Government Documents

Thanksgiving Trivia

Why is Thanksgiving observed on the last Thursday in November? 

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the "day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival." She stated that only the chief executive had the power to make the holiday, “permanently, an American custom and institution.”

Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times. President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale's request immediately.

Free Landfill Days in Tulsa

The next scheduled free landfill day is this weekend October 24th-25th.

Tulsa utility customers can dispose of unwanted items, with some exceptions noted below, on those days. 

Participants must show a City of Tulsa utility bill or a driver's license with an address within the Tulsa city limits in order to be admitted to the landfill.

Quarry Landfill
13740 E. 46th St. North.
7am to 3 pm 

City Hosts Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

A prescription drug take-back event is scheduled for citizens to properly dispose of unwanted medications and prescription drugs on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 am - 2 pm at three locations in Tulsa:

  • 71st and Sheridan -- Reasor's parking lot -- 7114 S. Sheridan Rd.
  • 41st and Yale  -- Reasor's parking lot -- 4909 E. 41st St.
  • Pine and Lewis -- Save-A-Lot parking lot -- 1526 N. Lewis Ave.

Prescription drug abuse is one of the issues Mayor Dewey Bartlett focused on his public safety series, Safer, Stronger Tulsa.

Get Involved!


Join Sherry S. Clark, program director of RSVP Tulsa, as she discusses the Tulsa County Family Safety Court Watch volunteer program. Court Watch uses volunteers to observe cases in the courts related to family safety and then provide feedback to participants and the community about the process, with the larger goal of increasing safety of victims and their children and improving accountability for abusers.



Wednesday, Sept. 2

12:30-2:30 pm

South Broken Arrow Library

Proposed Academic Standards Online for Public Review

The State Board of Education established a steering committee to develop new standards in math and English/language arts by 2016 after the Legislature passed a law last year repealing Common Core standards.

Drafts of the proposed Oklahoma academic standards for math and English/language arts are now available for public review online.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is encouraging interested Oklahomans to review the proposed standards, which cover pre-K through 12th grade.