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  1. I agree with those who say Knoxville isn't much to look at. I don't know that I'd call it ugly, but it's just very underwhelming. Natural beauty? Yes. Otherwise, it ranks about a 7 out of 10 on the meh spectrum. I definitely agree with Albuquerque. Beautiful setting, but just an ugly man-built environment. Then there's San Jose CA, a city of over 1 million with gobs of wealth and just down the road from San Francisco. But San Jose has probably the most disappointing skyline in America, dominated by a massive freeway junction. It looks more like it should be a suburb of Dallas. Phoenix is another disappointer. A city of 1.7 million and the center of a metro of 5 million. It's not just underwhelming, it's also dusty (desert) and loaded with surface parking lots around boring architecture. But the ugliest city, in my opinion, is Albany NY. Ugly in every sense of the word.
  2. Has there been any talk of a bypass? It seems an interstate bypass from, say, just north of Dalton to Cleveland would be a no-brainer and would solve a lot of the traffic issues at the 75/24 split in Chattanooga.
  3. A metropolitan area needs a core urban area of 50,000, not a city of 50,000. Morristown, for example, in 2010 had a smaller city population than Cookeville (29,137 vs. 30,435) yet it's a metropolitan area while Cookeville is a micropolitan area because Morristown's urban population in 2010 was 59,036 while Cookeville's was 44,207. A census tract is considered urban, I think, if it has 1000 per square mile inside a city and 500 per square mile outside a city. String together contiguous census tracts to create an urban area. In Cookeville's case, its urban area, as defined in 2010, includes Cookeville, Algood, part of Baxter, and areas in between. It even extends into northern White County near the airport. Since this map was created, there have been several thousand new housing units built, so Cookeville's urban area should pass the 50,000 threshold after this next census. And I agree, the tornado damage will have a small effect, as even those whose homes were completely destroyed are likely still in the area. And yes, dorm students are included. I read this morning that the Census Bureau is helping college towns make sure that college students are counted, particularly with the coronavirus mess. Colleges are responsible for reporting to the Census Bureau how many students live in group quarters (dorms), so that won't change, even though college dorms will be pretty much empty on April 1. What has changed is that many college students have left their college towns and moved home since they can finish the semester online, and the Census Bureau is working with colleges to encourage those students to still count their college towns as their official addresses for the purpose of the census. But as you pointed out, in many cases college students have chosen to live in their college town year-round where they have jobs/friends/social life. I think this has increased in the last few years. I know when I was in college 30 years ago, the thing to do was to go home every summer. One summer I chose to stay and work, and everyone thought I was nuts. I loved it because it was like I had the whole town to myself. These days, it's much less unusual to do that. I mean, in college towns like Cookeville and even Knoxville there's noticeably less traffic in the summer as many college students have gone home, but it's not like it used to be where college towns became ghost towns every summer. At any rate, the point of all that is I'm much more optimistic that the coronavirus mess won't be as detrimental to college towns' populations as I thought a few days ago.
  4. Cookeville was well on its way to becoming a metropolitan area after this next census, but I'm afraid this coronavirus mess is probably going to put a stop to that. College towns all over the country will be affected by this, as most colleges have gone to all on-line courses the rest of the semester, meaning most college students have gone home. This means there are several thousand residents of Cookeville who would've been counted in this census who now won't be counted. In the grand scheme of things it's not a huge deal, but since the next chance to become a metropolitan area (and get all the additional federal funds that accompany it) won't happen for another 10 years, this can be seen as quite a big deal.
  5. According to Census Bureau estimates, the Cookeville micropolitan area was the 7th highest-gaining in the US in 2019. This is the third year in a row that Cookeville has been among the 10 highest-gaining micropolitan areas, coming in at 9th in 2018 and 8th in 2017. Here's a screenshot of the table of the highest-gaining micropolitan areas. Interestingly, Cookeville comes in at 5th for net migration and 1st for international migration.
  6. The 2019 population estimates are now available at census.gov. As expected, half of Tennessee's population growth has been in the Nashville MSA. Here are the numbers. Tennessee's one-year population growth was 57,543. metro area...2019 population...1-year growth Chattanooga...565,194...4,362 Clarksville...307,820...3,519 Cleveland...124,942...974 Jackson...178,644...329 Johnson City...203,649...749 Kingsport-Bristol...307,202...466 Knoxville...869,046...7,812 Memphis...1,346,045...3,548 Morristown...142,749...971 Nashville...1,934,317...29,591 micro area...2019 population...1-year growth Athens...53,794...458 Brownsville...17,304...-43 Cookeville...114,272...1,796 Crossville...60,520...782 Dyersburg...37,159...-127 Greeneville...69,069...-95 Lawrenceburg...44,142...371 Lewisburg...34,375...569 Martin...33,328...-85 McMinnville...41,277...451 Newport...36,004...146 Paris...32,345...130 Shelbyville...49,713...567 Tullahoma-Manchester...105,216...947 Union City...30,069...-205 Tennessee's largest countiesrank...county...2019 population...1-year change Shelby...937,166...801 Davidson...694,144...3,628 Knox...470,313...4,055 Hamilton...367,804...3,511 Rutherford...332,285...7,638 Williamson...238,412...6,434 Montgomery...208,993...3,681 Sumner...191,283...3,793 Sullivan...158,348...749 Wilson...144,657...3,703 Blount...133,088...1,757 Washington...129,375...714 Bradley...108,110...1,060 Sevier...98,250...355 Madison...97,984...381 Maury...96,387...2,114 Putnam...80,245...1,614 Anderson...76,978...691 Robertson...71,813...634 Greene...69,069...-95 Hamblen...64,934...305 Tipton...61,599...23 Cumberland...60,520...782 Hawkins...56,786...73 Coffee...56,520...643 Tennessee counties ranked by numeric growthrank...county...2019 population...1-year growth Rutherford...332,285...7,638 Williamson...238,412...6,434 Knox...470,313...4,055 Sumner...191,283...3,793 Wilson...144,657...3,703 Montgomery...208,993...3,681 Davidson...694,144...3,628 Hamilton...367,804...3,511 Maury...96,387...2,114 Blount...133,088...1,757 Putnam...80,245...1,614 Bradley...108,110...1,060 Loudon...54,068...986 Shelby...937,166...801 Cumberland...60,520...782 Sullivan...158,348...749 Washington...129,375...714 Anderson...76,978...691 Coffee...56,520...643 Robertson...71,813...634 Fayette...41,133...577 Marshall...34,375...569 Bedford...49,713...567 Dickson...53,948...502 Jefferson...54,495...483
  7. Yeah, I guess this shouldn't be surprising. State-wide teacher pay raises are also on hold this year as the governor hopes to funnel a lot of money towards the coronavirus battle. I don't blame him. Difficult times call for difficult choices.
