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The 43rd Annual Tater Town Special

August 27th 2016 - September 4th 2016

 

Gleason, TN, also known as  Tater Town USA, is the home of the annual Tater Town Special that celebrates the special place the sweet potato once held in the industrial climate of this community. This community affair, held on Labor Day weekend each year, draws thousands of people back home to their roots to see old friends, make new acquaintances and enjoy the southern hospitality that the Gleason community is know for. The Tater Town Special features a wide range of community events spread over a period of several days, leading up to   the weekend, beginning with parades Saturday morning followed by a day of activities extending into the night. This is followed on Sunday by a community-wide church service. This weekend is also a time where Gleason High School Class Reunions are often scheduled. Information about some of this years reunions can be obtained by clicking on the graphics provided below.

 

 

Click on the Above Graphic for the 2015 Parade Pictures

 

43rd Annual Tater Town Special

Labor Day Weekend

August 27th 2016 - September 4th 2016

God - Faith - Family - Country

 

 

2016 Grand Marshalls

 

Jeff Hazelwood

&

Downtown Revitalization Committee

 

Jeff Hazelwood

 

Jeff Hazelwood was born on July 11, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois. Jeff spent many summers with his father visiting family near the old Weakley County family homestead. Three weeks after graduating high school, Jeff found himself in Sharon, TN, working for a gutter company.

 

For five years he served as crew leader. It was during this time that Jeff met Ken Eason, Gleason Chief of Police. By June 1985, Jeff was embarking on a new career path as a police officer. In 1986 Jeff was off to the police academy.

 

Multiple job offers were made days after graduation, but he could think of no other place to raise his young daughter, Shannon, than Gleason.

 

Reflecting on his early years, Jeff said, "I really cherish those early years in the department. In those days, we were like brothers. With the lack of technology, the older officers mentored us, fortifying us as a team."

 

Jeff still carries that same determination within the Gleason Police Department, serving as Chief for the last 19 years. In 2011, Jeff married the love of his life, Angie. Jeff often says how blessed he is to have found such a a wonderful Christian person to spend the rest of is life with.

 

For the last several years, Jeff has worked in a plethora of outreach projects in Gleason. He is an active member of the Gleason Rotary Club and the Downtown Revitalization Committee. Jeff is a valued member of Gleason First Baptist Church, where he serves as Men's Sunday School Teacher, participates in numerous mission trips, and tirelessly works on mission building projects with LG day all around Tater Town.

 

When asked about his Grand Marshall honor, Jeff remains humble. "It is a great honor to be this year's Grand Marshall. I do not feel deserving, when you look at all the great people in town."

 

Jeff Hazelwood is much more than the Police Chief to this town. He is a father, husband, friend, mentor, and a truly genuine asset to the entire Gleason community.

 

Gleason Downtown Revitalization Committee

 

The Gleason Downtown Revitalization Committee began in 2014 with an initiative made by Gleason resident Charles Anderson. The focus of the committee was to spruce up the City of Gleason in every way possible in order to make the town a more attractive destination for visitors and enhance the quality of life for Gleason residents.

 

Areas of improvement that have taken place and occur regularly include painting fire hydrants and providing flower planters for the downtown area.

 

Other projects have included making improvements to Huggins Park (including the development of a new disc golf course), in some cases painting buildings and making repairs and the further promotion of the newly formed Flea and Farmer's market. All money raised by the committee goes directly towards current and future projects.

 

Currently, the committee's main project is building a memorial wall at Mike Snider Park. Memorial stones are being sold by members of the committee. The Gleason Downtown Revitalization Committee has made amazing improvements to Tater Town, making Gleason a better place to live.

 

Schedule of Events

WRESTLING (Saturday, August 27)

The Gleason Gazelles are hosting a night of SWAG Wrestling on Saturday night, August 27, at the Gazelle Grounds, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $6. For more information call Christi Clark at 415- 3511.

GRAND MARSHAL RECEPTION (Monday, August 29)

There will be a reception honoring the 2016 Grand Marshals, Jeff Hazlewood and The Gleason Downtown Revitalization Committee. The reception will be held at the First Baptist Church at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 29.

