EDBA given green light for downtown improvements

By Rozella Hardin

   The Elizabethton Downtown Business Association has received permission to go ahead with improvements on Elk Avenue and E Street, and have received the necessary permits for forthcoming work.
   Work on new planters on Elk Avenue is expected to begin June 1, with much of the labor being provided by inmates from Northeast Correctional Center. "The inmates will pour the footers for the 20 planters and will paint the street canopies," said John Huber, committee chairman.
   Money for seven planters have been donated by private individuals and businesses.
   Huber said the goal is to have the planters in place as well as the new canopy lights and ornamental irons installed by Christmas.
   He also asked for help in removing grass from the planter areas. "Anyone who can help us in this venture is invited to do so," he said.
   Downtown business owners said the car show on Saturday had proven to be a good venture for both merchants and the car club. "Many of our businesses are staying open late, and their business has been good. The car owners are pleased, and we have a good attendance of people downtown on Saturday," said John Bunn, EDBA president. He said complaints had been minimal.
   During the month of May, the Car Club is asking downtown businesses to stay open late the fourth Saturday night rather than the third Saturday. "The reason for this is that we have five Saturdays in May, and Carter County Ford, one of our major sponsors, is planning a big Memorial Day weekend the fourth weekend. They will be handing out 10,000 helium-filled balloons with the car club logo on them as well as doing other promotions," said Ron McCloud of the car club.
   Also, McCloud said the Car Club will have its big summer car show on Saturday, June 5, in the downtown as a kick-off to the annual Covered Bridge Celebration.