Loudon's Carmichael Inn reopens, serv...

Loudon's Carmichael Inn reopens, serving up more than history

There are 63 comments on the WBIR-TV story from Aug 27, 2009, titled Loudon's Carmichael Inn reopens, serving up more than history. In it, WBIR-TV reports that:

The Carmichael Inn, nestled between the river bank and the heart of downtown Loudon, is certainly an eye catcher.

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Louisville, TN

#23 Dec 4, 2009
If you truly believe that just "a pretty coat of paint". I suggest the following, ask for a tour of Lakewood Place, River Oaks ,(in Loudon and Lenoir City), The shops at the Grove Building,(Chic Botique, Shoos and More, Grove Wine and Spirits, Laurel Wreath). Then take astroll along the river. Look at the pictures of the trailers and old Greer's warehouse. Look at the condo's today. My last stop for your tour would be the loft condo's in the Grove Building. After you finish your tour if you still believe it's just a pretty coat of paint, would you be willing to work as a consultant? We eill make millions.

Kodak, TN

#24 Dec 4, 2009
its back to the same thing. Money has moved in and bought Loudon ! Whether we want them or not.
The history of our Town don't mean anything if it don't have dollar signs attached. It doesn't matter that our ancestors helped settle and build this town we USED to love.

Louisville, TN

#25 Dec 6, 2009
Flash back a few years! Tic Toc was crumbling, as was Mark's Diner and Loudon Mercantile. The apts. at the Grove Building was a haven for drug dealers. After the post office left it was something we could all be proud of!! Wake up! Where was Loudon going! I won't mention the other end of the street. Modern Fitness and the buildings that house the dog groomer and Innovate Designs. A direction that we should be proud of??!!!! Someone needs to wake up and stop seeing the "OLD LOUDON" through rose colored glasses.!!!
Reno Hightower

United States

#26 Dec 6, 2009
I don't care how nice it looks. It no longer belongs to the people. The Carmichael Inn WAS a part of our history but now it belongs to a private individual that can do w/e he wants with it. He could have it demolished if he wants to. What's next? Sell him the courthouse? It needs renovating. Or sell him your house, I'm sure you won't mind as long as he puts on a new roof and deck, and makes it look nice. I suspect hjhj2 is either in cahoots with DoverRat or employed by him and is useing this message board to suck up. Either way, I remain unswayed in my opinion, and unimpressed with all the DoverBucks spent to refurbish downtown Loudon. The details of how DoverRat acquired the Bussell Ferry Road property from Lenoir City smelled like a hot pot of sewer turnips. Matt Crookshire not only allowed it to happen, he helped broker the deal. It was a monetary loss as well as a squandering of a bit of our history. I wouldn't vote for Matt Crookshire if he was running for strip-joint pooper-mopper, and I wouldn't whiz in Dover's ear if his brain was on fire.

Mount Juliet, TN

#27 Dec 6, 2009
Good place to cook Meth.

Louisville, TN

#28 Dec 7, 2009
I am not an employee nor am I in CAHOOTS with Rick Dover !!!!!! I am an "outsider" that happens to love Loudon, loves its history, and have invested lot's of time and some money in trying to HELP preserve and enhance its beauty. If you aren't proud of the changes in Loudon over the past several years, I'm not sure what you want. If you want to see Loudon crumble,(and that is what it was doing) then you are not going to get your wish!! Loudon's business and historic district was GREER'S and what else? Share your vision for Loudon!!!!!
Reno Hightower

United States

#29 Dec 7, 2009
So, you gonna sell him your place or not?
Reno Hightower

United States

#30 Dec 7, 2009
I tell ya what i'll do, if you'll sell him your place i'll chip in a few dollars toward a few ornamental trees and shrubs, but sell it to him at a loss to you so you can feel like you helped the community.

Louisville, TN

#31 Dec 8, 2009
Reno You have not shared your vision!!! Obviously you like crumbling vacant buildings and a vacant downtown! What wonderful memories! If all of the long time locals shared your opinion I would sell to Rick and move on. Maybe to Lenoir City (not)!! Fortunately MANY of the locals support us and our efforts. Believe it or not we actually fit in! This is Probably my last post. We have little area of agreement!!
Reno Hightower

United States

#32 Dec 8, 2009
My vision for the future of Loudon differs from yours. Your vision is to sell it or give it all away.

Waynesboro, TN

#33 Dec 9, 2009
Hmmm... i thought hjhj2 said he didn't live in Loudon, yet he said "we fit in" and he said he didn't work for Rick, yet he posted "MANY of the locals support us and our efforts" Wonder how much Mr. Dover is paying him? And, don't move to Lenior City, he owns much of it as well. And, as for my post regarding the "pretty coat of paint" check out the retirement home there. Who did he pay for that inspection?!? When a place is owned by one man, it is no longer a community and the wonderful feel it HAD will soon be a distant memory. He is placing the people HE wants into the businesses, so it will become "RICKVILLE" soon. How many "locals" from Loudon are living in the condos he built? He is selling Loudon little by little. It is a beautiful area, so why not give his friends a great place by the lake?