  8. I don't have a subscription to the NY Times so I'm not able to read the article. But the picture they have in their teaser is from Cookeville, not Nashville. I sure hope people in NY don't think Cookeville and Nashville are the same.
  9. The old Nashville Superspeedway in Wilson/Rutherford is just under 1,400 acres, and I believe the new owners have sold only 150 or so for industrial development. As far as I know, the rest is still up for grabs. It would be an ideal location for something like this.
  10. The National Weather Service has posted its report of the seven tornadoes that hit the midstate last week. https://www.weather.gov/ohx/20200303?fbclid=IwAR1TVBkVyLOLE4M1OQsKC0KpNYZqFL97gXuBDyZ41djbHIOxKc8lSmE3-tQ
  11. Thank you for posting this. For those who aren't familiar with Cookeville, if the tornado had continued on its above path just 3 more blocks, it would've hit the hospital and part of Tennessee Tech University head on. Here's the same image but with the times and wind speeds. It was a fast-moving tornado that, fortunately, fizzled out before hitting TTU and the hospital. I shudder to think how many additional deaths there would've been had it hit the hospital and the dorms.
  12. The Washington Post chimes in on the lack of warning for this deadly tornado. https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/03/06/tennessee-tornado-tragedy-was-tied-lack-warning-awareness-readiness/?fbclid=IwAR1k8mSRhVw0Tc9Ucgiy_X3kZsdr47ywK68x1K7nRnSw1V77AYLgNECBzXM&itid=ap_matthewcappucci A couple of interesting excerpts: A probable tornadic debris signature was also visible at 12:30 a.m. about a mile west of the John C. Tune Airport. Data indicates debris was likely being lofted into the air at the time. A tornado warning had not been issued. The tornado warning wasn’t issued until 12:35 a.m., at which point the tornado was in the process of heavily damaging the John C. Tune Airport. ... At 1:37 a.m., a new tornado — with 75 mph winds — touched down east-southeast of Gordonsville, about 50 miles east of Nashville. Over the next 5 minutes, it danced along a 5.88-mile track. It was never under a warning. The rotation in the storm began strengthening once again; at 1:48 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Cookeville, stating “a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Baxter, or near Cookeville.” Less than a minute later, the tornado touched down. A little under 3 minutes after that, regions along Route 70N near the Ashcroft Subdivision were slammed by the tornado, with debris visible on radar. Areas just west of Cookeville were ravaged between 1:54 a.m. and 1:57 a.m. ... For some, the Nashville tornado did legitimately come without warning — and was in the process of demolishing an airport before any warning was issued. Residents downtown were alerted only minutes before it struck. Another tornado touched down and managed to caused damage for nearly 6 miles, with no warning whatsoever. And when the tornado first touched down west of Cookeville, there were only 60 seconds of warning in the middle of the night; farther downwind, folks had more lead time. Yet 18 fatalities resulted. Why?
  13. That reporter spent his time in and was specifically referring to Cookeville, not Nashville. But he might've had the same responses in Nashville.
  14. It didn't take long for some in the Nashville media cocoon to show their true colors. There's a bit of a tempest in a teapot over at 107.5 The River as they discussed why more people were killed by the tornado in Cookeville than in Nashville/Mt Juliet. It's because, they say, people in Cookevile are less educated and live in trailers or prefabricated homes. Never mind that this tornado in Cookeville was an F-4 with winds of 175+ mph that swooped down in the middle of the night with almost no warning; cell phone towers west of town had already been knocked down, so many cell phones didn't get the warning in time. And never mind that the neighborhoods were largely newer build homes, many over 3,000 square feet, all site-built, gentleman farm types. In fact, I don't know of any mobile homes that were leveled. 107.5 tried to apologize, but of course the apology almost made things worse ("We're sorry you took our comments badly" instead of "We're sorry for being wrong and insensitive.") https://1075theriver.iheart.com/content/2020-03-05-tornado-audio-rev/?fbclid=IwAR2u_rYGTS2Jhbtt3lh8IbMsZXMS2NSXsUjzEpMQ_Zmn-0ldFlPi6pR_zCw
  15. And to be fair, there really was just one tornado. But it went on for over 50 miles, ending just shy of Gordonsville in Smith County. I know that's not a record, but it's gotta be up there. The Cookeville tornado was an F-4 and was the first destructive tornado to hit Cookeville since 1974.
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