More than 600 people filled the main ballroom at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn to pay tribute to the most deserving recipients of the Dunavant Public Servant Awards and hear keynote speaker former Governor, U.S. Senator and seventh-generation Tennessean, Lamar Alexander.
James Lewellen, Collierville Town Administrator and Criminal Court Judge Christopher Craft were recognized for their notable dedication as public servants with the Dunavant Award presented by the Rotary Club of Memphis East, co-sponsored by the Daily News and University of Memphis.
The award is named for the late Bobby Dunavant who diligently served as Probate Court Clerk and has been described as 'the finest clerk in the judicial system' and 'the model public servant'. The characteristics displayed by Dunavant serve as the basis for selection of Award winners.
James Lewellen, who began his career in Collierville in 1995, was honored, April 21, as 2013 Nonelected Public Servant Recipient. Just as the Award namesake, Dunavant, was described as 'a man of purpose' James Lewellen manages Collierville with sincere purpose and a kind heart for the citizens and the other 480 public servants employed by the Town.
Most of us have immense confidence in our ability as weather prognosticators thanks to apps like WeatherBug, NOAA, Weather Channel, and Weather Nation; not to mention the weather predictions on our favorite broadcast channel.
It's been a long, tough winter and we look forward to longer days, more sunlight and warmer weather. Yet, this also is the height of tornado season. The Farmer's Almanac warns that tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, but the season's traditional period of peak is March through early July with an average of 1,200 tornadoes touch down in the United States.
The Town of Collierville wants its citizenry to be safe and informed if severe weather or other emergency notification is needed. While severe weather, most often a tornado sighting or touchdown, is the reason for activating the Outdoor Warning Siren System, any impending threat to life and property, like a hazardous material spill/evacuation order, also activate the siren system.
In conjunction with the outdoor warning siren system, the Town utilizes a reverse 9-1-1 notification system called AlertCollierville, which notifies residences and businesses of impending emergencies through their landline phone. Citizens are strongly encouraged to go on-line at Collierville.com/residents/alert-collierville and register additional devices such as their personal cell phones and email addresses in order to receive emergency notifications.
It was a beautiful spring afternoon last Saturday, as Betty Sanders was driving into town from her home in Greenwood, MS to spend some time shopping in Collierville with her daughter. As she exited Interstate 385 onto Houston Levee, Betty noticed something wasn't quite normal with her car; one of her tires was flat. She pulled over to assess the situation and to look up a repair shop on her GPS. By chance, she was stopped near a Collierville Firehouse and as she was researching her options, a group of firefighters approached her car to ask if she needed assistance.
"Who knew firefighters changed tires?" commented Betty. "They quickly changed the tire, provided suggestions and directions for a service station, and sent us on our way." Betty was very impressed with the Collierville Fire Department's level of service, and the positive impact they made for the Town. "I will definitely come back to Collierville because of the courtesy extended by these guys," said Betty.
Once again it's just about time for the annual Fair on the Square held in the historic town square district in downtown Collierville. Always the first weekend in May, this year, the 39th annual event is set for May 3-4, 2014, Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM and Sunday, May 3, noon-5 PM. Admission is free to visitors.
The Fair on the Square was first held in 1976 as a part of the United States' bicentennial celebration. It continues to be an eagerly anticipated family festival sponsored by the Collierville Twentieth Century Club.
The quaint and charming historic town square is the backdrop for approximately 170 vendors who set up their tents in the park to sell hand-made items such as children's clothing and toys, wood and pottery wares, jewelry, bakery items, garden decorations, candles, and many other items appropriate for Mother's Day gifts or simply a gift to oneself.