Highlights Features 60th Charleston Public Courts Tennis Tournament & Charleston Area Alliance


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Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.

The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.

The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.

The show airing July 1, 2019 –  July 8, 2019 highlights the 60th Charleston Public Courts Tennis Tournament & the Charleston Area Alliance.

We interviewed Dana Eddy, co-tournament director of Charleston Public Courts. He discussed the history and how to get involved.

The Tournament started 1959 when Ned Chilton, Publisher of the Charleston Gazette during that era. He wanted to help grow ‘public tennis’ and give all players the opportunity to complete and play.

Back then, if you belonged to a private club you couldn’t play.  The cost to play that first year was only $1.00.

In time, private club players could participate but if you won once you were banned.   They actually put in the paper the banned players.

Today, the tournament is 22 Dollars includes play, t shirt and an awards banquet for winners at the University of Charleston.

The tournament runs from July 12th to Championship Saturday, July 20th. All matches are held at the Schoenbaum Courts in Kanawha City, WV.

Opening night is July 12th. Mayor Amy Goodwin will be joining them for opening night with cookies and refreshments provided by Charleston Convention Bureau.  Past tournament directors and committee members will be present.

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Dana talked about the logo for the tournament which was designed by Gazetter humorist, Jim Dent. It hasn’t changed for 60 years.

To register for the tournament, click here.

Click here for more information.

We also interviewed Susie Salisbury, VP of Community Development for the Charleston Area Alliance and Catherine Nutter, Membership Coordinator for the Charleston Area Alliance.

Susie discussed the structure of the Alliance. Two major engines: Ecomomic & Community Development. Her role focuses on the community development side.

The community development team works diligently to increase our natural and built assets through sustainable and smart growth initiatives.

Their main goals include:

  • Stimulating new housing growth in downtown Charleston
  • Developing a formal structure for downtown management and marketing
  • Enhancing our downtown promotional efforts
  • Creating community anchors in the urban core

They both discussed all the neat events happening in and around downtown Charleston, WV.

Events such as: ArtWalk, Downtown StreetFests, Downtown Golf Open, Brownbag Concert Series, and Business After Hours.

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Click here to learn more about the Alliance events.

We hope to see you in downtown Charleston, WV!

If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.



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