Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Join the Walk Across Tennessee Program for Marshall County

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From Memphis to Mountain City,
let's Walk Across Tennessee!

Walk Across Tennessee is a team-based walking program for anyone and everyone. Beginning September 18th, teams of 6 are encouraged to cumulatively walk the equivalent of the length of Tennessee (about 500 miles) or more, over the course of eight weeks.

Team members do not have to walk together. Walk outside, walk on a treadmill, do physical activity equivalents - the choice is yours! The team who walks the farthest “across Tennessee” will win, but everyone who participates will take home a healthy habit – walking for fitness.  

Challenge your friends, family, students, employees and colleagues to join a team and achieve the goal. Walk Across Tennessee for a healthier you and a healthier Marshall County!

Registration deadline: September 11th

UT Extension Marshall County | 230 College St. Ste. 130Lewisburg, TN 37091 931-359-1929





























Friday, August 18, 2017

Come Enjoy Dinner on the Square Sept. 23

The 3rd Annual Dinner on the Square Farm-to-Table event returns to downtown Lewisburg on September 23 to benefit the Marshall County Young Farmers and Ranchers.
Once again, the Young Farmers and Ranchers and 4-H will team up to prepare and serve locally sourced or prepared food for up to 150 people on the south side of the Lewisburg square in front of the Governors Park area. The event will begin with appetizers and wine from Pickers Creek Winery in the park at 5:30 p.m. The meal - steak, squash casserole, green beans, potato, roll, apple crisp & ice cream - will be served at 6:30 p.m. The Purple Elephant Coffee Shop will serve their wonderful brew during dessert or after the meal for anyone who wants a cup.
And special this year, the Marshall Co. Art Guild will open its doors to showcase local artists and their work for the guests before and after the meal.
The event this year is sponsored by First Tennessee Bank and Tillis Jewelry.
Tickets are limited, so get your tickets today by logging onto EventBrite Here.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Join Leadership Marshall Class of 2017-2018 Today

Leadership Marshall is a program initiated by the Tennessee Department of Economic Development as part of its Three Star Community Certification and has been conducted through the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce since 1996. Since the inception of the program, the volunteer coordinator has been Lynda Potts.

The purpose of the leadership class is two-fold. First, members are exposed to a vast wealth of information about the city, county, and state. Second, members are allowed to network with others who share a common interest in the community. The camaraderie has been both exciting and rewarding for all graduates.

Admission to the program is by application and payment of $150.00 to Leadership Marshall, delivered to the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. 

One nine-hour session per month for eight months will focus on information and tours that will benefit leaders and/or potential leaders. Included in the schedule will be an Orientation Day, History Day, Health Services Day, City Government Day, County Government Day, State Government Day, Education Day, and Industry Day. A three-hour graduation luncheon will be held after all eight sessions are completed.

Individually, each member is asked to attend or participate in at least four community meetings or programs, such as attending a City Council meeting, a Marshall County Board of Education meeting, a Lewisburg Planning and Zoning Committee meeting, or a production at the Dixie Theatre. A long list of possible activities will be included in the member notebooks which are given out at the first session.

A group project may be adopted by the group at the first session.  The Class of 2000-2001 launched Junior Leadership Marshall. Another class collected old photographs of Lewisburg and had them framed for the conference room at Columbia State Community College. Two groups raised money for projects involving the Rock Creek Walking Trail.  One group built the heli-pad for Air EVAC at the EMS site. Three years ago the class supervised improvements and additions to the Marshall County Library. Two classes have installed an historical marker at buildings around the Square.

The county and city mayors and various organization chairmen have been asked to appoint their board members and committees from the list of Leadership Marshall graduates. We currently have many graduates serving in places of decision.

Each class is limited in membership. Applications are taken year round at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. Presently, the classes are formed as the applications come to the Chamber on a first come first served basis. If you would like to participate in the next class, email Lynda Potts Lpotts@vallnet.com , phone the Chamber at 359-3863 to secure an application or download an application here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

United Lights Next Generation Fiber Ring in Middle TN

United recently completed construction on a fiber ring connecting historically underserved markets in the lower portion of Middle Tennessee to its existing fiber backbone in Nashville, Huntsville, and Murfreesboro.  The new fiber route, adds almost 130 miles of fiber, and achieves a critical milestone under United’s Middle Tennessee Connectivity initiative launched late last year.   “We are delivering on our promise to offer Internet speeds of up to 1 Gigabit to interested businesses and critical community anchors throughout Middle Tennessee,” said United CEO, William Bradford.  United’s newly constructed fiber ring connects the major business districts of Chapel Hill, Lewisburg, Shelbyville, Tullahoma, Estill Springs, Decherd, and Winchester.  This ring will allow government agencies, utilities, and businesses in the region to connect locations in these markets to United’s core network through Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Huntsville, providing critical connections from each of these rural communities to several major metropolitan markets.

