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Southgate to Lake Martin The Treasure on the Tallapoosa

New Government Keeps Tallassee Growing See pages 2 & 3

Robert Scroggins Still Up In The Air Front L-R - Commission Bill Godwin, Mayor Johnny Hammock, Barbara Garnett,-City Clerk, Back L-R- Commissioners Sarah Hill, David Stough, Darrelll Wilson, Terrell Brown, Jeremy Taunton, Damian Carr. Tallassee Planning Commission

Tallassee Redevelopment Authority Vol. 4. Issue 1 • sPRING eDITIoN 2017

See story on page 17

New Government John Hammock, Mayor

Tallassee City Council Meetings:

Regular City Council Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month beginning at 6 p.m. at City Hall and are open to the public. Tallassee City Hall, 3 Freeman Avenue Tallassee, Alabama, 36078 334-283-6571

Front L-R - Commission Bill Godwin-District 6, Mayor Johnny Hammock, Barbara Garnett-City Clerk, Back L-R- Commissioners Sarah Hill-District 2, David Stough-District 7, Darrell Wilson-District 4, Terrell Brown-District 5, Jeremy Taunton-District 1, Damian Carr-District 3 Take a short 20 minute ride from East Chase, Montgomery. Travel East - Exit 26, take a right and 5 minutes later you’ll be in Tallassee. Take advantage of the great businesses we have while you are there.

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Hometown America at it best!

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Chief Higgins selected as New Chief of Police for Tallassee

Chief Higgins has served six years active duty 16 years reserve with the U.S. Air Force, and is a Combat Veteran with deployments to Desert Storm, Mogadishu, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He also served 22 Years with the Montgomery Police Department. Chief Higgins retired as Lieutenant, Commanded Bomb Squad, K9, Shift Commander, Explosives Detection Dog Handler and was also was an Autauga County Sheriffs Office Patrol Deputy, SWAT and Explosives Detection Dog Handler

His plans for the future are to pull the department together and get us better equipped so that we can combat the criminal element.

He stated, “We have good officers and we are going to be more proactive in the future. I am not someone who will just sit in an office and work 9-5. I will be out in the community and out with the officers working. We have already been making several quality arrests in the last week that are helping to combat the drug problem in our area. We look forward to working cooperatively with our surrounding agencies to continue that. We will be working hard in the future to better serve the citizens of Tallassee.”

Andy Coker New Building Inspector

Mr. Coker stated, “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to work for and serve the city of Tallassee. I am a lifelong citizen of Tallassee and my family has deep roots in the community. I have always been proud to tell people I was from Tallassee and one of the things I was most proud of was the beauty of our town. I pledge to work hard each day to maintain and enhance the building and grounds of Tallassee. I understand that to be effective as the Building Inspector, it will take building relationships with the people of Tallassee and I indeed plan to be approachable and open to all people. Please feel free to contact me to discuss issues or concerns you may have.” “My wife Allison, my children Drew and Alex, are excited for this opportunity. I look forward to working with Mayor Hammock, our City Council, and all citizens of Tallassee to move our great city forward. Thank you so much for you support.”

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Tallassee Planning Commission meets the first Tuesday at 6:00 pm.

Industrial Development meets the first Tuesday at 6:30 at the IDV office.

Tallassee Redevelopment Authority meets the fourth Tuesday at 6:00 pm at City Hall. Tallassee Library Board meets the 2nd Monday at the Library Tallassee Recreation Board meets as needed.

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Tallassee Planning Commission Board of Directors

Mayor Johnny Hammock Andy Coker, Bldg. Inspector Councilman Jeremy Taunton Pres. Ron McDaniel Herbert Mason Beth Turner Willie Smith Joey Scarborough

Tallassee Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors

Mayor Johnny Hammond Hank Golden Marilyn Durham Steve Burak David Lawrence Holcombe Kerns Jim Davis Deborah Pruitt

Become involved and watch Tallassee Grow!

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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!

Tallassee Community Development “Tailgating Events� had over $100,000 in sales in the last 12 months in support of Community Projects!

