Distillery postpones spring Wyooter hunt

LOCAL NEWS — Earlier in the week, Jack Daniel’s announced that along with closing the distillery to public tours as well as the Lynchburg Hardware and General Store and Miss Mary Bobo’s Restaurant that they’d be postponing the annual spring Wyooter Hunt – a private event for Tennessee Squires.

It all started way back in May 1865. That’s when the first Wyooter – a large hairy beast that’s one part Big Foot and one part Boogie Man – was first spotted in the hills of Lynchburg near the cave spring at Jack. Facts are scarce and legends aplenty when it comes to the Wyooter. Some say he’s a ghost … others a Sasquatch.

Either way, let all raise a glass to “social distancing” and enjoy a Wyooter Hooter. That’s one part local product, four parts ginger ale, and a splash of grenadine for the uninitiated. And be on the lookout for migrating varmints in your neck of the woods. •

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Mulberry lavender sale happening on Sunday … drive thru style

The Mulberry Lavender Farm and B&B is located just off the Mulberry Creek. They’ll host a drive-thru Baby Lavender Plant Sale this Sunday. {Photo Provided}

MULBERRY — The baby lavender plant sale must go on. That’s the attitude of the folks at the Mulberry Lavender Farm and B&B as they push forward with plans for their annual event this Sunday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. … but with a twist. To protect everyone from potential COVID-19 exposure, they’ll set up on Highway 50 in Mulberry right in front of Southern Ironworks as a drive thru plant show … how clever.

It will be a great way to support a local small business and enjoy a rural road trip. They’ll sell baby lavender plants plus all organic lavender soap, essential oils, raw honey, farm eggs, and other fun items. Lavender is a natural stress reliever that improves sleep and reduces blood pressure. We all could use a little more of that.

Lavender plants are best planted in the spring and like full sun. You can get yours this Sunday at the Mulberry Farm Drive Thru Baby Plant Sale. {Photo Provided}

The Mulberry Lavender Farm B&B is located in a 1860s era historic farm house that once belonged to Jack Daniel’s older brother, Wiley. In fact, Wiley’s buried nearby in the Mulberry Cemetery. It now serves as the home to lots of Navajo Churro wool-producing sheep, horses, and Earl the Rooster. It’s an all organic, bio integrated family farm.

For more information, check out their Facebook page or website. You can also contact them at 928-308-8725. •

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One County, One Call: New Metro department launched during COVID-19 pandemic

LOCAL NEWS — We’re all in this together. It’s in that spirit that Metro Moore County launched a new department aimed at helping our citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, the Metro Mayor’s office, Metro Emergency Management, and Metro Sheriff’s Department announced a new public number to address any unmet needs in our community.

It’s for all Moore County citizens but especially for the elderly and health compromised among us. It’s for things like shopping for a specific grocery item, rides to essential appointments like doctor’s visits, or a wellness check on a friend or neighbor. They can also help with special medical equipment or other needs.

The new number is 931-307-6508. It’s currently manned seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s also an answering machine for after 4 p.m. calls. Mayor Lewis reminded citizens that all emergency calls should still be routed to 9-1-1. The Metro Sheriff’s Department also has a non-emergency line 931-759-7323 to report crime.

If you are willing to volunteer or donate services, click here to fill out a simple online form. If you have questions, call Mayor Bonnie Lewis’s office at 931-759-7076.•

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Air Force flies 500,000 COVID-19 test kits from Italy to Memphis

MEMPHIS — The United States Air Force quietly flew in 500,000 swabs used to test for Coronavirus from Italy to Memphis International Airport this week, according to the website Defense One, who originally reported the story.

“There’s multiple parts to testing,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Dr. Paul Friedrichs, the Joint Staff surgeon, said at a briefing. “The first is the swabs that are used to collect the sample from the individual who’s being tested, then there’s a liquid … that you put the swab into. That’s what we brought over from Italy.”

Memphis exists as a major Fed Ex hub and flying them there will help the tests more quickly arrive at their final destination. The Pentagon said that it’s just one example of the cooperation happening between countries to stop the spread of the COVID-19. To read the complete Defense One article, click here. •

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Trails and Trilliums Festival postponed

MONTEAGLE — The 17th Annual Trails and Trilliums festival and related Wild Azalea Gala fundraiser are both being postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Friends of South Cumberland State Park (FSC), which offers both events to help raise awareness and funding for its work on behalf of the park, will announce rescheduling plans for both events once the current health crisis has subsided, according to FSC Board President John Hille.

The events, both of which were scheduled for April 17-19, included group gatherings that had potential for facilitating virus spread. FSC Treasurer Rich Wyckoff said the Friends will be refunding fees to guests who have already pre-registered.

