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  1. jmtunafish

    Nashville International Airport

    Popular rumors are that Delta will have a nonstop from BNA to either AMS or CDG. I think the money is on Amsterdam but I wouldn't rule out Paris (Delta is partnered with Air France which also owns KLM). There's a lot of speculation that BNA could also land one or two European discount carriers like Condor to Frankfurt and/or WOW to Reykjavik. Some even speculate that BNA could possibly get a nonstop to Tokyo although that one is probably farther down the road. There's already seasonal service on 2 different airlines (Delta and Southwest) to Cancun, and Vacation Express has charters to Cancun, Cozumel, Freeport (Bahamas), Montego Bay (Jamaica), and Punta Cana (DR). I'd love to see Southwest add some more destinations to Latin America from BNA. With Nashville's burgeoning Hispanic community, it's probably just a matter of time. I'd also looooove to have a nonstop to Montreal.
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    IKEA to Nashville

    I lived in Memphis for 8 long years. That's all I'm going to say since it's against the rules to bad-mouth another city on here. When I need my IKEA fix, I will gladly drive to Atlanta instead of Memphis if IKEA decides not to build in Nashville.
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    IKEA to Nashville

    That doesn't sound very reassuring.
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    More Accolades for Nashville

    I would cry like a little girl if we got a nonstop to Montreal. Talk about an incredible place to go spend a long weekend. I hope the bumpkins will always feel welcomed in Nashville. As shiny and sophisticated as Nashville is getting, I don't want us to forget what made Nashville what it is. (Hint: it's not all the corporate relocations or professional athletes or hipsters.)
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    I think the election results show that Nashvillians aren't opposed to better public transportation. They just didn't like the one Megan Barry wanted. I hope Mayor Briley will come up with a plan that's not quite as ambitious (and expensive) as Barry's.
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    More Accolades for Nashville

    I love that WestJet flies nonstop to Calgary from BNA. Calgary is a great town, too.
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    More Accolades for Nashville

    Here's the one-year change in population for the state's 30 largest cities. Yes, the bulk of the state's growth is happening in Middle Tennessee. city...2017 population...1-year change Nashville...667,560...2,798 Memphis...652,236...-1,133 Knoxville...187,347...1,962 Chattanooga...179,139...1,931 Clarksville...153,205...3,798 Murfreesboro...136,372...4,939 Franklin...78,321...3,636 Jackson...66,847...96 Johnson City...66,391...158 Bartlett...59,102...224 Hendersonville...57,517...991 Kingsport...53,374...1,016 Collierville...50,286...805 Smyrna...49,969...1,453 Cleveland...44,483...492 Brentwood...42,667...252 Spring Hill...39,602...1,940 Germantown...39,141...-40 Columbia...38,266...1,031 Gallatin...37,351...1,828 La Vergne...35,717...466 Mount Juliet...34,726...1,529 Cookeville...33,452...881 Lebanon...32,226...1,081 Morristown...29,771...231 Oak Ridge...29,096...150 Maryville...28,765...360 Bristol...26,842...-117 Farragut...22,729...474 Shelbyville...21,532...257
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    Cookeville News

    Here are some of the new eateries that have opened in downtown Cookeville's historic WestSide in the last few months: (usually located next to Hix Farm Brewery) (if the above Facebook link doesn't work) which are welcomed additions to some already great eateries within a block of the historic train depot:
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    Cookeville News

    Not yet. There's a big unveiling tomorrow of the newest architectural plans during the Taste of the Town event that's taking place on the construction site. The site was fenced off last week with earth-moving machinery lined up ready to go. I don't know when it's supposed to break ground, but it can't be too far off. And I totally agree about Target. From what the city economic development people tell us, Target has two criteria: a minimum income level and a minimum population. Cookeville meets the income level but not the population. So in order to meet the population requirement, they have to extend the radius out from Cookeville, but when they do that, the income level drops. But since Cookeville is the center of a 14-county trade area of over 350,000, it's ridiculous of Target to think they wouldn't be successful in Cookeville. Just as there are people in Cookeville right now who drive all the way to Mt Juliet to shop at Target, a Target in Cookeville would easily attract shoppers from all over the region and not just those who happen to live within Cookeville's city limits.
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    Cookeville News

