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Real TN Stories: Michael + Kathy Dumont

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 | 10:00am

From left, Michael & Kathy Dumont, TDTD Commissioner Kevin Triplett and the late former Mayor Jim Azbill, who was extremely influential and driving force behind the redevelopment of Linden, Tennessee.

Linden, 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 are Linden community leaders Michael and Kathy Dumont. Years ago Michael and Kathy bought a farm in Linden and began working hard to breathe new life into the downtown area. They are now the owners of historic buildings, renovated into hotels like the Commodore Hotel & Café. Because of their hard work #servingTN, new businesses and projects help fuel tourism in Linden. Tennessee Tourism is committed to equipping them with the resources needed to support economic development in their community.

In addition to the Dumont's, 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.