DEPOT RESTORED TO ORIGINAL ELEGANCE
A project more than six years in the development stage continues to take shape. Work on the Carthage Junction Depot project located on Highway 53 at the south end of Crump Paris Park continues to move forward. In October 2014, the depot was relocated from its former location which was the site of the KFC/Taco Bell restaurant at the Interstate 40 Gordonsville Exit. Since then upgrades have been made to the building as funding has become available. Friends of the Depot have spent numerous hours volunteering to restore the building and raising funds for the restoration.
Plans are for the former depot to be a multi-use facility including an access area for kayakers on the Caney Fork River. Much of the restoration work on the building has been completed and now developers are looking to enhance its surroundings. During a recent meeting of the Smith County Joint Economic and Community Development Board, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Billy Woodard informed board members supporters of the project were searching for a grant in order to have a boatramp constructed on the Caney Fork River at the depot site. Also, supporters of the depot are also looking to construct a wooden ramp from building to the river. In addition, there are plans to restore a road which leads down to the river from Highway 53/Gordonsville Highway.
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