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Weekly 150

Moore-Wrinkle Family (Part II): Mayor Yancey Douglas “Y.D.” Moore

Posted 3/4/20

Yancey Douglass “Y.D.” Moore was the son of Benjamin Portius Moore and Lula Douglas Moore. Born August 25, 1897, Y.D. was a man dedicated to the task of serving his beloved hometown of McKenzie.

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Weekly 150

Moore-Wrinkle Family (Part II): Mayor Yancey Douglas “Y.D.” Moore

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Yancey Douglass “Y.D.” Moore was the son of Benjamin Portius Moore and Lula Douglas Moore. Born August 25, 1897, Y.D. was a man dedicated to the task of serving his beloved hometown of McKenzie.

His education began in the McKenzie school system where he graduated from McTyeire School. In 1918, he graduated from Vanderbilt University and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity. On June 29, 1918, he married Edna Gray Watts of Nashville.

Y.D. lived in McKenzie his entire life except for his time at Vanderbilt, service in World War I and from 1926 to 1929, which were spent in Florida where he was associated with the Maytag Corporation as district manager.

He returned to McKenzie following his father’s death in 1929. In his return, he operated McKenzie’s first motion picture theatre, as well as the first sound picture show in McKenzie. He established the first tire retread shop at Moore Tire Service, co-owner of Tri-County Electric Company and Moore Air Conditioning Service.

He served in the office of mayor from 1956-1960, did not seek re-election in 1960; then served three more terms from 1962-1968. He was president of the Tennessee Municipal League (TML) from 1965-1966. In 1967, TML named him “Tennessee’s Typical Mayor of the Year” for 1966.

He was a charter member of the Chamber of Commerce of where he served as president and was chosen “Man of the Year” for his “outstanding leadership and accomplishments” in the community in 1963.

As a mayor and entrepreneur, it was always utmost in his mind and his intention to see McKenzie had the best of everything. His accomplishments are embedded in McKenzie for the years he served as mayor. It was during his tenure of office that McKenzie saw tremendous growth and progress.

Some of the improvements and accomplishments made during his administration were:

• Cooperation in industrial promotions which resulted in the location of two industrial plants, Gaines Manufacturing Company and Brown Shoe Company.

• Issuance of $300,000 in water-sewer bonds, supplementing a federal grant of $79,716 for sewage disposal plant, a 300,000-gallon water tank and extension of water mains.

• Extension of a trunk sewer line to the northeast section of the city, where the McKenzie Tennessee College of Applied Technology is situated, for $45,000.

• Replacement of an old ground-level water reservoir with a completely new structure.

• Revision of water rates, including a sewer charge.

• Installation of new mercury vapor lights throughout the city and a street paving program.

• The annexation of approximately 300 acres, mostly residential areas.

• Adoption of a new municipal code, the first codification and publication of ordinances in the city’s history, and adoption of a zoning ordinance.

• Establishment of a City Planning Commission after affiliation with the Tennessee State Planning Commission for local planning assistance.

• Installation of a police radio system providing direct contact with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and local and adjacent county sheriff’s units, and upgrading the police department by adding a fifth patrolman and a second patrol car.

• Upgrading the fire department by employing full-time firefighters to work in conjunction with the volunteer firefighters. The purchasing and remodeling of a building for storing pumper and equipment and living quarters.

Y.D. Moore died Saturday, March 23, 1973, after battling cancer. At the time of his death, he was remembered by council members who served under his administration as the “hardest working McKenzie ever had” at the time.

Termed as the reluctant mayor, he once said, he never had any real political ambition but ran because there we so many things the town needed and a group of downtown businessmen told him once at the Chamber of Commerce meeting “he was the man to run.”

Y.D. was a charter member and past-president of the McKenzie Rotary Club, member and past commander of the American Legion, a 50-year Mason, chairman of Board of Steward of the First United Methodist Church and chairman of the Carroll County Election Commission.

He is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in McKenzie.

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