FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2019
Parks Program Manager Lyle Russell, 455-1121
Parks and Recreation and Get Fit! Tullahoma announce newest walking program initiative, Walk to the Pacific
Tullahoma Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the arrival of our newest walking program initiative, Walk to the Pacific. The program is the fifth in a series of walking program initiatives that began with Walk Across Tennessee in 2016. Other programs initiative have been Walk to the Beach, Walk to the State Parks, and Walk the AT (Appalachian Trail). This newest program will virtually cover the 1,844.5 miles travelled (one way) by the Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery from St. Louis, MO to Astoria, OR, where the party first encountered the Pacific Ocean.
“The purpose of these walking programs is to encourage activities that promote a healthier lifestyle,” said Program Manager Lyle Russell. “Our goal is a fitness program with a purpose: to get people moving, having fun, and create an educational opportunity all at the same time. We’re excited about this new program because it educates participants on a very important part of American history, all while creating a fitness habit.”
Participants will be on a team of six people, who will record their exercises weekly on a mileage chart. Your personal miles are added to your teammate’s, giving a team cumulative total. At the end of six weeks, your team totals will be put against the miles travelled by the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804 to explore the Louisiana Purchase. One of the fun features participants will receive each week is an electronic newsletter with the team standings, as well as facts, statistics, and fun historical information about the trail.
“Everyone wants to know how they stack up against the other teams throughout the event, but the newsletter will also give them information about the trail and the history of it,” said Russell. “Several teams have their own friendly competition with each other within the program. Our walkers look forward to those newsletters to see who has bragging rights for the week.”
Sponsorships are still available if your business would like to show your support for helping to Get Tullahoma walking. Your logo will appear in all publicity, helping position you as a fitness leader in Tullahoma. Please contact Community Development Director, Winston Brooks, at Wbrooks@tullahomantn.gov if you would like to be sponsor.
The program begins on Monday, August 5th, and will last six weeks. Sign-ups are open to all ages and ability levels. Participants are encouraged to create their own six-person team; however, individuals can sign up and be placed on a team when space is available. One other aspect Russell addressed is teams who don’t think they can complete all the miles or compete with other teams.
“Remember, hitting the distance milestones is great, but the idea of this program is to get out and move. Whether your team walks 10 miles or 1000, all miles count towards creating a fitness habit. No miles are bad miles, regardless of how many you can do.”
The Get Fit! Tullahoma Council meets once a month at D.W. Wilson Community Center. If you are interested in learning more, the next meeting will be August 20 at 11:45am until 1:00pm. For more information on how you can register for Walk to the Pacific, call Parks and Recreation at 455-1121, or visit their website at www.tullahomaparks.com. You can also find them on Facebook at Tullahoma Parks and Recreation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2019
Winston Brooks, Public Information Officer, 931.455.2648
Multi-Agency Investigation into Overdose Deaths Results in Arrest
A joint investigation including the Tullahoma Police Department (TPD), Special Agent with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(TBI) and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) has resulted in the arrest of Isaiah Kalil Clark (DOB 09/29/1993). Clark was charged with two counts of second degree murder related to trafficking fentanyl laced drugs.
In June 2019, law enforcement officers began investigating two of overdoses that occurred in Tullahoma involving fentanyl. During the course of the investigation, TPD, TBI and CCSD developed information that identified Isaiah Clark as the person responsible for distributing the fentanyl with connections to the overdose victims. In addition to the murder charges, he is also being charged with one count of manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance. He is being held in the Coffee County Jail.
On July 12 at 10:00 AM, law enforcement went to Tullahoma Village to serve an arrest warrant. After trying to evade arrest, Clark was apprehended. During the investigation, three additional individuals with arrest warrants were also taken into custody.
Residents who want to report illegal activity or suspicious persons in the Tullahoma Village or other areas can do so anonymously by contacting TPD at 455-0530, Facebook/TullahomaPolice or text a tip to 274-637 and then text the code TPDTN, leave a space and then type message.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2019
Tina Shang, Executive Director of the Tullahoma Art Center, 931.455.1234
Winston Brooks, Community Development, 931.454.2648
ARTS ALIVE TULLAHOMA CALL FOR ARTISTS
The Tullahoma Art Center, the Tullahoma Arts Council and South Jackson Civic Center combine forces to host this juried arts fair featuring top artisans from throughout the region who will sell their original acrylic, oil, watercolor, mixed media, crafts, sculpture, printmaking, photography, jewelry, weavings, china painting, quilting, pottery, wood, glass and more.
Additionally, the festival features cash prizes for “Best of Show” in drawing, painting, photography, digital design, craft, sculpture, pottery, wood, glass, jewelry and textiles. The “Best of Show” will be a $500 award, while each runner-up will receive $100. There is also prize money for K-12 artists and craftsmen.
The festival is currently seeking submissions for exhibit and sales booths using our online application form. Note that the deadline for submissions is April 2019.
“Artists have expressed increasing dismay in the commercialization of arts festivals,” said Executive Director of the Tullahoma Art Center, Tina Shang. “What was once a celebration of art has turned into flea markets full of mass-produced baubles. Arts Alive Tullahoma is a festival that honors the artist and celebrates their work through a juried festival with cash awards.”
“We expect to grow Arts Alive this year,” said Chairman of the Tullahoma Arts Council, Kelly Orr. “We have fun planned for kids and parents with artists from across the country, interactive art exhibits, children’s activities, live music and demonstrations.”
Since 1968, the Tullahoma Art Festival has featured hundreds of artists and craftsmen from around the region and draws in thousands of visitors each year.
For additional information, please contact Winston Brooks at email@example.com or visit https://www.tullahomaartscouncil.com/arts-alive
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January 31, 2019
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. Public Works has started 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-routes/ 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 72 hours. These bags are then composted and mulched.
- 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.
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January 15, 2019
Public Information Officer, Winston Brooks, 931.455.2648
Board of Mayor and Aldermen Recognize Employee of the Month
The City of Tullahoma is recognizing Dale Hall and Joe Johnson as the January 2019 Employee of the Month. They serve as Public Works’ Recycling Drivers. They were both nominated after a local resident shared the story with the city about how the two had given extraordinary service by assisting a resident in distress.
While working their regular recycle route, Johnson and Hall responded to a call for help. They acted quickly to check on the resident, who was in need of urgent medical care. These two comforted her and stayed with her until an ambulance arrived.
Each initially kept the story to themselves, not wanting any recognition. Those that work with Hall and Johnson know that they provide invaluable service to the department and the community. Hall is the quiet one and Johnson likes to talk.
“These gentlemen did the right thing,” said City Administrator Jennifer Moody. “Butch Taylor had recently reviewed the City’s Values and the Rules We Play By, and these employees are models of the values we try to live by.”
Each month, the City of Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen recognizes an outstanding city employee. Employees are selected based on nominations received from residents, visitors or other city employees. To nominate a City Employee, please send an email to Mayor@tullahomatn.gov with the employee’s name, department and a brief statement describing why either the employee’s actions or attitude have shown that he or she should be recognized as the employee of the month.
L to R: Jennifer Moody, Dale Hall, Joe Johnson and Butch Taylor.