Downtown successes highlighted

Downtown successes highlighted
Downtown successes highlighted

Several community members and county officials stand around the new sign that will be featured in downtown Martin.
Community leaders, businesses and other members of the community joined together at Olivia’s Opera House and the Gap Thursday to celebrate Martin’s successful participation in the Tennessee downtowns Program.
Kimberly Craddock, Community Development Director and Director of Martin’s TN Downtowns announced the progress that has been made and future plans.
Entertainment was provided by Wyatt Tanner and Jeremy Spain.
After the introduction of the steering committee by Craddock, Tracy Mcgee spoke of his youth spent in Downtown Martin and his hopes to once again see the area alive with shops and thriving businesses.
The chair of organization is Tracy McGehee of Office Products, the chair of promotion is Lynette Wagster of the Weakley County Press, the chair of design is Warner Pace of Kirkland’s Antiques & Gifts and WP Designs and the chair of economic restructuring is Leslie Moore of Century 21 Overton Real Estate.
After McGehee focused on the value of the program to Martin, Moore presented the banner and sign designed by Beth Cravens. The signs now line Lindell Street. After the sign presentation, Joel Flowers talked about his Soundscape project and how it will shape the downtown area with entertainment as well as education.
Craddock thanked the Downtown Partners who donate their funds, time and energy. She also praised community members who are not located downtown, but understand the value that a revitalized Downtown area adds to the entire city. She encouraged all businesses, civic groups and community members to get involved to help make the downtown a gathering place for the entire community and bring new business to the city.
Special thanks went to Volunteer Distributing, Pepsi MidAmerica, Century 21 Real Estate, Harper’s Wrecker Service, Joel Flowers, Jowers Sign Company, Dr Karoline Null, Dr John Null, Thunderbolt Broadcasting and local fraternities and sororities.
Jason Stout, a local artist, sketched the soundscape and Beth Cravens of Cravens Ink designed the logo.
wcp 5/31/11      

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