Elizabethton City Council approves new location for Farmer's Market on a trial basis

John Thompson • Apr 11, 2019 at 9:51 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Downtown Elizabethton Farmers Market is preparing to open its third season, and it will be in its third location. This time the weekly market really will be in downtown.

On Thursday evening, the Elizabethton City Council approved the site requested by the market organizers. That location will be on the section of East Elk Avenue between Post Office Street and the intersection of North and South Riverside Drive. The closure will take place from 3-8 p.m. on Tuesdays from June 4 to Sept. 24.

The council approved the request by a vote of 6-1. Councilman Richard Barker said he was against the request because “I am concerned we are closing Elk Avenue too much.” He said the frequent closings may cause traffic to avoid the downtown thoroughfare, hurting the downtown businesses. He asked Farmers Market spokeswoman Cheri Tinney if she had talked to business owners in the 400 and 500 blocks of downtown.

Tinney said she had discussed the plans for the new famers market relocation plan with the members of the Downtown Business Association and had discussed the plans individually with businesses in the 600 block, which is the block containing the detour when the market is operating.

Mayor Curt Alexander spoke in favor of the location, saying he supported things that brought more people downtown. He suggested trying the new location for a short while and if there is a problem, the market can be relocated.

In other matters, the council unanimously approved a proposal to renovate the clubhouse at the Elizabethton Golf Course. This renovation is part of the plan by the course manager, Hampton Golf, to make the course sustainable. The renovations will include a sports grill offering hamburgers and wings. Renovations will include improvements to the kitchen, women’s restroom, meeting room, new plumbing and other improvements.

Dwight Treadway Construction was selected to do the work. Funding will come from $300,000 the council allocated for capital improvements at the course after Hampton Golf began managing the facility.

The council also took time to say farewell to one of its most senior employees. Teresa Treadway has worked for the city for 40 years and is preparing to retire at the end of the month. Police Chief Jason Shaw addressed the council to praise Treadway’s service. “I have never seen anything but a smile on her face accompanying her always pleasant attitude and I wish her nothing but the best of luck in her retirement.”

Shaw said Tradway came to work for the city in 1977, working part time for the building and tax office. In one of her most memorable moments with the city, she rang up the $3 million sale of Carter County Memorial Hospital, using several transactions because the cash register would not process all the zeros.

She transferred to the Police Department in 1994. In 2004, she moved to the Investigations Division, where Shaw said Treadway has “provided invaluable assistance to investigators with records searches and about anything they need to research their cases.”

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