The Newbern T-Ball All-Stars placed second in the Cal Ripken State Tournament in Huntingdon this past weekend, placing as runner-up in the nine-team field.

Members of the team are (front, from left) Graham Travis, Eric Funderburk, Chase Cashion, Cayson Adams, Clark Ross; (middle, from left) Justin Watson, Jake Wenzler, Maddux Moore, Marquise Jones, Jarrett Luke Harrison, Connor Cogdell, Travin Robertson; (back, from left) coach Matt Ross, coach Rodney Travis, coach Stephen Moore, coach Jason Funderburk and coach Bobby Barker. Not pictured: head coach Joey Harrison

(Picture and article credit: State Gazette)

Depot News - July 2016On June 24, the Canadian National Railroad safety train "Little Obie" came to the Newbern Depot for the first time. The train is designed to promote railroad safety, and was to be accompanied by a safety video, and talk, in the freight room, but this had to be cancelled at the last minute. About 250 people came out on a Friday morning to see, and ride Little Obie.


Date: May 17, 2016

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.

We were over budget on the bidding of the second safe room for Newbern. We will be reevaluating the project and determine methods of reducing the cost.

The Downtown Enhancement Grant is underway. Ford Construction has been working on the project for over three weeks and appears to be running ahead of schedule. The will be moving to the library area next to adjust the curbing to meet ADA Standards then to the City Hall 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 from his perspective as a Newbern business owner. We pick up late in the year of 1887 and continue from our May 2016 issue.

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On May 16, the City hosted a retirement luncheon for Phil Cooper (right) after 24 years with the City Street Department.

Below, the School Traffic Guards are recognized for their service to the community.

Thank you everyone for your dedication to the citizens of Newbern!

As of this writing, the Canadian National safety train "Little Obie" is scheduled to be in Newbern on Friday, June 24th, from 9 am till noon. We are going to try and have it at the Dyer County High School, but this location is not certain. Check back with our Facebook page at Newbern Depot Museum/Events page, and the Dyersburg State Gazette, along with paper post in the window at Newbern City Hall as time draws near.

Mother-Daughter Fashion Show to benefit the Newbern City Library.

When: May 7, 2016 at 11 AM

Where: Depot Freight Room

Children (under 12): $8
Adults (12 and up): $12

Where to buy tickets:

  • Newbern City Hall
  • First Citizen Newbern
  • Security Bank Newbern

On April 02 we had two separate functions related to the 10th Anniversary of the April 02, 2006 Tornado which came through Dyer County and the Newbern Area.

The first was a Dedication of the Complete Newbern Elementary School Safe Room. This took place inside the facility at 2:00 pm.

The second was a candle lighting vigil which took place at 7:15 pm at the Depot Dock Pavilion.

There was a good turnout for each of these events and the families were very appreciative of the City and all the related Emergency Personnel for attending.

In honor of the National Day of Prayer.

Church Grove Baptist Church

Thursday, May 5, 2015 at 6:30 am

The City will also be hosting a Community-wide “Meet at the Pole” Prayer at the flagpole in the downtown Triangle Park in Newbern at 1:00 pm.

Please join us as we pray for our Families, Community, State, and Nation.