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Community Thanksgiving Church Service
November 23, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Location: New Hope Baptist Church, 225 Scattersville Road, Portland
Speaker: Tim Colovos, pastor at First Baptist



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City Chat
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Volunteer State Bank, 101 Hwy. 52 W. The city and chamber will host quarterly City Chat meetings for the community to talk to the City Officials and Department Heads about questions or concerns they may have. These will be held at various locations around Portland. 



ScanSnap SV600 Scanner Now Available at the Library
The Portland Public Library of Sumner County has a wonderful new scanner available for public use.  Please watch the short video above to see what it can do; it's pretty amazing.  When you visit the library, bring something you'd like to scan as well as a thumb drive to hold your scans.  This is sure to be a popular device.  If it's in use, you can make a reservation to use it by visiting the circulation desk. 



Community Thanksgiving Meal
Totally Free to Everyone
Thursday, November 26, 2015, 11 a.m.
First Baptist Church Gym, Portland
If you would like to attend, please call in your meal reservation to the church at 615-325-2386 by Wednesday, 11/18.



Masquerade Ball
Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Reed Barn at Crafton Farms
A night of music, dancing and dinner to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Tickets are $25.00 each.  Contact Tabitha at (615) 364-6859 or get in touch
with the Mt. Pleasant General Baptist Church.



2015 Christmas Parade
December 5, 2015
Parade will start promptly at 5:30 p.m., rain or shine.  This is a lighted Christmas parade.  Line-up will be along Freedom Drive, and the parade will turn left onto TN109.  For details and registration, please contact the Portland Chamber of Commerce at (615) 325-9032.



Halltown Church -- 7th Annual Fall Craft Show
November 21, 2015 8:00 to 2:00
120 Dink Rut Road
Portland, TN 37148



Chromebooks Available!
The Portland Public Library of Sumner County now has six Chromebooks for patrons to check out and use inside the library.  This is the latest technology being used by schools all over the country, so be sure to check it out.  Just bring your library card to the circulation desk.



Coming to the Sky Above You
A Total Solar Eclipse!
August 21, 2017
Please see the website for details.



Portland Public Library Events for November 2015

Friends of the Library Silent Auction.  The Friends of the Portland Public Library will be having their annual Silent Auction November 4th through November 21st.  This is the perfect opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping and benefit the library at the same time.  All proceeds go into funding the Summer Reading Program and other activities at the library.

Operation Gratitude – In honor of Veteran’s Day on the 11th, your library will dedicate the month of November to Operation Gratitude.  Operation Gratitude annually sends 15,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation to members of our military, both current and retired.  We will be accepting donations, geared specifically to cold-weather items: Knit/crochet hats and scarves, skeins of yard, socks (not white), sealed lip balm, hand and foot warmers, paracord survival bracelets and blank holiday greeting cards.  We will also have a letter writing station in the library where we encourage everyone to take time and write positive, appreciative, and respectful notes to our heroes.  For more information, please check out our website or contact us at 615-325-2279.

November 17th to December 17th  Portland High School 100 Years of Basketball Exhibit.  Bonnie Fussell and Paula Shannon, with help from many others, displayed basketball pictures from the past PHS basketball game in 2015, our 100th year.  If you missed it, you have another chance to see it.  We will have the exhibit in The Bailey Museum located in the Portland Public Library.  Come and visit during regular library hours!  If you need hours of operation, please call 615-325-2279.

 Thursday, November 19th   Book Club 11:30 Please join us if you love to read. Join us for some fun!   We will be reading The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Call the library to reserve your copy.

Saturday, November 21st    Saturday Movie Matinee  11:00  Join us for a family friendly movie.  Please call the library at 615-325-2279 for the rating and the name of the movie. 



YOUNG ADULT ACTIVITIES (6th – 12th grade)  

 Teen Activities Open to rising 6th-12th graders. Activities are from 4:00-5:00 unless otherwise noted.  Any questions, please call Dorothy or Megan  @ 615-325-2279.


Thursday, November 19th  Chat and Chew 4:00 to 5:00  Young adults are invited for a Chat and Chew!  We will be having traditional American themed food in honor of Thanksgiving.  Join us for food and conversation!


Thursday, November 26th  Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family!  We are closed.



