Organizer cancel 2020 41-A Festival

{Art Courtesy of the 41-A Festival}

TULLAHOMA — Wednesday afternoon, the Highland Rim Kiwanis – the sponsors of the annual 41-A Festival – announced that they will be cancelling this year’s event due to the COVID-19 situation.

The event’s been held every September in historic, downtown Tullahoma for the last 10 consecutive years. The event raises money for children’s charities throughout southern, middle Tennessee as part of the Kiwani’s mission to “change the world one child at a time.”

According to the group’s social media, the festival will resume on September 24-25 in 2021. •

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Harton Hospital alters visitation in response to COVID-19

Tennova Healthcare Harton in Tullahoma recently reduced visting hours in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. {Graphic Provided}

TULLAHOMA — Having a family member or friend face an uncertain medical situation is stressful under any condition. The need for social distancing to protect others only complicates that.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Harton Hospital (Tennova Healthcare) will alter their visitation guidelines until further notice. Visiting hours will be limited and all visitors must pass a health screen before entering the hospital. Also, all visitor must be over the age of 16.

Hospital officials will lock the main entrance at 7 p.m. each weekday. On weekends, the only entry into the building will be through the Emergency Department entrance.

Additionally, all patients are being screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors. If a physician determines any patient meets the criteria, they will order testing, according to the hospital’s website.

They also remind the public that should you develop mild symptoms, the best course of action is to stay quarantines inside your home. Only patients with severe symptoms and difficulty breathing should seek care. Elderly patients and those who are immunocompromised should also seek care as soon as possible.

As of Thursday at 2 p.m., there were no confirmed cases in Coffee County. •

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Review: Sundrop Shoppe now serves breakfast

Sundrop painting by local artist Annie Rone
Local artist Annie Rone painted this whimsical Sundrop soda fountain creation for the Atlantic Street eatery. {A Lynchburg Times photo}

TULLAHOMA — They’ve become renowned locally for their chicken salad, French onion soup, and dreamy soda fountain creations. Now, the Sundrop Shoppe and Luncheonette in Tullahoma serves breakfast all day, six days a week.

The charming, local eatery is a southern slice of nostalgia. Outside the bright brick facade, and classic striped awning adds to Atlantic Street’s main street appeal. Inside, the restaurant feels like an old-fashioned soda shoppe and lunch counter with walk-up seating along a marble counter top as well as cafe-style seating both inside and out. Hardwood floors, an exposed brick wall, stamped metal ceiling, and a bright Sundrop-inspired painting by local artist, Annie Rone, complete the bright, cheery interior. Shelves filled with Sundrop memorabilia and souvenirs also line one wall.

The new breakfast menu includes three cleverly named signature items. The Queen City Platter offers two fresh eggs, toast, plus you choice of meat –Applewood smoked bacon, Tennessee Pride sausage, or grilled ham. There’s also the Big Springs Breakfast Sandwich featuring two grilled pieces of bread, Swiss and American cheese, along with your choice of egg, meat, and cheese.

pancakes at the Sundrop Shoppe and Luncheonette
Pancakes are just one of the new breakfast items served daily. {A Lynchburg Times Photo}

We tried the T-Town Special. The made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes were a mouth full of light, fluffy perfection with just the right amount of butter. Our eggs over medium were also cooked just right and it was a pleasant surprise to see our favorite Louisiana Hot Sauce on the table.

We were lucky to have one of the restaurant’s co-owners, Paige Prescott serve us. On this particular morning, she and her staffed busied about making sure the Tullahoma High School Lady Cats got a good breakfast before heading to the state basketball tournament. Despite that large group, Prescott and her staff took time to greet and talk to each table and answer questions. The service felt friendly but unobtrusive. As we dined, we overheard a couple from Chattanooga say they’d traveled to Tullahoma that morning just to try the place.

In addition to breakfast, the restaurant also serves lunch six days a week including items like homemade pimento cheese, a blackened chicken Caesar salad, and hot sandwiches like their pot roast French dip. They also boast an almost 15-item soda fountain and sweet treats menu that offers things like a Cherry Sundrop Float, classic banana split, and Miss Barbara’s Orange Cream Cake. They also offer a kid’s menu. To see a complete menu, click here.

For more information, check out the restaurant’s Facebook page or website. •

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TN Grape and Grain Festival returns in May

Lynchburg Winery’s Hannah Manis and John Manis at last year Grape & Grain Festival {Photo Provided}

TULLAHOMA — You can get a taste of southern, middle Tennessee again on Saturday, May 30 as the Grape & Grain Festival returns to Tullahoma. The event will take place from 3-7 p.m. at Frazier-McEwen Park.

Over 50 local and regional craft breweries, wine makers, and distillers will be on hand to allow you to sample over 50 flavors of craft beer, wine, and spirits. Organizers have not yet released the complete list of participating breweries, wineries, and distilleries but in past years local favorites like Lynchburg Winery, Old Shed Brewery, George Dickel, and others have participated.