“Given the current guidance from the federal government, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, we felt it was in everyone’s best interest that we do our part to prevent community spread of the Covid-19 virus,” Hille said. “We are also in the process of contacting our sponsors and suppliers to explain our decision and discuss options going forward.”

Margaret Matens, FSC’s Trails and Trilliums Chair, said that Tennessee State Parks remain open, and are a welcoming place for people to get out and enjoy nature in wide-open spaces.

“Our park is especially beautiful in the springtime, when the waterfalls and wildflowers are spectacular. We invite everyone to come visit the park, enjoy the fresh air, and take a break from the stress and disruptions of the current situation.”

For more information about planning a socially-distanced visit to the park, visit FriendsOfSouthCumberland.org/plan-your-visit.•

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Lynchburg DREMC offices closed to the general public

LOCAL NEWS — As of this morning, Duck River Electric Membership Corporation will close its Lynchburg office and seven other regional office lobbies to the general public as a safety measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“This decision to temporarily close the lobbies is based on the growing risk of exposure and the caution recommended by local, state and national government to help contain the spread of the virus,” says DREMC President and CEO Scott Spence. “DREMC employees are working to ensure that we provide as many essential services possible. With the lobbies closed to the public, we ask that DREMC members and vendors contact employees by phone or email when possible and continue to use the drive-through at each office for your convenience as most of them have extended hours to assist members .”

You can still contact the Lynchburg office by calling 931.759.7344, or email employees directly. Customers may also use the cooperative’s company email, corpinfo@dremc.com if you don’t know who to direct your communications to. They also have an after hours emergency number, 931.759.7371.

To establish, transfer or disconnect electric service, call the Lynchburg office for assistance. Another option for establishing electric service is to click the APPLY FOR SERVICE tab found on DREMC’s website homepage, download the membership application, and follow instructions. To transfer or disconnect service, please call the Lynchburg office or email corpinfo@dremc.com.

To make bill payments, DREMC encourages members to use one of the free, fast and remote payment options, including the mobile app, website payment portal at http://www.dremc or by calling the office. No extra fees apply when using debit or credit cards for payments. If members choose to pay by check via phone, please speak with a DREMC member service representative and have your routing number ready.

Spence reminds DREMC members that scammers may use the current situation to attempt to take advantage of people. He reminds members that DREMC will not call and demand payment with a pre-paid card or ask for sensitive banking information over the phone. If you receive such a call, please hang up and call the Lynchburg DREMC office to discuss any concerns regarding your account.

“We regret any inconvenience the temporary lobby closings may cause, but in efforts to aid in reducing the risk of exposure to the virus, we believe this precaution is in the best interests of our members and employees,” adds Spence. “With health and safety at the forefront, DREMC employees will continue working behind the scenes to maintain the quality of service you expect and deserve from your electric cooperative.”

You can learn more at the DREMC website. •

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Turkey season kicks off on April 4

STATE NEWS — You see them in empty corn fields off Highway 50 or along the Mulberry Creek. Lynchburg may be Jack Daniel territory but wild turkey season will soon be upon us.

They’re the largest native nesting bird in Tennessee and were once a vital source of food for the Native Americans that originally roamed southern, middle Tennessee. By the early 1900s, over-hunting nearly eliminated them, Today, and thanks in part to Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) reintroduction efforts, they are once again native in all 95 Tennessee counties.

The TWRA reminds hunters that spring turkey hunting season is just a couple weeks away. The 2020 season opens for hunters in all 95 counties, including Moore County, on Saturday, April 4. The season will open to young hunters 6-16 years of age on March 28-29. All young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult over the age of 21. For complete guidelines, click here.

Hunters may hunt 30 minutes prior to sunrise until sunset, according to TWRA officials. State hunting laws limit hunters to one bearded turkey per day, and up to four total per season. To turkey hunt in Tennessee, hunters must possess a state hunting and fishing license (Type 001) plus a supplemental big game license. Hunters must check in all harvested gobblers and they can do so online at the Go Outdoors Tennessee website. •

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Motlow raises pandemic status to level three

LOCAL NEWS — On Tuesday, Motlow College decided to close all campuses and move to online-only operations. This moves the college’s pandemic response up one level to a Level III Pandemic Alert Level. In a press release, they stated they were doing all they could to “to protect the health and safety of the faculty and staff needed to ensure the progression of student academic success.”

Effective immediately, they’ll be following the guidance of the Tennessee Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and World Health Organization by continuing to operate as a online-only college. Students are not allowed on campus for any reason. All campus buildings are closed to both students and non-essential staff. Level III means there will be no campus-based student activities. Libraries will be available online only. Clinicals, internships, co-ops, and apprenticeships will not meet.

