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  1. Yes this was already posted and discussed a few posts up yesterday.
  2. A decrepit old building downtown that had been neglected for years was finally razed and replaced with a handsome mixed-use building with some medical offices on the ground floor and apartments above. I haven't seen any For Rent signs so I assume it means the building is fully leased. The building isn't going to win any architectural awards, but it's a solid development that is helping downtown Cookeville be even more dynamic than most small towns around here. It's located on Cedar Ave by the RR tracks and a walking/biking trail that connects downtown Cookeville to downtown Algood 4 miles away. The old building that was torn down: And the building that has replaced it: In the very first Google Streetview picture there are some small outdoor storage buildings just beyond the antiques business. The storage buildings have been demolished, and the city is making it into a small parking lot to replace the street parking which is being replaced with bike lanes. This street is Cedar Ave which connects the university to the Westside area of downtown which has some of the city's excellent restaurants and breweries. And speaking of downtown restaurants and breweries, just one block away from the above pictures is 1st Ave where a local chef and restaurateur, who already runs one of the region's nicest restaurants, is converting an old printing business into a pizzeria and wine bar which will also have Cookeville's first rooftop bar. It's directly across the street from the city's first brewery, Red Silo Brewing Company, as well as a wonderful Indian restaurant. Work has gotten started, and he hopes to have it open sometime this fall. I sure wish the city would bury those confounded power lines and make this part of downtown more attractive and pedestrian friendly, which I'm sure they will as they have with most of the rest of downtown.
  3. Or just have them someplace super remote like Honolulu or Anchorage so that it would be just too expensive for the vast majority of protesters to get out there or for some of the more nefarious organizations to organize bus convoys to get their more hysterical followers out there. These conventions are little more than coronations anyway with very little intrigue. Having them someplace remote and expensive would pretty much limit the attendees to those who legitimately are supposed to be there and maybe a few gawkers.
  4. The Kansas City selection is a head-scratcher. Arrowhead Stadium was built in 1972 and hasn't been renovated since 2010, it's nowhere near downtown or any kind of entertainment district, and the Kansas City airport is small with only two international flights (Toronto and Cancun). They're building a new terminal to replace their old one which is sorely outdated, and the new terminal will have only 39 gates. Anyway, as far as stadiums go, it seems old Nissan Stadium was probably good enough for FIFA if Arrowhead was good enough. I agree with titanhog, I think the uncertainty over Nashville's stadium situation and the possibility of Nashville's stadium being in the middle of a construction zone probably hurt Nashville more than anything.
  5. What are you talking about? Nashville also has an actual soccer stadium, and it's considerably larger than KC's. Besides, KC's World Cup game will be held at Arrowhead Stadium, home to the NFL Chiefs, not Children's Mercy Park, home to the MLS Sporting KC. https://www.sportingnews.com/us/soccer/news/world-cup-cities-2026-live-host-stadiums-usa-canada-mexico/e7rdz0maqsgbkjt3q2jyjnal
  6. Clickbait that appeared in my Facebook feed from some outfit called National Mortgage News. They have Nashville #1 in their list of "12 hottest housing markets in 2022." Nashville Raleigh-Durham Phoenix Austin Tampa-St Pete Charlotte Dallas-Ft Worth Atlanta Seattle Boston Salt Lake Denver https://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/list/the-12-hottest-housing-markets-in-2022
  7. I wish there was still an observation deck. I guess the rooftop bar at the airport Hilton will be the closest thing to an observation deck. I plan on going there and checking it out. I grew up in Hong Kong which is home to one of the world's great airports. My brother and I would go hang out at the observation deck at old Kai Tak with a radio our dad bought us that allowed us to listen to the control tower and daydream about being on some of those jumbo jets to exotic locations throughout Asia and pretty much every major city on the planet. While BNA doesn't have flights to every corner of the globe, it would still be fun to be able to do that.
