ARDMORE Tennessee

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Blanche School Secretary Pam Bottom invites everyone to attend the Final Reunion Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the old Blanche School Building, 1649 Ardmore Highway, Taft, TN. (YCS photo by Joe Stagner)

Old Blanche School Final Reunion Is April 24, Saturday


The Final Reunion of Blanche School at the old building, 1649 Ardmore Highway, Taft, TN, will be Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

All former staff and students, as well as friends, supporters and the community, are invited to attend this special event. Bring your old treasures and mementos to display and share memories of years past at the school.

The Booster Club will be selling hamburger and hot dog lunches. The meal will include a hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink for $5.

Memorial bricks will be offered for sale. A 4x8 brick is $50 and an 8x8 brick is $100.

If your class or group would like to reserve a room to meet together, call the school at 931.425.6141 or email Pam Bottom at For more information, contact the school.

The new Blanche School is expected to open for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Town Council Approves Park Work

The Ardmore Town Council met in regular session Monday, April 12, 2021. In attendance were Mayor Billy Shannon, Councilmen Melody Duffey, Leah Faulk, Ricky Mitchell, Billy Ray Hall and Mary Hobbs. Also attending were City Clerk Sandra Cultice, Police Chief Jimmy Kennedy, Street Supervisor Terry Barkley, Jeremiah Roberson and Dave Jefferson.

The prayer was led by Councilman Mitchell.

Councilman Mitchell made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 8, 2021 meeting. Councilman Hall second and the vote was unanimous.

Jeremiah Roberson asked the council for zoning for possible residence, Air BnB, or rental apartment for the upper level of 30488 Ardmore Avenue. Roberson wants to open an office downstairs and use the upstairs as a residential space. Mayor Shannon informed Roberson he must purchase the property before the council can approve the zoning request.

The mayor also said he would have to have separate water tap and electrical for the upper and lower sections, since one will be business and one residential. No council members objected to the residential request once he buys the property.

A citizen asked for a hardship request be granted for 29790 Ardmore Avenue due to health concerns. The mayor and council agreed to give them 30 days to acquire necessary paperwork and then the council will decide.  A hardship request is only good for 12 months at a time.

The residents must have a letter from the Health Department saying the septic tank is separate from the main residence and they must obtain a separate water tap. The residents said they will comply and come back to the council in 30 days.

Dave Jefferson, volunteer for Christians Helping Others food bank in Ardmore, AL, presented a request for permission to allow a blessing box to be placed near the police station. Mr. Jefferson informed the council he will check and restock the box daily as well as clean up any trash around it. CHO did not request money just permission to put up the box.

Councilman Mitchell made the motion to allow the box to be placed at the corner of the police station. Councilman Duffey second and the vote was unanimous.

Mayor Shannon stated the town sought bids for dirt work to be done at the town park. Councilman Hobbs made a motion to award the job to Wales Construction Company. Councilman Mitchell second and the vote was unanimous.

The mayor shared a letter from the Ardmore Boys and Girls Club asking for a donation. He stated the council had allocated $2,000.00 in the budget for them, the same as they gave last year.

Councilman Hobbs made a motion to give the Boys and Girls Club $2,000.00. Councilman Mitchell second and the vote was unanimous.

Mayor Shannon requested a 4.1% raise for Street Supervisor Terry Barkley. Councilman Hobbs made a motion to approve the raise. Councilman Mitchell second and the vote was unanimous.

The Senior Center will reopen April 19, 2021. The governor turned over regulations for senior centers to the Alabama Department of Senior Services. They have several guidelines that must be followed for the centers to reopen. The Ardmore Senior Center will implement all the guidelines and will be ready to open Monday, April 19, 2021.

Councilman Hall made a motion to end the regular meeting and go into the Executive Session for Alabama Council only. Councilman Mitchell second and the regular meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.

