The 42nd Annual Tater Town Special
Labor Day Weekend
August 29th 2015
- September 6th 2015
Charles Anderson and Jim Johnson
The 2015 Co-Grand Marshalls for the Tater
Town Special this year are Charles Anderson and Jim Johnson.
Anderson is a life-long resident of the Gleason area and graduated from
Gleason High School in 1970. Charles is married to Rose Hopper
Anderson, who works at the Gleason Clinic and previously at City Drug
Store. Together they have 4 grown children: Heather, Michelle,
Danielle, and Lance, and have 10 grandchildren.
Charles is the son of the late Robert and Ruby Anderson,
of Gleason. He has two sisters, Betty Godwin of Gleason and Martha
Morris of Troy. He is a member of Gleason First United Methodist Church
and serves on the New Valley and Hopewell Cemetery Committees.
Charles has worked for the past 9 years in Dyersburg, as
a Quality Services Site Manager for a contractor based in Charlotte, NC,
to Caterpillar Transmission Business Unit in Dyersburg. He has been a
mechanical draftsman and Metrologist, (precision measurements) by
He earned his Master’s Degree at Bethel University in
2010 and now serves as a part time Adjunct Facilitator for evening face
to face courses in Strategic Planning and Group & Organizational
Dynamics, at McKenzie and other Bethel satellite campuses. Charles uses
his classrooms to motivate and promote younger generations to be good
Previous employers have been H. I. S. , Milan Army
Ammunition Plant, International Telephone & Telegraph, and Flight
Refueling Countermeasures of Milan. Charles also does very limited
home improvement and painting projects for others as time permits.
Charles currently serves as President of The Gleason
Downtown Revitalization Committee, which is working to improve the
downtown areas and parks of Gleason by only utilizing funds raised by
fund raisers and individual/business donations. Charles actively
promotes Gleason businesses by coordinating and promoting the “Business
of the Month” in local newspapers and on
www.gleasononline.com. Jim Johnson and Charles work closely together on these endeavors to
benefit Gleason in various ways. Charles has supported the Gleason Fire
Department for several years by voluntarily keeping the city fire plugs
painted to state pressure color codes. Charles is also a 2015 graduate
of “Leadership Weakley County” as sponsored by the Weakley County
Chamber of Commerce.
Charles actively supports the Gleason Gazelles by
promoting the Annual Antique Tractor Show for the past 10 years on the
front lawn of Gleason School on Tater Town Day. He also volunteers with
ground maintenance of the Gazebo lawn and grounds. Charles has elected
to live in and serve Gleason all these years, although the lure of
living close to employment in other towns has always been a temptation.
Charles says Gleason is great place to live and retire, and challenges
all residents and Gleason natives that live away from Gleason to
volunteer their time, talents, and financial support to help with
projects and do what they can to promote hometown pride and general
improvements for our hometown of Gleason.
Johnson was born in Gleason, Tennessee, the son of the late J.B. and
Sally Johnson. Jim's father was a Veteran of WW II, an employee of
the Bank of Gleason, a member of the Gleason Masonic Lodge and
Commander of Gleason American Legion post #166. Both parents
were members of the First Baptist Church , where Sally regularly taught
Sunday School. Jim has two brothers Gary Johnson (Richmond VA) and
David Johnson (deceased).
Jim completed the first grade at Tumbling Creek School,
second through fourth grade at Shady Grove School and fifth through
ninth grade at Gleason School. After the death of his father in 1957,
Jim and his family moved to Michigan, where his mother's family
resided. After completing high school Jim attended Murray State
University, which was close enough to Gleason for him to get back to
visit old friends and relatives. After graduating from Murray, Jim
subsequently earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northern Illinois
University. For more than 30 years, Jim was on the faculty of the
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of
Florida, where he taught and served as Director of the PhD Program in
Clinical Psychology and Associate Chair for Academic Affairs.
Jim has two grown children, a daughter Jamie and a son
Trey, who have provided him with three wonderful grandchildren and
another one on the way.
Some thirteen years ago, finding that there was no
Gleason, Tennessee website to provide community related information for
residents and others, who may have grown up in Gleason and wished to
keep in touch with their old hometown, Jim sought to remedy the
situation. After consulting with, and being encouraged by, Jack Dunning,
the former Mayor of Gleason, Jim launched the current Gleason website at
GleasonOnline.com in late 2002. This site provided specific web
pages devoted to Gleason News/Community Activities, Local Businesses,
Churches, Obituaries, Gleason School and Sports, as well as other types
of information. Since its early beginnings, Jim has continued to
develop, maintain and expand the website, with a focus on the
distinctly positive attributes of the Gleason community.
Having fond memories of his early years growing up in
Gleason and wishing to contribute to the Gleason community in some way
following his retirement, Jim chose to move back to West Tennessee in
2011. Since relocating,
Jim has become actively involved in the Gleason Downtown Revitalization
Program, headed up by Charles Anderson. He has been involved in
assisting in the planning and implementation of various revitalization
projects and helping develop community awareness of the Revitalization
Program's activities. He has been actively involved in the "Gleason
Business of the Month" project, promoted by Charles Anderson, by
providing photos highlighting each business, and publishing the articles
related to each of these businesses on the website. Jim also serves as
both photographer and reporter, often writing stories and providing
pictures highlighting special Gleason-related events for the website.
