What happened to Putnam County

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Embarrassed

Oakdale, TN

#1 Aug 9, 2011
What in the heck has happened to Putnam County. It has changed considerably, even over the last 10yrs. This county used to be such a nice place to live. I use to be proud to call Cookeville my home, now I am just embarrassed at what has happened. Cookeville is now full of scum! Everywhere you turn there are drug heads, drunks, thieves, wanna-be gangstas, rude people, and just ignorant people. Everyone is in a stinking hurry, and more important than anyone else. People blowing their horns at stoplights, just because someone waited a fraction of a second to take off. Teenagers that won't get off their lazy azz to help anyone, more-less hold down a job. If they do have a job, it's only a place to hang out. What happened to these kids? If you can even get them to work, most of them do a crap job.
Wanna-be gangsta clothes, ghetto cars with fart can mufflers, and ghetto noise that they call rap/pop. This generation is screwed up! The scum of this county is our future. I wish everyday for the good times to come back, but until people get themselves and their children under control, it will never happen.
Putnam County, the place I would like to be proud of again one day.

hello

Cookeville, TN

#2 Aug 9, 2011
Its not only Putnam Co. It is everywhere
Oldtimer

Cookeville, TN

#3 Aug 9, 2011
Sorry to say Cookeville has become another Chicago or Detroit. I'm moving to West Nashville after 15 years in Cookeville. People here will not give you the time of the day. People will at least talk to you in Nashville.
Embarrassed

Oakdale, TN

#4 Aug 9, 2011
Oldtimer wrote:
Sorry to say Cookeville has become another Chicago or Detroit. I'm moving to West Nashville after 15 years in Cookeville. People here will not give you the time of the day. People will at least talk to you in Nashville.
You are exactly right. 15yrs ago, this was a great town to live in. Now it's just full of scum.
Oldtimer

Cookeville, TN

#5 Aug 9, 2011
People tell me all the time about Drugs problems in Cookeville. I have friends that are leaving the state because of drug problem here in the public schools.
World

Spencer, TN

#6 Aug 9, 2011
I think it has to do with parents. These children have grown up knowing the parents can't or won't punish them. They have been told they can have what they want when they want it. A full home theater in their bedrooms complete with the latest video games all because they wanted it. No one uses the word NO anymore and if you do your told that is deprivation and abuse. I'm sorry telling a child no sometimes builds character and gives them something to work for. Im not saying beat your children but life was a lot better when kids knew if they did something wrong they would get a spanking or least some kind of punishment. We have children in school throwing tantrums on teachers cause the work is to hard. They tell teacher there life is to busy to do homework. Busy with what I ask, cause watching the Disney channel and chatting on the internet is no where near has important has making good grades. We has nation have raise a lot of self entitled punks. I heard a child in the store the other day that was about 10 tell her mother that she was going to get her a toy or she would call the abuse hotline and tell the she was abusive. The woman picked up the toy and said her honey im sorry I made you mad. Ok that is just insane. My mother would have said get your butt out the isle. The left her cart where it was and we would have went to the car and went home with nothing.
LCHS CLASS OF 1994

Batesburg, SC

#7 Aug 11, 2011
I have something to say about being in a hurry. When I have 30 mins. On my lunch break I need to hurry to run an errand. So Sunday drivers stay off the road during lunch thru the week!
D-Man

Cookeville, TN

#8 Aug 14, 2011
Rap/pop has nothing to do with anything..it is all on the morals one is taught..and tha parents are what help create the type of citizen one must be.. I would be more worried about the druggies and wanna be ganngstas..but rap/pop music has nothing to do with it. I have listened to some of the most gangsta rap music and guess what? I am no punk.:)
Maurypunch

Cookeville, TN

#9 Aug 14, 2011
Embarrassed wrote:
What in the heck has happened to Putnam County. It has changed considerably, even over the last 10yrs. This county used to be such a nice place to live. I use to be proud to call Cookeville my home, now I am just embarrassed at what has happened. Cookeville is now full of scum! Everywhere you turn there are drug heads, drunks, thieves, wanna-be gangstas, rude people, and just ignorant people. Everyone is in a stinking hurry, and more important than anyone else. People blowing their horns at stoplights, just because someone waited a fraction of a second to take off. Teenagers that won't get off their lazy azz to help anyone, more-less hold down a job. If they do have a job, it's only a place to hang out. What happened to these kids? If you can even get them to work, most of them do a crap job.
Wanna-be gangsta clothes, ghetto cars with fart can mufflers, and ghetto noise that they call rap/pop. This generation is screwed up! The scum of this county is our future. I wish everyday for the good times to come back, but until people get themselves and their children under control, it will never happen.
Putnam County, the place I would like to be proud of again one day.
yep. Preaching to the choir here. shame what has happened around here lately.
Wormdirt

Santa Barbara, CA

#10 Aug 15, 2011
I am sorry, but rap/hip hop have everything to do with it. How many thugs or wanna-be gangsta's do you see that are listening to Marvin Gaye or Rascal Flatts? That's what I thought! Of course you don't think that is a problem, because you are part of it.
Wormdirt

Santa Barbara, CA

#11 Aug 15, 2011
The ghetto clothes, the ghetto wheels, and the ghetto attitude, all come with that music. You must be between the ages of 16 and 22, because you obviously don't remember the way this country was before that destructive trash came along.
Stew Pid

San Antonio, TX

#12 Aug 15, 2011
Putnam County started going downhill as soon as the White people stole it from the Native Americans.
dude

Cookeville, TN

#13 Aug 28, 2011
We have made many changes for the better. Such as more shopping and dining choices. Our hospital has developed into a regional medical center. I too have noticed the druggies and low lifes. I think that a lot of ex-cons are coming this way for some reason. Also, there is a lot of meth in this area.
the world

