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jmtunafish last won the day on June 30 2014

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  1. Still waiting on official word of the stores coming to the shopping center that's planned for the SE corner of Willow Ave & I-40 (Exit 286). From what I've heard, they were hoping to announce the tenants in October but at least one of them (Target) is still trying to tie up some loose ends. Here's a drawing of what's planned but without any store names. The only ones I've heard that are definitely coming are Target and Dick's Sporting Goods but I hope to hear more next week. Supposedly, Home Depot has backed out (inexplicably) as has Costco (not surprising--Cookeville is way too small to support a Sam's Club and a Costco). Lots of denser residential development is taking place in town. In addition to the housing units coming downtown (discussed a few posts above) there are more that have just been announced. I'm not including anything less than 10 units as those are harder to keep up with there are so many. It's amazing how many of townhouses they can squeeze onto just a sliver of land. 13 homes on an .08-acre lot on Lone Oak Drive just off Willow and next another townhouse development that's wrapping up: 26 homes on 4.62 acres at the Hwy 111/I-40 onramp. 66 homes on 7 acres adjacent to Hwy 111: 60 homes on 6 acres on 10th Street. Downtown, some storage units have been torn down to make way for a parking lot. Normally, a new parking lot is not something to be celebrated, but in downtown Cookeville's case it is sorely needed. The on-street parking along Cedar is going to be removed to make way for bike lanes. So the city bought the adjacent storage units, tore them down and replaced them with a parking lot to make up for the lost on-street parking. The before/after pics: And around the corner an upscale pizzeria/wine bar/rooftop bar is going up where there used to be a printing business. This part of downtown ("The WestSide") has become quite a hotspot for foodies with around 20 excellent restaurants and watering holes within easy walking distance of each other.
  2. If I did my math right, this makes 32 destinations that Allegiant serves out of BNA although some are seasonal. Not bad for an airline which didn't start flying into BNA until, what, four years ago? Southwest is still 1st with 58 destinations out of BNA.
  3. Apparently, the floors are the best part of the Four Seasons residences since that's pretty much all we could see in that video. Oh, and the kitchen countertop and the bathroom vanity.
  4. Seriously. This is not the first time the Tennessean has mixed up Lebanon with Mt Juliet or vice versa. Hartmann Drive is nowhere near MJ.
  5. Yup. There are 18 radio stations in Cookeville, but only three are country. My sister just moved to Cookeville from Wisconsin and was surprised that she heard more country music in Wisconsin than she does down here, either live or on the radio.
  6. This appeared in my Facebook timeline today. Nashville Then: A 1997 Highlight – A 25-foot cake replicating the L&C Tower dwarfs the crowd that filled the downtown building’s lobby for its 40th birthday party Oct. 29, 1997. Guilford Dudley, former ambassador to Denmark, was among dignitaries helping cut the cake, a similar duty he performed four decades ago as head of the old Life & Casualty Insurance Company when the 31-story tower was the tallest building in the Southeast. P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean
  7. Totally agreed. When I saw the post earlier showing the estimated value of the park's development at $300 million, I thought that seemed low. According to this article from The Park Database in 2017, it costs $350 million to build a Six Flags or Cedar Fair, and the assumption is that each visitor spends $159-175 per day in order for the park to make a profit, and that's assuming that there are over 2 million annual visitors. I imagine that $350 million figure would be considerably more today. Disney and Universal spend up to $100 million for a single new attraction. If Storyville Gardens has a budget of only $300 million, I don't think we can expect much. And if a $350 million park can be profitable only if each visitor spends $160 per day, I don't think Storyville Gardens is being realistic. When this was first announced, I was very bullish. The longer this drags out, the less enthusiastic I've become.
