|Main Street-Union City ready to turn on lights for holiday season |
|Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 9:01 pm |
With the arrival of the holiday season, Tennessee Main Street programs are hosting multiple holiday events to support the downtown districts of communities across the state.
Main Street executive director Phyllis Rauchle, tree ceremony chairman Mimi DuBois and co-chairman Gina Ursery.
Locally, Main Street-Union City will kick off the holiday season in Obion County with the Holiday Celebration Community Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Obion County Courthouse.
Joe Ward will serve as master of ceremonies, with Union City councilman Billy Jack Cranford bringing the welcome. Dr. Cecil Sewell of Union City First Baptist Church will offer the invocation.
The audience will be treated to Jamie Worrell singing “Oh Holy Night” and to music provided by Obion County Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Jeanne Foster; Union City Elementary School’s Chorus Kids, under the direction of Linda Harrelson; and UCES’ Voices of UCES, under the direction of Nolin Cloyd.
Students in the Obion County and Union City school systems were invited to participate in the annual Christmas ornament contest. The winners, who will place their entries on the tree Thursday night, include from Black Oak Elementary, Gracie Ann Cole; from Hillcrest Elementary, Kait-lyn Rogers; tied from Lake Road Elementary, Maddux Ursery and Evan Alexander; from Obion County Central High School, Morgan Laster; from Ridgemont Elementary School, Nick Laster; from South Fulton Elementary School, Natalie Bing; from South Fulton Middle School, Annalise Bing; from Union City Elementary School, Kaigan Davis; and from Union City Middle School, Jon Ryder.
Special guests for the evening will be Obion County Fair Show Chorus, performing the “Glee” version of “Deck the Halls,” and Miss Fall Fest Leah Beth Bolton.
Pride of Obion County Judy Barker will flip the switch to light the tree.
Following the tree ceremony, the Union City Christmas Parade will proceed north on First Street from Reelfoot Shopping Center through the downtown area.
In addition to Thursday’s events, Main Street-Union City has also planned an Historic Christmas Church Tour Dec. 10 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
“Downtown revitalization is an important, often unsung, factor in economic development,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “The Tennessee Main Street Program brings the focus back to businesses and neighborhoods at the heart of a community. Celebrating the holiday season in your own community is not only a rewarding way to connect with your historic downtown district, but also a substantial catalyst for the local economy.”
“This is always an exciting time of year for Main Street programs across the state,” Kimberly Nyberg, director, ECD Tennessee Main Street. “Supporting your historic downtown district and local entrepreneurs by attending holiday events and shopping locally is a great way for communities to connect and grow.”
Main Street revitalization is a comprehensive, incremental, self-help economic strategy that also focuses on developing public-private partnerships to enhance community livability and job creation, while maintaining the historic character of the district.
Tennessee’s Main Street program provides communities with technical assistance and guidance in developing long-term strategies that promote economic growth and development. The program provides information and assistance in forging public networking and training opportunities for downtown commercial districts.
Published in The Messenger 11.30.11