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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Jim Young Reporter Blog Page breaks 500,000 page views.

Jim Young Reporter reaches an amazing milestone of over 500,000 page views on the blog page!

That is over
hits in a short 21 months!

Our numbers on our Facebook page are now well over 1,250,000 impressions.  If you have a message that needs to reach our Crossville audience, contact us at jimyoungreporter@gmail.com. 

Crossville Council calls special meeting Tuesday January 23 at 5:15 PM

Council Special Called Meeting January 23, 2018, at 5:15 PM

The Crossville City Council has a special called meeting set for Tuesday evening January 23 at 5:15 PM in Council Chambers at Crossville City Hall.  The agenda includes routine items, a grant possibility, and discussion of a statewide hotel/motel tax.

Crossville City Hall

Most of the items on the agenda are routine consent agenda items that the council has acted on before including second reading of an ordinance discouraging smoking at Garrison Park and the ordinance establishing a sports council.

Council will also consider authorizing the application for a $10,000 grant to US Bank for specialized playground equipment as part of the improvements to Garrison Park. The grant is used for musical play items for both developmentally challenged and general population youth. No match is required for this grant.

The main item causing the special call appears to be a discussion on a resolution to the Tennessee General Assembly requesting the state to institute a statewide hotel/motel tax to be earmarked for economic development and tourism funding. The discussion is to be lead by Councilman Danny Wyatt. Currently, there is only local hotel/motel tax authorized in Tennessee.  

Large Helicopters on maneuvers over Crossville Saturday.

A group of 3 helicopters flew over Crossville Saturday afternoon about 3 PM.

The choppers appeared to be Sikorsky Super Stallion heavy lifters that have a crew of 2 and can carry up to 19 additional passengers.  These choppers can also be used for transporting large items as well.

Photos of a similar flight indicate they may have flown over Nashville also on Saturday. 

Flight of choppers over the north end of Crossville.

Crossville Depot back open under city operation with remodeled meeting space.

 The Crossville Depot is back open for business after the City of Crossville has taken over the operation of the historic building that opened in 1926.  The building houses a gift shop and meeting space and includes a small museum and caboose.

The large meeting space has been remodeled and now features hardwood floors.  For rental information and rates, contact the Depot or the Palace Theatre.

Scroll to the bottom for a photo of the original Crossville Depot from the very early 1900s and an old photo of the depot in the 1960's.  The Tennessee Central Depot has been a part of Crossville's Downtown for 92 years.

The 1926 Crossville Depot and Caboose

City employees now run the Depot

The gift shop features products made in Tennessee

Checkers Anyone?

Newly improved meeting space with hardwood floors

Meeting Room kitchen with ice maker

Old luggage cart buffet and media center

Back Porch can also be used when the weather is nice.

A number of community members worked on the 
most recent round of improvements to the depot and
were recognized by the city including members of 
Downtown Crossville Inc. that had the new hardwood
floors installed, also Mikki Kavich, Peggy Welch and
Margo Carroll who were presented with the
Key to the Depot by city marketing director
Billy Loggins.

Brief History of Crossville's railroad service

Bob Patton and the Crossville Rotary Clubs worked to
restore the depot after the City bought the building from
the railroad in 1994. 

The Original Crossville Depot. Photo circa 1905 from
a postcard. This depot burned in 1925.

Note from when the new depot opened May 1, 1926.
The station agent at the time was E.M. Roland

The current depot in a photo from the 1960's.  Note the
old semaphore signal on the left.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Crossville Council votes to seek demolition of Inn of the Cumberlands

In the nearly two years since the City of Crossville condemned the old Inn of the Cumberlands structure on Sparta Highway at Tennessee Avenue the owners have done nothing to alleviate the problems with the building.

The city council heard a report on the situation during their January meeting from city attorney Will Ridley. Ridley reminded the council they had discussed the property in their recent closed executive session and the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the property owners. According to Ridley, the property has been through the administrative hearing process.

City Attorney Will Ridley

“We have worked with these property owners almost continuously for the past two years and received promise after promise that changes would be made and that has not occurred,” explained Ridley. He added that the property was set to go on the tax sale the following week but the owners paid the minimum amount to pull the property out of the tax sale.

Inn of the Cumberlands

Ridley told the council, “What I'm asking you today is if you are ready to move forward with and authorize me to file suit in Chancery Court to seek a demolition of the property. And I want you to be aware up front that this will not be a property that we make out money back on.” According to Ridley, the city will be paying to demolish the property but because there are so much taxes owed to the city and the county that will have to be paid first. In addition, there is another lien that may have to be paid before the city is that would be explored in the lawsuit.

Asked about numbers, Ridley said about $70,000 in back taxes were owed and the cost of demolition is estimated by the codes department at $100,000 including tonnage dumping fees. Ridley said one of the partners had purchased a trust deed from the bank but he did not have details on that as nothing has been registered at the courthouse on that trust deed.

Councilman Danny Wyatt said, “Move to approve Mayor. Let's take this to court.” The motion was supported by council member Pamala Harris.

The authorization was unanimously approved.

Council also approved an action against a tenant renting an airplane T-hanger at the Crossville Memorial Airport that is being used to house an RV and not an airplane. According to Ridley, the use is disallowed in the lease and the tenant has also not held proper insurance for several years.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

One more Day Off for Schools in Middle Tennessee

The warm-up and sunshine on Thursday were just not enough to clear the roads for school buses on Friday. 

Cumberland County Schools will remain closed on Friday, January 19.

In addition to Cumberland County, also closed are White County, Putnam Co, Fentress County and Overton County,

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Area Schools remain closed with back roads still a problem

Cumberland County Schools will remain closed for Thursday.  While main roads are mainly clear the side roads and gravel roads remain a problem.

Other area schools closed on Thursday include

Morgan, Roane, Bledsoe, White, Putnam, Fentress and Bledsoe.