By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times
Fulton’s about to be a bit greener, thanks to the efforts of the Fulton Community Volunteers.
Members of the FCV — a non-profit group focused on both improving and promoting the city as a whole — will be planting 110 trees on Saturday, Nov. 10. The trees will be planted along the Highway 78/25 interchange and are a tip-of-the-hat to the city’s 175th anniversary this year.
According to FCV Project Coordinator Lynn Blaylock, planting trees — which will be a mixture of species — seemed like a fitting tribute to the city’s birthday.
“We just felt like it was important to recognize the city’s 175 years,” she said. “A tree is a symbol of permanence … something ongoing that can represent both the history and future of Fulton.”
Many of the trees were purchased by county residents in honor of loved ones, which helped offset the project’s $17,000 price tag. The project was also partially funded through contributions by the Modern Woodmen of America and Tennessee Valley Authority.
Those with trees dedicated to them will have their names featured on a large marker, which will be erected in the near future.
“We encourage anyone who contributed money toward the purchase of the trees to come out and help plant them,” Blaylock said, adding that the group welcomes any volunteers who want to help with planting.
For those who want to lend a hand — hopefully, one with a shovel in it — work will start at 7 a.m. Volunteers will meet in the Walmart parking lot; those who can are asked to bring digging tools.
Those who would like to help plot holes on Friday are asked to contact Randy Aycock at 662-321-3006 for more details.
Members of the Modern Woodmen of America will also be on-hand to help with the project.
This is the first part of a two-part project that will culminate with a total of 175 trees planted in the city. Group founder Chip Mills is currently working with the Corps of Engineers to schedule the planting of the final 65 trees along the Tenn-Tom Trails walking track.
No date has been set for when those trees will be planted, but Blaylock said it will possibly be in the spring — likely March.
This project is the latest in a series of citywide beautification efforts by the group, which formed last year. One of the most recent projects involved trimming trees and performing landscaping around the county’s courthouse.
The group has around 70 regular members.
Blaylock said she’s been pleased with the success of the project so far and thinks both residents and visitors to the area will be happy with the results.
“Our mission is to influence positive change in the community and this certainly makes a positive impact,” she said. “I’d say this has been a very successful project.”