(Crossville Chronicle article by Evelyn Hargis, 2009)
Visit the Military Museum and Shake Hands with the Past
The Military Museum is located in the restored 2nd Cumberland County Courthouse. Inside the Military Memorial Museum in downtown Crossville lay many artifacts that quietly speak volumes for bravery, honor and freedom. It's the kind of place old soldiers and those too young to know of war approach with an equal amount of awe, one revisting history and the other discovering it. With so many visitors enjoying their vacations in Cumberland County, the Military Museum, located at 20 South Main Street, is an educational gem everyone needs to experience.
The Museum features displays and artifacts associated with Cumberland County's involvement in military conflicts beginning with the War Between the States. There are exhibits of general interest from all American fought wars, including the Iraq War. The musuem was recently added to the Civil War Trails of Tennessee. The museum opened on Memorial Day 2004 by the now disbanded Cumberland County Historical and Genealogical Society. This museum displays the amazing heroic acts from the amazing men and women who have served in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War and both of the Iraqi wars, Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.
If you would like to plan a visit, hours of operation are 10am to 3pm Monday thru Friday and 10am to 1pm on Saturday; the museum is closed on Sunday. The museum is run entirely on donations and grants. If you are interested in donating or becoming a part of the volunteer staff, call 931-788-1159 for more information. Please click on the link if you want to check out the Military Museum's website: https://www.facebook.com/Military-Memorial-Museum-167172543471456/
(some information provided by the Crossville Chronicle)
March is full of birthdays for our office! We wanted to say a huge Happy Birthday to Margo Carroll!! She is always there to help whenever someone needs it and we are beyond lucky that she is one of our agents!!
Happy Birthday to one of our amazing agents, Mrs. Annie Maddux! We hope your birthday is as amazing as you are!
Are you a first time homebuyer? Click on the picture below to find out how you can purchase a home for $0 down! Don't miss out on these low low rates!
Congratulations to Margo Carroll on being recognized at the 2020 Weicherts Realtors Award Ceremony! In the year 2019 she was in an elite group of realtors that were recognized for their hardwork, dedication and achievement. We are so blessed to have her as an agent.
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Flamazing Open House Tour yesterday! We gave away prizes and our winners are listed below!
Echo Show 8: Sue Kitto
Willow Catering Gift Certificates:
Paula (no last name)
If you are one of our winners please head over to our Fairfield Glade office and collect your prize! 2691 Peavine Road.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those families affected by last night's storms. If you are interested in helping volunteer, please let us know!
All Aboard for this Historic Happening Spot
One of the landmarks in Downtown Crossville is the Depot. In addition to a gift shop and a delightful meeting room and patio, the Caboose is a museum that has fascination for adults and children.
The railroad tracks to Crossville were built in 1900 and the first train of the Tennessee Central arrived in September of that year. The building of the Crossville Depot was not complete, so a boxcar served as the station until the main building was built. For years, the Depot was described as "the happening spot" for the many trains and people making Crossville a highly successful town exporting rock and timber, rich in goods, and increasing number of visitors and travelers.
In 1925, on Valentine's Day, the original Crossville Depot burned down. The community was quick to re-build it across the tracks from where it first stood. The new Crossville Depot building at its current location was finished in May of the following year.
Over the years the Depot was the arrival-and-departure happening spot for both ordinary and famous people. Three of the famous people were Dr. May Cravath Wharton (the Doctor Woman of the Cumberland's, founder of Cumberland General Hospital and Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill and of Cumberland Medical Center), Alvin C. York (World War I Metal of Honor), and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (to visit the Cumberland Homesteads).
In the early 1980s, for various economic and social reasons, the railroad stopped running and the Crossville tracks were removed. The Depot, then owned by the state, was not maintained for many years and fell into ruin.
In 1996, the local community, led by Bob Patton, began a renovation project with the three Rotary Clubs of Cumberland County and many others of the community. The state government turned the Depot over to the City of Crossville who leased it to the Rotary Foundation to manage the Depot as a "community service project." Larry Doster, owner of the Crossville Trophy & Gifts Shop on Main Street, became the "manager-and-scheduler" of the Depot, a position he and his wife Chris held for 17 years. According to Larry, "the rental rate was set low so people could easily rent it for family and community events." Larry continued, "In my experience, about 75% of the meeting room events are family oriented, 25% are organizations, businesses, or churches." Larry reported that he never owned a model train himself, but he put one into the Depot Gift Shop. "Actually, prisoners figured out how to install the tracks so that the train would not jump the track as it rounded the curves."
Larry and Chris left the Depot management after 17 years, to spend more time with family and grandchildren.
In August 2014, the City of Crossville awarded the management contract to the C.A.T.S. Gallery (Cumberland Artists of Tennessee Studio - Gallery). The C.A.T.S. group ran the Depot until the summer of 2018, when they notified the City they were disbanding as an organization.
The Crossville City Council voted to take over the operation of the Depot. It now functions as a mini-welcome center with information about activities / events and organizations and businesses of Crossville. The gift shop features "Made in Tennessee" products. The meeting room got a makeover with a new hardwood floor as well as several other improvements. This space is scheduled for many community and private events. The Caboose, which was renovated by volunteers of Downtown Crossville Inc., is open during all of the Depot hours for the public to enjoy.
The Depot is open Tuesday through Friday, and a half day Saturday, as well as for special events. To schedule the meeting room, call 931-456-2586.
If you have lived in Crossville for a while then you have noticed that our weather is a little unpredicable. One day it is 60 degrees and sunny, the next couple of days you have flash flood warnigns and then you finish off the week with 2 inches of snow. You have got to love living here! With the weather being as crazy as it has been lately we thought it would be a good idea to give you a list of things you can do on rainy days like today.
