Friends of Animals launches new website

Pallo dog
Pallo is just one of the animals available for adoption that you can now view on the Friends of Animals new and improved website. He’s eight months old and gets along great with kids and other animals. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — Donate, foster, volunteer … all of these things are now just a click away for folks in Moore County.

Friends of Animals Rescue and Adoption Center in Lynchburg recently launched a new and improved website. On it, you can meet all the animals currently housed at the center, view adoption fees, and fill out an adoption application. There’s also a calendar of upcoming events and a link to their Facebook page.

The site offers information on how you can donate, foster an animal, or volunteer for the organization too. Locals can donate directly or make donations through Kroger Reward or Amazon Smiles and other affiliate programs. There’s an online store where you can by t-shirts, hoodies, and other items too.

Since it’s launch in 2013, the center’s facilitated adoptions of over 300 pets. Each rescued animal receives vet care including a microchip. To learn more, check out their website. •

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Moore Spay/Neuter group tackles new group of “dumped” cats

A single unspayed momma cat can give birth to up to three liters of kittens each year. A recent uptick of abandoned animals at the Moore County Recycling Center is the new focus of Moore County Operation Spay/Neuter. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — Over the past year, an all volunteer group’s been working hard to address the spay and neutering needs of Lynchburg’s Square Cats and other feral, abandoned, or “community” animals. Moore County Operation Spay and Neuter collects donated items and then auctions them on a special Facebook page to raise money for their efforts. One hundred percent of the money pays to have both dogs and cats spayed/neutered, and brought up to date on vaccinations so that they can either be adopted into a loving forever home or re-released safely into the community.

This past week, they took on another local hot spot for stray and abandoned cats, the Metro Moore County Recycling Center. Over the past year, the number of abandoned cats there has grown exponentially. Volunteers will set traps this week to attempt to catch the animals. Once caught, they will be spayed/neutered, fully vetted, and then re-released. If you see a local cat with a clipped ear, you know they’ve already been treated.

If you’d like to help, the group’s organized a donation page on Facebook. Click here to access it. You can also make a monetary donation there. Or if you’d like to donate auction items for the Moore County Operation Spay/Neuter online auction, they can be dropped off at Lynchburg Gifts & More or the Lynchburg Friends of Animals.

Moore County Operation Spay/Neuter is a group effort by members of the community, Lynchburg Friends of Animals, the Lynchburg Vet Clinic, and this newspaper. •

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Moore community rallies around two teens hospitalized after weekend shooting

LOCAL NEWS — Domestic violence touched the lives of two Moore County Middle School students over the weekend. According to reports, January 25 around 4:30 p.m. shots rang out at 1620 Vernon Ridge Road. Franklin County Sheriff’s Department officials say that Christopher Maxwell, age 48, remains in police custody after shooting and killing his wife, Holly Raquel Maxwell, age 46, before turning the gun on his two teenage sons aged 13 and 14. Maxwell is being charged with first-degree murder.

The two sons, who attend Moore County schools, were transported to two separate state level one trauma centers: Erlanger Barones Hospital in Chattanooga and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Members of the Moore County community are rallying around the two students. If you’d like to donate items to be delivered to the teens while they remain hospitalized they can be dropped of at both Lynchburg Elementery or Moore County High School. Requested items include snacks, lotions, chapsticks, water flavor packets, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, dry shampoo, hand santizers, blankets, warm socks, books and other reading materials.

For more information, contact Lashonda Hill at LES or Amy Cashion at MCHS or call or text 931-205-0702. •

If you’d prefer to give a monetary donation, the group is also collecting restaurant gift cards, gas cards (to cover travel expenses for family members), or monetary donation sealed inside envelopes. The group has also set up two ways to give money directly to the boys. Local Laura Swinford, a friend of the boy’s mother, has set up a GoFundMe account. Click here to access it. As of this update, they’d raised over $1800 for the local students.

