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Interesting

Knoxville, TN

#1 Sep 18, 2012
With the growth of UTM, the restoration of the old downtown area, and a moderate rise in population, is Martin primed for bigger things. Such as a shopping center, with big box grocery stores? Such restaurants as Chili's, Olive Garden, etc etc. I'm just curious as to the developments, both corporate and residential. If anyone knows anything about Martin's plans to grow into a more traditional college town, any information would be great, and I'd love to pitch ideas as well. Thanks for the feedback
guest

Grand Prairie, TX

#2 Sep 19, 2012
What Martin/Weakley County really needs to grow and get jobs is fiber optics. There are some great things happening but with the technology of fiber optics we could really take off.
martin

Union City, TN

#3 Sep 19, 2012
Honestly, that would be great for Martin. Think of the jobs that would provide and the extra money it would bring in. Compared to other cities with colleges Martin is the saddest one. There isn't much here, but we are primed for a big thing like that to happen.
guest

Union City, TN

#4 Sep 20, 2012
Honestly, what Martin need to grow is more open minded people the city/county could gain so much revenue by allowing a package store to open up. Yes, it could go against church values but why let south Fulton or Paris to get the taxes that so many people pay every weekend.
sarge

Martin, TN

#5 Sep 20, 2012
I seen thee mayor couple of days ago he seemed to be growing.
know

Dyersburg, TN

#6 Sep 20, 2012
martin businesses won't allow anyone else to open in martin.
Interesting

Knoxville, TN

#7 Sep 23, 2012
guest wrote:
What Martin/Weakley County really needs to grow and get jobs is fiber optics. There are some great things happening but with the technology of fiber optics we could really take off.
Care to elaborate friend?
Mandy

Martin, TN

#8 Sep 23, 2012
Martin will never be worth anything as far as growth , the people that run this town have stores here and they will not allow any thing to come here. It has always been that way, anything new that is opened in martin, is most likely something they have their hands in. What do you think happened to Walgreen's--dua --who do you think put a stop on that. And we are getting a new EWJ--on property that is owned by GUESS WHO. I found out today that the new EWJ is downsizing, this store will be alot smaller. But that is ok, the one they have now is not that great. Other towns have nice grocery store and rest, now Martin. Our walmart is about the lowest one ever opened. SO as always we will continue to spend our money in Jackson where we can at least find what we are looking for and go to KROGER.
citizen

Cookeville, TN

#9 Sep 24, 2012
Martin shouldn't be ran by a few it should be ran by all.
guest

Martin, TN

#10 Sep 24, 2012
If you want to open a business "the other business owners" in Martin can't stop you. You simply buy or rent a property, buy a city and county business license, and open a sales tax account with the state. This ain't Nazi Germany, people. There aren't secret meetings or votes to keep new businesses out. Geez.
Theman

Maryville, TN

#11 Sep 24, 2012
Its not that hard to open a business in Martin. The city is pretty accepting of any business. You just have to put forth the effort to actually open anything. I'm 21 and have never owned a business before and I opened the hookah lounge in Martin. I never had a problem with anything while trying to get it opened and the people in city hall are very open and helpful to anyone wanting to open a business.
Interesting

Knoxville, TN

#12 Sep 24, 2012
Theman wrote:
Its not that hard to open a business in Martin. The city is pretty accepting of any business. You just have to put forth the effort to actually open anything. I'm 21 and have never owned a business before and I opened the hookah lounge in Martin. I never had a problem with anything while trying to get it opened and the people in city hall are very open and helpful to anyone wanting to open a business.
Very good for you. I meant more like job opportunities for growth in population numbers. Such as a plant, and the creation of an entertainment, shopping district. Not a huge fan of Hooka, but the pipes you use, come in handy for other smokable herbs..:}

Either way, If anyone knows about any growth on the west side of UTM too, that would be great!
John L Lewis

Hermitage, TN

#13 Sep 25, 2012
Martin has actually experienced a decrease in business in the last 20 yrs and it will continue to trend downwards. Over 20 factories have closed in Martin/Weakley Cty in the last 18 yrs and they aren't coming back. NAFTA had much to do with that.

But it takes real talent to bring large industry or clean industry to a rural area like Martin even with a college located there and those types of professionals do not locate in dying regions like NW Tenn. Martin has no interstate nearby so that is another major obstacle.

