BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of phase one of the Independence County regional wayfinding program. 

The wayfinding program was developed through the IMPACT Tourism Committee and was the vision of the citizens in Independence County.  

“The goal of the wayfinding program is to direct visitors to the various attractions and destinations throughout our community. We strive to improve the visitor experience and economic impact of travel in our community. Wayfinding signs are just another piece of the puzzle.” said Tourism Director Kyle Christopher.

Funding for the signage was provided by the City of Batesville Advertising and Promotion Commission.

For more information about the wayfinding program or tourism information, contact the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-793-2378 or visit

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Lacy, 34, spent most of her life in the hills of Lawrence County. Today, she lives in Cave City, the home of “World’s Sweetest Watermelons,” in what’s known as the Prince Matlock house. Its former owner helped create what’s known as the Cave Courts where the city’s cave lies above the Crystal River. He fashioned his home out of the same rocks and materials that are found among the cave’s property, and she feels blessed to now be its caretaker for many more years to come.