Moments With The Mayor October 2019

Cover Photo: Bolivar Receives Tourism Enhancement Grant


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.

Sanitation Collection Changes


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!

Business Spotlight

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

Official ribbon cutting for KaBoom Park, a neighborhood park on North Water Street, held on October 3, 2019.

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.

Mayor McTizic Earns Economic Development Certification

Mayor McTizic recently received the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer designation from the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services.

Mayor McTizic is pictured here with Kim Denton, Director of the TCED Program.

2019 Mayor's Charity Ball

Hosted by Mayor Julian A. McTizic, Sr.

Tickets - $30 Per Guest

For ticket information, please contact (731) 212-9247.

All proceeds will be donated to lcoal participating non-profit organizations. This event is not sponsored or funded by the City of Bolivar.

Bolivar PD Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness


2019 Fire & Emergency Services Festival

Thanks to all the agencies & organizations who participated, to everyone who came out, and to our festival sponsors!


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 rwatkins.cityofbolivar@gmail.com.



2019 Fall Festival

Continuing through November 2nd

Check out their Facebook page for specific dates and times!


Saturday, October 26, 2019

6:00 PM

Bolivar Elementary School

Veteran's Day Remembrance

Friday, November 8, 2019

12:00 PM

West Park (at Veterans Memorial)

NOVEMBER 11, 2019


November 28 & 29, 2019

City offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

2019 City of Bolivar Christmas Parade

Monday, December 2, 2019

6:00 PM


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.

Bolivar Fire Department

Annual Toy Drive

Benefitting Toys4Tots

Saturday, December 7, 2019

10 AM - 2 PM

Walmart SuperCenter


Every Tuesday & Thursday at the Bolivar Senior Center

10:00 AM

Bolivar-Hardeman County Library

Check out monthly events on our website or on the Bolivar-Hardeman County Library Facebook page!

Bolivar Municipal Center: (731) 658-2020

Mayor McTizic Email: julianmctizic@gmail.com

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

Check out our website events page, event calendar, or our social media sites for events and information as it happens!



Created with images by Pro Church Media - "Thankful" • Hans - "garbage can dustbin waste" • James Day - "untitled image" • Aaron Burden - "untitled image" • Wesley Tingey - "untitled image" • Tim Mossholder - "Still Awesome" • SJ Baren - "untitled image" • Євгенія Височина - "untitled image" • Tiard Schulz - "untitled image" • Rodolfo Marques - "instagram: @rodolfomarques_art" • Aaron Burden - "Christmas Star" • Samueles - "printing mock up bingo" • Eliabe Costa - "untitled image" • geralt - "contact visit letters" • geralt - "information hand touch" Area photos by Sarah Rice