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Cantrell named new Tourism Board leader
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A leadership change within the Tourism Development Board is complete. 

Toward the end of Monday’s regular monthly meeting, newcomers Sarah Cantrell, Keval Sheth, and Ross Garrison were appointed as chairman, secretary and treasurer, respectively. Those three were selected to serve on the Tourism Board by McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen in January. 

Christy Ross, outgoing chair, nominated Cantrell to fill her shoes. “I would like to nominate Sarah Cantrell to be our chairman,” said Ross, who gave a little laugh.

Cantrell nominated Ross to be vice president due to her “hard work and dedication over the last year.” 

“She got me back,” said Ross. “That’s perfect.”

Both nominations were unanimously approved, as well as those to make Sheth secretary and Garrison treasurer. 

Garrison also volunteered to represented the board on a steering committee, a group assigned to provide guidance regarding creation of a Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan that looks to incorporate alternative transportation infrastructure (a greenway for biking and walking) on the roads connecting Pepper Branch Park to downtown and other city-owned parks. 

Received in 2020 was a $75,000 Community Transportation Planning Grant through the Tennessee Department of Transportation for construction of a master plan, which, according to city planner Katie Kemezis, could open the door to grant opportunities for actual construction. 

The seven-member board also includes Chad McGee, and standing members McMinnville mayor and Warren County Chamber president. Those positions are currently held by Ryle Chastain and Don Vizi.