Updated November 14, 2014 02:40:45 PM
Farm history exhibit opens

The Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University unveiled an exhibit exploring the history and ingenuity of farming in Unicoi County on Thursday, Nov. 6.

The exhibit came to exist through work done by students in the “Documenting Community Traditions” course as part of the university’s Appalachian studies program. The work wasn’t just done by one class. Rather, each class from each semester played a role in making the exhibit a reality.

“It’s about kind of seeing how agriculture has changed in Unicoi County,” said Margie Richardson, a member of the 2013 class whose responsibilities included gathering all of the texts for all of the posters in the exhibit. More...

Updated November 14, 2014 02:37:59 PM
Unicoi panel talks food trucks

The Unicoi Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals met for its monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 10.

During the planning commission meeting, the board discussed allowing an ordinance pertaining to temporary businesses, such as food carts. The current ordinance does not discuss temporary businesses, therefore they have had no option but to hold them under the existing ordinance.

Ross Phillips, community planner with the First Tennessee Development District, presented the board with copies of Jonesborough’s ordinance on temporary businesses as an example. Phillips went through the multi-page packet with the board and highlighted key aspects of the ordinance that he felt the town should consider. More...

Updated November 14, 2014 02:37:26 PM
Town begins researching liquor ordinances

With the approval of referendums allowing package stores and liquor-by-the-drink in the Nov. 4 election, the Town of Erwin has wasted no time setting the stage for potential businesses to move into town.

The vote passed by similar figures in each category, with the liquor-by-the-drink referendum passing by a 760-552 vote and package store referendum passing with a 776-534 tally.

As a result, the town has begun the process of looking into drafting ordinances that pertain to the referendums. Mayor Doris Hensley said that the town has been looking at other small towns in the area, such as the Town of Unicoi, to see how they have handled liquor permits.  More...

Updated November 14, 2014 02:36:31 PM
Erwin BMA discusses next downtown revitalization construction phase

When to begin the third phase of the town’s downtown revitalization project was discussed by the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Nov. 10.

Mark Lafever, public works director for the town, told the board phase three is currently scheduled to begin on Jan. 1. Construction on the third phase, which will take place on Main Avenue from Union to Love streets and Love Street up to Church Street, should be complete by the first of May.

The first phase of the revitalization project, which covered Main Avenue from Second to Gay streets, was completed in September 2013. The second phase, which covered Main Avenue from Gay to Union streets, as well as Union from Main to Nolichucky avenues, was completed in September 2014. More...

Updated October 23, 2014 05:27:56 PM
Photos sought for annual calendar

The Erwin Record is now accepting entries for our annual “Images of Unicoi County Calendar.”

“I am pleased to announce that we are going to publish the calendar again this year. It is so nice to see local residents and businesses enjoying this publication throughout the year,” Publisher Keith Whitson said. “I encourage everyone to submit entries for the calendar. We would love to feature your photos of life in the Valley Beautiful.”

Entries should be emailed to kparkey@erwinrecord.net with a brief description of the photo, as well as the name of the photographer. Photos can also be dropped off at The Erwin Record office at 218 Gay St., in downtown Erwin. More...

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