Tommy Millsaps | The Advocate & Democrat
Sweetwater officials, state officials and Sweetwater Main Street Committee members celebrated
Sweetwater's Main Street certification with a ceremony downtown on Friday.
|Published: 10:08 AM, 09/30/2013
||Last updated: 10:08 AM, 09/30/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-The sun was shinning, hustle
and bustle preparing for the National Muscadine Festival was all
around, and against that backdrop Friday, it was officially announced
Sweetwater has achieved Tennessee Main Street certification.
The Tennessee Department of Economic
Development and city officials made the announcement at the downtown
gazebo. Sweetwater joins 26 other communities that are certified
through the state program and accredited by the National Main Street
Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
"Sweetwater is the first community to
graduate from the Tennessee Downtowns program and pursue Main Street
designation," Tennessee Main Street Director Todd Morgan said at
the gazebo Friday.
"Sweetwater is a special place and
the Main Street designation confirms that," Sweetwater Mayor Doyle
Lowe said. "Thank you to all the merchants, city staff, and
volunteers who helped in this process. We are very excited to be part
of this elite group of cities."
Lowe gave special thanks to City
Planning Officer Scott Wilson and Jessica Morgan for all their hard
work on getting Sweetwater certified as a Main Street community.
"We are thrilled to be a Tennessee
Main Street. A lot of people worked hard to get Sweetwater to this
place and it is a milestone for our community," Sweetwater Main
Street Chairman Jim Stutts said.
See full story in the Sunday, Sept. 28, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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