Groundbreaking ceremony for new Welcome Center r
On Friday, July 16 members of the community and dignitaries met on site for the new Amonett Place, The Borderlands Living History Village & Welcome Center groundbreaking ceremony and to announce preparations for the start of the project. Housing the Byrdstown Pickett County Chamber of Commerce and The Borderlands Museum, the Welcome Center will become the hub for tourism information and the gateway into Tennessee for our guests coming through Kentucky on Highway 111.
Amonett Place will be the first welcome center on Highway 111, a major north-south corridor across Tennessee. Tourism has become critical to our current and future economic development and having the visitor center on 111 will make it much easier for people to get information on the sites of interest within the county and through out the region. It will also serve to bring the attention of the visitor to downtown Byrdstown and the local and regional businesses that are not immediately apparent at 50 mph on the way to the lake.
The project, which began in 2002, was made possible with Federal Transportation Enhancement funding. It was submitted to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for review and selection from among many other competitive proposals before Pickett County was recommended to Governor Bredesen to be funded. The $320,000 grant awarded to Pickett County for this project was announced by Governor Bredesen in 2004. With the steady and dedicated efforts of Pickett County Executive Stephen Bilbrey in partnership with U.S. Congressman Lincoln Davis, Tennessee State Representative Les Winningham, Upper Cumberland Development District Cultural Resources Manager Randy Williams, Byrdstown Mayor Bill Robbins, The Borderlands Foundation, the Byrdstown Pickett County Chamber of Commerce and many dedicated volunteers, this project will finally see the light of day and will be a valuable asset to the community.