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Preserving Decherd’s past; Effort made to restore Mt. Garner arch

Posted on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 8:20 pm


Michael Gillespie, a Decherd Historical and Preservation Society founding member, addresses the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday about establishing a funding avenue to restore the stone arch at Mt. Garner Cemetery, adjacent to 9th Avenue and Shepherd Street.

Gillespie asked that an account be established to accept donations to reimburse the city for restoring the arch, estimated to cost between $5,000 and $10,000.

However, Decherd Mayor Robin Smith said the process is easier said than done. He added that the city has to keep detailed records and receipts of any public donations, but the process could be worked through by using the city’s Historical Committee to handle the process in accord with State of Tennessee accounting standards.

See Friday’s Herald Chronicle for more information about the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.