Children's Activities

Preschool meets Wednesdays  (ages 3-5)

Every Thursday in November       ABC Club              10:30  ABC club is a program for 3-5 year olds teaching writing and recognition of letters, numbers, and shapes.  This new preschool program is led by Shana Blankenship. 


Wednesday, November 18th   10:30  Squanto and William Bradford.  Facts & Fun.  Activities and a craft.


Wednesday, November 25th   10:30   Sarah Hale Saves Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving stories, songs and activities.



School-aged Children's Activities

Wednesday, November 18th   3:30   Squanto and William Bradford.  Thanksgiving background, drama and games.


Wednesday November 25th  3:30  Sarah Hale Saves Thanksgiving.  Celebrating being thankful.



Lapsit meets Friday at 10:30 a.m. (ages infants and toddlers)

 Friday, November 20th  10:30  Thanks for Thanksgiving.  Songs, rhymes, stories and stickers..

 Friday, November 27th   No Lapit Program This Week.  Closed for Thanksgiving.




Portland Public Library Events for December 2015

All Month at the Library.   Elves on the Shelves.    During December you will find a lot of elves on the shelves at the Portland Library.  They will be pointing out things that we want you to notice; new things, holiday things, things that the staff likes, etc.  One special elf will move around the building every week.  Finding him results in a small prize, IF you can find him among all of the others!

 Tuesday, December 1st   It’s All About the Elf Storytime.  6:30  Start off your holiday month with a special family Elf Storytime at the Library.  You will hear stories about traditional elves and Santa’s elves.  Also, make an elf of your own to take home with you.  It will be your twin with your face on it!

 Tuesday, December 8th   Highland Academy Hand Bell Choir Christmas Performance.  4:00 to 4:30   Please join us as we enjoy the hand bell choir from Highland Academy as they will be playing Christmas selections. 

 Friday, December 11th    Lucky Library Bingo. 1:00 to 2:00   Please join us at the Portland Public Library to play Bingo.  We will begin playing at 1:00 in the community room.  No cash prizes, but we give away food, books, gift cards and more! 

Saturday,   December 12th   Saturday Movie Matinee.  11:00  Join us for a family friendly movie.  Please call the library at 615-325-2279 for the rating and the name of the movie. 

 Wednesday, December 16th Christmas Piano Music All Day at the Library. We have the pleasure of hearing several pianists playing the grand piano in the center of the library.  This should put us all in the holiday spirit!

 Thursday, December 17th    Book Club.  11:30 Please join us if you love to read. Join us for some fun!   We will be reading Miss.Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson.   Call the library to reserve your copy.

 Tuesday, December 22nd  Red Cross Blood Drive.  1:00 to 5:00  The Portland Public Library will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on December 22nd .  The blood drive will last from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Please sign up at the circulation desk or call 615-325-2279 for any questions.

 Thursday, December 31st   Happy Noon Year Celebration – Open to all ages!  10:30 to noon.  The countdown and balloon drop will be at the stroke of noon.  This year we have a 50’s theme.  If you have a poodle skirt, saddle shoes, or otherwise want to dress the part, that would be terrific!  We will play some 50’s type games and dance to 50’s music.  If you come in your 50’s attire, be sure to hang on to it, as we will return to the 50’s theme this summer.  This event is for all ages.  It is for those too young to stay up until midnight as well as those too old to stay up! 



Tuesday, December 1st     Middle School Program – Gingerbread Zombies.  4:00-5:00  Come help us celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season as we add a creepy twist to it by making gingerbread zombie cookies!  They will be tasty enough to eat!

 Teen Activities Open to rising 6th-12th graders. Activities are from 4:00-5:00 unless otherwise noted.  Any questions, please call Dorothy or Megan @ 615-325-2279.

 Thursday, December 3rd    May the Knowledge Be With You.  4:00-5:00   Start your journey of becoming as wise as Yoda by attending our Vol State and Star Wars event!  For the first 30 minutes, Rachel Carmack from Volunteer State Community College will be talking to us about college and the Tennessee Promise program.  During the last half hour, she will have a table set up where she will be available to answer any questions and provide additional information.  While others are talking to her, we will be making Star Wars Snowflakes to celebrate the holidays as well as the upcoming release of the new movie.  Refreshments will be provided.

