Convenience Centers

Our five Convenience Centers are trash and recycling drop off stations open to all Decatur County residential customers. Decatur County does not charge residents to use these facilities.

Fairgrounds Convenience Center
275 Fairgrounds Rd.
Parsons, TN 38363

We are open 7 days a week except holidays.

Hours:
Monday through Saturday — 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The following Convenience Centers are open:
Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Jeanette Convenience Center

170 Brodies Landing Rd.
Parsons, TN 38363

Wylie Gardner Convenience Center

105 Wylie Garden Cemetery Lane
Bath Springs, TN 38311

Mt Lebanon Convenience Center

1440 Mt Carmel Rd.
Decaturville, TN 38329

Bob’s Landing Convenience Center

715 Bob’s Landing Rd.
Bath Springs, TN 38329

 

Please note that no commercial vehicles, trucks over 3/4 tons (except for dually pick-up trucks), or dual axle trailers are allowed. Rental pick-up trucks are allowed, but not rental panel trucks. All open body vehicles transporting waste must be secured to prevent blown and spilled debris. No person may loiter or rummage about the facility or remove articles from any containers. Violators will be prosecuted. Children must remain in vehicles at all times.

Acceptable Materials at Convenience Centers:

Residential solid waste; white goods, appliances, and furniture; residential construction & demolition debris (no concrete & brick) and bulky materials including mattresses, box springs, lawn mowers, book cases, etc. that are less than 8 feet in length; and lead-acid batteries

Recyclables:

Newspapers with inserts; magazines & catalogs, junk mail including colored paper & envelopes with cellophane windows; aluminum beverage cans; steel food cans; scrap metal; corrugated cardboard; used motor oil

Unacceptable Materials at Convenience Centers and Recommended Disposal Options:

Bricks, Concrete & Stone

Commercial, industrial, and institutional solid waste

Burning or smoldering material – when material is not smoldering

Household hazardous waste – such as pesticides/herbicides, chemicals and poisons

Infectious waste/untreated, regulated medical waste – cannot, by law, be disposed in our Landfills. Needles and syringes are accepted for disposal as long as they are placed in sealed, puncture-proof containers.

Radioactive waste – cannot, by law, be disposed in our Landfills. Consult the product’s manufacturer for proper disposal suggestions. Smoke detectors, which have a small amount of radioactive material, should be returned to the manufacturer for proper disposal. (Check inside the detector for company name and address.)

Liquid waste – not accepted at any solid waste disposal facility.

Drums – drums that have been punctured so as to contain no free liquid are accepted for disposal at the Convenience Centers, Landfill or Transfer Station. Burn barrels containing debris are not accepted.

Tanks – refer to the manufacturer of fuel or gas tanks for proper disposal suggestions.

Propane tanks

Dead animals

County Clerk

Decatur County Clerk
22 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 488
Decaturville, TN 38329
Phone: 731-852-3417
Fax: 731-852-3152
Melinda.broadway@tn.gov

Hours:
Monday through Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Staff:
Melinda Broadway, County Clerk
Natalie Higdon, Deputy Clerk
Laken Yarbro, Deputy Clerk

Available Online Services:
License plate renewals, notary applications, and marriage applications are available at tncountyclerk.com.

The county clerk serves as the custodian of a wide variety of records which are required to be filed and maintained in the office of the county clerk. The maintenance of these records is one of the most important duties of the county clerk, as the county clerk’s office serves as one of the information centers for the county.

The clerk also keeps the official records of the county legislative body, sends required notices, and keeps a record of all appropriations and allowances made and all claims chargeable against the county.

The County Clerk’s additional responsibilities include:

Issuing motor vehicle titles and registrations through title application and license plate renewals.

Providing other motor vehicle transactions such as issuing handicap placards & plates and issuing dealer license plates.

Issuing marriage licenses

Processing county business tax applications and printing clearance business tax licenses.