Front Row: Ann Stuedeman, Alan Taunton, Judge Dale Segrest, Kat Raiford, Laurie Rigiel, Back Row: Laura Leigh Peters, Tripp Storm, Wade Shipman. Brad Davis, Don Bryant, Wilbur Terrell, Joyce Villa. Other board members attended but not pictured.

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New Location

Pick up is now at 520 Main Street across from Senior Center.

Take Exit 26 (Tallassee Exit) off I-85 North. Only 15 min. from Montgomery. Hwy 14 W, over bridge, 3 miles.

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2017 Tailgating schedule


February 24th March 10-11 March 24-28 April 7-8 April 28-29 May 19-20

Tailgate Partner

Home Health Camp Stew Only Reeltown Fire Dept. Open Tallassee Community Outreach Reeltown Cheerleaders His Eyes Ministry

June 9-10

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June 30-July1 Girls Softball July 14-15 Open July 21-22 Open July 28-29 Open August 18-19 Scouts September 1-2 Open or Wall Street Community September 15-16............... Improvement Center September 29-30 Open October 6-7 Open October13-14 Open October 20-21 Open October 27-28 Open November 3-4 Open November 10-11 Open

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; Tim Timmerman; Don Heacock, Vice Chairman

(334) 283-5660

Tallassee Community library

99 Freeman Avenue. - (334) 283-2732

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Mon. & Fri. - 9am-5pm Tues, Wed, Thurs.- 9am-6pm Sat. - 9am-1pm • Sunday - Closed


As a team, the primary goal of Tallassee Fire Department is to prevent fires and protect lives and property. This is done through continuous training by the highly motivated firefighters that work together in order to bring a situation full of chaos back to order.

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Our caring and competent team provides personalized treatment tailored to each patient’s needs.

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Community Skilled Care and Rehab is the newest service at Community Hospital. The program is designed to assist patients when acute care hospitalization is no longer required, but the patient needs further care to reach a level of strength and wellness in order to safely return to their home or residential facility. This program is a practical alternative to a prolonged acute care hospital stay or short term nursing/rehabilitation facility placement. We have partnered with Crain Rehab to offer the finest in inpatient rehabilitative care. Our goal is to help each patient improve their level of functioning and become as independent as possible prior to discharge. For more information, please call Beth Nelson, RN, Swing Bed Coordinator at (334) 283-3848 or e-mail

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Help restore this beautiful historical performing art theatre. You can become a part of this restoration by sending donations to: Tallassee Mount Vernon Theatre Inc. P. O. Box 781202 Tallassee, AL 36078 All donations are tax deductible!

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Local Group of Tallassee Ladies take trip of a lifetime to California and the Rose Parade.

Ann Christian, Janice Dillard, Jennifer Tyler, Liz Britt, and Dorothy Lynch, (not pictured Wayne Burton) enjoyed a 10 day adventure that included the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California and then traveled up the West Coast to San Francisco.

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Treasure Island San Francisco with Bay Bridge in background.

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The Historic Ray Carr House 334-252-0036

Home of the officers in charge of the Tallassee Armory and General Birkett Fry.

Segrest Law Firm is proud to support the many activities in Tallassee. Make sure you visit us for TALLASSEE NOW on June 9th & 10th, 2017! Look forward to seeing you there!

Visit the Tallassee Veterans Memorial in honor of our Local Heros.

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Education No Tunnel Vision – Setting Priorities

During my time as Superintendent I have spoken about what things I believe are most important to our school system. Safety is always at the top of the list followed by increasing our academic expectations and improving facilities in our system. These are certainly key priorities for Wade shipman us, but sometimes the thought is Superintendent that if you are improving the athletic facilities or playof Education grounds, then we are ignoring other needs in our system like academics or band and choir. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are fortunate to be able to work on multiple aspects of our system at the same time.

Our academic priorities and accomplishments sometime go unnoticed. Let me share what we are doing to improve our system academically. Every year each of our schools develop a Continuous Improvement Plan that sets several academic goals for our schools to work towards achieving during the upcoming school year. These goals are usually focused on math or reading and are established by using test score data from our ACT ASPIRE results in grades 3-8, and 10. Every year we reassess these goals and set new ones to drive

our classroom instructional decisions. In the last two years we have implemented a new reading program called Reading Horizon and have been very happy with the results. Reading Horizon is a direct instruction, reading intervention program and is being used in grades K-12.

