Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - Updated: 1:13 PM
The Lake Barkley Chamber of Commerce is hoping to see local officials, civic leaders and business operators looking to coordinate local events during this year's solar eclipse.
Executive Director Cheryl Johnston met with the Eddyville and Kuttawa city councils last November, encouraging members to work with local groups to organize events during Aug. 19-21. Johnston has been busy organizing a meeting set for today (Jan. 11) to bring officials together with businesses that may already be planning an event.
During meetings in November, both councils said that they had not planned anything for public participation. Some members of the Eddyville city council said they were open to the idea.
Local emergency services groups estimate more than 200,000 visitors will come to view the phenomenon along a narrow strip stretching from Hopkinsville to Carbondale, Ill. Lyon County is considered one of the best spots to view the nearly 3 minutes of darkness during the early afternoon.
"We want these people to come back and like what we have here," Johnston said in a presentation to the council in November. "It's a time for our businesses to make money. If there's nothing going on here, they're going to get in their cars and go to Princeton or Hopkinsville. We've got to have some kind of events here so they spend their money here."
The meeting is set to take place at 4 p.m. in the Lee S. Jones Building.