Blues Festival support
Thomson-McDuffie Tourism Board members voted to show their support for the upcoming Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival by giving the event $5,000.
The festival will be held on May 22 in Thomson, and it will be headlined by Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Marcia Ball.
This is the fifth Blind Willie Festival since it was reborn in 1998. The event is known throughout the southeast for its great blues and rocks acts, as well as its good food and attractive merchandise.
Graves leaves Sweetwater
Sweetwater Baptist Minister of Music Harry Graves has accepted a position at First Baptist Greensboro. He announced on March 14 that his near five years at Sweetwater would come to an end on March 28.
Rev. Graves will be the pastor of music and worship at FBG in Greensboro, Ga. There, he will be in charge of two Sunday worship services, one contemporary and one traditional.
Golf tournament set
In an effort to bring more sporting events -- and consequently, more hotel and sales tax dollars -- to McDuffie County, the Tourism Board has arranged to host a Southeastern Junior Golf Tour event on Aug. 21 and 22 at Belle Meade Country Club. Local officials hope that the event will fill up local hotels and restaurants.
One of the Tourism Board's goals for this year is create more dollars associated with people staying overnight in McDuffie County and spending money in hopes of increasing tax revenue.
Roads set for paving
A little more than a mile of city streets are slated to be paved later this year.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has agreed to help pave Cleveland Street from Gordon Street to Railroad Street and all of First Avenue, Mobley Street and Reese Street.
Also, two other streets -- part of Wilson Street at Reese Street and all of Shadowmoor Circle -- will be paved under the state's Local Assistance Road Program.
Thomson Mayor Bob Knox credited a meeting with Georgia DOT Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport a few months ago as part of the reason for the paving projects.