Elkton Fire Dept. Fish Fry Saturday


The Elkton Fire Department will hold a Fish Fry Saturday, April 17, at the Elkton Fire Hall.

Fire department members will be serving up fish plates from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy a fish plate for $10.00. Each plate will include fish, fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw and drink. Eat-in and carry-out plates will be available.

"Due to Covid-19, last year's Fish Fry was canceled, so we hope everyone will come out and support the Elkton Fire Department this year," said Chief Payton Blade.

Proceeds will go to the Elkton Fire Department.

The annual Elkton Mile Long Yard Sale will also be held Saturday, April 17 in Elkton.

Sellers will be set up throughout the City of Elkton offering a variety of items for sale. Everyone is invited to come out and shop for a bargain.

Elkton Mile Long Yard Sale Saturday

The annual Elkton Mile Long Yard Sale will also be held Saturday, April 17 in Elkton.

Sellers will be set up throughout the City of Elkton offering a variety of items for sale. Everyone is invited to come out and shop for a bargain.

AL Governor Ivey Lifts Mask Mandate

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey held a press conference Wednesday, April 7, 2021. She informed the public that as of Monday, April 5, 2021 the 7 day average of new COVID cases in Alabama were 328 per day. That is a 92% drop from the highest reached January 11, 2021 and the lowest since the spring of 2020.

The new 7 day average for hospitalizations was 331 per day. This is an 89% drop from the highest reached January 11, 2021 and the lowest average since the spring of 2020.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced the mandatory mask mandate will be lifted Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5 p.m. and will be replaced by a Safer Apart Order to be implemented statewide.

The governor stated, "More than 1.2 million doses, or 30% of the population, have received the COVID-19 vaccine in the State of Alabama during the past four months. Anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible to receive the vaccine."

The Safer Apart Order states hospitals and nursing homes may now allow two visitors per patient. Senior Centers may open with outdoor activities only. Meals still need to be delivered or curbside.

Restaurants, bars and breweries no longer have a seating limit at tables, but they are required to keep partitions and tables 6 feet apart.

Summer camps are open for students as long as they practice social distancing and extra sanitation.

Beaches are open with only 6 feet apart from people of different households restrictions.

All businesses are required to still observe the 6 feet apart rule and continue extra sanitation. Businesses, as well as schools, will decide whether they will require employees and customers or students to wear masks. They will have signs posted if mask wearing is required for service. They have the right to require masks and refuse service to anyone who does not comply.

Governor Ivey says, "I want to thank the people of Alabama for helping curb the spread of COVID-19 by doing what we have asked of you. I encourage everyone to continue their personal responsibility of wearing masks when around others and continue social distancing and good hygeine."

TN Governor Bill Lee Ends Restrictions

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued a new executive order Tuesday, April 6, 2021 suspending any gathering limits to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Lee stated, "Tennesseans have done what we've asked them to do over the holidays and we're seeing our numbers trend in the right direction because of their efforts."

Tennessee's COVID numbers continue to rapidly improve with almost 60% decline in cases and nearly a 40% decline in hospitalizations because of the efforts of Tennesseans to wear masks, wash hands and limit gatherings.

All restrictions around indoor school sporting events have been lifted. The guidance and rules of local education agencies and the TSSAA remain in place, but the order of no spectators was lifted February 1, 2021.

Visitation restrictions for long-term care facilities came to an end February 28, 2021. Limited visitation restrictions are no longer in place.

According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections visitations for inmates resumed April 10, 2021. Visitors and inmates must still wear a mask, have their temperatures checked and be asked questions about symptoms of COVID.

Data shows just over 3 million vaccinations have been given out so far in Tennessee, and 24% of the state has received at least one dose. Anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Tennessee.

Governor Lee said in a statement "I oppose vaccine passports," and I believe the vaccine should be a personal health choice, not a government requirement."

The governor stated, "I encourage Tennesseans to keep up their responsible personal choices as we work towards a COVID-free Tennessee.