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.

This issue begins in January 1900 and marks the start of the Twentieth Century. The opening day of the 20th century began with 20 degrees above zero. The McCorkles celebrated the day with a turkey dinner. There were 8 friends and family to share it with the McCorkle family.

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 thi s p ublication, along with other documents and related stories and oral family histories. We continue with the entries of the McCorkle Diaries and wh at was entered about the from his perspective as a Newbern business owner.

This month we start with a whole new century in Newbern. Keeping in mind that about 1850 the first settlers arrived here and starting what would become the City of Newbern Tennessee. However, these BACKWOOD FOLK saw a lot of changes and innovations during the first 50 years. Before we continue on with the history of Newbern in the 21st Century... here are some of the new inventions they witnessed...

The Newbern Depot Museum will be hosting the second annual reading of the book "The Polar Express," on Sunday afternoon at 1 and 3 pm. The Conductor will read the story to children, and Santa will visit afterwards. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. The museum will be operating model trains, and will be decorated for Christmas. Santa will have a special gift for each person in attendance. Tickets are $5 per person, ages 3 and up. Children must have a paying adult with them. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Newbern Depot Museum. Tickets can be purchased at the Newbern Library, and Newbern Hardware.

The museum is for the first time selling a Christmas ornament, featuring an image of the depot. The wooden ornament is about a 3x3 in size. The cost is $10, with proceeds going to the museum. They may be purchased at Newbern City Hall, Newbern Hardware, and the Farmhouse Restaurant store, all in the downtown area.

The holiday season is upon us once again! It is a time to enjoy being with family friends and to reflect on the past year. The City of Newbern enjoys the time to celebrate and fellowship during the holidays and that was evident during our annual Christmas Parade. As usual the turnout was excellent and it was a great success. We would like to thank the Rotary Club as well as the employees of the city for the time and effort in putting together this wonderful event.

ADULTS
1st, Beverlee Weatherly
2nd, Mitzi Willis

HIGH SCHOOL
1st, Grace Gammon
2nd, Carlton Willis
3rd, Faith Parker

September marks the 25th Anniversary of Depot Days and this year marks the 160th Anniversary of the City of Newbern.

Twenty-five years ago, the Newbern Illinois Central Depot was dedicated after the restoration was completed. It took many years of hard work, thousands of dollars and hours of labor donated by the citizens of Newbern. It is completely restored to it’s original condition. The photo to the right is a postcard showing the depot in 1928. This was Newbern’s 3rd Train Depot. To our knowledge, the two prior depots were in the same location.

On November 1st, tickets for the second annual Newbern Depot Museum's reading of "The Polar Express," will go on sale at the Newbern Library, and the Newbern Hardware Store. The event will be a 30-minute reading of the book, "The Polar Express," and visit from Santa, with cookies and hot chocolate, in the depot's freight room.

Fall is upon us once again! With that marks several annual occasions that most everyone looks forward to. It is a time of harvest, a time of change and a time of celebration. We are able to enjoy the harvest season and outwardly show appreciation through Thanksgiving.

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 thi s p ublication, along with other documents and related stories and oral family histories. We continue with the entries of the McCorkle Diaries and wh at was entered about the from his perspective as a Newbern business owner. We pick up from our Aug 2017. We closed with the capture of a felon.

The 25th annual Newbern Depot Days will be held this month, and a bit into next month, too. The main events, featuring rides, food, vendors selling items, and the museum being open, will be on Saturday, Sept. 16th, in downtown Newbern. The Miss Depot Days pageant was held on Saturday, Sept. 9th, at the Newbern Elementary School. The Jack Overby Golf Tournament will be held at the Oakview Golf Course, on Saturday, Oct. 7th. If you would like to be a vendor, participate in the Miss Depot Days pageant, golf tournament, or be a part of the Depot Days race, on Saturday, Sept. 16th, go to the Depot Days website at www.newberndepotdays.org.