Cherokee Village opens tourist and welcome center

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Photo/Submitted State highway crews have installed three new highway signs in the Cherokee Village-Hardy area pointing the way to a new Tourist Information and Welcome Center at Cherokee Village City Hall. The center, which is staffed by community volunteers, is open Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Those new Tourist Information highway signs in the Hardy, Cherokee Village area point the way to the new Tourist Information and Welcome Center which opened on Friday, Aug. 28 at Cherokee Village City Hall.

The Cherokee Village Planning and Promotion Committee has been working on creating an information center for tourists, people considering moving to the village and local residents interested in getting information on attractions around the state. The idea snow balled when an office inside city hall became available.

"I was on vacation when I got a call that we had office space and needed to get busy putting the center together," director Barbara Hawbaker said. "We are a state recognized tourist information center, and the state has supplied us with brochures and other information to distribute." She added the center will also contain information about local businesses, real estate and Cherokee Village and Spring River area attractions.

Before the opening, state highway crews installed three signs which say "Tourist Info Center" with an arrow pointing where to head to find it. The highway signs are on Highway 175, the Highway 175 spur and on Highway 62-412 at **** Road. The state has also supplied a sign outside city hall identifying the welcome center and inviting inviting people in.

"My husband and I were working to get the center ready this week and a man came in who was looking for information about Cherokee Village. He is considering locating here," Hawbaker said. "I think this is going to be a good service for the community, serving tourists and current and prospective residents."

The center at city hall in the Town Center will be open Monday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. While it is now open, the Planning and Promotion Committee and Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce will have a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, Sept. 11 at noon. The public is invited to drop by and check out the center.

The center will be staffed by volunteers, and 20 volunteers have already been recruited, many are husband and wife teams. To volunteer or get information about the center, call Barbara Hawbaker at the office, 870-257-5522.

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