Quality of Place – Hickman County, Tennessee

Hickman County, Tennessee is a great place to live or just visit, but during the holiday season, it’s quality of place shines even brighter. A short tour down Highway 100 or Interstate 40 from Nashville brings you to unique, quaint shops and great food at a good value. This isn’t “happy holidays” at the mall — East Hickman, Centerville, and the rest of Hickman County have the real experience of the Christmas season. Some of the special events:

Saturday, December 06 2008, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
The Hickman County Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to an Open House at the Grinders Switch Center from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M on the historic (some might say ‘old-timey‘) Centerville Public Square. The Grinders Switch Center is home to the Chamber of Commerce, the Saturday morning live Grinders Switch Radio Hour and the Grinders Switch Museum. Location: 405 W. Public Square Centerville, TN

Sunday, December 7, 2008, 2:00pm
The Hickman Civitan Club presents the Centerville Christmas Parade. The parade will begin at 2 P.M with the theme “Gift of Freedom. Floats, bands, civic organizations and Santa Claus will be on hand as the parade moves from The Centerville Church of Christ parking lot down Huddleston Street to the Square and off down S Central Avenue back to the church. WNKX (Kix 96) will be broadcasting the parade on a tape delay process after the Titans Game. (in other words, you can listen to the Titans on Kix 96 while enjoying the parade.) Location: Downtown Centerville, TN

December 11th thru 13th
A presentation of Clay Harris Theatre and Farmhouse Restaurant, Christmas with Thora (at the Meat & Three) returns this season to the delight of the cast and crew. This time, though, Thora has the diner all set for a big Christmas celebration. You’ll laugh until you cry as Christmas comes to the Meat & Three. December 11-13 (for more info on times and tickets: Clay Harris Theatre)

Sunday, December 14 2008, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
The Keg Kounty Kowboys and the East Hickman Community Center will present the East Hickman Christmas Parade. East Hickman is the Bon Aqua, Lyles, Wrigley area near the intersection of Highway 100 and 46… a short drive from Nashville. The parade will start at 2 P.M. and travel down Highway 100. The word is Santa Claus will make the parade to work off that Sunday lunch at the Beacon Light Tea Room Restaurant.

Saturday, December 20 2008, 10:00am – 12:00pm
All Aboard!, The Santa Train rolls into town on Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 10 A.M. at the Hickman County Senior Citizens Center. The South Central Tennessee Railroad and the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce partner to welcome the jolly old elf into town. This event may be as much fun for railroad fans as it is for the children. Location: Just past the intersection of Highway 100 and 50 in Centerville.

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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