  8. I've heard it said that the soil in the Mississippi Delta (which starts in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, so they say) is so rich that even fenceposts sprout roots. When I lived in Memphis I had a small lot, but I still had two gigantic pecan trees, as did most people in my Midtown neighborhood. It made for some amazing pecan pies. It's one of the things I truly enjoyed about Memphis.
  9. Nashville's legendary Monell's is going to open a restaurant in downtown Cookeville. Cookeville's iconic Bobby Q's closed a few weeks ago when its owner announced he was too old and sick to keep it going, and the city mourned. Then this sign appeared on the front door this morning: From what I've heard, it will have Monell's famous menu but with the addition of some of the favorite dishes from Bobby Q's. Bobby Q's was once written up in Family Circle magazine for its "pool room slaw" and banana pudding, so hopefully those will be on the menu at this new Monell's. In Cookeville development news, the new police HQ opened. It's the first time the Cookeville PD has had its own home. For the last 40 years they've been in the basement of the performing arts center. Raising Cane's opened its first free-standing restaurant in Tennessee in Cookeville a couple of weeks ago. People have gone berserk. I haven't been yet because I keep waiting for the crowds to thin out. Hasn't happened yet. People are parking in the bank parking lot next door and in the vacant lot on the other side where Chuy's is supposed to go. Now that the police HQ is finished, the city's next major project is an aquatics park. The city council voted to include funds to get it kick started, and bids have already been advertised to start the preliminary work. Here's the initial design they're going to work with: The new Food City recently opened to great fanfare. For Cookeville (and for Food City) it's pretty fancy: Starbucks, brick oven pizzeria, fresh sushi, wood-fired bbq smoker, cafe with a fireplace. Some of the outparcels have been spoken for: Dunkin Donuts, Arby's, and Noire Nail Bar. Other outparcels have been leased, but no official word yet on who leased them. I've heard that Crumbl is one, but who knows. That church across the street from Food City above has been bought by an outfit which has developed restaurants and small retail centers around the Southeast. I've heard that they want to put in a Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries there, but I don't know what else. The lot is big enough for several restaurants/businesses. There are several construction projects on campus at Tennessee Tech. Maybe someday I'll get around and take pictures. Besides a new engineering building and new dorms, TTU is ripping up some of the roads through campus and replacing them with bricked pedestrian walkways.
  10. It is unbelievable that demolishing the Ryman was ever an option. As stupid an idea it was to replace Opryland with a mall, it would've been absolutely unconscionable to tear down the Ryman.
  11. NBC Sports California host Brodie Brazil sat down with Dave Stewart to discuss Stewart's plan to bring MLB to Nashville. It's hard to watch this video and not be optimistic that this will actually happen. Some of the nuggets from the interview: The Nashville Stars will be the first minority-owned team in the MLB. They absolutely do not want to move the Oakland A's to Nashville. The planned stadium will be 42,000 seats, a number to honor Jackie Robinson. They're partnering with TSU to build the stadium on 140 acres in North Nashville. Those 140 acres will include mixed-use developments as well as a large entertainment venue of 25,000 seats, expandable to 50,000. They're partnering with some big names in Nashville's music scene (Justin Timberlake, Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks) to make this happen.
  12. Hmmm I have no idea what happened, but I'm not the one who wrote everything starting with "Yep, my hometown..." Kingsport is not my hometown although I think NE TN is absolutely gorgeous, and it was probably a great place to grow up back in the day. How was someone able to manipulate my post and add those 5 paragraphs?
