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Every so often a memorable thing will happen in the midst of everyday activities. Such was the case with the man who was removing plaster to renovate a building in downtown Cookeville, TN when he stumbled across the ghost of an old Coca Cola advertisement on the wall.

Mayor Ricky Shelton was called (it’s his building) and they got in touch with Coca Cola, who sent sign painters out to restore the wall. It was determined by the features that the sign dated back to the 30’s. Not including prep time, the painting took three long days to restore by hand.

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Coca Cola planned a ribbon cutting and handed out Coke in glass bottles. Plus, you could get personalized Cokes from the magical machine! The community pulled together, and there was a performance by the Capshaw elementary choir and delicious barbeque from Bobby Q’s.

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Allstate Agent Kerri Hunt & Tammy from her agency
Allstate Agent Kerri Hunt & Tammy from her agency
Capshaw choir getting ready

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Big smiles as they wait for BBQ

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To add to the 1930’s ambience, Hot Rod Bus owner Dave Roland parked a ’35 Ford by the wall.


Here’s a closer look:

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What a great opportunity for Cookeville to bring history back to life, preserve legacy, and bring the community together. Cheers to everyone, and if you are stopping through make sure you get a picture with the wall (located on the side of the Shelton building by the Depot – 168 W Broad St).

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