WSCC sure looks good now
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local man

Hendersonville, TN

#1 Jun 10, 2010
What a amkeover- thank goodness they tore that old part down as it sure makes the campus look so much better.
Jim

Gallatin, TN

#2 Jun 11, 2010
They planted grass where the building was. Guess they don't need parking downtown.

Why didnít they connect the front parking lot with the back parking lot? Guess the security guard just loves to circle the whole city block! Thanks wscc for watching after the library and the lost state of Franklin.
teach

Bennettsville, SC

#3 Apr 21, 2013
they teach demolition at wscc?

“Cure 4 ignorance-> Knowledge!”

Since: Feb 11

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#4 Apr 22, 2013
Jim wrote:
They planted grass where the building was. Guess they don't need parking downtown.
Why didnít they connect the front parking lot with the back parking lot? Guess the security guard just loves to circle the whole city block! Thanks wscc for watching after the library and the lost state of Franklin.
From the plans I've seen, there will be a parking garage built on the corner where Ross' and HR Block was... The plans build it up nice, just hope they follow through with it all.
Lost Me

Greeneville, TN

#5 Apr 22, 2013
For me, all good feelings that I once had for the institution went away when the powers to be at Walters State chose to destroy the old Jones/Sevier house rather than preserve it. A real chance for an "instutition of higher learning" to demonstrate respect for the heritage of our area was tossed away and a piece of our community is forever lost.

The sad fact is that my tax dollars helped make this happen. Walters State receives money from the Sate of Tennessee and the old hospital site was donated to them by Greene County.

No fancy garden, parking lot or monument to the stupidity of and unnecessary destruction of a decent and attractive nearly two century old house by Walters State can be easily forgotten.
Tax Dollars at Work

Greeneville, TN

#6 Apr 22, 2013
teach wrote:
they teach demolition at wscc?
They must teach demolition there. They definitly do not teach history or respect for the past there.
progress

Jonesborough, TN

#7 Apr 22, 2013
They might as well tear downtown down. It's all lawyers and niswongers dog bed. No food. No music. No beer. Nothing. Go to forest city,Chesnee,Bostic,Spartanbur g,spruce pine, there you see progress,money being made. Greeneville needs a few more funerals.
dont forget

United States

#8 Apr 22, 2013
Lost Me wrote:
For me, all good feelings that I once had for the institution went away when the powers to be at Walters State chose to destroy the old Jones/Sevier house rather than preserve it. A real chance for an "instutition of higher learning" to demonstrate respect for the heritage of our area was tossed away and a piece of our community is forever lost.
The sad fact is that my tax dollars helped make this happen. Walters State receives money from the Sate of Tennessee and the old hospital site was donated to them by Greene County.
No fancy garden, parking lot or monument to the stupidity of and unnecessary destruction of a decent and attractive nearly two century old house by Walters State can be easily forgotten.
WSCC also lost out on a million dollar grant from the Federal govt (at no cost to G'ville) to put some downtown utilities underground because they were so darned determined to tear the Jones house down. The State of Tenn Historical Commission people were willing to advise WSCC on how to save and use the house, and that was a needed step in getting the million for the utilities project. Grant application withdrawn,(by G'ville or WSCC, one or the other, it ain't clear, maybe they're one and the same)Jones house destruction roared ahead. WSCC already had 9 million in Federal stimulus money which was routed through the Tenn legislature for capital improvement projects for community colleges. Guess Walters State figured they didn't want any more money, especially if it meant changing their architect's plans and saving an old house built during the Civil War. Where are those kids gonna park when the new bldg is completed? In the old Rhea's parking lot? At Jeffers?
Tax Dollars at Work

Greeneville, TN

#9 Apr 22, 2013
dont forget wrote:
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WSCC also lost out on a million dollar grant from the Federal govt (at no cost to G'ville) to put some downtown utilities underground because they were so darned determined to tear the Jones house down. The State of Tenn Historical Commission people were willing to advise WSCC on how to save and use the house, and that was a needed step in getting the million for the utilities project. Grant application withdrawn,(by G'ville or WSCC, one or the other, it ain't clear, maybe they're one and the same)Jones house destruction roared ahead. WSCC already had 9 million in Federal stimulus money which was routed through the Tenn legislature for capital improvement projects for community colleges. Guess Walters State figured they didn't want any more money, especially if it meant changing their architect's plans and saving an old house built during the Civil War. Where are those kids gonna park when the new bldg is completed? In the old Rhea's parking lot? At Jeffers?
Another example of people in charge who know everything but know nothing.
Hmm

