Mayor Andy Betterton
July 7, 2022
Thank you to everyone that made Independence Weekend A Grand Celebration!
There were big crowds at all of the events. A special thank you to Singing River Media Group, Florence Downtown Alliance, and all of our City Departments that worked this weekend.
We are looking forward to next year's Spirit of Freedom Festival, which will be on July 4, 2023, at McFarland Park.
Patriotic Kids Fest @ Lewis Field
2022 Spirit of Freedom Festival
July First Friday Downtown : 📸 Phil Abroms
Florence Electricity Department Participated In The 25th Annual Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo.
In Sevierville, TN, Florence Electricity employees participated in the Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo. The two-day competitive event was started in 1998 by and for the employees of Tennessee Valley Authority Power Distributors. The Rodeo, which includes competitive events for apprentices, journeyman teams of three, individual linemen, and senior individuals (age 45 and up), recognizes and rewards excellence in safety, skill, and knowledge in their field.
Our employees represented the City of Florence with class and professionalism and are to be commended for their passion and dedication to their jobs.
FED employees who participated this year: Billy Williamson, Clay Fowler, Caleb Caperton, Phillip Price, and Tyler Johnson. Employees who served as judges: Jayme Dolan and Jimmy Thompson. FED management who attended in support: Mary McDuffa, Allen Caddell, and Kenny Smith.
📸: Tennessee Valley Authority
Pickwick Landing Dam is one of nine Tennessee River dams providing a 652-mile navigable waterway from Paducah, KY, to Knoxville. Construction started in 1934 and began generating electricity on June 29, 1938. 84 years later, Pickwick Landing continues to generate clean, reliable, low-cost energy!
VETERANS DRIVE CORRIDOR STUDY PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY
WHEN: Thursday, July 7, at 5:30 pm
WHERE: Broadway Recreation Center (300 N Broadway St, Florence, AL 35630)
The first public engagement meeting, held in January, allowed citizens to share their vision of the corridor with our team of design and transportation professionals. At the July 7th engagement, we will share the measurable data collected that, when coupled with the citizens' vision, creates the basis for a master plan that addresses traffic issues and allows for positive, appropriate investment and reinvestment along the corridor and in the neighborhood.
Times Daily: Exchange Club Honors Florence Historian
FLORENCE — The Florence Exchange Club has honored City Historian Billy Ray Warren with its Book of Golden Deeds Award. The award recognizes volunteers who have displayed dedication and enhanced the community throughout their life. Among Warren's many accomplishments is chairing the Alabama Renaissance Festival. “We are truly proud to give this year’s Book of Golden Deeds to Florence’s true Renaissance Man,” Exchange Club President Joel Quillen said.
The Golden Deeds award started in 1919. Eliza Coffee became the first recipient of the Florence Exchange Club's award in 1921.
Warren is the retired Florence City Schools curriculum director and current city historian.
Along with being chairman of the Alabama Renaissance Faire, he is chairman of Heritage Preservation Inc. and Mayor’s Walk of Honor Committee and member of the steering committee for Florence’s Bicentennial Celebration. Warren writes a monthly column in "Kidsville News!'" and has co-authored the book, "A Walk Down Walnut" with Jimmy Hill.
Message From Florence Police Department
TVA Energy Right Training Seminar
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A RECITAL BY EXPRESSION STUDENTS
According to the printed program, a copy of which accompanies this week’s column, a Recital by the Expression Students of Miss Ruth McClellan was held in the auditorium of the Normal School (now UNA) on May 14, 1927. What, exactly, does the term “Expression Students” mean? Well, in 1927 it referred to a group of young people whose parents paid for them to attend sessions on a regular basis that were designed to help the students learn how to speak comfortably to another individual and before a group of people, to enunciate properly, to modulate the voice appropriately as regards both the audience and the contents of the presentation itself, and to reflect a clear understanding of the literary piece being recited at a given time. Therefore, anyone in attendance at the Recital in 1927 of Miss Ruth McClellan’s Expression Students would have been duly impressed, for example, by Virginia Bayless’s interpretation of the scene from Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield or by Willie Sanders’s performance from Shakespeare’s play entitled As You Like It. Just as with any Recital, members of the audience were expected to listen quietly and politely throughout the entire evening and to applaud each performance in a dignified manner – including the final offering, a one-act comedy entitled “Thursday Evening” by Christopher Morley. Once the Recital had taken place, the teacher would begin the process of gathering more students in anticipation of the next Recital twelve months hence.
--Billy Warren, City Historian
Mark The Calendar! W.C Handy Festival, July 22 - July 31
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