Chamber Director visits with Town Council

Published 12:06 pm Wednesday, October 17, 2018

MURFREESBORO – “It’s been an exciting two months, and a busy two months.”

That’s what Daryl Williams told the Murfreesboro Town Council at their regular meeting here Wednesday. Williams is the new director of the town’s Chamber of Commerce, having stepped into the position two months ago. He attended Wednesday’s meeting in order to introduce himself and talk about different projects the Chamber is currently working on.

The biggest topic of discussion was the upcoming Christmas parade in December.

Williams reported there was a lot of interest in holding the parade in the evening this year. In addition to running a Facebook poll, he went from business to business on Main Street and “the majority of them said they’d like to see another nighttime Christmas parade.”

The parade date is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11.

“It’s immediately following the Candlelight Christmas tour, so everybody will already hopefully be decorated,” he explained.

Williams said they would be working closely with Murfreesboro Police Chief David Griffith on street closures and security measures. Additionally, Williams said they were looking into banning candy throwing and instead allowing people to simply hand treats out as they walk along the street with their float.

“Only Christmas themed music will be allowed” to be played by anyone participating in the parade, he added.

To encourage more foot traffic on Main Street, Williams stated the Chamber is asking local businesses to do something special on the night of the parade. He said he’d have more information on that as the date draws closer.

Williams’ other Chamber updates included an upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony for new business Davita Dialysis and a request to look into adding more signage on the Highway 158 Bypass about what Murfreesboro has to offer.

“I’d like to work with you guys and maybe get some ideas and see if we can find some funding,” he said about the signs.

The new director said they have also worked to get the Chamber’s website and social media pages up to date. The website is People can also visit them on Facebook @MurfreesboroChamber or on Twitter @MboroChamber.

Williams’ office hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays. The Chamber of Commerce office is located at 116 East Main Street.

Mayor Hal Thomas thanked Williams for the information and said they would be glad to work with him.