We have implemented a one to one technology initiative in grades 5-12. Most recently, the 5-8 implementation of this program has been accomplished this school year. We are constantly reviewing this initiative to continue improving its impact. We are looking for learning gains. This past year we re-directed a teaching position from Tallassee High School (Mrs. Brooke Barron) into an Instructional Coach assigned to both Tallassee High School and Southside Middle School to help teachers better use technology as an instructional tool in their classrooms. This has been a very ‘popular’ initiative however we hope the best has yet to come as we make improvements. Our ‘new’ career center is near its completion, where numerous dual enrollment classes will be available to our students. Our state standards are aimed at making our students college and career ready.

We are making progress with our academic goals in our system. Our goal is to make progress every year in all of our schools. We have established our vision and are prioritizing resources accordingly. We do not have tunnel vision, only focusing on one area of our system at a time. We are able to focus on academics, athletics, and music all at the same time. My hope is that we can give all of our children the resources they need to be successful, no matter what path they choose to follow.

New Members Elected to Board of Education

At the end of the summer, Tallassee voters cast their ballots for new community leaders. We have a new mayor in Mayor Johnny Hammock, as well as several new city councilmen (and woman). I would hope that as a community we would wish them well and look forward to new ideas and leadership. For those outgoing leaders I would like to thank them for their contributions towards improving Tallassee. We have several board of education members who are no longer be on the Tallassee Board of Education. I would like to give a tribute to those who will not be part of the Tallassee BOE and welcome new members. I will start with the longest serving BOE member, Danny Ingram. Mr. Ingram has served our BOE through District 1 for the past 16 years. Mr. Ingram has been a past president of the board. Mr. Ingram has been very supportive of the expansion of our Career Readiness programs. Thank you for your service Mr. Ingram. Dr. Steve Burak, was elected from District 7 and has served on the BOE for 12 years. Many of those years Dr. Burak represented our board as its president. Dr. Burak has had a passion for our music

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programs and all academic areas. Thank you, Dr. Burak for your service. Mr. Damain Carr served for 8 years from District 3 and Mr. Chris Price served 4 years from District 2. Mr. Carr and Mr. Price have both been very supportive of the renovations going on at Southside to the baseball and softball facility. Thank you, Mr. Carr and Mr. Price for your service. Altogether the Tallassee Board of Education has lost 40 years worth of board of education experience. This is valuable experience that has benefited our system and will surely be missed. These are not a paid positions and at times difficult decisions have had to be made. Once again, thank you, for your service to our community. New members to the Tallassee Board of Education include Ms. Lacie Brewer, Mr. Don Bryant, Mrs. Jennifer Jelks, and Mrs. Kami Scarborough. Thank you, for your commitment to serve the Tallassee community to make the best decisions for our children. I am hopeful that we will remember the well known quote from AESOP that says, ‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.’ Best wishes to our new public servants.

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Education Tallassee High School

Matt Coker High School Principal

502 Barnett Boulevard Tallassee Alabama 36078 334-283-2187. Fax. 334-283-6210

Tallassee High School Band Travels to Chicago, IL.

The THS Band has been busy since football season. The band traveled to Chicago, IL to march in the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade on November 19, 2016. Seventy-five students participated in the trip. Activities included trips to The Field Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry, Blue Man Group, Navy Pier, the John Hancock Building, and a meal at Maggiano's Little Italy.


Landon DuBose (trombone) and Madelaine Worley (clarinet) were selected for the Alabama All-State Band recently. Landon is a senior and will be studying music education at Troy University next year. He has played the sousaphone in the marching band and plays trombone in the concert and jazz bands. Madelaine is a junior and she specializes in all the woodwind instruments. She plays clarinet in marching and concert bands, but plays saxophone in the jazz band. Madelaine and Landon are also members of the Montgomery Youth Orchestra.

