Smokey’s Community Column, Stories Across Robertson County (5/2/2021)
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Welcome to Smokey’s Community news column. It’s a look back and forward covering the latest news, happenings in and around Robertson County.
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CITY OF ADAMS, TN
City of Adams- Thanks to Coaches & Volunteers The Baseball, Softball Season is Off to a Great Start
“Thank you to all of the coaches and Brandon Farmer for their time. These are volunteer positions and we appreciate you all!” City of Adams
“Just wanted to say thank you to Brandon Farmer, not friends on facebook so please share. He didn’t ask to be over the Recreation Club, he was asked. A truly difficult year coming off of Covid last year. Many parents probably reluctant to sign up, the city agree to pay for uniforms this year tp help out. Cost of signups where down but the need to get our kids back involved they saw was a necessity. He is learning, but even going thru a difficult day of rain thru opening day ( which we all know that’s been around it always rains on the BQ day) he made money. He cares about the kids, he is working hard to give our kids a place to play ball. I can’t thank the city enough or Brandon for what they have done to help the kids this year. I only hope that you will say thank you for his time and show appreciation for what he is doing. It takes a lot of time, more than you realize unless you have done it. Your reward is seeing kids play, and giving them the opportunity they may never have again. Some kids may never play in school but they won’t forget the experience they got from playing Recreational ball. Appreciate Brandon, appreciate your coaches they don’t get paid, and remember they are always looking for help and coaches. You too can make a difference in a young child’s life.” Lisa Jernigan
Thank You!, to the City of Adams, Nikki Falencik, Vendors, and the many friends and family members that made Adams Rec Club Opening Day event successful this weekend.
It was rainy and cool, but with all the hard work and determination the 2021 fundraiser event and season has rolled along.
We are just halfway through the season, but If anyone is still interested in donating or sponsoring, please contact Adams Tn City Hall or Brandon Farmer.
Thanks again, to everyone, especially the parents and players who committed to making sure we played ball.
CEDAR HILL, TN
JoByrns FFA – One of our favorite times of the year, the Ag Mechanics contest!
THURSDAY, MAY 6: Cedar Hill Farmers Market
When: Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 4 PM CDT – 8 PM CDT and will run every two weeks through October
Where: Located behind Cedar Hill City Hall: 290 S Main St Cedar Hill, TN 37032
Nearly two dozen local vendors selling produce, clothing, plants, leather products, jewelry, baked goods, knife ware, candles, decor, flowers and more. We’re also excited to bring our local FFA chapter from JBHS in to assist support their program and to help shape and mold the future generations of farmers and create a long term sustainability for our Market.
Our Local Vendors:
Bellhollow Farms, Head Farms, Corbin Creek Greenhouse, Jo Byrns FFA, Gingham Roots, For The Love of Fabric, Sweet Loaves & Ivey, Hudson Barn, Roan Clay Designs, Wholesome Homemade Home, Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy, Perfectly Imperfect Gifts by Michelle, Tennessee Keepsakes, Gracefully Plain Jane, Rampant Lion, Leathersmith, The Tree Maker, Rustique Essentials, Cedar Hill FCE, Sugar Roots Bakery.
Delicious food can be purchased from the Santa Fe Food Truck!! Picnic tables will be placed near the food truck to allow patrons to eat onsite if they’d like.
Big Mikes Little Doughnuts will be there for the perfect snack or dessert. Pick up some homemade ice cream from Heads Farm or some lemonade from Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.
Music will be provided by the guys from the Inglewood Old Time String Band.
You spoke and we listened. This year you’ll experience expanded food truck options by alternating food trucks during markets. Santa Fe will be with us for a market each month and another always different food truck will be there for the other market during the month. Also, we’ve added some new local vendors and are switching several vendors out each market to ensure variety and help us keep our market exciting and fresh. We have increased our roster of local farmers and growers, so this year you’ll be seeing more produce and organic products; especially as produce and other products come in and reach harvest time.
We work tirelessly to try and bring you local vendors with local products. If you are interested in being a vendor, please message me and let me know. Outside vendors are welcome, but priority will be set on local availability, range of products, etc.
Message from Cedar Hill, TN City Commissioner/ Vice Mayor John Edwards
A proposed rezoning of a section of agricultural farmland in Robertson County has drawn criticism from Cedar Hill’s Vice Mayor and 855 area residents have signed an online petition against it.
Cedar Hill City Commissioner/ Vice Mayor John Edwards told Smokey Barn News he’s against the project. Read more about it here–> FULL STORY
Vice Mayor John Edwards: “Another batch of signs has arrived. If you haven’t gotten one yet, let us know and we’ll get you one soon.”
#onceitsgoneitaintcomingback #SignSignEverywhereASign #HighDensity #megasubdivision #responsiblegrowth
TOWN OF COOPERTOWN
2021 CMS Eagles Running Club. @CoopertownMS @RobCoSchools
CITY OF CROSS PLAINS
Cross Plains – Thank you Gwen!
