A rapid makeover is ongoing in downtown Thomson - one that will enhance the historical significance of our city.
Sure, I've heard the complaints from several people about the traffic snarls because of the construction that has been and will continue to be going for several more weeks. Even I haven't enjoyed that part of it a whole lot - trying to find a parking space - either along Railroad Street or in the rear of those businesses.
But I'll say this right away. It's going to be great looking when such construction is finished. It will be something that I believe we can all be proud about.
I've often heard that things get worse before they get better, Maybe that's what we have going on with our downtown revitalization project at present. But look at the positive side - it won't last forever, One day the project will be finished. I'm optimistic that it will look nice,
And the reason I'm so optimistic about it is that I remember how our city looked along First Avenue - where our downtown revitalization project first was launched. Before work began in that area, it was terrible looking. We had two old buildings along First Avenue simply taking up space - not being used and looking as though they had seen their last days. As it turned out, they had and were burned and torn down.
I salute our city officials in forging ahead in such a progressive way. That part of our city looks 100 percent better. And as soon as the improvements are made along Railroad and Main streets, I'm sure those areas will be dramatically improved, too.
These TE grant projects, funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation, are a terrific way to get done what has needed addressing for many years in Thomson.
The revitalization work will coincide nicely with the proposed multi-million joint city/county government center that is planned for the future.
Speaking of that idea, I'm certainly hopeful that McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall and Maj. Ronnie Williamson will be added as new joint city/county government center committee members before too long.
Both of those men could prove to be vital once discussions of security matters get underway. Their voices and wisdom would be a big plus - in my opinion. After all, it's the responsibility of all sheriffs in Georgia to oversee courthouse security.
For example, protecting a murder defendant and the public during a three-day trial in McDuffie County Superior Court last week fell on Sheriff Marshall. The sheriff appointed Maj. Williamson to head up the security team. And both did an outstanding job. No doubt about it, we're fortunate to have such knowledgeable men in our local law enforcement circles.