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The 14th mural in the “Everywhere You Look, UT” campaign takes us to Lincoln County, the home of Chanse and Catherine Bartlett.
For these Fayetteville natives, UT Knoxville alumni and successful entrepreneurs, the mural at 201 Main Ave. S. is a way of bringing UT home—and ultimately, a way of bringing people together.
“We loved our time at UT,” Catherine said. “We’re so thankful for the connections, influences and experiences, and we don’t ever want them to go away. We want to have that conversation piece in the community to say, ‘UT is everywhere you go.’ It’s with you, it doesn’t leave you.”
The couple married in November 2016 and opened the doors of their first business, The Local Café, a year later. Perhaps it’s at their restaurant, known for being the place “where everyone is a LOCAL” that their love for UT is most evident.
From their checkerboard t-shirts to crowd-favorite cheese bings, which are fried cheese curds—the Bartlett’s Volunteer spirit and Big Orange pride bring their hometown together.
“You always know when a UT grad comes in because they can point them out in a second,” she said, referring to the cheese bings inspired by those served at Old College Inn, a late-night staple on the Cumberland Avenue strip better known by its initials, “OCI.”
Catherine went on to say that a day rarely goes by without someone shouting “Go Vols” in response to the staff’s new checkerboard t-shirts honoring the mural.
“So many differences separate us, but UT is something that brings us together,” she said. “It’s one common thing we can all get behind and agree on—our love for UT.”
The couple’s latest venture, The Corner of Market and Main, is a dream come true for Catherine.
“I’ve always wanted a corner building on the square,” she said. “We have this beautiful courthouse and view and deep history here. It’s always been important to us to preserve that any way we can, whether through real estate or involvement in community projects.”
When the opportunity to buy the two-story, brick building came up, Catherine, who earned her real estate license in 2017, couldn’t resist.
The building is home to Proverbs, a locally owned clothing boutique and marketplace for selling products made by local merchants. Eventually, the couple plans to renovate the second story of the building on Market and Main, turning it into residential space for long-term rentals or travelers passing through.
About 8,500 cars a day pass by the building—and its new 30-foot mural with its iconic pop of orange.
“We’re way too close to Alabama,” Catherine said. “Downtown is about 15 miles to the Alabama state line, and there’s too much crimson here.”
The Bartletts heard about the UT mural campaign from fellow UT graduate and Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman.
“He reached out and asked if we’d work with him to bring the campaign to Fayetteville, and, of course, we wanted to be involved.
“To be a small part of this campaign was just really cool and important to us to have that visual influence in the community,” she said. “Through the mural, we’re able to say in a big way, ‘UT is here.’
“We want UT to be top of everyone’s mind who lives here—parents and children alike.”
You might be wondering what’s next for the Bartletts, who seem to enjoy the hustle.
“The farm on Red Hill Road,” explained Catherine.
She said living in the loft above the restaurant has been fun but that the plan all along has been to build the business to the point that the couple can step away a bit—balancing their businesses and family priorities.
“Agriculture and farming are big parts of how we want to bring up our boys,” she said.
Chanse’s family has longstanding ties to the farming community in southern middle Tennessee, and Chanse himself is a third-generation bee keeper—thus the honey bee in the restaurant’s logo.
The couple is preparing to move into the Templeton home on Red Hill Road—with their two boys being the ninth generation on the farm.
As for the boys, Walt and Jack, born in 2018 and 2020 respectively, “They came into the world wearing orange and white.”
Attending UT has been somewhat of a family affair for Catherine, whose father, Dexter Sullivan, and younger sister, Bonnie Sullivan Bailey, also earned degrees from UT Knoxville.
When asked if Walt and Jack would follow in their footsteps, Catherine replied, “If they want to have a roof over their heads, they’ll be Vol fans for life.”
The “Everywhere You Look, UT” mural on The Corner of Market and Main was painted March 27-29, 2021, and will be dedicated April 16 during an invitation-only, COVID-friendly celebration.
In addition to the UT mural, the Bartlett’s took the lead on commissioning a separate “Greetings from Fayetteville” mural on the lower portion of the wall as a way to further celebrate the town’s history. Among the vignettes woven throughout the artwork include Bagley and Bagley Insurance, a fourth-generation family business on the town square owned by Catherine’s mother, Cary Bagley Sullivan.
The Corner of
Market and Main
201 Main Ave S
Fayetteville, TN 37334
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