Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spot Lowe Technology Center Students Win Big at State Competition

Workforce training for young students is strong and getting stronger thanks to Spot Lowe Technology Center in Lewisburg, TN. 
Spot Lowe students won big at the state level in Chattanooga for Skills USA last week. Students that currently take, or have taken classes at the Spot Lowe Technology Center, are able to join the student organization known as Skills USA. In this organization, students participate in various activities throughout the year, including leadership training, community service, and competitions.

The Skills chapter at Spot Lowe currently has over 40 members. In February of this year, 23 of the members participated in the Regional Championship contests that was hosted at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Nashville. At these competitions, students compete against students from other schools in contests that are aligned to their specific program of study. Out of the 23 students that competed in the regionals, 15 students advanced to the State Championships. Out of the 15 students that competed at the State level, 5 won gold, 1 won silver, and 2 won bronze. 

Congratulations to Jennifer Jimenez and Matthew Bragdon for winning Gold in Automation & Robotics; Carlos Alvarez for winning Gold in Industrial Motor Control; Tyler Woodard for winning Gold in Action Skills; Cody Mitchell for winning Gold in Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Level 2; Tykiera Gulley for winning Silver in Job Application;  Andy Hill for winning Bronze in HVAC; and Shelby Toombs for winning Bronze in Nurse Assisting.

Jennifer, Matthew, Carlos and Tyler will all move on to the National Competition in Louisville, KY in June.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Laptops for Top 10 MCHS Graduates

 In a ceremony honoring MCHS graduates who will be graduating with honors, distinction and Top 10%, a special gift was presented to the students who will graduate as the Top 10 in the 2017 senior class.
Davenport Group is a technology company in St. Paul, Minnesota that is owned and operated by Lewisburg residents Paul and Sonya Clifford. Sonya graduated from Cornersville High School and returned to Marshall County with her husband and business partner, Paul, in 2015.
After hearing of the Rennaissance Program at MCHS and the great strides students have made in test scores, attendance, GPA and scholarships, the couple decided they wanted to do something to show their appreciation for the achievements of the school and the students.
On Tuesday, during the graduation honors ceremony, the couple presented 10 Dell XPS 13 laptops to the following Top 10 graduating students (in alphabetical order):
Laura Beth Brown, Natalie Cook, Mickey Crump, Stefan Daniel, Haley Davis, Hannah Haislip, Noah Jorgensen, Ximena Leon, Jacob Pomata-Gilley and Marti Sullivan.

Monday, April 10, 2017

What Makes Your Community Cool - Post "Cool Community Marshall" Pics

Whether in Lewisburg, Chapel Hill, Cornersville or anywhere in between, people are always doing something cool. Why not share that with the world?
Use Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to share what you and your friends are doing that makes your community "Cool". Just use the hashtag - #coolcommunitymarshall.
Favorites will get a "Social Shout Out" in the Marshall County Happenings weekly Calendar of Events.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Two Bike Events Come to Marshall Co. in April

Hell of the South annual Bike Race event on April 1 begins 3rd year in Belfast, TN.
On behalf of Shake-n-Bake racing, the city of Lewisburg, the community of Belfast, and all of our sponsors, it’s my pleasure to welcome you to the 2017 Hell of the South road race. Our goal back in 2010 was to provide a unique racing experience in middle Tennessee, a race that had a bit of the feel of a spring classic like the tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix. The move to Lewisburg in 2015 introduced a different dynamic to our race. In addition to a bit more climbing we have some of the best scenery and best roads to ride a bike through anywhere in Tennessee. So come and enjoy your visit to Lewisburg and Marshall county and please visit and support our sponsors, interact with the local residents and show your appreciation to them for welcoming us to their home. Lastly, we want to thank all of our sponsors, without them there is no race. Shake and Bake Racing would especially like to thank our gracious hosts, Cary Whitesell and the City of Lewisburg. Their support can’t be overstated and is critical to the success of our race. When we lost our venue in 2015, the city of Lewisburg stepped up with unprecedented support in the form of volunteers, logistics, and of course race sponsorship. If you have a chance to meet any of the representatives from the city this weekend, please thank them for their dedication and support to allow the Hell of the South to happen. Also, please be courteous to all volunteers you see and/or interact with as they have dedicated a large part of their day for your success and enjoyment.
HOS Race Registration

Henry Horton State Park is proud to host The Horton 100, the annual springtime Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT) event on April 22-23.

