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Real TN Stories: Jenny Hunt

Thursday, March 08, 2018 | 10:00am

Jenny Hunt, Mayor of Bell Buckle, Tennessee.

Bell Buckle, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development teamed up with Gov. Haslam's office to launch a social media campaign called Real Tennessee Stories, a collaborative effort extending across state government. The campaign showcases the real relationships citizens build with state employees in providing services for the citizens of the state.

Among the Tourist Development nominees is Jenny Hunt, Mayor of Bell Buckle. Walking through Bell Buckle is like taking a step back to a simpler time and Mayor Hunt fights to keep it that way #servingTN. Mayor Hunt ferociously protects the historic character and small town charm, fought to keep out a Dollar market in order to preserve the small town integrity of Bell Buckle, spearheads passion projects like the Bell Buckle Park, encouraging tourism while controlling growth. Tennessee Tourism helps with the town's famous RC MoonPie Festival and provided a grant to Bell Buckle for television ads to attract visitors from Tennessee and Alabama.

I could have looked the world over and never found a better place for my family and me. Bell Buckle is a special place with special people that love it enough to do whatever it takes to preserve the town and its historic character.

Tennessee Tourism is committed to partnering with passionate leaders like Mayor Jenny Hunt in #serving TN, equipping them with the resources necessary to support their communities.

In addition to Mayor Hunt, The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development nominated six others to be featured as one of the Real Tennessee Stories. They are all shining examples of what compassion, perseverance and dedication to serving can do for a community. The department is proud to feature their stories on and the department's industry Facebook page with the hashtag #servingTN March 5-14.

Real TN Stories is a social media campaign focused on telling the true stories of Tennesseans who provide critical, often overlooked, public services to their fellow citizens. The campaign is fundamentally a collaborative effort, coordinated by the Governor's Office and extending across state government during the week of March 5, 2018. By uniting the diverse work of Tennessee State Government under a common theme, Real TN Stories will shine a bright light on how state government positively impacts the average Tennessean in both ordinary and extraordinary ways every single day by #servingTN.