Little towns like ours have folks that take pride in our City’s appearance. One such person is Robertson County Master Gardner Gwen Day.
Gwen was out yesterday replacing the flowers in the planters located through out our town.
Thank you Gwen!
City of Cross Plains Employee Spotlight
Warren Spencer is our Public Service employee and a jack of all trades. One of the many things he does is keep our roadways clean. Because of his diligence you can tell exactly where our City starts and stops.
Thank you Warren for a job well done!
Cross Plains – The old log barn is being raised by Toothman Structure Movers
We discovered the bottom logs needed to be replaced when we moved it the first time. Two new logs were cut and are being put in place.
Next comes the roof! Stay tuned.
Cross Plains Youth Soccer
About 3 years ago The City of Cross Plains spent about $20,000 to make a home for East Robertson Youth Soccer. A big investment for a sport most of the people voting didn’t know anything about!
Today Youth Soccer has a HOME in Cross Plains!
Through the years East Robertson Youth Soccer teams had to travel to other cities to play games. Saturday, another City came to Cross Plains to play games!
Thank you White House Youth Soccer for playing at our place.
Cross Plains National Day Of Prayer Event
Please join us for this special event at Kilgore Park. May 6th at 7am in the large pavilion.
CITY OF GREENBRIER
The City of Greenbrier – Thank you Executive Assistant Lauren Tisdale
We want to recognize our Executive Assistant Lauren Tisdale on Administrative Professionals Day! We are so grateful for your knowledge and leadership to the City of Greenbrier. Thank you for all that you do!
EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT IN GREENBRIER, TN – Racing Action/Family Fun At Veterans Motorplex At The Rim
Here’s everything you need to know…
Pits open at 11am
Grandstands at 4pm
Racing at 6pm
WHERE: 6801 Kelly Willis Rd, Greenbrier, TN – Call (615) 643-8725
TICKET INFO: FAMILY PACK – $30 for 2 Adults and up to 6 minor children!
Adults $12 Students, Seniors & Military $10, Children 6-12 $5.00
Great Concessions, Kids Zone and FREE PARKING!
Everyone can get great souvenir items as well as photos and videos of the racing action at the Souvenir Alley Souvenir Stand!
Follow Veterans Motorplex On FaceBook for info on racers, divisions, winners, photos, action-packed videos and announcements of upcoming summer events!
A snapshot of winners, crew and fans from Saturday night’s racing at Veterans Motorplex May 1, 2021
City of Greenbrier, Tennessee – Thank you Jody A. Dorris – Attorney At Law for painting our beautiful columns!
It’s amazing what a coat of paint will do!
Vendor, Sponsor Applications Now Available For Greenbrier’s 2021 Turning Of The Pig
The Greenbrier Boosters will be hosting the historic Annual BBQ Festival known as “Turning of the Pig” again this summer and in an effort to make it bigger and better than ever, they have opened up the application process early for anyone interested in a vendor booth or sponsorship of this nostalgic family fun two-day event.
“Who’s excited for Turning of the Pig? We’re looking for sponsors and vendors! Applications for sponsors and vendors are now being accepted for 2021 Turning of the Pig on July 3rd behind City Hall!” says Jenn Houchin.
The annual festival is held behind Greenbrier City Hall and offers live country and gospel music, food, a dunking booth, carnival games and an array of local vendors selling everything from crafts to Greenbrier memorabilia. The Historical Society traditionally sells homemade ice cream and fresh squeezed lemonade.
Traditionally Boston butts/pulled pork is slowly cooked on a huge open fire pit throughout the evening on July 3rd. The pork and family picnic packs are ready for sale by 6 AM the morning of the fourth.
Greenbrier’s Independence day parade usually begins at 10 a.m. in the Greenbrier Elementary School parking lot and travels south towards the Greenbrier High school.
The event is free to attend, but the funds from the Turning of the Pig pork sale is the biggest fundraiser of the year and helps to meet all the needs of the Greenbrier High School Marching/Concert Band program.
So, if you would like to participate as a vendor or sponsor in this annual fun-filled family event this fourth of July, you are encouraged to email [email protected] to receive an application.
*All vendor applications are subject to approval.
Greenbrier Baseball Booster Club – Congratulations to Hunter Thaxton on signing with Maryville College Baseball today.
We’re so proud of you!
Greenbrier’s Zoeigh Owens will be an APSU Cheerleader this fall.
“We are very proud of you and know you will do great things.” Greenbrier High
Greenbrier High – April Students of the Month
Freshmen: JT Hudgins and Hannah Martin
Sophomores: Jacob Gay and Aubryn White
Juniors: Christian Rosales and Cheyenne Houchin
Seniors: Jacob Freedline and Naomi Shannon
Greenbrier 2021 Senior Parade Hosted By Veterans Motorplex
By popular demand, on Tuesday, May 18th from 6:30-8 pm, the Greenbrier High School class of 2021 will be honored with a “Senior Parade” hosted by Veterans Motorplex at the Rim (Highland Rim Speedway) located at 6801 Kelly Willis Road Greenbrier, TN.
