- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A campaign to restore lights on an historic marquee in Bristol raised more than $43,000.

According to the Bristol Herald Courier (https://bit.ly/1ozFALL), the money was used to replace lights on the vertical and horizontal signs of the Paramount Center for the Arts, a former movie house, with nearly 2,000 one-watt LED bulbs.

During a recent ceremony, Paramount officials flipped on the lights to several dozen onlookers and guests.

“I just can’t believe how beautiful it looks,” said Paramount usher Wanda Owens after the theater exterior was illuminated. “The older bulbs were bright, but these are very different. It just makes your heart feel good to see it shining.”

Paramount executive director Diane Dempsey said the effort received checks from across the nation.

She said one check was for $6,000 and was accompanied by a note that read: “Buy your bulbs.”

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Information from: Bristol Herald Courier, https://www.bristolnews.com


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