1. Pack Up a Box to Donate
I know I am guilty of being a little bit of a hoarder. So, going through my house and picking out things to donate is at the top of my list.
2. Start a Budget/Reassess Your Current One
We are already in to February so if you haven't started a budget for 2020 this would be the perfect time to do so!
3. Read Something
I am a lover of all books, even though mystery is my favorite. There is nothing better to do on a rainy day then curl up with a good book and cup of tea.
4. Meal Prep/Cook Something
Make a homemade meal or do some prep cooking to get ready for the week!
5. Catch Up With Your Loved Ones
We often get so busy that we forget to check in on our loved ones. Make a point to do that while you are at the house waiting for the rain to stop.
6. Start a Side Hustle
There are so many side hustles these days, take a look at PennyHoarder to get some ideas.
7. Learn Something New
Whether is it watching a new Netflix documentary or taking an online course. Challenge yourself and learn something new.
8. Find a Way to Invest In Yourself
Investing in yourself is one of the most important and beneficial investments you can make. There are so many easy ways to start the process.
Stress has a nasty way of taking over our lives and overwhelming us. Take a day for yourself and relax.
10. Write Out Your Goals
Allow yourself a block of undistrubed time to focus on what your goals are.
11. Start Your Own Blog
You could have a blog up and running before the end of today!
12. Prepare Your Socal Media Posts
If you don't prepare your social media posts at the beginning of the week then sometimes you forget to post at all.
13. Take Time to Reflect
Sometimes you just need to sit down with your thoughts for a bit and reflect on everything.
14. Catch Up On Sleep
This is one of my favorite things to do when it is raining. Nothing puts me to slip like the sound of rain on the roof.
Cumberland County Playhouse
In 1963, Crossville, Tennessee was a town you passed through on the way to other places. Located in Cumberland County, the town and surrounding Appalachian region was economically depressed. Resort and recreational development was in its infancy. High unemployment and poverty was normal. Paul and Mary Crabtree fell in love and started a small community theatre that contributed to the education and economy of the area.
Super Bowl LIV Predictions
Whether you are a Chiefs fan, 49ers fan, football fan or just a fan of the commercials and/or halftime show then you need to be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday, February 2nd, 2020. Click on the picture below to see predictions!
Are you interested in purshasing a home? Take a look at this video from Matt Leighton about questions you need to ask your agent when purshasing a home!
SOUTHERN SWEETS BAKERY
Today is National Pie Day! What is the best way to celebrate you ask? Head on over to Southern Sweets Bakery to choose from one of their many delicious sweet treats they have. When you walk in you are welcomed by with a smile and a warm and inviting atmosphere. They have a wonderful alcove by the window you can sit at and enjoy some cookies, pies, cupcakes and many more. You do not want to miss out on this hidden gem! Tell them that Weichert Realtors sent you there! :)
112 Genesis Road
Crossville, TN 38555
"Liked 2019's Mortgage Rates? 2020 Will Be Lower"
2020 is lining up to be a great year for buyers but these thow rates can't last forever. If you are looking to buy a home in 2020 take a look at this article from HomeWire about the expected 2020 mortage rates!
Martin Luther King Day
In honorance of Dr. Martin Luther King day we have included 3 inspiring quotes that relate to small business and marketing.
1. Provide something that holds value
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence" -Consumers want what they are buying to be of value. If you give them a service or good that holds significance in their every day life, they are more likely to use you and recommend you to others.
2. Think of what the market wants
"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of selfishness"- Market your business and campaign after something the consumer wants.
3. Stick to your dream
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character"- No matter what happens, stick to your business dream/goal. There will be ups and downs but if you have a good vision and plan make sure you stick to your guns.
5 Reasons Why You Should Tour a House When it is Raining
1. The rain will show the quality of the roof.
When you are looking at a house you can visually tell the quality of the roof, if it is missing shingles, has a hole, etc. If it is raining you can tell protective quality of the roof, ie. leaks/holes.
2. The rain will show the quality of the drainage system.
Good roofing is needed to prevent water from getting into the house but you also need to good drainage system to drive water away as quickly as possible.
3. The rain will show the drainage system of the whole area.
During or after a good rain shower you can tell if an area is more flooding proned or if they handle and disperse water fairly quickly.
4. The rain will show the quality of the house material/equipment.
You will be able to see how the house holds up to the weather during the rain.
5. The rain will show your true feeling to the house itself.
Let's face it, most people get in a dreary mood while it is raining. If you tour a house when the weather is gloomy then you are more likely to show your true feelings about the house.
Advantages of Home Ownership
Now is a great time to purchase your first home. Thanks to historically low interest rates and home prices still well below their previous highs, home affordability is at an all time high*. It’s your best chance to get a mortgage with manageable monthly payments.
Here are 5 of the biggest advantages for you as a first-time homebuyer:
1. Equity. Over time, homes have always gained in value, so you can expect to get your investment back and typically much more when you sell*.
2. Tax deductions. Save on taxes based on the interest and real estate taxes you pay instead of letting a landlord get the benefit**.
3. Credit. Money you put down and pay into a mortgage to build equity can be made available to you in the form of a loan or a line of credit.
4. Stability. While most landlords raise rents every year, you can choose a fixed-rate mortgage where the payments stay the same.
5. Lower payments? It depends on your rent, of course, but if you can afford just 5% down, your monthly payments may actually be less than your rent.
3 Steps to Get Back into the Swing of Things
The holidays are officialy behind us and the new year has started! We have all been in holiday mode and have gotten out of the swing of a normal work schedule. So, we thought it would be beneficial to give you 3 steps to get you back in the swing of things. Ready? Here we go!