Last Friday, the college decided to extend Spring Break through March 22 in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, March 23, all students will resume taking classes in an online-only format. Motlow students will log into Desire2Learn (D2L) to learn about assignments, hear lessons, communicate with classmates, and upload classwork. For more information, visit the Motlow College website. •

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No conflict, Music Fest says about October Wiseman Park event date

Lynchburg Music Fest crowd
Crowds gather last year at the Lynchburg Music Fest in Wiseman Park. The 2020 event will take place at a still yet to be announced new venue. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — It seems to be a complete misunderstanding.

On Monday night, Metro Council member Wayne Hawkins appeared before the Metro Council on behalf of the Whiskey Runners Car Club, the organization behind Lynchurg’s fall car show, Cruisin’ in the Hollow. Why? The organizers were concerned that their event, which traditionally happens on the first weekend in October, would conflict with the Lynchburg Music Fest’s new date, October 2-3. Both Hawkins and Whiskey Runners Car Club member Wayne Cook, who also appeared before the Metro Council, were both working from the assumption that the Lynchburg Music Fest intends to hold it’s 2020 event in Wiseman Park.

That’s not true, according to Igniter Productions Jonny Hill, who The Lynchburg Times spoke with on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m very aware of the Whiskey Runner’s car show,” Hill said. “In fact, I’ve attended it many times and even entered my 51 GMC a couple of times. By no means would we every step on the toes of an existing event.”

At Monday nights meeting, Cook seemed confident.

“They are advertising right now on The Duck,” Cook exclaimed to Mayor Lewis as she tried to set his mind at ease by explaining that no one from Igniter had appeared before her to ask permission to use the park for this year’s event. “They are saying it right now on the radio,” Cook argued. “You can buy tickets. You can look it up on your phone.”

While it is true that tickets are now on sale for the October event, and they are indeed advertising on 93.9 The Duck, the verbiage on all of the above does not list Wiseman Park as the location of the 2020 event. The carefully-crafted wording stops short of naming the park the 2020 venue and simply talks about the park as the location of the inaugural event.

“The inaugural Lynchburg Music Fest, was a two-day music and camping festival featuring dozens of country and bluegrass bands on three stages in beautiful Wiseman Park in historic Lynchburg,” the LMF website and Facebook page states.

Igniter announced Kip Moore as Friday night’s headliner last Tuesday. In a press release, they stated that the “second annual Lynchburg Music Fest will take place on October 2 and 3, in a new venue in Lynchburg.”

Hill says that they are still working on details and contracts and for that reason his organization isn’t prepared to announce the new venue just yet but he hopes to make the announcement sometime in April.

For more information about the festival, visit their website or Facebook page. •

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Bell Buckle cancels Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day cancelled

Updated on March 17: Organizers have cancelled this year’s Daffodil Days scheduled for this Saturday due to COVID-19 public health concerns.

REGIONAL NEW | Bell Buckle — Each spring the rolling back roads leading into tiny Bell Buckle, Tennessee transform into a sea of bright yellow daffodils. Their history dates back to the 1800s, when Webb School founder Sawney Webb took a grim view of students absentmindedly snatching leaves off local plants. To teach them a lesson, Sawney assigned them to bulb planting duty all along the roads that converge into historic downtown Bell Buckle an up towards the school.

The daffodil trail as it’s called by the locals still exists today and many locals have added to it by planting thousands of their own bulbs. Each spring as the original bulbs and the newly planted ones, burst open in the warmer temperature, the town hosts one of the first spring events, Daffodil Day.

Here are three “must dos” the we picked for this year’s event:

1| Beekeeping Seminar – If you’re interested in apiculture or beekeeping as it’s commonly called, you won’t want to miss the Honey and Beekeeping Seminar with Dr. Ed Perryman. An avid local bee enthusiast and member of the Duck River Beekeeper’s Association, Perryman bursts with knowledge about all stages of beekeeping from hive construction to carrying your hive through its first winter. If you’ve ever considered starting your own hive, don’t miss this free seminar.

2| Local Author Book Signings – We’re a big supporter of the #buylocal movement and this includes local authors. The Bell Buckle Coffee Shop and Book Swap will feature three regional authors during Daffodil Day: John T. Wayne, Cabot Barton, and Lathan Hudson. Wayne is the grandson of the legendary John Wayne and a western fiction writer. Barton’s opened for artists like Emmylou Harris and the Georgia Satellites. He writes fiction based on his real world experiences. Lathan Hudson’s authored a memoir about his years in Nashville as a singer, songwriter called Once Upon a Time … There Was a Tavern, Volume 1.

3 | Free Tree Seedlings – Bell Buckle in officially the smallest town in Tennessee to earn the Tree City USA designation. Each spring the city celebrates Arbor Day during the festival and offers free tree seedlings to anyone in attendance. It’s just like taking a piece of Bell Buckle home with you.

Daffodil Day takes place in and around the historic downtown area on March 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information check out the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce website. Or for up-to-the-minute events updates, visit their Facebook page.•

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