Staff photo by Tommy Millsaps
Sweetwater Mayor Doyle Lowe holds up a rendering of what a new visitors center will look like.
The city has been awarded a $500,000 grant for the visitors center that will pay tribute to
Sweetwater's beginnings as a railroad town.
|Published: 9:03 AM, 09/24/2012
||Last updated: 9:03 AM, 09/24/2012
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-The City of Sweetwater
has been awarded a $500,000 Enhancement Grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to
go toward the construction of a train station replica, Mayor Doyle Lowe announced during the
Sweetwater Merchants and Property Owners Association meeting Thursday morning.
"It's an exciting time to be living in Sweetwater," the mayor told a
large crowd at the meeting.
The train station replica will be
built in Hunt Commons. Hunt Commons is city-owned property on the east side of the railroad tracks
just across from the old train car. The square was named after the late Joey Hunt, a National Guard
soldier and Sweetwater native killed while serving in Iraq in 2005.
The proposed 1,400-square-foot facility would serve as a visitors center, museum and have
public restrooms, a necessity long needed in the downtown shopping district.
See full story in the Sunday, Sept. 21, edition
of The Advocate & Democrat.
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