Carson-Newman project renews Jefferson City's downtown

Aug 11, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Knoxville News Sentinel

Carson Newman business instructor Spencer Jones is shown on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at the unfinished counter of a coffee shop called The Creek, that is planned to be open by the end of August.

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I am so glad that this group is keeping this revitalization rolling along. I am very impressed. I didn't even know that Carson Newman was involved as well. I think this will really be a great improvement to the morale of this city. Projects like this pay back big dividends both in the community and for the local economy. Keep it up!
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Get R' Dun! The city will drag its feet on this until everyone just gives up and loses interest just like they do everything else.

You can't get anything done in Jefferson City and everyone in the county knows this. Jefferson City has the worst administration of all the cities in the county by far and nobody has the guts to do anything about it.
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Get R' Dun! The city will drag its feet on this until everyone just gives up and loses interest just like they do everything else.
You can't get anything done in Jefferson City and everyone in the county knows this. Jefferson City has the worst administration of all the cities in the county by far and nobody has the guts to do anything about it.
Lets hope that they can do something good for this city for once. I have watched it get more and more run down every year. Even the main highway looks bad. Does the mayor and city council actually live here? They don't seem to see many of the problems that plague this city.
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Lets hope that they can do something good for this city for once. I have watched it get more and more run down every year. Even the main highway looks bad. Does the mayor and city council actually live here? They don't seem to see many of the problems that plague this city.
I think people are always trying to do good things in Jefferson City, but they always get worn out after trying to deal with Johnson and city administration. As others have said, trying to get anything accomplished in Jefferson City is an uphill battle. Good luck!
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what wrong with administration we need to out them and get somebody in there that care about the city an not back down from the college
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Back down from the college? Good grief? Yeah the college runs the whole town. The college is going to change the stripes on all city roads from white and yellow to blue and orange just to show who rules the city. I even hear they are trying to rid the city of all birds except for Eagles. Drama, drama. Buy your ticket to a Eagles game and help them rule the entire free world.
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what wrong with administration we need to out them and get somebody in there that care about the city an not back down from the college
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The college is one of the only good things this town has going for it. If it wasn't for Carson Newman this city would be a giant slum with a walmart and with everyone moving out of Jefferson City, how long do you think it will be before Walmart moves to greener pastures? The Jefferson City administration is weak and doesn't do much of anything to improve this city. Improving the downtown is one of the smartest things they have done in a long time and it will just be a matter of time before Jon Johnson finds a way to mess that up.
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The building looks like it is coming along, but what is going on with the dead tree thing? Why do they have a dead tree on the front of their building? Looks Crazy! I hope they do good, but Im not sure it is smart business move to let a bunch of students do things that they really don't know anything about. Not sure that is a good lesson from a business teacher.
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The building looks like it is coming along, but what is going on with the dead tree thing? Why do they have a dead tree on the front of their building? Looks Crazy! I hope they do good, but Im not sure it is smart business move to let a bunch of students do things that they really don't know anything about. Not sure that is a good lesson from a business teacher.
OMG! That thing looks so scary!!!
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OMG! That thing looks so scary!!!
Seriously.
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Eagle Lover wrote:
The college is one of the only good things this town has going for it. If it wasn't for Carson Newman this city would be a giant slum with a walmart and with everyone moving out of Jefferson City, how long do you think it will be before Walmart moves to greener pastures? The Jefferson City administration is weak and doesn't do much of anything to improve this city. Improving the downtown is one of the smartest things they have done in a long time and it will just be a matter of time before Jon Johnson finds a way to mess that up.
Actually if Carson Newman had kept its nose out of possible business ventures in the past, Jefferson City would be home to more industry and more jobs. They are so intent on keeping Jefferson City a "small town" because it helps them entice students at the cost of the people that actually live in the area and support this community. Carson Newman benefits tremendously from the area and in turn contributes next to nothing. Why do you think the first thing people do when the grow up is move away?
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Actually if Carson Newman had kept its nose out of possible business ventures in the past, Jefferson City would be home to more industry and more jobs. They are so intent on keeping Jefferson City a "small town" because it helps them entice students at the cost of the people that actually live in the area and support this community. Carson Newman benefits tremendously from the area and in turn contributes next to nothing. Why do you think the first thing people do when the grow up is move away?
That is so ridiculous! If we didn't have a college in this town, we wouldn't have much of anything. You probably haven't spent much time with Carson-Newman administrators, but these are probably some of the more liberal people in this town, if you like that sort of thing. The problem has nothing to do with the college, its the backwards city government that can't get anything done in this city and has no ideas on how to improve it. There is not a decent park or public area in this entire city and that says a lot about the lack of effort the mayor and city council put forward.
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That is so ridiculous! If we didn't have a college in this town, we wouldn't have much of anything. You probably haven't spent much time with Carson-Newman administrators, but these are probably some of the more liberal people in this town, if you like that sort of thing. The problem has nothing to do with the college, its the backwards city government that can't get anything done in this city and has no ideas on how to improve it. There is not a decent park or public area in this entire city and that says a lot about the lack of effort the mayor and city council put forward.
The reason the city cant get anything done is because the biggest user of city resources doesn't pay any taxes to help offset those costs. Why are the only decent roads in this town in the middle of campus? Why do we have a ladder truck at the firestation? Tax them and then we can have decent Parks and roads.
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The reason the city cant get anything done is because the biggest user of city resources doesn't pay any taxes to help offset those costs. Why are the only decent roads in this town in the middle of campus? Why do we have a ladder truck at the firestation? Tax them and then we can have decent Parks and roads.
The biggest user of city resources is the residents of this community, and YES, we pay taxes! but have very little to show for it.
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No doubt you live on jaybird hill. Like your neighborhood doesn't tie up the police department resources. I wouldn't expect you to appreciate higher education. The college provides jobs in the city. Even if its just a few. The only job you provide is for the mail man who brings your monthly check.
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The reason the city cant get anything done is because the biggest user of city resources doesn't pay any taxes to help offset those costs. Why are the only decent roads in this town in the middle of campus? Why do we have a ladder truck at the firestation? Tax them and then we can have decent Parks and roads.
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yep i thought so wrote:
No doubt you live on jaybird hill. Like your neighborhood doesn't tie up the police department resources. I wouldn't expect you to appreciate higher education. The college provides jobs in the city. Even if its just a few. The only job you provide is for the mail man who brings your monthly check.
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You'd be surprised what I do for a living there chief and my level of education as well. My degree would allow me to teach at Carson - Newman, hut you know what they say. Those that can, do. Those that can't, teach. Thanks for showing your true colors though. When ignorant people can't win the arguement, they resort to name calling.

