April 21, 2011
Downtown Association awards markers
‘Old’ City Hall, Kay Theater honored
“Historic Downtown Rockdale Markers” were presented recently to the City of Rockdale for
the original City Hall building that now houses City of Rockdale Police Department
(circa 1895) and the Kay Theater (circa 1947), Rockdale Downtown Association president
Chris Dyess announced.
The Rockdale Downtown Association (RDA) developed a marker process to offer to owners of
historic buildings in Downtown Rockdale Business District, Dyess said.
Along with members of the RDA, representatives from the Milam County Historical
Commission, Rockdale city council, Rockdale Police Department and Kay Theater Foundation
were on hand for the presentations.
Milam County Historical Commission Preservation Grant funds were used to purchase the
Historic Downtown Building Marker information can be obtained from Mary Lee Dyess,
marker chair. Building marker requirements include buildings that are fifty years old
and meet historic requirements. Applications will be available in the fall of 2011 for
presentation in 2012.
Rockdale Downtown Association Historic Marker Process was established to note the
history of the downtown buildings in the early history of the City.
Present at the police station photo were (L–R) Geri Burnett, Toby Johnson, Mary
Lee Dyess (RDA marker chair), Joy Graham, police chief Thomas Harris, city manager
Kelvin Knauf, Lucile Estell.
At the Kay Theater presentation were (L–R) Lucile Estell, Geri Burnett, Joy Graham,
Toby Johnson, Mary Lee Dyess (RDA marker chair) and Kay Theater representatives Les
Davenport, Dave Ogee, John Warren, Peggy Perry and Bob Burnett.
Rockdale Reporter - April 28, 2011
CLG committee plans organizational meeting
The Certified Local Government CLG) committee will hold a organizational session at 4:15
p.m. Thursday at Bit of History, according to chairperson Joy Graham.
Bit of History is located at 114 East Cameron (US 79) in downtown Rockdale.
“The CLG committee functions under the Milam County Historical Commission and is subject
to the Open Meetings Act,” she said.
Geri Burnett is Milam County Historical Commission chairperson.