Johnson City Press: Tetrick inviting community to join firefighters' Save the Seagraves campaign

Tetrick inviting community to join firefighters' Save the Seagraves campaign

Sue Guinn Legg • Jun 27, 2019 at 10:30 PM

Tetrick Funeral Services has joined in the fundraising efforts underway for restoration of the Johnson City Fire Department’s 1928 Seagraves ladder truck.

A sesquicentennial project with a target completion target date coinciding with this year’s Johnson City Christmas parade, the Save the Seagraves campaign recently received a $500 contribution from Tetrick, which is following up with a fun opportunity for the community to join in the fundraising.

Set for Saturday, June 29, the benefit will include a vintage fire truck and car car show, a hot dog sale and children’s activities to be held in conjunction with the funeral home’s annual flag retirement ceremony.

A formal ceremony held in honor of the retirement of several hundred United States’ flags gathered throughout the year in a public collection box at the funeral home, will be held at 11 a.m. inside the funeral home chapel at 3001 Peoples St.

Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock and Tennessee Sen. Rusty Crowe will be the guest speakers and special honors will be presented to World War II veteran Virgil Peters and Vietnam veteran Charles Young.

National Guard volunteers and members of Boy Scout Troop 240 of Gray will prepare the retired flags for burning prior to the ceremony and a veteran or Scout will hold each flag before it is placed in burn barrel on the funeral grounds

The Save the Seagraves benefit will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the Tetrick parking lot and will feature a fire truck and car show with cash prizes and a $10 entry fee, hot dogs for a donation, a Save the Seagraves T-shirt sale and free inflatable attractions and other activities for children.

All proceeds will go the Johnson City Firefighters Association Local 1791 to help with the cost of restoring the Seagraves to its original color and condition.

More information about the event may be obtained by contacting Laura Graham at 423-610-7171.

The Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce in on the mark for its 8th annual Achin’ for the Bacon Nolichucky River Run.

Set for Saturday morning, June 29, the benefit 5K features a flat, fast course along the banks of the Nolichucky River on the Erwin Linear Trail, professional race management with electronic tag timing and a complimentary bacon and pancake breakfast following the race.

The entry fee includes a race T-shirt and goodie bag with proceeds going to Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee to help abused and neglected children in Unicoi, Greene and Washington counties.

Registration can be completed at or by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 423-743-3000.

Jonesborough Presbyterian Church is inviting all guests at this year’s Jonesborough Days celebration to stop by the church for a vintage jewelry sale to benefit local charities.

Presented by Shalom Circle, the sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Thursday through Saturday, July 4-6, at the historic church at 128 W. Main St.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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