|Collierville School teachers are getting it together, too, with work sessions at Administration Central Office. Pictured (L to R) are Jana Church, 5th grade, Crosswind Elementary; Felecia Crutcher, 5th grade, Crosswind Elementary; Joan Martin, 5th grade, Tara Oaks Elementary; and Lindsey Crutcher,5th grade, Collierville Elementary.|
It's almost here. Finally! Everyone involved with Collierville Schools is excited and are in full prep mode for that all important opening day of classes, August 4, 2014 for the new municipal district.
Parents and students, alike, are getting school 'stuff' together and new residents, just moving into Town are hoping they have everything needed to enroll on Registration, Tuesday, July 29.
Try not to get too overwhelmed gathering up papers needed for registration. If you haven't started, now is the time to get it together for next week's registration held at each Collierville School.
The Town of Collierville Planning Department, Main Street Collierville and Morton Museum staff were ecstatic when they were notified by the Washington, D.C. Office of Preservation Initiatives/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation that Collierville has been designated as one of the Nation's 'Preserve America Communities.' In a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama addressed to 'The Citizens of Collierville,' she said, "Thank you for all you do, for your continuing commitment to our Nation's heritage." An official certificate and road sign are forthcoming for public display.
Town Economic Development Director John Duncan briefs Collierville Chamber President Fran Persechini and Chamber Chairman Matt VanCleve on the new marketing initiatives.
It has been roughly six months since the Town of Collierville created a Director of Economic Development position. Former ALSAC / St. Jude and Greater Memphis Chamber business development professional, John Duncan, has been hired to organize and manage the Town's economic development efforts. To date, Duncan has been working on a variety of strategies and initiatives all geared towards corporate relocation and expansion in Collierville. "It is our aspiration to successfully pursue corporate office clients, light manufacturing facilities, distribution and warehousing organizations, in addition to influencing retail and residential growth, all while maintaining the unique small town feel Collierville is known for", said Duncan.
Speaking of rain, heavy downpour and potentially flooded areas, Collierville has certainly had its share over the past few weeks. An important issue that the Town of Collierville Engineering Division coordinates is proper management and dispersing of stormwater, water that originates during precipitation events that can have a major effect on water quality.
The Engineering division has just developed a short survey to help gauge the public's knowledge of water quality and other environmental issues that may be affected by stormwater. The Town is making the survey available here.
Now in its 18th year, Camp Smile is a day camp for youth with special needs that is coordinated by Collierville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Camp Smile Adventure is held for two weeks each July at the Johnson House in Collierville's W.C. Johnson Park.
Under the direction of Town of Collierville Recreational Programs Coordinator, Lisa Gaither, the unique camp experience is designed to meet the needs of exceptional children, ages 6 and older, with mild to moderate physical, developmental, or learning disabilities.
Collierville Crime Stoppers is a non-profit, tax-exempt, non-partisan, citizen-run organization that was first organized in 1986. The mission of the organization is to work with the Collierville Police Department to help capture criminals by offering Cash Rewards and Anonymity to citizens who provide information about crimes.
Crime tips may be called in to the 24-hour hotline at 901-457-CASH (2274). Unlike all other lines to the Police Department, calls made to the Crime Stoppers hotline are not recorded or monitored. In addition, you may also send an anonymous tip via text message to the Collierville Police Department, text the keyword CPDTIP and your message to 847411 (tip411).
The Town of Collierville, in partnership with Twenty First Century Communications, Inc., instituted a community-wide notification system in 2010 that is able to send telephone notifications to residents and businesses within the corporate limits of Collierville impacted by, or in danger of being impacted by, an emergency or disaster. This system, called Alert Collierville, is used by emergency response personnel to notify those homes and businesses at risk with information about the event and/or actions (such as evacuation) we may ask them to take. The system utilizes the town's 9-1-1 database, provided by the local telephone carrier and thus is able to contact land-line telephone whether listed or unlisted.
Because the system uses the 9-1-1 database, only land-line numbers are in the system. Therefore, if you have a cellular telephone and would like to be notified over that device, you must personally register your cell phone number in order to receive severe weather and emergency notification warnings.
Collierville and residents of other surrounding municipalities pay the nominal fee of $.75 monthly on MLGW bills, so Shelby County can consistently spray to control the abundance of pesky, sometimes disease-carrying mosquitos that often plaque the Mid-south. The responsibility of spraying for mosquito's and rodent control is that of Shelby County. The program is called Vector Control and includes mosquito spraying and rodent control services. Since April, the Shelby County Health Department Program has been actively treating areas by applying larvicides to standing bodies of water, in an effort to proactively decrease the adult mosquito population.