    Updates on what's happening an hour east of Nashville: The Cookeville Micropolitan Area was the 8th fastest growing in the country in 2017. The last few weeks have some some nice economic news: Cookeville's home-grown ATC Automation just finished adding 66,000 square feet to its facility which will allow it to add 120 production and industrial engineering jobs with starting salaries of over $80,000. One official said many of those jobs will have salaries of over $100,000. Either way, those are gigantic salaries for Cookeville. Italian ceramic supplier Colorobbia is setting up its first U.S. facility in Cookeville. While only employing 30, these are 30 high-paying chemical engineering jobs. Colorobbia supplies the ceramics industry with glazes, pigments, and ceramic inks for the tile and glass industries. It also produces artistic ceramics and precious metals. Company president Arturo Salazar said Cookeville was selected not just for its quality of life but because of its ready supply of highly skilled engineers and because of its location among several ceramic plants that have opened in the last few years in Tennessee. SAIC, which last summer opened its Cookeville facility with plans to employ 300 within 5 years, has now said it will employ 300 within just a couple of years and will likely have much more than 300 when fully staffed. SAIC is located in downtown Cookeville's Region's Bank building which has led to several additional,excellent restaurants opening downtown within walking distance of SAIC. Oculus Software, a Cookeville-based company that provides software to banks in 15 states, is expanding from 9 current software developers to 40 with a new facility it's building in the Highlands Business Park off the new I-40 exit that recently opened. This is the second expansion of a software company in Cookeville in the last few months: Digital Dream Forge out of Mesa AZ has opened a software testing facility in Cookeville, employing 80. German, family-owned Hörmann LLC is opening its first manufacturing facility in the US next to the Upper Cumberland Regional airport just south of Cookeville. Hörmann makes garage doors and plans on hiring 200 for its Cookeville-area facility. The Shoppes at Eagle Point is well under way with Publix set to open in August and the rest in November. Stores committed are: Academy Sports, Dress Barn, Five Below, Petsmart, Publix, Ross, Shoe Carnival, and ULTA, and restaurants committed are Chipotle, Five Guys, Panda Express, and Panera. The city has contracted with a retail recruiter called Retail Strategies to match retailers wanting to come to Cookeville with developers. Among retailers and restaurants planning on opening locations in Cookeville, according to the city's economic development office, are Rural King, Food City, Dick's Sporting Goods, Burke's Outlet, HomeGoods, JoAnn, Farmers Furniture, Denny's, Jim N Nicks, Popeye's, and Hwy 55 Burgers & Fries. The economic development office is hoping to also attract Home Depot and Target (I think Target might be a stretch, given Target's propensity to locate in more expensive areas). Tennessee Tech is in the midst of a construction spree with over $180 million in construction projects either under way or about to get started.
  11. jmtunafish

    Soccer in Nashville

    That has got to be the best skyline shot I've ever seen of Nashville. It shows much of midtown as well as all of downtown and shows some of the region's rolling topography.
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    Knoxville Photos!

    I was on the faculty at U.T. for 12 years and never "got" Knoxville. Victor Ashe's biggest blunder as mayor was building a useless convention center downtown instead of a baseball stadium. The AA Smokies are now out in far-flung Sevierville. Knoxville's tiny convention center hosts little more than wedding receptions and the annual Christmas tree festival. Knoxville is a classic example of a city that had no business building a convention center. Rather, they should've built a nice downtown baseball stadium for the Smokies and for U.T. And don't get me started on the folly of letting the World's Fair Park amphitheater go to pot. I'm glad to see there are new developments in Knoxville's humble downtown which, frankly, is way behind its peers Chattanooga and Asheville. With over 20,000 college students right on downtown's doorstep, downtown Knoxville should never have let itself languish as long as it did. City leaders should've done more (and should be doing more) to encourage more downtown student housing. Imagine if all those student housing developments south of the river were instead downtown.
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    Soccer in Nashville

    It's not like she was a professor of underwater basket weaving. She was tenured at Princeton teaching both politics and public policy. At Vanderbilt she was a professor of law and political science. She was raised in stark poverty by an abusive stepfather and a disabled mother in rural Virginia in a house with no running water and where 12 kids had to share 2 beds. She worked at McDonald's as a teenager and got her GED. She eventually got an associates degree from a community college, then a bachelors degree (magna cum laude) in criminal justice from Roanoke College, then a PhD in political science from UNC Chapel Hill, then a masters degree in law from Yale. She has set up a scholarship fund for AA students at Roanoke College. She has authored six books and was awarded the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation's D.B. Hardeman Prize as well as the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for her books on political science. Her op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and USA Today. Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy have cited Swain's work at the U.S. Supreme Court. She was an advisor on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and was a Visiting Fellow with the James Madison Program in American Ideals at Princeton. While I agree that this doesn't necessarily mean that she is well suited to be mayor of Nashville, it is grossly unfair to dismiss her career as just a college professor who's said a few controversial things about race.
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    More Accolades for Nashville

    Nashville is ranked #2 in the country for "creatives." SmartAsset looked at the total cost of living and the number of people employed in the arts to figure which cities in the country are best for the creative class. It's worth noting that 2 other Tennessee cities also placed: Knoxville (#11) and Memphis (#23). The top 10: Salt Lake City Nashville Fayetteville AR Lincoln NE South Bend IN Los Angeles Grand Rapids MI Des Moines IA Green Bay WI Kalamazoo MI The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tennessee metro area comes in second. This metro area has the second-most creative workers in our top 10. In total there are 8,700 people employed in creative occupations. This means for every 10,000 workers about 93 works in a creative field. You can probably guess what the most popular creative occupation in Nashville is: musicians and singers. There are just under 1,800 people employed as singers and musicians in Music City and the surrounding area. The second-most popular creative occupation in this city is graphics designer, with 1,540 workers employed in this field.
  15. The state of Alabama paid Mercedes $253 million in 1993 to build its first U.S. assembly plant just outside of Tuscaloosa. That's $169,000 per job. In 1993 dollars. It's triple what South Carolina paid BMW just the year before and 18 times what Tennessee paid Nissan in 1980. It was such an absurd amount that it cost the Alabama governor (James Folson, D) his job. But when states are desperate, they'll go into hock to lure the big sexy factories. Mississippi has paid Nissan over $300 million for its assembly plant in Canton, and then it paid Toyota just under $300 million for its plant near Tupelo. I think the whole process is disgusting and immoral, but it's the way of the world, unfortunately. I'm glad Tennessee hasn't (yet) sold its soul the way Alabama and Mississippi have in order to lure flashy factories. I'd like to think that Tennessee's low taxes, ideal location, superior infrastructure, and educated workforce are enough to lure most manufacturers to the state, but the reality is that it takes cold, hard cash to grease the palms of those who make such life-changing decisions. I believe Hankook is getting the equivalent of about $40,000 per job from the state/city for its new tire plant in Clarksville.