Clothe Our Kids Needs Donations For Back To School

Clothe Our Kids of Ardmore and Giles County needs donations of new socks, underwear and tennis shoes, according to Co-Director Gabby Blade.

As children prepare for back-to-school, now is a good time to make donations to Clothe Our Kids. Shoppers may use the tax-free weekends coming up this weekend in Alabama and next weekend in Tennessee to purchase extra items to help those in need.

The local charity serves Ardmore and Giles County, helping to clothe needy families from newborn to adult sizes.  Clothe Our Kids works through the local school systems. If you know of a child in need, please contact their teacher or school counselor.

Currently the most needed items are new socks and underwear in all sizes and new tennis shoes in children and adult sizes. Clean used clothing items in good condition are also accepted.

Monetary donations may be mailed to 8115 Elkton Pike, Prospect TN 38477 or dropped off at FNB Bank in Ardmore.

Clothe Our Kids is located at 26316 Savings Center Dr. in Ardmore, Tennessee (near FNB Bank). For more information, contact Co-Directors Gabby Blade 931.638.2759 or Shelly Rich at 256.777.1535. Two drop boxes conveniently located outside the Clothe Our Kids building in Ardmore, and at the Giles County Board of Education in Ardmore TN.

City Brings Maddox Building "Up To Code"

The Ardmore, Tennessee City Council met in regular session, Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Attending were Mayor Mike Magnusson, Aldermen Spencer Smith, Paul VanManen, Shane Emerson, Raymond Crabtree, and Jason Sherman. Alderman Garon Hargrove was absent.  Also present were City Recorder Mary Prier, Police Chief Jimmy Kennedy, Tim Toone, Ronny Cornelison, Margie Johnson, Lance Stamper, Mason Daniel, Charles Burgoon, Shera Hunt, and Paul Manke.

Mayor Magnusson called the meeting to order and Alderman Smith led prayer. Alderman Smith made a motion to approve the June 6 minutes as typed. Alderman Sherman second and the vote was unanimous.  Alderman Crabtree made a motion to approve June expenditures. Alderman Emerson second and the vote was unanimous.

Mayor Magnusson stated the city hired Dixie Electric to fix lights at the basketball court, install a light outside the annex building, and fix lights at the Veteran Memorial on the hill. Mayor Magnusson continued, "The city paid $480.00 for permits to finalize electrical inspections at Maddox building. The Maddox building is currently up to code." After some discussion by the council, Mayor Magnusson reminded those present that the Mayor may spend up to $1,000.00 without council approval.

Alderman Sherman made a motion to grant a 2.5% raise to the Library Director with Alderman Emerson seconding. Voting for the motion were Aldermen Smith, Emerson, Crabtree, and Sherman. VanManen opposed.  The motion carried.

The Greater Ardmore Chamber of Commerce requested a donation of $750.00 to help fund the Crape Myrtle Festival.  Alderman Emerson made a motion to approve with Alderman Smith seconding. Voting for the motion were Aldermen Smith, Emerson, Crabtree and Sherman. Alderman VanManen opposed.  The motion carried.

City Recorder Mary Prier requested to amend the 2018-2019 budget adding $20,000.00 to cover outstanding expenditures for June. Allocations to be made include, $10,000.00 for the Police Department, $5,000.00 for the Parks budget and $5,000.00 for buildings and grants. Alderman VanManen made a motion to approve amending the budget with Alderman Crabtree second. The vote was unanimous.

Park Director Tim Turner said the gravel is in place for the new volleyball court at John Barnes Park and that he is currently seeking prices for the sand.

Alderman Smith made a motion to install a streetlight at the corner of Stevenson Road. Alderman Sherman second. The vote was unanimous.

Alderman Emerson asked the council to consider landscaping in front of the Annex building.  Alderman Crabtree suggested replacing the parking bumpers and sealing and restriping the parking lot next to the Annex building. With no motion on the floor the Mayor stated that he and the Aldermen would assess the needs around the building and make recommendations.

