Temple Reece welcomed everyone to the ribbon cutting of the Johnson County Center for the Arts on Tuesday. She introduced the board as follows: Cristy Dunn, Executive Director, and Evelyn Cook, Mona Alderson, Celia Pennington and Russell Love, thanking all the donors and volunteers.
Reece welcomed members of the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Mountain City Mayor Kevin Parsons, Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter, Sheriff Mike Reece, Rep. Timothy Hill and Mark Stevans from First Tennessee Development District. Russell Love led the group in prayer.
Carmen Deedy and John McCutcheon each shared a positive vision for the county and were appreciative of all the hard work that has been done to make this center a reality. Everyone was invited to Heritage Hall for their performance to benefit the Center for the Arts.
Betty Brown introduced Anne Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission, who commended The Center for the Arts for their grant writing and the success of the renovation and establishment of the art center.
Evelyn Cook expressed appreciation to everyone and was excited to cut the ribbon and invited everyone in to see the new Center for the Arts.
The Center for the Arts plans to have a Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) session in honor of all the many donors and volunteers on Friday night, September 15. The official opening will be September 16. Hours for fall will be Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sundays 1 to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.