ARDMORE Tennessee

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Ardmore Public Library Summer Activities Plan

Ardmore Community, we are now open for our regular hours. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1p.m. and Closed on Sunday. Stating June 1st we will have 6 public computers available. We are practicing Social Distancing and our employees are wearing masks. We encourage our patrons do the same but are not required too. Any books that were checked before our closing due to Covid-19 are due back now. Check our Facebook page or call 931-427-4883 if you have any questions.

Our Summer Reading Program is going to look a lot different this year. Beginning June 1st through July 31st, it's going to be for the most part online!

We are using READsquared to do a large part our program. We are excited to try this out and hope you all enjoy it too. With READsquared you will log your books that you read over the summer. There are also games and activities that can be done to earn points that when added up earn online badges and certificates.  At the end of the program all users that have logged in books will be entered into a drawing for a prize. The Pre-K and Children programs winners will win a Book & Toy Set and the Teens and Adults programs winners will win a gift card.  Sign-up is easy and your child will be assigned to the program appropriate for their age.

Go to http://ardmorepubliclibrary.readsquared.com/ to sign-up starting Monday, June 1st. You will need an email you have regular access to.

We will be posting videos on Wednesdays to our Facebook page covering different subjects. So please check those out and give us feedback. If you like and comment on at least 3 of these videos this summer, you will be entered into a drawing for a Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

Morgan Griffin-Morgan, assistant librarian, invites all children to participate in the Ardmore Public Library's Summer Reading Program online through July 31, 2020. (YCS photo by Shera Hunt)

The winners of the drawings will be announced Monday, August 3rd.

We are also going to be doing "Library Bingo" for our patrons that want something less computer based. This is geared more for Teens and Adults. You can pick up a bingo board at the Front Desk or Print it off Facebook. Mark off a square for each prompt you complete from June 1st through July 31st. Put the Title and Author for the book that matches its square. One Book per Square. No Repeats. First person to return an accurately completed Bingo Board wins a Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

We are saddened that we won't be able to have our usual programming but we really hope that our patrons have fun with this and keep up their reading habits. The library will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on July 30th. More details to come later.

The U.S. Census will be doing training at the library July 31st-August 5th. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Athens Fire and Rescue

Chief Thornton Retires

Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Bryan Thornton said goodbye to his men and the Athens Fire and Rescue Department Friday, May 29, 2020 at a retirement reception in Athens.

Thornton served with Athens Fire for 24 years and volunteered in the community with the City of Athens Relay for Life Team, Poke Sallet Follies and other organizations.

Athens, Alabama Mayor Ronnie Marks presented Thornton with a key to the city along with a certificate of congratulations at the reception.

Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Bryan Thornton, left, receives a 'Key to the City' from Athens, Alabama Mayor Ronnie Marks Friday, May 29, 2020 at a retirement reception held for Chief Thornton. (Photo courtesy Holly Hollman)

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Ardmore Avenue Site Work Continues

On Ardmore Avenue across from the First Baptist Church at the end of Fifth Street, there have been two houses removed with the ground cleared and prepped for a large building. The only sign next to the site is a North Alabama Bank sign.

What is all the prep on Ardmore Avenue? Your guess is as good as any.

During the town council meeting Monday, May 11, 2020, the council referred to the area as "the place a retail business is going." When questioned the council members said, "We are not at liberty to say right now."

With absolutely no official word, rumor has it that the property is the site of a new Dollar General Store.

Prep work continues at this site on Ardmore Avenue where a new retail location may be built. (YCS photo by Shera Hunt)

Ardmore is Back Open for Summer Activities

Monday, June 1, 2020, people were gathering at the Alabama Town Park, throwing frisbees, walking the track, and playing basketball.

People are now beginning to gather at the Alabama Town Park, throwing frisbees, walking the track, and playing basketball now that the Town of Ardmore has eased restrictions.

Across town at the John Barnes Park on the Tennessee side of Ardmore, teams and coaches were gathering to practice softball and baseball, some folks were having picnics at the tables under the pavilions. Several 2020 seniors were having their pictures taken under the big shade trees at the lower end of the park. Folks were walking the track there as well.

