Main Street says THANK YOU Kathleen Herzog

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Kathleen Herzog at the opening of Mayor McFarland's newly renovated office complex on North Walnut St.
Kathleen Herzog at Carriage Lane Inn for a Main Street luncheon.
(L-R) Bill Shacklett and Kathleen Herzog share their love of Historic Downtown Murfreesboro with WGNS listeners.
Kathleen Herzog at another popular Main Street Luncheon. This one was at B. McNeel's.
A past "Taste of Rutherford" summer party on East Main Street with (L-R) John L. Batey, Kathleen Herzog, and Mac McCord.
Kathleen Herzog at Main Street's Saturday Marketplace.

(MURFREESBORO) Main Street Murfreesboro's executive director has decided to move back to her Louisiana roots.

Kathleen Herzog, who has served as a volunteer and later executive director for decades, told NewsRadio WGNS, "We've been talking about this for awhile, our family and life-long friends are there in south Louisana. With all of the changes--it just feels like the time is right."

She told the Main Street board, "A 600-mile commute would be a challenge."


City Councilman and Downtown Business Owner Bill Shacklett said, "So many downtown's have their lost identity, but thanks to Kathleen we have a place for residents to come together, eat, shop, and feel a part of the community. Activities on the square enable neighbors to stay close to each other while building strong bonds with others--all because of the commitment, passion and persistence of Kathleen Herzog"

Kathleen noted, "I fell in love with Murfreesboro, because of the downtown. As a result, Mac and I have lived downtown, worked and shopped downtown, and even go to church downtown."


Rutherford County OIT Director Brian Robertson said, "Having been on the board about 8 years and having served as president a couple of years ago has afforded me the chance to get to know Kathleen quite well. Whether setting out chairs and tables in the scorching heat of the summer at our summer parties or wrapped up in the cold on the front steps of the courthouse waiting on Santa, Kathleen has always been a delight to work with as a tireless servant leader."

Brian continued, "Her sense of humor and perspective on things just tends to make every situation, no matter how challenging, all the better. She has an unmatched passion for our downtown and has unwaveringly and unselfishly given 100 pr cent. Though her fingerprints are on everything we do as an organization, it is probably through her establishment of the wildly popular Saturday market that you can most easily see her shine. Even after being at Friday night live and closing things down, Kathleen would be at Saturday market at the crack of dawn to greet 'her' farmers and merchants. We I will certainly miss her and Mac both, but we are excited about her move back home and look forward to her visits. Maybe she'll be able to come to some Main Street events and just kick-back and relax."

Current Main Street Chair Bill Jakes told WGNS, "Personally, I feel that Kathleen's biggest contribution has been the Saturday Marketplace. It was her idea and it has abosolutely transformed our downtown. In years past, they would roll-up the sidewalks at night and on weekends. Now it's the place to be."

Jakes explained, "I was lucky to have first-hand experience with the Saturday Marketplace. I had a small farm and was one of the first to take advantage of selling at this event. That was the beginning of this long-time friendship with Katleen."

Shacklett reiterated, "Kathleen has meant so much to our downtown community, not only for what she has done, but for maintaining, sustaining and enhancing the entire downtown district. It's a place for our community to get involved together."

When asked when she would be stepping down, Herzog told WGNS, "It's sort of fluid. I want them to have a new person selected, so it probably won't be until some time next month (June)."

Main Street Murfreesboro's History

Main Street Murfreesboro is a non-profit that was formed in 1985. It relys on public and private donations for operations and projects. Main Street receives no funding from state or federal programs. Without the generosity of our community and the zeal of our volunteers, Main Street would disappear.

Main Street is committed to maintaining, enhancing and promoting the historic downtown as the heart of our community. Main Street capitalizes on the unique character of the courthouse square and the surrounding business district with the goal of transforming it into the cultural, social, professional and retail center of Rutherford County, in essence, the hub of community life.

This organization is affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Main Street Center, and focuses on the four elements that help define downtown success: organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring.

Four different leaders have served as executive directors of Main Street Murfreesboro:

  • Dawn Eaton (First Director 1985-1993)
  • Janelee Wise (1993-2007)
  • Richard Gabel (Oct. 2007-Nov. 2010)
  • Kathleen Herzog (Nov. 2010-June 2019)


Jakes noted, "Word slipped out when Kathleen started to consider returning home to Louisiana. As a result, we've already had several outstanding individuals seeking the position. In fact the deadline to apply is at 5:00PM on Friday, May 24, 2019, and candidates who are selected for an interview, will be scheduled on the week of June 3, 2019."

Main Street Murfreesboro/Rutherford Co, Inc.
Executive Director Job Posting

The Main Street program executive director coordinates activities within the defined central business district that utilize historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown economic development. He/she is responsible for the development, conduct, execution, documentation, and funding of the Main Street program. The executive director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all program activities and volunteers, as well as representing the community regionally, as appropriate. In addition, the program director should help guide the organization as its objectives evolve.


Job Knowledge and Skills Required
• Bachelor's degree
• At least three years experience with downtown economic development, business development, revitalization programs, commercial real estate or non-profit organization
• Main Street program experience is a plus, including fundraising and grant writing
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to work independently


Documentation Required From Applicant
1. Cover Letter
2. Resume´
3. Three (3) References


All documentation should be emailed to no later than
5:00 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2019.


Note: Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted to schedule it the week of June 3rd.

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Kathleen Herzog, Main Street Murfreesboro/Rutherford County, retiring, WGNS
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