Jemison announces schedule for holiday events

Published 3:26 pm Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Jemison City Council announced the schedule of upcoming holiday events at the regularly scheduled council meeting on Monday.

On Nov. 25, the city will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. at Jemison Municipal Complex, with the tree lighting at 6 p.m.

The Jemison High School Symphonic Band will perform a series of holiday tunes inside Jemison City Hall after the tree lighting (around 7 p.m.).

The event will also include photos with Santa Claus, music, a skit, singing, dancing, a live nativity scene, and the first “Mr. and Ms. Jemison” will be announced.

The annual Christmas parade will be held Dec. 6 at 11 a.m.

Line-up will be at 10 a.m. in front of Jemison High School. The parade will travel down Highway 31 and end at Jemison First Baptist Church. The grand marshal will be Sherrie Evans from ABC 33/40.

Float contest awards will include “Best Christmas Spirit,” “Most Participation,” “Most Original,” and “Best Theme.”

Councilman Rex Bittle said during the meeting that parade participants need to register and forms can be picked up at Jemison Municipal Complex.

The deadline to turn in the forms is Nov. 21.

Bittle also told the council about the annual Jemison Angel Tree program where individuals from the community can select an angel from the tree at Jemison City Hall and purchase Christmas gifts for those in need.

Anyone interested in participating in the Jemison Angel Tree program should bring the gifts, paper and angel ornament to the Jemison Public Library by Dec. 12.

Individuals can choose one or more ornaments, shop for the gifts listed on the ornament, and bring the gifts by Jemison City Hall.

The council also approved the resignation of Jemison Police Officer Keith Avery, who took a job as a Maplesville Police Officer.

The council also met in executive session for about 15 minutes at the end of the meeting with the Jemison Fire Chief John Dennis and Jemison City Clerk Sylvia Singleton being asked to stay in the executive session.

Jemison Mayor Eddie Reed said the purpose for the executive session was to discuss a pending legal matter.

After the council reconvened into regular session, the council took a vote to authorize Dennis to complete negotiations for a new emergency transport system.