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  1. Yes, the president of Food City assured local leaders that this will be an "upscale" Food City (I never knew that was a thing) with a Starbucks, a brick oven pizzeria, a sushi bar, café, and a fancier deli than the typical Food City. I don't know if you could tell from the video, but this is a pretty nice part of town (in spite of the Walmart across Hwy 111) with some upscale neighborhoods. Hopefully, this will be nicer than the run-of-the-mill Food City stores I saw when I lived in Knoxville. I'm really curious what the outparcels will be. It looks like one of them is laid out like a fast food joint with a drive-thru lane. More restaurants are definitely needed in this part of town. I'm sure this won't be their only store in Middle Tennessee. I wouldn't be surprised if Food City kept expanding westward into the Nashville area. Already there are rumors that Food City is going to build a 2nd store in the Cookeville area in a housing/commercial development in Baxter. I bet it won't be long before they announce a location in Lebanon.
  2. That 17 acres that fronts 111 isn't part of this, and I don't know why not. A new traffic light will go in on the far eastern side of this shopping center with a new road built on the eastern edge, so I wonder if the owner of those other 17 acres has something else in mind. There's a pretty substantial slope in those 17 acres so who knows what could be done. Personally, I'd love to see it developed into some higher density but nice housing.
  3. A few updates for development projects in Cookeville. The new police HQ is nearing completion. It'll be the first time that the Cookeville Police Department has its own home. Right now they're in the basement of the performing arts center. The new Hilton Home2Suites is starting to rise on Jefferson Ave. A shopping center on 10th Street anchored by Food City. Tragenvol found this YouTube video of the construction site from a couple of weeks ago. Work has started on the $150 million Portobello tile factory. It's located adjacent to I-40 at Exit 280. The exterior brick is almost finished on a mixed-use building going up in the heart of Cookeville's WestSide where many of the more popular local eateries and breweries are located. No idea what's going in at the street level. The storage units in the picture below are being torn down for a small parking lot. Finally, the old Wilson sporting goods factory downtown has been razed, and the property is no longer for sale. In addition, the former building supply company next door is in the process of relocating just outside of town which is leading to all kinds of speculation of what's happening. This is 7-8 acres in the heart of downtown, so rumors are flying.
  4. Haywood County has lost 15% of its population since 1980 which is pretty typical of rural West Tennessee counties. I am very excited for rural West Tennessee which will hugely benefit from this, maybe even more than Memphis will benefit from it. This megasite is closer to downtown Jackson than it is to downtown Memphis and will likely employ people from all over the western third of the state.
  5. Here are some very major airports I've been to that have buses between terminals or concourses: Auckland https://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/transport/inter-terminal-bus Barcelona https://www.aeropuertobarcelona-elprat.com/ingl/connections-between-terminals-barcelona.htm Boston https://www.massport.com/logan-airport/to-from-logan/transportation-options/on-airport-shuttle/ Cancun https://www.cancun-airport.net/terminal-transfers-shuttle.php Delhi https://www.newdelhiairport.in/to-and-from-airport/inter-terminal-transports Honolulu https://airports.hawaii.gov/hnl/getting-to-from/ground-transportation/intra-airport-transportation/ Los Angeles https://www.flylax.com/inter-terminal-connections Madrid https://www.aeropuertomadrid-barajas.com/transportation/connections-between-terminals.htm New York-JFK https://www.jfkairport.com/at-airport/on-airport-bus New York-LaGuardia https://www.laguardiaairport.com/at-airport/on-airport-bus Newark https://www.newarkairport.com/at-airport/connecting-flights Nice https://www.nice-airport.net/terminals.php Paris-CDG https://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/inter-terminal-shuttles San Jose https://www.flysanjose.com/services/inter-terminal-shuttles Tokyo-Narita https://www.narita-airport.jp/en/access/shuttlebus
