The power of memory
Hanna looking to revitalize Calhoun Falls
Monday, July 14, 2014 12:14 AM
There’s power in memory.
Town administrator Tuck Hanna stands in the newly constructed Blue Hole Pavilion in Calhoun Falls he helped build.
(MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Driving from the Blue Hole Recreation Area to Town Hall in Calhoun Falls it’s easy to become discouraged. Few businesses remain, storefronts are closed and residents often have to go to other communities to find what they need. It wasn’t always like this.
“Used to be, you could get anything you wanted right here on this square,” Tuck Hanna said. “There were a lot more stores, lot more places to eat. A long time ago, you could even catch a movie.”
Nostalgia might be a luxury for some, an excuse to hold onto the accomplishments and glory of years gone by. That luxury is difficult to maintain in a town with 2,004 residents; 40.5 percent of whom make less than $25,000 per year, according to the 2010 census.
But for Hanna, nostalgia isn’t a ticket to the past. It is a driving force for the future in his efforts to revitalize the town that holds such a special place in his heart. A native of Lowndesville, Hanna is a 1969 Calhoun Falls High School graduate.
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