Pikevilles not to distant future

Pikevilles not to distant future

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Jobber

Cookeville, TN

#1 Feb 4, 2013
A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, war, or nuclear disasters. The term is sometimes used to refer to cities, towns, and neighborhoods which are still populated, but significantly less so than in years past; for example those affected by high levels of unemployment and dereliction.
I have found myself looking at Pikeville as a lost cause. The above definition almost describes some of the problems Pikeville is going through.
Example 1.) We have lost a mayor, I am sure this one can be fixed but looking deeper into why we lost the mayor brings up a shocking truth. He was spending town money that we did not really have to be spending. This being bad because that money needs to come back to the town and there aren’t a whole lot of ideas to gain it back legally
Example 2.) Pikeville is having a difficult time growing. There are more places shutting down in town and less opening. R&R use to be a lucrative business but it shut down due to internet movie hosting sites like Netflix’s and Amazon. We have had many Ice Cream and Diners shut down as well. Not to mention all the old car dealerships that left as well. More and more people are leaving Pikeville to buy goods in Dunlap, Dayton and Chattanooga leaving the small town shops and businesses scraping up funds just to keep their places open. The lacks of revenue in these stores are causing them to close faster and faster. The only things we really have are Gas stations and grocery stores.
Example 3.) The people of this town are more into spreading gossip and slander then coming together as a coherent group and making decisions as a whole. I can’t tell you the many times I have come to this site and see people posting idiotic things like “CANNIBALISM, BEASTIALITY, or NECROPHILIA”“teachers that yell at our kids” and the many post just name dropping to see what these people did or is doing. Yes I understand that many are posting prevalent stuff but I need to sift through the dirt to find gold.
Example 4.) This final example of how this town is slowly becoming a ghost town is the people. Every time I come to Pikeville more and more people are getting food stamps or collecting from the government for some bogus illness. People selling drugs and I also see more people turning to drugs and alcoholism. A town is only as good as the people who are in it and the people here are becoming more and more corrupt and that is a sign the town is going under. No one seems to actually want a job or they are and can’t find one because there are no jobs here.
Now that I have pointed out the bad let’s take time to point out the good of this town. To start the prison was a blessing on this town giving many people in town jobs, the new gas station is good as well but it may cause the others to go under because it is on the bypass and finally the churches. The churches are keeping people clothed and fed which is an amazing thing for the town.
My questions are what actions the town should take to keep this place alive. What should be done about the economy and how do you think this town should grow as a whole?
I did not post this to cause a ruckus but to see what the people of Pikeville think about the future of the town.
Smith

Pikeville, TN

#2 Feb 4, 2013
Good points! What about the school system spending money unnecessary?
Jobber

Cookeville, TN

#3 Feb 4, 2013
I forgotten that one as well. I also have friends that could not attend college because the counselor did not send their transcripts in or tell them that the scholarships they applied for were denied. So one did not get to go to the college they wanted to attend and the other had to quit school because they did not have the money to go. Many kids in the school system are getting screwed out of their education because of her. I believe she was hired because she was a relative. I have seen many great teachers have to leave because of that as well. They get rid of the good teachers and hire relatives. I think something needs to be done with the school systems simply because more and more kids are dropping out or having kids. I guess i was a lucky one. i did everything myself and made sure i could attend college.
Jobber

Cookeville, TN

#4 Feb 4, 2013
Smith wrote:
Good points! What about the school system spending money unnecessary?
I have heard that they had to cut certain things because they spent money on unnecessary items, but i can only speculate because i do not know too much about it. I will however go to speak to them about it. I will try to get to the bottom of it.
Law

United States

#5 Feb 4, 2013
What about our law enforcement here? Our own sheriff gets arrested for nonsense. He needs to go and not be voted back in. Let somebody else clean up what he dirtied up. He doesn't help pikeville either. We need our town back and jobs.
Warrior fan

Lexington, NC

#6 Feb 4, 2013
All these are good points and solutions need to be thought of now. One of the things I have been thinking of is our future teacher problem. What I mean by this is that I have watched many senior class nights over the years and I am seeing less and less students going into education as a career. That means a future need with none coming from Bledsoe.
Sseug

