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  1. A building in downtown Cookeville that sat unused for decades has been completely renovated and restored to its former glory. Originally built in 1930 as the local Pepsi bottling plant, it eventually became a laundromat which ceased operations in the 1970s/80s. Part of it has already been renovated into a swank coffee shop, and now the rest of it has been renovated to become a pizzeria/brewery. I hope the city will help the neighborhood by burying the overhead cables, installing decorative streetlamps, and improving the sidewalks like they've done to most of the rest of downtown. Before: After:
  2. Just a couple of updates from Tennessee Tech. The new Ashraf Islam Engineering Building is coming along nicely and is scheduled to be ready by the time classes start this fall. Who is Ashraf Islam? He came to TTU almost penniless from East Pakistan (Bangladesh) and is now a multi millionaire in Houston. He credits his education at TTU for getting him started on his very successful life and donated several million of his own fortune for the construction of this facility. Another 40 donors provided funds for it (as well as the state, of course). The greening of campus continues. What used to be Peachtree Ave will be a pedestrial mall when students arrive this fall. The large grassy area on the left used to be a commuter parking lot. Work has started on the demolition of the west football stadium, but for now it's almost all interior work (lead and asbestos abatement, removing all the copper and fiber optic cables, etc.). Once demolition starts on the outside, I'll snap some pictures. It's going to be a mess.
  3. I was just about to post this. I happened to be in MJ today for work and was pleasantly surprised at how Costco is coming along. I had to pull over and snap a picture. For some reason I thought it was going to be visible from I-40. But it's still just a few hundred feet from the Golden Bear Gateway exit.
  4. Superhighways to nowhere. Tennessee has way too many of those. It was Governor McWherter who vowed to have each county seat connected to an interstate via a four-lane road. McWherter was from rural West Tennessee which, to be honest, has way more useless highways than anywhere else in the state. I totally agree about that gigantic highway around Jamestown. There's a similar one to Celina. Big, beautiful, smooth, and zero cars. Or Hwy 111 south of Spencer. Here's a fun read from 2006. We need more investigative journalism like this. https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/one-way-lawmaking/article_bd0ee7ac-a7b2-5256-b665-3d4e7d39672c.html
  5. Truist Park is still very much in the core of the Atlanta MSA and is not in a sea of parking lots out in the exurbs. The red dot is the location of Truist Park. Downtown Atlanta is nowhere near the population center of the Atlanta MSA, so moving the baseball park out of downtown actually put the stadium closer to most Braves ticket holders.
  6. Absolutely. Tons of excellent places to eat and grab a drink in downtown Cookeville in some very historic buildings. One place, in particular, that is unique is The Exceptional Bean which as far as I know is the only coffee shop in Tennessee where each employee has some sort of disability. It's hard to visit there and not leave with a smile on your face. It's a jewel in downtown Cookeville. https://cookevillelifestyles.com/introducing-cookevilles-inspiring-new-business-the-exceptional-bean/ https://www.newschannel5.com/news/autistic-son-makes-cookeville-business-dioramas-with-his-mom
  7. Assuming the airport's Wikipedia page is correct, this will give Southwest 75 nonstop destinations out of BNA. That's pretty impressive.
  8. Hmm, yet according to the National Association of Realtors the average home in Charlotte sold for $398k in 2023 compared to $401.5k in Nashville. Not much of a difference, particularly considering the wide income gap between the two MSAs. https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/housing-statistics/metropolitan-median-area-prices-and-affordability
  9. Why did you limit the income comparisons to just the city limits? By metro area, Nashville is considerably wealthier than Charlotte. Personal income for the Nashville MSA in 2022 (the most recent year available): $74,035. Charlotte MSA: $65,156. https://www.bea.gov/data/income-saving/personal-income-county-metro-and-other-areas
  10. OK I found the planning commission agenda at the county website. This is what they call a "concept plan" and not a preliminary plat, meaning it'll likely be changed quite a bit before earth is moved. But it's still interesting. And I agree with Luvemtall, Ditty Road will need to be upgraded all the way to I-40 in Baxter which should probably be done anyway, whether this neighborhood is built or not. At any rate, social media comments are already fast and furious about this potential development, almost all negative.
  11. I never thought I'd see something like this in Cookeville, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. A developer is proposing 850 new homes on 560 acres in an area just southwest of Cookeville/southeast of Baxter on Burgess Falls Road @ Ditty Road.. They plan on donating 16 acres to the county for a new elementary school. This is the only image I could find that shows the proposed development (the county planning department doesn't update its webpage very often which is really annoying). Since it's out in the rural part of the county, there's no sewer service and I can't imagine 850 new homes and a school all on septic tanks. So I imagine it'll take a while to get all this done, but a friend of mine who lives on one of those side roads nearby said the farm that used to be on those 560 acres has already been demolished and metal utility poles have already started being installed to the area. UGH. But I guess this is better than 850 homes on 850 acres.
  12. The Winnipeg Sun is saying this is going to be "seasonal service" which I assume means it'll halt during the winter months and pick back up in the spring. https://winnipegsun.com/news/westjet-adding-montreal-ottawa-nashville-flights-from-winnipeg For what it's worth, here are WestJet's other US destinations it currently serves from Winnipeg: Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Palm Springs, and Phoenix.
  13. Gallatin's Prince Street Pizza has expanded into Cookeville, opening Cookeville Pizza & Pub today. They have 24 Tennessee-brewed beers on tap. Those who went to Tech would probably recognize the location: the former Sunshine Laundromat on Mahler Ave behind Jere Whitson Hall. I've heard really good things about Prince Street Pizza so I have high hopes for this place, too. Being within walking distance of the dorms and frat houses should make this a popular hang out spot.
  14. Air Canada is going to fly to Montreal AND Quebec? ?? And it's Delta Air Lines, not Delta Airlines. (former Delta employee here, it's one of my pet peeves). But at least the Tennessean got the right airport code for BNA this time (a previous article said it was NAS which is the code for Nassau).
  15. As much as I want to believe this, that's not what Sports Business Journal said. They have Nashville listed among the 10 cities "to watch" but as far as the 10 best sports cities for hosting events, Nashville is mysteriously not in the top 20. Very baffling really, particularly considering some of the cities that are in the top 20. https://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/Articles/2024/03/18/best-sports-business-cities
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