Mount Pleasant Museum Free Admission

Mount Pleasant/Maury Museum of Local History Offers Free Admission Through 2012

“Free”; “Fri”; “Gratis”; “Gratuito”; “Facultativo”; “Jiyuu” ” Frei “; however you want to say it, there is no charge for admission the remainder of the year to the Mount Pleasant/Maury Museum of Local History.
“It’s a way to encourage local people to come by and see their history,” says museum board president Irene Dugger. “It’s important for people to remember what it was like years ago when people dug the phosphate and what it was like at the end of the phosphate era, and appreciate what history has done for Mount Pleasant.”
The museum was formerly the Phosphate Museum, but Dugger said the board changed the name last year, as the extensive collection has far more reflected than phosphate-related historical items. Volunteers have put in dedicated hours to arranging several exhibits in very appealing ways.
As a result of such volunteer dedication, the museum has three levels chock full of beautifully-arranged collections. In the basement is a vintage collection of an old kitchen and a country store items. The first floor contains the items on loan by various citizens, such as a collection of Fenton, old toys, and historical town documents. For example, there are numerous old school yearbooks, family genealogies, and old newspapers, all available for viewing by citizens who may use these documents for research or simply to flash back to simpler days and ways. Dugger says that recent visitors using the genealogy resources have come from Alabama and Illinois.
The first floor is also the home to a significant collection of Clarke School memorabilia. Each year, Clarke school alumni take a tour bus to Mount Pleasant, and the museum is on their itinerary. The phosphate collection is also on this level.
The third floor has an armed forces room, a doctor’s office, a Civil War collection (in process), and a vintage bedroom featuring numerous beautiful old quilts.
The range of years for the museum goes from ancient (a kid-favorite is a dinosaur bone found in phosphate mining days) to no later than the 1970’s for the majority of items. In addition to the dinosaur bone, there are several kid-favorite features of the museum, including old toys, and learning it’s okay to “eat dirt.”
Dugger says the children get a real kick when they see that phosphate is dirt and that phosphoric acid, a derivative of phosphate, is included in many popular items like flour, macaroni and cheese, Spam, and colas. “Next time you drink a Coke, look on the can and you’ll see the word ‘phosphoric acid,’ ” Dugger says kids are informed. “They get a kick out of that and say ‘I’m going to tell my mom I’m eating dirt.’ ”
Board members are planning several special events similar to what they have done in the past. Dugger gives an example of the time they partnered with a museum in Nashville to have a staff member bring some live animals and reptiles. She recalls the python a woman brought out. None of the visiting school children wanted to touch the huge wiggling snake until one of them said HE wanted to touch it. She says the museum hosts several tours of school children each year.
Board members in addition to Dugger are Susan Boyette, Cathy Reed, Juanita Keys, Wilma Odom, Jason Boshers, Ricky Gray, John Hatcher, and Ruth Floyd. Several of the board members and numerous community volunteers staff the museum, Dugger says. Keys and Floyd are veritable treasure chests of living history, and the museum would like to videotape their recollections of local people, places and events of bygone times. They receive several calls a year from people needing information on past people and places of Mount Pleasant. “You should hear Juanita Keys talk about walking up to a general store no longer here to get penny candy,” Dugger says.
In addition to hoping they find a volunteer to create the historical video tapes, Dugger says, the museum is seeking volunteers to conduct tours and to help grow the museum into the future. Additionally, the museum welcomes items on loan related to phosphate or other historical items.
“We hope people will come rediscover the history of Mount Pleasant, which mushroomed from a population of 446 in 1880 to 2,007 in 1900 due to being ‘The Phosphate Capital of the World,’ ” Dugger says. “Our collections also encompass many other historical facets of Maury County, hence the name of our museum. We particularly hope families will take advantage of the free admission so their kids can see how very different life used to be. Some children are growing without any sense of history. This is a fun, and now free, way to change the historical awareness of our younger generations.”
The Mount Pleasant/Maury Museum of Local History is located at 108 Public Square, Mount Pleasant, and is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Their phone number is 931-379-9511.
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Maury County School Registration Schedule New Unregistered Students

Maury County Public Schools registrations updated 7/5/12

Baker Elementary Tuesday, July 10 7 am – 5 pm
388-3319 Wednesday, July 11 7 am – 6 pm

Brown Elementary Tuesday, July 10 8 am – 6 pm
388-3601 Wednesday, July 11 8 am – 6 pm
any day 8 – 2 until July 27

Central High Monday, July 9 9 am – 11 am SENIORS
381-2222 Tuesday, July 10 9 am – 11 am JUNIORS
Wednesday, July 11 9 am – 11 am SOPHOMORES
Thursday, July 12 8 am – 11:30 am FRESHMEN

Cox Middle Thursday, July 19 1 pm – 7 pm
840-3902 Tuesday, July 24 8 am – 3 pm

Culleoka Tuesday, July 17 3 pm – 6 pm
987-2511 Thursday, July 19 3 pm – 6 pm
any day until 3 pm

Hampshire week of July 9 – 13 8 am – 3:30 pm
285-2300 Thursday, July 12 8 am – 6 pm

Howell Elementary Thursday, July 19 1 pm – 7 pm
540-1032 Tuesday, July 24 8 am – 3 pm

McDowell Elementary Thursday, July 12 3 pm – 6 pm
840-4418 Thursday, July 19 3 pm – 6 pm

