Moore 4-H plans (virtual) fishing tournament

Moore County 4-H will sponsor a virtual kid’s fishing tournament May 22-29. {File Photo}

MOORE COUNTY — Can you social distance and participate in a Memorial Day fishing tournament? Heck yeah.

UT Extension, Tennessee State Extension, and Moore County 4-H are partnering for a virtual fishing tournament for kids 9-18 this weekend through next Friday. Just take a photo of that catch and boom … you are entered. The category will be for longest fish (large mouth bass, small mouth bass, striped bass, crappie, walleye, trout, or catfish). All photos must show your fish on a measuring board or next to a measuring tape with the head to the left. Any photo without a measure will not be judged.

It’s free to enter. Simply email your photo to lburtts@utk.edu or text it to 931-675-1590 by no later that 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Submitted fish do not have to be caught in Moore County. •

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Get you yard “egged” for a good cause

For a small fee, junior class members will “egg your yard” just like the Easter Bunny would. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — The Class of 2021 just announced a super fun fundraiser just in time for Easter … Egg My Yard. For a small fee, junior class members will sneak by your house the night before Easter (after 8 p.m.) and leave it covered in candy-filled and prize eggs … just like the Easter Bunny would. They’ll also leave a note from the Easter Bunny.

The cost is $20 for 30 eggs, $30 for 50 eggs, $40 for 70 eggs, or $50 for $100 eggs. You can order by calling or texting 931.247.9684 or placing an order on the Class of 2021’s Facebook page. Be sure to mention any food allergies when ordering. The service is available in Lynchburg, Tullahoma, and Fayetteville. •

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Library launches Valentine reading contest for kids and teens

LOCAL NEWS — We’ve got some sweet news for kids in Lynchburg. The Moore County Public Library will launch a Valentine’s Day Reading Contest tomorrow (January 24).

For kids aged three to 12, they’ll launch the Love to Read and Create program. Check out any three books and return them by February 12 and you will receive a DIY Valentine Kit. For teenagers, each book you check out between January 24 and February 12 automatically enters you to win a Valentines Day-themed prize that included a stuffed bear and bucket of candy.

The library is located at 17 Majors Boulevard. For questions about the contests, calls 931-759-7285 or check out their Facebook page. •

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Chinese Festival of Lights at the Nashville Zoo will end Feb. 2

Zooluminations features a 200 foot long Chinese dragon. {Photo Courtesy of Jackie Nelms}

EVENTS | Nashville — Time is running out to see Zooluminations: Chinese Festival of Lights at the Nashville Zoo. It will run through February 2 and features over 500 custom-made silk lanterns spread across 60 acres in every shape, animal form, and holiday theme imaginable.

In November, the Nelms family of Lynchburg including Jackie Tomlin Nelms, her daughters Sarah Nelms and Jillian Bates Rael, son Ryan Bates, and their children all attended the oh-so-bright event.

Zooluminations is the largest lantern show in the U.S. and Chinese artisans spent months creating life-sized zoo animals such as elephants, rhinos, and giraffes along with flower scenes, holiday exhibits, and items related to the Chinese culture.

“My favorite parts were the pottery pieces,” said Nelms. “They were all beautiful and each scene had a description of the theme.”

In addition to the Chinese lanterns, the event offers a zipline, carousel, nightly performance by Chinese acrobats, and artisans displaying handmade items such as stone carvings and fan paintings.

The 63-night event will remain open nightly Thursday through Sunday from 5-9 p.m. through February 2. For more information or to purchase advanced ticket, visit the zoo’s website. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Annual Valentine’s Day fund-raiser planned for Friends of Animals

chocolate covered strawberries
These are examples from last year’s Valentine’s Day fundraiser. Organizers say they sold over 120 dozen and hope to beat that number this year. All proceeds benefit Friends of Animals Rescue and Adoption Center. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS | Non-profits — Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat for your significant others, a co-worker, your child, a parents, or even just a good friend … Lynchburg Vet Hospital, Barking Pig BBQ, and Lynchburg Friends of Animals will offer a delicious way to be thoughtful and support an hard-working non-profit this Valentine’s Day.

