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Sleep Inn holds open house and ribbon cutting ceremony

By Linda Waggener

Sleep Inn & Suites Hotel held its open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. It was the third such event in a huge 'Red Letter Day' for the Columbia Adair County economy.

Adair County developer Tommy Grider recognized the people who provided support along the way.

He said, "Today has been one of the most pleasurable in my lifetime for the city and county. The day started with the opening of Walmart's new Training Academy, having chosen Columbia for training their management and staff. Then to the ribbon cutting of Brown & Brown, opening their new call center, making one of the biggest impacts on our county. And now here, seeing this crowd of friends and supporters coming together in support of our Sleep Inn -- it means so much."

He recognized the very important service the lenders provided and thanked them for believing in the goal. He thanked the city and county government for support, and his partners in the Sleep Inn project. He said he couldn't have had better partners than builder Terry Harvey and Brown & Brown Insurance Vice President Mike Neal.

Tommy nodded to Sue Stivers, Executive Director of the Chamber, and said, "Several years ago at the first Brown & Brown opening, I talked about this dream and I thank you for believing with us."

He said, "We had to have help to do things outside of our experience, like an independent feasibility study in order to apply for a franchise. Once that was done, the study director came back to us and said, "we've never surveyed a community with such positive support -- from everyone -- up to and including both branches of government, city and county, the college as well as support from the chamber of Commerce."

The partners, Sen. Max Wise, County Judge Executive Mike Stephens, Mayor Curtis Hardwick and Sue Stivers all made comments before it was time for the large crowd to assemble for the official ribbon cutting.

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Sleep Inn ribbon cutting and open house held 19 Jan 2017

2017-01-20 - 350 Dohoney Trace - Photo by Linda Waggener,
A large crowd of supporters gathered for the official opening of Columbia's new Sleep Inn & Suites Hotel, over five years in the idea, follow through and completion stages. Those in front with hands on the ribbon are, from left: Chamber of Commerce President Ellen Zornes, Sen. Max Wise, Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick, Sleep Inn partners Mike Neal, Tommy Grider and Terry Harvey, County Judge Executive Michael Stephens, Sleep Inn General Manager Austin Pace, Past President of the Chamber of Commerce Brenda Mann and Executive Director Sue Stivers.

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Sleep Inn and Suites partners proud of opening

2017-01-22 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Proud partners and their key supporters were delighted with the opening of Sleep Inn on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Pictured at the event are, from left: Kristeena Breeding, Mike Neal, and Georgina Neal Roy; Susan Barbee Harvey and Terry Harvey; and Marcia, Tommy Julie and Todd Grider.

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Mayor and Judge Executive positive about growth

2017-01-22 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick, left, and Adair County Judge Executive Michael Stephens both made positive statements about the growth of jobs and overall economic development Thursday with openings of three businesses. Clicking 'read more' below jumps to the story of the third ribbon cutting that day which also contains links to stories on the other two openings. It was a red letter day for Columbia and Adair County. -- LW

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Backers of the Sleep Inn dream

2017-01-22 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, (c).
Financial backers were given many thanks in opening ceremonies as 'key supporters in a development the size of Columbia's new Sleep Inn.' Represented in the financial support groups were from left: from Bank of Columbia, Bryan Caldwell and Mark Dykes; from Community Ventures, Nicole Record and Jason Lee; from Community Trust Bank, Tina Parson, Barry Pennington and Lee Ann Collins, referred to as the 'lead backers' by partners Terry Harvey, Tommy Grider and Mike Neal. - Linda Waggener

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Cousins together at open house of new Sleep Inn

2017-01-23 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Cousins Mary Williams, Bobby Bowe and Shirlene Ingram attended the Sleep Inn open house last week and toured the new facility. Shirlene's niece Kelly Turner is a member of the staff.

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Holloway Wellness Center reps Abe Cross and Doug Ream

2017-01-23 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Representing the Lindsey Wilson College Holloway Wellness Center are Director Abe Cross, at right, and Assistant Director Doug Ream, left. They attended the open house at the new Sleep Inn Hotel Thursday, January 19, 2017. - LW

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