Advanced tickets are now on sale for $25. They will be $30 at the gate the day of the event. You must be 21 or older to attend and you will receive unlimited tastings as well a free commemorative tasting glass. For ticket information, click here. All proceeds will benefit area charities. •

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Short Springs work day planned for Feb. 29

Short Springs Natural Area boasts the Bobo Creek and Machine Gun Falls. Volunteers plan a public work day on Feb. 29. {Lynchburg Times Photo}

COFFEE COUNTY — Friends of Short Springs Natural Area plan a public work day for Saturday, February 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will work to clear the trails for the increased numbers of folks who will visit the area this spring.

Located just three miles from Tullahoma on Short Springs Road in Coffee County, the 420-acre natural area offers a great geological example of the contrast between the Highland Rim and Central Basin. Visitors can enjoy exposed black Chattanooga shale, thickets of mountain laurel, and a dry oak-hickory of trees. You’ll also find towering sycamore, buckeye, magnolia, beech, and tulip poplar trees. It’s one of the best areas in the state to see spring wildflowers and includes Machine Guns Falls, a popular hiking destination. It’s owned jointly by the State of Tennessee, TVA, and the City of Tullahoma.

Volunteers will cut away trees blocking the public trails, remove garbage, and clean out water bars. Those planning to attend should bring their own safety gear, garbage bags, tools, water, and a snack. Friends of Short Springs sponsors work days in all months that contain five Saturdays. If you plan to attend, visit the event’s Facebook page for more information. For directions to the site, click here. •

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Dustin Lynch hosts album release party for “Tullahoma” on January 17

Dustin Lynch’s new album is intended to be a “tip of his hat” to his hometown. Marathon Music Works will host a album release party on January 17. {Cover Art Provided}

He’s a native from right down the road in Tullahoma, and his newest album celebrates the southern, middle Tennessee stomping grounds we all know. On January 17, his Tullahoma album release party will happen at Marathon Music Works in Nashville and as of press time, tickets were still available. Click here for details.

Critics have called the new album a ride down a two-lane road come to life and a musical self-portrait. He says every song, “points to something that happened to me or my close friends and family, and that’s really cool.”

Songs like Momma’s House, Dirt Road, Ridin’ Road, Little Town Livin’ … should all resonate with folks who are from around here. The album also features Lynch’s 2019 hit, Good Girl.

“I’m very proud of where I’m from,” Lynch says in a press release, “and proud of this record because it will hopefully make my hometown a little more famous than it already is.”

Lynch co-produced the album with his longtime friend and collaborator, Zach Crowell. He’ll launch a tour to support the album on January 30 with the first show in Detroit. For complete tour dates and locations, click here. •

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More manufacturing jobs coming to Tullahoma

REGIONAL NEWS (Tullahoma) — According to the state Department of Economic and Community Development, over 100 new manufacturing jobs are coming to Tullahoma over the next three years as TE Connectivity expand in Coffee County.

The company, which manufactures connectors and sensors, has operated in Tullahoma since 1997. The expansion will add approximately 100 new jobs, including assembly and molding operators, maintenance technicians, engineers and supervisors. The Tullahoma site produces connectors that empower heavy construction, mining and agriculture equipment, as well as commercial vehicles.

“We have a very dedicated team in Tullahoma that has worked very hard over the last few years to win new business. I am happy to see all of the hard work pay off. This is great news for the plant and the community, and we are excited to expand our workforce in Tullahoma as our growth continues,” said TE Connectivity Plant Manager Bryan Hall.

Headquarted in Switzerland, TE Connectivity employs 80,000 people at sites in 140 countries. To learn more about them, visit their website. •

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200 jobs coming to Tullahoma

REGIONAL NEWS (Tullahoma) — According to the state Department of Economic Community Development, 200 new jobs will be headed towards southern, middle Tennessee when EnableComp expand operations and creates a third office in Tullahoma.

EnableComp, headquartered in Franklin, exists as a full-service processor of medical claims. They serve more than 800 healthcare providers across 39 states. The new Tullahoma office will be dedicated to processing appeals to medical insurance claims. It represents a one million dollar investment in the area.

“It has been my vision since shortly after joining the company that we would expand outside of the Greater Nashville area. Tullahoma is perfectly situated to be another center of operational excellence, and we look forward to the next chapter of growth as we deliver value to all of our stakeholders.  We want to be the employer of choice in Coffee County,” said EnableComp President and CEO David Jones.

The new Tullahoma office will be located at 1400 Cedar Lane and is expected to add 200 jobs over the next five years. The estimated opening date for the facility is September 2019. For those interested, the company will host a career fair on Wednesday, August 21 from 3-6 p.m. at Northgate Mall.

“The lives of Tennesseans are changed when quality jobs are created in our communities, and I’m focused on attracting good jobs and investment to rural Tennessee,” Gov. Bill Lee said in a press release. “Our state is a fantastic place to do business, and I applaud EnableComp for creating hundreds of new jobs in Tullahoma.”

To learn more about EnableComp, visit their website. To learn what others think about working for the company, check out their Glass Door review.•

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