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Notes from the mayor

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11:58 am

Mayor Lane Curlee

Mayor Lane Curlee

State-winning cheerleaders

At the board of mayor and aldermen meeting Monday night we recognized two THS cheerleaders that made the All-State squad. Congratulations to Haley Stidham and Katie Beth McGehee. Both are seniors, excellent students and are very involved in school and community extracurricular activities. Congratulations!


Believe in Tullahoma

As I have reported before, I sign “Welcome to Tullahoma” letters to all business owners receiving business permits from the City. In 2015, I signed 150 welcome letters. In 2016 178 new businesses now call Tullahoma home. That is amazing. Almost 15 each week. This reminds me – “Shop Local” whenever you can. These businesses and their employees depend on us.


THS Baseball Banquet

After the board of mayor and alderman meeting Monday night, I attended the THS Baseball Banquet. A large crowd of supporters were there to support the team. In addition to an excellent meal provided by Piggy’s, there was a silent and verbal auction. I understand about $8,500 was raised.

Former THS baseball pitching stars and now Major League Baseball players Justus and Jordan Sheffield attended the banquet. I spent just a few minutes with each. Justus was leaving the next day to report to spring training in Tampa Bay. He has been invited to the Yankees spring training camp. He says he feels good and is excited about the upcoming baseball season.

Jordan Sheffield leaves soon to report to the LA Dodgers Advanced A training camp. He says he spent the summer in Tullahoma and visited his former Vanderbilt teammates. He reports his fastball is up to 101 mph. (Justus’ fastball is up to 98 mph).

The banquet speaker was Jeramiah Casteel, a former Alabama and NFL star. His 20-minute talk challenged the players (and attendees) to be champions in all they do. He defined the 8 letters in CHAMPION meant to him: C (Character), H (Honor), A (Attitude), M (Master), P (Passion) I (Inspire others), O (Optimist), N (Never, never, never quit). Excellent program and good words to live by.


THS students shine

The THS DECA Club (a marketing and business club) really did well at its regional competition in Chattanooga last week. In fact, 38 of 42 attendees placed, according to THS teacher Sharon Woodard. The THS students competed against 12 other high schools’ DECA clubs. Now on to the state.


Meeting with legislators beneficial

I appreciate state Reps. Judd Matheny and David Alexander and state Sen. Janice Bowling’s attendance at our Annual Legislative Briefing Tuesday evening. Also attending were Tullahoma aldermen and representatives from our seven independent agencies and city partners like the chamber and ERPUD. It was a very productive meeting. As a former state Representative myself, I know the importance of listening to constituents. We gave our legislators an opportunity to explain legislation they are working on for this session of the Tennessee General Assembly.

On a side note, the Coffee County Day on the Hill is March 7. Make plans to attend and see the Legislators in action.


A bit of discouraging news

Tullahoma City Schools collects health screening data from kindergarten, second, fourth, sixth, eight, and ninth-grade students. This data includes vision, hearing, blood pressure, weight and height checks. This year 1,314 students were screened. (Some parents opt their children out).

Of these students, 60 percent were within normal limits (fifth-85th percentile); two percent were underweight (less than fifth percentile); 38 percent were overweight or obese (greater than 85th percentile). In that 38 percent, 21 percent were greater than the 95th percentile. Last year, 1,372 students were screened for the state health screening and the results were as follows: 61 percent were normal; four percent were underweight; 35 percent were overweight or obese; 17 percent were greater than the 95th percentile.

This is a 3-percent increase in the overweight or obese category and a 4-percent increase in students greater than the 95th percentile. I hope everyone now better understands why I continually push Get Fit! Tullahoma initiatives.


Thought for the week

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

Have an idea or suggestion? Contact me at mayor@tullahomatn.gov, 581-0360, P.O. Box 807, or Facebook.