Riverside Elementary Tuesday, July 17 8 am – 3 pm
840-4422 Thursday, July 19 8 am – 5:30 pm

Santa Fe Thursday, July 19 1 pm – 7 pm
682-2172 Thursday, July 26 8 am – 3 pm

Spring Hill Elementary Tuesday, July 10 3 pm – 6 pm
486-2291 Thursday, July 12 4 pm – 7 pm
any day from 8-3

Spring Hill High Monday, July 16 9 am – 11 am SENIORS
486-2207 Tuesday, July 17 9 am – 11 am JUNIOR
Tuesday, July 17 1 pm – 3 pm SOPHOMORES
Tuesday, July 24 9 am – 1 pm FRESHMEN


Whitthorne MiddleThursday, July 191 pm – 7 pm.                        388-2558Tuesday, July 248 am – 3 pm.     NEW STUDENTS ONLY-returning students do not need to come

Woodard Elementary Thursday, July 12 8 am – 5 pm
380-2872 Thursday, July 19 8 am – 5 pm
any day from 8-2 until July 13

Wright Elementary Tuesday, July 17 8 am – 6:30 pm
486-3586 Thursday, July 19 8 am – 6:30 pm

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Five New Maury County Prinicpals

Five new Maury County School Principals were named Monday. School director Eddie Hickman made the announcement at a press conference at the central office.

Central High School, Roger White
Cox Middle School, Eric Perryman
Mt.Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kevin Eady
Santa Fe Unit School, Amy Perryman
Riverside Elementary School, Reggie Holmes

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August Special 2nd District Commission Race

A special election to fill the 2nd District County commission seat is set for the August general election. One candidate has filed in advance of the June 8, noon deadline. Eric Previti has qualified.

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Columbia Farmers’ Fresh Market set to open June 2

COLUMBIA, TN – Columbia Main Street is pleased to announce that the Columbia Farmers’ Fresh Market will open for business on Saturday, June 2. The market is a collaborative effort between Columbia Main Street, the City of Columbia, and area farmers and hand-crafters.

The market will run weekly from 7 a.m. to Noon Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through the month of October. It is located at Riverwalk Park on East 5th Street / Riverside Drive, at the newly constructed market pavilion.

The core of the farmers market is local growers who bring fresh food from around Maury County. There will also be several local artisan and handcraft vendors.

The market season attracted thousands last year to its spot at Public Square. It’s too early to gauge how many people will come out this year, market officials said, but, with a new pavilion complete with amenities like ceiling fans, lighting, and nearby restrooms, it is estimated there will be more customers than before.

You can check the market out on Facebook by searching for Columbia Farmers Fresh Market.

2012 Columbia Farmers’ Fresh Market Members, registered to date, are:

• Pantall Farm, Columbia: vegetables, fruits, and melons
• Elmer Lusk, Columbia: vegetables, fruits and eggs
• Don Lockhart, Columbia: honey and tomatoes
• Bratton Farms, Williamsport: vegetables, fruits, and melons
• Mike Redding, Culleoka: plants and flowers
• Cool Breezes Farm, Culleoka: eggs and vegetables
• Old Mill Bakery, Culleoka: fried pies, sweet breads, cinnamon rolls, teas, and jams & jellies
• Tom & Suzanne Croft, Columbia: vegetables and herbs
• Bobby Johnson, Columbia: hand-crafted candles
• Betty Taylor, Williamsport: honey, hand-crafted candles, garlic and herbs
• Tiny Rare Treasures and Gifts, Culleoka: hand-crafted jewelry, quilts, tatting and turned pins
• John Peach, Spring Hill: vegetables
• Andy Harris, Columbia: vegetables, fruits and melons
• James Spires, Culleoka: vegetables, fruits and melons
• Avery Harris, Culleoka: vegetables, melons, and flowers
• Clyde Harris, Culleoka: vegetables and fruits
• Carolyn Cox, Columbia: lavender

For more information about the Columbia Farmers’ Fresh Market, contact: Columbia Main Street at (931) 388-3647, or,

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Great Duck River Cleanup June 16

Keep Maury Beautiful will sponsor the Duck River Cleanup Ceaurday June 16, 2012. Supplies can be picked up at the Memorial Building Monday June 4th through Wednesday June 13 or on Saturday June 16 from 7 am to 11 am. For more information contact Keep Maury Beautiful. 388-8511

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Maury County Unemployment April

Maury County’s unemployment continued to drop as several major employers continue to grow

Maury County’s unemployment dropped to 9% this past month, down 6-tenths of a percent. A year ago unemployment was 12.3%. There are 3,210 people listed as unemployed while 32,280 are working out of a labor force of 35,480.

Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance President Brandom Gengelbach earlier this week told the county commission, 3 local companies have been hiring and contributing to the new jobs.
“TRG is at 250 employees. They will be growing to 330 employees by June 1st,” said Gengelbach. “IB Tech is at 150 employees and they will begin their official ramp up over the summer time. They’ll be at 300 employees by August.”

Columbia is also seeing a drop in unemployment as the jobless rate dropped to 9.4%, down 7-tenths percent. A year ago it was 13.2%. Spring Hill’s unemployment rate is 6.2%.
Meanwhile, neighboring Marshall County’s unemployment rate was 11.2%.
Lawrence County’s jobless rate is 10.6% and Lewis county’s is 10%.
Williamson County’s is the lowest in the state at 5.3%.

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