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Photo courtesy of Chris Pitchford

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The Tallassee High School Choral Department recently hosted the Capital City Classic at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center in January. The program was the ninth annual competition hosted by the department, and show choirs from all over the southeast participated. There were groups from Enterprise, Hoover, Homewood, Helena, Opelika, Auburn, and several other schools in Alabama. Tifton, Georgia and Cleveland, Tennessee also sent groups to compete. The highlight for the host groups included the performances for our own parents and friends. The Divas, New Image, and Gold Edition show choirs all performed for appreciative audiences.

The Tallassee High School Choral Department hosted the Capital City Classic Show Choir Competition at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Montgomery on January 27 and 28 featuring several choirs from Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia.

The annual Christmas concert was held on December 13th and it featured both the Tallassee High School Band and Choir

January begins another busy season for the THS Music Department. All three Show Choirs are preparing for competitions in February, and individual band students are participating in various Honor Bands held throughout the state. One such Honor Band was the Elmore County Honor Band. It was held at Wetumpka High School on January 13 and featured some of the top musicians from all five high schools in Elmore County.

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Southside Middle School


Mr. Bruce Dean Principal

Southside Middle School 901 East B Payne Sr Dr. Tallassee, AL 36078


Southside Middle School Celebrates Ten Years of Robotics Success In October of 2016, the Southside Middle School Robotics team completed its tenth season in the War Eagle B.E.S.T Robotics competition. The competition is held annually on the campus of Auburn University and is sponsored by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Science and Mathematics Outreach Program. Boosting Engineering Science and Technology is a middle and high school robotics competition whose mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.

Robotics Teacher Leader, Terina Gantt credits the vision of former SMS teacher Candy Lancaster, and Neptune Technology Group Engineers, Tim Bianchi and Tom Crawford with the implementation and success of the program. “Before project-based learning’ was an educational buzz word, Mrs. Lancaster, Mr. Bianchi and Mr. Crawford envisioned the depth of learning and real world experience this type of program provides. They were instrumental in getting the program started, garnering community support and ensuring the success of our students. The relationship between Neptune Technology Group, Southside Middle School and BEST robotics has continued for ten years. Without the help of the engineers and mentors from Neptune, this program would not be possible. The support they offer is enormous. The experience our students are afforded as a result of this competition is invaluable,” says Gantt.

The SMS team is traditionally one of the top robotics teams in the competition, having finished as the highest placing middle school team in every year of existence. 2014 and 2015 were the most successful years to date, with those teams finishing as the overall robotics winners in each year. The recent success of the middle school team has had a trickle up effect. In 2015, Tallassee High School fielded its first team.

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Under the leadership of Mr. Curtis Walker, THS Physics teacher, the Tallassee High School teams have had great success, advancing to South’s BEST regional competition in each of those years. In the ten years since inception, numerous students have gone on to pursue careers in the field of STEM. Many of those students credit their interest in those fields back to the time spent as a member of the Robotics team. Says Gantt, “In my humble opinion, that is what makes the program a success. The trophies and plaques are great. The recognition for the kids is incredible, but when a student finds their passion as a result of being a part of this team, for me, that is success.”

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Tallassee Elementary School


Jose Reyes, Jr. Principal

Tallassee Elementary School 850 Friendship Road Tallassee, AL 36078


Shanikka Beacher Assistant Principal

Education going above and beyond to teach our children to care for the health and safety of others.

Dr. Jose Reyes and Mr. Isaac Williams of Tallassee elementary school Duct Taped to wall for Fundraiser

The school sold strips of duct tape for $1 apiece. The money raised was raised and donated to Pilots for Christ, which is based out of Monroeville, Alabama.

The plane that they use to transport patients, free of charge to specialists, is out of commission. They are currently raising money to buy a new plane. Several members of our community have benefited from this wonderful organization and their gracious efforts to help families get to special doctors around the United Sates.

This fundraiser was organized by Coach Eddie Gantt and Mrs. Jenny Sanford.