"I am extremely proud of what our engineering and construction teams have been able to accomplish in just a short time under this initiative," said Mr. Bradford.  "Our team plans to work directly with community and business leaders in these new areas to determine whether additional fiber construction is required based on the needs of each institution.  At United, we are laser focused on delivering faster speeds and dedicated service to our customers while driving economic development in the areas we serve by deploying fiber technology and high-speed broadband."

United Communications plans to continue to aggressively expand its network in underserved areas of Middle Tennessee.  Thanks to United’s recent acquisition of Athena Broadband in July, the upgraded fiber ring will also be able to support new fixed wireless expansion in the region.  The combination of fiber and fixed wireless technology will allow United to deliver high-speed Internet to more areas at a faster pace.  “We’ve got boots on the ground each day working to bridge the broadband divide in Middle Tennessee. Most of our employees live and work in these rural areas, and understand broadband is critical to the future growth and economic development plans of these communities.  We are proud to be able to meet the needs of these rural cities and towns that other providers may have long ignored or forgotten,” commented Bradford.

Residential customers who have interest in United Fiber service, can visit https://fiber.united.net and complete the online registration form.  Likewise, businesses can request service availability information by visiting www.united.net/services/business

ABOUT UNITED COMMUNICATIONS

United Communications is a leading provider of advanced communications services delivering Internet up to 1 Gigabit, digital TV, and phone services to enterprise-class businesses and residential customers in Middle Tennessee. United Communications network includes more than 1,000 route miles of fiber backbone connecting in Nashville and Murfreesboro, and covering Nolensville, portions of Brentwood, College Grove, Chapel Hill, Unionville, Fosterville, Estill Springs, Belfast, and Flat Creek. To learn more, please visit www.united.net.

Under the Middle Tennessee Connectivity Initiative, United works directly with local community and business leaders to develop a strategic plan for broadband deployment in underserved areas of Middle Tennessee. 
United hopes this initiative will help foster economic and community development in rural areas through the following objectives:
  • Deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit Internet to interested businesses and critical community anchors.
  • Deliver faster internet to residential communities where there is a proven demand.
  • Educate the community about the potential benefits afforded by basic and advanced telecommunications services, including the potential for fostering distance learning, e-commerce, e-government, telemedicine, and overall economic development.  
  • Create partnerships among community organizations and institutions that might benefit from broadband deployment.      

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tankersley Named August Instructor of the Month

Cookie Tankersley - South Central Tennessee Workforce Board Alliance
- Marshall County Adult Education - Lewisburg Office
Carolyn “Cookie” Tankersley is a highly skilled instructor who has taught mathematics for over 10 years. Always encouraging, she does not give up on her students until they earn their diploma. When students fail to attend classes, Tankersley contacts each one to encourage them to return. She establishes a positive relationship with all her students, so they know someone cares about their future.
One example of Tankersley’s relentless, genuine concern is when a student with regular class attendance was suddenly absent. After a brief search, she located the student in the county jail. Tankersley arranged for him to return to class upon his release. Once he returned to class, he successfully passed the HiSET.
Tankersley believes that teaching students is her ministry. She knows the lasting effect earning a diploma has on the students and their families. At times when a student’s motivation may begin to falter, Tankersley is there to keep them going. Every student is inspired by her caring nature.
Congrats to Cookie Tankersley,  August’s Instructor of the Month! LINK to ONLINE ARTICLE

3rd Annual Dinner on the Square Event Set for September 23

Marshall Co. Young Farmers & Ranchers Presents the 3rd Annual Dinner on the Square - Farm-to-Table Event
Enjoy the 3rd Annual Dinner on the Square Event sponsored by Tillis Jewelry and First Tennessee Bank, both located on the Lewisburg Square. 
5:30 p.m. - Appetizers and Wine from Pickers Creek Winery of Lewisburg
6:30 p.m. - Dinner is Served

Coffee from Purple Elephant Coffee Served after the Meal or with Dessert

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

GOVERNOR HASLAM, COMMISSIONER ROLFE ANNOUNCE MINTH GROUP LTD. TO ESTABLISH NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT IN LEWISBURG

China-based auto supplier to invest $13.2 million, create 200 jobs
Gov. Bill Haslam makes announcement of 200 new jobs in Lewisburg by Minth Group

LEWISBURG, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Minth Group Ltd. officials announced today that the automotive supplier will invest $13.2 million over the next five years to establish a manufacturing facility in Marshall County.

