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Have you ever seen the inside of Macy's Portland Distribution Center?
It's pretty incredible.
Take a look at this five-minute video: 



Saturday, October 11th, 2014 
How’d Dey Do Dat Day
10th Annual Rural Heritage Celebration Grandpa’s House and The Ritter Farm 2217 Oak Grove Road – Red Boiling Springs – 10:00am to 4:00pm   Baskets, Blacksmiths, Breads, Candle Making, Cast Iron Cookery, Gourds, Grist Mill, Sheep, Quilters, Woodworkers, Musicians, Checkers, Corn Hole, Corn Box, Corn Shelling, and much MORE!   More information can be had at:   Click image above to enlarge.



Mother's Day Out Presented By Harvest Point Church
Saturday October 4, 2014 @ 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
Harvest Point Church, 715 College St., Portland, TN 
Harvest Point Church will be hosting a Mother's Day Out for children ages 6 months to 12 years. A snack and fun activities will be provided. This event is free of charge and open to the Portland community. But, space is limited, so make your reservation now. For additional information or to sign up please contact Denna England at 615-519-4299. (A text message would be preferred.)



New Restaurant Opening in Oak Grove
Circle C Ranch
Specializing in Catfish and BBQ.  Burgers and chicken too.
123 Fairfield Rd.
Bethpage, TN 37022
Phone: 615-888-3474
Hours: Friday and Saturday: 11am to 9 pm
Located at the intersection of TN52 and Dobbins Pike (midway between Portland and Westmoreland).
Dine in or take out.
Great side items and homemade desserts.



Days Gone By Museum
9th Annual Tractor Show & Threshing
Friday & Saturday, October 3 &4, 2014
122 Davis Street in Portland
Gates open at 8:00 a.m.
$5 admission for one day or $8 for both days. 



Fall Genealogy Seminar at the Portland Public Library

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 a.m. to noon
J. Mark Lowe presents the topics:
Discover Your “Magic Genealogy Box”   and  
Documenting the “Right” Family While Staying on Track
Mark is a professional genealogist, author, and teacher who researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. He has worked on the genealogical television series African American Lives, 2 Faces of America, and Who Do You Think You Are?
Seating is limited.  Please reserve by calling 615-325-2279.
Please click here for pdf flyer.
Please click here to visit Mark's Facebook page. 



Fall Festival at Bottom View Farm!
September 27th until November 1st, 2014
Please click here for details:



Generation Church's Annual Love Week
October 5-11, 2014
Generation Church's annual Love Week will be October 5th - October 11th and will be loving on the entire community and the surrounding areas to include free sports camps nightly for children as well as free meals. All are encouraged to attend the free concert with free concessions on October 5th at Richland Stage and the free block party on October 11th with free inflatables, food, music, bingo with prizes (for adults/children) and more. Please see the complete schedule at or on the Facebook page for Generation Church Outreach. Please contact regarding any questions or additional information.



Political Forum
Monday, September 29, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
The City of Portland Cable Commission will sponsor a Political Forum for the Portland candidates seeking the position of Alderman (3 Council) and Mayor. Location: Portland City Hall Council Room.  The moderator will be Chris Bundgaard with News Channel 2 with host Tim Coker   The forum is open to the public as well as being live on Portland’s Cable Network.  It will be re-played until election day on November 4th.



Halltown General Baptist Church 5K Race, Fun Run, and Other Events
November 1, 2014
Halltown GBC is having a fundraiser to raise money for two families in the community.
Please click here for details and an entry form (pdf file).






Silent Auction

The Friends of the Portland Public Library will be having their annual Silent Auction November 4 through November 22, 2014.  This is the perfect opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping and benefit the Library at the same time. Currently the library is accepting donations of items to be auctioned from both businesses and individuals.  Simply bring your item to the library and anyone at the main desk will be able to help you.



Craft Show and Sale
November 8, 2014
Please click on above image to enlarge.



Photo sent in by  Bryant Donovan.  Thanks!



Highland Rim Historical Society Fundraiser
Notecards of Historic Cold Springs School (Summer and Winter scenes) are available for sale at the Chamber of Commerce.  The cost is $10 for 10 cards.  Funds are used for ongoing preservation and maintenance of this historic building, located in Richland Park.  In addition, HRHS is trying to acquire other items (e.g., school books and blackboards) to restore the school to its original condition as a one-room schoolhouse.



New Area Code Coming!
Middle Tennessee is getting a new area code.  Area code 615 is almost at capacity, and it will be joined by area code 629.  Please get in the habit now of writing your phone number with the area code.  Be sure your area code appears on your business cards, checks, signs, and other items.  In early 2015, it will be mandatory to dial a 10-digit phone number to make a local call.  It is important to note that all cities and towns in Middle Tennessee will have some phone numbers in area code 615 and some phone numbers in area code 629.  Theoretically, you could have a phone number of (615) 234-5678, and your neighbor across the street could have (629) 234-5678.  For more information, please see;  



Portland Public Library Events for October 2014

October 1 to October 31  The Great Pumpkin Palooza.  Come join us at the Portland Public Library during the month of October for our Great Pumpkin Palooza.  It is a month long celebration of the pumpkin!   There will be pumpkin decorating contests, weekly contests for all ages, and lots of pumpkin decorations to make the place look festive.  Lots of special programming is going on during the month, so be sure to pick up a calendar or check our website calendar so you don’t miss anything!

 Wednesday, October 1st  Writer’s Group.  4:00-5:30  This is sharing and critique day.  Bring your current work, last month’s writing prompt or anything you want critiqued.  This is also round table brainstorming day. 

