Heat deters patrons from flea market

Caryville Council
Cecilia Spears
Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM.

CARYVILLE - With the summer days heating up, Caryville Flea Market Supervisor Paron Beeco explained to the Caryville Town Council that extreme heat has been a deterrent for both vendors and visitors alike.

Beeco gave his report when the council met in regular session Tuesday.

"Most vendors leave between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. due to the heat and health issues, and (the number of) customers have dropped off, too," said Beeco. "I'm hoping to get two large fans out there to get the air circulating. I just want to see the flea market grow for our city."

Alex Thompson, minister for the local men's ministry and rehabilitation, came before the council to inform them that they have started a farmer's market and to request the water be turned on at the facility. Several months ago, Thompson approached the council about his recent purchase of the old prison work camp in Caryville with the intentions of turning the facility into a men's ministry and rehabilitation center. He said there are strict guidelines for those who attend the center, and sex offenders of any kind are prohibited.

After much discussion, the Council agreed to charge Thompson a $100 connection fee and a flat rate fee of $200 a month for 12 months, with the rates increasing after that period of time.

Chair Henry Chambers also informed the council he may have found financing to replace the roof of the Caryville Civic Center.

"It is important that we replace that roof," said Chambers. "It is an asset to our community, and it is an income for our town."

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