Work begins downtown on beautification projects


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  Work has begun on the downtown beautification projects sponsored by the Elizabethton Downtown Business Association. A crew from the Carter County Work Camp at Roan Mountain has begun site preparation for new planters. Dirt has been removed as well as the concrete benches.
  "We are beginning to see some things happen," said John Huber, chairman of the Beautification Committee. In an update to merchants at a Friday morning meeting, Huber said the next step will be to install forms. "We will begin in the 400 block of Elk Avenue and do one block at a time until all 20 planters are prepared and done," he said.
  A total of $11,000 has been donated for the planters, which will be made of brick with a small tree, as well as benches. "Large planters cost $1,000 and the smaller planters, $500," said Huber. Work will also get under way on preparation of the downtown canopy for painting and the installation of new lights.
  Plans were also discussed for the EDBA's annual fall festival, which will be held downtown Saturday, Oct. 23. John Bunn, EDBA president, asked for input on activities. Some of the things discussed were children's activities, music, storytelling, and a farmer's market.
  Martha Mayo and Pam Huber shared with the group plans for a weekly farmer's market in the City Parking Lot on E Street beside the feed store. "We have been talking with the person who oversees the Johnson City Farmer's Markets, in hopes we can get one started here," said Mayo.
  In the meantime, the call is going out to local growers who would like to participate in the market, especially for the fall festival. "We would like to have pumpkins, apples, nuts and vegetables as well as plants, flowers and other items," Mayo said.