Asheboro, NC

#10 Apr 22, 2013
Why didn't all you complainers go in together and buy the house. They offered bids on it and you didn't think enough of it then to bid on it. So why complain now? It will look great when the project is finished.
Tax Dollars at Work

Greeneville, TN

#11 Apr 22, 2013
Hmm wrote:
Why didn't all you complainers go in together and buy the house. They offered bids on it and you didn't think enough of it then to bid on it. So why complain now? It will look great when the project is finished.
The sad fact is that we did complain but we were not heard and our tax dollars were abused. How great something looks is an opinion. If a monument to the powers that be were needed, other places were availilable that could have saved the historic house.

A hundred years from now no one will care about the flower bed now being built but people may gave appreciated the old house that would have bvy then been almost three centuries old.
runaway slave

United States

#12 Apr 22, 2013
Hmm wrote:
Why didn't all you complainers go in together and buy the house. They offered bids on it and you didn't think enough of it then to bid on it. So why complain now? It will look great when the project is finished.
You be missing the point honey. Why didn't WSCC (or those controlling the development of downtown G'ville, or the Tennessee Bldg guys (Haslam's appointed sweeties of the state bldg committee [or commission] who said tear george down, please oh please tear george down) have the sense to save the house and use it for, and I mean FOR, the college. The programs or services of the college, honey. Maybe even a "green" (energy efficient and then some) application of current technology to a 19th century bldg. That would have put G'vegas on the preservation/tourist trap map. Green reahab/green renovate/green repurpose for greene county. Lotsa luck sucker. Tennessee Developers and the great state of Tennessee prefer destruction....easier and cheaper. Ditto the town of Greeneville and its glorious Main Street of Multiple Teardowns. Its Depot Street of arson. Its Andrew Johnson Highway of franchised crap and corporate crud. Speaking as a runaway slave I do love dem carpetbaggers of yore and of today. and talkin of green, woddnt it E Luke Green company who demolished that old yellow house? now that's goin green like we like it in greeneville. Civil War debris behind a chain link fence. Yo Greeneville you the greatest man, we all luv you.
Tourists

Greeneville, TN

#13 Apr 22, 2013
Hmm wrote:
Why didn't all you complainers go in together and buy the house. They offered bids on it and you didn't think enough of it then to bid on it. So why complain now? It will look great when the project is finished.
I can see it now--Greeneville will soon have long lines of people to see the great looking results when the project is finished. Moreover, I can see accademic standards at the institution being enhanced to the point that Doctor of Philosophy degree will need to be established. It is simply amazing what a great looking monument to short-sightedness can do.
Just Me

Greeneville, TN

#14 Apr 22, 2013
I could care less about the old house. I want to know why my tax dollars is going to help a college that's already making a killing off of tuition?
Hmm

Elizabethton, TN

#15 Apr 22, 2013
Tax Dollars at Work wrote:
<quoted text>The sad fact is that we did complain but we were not heard and our tax dollars were abused. How great something looks is an opinion. If a monument to the powers that be were needed, other places were availilable that could have saved the historic house.
A hundred years from now no one will care about the flower bed now being built but people may gave appreciated the old house that would have bvy then been almost three centuries old.
I don't have to wait 100 years.I could of cared less about the house now. I have never seen any lines at that house with people wanting to visit it. To each their own. Most of the ones on here complaining are probably the ones that complain about how run down our downtown is. Unfortunately, to make things more modern or presentable, sacrifices have to be made. Obviously the people that had the resources to buy the house, be it individuals, companies, or banks, didn't see the justification in it either. I'm not trying to be mean about this, but again this house was offered to everyone. You guys could of gotten up some kind of fund raiser to try to purchase the house and a piece of property to put it on. Don't know if enough people would of been interested in helping. I personally don't think there is over 2 handfuls that really care enough to donate for this cause. I may be fooled, but I don't see our historic downtown making us much of a profit anyway. Before you say it's not about money, well that's just the way the world works.
Tax Dollars at Work