All three will host their annual Valentine Chocolate Covered Strawberry Fundraiser again this year. The cost for one dozen fresh strawberries hand-dipped in Ghirardelli chocolate is $15. Locals can pre-order their dozen by calling the Lynchburg Veterinary Hospital during regular business hours at 931-759-7550. Organizer says they sold around 120 dozen last year, and hope to beat that total in 2020.

Pick up will be on Friday, February 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All profits benefit Moore County Friends of Animals, a local non-profit dedicated to helping stray, and abandoned pets in our community through both rescue and adoption. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

As the trees come down, top JD barrels to be auctioned off for Operation Ride Home

As they come down this year, the top barrel of the five barrel trees located in Lynchburg, Chicago, Dallas, Milwaukee, and Nashville will be auctioned off to support Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — On December 3, locals, and visitors from around southern, middle Tennessee, the United States, and as far away as the Netherlands gathered at the Jack Daniel Visitor’s Center for the annual lighting of the barrel tree. This year, the original tree in the Holler stood as one of five spread across the U.S. in five American cities – Lynchburg, Chicago, Dallas, Milwaukee, and Nashville.

Each stood over 26 feet tall and was made from 140 American white oak whiskey barrels from right here in Lynchburg. As you know, all our “local product” is made in new charred oak barrels … the same barrel is never filled twice. Each of the 700 barrels used to build the trees was once filled with Tennessee sippin’ whiskey.

As this season comes to an end, the trees will come down and the top barrel from each will be auctioned to support Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home. Since the program began, it’s assisted 7,232 junior-enlisted service members to travel home for the holidays. It’s helped members from the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard travel to all 50 states.

“At Jack Daniel’s, we like to say that good cheer is our number one export to the world,” said Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. “The barrel tree in Lynchburg has a special way of bringing people together, just like Operation Ride Home, and we hope friends either living in or visiting these locations will stop by and join us as we celebrate this most special holiday season. After all, it’s not what’s under the tree that’s important, but who’s around it.” •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Promise Manor added to Best Christmas Lights list

Promise Manor Christmas lights
WPLN in Nashville recently featured Lynchburg’s Promise Manor on their list of best Middle Tennessee Christmas lights. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS | Events — As anyone who’s driven down Motlow Barns Road at night can tell you, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Promise Manor. Located inside one of the oldest and most historic homes in Lynchburg, the newly renovated landmark sparkles in shades of the holidays.

Christmas trees peek out from each of the two story Greek Revival-style home’s front windows. New owner Kayla White, also tastefully placed white lights, garland, and real evergreen wreaths around the front door and the portico. Across the entire scene falls giant light blue snowflakes that just scream, “give us a white Christmas.”

It’s a gorgeous small town, southern site and one that got the attention of WPLN Nashville the public radio station that recently added Promise Manor to it’s, Here’s Where to Find the Best and Brightest Christmas Displays in Middle Tennessee list.

It’s the only spot in Lynchburg to earn the honor. Other area locations were the Ray Family at 711 East Grizzard and Reese Family at 2010 Adams Street in Tullahoma, Brockman’s Dancing Lights at 1825 Dabbs Ford in Decherd, the Daugherty Family at 169 Brandi Way in Winchester, and the Winton’s Family at 55 Haskell Winton Road in Manchester. For the complete list, click here.

Will host a open house on December 15

If you’d like a peek at the inside of Promise Manor, they will host an open house on December 15 from 1-4 p.m. There will be plenty of photo ops, free pictures with Santa, a photo booth, cookie decorating, and more. For complete details, check out the event’s Facebook page by clicking here. The event is free, but organizers ask that you bring a donation for Moore County Friends of Animals to attend. The local animal rescue group could use food, beds, blankets, toys, leashes, and sweaters.•

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Lynchburg’s oldest living vet, Aulden Raby, to grand marshall Christmas parade

Quilts of Valor honored Lynchburg’s oldest known vet, Aulden Raby, in October. {Photo Provided}

This October, Moore County native Aulden Raby, looked all smiles as members of Quilts of Valor wrapped a warm, homemade quilt around his shoulders and honored his service in World War II. On Saturday, he’ll once again be honored as he rides in the annual Lynchburg Christmas Parade as the Grand Marshall.