  8. I forgot about this one. Tiny little Baxter (pop. 1,540) which is just a couple of miles west of Cookeville, could see as many as 600 new homes in a single development. Baxter just annexed 60 acres to allow the development of a large, high density housing development just north of I-40. The first 60 homes are already under construction on about 4 acres. https://newstalk941.com/baxter-approves-annexation-of-territory-by-dale-myers-lane/
  9. Some updates from Cookeville. The new engineering building at Tennessee Tech is well under way. There are several housing developments under way, but this one is the one I'm keeping my eye on because of its location. When all is said and done, there will be 147 homes build on this hill behind the Honda dealership. I'm eager to see how they fit and how much of the hill will be left. It's a good time to be in the retaining wall business. More housing is coming to downtown. Some decrepit old duplexes are finally going to be torn down and replaced by ten luxury townhouses. What's there now: What's going to replace them (x2): A building supply business that had been downtown for decades has moved outside of town, and the 2 or so acres that used to be its storage yard as well as a Mexican restaurant and market will become 60 apartments in 20 buildings. The developer said they'll be all brick so as to blend in with the rest of downtown. Those familiar with Cookeville will recognize Ralph's Donut Shop. The Mexican restaurant and market have already moved to much larger facilities a couple of blocks west. In other downtown news, the 4 acres immediately north of the above housing development--where the Wilson sporting goods factory used to be and where a Hilton hotel/conference center had been proposed prior to the pandemic--has been bought by HCA Health Services. Does HCA own anything besides hospitals? I can't imagine that they're interested in building a hospital in Cookeville, and 4 acres is way too small for one anyway. Besides, I seriously doubt they would get the state's permission. Does anyone in here happen to work for HCA? This is prime land in downtown Cookeville so it seems kind of random that HCA would buy it. Finally, the public housing authority is going to get started on Phase II of a large affordable housing development off of Buffalo Valley Road just west of town and adjacent to Cane Creek Park. An existing public housing project in the middle of town has been sold to a developer who plans to renovate the existing houses and turn them into market-priced rentals. Here's the plans for the development that will replace the existing public housing project, and then some:
  10. If you thought that there's a lot more money circulating around the Nashville area compared to 10 years ago, you're right. I looked up bank deposit stats and was a little taken aback at just how much more money there is around here. I know that bank deposits don't tell the entire story as a lot of people (especially the wealthy) have money tied up in other things, but it's still interesting nonetheless. Here are the top 20 counties in Tennessee from 2012 in bank deposits and their share of all of Tennessee's bank deposits. county...# of bank branches...bank deposits (x $1000)...% of state's bank deposits Davidson 209 23,114,780 19.52% Shelby 257 18,447,202 15.58% Knox 161 10,080,820 8.51% Hamilton 113 6,710,618 5.67% Williamson 98 5,035,030 4.25% Rutherford 78 3,058,260 2.58% Sumner 58 2,453,485 2.07% Sevier 59 2,162,139 1.83% Montgomery 54 2,130,356 1.80% Sullivan 50 1,971,468 1.67% Washington 52 1,951,883 1.65% Wilson 43 1,898,840 1.60% Blount 50 1,878,560 1.59% Madison 39 1,633,227 1.38% Putnam 32 1,489,319 1.26% Bradley 34 1,404,264 1.19% Maury 26 1,321,439 1.12% Greene 25 953,311 0.81% Anderson 20 947,795 0.80% Cumberland 20 945,057 0.80% and the top 20 in 2022. Green if it showed an increase in the state's share, red if it showed a decrease. Davidson 203 54,887,532 24.71% Shelby 206 32,444,812 14.60% Knox 132 17,377,228 7.82% Williamson 101 12,730,130 5.73% Hamilton 96 12,373,772 5.57% Rutherford 78 7,222,069 3.25% Sumner 55 5,567,825 2.51% Wilson 41 4,334,130 1.95% Sevier 45 4,138,877 1.86% Montgomery 44 3,654,588 1.65% Washington 36 3,363,932 1.51% Putnam 32 3,122,273 1.41% Blount 29 2,843,354 1.28% Madison 32 2,794,583 1.26% Maury 24 2,398,303 1.08% Bradley 25 2,320,126 1.04% Sullivan 35 2,255,621 1.02% Cumberland 17 1,623,892 0.73% Dickson 20 1,440,209 0.65% Robertson 18 1,435,065 0.65%
  11. Medearis Drive and Greenhill Road are in Mt Juliet, not Lebanon. It's just a few hundred feet from being in Davidson County.
  12. ^^ That first picture really is impressive. Here's roughly the same view on Google Streetview from just six years ago.
  13. The mayor of Cookeville is in his last week as mayor, and in a radio interview he mentioned a "huge development" coming to the intersection of Willow Ave & I-40, and on his Facebook page he said, while discussing all the new retail and restaurants that have come to town during his eight years as mayor, "there is much more to come" and that the retail projects "will provide the most requested and much needed options to our community and the entire region." And then he posted this (intentionally) vague image which looks a lot like the area at the SE corner of Willow Ave & I-40, with I-40 in the background and Willow Ave in the foreground. Years ago there was a large Norwalk furniture factory here. The "most requested" would be Target and Home Depot but I'm not sure what else. I wouldn't be surprised if Kroger built a larger store here as Publix and, especially, the new Food City are a bajillion times nicer than the current Kroger. And yeah I know, lots of surface parking, but at least Cookeville codes do require a certain number of trees per parking space. No word yet on when all this will be made official.
  14. Yes, it was a red-brown color back in the day when it was a Sheraton. I don't know when it was built, but when my family and cousins first visited Nashville when I was a kid in 1976, we stayed at the Sheraton, and I remember it being brown or red brick. It certainly wasn't battleship gray or whatever color it is now. Coming from a small town in Florida I thought it was pretty posh. One of my cousins found some coins left in a cigarette vending machine and we thought we'd hit the jackpot. I do lament what's become of that formerly posh hotel, but I agree with East Side Urbanite that it shouldn't be demolished just because it doesn't meet the current standard of what's considered attractive. Maybe repaint it?
  15. Here's the main entrance to the passenger terminal from 1980.
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