By William ‘Trip’ Jones III, President
The Rosemark Civic Club met at Richland ARP Church on March 20th. Topics for the evening included updates on 1) the Memphis Stone and Gravel (MSG) case in Atoka which could affect Rosemark and the surrounding areas , 2) the Rosemark Telephone Exchange Museum and Memorial Park, 3) calendar dates for upcoming HARE activities, 4) WTRA-The Truth FM105.1, and 5) a talk by Amber Mills, Republican candidate for District 1 to replace Terry Roland who is term limited, and an address by Terry Roland who ran in the Republican primary for Shelby County Mayor.
Memphis Stone and Gravel Litigation
Attendees were notified that the long awaited hearing before the Honorable Chancellor William Cole would be on April 5th and that a large community presence was needed to ensure local politicians and the Chancellor recognized that local citizens were still very opposed to this project and still engaged. Note: The courtroom was standing room only and since then, Chancellor Cole issued his ruling on April 16 upholding the Atoka Board of Zoning Appeals in denying a permit to MSG back in September 2016. Thank you to all who have turned out for meetings and helped our neighbors in Atoka oppose this issue. MSG has 30 days to appeal the ruling.
Telephone Exchange Building/Museum Update
Phase I work on the building restoration has been accomplished (new electric service, replacement of missing siding/corner boards and caulking). Phase II will include a new roof, painting, restoration of the porch (by demolishing the kitchen and bath that was added in the 60’s), replacement of all exterior doors, and removal of the window air conditioner. This work will begin in May. New heavy duty exterior park furniture has been purchased and will be installed before the park dedication on May 28th. This includes a bench, picnic table, and trash receptacle.
Upcoming HARE Events
HARE event dates for the coming year are: May 28 at 11 am dedication of Memorial Park; June 2, 4-8 pm 2nd annual Bobby Blue Bland day in Barretville; Sept 29 from 10 am to 4 pm the 2018 Country Fair at Rosemark; December 2 at 5:30 pm lighting of the Rosemark Christmas Tree. Plan to attend these events planned with our community in mind.
Local Radio Station Update
WTRA-The Truth FM 105.1 hit the airwaves December 14 playing non-stop Christmas music all the way to Christmas. After the first of the year the format changed to contemporary Christian music with a broad appeal to our youth and beyond. WTRA is owned by Tipton Rosemark Academy and as a non-profit, any donations to support the radio station will be tax deductible and used for future improvements. There are plans to include local community news, announcements from the school, and even live broadcasts of TRA sports events. WTRA was made possible by collaboration between John Scott, Headmaster of TRA, HARE, and Tom Nichols a local resident with a broadcast/electronics background. First grants came from our good friends at Ritter Communications and Patriot Bank. Any comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
We were pleased to hear Amber Mills and Terry Roland address the group with what they see as the pressing issues for Shelby County. They both pledged that if elected, they would both work closely with neighborhood groups in supporting and doing the will of their constituents. Note: While Amber was successful in her campaign, Terry was not. Best wishes and thanks to Terry who has been a real friend to our area during his 8 year tenure.
Be a Part of Your Community
You do not have to live in Rosemark to be a member and attend meetings of the Rosemark Civic Club. The membership fee is nominal and we invite anyone in the surrounding areas to attend. Watch for meeting notices at the Rosemark Historic District Facebook page.