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Homecoming parade route to remain unchanged

By Michael Butler

After much debate and consideration, there will be no changes to either of Tallassee's annual parades. The Tallassee High School homecoming parade and Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade will maintain their same routes.

Conversation arose over safety issues with the parades and their procession routes in recent weeks; however, 2017 will be just like recent years.

Tallassee police cheif Matthew Higgins spoke about the reasons for the talk.

"My concern is holding up the bridge any longer than we need to with traffic and hindering emergency vehicles, plus going from parade speed to highway speed with kids on back of trucks," he said.

Tallassee High School principal Matt Coker also talked about safety.

"My issue is having all of our kids going across the bridge and everyone trying to get back over here," Coker added. "It's dangerous. At the end of the day, we have to do what's right for the safety of everybody."

At the end of the day, school personnel chose to stay status quo as did board members with the Chamber of Commerce.

"(The Christmas parade) will run as usual," Chamber director Michone Roye stated. "It will be on the first Saturday in December. It will begin at 10 a.m. I think we have a really good parade, and I want to be able to keep it that way."

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