Tour of Homes on Saturday benefits Hardin County Healthcare Foundation

DEC. 7 –Another noteworthy home is on the Savannah Christmas Tour of Homes this year.

Proceeds from the event which takes place on Dec. 9 from 1-5 p.m. go to the Hardin County Healthcare Foundation for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

The Williams-Bunnell home at 410 College St. was established in 1920, and is currently owned by Steve and Tammy Bunnell. 

This current four bedroom cottage style started out in the Williams, was then owned by the John Doran family, the owner of the Doran Store in downtown Savannah around 1936. 

After the passing of Doran in 1956, the Fay Hazen and Dorothy “Dot” Fariss family, local owners of the Farris Hotel, bought the home. This family renovated it, donated land for the Sun and Fun Pool, and gave the house many updates. 

In 1968, the family of local attorney Edwin Ledbetter  attorney lived there.  

Other local owners of the home were the David Abrams family, the Mark and Lindy Alexander family, and the Kenneth Gray family. 

After the renovation to the home and grounds completed in 2016, many artifacts were discovered such as a Confederate tent stake and lockbox lock, Civil War bullets, cloth tapestry wallpapers, original wood molding, pine floors, a hand-dug no-mortar well under the floor of the back bedrooms, metal tags dating back to 1919, coins from the 1940s and more.

“We invite you see these displays of artifacts, while giving to worthy cause,” said Steve Bunnell. 


Local Christmas parades kick off Friday with Counce at 7 p.m.

NOV. 29 – Savannah’s annual parade, with the theme “My Tennessee Christmas,” sponsored by the Savannah Rotary Club and the City of Savannah, will be held on Monday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. 

The parade route will follow last year’s route, beginning on Wayne Road at Sherwin Williams and proceeding through downtown to the Tennessee River Museum. 

Participants will line up down on Shell Street and Fairgrounds Street. 

Entry divisions include corporate, church, business, civic, Scouts, bands and government divisions. 

“This hometown theme can be interpreted in different ways, and it will be wonderful to see how each organization presents their ideas,” said Paige Ashe-McLean, parade chairman.

In case of inclement weather, the following Monday, Dec. 11, will be the Christmas parade’s rain date.

“Thanks to all of the community support for your participation in our local Christmas Parade and we hope it will continue to be a wonderful and enjoyable experience for children of all ages,” said Ashe-McLean.


THP ramps up patrols for Thanksgiving holiday, TDOT halts lane closures

NOV. 22 – Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon today through 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27. 

“Over a million travelers in Tennessee are expected to drive to their holiday destinations this year,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “This is the most traveled holiday of the year. Halting road work during this busy time will provide maximum capacity on our highways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday. TDOT’s regional HELP Trucks will also be working throughout the holiday weekend to assist with incidents that may occur along the interstates.”

While all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones. Long-term lane closures will also remain in place on some construction projects for motorists’ safety.

TDOT reminds motorists  to drive safely and obey the posted speeds, especially in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.


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