Every month, this article starts with a totally blank piece of paper. Earlier this year, writing the articles was easy. I was focused on all of the exciting plans that we had for the city in 2020. Then, the unthinkable happened, and COVID-19 squashed all of those great plans.

I wish I could tell you that words magically flow from my finger tips to this paper, but, in fact, sometimes is it challenging. Like many of you during these times of uncertainty, I worry about my family, friends, staff, and my city. Today, however, I saw this quote and found it to be comforting. Please allow me to share it with you, “Sometimes we are tested not to show our weakness, but to discover our strengths.” I do not know who wrote it, but I know I love it. It is very easy to remain optimistic when the times are good, but it becomes difficult to remain optimistic when you are dealing with prolonged adversity. As I thought about that quote, I began to focus on our strengths, and on all of the good things that have happened despite this pandemic.

Have you seen the Sand Beach Lake progress? Have you seen the Bolivar Community Garden? Have you seen the new parking lot downtown? Have you seen the new businesses opening? Did you know that we have a new family-friendly activity coming soon to Pleasant Run Creek Park that combines story time with a nice healthy walk? Did you see how our city came together to support our businesses when they were forced to close?

When I began to focus less on the trials this pandemic has created and more on the strength this great city has demonstrated, I was filled with enormous pride. It made my day better, and it is my hope that it makes your day better as well.

Stay tuned to our social media pages and website for more information on the opening of the StoryBook trail coming soon to Pleasant Run Creek Park. It will be a family-friendly (and socially distant) activity for all to enjoy! Special thanks to Be More Hardeman for this great activity!

Business Spotlight

July 2020

July’s Business Spotlight is on Baker Glass Shop. Baker Glass is located at 321 East Market Street in Bolivar. Baker Glass is locally owned and operated by Corey Madden.

Baker Glass Shop was built by James Allen Baker, Sr, in 1948. The business has been passed from generation to generation ever since. Baker Glass offers a wide variety of services including custom cutting and installation, auto glass installation, and rock peck repairs, but they are more than a glass shop! Baker Glass repairs door glass problems, manual and power window repairs, door handle and lock repair, and automotive mirror replacement or repair.

Baker Glass sells and installs all types of glass including insulated glass, sliding patio doors, mirrors, window glass, table tops, safety glass, plastic glass, and Lexan plastics. Baker Glass also sells automotive accessories such as bug shields, vent shades, wheel opening moldings, Nerf bars, running boards, Husky floor mats, tool boxes, bed mats, bed liners, trailer hitchers, and MORE!

The City of Bolivar wishes to thank Baker Glass for the services it provides to our community and for its continued support of our local economy. #ShopLocal


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Tennessee Tax Free Weekends Coming Up!

For 2020 only, Tennessee will have two (2) sales tax holidays. The first tax-free holiday weekend focuses on clothing and other back-to-school items. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 31 and ends Sunday, August 2 at 11:59 p.m. During this time, clothing, school supplies, and computers and other qualifying electronic devices may be purchased tax-free. Certain price restrictions apply. Exempt items sold online are also eligible. Items must be purchased for personal use, not for business or trade.

The second tax-free holiday weekend focuses on restaurant sales. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on August 7 and ends Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m. During this time, the retail sale of food and drinks by restaurants and limited service restaurants, as defined by Tennessee Code Ann § 57-4-102, is exempt from sales tax.

Take advantage of these savings!

For more specific information, follow the link below to the Tennessee Department of Revenue's web page.

City of Bolivar Dive Team

The dive team was selected and created as a result of the opening of Sand Beach Lake.

The began their training in June of this year.

The team has successfully completed its first level of certification as Open Water Divers.

Thanks to Officer Munoz, Officer Wilkerson, Officer McKinney, and Engineer White for their service to the citizens of Bolivar!

Welcome These New Businesses!

Ole School Iron

1322 West Market Street

Bolivar, TN 38008

Sista's House of Food

701 Tennessee Street

Bolivar, TN 38008


The StoryBook Trail

Sponsored by Be More Hardeman County and City of Bolivar Parks & Recreation Department

Stay tuned to our social media pages for opening information!

Open Air Events Summer Concert Series Schedule


Shop Local

Shop with the local businesses who support our city!

For the most current information on local businesses, including COVID-19 changes and precautions, please visit the business website or social media pages!

Contact Us!

Bolivar Municipal Center: (731) 658-2020

Mayor McTizic Email: julianmctizic@gmail.com

Social Media Coordinator: sarah.rice.cityofbolivar@gmail.com

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Created with images by Sharon McCutcheon - "A collection of US Dollar bills make an interesting financial wallpaper." • Benigno Hoyuela - "untitled image" • Dollar Gill - "untitled image" • Tyler Lastovich - "Greetings!" • geralt - "information hand touch" • William Iven - "Social Media Facebook" Area photos by Sarah Rice, Social Media Manager; New business photos courtesy of Ole School Iron and Hardeman County Chamber of Commerce; Dive team photos courtesy of Rory White