New historical center opens in Charleston

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CHARLESTON, Tenn. (AP) - The Hiwassee River Heritage Center is opening in Charleston.

The new facility is intended as an educational tool and welcome center for the region.

Dr. Carroll Van West, who directs the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the new center won't house permanent historical collections. Rather, it is intended to encourage visitors to explore regional historic sites.

Among features sites are those dealing with the Cherokee Nation, the Civil War, the Tennessee Valley Authority and agriculture in the region.

The ribbon cutting is at 2 p.m. EDT Friday. The center is in a former downtown bank office.


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