Minth plans to create approximately 200 new jobs at the Lewisburg plant, which will expand the company’s presence in the United States and support its growth.

“For two of the last three years, Tennessee has led the U.S. in new jobs from foreign direct investment,” Haslam said. “We’ve made the recruitment of international companies a major focus of our economic development efforts and I’m pleased to welcome yet another strong international company with a proven track record to Tennessee. Minth Group’s commitment to create approximately 200 jobs in Lewisburg brings us closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee has benefitted from the strong growth of international companies that operate in our state,” Rolfe said. “More than 900 foreign-owned businesses recognize the advantages Tennessee’s skilled workforce, business-friendly environment and central location offer. Thank you, Minth, for making this significant investment and creating 200 new jobs in Marshall County.”

Based in China, Minth is a leading designer and manufacturer of structural body, trim and decorative parts for the automotive industry. Worldwide, Minth has 40 production plants that support automotive markets in 29 different countries. As a tier-1 supplier, Minth serves almost all major automotive OEMs and its customer base represents 80 percent of the global auto market. Minth employs more than 13,000 people worldwide.

“Ten years ago, we took a major step towards globalization by establishing our presence in the United States with our manufacturing facility in Michigan,” Jimmy Chen, COO of Minth Group, said. “Today, I am delighted to see that Minth continues to grow within North America as well as globally. In particular, we are very excited for the opportunity to invest in Tennessee, which has provided us with great support. We also look forward to providing our customers with better and more immediate support from this new location.”

Minth will renovate an existing 125,000-square-foot facility at 1801 Childress Road in Lewisburg. The company’s plant in Marshall County will have full manufacturing capabilities and also act as a distribution warehouse for parts manufactured at Minth facilities abroad.

Local elected officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority applauded Minth for its decision to locate the new manufacturing facility in Marshall County.

"We are so grateful for any new industry that chooses Lewisburg to call home and we stand ready to be a partner to Minth," Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham said. "We are pleased to welcome another company from Asia to our family of manufacturers."

"It is such an honor and privilege to welcome a new company to Marshall County," Marshall County Mayor Joe B. Liggett said. "We would like to thank Minth’s officials, the state officials and all those that had a hand in helping this fine industry locate in Marshall County. We look forward to the many years of working together in cooperation to make this a successful venture."

"TVA and Lewisburg Electric System congratulate Minth on its decision to locate in Lewisburg, Tennessee, and create new quality job opportunities," John Bradley, TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development, said. "We are privileged to partner with the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation, the State of Tennessee and the City of Lewisburg to facilitate growth in the Tennessee Valley."

Lewisburg and Marshall County are represented by Sen. Jim Tracy (R – Shelbyville) and Rep. Rick Tillis (R – Lewisburg) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The 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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Go Tech Summer Camps Now Taking Registrations

Through the assistance and grant provided by GM Spring Hill Manufacturing, as well as, a partnership with Columbia State Community College, the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance is now taking registrations for their “Go Tech” Summer Career Camps held throughout their eight county region. Space is limited, so go to http://northfieldworks.com/2017-summer-camp-application/ to register.

The first camp in the “Go Tech” series is the Code Camp. These all day camps are for students ages 12-18 years and teach the basics of programming through the creation of video games and web applications. Throughout the week, professional programmers are brought in to speak with the students about their job and the computer science industry. At the end of the week, there is a “Demo Day” for parents to observe what the students have learned throughout the week. The cost of this camp is $50 per student. Please ask about scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants when registering.
Code Camp dates/locations:
                June 5-9th                                          Spring Hill
                June 12-16th                                      Pulaski
                June 19-23rd                                      Mt Pleasant
                June 26-30th                                      Centerville
                July 10-14th                                        Lewisburg
                July 17-21st                                        Lawrenceburg

A new addition this year to the career camp line up is a Web Design Camp, which tackles more advanced coding for students ages 12-18 years. This camp will help students understand the fundamentals of designing and creating a website with HTML, CSS, and Javascript. The cost of this camp is $50 per student.
                June 12-16th                                      Columbia
                June 26-30th                                      Spring Hill
                July 10-14th                                        Mt Pleasant

The third camp focuses on Robotics.  A three day Teen Robotic Camp will be for high school students. The primary goal is to stimulate participant excitement for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Robotics will be used as the means to expose the participants to the different aspects of STEM with an emphasis on Technology.  Specific objectives of the camp are learn concepts of programming, engineering practices and teamwork. They will work with, build, and program physical robots.
The cost of this camp is $75 per student. Please ask about scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants when registering.
               
