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YOUR thoughts

Posted Friday, October 17, 2008, at 4:05 PM

Let the bloggers offer suggestions on a few subjects.

What would you do to revitalize Madison Street?

Where would you like to see a new street built in Shelbyville or a road in Bedford County?

What are your thoughts on the salaries of pro athletes?

Which pro athletes do you think are the most overpaid?

How far out should college coaches get contact extensions?

To what extent do you pay to Nutrition Facts when you shop for groceries in an effort to eat a healthy diet?

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MADISON ST: I believe that Madison Street needs a serious facelift, for starters. Take the old Bumpers building, for instance. That place is a disgrace. The sidewalks, buildings and parking lots all along Madison Street look old and haggard. I wish a concerted effort would be made to breathe new life back into Madison Street.

Madison Street also desperately needs a new grocery store! Everyone I know on this side of town complains about having to drive across town, into the dreaded 30mph traffic nightmare, in order to pick up a pack of ground beef.

ATHLETES: I think most pro athletes are grossly overpaid. NBA and NFL players have become superstars and they live like royalty. So many of them have no idea how to handle such a windfall, and they wind up in trouble with the law.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: I actually pay attention to the NI on most items at the supermarket. I rarely ever buy anything new, without checking out the label first.

-- Posted by Nobody'sFool on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 7:57 PM

What would you do to revitalize Madison Street?

Given the wishes of winning the lottery: I personally would take control of the entire ole Kroger shopping center. At the far end where Kroger use to be I would gut it completely and make a Teen Club/Center. Complete with bouncers to ensure no adults could spoil it for the teenagers. No one over 21 would be allowed on the grounds except to drop of teenagers and pick them up and of course the people who work there. I would like for this to be much like Rocket Town in Nashville. The events hosted there could be unlimited and provide a safe and secure place for our teenagers. The only time there would be a charge would be when there was a concert. The rest of the time it would be just DJ's maybe even a Karaoke night.

The Dollar General Store would have to go, sorry guys but I will hire your employees at the Coffee Shop that will replace it. This would also be teenagers only..a place to study at long tables or just sit in big over stuffed chairs and chat over coffee.

The next building is the old Kmart store..which I would divide in 2 sections the section next to the new Coffee shop would be video games, pool tables, pizza, burgers and just general kid food.

The other side of this building would be a Standard School Attire store. Selling nothing but approved clothing at affordable prices. It would be set up to have each school in Bedford County to have their own section with their own colors of approved clothing..just so nobody is buying clothing that is not approved.

At the front of the parking lot where there is that little loan place, sorry guys you'll have to go also, will be a skate park for skate boarders fenced in and complete with a warming up room with snacks (that's what the building will be used for.)

All profits from the store, the coffee shop, the video room and the teen center will go into running the center. Anything extra made will go for improvements on the center.

Yea I know I am dreaming but if your gonna dream might as well dream big.

And it would be wonderful if Publix took the entire shopping where Bi-Lo use to be :>)

Where would you like to see a new street built in Shelbyville or a road in Bedford County? I would just like for Bedford County and the City to take better care of the roads we have now.

What are your thoughts on the salaries of pro athletes? They make way too much money.

Which pro athletes do you think are the most overpaid? NFL

To what extent do you pay to Nutrition Facts when you shop for groceries in an effort to eat a healthy diet?

I honestly pay little attention to the nutrition facts of foods if I like it I buy it.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 8:38 PM

I'd like to see crafts.tutoring,job fairs,etc, available at the youth center.

It could the place to meet for carpooling for out-of-town events.

(People could get bulk rates to go to plays,games and concerts.)

Any shops or restaurants could be operated on a Junior Achievement-like basis.

It could be fun AND constructive.

As for nutrition,label-reading really helps.

It can let you know what you're getting for your dollar and prevent paying extra for a "healthy" product that has more salt,sugar or fats than the cheaper regular kind.

As for atheletes and coaches' salaries,they should be in line with their contributions and the profits made by others due to their efforts.

Even our student atheletes have been as exploited as racing hounds with about as much job security.

Sports are supposed to promote good health and fellowship.

They should prosper to the degree that they accomplish those objectives.

What good does it do a player to get a high salary or a cut of the take when he has to put most of his time and money into maintaining his usefulness to his handlers and his health can be destroyed before he ever achieves fame or fortune?

We need to promote sports as a way to have fun and be healthy for all people and not just a form of bread and circuses where people pay to watch others ruin their bodies for others' egoes,entertainment and profit.

Professionals of any kind need to be compensated for the work they do and the sacrifices they make and we ought to be willing to willing to pay for our pleasures.

That doesn't mean that huge sums need to be paid to encourage corruption and physical and mental injury.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Oct 18, 2008, at 3:08 PM

What would you do to revitalize Madison Street?

Madison Street needs a grocery store!