Collecting hotel/motel occupancy privilege taxes

Overseeing the issuance of beer permits and collecting annual beer privilege tax

Processing notary public applications

Issuing game and fish licenses

Processing boat registrations and boat renewals

Maintaining records for the county legislative body including recording minutes, recording bonds for county officials, and certifying documents such as resolutions and private acts.

Maintaining financial records for the office including general ledger, trial balance, fees, bank account and check register

Courts

Decatur County Chancery Court

Clerk & Master Elizabeth Carpenter
P.O. Box 488
Decaturville, TN 38329
731-852-3422

Circuit Court Clerk

Danny Tanner
P.O. Box 488
Decaturville, TN 38329
731-852-3125

General Sessions Court Judge

Ricky Wood
P.O. Box 636
Parsons, TN 38329
731-847-2611

Juvenile Court

Becky White, Decatur County Youth Services Officer
PO Box 488
Decaturville, TN
731-852-3322

Decatur County Property Assessor

Contact:

Steve Glass
22 W. Main Street
Decaturville, TN 38329
731-852-3117

The Property Assessor’s duties include two basic functions: appraisal and assessment of taxable real and personal property in the county that is not appraised by the state. After the assessor has determined the appraised value of property in the county, the assessed value is calculated. The assessor also appraises and assesses taxable tangible personal property. Assessors are also required to maintain the property maps of the county.

Decatur County Register of Deeds

Contact:

Regina Tillman
22 W. Main Street
Decaturville, TN 38329
731-852-3712
rtillman@decaturcountytn.org

Hours:

Monday – 8:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday – 8:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday – 8:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday – 8:00am to 4:00pm
Friday – 8:00am to 4:00pm

Staff:

Regina Tillman – Register of Deeds
Chrissy Renfroe – Deputy Clerk

The Register of Deeds is elected to a four-year term of office in the August general election in the same year that the governor is elected. The primary function of the Register is to make and preserve a record of instruments required or allowed by law to be filed or recorded, including but not limited to deeds, powers of attorney, deeds of trust, mortgages, liens, contracts, plats, leases, judgments, wills, court orders, military discharges, records under the Uniform Commercial Code (primarily fixture filings), and other types of documents. The register’s office is in the county seat, and the records and papers must remain in the office at all times.

Decatur County Sheriff’s Office

Contact:

38 North East Street
P.O. Box 427
Decaturville, TN 38329

Keith Byrd, Sheriff

Phone: 731-852-3703
Fax: 731-852-2871
Email: kbyrd@decatursherifftn.org

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office serves as the Chief Law Enforcement agency for Decatur County. We serve all of Decatur County in the area of Law Enforcement, warrant service, civil process, subpoena and summons service, as well as the protection of life and property of the citizens of Decatur County.

The jail is staffed with the Jail Administrator, five (5) full time deputies, and one (1) part-time jailer.

The Sheriff’s Office is staffed and operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Sheriff’s Office Staff:

Sheriff – Keith Byrd
Chief Deputy – Larry Hill
Jail Administrator – Rick Bonds

 

Decatur County Trustee

Contact:

Beth Hays
22 W. Main Street
Decaturville, TN 38329
731-852-3723
bdhays@decaturcountytn.org

The Decatur County Trustee acts as the county’s banker and tax collector. Elected to a four-year term, the Trustee maintains control of county funds, disburses sales tax revenues, and generally acts as Treasurer for the county, receiving and disbursing funds. The Trustee is required to keep detailed information on all transactions.

Decatur County Volunteer Fire Departments

All fire departments are paged through Decatur County 911 and are on call 24 hours per day. The county has a total of 18 trucks and all members are volunteer. Each fire department is responsible for funds to purchase equipment and pay utilities and insurance.

