Beautiful Ballou house on Main Street

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May 31, 2012
 

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Anybody know what happened to the beautiful Ballou house on Main Street? It was there last week, totally torn down this week! Another of the stately old homes of Wililamsburg, gone! Who bought it and why did they tear it down?
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May 31, 2012
 
I saw that yesterday. Makes me almost sick.
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Anybody know what happened to the beautiful Ballou house on Main Street? It was there last week, totally torn down this week! Another of the stately old homes of Wililamsburg, gone! Who bought it and why did they tear it down?
I don't know for sure. But I would say the College. They buy most homes next to them. I hate seeing so many homes and buildings getting torn down. I hear next one to go is the old hobby shop building on the corner of main and 3rd. It is a sham it can't be restored. It has so much detail that you don't see anymore. Before long Williamsburg won't fell like home. What a sham.
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Out with the old, in with the new. Progress.
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It was the college..... getting closer and closer to the tracks... :(
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Its OK wrote:
Out with the old, in with the new. Progress.
Progress is good. But some places needs to be preserved and some need to go. I've been in other small towns like ours it makes you like a town even more when you still see some of the towns history left standing. It makes you want to live there. We don't have much left now. Haven't you ever heard of the historical society.
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Greedy college bought it. They must need another parking lot. I've lived here 30 years and I was heartbroken to see it torn down. Tearing down a lovely old home is progress how? I would think bringing in industry for jobs, family sit down restaurants (and I don't care if they serve alcohol or not - I have enough sense to say no and order an ice tea instead),more businesses, etc would be progress.
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Williamsburg , never has felt like home. What is Homely about it. Everything has changed since i have been here in the 60's. Just a bunch of crooks in the burg , trying to keep up with the big cities like lexington and Knoxville . But even those big cities keep some things the same and never change history
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..........LMAO! That old house was about to fall in!

I'm sure the Dentist got what he wanted and the College got what it wanted.

Quit the whinning! If it was for the DOLLARs that the University of the Cumberlands brings to the local economy, this town would be dead as 4 O'clock!

Take a few minutes and drive around on the campus! Sure, things have changed.......to the better.

I went to Cumberland 40 years ago. It is a far better place now than then!

The house up by the Williamsburg school was a "money pit" to keep up! Who had the money to keep it going? Who wanted too?

Does anyone remember the "stately" home that use to sit where the new City Hall is now? Well, it was torn down for a Standard Service Station (Chervon) that never made it! Cumberland College will be here when all you whinners are dead and gone........educating the students and contributing to the community!

I guess the city or county should have "applied" for a Federal Grant to save all the old "dated" crap. This country has poured "billions" of dollars into "downtowns" all across America .....and guess what, those downtowns are still dead!

It's time to move on!
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Jun 4, 2012
 
DoubleQQ wrote:
..........LMAO! That old house was about to fall in!
I'm sure the Dentist got what he wanted and the College got what it wanted.
Quit the whinning! If it was for the DOLLARs that the University of the Cumberlands brings to the local economy, this town would be dead as 4 O'clock!
Take a few minutes and drive around on the campus! Sure, things have changed.......to the better.
I went to Cumberland 40 years ago. It is a far better place now than then!
The house up by the Williamsburg school was a "money pit" to keep up! Who had the money to keep it going? Who wanted too?
Does anyone remember the "stately" home that use to sit where the new City Hall is now? Well, it was torn down for a Standard Service Station (Chervon) that never made it! Cumberland College will be here when all you whinners are dead and gone........educating the students and contributing to the community
I guess the city or county should have "applied" for a Federal Grant to save all the old "dated" crap. This country has poured "billions" of dollars into "downtowns" all across America .....and guess what, those downtowns are still dead!
It's time to move on!
Okay........If the Great and Wonderful college brings in so much money to the town then where's it going and who's benefitting from it? My family and I aren't benefitting from UC buying up property and building dorms and parking lots. We wouldn't have what we have now if we sat back on our backsides and waited for the college to improve our lives with their progress. Besides, I think the entire reason behind this topic to begin with was folks were a little sad to see a beautiful old home torn down for whatever reason. And what does it matter if downtown Williamsburg is "still dead?" My family and I like it here and if we wanted to live in a bustling noisy metropolis, we'd move to a big city. There's something to be said about living in a small town with its quiet Sunday afternoon charm.

