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Dickson Awarded Almost $600K for Downtown Revitalization

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by Emily Luxen

DICKSON, Tenn. – The city of Dickson has announced major improvements for the downtown area, courtesy of an almost $600,000 dollar grant.

Dickson was awarded the grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and has earmarked on Phase III of the ongoing revitalization project.

The money would be used to complete work on sections of West College Street and Main Street, including projects like sidewalks, new crosswalks, signage, decorative lighting, and landscaping.

"It's all about trying to keep that area moving along and not keep it stagnant," said Dickson Mayor Don Weiss, Jr.

With the help of around $3 million in grant money over the last four years, the city had already made upgrades ranging from parking areas to landscaping along Main Street.

Downtown business owners said they appreciate the effort, and believe it helps them attract customers.

"It's just very inviting," said Megan Odle, the business manager at Three Times a Lady. "People feel free to walk around, they feel safe, and they feel welcome."

Odle said she hopes the work continues because it really benefits the entire city's economy.

"The more money that comes in, the more it helps schools and people who need it," said Odle. "I think everything they have done so far really looks beautiful.

Mayor Weiss said the city still plans to do two more phases of work in downtown. They would attempt to get more grant money in 2014 to help with costs.

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