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Herb Kinman is in the mood to celebrate, and he’s inviting the Carroll County community – and country music legend George Jones – to celebrate with him.
The owner of Kinman Chevrolet is hosting Customer Appreciation Day this Saturday, Dec. 8, to celebrate the dedication of his remodeled dealership.
“This gives people the opportunity to come in and see the new place, see what we have to offer and meet our staff,” Kinman said Monday. “It’s not to sell; just a chance to get to know us.”
The building on Hwy. 227 received a new façade and a completely remodeled showroom and service area. The project was completed in June at a cost of just over $1 million, Kinman said. The remodel earned Kinman the 2012 Beautification Award from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce in October for adding “to the professional appearance of the county.”
Kinman said the project was his decision and not a corporate one, however his architects worked with GM to do the work within the company’s specifications.
And he’s very proud of the results. “It’s gonna be there a long time after I’ve gone,” he said.
Carrollton’s Rotary Club will be providing food for the event in the wash bay area of the dealership. The club will be using its new concessions trailer for the first time, and will be selling chili, hot dogs, soft drinks and water from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rotary President Matt Lipe said proceeds from the meal will be donated to the Carroll County Food Pantry, which is located in the basement of St. John’s Catholic Church on Fifth Street. He also encouraged those attending to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the pantry.
But the highlight of the day will be a visit from Kinman’s long-time friend, George Jones, a.k.a. The Possum.
Jones is traveling to Carrollton for the event from his home in Franklin, Tenn., Kinman said, and will be available from 1-3 p.m. to pose for photos with his fans.
Kinman said this is a “chance of a lifetime” and that fans should make it a point to attend, as this could be Jones’ last visit to Carrollton.
At 81, Jones has announced his decision to retire after his farewell tour, appropriately named “The Grand Tour,” which kicked off last month in Branson, Mo., and ends in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 23, 2013, according to his website, GeorgeJones.com.
Kinman said the two became friends about 18 years ago, when Kinman was asked to look at a touring coach Jones was planning to sell.
“When I went to his house, he drove up in a golf cart and we shook hands,” Kinman said. “We became instant friends.”