Another big Saturday this weekend – Published in the Oct. 5-11 edition of the C-D

What a fun Saturday in Tishomingo we had! There were so many people involved in the successful execution of the Paint The Town Red event for the grand opening of Ole Red’s. Local and neighboring law enforcement, EMS, Mercy Hospital, our emergency manager, city mayor and manager, and the many volunteers, Ole Red Staff, Ryman Hospitality event staff and Blake Shelton all made it possible. And how cool was it to see country music legends in Tishomingo, along with Bill Cody? I was in awe of the picture that surfaced on Facebook of all of the lights of people’s phone down Main Street. I can’t wait to see that and Blake’s key to the city hanging in Ole Red’s! Not only do we now have the attention of the thousands of people who were able to attend the event here, plus the Opry members who sang, but the millions who watched the event live on Facebook. I think even Blake was in shock at the number of people affected by his decision to invest in Tishomingo.

The work is not through, though. Now we have an obligation to make the most of the opportunities and resources that were already here, but that needed a little jump start. Our city and county’s natural resources are a tourist draw in and of themselves, keeping them maintained is a challenge, but we can all be stewards of them in small ways. If you ever have friends or family visiting and you aren’t really sure of all that there is to do in Johnston County, please come and see me. I promise I can fill up a weekend of things for you to do!

I am definitely looking forward to the coming Saturday and the events of the Chickasaw Festival. I fully intend to watch the spectacular parade, which includes performances from high school bands across the state, but only after visiting the Tishomingo Fire Department’s open house, of course! The vendors, arts and crafts, and art show are sure to be next, followed by the fast-pitch softball tournament and the rodeo at Murray State College.

I want to thank the staff at the Capital-Democrat for giving us all the opportunity to welcome Ole Red and the Chickasaw Nation in last week’s special edition. If you missed it, copies are available at the Chamber office.

We are so glad to welcome Junk Stars as a Chamber business member! On a post that we added on Facebook with pictures of the inside, an Ada woman commented, “Visited Junk Gypsy’s Store in Roundtop, Texas. Looks like they have nothing on you. Looking forward to a visit soon.” I hope we have many visitors for years to come.

“There’s no place like home.” The Wizard of Oz