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The Tallassee Quarterly Vol. 1. Issue 1
1st Quarter 2014
Photo by Jo Oswald
"The Treasure on the Tallapoosa." Tallassee is a historic town with a hometown atmosphere - but a growing town in south central Alabama. It is strategically located 10 minutes from I-85, 20 minutes to Auburn and the State Capitol in Montgomery. Tallassee is the industrial core of Elmore County. Our Public City School System continually outranks all neighboring systems. The natural resources are bountiful with the Tallapoosa river running through the heart of the City. Lake Martin is in the backyard of Tallassee. Hunting, fishing, and all types of outdoor activities are easily accessible. Opportunities for development on the riverfront are outstanding. The historic millsites provide a base which could include a new museum, walking paths, restoration of the old bridge and much more. Tallassee is truly a treasure for its residents and vistors.
Come visit. We think you will want to stay a while.
Tallassee Chamber of Commerce
Published by Alabama Gazette Publishing, LLC 12 East Jefferson Street Montgomery, Alabama 36104 www.alabamagazette.com Printed by: Publications Press
Photo by Jo Oswald
Welcome... Tallassee – noted as the “Treasure on the Tallapoosa” – is a real gem, offering its residents and visitors a unique small-town flavor full of friendly neighbors and true southern hospitality. This east-central alabama city of just over 13,000 overlooks the shimmering waters of the Tallapoosa river, with a position approximately 30 miles from the big cities of montgomery and auburn, and just two hours from birmingham and atlanta, Georgia.
Tallassee Chamber of Commerce 650 Gilmer avenue Tallassee, al 36078
The Tallassee area is a great place for people of all ages and in all stages of life. Families revel in the availability of a first-class education through Tallassee City Schools, and retirees take pleasure in home options and range of leisure activities. The city also features an award-winning hospital, an active civic and spiritual community, modern business sites and a rich heritage, as seen through many well-maintained historic sites. Plus, its location, coupled with an appealing year-round climate, gives way to exceptional recreational opportunities. In addition to the river, the Tallassee area boasts three sparkling lakes, many parks, an active Parks & Recreation Department and a nationally renowned motocross park. All in all, Tallassee is a place where one can enjoy its quaint charm, complete with familiar faces around every corner, and where one can visit the hustle and bustle of surrounding cities and come home to a quiet and relaxing evening with family. So come and experience for yourself the welcoming and laid-back Southern lifestyle discovered here – who knows, you may never want to leave!
Calendar of upcoming events February February 1 - Chamber of Commerce annual banquet 6pm Tallassee elementary school speaker: roger Holliday, Vice President, russell lands Contact Chaamber Office for Details march 1 march 1 -
marCH annual arbor Day Tree Give away 7:30 am - Tallassee Welcome Center annual Heart Walk 8:00 am - Tallassee Welcome Center Contact Tallassee recreation Department 334-283-4726
sPOrTs reGisTraTiOns Tallassee recreation Department 334-283-4726 softball - February 7th, 6pm-8pm rec. Center February 8th, 8am-1pm, rec. Center T-ball - February 24 - march 14, rec. Center baseball - January 31, 6-8 pm, THs Field House February 1, 1-4 pm, THs Field House February 8, 1-8pm, THs Field
march 8 - County Wide Clean-up www.TallasseeChamber.com/hone/upcoming-events
Victoria Jeffcoat 5 South Ann Avenue Tallassee, AL 36078 334-283-2464
Annual Father/Daughter Dance
February 22 6pm-9pm - Tallassee High School Proceeds go to Mt. Vernon Theater Restoration Sponsored by Community Development Corporation
Contact : Laurie Rygiel - 334- 233-3792
BEN ATKINSON MOTORS Hwy. 14 - 1618 Gilmer Avenue Tallassee, Al 36078
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COME VISIT TALLASSEE! mayor robert e. “bobby” Payne
Enjoy a Great Town with a Big Vision!