There is also an account set up at Moore County Bank in Lynchburg in the Maxwell brother’s names. •

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New website honors life’s work of state naturalist

State Naturalist Mack Prichard
Tennessee State Naturalist Emeritus Mack Prichard reviews the new MackPrichard.org website, which chronicles his presentations, photos and writings. {Photo Provided}

By Susan Campbell | Contributing Writer

STATE NEWS — The Friends of South Cumberland (FSC) recently launched a new website that chronicles and celebrates the work of Tennessee State Naturalist Emeritus Mack Prichard.

MackPrichard.org is a free website that serves as a repository for Prichard’s decades of work with the state, including his presentations, photos and writings. The website has been designed to assist environmental education in the state.

In 2014, the FSC began working with Prichard to preserve part of his vast collection of photographs taken during his nearly five decade career with the State of Tennessee, according to FSC’s Rick Dreves. More than 5,000 photographs, more than a dozen videos of Prichard’s presentations, and additional digitized materials are now online, chronicling the evolution of environmental protection across the state, and showing many places and events that led to the creation of new state natural areas and state parks.

“The objective of the project was to share Prichard’s experiences and knowledge online, both as a record of his work, and to inspire and inform environmental educators, researchers and the broader public,” Dreves said.

The project gained momentum when the FSC received a grant from the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs (TFGC) to support the purchase of scanning equipment, data storage, web services and, most recently, funding for a student assistant to help accelerate the scanning of slide images from Prichard’s collection.

“Work to augment the online resources will be ongoing, as both Prichard’s archives and knowledge are deep and of great value to environmental education in Tennessee,” Dreves said.

Prichard has had a long association with both organizations. He was instrumental in persuading then-governor Winfield Dunn to advocate for creation of South Cumberland State Park in 1978, and for the establishment of FSC in the 1990s. For years, Prichard was a speaker at TFGC’s summer camp sessions, showing slides and speaking about conservation topics from across the state. The TFGC gave Mack the nickname, “Mr. Conservation,” and established its Conservation Education Fund to help preserve his collection.

The FSC is coordinating efforts with a parallel effort being undertaken in Nashville, where the Friends of Tennessee State Parks (FTSP) have provided a separate grant to scan other slides from Prichard’s collection. FSC hopes to add those images to the new website, when they become available.

For more information about Prichard and these organizations, visit MackPrichard.org, FriendsOfSouthCumberland.org, TFGConline.org and FriendsOfTennesseeStateParks.org.

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Arts Center adds stained glass classes

Tribute to Dard, glass, 9.25″ x 4.5″ by Tammy O’Connor {Photo Provided}

TULLAHOMA — Tullahoma Art Center’s (TAC) going through a rejuvenation of sorts. They’ve added new exhibition halls, more national exhibits, new membership benefits, a music lab, and an expanded gift shop. They’ve also added new classes including a Stained Glass Class taught by local artist Tammy O’Connor.

O’Connor studied at the Art Institute of Atlanta and has been working with glass since 1985. Her portfolio includes both large and small commissioned works that now hang in homes, churches, and businesses across the U.S. and Canada. Past shows include a solo exhibit at the Nashville International Airport and Tennessee Craft. Her current work can be seen in an Exploration in Color: Tennessee Women in Glass at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville. You can also read more about her work in this 2016 Nashville Arts Magazine article.

Stained Glass Instructor Tammy O’Connor

New two part classes will begin every first and third Monday in February from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will learn to cut glass, prepare a pattern, foil, and solder. O’Connor will offer both step-by-step individual instruction and the use of her tools. Student will leave with a completed work. No advanced skills are required and classes are open to students 16 and older. To sign up for classes, visit the Tullahoma Art Center website. To learn more about O’Connor, visit her artist website. •

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Super Bowl BBQ fund raiser kicks off for Friends of Animals

LOCAL NEWS — It’s a Leap Year miracle. When Barking Pig BBQ members and Lynchburg Veterinary Hospital owners, Bryant and Wendy Morton, determined they’d be out of town on Super Bowl Sunday … well, hearts broke all all across Moore County. The duo, their competitive barbecue team, and the folks at Lynchburg Vet Hospital usually all team up to sponsor the annual Super Bowl Butt Fundraiser for Lynchburg Friends of Animals Rescue and Adoption Center.

