Rivertowns program celebration

Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless (at podium) speaks Friday afternoon at Wilson Stage on the downtown riverfront, during a celebration for Paducah-McCracken County and Calvert City’s selection for the inaugural cohort of the Tennessee RiverTowns Program. The event attracted a sizable, but socially distant crowd, which included many Paducah Ambassadors wearing their famous red attire. She was joined on stage by City Manager Jim Arndt, City Commissioner Sandra Wilson, River Discovery Center executive director Julie Harris, McCracken County Judge-Executive Craig Clymer, Calvert City Mayor Lynn Jones and State Rep. Chris Freeland.

Paducah-McCracken County officials joined with Calvert City and River Discovery Center leaders Friday to celebrate the two communities’ selection for the Tennessee RiverTowns Program.

They are two of 15 Tennessee River communities selected for the program’s inaugural cohort and are starting a journey to become an official Tennessee RiverTown and part of the Tennessee RiverLine, as announced Thursday by the city of Paducah. The RiverLine is described as “North America’s next great regional trail system,” while Paducah-McCracken County and Calvert City are the only Kentucky communities in the program.

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