Lynnville notes

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Happy Thanksgiving" to everyone and try not to eat too much. Easier said than done!

The Lynnville Community Thanksgiving Service was held in the sanctuary of the historic Lynnville First Presbyterian Church on Sunday evening, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. Blake Hawthorne, minister of the Lynnville First Presbyterian Church, welcomed everyone to the service. The Lynnville First Baptist Church minister, Leon Reed, delivered the message and the Lynnville United Methodist Church minister, Joy Edwards, read the scripture. The Lynnville First Presbyterian Church Adult Choir had special music for the evening. The String Group and a Vocal Quartet of the Lynnville First Presbyterian Church also performed at the service. Janet Tuckerman, pianist, and Bobby Allen Hollis Jr., organist, provided the music. Over 100 people were in attendance. We thank everyone for a great evening of worshiping together in Lynnville. Following the service, snack foods were served in the fellowship hall of the church. The tables were decorated in a fall theme.

The 26th Annual Lynnville Lighted Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday evening, Dec. 4, beginning at 5 p.m. from the Robert Dunnavant Park located on Mill Street in Lynnville. The theme of the parade is "Candy Canes and Christmas Carols." Paul Heggen, weatherman from Channel 4, WSMV-TV in Nashville will serve as Grand Marshal of the parade and "Snowbird" from Channel 4, WSMV-TV will also be at the parade. The Richland High School Band will perform for the parade. The following prizes will be given: Grand Prize, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place; Most Unique Entry; Mayor's Trophy; and Other Units: lst, 2nd, and 3rd. You may enter floats, trucks, walking units, cars, and hoses in the parade. For information about the parade, call 931-527-0032 or 931-527-3922. Following the parade, a reception will be held in the Lynnville Municipal Building for everyone to meet the Grand Marshal and Snowbird. An evening parade is beautiful, so don't miss being in Lynnville on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m.

The Lynnville Literary and Fine Arts Society will meet on Thursday evening, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Lynnville First Presbyterian Church.

News from the campus of Richland Middle and High School:

Congratulations to the Richland High School Cheerleaders on winning the State Competition on Saturday, Nov. 20, at MTSU in Murfreesboro. Ms. Kristin Hood is the cheerleader sponsor.

The Richland High School Student Council sponsored basketball games between the high school classes on Friday, Nov. 19. The senior girls and boys were winners. Admission to the ballgames were two canned items to be placed in the food pantry for those less fortunate.

The Angel Tree will soon go up in the lobby of the school.

The high school drama class is working on the play they will perform in December. Mrs. Delores White is the director.

The Richland High School Band is working very diligently on their Christmas Music for the parade.

From the files of Sarah Hewitt Dugger:

"The first PTA organized in Giles County was at The Robert B. Jones High School in Lynnville in 1914 by Mr. D. M. Clements, agriculture teacher at Jones High School. The first meeting was held on February 13 with the following officers: D. M. Clements, chairman, J. L. Wiggs, vice-chairman, and Mrs. C. B. Tate, secretary and treasurer. The Jones High PTA was the first to affiliate with the Giles County Council of PTAs.

Farmers of the Lynnville section of Giles County accepted the proposal of an area Canning Company on March 15, 1935, to establish a vegetable cannery in Lynnville at a recent mass meeting. Farmers signed contracts to supply the factory with tomatoes and other vegetables, and according to the information from the county agent's office, will soon have the necessary 200 acres pledged. The canning factory employed from forty to fifty people during the canning season, according to A. J. English. The canning factory was located in the green barn now owned by Phil Hewitt in Lynnville.

The first Board of Trustees of new Robert B. Jones High School in Lynnville in 1900 was as follows: Rev. Robert S. Brown, President, Mr. O. S. Smith, Treasurer, Mr. George S. Tate, Secretary, Mr. E. O. Tate, Mr. J. B. Boyd, Mr. W. J. Smith, Mr. N. A. Smith, and Mr. W. M. Wagstaff. The first faculty was as follows: Jackson Reeves, A. A., B. S. from the University of Mississippi; B. E. Regen, Mrs. W. M. Wagstaff; Miss Etta Wagstaff, Primary; Miss Elizabeth Jarmon, Music; and Miss Lellie Jarmon, Elocution.

The following information was written about Robert B. Jones (founder of Robert B. Jones High School) in the first school catalog. 'Robert B. Jones, reared near Lynnville, willed the bulk of his fortune for the erection and maintenance of this seminary of learning. This monument to his greatness and goodness of heart will endure and inspire others to like deeds of philanthrophy while education and the advancement of the human family are encouraged and fostered by the children of men.'"