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April 18, 2018

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


April 12, 2018

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.



March 28, 2018


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.


February 16, 2018


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.



January 19, 2018

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.