Station # 1
Mr. Johnny Maness
535 East Main St.
Parsons, TN 38363
731-847-6008

Station # 2
Mr. Melvin Brasher
3645 Hwy 114 West
Bath Springs, TN 38363
731-549-2129

Station # 3
Mr. Jeremy Inman
19 North East St.
Decaturville, TN 38363
731-549-7583
731-388-3010

Station # 4
Mr. David Whitaker
256 Clyde Richardson Rd
Sugar Tree, TN 38380
731-847-3602

Station # 5
Mr. Eugene Tubbs
1721Holladay Rd
Parsons, TN 38363
731-847-9326

Station # 6
Mr. Melvin Brasher
40 Bobs Landing Rd
Bath Springs, TN 38363
731-549-2129

Station # 9
Mr. John Sapp
342 Jeannette-Holladay Rd
Parsons, TN 38363
731-845-4116

Fire Ratings for Our County:

Decatur County: 6/X
The City of Parsons: 3
The City of Decaturville: 6

Election Commission

Contact:

67 S. East Street, PO Box 298
Decaturville, TN 38329
Phone: 731-852-2911
Fax: 731-852-2059

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday — 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Administrator: Teresa Bedingfield
Deputy Administrator: Bridgette Scallion

Election Commission:

Chairman— Grafton Dodd
Secretary— Lisa Brasher
Members— Mark Teague, Melanie Holbert and Robert Lynn Brasher

The Election Commission is responsible for conducting county elections, ensuring fair elections, promoting voter registration and the electoral process, certifying election results.

Polling locations:

1st Dunbar

Bath Springs Community Center
3625 Highway 114 West
Bath Springs, TN 38311

2nd Liberty

Liberty Methodist Church
4921 Liberty Road
Scotts Hill, TN 38374

2nd Scotts Hill

Scotts Hill Elementary School
1 Highway 114 South
Scotts Hill, TN 38374

3rd Beacon

Beacon Baptist Church
55 Baptist Lane
Parsons, TN 38363

3rd Decaturville

Decaturville Elementary School
820 South West Street
Decaturville, TN 38329

4th Decaturville

Decaturville Elementary School
820 South West Street
Decaturville, TN 38329

5th Parsons

Parsons Municipal Bldg.
535 Tennessee Avenue South
Parsons, TN 38363

6th Parsons

Parsons Municipal Bldg.
535 Tennessee Avenue South
Parsons, TN 38363

7th Jeanette

North Utility District Building
6448 Highway 641 North
Parsons, TN 38363

7th Perryville

Perryville Community Center
57 Cody Lane
Parsons, TN 38363

8th Parsons

Parsons Municipal Bldg.
535 Tennessee Avenue South
Parsons, TN 38363

9th Beacon

Beacon Pentecostal Church
3116 Highway 412 West
Parsons, TN 38363

9th Hydro

Hydro Community Center
3568 Holladay Road
Holladay, TN 38341

Early Voting is at the Election Office at 67 S. East Street, Decaturville, TN 38329.

Qualifications to Register to Vote:

– Citizen of the United States
– Eighteen (18) years old, or will be on or before the date of the next election
– Resident of the State of Tennessee
– Has not been convicted of a felony or declared mentally incompetent by a court of law

Learn more at http://sos.tn.gov/elections

Sample Ballot

Emergency Management

Contact:

Shannon Seaton, EMA Director
P.O. Box 488
Decaturville, TN 38329
(731) 852-2341
E-mail: sseaton@decaturcountytn.org
Emergency: Dial 911

Related Websites:

ParsonsWeather.com
National Weather Service – Memphis, TN
TEMA
FEMA

Emergency Services conducting drill:

 

Emergency Services

911 Emergency Services

21 S. South Street, P.O. Box 628
Decaturville, TN 38329

Emergency: Dial 911
Non-emergency: 731-852-3911
Fax: 731-852-3914
Director: Debbie Keeton

Decatur County 911 went on line October 19, 1995. Our 9 Board members are appointed by the County Mayor and County Commission, and serve without compensation.

