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.

We were successful in obtaining the Canadian National Bloom America Grant in the Sum of $25,000 to provide blooming plants and trees from the York Street Crossing to the Jefferson Street Crossing. The drawings have been finalized and bid documents are being prepared for the plants. We will be underway in a few months.

We making progress on the Automated Meter Reading System. A Request for Proposals will be issued in the next month.

Just a reminder, the online bill payment is completed. A payment app is available for users of Android and iPhones. You can download from the city website.

Newbern’s Levelized Utility Billing Program has been implemented. You can contact City Hall for more information related to this billing process. This is not equalized billing, but a process where utility cost are averaged each month over the prior 12 month period. This allows a more even revenue flow for the consumer.

We are moving forward with the Downtown enhancement grant and have worked out the details with the funding and project locations. We are still awaiting TDOT to approve the Railroad Crossing Markings and Signage. Once this is done we should receive a notice to proceed.

We are re-applying for the multi-modal grant the end of this month. The grant will be for a pedestrian and bicycle path from McDonalds down Hwy 77 to Little General and then to the South Side of the Elementary School. Total project cost is estimated at $1,000,000 and the city will be responsible for only 5% of the cost.

As most of you know we have obtained a new facility for the library and are working on several grant opportunities to assist in the cost deferral. We will be meeting with the Library Board to review the Request for Architectural Proposals. Once approved, we will request bids and presentations on the facility.

TDOT has approved an Amtrak Day Train Study through the Tennessee Section of the Route. Illinois is already running a day train between Chicago and Carbondale. If the study deems to be financially sound to support, AMTRAK will provide an additional train, stopping in Newbern at 12:30 pm and 4:40 pm. Running between Memphis and Carbondale Illinois.

We would like to remember those who have passed from our community since our last meeting.

  • Linda Jean Miller
  • Mazie Barr
  • Katie Winchester
  • Jerry Edward Blythe
  • Monette Chase
  • Tiller "T. J." Floyd
  • Leonard White
  • Lou Alice Jackson
  • Melba S. Anderson
  • Bobby Lynn Pope
  • Jeannie Littlejohn
  • Lucille Nolan
  • Minnie Ferguson
  • Emmalynn Butler, infant
  • Robbie Williams
  • Donald G. Martin, Sr
  • Joyce Franks
  • William “Bill” Peevyhouse
  • Bobby Paul Barker, Sr.