State Officials Join Historical Society Members For Visit To James Beaty General Mdse. Store


Left to right: John Robbins, Constituent Assistant to State Representative John Mark Windle; Willie Beaty and Sarah Patton, Past President and President of the Fentress County Historical Society; State Senator Ken Yager, and State Representative John Mark Windle.

Left to right: John Robbins, Constituent Assistant to State Representative John Mark Windle; Willie Beaty and Sarah Patton, Past President and President of the Fentress County Historical Society; State Senator Ken Yager, and State Representative John Mark Windle.

State Senator Ken Yager and State Representative John Mark Windle joined with officials of the Fentress County Historical Society for a visit to the James Beaty General Merchandise Store in Grimsley on Monday, February 10.

The James Beaty store, which was built in 1924, was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.  The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee.

Senator Yager expressed his appreciation to the local historical society, stating:  “We’re here to join with the historical society to express our appreciation for their work to put this historic building on the Register of Historic Places to preserve it for future generations, and I’m just proud to be a part of it.”

Representative Windle also expressed his appreciation to the historical society, stating:  “I would certainly like to thank all the members of the Fentress County Historical Society who have recognized the importance of preserving this historic site for the next generation, and all those who have worked so hard to make this happen.”

Willie Beaty, past president of the Fentress County Historic Association, also commented:  “We’re happy to be a part of this.  We have already lost too many buildings, so I’m glad that we can get this on the Register and preserve another historic site.”

In a recent press release announcing that the local store had been chosen to be placed on the National Register, Patrick McIntyre,  Executive Director of the Tennessee Historic Commission, commented: “The National Register honors places that help Tennesseans understand our heritage and make our communities unique and enjoyable,  We are confident this recognition will help retain these unique sites for future generations to know and appreciate.”

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