Born in the Charity community of Moore County to Willis and Lorina Raby, Aulden Raby enlisted in the Army in 1944. U.S troops and their allies were fighting the Nazi’s in Germany and beyond and D-Day saw 155,000 allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy.

“At the time, it was pretty much expected of a young man,” says Mr. Raby of his decision to enlist. “But I felt the need to serve our country.”

He trained in Washington State and then headed overseas to places like France and Germany. By late 1945, the Axis collapsed and America and her allies claimed victory. Soon, Aulden Raby would return home.

Back home, he’d do what most men his age would do … get married and settle down. He and his wife had four children: Ronnie Raby, Connie (Raby) Taylor, Janice (Raby) Brown, and Virginia (Raby) Bracey. Eventually eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren would come along.

Mr. Raby says it’s an honor to be recognized for his service and sacrifice by his community. He’s looking forward to serving as the Grand Marshall on Saturday and has a full day of activities planned around it.

You can meet Aulden Raby at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at a Meet and Greet held at Diamond Gussett on the Lynchburg Square. The Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

You’re So Lynchburg If …Thanksgiving Edition

What a great time to come home for the holidays. They now sell beer on the Lynchburg Square. The weather’s gonna be absolutely perfect this weekend. And you know mama’s been in the kitchen since at least Tuesday cooking all your favorites. There are some things that just make Lynchburg special. After all … we are the most famous small town in America. So we asked our readers, “What makes you so Lynchburg if …” and they did not disappoint.

You’re so Lynchburg if …

1 | At least one relative around the Thanksgiving table is furious that you can now buy beer with your pizza and barbecue on the square.

2| There’s a little local product in at least one of your family’s Thanksgiving desserts.

3| You nearly called 9-1-1 after a near miss with a fried turkey.

4 | You’re a little hungover during Thanksgiving because had too much fun “up town” in Tullahoma the Wednesday before but you tell your grandma it’s the stomach flu … again this year.

5 | That friendly game of touch football got out of hand and now your brothers aren’t speaking to one another.

6 | There’s at least one dish on your table that someone hunted, fished, or grew in their backyard.

7| You really need to know what time Woodard’s closes around Thanksgiving in case you need one more thing.

8 | Despite the fact that you’re of legal drinking age, you still sit at the “kid’s table” during Thanksgiving because there isn’t enough room for everyone at the “big table.”

9 | Several family members show up with their own “Tupperware” to secure their fair share of the leftovers.

10 | You run into someone who used to know you as a child and they ask, “now who’s your daddy again?”.

11 | The cranberry sauce is served with those little dents from the tin can still in it.

12 | Cousin Joey isn’t allowed to leave the table until he tries at least one spoonful of everything … and it’s turned into a standoff.

13 | Someone says, “bless her heart” in reference to dry dressing.

14 | There’s a deviled eggs goblin.

15 | You brother’s new girlfriend just has to go tour the distillery … so you make a day of playing tourist.

Get added to Christmas in Lynchburg’s Twinkle Light Tour

Promise Manor on Motlow Barns Road started decorating for the holidays this weekend. When they are finished, there will be a total of six Christmas trees. They’ll be included in the Lynchburg Twinkle Lights Tour this year. {Photo Courtesy of Promise Manor}

LOCAL NEWS — The tradition of Christmas lights dates all the way back to the 17th century. German celebrators were the first to attach small candles to Christmas tree branches. In Europe, homeowners displayed a burning candle in their window. Today, holiday lights have come a long way. Outdoor Christmas light displays not only add to the wonder of the season but often bring out the competitive spirit among neighbors.

If you live in Lynchburg and you plan to decorate your abode with lights this holiday season, be sure to let the folks at Christmas in Lynchburg know so you can be included in their Lynchburg Twinkle Lights Tour. All featured homes will be added to a map that will be distributed during Christmas in Lynchburg. To be added, contact event organizers Lorrie McKenzie at 931-247-8691 or Gina Henshaw at 931-808-2359.•

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}