You are right though, the tax payers on Jay bird do use the police resources, but at least they pay for it. How much did your precious college contribute to that new fire hall we had to buy to house that ladder truck we bought to keep those insurance rates low?
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Lifeonthehill wrote:
<quoted text>You'd be surprised what I do for a living there chief and my level of education as well. My degree would allow me to teach at Carson - Newman, hut you know what they say. Those that can, do. Those that can't, teach. Thanks for showing your true colors though. When ignorant people can't win the arguement, they resort to name calling.
You are right though, the tax payers on Jay bird do use the police resources, but at least they pay for it. How much did your precious college contribute to that new fire hall we had to buy to house that ladder truck we bought to keep those insurance rates low?
Not even going to indulge in any ignorance here but just one tid-bit of info...The Darby House assisted living facility on Broadway is the reason the Fire Depatrment has an Aerial Platform. Four stories = 40+ feet of rescue height that little old people would not be able to escape from quickly; college kids can run down stairs quick.
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Not even going to indulge in any ignorance here but just one tid-bit of info...The Darby House assisted living facility on Broadway is the reason the Fire Depatrment has an Aerial Platform. Four stories = 40+ feet of rescue height that little old people would not be able to escape from quickly; college kids can run down stairs quick.
Thank you for clarifying that. I was getting tired of that guy posting the same comment all the time about that d@mn fire truck!

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Carson Newman seems to own everything for crying out loud, you have to ask for their permission to build on your own land it seems like. we would have less problems in this little excuse of a city it they was only something for those to do... Bowling alley? Skate park? just a few recreational things to help out our youth... without something to do, they go to doing bad stuff...
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at this point who cares if it is the City, County, private investors, college or the king of England..Downtown Jefferson City needs some love and care and a facelift.

It seems like there is good momentum right now going in the right direction.

Thank goodness for anyone that wants to improve the downtown. Did not live here when all the buidlings were up and running, but you can tell it used to be a very pretty downtown and it would be such a shame to let the buildings continue to go.

We need investors to kick start the area and bring in shops, diner, etc to get commerce going again.

The best thing we can do is shop downtown and support the people that have buesinesses there, so they can keep the downtown open.

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