Cornersville Readies for Halloween by Scott Pearson
Cornersville is getting ready for Halloween and planning on naming the newest bridge in town.
The two issues topped agenda at the monthly Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last Thursday evening.
Aldermen unanimously passed a “courtesy’ resolution approving the town’s annual Halloween in the Park celebration, sponsored by the Cornersville Lions Club.
The popular event draws large crowds and, last year, questions were raised about safety at the event, concerned with the combination of children and traffic on Main Street.
“We’re going to do everything we can to make it safer,” said Town Administrator Scotty Brock.
Brock told the board that he had discussed planning for the event in detail with the Lions, the Cornersville Police Department, and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff will detail two additional deputies to assist with traffic on the evening and the local Tennessee Department of Transportation office will again provide electronic signs for either end of town to warn drivers of the event.
Aldermen also approved the naming of the new Hatchett Hollow bridge.
Initially, the plan was to name the bridge after L.E. “Buddy” McClintock, who worked for the town, as well as serving as an alderman for many years.
Alderman Mary Johnson first mentioned the idea months ago, when the town was in the process of naming the Coleman Road bridge in memory of Bryan Giles.
“There was never any doubt in my mind who it should be named after,” said Johnson.
“It’s a tremendous honor for the family,” said Alderman Sheryl McClintock, daughter of the honoree.
She noted that her grandfather also worked for the town and wondered if the bridge, close to the family land, shouldn’t include him as well or be named after the family as a whole.
“I don’t know what’s appropriate,” she said.
McClintock said that she would speak with her siblings to determine how they would like to proceed, but she knew that the family would prefer not to have a ceremony for the dedication.
The aldermen approved the naming of the bridge, with the exact wording of the dedication to be determined later.
Cornersville Police Department officer Wesley Vick also reported to the board that the department received a $5,000 grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Grant program to conduct high visibility enforcement activities during the next year.
Half of the grant, which is a 100 percent grant requiring no town funds, will cover overtime for officers to provide additional patrols in areas of need.
Vick also mentioned that the department was awarded a grant which will cover half of the cost of new bulletproof vets for the CPD.