The Newbern Historical Society is now in full swing preparing for Depot Days, the main day of which will be on Saturday, Sept. 19th. This is the depot's main fundraiser of the year. There will be a combination of new and returning events.

Among the main changes will be a new race course. This course will be east of the railroad, rather than west of it. The race will start and finish by the Newbern Public Works building, on Main Street. The new route will allow runners to run without have issues of racing around vendors setting up downtown for the day's event. The race will start an hour later, too, as a result of the change. The new time will be around 9:15 am. The course will follow East Main Street, and McCullough and Parks street, and will lead to a turn-around point in the county, and will then follow the exact same route back for the 5K run. The shorter 1-mile run will turn around on the same route, but before leaving town.

For details, and to register, go to, and type in Newbern Depot Days. If you want to help in any way for Depot Days, the next meeting will be Monday, Aug. 3rd, at 6:30 pm, at the Newbern Depot.

Seems the world is coming apart at the seams and we as people are just waiting for the big collapse. Below is a speech was taken from the movie “Meet John Doe” a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. The film is about a "grassroots" campaign created unwittingly by a newspaper columnist with the involvement of a hired homeless man and pursued by the paper's wealthy owner. It became a box office hit and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story. It was ranked #49 in AFI's Best Movies over the last 100 years. In 1969, the film entered the public domain.

Newbern Emergency Operations Chief Jim Richards announced Truly Martin has joined his division as a Dispatcher. Martin was formally employed as a reporter with the State Gazette and was familiar with the Emergency Operations Division as well as the Newbern Police Department.

A lot of new things and progression is going on in and around town. Some are very visible and some you may not know about.

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 1874 and continue from our August 2015 issue. The year of 1874 was a heated political year, and at the Congressional Convention was held in Humboldt on August 12.

Sunday, August 30, 2015 Truly Martin, special to the State Gazette Reprinted with Permission

Whether it is taking someone's lunch money or kicking someone in the shin, bullying is something area police believe children need to understand. On Friday, members of the Newbern Police Department brought crayons, anti-bullying coloring books and suckers to approximately 300 elementary students of Newbern Elementary School. First-, second- and third-grade classes also heard all about bullying from officers.

Pictured below are Nolen Weatherly, Micah Tosh, Reagan Ross, Gray Tosh, Teela Robertson and Nancy Alvarez. Not pictured: Nolan Eno, Johah Agee, Lydia Agee, Charlie Crouse, Andrew Hamil and Kalob Parnell.

We are extending Food For Fines into September, the food bank is VERY low. Any donation is appreciated!

Did you know that one in four children in the state of Tennessee is food insecure? Or that hunger is a reality for one in six Tennesseans?

Exchange canned goods & other foods for library overdue fines to help LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES during Food for Fines!

Library members will get $1 in current fines* waived for each can or package of the following foods:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned chicken or tuna
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soups
  • Cereal
  • Pasta

Bring canned goods, or items in boxes or plastic bags or jars (no glass can be accepted) to the circulation desk at your library. Don't forget to bring your library card!

* Food for Fines does NOT include replacement fees for lost or damaged materials, collection agency fees, card replacement fees, and future overdue fines.

Newbern Depot Days preparation is in full swing, as the annual depot-fundraising even will be on Saturday, Sept. 19th. Vendors, music, food, model trains, art, a parade, cakewalk and much more is planned for downtown Newbern all day on that Saturday.

The annual pancake breakfast, to be held at Mom's restaurant, will open the event at 6 a.m. A brand new 5K race, along with one-mile run, and walk will be held this year for the first time east of the depot. It will start and end in front of the Johnson-Williams Funeral Home, beginning at 9:15 am. The route will go out to the east, and will keep racers, and vendors setting up from interfering with each other.



Date: July 21, 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 and Assistant Police Chief Richard Barnes.

From Mayor Olen Parker

The Newbern Downtown Safe Room has been fully approved and the property has been purchased, surveys are completed and the design drawings have been started. We hope to take bids on the Con-struction by October. Demolition of the what remains of the old building will begin in August.

The Newbern Elementary School Safe Room should be completed in the next weeks. We will coordinate a dedication service with the School.

We are still awaiting notification on the CDBG Funding to construct a new 250k gallon water tower in the Millsfield Area.