  6. The state comptroller's office has a website for county commissioners to use as they begin the process of redistricting because of the new Census numbers. But what I find interesting is the comptroller's population projections for the next 5 years. If I read the numbers correctly, they didn't just use Census figures and project them for the next five years, either, as some of the numbers are vastly different from the official Census numbers. Anyway, they are projecting that (no surprise) the Nashville area will continue to dominate the state's growth. They project that the state will grow at an annual rate of 0.63% each year for the next five years, but only 34 of the state's 95 counties will grow at least that quickly. Clearly, Middle Tennessee is driving the state's growth. And of those 34 counties, there's only one county in West Tennessee (Fayette--suburban Memphis). So here's a breakdown of the numbers, just the 34 counties projected to "grow" (meaning faster than the state average) in the next five years, ranked by projected annual growth rates. Assuming these projections are accurate and continue beyond 5 years, Rutherford County will easily overtake Hamilton County (Chattanooga) to become the state's 4th most populous county by the next census. rank...county...projected annual growth rate...2020 Census...2025 projection Williamson...2.68%...247,726...282,749 Rutherford...2.29%...341,486...382,418 Wilson...2.26%...147,737...165,203 Montgomery...1.82%...220,069...240,838 Sumner...1.67%...196,281...213,227 Maury...1.62%...100,974...109,422 Davidson...1.36%...715,884...765,906 Fayette...1.34%...41,990...44,880 Putnam...1.23%...79,854...84,879 Dickson...1.14%...54,315...57,482 Loudon...1.13%...54,886...58,058 Marshall...1.13%...34,318...36,301 Macon...1.12%...25,216...26,660 Robertson...1.12%...72,803...76,972 Trousdale...1.12%...11,615...12,144 Bedford...1.09%...50,237...53,035 Hamilton...1.03%...366,207...385,459 Cumberland...0.99%...61,145...64,232 Blount...0.97%...135,280...141,970 Knox...0.92%...478,971...501,412 Cheatham...0.87%...41,072...42,890 Bradley...0.86%...108,620...113,372 Jefferson...0.81%...54,683...56,934 Meigs...0.79%...12,758...13,270 Polk...0.77%...17,544...18,230 Smith...0.77%...19,904...20,524 Sequatchie...0.72%...15,826...16,404 DeKalb...0.71%...20,080...20,803 White...0.71%...27,351...28,647 Washington...0.70%...133,001...137,722 Union...0.66%...19,802...20,464 Coffee...0.65%...57,889...59,795 Sevier...0.65%...98,380...101,619 Moore...0.64%...6,461...6,670 https://tn-cot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/bb1b58512fb04415b4b9821b07cd72ac
  7. Meanwhile, little Cookeville has two Filipino restaurants, one which is also a Filipino/Asian grocery store / market where I can get my calamansi juice, corn ice cream, prawn crackers, and passionfruit Kit Kat fix. A Taste of the Philippines (the one that's just a restaurant) has regular Boodle Fights. There are also four very good, very authentic Thai restaurants in town, a wonderful Korean place, and an excellent Vietnamese restaurant downtown around the corner from an Indian restaurant where everything is homemade by a sweet little Indian grandmother. There's even a place with Japanese crepes and rolled ice cream. I grew up in the Philippines and Hong Kong and love having these places around. It's actually one of the reasons I enjoy Cookeville so much. I suppose there might be more "authentic" Thai and Filipino places in Nashville, but I doubt it. We also have Venezuelan and Peruvian restaurants in Cookeville. Alas, our Egyptian restaurant didn't last through the covid shutdown although the guy who ran it said he might reopen sometime soon. (The building is now another Thai restaurant.)
  8. And I take issue with the earlier post that said their White Bridge Road location will be the first Raising Cane's in Tennessee. There's already a Raising Cane's in Knoxville. They're also opening a location in Cookeville.
  9. My takeaway from this is how much more Chattanooga is connected to Atlanta than it is to Nashville.
  10. Cookeville and, especially, Martin really got screwed with this census, similar to other rural college towns across the country. When covid hit, colleges went all remote, and a bunch of students packed their bags and went home to finish the semester, particularly since many of their jobs were also vaporized by the shutdown. The Census Bureau did cooperate with colleges to make sure that those who had been living in "group quarters" (dorms) were still counted. But thousands of students who live in off-campus housing were likely not counted. I don't think this had as much of an affect on places like Knoxville, Chattanooga, or even Clarksville, where their colleges aren't such a gigantic part of the local populations, but I'm sure it was still a drag on the population increases.
  11. Don't forget that the official name of the Nashville MSA is Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin. People don't have to commute all the way in to downtown Nashville to be included in the MSA. Like UTGrad said, plenty of people from Shelbyville make the short commute to Murfreesboro, enough to put Bedford County in the CSA. I suspect Bedford will someday become part of the MSA as it continues to become a popular bedroom community of Rutherford County. I think it's 10% have to make the commute to be part of the CSA, and 25% to be part of the MSA. I think.
  12. Here's a visual of the region's population density broken down by census tracts: And the population change by county. The darker the blue, the faster the population growth. The darker the brown, the faster the population loss.