Now that the John Barnes Park in the City of Ardmore is open and ready teams and coaches are gathering to practice softball and baseball, while some enjoy having picnics at the tables under the pavilions. (YCS photo by Shera Hunt)

Saturday night, May 30, 2020 the TN park was used by the Boys and Girls Club hosting their antique tractor pull.

On Ardmore Avenue a woman was taking her daily run along the sidewalk downtown. With the new sidewalks and benches, Ardmore Avenue has become a great place to walk and exercise. New lampposts are spread along Ardmore Avenue and light up the street beautifully at night.

Crystal Freemon and her son William take a seat on one of the new benches that have been placed along Ardmore Avenue for those who choose to walk the new sidewalks and soak up some sunshine and to rest along the way. (YCS photo by Shera Hunt)

Tracy Armstrong Announces Candidacy For Giles County Assessor of Property

Tracy Woodard Armstrong is asking for your vote as she begins her campaign for Giles County Assessor of Property.

She has deep roots and affection for Giles County and its citizens. "I believe in fairness, efficiency ,and transparency," Armstrong said. Public service runs in the family. Her grandfather, J.D. Woodard and her uncle, Jack Woodard served as county commissioners for a combined total of 36 years.

Tracy was born in Giles County to Joe and Beverly Whitworth Woodard. As a young girl, her father’s job moved them to Nashville, where Tracy graduated from Antioch

Tracy Woodadr Armstrong

High School. After graduation, at the age of 17, she moved back to Giles County. She married her husband of 40 years, Darrell (Tuff) Armstrong when she was 20 years old. They have three daughters, Cassie, a registered X-Ray and CT technologist at STRHS and, husband Garold Redmon, a lead installer of sunrooms for Champion Windows, Huntsville; Brittany, who works as a quality inspector for Currie Medical; and Toni Dara, who works on the campus of Martin Methodist College. She has five grandsons. Tracy and her family are members of Fairview Church of Christ.

Presently, she serves as Deputy Assessor of Property where she has worked for the past 12 plus years.

"Based on my years of experience as Deputy Assessor of Property, I feel that I understand the laws that affect the assessment of property. Further, I understand each position in the assessor office giving me the ability to oversee each area to ensure that the office runs in a professional and friendly manner. I will use my knowledge to fairly assess each and every property," Tracy said.

Having supervised a staff of 12 people at Hillside Hospital, currently known as Southern Tennessee Regional Health System (STRHS) for 12 years, Tracy has proven leadership skills and experience. Prior to her position at Hillside Hospital, she worked at Maremont for 17 years. She and her husband have been working people all their adult lives and they understand the importance of getting the assessment of properties accurate.

"It's been a lifelong practice in my professional and personal life to get things done when they needed done and not wait until they have to be done. I have a thorough understanding of what is expected and required of me to represent you in the utmost efficient manner. I assure you that I will perform this job to the best of my ability. Further, I will make myself available for anyone who wishes to discuss any issues regarding the assessment of property. Transparency is lacking in many aspects of our governments. Transparency of the official business of this office is a high priority that I will accomplish," stated Tracy.

During Tracy's years as Deputy Assessor, she has attended numerous classes and possesses numerous certifications that are relevant to the performance of the job.

Tracy plans to campaign throughout the county and to talk to as many as she possibly can in a safe manner.

"If you have any questions or messages, I do have a Facebook page: Tracy Woodard Armstrong for Assessor of Property or email me at tracy4assessor@gmail.com. I will be checking for messages daily and responding as promptly as possible.

"I look forward to serving the people of Giles County as the next Assessor of Property. Please be sure to exercise your right to vote on August 6 and vote for Tracy Woodard Armstrong," she added.

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The Ardmore Senior Center located at 29920 Park Avenue reopened Monday, June 1, 2020. (YCS photo by Shera Hunt)

Ardmore Senior Center Now Re-Open

Effective Monday, June 1, 2020 the Town of Ardmore opened its event room located in the Senior Center at 29920 Park Avenue.

Anyone needing to make reservations may do so by calling Ardmore Town Hall at 256-423-3011 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.