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Elizabethton Golf Course
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Elizabethton civic leader Bob Cable retiring
Bob Cable, owner of LedfordÂ's Upholstery in Elizabethton, announced his retirement. (John Thompson/Johnson City Press) ELIZABETHTON - "It is time. I am 75. I feel it sometimes," Bob Cable said this past week in announcing he will be retiring. Cable plans to spend more time with his wife, Brenda, and enjoy the fruits of his many years of labor. Those fruits include bananas he grows in his back yard. Cable has been the owner and operator of Ledford's Upholstery, 525 E. Elk Ave. in downtown Elizabethton, for the past 23 years. His business has been very successful and he said he has turned away work worth thousands of dollars after he made his decision to retire. "We have about a 99.9 percent satisfaction rate," Cable said. "We have an awful lot of repeat business, and in this work, repeat business is a sign the customer likes what you have done." "People have been good to me," Cable said. "I have made a lot of good friends. I appreciate all the kindness I have received." While Cable has been a successful businessman, he is better known for his many civic activities. One of his biggest accomplishments was to bring back the Fourth of July Parade after an absence of nearly 40 years. He is proud the parade drew the largest single-day gathering in the history of downtown. It was a crowd estimated by an East Tennessee State University professor at 23,000 to 25,000. For several years the parade route was marked by red, white and blue lines down East Elk. He also organized a welcome home celebration for the 776th Maintenance Company when the National Guard unit returned home from Desert Storm. Yellow ribbons were tied to every utility pole on the route and the streets were filled with happy citizens. Cable bought 2,000 small American flags with his own money and had them distributed to the crowd. A large flagpole was erected at that time at the western entrance to downtown. Cable has taken on the responsibility of maintaining the giant flag that flies from the pole and, assisted by the Elizabethton Fire Department, has the flag replaced when it becomes worn and dirty. Funds for the flags come from veterans. In another patriotic effort, Cable served on the Veterans War Memorial Committee and the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. He is still a member of the board of directors of the Elizabethton-Carter County Foundation, which provides funds for worthy nonprofit organizations in the county. Cable also loves Christmas, and was instrumental in erecting the new "Merry Christmas" sign on top of Lynn Mountain that can be seen throughout downtown Elizabethton. In keeping with his love of Christmas, Cable led the annual Downtown Christmas Parade for several years. He also led the lighting of the 78-foot-tall Fraser fir. During this time, he selected people who had a connection with the tree and the Folsom house to turn on the Christmas tree lights. Cable also is known for his philanthropy, collecting spare change from customers throughout the year to donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He has made donations to many others in the area who were victims of disasters. "There will always be a place in my heart for Bob," Mayor Curt Alexander said. Since Cable had also been in the trucking business, the two had something in common and became such good friends they went to every University of Tennessee football game in 1998, the year the team won the national championship. "I had the best time of my life when we went together to Las Vegas and Arizona for the national championship. Bob always does everything first class." Both Alexander and Cable commented on Cable's civic efforts always becoming big productions. Cable said he believes he will enjoy his slower pace. Elizabethton civic leader Bob Cable retiring
On the eve of the paper drive, Lewis publicly thanked Bob Cable, owner of Ledford's Upholstery, and craftsman Jim Owens for the upholstering work they did on the hearse and a special cover they designed for the calliope, which sticks out the roof of the vehicle.
Ensor said Cable performed the work and supplied the materials at no charge. He said it was not the first time Cable has helped the lodge. He had previously upholstered the chairs at no cost. Cable continued to show his support on Thursday by being the first to buy this year's Shriners' newspaper.
That citizen was Bob Cable, owner of Ledford's Upholstery.
Cable stepped down from many of his volunteer roles last year after the city denied his request to keep red, white and blue lines painted on East Elk Avenue. Despite his withdrawal, Cable once again ordered a new flag after the broken rope incident.
I thought right away it was the windows," Bob Cable, owner of Ledford's Furniture and Upholstery, said.Cable later saw the security videotape of the vandalism."He just came up here with a hammer and nonchalantly lifted it up and hit the window with it, just as calm as he could be ...That somebody is a very sick individual," Cable said."They have to be sick."Cable said he received an estimate of $1,483 to replace two damaged windows at his business."That is good news, since I have a $1,500 deductible on my insurance," Cable said.
Also on hand were EPD Interim Chief Matt Bailey, Sheriff Chris Mathes, UT Extension Office Director Keith Hart, Bob Cable, who was named this yearÕs Christmas Parade Marshal, his wife Brenda, a representative of the local National Guard and several local officials. Robert "Bob" Cable, owner of Ledford's Upholstery of Elizabethton, was unanimously chosen by the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Committee to serve as this year's Grand Marshal. "Bob has been on the Christmas Committee as long as he can remember, and has done many things for the community," Campbell said. "I'm proud to be the Grand Marshal," said Cable, who has been a Chamber member for more than 20 years and an active leader in the Downtown Merchants Association.