A wealthy California investor and business owner told me that he spent a week silently scouting out Martin a few years ago as a possible location for a computer services industry but he became dismayed when he was twice pulled over in one week by Weakly Cty deputies for no offense other than having California tags. I guess those yahoo's didn't think he and his Mercedes belonged in their little community.

That example of moronic redneck policing cost Weakly Cty an untold fortune in revenue and jobs. He later chose Nashville to locate his business in.
Interesting

Knoxville, TN

#14 Sep 25, 2012
John L Lewis wrote:
Martin has actually experienced a decrease in business in the last 20 yrs and it will continue to trend downwards. Over 20 factories have closed in Martin/Weakley Cty in the last 18 yrs and they aren't coming back. NAFTA had much to do with that.
But it takes real talent to bring large industry or clean industry to a rural area like Martin even with a college located there and those types of professionals do not locate in dying regions like NW Tenn. Martin has no interstate nearby so that is another major obstacle.
A wealthy California investor and business owner told me that he spent a week silently scouting out Martin a few years ago as a possible location for a computer services industry but he became dismayed when he was twice pulled over in one week by Weakly Cty deputies for no offense other than having California tags. I guess those yahoo's didn't think he and his Mercedes belonged in their little community.
That example of moronic redneck policing cost Weakly Cty an untold fortune in revenue and jobs. He later chose Nashville to locate his business in.
Great Info!! I'm not sure on the validity of the events, but this is what I'm a talking about. These issues being raised is how the people of Martin need to learn what opportunities are being missed or arrogantly pushed aside. I believe they are currently constructing I-69 through West Tennessee, which should at the very least, be close to Martin, or Fulton Kentucky. Either way, I'm not from Martin, and was raised in Germantown. However, I care a lot for the well being of West Tennessee, as I realize it's decaying form this inside out,

Police affect the way outsiders view a city, greatly! It's important that police officers at least have a high school diploma. THese cops that don't even know the law, let alone have trouble reading, is a prime example why a lot of respect between my generation (I'm 22) for law enforcement is minimal to done. First of all, too many tax dollars that are being used to keep Marijuana users in jail. It's ridiculous and is a partial reason for our current economic climate.
This is why older generations don't realize why we don't respect them. They don't see that the people becoming police officers these days, are less honest and less reputable then those, they are intimidating
Conscience

United States

#15 Sep 25, 2012
This town won't grow unless we get a new mayor. Why do you think with this being a college town we don't have any big chain restaurants (besides mcdonald's, burger king, etc.)? And there is definitely small town politics going on. We didn't get walgreen's for what reason? We didn't get kroger for what reason? The big political hotshots of the community are afraid of a little competition.
Sandy

Monterey, TN

#16 Sep 26, 2012
Well we are getting a new EWJ, behind Van's--BUT they are downsizeing, it is going to be alot smaller than the one they have now. HOW LUCKEY ARE WE. This is stupid already. guess some people are just happy in their little world where this is the only place they can feel important , get them out of Martin and they are nobody
citizen

Grand Prairie, TX

#17 Sep 27, 2012
Since ew James is moving. The place it's at now will stay abandoned just like the old rural king.
Interesting

Knoxville, TN

#18 Sep 27, 2012
Yea guys. I'm curious, because even a town like Paris has a fairly decent retail strip along 641 south of town. Martin has a similar population, and a university in the middle of it, and you wouldn't think 3,000 people lived there, the way it's set up. But, I guess Paris has had better leadership. Who are the specific people you feel are holding Martin back?
Paco

Hermitage, TN

#19 Sep 28, 2012
Martin is drying up. When you see tattoo parlors and payday cash places all over town, that is an indicator that the economy is pretty ravaged.

All that's holding it together is UTM, the hospital and the farmers (many of whom receive huge government subsidies, like the Brundige family that rakes over half a million per year.)

One day MTD will pack up and go. And that will be the last of the factories.
Interesting

Knoxville, TN

#20 Oct 9, 2012
Paco wrote:
Martin is drying up. When you see tattoo parlors and payday cash places all over town, that is an indicator that the economy is pretty ravaged.
All that's holding it together is UTM, the hospital and the farmers (many of whom receive huge government subsidies, like the Brundige family that rakes over half a million per year.)
One day MTD will pack up and go. And that will be the last of the factories.
Do you think at some point, that maybe UT Martin would even move out of town, at some point? Isn't Paris, TN, a similar size, with more activity going on??? If so, there or Jackson would be a suitable place to relocate it. Maybe they could build some nicer facilities this time. The campus in Martin looks like absolute Dog Shit

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