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Tallassee Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

The Chamber Annual Banquet was held January 24, 2017, at the Wetumpka Civic Center. A reception was held prior to the dinner and program which gave people a chance to network and visit. A silent auction was held during the reception. Everyone was welcomed and the invocation and pledge were given. The outstanding dinner was catered by Rustic Mill of Tallassee. Executive Director Michone Roye thanked everyone for coming and the program began. Mayor Johnny Hammock was the keynote speaker for the event. His message outlined four points of his vision for Tallassee. They were public safety, economic development, education, and Tallassee beautification. Barry Parker was introduced as the new incoming president. Recognition of the outgoing Board of Directors was given by Michone who then made the presentation of awards. It was a gala evening with approximately 200 in Mayor Johnny Hammock attendance. A good time was had by all!

Growing Tallassee is always the heart of the Chamber. Michone Roye Executive Director



eric Criswell, Past President

lee Grier, Business Person of the Year louis & Rachel sanchez, Business of the Year



lauri Rigiel Frances lee Wagnon Award

Congratulations to the 2017 Chamber of Commerce BUSINESS OF THE YEAR!

First Community Bank

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June 9-10th Tallassee Now!

Upcoming Tallassee Events

NEW! Date TBA~ Denim & Diamond Policeman’s Ball

February 18 ~ Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Plant a Tree!

February 18 ~ Pancake Breakfast First United Methodist Church February 24 ~ Career Prep Day 9-12 a.m. • Tallassee High School

BBQ Cook Off Contest

Book Signing Local Artists Special Presentations by Dixie Art Colony Foundation including Arthur Stewart Murals located in Trustmark Bank and other art. June 9th ~ 5K Run • 6 p.m.

Make plans to attend these great events.

April 4th - Jazz Fest Tallassee High School Auditorium. 7:00 pm

April 17-22 ~ Earth Day CleanUp

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April 25th Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament 12:30 p.m. Wynlakes Country Club

GOLF TOURNAMENT Join us April 25th, 2017 for a fun day of lunch and golf plus a chance to win braggin rights and cash!

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Tallassee Music Boosters Presents

20th Annual

s u o l u Fab es Folli

Friday & Saturday February 17th & 18th Tallassee High School Auditorium Beginning At 7:00 p.m.

The Tallassee Music Boosters’ 20th Annual Fabulous Follies will enjoy another hilarious evening of lip sync craziness. It is the brainchild of Pat Merrett, who does it all (producing, directing, acting, props, scenery-making, and choreographing) as a fundraiser for the city schools’ bands and choirs. This year’s production reprises some favorites from years past, mixed in among lots of new skits. There will be some Carol Burnett, Lily Tomlin, and Jeanne Robertson; Dorf will attempt to press over 400 pounds; Soul Man is on the agenda, along with Ghost Busters and King Tut. Besides Dorf’s amazing athletic prowess, audiences will be treated to Olympic-quality synchronized swimming and gymnastics, and an introduction to the Rio games. Hard to imagine this will be happening right there on stage. Gotta see it to believe it! There will also be numbers by some tiny tots and Southside Middle School band students, and New Image Show Choir will perform (real talent: no lip-syncing there). It’s a guaranteed fun evening for the entire family. Tickets

($5) will be available at the door both nights.

Performance will begin at 7:00 PM, Friday and Saturday. Children 6 and under Free.

March 14, 2017

Tallassee River City Band Bringing the Arts to Tallassee for more than 50 Years

Mission Statement

The McCraney-Cottle Arts Council was established in 1963 to promote and encourage the development and appreciation of the fine and performing arts in and around the community of Tallassee, Alabama, by presenting appearances of visiting artists and by sponsoring local artistic endeavors. It has been a pleasure to serve our community for the past 53 years. The McCraney-Cottle Arts Council is a 501c(3) organization. Contributions are fully tax deductible.

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All performances will be held at the Tallassee High School Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Become a Patron! For Information contact McCraney-Cottle Arts Council at P. O. Box 780551, Tallassee, AL 36078 Please call Mona Mills at (334) 201-4892.

