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Senior center possible for Tanner

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

TANNER — Senior citizens in Tanner only have the use of a meeting room at the Housing Authority on Hightower Road for senior activities.

There is grant money available, however, to provide them with a senior center like the newly built Owens Senior Center on Alabama 99.

At Owens, about 150 to 175 seniors meet to eat lunch, play Rook, quilt and fellowship.

The center also is available for community rental and as a meeting place during emergencies.

At Tanner, the Housing Authority's meeting room accommodates only about 30 seniors.

No room

"There's no room to grow or offer many activities," said Limestone County Commissioner Bill Latimer.

The commission held a public hearing Monday on building a center for Tanner.

The commission also approved buying three acres for $51,000 from the Tanner Boys & Girls Club on Lucas Ferry Road, just north of the current facility, for the new center.

That is contingent on the county getting a grant to fund construction.

The county received a $232,000 state grant for the Owens facility. It replaced a deteriorating schoolhouse in Pleasant Point.

The county, with the help of Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments, plans to apply for a similar state grant.

"We want to build a facility just like the one in Owens," Latimer said.

Latimer said the county must show there is community interest in Tanner for a center.

Senior citizens who would use a center should call Latimer at the county shop at 233-2085.

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