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.

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 Civil War from soldiers perspective from Newbern. We pick up late in the year of 1871 and continue from our June 2015 issue.

In the June issue we ended with the first train to arrive in Newbern was a low locomotive with flat cars carrying railroad ties and supplies to the workmen laying tracts south of Newbern. The next entry in the McCorkle Diary.

When: Saturday July 11 @ 8 pm

Training Barrels: 5-7 pm $5.00
Training Poles: 5-7 pm $5.00
The Dixie Wranglers Drill Team will perform 8:15 pm

For more Information Call 627-2920

Approximately 75 adults and children enjoyed National Hotdog Day at the Newbern City Library on Saturday July 18th.

Tracy Wiley of The Newbern Friends of Library cooks her family's special recipe hand-dipped corn dogs.

Ms. Janice Peevyhouse, Library Director, serves the hotdogs and chili to the hungry patrons.

From Mayor Olen Parker

  1. We are moving forward on the TDOT Community Transportation Planning Grant, Safe Routes to School Grant, and the Downtown Enhancement Grant.
  2. The Newbern Downtown Safe Room has been fully approved and the property surveys are completed and the de-sign drawings have been started.
  3. The Newbern Elementary School Safe Room should be completed early next month. We will coordinate a dedica-tion service with the School.
  4. We have applied for CDBG Funding to construct a new 250k gallon water tower in the Millsfield Area to provide better pressure on the Western Water Service. At this time we are awaiting a notification on the grant.
  5. 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. We have a meeting with them on Friday.
  6. We making progress on the Automated Meter Reading System. Our current focus is on compatibility of software. This system will provide numerous billing and payment options to our customers.
  7. Reminder the online bill payment is completed and working.

Recently, a women was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. (Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder).

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my flower tubs. As I turn on the hose I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. I go to get the car keys from the porch and then notice mail on the porch table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the bin under the table and notice that the bin is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the rubbish first. But then I think, I can run down to the post-box when I take out the rubbish I may as well pay the bills first. I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left. My extra checks are in the computer desk, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of soda I'd been drinking. I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the soda aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.