By Adam Armour | Itawamba County Times
Later this month, the small town of Tremont will join the growing list of stops along the Mississippi Country Music Trail when a marker honoring native Tammy Wynette is erected.
The marker, which will be located in the park near Tremont Attendance Center, will feature both facts and photos of the popular country music singer. It will detail her life growing up in the Itawamba County area and her significant contributions to the genre of country music.
There will be a special dedication ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. at which time the marker will be unveiled to the public. Plans for the event include both live and pre-recorded music and a presentation by Alex Thomas of the Mississippi Development Authority. Everyone is invited to attend.
Known internationally as “The First Lady of Country Music,” Tammy Wynette was born and raised on a farm near Tremont, where she attended school. During her decades-spanning career, she produced 20 No. 1 records including “Stand By Your Man,” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “You and Me.”
“The town of Tremont is very excited to be involved in this event,” said Tremont Mayor Glyn Robinson, adding that the marker may bring some visitors to the area. “I believe people traveling along the Mississippi Country Music Trail will stop by the park to see the marker.
“We’re just very proud to be a part of it,” he continued. “[Wynette] went to school here. That’s a source of pride for the town. We still consider her a part of Tremont.”
Plans for the Mississippi Country Music Trail were unveiled in 2010, an offshoot of the success of the Mississippi Blues Trail. That trail now boasts more than 100 markers, including one in downtown Fulton.
Still in progress, the Mississippi Country Music Trail will feature markers for a variety of chart-topping and influential country musicians, including “the Father of Country Music” Jimmie Rodgers, Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Jerry Clower and Faith Hill. So far, more than 30 markers are planned.
Robinson said he couldn’t be more pleased that Tremont is one stop along that journey.
“We’re so proud to be associated with someone so influential,” the mayor said. He encourages everyone who loves country music or Itawamba County history to attend the dedication.
“I just feel like it’s going to be a great event,” he said.
For more information on the dedication, call Kim Graham with the Itawamba County Development Council at 862-4571.