Some of you news buffs may remember hearing about a devastating ash spill at TVA's Kingston Steam Plant on December 22 of this year. TVA is still engaged in the cleanup of that catastrophic containment breach, and settling with area home owners that lost their homes and property.
In a further attempt to make amends and gain positive PR, the Tennessee Valley Authority has earmarked $43 million in Roane County, Tennessee restoration projects. While education is the primary area needing funding, a portion of that funding, $1.7 million, was awarded to the Princess Foundation Project, a project that I have been a part of since the first of 2009.
In celebration of that good news, I posted this piece on the Princess Theater Blog today:
THE BEST NEWS FOR HARRIMAN IN 40+ YEARS!
The Roane County Economic Development Foundation announced today the projects that will be funded with the money TVA donated on Monday (9/14/09) for the restoration of
Today (9/16/09) the Foundation announced the “approved” projects that the $43 million earmarked for
$32,000: Rockwood paving improvements
$1.7 million: Princess Theater complex renovation in Harriman
An approval for $32 million for the
The $1.7 million for the restoration of the Princess "complex" area in Downtown Harriman, could actually have been included in the promised $32 million that will be directed toward the
Most people think the Princess will become a “movie theater” again, which is far from the truth. True, there may be times a special movie, especially ones created by local movie makers and/or the arts departments of Roane State and the local high schools, is shown and premiered at the Princess Theater, but the truth is the primary purpose of the auditorium segment of the Arts Education and Conferencing Center “complex” (see area #3 in the photo above) will be for arts and event productions, large scale teleconferencing meetings, reunions and similar party and planning events, and live music.
Area #1 (in photo above) is slated to become a TV and radio station operated by the students of
The result of such a “complex” will be the enhancement of arts education in the area which results in entertainment for the citizens of the area.
As Harriman Mayor
The Mayor went on to say, “Today I have the pleasure to let you know that the Roane County Economic Development Board voted unanimously to give the Princess Foundation for Arts Education and
I want to thank everyone that has participated in this LONG endeavor including the
The projected open date will be Summer 2010.
Thanks again…the future is bright for the City of