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County donates to Lions Club

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

From staff reports

The Marshall County Economic and Community Development/ Tourism Committee has increased its appropriation to the Chapel Hill Lions Club.

Meanwhile, the committee of county commissioners who make decisions on redistribution of hotel-motel room tax revenue decided to make no decision about appropriating money to a Tennessee Walking Horse Show.

The committee wants to promote programs that will attract people to Marshall County for events that would prompt them to stay in a motel room because that's what generates money distributed by the committee, according to discussion with committeemen.

Chapel Hill Lions Club's sponsorship of the Super Pull of the South, one of the biggest tractor pulls in the region, is recognized as having the biggest audience of all sporting events in Marshall County. The annual event lasts several days in July, including the days before and after the event.

The county's ECD/ Tourism Committee appropriated $4,000 more than the $3,000 given previously to the Lions, meaning the club received a total of $7,000.

"We told them last year that if we had extra money, we'd consider them," Commissioner Mickey King, a member of the committee said.

Representatives of a one-day horse show sought $500 to help put their show on but no money was given, King reported. The committee decided last year to stop giving money to horse shows.

In response to another request, representatives of Marshall County Youth Baseball and Softball programs explained their need to fix a fence and put bars at windows and doors to make it harder for someone to break in to the concession stand.

"They had received $4,000 and with another $500, they've received $4,500," King said. Money left over from the repair bills is to help pay fees for a southeast regional tournament.

"The players in the tournament will be here over a week," the commissioner said.