The City of Decherd Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold a Special Board Meeting on June 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM and a Second Special Meeting will be held on June 26, 2018 at 3:00PM.
The City of Decherd is looking for an energetic, full-time, Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant provides clerical and administrative support for various departments including water, bookkeeping and the police department business office. The qualified applicant must perform varied and moderately complex typing, clerical functions and related general office duties as well as have experience in public relations.
High School diploma, GED certification or equivalent is required. Two years of experience in full-time clerical, or administrative office work is required. Additional qualifying education at an accredited college, business school or technical institute in office administration or a related field may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis up to one year. Experience in Microsoft Office or other similar software applications is preferred. A valid driver's license is required. Must be at least 18 years of age to apply. Applicants must be able to pass a background check and drug screen.
Applications will be accepted at Decherd City Hall, 1301 W. Main St., between June 4th and June 15th during the hours of 8:00AM to 4:00 PM Please apply in person, no phone calls regarding the position will be accepted.
In the City of Decherd, You must have a permit for open fires year round. For permits call the Fire Dept. at 931-967-4339. Please follow all fire safety rules.
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2018 will be a Year of Expansion. Let's help Decherd Grow.
Check The Calendar Below For A Lot of Upcoming Events
Robin B. Smith, Mayor since 2012
Decherd was founded in the mid 1800's. Decherd owes its beginning to the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad which was completed in 1851 through what was to become the town of Decherd. The town is named for Peter S. Decherd, who gave the rights-of-way to the railroad company with the provision that a depot be located near the "Decherd Plantation". Mr. Decherd came to Franklin County from Virginia in the early 1800's. In 1831 he moved from Winchester to a large tract of land about two miles northwest. He and his brothers developed the land into the plantation.
The town was originally incorporated in 1868. From 1885 to 1901 the town was not officially incorporated due to the "Four Mile Law", which allowed for the selling of liquor within four miles of schools in incorporated communities only. The town was re-chartered by the General Assembly on April 22, 1901. Governor Benton McMillin signed the private act creating the town. J. F. McGill became mayor in June of that year. R. Ross Powell was the first city recorder. The town also had one Town Marshall. The population in 1900 was about 1000. In 1890 James W. Terrill, with the help of local citizens, built and established Terrill College on the site where the Decherd Public School now stands. The railroad played an important part in the prosperity of the town. It became the terminal for branch lines going to Huntsville, Alabama, Fayetteville, Lewisburg and Cloumbia Tennessee. Several trains left Decherd each day going to these towns. Two passenger trains were also in operation at this time. At one time there were eight passenger trains stopping at the Decherd depot. Trains still pass through Decherd today, but the depot is gone along with the passenger trains.
The Civil War dominated life in Decherd during the war years. No major battles were fought in the area, but several skirmishes were fought over control of the railroad and Elk River. Federal General Don Buell established headquarters in Decherd in August, 1862 before moving north to encounter Confederate forces under the command of General Braxton Bragg. In 1863 Federals under Colonel John T. Wilder drove a Confederate force from Decherd and destroyed about 300 yards of the railroad between Decherd and Cowan. Telegraph and commissary stores of the Confederate forces were burned in the raid.
Decherd is proud of its history, but a city must not dwell on the past. The city is looking to the future and the next one hundred years.
Decherd is entering a new era. We are attempting to clean up and improve the town, the government, and this website. Your co-operation and patience is appreciated and needed. If you have any suggestions or comments please call 931-967-5181.
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