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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Minnie Pearl Statue of much discussion, Centerville, TN

Minnie Pearl Statue, Centerville, TN

This statue honoring Country Music and Grand Old Opry legend Minnie Pearl is in the Town Square of Centerville, TN with the Hickman County Courthouse in the background. The statue was unveiled in 2005. This photo was taken in 2006. That's where the story falls apart.

The town of Centerville decided too many people were coming into town and clogging up the square, such that something had to be done. The statue was to be removed while the town came up with a plan. In the meantime, the guy responsible for raising the finds to get the statue there in the first place decided to remove the statue on his own (Partially upsetting some of the private donors.)

The statue for a while was moved into the lobby of the Commodore Hotel in Linden, and soon after moved to a private residence where I think it still resides. In the meantime, all through traffic is routed along the West side of the town square instead of having to travel all the way around, so the square is now able to support the level of tourists a statue would bring.

There hasn't really been any news on this lately that I have heard. The guy with the statue is in no hurry to put it back. I've read that the city has considered looking to use city funds to purchase a replacement. Lots of people will be unhappy however this turns out.

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