Main Street Murfreesboro Celebrates 34th Anniversary

(MURFREESBORO) The annual Main Street Murfreesboro meeting was held Tuesday morning in the new "Tasty Table and Olive Branch Bakery". Executive Director Kathleen Herzog noted the group just completed 33-years. In that time frame, over $68-million improvements have been made in the historic business district, plus public investments totaling more than $126-million. The local Main Street Murfreesboro program was one of the five first to be established in Tennessee.

Outgoing Chair Chantho Sourinho conducted the business portion, and then the chairman's gavel was passed to Bill Jakes.

NewsRadio WGNS asked Chairman Jakes what were his goals for the coming year . . .


The Downtown Business of the Year Award went to husband and wife team Christy and Shawn Hackinson, owners of the Alley On Main Street Restaurant.

The Design Award was presented to Judy Goldie and Melanie Davenport for their third downtown business, The Marketplace--Home and Gift.

The Special Appreciation Award went to Rutherford County government for the Judicial Center, which as Chairman Jakes noted, "Has brought new life and excitement to the historic downtown business district."

2019 Officers Elected (Executive Committee)

Chair Bill Jakes

Vice Chair Rick Cottle

Treasurer Sean Gililand

Secretary Gloria Bonner

Past Chair Chantho Sourinho

In addition, Rick Cottle, Susan Grear, and Bill Shacklett were reappointed to serve 3-year terms on the board. All are downtown property owners.

Members also voted to change the number of directors constituting the whole board from 20 to a minimum of 16. That group shall be comprised of 2 representatives from Rutherford County government and 2 from Murfreesboro City government, 2 shall be downtown property owners, 2 shall be downtown business owners, one shall represent a financial institution located in Rutherford County, and one shall represent local industry, plus six or more shall be "at large members" who are recommended by existing Board Members.

During the past year, Main Street Murfreesboro provided more than 1,512 volunteer hours, 4,017 visitors enjoyed the historical exhibits at the Heritage Center, and 21,526 persons were friends on Main Street Murfreesboro's FaceBook page in 2018.

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