THE GOOD TIME SINGERS IN CONCERT (Monday, August 29)

The Gleason Gazelles are sponsoring a gospel concert featuring Tommy Moore and The Good Time Singers on Monday, August 29, at the Gleason First Baptist Church. The Singing starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free. For more information call Cil Weddington at 514-9007.

SPECIAL ADULT BINGO (Tuesday, August 30)

The Gleason Gazelles along with Woodmen Of The World are sponsoring a night of free “Bingo on the Gazelle Grounds”. The fun starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night, August 30. Free admission. You must be 18 to participate. For more information call Jennifer Cook at 571-3885.

There will be a Cake Auction at intermission during Bingo

SPECIAL YOUTH NIGHT YOUTH BINGO (Wednesday, August 31)

On Wednesday night, August 31, the Gleason Gazelles and area churches will sponsor Youth Bingo. A short devotional will be held at 7:15 at the Gazelle Grounds with Bingo to follow. You must attend the devotional to play Bingo. Kindergarten through age 17 are invited to play. For more information call Jennifer Cook at 571-3885.

Potter and Clay Demonstration  (Thursday, September 1)

Earthen Vessels Pottery - Jim Keeling Demonstration featuring Gleason Ball Clay, 6:00 pm at the Gazelle grounds. Contact Christi Clark, 415- 3511.

SWEET POTATO BAKE-OFF (Friday, September 2)

The Gleason Gazelles and Simply Southern Restaurant are sponsoring a “sweet potato” bake-off on Friday, September 2 at the Gazelle Grounds prior to the BBQ Cookoff. Individuals must submit their prepared dishes and recipes by 5 p.m. at the cook booth for judging. The dishes must have sweet potatoes as an ingredient. First Prize will win a $50 cash prize and second and third place receiving gift certificates from the restaurant. For more information contact Cil Weddington at 514-9007.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Arts & Crafts Dealers and local merchants who wish to set up booths at the 2016 Tater Town Special should contact Melanie Maddox at 694-9849. The set up fee is $10.

BBQ COOK-OFF (Friday, September 2)

The Tater Town Cook-off will be on Friday, September 2, at the Gazelle Grounds. Specialties to choose from include BBQ, chicken, ribs, hamburgers and hotdogs. Gates open to the public at 5:30 p.m. There will be live entertainment by the band Flashback. Adult admission is $7 to enter and eat. For more information call Tracy Gaylord at 514-6185 or Christi Clark at 414-3511.

 J C CAREY 5K MEMORIAL RACE (Saturday, September 3)

The Gleason Gazelles and McKenzie Medical Center are sponsoring the annual J C Carey 5K Memorial Run on Saturday, September 3. Entries will register in front of the Gleason School at 6:30 a.m. The race begins at 7 a.m. The race is in honor of the late Dr. J C Carey. The entry fee is $l5. For more information call Amy Reed at 415- 1795.

SPECIAL ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW (Saturday, September 3)

An Antique Tractor & Truck Show will be held on the front lawn of the Gleason School on Saturday, September 3. Show entries may be driven through the Grand Parade if desired, then parked on the school lawn for show. There are no entry fees. Call Charles Anderson at 695-5753 or Zac Montgomery at 234-6491or Dale Flowers at 514-5218 or Marty Morris at 4454854 for questions concerning the tractor show.

2016 PARADES (Saturday, September 3)

The Tater Town Parades will be on Saturday, September 3rd, beginning at 10 a.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “God; Faith; Family; Country”. Kids are invited to decorate bikes, trikes, 4-wheelers, go-carts, etc, and ride in the Jr. Parade.

Registration will be in front of Gleason Lumber Co. at 9 a.m. Registration for the Grand Parade will be in the American Legion Parking lot at 9 a.m. Trophies will be awarded in several categories. There is no entry fee for either parade. All horse entries will register at the Gleason Saddle Club.

Saturday, September 3  (Beginning at 11am)

Entertainment & Arts and Crafts & Food

Music by Keith Dunning

Contact: Melanie Maddox : 694-9849

Community Church Service (Sunday, September 4)

 

Community Church Service at 11am at Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Pastor Jim Pinnell