|Published: 9:46 AM, 12/27/2012
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-Sweetwater city officials
recently met with Cracker Barrel officials in hopes of getting the
restaurant chain to bring a store back to Sweetwater.
Cracker Barrel left Sweetwater in the
fall of 2007 for a new building in Athens. The loss of the tax
dollars and Cracker Barrel's ability to draw motorists off the
interstate to Sweetwater's motels and other businesses was a major
But Sweetwater has been on a roll
lately garnering numerous grants, including a grant for a visitors
center/train station replica downtown, and landing a Walmart store (due for completion in the summer of 2013). The opening of the
Redneck Resort mud park and the new apartment complex at Interstate
75 are also economic positives for the town.
Sweetwater also finally got its
high-mast lighting for Exit 62 put up in late 2011 and a new owner
bought the motel next to the old Cracker Barrel building.
Sweetwater officials took all that
information and good news to Cracker Barrel leaders recently and made
their best pitch.
"The ball is in their court," Mayor
Doyle Lowe said. "We've done all we can do on our end."
Lowe is still thinking positively and
hopes to hear good news next year.
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