Historic Bristol marquee gets new lights

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- A campaign to restore lights on an historic marquee in Bristol raised more than $43,000.

According to the Bristol Herald Courier, the money was used to replace lights on the vertical and horizontal signs of the Paramount Center for the Arts, a former movie house, with nearly 2,000 one-watt LED bulbs.

During a recent ceremony, Paramount officials flipped on the lights to several dozen onlookers and guests.

Paramount executive director Diane Dempsey said the effort received checks from across the nation. She said one check was for $6,000 and was accompanied by a note that read: "Buy your bulbs."

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