Riders will begin and end each day at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill. With a mix of beginner and more challenging stretches, this ride will show the best of what Middle Tennessee has to offer from the prime vantage point of a bike seat. Participants can ride the full 100 miles in increments of 50 miles per day, or choose a new 25 mile per day option.
“Hundreds of riders come to Middle Tennessee from all over the country for this annual springtime ride,” said Brock Hill, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation. “Henry Horton State Park is an ideal place for riders to begin and end their journeys, with plenty of activities for participants and their families to enjoy throughout the weekend.”
In partnership with Bike Walk Tennessee, Henry Horton will be offering an additional feature this year for families – a youth bike clinic on Saturday, April 22. The clinic will be open to children of all ages and include lessons on rules of the road, bike safety and a ride of up to three miles. Youth participants will need to bring their own bike and helmet. More information and registration for the youth event can be found at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/event_details/henry-horton/#/?event=horton-100-youth-bike-clinic-ride-2017.
"Biking is such an important part of the life of our state here in Tennessee,” said Anthony Siracua, President of Bike Walk Tennessee. “We are proud to partner with TDEC and the Friends of Henry Horton Park to teach bicycle handling skills to the children of middle Tennessee. Teaching kids to bicycle at an early age is a great way to encourage bicycling as a life-long activity, and it allows us to show the youth how to operate their bicycles with awareness and poise.”
Registration includes two days of rides, two nights of camping (Friday and Saturday) and three meals. The registration fee per person is $125 for both days and $65 for one day until March 31. On April 1, the fee increases to $135 for two days and $70 for one day. Online registration will close on April 17. Riders can camp for free, stay in one of the park inn’s 68 rooms or reserve an RV campsite for an additional fee. 
The park is located on the shores of the historic and beautiful Duck River, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Park Rangers will offer interpretive programming, including crafts and games, for kids and families who are there for the weekend.
Most of the routes will be on two-lane highways. Riders are encouraged to wear appropriate safety gear, including reflective clothing and bicycle lights. Helmets are required to participate. Rest stations with refreshments will be available at various points along the ride. More details, including the routes for both days, can be viewed online athttp://tnstateparks.com/events/details/#/?event=2017-horton-100.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Arbor Day Foundation Names Lewisburg Tree City USA

Lewisburg, TN was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Lewisburg achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
"Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA 
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nmture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library License Plates to Benefit MCIL

Want to help the Marshall County Imaginary Library? There's a new way to give and to show your support. The new ‘Dolly’ plate has been approved and is now making its way to county clerks' offices across the state.

While the cost of vehicle registration varies from county to county in accordance with various taxes, this new Dolly specialty plate costs $35 (cost set by the State) in addition to the $21.50 cost of a normal state plate. A portion of the $35 goes to cover the plate production ($4.25), a portion goes to the Tennessee Arts Commission and the TN Highway Fund ($15.37) and the remaining $15.37 comes back to the Dollywood Foundation. Here is the exciting part: the Dollywood Foundation is giving it all to you! That’s right, for each Dolly plate sold in Marshall County, the foundation will contribute the full $15.37 to cover your monthly cost of Imagination Library books and mailing.

Perhaps best of all, thanks to the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) covering half of the monthly cost of books and mailing in Tennessee, each plate sold in Marshall County enrolls a child for one full year. So, by purchasing a plate in Marshall County, you are enrolling a child to receive a full year of Imagination Library books.

(Of the roughly $25 per year it costs to have a child enrolled in the Imagination Library, GBBF covers half of that, or about $12.50. So, the sale of a plate in Marshall County more than covers the other half.)

The State of Tennessee will likely transfer these funds to us in June each year, at the end of the state’s fiscal year. 
Be looking for more information on these plates and purchase yours to support the Marshall County Imagination Library.

Wetland Restoration at Henry Horton State Park

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

United Continues Marshall County Fiber Expansion

Future fiber construction area includes residential customers in the Stoneybrook subdivision and Polaris Drive area of Chapel Hill, TN.  

United Communications announced the launch of a new fiber pre-registration zone in Marshall County.  This latest fiber project includes approximately 225 homes in and around the Stoneybrook subdivision and Polaris Drive area located in Chapel Hill, TN. The addition of this latest Marshall County fiber pre-registration zone brings the total number of planned fiber projects to six zones across four counties in Middle Tennessee. 