“As we are still in different times and because we all had so much fun doing this event last year!” said event organizer Stephanie Hamilton. “We are again having the Senior Parade for Class of 2021!,”
Decorate your car and come out to Veterans Motorplex, show support for your favorite Senior or the entire class. Click here to see last year’s parade recorded LIVE on Smokey Barn News.
The community is invited to attend. Seniors will be standing in the infield of the track in their cap and gowns while, parents, friends, and family can drive one lap around the track to honor our seniors. (Everyone can drive through. It is open to the community.)
Seniors will need to arrive by 6:15 pm and no later than 6:30 pm. The parade will start at 7 pm and end at 8 pm, but we will try to accommodate every car.
All decorations are optional and welcome if you would like to hold a sign or decorate your vehicle to honor our seniors.
Help us show the class of 2021 some love!!
Additionally, donations will be taken for disk jockey and local celebrity Johnny Gardner (AKA DJ Johnny) who is home recovering following a stroke due to Covid last August.
Full STORY Look for the donation bucket as you enter the track.
An extended invitation to all Robertson County Schools
NOTE: The staff at Veterans Motorplex would like to congratulate all Robertson County Seniors of class 2021 and offer the availability of the track to all high schools for a graduation parade. For scheduling options email [email protected] for more info or call (615) 643-8725
CITY OF MILLERSVILLE
The Millersville Police Department is accepting applications for police officers.
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of Tennessee. P.O.S.T. Certification must be obtained within six months of employment. Must meet Minimum Standards Law (TCA 38-8-106) requirements. Must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age and meet the physical, psychological and criminal records and other standards for the assignment established by the Police Department.
Job Type: Full-time
Apply online or at Millersville City Hall, 1246 Louisville Highway, Millersville, TN 37072 Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Millersville Public Library of Sumner County – Mother’s Day Tea Sat. May 8th
We are so excited for our Mother’s Day Tea! Save the date for Saturday, May 8th at 10:30 am.
We’re thrilled to announce our Mother’s Day Tea is coming back this year! We also have a special Princess guest joining us for stories, songs, and photos with the kids. Make plans to join us on Saturday, May 8th!
(This event will be outside in the library parking lot to accommodate for social distancing guidelines).
We’ll meet in the library parking lot for refreshments, crafts, and a special storytime visit from a Princess!
May 5: Byrum Porter Senior Center is participating in the Big Payback!
The annual giving day The Big Payback is returning on Wednesday May 5th at 6 pm and continues until 6 pm on May 6th. We are excited to participate and join in on the fundraising event that unites Middle Tennessee each year.
The Big Payback hosted by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a community-wide giving day which shines a spotlight on local giving and motivates Middle Tennessee to “give back” to nonprofits in a big way.
The 24-hour online giving event helps organizations like Byrum Porter to raise funds and bring awareness to pressing needs in our community.
In 2021, we are setting our sights on reaching our goal during this day. We hope you’ll join us and support Byrum Porter Senior Center on May 5-6.
For more information, contact us at 615-654-3161
or visit www.TheBigPayback.org.
Our mailing address is:
Byrum Porter Senior Center
9123 Highway 49E
Orlinda, TN 37141
Thank you for your support!
(Orlinda, TN) Byrum-Porter Senior Center – This trip is a little closer to “home”, but so many of us would prefer for someone else to do the driving!
There is a lot of bang for your buck on this one too! Share this with some of your church groups that have been wanting to go. We would love to have them.
5 Days – 4 Nights
Sep 13 – 17, 2021
$614 pp/Double Occupancy
This Tour Includes:
4 nights lodging in the Cincinnati area
8 meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners
Admission to the Stunning – ARK ENCOUNTER!
Admission to the Famous CREATION MUSEUM
Admission to the NEWPORT AQUARIUM
BB RIVERBOATS SIGHTSEEING CRUISE along the Ohio River
CITY OF PORTLAND, TN
PORTLAND TN FIRE DEPARTMENT News: On 5/1/21, Engine 2 was called for assistance at the Portland ER to help extricate a small child from a wooden barrel. After working with the staff at the hospital and Sumner County EMS, the child was safely extricated. Afterward, the parents asked the crew to sing the barrel. Great job by everyone involved! #portlandtnfire
City of Portland TN – Police Dept Recognized
Portland Police Department and Chief Jason Williams have been recognized as Tennessee Pathways Industry Partners for the Portland High School Criminal Justice Program. PPD provides guest speakers, program resources and support as students seek to prepare for careers in law enforcement, corrections, courts and other criminal justice related fields. Criminal Justice Instructor Grant West recognized PPD Chief Jason A. Williams as a Program Partner. Thank you, Chief Williams and Portland Police Department for your support of Portland CTE and PHS Criminal Justice pathways!
City of Portland, Tennessee Government The City is saddened by the loss of one of its own.
