Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

March 21, 2013

Around the Town: Time for some state trivia

CROSSVILLE — A little trivia question for you: What is the fifth largest city in the state of Tennessee? Before you guess (you probably already know this), but as a refresher, Memphis is the first; Music City (Nashville) is second; Knoxville, third; and Chattanooga is fourth.

The correct answer is Clarksville, home to a military base and Austin Peay University. Shocked? I was. Apparently, so were about 50 other people that I have asked over the past few days. Only one person has answered correctly of all the many people I surveyed. My immediate response was Johnson City. Others answered Oak Ridge, Murfreesboro, Sevierville, Cookeville, Maryville, Pigeon Forge and Jackson.

By the way, we began wondering about this at lunch the other day and after each of us named our picked cities, we googled the answer and found the top 25 Tennessee cities listed on City-Data.com. None of us were expecting Clarksville to be the answer. The top two responses I kept receiving were Murfreesboro and Johnson City.

I asked my Roane State class what city they thought was number five. Their overwhelming response was Murfreesboro. I asked them to tell me why Murfreesboro was the initial response of so many people. Their replies ranged from its proximity to Nashville, the increasing growth of Middle Tennessee State University and the nearby Nissan plant — all excellent answers and probably accurate as well.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, Crossville did not make the top 25. Rounding out the most populated cities in the Volunteer State are:

6. Murfreesboro

7. Jackson

8. Johnson City

9. Franklin

10. Bartlett

11. Hendersonville

12. Kingsport

13. Cleveland

14. Collierville

15. Germantown

16. Smyrna

17. Brentwood

18. Columbia

19. La Vergne

20. Cookeville

21. Gallatin

22. Oak Ridge

23. Morristown

24. Maryville

25. Bristol

The populations ranged from 25,474 in Bristol at the bottom of the top 25 to 674,028 in Memphis in the number one slot. Another interesting fact? Neyland Stadium on Game Day Saturdays becomes the sixth largest populated area: sandwiched between Clarksville with 119,000 and Murfreesboro with 98,406.

City Data also reported the following four facts:

1. Clarksville was the country’s ninth fastest growing city in 2006-'07.

2. Cookeville is the only city in Tennessee in the Top 25 that is not part of a metropolitan area. The prestigious Tennessee Technological University, which is always ranked among the best 100 colleges, is probably one of the main reasons this city is in the top 25 Tennessee cities but is not connected to a metro city.

3. Nashville is now the 25th largest city in the country.

4. Memphis and Germantown are the only cities on the list that have lost population.

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The annual Dimpled Globe Awards are out and 11 locals have been named to this year’s slate of honorees. They will be feted during a dinner April 6.

The award winners include the Crossville Chronicle’s own Dorothy Brush. She earned the Community Communicator Award for her 25 years of service and more than 1,000 columns.

Don Alexander was named the Ablest Administrator. He is the executive director of Crossville Housing Authority.

Paul Wennemark is the Retiree of the Year. He has participated in 28 mission trips from Russia to Puerto Rico and Mexico. He is a past Rotary Club president and former Boy Scout leader.

Lisa and Amy O’Connor have earned the Community Spirit Award for the difference they make in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Cumberland County. They are coordinators of The Arc of Cumberland County.

Barbara Thornhill wins the Straight Shooter award. She is a public relations specialist and helps others find their path at Tennessee Technology Center.

Dr. Harold and Diana Lowe win the Gumption Award. A retired cardiologist, Dr Lowe and his wife, Diana, worked very hard to open the Rural Health Clinic.

The high school nominees are Destinee Dowdy from Stone Memorial High School. She is president of the Teen Advisory Group, tutors elementary students and serves as student council vice president and a school board student representative. Cumberland County High School’s Dimple Award winner is Robert Uebelacker III. He has a 4.0 grade point average, worked at the TAD Center, plays baseball and is a student leader at the Attic.

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Tickets are available at Gigi’s and the Screen Door for the third annual fashion show fundraiser benefiting the TAD Center. The show and luncheon will be held at Forte’s on the Square Monday, April 8. Tickets are $20.

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Congratulations to Michael Hernandez. The Martin Elementary fourth-grader has qualified as one of only six, in his age division, to represent the state of Tennessee in Southeastern Regionals in gymnastics. Hernandez practices at Victory Gymnastics. He is the son of David and Jessica Hernandez.

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It isn’t too late to register for the Relay for Life Beauty Pageants to be held this weekend. There are numerous age divisions. Call Pageant Coordinator Whitney Sidwell for more information. Her number is 200-3799.

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