Sweetwater certified as Tennessee Main Street community

Sweetwater certified as Tennessee Main Street community

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The Tennessee Department of Economic Development announced Friday that Sweetwater, which spans McMinn and Monroe Counties, has been certified as a Tennessee Main Street community. The Tennessee Department of Economic Development announced Friday that Sweetwater, which spans McMinn and Monroe Counties, has been certified as a Tennessee Main Street community.

SWEETWATER (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Economic Development announced Friday that Sweetwater, which spans McMinn and Monroe Counties, has been certified as a Tennessee Main Street community.

Sweetwater joins 26 other Tennessee Main Street communities certified through the state program and accredited by the National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

"Sweetwater is the first community to graduate from the Tennessee Downtowns program and
pursue Main Street designation," Tennessee Main Street Director Todd Morgan said. "They
have invested time and resources into making downtown a great place and I look forward to
seeing the effort continue to grow."

The program highlights communities that are diligently working to enhance their downtowns and encourage business development and tourism. Tennessee Main Street also provides assistance and guidance to cities in developing solutions to make downtowns safe, appealing and vibrant.

"Sweetwater is just so unique. You can't get the character of these buildings in a shopping mall," said Bobby Brown, co-owner of Bobby Todd Antiques on Main Street.

"It's not just having the buildings looking good, it's making sure there are businesses in them as well that are doing well and growing and bringing other types of businesses in," said Jim Stutts, chairman of the Sweetwater Main Street board of directors.

Other Tennessee Main Street communities include Bristol, Cleveland, Collierville, Columbia, Cookeville, Dandridge, Dayton, Dyersburg, Fayetteville, Franklin, Gallatin, Greeneville, Jackson, Jonesborough, Lebanon, Leiper's Fork, Kingsport, Lawrenceburg, McMinnville, Murfreesboro, Morristown, Rogersville, Sweetwater, Tiptonville, Savannah, Union City and Ripley.


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