Special Program Held to Celebrate Listing of James Beaty General Merchandise Store on the National Register of Historic Places

Left to right: Mark Dudney, Ruth (Beaty) Cunningham, Wilma (Beaty) Cravens, Lucille Beaty, Fentress Co. Executive J. Michael Cross, Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks, and Barbara Cross at the ceremony celebrating the listing of the James Beaty General Merchandise Store in Grimsley on the National Register of Historic Places.

Left to right: Mark Dudney, Ruth (Beaty) Cunningham, Wilma (Beaty) Cravens, Lucille Beaty, Fentress Co. Executive J. Michael Cross, Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks, and Barbara Cross at the ceremony celebrating the listing of the James Beaty General Merchandise Store in Grimsley on the National Register of Historic Places.

At  2 p.m. on Friday, April 24, a special program was held at the James Beaty General Merchandise Store at 5000 State Route 28, US 127 Alvin York Highway, Grimsley, to celebrate the listing of the store on the National Register of Historic Places.

Following the presentation of the Colors by the Clarkrange High School JROTC Color Guard, followed by our National Anthem, Mark Dudney, Historic Preservation Planner, Upper Cumberland Development District, welcomed a rather large group of family, friends and well-wishers, thanking everyone for attending and helping celebrate this memorial occasion.

Dudney expressed his thanks to First Sergeant Gil Sandoval and the Color Guard of the Clarkrange High School Junior ROTC for helping properly observe this public ceremony. as well as extending a special welcome to my colleagues from the Tennessee Historical Commission who made the trip from Nashville to help in the celebration, including Ms. Claudette Stager, Assistant Director for Federal Programs; Ms. Peggy Nickell and Ms. Christine Mathieson, Historic Preservation Specialists who specialize in the National Register; and Mr. Patrick McIntyre, State Historic Preservation Officer and the Executive Director of the Historical Commission.

He also recognized his good friend and predecessor in Historic Preservation at the Development District, Mr. Randy Williams, who was also in attendance.

Mr. Dudney then gave  special recognition and thanks to Mr. Bob Taylor for coordinating this event and for all his hard work in making it happen. Mr. Taylor is a Grimsley native who now lives in Oregon but deeply cares about preserving Fentress County history and has been involved in this project from the beginning. Fianlly, he gave special thanks and recognition to the members of the Beaty Family present to celebrate the recognition of their father’s store: Ms. Lucille Beaty, Mrs. Wilma Beaty Cravens and Ms. Ruth Beaty Cunningham.

Mr. Dudney then introduced Fentress County Executive Mike Cross, who spoke of the significance of the day and the importance of preserving historic places such as the Beaty store, stating that it was a distinct honor for him to be a part of the event.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.