Larry made a wonderful impact and will be greatly missed.
Larry Stephen Gregory, age 64 of Portland, passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021. Funeral Service will be Monday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home, with Bro. Stephen Russell officiating. Visitation will be Monday, April 26th from 3:00 p.m. until time of service at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.
Mr. Gregory was born January 22, 1957 in Lafayette. He is preceded in death by father, Harold L. Gregory. He is survived by wife of 43 years, Tanya Ray Gregory of Portland; son, Matthew Gregory (Teresa) of Virginia; daughter, Lauren McAllister (Ian) of Missouri; mother, Betty Mae Brown Gregory of Gallatin; brother, Wayne Gregory of Gallatin; and 4 grandchildren, Brooke McAllister, Jordan McAllister, Avery McAllister, and Austin McAllister. Mr. Gregory worked for Portland Public Works. He enjoyed old cars and working at local events setting up and operating the sound systems. Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home has been honored to assist the family.
Portland TN Fire Department –
Did You Know: PFD firefighters often carry over 100 lbs of gear during emergencies, generally in hot & strenuous conditions. #portlandtnfire
Saturday Nights…Portland, Tn – Car, Motorcycle & Truck Show
Bring your classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and everyday car and SHOW them off on Main Street under the lights in Portland, TN on Saturdays from 5:00PM to 9:00PM. First Saturday in April through the last Saturday of October.
Address: 125 Main St. Portland, Tn 37148
CITY OF RIDGETOP
Ridgetop Parks – Movie Nights
Had a good turnout for Watauga PTO. Thanks to Kona ice,, and Smokey Ridge Grill for coming out too.
We’re planning on having more movies and music in the park this summer.
What are some movies you would like to see?
CITY OF SPRINGFIELD, TN
Springfield High School’s Wind Ensemble had an awesome Spring concert tonight.
Proud of all of our county band programs for the the ways they have persevered this school year. #WeAreRCSTN #RobCoMusic
(Robertson Co Schools)
Kiwanis of Springfield TN – Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser a big hit!
All money goes to a Skate Park at Garner Street Park!
“Ace Asailio Timmermeier leading one of the best Pancake Day’s ever outdoors on the Square at 638 Building in the shadow of where WSIX was started by the Draughon Brothers. Where Service Is Xcellent could also describe Kiwanis service today. All money goes to a Skate Park at Garner Street Park. Get all pancakes and sausage you care to eat until 11 am.
Springfield Parks Update!
Garner St Park Skate Park and Future Playground upgrade, Splash Pad & more…
The New Garner St. Skate Park is set to begin construction and open within the fiscal year which starts July 1. Adam Heffner with Maker Table will also be partnering with the City of Springfield and the Kiwanis Club to raise funds to bring the skate park to fruition.
New plans are brewing for a new Garner St. playground with an upgrade to the restroom facilities.
Martin Luther King Park Update
Weather permitting the city of Springfield is shooting for the completion and opening of the all-inclusive playground at Martin Luther King Jr. Park along with the Splash Pad on Memorial Day.
The playground will include musical panels that will allow children of differing ability levels to play together. The playground surface area will be wheelchair accessible. There will also be a wheelchair ride! The full project includes a walking trail and two multi-purpose fields
The parks department is looking to the future with a vision to add exercise classes, a summer camp, lower basketball goals for younger kids to offer more things for local kids when they are out of school for the summer.
Travis Price Park Update
The city of Springfield is pursuing a grant to add another basketball court, sand volleyball courts, with nine more holes added to the disc golf at Travis Price Park.
City of Springfield, TN –
June 12, 2021 Free Youth Fishing Rodeo – J Travis Price Park Springfield, Tn
*Corresponds with Free Fishing Day in Tennessee. TWRA will stock the pond 4-7 days prior.
When: Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 6:30 AM CDT – 11 AM CDT
Location: Travis Price Park (Registration at shelter #1)
Springfield Parks and Recreation in partnership with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) hosts a Free Fishing Rodeo for children 14 years of age and under at J. Travis Price Park to celebrate National Fishing Month.
Participants must bring all fishing gear and bait – (no artificial lures allowed). TWRA stocks the pond with catfish, bream, sunfish, and other small fish for the event.
Registration begins at 6:30 AM. Help youth begin an activity of a lifetime. Prizes will be awarded from local sponsors!
Special thanks to Bass Pro Shops for donating $500 worth of fishing gear and fun items for Springfield Parks & Recreation’s Youth Fishing Rodeo.
Pictured left to right: Jan Martin office Administrator, Yvonne Thomas, Assistant General Manager, Terry Martin Springfield Parks and Recreation Director, Not pictured: Duane Ebach, General Manager.
Springfield, TN – Free Movie Fridays Begin June 18
FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021 AT 7:30 PM CDT – 9:30 PM CDT
Where: Robertson County Fair Grounds in partnership with the RC Fair Family Night with crafts, vendors and food trucks!
