9 Lynchburg things to do while social distancing

shelter dog, fishing, barbecue
Walk a shelter dog, go fishing at Tims Ford, or barbecue … social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck inside. {File Photo}

Distillery tours are shut down, Moore County schools are closed … now what? On March 15, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidance for stopping the spread of COVID-19 related illness. According to the CDC website, they “recommend that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.”

It’s called “social distancing” and it refers to a specific set of recommended actions taken by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious virus like COVID-19. It includes avoiding things like meeting in large groups as well as closing buildings, and cancelling events. But it doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck inside your home. There are lots of things you can do in the Lynchburg area.

1 | Explore Tims Ford State Park – It’s made up of 1,321 glorious, picturesque acres and there’s plenty of room for locals to explore without being on top of each other. It includes four hiking trails, three mountain bike trails, as well as three paved multi-use paths. It also happens to offer some of the best bass fishing in the South plus the Bear Trace Golf Course.

2 | Order take out from a local restaurant – Sure, we’re supposed to be avoiding dining in restaurants but that doesn’t mean you can’t order out. You can’t survive on snack food forever. Place a to go order at a local Lynchburg restaurant. We bet they’ll even offer curbside delivery if you ask.

3| Drop off a care package – We’re all in this together and now is the time to step up and take care of the less fortunate or vulnerable in our community. That includes that new mom, the elderly couple down the street, or the neighbor living with asthma. Pick some wildflowers, bake some homemade cookies, heck, be extravagant and give them a roll of toilet paper.

4| Shop local – Easter is right around the corner … so is Mother’s Day. The charming shops located in Lynchburg offer so many homemade, handmade, creative, original gift ideas. The Distillery tours are shut down for two weeks, so we’ve got the place all to our selves. If every person reading this just spent an extra $20 each week during the coronavirus response, it would make a huge difference.

5| Go fishing – Lynchburg’s blessed with several, amazing local waterbodies. Tims Ford Lake offers first class bass fishing. The Elk River is world-renown for its trout fishing. Fishing legend and Lynchburg native Bill Dance learned to hook em’ in the Mulberry Creek. Grab a pole and head out to a nice, secluded watering hole. And don’t forget your Tennessee fishing license.

6| Clean out your closets (and donate your stuff to Moore County Operation Spay/Neuter – You’ve got some time on your hands and spring is only a few days away. Why not get a head start on that spring cleaning? And before you throw anything away or sent it to Goodwill consider donating any “gently used” items to Moore County Operation Spay/Neuter and let them sell it on their online auction site. All proceeds fund spaying and neutering the community animals of Lynchburg. Click here to learn more.

7| Throw something on the grill – Woodard’s Market here in Lynchburg boasts one of the best fresh meat departments in the state. They offer a wide selection and if you don’t see what you want, just ask and they’ll cut it for you. Since we’re cooped up inside, why not barbecue … and maybe even share with a neighbor.

8| Check out the local e-library – The lobby of our local public library is closed to walk in traffic but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still check out materials. The Moore County Public Library offers tons of digital check out options including the Libby app that you can download to your smart device. Click here for all those options.

9 | Walk or foster a Moore County Friends of Animals pet – There’s nothing that soothes a bit of cabin fever like a wet nose or a furry tail. You’re going to be stuck at home a lot, so why spend that time with a local shelter dog … even if it temporary. Contact the Moore County Friends of Animals at 931-434-7508 to inquire about walking or fostering a shelter dog.

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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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A new perspective on Oz will be the March pick of the library book club

Finding Dorothy, a novel by Elizabeth Letts, will be the Moore County Library’s Brown Bag Book Club March pick. {Art Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — It’s a new twist on a well known work of fiction and it’s the March pick for the Moore County Public Library’s Brown Bag Book Club.

 Finding Dorothy, a novel by Elizabeth Letts, tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s wife, Maud.

