ROGERSVILLE - Planning for this year's annual Fourth of July celebration in Rogersville is continuing without a hitch, and there's going to be something big added to the mix this time around.
Fourth of July Celebration committee chairman Dr. Blaine Jones presented the Rogersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday with an update on his progress in planning the town's Independence Day party.
Jones noted that one of the new attractions for this year's celebration is the addition of a "Jumbotron," which will be able to display messages from the main stage that can hopefully be seen throughout the City Park where the celebration takes place.
"It will be able to put messages up, primarily for our sponsors to get them some better advertising," Jones told the BMA. "We'll be able to put up messages about the town, Chamber of Commerce contact numbers and things like that."
Jones also noted that the committee's goal every year is to have every ride and attraction for children free of charge, which means raising enough funds to pay the ride operators enough to cover a full day's admission.
"I'm happy to say tonight that right now we're two rides short of having everything up there in the park this year free," Jones said. "The kids will get to play on all the rides, ride the train, the rock wall and everything without paying a dime."
The featured artist at this year's Rogersville 4th of July Celebration is John Michael Montgomery.
In other business the BMA:
•Heard a report from Alderman Philip Beal that Rogersville's annual Renaissance Faire will be held the first weekend in June at its regular location, the Crockett Spring Park.
•Authorized Mayor Jim Sells to sign the capital outlay note, loan note, and loan agreement for the $360,000 zero interest T-DEC Energy Efficiency Loan that will be used to install the new HVAC system for the Hale Springs Inn project.
•Authorized the mayor to sign a change order to allow more time for the completion of the Heritage Trail project. Sells explained that the construction company's failure to meet the completion deadline was not the company's fault.
Sells said delays in getting utility cables moved for the project created the main holdup, and the city will grant the company until June 11 to complete the project. The new trail extends from the City Park, through the historic downtown area and to Crockett Creek Park.
The time extension will cost the town $2,000 extra to cover an extension of the engineer's contract, which was also approved by the BMA.
•Agreed to advertise for bid for a new mower. Alderman Wayne Slater reported to the board that the existing mower is 20 years old and city workers spend more time repairing it than mowing. He said he's eyeing a demo mower that would cost about $26,000, as opposed to the new model that is $35,000.