The Springfield Parks & Recreation Department is excited to partner with Walmart Springfield – Tom Austin Hwy to bring free, family-friendly movies to Springfield again as part of Free Movie Fridays.
Free Movie Fridays will be held on the third Friday of each month from June through September at the Robertson County Fairgrounds.
June 18: The Croods 2, A New Age
July 16: Moana
August 20: The Trolls World Tour
September 17: Raya and the Last Dragon
All movies will begin at 7:30 p.m. Stay tuned in case of inclement weather.
Concessions will be available to purchase snacks and refreshments. Guests should bring their own blankets or folding chairs for seating.
Springfield Independence Day Fireworks Show
The city will be shooting the annual amazing Fireworks show from a new location, the Springfield Rock Quarry on July 4th just down from the Robertson County fairgrounds. The fireworks show starts at around 9 pm and will last around 20-25 minutes.
Fun, Food & Flowers @ Corbin Creek Customer Appreciation Day:
SATURDAY, May 8 (Mothers Day Weekend)
SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Mark your calendars, Corbin Creek Greenhouse’s annual Customer Appreciation Day is on!
Be sure to join us on SATURDAY, Mothers Day Weekend.
“It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our customers for supporting us during the past 18 years,” said co-owner Amy Corbin. “Mothers Day is traditionally the start of the ‘planting season.’ I remember every year growing up, taking my grandmother and mother to a nursery for Mothers Day and buying them flowers, another tidbit of ‘Southern Tradition.”
“Although some call it -hotdog day, Corbin Creek Customer Appreciation Day is a big tradition here at Corbin Creek and for many families in the area, you won’t want to miss it. Be sure to bring the entire family! We will have FREE hotdogs, chips, drinks, cakes, and door prizes from 10:00 am until the food runs out. It’s become a family tradition for many, so come see us!” Learn more about our long history in Spingfirled below!
“Hope that everyone can come and have a wonderful day!” – Amy Corbin
Corbin Creek Greenhouse: located at 4920 Highway 161, Springfield, TN (between Springfield & Barren Plains). CLICK HERE FOR MAP
About Corbin Creek Greenhouse…
4920 Hwy 161 Springfield, TN 37172
HOURS: Monday- Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5
Call Us at (615) 384-3185
If we don’t answer right away, we may be out in the greenhouse so please leave a message and one of our plant specialists will ring you back.
Jane and Jimmy Corbin founded Corbin Creek Greenhouse & Gifts back in 1996 offering quality plants such as annuals, perennials, and blooming shrubs. In total, Corbin Creek Greenhouse sprawling nursery, undercover, and open areas consist of three beautiful countryside acres in the heart of Springfield which sits in the heart of Robertson County.
With generations of history in Robertson County, the Corbin family is dedicated to the community. “Robertson County is home to us and has been for generations.”
“Proven Winners make up 99% of our inventory,” said second-generation and daughter Amy Corbin. Proven Winners offer superior breeding and genetics in plants on the market today. “Their genetics are superior, genetics are as big in horticulture as in human medicine.”
Amy Corbin took the helm of Corbin Creek Greenhouse a while back while co-founder Jane Corbin continues to help with day-to-day operations. Sadly Jimmy Corbin passed away in 2007 but his name and legacy continue with every plant sold at Corbin Creek.
“I love growing flowers, love growing new varieties of plants and things that you don’t find other places,” said Amy Corbin. “We grow a variety of perennials and annuals, vegetable slips, herbs, blooming shrubs including hydrangeas, butterfly bushes, tropicals, hanging baskets, and more. We also grow and sell fresh produce in the summer including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and more.”
Please enjoy our photo gallery below, come out and see us!
April 24: City of Springfield, TN – Community Cleanup Sucess!
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make today’s city-wide cleanup a success!
City of Springfield, TN – Congrats to Brady Ballinger on receiving his Firefighter II certification.
We are proud of his accomplishment and thankful for his commitment to our city.
The Springfield Fire Department received some very special visitors.
The department welcomes visitors with open arms and giving station tours gives them great pride. This particular visit was a little different, it included a gentleman they had seen before.
On April 5, 2021, the Springfield Fire Department responded to a plane crash right outside the city limits. When arriving on the scene, two subjects were identified to be in critical condition. Often when a patient leaves the scene, the fire department does not know of their outcome.
Fortunately, one of the visitors was one of the survivors of the plane crash! The Springfield Fire Department was delighted to hear of his recovery and of how well he was doing, Thank you to the Ketler family for stopping in!
Pictured is Noah Ketler with his wife and two kids.
The Springfield Fire Department recently completed its extrication recertification.
This training helps firefighters use the skills they learn to perform in emergency situations when a vehicle accident has occurred.
A special thanks to Rawls and Sons Salvage yard for donating several vehicles for crews to practice on and for the use of their property.
