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  1. 3 hours ago, Mr_Bond said:

    So true for all of us, Chris!  Keeping up with the UP postings is getting more difficult for me while the content is better than ever!

    I took about a 2-month break from the forum a while back and had 6 or 7 pages of unread posts when I came back.  :tw_open_mouth:

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  2. 1 minute ago, PaulChinetti said:

    What are we talking downtown, East Nashville, and the rest if the Old Hickory Dam burst/collapsed, would there be anything left of the city?

    Without actually doing some 3D surface-hydro modeling, it's hard to say exactly.  But suffice to say, the water would've been significantly higher and moving faster.  Anything close to the river would've sustained more damage than it did.

    1 minute ago, MLBrumby said:

    Wasn't there some decision based on a dam in Kentucky too... Wolf Creek, which at the time was deemed decrepit and in need of a rebuild? I understand that very little has been done to address that need.

    If I recall, the work had been completed on Wolf Creek by that time.  I was at the Wolf Creek Dam in 2006 or 2007, while studying Geology at TTU and the work was mostly completed then.

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  3. 13 hours ago, jmtunafish said:

    Dogwood Park is wonderful!  I have a niece who just moved to Cookeville from Texas with her husband and got an apartment downtown.  Just in the few weeks they've been here we've walked to Dogwood Park to see the symphony, a couple of Shakespeare plays, some blues bands, a craft beer festival, and a couple of other concerts.  It's a lot nicer having Dogwood Park in the middle of downtown than that old shopping center it replaced.

    Ah yes, the old Cotton Eyed Joe...

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  4. When I lived in Cookeville for 6 years, I always used to say that the town slogan should be "It's all good in Algood!"

    Glad to see that this "essentially-a-Cookeville-neighborhood" is catching on.

    As an aside, Dogwood park is quite nice, too.

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  5. On 4/27/2019 at 8:35 AM, BnaBreaker said:

    Ever since I was a map obsessed kid (there's a phrase you dom't hear everyday lol) I was fascinated by the tight traditional street grid found seemingly randomly in Old Hickory amidst some of the sprawliest sprawl that ever did sprawl.  Does anyone have any history on that by chance?

    I feel you on that.  I grew up obsessing over maps - I had a WWII map satchel that I found at a surplus store, and I filled it with maps from everywhere my family went.  I also grew up just down the road from Old Hickory in Hermitage, and Don's post is accurate.  Company town.  Here's more info:

    I took my love of maps a step further, and now have a career in GIS!

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  6. 1 hour ago, markhollin said:

    A plan for 48 townhomes and two commercial lots has been submitted in Mt. Juliet for the Cedar Creek Sports Center site that is a landmark on Lebanon Road.

    The Cedar Creek Sports Center is known for its putt-putt golf, driving range, batting cages, go-karts and other offerings on the north side of the city.

    The plan will need approval on a land use amendment and rezoning to move forward, according to planning officials.

    More at The Tennessean here:


    That ticks me off to no end.  That place is a lot of fun, a great place to take the kids, and won't break the bank.  It's one of the few things of the like which remain in Mt. Juliet.  The roller rink was taken from us years ago, and now this?  For more townhomes?  There's so much empty land to build on!

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  7. 10 hours ago, LA_TN said:

    I must correct this for accuracy

    The all-time record crest recorded in Nashville is 56.20 on January 1, 1927 which is 16 foot above flood stage. However, historians have noted that flood levels of a 1793 flood probably would have been about 58.3 - had it been recorded. Your comment about 14 foot higher than 2010 should be 4 foot - not 14 foot. It was estimated that without current flood control measures, the 2010 flood would probably be just under the record crest, at about 56. The remainder of your statement is accurate! The National Weather Service and The Army Corp of Engineers now have direct communication, one of the many outcomes of the lawsuits each endured

    Cumberland River at Nashville

    Historic Crests - Flood Stage 40.00
    (1) 56.20 ft on 01/01/1927
    (2) 53.90 ft on 01/26/1937
    (3) 52.55 ft on 05/03/2010
    (4) 51.00 ft on 03/30/1929
    (5) 49.90 ft on 02/05/1918
    (6) 49.70 ft on 02/18/1948
    (7) 48.90 ft on 01/15/1946
    (8) 48.80 ft on 02/11/1939
    (9) 48.60 ft on 02/10/1950
    (10) 48.40 ft on 01/14/1913

    You are correct.  I was remembering data from Clarksville, at 65 feet during the 1937 flood.  I had looked it up many years ago.  Found it again to confirm:

    Too many numbers, not enough space in my head.  Thanks for correcting!  Still, Corps did a good job in 2010!

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  8. 20 hours ago, jmtunafish said:

    In 2017 Cookeville broke all its previous records by issuing 430 building permits worth $78.5 million.  In 2018, it issued 505 building permits worth $226.5 million.  While this would be considered small change in Nashville's sphere, this makes Cookeville the fastest-growing construction zone in the state outside of the Nashville MSA.  County Mayor Randy Porter came up with a few collages of some of the larger projects completed or started in 2018:


    Some of the bigger things coming up in 2019:

    • Shopping center (Food City?) on 10th Street @ Hwy 111.
    • Shopping center (another Food City?) on Hwy 70 in Baxter.
    • Entertainment complex (bumper cars, laser tag, bowling, etc.) on Walnut Ave behind Publix.
    • New police headquarters.
    • New elementary school.
    • Holiday Inn on Willow Ave.
    • Hilton hotel/conference center downtown (this one has been taking its own sweet, aggravating time).
    • Downtown parking garage.
    • $150 million ceramics factory in Baxter.
    • Continued expansion of SAIC's cybersecurity technology gateway in downtown Cookeville
    • Oculus Software's new facility in the Highlands Business Park
    • Colorobbia's new labs in the Highlands Business Park

    It is quite amazing that all of this is going on in Cookeville.  That doesn't even count the flurry of construction going on at the TTU campus!  Still no Target, though.  I guess they...



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  9. 1 hour ago, jmtunafish said:

    Y  Coupled with its giant radio transmitter in Brentwood and its unusual and ingenious design, this means people as far away as the Rocky Mountains could hear the late-night broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry.  Had the Opry been carried on, say, 1510 WLAC which can be heard only in the immediate Nashville area, it's very likely that Nashville's country music tourism would not be a fraction of what it is today.

    There are stories of servicemen in Western Europe during WWII picking up the Opry on 650 (there was only AM band then)  "when the weather was just right."  AM signal can travel an enormous distance.  Regardless, the vets in WWII could hear it on the Armed Forces Radio Service.

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