We are entering one of the busiest times of the year in the City of Bolivar. September brings with it Friday night football and a homecoming tailgate that can not be beat. Music on the Square and Open Air on the Square will continue throughout the month of September, and the Hardeman County Forest Festival is back for the second year in a row.
October, November, and December are no different with the fall job fair, festivals, holiday markets, and holiday decorating all on tap for the city.
All of these events, each sponsored by different organizations, usher in new visitors to our beautiful town. It is up to us to capitalize on this increased traffic and opportunity to promote tourism in our community. One of the single most important factors in increasing tourism is how we, the citizens of Bolivar, interact with our visitors. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
We are a small town full of extraordinary people. Let us show off everything that Bolivar has to offer in the coming months. If you see someone new in town, welcome them with a smile and a handshake, give them directions, recommend a local store for shopping, give a glowing recommendation for your favorite restaurant, or direct them to one of our beautiful parks.
I might be the Mayor, but you are all ambassadors for the City of Bolivar. Our friendly, small town atmosphere keeps those visitors coming back for more!
Mayor Julian McTizic, Sr.
Mr. Kenneth Griggs has been selected to fill the role of Executive Director of Bolivar Main Street. Mr. Griggs currently serves as the COO of KAT Production, Inc., in addition to his duties as Executive Director. He is a proud graduate of Bolivar Central High School. After high school, Ken majored in marketing at Grambling State University.
Bolivar Main Street's purpose is to stimulate the revitalization of historic downtown Bolivar by encouraging cooperation and building leadership in the business community. Director Griggs, along with the Bolivar Main Street board, accomplish their purpose and mission by creating a positive image for the downtown area and by promoting it as an exciting place to live, shop, and invest. They seek to improve the appearance of the downtown area and strengthen the community's existing assets while attracting new businesses.
Bolivar Main Street has several new and exciting projects that they are developing to help "brand" Bolivar and give it a new, unique identity. Look for announcements regarding future events, ventures, and activities in upcoming editions.
In the meantime, if you wish to contact Mr. Griggs, you can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (731) 518-8650. Bolivar Main Street's office is located at 116 South Main Street in beautiful downtown Bolivar, Tennessee!
August’s Spotlight on Business is on Hatchie Spirits. Hatchie Spirits is located at 111 South Water Street in Bolivar. Hatchie Spirits is owned by Bill Garrett and is managed by Adele Garrett. Hatchie Spirits has been proudly serving Bolivar since 2016. Hatchie Spirits is Bolivar’s premier store for wine & spirits. They have a varied selection, a large product line, and expert staff to help you. Non-alcoholic options include soft drinks, water, and hydration recovery drinks.
The City of Bolivar wishes to thank Hatchie Spirits, for the services it provides to our community and for its continued support of our local economy. #ShopLocal
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR
Ms. Ginger Tester
July’s neighbor is Ms. Ginger Tester, and what a story she has! Ginger is not one of those neighbors who was born and raised here. She is one of those neighbors who CHOSE to make Bolivar her home. Most of you have seen or heard Ginger. She covers local events for the Bolivar-Bulletin, and she is the person behind that calm, reassuring voice on WMOD 96.7. Ginger was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She made her way to New Braunfels, Texas, where she just happened to take on a job that involved proofreading newspapers. One of those newspapers that she proofread every week was The County Journal. In 2014, Ginger saw a job ad for a position at WMOD/The County Journal as she was proofing it. The rest, as they say, is history. In addition to her work at WMOD, Ginger is a passionate advocate for suicide prevention and provides support for survivors of suicide loss. Her work in suicide awareness, prevention, and support came as a result of the heartbreaking loss of her daughter in 2015.
Check out her T-shirt. Ginger still loves Texas, but Ginger chose BOLIVAR. She stays here because, in her own words, she has “adopted” a whole new family here in Bolivar - a church family at St. James Episcopal Church, the cast of Hee Haw, and those she has met along the way in her coverage of local events. We are a small town full of extraordinary people, and Ginger’s story is one of many proves that!
If you see Ginger out and about, be sure to say HELLO! If you see Mayor McTizic and I out and about, you may be our next featured neighbor!
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR
Mrs. Heather Brooks
August’s neighbor is Mrs. Heather Brooks. Like last month’s neighbor, Heather is not one of those neighbors who was born and raised here. She CHOSE to make Bolivar her home. Heather is originally from Lauderdale County. She attended school there followed by college at Dyersburg State Community College where she met our very own, Stephen Brooks. Heather moved to Bolivar when she married Stephen. Heather and Stephen have been married for 10 years and work together in the family-owned business at Brooks Auto with Stephen’s parents. They have one son who loves playing baseball.
Heather has adopted Bolivar as her second home. Heather says that motherhood and work are her passions. She has an infectious smile and adores all of her customers at Brooks Auto. She has become friends with many of her customers and loves Bolivar for that small-town friendly atmosphere.
If you see Heather out and about, be sure to say HELLO! If you see Mayor McTizic and I out and about, you may be our next featured neighbor!
Introducing Tiger Alley
Edric Beauregard, Bolivar Streets & Sanitation Department, paints the first Tiger paw on Tiger Alley.
Streets & Sanitation Superintendent Eddie Vandiver laid out the new "digs" on Nuckolls Road..
WE LOVE OUR HOMETOWN TIGERS!
The project took only a few hours to complete. Next up is Tiger Country on Pruitt Street at the home of the Bolivar Middle School Tigers.
Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in America. Many older adults also experience burn-related injuries during cooking. Prevent fires and burns by being watchful and alert when you cook.
The excessive accumulation of materials in homes poses a significant threat to residents and to firefighters fighting fires. It can keep you from getting out of a burning home and hinder firefighters from getting in. Be #firesafe! Have an escape plan, keep pathways & exits clear, and install working smoke alarms!
Some of our 2019 BCHS Seniors are heading off to college. We care about their safety! Whether your student is moving onto campus or living on their own, it is important that they understand fire risks!
Did you know smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing? If you or someone you know would benefit from an alarm for the hearing impaired, call the Bolivar Fire Department today to request a Safe Awake alarm!
MUSIC ON THE SQUARE
Every Friday Night
Follow them on Facebook for the latest line-up and schedule!
Coming up on September 14, 2019: Gospel Music on the Square
Open Air on the Square
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Featuring Gerald Richardson
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Food Trucks & Vendors Will Be On-Site
Bring your family and your lawn chairs to enjoy a fun-filled weekend of the square!