Set in 1938 Hollywood, MGM plans to adapt Baum’s work onto the big screen 19 years after his death and 77 year old Maud is determined to find her way onto the set. She’s convinced the producers need her to stay true to the spirit of the book. Why? Because she’s the only person still alive who knows it’s secrets. Once on set, a young Judy Garland reminds Maud of the girl she once knew in South Dakota – a place she and Frank lived that inspired much of the book. As Judy gets doubly pressured by both her ambitious stage mom and the studio, Maud become determine to protect her.

Lett’s deeply researched work transforms a certain period in time into a heart felt page turner.

The Brown Bag Book Club meets every Friday at 1 p.m. at the Moore County Public Library located at 17 Majors Boulevard. They begin and end a new book on the last Friday of each month. For more information, call 931-759-7285. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned, community 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 library offers eight week cursive class

LOCAL NEWS — Once upon a time, Common Core standards didn’t require local educators to teach cursive handwriting to elementary students. That changed in 2015, after state law makers voted to add it back into public education. It’s left many students with a gap and playing catch up.

For many students who haven’t learned to read and write in cursive up to now, college could present a few obstacles. That’s why the Moore County Public Library (MCPL) is planning an eight week Cursive Class for Moore County Students. Students will learn to both read and write in cursive.

Organizers say it’s a “quick and easy class to help prepare you to read those college professor’s white boards and historical documents you may be assigned to research.” And once you’ve learned the basics, you can add your own personal flair, library officials say.

The class will meet for eight consecutive weeks and teachers will assign homework in between sessions. The class is free to students and no pre-registration is required. Classes will meet each Tuesday in February and March and classes kick off on February 4. Grades 6-8 meet from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. and grades 9-12 will meet from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. For more questions, contact the MCPL at 931-759-7285. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated community 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.}

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. •

{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.}

Public Library will screen Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on early release Friday

The Moore County Public Library will screen Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on January 17 at 1:15 p.m. Moore County students will have an Early Release Friday that day. {Art Courtesy of Walt Disney}

LOCAL NEWS | Events — All Moore County Schools will get out early on Friday, January 17 for teacher training. Starting at 1 p.m., local kiddos will have a little free time on their hands. Never fear, the Moore County Public Library will be there to save the day with an Early Release Day After School Movie.

Beginning at 1:15 p.m., they’ll screen the recently released Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. It’s a 2019 Walt Disney film starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Michelle Pfeiffer. It’s rated PG and runs about two hours long.

The event will be free to all Moore County students. Children 10 and older may attend without a parent. Parents should plan to accompany younger children. All movie watchers are welcome to bring their own after-school snack.

For more information or questions, contact the Library at 931-759-7285 or for event details check out the event’s Facebook page 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.}

Donate those used costumes to Library’s summer reading program

LOCAL NEW — Christmas is just around the corner. This means all those shiny new toys will take the place of your child’s Halloween costume as their favorite thing. Rather than send those gently-used costumes to a local landfill or store them away in the back of the closet, why not donate them to the Moore County Public Library (MCPL) for use during their summer reading program?

The the 2020 theme will be Imagine Your Story and will focus on fairy tales and mythology stories. It’s designed to encourage elementary-aged children to develop a love of reading and enjoy free, summer activities.

“We need the costumes for some programs we have in mind,” the Library stated on their social media page.

Donations can be dropped off at the MCPL located at 17 Majors Boulevard. They are open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 12-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. They close every Thursday and Sunday. •

{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.}

Forgotten Tennessee author to visit public library

Forgotten Tennessee by Jerry JCL Winnett explores the best finds on Tennessee’s backroads. {Photo by Tabitha Evans Moore, Lynchburg Times}

EVENTS | Books & Film — Regional Author Jerry Winnett will visit Lynchburg on Friday, December 13 at 1:30 p.m. for a book signing at the Moore County Public Library. You may purchase a copy of Forgotten Tennessee for signing that day or buy one ahead of time at retailers like Amazon. His book explore the forgotten and abandoned places all along the rural Tennessee back roads.

