A group of visitors at the March 3 meeting had some good news for the city and the community with the announcement of a planned Otis Redding celebration, which would include the placing of a marker at the W.E. Knox Civic Center in the entertainer’s honor and the opening of a museum.
Thad Childs spoke for the committee putting the commemoration together.
“I saw Mrs. Zelma Redding about a year ago and started talking to her. I told her I’m glad she called Jones County home, and we talked about establishing a marker to honor Otis and his family,” Childs said.
The speaker said Redding was agreeable, and he got a committee together to work on the project.
“We had to decide what to do and how to do it. We took our time so we could do it right,” he said.
Childs said the marker would contain information about Otis Redding’s history, his life and music, and his connection with Jones County.
“He needed peace and quiet and he found it here.”
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