Dont'a Hightower to have road dedicated in his honor
by Ivory Riner
The well-known Dont'a Hightower is to have the road off of 1st Avenue North, at the entrance of Rock Creek Park, to be designated in his honor if a proposal to that effect passes through the City Council during next week's meeting.
That was one of the items discussed during the council's work session Monday night at City Hall. On Tuesday night, the council has its official meeting.
Hightower, a Marshall County native and linebacker for the New England Patriots, represented Lewisburg proudly as he led his team to victory during the defeat of the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 1 in Superbowl XLIX.
Randall Dunn, Lewisburg City Manager, says Hightower deserves to be recognized.
"Dont'a's credentials are too long to list," said Dunn.
If Dunn's idea of the sign passes, it will be revealed during the Fourth of July festivities, where Dunn is planning to have Hightower attending.
In other business, Greg Lowe, Director of Economic Development, requested that the council repair the roof and exterior walls to the building off of West Commerce Street, previously the location of the Pulaski Technical College.
The building is to be the site of Tennessee College of Applied Technology out of Shelbyville.
Currently, the Shelbyville location has a 180-person waiting list. Lowe said with TCAT being accessible in Lewisburg, it will provide industrial maintenance training in Marshall County.
According to David Jent, Realty and Auction Agent, drivers are detouring through the alley beside his business, Mid-Town Laundry, located on 2nd Avenue North, to avoid the red light. Now, with speed bumps recently installed, drivers are going around them and into his parking lot.
He requested that the council have the speed bumps removed.
Dunn says renovations to the Lewisburg Recreational Center pool are ahead of schedule.
In two weeks the pool will be filled with water and on April 27, the swirly slide will be installed.
A ribbon cutting for the grand revealing is to be on May 20 or 21, and the pool is to be open to the public on May 23.
Although construction is $940 under bid price, Dunn requested that the city purchase a custom fit cover, something Burleson, constructors of the renovation, suggested be purchased.
These requests are to be discussed and voted on at the City Council meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Tuesday.