Wet, wild weekend motivates Marshall

Friday, June 26, 2009

This weekend, Marshall County residents could be singing the lyrics "In the morning, in the evening, ain't we got fun?"

Saturday morning the Duck River cleanup is 8 a.m. to noon from the Henry Horton State Park boat ramp east of the Nashville Highway bridge. It's in conjunction with similar efforts in Shelbyville and Columbia tomorrow morning.

Saturday evening, the second Lewisburg Cruise-In will be held on the County Courthouse square from 5-8 p.m. The program is substantially the same as the previous car show that's to be on the square on the last Saturday of every month through September.

Meanwhile, the county commissioners' Tourism Committee has sanctioned a $1,000 contribution to help organizers of the event that attracted 140 cars and trucks to town on May 30. The Tourism Committee controls spending of money received from motel room rent taxes.

The appropriation was to an account maintained by Mike Wiles, executive director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board, a panel including representatives from the county, its municipalities and private citizens.

The Cruise-In was organized by a loose-knit group of volunteers who appreciate old cars, custom vehicles and the camaraderie between owners and families of owners of such vehicles.

Since those volunteers don't have a charted group with an Internal Revenue Service designation as a non-profit, tax-free organization, the JECDB is channeling the money for the car show.

"We have to show the money has been used and committed by the end of the fiscal year next week," according to Greg Lowe, one of the volunteers who's organized the events that again include City Manager Eddie Fuller as the disc jockey.

The Cruise-In may need "a kids' bouncy, a band... [and] more fliers," Lowe told area residents interested in the program that's been recognized as attracting hundreds of people during its first show one month ago.