The Latest in Atmore


All the information you need about what’s been going on in Atmore, and what’s coming, all in one place. Keep reading for all the details! 

Back to School

The city of Atmore will be participating in Alabama’s 2019 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, July 19-21. This is a great convenient and money-saving opportunity to do some back-to-school shopping right here in Atmore! The following list of taxable items is from the state’s website. 

CLOTHING—$100 or less, per article of clothing. 

EXEMPT: Includes all human wearing apparel suitable for general use—Not an all-inclusive list:

  • Belts 
  • Boots 
  • Caps 
  • Coats 
  • Diapers 
  • Dresses 
  • Gloves 
  • Gym Suits 
  • Hats 
  • Hosiery 
  • Jackets 
  • Jeans 
  • Neckties 
  • Pajamas 
  • Pants 
  • Raincoats 
  • Robes 
  • Sandals 
  • Scarves 
  • School Uniforms 
  • Shirts 
  • Shoes 
  • Shorts 
  • Socks 
  • Sneakers 
  • Underwear

COMPUTERS, COMPUTER SOFTWARE, & SCHOOL COMPUTER SUPPLIES—A single purchase with a sales price of $750 or less.

EXEMPT: COMPUTERS—For purposes of the exemption, a computer may include a laptop, desktop, or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit (CPU) and devices such as a display monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers sold as a computer package. Computer parts and devices not sold as part of a package with the CPU, will not qualify for the exemption. 

COMPUTER SOFTWARE SCHOOL COMPUTER SUPPLIES—An item commonly used by a student in a course of study in which a computer is used.

All inclusive list includes: 

  • Computer Storage Media; diskettes, compact disks 
  • Handheld electronic schedulers, except devices that are cellular phones 
  • Personal digital assistants, except devices that are cellular phones 
  • Computer Printers 
  • Printer Supplies for Computers (printer paper, printer ink)

SCHOOL SUPPLIES, SCHOOL ART SUPPLIES & SCHOOL INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS—Sales Price of $50 or less, per item (Noncommercial Purchases) 


  • Binders 
  • Blackboard Chalk 
  • Book Bags 
  • Calculators 
  • Cellophane Tape 
  • Compasses 
  • Composition Books 
  • Crayons 
  • Erasers 
  • Folders (expandable, pocket, plastic & manila) 
  • Glue, paste, and paste sticks 
  • Highlighters 
  • Index Cards 
  • Index Card Boxes 
  • Legal Pads 
  • Lunch Boxes 
  • Markers 
  • Notebooks 
  • Paper (loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper) 
  • Pencil Boxes & Other School Supply Boxes 
  • Pencil Sharpeners 
  • Pencils 
  • Pens 
  • Protractors 
  • Rulers 
  • Scissors 
  • Writing Tablets 

SCHOOL ART SUPPLIES—All Inclusive List: 

  • Clay & Glazes 
  • Paints (Acrylic, Tempora & Oil) 
  • Paintbrushes for artwork 
  • Sketch and Drawing Pads 
  • Watercolors 

SCHOOL INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL—All Inclusive List: (Written material commonly used by a student in a course of study as a reference and to learn the subject being taught) 

  • Reference Maps and Globes 
  • Required Textbooks on an official school book list with a sales price of more than $30 and less than $50 BOOKS—Sales Price of $30 or less, per book (Noncommercial Purchases) 

EXEMPT: BOOKS – The term book is defined as a set of printed sheets bound together and published in a volume with an ISBN number. 

Memorial for Catskie

The whole community came together last month for a memorial service at Houston Avery Park for Catherine Martin, or “Catskie.” Catskie worked as a lifeguard at Houston Avery and Tom Byrne Park pools and was loved by everyone she interacted with—her fellow lifeguards, pool managers, and the kids she kept safe. 

Pool manager Vangela Franklin said it best when she said that the memorial service not only honored Catherine but also gave comfort and closure to her pool family. 

Catskie and her mother were living in Bay Minette as the time of her accident, but she was born and raised here in Atmore. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama

The city of Atmore is committed to exploring all options to reach at-risk children in our community, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization has proven to be effective at instilling positivity and growth. 

Our program here is school-based, where volunteer Bigs commit one hour per week to visit their Little. Consider applying to be a big brother or big sister and affect real change! Aimee Risser, CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Alabama will have a booth at Unity in the Community at Grace Fellowship on Saturday, July 27, so stop by and learn more about giving back to the youth of our community. 

Community Garden

Before the school year ended, the ECHS Ag/Science class, taught by Rodney Owens, had a plant sale. All proceeds went back to the class, and unsold plants were planted in a community garden at the high school. This garden is open to the public, so stop by for some fresh vegetables from our community garden! When the plants stop producing, the garden will be plowed under for compost, so nothing goes to waste. 

Street Paving Project

We have begun our street paving project! The streets included in this first round of paving include the following:

  • Church Street
  • Second Avenue
  • Forest Hill Drive
  • Brookwood Drive
  • Short Street
  • Howard Street
  • Oak Hill Avenue
  • First Avenue
  • Swift Mill Road

The project will begin on Trammel Street—behind the Strand Theater—and the Houston Avery Park parking lot. Mobile Asphalt is the contractor on this project. 

Alabama Funeral Directors and Morticians Association

Last month, Atmore was chosen as the site for the 82nd Annual Convention of the Alabama Funeral Directors and Morticians Association. The convention saw approximately 150 attendees, and plenty of them stayed to shop around in Atmore and to attend the picnic at Tom Byrne Park! Our city was described as very gracious to the attendees, making them all feel welcome. 

Speed Bumps

In the interest of public safety, speed bumps are being installed in the parking lot in the front of Atmore City Hall. This is a city-wide reminder that it’s a parking lot—not a thorough-fare, so please watch your speed. 

For any questions about these events, contact us.