Kodak, TN

#7 Feb 4, 2013
Education, training, and common sense is the answer. Stop putting people in office because of who their daddy is. That goes for teachers too. My pet peeve is to see political ads that have six paragraphs of " I grew up here, I went to school here, my daddy grew up here, my granddaddy grew up here, I married a girl from here," etc and not one darn thing about how they're qualified to run that office. As long as this local mentality is maintained, I can't see any changes happening. Fresh ideas from people who are familiar with the area but have done more than just live here. Someone who's made the sacrifices, gotten the education, experience and training, and can bring that knowledge and experience to the table and help us grow.
SausageKing

United States

#8 Feb 4, 2013
That education sacrifice and hard work still gets you talked about like dirt and dog piss on this site and in pikeville. You really have to love this county to pursue a job or career or elected position in county when from day one 65% of people want to belittle or criticize or tell lies about you
Think About It

Pikeville, TN

#9 Feb 5, 2013
SausageKing wrote:
That education sacrifice and hard work still gets you talked about like dirt and dog piss on this site and in pikeville. You really have to love this county to pursue a job or career or elected position in county when from day one 65% of people want to belittle or criticize or tell lies about you
Too many people feel they have to continually belittle/criticize other people in order to make themselves (in their own mind) feel they are in some way "better" than those they talk about. That is how they somehow justify their own behavior! I once heard a wise person say that, "You have no control over other people's actions no matter what they say or do nor whether or not it is lies or otherwise, BUT you do have the power within yourself to control how you ALLOW their actions to affect YOU." Is it right that they do this? No, but you are not accountable for "them" but you are accountable for YOUR actions. Don't worry about what you cannot change, pretend to be duck and let it slide off your back, hold your head up and be the best person YOU can be. Sometimes it may be hard to do but it will pay off for you in the long run and better still, YOU will be the better person! God bless.
mike

Crossville, TN

#10 Feb 5, 2013
Think About It wrote:
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Too many people feel they have to continually belittle/criticize other people in order to make themselves (in their own mind) feel they are in some way "better" than those they talk about. That is how they somehow justify their own behavior! I once heard a wise person say that, "You have no control over other people's actions no matter what they say or do nor whether or not it is lies or otherwise, BUT you do have the power within yourself to control how you ALLOW their actions to affect YOU." Is it right that they do this? No, but you are not accountable for "them" but you are accountable for YOUR actions. Don't worry about what you cannot change, pretend to be duck and let it slide off your back, hold your head up and be the best person YOU can be. Sometimes it may be hard to do but it will pay off for you in the long run and better still, YOU will be the better person! God bless.
I AGREEE....
HelpUs

Dunlap, TN

#11 Feb 6, 2013
Jobber,
Now that you have listed the problems of Pikeville, Oh I assume you did an extensive study and survey to determine these problems. You now need to develop a well layed out plan on how to fix these problems and present it to the city and county mayors. I am sure they will welcome your educated assistance.
By the way a college education does not assure you a job any more. I know several that have graduated from college and could not find jobs in their field. They are working low paying jobs, and /or getting post graduate degrees while they continue looking for a job.
Bledsoe County is like all other counties only on a smaller scale. Yes we have problems and yes those in office are doing what they feel needs to be done to help our county to change, grow and become a better place to live.
I guess I am saying, if you do not have a workable solution to present to those in charge then do not complain. Volunteer your services at churches, schools, community organizations , help the elder and anyone else that you can help. Be an example of what Bledsoe County citizens should be. Maybe others will hear of you and see you doing this and follow suit.
God Bless You and help you fix our city and county.
Whatever

Pikeville, TN

#12 Feb 6, 2013
HelpUs wrote:
Jobber,
Now that you have listed the problems of Pikeville, Oh I assume you did an extensive study and survey to determine these problems. You now need to develop a well layed out plan on how to fix these problems and present it to the city and county mayors. I am sure they will welcome your educated assistance.
By the way a college education does not assure you a job any more. I know several that have graduated from college and could not find jobs in their field. They are working low paying jobs, and /or getting post graduate degrees while they continue looking for a job.
Bledsoe County is like all other counties only on a smaller scale. Yes we have problems and yes those in office are doing what they feel needs to be done to help our county to change, grow and become a better place to live.
I guess I am saying, if you do not have a workable solution to present to those in charge then do not complain. Volunteer your services at churches, schools, community organizations , help the elder and anyone else that you can help. Be an example of what Bledsoe County citizens should be. Maybe others will hear of you and see you doing this and follow suit.
God Bless You and help you fix our city and county.
Politicies in this county won't allow this town to grow. Sure you want people to volunteer to help then someone in office take all the credit. The road going through Pikeville need repair and wider streets. Get rid of all plants and junk.

