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. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Moore County … 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.}

Give blood at the Moore County Battle of the Badges

EVENTS — Blood supplies across Tennessee, and much of the U.S., are at dangerously low levels due to recent severe weather and the holidays. (Click here to read that story). With that in mind, Lynchburg Mayor Bonnie Lewis issued a challenge to our local fire department and sheriff’s department to see which department can recruit the most eligible blood donors in the community during the annual Blood Assurance Moore County Battle of the Badges.

Metro Moore Volunteer Fire Department and Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department will co-host a blood drive on Monday, January 20 from 1-5 p.m. at the Moore County Volunteer Fire Department located at 301 Majors Boulevard.

Fire Chief Mark Neal reminds locals that a single blood donation can support three or more medical needs in an area hospital.

“We challenge our emergency services to step up and donate as well as our great citizens here in Moore County,” Neal said.

So, whether you are Team Sheriff’s Department or Team Fire Department, roll up you sleeves and help area blood banks. Blood Assurance encourages all donors to eat a good meal, drink plenty of water, and avoid energy drinks prior to making a donation.

All donors must be 18 years or older. Chielf Neal says those who are short on time can visit the website to make an appointment for quicker turn around. For more information, visit the blood drive’s website by clicking here. •

{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.}

Local firefighters remind you to check dryer filters

LOCAL NEWS — Did you know that almost 3,000 house fires area caused each year by home clothes dryers? Those fires result in an estimated five deaths, hundreds of injuries and millions in property damages, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Failure to regularly clean dryer duct work and filters is the leading cause of those fires.

Metro Moore County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Neal reminds locals to check and clean your clothes dryer duct work and filters as the seasons change. Statistically, more clothes dryer fires happen in the fall and winter months, peaking in January, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

To avoid fires, resident should clean lint filters after every use and clean the dryer vent duct work at least once a year.

“If you use dryer sheets, a film will form and cause your element to run hot. That uses more electricity and creates a fire hazard,” he said.

Chief Neal suggest removing the filter completely and running a small amount of water on it. If it puddles, then that means it’s blocked. Blocked screens can be cleaned by gently scrubbing with soap and water.

“It takes just a few minutes but can really pay off in the future,” Chief Neal says. •

{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.}

Halloween in Lynchburg: 4 Don’t Miss Events

LOCAL NEWS — Halloween’s always been a big deal in Lynchburg. Rolling yards, water balloon fights on the square, trick-or-treating … it’s all always been good old fashioned small town fun. This year organizers are going all out to make Halloween in historic, downtown Lynchburg a new fall tradition. Here’s four cool things happening that night:

1 | Metro Moore Fire Department Chili Supper — It’s a Moore County tradition and some really good chili. The Metro Moore County Volunteer Fire Department will host their annual free chili supper beginning at 4 p.m. until all the chili’s gone. They’ll also give out trick or treat bags and candy for the kids. The Fire Department is located near the intersection of Elm Street and Majors Boulevard.

2 | LES Trunk or Treat — You realize that trunk-or-treats are just tailgate parties for kids right? Get your trick-or-treating started early with the LES Trunk-or-Treat from 4-6 p.m. Local authorities will be closing down Mechanic Street after the buses run for safety reasons that night, so plan to park near the square or Wiseman Park and walk to the school. The event’s sponsored by the LES PTO.

3| Halloween in the Hollow — There’s nothing like shutting down the square for a street party. Ghouls and gobblins of all ages are invite to Halloween in the Hollow around the Lynchburg Square from 6-8 p.m. There will be costume and jack-o-lantern contests, a Monster Mash DJ Dance Party hosted by Lynchburg’s own DJ Dusty, mummy wrap race, and some special guest appearances. Anyone who wants to set up for the Trunk or Treat on the Square should do so before 4:30 p.m. when local authorities plan to shut down both Mechanic Street and the square for the night’s activities.

4 | MCPL Intergalactic Book Lover Meeting —Prefer a literary approach to Halloween festivities? Then head to the Moore County Public Library from 4-8 p.m. for an Intergalactic Book Lover’s Meeting. They’ll also have candy so make sure to stop by.

Sheriff’s deputies will be onsite throughout the night directing traffic. Side streets leading up to LES will be open only Mechanic Street and the public square will be closed to traffic. Any child with special needs should contact the Moore County Sheriff’s Department for special arrangements that night, 931-759-7323. •

{Editor’s Note: And don’t forget to enter our Halloween iPhone Photography Contest by simply tagging us in your photos from that night. Categories will include Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Children, Landscape, Nature, People, and Misc. and the overall winner wins a $25 gift certificate to Velma’s Candy.}

{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.}