                July 11-13th                                        Spring Hill

The final camp in the series is the Advanced Manufacturing Academy. These all day camps are specifically designed for high school students and will be held at GM Spring Hill Manufacturing. Camps will include:  involvement in team-based work simulations; work with local engineers; solve problems; tour facility; and enjoy exposure to high tech jobs in advanced manufacturing. At the end of the second day, there is a “Demo Day” for parents. Student registration for these camps is FREE thanks to the partnership with GM Spring Hill Manufacturing.         
               
                General Motors Academy
                June 19-20th                      Spring Hill 
                June 21-22nd                     Spring Hill

For more information or to register:  http://northfieldworks.com/2017-summer-camp-application/


South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, mental or physical activity, veteran status or national origin in educational and employment opportunities.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  WIOA/LWDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Any inquiries and/or complaints should be directed to the Equal Opportunity Officer, South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance, 5000 Northfield Lane, Suite 124, Spring Hill, TN  37174.  Funding is provided under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mayors' Conference at LMS June 15, 2017

You are invited and encouraged to attend the 2017 Mayors' Conference on June 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewisburg Middle School, 500 Tiger Blvd., Lewisburg, TN 37091.

Each year, local officials attend the Governor's Conference in Nashville, where the governor, state department officials and related agencies provide an overview of economic and community development information and seminars for local elected officials and economic development officials from across the state.

This year, County Mayor Joe B. Liggett and the mayors from each municipality in Marshall County are hosting a Mayors' Conference to provide economic and community development information to the general public, business, industry and community leaders at Lewisburg Middle School - 500 Tiger Blvd., Lewisburg, TN on Thursday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Featured speaker will be Amy New - Assistant Commissioner, Rural Development for the State of Tennessee. Lunch will be provided so please register to assist in the head count.

Please make plans to attend this event to stay informed and involved in the economic and community planning for Marshall County, Lewisburg, Chapel Hill, Cornersville and Petersburg. 

PLEASE REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE FOR LUNCH HEAD COUNT

AGENDA
8:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.:
Welcome & Overview
County Mayor will Welcome Guests and Provide an Overview of the Activities/Sessions for the Day, as well as provide basic EXIT Door and Restroom directions
8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.:
Economic Development Overview
JECDB, Lewisburg ECD and Chamber of Commerce Provide Overviews of:
Economic Development Data 2015-2016
Successes & Trends
Plans for 2017 and Beyond
9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.:
Mayor’s Reports
County Mayor, Lewisburg Mayor, Chapel Hill Mayor, Cornersville Mayor and Petersburg Mayor (may substitute City/Town Manager or other Designee) to give 10 minute Report on Main Topics of Administration Heading into 2017
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.:
Break
10:50 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.:
School’s Report
Director of Schools to Report on State of Education in Marshall County relating to:
Educational Report Card Results
Goals and Plans for 2017 and Beyond
Issues & Concerns
11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
Lunch
Lunch will be served in the cafeteria (idea: have Specific Topic Written on Paper at each table and request that during lunch, people sitting at that table develop three Goals, Plans or Actions relating to that Topic)
1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.:
Featured Speaker – Amy New – Assist. Commissioner State ECD Rural Development
Assistant Commissioner Amy New will provide information on Her Office and the State’s Focus on Rural Community Development including Incentives, Plans, Goals and Successes
2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.:
Library Overview
Library Director, Jennifer Pearson, will discuss Library current events and plans for 2017 & beyond
3:10 p.m. – 3:25 a.m.:
Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.:
Lightning Rounds (15 Minutes Each)
Broadband:
United Communications to Discuss Their Progress and Goals
Young Professionals:
Group to Discuss its Mission and Goals for 2017 & Beyond
Healthier TN Community:
Board Member Discusses Goals to Make Marshall Co. a Healthier TN Community
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.:
Wrap Up – Call to Action
Review and Urge Agencies and Groups to Enter into Strategic Planning for 2017 and to Share Planning with Other Agencies and Groups to insure everyone has same or similar goals and all are working toward the same

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.