And his statements are considered news because???
Whomever filled the potholes on Patricia Drive needs to come back and do it over. The fixes are as flat as the Rocky Mountains and can get a tire airborne if hit just right. Ditto getting Visco Drive repaved from where the previous effort stopped, and getting it finished all the way to the east end thereof.
The only downer to the park is the steam engine, NC&StL #576. This locomotive has been allowed to deteriorate to the point that it may never run again. There are groups interested in bringing it back to usable condition, and while CSX may not be interested in hosting it, the track that now hosts the Music City Star could stand it (although a wye track in Lebanon would be needed to turn it around, otherwise expect 50% backwards operation!) For those who don't think a steam engine would be an attraction, check out RJ Corman's website and photos/video of his 2008 acquisiton of an ex-Chinese steam engine for use on his lines.
Check out this link from a group wanting to save/restore 576:
CMT - didn't this used to stand for COUNTRY MUSIC Television?? Same thing that happened to MTV, I suppose. Where do you go to watch music videos these days?
How about building a rail spur into the grounds and let's make it an intermodal terminal? Let Nashville & Eastern Railroad run it - with the traffic coming from trackage rights given by CSX to let Union Pacific and BNSF run double-stack container trains on their Memphis-Nashville line. That will go a long way toward getting all those truck-pulled containers off I-40 between here and Memphis. While it might not solve the noise problem in that area, it would make Interstate 40 quieter for 200-plus miles!!
Seriously, save the Speedway and tear down the Dean administration. I think there are enough ticked off voters in Metro right now that if we unify behind a capable candidate, we can find enough demolition permits, eh, votes, to make it happen!
I'm a horn-honking Sundquist-hating conversative (note I stopped short of the party label). Bredesen was (and still is for a few more days) the right man at the right time. Fiscal responsibility is missing in so many places and I hope Haslam can fall in and follow a similar path. Well done, Gov.!
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