2016 Main Street Murfreesboro Chairman Brian Robertson
Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland
Newly elected Board Member Rev. Keith Caldwell (center), pastor of Key United Methodist Church. (right) Murfreesboro City Councilwoman Madelyn Scales-Harris.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD received by Marina's On The Square owner Doug Duross.
DESIGN AWARD goes to Farrar & Wright legal firm. Accepting the honor are owners Amy Farrar (center) and Sonya Smith Wright (right).
Murfreesboro City Councilman and downtown business owner Bill Shacklett reminisces about his lifelong friend Doug Young. Vice Mayor Young passed away this past December after a long battle with cancer.
Susan Young (left) accepts the 1st Annual DOUG YOUNG LEADERSHIP AWARD posthumously for her husband.
Despite the rain, it was a packed house at Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant on the historic town square for the 32nd Annual Main Street Murfreesboro meeting and luncheon.
Main Street Executive Director Kathleen Herzog welcomed members and called Reverend Polk Van Zandt of St. Paul's Episcopal Church to give the invocation. Then 2017 Chair Brian Robertson introduced visiting government officials and shared highlights of the past year.
Robertson noted there were two vacancies on the board, one for the late Doug Young, who passed away in December, and another for David LaRoche, who had to resign due to other commitments. He presented the names of two candidates interviewed by the nominating committee. After discussion, Key United Methodist Church Pastor Keith Caldwell and Regan-Smith Executive Vice President Randy Caldwell received unanimous approval.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
The popular restaurant, Marina's On The Square, received the downtown business of the year award. Restaurant Owner Doug Duross came forward an accepted the honor.
Farrar and Wright, attorneys and advisers, renovated their historic building at 122 North Church Street. This garnered the firm MAIN STREET'S "Design Award" that was received by Amy Farrar and Sonya Smith Wright.
DOUG YOUNG SPECIAL REMEMBRANCE
City Councilman and downtown business owner Bill Shacklett shared memories about his lifelong friend Doug Young. Vice Mayor Young was also serving on the 2016 Main Street board, along with operating City Tile and Floor Covering, his family business, when he succumbed to cancer on December 18, 2016.
Main Street created the DOUG YOUNG LEADERSHIP AWARD to honor individuals who go well beyond the extra mile to improve our community. It was felt that the first of this annual recognition should go to its namesake–Doug Young. Doug's wife, Susan, accepted the honor on behalf of her husband.
Incoming chair Brian Kidd came forward and thanked Brian Robertson for his service as chairman during 2016.