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Chamber cleaning up the town

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee Chamber of Commerce has been visible quite a bit of late. Members and volunteers with the organization have been cleaning up around Tallassee.

Chamber director Jerry Cunningham started with a pressure washer at the new Chamber of Commerce office on Barnett Boulevard in the downtown district. He and others started with sidewalk cleaning.

That carried over to the east side of the river with work recently at the East Tallassee Shopping Center, where the Tallassee High School FFA chipped in.

"We had 17 students," Cunningham said. "We pressure washed the sidewalks, painted the poles and cleaned around the curbing. There was like 15 pounds of dirt."

Currently, there are two businesses operating in the shopping center; Godwin's Flowers and R&D Pawn Shop.

Cunningham, himself, worked at A.D. Ballard's Store in the shopping center back in the 1970s. The location that housed the grocery store is now vacant.

"There's probably about eight spots open," Cunningham added. "The building is for sale. The Holt family has everything but the pawn shop. Gary Lowe owns that one."

The cleanup should continue. Cunningham said there will be more work days probably up towards old Carrville, which has another old shopping center.

"We do have intentions of going up that way and cleaning up the facade. The FFA is willing to help. We're limited in our resources. At least on the main drag through town, we can make things look a little bit better. It's good for the students and community. I'm already getting some nice comments."

The sidewalks will be on display in downtown for another "Sidewalk Sale" which is scheduled for Oct. 17.