Louisville, TN

#34 Dec 9, 2009
Mr. Dover has never in the past, nor ever in the future paid me ONE DIME. I thought the condos were available for sale to anyone, from anywhere!! I think three are still for sale as are two of the loft condos! Line up locals they have been on the market for a year?!! Wake up to reality! Please show me where any local money has been invested in downtown, other than Greer's. The river has been there for quite awhile!!!!

Soddy Daisy, TN

#35 Dec 9, 2009
Lots of drama in small towns!

Waynesboro, TN

#36 Dec 9, 2009
I would not doubt that he hasn't paid you ONE dime... I am sure it is much more. Local money? How about Tic Toc, Mark's Diner, the funeral home or any of the small stores that are there. They pay rent, the businesses belong to them. How about the beautiful liquor store? Who paid for the nice shelves? Mr. Dover..NO! Do you know Loudon? The people are warm, gracious and for the most part not wealthy. Does that mean that they do not deserve the community that they grew up in because it does not meet your standards or Mr. Dover's? Isn't this history repeating itself? Mr. Dover is a liar, a cheat and will stab you in the back to get what he wants. Karma is a [email protected]!

Louisville, TN

#37 Dec 10, 2009
Don't talk about my standards!! you don't know me or my standards! Tic Toc building was remodeled a few years ago by Tom and Kimberly Roberts (from Tellico Village) With a lot of their own labor. They ran the ice cream parlor for 5 years and decided to sell the business to Bob and Mary Jones who moved from out of state to buy the business and they have run the business for 5 years. Mark's building was bought at auction by his parents (from Tellico village) Mark lives in Loudon. Richesin building was bought and remodeled by Larry Smith (who lives in Farragut) and it is leased to Bill and Robin Piteo doing business as Loudon Mercantile. Rick Dover had no part in any of these transactions. These businesses need more downtown traffic to survive (not prosper SURVIVE). The new busineeses at the Grove Building (Idon't have to repeat what tht building was like for the past few years)will help get people to downtown Loudon. I have visited several times to River Oaks, Lakewood Place and Loudon Healthcare visiting patients. Which would you choose given a choice? We disagree i'm out!

Rogersville, TN

#38 Dec 16, 2009
Just an opinion from an outsider; I actually love the changes and development that has taken place in Loudon in the past decade. I live in East TN. and am currently looking to buy a home in Loudon. And one of the main reasons, is the revival of the town. Say what you want about the business practices and the money coming from "outsiders"; you have to admit though, that Loudon looks 100 times better now than it did 15 years ago. Also, there are more events, festivals, and activities every year. The town is becoming a vibrant riverside village, and it is being shaped by those who wish to create a future there (not those closeminded people who wish to wall themselves off from the rest of the world and keep those "outsiders" out of town).
Like it or not, Loudon County IS changing. The fact that more and more people from other areas are moving in is not going to stop. With west Knoxville's growth, Loudon County has become very attractive to younger and more affluent commuters looking for a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Also, there is no denying the effect of Tellico Village and the huge influx of money and diversity from other areas of the country that it has attracted. What's sad, is not these new residents, but the narrowminded people who want to keep them out because they aren't "from around here". But thankfully, that attitude is dying off more and more each year, as it is mostly held by older generations, and poorer, uneducated people who are afraid of anything different, or anyone who actually has the drive to get out and get an education and make a good living.
Anyway, as I said, I like the "new", old Loudon. And it is precisely the renovations and strides that you hate that attracts me. So hopefully, I will soon be a new resident. And I look forward to being a part of the community, contributing, and continuing to see the town grow and move into the future. Hopefully, the silly, backwoods notions of viewing people from other places as "outsiders" will be gone for good in the near future.

Louisville, TN

#39 Dec 17, 2009
Thanks RSS I thought for a while that I was alone in my vision of the future of Loudon. I shop at all of the downtown merchants when I possibly can. I know most of the business people (outsiders and INSIDERS) Trust me you will enjoy being apart of this newly awakened charming small town. If you haven't had the opportunity to meet the local business owners and most of the long time local residents you are in for a pleasant suprise. It is a GREAT experience and place to live!!!

Oak Lawn, IL

#40 Dec 18, 2009
I grew up in the area, moved away & then came back. Regardless of where the money is coming from...north, south, east, west...I like the new Loudon. It was run down and problem ridden several years ago w/ drugs and crime. It looks so, so much better. The new shops are somewhat high-end for my pocketbook, but nevertheless, good for the area w/ nice folks running them. I really enjoy the Yippy Skippy from TicToc, the jerky from the Mercantile & the chicken wrap from Mark's.I miss "ole Blue" although the fountain area is greatly improved. I'm proud to call Loudon my home.

Knoxville, TN

#41 Dec 18, 2009
Loudon looks like it is becoming a nice place. I checked prices on retail space, condos, etc. and found it very reasoable--cheap, actually. There are always a few backward naysayers-I'm pulling for those folfs who are risking their money, and working for a better tomorrow. Don't give up!!

Morganton, GA

#42 Feb 19, 2010
Wondered if you recall the lady who ran the Carmichael Inn before it closed? Thx

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