Cookeville, TN

#16 Oct 16, 2011
Embarrassed wrote:
What in the heck has happened to Putnam County. It has changed considerably, even over the last 10yrs. This county used to be such a nice place to live. I use to be proud to call Cookeville my home, now I am just embarrassed at what has happened. Cookeville is now full of scum! Everywhere you turn there are drug heads, drunks, thieves, wanna-be gangstas, rude people, and just ignorant people. Everyone is in a stinking hurry, and more important than anyone else. People blowing their horns at stoplights, just because someone waited a fraction of a second to take off. Teenagers that won't get off their lazy azz to help anyone, more-less hold down a job. If they do have a job, it's only a place to hang out. What happened to these kids? If you can even get them to work, most of them do a crap job.
Wanna-be gangsta clothes, ghetto cars with fart can mufflers, and ghetto noise that they call rap/pop. This generation is screwed up! The scum of this county is our future. I wish everyday for the good times to come back, but until people get themselves and their children under control, it will never happen.
Putnam County, the place I would like to be proud of again one day.
its not just cookeville, its everywhere. People are suffering because of this economy and its showing in their everyday actions. Stress does crazy things to good people
starters

Cookeville, TN

#17 Oct 16, 2011
there sure are alot sh*t starters here
Sure Nuff

Waukegan, IL

#18 Dec 8, 2011
Hey, the issue is that the kids never got their spankins when they needed them. Now they are teenagers or in their 20s and its too late for that. If you want to help with change, tell them to get a job or move out, and tell them that the only way they can stay at home with you is if they are enrolled in at least 6 hours of community college or college classes. if they don't want to do that, then pack them a lunch, give them about $100,00 and tell them that part of that should be used for first months rent somewhere else, and the rest should help with food until they get their first paycheck. if they don't have a car, advise them that they should look for an apartment or place to live that is within walking distance of work. Cookeville has a ton of restaurants and businesses along the highway, and they also have a ton of affordable housing as a result of the university being there., I know because I worked at Chilis and my wife worked as a front desk clerk at Comfort suites while we raised two kids and I went to school full time at TTU (yes Graduated 2001). Our oldest child was about 15 at that time, I saw and experienced the trouble that kids can get themselves in around Putnam County during that time. However, I also found the town's permanent population to be generally nice, honest, and hard working. As for the youngsters, I think they need a dose of reality, and the sooner in life they can get it the better off they will be and their parents will be. Tough love is hard. It is hard to fight the feeling of guilt, and the feeling like you are giving up on them, but the reality is that if you feel that way you are part of the problem. Help them grow up. Growing up means getting tough.
Sure Nuff

Waukegan, IL

#19 Dec 8, 2011
sorry...$1000.00 not $100.00,:)
Citizen

Cookeville, TN

#20 Dec 8, 2011
Sure Nuff wrote:
Hey, the issue is that the kids never got their spankins when they needed them. Now they are teenagers or in their 20s and its too late for that. If you want to help with change, tell them to get a job or move out, and tell them that the only way they can stay at home with you is if they are enrolled in at least 6 hours of community college or college classes. if they don't want to do that, then pack them a lunch, give them about $100,00 and tell them that part of that should be used for first months rent somewhere else, and the rest should help with food until they get their first paycheck. if they don't have a car, advise them that they should look for an apartment or place to live that is within walking distance of work. Cookeville has a ton of restaurants and businesses along the highway, and they also have a ton of affordable housing as a result of the university being there., I know because I worked at Chilis and my wife worked as a front desk clerk at Comfort suites while we raised two kids and I went to school full time at TTU (yes Graduated 2001). Our oldest child was about 15 at that time, I saw and experienced the trouble that kids can get themselves in around Putnam County during that time. However, I also found the town's permanent population to be generally nice, honest, and hard working. As for the youngsters, I think they need a dose of reality, and the sooner in life they can get it the better off they will be and their parents will be. Tough love is hard. It is hard to fight the feeling of guilt, and the feeling like you are giving up on them, but the reality is that if you feel that way you are part of the problem. Help them grow up. Growing up means getting tough.
You can see some people on here posting is why Cookeville has gone to hell. Alot of people from the big cities up north and Forida have mess this place up with there bad-attitude. We don't need them here.

Captain Obvious

Cookeville, TN

#21 Dec 8, 2011
Embarrassed wrote:
What in the heck has happened to Putnam County. It has changed considerably, even over the last 10yrs. This county used to be such a nice place to live. I use to be proud to call Cookeville my home, now I am just embarrassed at what has happened. Cookeville is now full of scum! Everywhere you turn there are drug heads, drunks, thieves, wanna-be gangstas, rude people, and just ignorant people. Everyone is in a stinking hurry, and more important than anyone else. People blowing their horns at stoplights, just because someone waited a fraction of a second to take off. Teenagers that won't get off their lazy azz to help anyone, more-less hold down a job. If they do have a job, it's only a place to hang out. What happened to these kids? If you can even get them to work, most of them do a crap job.
Wanna-be gangsta clothes, ghetto cars with fart can mufflers, and ghetto noise that they call rap/pop. This generation is screwed up! The scum of this county is our future. I wish everyday for the good times to come back, but until people get themselves and their children under control, it will never happen.
Putnam County, the place I would like to be proud of again one day.
leave and you won't be missed.
Conservative

Santa Barbara, CA

#22 Dec 8, 2011
Cookeville is an example of what happens to a small town, when it grows too fast. Wow, what a major downfall from just 10yrs ago.

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