Joe Keeton, President
Scott Cagle, Vice President
Diana Montgomery, Secretary/Treasurer
Melvin Brasher
Becky Stanfill
Brad Moore
Randy Gordan
Jonathan Johnson
Shannon Seaton

911 serves as a central dispatch for the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Decaturville Police Department, Parsons Police Department, Scotts Hill Police Department (in Decatur County), Decatur County EMS/First Responders, Rescue Squad, nine Fire Stations, Forestry, Wrecks – Tennessee Highway Patrol and wrecker service, Emergency Management, and after hours calls for water, gas, street, county highway department, and state highway department.

Our mission is to provide fast and accurate access to public safety for the citizens of Decatur County and those visiting or just passing through. To accomplish this, we strive to ensure everyone will always be able to access a highly-trained professional who can efficiently determine and dispatch the most appropriate response to their needs.

Operator qualifications:

Our 911 operators must be at minimum 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, a high school graduate or have obtained a GED, and must not have any felony convictions.

In addition, all operators must go through a psychological evaluation, same as law enforcement officers, are drug tested, and have their fingerprints on file with the TBI and FBI.

Training:

CPR certified
EMD–Emergency Medical Dispatch 40 hours
Basic Communication 40 hours
NCIC–National Crime Information Center 40 hours
HazMat–Hazardous Materials 16 hours
CAD
Mapping
8 weeks of working with a certified operator before being on shift.

To insure we can service real emergencies, please do not call 911 for Power Outages or Directory Assistance.

If you have an old or discarded cell phone, please remove the battery before giving them to children to play with. Although the service is disconnected, a cell phone can still connect to 911.

Fire and Rescue

Decatur County Rescue Squad
690 East Main Street
P.O. Box 474
Parsons, TN 38363

To Report a Fire: Call 911
24-hour telephone: 731-852-3911

Formed in 1964. Operations and equipment are funded by donations.

The Rescue Squad responds with EMS on all wrecks with injuries. They perform land and water search and aid with traffic control:

Two fully equipped crash trucks, one located at the south end of the county.
Two Broncos
Two work boats
One pontoon boat

Squad members are paged through Decatur County 911 and all members are on call 24 hours a day. The Decatur County Rescue Squad is a member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads.

Health Department

Decatur County Health Department
155 North Pleasant Street, PO Box 178
Decaturville, TN 38329

Phone: 731-852-2461
Fax: 731-852-3794
Hours: Monday through Friday — 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Decatur County Health Department was first established in the late 1940’s and provided services from the basement of the courthouse. In 1952, the first health department building was constructed on the corner of White Pine and Pleasant Streets. In 1994, a new building was constructed at this site.

Services available:

Birth & Death records
Breast/Cervical Cancer Screening
Children’s Special Services
Communicable Disease screening/treatment
Family Planning
Foodborne Illness Investigations
Health Education
Immunizations
Restaurant/School/Daycare Inspections
Tobacco Use Prevention
Voter Registration
WIC

Staff:

Pattie Kiddy, Director
Pansy Davis, M.D., Health Officer
Bradley Dodd, Environmental Health Specialist
Theresia Roach, APN
Sheila Benson, RN, Nursing Supervisor
Jill Duke, RN
Holly Reddix, Nurse Assistant
Faith Warren, Office Supervisor
Kelsey Warren, Health Educator
Sarah Hamm, Office Assistant
Michelle Martin, Communicable Disease Rep.
Melissa Mosier, Nutrition Educator
Jessica Wallace, HUGS/CSS

Highway Department

The Decatur County Highway Department is responsible for the maintenance and construction of roads in Decatur County. The Highway Department is always working to improve the roads in our county. You can help by keeping them free of litter and trash. If you notice something that needs our attention please let us know.