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Sun, Oct 19, 2008, at 12:50 AM

Yeah, dont take away Dollar General because that one on Madison Streets saves me from driving to North Main for certain grocery items.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Sun, Oct 19, 2008, at 12:32 PM

LOL jaxspike I don't think you need to worry because I haven't even come close to winning the lottery.

For something like what I described to come close to working One would have to own the shopping center outright without any leasing or mortgage payments or kids would not be able to afford to go.

And you would still have Family Dollar on Madison Street next to the old Bi-Lo and Dollar General in the Old Big Springs shopping center.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Oct 19, 2008, at 2:56 PM

What would you do to revitalize Madison Street?

I would start off by tearing down several of the buildings that havent been taken care of over the years and replacing them with something other than CARLOTS!! Id like to see the road repaved so that the next time I drive down Madison Street I dont have to worry if I'm going to break a belt in my tires or tear the front end out from underneath of my car. There most definately needs to be a new grocery store just because not "everyone" in town likes to shop at Kroger or Wally World. Maybe we could do away with the junk furniture displays that have recently popped up making that section of town look like left over yardsale junk that someone rather make a buck on instead of taking it to the dump where it probably needs to be. Last but not least, we need some sort of businesses most of us would be proud of where the old Kroger shopping center was instead of just putting up a sign "saying" there will be new buisnesses put there only to have the sign removed at a later date and absolutely nothing changed. Shelbyville was left behind years ago as Murfreesboro grew and grew gaining shopping, entertainment, jobs and all sorts of things because the elected officials didnt want Shelbyville to grow so instead those same officials could make money off of their own mom and pop buisnesses. Just look at how many of the officials "own" their own business right here in town and how we have fallen behind compared to other surrounding towns. Enough said.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Sun, Oct 19, 2008, at 11:22 PM

We might change for the better now that we're becoming a "college town".

The old hospital plant and the adjacent car lot could become a satellite campus,

(The patient rooms could even be dorms.)

Some of the medical set-up could be retained to serve as an infirmary for the school and nursing home and could be used for training nurses,lab techs,pharmacists and para-professionals.

The college students could help run DianaTn's youth facility and even do tutoring or help with distance learning on site at the youth center.

(We might get more support and grants,etc. if the place wasn't 100% recreation.

80% fun and 20% education,job prep and health oriented stuff might get the center more support from adults and government agencies without sacrificing the important factors of the complex being by kids for kids.

Such a place could take off without being co-opted by adults of any stripe-whether they be educators,health professionals,religious folk,the military,business/industry or criminal elements.)

Such a center,in conjunction with the college,could revitalize Madison Street just by sending the message that Shelbyville is ready to support its youth and create a future for all its citizens,

Businesses would flock to "be where the action is".

(It wouldn't hurt to have some incentive programs,either.)

Rather than devolving into a ghost town inhabited by the shades of menial workers and their overlords,our city could combine rural comforts,a sense of history,physical beauty,safety,efficiency and convenience,a sense of community,thriving commerce and a place of belonging for all ages,races and walks of life.

We wouldn't have to be a place one escapes from nor would we be stuck with the Hobson's choice of stagnation or soulless,ill-planned growth.

(IF we get bigger,let it be like a maturing child-not a metastisizing cancer.)

We could create a pretty decent now by respecting our past,believing in our future and realizing that we have to see ourselves as one,co-operative family before any single part of the city can survive (much less prosper.)

These new possibilities can't solve everything any more than a new factory or new community leaders could.

But,we might make progress if we stopped saying "That won't work because..." or "What am I getting out of this?" and started asking "What do we need?" and "How can I help us succeed?"

We need to have confidence without smugness coupled with faith,hard work,creativity and determination.

If we can work as a team to apply those resources,Shelbyville can bring all of its people into a positive future instead of dividing ourselves into little groups and complaining about the hopes we never fulfilled.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Oct 20, 2008, at 1:15 PM

I'm not sure what you could do to get Madison Street attractive enough to businesses again. They all seem to want to be on Highway 231 heading out of town by Wal-Mart. I mean look, we've got two weightrooms in the same parking lot. It would have to start small and traffic would have to follow. Perhaps an eight-screen movie theatre where Bi Lo used to be and a Starbucks Coffee. Who knows?

All NBA, NFL, NHL and big league MLB athletes are overpaid. Every single one of them. It really has gotten out of hand. The NBA guaranteed contracts where guys like Latrell Sprewell and Alan Houston who weren't even in the league were getting paid $13 million or more while basically retired is just crazy.

I wish there was a road that cut directly across from the west side of town near where Highway 130 joins Highway 64 to West Lane near Sharpie and Tyson.

I do indeed pay attention to the nutrition facts on the back of food. I look at the sodium and saturated fat more than the calories typically. I guess I should pay more attention to the carbs as well. Perhaps that's why the button has popped off of some of my shorts, haha!

-- Posted by Parker on Tue, Oct 21, 2008, at 9:15 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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