Photo by Suzannah’s Photography
It is true that time goes by faster the older you get! It seems like only a few months ago that I was crawling into the attic to store the artificial Christmas tree for 2012. It was more painful on my knees recently when I was struggling to get the tree back out for Christmas 2013. It was evident, especially during the Christmas season, that we have a caring and generous community. Our clergy, church congregations, and other community outreach activities helped with the needs of so many who were hurting, sick, and hungry. We appreciate all they do. We have suffered some deep losses of friends and loved ones this past year. Our memories of shared experiences and good times with them in Tallassee are precious. Some things will never be the same without them. Many in our community have family
members who are serving in our military away from home. Let them know how grateful we are for their service and the sacrifices of their families. The vitality of Tallassee is the product of the people who serve. Our volunteers are the reason for our high quality of life. Volunteers in civic clubs and organizations work many hours to plan events and projects for the benefit of our citizens. Our volunteer fire fighters risk their own safety to ensure the safety of our citizens. We appreciate your contributions. In 2013, we strived to increase efficiency in all our operations and reduce expenses. We had a goal to cut overtime, and have saved by not automatically filling all positions when they become available. The economy still dominates all our decisions at City Hall. We have tried to do more with less.
Year 2014 My top priority for 2014 is to find new ways to keep Tallassee a great place to live and work by improving services and programs. New challenges will arise that we cannot foresee now. By developing for our future, while holding the great values of our past, Tallassee is moving in the right direction. Serving as your mayor is a great privilege and honor. I serve with a outstanding group of leaders, and I want to thank them for all they do. I look forward to a bright future for all of us. As always, my door remains open to you, so please feel free to stop by or to contact me with any questions or comments you might have. If you have difficulty meeting with me during the week, I plan to open my office on the first Saturday of each month from 9-11 am. You can call before you come or just drop by.
Tallassee City Council Ward 1
firstname.lastname@example.org (hm) Chair, Parks & Rec
Chair, Public Safety, Utlities and Shop
email@example.com Chair, Street, Storm Drains & Sanitiation
firstname.lastname@example.org Chair, Airport
email@example.com Chair, Annexation & Cemetary
firstname.lastname@example.org Chair, Buildings & Grounds
email@example.com Chair, Finance & Urban Revitalization
Terrell Dewayne Brown
Heather M. Johnson
Seated (L toR): Bill Godwin, Mayor Bobby Payne, City Clerk Barbara Garnett, Mayor Pro-Temp Charles Blalock Standing (L to R): Darrell Wilson, Heather Johnson, Terrell Brown, David Stough, Robert Rygiel
Charles C. Blalock
Robert E. “Bobby” Payne
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Growing a Cit y for Itâ€™s People! Tallassee Awarded $100,000 to develop walking trail. Tallasseeâ€™s plan is to develop a 4/10th of a mile extension of the Riverwalk that will be nature trail too. The new part of the trail will meander through the woods from the current riverwalk to Eubanks Street. In addition to the trail construction, the grant will provide striping on Eubanks and Knox Street for pedestrians and bicycles. There will be safe walking opportunities for the residents and guests of Tallassee from the River through the woods to the adjoining neighborhood. And from the neighborhood one can walk to the downtown area and to the high school stadium for a little exercise on the track! The Riverwalk currently extends from the boat ramp to the shore adjoining the Guest House. The Guest House adjoins Ann Street, although there is no access at that point. This creates the possibility that later the walking trail and Riverwalk could actually extend into the downtown area.
Proposed River Walk extension
Construction opens up new corridors for Tallassee.
Tallassee Redevelopment Authority The Tallassee Redevelopment Authority is a municipal corporation similar to an industrial development board which was created by the City of Tallassee. Its purpose is to revitalize the central business district. The central business district was defined by the City Council and includes all of the downtown area, East Tallassee, the Jordanville area, and most of the four-lane area. Its actual jurisdiction extends three miles beyond the borders of the defined business district, so that the Redevelopment Authority can work with projects most anywhere within the City limits. It is vitally interested in working with the City, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Development Corporation in attracting retail into the City's business district. Its powers include the power to assist entrepreneurs with financial arrangements, up to and including bond issues. An example of its efforts is Studio B Dance Studio in the downtown area. The Redevelopment Authority feels strongly that retail development is essential to the overall development of the Tallassee community. The Redevelopment Authority has a seven-member Board of Directors. The current Directors include Steve Burak, Hank Golden, Jason Griffith, Holcomb Kerns, Houston Martin, and Heather Weldon. There is one vacancy. Directors serve a six-year term, with three classes of staggered memberships. 4 Tallassee Quarterly
1 Twin Creek Drive, Tallassee, alabama, 36078
american structural needling Co. bell Contracting, llC Capital X-ray, inc. Gulf Packaging, Tallassee J. royal
sebWeF Seated left to right; Suzanne McElroy, Executive Assistant; Richard Dorley, Chairman; Ann Christian, Secretary; Standing left to right; Ronald Cullars; Steve Beasley, Treasurer; Darryl Pendergrass; Timm Timmerman; Don Heacock, Vice Chairman
(south eastern boll Weevil)
Thrifty Portable buildings Tallassee bonded Warehouse Treeco, inc.