Ronny Cornelison informed the council Yolandia Eubanks is the new Chamber of Commerce Director. Cornelison stated he changed the name to The Greater Ardmore Chamber of Commerce and asked the city to work alongside the town to unite and bring the community together. He also thanked the Council for their donation to the Crape Myrtle Festival.

There being no further business Alderman Emerson made a motion to adjourn at 7:02 PM.


Gabby Blade, co-director of Clothe Our Kids of Ardmore and Giles County, reminds everyone that the charity needs new socks, underwear and tennis shoes to help needy children get ready for back-to-school. (YCS photo by Patricia Coulter)

Alabama Tax Free Weekend July 19-21

Alabama's 14th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2019, and ends at midnight Sunday, July 21, 2019, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, books and clothing free of the state's four percent sales or use tax. Local sales tax may apply.

During the tax-free holiday, you may purchase clothing ($100 or less, per article of clothing). The tax free items include all human wearing apparel suitable for general use. Items that are still taxable include clothing accessories, protective equipment and sports/recreational equipment.

Computers, computer software and school computer supplies in a single purchase with a sales price of $750 or less are tax exempt. School supplies, school art supplies and school instructional material with a price of $50 or less per item (noncommercial purchases) are tax free. Also included in the tax exempt items arte books priced at $30 or less per book.

Some restrictions apply to each category. Visit the website for a complete list of items that are tax exempt.

Town Approves $350,000.00

Grant Application

The Ardmore, Alabama Town Council met in regular session Monday, July 8, 2019. In attendance were, Mayor Billy Shannon, Councilmen Ricky Mitchell, Leah Faulk, Billy Ray Hall, and Mary Hobbs. Melody Duffey was absent. Also present were Lucas Blankenship, Chief Jimmy Kennedy, Street Department Employee Terry Barkley, Stephanie Smith, Wesley Grigsby, Tim Toone and Shera Hunt. Mayor Shannon called the meeting to order and Councilman Mitchell led a prayer.

Councilman Hobbs made a motion to approve the June 10 minutes as typed.  Councilman Mitchell seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) public hearing was held concerning a grant for funding to upgrade the sewer system. Lucas Blankenship with Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) led the hearing. According to Blankenship, the town qualifies for a small cities grant for sewer work and should apply for the CDBG grant on behalf of the Ardmore Water Works and Sewer Board. The grant, for $350,000.00 has a suggested match of 20%, approximately $87,500.00, to be paid by the Town for a total cost of $437,500.00 to complete the project. The Ardmore Water Department is to provide all labor and matching funds to support the grant. Preliminary start date is spring of 2020.

A motion to adopt Resolution 7-8-19A to authorize applying for grant funding was made by Councilman Hobbs, second by Councilman Mitchell with a unanimous vote. A motion to adopt the 2019 Citizens Participation Plan update was made by Councilman Hall and second by Councilman Mitchell. The vote was unanimous.

Stephanie Smith gave a report on the activities of the members of the Senior Center. Smith told the council that Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia, TN, will be giving a free spinal screen Friday, July 19 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center in Ardmore, Alabama.

Mayor Billy Shannon reviewed recent monies given to the Town by Alabama State Senator Melson, who donated $10,000.00 for resurfacing the walking track at the Alabama Town Park; State Representative Danny Crawford, who donated $5,000.00 for a tennis court backboard and Representative Andy Whitt, who donated $5,000.00 for park improvements. Mayor Shannon reported that the continuing sidewalk project should be complete within the next two months.

Terry Barkley, street department employee reported, "Speed bumps have been installed on Amys Circle." Barkley also reported that Athens Utilities is looking into the cost of adding lights on Amys Circle.

The Greater Ardmore Chamber of Commerce requested a $750.00 donation to help fund the Crape Myrtle Festival Saturday, August 24, 2019.  Councilman Hobbs made a motion to approve, second by Councilman Mitchell, the vote was unanimous.

Ardmore merchants requested a $300.00 donation to help cover the costs of monthly movie night held at the pavilion by town hall.  Councilman Hobbs made motion to approve, second by Councilman Mitchell, the vote was unanimous.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:09 p.m.


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