Two awards were recently handed out to City of Sweetwater officials for their efforts in promoting tourism.

City of Sweetwater Mayor Doyle Lowe recently accepted the Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council's 2019 Excellence in Tourism Award for Best Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations for the Bus Tour Brochure.

Lowe thanked the Main Street Board for their work in designing the brochure and local Business Valley Printers for its publication, which is placed in tour bus company owner's hands to promote trips to Sweetwater.

"This has been years in the making, beginning with construction of the downtown Depot Visitor's Center. We've seen great results from investing in tourism,” Lowe said.

Sweetwater Commissioner Sam Moser was also surprised to receive the Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council's 2019 Excellence in Tourism Award for Volunteer of the Year.

Moser accompanied staff to Murfreesboro to pitch Sweetwater as the location for the 2020 AL-MS-TN Rural Tourism conference. Sweetwater beat out 11 other cities to become the host city.

The awards committee noted that Moser’s time commitment and heartfelt promotion of Sweetwater earned him this award.

Sweetwater Commissioner Lamar Hughes attended the luncheon, showing his support for the tourism efforts in Sweetwater, noting "Funds spent on tourism are funds well spent.”

City Planner Chuck Whited, City Recorder Jessica Morgan and Community Developer Ashley Myers attended the ceremony, along with State Rep. Lowell Russell and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally. Monroe County Tourism Director Blaina Best serves on the METTC council representing all of Monroe County.

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