Tallassee Community library. 99 Freeman Avenue. - (334) 283-2732
firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/tallasseecitylibrary HelP re store this be autiful historical peforming arts the atre. You can become a part of this re storation by sending donatIons to: tallassee Mount Vernon the atre Inc. P. o. Box 781202, tallassee, al 36078 334-283-2564
Mon. & Fri.....9am-5pm Tues, Wed, Thurs.....9am-6pm Sat.....9am-1pm Sunday....Closed Staff: Mrs. Sharon F. Kipatrick, Director Mrs.â€ˆMargaret I.â€ˆLumpkin, Assit. Director
all donations are tax deductable!
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Education meeting the needs of every student
Kenneth Varner superintendent Tallassee City schools
Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way. -George Evans No two students enter a classroom with identical abilities, experiences, and needs. Learning style, language proficiency, background knowledge, readiness to learn, and other factors can vary widely within a single class group. The diverse composition of each classroom brings many challenges as well as many opportunities to educators. Students are diverse in their needs and interests. To assure that all students have the opportunity to reach their potential, every effort must be made to meet these unique needs and foster individual interests. Tallassee City Schools strives to meet the needs of "all" learners through a variety of programs offered such as Special Education, Career Tech, Talented and Gifted Education, Federal Programs, One-to-One Initiative, and many more opportunities which can make a difference in finding the key to each studentâ€™s success. It is our challenge as educators to take each student as far as he or she can go.
it's a great time to be a Tallassee Tiger!
ADMINISTRATORS Front row (l to r); Lynell Carr, Kenneth Varner, Tessie Williams, Shanikka Beacher Back row (l to r); Matt Coker, Bruce Dean, Chet Stewart, Dr. Brock Nolin, Wayne Pressley
Students growing not only in academics...but in LIFE!
Tallassee High school
matt Coker High school Principal mr. matt Coker 334-283-2187 ~ Fax 334-283-6210 email@example.com I graduated from Tallassee High School in 1990. I attended Central Alabama Community College for a short time and received my undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama. I attended and received my Masters Degree from Alabama State University. I taught three years at Collins Riverside Junior High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In 1998 I returned to Elmore County and served in the Elmore County system until 2012. I taught and coached at Elmore County High School and then at Stanhope Elmore High School before beginning my career as an administrator. In 2003 I was offered and accepted an assistant principal's position at Eclectic Middle School. I worked as an assistant principal at Wetumpka Elementary as well before joining the staff at the new Redland Elementary in February of 2011. In May of 2012, I returned to my alma mater, Tallassee High School. I am married to Paula and we have four children. Morgan is 20 and a Junior volleyball player at Faulkner University. Lindsay is 16 and junior at Tallassee High School. Her twin Preston is also a Junior at Tallassee. Our youngest daughter Grace is 12 and in the 7th grade at Southside Middle School. We also have two dogs. (Lucy and Koda)
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Education mr. bruce Dean
southside middle school
I am excited to begin my first year as principal of Southside Middle School. I began my journey at SMS as a student over thirty-three years ago! I’m thankful for the former teachers and administrators that have had such a profound impact on my life. These professionals helped me become the person I am bruce Dean today. I have great memories of southside middle Southside Middle School, and I school hope that all our students that attend can say the same about Principal their time spent here. This will begin my twentieth year in the Tallassee City School system with all twenty years being at Southside. I spent fifteen years as the eighth grade history teacher and coached numerous sports. I spent the past four years as the assistant principal at Southside. Curriculum and extra curricular activities are going to be paramount at SMS this school year. We are going to see a record number of SMS students make the A/B honor roll and be involved in clubs and sports. The SMS staff is committed to giving more options to our students in the way of electives. It is not always easy to step out of our comfort zones, so I commend our staff for doing that in the name of enriching our student’s educational experience. We have added an Agriscience class and several enrichment classes to give our students options. Students now have band, enrichment, technology, and Agriscience as possible electives. We are going to live out our school motto of “Give One” on a daily basis. I look forward to working with our newly appointed assistant principal, Dr. Brock Nolin. I believe that with the stellar staff we have at Southside Middle School we can make it one of the best schools in the state. If you have any questions about policy and procedures or how you can become more involved with Southside Middle School, please feel free to contact us at 334-283-2151. This is going to be a great year at SMS! “WE ARE SOUTHSIDE”
brock nolin, Ph. D. assistant Principal southside middle school 334-283-2151 My name is Brock Nolin. I graduated from Eufaula High School in 1997 and enrolled in Auburn University that same fall. While at Auburn I completed the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences summer practicum. I was an active member of the Auburn University Collegiate FFA. I graduated with my B.S. in Agriscience Education. I then took a job teaching at Wetumpka High School. I was there for two years and then moved to Tallassee High School. I am married and have a son and two daughters. I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy hunting, fishing, SCUBA diving, falconry, and farming. I also enjoy music. I play guitar and piano in my church praise band.