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You ask what the college does for your town.... I send my son to school there. He shops at Walmart, he buys groceries at a grocery store there, he buys gas at your gas stations, he eats at your restaurants, he has gone to a doc and a physical therapy office, he joined the local gym, he rents an apt. The students spend money in town which supports local businesses and helps keep people employed. Your town without a doubt benefits from the University of the Cumberlands. I would venture a guess the the majority of the students are pretty good kids too! Consider yourselves lucky!
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the college dont do nothing for this town our wonderful mayor does less!!all he does is stand be and jumps when he is told to!!
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feed up wrote:
the college dont do nothing for this town our wonderful mayor does less!!all he does is stand be and jumps when he is told to!!
jim taylors puppet,the whole town has went to crap(80% of the stores in town are empty) under roddy's watch,but if the college wants new streetlights installed down town to improve the looks(more like the college) in and out of town for it's students and their family's then ole roddy's on the ball!!

FEEL'S LIKE HOME,reminds me roddy didn't grow up here ,just went a few years of school here!
7th or 8th thru highschool!
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Hey feed up...first of all, before you read this, please go into your kitchen and make sure the batch of meth you're cooking isn't going to explode while you take the next 45 minutes to read this message and look up the bigger words in the dictionary. Second, shouldn't it be "fed up" instead? Anyways, what the college could have done for you is teach you simple things like subject-verb agreement and how not to use double negatives in your communications... to wit...

Your message should have read something like... "The college doesn't do anything for this town..." See, much better! You're welcome!

And as for the college not doing anything for this town, you couldn't be farther off base. University of the Cumberlands employs hundreds of people in Williamsburg. They all pay taxes as the local, state and federal level.

The 2,000 or so students who go to UC spend well over $1 million each year in the local stores, restaurants, etc. Local business tend to benefit when people spend money with them.

The thousands of middle school campers who come to UC for the summer MFUGE programs also spend money in town as do the hundreds of Mountain Outreach volunteers who come here every summer to build houses.

On that note, do you know that Mountain Outreach (which would NOT exist without UC since it was started by two UC students) has built over 100 homes in this area for low income families and disabled people. Sounds like UC does something to benefit the town there too.

Think of this while you're at it... each UC student has to perform at least 40 hours of community service (NOT on campus but in the community) in order to graduate. If each of the 2,000 kids did 40 hours of service, that means that they would do 80,000 hours of FREE service to Williamsburg and Whitley County... and you call that "nothing?"

In summary, what the college does for this community is "something" while the space between your ears is occupied by... "nothing."
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Elmo... seriously? I'm not saying you're a moron but 80% of idiots think you're an imbecile.

Name a downtown business that was in operation BEFORE Roddy was elected and went broke under Roddy's term as mayor.

The donut shop and that poor excuse for a pool hall don't count because they started and ended their run while he was mayor.

Let's see if I can think of one... HMMM... how about Millie's on Main? No, wait, they OPENED for business under Roddy. How about Buzy Bees Learning Center? Oops, how embarassing... they actually OPENED for business under Roddy's term too.

Roddy is his own man. Think about it, the college opposed the alcohol referendum. How could they support it? They're a Baptist school! If Roddy was Dr. Taylor's puppet, Roddy would have killed the referendum in the City Council meeting. He also was the 4th and deciding vote in City Council in favor of Sunday sales.

There is NO WAY to defend the position that Roddy jumps at the end of Dr. Taylor's strings, but, Elmo, you are probably dumb enough to try.

Go ahead... put down the crack pipe and type away...
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The 2,000 or so students who go to UC spend well over $1 million each year in the local stores, restaurants, etc. Local business tend to benefit when people spend money with them.
what ever where do the shop wall mart that the only place in town most of the kids leave town to spend our money !! there is nothing here this town is dead !! and yes the college does own alot of it!! it made me sick to see uc knock down that old house !!as fare as mountian out reach alot of us kids could care less about the people of this area !! very few of us do mountian outreach or care!!
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Jun 14, 2012
 
cry me river by your defence of the college and mayor it's obvious you work for one or you suck one, either way we know you care nothing for preserving our town's heritage with you like the college and cityhall it's all about the almighty dollar ,you couldn't careless so hell with our town, it's past and our rich history!!
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cry me a river !! why did cumberland college give kelly roddys sister a service award that should have been given be by the mayor or a state official not college president!!the award was servce to williamsburg not U.C THAT JUST GOES TO SHOWWHO RUNS THIS TOWN!! NOT RODDY !!he is the colleges boy !! jump roddy jump !!
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Jun 15, 2012
 
Doc Ballou sold the house to UC. He had a new one built.
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Jun 16, 2012
 
just checking wrote:
<quoted text> Progress is good. But some places needs to be preserved and some need to go. I've been in other small towns like ours it makes you like a town even more when you still see some of the towns history left standing. It makes you want to live there. We don't have much left now. Haven't you ever heard of the historical society.
AMEN.... why do some people choose not to see the beauty in these buildings? it just don't make any sense, Does it....

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