Historical Society might get Jefferson Street building for museum
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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At least part of the old Masonic Lodge building on Jefferson Street could be turned into a Trigg County museum sometime in the not-too-distant future.

At Monday evening’s Trigg County Fiscal Court meeting, Magistrate Barry Littlejohn said he talked to members of the county’s Historical Society about turning the building into a museum, part of which would document the county’s transportation history.

“It would bring people up to date on the original Trigg County,” Littlejohn said.

The building has, at different times, housed the Masonic Lodge, The Cadiz Record, the Cadiz Christian Church and most recently the Trigg County Senior Citizens Center.

Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said he was also contacted by the historical society about the project, and said the proposal is to have the county let them use the building rent-free and, at least temporarily, with free utilities.

The historical society would staff the building themselves, and they would have to pay for any signage and renovations themselves, said Humphries, who stated that they have applied for a transportation grant, which would require that part of the museum be dedicated to transportation history.

And although no action was taken on the matter, Ronnie Sadler, a member of the Small Business Committee, talked to the fiscal court about a small business proposal. He also explained that the small business committee came of the Community Vision meetings last year.

“We have decided that our first initiative will be to hold a new business concept contest,” Sadler said. “This will invite participants to enter their best idea for a new business that will operate in Cadiz and Trigg County.”

There will be a youth division for people 25 years old and younger, which will involve a cash prize and a mentoring from an experienced businessperson, and an open division that will be open to all ages, and the winner will receive cash, legal advice, and possibly rent-free facilities, said Sadler.

Although he didn’t name names, Sadler, said that one local bank has already “signed on” with them with the proposal, and he also said he plans to talk to the Cadiz City Council as well. He stated that he is asking for assistance from both the city and county.

Humphries said the idea is definitely worth thinking about.

* During the judge’s comments portion, Humphries said that the third annual Agriculture Appreciation Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at the Trigg County Recreation Complex Convention Center.

There will be a special called fiscal court meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 18, to accept bids for the stream clean-out projects at the county’s FSA office on Commerce Street.

And Humphries also announced that as he will be in Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 21, the next fiscal court meeting will be held on Monday, March 28, at 6 p.m.
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