Tallassee elementary school
Wayne Pressley Tallassee elementary school Principal
Dr. Bice was the principal of Rene Dickerson when she was in school in Alex city. He came on this day to volunteer in her classroom now that she is a certified teacher.
mr. Wayne Pressley I graduated in Elementary Education in 1991 at Auburn University. I also received my Administration Degree, Master's Degree, and Education Specialist Degree from Auburn University at Montgomery. I began my teaching career at Southside Middle School teaching Sixth Grade Math for six years. I was also the Assistant Principal at Southside Middle School for three years. I have been married for thirty-seven years to my high school sweetheart, Cindy Pressley. She is happily retired from Southside Middle School. We have two great children, Andrew and Robbie. Andrew is in college and Robbie is teaching at Shelton State College in Tuscaloosa. He is
married to a wonderful girl who is also a teacher. They have a five year old daughter and a three old son. I have been the principal at Tallassee Elementary for nine years. Our school is one of the original sixteen schools that were invited to become a member of the Alabama Reading Initiative. Our school was also invited to participate in the Team-Math Program and the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative. These three programs offer support and training for our teachers to enable them to effectively teach our students. Tallassee Elementary School has 770 students in grades Kindergarten to Fourth Grade.
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Tallassee Parks and Recreation
450 Gilmer Ave., Tallassee, Al 36078 January
s 5 12 19 26
M 6 13 20 27
7 14 21 28
1 8 15 22 29
February T 2 9 16 23 30
F 3 10 17 24 31
4 11 18 25
Menâ€™s Basketball Begins
2 9 16 23
3 10 17 24
4 11 18 25
6 13 20 27
M 7 14 21 28
T 1 8 15 22 29
W 2 9 16 23 30
5 12 19 26
6 13 20 27
7 14 21 28
s 1 8 15 22
T 3 10 17 24
F 4 11 18 25
5 12 19 26
4 11 18 25
5 12 19 26
6 13 20 27
s 1 8 15 22 29
7 14 21 28
2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 23 24 25 26 27 28 30 31 Archery starts 2/25 - 3/25 (Tues) Girls softball opening Day swim/Dive Registration 3/24 - 4/4
Dixie Youth Baseball opening Day T-Ball season Begins (Boys and Girls) Church softball Registration 4/7 - 4/25
1 8 15 22 29
lifeguard Training Church Co-ed softball Begins
2 9 16 23 30
s 3 10 17 24 31
s 1 8 15 22 29
M 2 9 16 23 30
T 3 10 17 24
W 4 11 18 25
5 12 19 26
6 13 20 27
s 7 14 21 28
Please note: These dates are set in advance and may change without notice.
