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Fulton revitalization in full swing

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 5/16/2013 7:51 pm
FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Tommy Mackey's family has operated a downtown Fulton dry cleaning business for close to 60 years.

What began as a thriving downtown fell on hard times as the years progressed.

"I was in the military in the early 60's and so I wasn't here, but mother and dad said in the middle 60's it got lean," Mackey said.

In 2011, those with a passion for Fulton organized.

"Whether it's the business owners or the folks that just live downtown, we all have a vested interest. So, we are very active in pushing ideas or making recommendations or putting in sweat equity, so that downtown will look vibrant and in turn, possibly bring in more business that otherwise wouldn't be inclined to do so," Chip Mills said.

They got the attention of Sharlene Parrish and Jacop West.

Their clothing store called J West-&-Marly Kait is new on the square.

"Without our building, we wanted to bring back the old school, so it's good the old look to it," Sharlene Parrish said.

So far, the downtown is at an estimated 70 percent occupancy which is a sight pleasing to Mayor Paul Walker.

"Seems like folks are trying to recapture the old downtown feel like when they were kids. I played on the court square when I was a kid. It seems like everybody is wanting to get back into that mode again," Mayor Walker said.

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