Nashville, aka Music City, is booming. Housing stats are through the roof; people are moving into the Middle Tennessee city at a rate of about one hundred per day. It is one of the fastest growing cities in America. I think before long, at the rate it is growing, Cumberland County will be considered the “outskirts” as housing developments have to push farther and farther out to accommodate all of those hoping to relocate into the Davidson County area.
Nashville became Tennessee’s largest city last year when its population surpassed that of Memphis. Music City now boasts north of a million people.
It is easy to see why the growth has been so phenomenal particularly among those hoping to get a start in the country music industry or who just want to be in an area with a national football team, a hockey team, and now, even a major soccer league team. Just in the past year, sports enthusiasts have been treated to a runner-up team for the Stanley Cup and a playoff bid for the Tennessee Titans coupled with the announcement of Nashville being the recipient of the major soccer team. Music City also has a minor league baseball team, the Nashville Sounds.
Nashville has hundreds of restaurants serving up every fare imaginable; an international airport (reports indicate a new non-stop flight to London is coming in May); the Tennessee Performing Arts Center if you like to see musicals and plays touring off Broadway; and music, music, music. Another draw of Music City is you just never know when you may get a glimpse of a celebrity. My cousins have attended church with Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. It is not unusual to see a celebrity at the Predators or Titans games, and often times a country music singer will pop up at a local music house and sing a couple of songs with the house band.
We were at a wedding in Franklin, a couple of weeks ago and the band playing at the reception was unbelievable. The cover band, known as The Downtown Band, features lead singers who could rival anyone who has ever won the "Voice" or "American Idol." The ten-piece ensemble played a host of different instruments and was mesmerizing to watch with their choreographed dance moves. But in all reality, Franklin is south of Nashville, and this band is probably just one of many of their caliber served up on a daily basis to patrons of music establishments, wedding receptions, fundraising events and corporate parties.
Nashville is a shopping and food mecca with boutiques and eateries cropping up all over Davidson County particularly in newer areas like The Gulch. It is also one of the 238 cities applying for and hoping to acquire the new Amazon headquarters known as AmazonHQ2.
But all of these offerings haven’t come without their problems either. Traffic is a nightmare in Nashville nowadays as it seems the infrastructure hasn’t grown quickly enough to keep up with the city’s population increase. A friend’s son says this time last year it took him 15 minutes to get to work while the very same commute this year has doubled the time he spends in the car. Unfortunately, it also doesn’t have a lot of public transportation, something Nashville’s city fathers are hoping to rectify with proposed new additions to downtown area transportation.
Speaking of Nashville, Cumberland County’s 2017 Fairest of the Fair will face her state competition tonight, Friday, Jan. 19, in the annual State Fairest of the Fair Pageant. Kealey Lowe, a student at Stone Memorial High School, will vie for the title of State Fair Queen. She, along with Cumberland County Fair Pageant Director Frances Brooks and the Cumberland County Fair Association Board of Directors will be in attendance at the pageant and other fair activities this weekend. Kealey is the daughter of Duke and Cindy Lowe of Crossville.
Lots of basketball action is under way here on the Plateau. The CCHS basketball squads start a three-game home stand tonight as they host Sequatchie County. The Lady Jets and Jets will entertain Clarkrange on Monday, Jan. 22 and Bledsoe County the following evening. The Stone Memorial teams will host Pickett County tomorrow night (Saturday) before hitting the road next week for two big district games. They will travel to Cookeville on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and to Warren County the following Friday. Congratulations to the girls’ teams from each school for being ranked in the Top 10 of the TSSAA state rankings.
The elementary basketball season will also be coming to an exciting climax very soon with the opening round of the annual elementary tournament slated to begin on Saturday, Jan. 27 and the championship games scheduled for Feb. 1. This year’s tournament is set to take place at the Cumberland County High School gymnasium.