Rick Golden Executive Director Tallassee Parks and Recreation Department Ph. 334-283-4726 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
EMERALD MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Archery Registration 2/10 - 2/21 Heart Walk - 3rd Annual T-Ball Registration 2/24 - 3/14
Tammy Merrett Programs Coordinator Tallassee Parks and Recreation 450 Gilmer Avenue, Tallassee, AL 36078 334-283-4726 ww.tallasseerecreation.com
shuttle service from east Montgomery
God ~ Family ~ Country noah Webster and the founders of our nation believed that education "comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the habits of youth, and fit them for their usefulness in their future stations." schools in america took that seriously for two centuries. schools taught the moral law from the bible, they taught the great literature and History of the Western World, that taught the rise of liberty and the greatness of brave and noble character. They crushed the threats of Tyranny that rise in every century, and they understood what made america unique in all of World History. emerald mountain Christian school invites families of faith in biblical Christianity, believing that God has a plan for the children He created in His image. We want to help you educate and equip those children with Knowledge, Truth, and Virtue. We have done this for hundreds of families for nearly 50 years, and we invite you to visit us soon. Call 567-0555 to request an interview with Jeanne riley, registrar. additional information can be found on our website: emcspatriots.com
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Tallassee Music Boosters Presents
s u o l u b Fa lies l & Saturday FoFriday February 7th & 8th
17th Annual $5.00 E) n o i s s i Adm under FRE (6 and
Tallassee High School Auditorium ~ 7 pm
On February 7 and 8, the Tallassee Music Boosters will goes. It’s entertainment for the whole family ($5 each--- free for ages present their seventeenth annual Fabulous Follies. That’s right…this 6 and under). Lots of show tunes, pop and rock-and-roll hits, production will be the SEVENTEENTH year for the lip-synch-andnumbers…anything that can be worked up for laughs. More dancing foolishness that serves as a super fund-raiser for the than one audience member has called it the “cheapest night Boosters. of family fun” to be found. Pat Merrett organized and ran Follies for the This year’s line-up includes Ray Stevens’ versions of Stillwaters Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department for 20 the “joys” of owning an RV, and the problems encountered years, and has been doing the same for the Music Boosters when “Sitting Up With the Dead”; the Carol Burnett method for each of these past sixteen. She does it all--selects the of selling Girl Scout cookies; entertainment by The Midget numbers; corrals the “volunteer” actors; works up the props, Gymnast; unlikely versions of the “Blues Brothers” and scenery, and costumes; arranges the rehearsals; performs, “Stayin’ Alive”; and a dazzling dance number complete with and directs. optical illusions. Pat merrett Her “volunteers” range in age from three years, to All that, and at least a dozen more numbers, will be seventy-something. From pre-schoolers, to the Superintenserved up at 7PM, Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8, at dent of Education. From preachers, to teachers. From the band and the Tallassee High School auditorium. Tickets will be choir students who benefit from the profits, to their directors; from the available at the door. students’ parents and grandparents and siblings, to willing and Don’t trust me—check out these pictures from past generous townspeople interested in supporting the music programs in performances, and you’ll see why you really DON’T want to miss it. the high school and middle school. Because that’s where all the money
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saturday april 12, 2014 Tallassee High school
begin - 4:00 pm and continue until 9:00pm or 10:00pm
AuBuRn university Jazz ensemble Directed by Dr. Mike Pendowski
university of AlABAMA Jazz ensemble Directed by Dr. Chris Kozak
“A Short Story of The Tallassee JazzFest” By Michael Bird - Band Director at Tallassee’s Southside Middle School Organizers of the Tallassee JazzFest had no idea of the interest and success that was to come. That first year was set to be a fundraiser for Mount Vernon Theatre renovations. Donations were collected at the gate, and barbecue was served. “The first year, we talked with Ray Smith, who was then the jazz band director at Troy University, about coming and performing at our school. It has just grown from there.” The first year, Susan Woody from Q96.1 in Montgomery, who is also an accomplished jazz vocalist, agreed to be our MC. Before long, we had not only the Troy University band, but four hours’ worth of music from bands that came from all over Alabama. We had a capacity crowd in our middle school gymnasium. One draw is that the jazz festival does not require a performance fee, and it is really “more of a showcase than a competition-type event. It is designed to allow students to play for one another and entertain a crowd.” aPril is Jazz eDuCaTiOn mOnTH in the United States, so the festival naturally seemed to fit in the spring. The second year saw enough growth to spread the festival over a weekend, and began a new tradition: an Iron Bowl of bands. The second year, I was blown away when I received an email from the band director at the University of Alabama, who asked if we’d be interested in having them. I had already booked Auburn’s band. So, in only our second year, we had the top two bands in the state performing in our little gym. Bands from as far away as Saraland, near Mobile, and Dora, near Jasper, also participated. Another annual participant has been Central High School of Phenix City. Their band director, Roger Redden, was so encouraged by our success that he has started a jazz festival in the Phenix City/Columbus area the weekend after ours. Elmore County High School’s award-winning band, led by Anthony Vittore, and Auburn Jr. High School’s band, led by Josh Wine, have also participated. Having Auburn and Alabama didn’t just draw out the high schools, it also brought other college bands here. Last year, we had Montevallo and Huntingdon, and they will be back this time. And we also had two professional stage bands: the Montgomery Recreators and the Up-Beats. The Tallassee JazzFest is patterned after the Ozark JazzFest that was held for many years at the Flowers Center in downtown Ozark. Its organizer,
