When I was growing up, we were taught that the first “Thanksgiving” happened in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The pilgrims celebrated a good harvest with native Americans who had helped them through the previous winter by giving them food at a time when it was scarce. Now, I have found that even the first Thanksgiving is up for debate according to information on the world wide web. As I poured through the various articles on the origin of Thanksgiving, one thing became abundantly clear. People inherently complicate things.
To some, Thanksgiving is all about a holiday feast with turkey, dressing, casseroles, candied yams, mac & cheese, pies, and much more. It is a day set aside to be with family, relax, eat, take a nap, and watch the traditional Thanksgiving Day parade and football games. To some, it is about being in service to others.
Thanksgiving is defined as the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgement of benefits or favors. It is as simple as that. In the overall scheme of things, where and when the tradition started or what you choose to do on Thanksgiving Day is not nearly as important as the message of Thanksgiving – to give thanks.
Oftentimes, we are so focused on what we do not have that we cannot see all that we DO have. As a city, we have a lot to be thankful for. We have beautiful parks, awesome scenery, great neighbors, good streets, a diligent police force, good utility service, a great fire department, an attentive city council, a variety of local businesses, good restaurants, awesome musical talent, good schools, caring teachers, and tremendous events. We have a beautiful city full of the most extraordinary people!
This Thanksgiving, let us take time to be THANKFUL for all that we do have. I love this city, and I love its people. Most importantly, I am THANKFUL for this city, I am THANKFUL for its people, and I am THANKFUL for the opportunity to serve as your mayor.
Wishing you and your families all the best this holiday season!
Mayor Julian McTizic, Sr.
Bolivar Streets & Sanitation
Collection Changes - What You Need to Know!
Delivery of new sanitation collection carts will begin on October 28, 2019. The first scheduled pick-up on the new cart system will be the week of November 4th. When initially delivered, your new cart will be positioned in the best place for the automated truck to reach it. Place it by the curb approximately 3 feet from the street with the handle facing your house. Carts should be out by 6:00 AM on your collection day. To ensure your cart is picked up, it is best to place it at the curb the night before your collection day. Remove your cart after collection, and do not leave it at the curb.
Only typical household garbage goes in the cart. The garbage should be placed in plastic bags and sealed, to prevent litter and to help keep your cart clean.
DO NOT put lumber, shingles, rocks, dirt, batteries, or old tires in the cart. Do not use the cart to dispose of hazardous wastes such as paint, motor oil, poisons, and flammable liquids. Do not place hot coals from your barbecue grill in the cart....it could melt or catch fire.
Items that are too big or bulky to place in the cart - such as appliances, mattresses, furniture, etc. will be picked up on a quarterly basis during the bulk item removal months of January, April, July, and October. NO ITEMS CONTAINING FREON, TIRES, CONSTRUCTION, OR DEMOLITION MATERIALS WILL BE PICKED UP!
YARD WASTE collection will continue as normal. Please DO NOT place yard waste (grass trimmings, brush, or limbs) in this cart.
Questions regarding the upcoming changes to garbage collection should be address to city hall at (731) 658-2020.
to our social media pages, website, local radio stations, and local newspaper for more information on the new city sanitation collection process!
Loren & Co. and Stemz
October’s Business Spotlight is on Loren & Co and Stemz. Loren & Co. is located at 415 Tennessee Street in Bolivar. Loren & Co. is locally owned by Loren Doyle. Loren & Co. has been in business in Bolivar for approximately 5 years recently expanding with the purchase of Stemz. Loren & Co. is a full-service salon providing a full range of hair care services and nail care services by Nail Technician Karlee Plunk.
Stemz offers a large variety of unique gifts including exclusive T-shirt designs, Kitzi earrings, home décor, seasonal decorations, and candles. Stemz also offers bridal registry services to assist you in selecting that special gift for the newlyweds.
The City of Bolivar wishes to thank Loren & Co, for the services it provides to our community and for its continued support of our local economy. #ShopLocal
Meet Your Neighbor
October’s neighbor is Mr. Charles “Butch” Gatlin. Mr. Gatlin is a lifelong resident of Bolivar, and he is enthusiastically proud of it! Mr. Gatlin has been married to his wife, Carrie, for 45 years. They have two children and four grandchildren. He has no plans of living anywhere else because one of his greatest desires is to give back to the community that has given so much to him, and he practices what he preaches.
Mr. Gatlin currently serves as the Youth Services Officer for Hardeman County and has dedicated 14 years of his life to serving the children and youth of Hardeman County. His motto is “saving one child at a time.” He believes in mentoring the youth in our community and is proud to do so. Prior to his work with the county’s youth, he worked at and retired from Proctor and Gamble. If that was not enough, he serves his church family at Greater Springfield as a deacon and previously served as a city councilman for the City of Bolivar. A neighbor who is called to service in his community is quite a fitting testament for Bolivar as we enter into the Thanksgiving season!
If you see Butch out and about, be sure to say HELLO and thank him for his service to our youth! If you see Mayor McTizic and I out and about, you may be our next featured neighbor!
KaBoom Park Opens
Statewide Day of Fasting & Prayer
Citizens gathered on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at noon at the Bolivar Municipal Center to observe the statewide day of fasting and prayer as proclaimed by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.
BOLIVAR FIRE DEPARTMENT
2019 Fire & Emergency Services Festival
The Code Compliance Division of the City of Bolivar maintains Bolivar's status as a clean, livable city by ensuring property complies with rules set forth by the Bolivar City Council. The code compliance officer routinely patrols neighborhoods for code violations and to investigate complaints with the mission of abating issues and educating residents.
If you observe violations, please report them to Ricky Watkins, Code Compliance Officer, via the "Report A Concern" feature on our website, by phone to (731)658-2020, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
Sponsored by the Hardeman County Carl Perkins Center
Location: 117 North Main Street
Festival of Trees
Hours of Operation
December 2nd: 4 PM - 8 PM
December 5th-7th: 12 PM - 8 PM
December 8th: 1 PM - 5 PM
December 12th-13th: 12 PM - 8 PM
December 14th: 4 PM - 8 PM
December 15th: 1 PM - 5 PM
Need More Info?
For information on how you can participate in the Festival of Trees, please call (731) 659-2373 or visit the Hardeman County Chamber of Commerce website by clicking on the link below.
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