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Mayor Wilber’s 4th Annual Strawberry Stroll

March 3 through May 7, 2015
10-week Free Walking Program held on Tuesdays & Thursdays
Please click here for pdf schedule.
Schedule Change: The weather is going to have good temps on Tuesday but an 80% chance of thunderstorms.. We are moving the first stroll to the First Baptist Church GYM  (Walking Track)  @  5:30pm.  Historic tour will be done at a later date. Park in the back parking lot at the church and go in GYM DOORS.



Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance
$20 to have your female cat fixed during February 2015 



Fishing Season Begins March 1, 2015
Here is information on how to obtain a fishing license:
The closest spot we know to purchase a license in person is the Sporting Goods Department at Walmart in Gallatin.  The Walmart in Franklin, Kentucky, cannot issue Tennessee fishing licenses. 



Portland Little League Sign-Ups
Every Week:
Friday: 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 1-4 p.m.
    Ages: 3 to 18 years
110 West Market Street
Baseball / Softball



Spring Fling And Things Show
April 25, 2015
The Portland Parks and Recreation Dept. is sponsoring their first “Spring Fling and Things” show and sale on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Richland Park Gym.  We are currently seeking vendors for this show.  The booths may consist of commercial products and handmade items.  This show will give exhibitors a chance to feature their products as well as selling them.  For more information, you may contact the Parks Dept. at (615) 325-6464 or visit our website at



Mandatory 10-Digit Dialing Coming February 28, 2015!
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.  Please change all seven-digit phone numbers in your contact list in your smartphone to 10-digit numbers.  On February 28, 2015, it will become 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.  Numbers in the new 629 area code will start to be assigned around March 28, 2015. (To clarify, if you already have a phone number in area code 615, you'll keep the same phone number and area code 615.) 



Portland Public Library Events for February/March 2015

All of February - Diorama Exhibit  Please come in and enjoy “Andy” Roderick’s Diorama Exhibit which is located in the gallery of the Portland Public Library.  Andy’s work, recently featured on Tennessee Crossroads, will be on exhibit at the library through February 28, 2015.  Visit our website at  for a sneak preview and more information.

 Saturday, February 28th   Genealogy Computer Class:  Using Heritage Quest  10:30 to 12:30   The Portland Public Library is hosting a Free Genealogy Computer Class on

Saturday February 28, 2015 from 10:30 am - 12:30pm. Debra Elledge and Paula Shannon will explain the basics of using the online database, “HeritageQuest” , available through the TN. Electronic Library (TEL). Let us help you in your genealogy research by providing hands on training using Heritage Quest and finding what data is available free through a partnership of and the TN. State Library and Archives. Please register today by calling 615-325-2279.

Friday, March 6th   Friday @ the Movies  1:00  Join us in the community room for a movie, some popcorn and a drink.  It is all free!  Call us at 615-325-2279 for the name of the movie.

 Friday, March 13th  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!   Why not join us? 

 Friday, March 14th  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.

 Thursday,   March 19th     Crochet Club 1:00-2:30   Are you a beginner?  Would you like to learn more about crocheting?  Please join us as we learn lots and have fun socializing!

 Friday, March 20th  Friday @ The Movies 1:00   Join us in the community room for a movie, some popcorn and a drink.  It is all free!  Call us at 615-325-2279 for the name of the movie.

 Saturday, March 21st  Portland Page Turners Book Club  One Book One Community   “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore  11:00 -1:00  One Book One Community is a project of Volunteer State Community College, providing an opportunity for the residents of Sumner County to read the same book and get together with friends, family and neighbors to discuss it.  The Vol State Thigpen Library is partnering with the public libraries of Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland and White House in what is called One Book One Community.  It is a community book read with special events and discussion sessions.    This year the book chosen is “The Other Wes Moore.”  It is the true story of two boys growing up in the same city and facing some of the same challenges.  One Wes Moore ends up Phi Beta Kappa at Johns Hopkins University, a Rhodes Scholar and a fellow in the White House.  The other Wes Moore is spending his life in prison.  The choices they made early in life and the help they had from family made all of the difference.   On Saturday, March 21 at 11:00 the Portland Public Library is having a luncheon/discussion centered on this book and the resources available to young people in our community.  Please call the library at 615-325-2279 to reserve your place.

Tuesday, March 24th   Basic Skills Computer Class  6:00-7:30.  Join us for a basic skills class that will cover:  All the things a Mouse can do.  Keyboarding tips and tricks.  Opening software programs.  Creating, saving and locating saved documents.  Using document editing tools.

 Friday, March 27th  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!   Why not join us? 

 Saturday, March 28th  Saturday Movie Matinee   11:00   Due to the inclement weather in February, we decided to have two movie matinees in March!  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)  

Thursday, March 5th    4:00-5:00  Wii Game Day  Join us for a fun day of Wii games!  Enjoy playing games like Mario Kart, Rock Band, Dance Revolution, and more! 

Week of March 8th to 14th    Teen Tech Week  Teen Tech Week is when libraries promote and celebrate all the digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and future careers.  Come by the library during this week and pick up a Teen Tech Week Bingo card at the circulation desk.  Complete five consecutive technology inspired activities on the card and turn it in at the desk for a prize.  You will also be entered to win a $5.00 gift card to Starbucks!  Also join us on Thursday, March 12th at 4:00 for the Young Adult video scavenger hunt.

Thursday, March 12th    4:00-5:00  Video Scavenger Hunt     Join us this Thursday as we use the iPads for a video scavenger hunt.  Film and complete the most ridiculous challenges at the library.

Thursday, March 19th     4:00-5:00  Movie Screening  We will be watching a movie together.  Costumes are encouraged and refreshments will be served.  Please call the library for the movie name and more details!  We will have a blast!  615-325-2279.

.Thursday March 26th   4:00-5:00   YouTube Fest  Nominate your favorite video clips for us to watch.  We love videos from Bad Lip Reading, How It Should Have Ended, or Jimmy Fallon!  Clips must be approved.  Please email your favorite video clips to or tell a librarian by March 19th.



Children's Activities

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

March 4th   Pigs – as in 3 little pigs.  Also the wolf’s version of the story with songs and activities.

March 11th    Rabbit stories and facts, and not all rabbits are cute and sweet.  Songs, stories and more.

March 18th   Snake stories and facts.  Plus songs, activities and a craft.

March 25th   Kangaroos.  Lots of jumping in today’s storytime!  Plus a kangaroo craft.



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

March 4th    It’s holy experiment day.  Not sure why, but we will be experimenting with stuff!!

March 11th   It’s Johnny Appleseed Day.  Balance activities and games and talking about Johnny Appleseed.

March 18th   St. Patrick’s Day activities one day late.  Sharing Green Books.

March 25th   It’s Waffle day.  I’m not sure who we will celebrate---Come find out!  Actual food/waffles will probably not be an option…



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

March 6th   Teeth & Dentists It’s Dentist Day!  Songs, rhymes, stories and stickers.

March 13th   Ears  Its Ear Muff Day!  Songs, rhymes, stories and stickers.

March 20th   Spring stories for the first day of Spring.  Songs, rhymes, stories and stickers!

March 27th   Kangaroos because – It’s National “Joe” Day.  Songs, rhymes, stories and stickers.



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.



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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