“We want Tullahomans to care enough to help us keep our roadways free of litter,” said Director of Community Development, Winston Brooks.

“Concerned citizens can take action by reporting litter when you witness littering from vehicles on the state’s roadways to 1-877-8-LITTER. If you get the license plate, they’ll hear from the state. The letter will include information about how to contain their litter and inform them that litterers can be fined up to $1,500. Residents can also report hot spots to Public Works at 454-1768.

“I am convinced 99.5% of Tullahoma citizens want to live in a clean and attractive community,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “I know 100% of the people want to invest in Tullahoma want to invest in a clean and attractive community.”

To report an area needing to be cleaned, call Public Works prior to the event.

“Organize your church group, business, or even family and join me in making a difference by helping to clean up Tullahoma.   Although the official day is Saturday, April 21, if another day works better for you and your team, go for it,” said Mayor Curlee.

Please don’t make an excuse.  Public works will supply the bags and grabbers to pick up the trash.

If you want to be officially counted for service hours, Volunteers should call Public Works at 931-454-1768 to sign up and then meet between 8:00-9:00 a.m. at the Tullahoma Public Works Department, 942 Maplewood Avenue for supplies and assignments the day of the event. Breakfast will be served to volunteers.

 

NEWS RELEASE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2018

 

Contact:
Public Information Officer, Winston Brooks, 931.455.2648

 

Tullahoma Investigator Elected Vice President to State Task Force on Children’s Justice

Tullahoma Criminal Investigation Sergeant, Harry Conway has been elected Vice President to the Tennessee Joint Task Force on Children’s Justice and Child Sexual Abuse (JTF). Conway brings unique specialty experience and expertise to the JTF that will be invaluable in providing guidance, leadership and recommendations to the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY). He is the only law enforcement representative to serve on this state wide Task Force that advises state legislators.

Conway has nearly 29 years of law enforcement experience. Conway has been with the Tullahoma Police Department (TPD) for 15 years. Prior to joining the TPD, he was a US Army Military Police Staff Sergeant veteran. Conway also managed a private detective service for 10 years.

“I’ve enjoyed working with the task force since first appointed in 2013,” said Conway. “It allows me to give law enforcement input on how we can improve our investigation and make life better for children who need our help.”

“His appointment speaks to the quality of people we have working for the Department,” said Chief Paul Blackwell. “He is an outstanding leader with a firm but fair attitude and a reputation for honesty, loyalty, and integrity.”

Conway is a qualified member of the JTF because he served as the Tullahoma representative for the Tullahoma Child Protective Investigative Team (TCPIT). Now supervising that role, this position is filled by Detective Rana Pawlowski, who represents the TPD in all Child Protective Investigations, including team protocols and mutual-aid investigations that involve 5 counties and 19 law enforcement agencies. Some of these agencies include the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (TDCS), and all supporting non-profit agencies that aid in the prevention of severe abuse.

“Chief Blackwell was innovative in dedicating a resource to manage TCPIT,” said Conway. Conway has been with the department for 15 years, and has led the TCPIT role for five years. “Typically, rural communities do not have this dedicated expertise.”

 

 

What is the Joint Task Force on Children’s Justice and Child Sexual Abuse

The JTF on Children’s Justice/Child Sexual Abuse fulfils state and federal mandates, specifically Tennessee Code Annotated 37-1-603 and the Children’s Justice Act, 42 U.S.C. 5101 et seq. This group’s role is to advise and assist the state departments, including the departments of Children’s Services, Education, Health, Mental Health/Development Disabilities, and Huma Services; child advocates; service providers; law enforcement; and the judiciary in carrying out their duties related to child protection and responding to child abuse and neglect.

The membership of the Task Force represents many professional disciplines and several levels of government. Therefore, the JTF as a whole has a unique lens through which it observes and seeks to influence the efficiency and effectiveness of Tennessee’s child protection system.

 

Every two years the JTF collaborates with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (TDCS) to create a plan that identifies areas of concern pertaining to child sexual abuse and other child welfare issues along with proposed action steps to address those concerns.

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2018

 

Contact:
Public Information Officer, Winston Brooks, 931.455.2648

 

Arts Alive Tullahoma

Arts Festival Scheduled for May 26 and 27; accepting artists applications and volunteers and sponsors

The Tullahoma Art Center, South Jackson Civic Center and the Tullahoma Arts Council host Arts Alive Tullahoma Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 26 and from Noon to 5:00pm Sunday, May 27, 2018.

This juried craft fair features top craft artisans from throughout the region who will offer for sale their acrylic, oil, watercolor, mixed media, crafts, sculpture, printmaking, photography, jewelry, weavings, china painting, quilting, pottery, wood, glass and more.

“We are currently accepting artists applications,” said Community Coordinator, Winston Brooks. “The deadline is April 2. We are also looking for volunteers and sponsors. We have sponsorships from $1,000.00 levels to purchase awards in $50.00 increments.”

From 1968 to 2010 the Tullahoma Fine Arts & Crafts Festival featured hundreds of artists and craftsmen from around the state and the Southeast. It included live entertainment, children’s activities, artist demonstrations and food concessions. The festival took place on the last weekend in May at the South Jackson Civic Center. The artwork is was judged and prizes awarded. Now, the Tullahoma Art Center, South Jackson Civic and the Tullahoma Arts Council in collaboration with local organizations, businesses, and community volunteers are reviving the Tullahoma Arts Festival as Arts Alive Tullahoma. Based on the years of work of art advocate, Lucy Hollis, the festival will aim to follow the same format and once again position Tullahoma as a regional arts destination. Additionally, the event is seen as and economic development and tourism event that will generate an annual event that will grow each year. The festival will be at South Jackson and in the past drew approximately 8,000-10,000 visitors.

Our goal is to create a festival that artists and visitors will want to attend year after year. “In an age when mass production makes so many things widely available, Arts Alive Tullahoma celebrates the inspiration and skill of the individual maker,” said Diane Gawrys, Executive Director of the Tullahoma Art Center. “This is an opportunity to appreciate uniqueness.”

Arts Alive Tullahoma is set for Saturday and Sunday May 26 and 27, 2018 on the grounds of the South Jackson Civic Center, 404 South Jackson, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

Not only can you purchase a wide variety of handcrafted works of art, many of these artisans will demonstrate their crafts.

“We expect to draw thousands of attendees over two days. This influx of patrons will produce an economic surge for the surrounding merchants and restaurants, activate public space, and build community pride and connections” said Tisha Fritz, the Chairman of the Tullahoma Arts Council.

Admission to the fair is a $1 donation to the Tullahoma Arts Council.

For additional information, please contact Winston Brooks at wbrooks@tullahomatn.gov or visit https://www.tullahomaartscouncil.com/arts-alive.

 

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2018

            Contact:
Director of Public Works, Butch Taylor 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, January 19, 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, Butch Taylor. “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.

Taylor 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.