Thanks to Chuck Baker at Barrelhoue BBQ and some big-hearted volunteer … the show will go on. Barbecued Boston Butt will be sold for $40 each and may be ordered by contacting Lynchburg Vet at 931-759-5550. They wil be available by pre-order only and orders must be paid for by Wednesday, January 29. Pick up will be Saturday, February 1 at Barrelhouse BBQ or Sunday, February 2 at Fiends of Animals. Both days pick up will happen from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Barrelhouse BBQ is located right below the Lynchburg Square. Friends of Animals is located at 1980 Fayetteville Highway. For more information, call 931-434-7508. •

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Lynchburg Queen Bee Pageant applications now available

LOCAL NEWS — Organizers today released the official application for the first annual Lynchburg Queen Bee Senior Pageant to be held on April 4. Applications are due no later that March 20.

All contestant must be Moore County residents. Contestants who live in an assisted living facility outside Moore County may participate as long as their last known address was inside Moore County.

Contestants may wear whatever makes them feel fabulous … from a pants suit to evening gown. Pull out those mother-of-the-bride dresses ladies and shop those thrift stores.

There will be four categories: 1) ages 60-69, 2) ages 70-79, 3) ages 80 and over; and 4) nursing home contestants. Nursing home contestants will have their own separate event held at the Lynchburg Nursing Center on a date to be announced.

You may direct questions to Director Sharon Pragel at the Moore County Senior Citizen Center at 931-759-7317. Applications are available online at the even’t Facebook page by clicking here or at the MC Senior Citizens Center. •

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Motorcycle auction benefits JD’s Operation Ride Home

2020 Indian Springfield Limited Edition Jack Daniels Motorcycle
This 2020 Indian Springfield Limited Edition Jack Daniels Motorcycle will be auctioned on Saturday to raise money for Operation Ride Home. {Photo Provided}

It’s number one of 177 built and it will be auctioned off this Saturday with proceeds to benefit Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home. Say hello to the 2020 Indian Springfield Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Motorcycle.

A 116ci Thunder Stroke engine sits beneath a blackand grey paint scheme that features a Single Barrel Select wood grain finish and custom Single Barrel logo floorboards. It also features a genuine leather seat, tank strap with Jack Daniel’s logo, Montana Silversmith crafted Limited Edition badging, custom Indian handlebars, and gloss black engine covers.

The onsite and online auction will take place on Saturday, January 18 at 5 p.m. You can access the Leake Auction Company auction on the bidding site Iron Planet by clicking here.

It’s not the first year that Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniel have teamed up to raise money for a good cause. Past auctions raised upward of $150,000.

Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home program helps bring military families together for the holidays. Operation Ride Home provides financial assistance to eligible active duty junior-enlisted military and their families to travel from their duty station, back home to spend time with their families. All proceeds to benefit Armed Services YMCA via Jack Daniels Operation Ride Home. •

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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. •

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Trails and Trilliums Festival set for April 17-19

native plants
The Trails and Trilliums Festival native plant sale always offers a huge selection of hard-to-find native wildflowers, shrubs, ferns, and trees. A list of plants will be posted to their website prior to the day of the event. {Photo Provided}

Monteagle — There’s nothing more oh-so-Tennessee than celebrating Earth Day on the Cumberland Plateau. Organizers recently announced that the dates for the 2020 Trails & Trilliums Festival have been set for April 17-19. The annual fundraiser for Friends of South Cumberland includes over 25 guided hikes, a native plant sale, as well as nature-related programs, workshops, and author talks. This year will feature a new event, the Trails & Trilliums Family Campout.

Events take place in and around the Dubose Conference Center in Monteagle. Keynote speaker this year will be naturalist and storyteller Ranger Bob Fulcher. For more information, visit their website. You can also get up-to-the-event updates on their Facebook page. •

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