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95 year old WWII veteran, Arthur Robert Scroggins, enjoys the Veterans Day program at the Tallassee City Hall

It’s times like this that he likes to remember his days as a bombardier on a B-17. He graduated from Tallassee High School in 1939. He joined the US Army Air Corps (now the Air Force) in March of 1942 at the age of 20. His basic training was at Maxwell Field in Montgomery and later at Craig Field in Selma. In January 1943 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and received his bombardier wings at San Angelo, Texas. He attended gunnery school in Fort Myers, Fl - and then was transferred to Blythe Air Field, CA - Plumner Proving Grounds in Roswell, NM - to Geiger Field, WA and then to Rapid City Army Air Base, SD - home of the 95th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force where he trained for overseas duty. He arrived in England in June 1943 and served there until 1945. Mr. Scroggins was shot down on Jan 4, 1944, while flying in a B-17 named Superstitious Aloysius. They had completed a successful mission over Kiel, Germany. His plane was forced to ditch in the North Sea. HMS Verdun, A British destroyer, answered their emergency call and rescued all ten crew members. Their US uniforms had to be cut off and they were given British uniforms. This explains a picture you may have see of him. In 1944 someone had an idea of arming a P-38 with small bombs for hitting small targets. The machine guns were removed from the nose of the P-38 and a Norden Bomb sight was installed. This would be operated by a small bombardier and he was the “lucky” one for the job. The Pilot was Col. Herbert Zemke, a famous squadron commander. Since there was no escape hatch to the plane’s nose, a screwdriver was needed to remove a small panel so he could get in and get out of the plane. On the mission, the plane had damage to its landing gear and had no brakes. The plane skidded off the runway crashing through a fence and stopped in the middle of a wheat field. The man with the screwdriver got him out of the plane and that plan was scrapped. His third crash landing was in Belgium. Medics were able to rescue him from the burning plane. He was flown from Belgium to England in a C-47. As the surgeon worked on his head, right hand and both legs, he said, “Boy, what part of Alabama are you from?” He replied, “a little town near Montgomery-Tallassee.” The surgeon said, “I’m from Clanton.” He was Dr. Sam Upchurch who became a famous plastic surgeon in Birmingham. He could have returned to the US after 25 missions, but he elected to remain in Europe and was on his fourth tour when the war ended. After his 95th mission he flew home in a B-17. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak-leaf clusters, and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action and the World War II Victory Medal. During the Korean War in the 1950’s he was recalled to active duty with the Dixie Division of the Alabama National Guard and served as a Company Commander. Three years ago a B-17 came to Montgomery. He was able to climb into his old bombardier seat and fly over Montgomery. When the plane landed he told the pilots the best thing about the flight was no one was shooting at him. Mr. Scroggins has contributed much to his country. His patriotism, bravery. and valor mean a lot to his family and our country. Mr. Scroggins was honored by Auburn University at the halftime of the Auburn vs. Georgia basketball game February 7, 2017. See cover.

Veterans Day Celebration is always a special event in Tallassee. It is a time for reflection and honor to our country and those who have so valiantly served.

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Tallassee and Surrounding Area Churches - A CoMMuNITY oF FAITH

BAPTIST CHURCHES Bethlehem East 7561 Upper River Road Calvary Baptist Church 293 N Wesson Street Word of Life 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 1279 Friendship Rd

Flatrock Missionary Baptist Church 1024 Flat Rock Road Friendship 4345 Friendship Road Liberty Baptist Church 574 Liberty Road Mount Zion Baptist Church 64 Log Circle Providence Primitive Baptist Church 4850 Chana Creek Road Refuge Baptist Church 3098 Red Hill 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

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 Tallassee Church Of Christ 209 Gilmer Avenue

Wind Rain & Fire Ministries International 1201 Gilmer Avenue

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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

2867 Gilmer Avenue Tallassee, Al 36078

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The Senior Center • 445 Main St. • Tallassee, Alabama • 334-283-2766 Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 1:00PM • Tuesday Evening – 3:00PM – 9:00PM (Cards) Wednesday Evening – 1:00PM – 3:00PM (Crafts)

Activities: Games, Trips, Singing, Fellowship and much more. Services: Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers, Home delivered meals, Nutritional meals serviced at Center. Information regarding: Legal Assistance, Alabama Elder Law Helpline, Yellow Dot Program, Disaster Recovery, Senior Wellness Program, Medicare Fraud Prevention, Insurance Counselling through the State Health Insurance Assistance Program and information regarding Senior Employment services.

