Reed tells Chamber board Aug. 1 cruise-in a huge success

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Job Well Done
State Representative Jerome Cochran presents Cleo Reed with a proclamation from Lt. Gov. John Wilder praising her dedication and 50 years of service to WBEJ Radio. Rep. Cochran presented the award on behalf of himself and Sen. Rusty Crowe.
By Greg Miller
Cleo Reed, Vice President of Tourism Development, on Thursday reported to the Elizabethton/Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting that the cruise-in on Aug. 1 was a huge success.
The Tourism Council, the Downtown Business Association, and the Carter County Car Club worked on the Friday evening event. "There were more than 100 cars, and they estimated about 2,000 people downtown at night," remarked Reed, who said the merchants were thrilled with the event. Another cruise-in is being planned for September.
The trout fishing brochure is being revised to include all types of fishing in Carter County, as well as all the rivers and game fishing on Watauga Lake.
Reed reported that the Governor's Conference on Tourism will be held next month in Gatlinburg.
Elizabethton/Carter County has been reviewed for recertification for the Governor's Three Star Program on Economic and Community Development for the 14th and 15th years (2002-2003).
Josh Smith, a member of the Holiday Activities Committee, told those in attendance that the lighting of the Fraser Fir tree will be held Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. The Christmas parade will be held Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. The Chipping of the Green will be held at Sycamore Shoals State Historical Area Jan. 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A fall festival will be held downtown on Oct. 25. The theme for the holiday activities is "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
C. Keith Young, Vice President of the Vision Committee, reported that the turnout at the recent community forum in Happy Valley was small "because of the numerous events that were taking place that evening. However, we were given some excellent suggestions by the people there."
The recent community forum in Watauga "went real well," said First District Public Defender David Bautista.
The new Carter County Leadership Tomorrow Class will begin next Thursday, Young said. At least 14 people have enrolled for the class. "We would like to have at least 20," Young said.
Young said he needs someone to execute a plan for the youth leadership program.
Kelly Geagley, Vice President of Development & Services, reported two new members: Eagle'sview Cabins, Roan Mountain, and Sugar Hollow Retreat, Butler. Geagley reported that much progress has been made toward completing the new Chamber directory.
The Regional Chamber Coalition will begin meeting again Sept. 3, said Robert Reedy, Past Chamber President.
The Existing Industry Council's next planned visits are to Dixie Battery and Tri-Cities Plating.
The next Chamber board meeting will be held Sept. 18.