Dade County Executive Ted Rumley reported during the Oct. 29 weekly county update that the new Dollar General store, which will be set up in Sand Mountain, will be up and running by mid-April 2021.
Rumley said that the contractors were given a April 1 deadline to finish all construction and the store was given two weeks after April 1 to stock the entire store. Rumley said he believes that all construction work will be done ahead of the deadline, which could lead to an earlier grand opening date.
Rumley said that most of the demolition work has been completed for the new Tractor Supply and that environmental workers are surveying the land before building construction can begin. A grand opening date will be released in the coming weeks.
Rumley also reported that the old Fred’s building in Trenton was sold last week. The county has a non-disclosure agreement, meaning it cannot share which business is setting up shop in the building until later in November.
Trenton-Dade Historic Preservation Commission Member Sarah Moore said that the roof substructure in the old courthouse is still being repaired. The funding came from a Georgia Heritage Grant in the amount of $20,000. Moore said that all future courthouse renovations will also be funded through grants and fundraisers. The commission plans to renovation the electrical and plumbing systems in the near future, selling 2021 calendars to help raise funding.
“We’re continually having fundraising activities to support this project,” Moore said.
All 15 courthouse windows have been replaced. Citizens can sponsor the existing windows in honor or memory of someone. For more information, contact the Trenton-Dade Historic Preservation Commission at 423-227-6057.
Jane Dixon with the Alliance for Dade announced that the organization is partnering with the Dade County Library for Illumination Day, a day when all Trenton public and business buildings will be lit up in Christmas lights. The lights will be lit at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5. Children can also have their photograph taken with Santa Clause by appointment only at the library.
Dixon said that the partnership was created to help drive tourism and local spending efforts in Dade.
“We want you to drive through the town of Trenton,” Dixon said. “Enjoy the lights. Stop and wave. Enjoy the merchants and business people who make their living in Trenton and give to our community.”