Greeneville, TN

#16 Apr 22, 2013
Hmm wrote:
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I don't have to wait 100 years.I could of cared less about the house now. I have never seen any lines at that house with people wanting to visit it. To each their own. Most of the ones on here complaining are probably the ones that complain about how run down our downtown is. Unfortunately, to make things more modern or presentable, sacrifices have to be made. Obviously the people that had the resources to buy the house, be it individuals, companies, or banks, didn't see the justification in it either. I'm not trying to be mean about this, but again this house was offered to everyone. You guys could of gotten up some kind of fund raiser to try to purchase the house and a piece of property to put it on. Don't know if enough people would of been interested in helping. I personally don't think there is over 2 handfuls that really care enough to donate for this cause. I may be fooled, but I don't see our historic downtown making us much of a profit anyway. Before you say it's not about money, well that's just the way the world works.
We all should be offended to see our tax dollars wasted. Some of us do indeed care about our heritage and are deeply offended when a tax supported "institution of higher learning" chooses to destroy a piece of our heritage.

You may not have cared about the old house, but what gives you or anyone else to the right use my tax dollars to destroy the house for no real reason that will be of any benefit to Greene County other than to "look great"? I personally don't see how destroying the old house will make any money for Greeneville.

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#17 Apr 22, 2013
I'd rather see the school flourish. It may not be the best of the best, but it does provide hope for a future to those of us who wool otherwise be stuck in a minimum wage job the rest of our lives. There are people who probably could have and would have purchased the home and relocated it. The point is, just because it is old doesn't make it as important as what improving and expanding the school could potentially be. Greeneville City has ordinances that requires the owners of historic homes to do regular maintenance to their homes, so I would imagine that the demolition of the home you are speaking of wasn't made lightly. Just my opinion.

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Since: Feb 11

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#18 Apr 22, 2013
GApeach-TNflower wrote:
I'd rather see the school flourish. It may not be the best of the best, but it does provide hope for a future to those of us who wool otherwise be stuck in a minimum wage job the rest of our lives. There are people who probably could have and would have purchased the home and relocated it. The point is, just because it is old doesn't make it as important as what improving and expanding the school could potentially be. Greeneville City has ordinances that requires the owners of historic homes to do regular maintenance to their homes, so I would imagine that the demolition of the home you are speaking of wasn't made lightly. Just my opinion.
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Hmm

Elizabethton, TN

#19 Apr 22, 2013
Tax Dollars at Work wrote:
<quoted text>We all should be offended to see our tax dollars wasted. Some of us do indeed care about our heritage and are deeply offended when a tax supported "institution of higher learning" chooses to destroy a piece of our heritage.
You may not have cared about the old house, but what gives you or anyone else to the right use my tax dollars to destroy the house for no real reason that will be of any benefit to Greene County other than to "look great"? I personally don't see how destroying the old house will make any money for Greeneville.
First off, I didn't use your tax dollars. My tax dollars got used also. My property tax increase went to fund raises for county employees. By the way I never got a raise. There are a lot more things your taxes are used for that you should be complaining about. I agree with the previous poster. At least it is going towards education. By the way, how would keeping the old house make Greeneville any money?
runaway slave

United States

#20 Apr 23, 2013
Tax Dollars at Work wrote:
<quoted text>We all should be offended to see our tax dollars wasted. Some of us do indeed care about our heritage and are deeply offended when a tax supported "institution of higher learning" chooses to destroy a piece of our heritage.
You may not have cared about the old house, but what gives you or anyone else to the right use my tax dollars to destroy the house for no real reason that will be of any benefit to Greene County other than to "look great"? I personally don't see how destroying the old house will make any money for Greeneville.
By the college's best estimate the house was built between 1860-65. Is there a single other house in Greeneville that was built during the Civil War? Unique to the history of Greeneville? Disappear it, watch the house disappear. And did the college examine the double walled cistern, or did they leave that to the demolition guys? Luvya Walters State, you so strong.

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