  13. Poor Kingsport seems to be grasping at straws. Note that Kingsport's property taxes are almost identical to Mt Juliet's even though Kingsport's median listing price is less than half of MJ's. The Kingsport region continues to hemorrhage jobs, so no wonder their housing values are so low and their property tax rate is so high. Maybe they're just trying to attract retirees? Until last month, Tennessee's lowest unemployment was in August 2019. I posted earlier how Tennessee's metro areas have recovered since August 2019 with the glaring exception of Kingsport-Bristol and, to a lesser extent, Jackson and Memphis: metro area...March 2022 employment...change from Aug 2019 Nashville...1,107,406...54,095 Memphis...622,169...-953 Knoxville...435,154...12,562 Chattanooga...270,223...3,833 Kingsport-Bristol...132,035...-4,242 Clarksville...116,931...3,370 Johnson City...91,645...2,729 Jackson...63,163...-890 Cleveland...56,434...543 Morristown...52,103...1,601 And in the last month, Kingsport has continued to shed jobs at an alarming rate. Here's how Tennessee's metro areas have done in the last month for employment. Nashville...+8,491 Memphis...+1,335 Knoxville...+1,530 Chattanooga...+252 Kingsport-Bristol...-778 Clarksville...-372 Johnson City...+89 Jackson...+83 Cleveland...-24 Morristown...+298 Yep, my hometown and I have vowed never to go back. The only way the city has grown is through annexation. The schools are good, but there are few jobs. The Bigboys that were there have either shut down or downsizing due to modernization. The main employer is Eastman Chemical or a support industry of that company. If you want a progressive city, then Johnson City is where you need to go and it's not much better. The other cities highlighted are all in the area and are all rather depressed IMO., This is the city where the mall killed the downtown and there was no white flight as the poster had blamed. The downtown just died, and this happened to medium sized cities across the country along with Johnson City & Bristol when they built their malls as well. I think new home construction in the area is very weak although I have not checked that, but I did check homes for sale and saw more land for sale than new homes. There is nothing to do here except outdoor activities. Few concerts, plays make their way here. Johnson City is the destination since it is the college town and most of the big acts leapfrog the area, so you have to go to Knoxville to see what acts come there. Tri Cities airport has not changed in 50 years. I think there are fewer flights now than when I lived there. My goal was to LEAVE AND NEVER COME BACK as Smeagol would say. I have no friends there and no family I claim there.
  14. At my church in Cookeville, we've doubled in size in the last couple of years mainly from families moving here from California. Without exception, they absolutely love it here, and it's not just all about the money. While it's true they can live in much nicer homes with real lawns, they also like that the public schools aren't dangerous or wacko, people are genuinely kind, they don't have to irrigate their gardens, there's plenty of outdoor recreation, etc. The kids are thriving in ways they could never have in California. I know we in Cookeville have benefitted from some of them who've moved here and opened restaurants or other businesses such as Grace's Lumpia and The Slice. I'm reminded of an episode of House Hunters a couple of years ago when a young couple from California wanted a better place to raise their future family, and they zeroed in on Cookeville. They sold their tiny townhouse in SoCal that had a view of a parking lot and bought a large home with acreage outside of Cookeville. He was able to transfer his job, and she got a job in the school district. In the follow-up interview at the end of the show, they said they love it here so much, they got their parents and siblings and their families to also make the move to Cookeville. One thing that blows some of them away is that we have better internet speeds than they did back in Cali. With 10 gig internet even way out in the boonies (something not available even in Nashville), some of these west coasters can enjoy a rural lifestyle that was impossible in California. One family at my church bought over 100 acres in Silver Point where they have 10 gig internet, they have creeks and waterfalls on their property, and yet they're less than an hour from the Nashville airport.
  15. Yup. And who's going to ride a train from Nashville to Lebanon for a storybook garden with only about 5 rides? This isn't Disneyland. Not even Dollywood or Six Flags. It will cost a fortune to improve that train line, something I'm sure the theme park developers aren't going to pay for.
  16. Dollywood has lots of fun rides, over 50 in all. Storyville Gardens, as currently proposed, has hardly any rides, as you mentioned earlier. Just as Opryland realized it couldn't add more rides without more land, I fear that Storyville Gardens (if it's ever actually built) will eventually meet with the same fate. Even Busch Gardens has a zoo component (I'm originally from Tampa, too, by the way) to keep it interesting. I just don't think Storyville Gardens will have enough to keep it interesting and viable unless it has more thrill rides, and for that it'll need more space. I still think Wilson County is the ideal location, but a little further out where it can have more elbow room.