Tuesday, October 7th Book signing with Billy Devasher  “Out of the Trap”  5:00-7:00  Please join us and meet Billy DeVasher, author of “Out of the Trap”.  What does a person do when he finds himself trapped in a situation from which there seems to be no escape?  This is what happened to Billy DeVasher…not just once but several times in his life.  There were several entrapments:  a military one, an educational trap, a physical addiction, and a personality weakness called greed.  Billy DeVasher escaped them all and came through victorious.  Mr. DeVasher attended Portland High School and he lived in the Portland area for several years.

Friday, October 10th – Pumpkin Patch Bingo 1:00-2:00  Join us for a few rounds of Bingo.  We have lots of fun and there are fun, free prizes to choose from!  Prizes will be all about pumpkins this month!!

Saturday, October 11th Fall Genealogy Seminar with J. Mark Lowe. 10:00-12:00   J. Mark Lowe Presents Discover Your “Magic Genealogy Box” and Documenting the “Right” Family While Staying on Track.  Mark is a professional genealogist, author, and teacher who researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the South.  He has worked on the genealogical television series African American Lives 2, Faces of America and Who-Do-You Think you are?  Seating is limited so please register at 615-325-2279.

Saturday, October 11th  Pumpkin Decorating Contest Begins. For all of you creative, crafty, pinterest following people:  We welcome you to decorate a pumpkin and enter it in our library contest.  Prizes will be awarded for the scariest pumpkin, best carved pumpkin and best decorated (not carved) pumpkin.  For kids 6 and under, they can get a paper pumpkin to color or decorate in any way they wish.  Winners will be announced at 5:00 on October 31st.  (You can get rules and entry forms at the library or online).  Even if you don’t wish to decorate a pumpkin, we encourage you to vote for your favorite pumpkin created by one of the library staff, as the staff is competing for their own prize based on your votes. You may begin to bring carved pumpkins October 21st, as they won’t last very long. 

Wednesday, October 15th Brown Bag Lunch and Movie 11:30-1:30  Bring your lunch and join us in the community room to watch a movie!  Please call the library at 615-325-2279 to get the name of the movie.

Wednesday, October 15th Writers Group 4:00-5:30  Scary Story Day.  Bring your favorite scary story to share. It does not have to be one that you have written.

Thursday, October 16th  Portland Page Turners Book Club 11:30  Enjoy reading?  Join us to discuss this month’s book selection, Dear Abigail by Diane Jacobs.   If you would like to read this month’s book, please call the library for availability at 615-325-2279.

Thursday, October 16th Crochet Club 1:00 – 2:30  Are you a beginner?  Would you like to learn more about crocheting?  Please join us and learn lots and have fun socializing!

Saturday, October 18th  Saturday Movie Matinee  11:00 – 1:00   Family friendly movie.  Please call the library at 615-325-2279 for the name of the movie.

Tuesday, October 21st  Event Planning with Pinterest 10:30–11:30  Pinterest is a photo-sharing website that allows users to create collections related to their personal interests by “pinining” pictures to “boards.”  Learn how these “boards” can help you plan your next event.  Register by calling 325-2279, stopping by the library, or emailing

Tuesday, October 21st  The Great Pumpkin Cook Off and Sampling  5:00-7:00  Bake, cook or stir your favorite recipe made with pumpkin!  It can be sweet, sour, hot or cold.  It can be a dessert, an entrée, a soup or an appetizer.  Put your best food forward. forward because judges will taste test and prizes will be given at the end of the evening.  After the judging, the sampling will begin.  Sampling is open to the public.   Join us for the fun!  Call the library to enter the cook off at 325-2279 or come by the front desk for instructions and entry form.

Thursday, October 30th   The Great Pumpkin Palooza Storytelling in the Pumpkin Patch 4:30-5:30 Join us as Jackie Wilbur and Bonnie Fussell pair up to tell great Halloween stories. 

Thursday, October 30th   Fun and Games in the Pumpkin Patch 5:30-7:30  Wait for the Great Pumpkin with us.  The bravest of the brave can walk through the spooky part of the community room (appropriate for even toddlers – dark and creepy, but not overly scary). Everyone will enjoy pumpkin bowling, pumpkin golf, pumpkin ring toss and other games in the pumpkin patch.

 Friday, October 31st  Trick-Or-Treat at the Library 10:00-6:00   Please join us as we hand out trick-or-treats to the goblins all day.



YOUNG ADULT ACTIVITIES (6th – 12th grade)  

Thursday, October 2nd   4:00-5:00  Mason Jar Pumpkins

Thursday, October 9th  4:00-5:00  Pumpkin Catapults

Thursday, October 16th  4:00-5:00 Picture Pumpkins

Thursday, October 23rd  4:00-5:00 Pumpkin Games



October 2014 Children's Activities

Children’s Activities

Preschool meets Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (ages 3-5)

October 1st  Itsy Bitsy Spider

October 8th  Cats In Hats

October 15th  Bats in the Belfry

October 22nd  Oh Rats (and mice)

October 29th  Halloween Party Time! (wear your costume if you want)


After school meets on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. (school age)

October 1st  Spider Web-n-Arts

October 8th  Black Cat-Tunes

October 15th  Going Batty

October 22nd  Oh Rats!

October 29th  Halloween Science Experiments


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

October 3rd Itsy Bitsy Spider

October 10th  Here Kitty Kitty

October 17th  Night time Animals

October 24th  Mice are Nice

October 31st  Halloween



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 Code: 615
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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