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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Public Library remains open but closed to foot traffic

LOCAL NEWS — The Moore County Public Library Board decided last night to keep the library open but to adjust hours and close the building to foot traffic. Patrons may continue to check out items on a curb side/drive through basis. Staff will also provide materials and offer fax and copy services via drive thru. Staff posted directions and information outside to help patrons learn how to utilize library services remotely.

Librarian Peggy Gold says they adjusted their operating procedure and hours after reviewing information from the local EMA office, Stones River Regional Library as well as public guidance provided by Governor Bill Lee’s office and the White House.

The library will adjust their hours of operation. They will now be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

“Staff and patrons will have no physical contact,” she said. “All interactions will be over the phone and through the book drop. Books, audio books, DVD, laptops and Chromebooks will be made available by calling the library.”

Thr MCPL also utilizes several online options for all library patrons. The Hoopla website allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, comics and TV shows on your computer, tablet or phone. Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. also allow MCPL members to access materials from the regional system. Moore County folks may download the Libby app to read on their smart devices. For a complete list of digital library services, click here.

Gold also stated that all due dates will be extended to four weeks.

For more information, contact the MCPL at 931-759-7285 or visit their Facebook page for updates and changes in hours of operation. •

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Get your groceries delivered … in Lynchburg

LOCAL NEWS — Well there hasn’t been anything this exciting since they started serving beer on the Lynchburg Square. Beginning March 17, Woodard’s Market in Moore County will begin grocery delivery. Delivery will be available every Tuesday and Thursday. There is a minimum order of $50 and a small ($3) delivery fee. Your order must be placed before 10 a.m. that day and groceries will be delivered between 1-3 p.m.

When we asked owner Missy Woodard why she decided to move in this direction she said that they were already doing some grocery delivery and they wanted to open it up to those who have a hard time getting to the store.

“You know, those who are sick, who don’t get around well, older folks … we’re going to do it two days a week and see what happens.”

Grocery delivery will be limited to within a 20 mile radius of the market, so this would include folks in both Lynchburg and Mulberry. To place an order, don’t call the market … instead call Bethany at 931.434.7018. •

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Moore firefighters recognized at Appreciation Dinner

Metro Moore County Volunteer Firefighters
Nearly 25 members of the community volunteer their time to be there when their friends and neighbors need them most. The Metro Volunteer Fire Department was recently recognized an the annual Appreciation Dinner. {A Lynchburg Times Photo}

LOCAL NEWS — When the tones go off, the world stops … whether they just sat down to dinner, in the middle of the night, as they watch their kids play baseball … volunteer firefighters routinely stop everything to be of service to their community.

In Tennessee, more that 70 percent of local fire halls are staffed by volunteer crews and that includes Metro Moore County. Those members are becoming harder to recruit, according to Metro Fire Chief Mark Neal.

“A lot of department strive to be what our department is,” he said during Saturday’s Appreciation Dinner at Motlow College. “But we could still use about 10 more members.”

It takes a special person with a special heart to sign up to drop everything and work extra hours away from their families to be their for others in their worst moments. This past Saturday night, members of the Metro Moore County Volunteer Fire Department gathered at the Motlow College Cafeteria, for their annual Appreciation Dinner. It’s a night to stop, reflect, and acknowledge the countless hours they give for the greater good.

Several members of the local department plus a community member were honored. Chief Mark Neal recognized Candy Richard for all her support of the local department. He also spotlighted retired member, John Womble, for his endless hours with both the Metro Volunteer Department and the Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade. The Department Service Award went to John LaCook. Chief Neal also recognized Nathan Long with the Department Service Award.

“He’s always going above and beyond without being asked,” Neal stated.

Crew members also took a moment to honor Assistant Chief Don Primus and Fire Chief Mark Neal for their leadership. {A Lynchburg Times photo.}

Neal also gave an emotional acknowledgement to both Assistant Fire Chief Don Primus and his wife Nancy for being the public face of the department in the Lynchburg community. After the awards ceremony, firefighter Chris Dickey stepped up to honor both Chief Neal and Assistant Chief Neal for their leadership. •

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MCHS hosts blood drive on Wednesday

LOCAL NEWS — There is zero evidence that the COVID-19 virus can spread through blood donation or transfusion. Despite that fact, health officials say they are beginning to see a drop off in blood donations due to public fears.

Should an outbreak happen in Tennessee, the last thing hospitals need to worry about is adequate blood supplies for trauma and cancer patients. The good news is that you can help. The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Moore County High School on Wednesday, March 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To make an advanced appointment, click here.

MCHS is located at 1502 Lynchburg Highway. For more information, call 800.733.2767 or visit the American Red Cross website. •

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What Moore County needs to know about the 2020 Census

It’s been happening for 230 years and counting and Moore County residents will begin to see postcards in their mailboxes around mid-March inviting them to participate in 2020 U.S. Census. Residents may complete the form either online, by phone, or my mail. We’ve put together a list of key facts to answer any question you may have about the process:

Why do I have to participate? In short, it’s the law. The U.S. Constitution – Article 1, Section 2 to be exact – mandates that we take an accurate counting of all living persons inside the United Stated every 10 years.

Who is counted? The Census counts every person living inside the United Stated regardless of citizenship. The 2020 Census does not include a citizenship question.

What does the Census ask? It’s a short questionnaire with less that 10 questions per person. It includes your first and last name, sex, age, and race. That’s it. Click here to view a sample of the questions. Census takers will never ask about your religion, political affiliations, or income. They will also never ask for your Social Security number of financial information.

Will they keep my information private? Yes … but only for a certain amount of time. All Census answers remain anonymous and they are kept confidential for 72 years. After that, your information is released to the National Archives.

