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The 42nd Annual Tater Town Special

Labor Day Weekend

August 29th 2015 - September 6th 2015


2015 Grand Marshalls


Charles Anderson and Jim Johnson

The 2015 Co-Grand Marshalls for the Tater Town Special this year are Charles Anderson and Jim Johnson.

Charles Anderson

Charles 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 career.

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 future leaders.

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  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. 

Jim Johnson

Jim 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 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.




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.  Admission $6.00.



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*****



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



Grand Marshall Reception honoring Charles Anderson & Jim Johnson will be held at the First Baptist Church.


Concert by Honor Bound - Charles and Debbie Ross - at First Baptist Church. Contact: Christi Clark: 415-3511 (7:00).




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.



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



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.



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 Parade Pictures.


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. 

11th Annual

Tater-Town Antique Tractor & Truck Show

Gleason, TN

 (No entry fees and free to the public)

Sponsored by Gleason Gazelles

When:     Saturday September 5th, 2015   9:00 am  Labor Day Weekend 

 Where:    Front Lawn of Gleason School

 Parking:  Hauler-trailer parking behind the Gleason School

 Parade:  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. 

 Awards:  Custom trophy/lamp of old tractor parts for “Best of Show”

 Accomodations:   Concessions and Restrooms are available at   

                             the adjacent Gazebo Grounds.  No electricity available.

Show tractors:  We invite all makes and models of rubber tired antique

                          Tractors of any condition, Hit/Miss Engines, or Old trucks. 

                          Tractor related Vendors or shop/swaps welcome.

                          No setup fee. 

Contact Info:    Charles Anderson @ 695-5753, Zac Montgomery @ 234-6491,                       

                          Dale Flowers @ 514-5218, or Marty Morris at 445-4854 for             

                          more information.

No Alcohol or Drugs allowed.  Not responsible for theft or accident.


Entertainment & Arts & Crafts & Food - Music by Jonathan McDowell and Hillbilly Rich (Contact: Melanie Maddox (694-9849).

Memorial Way Dedication at 1:00 pm at the corner of Phelps & East Main Street ** Honoring PVT Bobbie D. Phelps**.

Tater Town Throwdown - Disc Golf Tournament @ Huggins Park (2:00 pm); Sponsored by the Gleason Downtown Revitalization Project, For more information contact Luke Hughes (931-305-9233).

Saddle Club's Mini Tractor Pull (6pm) Contact: David (541-6392).


Community Church Service: 11:00 AM - First United Methodist Church: Chris Thompson - Pastor.

Gleason 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. 


Gleason 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.


Gleason 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 or to let them know if you will attend or not - or with questions.




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