Goode, who is the state director for USDA’s Rural Development Division, presented Joe Bryan, president of the CCHHC, with the news the center is getting a boost of $20,000 to help with completing Phase I of the project.
Darlene Goins, treasurer, said the funding will be used to purchase audiovisual equipment, computer stations, software and other items.
CCHHC opened earlier this year.
For several months, members of the community, industry, and the historical society worked to strip carpet, redo fixtures and reclaim the former Regions Bank building which was purchased through donations from individuals and industry in Charleston as well as many others.
The endeavor became reality.
Interest then came from Middle Tennessee State University and Dr. Carroll Van West, who was just selected as the state historian by Gov. Bill Haslam.
MTSU has done Cherokee studies in Charleston.
As director of the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, West’s crew provided artwork which tells the story of Charleston’s rich Cherokee and Civil War heritage.
“The Rural Business Enterprise Grant for $20,000 will help the center develop tourism and promote the history of the area,” Goode said.
On hand were Charleston Mayor Walter Goode, Melissa Woody of the Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis, state Rep. Eric Watson and others.
Woody announced Phase II of the Heritage Center project is close to becoming a reality.
“It will include expansion of the building which will be used for exhibitions and a conference room,” Woody said regarding the second phase of the project.