Customers located in this or other fiber pre-registration zones available athttps://fiber.united.net may sign-up and share with neighbors to help drive UniFi backer registrations in each area. Each planned fiber project area has been pre-engineered for fiber service with a required fiber backer goal needed in order to begin fiber-to-the-home construction.  Once an area reaches the established UniFi backer registration goal, United will begin the process of building fiber-to-the-home connections to customers.  "At Untied, we are committed to building out fiber services across Middle Tennessee.  We want residents in the mainly rural areas we serve to understand we are working hard to deliver faster speeds and fiber services to more and more residents every day", said United President and CEO, William Bradford.   United will also continue to work in partnership with local community and business leaders toward solving broadband availability issues in rural communities across the mid-state." 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lewisburg Receives Tourism Enhancement Grant

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced today that 29 communities will receive more than $1 million in Tourism Enhancement Grants to assist with tourism infrastructure assets. The City of Lewisburg is one of those communities receiving $50,000 to improve the stage at Rock Creek Park. 
“We want to congratulate the 29 communities that will be receiving Tourism Enhancement Grants,” Haslam said. “Tourism is an important part of our state economy, and these grants showcase how tourist development and economic development work together to make our state not only a great place to live and work, but a top tourist destination. With the assistance of these grants each community will be able to grow and enhance their local tourism assets.”
The grants help counties and cities improve local assets to increase the economic impact of tourism. This is second round of the Tourism Enhancement Grant program. In July, nearly $1 million was awarded to 29 communities during the first round of tourism grants.
“I am happy to announce the 29 communities that have been awarded Tourism Enhancement Grants,” Boyd said. “Tourist development and economic development have a great partnership with a common goal: making sure Tennessee and the communities across the state are able to succeed and grow. With these grants, each participating community has shown that they are investing in economic development and the future growth in our state.” 
The Tourism Enhancement Grants are funded through the Rural Economic Opportunity Act, which is designed to improve the economic indicators in rural communities across Tennessee. Announcements will follow this spring for Site Development Grants, Main Street Entrepreneur Grants and Asset-Enhancement Grants for distressed communities. 
“Arguably the only thing about this program more exciting than announcing the grant recipients is the opportunity it provides these communities,” Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett said. “The Tourism Enhancement Grants help enhance local tourism assets, which is an integral part of every county in Tennessee. Our partners at TNECD realize how critical these assets are in regards to tourism and economic development and I am thankful for the commitment to helping these communities grow.”
An advisory committee made up of staff from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture selected the 29 communities from a pool of 50 grant applications.

The grants awarded include:
  • Anderson County - $50,000
  • Benton County - $50,000
  • Bledsoe County - $10,000
  • Campbell County - $47,605
  • Carter County - $20,000
  • Cocke County - $20,000
  • Coffee County - $50,000
  • Dyer County, City of Dyersburg - $50,000
  • Fayette County - $10,000
  • Gibson County, City of Milan - $50,000
  • Grundy County - $20,000
  • Henry County, City of Paris - $32,900
  • Houston County - $50,000
  • Jefferson County, Town of Dandridge - $50,000
  • Lauderdale County, Town of Halls - $50,000
  • Lawrence County - $45,000
  • Marion County - $10,000
  • Marshall County, City of Lewisburg - $50,000
  • McNairy County - $50,000
  • Perry County - $20,000
  • Polk County - $20,000
  • Rhea County - $50,000
  • Sequatchie County - $10,000
  • Stewart County - $20,000
  • Sumner County - $30,000
  • Van Buren County - $50,000
  • Washington County, Town of Jonesborough - $50,000
  • Wayne County, City of Clifton - $47,500
  • White County - $50,000                                                     
Each application was supported by the community’s senator and representative in the Tennessee General Assembly.

The City of Lewisburg also received another Tourism grant from the state in order to design a print 20,000 Tourism Brochures to be distributed throughout the region. 

About the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development The mission of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is to motivate travel to and within Tennessee by inspiring enjoyment, creating memories, producing a desire to return, and establishing key long-term relationships that result in visitors becoming residents. The promise of Tennessee—the birthplace of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll—is to be the global music destination of choice. To deliver an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is the “Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.”
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community DevelopmentThe Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.