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					                                                              Town of Huntingdon

                                                  Vol. 8, No. 1             First Quarter                  January, February, March, 2007

 Message from the Mayor . . .
    2007 is the year for a Town celebration!      Students Attend “The Dixie”
Established in 1822, the Town of Huntingdon
                                                      More than 7,000 students from Carroll
is now officially 185 years old. Happy Birthday
                                                  County and the surrounding area attended
to us! We are planning a birthday celebration
                                                  performances at The Dixie in 2006. It is our
in conjunction with the 15th Annual Hunting-
                                                  goal to double that number in 2007. Schools
don Heritage Festival on September 22, 2007.
                                                  from the West Tennessee region are calling
You’ll hear more about this later in the year,
                                                  on a regular basis to schedule their students
but you can mark your new calendar for this
                                                  to attend events at The Dixie. This is excit-
special event.
                                                  ing! What a pleasure it is for us to make arts
    At the beginning of every year, it is my
                                                  education and quality performances available
policy to review the past year’s activities and
accomplishments and prioritize our goals for
                                                  to the students of West Tennessee.                 Association of
the new year.                                     Downtown Improved                                  Tennessee Valley
“The Dixie”…One Year Old                             The complexion of our downtown has
                                                  improved dramatically with the construction
                                                                                                     Governments (ATVG)
    Topping the list of the many things accom-
                                                  of The Dixie and the Downtown Streetscape              Mayor Dale R. Kelley has accepted the
plished would be the first year of operation
                                                  project. New lighting, landscaping, sidewalks,     invitation to serve as a State Director, rep-
of “The Dixie”, home of the Hal Holbrook
                                                  and pavement have given a facelift to the          resenting West Tennessee, on the Board of
Theatre. We’ve enjoyed a wide variety of en-
                                                  downtown area. The county’s renovation of          Directors for the Association of Tennessee
tertainment events, including the performances
                                                  the courthouse, construction of the new sanc-      Valley Governments (ATVG). The term of of-
of Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook. The final
                                                  tuary for First Baptist Church, and renovation     fice is three years.
performance of 2006 was “A Night of Broad-
                                                  projects by individual business owners have            ATVG is an advocate for the interests of
way,” showcasing the blossoming talents of lo-
                                                  made significant changes in the overall appear-     local governments that reside within the seven-
cal and area performers. What an exceptional
                                                  ance of the Central Business District. Vacant      state TVA region. There are nearly 1,000 local
night that was! Education in the arts has been
                                                  buildings in the Central Business District are     governments in the TVA region. By-laws for
a prime focus for The Dixie long before the
                                                  virtually nonexistent. We’ve experienced a         ATVG call for three County and three City
doors opened in November, 2005.
                                                  growth in medical facilities in Huntingdon,        directors from each area.
Value Plus School                                 including a new dental clinic, the convenient          Mayor Kelley remarked, “I am honored
   In partnership with The Dixie, Huntingdon      care center, and the new clinic (currently under   by the invitation to serve on the ATVG Board
Primary School was one of only six schools        construction) on Veterans Drive North, near        of Directors. This organization plays a very
in Tennessee selected as a Value Plus School,     the hospital.                                      important role in representing the interests
a five-year arts education reform effort de-                                                          and concerns of the local governments in the
                                                  Buildings Demolished
veloped by the Tennessee Arts Commission.                                                            TVA region.”
                                                     In efforts to make our community a more             For a better understanding of the work of
Grant funding is available to Value Plus
                                                  desirable place to live and work, we continue      ATVG, visit
Schools to assist in reaching the five Value
                                                  to address the problem of deteriorating, aban-
Plus goals, which follow:
1) Developing a sustainable arts integration
                                                  doned buildings. Five dilapidated structures
                                                  were demolished and removed during 2006.
                                                                                                       “Southern Living”
   curriculum based on state and/or national
                                                     Other Town projects for 2006 included:           Comes to Huntingdon
                                                  • A Utility Fund project installing aerators at
2) Strengthening arts instruction                                                                        Suzanne Powell of Southern Living Maga-
                                                     the 22 Bypass Lagoon and sewer rehab for
3) Enhancing teacher practice                                                                        zine visited in Huntingdon and Carroll County
                                                     the lines along the intersection of Buena
4) Demonstrating a correlation between arts                                                          last fall. A photo session in February completed
                                                     Vista Road and East Main funded by a
   integration and increased test scores in                                                          the site-visit for the magazine article. Watch the
                                                     $500,000 Community Development Block
   math, science, and reading                                                                        up-coming issues of Southern Living for the
5) Nurturing collaboration within and beyond                                                         article featuring The Dixie, Huntingdon, and
   the boundaries of the school and community.                             Continued on page 3       other points of interest in Carroll County.

  Two postcards featuring The Dixie are now available. One postcard shows the interior of the Hal Holbrook Theatre. The other
postcard pictures the outside view of the front of The Dixie. Each postcard sells for $1.00 and can be purchased at the box office.
Send greetings from The Dixie in Huntingdon to your friends in far-away places! They’ll surely want to come experience The
Dixie first-hand.
                                                                                               Decorative Lamps
                                                                                                 We accept donations at City Hall for the
                                                                                              purchase of the decorative lamps in down-
                                                                                              town Huntingdon in memory or in honor of
                                                                                              a special person or groups. For a donation of
                                                                                              $750, a memorial plate will be engraved and
                                                                                              mounted on the lamppost. For more informa-
                                                                                              tion, please contact Martha Taylor at City Hall

                                                                                              Message from the Mayor
                                                                                              Continued from front page
                                                                                              • Upgrades to the aeration system at the
                                                                                                water plant and installation of the SCADS
                                                                                                system for off-site monitoring of the water
                                                                                                treatment plant,