2 Day FREE Food Giveaway Event May 5-6 By Mid Cumberland Community Action
The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency will be hosting a 2-day FREE food giveaway event in Robertson County set for Wednesday, May 5th and Thursday, May 6th from 9 am to 3 pm at Travis Price Park: 4155 Wilks Rd in Springfield, TN for any and all Robertson County residents in need.
Questions, please call (615) 742-1113
The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency.
Payne Chevrolet of Springfield
Watch an old-school Chevy pickup lap one of the most difficult racetracks in the world.
Payne Chevrolet of Springfield – Congratulations Cherie on your brand new 2021 Chevy Trax!
Payne Chevrolet of Springfield – Chevy did a lot more than just move the engine to turn the C8 into a supercar killer.
Learn More About The “Friends of The Library”
Meeting – Wednesday, May 5th
The Friends of Gorham-MacBane Library is a is a not-for-profit organization for people who are interested in books and libraries.
The Friends meet the 1st Wednesday of every other month at Stokes Brown Public Library at 11am. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 5th. Anyone is welcome to join our Friends group.
They meet in January, March, May, July, September, and November.
Become A Friend
A ‘Friend’ is someone who can help with an annual membership fee and perhaps be able to give some time to the Library in volunteer hours. Meetings occur six times a year and we have events/activities throughout the year.
Volunteers can help shelve books, prepare materials for children’s groups, or help with special events. There are many opportunities for you to help in your Library. It’s a good way to meet people and make new friends!
The purpose of this organization is:
• To maintain an association of persons who are interested in literature, music, art, science, education, and culture.
• To promote the operation, maintenance, growth, and development of the Library.
• To promote an informed interest in the Library, its services, facility’s needs, and to stimulate the use of the Library resources and services.
• To encourage, receive, and administer gifts, endowments, and bequests for the promotion of the objectives of Gorham-MacBane Public Library.
• To support and cooperate with the Library in developing Library services and facilities for the community.
• To support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.
If you would like to join the Friends of Stokes Brown Public Library, contact Ann Rausch at 615.305.2598 or email [email protected]
(Springfield, TN) – Classic Tin Cruise-In Wednesday Evenings
“It’s almost time for Cruise-In Season! Starting April 28th. Every Wednesday (weather permitting) Springfield!” Shelby Horner
Classic car Cruise-In for Springfield and the surrounding communities coming together, sharing and talking cars, trucks and bikes.
Held every Wednesday, from spring till Halloween, Classic Tin Cruise-In will be in Springfield, TN. The classic car, truck, and bikes Cruise-In for Springfield and the surrounding communities coming together for some Family Fun!
Being held at 2008 Memorial Blvd, Springfield, TN, Between the Hardees and Burger King.
Any questions please call Shelby Horner at 615-336-2257 See Less
NOTICE: Food Assistance Available
The United Ministries Food Bank would like to inform the residents of Robertson County that they are still helping with food needs.
If you are struggling to put food on your table they can help.
They are located at 808 S Main St. (beside Cope). Familes need to have ID’s and Birthdays dates for all living at their residents.
Residents are welcome to come in monthly for assistance. If you have questions please call 615-384-8306.
Hours: Open Monday thru Thursday 10:30AM to 1:30 PM.
FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 Drive-Thru Food Pantry
United Ministries Food Bank of Robertson County, TN
will be having a drive-thru food pantry at Springfield Baptist Church
When: Friday, May 7, 2021 at 9 AM CDT – 11 AM CDT
Where: Springfield Baptist Church – 400 North Main St. in Springfield, TN
Please help us spread the word about our upcoming drive-thru food pantry happening Friday, May 7, 2021 starting at 9am.
We will be setup in the Willow Street parking lot next to Springfield Baptist Church.
Clients will be asked to stay in their car, volunteers will collect food items according to family size and place in your car.
Want to volunteer with us for the drive-thru food pantry? Please give us a call: 615-384-8306
CITY OF WHITE HOUSE
City of White House, Tennessee – We are lucky to have the highly trained Sgt. Enck on staff at the City of White House, TN- Police Department!
His SPEARE self-defense classes are always a hit!
White house BDP – Senior girls participating in the SPEARE self defense class by Eric Enck of the White House Police Department
White House, TN – construction progress on the new City Hall and Community Event Center.
Click the image below to view the latest flyover video for the construction progress on the new City Hall and Community Event Center. The building will house a new Senior Center, event room with warming kitchen, Board Room, and offices for the Parks, Finance, Planning/Codes, Human Resources, and Administration Departments. The building will be located just south of the Library and west of the splash pad and playground.
City Administrator Gerald Herman and department directors were able to tour the first floor of the Community Event Center construction site today. Some pictures of the tour are below.
The first floor of the building will house a new Senior Center, event room with warming kitchen, and offices for the Parks and Recreation department. The second floor will contain the Board Room and offices for the Finance and Planning/Codes departments. The third floor will have offices for the Human Resources and Administration departments and an employee training room.
City of White House, TN – Missed seeing the photo displays at the City’s 50th birthday celebration this weekend?
Don’t worry! The displays will be rotating between City Hall, Library, and Museum.