While, Jim currently lives in
Huntingdon with his wife Sandra, he doesn't seem to mind the 25 minute
drive to Gleason for regular Revitalization Committee meetings and
participating in all of the other activities of this committee. That he
also doesn't mind getting his hands dirty is attested to by his active
participation in recent work projects designed to enhance Huggins Park
and other downtown beautification efforts. Indeed, Jim is committed to
helping do whatever is needed to support his old hometown and the people
who live here.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29th
AT THE GAZELLE GROUNDS (7:00 pm)
The Gleason Gazelles are hosting a night of
SWAG Wrestling on Saturday night, August 29th, at the Gazelle
Grounds, beginning at 7:00 pm. Come out and enjoy this great Tater Town event.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st
TOWN SPECIAL ADULT BINGO (7:00 pm)
Old Hickory Clay & Gleason Clay Co sponsoring
ADULT BINGO at the Gazelle Grounds
Must be 18 years old to play
Contact: Jennifer Cook - 571-3885
*****Cake AUCTION at Intermission during Bingo*****
TOWN SPECIAL YOUTH NIGHT - YOUTH BINGO (7:15 pm)
Local Church Sponsored Youth Bingo Night
at the Gazelle Grounds
Ages 5 - 17 years can play !
Must be PRESENT for devotion!
Contact: Jennifer Cook - 571-3885
MARSHALL RECEPTION (6:00 pm)
Reception honoring Charles Anderson & Jim Johnson will be held at the First
Concert by Honor Bound - Charles and Debbie Ross
- at First Baptist
Church. Contact: Christi Clark: 415-3511 (7:00).
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th (5 PM)
TOWN SWEET TATER BAKE-OFF
The Simply Southern
Restaurant is sponsoring a
“Sweet Tater” Bake-Off
on Friday September 4th. Individuals must submit their
prepared dishes and recipes by 5:00 pm. Judging begins at 5:15. For more information contact Cil Weddington at 514-9007.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th (5:30 PM)
TOWN SPECIAL BBQ COOK-OFF
The Tater Town BBQ Cook-off
will be held on Friday, September 4th at the Gazelle Grounds. Gates
will open to the public at 5:30 pm. Adult admission is $7.00 per person. There
will be a Free Concert by Flash Back. For more information call Tracy Gaylord at
514-6185 or Christi Clark at 414-3511
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th
J C CAREY 5K MEMORIAL RACE
JC Carey Memorial 5K Run
- Saturday, September 5th
at Gleason School. Registration is at 6:30 AM. The entry fee is $15.00. The race will
begin at 7:00 am. The race is sponsored by the McKenzie Medical Center in honor
of the late JC Carey. For more information call Amy
Reed at 415-1795. Nourishment provided by Advocare.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th
TATER TOWN PARADES
The Gleason Gazelles invite everyone to
participate in this year’s Tater Town parades on Saturday, September 5th,
beginning at 10:00 am. Registration for the JUNIOR Parade will be at 9 am
in front of Gleason Lumber (Contact: Reba Pritchett at 514-9504) . Registration for the GRAND Parade will be
at the American Legion at 9:00 am. The parade begins at 10 am. For more information, contact Cil Weddington at 514-9007.
Click on the Above Graphic for 2014
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th
ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW
(Beginning at 9 am . . . )
The Antique Tractor & Truck Show will be
held on the front lawn of the Gleason School on Saturday, September 5th. Call Charles Anderson at
695-5753 or Zac Montgomery at 234-6491or Dale Flowers at 514-5218 or Marty
Morris at 445-4854 for questions concerning the tractor show.
Antique Tractor & Truck Show
(No entry fees
and free to the public)
Sponsored by Gleason Gazelles
Saturday September 5th, 2015 9:00 am Labor Day Weekend
Front Lawn of Gleason School
Hauler-trailer parking behind the Gleason School
10:00 Saturday Line up time: 9:30 at American Legion
Participants are encouraged to drive in the Tater Town Parade
through downtown Gleason. No Registration fee.
Custom trophy/lamp of old tractor parts for “Best of Show”
Concessions and Restrooms are available at
the adjacent Gazebo Grounds. No electricity
We invite all makes and models of rubber tired antique
Tractors of any condition, Hit/Miss Engines, or Old
Tractor related Vendors or shop/swaps welcome.
No setup fee.
Charles Anderson @ 695-5753, Zac Montgomery @ 234-6491,
Dale Flowers @ 514-5218, or Marty Morris at 445-4854
No Alcohol or Drugs allowed. Not
responsible for theft or accident.
AT 11 am
Entertainment & Arts &
Crafts & Food - Music
by Jonathan McDowell and Hillbilly Rich (Contact: Melanie Maddox (694-9849).
Way Dedication at 1:00 pm at the corner of Phelps & East Main Street ** Honoring
PVT Bobbie D. Phelps**.
Town Throwdown - Disc Golf Tournament @ Huggins Park (2:00 pm); Sponsored by the
Gleason Downtown Revitalization Project, For more information contact Luke
Club's Mini Tractor Pull (6pm) Contact: David (541-6392).
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th
Church Service: 11:00 AM - First United Methodist Church: Chris Thompson -
High School: Class of 1975
40th Year Reunion
The Class of 1975 is having its 40th class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 5th,at 6:00. The reunion will
be held at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church in Gleason. For additional information you can
contact Cil Weddington at 731-514-9007.
High School: Class of 1965
50th Year Reunion
The Gleason class of 1965 will celebrate their 50th
year reunion on September 5, 2015. After the parade we will meet at
the gazebo inside the gazelle grounds. Anyone who would like please
stop by and visit with us. Also, to anyone interested there is a
home football game on Friday night, September 4th.
High School: Class of 1960
55th Year Reunion
The 55th reunion for the
Gleason High School for the Class of 1960 will be held at "Not"
Higgs, in McKenzie on Saturday September the 5th, beginning at 6:00.
There will be no program, but just an opportunity to eat and share
with old classmates. Please respond by 8/22/15 to either Rubye or
Jerry at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know if
you will attend or not - or with questions.
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