What a month it’s been for Kinston!

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – As August draws to a close, what a month it’s been for the city of Kinston.

Just in the last week, the city introduced Alonzo Jaynes as police chief. Then, NCDOT revealed plans that by 2027, they could build the U.S. 70 Kinston bypass as part of the future Interstate 42 corridor. And, of course, the biggest news of all, baseball is back in K-town.

But the rebirth of the Lenoir County city has been years in the making.

And the destination is downtown Kinston. Restaurants, breweries, shops and historic sites continue to attract visitors from eastern North Carolina and beyond.

Mayor BJ Murphy said the growth in the city wouldn’t be possible if those business owners didn’t take a chance on Kinston. Taking that chance is now paying off.

“We’re just so proud of the small business owners and everyone else who has poured so much of their blood, sweat and tears into these properties,” said Mayor B.J. Murphy, City of Kinston. “Kinston is a place to be and we certainly want you to come today, tomorrow and next week.”

In next week’s Growing The East, 9 On Your Side will introduce you to one of those small business owners, one of the men behind Mother Earth Brewing and more. Hear why the revitalization of Kinston means so much to him and details on what he has in store for the future of K-town.

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