How To Revitalize Greeneville

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40 years here wrote:
Burn it. Start over.
A trifle harsh, but the idea does have some merit if it would result in some sort of progress.

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May 15, 2013
 
Benny Hill wrote:
<quoted text>Something besides junk shops, banks, and law offices requires an upscale clientele with money to spend. Greeneville is a prototypical WalMart/McDonald's kind of town.
ah yes, the Waltons, the richest family in the world, rule the Greeneville economy. stand in any parking lot (Lowe's, Food City, KMart etc) and contemplate the salaries+stock options of their CEOs. Capital Banks's CEO (not from Greeneville of course) must collect a few million a year. Towns like Greeneville exist to support corporations (and their balance sheets)who live elsewhere.

upscale clientele is not required...they already go to Atlanta or New York or online or wherever to satisfy their upscale appetites. a change to small and local rather than large and international corporate would be a nice change. but, it's too late for that chapter. the big guys are here to stay. we are their little consumer colony, eagerly or resignedly contributing to their welfare.
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ah yes, the Waltons, the richest family in the world, rule the Greeneville economy. stand in any parking lot (Lowe's, Food City, KMart etc) and contemplate the salaries+stock options of their CEOs. Capital Banks's CEO (not from Greeneville of course) must collect a few million a year. Towns like Greeneville exist to support corporations (and their balance sheets)who live elsewhere.
upscale clientele is not required...they already go to Atlanta or New York or online or wherever to satisfy their upscale appetites. a change to small and local rather than large and international corporate would be a nice change. but, it's too late for that chapter. the big guys are here to stay. we are their little consumer colony, eagerly or resignedly contributing to their welfare.
They are the new "carpet baggers" in our area.

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Another problem wrote:
is that any outsider who tries to come to Greeneville to create a business and/or do something to help out this maligned community is met with suspicion and skepticism. The locals seem proud of their ignorance and would rather support sleazy criminals who have lived here for 10 years than good people that just arrived.
It's not a warm greeting an outsider gets here. Go to Asheville and you're in the 21st century (arts, community, events, warm, welcoming people).
Coming to Greeneville is like going backwards in time to the 18th or 19th century. "Yoo ain't frum around here are ya'?" is what you hear. There's nothing going on, nothing to do, no cool places to go, just the chains out on the by-pass.
It's a cold, dark, place that doesn't care much for uppity women, minorities or people that aren't lock-step in agreement with the swill being pumped by Fox News.
I'm trying to love this place because people I love are here but Christ almighty, other than hiking the AT, I don't know what anybody would come here for. No jobs, no future, just a bunch of pill-people and meth-heads beating, robbing and stealing from the handful of decent people that area left.
Don't get me started on the the local "justice system"....this place is corrupt to a sickening level. The jail lost their accreditation because they were/are running a concentration camp. I've met one decent person in Greeneville for every 10 scum-bags...... Sorry, but that's my experience.
It's great to visit the AT a few weeks each year but if you live here, you probably hate yourself and your life.
Pretty much this, unfortunately.

1. The demographics don't support anything other than fast food, wal-mart, etc. 1/5th of the population lives below the poverty line. They are going to buy the cheapest products available.

2. Gville still holds on to the mountain suspicion of outsiders trying to take over their town.

Forget tourism. If you're not from Greeneville or stopping for some hiking or fly-fishing, there is not much reason to visit. Sure, Davy Crockett & Andrew Johnson, blah blah, but that is a one & done and really not nearly enough of a draw as people make it seem.

Greeneville has no opportunities for the locals that are successful. GHS is a great school with very accomplished students, but all the ones that want to return can't because there are virtually no white collar jobs here.

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Speaking of Shanks and Shanks, what's that smell inside your store? Stinks to high heaven.
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anywhere. I'm doubling-down on this back-water hell-hole. I'm opening a business here and will try to find the 1 out of every 10 or 20 people who aren't narrow-minded, uneducated hicks.

What would be better for your community is instead of citing reasons for people to leave would be citing reasons to stay! Certainly you can think of a few. Nobody is in an argument to deny anything I said, that's for sure.

You say you lived in 5 states and 8 cities but you don't list a single reason you're "happy as can be" here. Meth-heads? Nobody disagrees. Pill-heads? Nobody disagrees? Corruption at all levels of police and politicians? Nobody disagrees on that either.

Talk about an uphill battle!:-) Maybe instead of encouraging new people to leave this place, the locals might actually try to do something to improve this dump so places like Asheville don't outshine it quite so badly. How about that concept?
Gville not for everybody wrote:
<quoted text>You just gave several good reasons for you to move to Asheville, or somewhere on down the line. By the way, I have lived in 5 different states and 8 different cities, and I am a local, a college graduate, a home owner, a business owner, and I am as happy as can be.
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May 15, 2013
 
