Main Street: Greeneville

No matter where you live, you probably have the notion that “Main Street” is the center of your community. In a small town like Greeneville that notion is more tangible than in larger communities. Whether you work, worship, patronize our wonderful galleries/shops, come for a casual or fine dining experience, or to celebrate, memories are made here.

Several years ago a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and the Andrew Johnson Historic Site was formed whereby Main Street: Greeneville conducts daily tours on the very streets once walked by the 17th President of the United States.

In 1983 Greeneville became one of the five pilot towns in Tennessee to become a Main Street community. Today Greeneville’s program is recognized statewide and nationally, with a common goal of preserving history and economic viability of our town.

Immediate plans for growth include connecting with both public and private sectors dedicated to the revitalization of the Main Street District, the preservation of our historic structures and promotion of heritage tourism. Creating a downtown that sustains and celebrates our heritage for the present and our future is possible.

Today, this unique town’s rich heritage is preserved in its homes, churches, war monuments, museums and downtown. Named for General Nathanael Greene, a hero of the Revolutionary War, Greeneville was a key player during the Civil War when the town changed hands in excess of forty times. It celebrates the fact that Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States lived, worked and is buried there. Among other famous people associated with Greeneville are: frontiersrnan and congressman Davy Crockett, military and political leader John Sevier and Confederate General John Hunt Morgan.

Greeneville lies in northeast Tennessee adjacent to the Appalachian Trail and is often referred to “as a jewel in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains.”

Greeneville has the distinction of being listed as: 39th in "Best 100 Small Towns in America”; “Top Mountain Towns Guidebook”; “Boomtown USA"; “The 50 Best Small Southern Towns"; “America’s Most Charming Towns & Villages"; and named to the top 100 small communities in the US.


Expanded tax benefits help individuals and businesses give to charity in 2021

December 07, 2021

Donate to Main Street: Greeneville, Inc. prior to year end and receive a tax deduction for 2021. How it works.
Per the IRS: Recent legislation includes several provisions to help individuals and businesses who give to charity. The new law generally extends four temporary tax changes through the end of 2021. Here's an overview of these changes.
Deduction for individuals who don't itemize
Usually taxpayers who take the standard deduction cannot deduct their charitable contributions. The law now permits taxpayers to claim a limited deduction on their 2021 federal income tax returns for cash contributions they made to certain qualifying charitable organizations.
These taxpayers, including married individuals filing separate returns, can claim a deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions to qualifying charities during 2021. The maximum deduction is $600 for married individuals filing joint returns.
Cash donations
Most cash donations made to charity qualify for the deduction. However, there are some exceptions. Cash contributions that are not tax deductible include those:
• Made to a supporting organization
• Intended to help establish or maintain a donor advised fund
• Carried forward from prior years
• Made to most private foundations
• Made to charitable remainder trusts
These exceptions also apply to taxpayers who itemize their deductions.
Cash contributions include those made by check, credit card or debit card as well as unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses in connection with volunteer services to a qualifying charitable organization. Cash contributions don't include the value of volunteer services, securities, household items or other property.
100% limit on eligible cash contributions made by taxpayers who itemize deductions in 2021
Taxpayers who itemize can generally claim a deduction for charitable contributions to qualifying organizations. The deduction is typically limited to 20% to 60% of their adjusted gross income and varies depending on the type of contribution and the type of charity.
The law now allows taxpayers to apply up to 100% of their AGI, for calendar-year 2021 qualified contributions. Qualified contributions are cash contributions to qualifying charitable organizations.
The 100% limit is not automatic; the taxpayer must choose to take the new limit for any qualified cash contribution. Otherwise, the usual limit applies. The taxpayer's other allowed charitable contribution deductions reduce the maximum amount allowed under this election. Eligible individuals must make their elections on their 2021 Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR.
Corporate limit increased to 25% of taxable income
The law now permits C corporations to apply an increased corporate limit of 25% of taxable income for charitable cash contributions made to eligible charities during calendar year 2021. The increased limit is not automatic. C corporations must the choose the increased corporate limit on a contribution-by-contribution basis.
Please lend your support to help us in our mission to create a vibrant downtown by taking advantage of what this recent legislation makes possible. Your support is vital. Together we can make a difference even in these trying times. Thank you!
Main Street: Greeneville, Inc. is a 501c 3 charitable organization registered with the State of Tennessee and approved to solicit contributions.

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Downtown Greeneville Tree Lightings December 3, 2021

December 01, 2021

Downtown Holiday Events –

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Andrew Johnson NHS Switches to Winter Hours of Operation

November 22, 2021

GREENEVILLE, TN – Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (NHS) will transition to its winter hours of operation beginning Sunday, December 5, 2021. The park will be open from 9am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday through March 2022.

The Andrew Johnson National Cemetery will continue to remain open seven days a week, 8 am until dusk.

The historic Andrew Johnson Homestead, located at 209 South Main Street, will be open Tuesday through Saturday on a self-guiding basis from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and again from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Self-guided tours are limited to groups of no more than 6 visitors, on a first-come/first-serve basis. Facemasks are required at all times while touring the Homestead. Other restrictions may apply to organized groups of 6 or more people. For additional information contact the park visitor center at (423) 638-3551.

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is one of over 419 parks in the National Park System. To learn more about parks and the National Park Service programs in America’s communities visit

Downtown Improvement Grant Applications Now Available

November 17, 2021

Main Street Greeneville Downtown Improvement Grant Applications NOW Available

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Downtown Redevelopment Groundbreaking Planned

November 15, 2021

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Heavy equipment has moved in and big changes are starting to happen in Downtown Greeneville. The Town of Greeneville along with Vaughn & Melton, The Greene County Partnership, and Main Street: Greeneville will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Downtown Redevelopment on Saturday, November 27th at 9:30AM.
The ceremony will be held at the intersection of Main and Depot Street. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend the groundbreaking for this highly anticipated project that will bring upgraded utilities and streetscapes to the Downtown area.
The groundbreaking will kick off the Greene County Partnership’s Shop Small Greene event, which is traditionally the largest shopping day for small locally owned businesses. Event organizers want the public to remember businesses on Depot Street are open and ready to kick off a big holiday shopping season. By keeping business local, consumers are helping their neighbors and friends thrive.
Holiday shoppers are encouraged to start Shop Small Greene off by attending the groundbreaking, stopping by the local shops on Depot Street, and then making their way to the Holiday Market being held in the Greene County Partnership’s parking lot. Several crafters are lined up, as well as food trucks, and of course Santa with his magical sleigh will be available for photos at the Market.
For more information on the groundbreaking ceremony or Shop Small Greene, call the Greene County Partnership at 423-638-4111 or email For more information on the Downtown Redevelopment project visit or text “greeneville” to 313131 to receive updates.

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