The Greene Center in Kenna will be the location of a meet-the-candidates night tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 16) from 6:30-8 p.m.
Mike Randolph, an incumbent running for Jackson County Commission, and his opponent Joe Mullins are scheduled to attend. Martin “Rick” Atkinson, R-Roane, an incumbent running to retain his seat in the 11th Delegate District, will participate in the forum.
Missy Morris, who is running for a seat in the 12th Delegate District, is scheduled to attend, said Ann Greene Parsons, president of the Southern Jackson County Community Foundation’s board of directors.
Eric Tarr, a Republican running for a seat in the Fourth Senatorial District, is sending a representative. Additional candidates may attend, and some are planning to send representatives, including Congressman Alex X. Mooney and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, Greene-Parsons said.
The center recently conducted its open house, and despite rain and some chilly weather, the event was a great success, organizers said.
The event kicked off with a flag dedication ceremony in front of the building. Thanks to the American Legion, the center will have a permanent flag for display. There was also snow cones, inflatables, and sweet treats for all. The cake was donated by Koger.
Cupcakes were donated by a new local business, Heather’s Simply Blessed Treats. Various other sweet items were donated by many volunteers. Tours of the extensive improvements were completed.
“It was a great day to show the starting point for the center and how far it has come,” said Katie Webb-Blackwell, public relations spokeswoman for the center.
Webb-Blackwell said many hours were spent getting The Greene Center polished up and ready to show off. There were also informational tables set up for volunteer information, EMS update, t-shirts for sale, and charity challenge fundraisers. There is much more work to be done, but the Southern Jackson County Community Foundation is making progress each day, she said.
Anyone interested in the center or volunteering can find the center on facebook.com/greene-center. The Southern Jackson County Community Foundation would very much like to thank everyone that donated supplies or their time to this event and to The Greene Center.
Webb-Blackwell said the foundation would like to thank Mr. Handyman of Kanawha County for sponsoring the inflatables.
“None of the wonderful things happening would be possible without all the help and support,” she said.