Okay, I just pulled in KMarts thought I'd reply. Love Asheville fun music venues , coffey shops, thrifty shops, artsy just my kind of lil hippy town and spas are nearby. Love my co workers in Gville, lotsa love love ya
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ShanksnShanks wrote:
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Pretty much this, unfortunately.
1. The demographics don't support anything other than fast food, wal-mart, etc. 1/5th of the population lives below the poverty line. They are going to buy the cheapest products available.
2. Gville still holds on to the mountain suspicion of outsiders trying to take over their town.
Forget tourism. If you're not from Greeneville or stopping for some hiking or fly-fishing, there is not much reason to visit. Sure, Davy Crockett & Andrew Johnson, blah blah, but that is a one & done and really not nearly enough of a draw as people make it seem.
Greeneville has no opportunities for the locals that are successful. GHS is a great school with very accomplished students, but all the ones that want to return can't because there are virtually no white collar jobs here.
reasonably well heeled people eat fast food and shop at wal mart; people above the poverty line love a bargain, too. the poor are arrested for stealing 5 dollar t shirts from Walmart. It's not the town's or county's demographics that are stifling and depressing, it's the overwhelming lack of choice, the sense of being force fed on the routine and unimaginative, and waiting in line under the blue fluorescent lighting for whatever greasy bargain it is that you get. maybe church breakfasts and ruritan fish fries are the way to go. do not direct me to the gen. morgan on main joint. i stay out of there on principle. also, re your message, note that accomplished does not equal white collar. not in america.
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I am not going wrote:
anywhere. I'm doubling-down on this back-water hell-hole. I'm opening a business here and will try to find the 1 out of every 10 or 20 people who aren't narrow-minded, uneducated hicks.
What would be better for your community is instead of citing reasons for people to leave would be citing reasons to stay! Certainly you can think of a few. Nobody is in an argument to deny anything I said, that's for sure.
You say you lived in 5 states and 8 cities but you don't list a single reason you're "happy as can be" here. Meth-heads? Nobody disagrees. Pill-heads? Nobody disagrees? Corruption at all levels of police and politicians? Nobody disagrees on that either.
Talk about an uphill battle!:-) Maybe instead of encouraging new people to leave this place, the locals might actually try to do something to improve this dump so places like Asheville don't outshine it quite so badly. How about that concept?
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I will list the main reason that I am happy here. I am a positive person. Happiness comes from within. I don't worry about things out of my control. I have been happy every place that I have ever lived. Where I live doesn't define me as a person.
As I previously stated, I own a business, a nice home, I am comfortable financially, and I see a lot of nice, friendly people daily. They generally return a smile, a hello, appreciate a door held open for them, etc. I believe that the people here are like a mirror. They return the image that you expect, based on how they are treated.
A poor person coming into my business is treated with the same respect as a wealthy professional. I agree that there are a lot of people here below the poverty line, but there are more wealthy, educated people in this town than you know, not that they are any better in my book.
As for the pill heads, meth heads, corrupt politicians and police, they are in every city and state, and even Washington D.C. Watch the news sometime, and see how many killings happen in Chicago weekly. Check the decline and impending state takeover of Detroit, the bankruptcy of Stockton, California. Most of these problems are due to corrupt politicians.
I wish you all the best in your business. With your attitude toward the locals, you will need to find a niche. What you fail to understand is that everyone defines happiness and contentment in different ways. You want to live in Asheville, but you are either too cheap, or can't afford it. Greeneville isn't Asheville. If you want Asheville, go to Asheville. Most people here are satisfied with the way that it has been for many years, before you moved here. We survived just fine before your arrival, and will be fine after your departure. Have a nice day.
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Mrs Roberson wrote:
Speaking of Shanks and Shanks, what's that smell inside your store? Stinks to high heaven.
Is this Shanks & Shanks on 107? If it is, I agree. That place stinks terrible. Had to pay my water bill there the other day and about puked when I stepped inside the door. Cigarette smoke is what it smells like.
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Benny Hill wrote:
<quoted text>They are the new "carpet baggers" in our area.
And...that's what some like to call free market. Survival of the fittest, winner takes all- people around here seem to champion that idea because traditionally, Appalachian people have been hard-working and self-reliant. People REALLY can change the situation by simply NOT SHOPPING at Walmart. I challange everyone that reads this to not buy Walmart for at least a month. Go to Broyles for your garden decor, flowers, seeds, etc. you may wind up paying a dollar more, but you'll be saving someone's job. Eat at Stan's, the tannery, etc Go to the Iris festival and buy what some would consider "overpriced crafts" instead of buying a like item at a big retailer. Why on earth people go to Walmart for groceries is beyond me. Their produce is horrible and I'm willing to bet they've managed to bypass every food safety law in the book, so for all you know it may have been sprayed with cyanide. You may not be able to buy everything locally, but you can get pretty close.
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Vera wrote:
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And...that's what some like to call free market. Survival of the fittest, winner takes all- people around here seem to champion that idea because traditionally, Appalachian people have been hard-working and self-reliant. People REALLY can change the situation by simply NOT SHOPPING at Walmart. I challange everyone that reads this to not buy Walmart for at least a month. Go to Broyles for your garden decor, flowers, seeds, etc. you may wind up paying a dollar more, but you'll be saving someone's job. Eat at Stan's, the tannery, etc Go to the Iris festival and buy what some would consider "overpriced crafts" instead of buying a like item at a big retailer. Why on earth people go to Walmart for groceries is beyond me. Their produce is horrible and I'm willing to bet they've managed to bypass every food safety law in the book, so for all you know it may have been sprayed with cyanide. You may not be able to buy everything locally, but you can get pretty close.
The if you can't beat them, then join them approach would be to demand that Wal-Mart, Hardees, McDonalds, or Food City to locate their corporate headquarters here. We can certainly point out the fact that we are huge supporters and give them a ton of money every day. If they screw us on the idea (to create jobs around here), then pass a law that bans them from town in order to extort jobs out of them. That would be right up the city's alley, but it would probably work.
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Any ideas on how to revitalize our downtown or our whole county for that matter? I hate to see a town go down the tubes.
Another idea is to be the most environmentally unfriendly location in the country. This would be totally contrary to the "Go Green" hippy garbage making everything expensive that the entire rest of the country is crazed for. Invite unpopular companies in liberal states to come here and have them pay no taxes.
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THE FINDER'S FEE APPROACH