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Quality Living in Tallassee

Retirees subdivision on beautiful tree covered lots minutes from Lake Martin.

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Bill Patterson

Kent, AL - 17.5 Acres

Beautiful lake on property. Call 334-799-7723 Custom Built Retirement Cottages. Call for tours and details.


Developer - 41 Years Experience Tallassee family heritage since 1843!

Custom Built Retirement Cottages. Call for tours and details.


J. Alan Taunton, CPA

200 Executive Park Drive P. O. Box 780248 Tallassee, AL 36067 S

Appraisals • Analysis • Management

Providing Quality Forest Services Since 1949

Tallassee, AL

Support our Troops with your prayers! May God Bless America!

Quality Living in Tallassee

409 Central Boulevard 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, central air/heat. $68,000

403 Herd Street Central air/heat, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath. $68,000

405 Herd Street Central air/heat, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. $65,000

334-283-2567 334-283-6900 (F)

J. Alan Taunton & Company,LLC Certified Public Accountants


EXCAVATING CO. LLC 3188 Kent Road Tallassee, AL 36078


Cole Hilyer


Growing a City for Its People! Commercial structures

5427 Notasulga Road Tallassee, Al 36078 at the intersection of Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 49


opelika - 334-737-3221 Prattville - 334-361-4100

Spring 2017



Portable storage

Garages & Carports


Landscape & Design, LLC

Landscape Design Installation Night Lighting

Irrigation Maintenance Sodding


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1511 Gilmer Avenue Tallassee, AL 36078 334-283-3099

Free Estimates • Lifetime Warranty Discounted Deductibles

Body Shop L.L.C.

101-B Caldwell Street • Tallassee, Alabama 36078

Scott Hornsby

334-283-3463 334-283-8024 Fax

Chuck Meadows Owner


May God Bless America!



2808 Kent Road • Tallassee, Al


Free estimates

2196 Notasulga Road Tallassee, AL 36078

PARKeR TIRe & seRVICe CeNTeR Brad Parker

1508 Gilmer Ave. Tallassee, AL Phone (334)283-4979

Office: 334~283~2129 Fax: 334~283~2209

Visit one of these quality businesses that make Tallassee their home and are here to serve YOU!

We Take Crap From everybody! Portable Toilets For Your Next Event Also in Pink & Blue Handicap Units Available

NeW Camera & locator!

Portable Sinks Serving Elmore, Macon & Tallapoosa Licensed • Bonded • Insured 2796 Friendship Road, Tallassee, AL

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Termites, Powder Post Beetles, Moisture Barrier, Pest Control


City Collision

334-391-7345 Fax 334-283-4012

Tallassee is GROWING! New busine sse s are ar riving to pr ovide grea t se r vice s for the people of the Ta llassee area. Bring your business to Tallassee.

Dana Haynes - Owner 89077 Tallassee Hwy. Tallassee, AL 36078

scent Wizards

108 Company Street Wetumpka, AL 36092 334-233-1554

Spring 2017

April is Confederate History and Heritage Month

Honor your Confederate Ancestor by becoming a member of the Tallassee Armory Guards, Camp 1921 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. This historical honor society meets every 4th Monday 6:30 p.m. at Fort Talisi in Downtown Tallassee. For more information contact Camp 1921 Adjutant Marion Patrick at (334) 283-4693 or any member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Tallassee Falls Museum, 201 Barnett Blvd., - Tallassee, Al 36078

Tallassee History Abounds...

William (Bill) Goss Curator

Black Heritage of Tallassee

Spring 2017

Tallassee Historical Society Museum Open Hours: Thurs., Fri., Sat. - 10 am-2 pm Sunday - 1-3 pm

Dovard Taunton Exhibit

The Tallassee Black Indians - 1930’s

Robert Russa Moton High School Football - 1962

Confederate Heritage

Army/Navy Display

Tallassee Mills Tallassee Historial society meets the 3rd Monday at 6:00 p.m. everyone welcomed!