White House Monday Night Cruise-In – thru Oct. 25th 2021
5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Tavern 76 Parking Area (Only)
520 Highway 76
White House TN, 37188
Contacts Wayne Maligin 615-566-7343 or Bob Boone 601-354-3604 (Tavem 76 Parking area is located in the parking area in front of the Tavem 76)
White House Heritage BioSTEM Lab Provides Industry-Level Experience For Students
White House Heritage High School students have a new science option as of last year due to the foresight of principal, Dr. Kim Hass.
After hearing of a similar program, Dr. Hass and several teachers visited Wilson County Schools in 2019, to see what their BioSTEM lab looked like and to determine whether it was something Heritage would like to consider. As a result of that visit, Heritage opened their own BioSTEM lab in 2020 and began offering BioSTEM as a course option.
Biology teacher, Erica Hoover, is an enthusiastic participant and proponent of the new program.
“Biology has definitely given them the basics they need to know,” she said of her students, but, “BioSTEM provides actual experience.”
As a “for-instance,” Hoover referenced DNA, a popular ingredient in many television crime dramas.
“They learn about the structure and function of DNA in biology,” she said. “In BioSTEM they actually see it, and see it separating out into bands as they examine it on an agarose gel. BioSTEM is more the application of that content knowledge that they get in biology. We go a little bit deeper as far as the content knowledge, too, but the BioSTEM experience gives them a sampling of lab techniques and procedures that they would not normally get in a standard high school biology course. For instance, they would not normally get to run a polymerase chain reaction in a standard class. That is a technique used to amplify tiny amounts of DNA in order to further test it. A real-world practical example would be the need to identify trace amounts of DNA at a crime scene. Our students can perform this procedure, students in a basic biology lab cannot. These students do all the science…regular biology students simply read about it.”
The current program is a two-year commitment and requires successful completion of Advanced Biology and Advanced Chemistry prior to entry. Hoover says that ideally she’d like the program to allow for internships during the final semester of study. Local agricultural, pharmaceutical, medical and chemical industries would be prime candidates for this type of learning partnership.
Although the program began this 2020-2021 school year, it has already produced one upcoming graduate who will be attending post-secondary studies next year and majoring in biochemistry because of the BioSTEM program. His choice of college was based in part on the fact that the school he’s chosen has a brand-new science lab to facilitate his continued learning in this field. Hoover hopes for many similar such stories in the future. Currently Robertson County Schools is only one of two districts to offer this level of cutting-edge learning opportunity to interested students.
(Robertson County Schools)
(White House, TN) Pictures are flowing in from the City’s 50th Birthday!
Thank you for all the volunteers and our great partners at the White House Area Chamber of Commerce for making this event a special part of White House history!
Saturday, May 15, 2021: Ice Cream Social & Silent Auction from 1-5 PM.
Bring a friend, join us for a free Ice Cream Social, and participate in a silent auction. All proceeds from auction to benefit the Tanzania Missions bringing Bibles and other vital supplies to the area this summer.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
4095 US, US-31W, White House, TN 37188
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, Opening Farmers Market! – White House
When: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 3:30 PM CDT – 7 PM CDT
Come join us as we kick off the 2021 farmers market season! Anthony The Balloon Kid will be there to help us celebrate! Come out and visit all of your favorite farmers!
We are excited to announce that the White House Farmers Market is now accepting applications for the 2021 farmers market season!
Please visit our website at www.whitehousetn.gov/FarmersMarket to view the policies and procedures and fill out an application.
The NEW location for the market this year will be at the White House Municipal Park (located at 420 HWY 76)!
Spots will be limited this year, but we are hoping to have more than years past!
We look forward to a new and fun season this year!
City of White House, TN- Police Department – The DEA national drug take back was once again a success.
We collected 169 pounds of unused drugs. Thank you for your continued support of this program.
City of White House, Tennessee – SENIOR CENTER
Did you know that White House has a Senior Citizens Center that offers senior citizens lunch on Wednesday’s for $2.50?
The meal includes a meat, vegetables, bread, and dessert. Reservations are required by noon on Monday.
Find out more HERE
SENIOR CLASSES FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART!
Introducing Fittercise, our new line up of fitness classes, a variety of fun and energizing workouts, suitable for all levels of fitness. Make friends and improve your physical health and mental well being!
Class Description: (Giggle and Wiggles Work Out)
Tuesday & Thursday @ 9a—A whole body workout that tones arms, abs and legs combines with low impact cardio. Enjoy upbeat music that will have you wiggling, giggling and having a blast.
Wednesday @ 10a-10:45a—Chair Yoga
A gentle way to build strength, increase flexibility and relieve stress. Postures are performed either seated in a chair or standing next to it.
**Classes are taught by certified instructor, Ann Manly. All students are encouraged to go at their own pace and modifications are offered.
More classes to be added in May. Stay tuned!!!!!
WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING! MASKS & TEMPERATURES REQUIRED!
