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Bar-B-Que Lunch

Please join us for lunch on Saturday June 10 from 11:00AM till 1:00PM. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Grundy County Historical Society, City Hall or Annex Cafe.

For more information or to get involved please contact: Heritage Center at  931-592-6008 or Nadine Moore at 931-273-2194

All proceeds will go to Grundy County Historical Society.


Fish Fry Fundraiser

Celebrate with us on Saturday October 1, 2016 from 11:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Nadene Moore, Bobby Wiggins, Peggy Griffith and many other friends of Grundy County Historical Society are planning a magnificent fish fry dinner to be held at the Heritage Center at 465 Railroad Avenue in Tracy City. Take out orders are available. We will celebrate two milestone events: (1) completion of the reroofing of all three roof structures on the Heritage Center and (2) reduction of the principal of our remaining mortgage with United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development to $125,000 with the launch of a campaign to retire that indebtedness.

Tickets to the event are $15.00. Funds raised will support the Annual Fund for 2016-2017. The Annual Fund is a vital part of the financial structure of Grundy County Historical Society. It comprises a significant part of the building operation expenses that include insurance on the Heritage Center, utilities, security, building upkeep, maintenance and repairs.

This year we have faced a serious building maintenance problem due to an extraordinary amount of rain received in January that resulted in significant leaks in the upstairs offices and in the 1978 addition that houses the Exhibit Hall. Thanks to the alertness and dedication of our floor manager, Nadene Fultz Moore, who monitored the many leaks throughout the rainfall including Saturday and Sunday, interior damage was limited to parts of the ceiling and insulation. The expense of new roofs for the Heritage Center has exceeded $46,000. We have had the support of a $20,000 grant from U.S.D.A. Rural Development, a grant $10,000 from Community Fund of the South Cumberland Plateau, $6,000 from Grundy County together with generous contributions from patrons of the Heritage Center.

The initial mortgage indebtedness included a $40,000 first mortgage to purchase the facility and a $190,000 second mortgage to complete restoration of the facility and develop the museum, library and research center. We have retired the 40,000 first mortgage in full and reduced the principal of the $190,000 second mortgage by $65,000 to $125,000. This has been a $105,000 reduction of principal plus interest paid.

We are grateful and want to celebrate. You can either purchase tickets at the Heritage Center or mail money for your tickets to Nadene Moore at the Heritage Center. Tickets for the event may also be purchased at the event. If you cannot attend the event, please show your support with a contribution to the Annual Fund.

Annual Meeting, June’16

Notice is hereby given of the annual meeting of the Members of the Grundy County Historical Society on Saturday June 11, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the Assembly Hall of the Grundy County Historical Society Heritage Center at 465 Railroad Avenue, Tracy City, Tennessee 37387.

A business session will be conducted to elect persons to the positions of:

Treasurer and Chairperson of Finance Committee
Chairperson of Publications and Publicity Committee
Director at Large from Membership
Director at Large from Community

A motion from the Board of Directors will be presented recommending that Article III Section 7 of the By Laws be amended as follows:

Section 7. Quorum: A quorum shall consist of a majority of the persons elected, qualified and serving on the Board of Directors.

(The purpose of this amendment is to exclude lifetime members of the Board of Directors from the quorum count since these members seldom are able to attend meetings.)

A motion from the Board of Directors will be presented to grant lifetime memberships to Catherine Flury and Anna G. Goforth.

Board of Directors Slate of Nominees for June 11, 2016 Election

Lanny Bell,   Secretary, 3 Years

 Lanny is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University where he was awarded a B.A. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation he served 2 years in the U.S. Army , stationed in Germany, assigned to an artillery Fire Direction Center for a 155 mm self propelled howitzer battalion. After completion of his military service Lanny was hired as project manager at Combustion Engineering in Chattanooga that was a manufacturer of components for nuclear power plants. Thereafter he was employed for 30 years at Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) at Arnold Air Force Base where he served as project manager in the G Range test area that utilized the world’s largest 2-stage light gas gun that is capable of launching projectiles over 15,000 miles per hour. Upon retirement from AEDC, Lanny and his wife, Wanda, initiated Still Waters Mountain Retreat that they currently own and operate. Located behind their home on Pigeon Springs Road near Tracy City, the retreat consists of rental cabins, a “chapel” (meeting facility), a small lake and hiking trails. Lanny completed a 3 year term as vice president of Grundy County Historical Society in June 2015.

Ronald P. Buffington , Treasurer and Chairperson of Finance Committee,  3 Years

Ron is the incumbent Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairperson, having served in that capacity since June 2010. He also serves as the information systems and technology equipment manager for the Heritage Center. Ron retired in January 2010 as General Manager of Monteagle Sunday School Assembly where he served for 10 years. Prior to coming to Monteagle he was General Manager for Principal Financial Group in Birmingham Alabama. Ron served for 26 years as an aviator in the Alabama Army National Guard where he rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was raised in Birmingham and attended Samford University where he was awarded a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. He maintains a part time residence in the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly and a permanent residence in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he and his wife, Denise, ardently follow University of Alabama football and other sports.


Chairperson of Publications and Publicity Committee, Carla J. Hill-Ocando, 2 Years

Carla was educated at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta from 1996 – 1999 where she was awarded a B.A. Degree in Liberal Studies with a a minor in Spanish. She further attended University of Alaska 1994 – 1995 where she achieved the Dean’s List in the Spring of 1995. She worked as a volunteer in the Special Collections Department of the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System from 2005 -2007 where she organized and inventoried the Margaret Mitchell Collection. This effort resulted in 2 grants from the Preservation Assistance Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For the last year Carla has been administrating a records management project at the Heritage Center that was funded by the Community Fund for the South Cumberland Plateau. The project, nearing completion, involves cataloguing books and materials in the library and research center and training staff in records management and professional library practices and policies. In addition, Carla has initiated an application on behalf of Grundy County Historical Society for document preservation assistance from National Endowment for the Humanities. Carla grew up in Pelham and authored Pelham’s People of Color: 1850 – 1950.

Bobby Wiggins, Membership Director at Large, 3 Years

 Bobby was born and raised and still lives in Summerfield with his wife, Doris. As a young boy he engaged in the social activities in and about Summerfield including square dances and other social events sponsored by Highlander Folk School. He knew Myles Horton, founder of the school, as well as May Justus, who was brought to Summerfield with her friend Vera McCampbell to teach and improve the quality of life of the children and adults of Summerfield. At an early age Bobby became interested in the collection and restoration of cars and other motor vehicles. His collection concentrated on Chevrolets and grew to the point that General Motors Corporation gave him an award for having the best collection of Chevrolets in the world. In 2005 he held an auction of the collection that attracted buyers from around the world. He belonged to 20 antique car clubs and was inducted into Hall of Fame Car Clubs in California and Indiana. He has been active in the National Convention of Car Clubs. Bobby during his business career was engaged in coal mining in Grundy County in the 1960’s et seq. He owned a fleet of trucks that hauled coal and experienced the coal miner labor strife of that period. Bobby has been a member of the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Tracy City and Monteagle Chamber of Commerce. He also transported Harlem Globe Trotters players, other personal and equipment throughout the country.

Dale Layne, Community Director at Large,  3 Years

Dale was born and raised in Palmer. He now lives in Coalmont with his wife, Emily, and 3 children. He has served as alderman of Coalmont and on the Board of Directors of South Cumberland Community Fund. Dale was one of the charter members of Rotary Club of Grundy County. He is a member of Sewanee Masonic Lodge 405 and Order of Eastern Star Tracy City Chapter 266. He owns and operates Layne Funeral Home with facilities in Palmer and Altamont.