Town of Jonesborough approves permit for new event, receives $25,000 donation to build dog park

Jonathan Roberts • Jun 10, 2019 at 10:26 PM

A new event is coming to Jonesborough this August, as is a new dog park along Little Limestone Creek, thanks to $25,000 donation from the Jonesborough Civitan.

After approving a revised contract between Jonesborough and the Jonesborough Civitan for the development of the dog park in May, the town received the large donation during Monday night’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

“That $25,000 from the Civitan will allow us to get our work underway to get the dog park completed,” said Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest. “Without that donation we would have probably been waiting until next year, but now we’ll be able to begin, I think, toward the end of this year.”

Civitan Vice President Steve Alexander said he was very excited about the donation, which also includes naming rights for the Civitan. The donation was made using funds they’ve been saving, waiting for an opportunity like this to arise.

“We’ve had these funds for many years, looking for a way to use them. We finally found a way to use them,” Alexander said.

Perhaps equally as big for the town was the application approval for a new event, the “Mill Spring Makers Faire.” The faire is set to be held Aug. 31, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., with hopes of showcasing area artisans and craftsmen.

“These events we have downtown really give our community a personality — gives our downtown a personality,” Vest said. “It also is great for our sales tax revenue.”

The Mill Spring Makers Faire expects to draw in 2,000 people, and showcase about 40 vendors and demonstrations. Vest’s only concern about the event — which was approved unanimously by the town’s aldermen — was for pedestrian safety, as the faire will require the closure of Spring St.

During the meeting, applications to sell wine by the Roadrunner convenience store on Boone St. and the BP convenience store on East Jackson Boulevard were approved, and municipal code section 11-504(2) was re-established after being inadvertently left out in 2003. The code prohibits the establishment of adult-oriented businesses within Jonesborough’s corporate limits.

June 22 is now “Christopher Taylor House Day” in Jonesborough, by way of a mayoral proclamation. The proclamation was awarded to Heritage Alliance Exhibits Coordinator Jacob Simpson and the State of Franklin chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jeff “Asphalt Cowboy” Ward, who has worked for the town of Jonesborough for six years, was awarded Employee of the Month. Ward operates much of the town’s heavy equipment, namely paving and snow removal.