Parks & Recreation

Managed by: Nelda Pritchard
Main Office: Decatur County Civic Center
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 83
Parsons, TN 38363
731-847-6225
neldap@charter.net

The Civic Center

190 Civic Lane, P.O. Box 83, Parsons, TN 38363
Parks Director – Nelda Pritchard
Phone: 731-847-6225

Located between Parsons and Decaturville, the Civic Center serves the people of Decatur County in a number of ways. An outside walking track winds around the playground area with up-to-date playground equipment. A pavilion with a number of picnic tables is located adjacent to the playground area.

  

During the winter, the Civic Center is open at scheduled times for walkers inside the building. Youth Pro Basketball for grades 3 through 6 is available November through January.

The Civic Center is available for rent for events such as birthday parties, family reunions, church groups, swimming parties, etc.

Swimming Pool – Pool Parties – June-August

Reserve the pool for your next party! The swimming pool is open to the public during the summer months of June through August and is available to reserve from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Your pool party includes a certified Lifeguard, Pavilion with tables and chairs, and clean restrooms.

Please contact the Parks Department office for schedule of available dates.

Other Available Facilities at The Civic Center

Public Pavilion

The Civic Center’s large Pavilion is available for rent for events by half day or full day.

Please contact the Parks Department office for schedule of available dates.

Conference Room 

Many ball teams, clubs, non-profit organizations, and others make use of our public conference room.  Meetings must be scheduled in advance and are offered on a first come first serve basis. Please contact the Parks Department office for a schedule of available dates.

Multi-Purpose Stage – with Dressing Rooms

The Multi-purpose stage at the Civic Center can be rented for beauty pageants, Christmas shows, plays, etc. Please contact the Parks Department office for schedule of available dates.

Baseball & Softball:

Boys & Girls Ages 4 – 15

Youth T-Ball
Cal Ripken T-Ball
Cal Ripken Rookie League
Little League
Babe Ruth
Girls Softball

1925 Hwy 641 South
P.O. Box 83
Parsons, TN   38363
Phone: (731) 847-2404
Rental Info: (731) 847-6225

The Decatur County Convention Center is available for rent for any event requiring a large area, and with a seating capacity of approximately 3,000, it can easily accommodate everything from concerts to conventions. Chairs and tables are available, just let us know in advance how many you will require. There is also a large stage with a runway for holding everything from plays to pageants.

The site features a state-of-the-art, 20,000 square foot convention area with air conditioning and heat. Our bathrooms are ADA compliant. The kitchen is roomy and has both ovens and grills, an ice machine, industrial style sinks and plenty of storage space.

Parking space is plentiful as well, enough to accommodate some 1000+ vehicles, with more than adequate handicap parking.

 

Schools

Decatur County Board of Education
59 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 369
Decaturville, TN 38329
731-852-2391, Fax: 731-852-2960
Mr. Chris Villaflor, Director

School Board Members:

Athalia Taylor, Chairperson
J. Wayne Stanfill, Vice-Chairman
Robert Bibbs
Jennifer Black
Alan Brasher
Tom Haggard
Rhonda Mitchell
Jeff Rhodes
Kristen Smith

The Decatur County Board of Education meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month with the exception of December. Public input begins at 6:00 p.m. with the board meeting beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the Board of Education Conference Room.

Decaturville Elementary School
Mrs. Melinda Thompson, Principal
820 South West Street
Decaturville, TN 38329
731-852-4616, Fax: 731-852- 2009
melinda.thompson@decaturschools.org

Parsons Elementary School
Mr. Scott King, Principal
182 W. 4th Street
Parsons, Tennessee 38363
731-847-7317, Fax: 731-847-6669

Decatur County Middle School
Mr. Keith Walker, Principal
2740 Hwy. 641 South
Parsons, TN 38363
731-847-6510, Fax: 731-847- 6572
keith.walker@decaturschools.org

Riverside High School
Mr. Hugh Smith, Principal
4250 Hwy. 641 South
Decaturville, TN 38329
731-852-3941, Fax: 731-852-3995
Hugh.Smith@decaturschools.org

For more information, visit decaturcountyschools.org.