                    Celebrity Among Us
                                                                                              • Re-roofing of pavilions at Veterans Park,
                                                                                              • Construction of the Heritage Cabin on East
                                                                                                Main Street,
   Brenda and Frank Gregg were chosen “Sweethearts of Carroll County” by the Carroll
                                                                                              • Installation of Huntingdon’s first traffic
County News-Leader. Brenda has worked for the Town of Huntingdon as Utility Billing Clerk
for 35 years. Frank was owner of Court Square Service Station for 27 years. He is now self-
employed. Brenda & Frank live on Northwood Drive in Huntingdon with their pet dachshund,      1000 Acre Lake
Penny. Congratulations, Brenda & Frank!                                                          The 1000-Acre Lake project of the Carroll
                                                                                              County Watershed Authority is a milestone
 Upcoming Events at The Dixie:                                                                for Carroll County and West Tennessee. The
                                                                                              project has moved into the land acquisition
                                                                                              stage, which should be complete by late spring
       Here is a brief listing of the events scheduled for March – June, 2007.                2007. Restoration of a portion of the Crooked
  Saturday, March 3, 7:00 p.m. – James Gregory: The Funniest Man in                           Creek stream channel is in the design phase.
                                                                                              Engineering design for the dam is another
                                                                                              phase of the project to begin soon.
  Saturday, March 31, 2:00 and 7:30 – Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder                          In 2007, we will continue to work toward
  Friday & Saturday, April 13-14, 7:30 – War Bonds                                            enhancing the quality of life in Huntingdon.
  Saturday, April 21, 7:30 – Anthony Zerbe – It’s All Done with Mirrors                       Projects on the horizon include:
  Thursday & Friday, May 3-4, 7:30 – Dixie Youth Theatre Spring                               • Renovation of Edwards Park, funded by a
        Performance                                                                              Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant,
  Saturday, May 5, 7:30 – Saint John Passion                                                  • Preparation for a soccer field to replace the
                                                                                                 fields taken for the construction of the Ca-
  Tuesday, May 22, 7:30 – The Capitol Steps (Annual Benefit Performance                           reer Center near Kelley Sports Complex,
        for The Dixie)                                                                        • Extension of the Billy Cary Memorial Park,
  Friday & Saturday, June 8-9, 7:30 – The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion                          funded by a donation from Carroll Bank &
        (Magic for the whole family.)                                                            Trust,
  Friday, June 15, 7:30 – The Chuckwagon Gang                                                 • Infrastructure improvements to lower the
  Friday & Saturday, June 22-23, 7:30 – Mike Snider String Band                                  Town’s ISO rating, which impacts property
                                                                                                 insurance premiums,
  Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 28-30, 7:30 – Crimes of the Heart (The
                                                                                              • Further development of the Town’s Emer-
        Dixie Players)                                                                           gency Preparedness Plan,
  Every third Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Fun on the Farm Jamboree                           • Another successful year of education and
                                                                                                 entertainment at The Dixie,
       For detailed descriptions of each performance and ticket information,
                                                                                              • Continued marketing of the industrial spec
  please visit                                                                 building.
  Saying                                               2006                                           Governor’s
                                                    Property Tax                                        Award
 Goodbye                                               Notice                                          The Town of Huntingdon has been selected
                                                                                                    to receive the 2007 Governor’s Award in the
                                                                                                    Arts in the Arts Leadership Award category.
   We extend our sympathy to the families of            Property tax statements for all 2006        The award will be presented by Governor
former Town of Huntingdon employees who             real and personal property taxes due the        Bredesen and First Lady Andrea Conte at a
have passed away during recent months:              Town of Huntingdon were mailed to all           ceremony on the evening of March 13th at the
Betty Clement....... Town Clerk                     property owners the first of October,           Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown
                                                    2006. The 2006 property taxes were due          Nashville. A short video presentation about the
Kenneth Houston .. Town Judge and Recorder                                                          Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic
                                                    and payable as of October 1st, 2006 and
                                                                                                    Enrichment Center will be a part of the pre-
Max Green ............ Dog Catcher                  will become delinquent March 1st, 2007.
                                                                                                    sentation ceremony. Brenda Stein, craft artist
Richard Krause ..... Fire Department                If you own property within the corporate
                                                                                                    from Nashville, who sculpts beautiful works
                                                    limits of the Town of Huntingdon and            of art in wood, has been selected to create
Dr. A.D. Marshall . Councilmember                   have not received a tax notice, please          the 2007 Governor’s Award in the Arts that
Jim Tate ................ Public Works Department   contact City Hall at 731-986-2900.              will be presented to the Town. This award is
Pug Vickers .......... Mayor                                                                        Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts.

                                                    Mayor: ..........................................................................Dale R. Kelley

    Newsletter                                      Vice-Mayor: ................................................................. Melissa Powell
                                                                                          Town Council:
    Mailing List                                      Jeanie Newman
                                                      Tim Tucker
                                                                                              Jeff Bailey
                                                                                            John Sanders
                                                                                                                               Gary Hatch
                                                                                                                             Clarence Norman
    If you know of friends or former residents      Director of Public Safety: ............................................. Joe W. Parker
of Huntingdon who would like to receive our         Director of Public Works: ............................................ Jerry G. Nolen
newsletter, please send the name and address        Recorder/Director of Finance: ....................................... Martha Taylor
to Jeal Atwood by phone, mail, fax, or e-mail.
                                                    Administrative Assistant: ................................................. Jeal Atwood
See addresses and numbers below.
                                                    Executive Director of The Dixie ........................................Lee Warren

    If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions related to the Huntingdon
    Newsletter, please contact Jeal Atwood at P Box 668, Huntingdon, TN 38344 or
                (731) 986-2900 or

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