Clinton to celebrate Main Street designation with big block party

The City of Clinton, the Downtown Merchants and the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a special event to celebrate the recent designation of Clinton’s downtown area as a Tennessee Main Street Community.

The Main Street Program provides training, support and grant opportunities to assist in downtown revitalization efforts. Each selected areas of their downtown centers where the program will focus on historic preservation, community events and economic vitality.

The program requires communities to illustrate a commitment from local government and other local organizations, an adequate organizational budget, a strong historic preservation ethic, a collection of historic commercial buildings and a walkable district.

Friday’s festivities will overlap with the weekly Clinton FARM Market, which runs from 3 to 6 pm in the municipal parking lot off of Commerce Street. The events on Market begin at 4 pm, with the celebratory ribbon-cutting celebrating the Main Street designation set for 4:15 pm at the Maude W. Brown Park. Market Street will be closed off between 4 and 10 pm Friday.

After that, there will be a Cornhole tournament sponsored by the Clinton Rotary Club for the benefit of the local teachers’ supply depot, food trucks, live music, plus The Garden on Market will be open from 5 to 10 pm, there will be a Kids Watermelon eating contest, and Root Beer Floats will be sold by Hoskins. In addition, there will be a host of family-friendly activities to celebrate Clinton’s status as one of just 42 cities in the state to be named a Main Street Community.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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