newbern depotThe Newbern Depot Museum is in the process of a major refit of its HO-scale train, in the south room of the depot. The existing 12-by-6 foot train layout was demolished in January to make way for a newer, more functional setup. The original layout had major track issues, including problems with its underpinning. This made the track unlevel. Trains would often derail, or simply disconnect while running. It took a crew of two just to try and keep the board working during visitor hours.

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 late in the year of 1880 and continue from our December 2015 issue.

Newbern Beautiful Christmas ContestThe winners of the annual Beautiful Christmas Contest were announced in the State Gazette on December 27. Congratulations to everybody and thank you for helping to make Newbern beautiful this season!

newbern depotThe Newbern Depot Museum has had a very good year in 2015. Approximately 1,500 people came through the museum over the course of 11 months (we remain closed in January), and 3,900 people used the depot to board Amtrak’s “City of New Orleans” trains during FY 2015.

REGULAR MEETING

NEWBERN BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN

Date: October 20, 2015

The Newbern Board of Mayor and Aldermen met in regular session in the Board Meeting Room at the Newbern Municipal Building. Mayor Olen K. Parker presiding. Aldermen present were Vice Mayor John Flatt, Robert Hart, Justin Wright, Daniel Watson, Kirby Ogden and Bradley Rog-ers. Also present were City Recorder Jason Roberts, Office Manager Cindy Reed, Chief of Opera-tions Jim Richards and Police Chief Red Barnes.

Tri County Equipment.jpg On behalf of TVA, Mayor Parker presents a check to Tri County Equipment for an incentive for their participation in an energy-saving project at their location. This check is to help offset the costs of improving the property into a more energy-efficient environment. Congratulations to Tri-County Equipment for their involvement in conserving energy.

From Mayor Olen Parker

The Newbern Downtown Safe Room is now fully underway. Demolition of the old structure is complete; review of the floor plans will be done in the next week or so. Upon approval of the floor plan, soil borings will be done and the final foundation design will be completed. The Newbern Elementary School Safe Room is completed and we are waiting on some final small items to be completed and approved. There will hold a formal open house when items have been finished.

REGULAR MEETING

NEWBERN BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN

Date: November 17, 2015

The Newbern Board of Mayor and Aldermen met in regular session in the Board Meeting Room at the Newbern Municipal Building. Mayor Olen K. Parker presiding. Aldermen present were Vice Mayor John Flatt, Robert Hart, Justin Wright, Daniel Watson, Kirby Ogden and Bradley Rogers. Also present were City Recorder Jason Roberts Office Manager Cindy Reed, Chief of Operations Jim Richards and Police Chief Red Barnes.

From Days Past 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 late in the year of 1878 and continue from our November 2015 issue.

raise awareness for Breast CancerTo raise awareness for Breast Cancer, a few of the City’s men were asked to show off in their pink tutus! Listed left to right, Police Chief Red Barns, Electric Supervisor Sandy Hill, Mayor Olen Parker, Underground Utilities Supervisor Casey King, Street Supervisor, Steve Dodds, and City Recorder Jason Roberts. Looking good, guys! Pink is definitely your color.

City Hall In honor of Thanksgiving, the State Gazette went around and asked citizens what they were thankful for. They made a stop at City Hall and a few of the staff there were happy to share what they were thankful for this year. Shown, left to right (top) Gail Bailey, Kay Rule, (bottom) Norease Mayberry, Lauren Bohannon.