Tenn Tom Waterway Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Over a hundred people came out to help the Tenn Tom Waterway celebrate their 25th anniversary Thursday night. Attendants included Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, Sen. Terry Brown, Congressman elect Alan Nunnelee, many of our local politicians and members of the community. The highlight of the evening was the opening of a time capsule that had been hidden underneath a replica of a steamboat. Over 20 communities immediately touched by the Waterway brought items from their community including a letter from the then Governor of Kentucky, a photo album from Gainesville, Al and rocks and chemicals from Demopolis, Al.
The Tenn Tom began operation on June 1st, 1985. Business manager of the Tenn Tom Waterway, Agnes Zaiantz, tells the story of the Blessing of the Waterway. According to Zaiantz, over 21 states that would be touched by the Waterway brought small glasses of water from their area to pour into a well that would then go out into the Tenn Tom. Those glasses will be on display in the new Tenn Tom Waterway museum, set to open in the Summer of 2011.0