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Mayor Ragsdale gives thanks to Harley-Davidson


Knox County Mayor Michael Ragsdale and Knoxville Harley-Davidson store owner Dile Brown cut a ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the new Harley-Davidson facility at 605 Lovell Road Friday, July 8.

Before cutting the ribbon, Ragsdale thanked the Harley-Davidson community for their support of several community charities including: Cerebral Palsy in handicapped adults on Woodland Avenue, Second Harvest Food Bank and the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.


Brown said Harley-Davidson budgets $7,000 a year for donations and the money is raised by Harley riders through benefit rides.

“Most benefit rides are in the spring and early summer … when riders are just thinking about breaking their bikes out and can ride in the day,” he said.

The next benefit ride will probably be in early September, Brown said, when the nights begin to cool off and riding season is ending.

Ragsdale also congratulated Brown, who also owns the Harley-Davidson, Honda of Knoxville and Yamaha of Knoxville facilities on Clinton Highway, on the opening of the new store.

“One of the main goals in Knox County is to create an environment whereby we attract new businesses and create the opportunities for existing businesses to expand.

“The opening of the new location is another indication that our efforts are successful,” Ragsdale added.

 

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