A Lynchburg Times Book Review

As anyone with a proclivity for rambling Sunday drives knows, there’s an art to roaming the backroads of Tennessee. What will you discover today ? … An old drive in movie screen covered in kudzu, a long-abandoned sharecroppers house, or a broken down roadside motel. You never know.

It’s that love of back road discoveries and roadside surprise that inspired Jerry JCL Winnett’s new book, Forgotten Tennessee. The 128 page photo book features over 20 different photo essays of the places Winnett’s discovered while rambling through the state from the east to west and all places in between. He also describes the nerve-racking work with an unspoken rule that it’s better to beg for forgiveness than ask permission. Most photographers who love shooting abandoned locations try to get in and get out as quickly as possible with as many images as possible before getting noticed.

“Places like this should be frightening, and they are, but they emit such an aura of mystique that one is able to kick fear to the curb.”

Author and Photographer Jerry JCL Winnett

The book captures gritty, broken down place like the hidden grave site of Esquire Alfred Blackman, one of the founders of Murfreesboro, that Winnett discovered while rambling near Interstate 840.

“To say the least, I was shocked that I’d found myself walking through the burial ground of such a historically renowned family, a burial ground apparently forgotten by many residents,” Winnett says.

Other cool finds include the world largest tree house in Crossville, abandoned Greer Stadium in Nashville, and a sailboat sitting in a field near the Shelbyville Highway in Rutherford County.

To learn more about his work, you can follow Winnett on Facebook on his Abandoned in Tennessee page. You can also follow his blog by clicking here. You may purchase the book on Amazon and other book retailers for $24.99. •

{Editor’s Note: The Lynchburg Times donated our review copy to the Moore County Public Library if you’d like to check it out there.}

South Carolina author visits local book club

One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain is the Brown Bag Book Club November Pick. The author will visit on Nov. 22. {Cover Art Provided}

LOCAL NEWS | Events — The Moore County Library picked One Good Mama Bone as their next Brown Bag Book Club pick. The book is a novel by South Carolina writer Bren McClain who likes to combine her love of farm animals and love of writing into works of fiction.

The novel revolves around the protagonist’s, Sarah Creamer, quest to find her “mama bone” after being forced to raise the boy who is the product of her husband’s affair. She receives lessons from an odd source … a cow named Mama Red. To read a complete novel summary, click here.

McClain grew up on a 72-acre beef cattle and grain farm in Anderson, South Carolina. The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Award named an excerpt from One Good Mama Bone as a finalist for a Novel-in-Progress in 2012. It also won the 2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. She’s currently on her next novel, Took, which features another farm animal, chicken. It won the 2016 William Faulkner-William Wisdom prize for Novel-in-Progress.

The Brown Bag Book Club will meet on Friday, November 22 at 1 p.m. at the Moore County Public Library located at 17 Majors Boulevard. Participants should bring their own brown bag lunch. If you would like to read the novel and join in the discussion, you can purchase it on Amazon and other booksellers or download it immediately on Hoopla.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page. •

{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.}

Library offers free GED classes

LOCAL NEWS — Originally developed for military men who fought overseas during World War II, the GED or High School Equivalency Certificate offers those who experienced a hiccup during their high school days to get back on track. Since it’s inception, it’s helped over 15 million students and today 1 in 20 college students got there via a GED.

Beginning October 3, the Lincoln (Moore) County Adult Literacy will offer free GED classes each Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Moore County Public Library. The classes teach a general education in five subject areas: reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.

The classes are open to all Moore County residents and those from the surrounding areas but students must be 17 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license or other photo ID. Two signup dates will be offered prior to the class date. Interested students can come by on two Saturdays, September 21 or 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to get signed up.

For more information, call the Library at 931-759-7285. •

{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, 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.}