The Newbern Depot Museum held for the first time an indoor yard sale, on Saturday April 1st. It was a very successful event, raising money for the museum displays. Over the past month, or so, items were sought for the sale from the general public. Many of these items were collected at the Newbern City Library, or at the depot itself during drop-off times.
The date of April 1st was selected, in conjunction with a separate benefit sale going on at Newbern First Baptist Church, down Main Street from the depot. They were having a sale, and a race downtown, to benefit an upcoming church mission trip. After our date was jointly selected, another benefit for April 1st was held downtown. That was for the Dyer County High School Co-Ed cheerleader team. It was held at the Farmhouse Restaurant, across from the depot. Overall, it was a very busy morning in downtown Newbern. The other events also report good success in their efforts. Tentative plans are to have another such sale next year with the church group again.
Spring is upon now upon us and with it brings a great deal of activity within the city. Our team is working to make sure that we are prepared for the warmer weather and all of the activities that it creates. The Street Department is currently working on several projects to help with the city’s beatification as well as getting our parks and rec programs operational. We also are starting an initiative to make sure that personal property is properly maintained throughout the city as well. It is my belief that in order to attain the growth that we desire, we must project not only a positive attitude throughout the city but a positive image as well. These are the first steps to making sure we maximize our potential from a business as well as a quality of life standpoint.
This information being taken from a book written by Arahwana Hendren Ridens named the Dyer County and Newbern Tennessee, A history of the 39 earliest families in Dyer County. Part of this information was extracted from this publication, along with other documents and related stories and oral family histories. We continue with the entries of the McCorkle Diaries and what was entered about the from his perspective as a Newbern business owner. We pick up from our December 2016 issue.
The Newbern Depot Museum held its first "A Depot Christmas," on Dec. 17th, where children came to hear the story, "The Polar Express," and have a visit from Santa. The event was a total success, with nearly 200 people coming in three showings that evening. Santa gave a small gift, and there was hot chocolate and cookies on hand, along with model trains running in the museum's main rooms. This was a fundraiser for the Depot Museum, and we took in nearly $900. This will be used for museum upgrades in the coming year, and in next year's event.
Please be safe during the winter months as the roads may become dangerous due to inclement weather.
Thank you for your continued patience with the construction downtown. We are starting work on sidewalks and have several crews working on various projects at the same site. They are doing an excellent job coordinating efforts and trying to get everything taken care of at once.
The downtown Safe Room is nearing completion. It has come along quickly and we are confident it will be a great asset to the citizens of Newbern. Again, thank you for your patience during construction.
We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to 2017
The City of Newbern is accepting donations of toys, non-perishable food items, or monetary gifts for the Santa’s Helpers program. There will be a donation box in the lobby of City Hall for these items to be placed. All donations will be distributed to local families for Christmas and are greatly appreciated.
The Newbern Depot Museum will be having its first-ever "Christmas at the Depot," on Saturday, Dec. 17th. It will feature a reading of the book, "The Polar Express," and have a visit from Santa, along with a small gift for those in attendance. The event will also have hot chocolate, cookies, and kids activity pages. Cost is $5 per person, and the times as of this post still open were 5 pm, and 8 pm. The 6:30 pm event has sold out.
Mayor: Justin Wright
Vice Mayor: Bradley Rogers
The Highlands of Dyersburg would appreciate donations for the residents during the Christmas season. Contact Jo Ann Parker at 285- 9710 for a list of items needed.