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  1. 11 minutes ago, donNdonelson2 said:

    I remember going to the Mid-South Fair in Memphis.

    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...").

  2. 4 hours ago, markhollin said:

    Wilson County: Updates on two massive development in Gallatin:

    1) Goat Farm: besides the Ford Ice Center (2 rinks), there will also be 60,000 sq. ft. of retail; a 120 room hotel, 70 condos, and an outdoor family entertainment area. Rendering below.

    2) Nexus will include 100 acre business park (2 million sq. ft. of office and warehouse space); 120 acre mixed-use (1.1 million sq. ft. of retail including a grocery, 900 multi-family units made up of homes and townhomes). Aerial photos of site below.

    More at TheTennessean here:


    Goat Farm rendering:

    Goat Farm, Gallatin, May 9, 2022, render.png

    Nexus site aerial views:

    Nexus, Gallatin, May 9, 2022, aerial site, 1.png

    Nexus, Gallatin, May 9, 2022, aerial site, 2.png


    Gallatin is in Sumner County, not Wilson County.

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  3. 3 hours ago, smeagolsfree said:

    I was looking at all of the players yesterday. It looks decent on paper except for one thing. I was searching bid site and I have not been able to find one mention of anything out for bid as far as this project goes anywhere in middle TN. You would think that a project as large as this, if it were to start by years end would have started at least pre-bidding by now on at least some of the largest construction bid sites????

    What say the heads familiar with construction and building and timelines on the board? Are they being too ambitious with the timeline?

    I do want to see this succeed, however there is still the little voice in my head with the Mr Haney voice from Green Acres saying “Mr Douglas Have I got A Deal for You”!

    I think we have seen that several times before on this thread when it comes to amusement parks proposals in Middle TN.

    Do you suppose the Storyville people are doing what Disney did in the 1960s in Florida?  Disney set up fake corporations to secretly buy up 30,000 acres southwest of Orlando under a variety of names and timed the transactions so that they all took place at roughly the same time, paying cash each time so as to not arouse suspicions.  I know it was a lot easier back then to do things like that but I wonder if something like that is what's happening here.  Likewise, maybe if there are bids advertised, they're innocuous sounding things like roads or water lines for "new subdivisions" that happen to be located next to each other.

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  4. 55 minutes ago, titanhog said:

    The one other name I’d love to see attached is Dolly.

    Absolutely.  With her Imagination Library and all the thousands of free books she's given to children, Dolly Parton would be a natural.  I wonder if maybe she feels this would compete against Dollywood?

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  5. 3 hours ago, grilled_cheese said:

    Anybody know where the Duck Head HQ, warehouse or manufacturing site was?  Just recently learned they originated in Nashville.



    38 minutes ago, bnacincy said:

    It was on Charlotte Ave near I-40 across from Centennial Medical Center-my brother worked there for a while so I had a constant supply of Duck Head jeans and jackets.

    I thought Duck Head was long gone.  When I was a student at Ole Miss in the early 90s, Duck Head khaki shorts were a necessity.  The only times we didn't wear the khaki shorts were to football games when we wore Duck Head chinos with our dress shirts and blue/red ties.  Until I read that wikipedia entry I had no idea that Duck Head essentially got its start at the Ole Miss bookstore.  I'm glad to see they're still around, and I'm glad to see there's also a Nashville connection. 

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  6. 31 minutes ago, tragenvol said:

    Not to be a party pooper, but if this is built out in its entirety...it will likely be a couple of decades with compromises and reductions.  A public university's Master Plan (master plans are generally ten years in scope) includes a wish list, and just like my wish list back in the days of the Sears Christmas catalog...many compromises and exclusions were made.

    I don't think anyone assumes this will all take place next year.  But it's not unreasonable for many, if not most, of this to take place in the next 10-15 years.  In the last 8 years since the original Master Plan was unveiled, quite a bit has been accomplished:

    • new student recreation center
    • new science building (the largest academic building on campus)
    • groundbreaking on the new engineering building
    • renovation of Bartoo and Kittrell Halls
    • renovation of four residence halls/dorms
    • total gutting and renovation of the Jere Whitson building to create a campus welcome center
    • expansion of the Roaden University Center
    • expansion of the Volpe Library
    • Centennial Plaza
    • new parking lot west of Tech Village
    • more green space outside the UC where a parking lot used to be
    • large lawn/commons where a parking lot used to be west of Peachtree (where the new science building sits)
    • several roads on campus have already been closed to vehicles in preparation of turning them in to pedestrian malls

    I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that most of the rest of the stuff in the Master Plan could be completed in the next 10-15 years.  Of course, much of this is dependent upon state funding and some very generous donors, and who knows how that will go.

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  7. 4 hours ago, memphian said:

    Always good to see TECH prosper. I did my undergrad there. The built environment seems to be coming along quite well. I especially like these planned additions. The tower reminds me a bit of the one at Furman, but with a different architecture style - very prominent.  Here's hoping TECH will find a new athletic conference soon as well. I'd like to donate to the football stadium but not while they're part of the OVC.

    I totally agree about the OVC.  I don't know what Tech can do at this point.  I doubt they can get into a better conference without updating their football facilities, but, like you, I'm sure there are plenty of potential donors who won't donate until Tech is in a better conference.  Kind of a Catch-22 type thing.

    3 hours ago, MLBrumby said:

    Looks really nice. One of my kids considered going there but changed his mind at the last minute. Went to UGA instead (boo!). I was impressed when we visited the TTU campus. Everyone was very nice and the campus was beautiful in early spring. This was before all the construction was started. So I could envision all those parking lots west of the main quad as going away.  The green space will be uber nice. So what are the two (planned) U-shaped buildings to the west of the recently completed sciences building?  

    I'm glad you had a good visit to campus!  I didn't go to Tech, but I used to work for UTK and now work for the state department of education, and I can assure you that Tech definitely punches above its weight when it comes to academics.  I am absolutely delighted that they're doing so much to spruce up the campus.  As far as those planned U-shaped buildings to the west of the new science building, it looks like it'll be more engineering buildings and would replace some physical services buildings which will be relocated to the old athletic fields from the old Cookeville Junior High (now Foundation Hall) on 10th Street across the RR tracks.




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  8. 6 hours ago, Pdt2f said:

    So we’ll have 4 separate carriers flying BNA-Toronto-Pearson? There can’t be that much demand. I haven’t checked recently but apparently travel to and from Canada right now is a pain in the rear. Hopefully things start to loosen up by the time Flair and Swoop start these flights. 

    I'm flying Delta to Paris over the summer, and every single flight option had me go from BNA to Toronto on WestJet and then take an Air France flight to CDG.  I kept looking for BNA-ATL-CDG or BNA-DTW-CDG or BNA-JFK-CDG but, without exception, the cheapest tickets were all through YYZ.  Going and coming.  I have no idea why Delta is pushing YYZ so hard, but it is, at least on the dates I was looking at.  

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