 Thursday,  December 10th  The Best Christmas Party Ever,  4:00 to 5:30  Celebrate the holidays at the library by wearing your ugliest Christmas sweater.  A prize will be given for the most dreadful.  We will also have a snowball fight with marshmallows and play other hilarious games.  Light snacks will be provided.  This event will run from 4:00 to 5:30.   

 Thursday, December 17th   Coloring and Chocolate .  4:00 to 5:00   Take a break from studying for exams and stop by the library.  We will have plenty of chocolate and coloring to beat the stress!



 Pre School Activities (ages 3 to 5)

Every Thursday in December       ABC Club.  10:30  ABC club is a program for 3-5 year olds teaching writing and recognition of letters, numbers, and shapes.  This new preschool program is led by Shana Blankenship. 

 Wednesday, December 2nd. 10:30  Paul Bunyan and his big blue Ox.  Stories, songs, activities – learn about exaggeration.

 Wednesday December 9th    10:30   Johnny Appleseed fact and fiction.  Songs, stories, and an apple secret.

 Wednesday, December 16th    10:30  Davy Crockett/Sally Ann Crockett.  Facts and Fun.  Activities and a craft.

 Wednesday, December 23rd    10:30   Santa Stories!  Stories, songs and activities and a Santa Craft.

Wednesday, December 30th  Pecos Bill, John Henry and other assorted characters.  Songs, activities, etc.


School-Aged Children’s Activities

Wednesday, December 2nd   3:30  Paul Bunyan – Fact or Fiction?  Turn someone you know into a tall tale.

Wednesday, December 9th      3:30  Johnny Appleseed – the facts we know and fiction.  Games of truth and lies.

 Wednesday, December 16th    3:30   Davy/Sally Ann Crockett.  Facts and the fun fiction part.   Then we will make holiday cards.

 Wednesday , December 23rd  3:30  Santa Stories and poems.  We will have some “reindeer” games.

 Wednesday, December 30th  Short introductions to other “tall tale” heroes.  Drawing game.


Lapsit  (ages infants and toddlers)

Friday, December 4th   10:30  Good and Bad, Naughty and Nice.  Songs, rhymes, stories and stickers.

Friday, December 11th    10:30  Colors – Red, Green and White.  Songs, rhymes, stories and stickers.

Friday, December 18th   10:30  Christmas Stories.  Songs, rhymes, stories & stickers.

Friday, December 25th   No Lapsit Program This Week.  Closed for Christmas.



Citizens Awareness Group for Portland, Tennessee
Established in November of 2012  
The Citizens Awareness Group is an organization of everyday citizens of the Portland, Tennessee, area. The CAG considers their group a place where residents can voice their concerns, wishes, and desires in regards to issues within our city. CAG's goal is to be helpful to the community, and not a thorn in their side, by building a bond with the City's governing body and working as a team to help resolve issues and build better community relations. The Citizens Awareness Group is currently established as a Facebook group and can be followed at   All you have to do is click on "Like this page," and whenever CAG has a status update, you will see it in your status feeds. From there, you can read, communicate, and follow the activity. [Note: the CAG is not run by, nor associated with, this website.]






A special Thank You for all of the men and women from Portland who are serving, and have served, in the Armed Forces.  Thank you for what you do for our country!



Tourism Website!
We've put together a web site of tourist attractions along Tennessee Highway 52 from I-65 through Portland, Westmoreland, Lafayette and Red Boiling Springs, then down to I-40 through Carthage.  Please take a look at the site:



Portland, Tennessee
Country: U.S.A.
State: Tennessee
State Abbreviation: TN
TN Region: Middle Tennessee
County: Sumner County TN
ZIP Code: 37148
Latitude*: N36° 34.820'
Longitude*: W86° 30.837'
Elevation: 818 feet
Telephone Country Code: 1

Telephone Area Codes: 615 and 629
Population (1990 Census): 5,539
Population (2000 Census): 8,458

Population (2004 Special Census):10,046
Population (2007 Special Census): 10,941
Population (2010 Census): 11,480 
Portland's Birthday (First Election in the new City of Portland): May 2, 1905.

Time Zone: U.S.A. Central
During Daylight Savings Time, Portland's UTC/GMT offset is -5 hours.
During Standard Time, Portland's UTC/GMT offset is -6 hours.

*At the flag pole at City Hall. 

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