  13. I think a more impressive stat is that among MSAs of over 1 million population, Nashville was the 4th fastest growing: Austin...2,283,371...+33.04% Orlando...2,673,376...+25.25% Raleigh...1,413,982...+25.08% Nashville...1,989,519...+20.86% Houston...7,122,240...+20.30% Dallas-Ft Worth...7,637,387...+19.96% San Antonio...2,558,143...+19.40% Jacksonville...1,605,848...+19.34% Charlotte...2,660,329...+18.56% Seattle-Tacoma...4,018,762...+16.83% Denver...2,963,821...+16.53% Las Vegas...2,265,461...+16.10% Salt Lake City...1,257,936...+15.63% Phoenix...4,845,832...+15.57% Atlanta...6,089,615...+15.19% Tampa-St Petersburg...3,175,275...+14.09% Oklahoma City...1,425,695...+13.78% Washington...6,385,162...+13.02% Portland...2,512,859...+12.89% Columbus...2,138,926...+12.46% https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_metropolitan_statistical_areas
  14. Lebanon's city schools are K-8. Lebanon HS is run by Wilson County and drags the scores down for the whole county, at least at the high school level. I've talked to teachers and administrators at LHS who are frustrated that LSSD doesn't do a better job preparing students for high school. I suspect both entities should share the blame. If/When CoolSprings gets built out or too expensive, I think Rutherford will be the next to see more corporate relocations and Class A office parks. Hendersonville and Gallatin are probably not far from that, either.
  15. Without revealing too much, I work for the state department of education, and I can tell you that a huge problem that Lebanon has is its public schools. They are abysmal. Wilson County likes to tout the quality of its schools, but their scores are propped up by Mt Juliet, and it's not even close. Take MJ out of the equation, and Wilson County's scores would be among the bottom third in the state. Williamson has arguably Tennessee's best public school system which is a big factor in its ability to attract corporate relocations with ease. Williamson also has some excellent private schools and is close to some of Davidson's more prestigious private schools. There's no equivalent in Wilson County. Mt Juliet could see some of that corporate growth, but until Lebanon does something about its lousy public schools, it'll probably continue to be relegated to lower-wage distribution and factory jobs. Not that there's anything wrong with that--the world needs distribution centers and factories--I just don't think it's very realistic for us to think that Lebanon will become another CoolSprings anytime soon. I promise I'm not trying to be argumentative or offensive, and I hope I didn't come across that way.
  16. Country music is most certainly "culture." There's more to "culture" than symphonies and Renaissance art.
  17. And Clarksville is ranked 9th in the country for small metros. Very impressive to have both Middle Tennessee metropolitan areas ranked. No other metro areas in the state were ranked.
  18. My goodness, this means there are now 5 airlines that fly between BNA and LGA: American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit. And this means that LGA is served with more airlines out of BNA than any other airport.
  19. The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce President was on the radio last week and when asked about the potential shopping center at the current fairgrounds said she's had to sign several (she stressed the word several) letters of non disclosure from retailers who are ready to build. So, hopefully, it won't be long before we know what stores will be coming to Cookeville. Before becoming president of the local chamber, Amy was the Assistant Director of Rural and Community Development with the Tennessee Department of Economic Development, so she's no stranger to these types of things. In related news, the Putnam County Commission last night was presented with preliminary plans for the new fairgrounds which will be about 4 times the size of the current fairgrounds. Some of the highlights: Parking will increase from 900 to 3,500. The midway will double in size. There will be an expo center larger than the Hyder-Burks Pavilion (the ag pavilion at TTU) and able to host concerts. The livestock / equestrian pavilion will also be larger than Hyder-Burks. There will be a 2,800 seat amphitheater. There will be an RV campground. A separate rodeo ground with 750 seats will be included. The outdoor arena will have 7,500 covered seats which is more than double the current arena.
  20. That's because this is old news. It was announced at the end of 2018 and was discussed in the Cookeville thread. Covid delayed everything, but groundbreaking should be next month sometime. https://businessfacilities.com/2018/12/portobello-america-chooses-baxter-tennessee-us-production-facility/ https://newstalk941.com/portobello-america-aiming-for-august-ground-breaking-in-baxter/
  21. Just curious why Wilson County isn't included in the thread's title. There's a lot more going on in Wilson than in Cheatham or Dickson counties.
  22. Must be for the beach because Orlando is down 30 percent. My takeaway from this is that even though Nashville's RevPAR is down 37 percent, it's still one of the more profitable cities on the list at $77 per room.
  23. That's what I thought. Southwest is such a coveted airline, I'm sure if there were any hint that they would start serving Chattanooga, we would've heard about it by now. But with CHA sandwiched between two large Southwest markets (BNA and ATL) I agree that CHA probably isn't on their radar, unfortunately.
  24. Has Southwest started flying to Chattanooga? From the article: "Southwest has around 55 connections to Nashville and nine to Memphis, and flights to Chatanooga [sic], but the airline does not serve Knoxville. "
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