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2016 Varsity Baseball schedules 2017 THs Varsity Baseball schedule

2017 Tallassee High school softball schedule

2017 Tallassee High school soccer schedule

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Date 2/20/17 2/23/17 2/24/17 2/27/17 3/3/17 3/4/17 3/4/17 3/6/17 3/10/17 3/11/17 3/14/17 3/14/17 3/17/17 3/18/17 3/18/17 3/18/17 3/21/17 3/21/16 3/23/17 3/23/17 3/27/17 3/28/17 3/28/17 3/29/17 3/31/17 4/1/17 4/3/17 4/4/17 4/7/17 4/8/17 4/11/17 4/11/17 4/13/17 4/18/17

Opponent Central of Clay County Russell County Lee LAMP Central of Clay County Robertsdale Saraland Handley Russell County Park Crossing Wetumpka Wetumpka Dadeville Dadeville Dadeville Dadeville Valley Valley Curry Stanhope Elmore Handley Valley Chelsea John Carroll Catholic Elmore County Elmore County Reeltown Stanhope Elmore Holtville Holtville Montgomery Catholic Montgomery Catholic Beauregard Reeltown

Site Tallassee High School Tallassee High School Tallassee High School Tallassee High School Central of Clay Co High School Saraland Saraland Handley High School Tallassee High School Paterson Field Wetumpka Wetumpka Tallassee High School Tallassee High School Dadeville High School Dadeville High School Tallassee High School Tallassee High School Stanhope Stanhope Sportsplex Ben Russell High School Ben Russell High School CACC Elmore County High School Tallassee High School Reeltown High School Tallassee High School Holtville High School Tallassee High School Montgomery Catholic Montgomery Catholic Beauregard High School Reeltown High School

Time 6:30p 5:30p 6:30p 6:30P 6:30p 1:30p 11:30p 4:30p 5:30p 4:30p 4:30p 6:30p 6:30p 4:30p 1:00p 3:00p 4:00p 6:00p 2:30p 4:30p 3:45p 2:30p 2:30p 10:00a 1:00p 3:00p 5:00p 6:30p 4:30p 3:00p 2:00p 4:00p 6:30p 5:00p

VarsityVarsity BaseballBaseball schedules schedule 2017 THs2016 Junior

Spring 2017

450 Gilmer Avenue, Tallassee, AL 334-283-4726

Rick Golden, Executive Director ~ Tammy Merrett, Programs Coordinator

Sixth Annual Heart Walk will begin at 8am on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the welcome center. Fee is $25, portion of

Tallassee Recreation Community Announcements

proceeds go to American Heart Association and Tallassee Recreation Cardio room.

T-Ball registration will be held at the Recreation Department for boys and girls ages 4-6 (girls MUST be 4 by January 1, 2017 and boys MUST be 4 by May 1, 2017). Registration dates will begin February 27 through March 10 and fee will be $45.

Tallassee Youth Softball League Registration will be held at the Recreation Department Friday, February 17 from

6-8 pm and Saturday, February 18 from 9 am-noon. New Players should bring copy of their birth certificate. Fee is $75 for first child and $45 for each additional child. Tryouts will be Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2pm at the Softball Complex (please arrive at 1:30 to sign in) Practices will start week of February 27 and opening ceremonies will held on Tuesday, March 21 at 5:45.

Dixie Youth baseball registration will be held at football fieldhouse Friday, January 27 from 6-8pm, Saturday, January 28 from 12-2 and Saturday, February 4 from 12-2. Fee is $85 for first child and $65 for additional sibling. Tryouts will be February 11 and February 18 at Dixie youth field with time TBA.

Please contact the Recreation Department if you are interested in a Self Defense Class call 283-4726. Class would consist of situational awareness, prevention, recognition of criminal behavior and some physical defense. This is NOT a mixed martial class. Class would meet for one weeknight for approx 2 hrs and Saturday approx 8 hrs. Cost would be $45. Social Security will no longer be coming to Tallassee; their website is or 800-772- 1213.

Funtastic Fort reservations for the pavilion or gazebo are made by calling the Recreation Department office at 283-4726. The fee for the pavilion is $40.00 for a 2 hour period and the fee for the gazebo is $15.00 for a 2 hour period; fees must be paid prior to the reservation date.

Community Announcements

We Are the Champions! Tallassee Mat Cats!

Spring 2017

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