David Bolich, was once my supervising teacher. After the Ozark festival shut down, we went for several years with nothing for jazz bands in this area of the state. I did not realize how hungry people were for something like this until we tried. Mr. Robby Glasscock, the band director at Tallassee High School, and Mr. Mike Hammonds, our jazz band director, were instrumental in getting this event off the ground. Mr. Hammonds was a jazz band leader in the U.S. Army before leaving the military and settling in his hometown of Tallassee, where he has spent the past several years volunteering in the band program of his alma mater. Last year, an unnamed benefactor awarded the Don bryant music scholarship in the amount of one thousand dollars for a musician to spend part of his summer at the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Don Bryant was once a member of the Tallassee and Auburn bands, and after a career in the United States military, taught science at Tallassee High School for twenty years. He also serves as President of the Tallassee Music Boosters. The winner was Andrew Webster, a junior alto saxophone player. Andrew represented our community at the Aebersold camp—which is like the Mecca for jazz players. He also has been a member of All-State Band and AllState Choir. We have many deserving students, but I was especially proud of Andrew. Other successful students have moved on from JazzFest to success at universities. Stanley Lacey, a sophomore music major at the University of Alabama, is such a success story. When the University of Alabama band came, their band director allowed Stanley to ‘jam’ with them on his trombone. Later, he received a letter telling him he had received a full tuition scholarship to the University of Alabama. It was his dream come true.” So what does the 2014 Tallassee JazzFest have to offer? Weare moving the festival to the Tallassee High School Auditorium, which will provide much better acoustics and seating. We also have confirmed that the University of Alabama and Auburn University bands will be returning, along with Huntingdon College and Faulkner University. We also expect to have high school bands from Eclectic, Wetumpka, Auburn, Phenix City, and a few other schools. “The interesting thing, though, is that I promised the band directors from Alabama and Auburn that whoever won the Iron Bowl would get to go on last, but I guess we’ll let the directors work it out when they get here!
This is a great family event. admission is a donation to the Tallassee music Department.
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Tallassee ~ A Community of Faith Extolling the virtues of our little town A testimonial …By Michael Bird They say that the best thing about living in a small town is that everyone knows your business. They also say that the worst thing about living in a small town is … everyone knows your business. But I wouldn’t trade my experiences in Tallassee for anything. I’m a Montgomery boy, born and raised. Graduated from Robert E. Lee High School with a dream of becoming a band director. I attended Troy University and met a girl from New Orleans named Sena Thibodeaux. We’ve been married over fourteen years, and have six children -- five girls and one boy. And of my seventeen years of teaching, I’ve spent almost a decade in Tallassee. It’s going to hopefully be my last stop on the teaching journey. When I started out, I was driven by the desire to be a “big time” band director, with my motivation being my experiences at Lee as a student. I did eventually get to work at Lee, so my dream came true. But when that experience ended, I came knocking on the door of Tallassee – a place I knew about because of the Fitzpatrick Bridge, the Hotel Talisi, and Mount Vernon Mills – but also home to several of my college roommates at Troy. In other words, I was familiar with the territory, but entered as a citified fellow. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the purple and gold. I noticed that students showed respect for teachers, and that teachers had a leading role in the community. I loved the Mayberrylike Homecoming Parade that took over the town during the fall football season. Did you know that the Mt. Vernon Mill No. 1, whose bell is located at the entrance to town, was also the only Confederate Armory not destroyed during the Civil War? Or that Mount Vernon Mills was the longest consecutively operating cotton mill in the United States? How about baPTisT CHurCHes bethlehem east 7561 Upper River Road bible baptist Church 2680 Lower Tuskegee Road Calvary baptist Church 293 N Wesson Street Carrville 501 Sims Avenue Carrville baptist Church 2436 Notasulga Road east Tallassee baptist Church 314 Central Boulevard elam baptist Church 4686 Notasulga Road First baptist Church 101 S Dubois Street Flatrock missionary baptist Church 1024 Flat Rock Road Friendship 4345 Friendship Road liberty baptist Church 574 Liberty Road
