Tourist Commission pays to keep billboard through June
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jun 06, 2012 | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Cadiz billboard on Interstate 24, located near the Kentucky/Tennessee line, has been paid for by the Cadiz Merchants Association for more than 20 years.</i>
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The Cadiz billboard on Interstate 24, located near the Kentucky/Tennessee line, has been paid for by the Cadiz Merchants Association for more than 20 years.

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The Interstate 24 billboard near the Kentucky/Tennessee line, which advertises Cadiz, is safe, if temporarily.

Bill Stevens, executive director of the Cadiz/Trigg County Tourist Commission, says that group committed to pay $700 on the sign for the month of June, and that they will come back to the issue and decide whether or not to continue to pay $700 a month, depending on what the City of Cadiz and Trigg County governments decide. However, he feels confidant that the City will support it to some extent.

“We’re not giving up on it,” said Stevens. Had the Tourist Commission not paid $700, the lease would’ve expired on June 10.

The matter in question was discussed when the Trigg County Fiscal Court met last Tuesday evening, and then again this past Monday evening, where Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said they decided not to act.

The Cadiz Merchants Association wants the Fiscal Court and the Cadiz City Council to split the $10,000 cost of maintaining the billboard on Interstate 24 near the Kentucky-Tennessee line. CMA member and Blue Heron co-owner Char Manning has said that $8,400 of that is for the billboard itself and $1,600 is for the four smaller state signs.

“We have been paying for it for 22 years,” said CMA member Karla White. “It’s the only sign coming from the south that tells people there is anything at Exit 65. And all the businesses, not just the antique shops … are going to feel the impact of it.”

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