john

United States

#13 Feb 6, 2013
If you want change, run for office or vote or support the few that have ideas and could really help the county.
hillbilly

Graysville, TN

#14 Feb 6, 2013
Whatever wrote:
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Politicies in this county won't allow this town to grow. Sure you want people to volunteer to help then someone in office take all the credit. The road going through Pikeville need repair and wider streets. Get rid of all plants and junk.
i agree 100 per cent,about the road,it looks like a cemetery, not a main road,,until the voters change the county commission nothing will change,city needs big changes to, people don't seem to understand they control the money..who gave Johnson the money to blow,who gives the school the money to blow,,who is over the sheriff,mayor, and any one else spending tax payer money,the commission.the buck stops there.far as the road,some body needs to take a dozer to it..i go to the bank at crossville ,a lot because of the road..it needs cleaned out and repaired to the way it was..it does give pikeville that ghost town look,,far as law enforcement,i was at a garage in crossville not long ago,boy works there lives in bledsoe county,he had been to pikeville 1 time in last several years.lady at garage getting car fixed said she was afraid to drive through pikeville,she had heard so much bad about it.so will it grow,not with the reputation its got,at this time..
hillbilly

Graysville, TN

#15 Feb 6, 2013
by the way i was at mill and mine in red bank,they was joking me about are drunk ass bar room brawling sheriff.don't tell me pikeville dont got a repution.
bamf

Pikeville, TN

#16 Feb 6, 2013
Some of our elected officials truly are a joke. I feel they are doing what THEY want and not doing what PIKEVILLE needs. I think it's time that we as citizens step in. Instead of voting, how about we try running for something. Some of us know we could do better than those in office. I don't mean to be so ugly about it but if we don't step in we CANNOT help our county grow.
Heard it too

United States

#17 Feb 8, 2013
I was in line at grocery store in Dayton and they were laughing about Jimmy Morris. I laughed too, and never told them I was from Pikeville. Too ashamed to.
Warrior fan

Fayetteville, NC

#18 Feb 8, 2013
May need to develop the bypass and need to form a parks and recreation dept like most county's have.
hillbilly

Graysville, TN

#19 Feb 8, 2013
Heard it too wrote:
I was in line at grocery store in Dayton and they were laughing about Jimmy Morris. I laughed too, and never told them I was from Pikeville. Too ashamed to.
its past being a joke.i know a couple rhea county cops that will take his ass to jail if he every ,messes up in rhea county,at election time i hope to see the county commission and mayor go to.this lack of police patrol is serious.and come election i plan to put my time and money where my mouth is.just sit and watch.
utvol

Tallahassee, FL

#20 Feb 10, 2013
Yes, our officials or in this case alderman in pikeville.....one of course I will name Bill Swearington. At the 127 sale last year my husband and I were set up out on the bypass when he "Bill or William" he goes by Bill came by our stand. He wanted to buy a dress, purse and a luggage. My husband sold all of it to him for 30.00 dollars. My husband took a check from this man. We tried to cash it a few days later but to no avail there were no funds in the account. Ok, so we said try again in a few days. There was never any money in the account.(Insufficent Funds)! He also made this out to cash! I would never take a check. We called the number on the check. It was no good. We went by piggly wiggly where he works and he was never there. This went on for 4 months. I was so mad at this point and I said that I would not embarass him but I did not care anymore. It was NOT the 30.00 dollars just the principle of the matter. I finally went to piggly wiggly another day 4 months later and there he was on an aile with someone guy putting things in the cooler. So I went up and said "Hey Remember Me Your the one who wrote us a bad check" I told him you better have my 30.00 dollars right now or I will go to the cops and take out a warrant. He said don't yell and I did anyway I was so mad. He said I have 20 on me right now. I said no you give me all of it. He left came back a few minutes later and I waited up front. I finally got my 30. A word to the wise NEVER TAKE A CHECK! Then we find out his name is on the door at the courthouse under ALDERMAN! This is the trash we have working in pikeville as a so called alderman! The good ole boy mentality is alive and well........
bamf wrote:
Some of our elected officials truly are a joke. I feel they are doing what THEY want and not doing what PIKEVILLE needs. I think it's time that we as citizens step in. Instead of voting, how about we try running for something. Some of us know we could do better than those in office. I don't mean to be so ugly about it but if we don't step in we CANNOT help our county grow.

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