City of White House Fire Dept. – Administrative Assistant day…Vicky Vaughn is an incredibly important part of the White House Fire Department team.
She keeps the department up and running, and we thank her for her wonderful service. We couldn’t do what we do without her!
TOWN OF PLEASANT VIEW
Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department – PART-TIME POSITION: Administrative Assistant
The person filling this position must be creative, have a lot of energy, be customer service focused, and extremely trustworthy. A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent required and degree in business administration or related field preferred. This position requires excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with attention to details and follow-through a must. The individual must possess the ability to manage multiple projects and associated tasks while working independently as well as courteously with fellow staff and association members. Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office and mobile technology devices are a must. It would be beneficial if the person filling this position had field experience in an executive office of a governmental agency, non-profit association, and/or fire service related business. This will be a part time position that will work 20-30 hours per week. The PVVFD can be very flexible on the days and hours of work. This job will be working with the Fire Chief and Assistant Chief to assist or takeover many of the daily tasks that are required to be maintained to operate a successful organization. This employee needs to be a good team player and be able to get along with people and deal with the public daily.
The pay for this position will be depending on qualifications and education. You will be required to pass a drug screen and background checks. The PVVFD is also a tobacco free workplace. Some of the job duties will be as follows but this is not an all-inclusive list.
Fill out an online application here. Please choose “Administrative Assistant” as the position applied for. Your application will be reviewed, and you will be contacted if the department is interested in an interview.
• Answer phones and greet visitors
• Assist with payroll
• Schedule and coordinate staff and other meetings
• Collate and distribute mail
• Prepare communications, such as memos, emails, invoices, reports and other correspondence
• Write and edit documents from letters to reports and instructional documents
• Create and maintain filing systems, both electronic and physical
• Manage accounts and perform bookkeeping duties
• Work with all social media platforms
• Additional duties as assigned
The PVVFD is currently looking for Experienced Part Time Firefighters to join our team.
To Apply go to www.PVVFD.org
If you have any questions Call Brandon George 615-746-8528 Ext 7
Starting in May – Pleasant View’s – Cruise’n N Groove’n
(3rd Saturday of each month thru October)
“Don’t take the dust covers off yet! We are looking forward to seeing everyone in May. Stay safe and stay well.”
Location: 214 Village Square Pleasant View, TN 37146
This fun event is held every 3rd Saturday of the month in Pleasant View, TN. Come see vintage cars, great food choices, and enjoy a family fun evening. Time: 5pm – 9pm
Along with Mayor’s Choice, this year O’Reilly Auto Parts will sponsor the “Pick of the Month” vehicle.
ACROSS ROBERTSON COUNTY
Saturday, May 8th – Robertson County Master Gardener Association Plant Sale 8:00AM – 2PM
Perennials, annuals, shrubs, herbs and more.
UT Extension Office
408 N Main St
Springfield, TN 37172
All proceeds are used to fund new and ongoing community projects. We are currently renovating the community garden at the YMCA. We are planning to build a demonstration garden at the Highland Rim Experimental and Research facility soon. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Robertson County Sheriff’s Office – Thank you Leonard Swann!
You have been instrumental in providing an important service to this County during the course of a difficult year. We wish you all the best in your retirement!
REMINDER from the Sheriff–> The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office has Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in our Sheriff’s Office vehicles, allowing our deputies to better serve our community in case of a cardiac medical emergency. FULL STORY
Robertson County Sheriff’s Office – Thank you to all the citizens of Robertson County who participated in Drug Take Back this weekend!
We collected 92.6 pounds of unused or unwanted pills and medications. That’s 92.6 pounds of pills and medications that will be disposed of properly and cant be stolen and abused, and keeping them out of our landfills and water supply.
Robertson County Sheriff’s Office – Sheriff Michael Van Dyke had a great time supporting our veterans this weekend at the 1st Annual Spring Turkey Shoot with American Legion Riders Post 45.
4-H Camp is coming to Robertson County!
Join us for the 2021 4-H Jr Day Camp on June 3rd from 8-3 at the Robertson County Fairgrounds!
Sign-ups are still open and spots are LIMITED!
Questions? Contact the Robertson County Extension Office at (615) 384-7936!
UT Extension-Robertson County – FREE Eat Smart Move More class at The Center City of Springfield, TN
401 North Main St. Springfield, Tn 37172.
Free food tastings & incentive items when joining the class.
SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2021 – Full Throttle Monster Trucks By The Robertson County Fair, TN
When: Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 6 PM CDT – 9 PM CDT
Tickets – Click Here
Pit Party 3pm to 5:30pm: (What is pit party? This is your chance to get up close and personal with the Trucks and Drivers. Take pictures, get autographs, MEET THE DRIVERS!!! Every Ticket includes a free pass to the Pit Party Courtesy of the Robertson County Fair!)
Event at 7pm
Don’t forget to take a ride on the wild side!!! Ride the Predator Ride Truck!!! (Additional Fees Apply)
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