Save Coffee County's Public Libraries
  • Petitioned Warren Walker

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Coffee County Commissioner
Warren Walker
Coffee County Commissioner
Steven Jones
Coffee County Commissioner
Eric Chance
Coffee County Commissioner
Kerry Farrar
Coffee County Commissioner
Berry West
Coffee County Commissioner
Tim Morris
Coffee County Commissioner
Rennie Bell
Coffee County Commissioner
Myra Patton
Coffee County Commissioner
Jimmy Bradford
Coffee County Commissioner
Jackie Duncan
Coffee County Commissioner
Rush Bricken
Coffee County Commissioner
Mark C Kelly

Save Coffee County's Public Libraries

    1. Petition by

      Robin Dunn

      Tullahoma, TN


Coffee County Tennessee just received millions of dollars in revenue from Bonnaroo, but our twenty-one county commissioners have not been able to create a budget that will save our citizens' two libraries. 

Some of our commissioners have suggested that libraries are luxuries that are unnecessary.  We have a jail so grossly overpopulated that the taxpayers are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs for inmates who are suffering from violence caused by the crowded quarters.  To fund a new and larger jail,  these commissioners believe we should close our libraries.

The solution to this problem more education, not less!

These buildings are not just book warehouses.  They serve as sanctuaries to anyone who hopes to self-educate or teach their children.  The storytime hour, summer reading programs, teen programs, and book clubs engage hundreds of people with exciting and fun events.  But the library serves the much more serious role of allowing those without internet access to look for jobs, file tax returns, and stay informed. 

Anyone regardless of race, religious affiliation, or class may walk into the library and gain strength through knowledge. No one who uses the library to gather information or to take part in its programs is expected to pay a dime to do so.  The library is in no way exclusive.  So as one would expect, some of the library's most loyal patrons are those without much money to spend.

The attack on our libraries is an attack on our working poor. 

How sad to think that knowledge and education are considered luxuries. 

Should education and knowledge only be granted to those who are able to afford the materials?  Our commissioners seem to think so.

Warren Walker, Coffee County Commissioner
Steven Jones, Coffee County Commissioner
Eric Chance, Coffee County Commissioner
Kerry Farrar, Coffee County Commissioner
Berry West, Coffee County Commissioner
Tim Morris, Coffee County Commissioner
Rennie Bell, Coffee County Commissioner
Myra Patton, Coffee County Commissioner
Jimmy Bradford, Coffee County Commissioner
Jackie Duncan, Coffee County Commissioner
Rush Bricken, Coffee County Commissioner
Mark C Kelly, Coffee County Commissioner
Save Our Public Libraries! I want all of Coffee County to have access to education, no matter their age or income.

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Recent signatures


    1. A petition you signed was victorious!

      Robin Dunn
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for helping Coffee County libraries! Our libraries are in no danger of being closed, however, it appears that they will have to operate on a smaller budget next year. A special thank you to our commissioners who are doing the best they can with limited funds.

    2. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anna Varney PARSONS, TN
      • 4 months ago

      Books and libraries are a necessity not a luxury.

    • Arthur Brickse WINCHESTER, TN
      • 4 months ago

      The best "go to" source for anyone especially those with meager means.

    • Carol Snider GULF SHORES, AL
      • 4 months ago

      I helped in the fight to save Benton County Tn's library. Libraries are for everyone, rich and poor, black and white, young and old. They are worth any amount of money.

    • Nancy Hale MANCHESTER, TN
      • 4 months ago

      Who ever is thinking of closing the library needs to go and set in the parking lot and watch the traffic going in and out. Lots of people use the library and it does not need to close.

    • Carrie Smith Penwell MURFREESBORO, TN
      • 4 months ago

      A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.

      Henry Ward Beecher



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