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.
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Mayor, City of
Gleason Board Names Site For Patriotic Monument
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
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
Last month, the Board asked Stephens to study the issue and provide a
recommendation concerning the best location for the monument at the December
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.
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
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.
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.
Board meeting is 7 p.m., January 14, 2016. Source: Dresden Enterprise.
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