What happens if I don’t answer the form? If you choose not to voluntarily respond online, by phone, or by mail before May 1, then a U.S. Census worker will visit your home to collect the information in person. By law, they can come back up to six times.

What should I do if I suspect the person at my door doesn’t really work for the U.S. Census? All U.S. Census worker wear official identification complete with an ID badge number. If you suspect the person, get their badge number and call the U.S. Census Regional Office to verify them. Tennessee is located in the Philadelphia Regional office along with Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia. You can reach them at 800.262.4236 or via email at Philadelphia.Regional.Office@census.gov.

And remember, by law, your answers on the U.S. Census can never be used against you by any government agency or court. Getting an accurate count of every person living in Moore County is important. Census numbers help determine how billions in federal dollars are spent. They also determine how many seats in Congress the State of Tennessee gets. For more information, visit the U.S. Census website. •

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MUD announces billing, due date changes

LOCAL NEWS — The Metro Utilities Department announced on Tuesday that they’ll be making significant billing changes beginning in July. As a result, your due dates, invoice format, and account numbers will all be changing.

According to a press release, the changes will happen “to allow enhanced usage information and more online options for reviewing and paying your water bill.” Consequently, all water meters will be read on the last full week of any given month and all MUD bills will arrive the first week of the month. Then bills will be due no later than the 15th of each month.

“We understand that you may have to make adjustments to accommodate the new due date,” MUD officials told The Times. “During the months of July and August, we will waive any penalty or late fee for bills due on the 15th and not paid until after the 25th of the month. Any payment received after the 25th of the month will incur a 10% penalty.”

After the month of August, all due dates and penalties will be applied as stated on the bill. Any customer on automatic payments through ACH, will see those payments post on the 15th unless that date falls on a weekend. In that case, automatic payments will be processed the first business day after the 15th.

Starting in July, members can also login into the Metro Utility Department website to view their usage, or pay their bills online.

“We’re excited about many of the new offerings we will be able to provide in the future as a result of this change but we also understand how changing the due date can be disruptive. That’s why we will work with you to make this transition as easy as possible,” MUD officials said.

For more information, contact the MUD offices at 931.759.4297. •

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UPDATE: MC holds cheerleading tryouts on new date

LOCAL NEWS — Organizers have changed a couple of important dates for students and parent of students interested in trying out for the middle school and varsity cheerleader squads.

Tonight there will be a mandatory parent and potential candidate meeting at MCHS at 5:30 p.m. In this meeting, students and parents will be given all the information they need to participate in tryouts.

Tryouts will take place on March 5. Routine reviews and mock tryouts will take place at 5:30 p.m. Regular tryouts will take place on March 6. For questions or additional details, contact Head Cheerleading Coach Erin Bell Rutledge. •

{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.}

DREMC says “right tree, right place” ahead of Tennessee Tree Day

LOCAL NEWS — Plant the right tree in the right place. That’s the advice of Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) as Tennessee Tree Day approaches on March 21.

“When planting trees, be sure to know how tall the tree will be at maturity to avoid interference with overhead power lines,” DREMC President and CEO Scott Spence urges. “Trees planted too close to power lines can not only cause outages but also pose safety concerns.”

Tennessee Tree Day is an annual event that encourages Tennessee residents to order, plant and nurture a new seedling to beautify their personal properties and communities. Seedlings must be pre-ordered and purchased by March 1 at this link. The site provides a list of native tree species available through the Tennessee Tree Day event and participating tree pick-up locations, including DREMC’s Chapel Hill office at 4637 Nashville Highway where four trees will be distributed: Southern Red Oak, Tulip Poplar, Redbud and Indigo Bush.

Trees cost $2.49 to $4.99 per tree depending on species. Bare root seedlings received through this program are 1 to 3 feet tall. Trees are available only by pre-ordering; no extra trees will be at the pick-up locations. Trees ordered through the Tennessee Tree Day campaign must be picked up at participating locations on Friday, March 20 during the times listed on the website.

Spence says that a guide to planting the right tree in the right place relative to power lines can be found at www.dremc.com/the-right-tree-in-the-right-place.

Some trees like the Indigo Bush are expected to reach 15 feet tall and spread up to 10 feet while others like the Southern Red Oak can grow up to 80 feet tall with a spread of 70 feet wide. Such details are included in the online tree order form.•

{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.}

Metro Council names 2020 boards and committee members

LOCAL NEWS — The Metro Moore County Council named and approved committee member for 2020 on Monday night. They are as follows:

Budget Committee: Amy Cashion (Chair), John Taylor, Gordon Millsaps, David Boyce, and Gerald Burnett

Finance Committee: Lynn Harrison (Chair), Sandy Lewis, Wayne Hawkins, Keith Moses, and Shawn Adams

Industrial Board: Tommy Brown (chair), Sunny Rae Moorehead, Wayne Hawkins, Keith Moses, and Arvis Bobo

Policy and Procedures Committee: Arvis Bobo (chair), Sunny Rae Moorehead, Meghan Bailey, Houston Lindsey, and Gerald Burnett

Ambulance, Jail and Fire Committee: David Boyce (chair), Amy Cashion, John Taylor, Houston Lindsey, and Denning Harder

Building and Grounds Committee: Sandy Lewis (chair), Meghan Bailey, Houston Lindsey, Shawn Adams, and Denning Harder

Highway Advisory Board: Wayne Hawkins (chair), Sandy Lewis, Gordon Millsaps, Arvis Bobo, and Denning Harder

The Metro Council meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Building. To have your item added to the agenda, contact Mayor Lewis’s office at 931-759-7076.•

{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.}