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As we approach the end of 2015 and approach the new year, I want to take this opportunity to, once again, say “Thank You” to all of the citizens of Gleason for your continued support to our City Board of Aldermen and Mayor.  There seems to be a growing spirit of “Hometown Pride” and excitement that is getting stronger and stronger every day. 

Gleason is a great Tennessee town to live in and has a very strong sense of community pride that is so obvious at every community event and meeting.  Let by the Gleason Gazelles, we had one of our best Tater Town Specials everduring this past year. Gleason residents came out and supported this activity as they always have and made Tater Town and the Gazelles proud.

Gleason residents have also come out to support the efforts of the Gleason Downtown Revitalization committee in the various activities they have hosted this year, including several Disc Golf tournaments at Huggins Park,  the recent Fall Music Fest, the inaugural Chili Cook-off, and in the sale of Community Calendars that the Committee has spearheaded. Not only have people come out for these events but they have also helped the committed raise funds which will, in turn, help the Downtown Revitalization Committee pursue additional revitalization efforts. It is great to know that so many people in the Gleason community are supportive of efforts to make our town more attractive to visitors and a more enjoyable place to live.

Perhaps the most recent show of support for the Gleason community has been the great turn-out that we had for this years "Hometown Christmas" celebration, where more than 300 people came downtown, to fellowship with friends and neighbors and support this great event.

My thanks go out to each and every one of you who find so many ways to support your local community.

Please visit for daily updates on Gleason news and community events, and especially as we honor and promote Gleason businesses.  As you do your shopping, please support our hometown businesses by shopping local as much as you possibly can.  The local sales tax revenue greatly enhances our financial ability to provide more and better services to our citizens and those who come to visit Gleason.


Sincerely and Respectfully,

Diane Poole

Diane Poole

Mayor, City of Gleason


Gleason Board Names Site For Patriotic Monument


News Writer

A couple of the main topics of discussion at Thursday night’s Gleason City Board meeting involved deciding where to locate a patriotic monument donated to the City and what should be done about the poor condition of Summer Street.

The location for a memorial stone honoring local military personnel who died in past wars was on the agenda for the second consecutive month.

 According to Public Works Director Dale Stephens, the stone was previously owned by Gleason VFW, but became the property of Jeff Leach when he purchased the old VFW building located on West Union Street. Mr. Leach, in turn, donated it to the City of Gleason.

The wording on the stone reads “We Remember.”

Stephens explained, “It was dedicated to fallen comrades and MIAs of all the wars, not just WWI or WWII, and we want to put it where it will be seen.”

When asked about the eternal flame that was originally a part of the display, Stephens stated it had to be attached to a propane gas source for it to operate; but the internal parts have burned out and it was never repaired. Instead, the flame was replaced with an electric light.

Last month, the Board asked Stephens to study the issue and provide a recommendation concerning the best location for the monument at the December meeting.

Stephens stated he consulted with local veterans and Hopewell Cemetery is their favored location. He explained there is already a base on which to place the stone at that site. Additionally, a light currently used to illuminate the American flag at night would also illuminate the monument.

Other locations considered for the monument included Gleason Community Room and the City parks.

The Board voted 3-0 to place the patriotic monument at Hopewell Cemetery, with Alderman Jerry Connell being absent.

Board  members  also discussed the bad condition of Summer Street, which is a longstanding and troubling problem.

Keith Radford of K. R. Trucking, LLC stated the gravel road is almost impassable and holes develop shortly after they are filled. He offered to help rectify the situation by using his equipment to tear up the road and replace it with a much heavier roadbed, then, apply layers of smaller gravel and compress the surface repeatedly to make it more durable. He said the completed road would also be thicker and wider. Radford also agreed to maintain the road.

As part of the agreement, the City of Gleason will provide the gravel for the road improvement project and Radford will supply the equipment and labor.

Radford stated he may have time during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday to do the work, but needs the City’s permission to proceed.

Radford’s generous offer was well received and approved by a unanimous vote.

The Board commended K.C. Roberts for spearheading the decoration of the downtown area for Gleason’s Hometown Christmas celebration scheduled for Saturday, December 12. The hard work of all of the volunteers involved in making the event possible was also noted.

The next Board meeting is 7 p.m., January 14, 2016. Source: Dresden Enterprise.













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