Greene County needs to put out an all points bulletin that offers money to individuals who successfully convince a company to relocate here. For example, Greeneville has a $25 million dollar budget, so you over $15K and up for a guy who sales a company to relocate here and brings 100 jobs with him....a finder's fee. Everyone can turn instant salesman. Bypass's the corrupt government. Hell, get Scott to offer it to the public.
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First of all, the building owners must come down to earth on their rent and lease prices. Next, try and recruit shop owners into that area.
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May 16, 2013
 
According to the May 14, 2013 G'ville Sun, Drucilla Miller, Dean of the G'ville campus of WSCC stated about the expansion, "This is the start of the revitalization of downtown Greeneville. This is the hub." Sarah Gregory, the Sun's staff writer stated, "The dramatic expansion of WSCC, thanks in no small part to $9 million in state grants and a local match provided by Nisownger..." Ms Gregory forgets the $9 million are Federal stimulus funds routed through the Tenn state legislature. The Niswonger amount,$2 million, previously reported by the Sun, isn't mentioned at all. Let's give credit to the partnership of the Federal government, the state government and businessman and philanthropist Scott Niswonger for revitalizing downtown Greeneville. Ms Miller also added, "It's just going to be beautiful."

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one and done wrote:
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reasonably well heeled people eat fast food and shop at wal mart; people above the poverty line love a bargain, too. the poor are arrested for stealing 5 dollar t shirts from Walmart. It's not the town's or county's demographics that are stifling and depressing, it's the overwhelming lack of choice, the sense of being force fed on the routine and unimaginative, and waiting in line under the blue fluorescent lighting for whatever greasy bargain it is that you get. maybe church breakfasts and ruritan fish fries are the way to go. do not direct me to the gen. morgan on main joint. i stay out of there on principle. also, re your message, note that accomplished does not equal white collar. not in america.
I didn't say that "poor people" are the ONLY reason. Of course I shop at Wal-Mart & eat fast food from time to time. The reason there is a lack of choice is the free market. Greeneville is still a town where most of the people (poor or not) are not very cultured and have rarely been outside of the area. I hate to say anything bad about the place because I love it, but that is the reality of it.

I wasn't trying to imply that white collar = successful, and blue collar = unsuccessful. Obviously that is not the case. You're embracing a mentality that is rampant in Greene County that anyone not working manual labor just thinks they are better than anyone else. I was simply saying that those that have been to college & graduate school could contribute to their hometowns, but they can't move here. Having an environment that would bring young professionals would be huge for the community. Of course that is simply one thing (which will not happen) and there are plenty of other reasons why G-ville will not be revitalized.
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vernon walters state wrote:
According to the May 14, 2013 G'ville Sun, Drucilla Miller, Dean of the G'ville campus of WSCC stated about the expansion, "This is the start of the revitalization of downtown Greeneville. This is the hub." Sarah Gregory, the Sun's staff writer stated, "The dramatic expansion of WSCC, thanks in no small part to $9 million in state grants and a local match provided by Nisownger..." Ms Gregory forgets the $9 million are Federal stimulus funds routed through the Tenn state legislature. The Niswonger amount,$2 million, previously reported by the Sun, isn't mentioned at all. Let's give credit to the partnership of the Federal government, the state government and businessman and philanthropist Scott Niswonger for revitalizing downtown Greeneville. Ms Miller also added, "It's just going to be beautiful."
I have seen renderings, haven't really read much. But WSCC has long been in the middle of town and it has done little to revitalize Greeneville. Love the idea of the central courtyard, but don't see where anyone is going to park. Also, it seemed like a given than local residents would be able to plug into the wonderful library WSCC brags about, but no, that will not be the case.
Kudos to Niswonger who keeps on giving even though I have heard nothing but poor-mouthing from Greeneville residents about his efforts. I would like to speak to him personally and see why he hasn't given up on Greeneville. Maybe some nugget of inspiration gleaned from that conversation could inspire us all not to give up hope that Greeneville could be revitalized.

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^^This. WSCC will do nothing to revitalize Greeneville. It is a talking point. WSCC is expanding so they can add more classes and make more money.

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