Spring WAS in the Air
What a difference a week makes! Last month, we shared with you some of the upcoming events that the City of Bolivar will be hosting in 2020. The plan for this article was to be focused toward spring event planning and promoting events coming up in April. The old adage is true - even the best laid plans go awry.
For the last week, our team of dedicated professionals in the City of Bolivar and Hardeman County have focused on managing the effects of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. We are putting forth a tremendous effort to “flatten the curve,” and, thus far, we have been successful. I want to take this time to thank everyone for their efforts. From the health services personnel on the front lines to the trucking companies working non-stop to get supplies to every area of this country, this epidemic is showing us what we are truly made of.
Life, as we have known it, has come to a screeching halt. Schools are closed, businesses are closed or are drastically changing their models, and social distancing has become the norm. Yet, I have faith.
What I see in Bolivar is truly uplifting. We are a small town in rural Tennessee, unbeknownst to many, with neighbors helping neighbors, school staff providing essential meals to students, teams collaborating, businesses helping each other, people shopping for their elderly family and friends, and church services moving online to minister and provide comfort to their members.
What I hear in the early morning silence is the birds singing and rain drops as they splatter across my windshield. I see that spring is giving birth to greenery, to buds on trees, and the flowers are beginning to bloom. In all of the hustle and bustle in the world, we tend to overlook the small stuff. In all of the chaos of the last ten days, what I see is hope for our future as a community, as a city, as a county, and as a country.
In closing, I will be honest in the fact that I do not know when life will return to normal, but allow me to again share my favorite Bible verse found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
I have faith that we, as a community, will stand firm and rise up as a stronger Bolivar BECAUSE WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
Mayor Julian McTizic, Sr.
Meet Your Neighbor
March’s neighbor is Mr. Algie Jarett, Jr. We caught up with Algie as he was setting up his grill and food truck, known as AJ’S BBQ Smoke House, on Tennessee and West Market Streets. I must say, he had that corner of Tennessee Street smelling good.
Algie is married to his lovely wife, Geneva, and has three (3) children. He is a proud graduate of Bolivar Central High School. Algie credits Mr. Ray Chism as his inspiration to delve off into the world of barbecue cooking. He said that it brought together the best of both worlds - people and food - and he loves both. He serves up everything from leg quarters to ribs to barbecue nachos, and you can tell by his enthusiasm that he loves what he does. He recommends his leg quarters claiming that they are not only his best entrée, but his personal favorite!
If you see Algie out and about, be sure to say HELLO! While you’re at it, you might as well get you some barbecue! If you see Mayor McTizic and I out and about, you may be our next featured neighbor!
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 email@example.com.