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that the Fitzpatrick Bridge, at 173 feet in the air, is one of the longest curved bridges east of the Mississippi River? Perhaps you didn’t know that we were Tuckabatchee, home of the Creek Nation, or that Tecumseh once visited here. On the religious side, I find it interesting that America’s most well-known Catholic talk show host of the 1940s and 1950s, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, preached the first Mass at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Tallassee, and assisted the Blount family with plans for the design and appearance of the church. Maybe you’d be interested to know that Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys once performed at the Mount Vernon Theatre and his signature is still backstage. Or that the Hotel Talisi was just about the finest place to eat in the River Region if you loved a good, old-fashioned country style buffet. But all those things are in the past. Let me tell you what I love about Tallassee’s present. I know that if I go out of town, my neighbors will keep an eye on my house. And if they see something suspicious, they’ll let me know (or word will get to me somehow!). Most of the time, I can leave my car unlocked without fear of theft. I can leave my house windows open at night. My children can ride their bicycles up and down the street and all around the neighborhood, playing with the other kids they see. The aforementioned Homecoming Parade is but one facet of the school pride held within this community. On the night before Homecoming, the class from 20 years ago and the current senior class sing the Alma Mater by candlelight, then the whole town attends a bonfire pep rally. The next day, after the parade, a Queen is crowned during the football game, and the band puts on a special show. But there’s also the Christmas Parade, the Missoula Children’s Theatre productions, the dance recitals, and much more. People in this town are proud to be musicians. Everywhere one looks, there are groups singing or playing. We have the largest choral program in the state, led by one of America’s finest
mount zion baptist Church 64 Log Circle Providence Primitive baptist Church 4850 Chana Creek Road refuge 3098 Red Hill Road refuge baptist Church 440 Martin Dam Road river road 239 Lower Tuskegee Road riverside Heights Hispanic mission 495 Little Road rock springs 375 Rigsby Road rock springs baptist Church 2810 Rock Springs Drive Tallassee First 1279 Friendship Road Talleweka baptist Church 1419 Gilmer Avenue Westside baptist Church 1825 Gilmer Avenue
educators, Jerry Cunningham. Any choral director who can recruit nearly 75% of the student population to be in choir must be doing something right. Our band program is the largest of any school in Montgomery, Elmore, Coosa, or Tallapoosa County. This year, we have 128 beginners and 41 intermediate band members at the middle school, and 112 band members at the high school. Our band program is led by Robby Glasscock, who has served our students for 13 years. When we go to contests, we are often the largest band in our classification. And we sure do have some devoted musicians here, many of whom have gone on to study music or at least participate in music in college. If I need anything, I can call City Hall and it is handled. I once reported dangerous tree limbs near my home, and action was taken the same day I called. I can be a schoolteacher at the greatest school in the world, with the finest co-workers on the faculty, who genuinely care about the students they teach. I am privileged to work for the best school administrators for whom anyone could ever ask. My after-school jobs at Super Foods and WACQ Radio provide links to other areas of the community, which I truly enjoy. I also have written a weekly newspaper column in the Tallassee Tribune for nine years – another dream come true for me. My aunt, mom, and dad have all moved here – and my father is now one of the managers at Super Foods, my secondary place of employment. So I have the honor of working for my dad, a longtime grocery man. The owner of the grocery store is a longtime family friend, and the co-owner is my college roommate. What’s not to love about that? The best part of being here is that I know my children are growing up in a safe, caring environment in our house, our neighborhood, our schools, and our church. I am just happy to have landed in a community like Tallassee, and hope to never leave.
CaTHOliC CHurCHes st Vincent De Paul Parish 620 Gilmer Avenue CHrisTian-OTHer CHurCHes apostolic Church Of Jesus Christ 1072 Muskogee Trail east Tallassee Church Of Christ 501 Central Boulevard light Of Jesus Outreach ministries 140 Gin Street macedonia Christian Church 2685 Macedonia Road mount Olive Congregational Christian Church naccc 492 Kent Road Oak Heights Church Of Christ 74 Manning Circle reeltown Christian academy 401 Powers Avenue Tallassee Church Of Christ 209 Gilmer Avenue Wind rain & Fire ministries international 1201 Gilmer Avenue
ePisCOPal CHurCHes episcopal Church Of The epiphany 2602 Gilmer Avenue meTHODisT CHurCHes east Tallassee united methodist Church 101 Central Boulevard First united methodist Church 1 Jordan Avenue new zion 3523 Ashurst Bar Road st. Paul Tallassee 101 Herren Hill Road Wall street 71 Zion Street inDePenDenT CHurCHes abundant life Church 2634 Lower Tuskegee Road saint mark all nations Pentecostal Foundation Church 30 Stewart Street Tallassee Church Of God 134 Adams Street Tallassee Holiness Church 194 Honeysuckle Lane
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Tallassee Seniors... senior services Available through the Tallassee senior Center and the Tallassee senior services Department Director: Mike Woodall 334-283-2766 445 Main Street P.O. Box 780604 Tallassee, AL Mission Statement: It is the goal of the Senior Services Department to provide services so that older persons can live lives of dignity and independence through information on community services, cost effective preservation practices and activities that will improve health and the quality of life. To provide innovative, affordable options of care and support that will provide an array of choices about how and where to live. City of Tallassee website
ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Games, Fellowship, Social Activities that include trips interesting places (May Fest, Zoo, Museums)~~~Day and Evening Activities. SERVICES INCLUDE: Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers, Transportation to Doctor appointments, Home delivered meals as well as meals at the Senior Center, Legal Assistance, Alabama Elder Law Helpline, Elder Abuse Information and Prevention, Yellow Dot Program, Disaster Recovery, Senior RX/Wellness Program, Senior Employment Services, Medicaid Waiver for the Elderly and Disabled, Medicare Fraud Prevention, Insurance Counseling through the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, Nutrition and Wellness.