  17. And Walt Disney regretted not having more land for Disneyland, hence Disney World in Florida. If Storyville builds at that small plat in Lebanon, it will one day regret it, assuming it's successful. Opryland regretted not having more space for expansion and look what happened. Then again, maybe they'll be happy being a small, insignificant park that will cater largely to local crowds. If so, then the Lebanon location will do just fine. I still wish they'd looked a little further south along 840 where they'd have a lot more space. But it's not my money.
  18. Busch Gardens Tampa is 335 acres, nearly triple the size of the plat in Lebanon that's under consideration.
  19. And it was such a fun fair! When I lived in Memphis I noticed that the weather people on every TV station referred to Memphis as "the Mid-South" ("Today in the Mid-South the weather will be...").
  20. And yet Memphis refers to itself as the Mid South (Mid-South Coliseum, for example). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-South_Coliseum
  21. Since no one else has posted this yet, here's the skyline this morning from our friends at Sky5:
  22. Speaking for Mt Juliet, I was invited to observe a multicultural celebration at MJHS yesterday. There are 30 nationalities and 18 languages represented among MJHS students, something which surprised the heck out of me. And the largest group? Egyptians, with over 100 Egyptian students at MJHS. While that pales in comparison to Metro's 100+ languages, it's still a gigantic increase from just 10 years ago when pretty much the only foreign language spoken among MJHS students was Spanish. I was able to talk to a few parents including a family from Uzbekistan, and without exception all of them moved to MJ from Metro because they wanted better schools for their kids. Say what you want about poor planning and other problems with suburbia (which I totally get), but it looks like many immigrants want what American families want: good schools and safe places to raise their kids and nice neighborhoods with lawns--things many couldn't ever dream of in their home countries but can do very easily in MJ.
  23. The state's March 2022 unemployment rate of 3.2 percent was the lowest in Tennessee history and shows that the state has largely recovered the jobs lost during the pandemic. The previous low was 3.3 percent set in August 2019. In August 2019 there were 3,237,976 Tennesseans employed, and in March 2022 there were 3,291,445 employed, an increase of 53,469. However, as you can see from the tables below, the bulk of the increase was concentrated in just a few areas. When looking at the figures below, keep in mind that some of these areas go into neighboring states. metro area...March 2022 employment...change from Aug 2019 Nashville...1,107,406...54,095 Memphis...622,169...-953 Knoxville...435,154...12,562 Chattanooga...270,223...3,833 Kingsport-Bristol...132,035...-4,242 Clarksville...116,931...3,370 Johnson City...91,645...2,729 Jackson...63,163...-890 Cleveland...56,434...543 Morristown...52,103...1,601 micro area...March 2022 employment...change from Aug 2019 Sevierville...53,584...-2,292 Cookeville...49,171...1,001 Tullahoma-Manchester...47,125...-2,049 Greeneville...27,899...-1,229 Crossville...21,529...-1,795 Athens...21,477...-1,183 Shelbyville...20,915...640 Lawrenceburg...18,979...718 McMinnville...15,859...-416 Dyersburg...15,574...-258 Lewisburg...15,151...-45 Martin...15,103...-604 Union City...13,918...-45 Newport...13,916...-956 Paris...13,747...-561 Dayton...13,491...964 Brownsville...7,266...-220
  24. Dave Stewart, who played in the MLB for 16 years, won the World Series three times, was named World Series MVP once, and who has pursued owning other MLB teams, has been brought on to lead Nashville's Diverse Equity Ownership initiative where they hope Nashville's MLB team will be the first majority minority owned team in the league. "We started this process four years ago. Nashville is a fast-growing city. It has a beautiful population of people," he said. "There's so much going on here. So, MLB put Nashville as one of its top places for expansion, and I think that triggered the idea to go down this path." https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10033192-dave-stewart-leading-nashville-group-prioritizing-mlb-ownership-for-people-of-color
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