It’s sooooo exhausting keeping up with all the good news and happenings in Mt. Pleasant!! 🙂
Not really! It’s actually quite exhilarating, exciting and fun!! In last week’s blog I wrote about several positive changes for our town including the grant for the dog park we received. (If you missed that story – click dog park and it will take you to last week’s blog) This week the good news continues!!!
DOG PARK DASH GRANT
On Monday, July 16th, Randy Boyd inventor of the ‘invisible fence’, founder of the Boyd Foundation along with his wife Jenny, and gubernatorial candidate for Tennessee presented the City of Mt. Pleasant with a check for $25,000 to be used for building a dog park. Several people showed up at Town Square to celebrate the presentation of the check.
The dog park will be located at Howard Field (next to, behind of, in front of….. somewhere at Howard Field). Thanks to the Boyd Foundation’s Dog Park Dash program, Mt. Pleasant residents that love their four legged animals will now have a place to let them run around and enjoy the outdoors. It’s also a great opportunity for residents to meet their neighbors of like minded interests.
NEW CONSTRUCTION AND A FACE LIFT
This past week I’ve been surrounded by some construction going on. Across from me, is what I think is the most beautiful historic downtown building (non-residential) on Main Street. I am so fortunate to be able to look out my store’s window everyday and see this gorgeous building. I love just peeking in the windows and seeing all the old paintings on the wall of the hardware days and beautiful wood doors and windows.
A couple of months ago a crew began some restoration work on it to preserve its beauty and painted the trim a gray primer. Well, I couldn’t wait to see what the color of the trim would end up being but I was hoping for a two-tone that would be reminiscent of ~1900 era. You can see the plaque of 1900 above the center window. Much to my surprise and delight – this past week, the crew showed up and guess what? The trim is being painted black with a cream color accent. Looks gorgeous on this building. I don’t know if there are plans for a business in there yet but I like what I’m seeing. Thanks to the owner of the building for your TLC.
In addition, back in September/October of 2017 before we opened our store, there were 2 buildings next to mine that were beyond saving, unfortunately. They were structurally unsafe to keep there so they were torn down. However, on Friday we had some activity in that space preparing for new construction to begin. The building will be the new corporate office for Smelter Service Corporation a business that has been a part of the Mt. Pleasant community for 40 years.
I could have inaccurate information so that’s my disclaimer up front, but someone mentioned to me a few months ago that they thought the new Smelter office will be the first, new ‘commercial’ building erected in downtown Mt. Pleasant since City Hall/Police Department back in the 60’s -70’s. (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong in the comments below)
But no worries, the new building will fit in with the look and feel of the historic downtown buildings; no modern high rise. It will be an 8,000 square foot building with a brick exterior that will fit in with the historic look and feel on the outside but modern on the inside. Thanks to Smelter’s leadership for bringing a fresh and new but old feel building to the downtown.
SPIN CLASS GRANT AWARDED TO THE CITY
Posted on the City’s Facebook Page: The City of Mount Pleasant has been awarded a grant to start and furnish a “Spin Class” at the community center. The grant was awarded by the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation! Stay tuned for further updates! SPIN CLASSES WILL BE FREE!!
Thomas Kenney, Director of Parks and Recreation for Mt. Pleasant said, the program will start with 18 bikes. It will have all the music, lights and excitement of a studio. Some classes will be staff lead and some will be Apple TV remote as well on the big screen. This is another positive and exciting opportunity being brought to Mt. Pleasant through a grant and offered to residents free of charge. Thank you Maury Regional Health Care Foundation!
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS
If you live in the City of Mt. Pleasant or have a business here, you are very much aware of higher sewer costs than other cities you may have lived in before. But thanks to City Manager, Kate Collier and City Officials, help is on it’s way to improve our sewer system which will hopefully reduce the costs for residents and businesses alike.
Major sewer renovations that need to be taken care of does not come cheap so the City applied for a Community Development Block Grant. You can apply for it every other year as can a county. Maury County allowed Mt. Pleasant to apply for a grant in their place since their revenue is higher than Mt. Pleasant’s and therefore, they are typically denied the grant. (Thank you Maury County)
The GREAT news is Mt. Pleasant just received notification that it has been awarded both grants; each for the amount of $525,000 (over $1 million). YAY!!! Both of these grants will be used toward major sewer renovations which is basically mandated by the State of Tennessee for Mt. Pleasant to address.
Grants, new construction…. all good stuff in our town. In addition, we also have some community events I want to share with you. Residents, city officials and businesses are frequently having events and many are free to the public. Having community events drawing residents and visitors together is a great thing for Mt. Pleasant.
I encourage you to come out and support local businesses by attending or sharing their events with others in your circle of friends and family. And take advantage of the opportunities the City puts together for people to enjoy.
#1 Saturday, July 21st at 8 PM
Movie on the Square will be featuring ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid‘. Family friendly event. Just bring a chair, a snack, a drink or grab something to-go at theMt. Pleasant Grilleand eat while you enjoy a movie.
#2 Saturday, July 21st from 7-9 PM
Live music outside atTJ Smawls. Family friendly. Bring a chair and show up anytime during this time. Food can be purchased inside TJ Smawls. Address: 715 South Main Street in Mt. Pleasant
#3 Saturday, July 28th at 1:00 PM
Diabetes Management Associates and Borderland Way will present a demonstration and presentation for Diabetic Alert Dogs.
Address: 401 1st Ave Mt. Pleasant TN, 38474
#4 Saturday, July 28th: 9am – 4pm
#4 Made in Tenn Tasting Event
Our store (1824 General Store) is hosting a Made in Tenn Tasting Event on Saturday, August 18th from 3-6pm. We carry several Made in Tenn products and love having them in our store. Not only does it support other Tenn businesses but the products we carry are just ‘darn delicious’. Stop in anytime during these hours and learn about the Hemp Oil from the Founder of the company, sip on Maury County’s own beer from Asgard Brewery, try a new salsa and many more. Free to all!
It will be a great opportunity for you to see our store if you haven’t been in yet, to taste some of the products we carry and speak to some of the owners of these fabulous businesses.
#5 Community Center: Activities for Seniors
- Plans are in the works for a Yard Sale for September 15th at the Community Center. Booth space rental available for $10. More information to follow. Contact Diane at the Center for more information. 931-698-3421
- Field trips in the works below. If anyone is interested in participating, contact Diane at the center. More information to come. 931-698-3421
- Visit the Amish country
- Visit a local winery
Until next time 🙂 Angela