My only point is that it would take some creative thinking to pull Greeneville up, because it has no natural advantages. One would have to work hard to keep Lenoir City down. Knoxville continues to creep westward. Greeneville could be helped with a massive infusion of capital, but where does it come from?<quoted text> Yes they do have all of those things going for them,however it was a sleepy little town,until the early 90's. The town counsels members have made quite a effort to bring in new businesses and it worked for them,i think that Greenvilles location near major tourists attractions is your biggest asset. If you have lots of land , a fourwheeling park would be ideal for starters,then that could be built upon from there. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
#141 May 20, 2013
#142 May 20, 2013
I started this thread to get some suggestions. My opinion will be moot if I don't find a better paying job because I will be moving.
There are aspects of Greeneville that I really like. It is a nice small town feel, but tourism isn't something that locals seem too keen on. If local businesses catered to tourists things could be different. Most of our locally owned restaurants are a lunch-only kind of thing. Our natural resources and assets are a closely guarded secret. You can hardly find your way to the river or Paint Creek even with GPS. Signage is sparse or non-existent. Why not offer canoe trips on the river or train trips between Greeneville and a neighboring town? Our countryside is idyllic. Or, we need to produce a product unique to our town like our own brand of tobacco products.
I have no faith in our town leaders. I have personally spoken to general managers in several chain stores (like Home Depot in JC) and been told they have been trying to locate a store here for years, but our town officials have not been interested, yet Food City's third store has moved into the same parking lot with Ingles??? It makes no sense.
I think Greeneville has potential to be revitalized, but it will not be the town it used to be and that scares local people (the same people who are voting on our boards and commissions, the same people who are issuing or not issuing permits.) Greeneville's lifers hold tight to their ways, but those ways are just not working these days. If the elders of Greeneville don't change the town's direction, all of the young people who are getting those college degrees are going to move away. Those who don't want change will find even more startling change down the road as the next generation is gone and newcomers with no local history take over and really change the town.
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#143 May 20, 2013
Communism is as much a belief as a performance. You would have your life's work ahead of you verifying the 'goodness,' of all the local, county, state, and federal office seekers at any given time. Carry on--waiting for the first 'angry guy,' political evaluations to aid me in voting.
#144 May 20, 2013
$9 million in Federal stimulus funds and Scott's $2 million in matching funds for Walters State is not a massive infusion of capital, but it's a start. What's your take on the expansion, Benny? 1,100 cutrrently enrolled, Dean Miller says that on completion as many as 1,500 more could be coming to WSCC G'ville. Will the community college revitalize G'ville in some way? The report on prospective parking for the increased student population is still awfully iffy/fuzzy.
#145 May 20, 2013
I don't know enough about the project, but I would call it a step in the right direction. Walters State is a business, and business expansion helps all of us. Education, especially training that coincides with business needs, is always a plus.
I feel confident that the campus will be an improvement from an aesthetic point of view also. I haven't seen the plans, but usually anything done with public funds is not finished on the cheap.
#148 May 23, 2013
Jail decertification and mismanagement have also led to budget problems for the county.
"BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
A shorter work-week for county offices and staff layoffs are ideas under consideration by the Greene County Budget & Finance Committee following County Mayor Alan Broyles' report Tuesday that the county's funds are in "terrible shape," falling millions of dollars short.
Budget Director Mary Shelton told the committee that Sheriff Steve Burns has asked the county to eliminate the annual $2 million revenue projections for housing state and federal prisoners."
Proposals to spend 40-50 million for a new jail and courthouse (they call it a justice center) are being analyzed, but why the county would spend that much money in the current business cycle puzzles me. It's not a good idea to have your budget depend on state and federal prisoners. Why not operate the county jail as a county jail, rather than as an overcrowded moneymaking pen which invites lawsuits from abused prisoners? Do the proposals on the table anticipate that "rent" from the state and federal prisoners will pay for the new justice center? Anybody know the game being played here?
#149 May 23, 2013
I have yet to hear anyone say anything positive about Ferguson, yet he still survives. Anyone associated with him knows he has a drinking problem, only works a half a day, and is an embarrasement to the city/county. I quess when you are controlled and somewhat owned by Niswonger you can survive. I encourage you to take the time and go by his office as I did and have a conversation with him. You will walk away disgusted. This is one sick man.
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