“THAnKs” to all the citizens of Tallassee who have supported DeRamus over the years.
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Tallassee Falls museum, 201 barnett blvd., - Tallassee, al 36078
Tallassee History Abounds...
Tallassee Historical Society Museum Open Hours: Thurs., Fri., Sat. - 10 am-2 pm Sunday - 1-3 pm
William (bill) Goss Curator
The Tallassee black indians - 1930â€™s
black Heritage of Tallassee
robert russa moton High school Football - 1962
Tallassee Armory The Tallassee Armory was the only Confederate armory not destroyed by Federal forces. Colonel Gorgas (CSA Flag) ordnance chief, had the carbine shop moved into Tallassee Manufacturing Company mill in spring 1864 as war threatened Richmond, Virginia armory. War ended before the plant reached its goal of 6,000 carbines per year. In 1864 Rousseau's raid bypassed it. 1865: forces under General Wilson (USA Flag) misled by faulty map, marched 10 miles east; threat of Forrest (CSA Flag) barred their return. Alabama Historical Association 1965
BRAD PARKER 1508 Gilmer Avenue Tallassee, AL 36078 (334) 283-4979
Bicentennial of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend Commemorative Events
Pioneer life Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Creek War 1813-14
FRIENDS OF TUCKABATCHEE TALISI HISTORICAL PRESERVATION SOCIETY TO PERFORM AT THE BICENTENNIAL OF THE BATTLE OF HORSESHOE BEND The Friends of Tuckabatchee, (Talisi Historical Preservation Society), will be performing the outdoor drama Tecumseh at Tuckabatchee on Friday, march 28th at 7pm. This historical drama depicts the legendary Tecumsehs speech of 1811. The great chieftain encouraged the Muscogee Creek people to unite together in war because of the white encroachment of their Indian lands. All events are free and food is available on site, but attendees need to obtain their tickets at the visitors center prior to the production. Please bring lawn chairs for the production. Plan to arrive by 6:45 p.m. Thursday, March 27th - Luminary event on the battlefield beginning at 6:30 pm and ending at 8:30 pm. A luminary will be placed on the battlefield to represent every life lost in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Friday, March 28th & 29th - Come experience what life was like 200 years ago while being part of the historic Bicentennial events at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. Over eighty demonstrators will have camps set up showing what life was like for Creek Indians, Cherokee Indians, the Tennessee Militia and the US Infantry. There will be Creek Stomp Dances, cannon firing demonstrations and black powder musket firing demonstrations on March 28th and 29th throughout both days. School groups should contact Heather Tassin at the park at 256-234-7111 to sign up by March 14th. Tallassee Quarterly 15
The Community Development Corporation is a 501-3C organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Tallassee and the surrounding areas. We are working to promote, integrate, and enhance all aspects of our greater community: retail, industrial, civic, educational, recreational, religious, governmental...whatever it takes to make Tallassee an even better place in which to live and work!
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The CDC partners with the Chamber of Commerce, industrial Development board, redevelopment Corporation, planning commission, civic clubs, churches, city government... creating a vibrant network that moves all of us forward. Over $100,000 was raised through bbQ sales to benefit our Tailgating Partners. TailGaTinG ParTners inCluDe: scouts, athletic clubs, fire departments, band boosters, His eyes ministry, Historical Preservation society, prom committee...and any worthwhile community endeavor.
Join us as we fulfill our mission: “Community Working Together”. Contact us at 334-252-0036. 16 Tallassee Quarterly