COMMENDABLE SERVICE

COMMENDABLE SERVICE

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:28 am

COMMENDABLE SERVICE
COMMENDABLE SERVICE — Union City resident Hugh Wade was honored at Monday night’s meeting of the Obion County Museum board of directors. Sonia Outlaw-Clark, a West Tennessee representative of the Tennessee Association of Museums and the director of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, presented Wade a commendation issued to the local museum earlier this month at a state meeting. The local businessman, who has invested three years of work on the impressive military history exhibit now open at the museum, is an outstanding representative of the kind of volunteer effort the state association of museums encourages and wants to recognize, a spokesman said. Much of the current exhibit will be moved to the multi-million dollar education-entertainment-tourism complex known as Discovery Park of America that is starting to take shape in northwest Union City when the primary exhibit building — Discovery Center — is completed on the 50-acre plot. The Obion County Museum on Edwards Street in Union City is currently open six days a week from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The military exhibit there features thousands of items collected and catalogued by Wade. He informed the board Monday night that the local museum will be one of only three or four across the country to have replicas of both Little Boy and Fat Man, the bombs that were dropped on Japan and that brought about the end of World War II. He has also been able to purchase a drone plane with a 10-foot wingspan that has been used for target practice and surveillance. That item will join other large pieces of military hardware and machinery currently being stored until the DPA location is ready to receive them.

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