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Great Place To Live - 6/2/2008
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Joe
Cookeville, TN

My family moved to Cookeville in 1976. This is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. We are located on the Cumberland Plateau in middle Tennessee. A beautiful scenic area with several clear water lakes. The elementary and secondary public school system in very good and complemented by the excellent Tennessee Technological University. Excellent educational opportunities are available at all levels for diverse interests. The region is blessed to have one of the best medical communities in the state anchored by Cookeville Regional Medical Center which has been recognized nationally numerous times for excellence. Though the population of Putnam County is only about 70,000, the city serves as the center of activity for education, health care, retail, dining and government services for a regional population of about 300,000. Come on up to the Highlands of Tennessee.

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Marty
Cookeville, TN

Nice Place to Live - 1/10/2011

Overall a nice place to live. One hour from Nashville. This city has a little of everything. It's more laid back versus hustle & bustle of larger city. The climate has 4 seasons with none being too extreme. The crime rate is low & most of the people are friendly. The cost of living is afforable when compared to the rest of the country. Jobs are not plentiful. It's a better place to retire then to work.

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Ashley
Cheboygan, MI

Where do we go? - 6/25/2009

In a month my mother and i are moving from Michigan to Tennessee, To get away from my father. We picked Cookeville Tennessee because it is a lot like where we are living now. But is the best place to move in Tennessee? I have one year of High school left, so i will need a good high school. Then my mother and i plan on going to college together, so we would like to be close to some Coumnity College. Also we need a place with ample jobs, to pay for things. we are only starting off with 800$.We our putting our faith in God and hopping for the best, with your help as well

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Joe
Cookeville, TN

Great Place To Live - 6/2/2008

My family moved to Cookeville in 1976. This is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. We are located on the Cumberland Plateau in middle Tennessee. A beautiful scenic area with several clear water lakes. The elementary and secondary public school system in very good and complemented by the excellent Tennessee Technological University. Excellent educational opportunities are available at all levels for diverse interests. The region is blessed to have one of the best medical communities in the state anchored by Cookeville Regional Medical Center which has been recognized nationally numerous times for excellence. Though the population of Putnam County is only about 70,000, the city serves as the center of activity for education, health care, retail, dining and government services for a regional population of about 300,000. Come on up to the Highlands of Tennessee.

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Beth
Cookeville, TN

A few things to mention - 4/11/2008

*There is a grood mix of chain restaurants and mom/pop restaurants. *It is a college town, so there is a neat culture that is brought in by the orchestras/theatricals/crafts/concerts/etc. *The historical downtown district continues to grow and expand, putting in good retail stores and antique shops. *A park in the middle of town is expanding at this time (spring 2008) and will be a great place for families and the young'uns. This park also hosts various outdoor concerts/theatricals in the ampitheatre each summer. *There are great festivals on the downtown square each fall such as the Fall Fun Fest and Cookin' on the Square, as well as Christmas Parades. *There are several great neighborhoods to settle in. There are lots of "fixer-upper" opportunities in cute houses. *Cookeville is located just an 1-1 1/2 hours drive away from Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville. If you ever want to visit the big cities, take a weekend or an evening to do so. As a college student, its easy to feel trapped in a small cozy town, with few bars/clubs/ etc. So if you're into that scene, you may want to visit those cities on a weekend, but you couldn't ask for a better place to "settle" and raise a family or to retire. *It's just a few hours drive from the Smokey and Blue Ridge Mnts. *The Cumberland Plateau is beautiful! and is just covered up with beautiful green rolling hills. You can take scenic drives almost in any direction, as much farm land surrounds the city. *There are lots of state parks with waterfalls: Burgess Falls (15 minutes from town), Cummins Falls (15 minutes from town), Fall Creek Falls (45 minutes away) just to name a few. *If you're into climbing, there is bouldering just 45 minutes East. *If you're into boating, waterskiing, etc., Dale Hollow Lake is 45 minutes northeast and Centerhill Lake is 45 minutes southwest.

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Beth
Cookeville, TN

A good place to settle - 4/11/2008

I have lived in Cookeville most of my life. It has always had a very cozy feel, but it is continually growing, especially in the past twenty years. A few great things to mention: *There is a grood mix of chain restaurants and mom/pop restaurants. *It is a college town, so there is a neat culture that is brought in by the orchestras/theatricals/crafts/concerts/etc. *The historical downtown district continues to grow and expand, putting in good retail stores and antique shops. *A park in the middle of town is expanding at this time (spring 2008) and will be a great place for families and the young'uns. This park also hosts various outdoor concerts/theatricals in the ampitheatre each summer. *There are great festivals on the downtown square each fall such as the Fall Fun Fest and Cookin' on the Square, as well as Christmas Parades. *There are several great neighborhoods to settle in. There are lots of "fixer-upper" opportunities in cute houses. *Cookeville is located just an 1-1 1/2 hours drive away from Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville. If you ever want to visit the big cities, take a weekend or an evening to do so. As a college student, its easy to feel trapped in a small cozy town, with few bars/clubs/ etc. So if you're into that scene, you may want to visit those cities on a weekend, but you couldn't ask for a better place to "settle" and raise a family or to retire. *It's just a few hours drive from the Smokey and Blue Ridge Mnts. *The Cumberland Plateau is beautiful! and is just covered up with beautiful green rolling hills. You can take scenic drives almost in any direction, as much farm land surrounds the city. *There are lots of state parks with waterfalls: Burgess Falls (15 minutes from town), Cummins Falls (15 minutes from town), Fall Creek Falls (45 minutes away) just to name a few. *If you're into climbing, there is bouldering just 45 minutes East. *If you're into boating, waterskiing, etc., Dale Hollow Lake is 45 minutes northeast and Centerhill Lake is 45 minutes southwest. *The Appalachian Craft Center is 30 minutes west of town in Smithville. It is partners with TTU, but it offers various workshops every spring/summer/fall in fibers, clay, wood, metal, glass, photography, and other media. *The biggest job opportunities would be Tennessee Tech, Averitt Express, Cookeville Regional Hospital and the medical fields, and random retail shops/ restaurants. But, again, it continues to grow and expand, bringing in more job opportunities. Those are just a few things off the top of my head. Cookeville is a great place to settle, raise a family, and settle down. It is still has a smalltown feel, but it is ever growing and as far as I can see, will only get better with time.

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John
Cookeville, TN

Definitely growing - 12/25/2006

Cookeville is definitely growing. In spite of a couple of major factory closings, there was a net increase of about 800 jobs between August and October 2006. In October 2006 Oreck (the vacuum cleaner people) moved about 100 jobs from its Mississippi factory to Cookeville, and in December 2006 they announced they're moving the rest of the factory to Cookeville, an additional 450 jobs. Averitt Express, which is headquartered in Cookeville, has announced it's adding over 400 jobs in Cookeville. Bank deposits have increased by 12 percent in the last year to about $1.2 billion. With all the retail expansion and the historic neighborhoods downtown, it's becoming quite an attractive city.

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Charles
Cookeville, TN

C.C. - 8/15/2006

Cookeville is a great city in many ways. It has a small town feel with many big city benefits. The scenery is beautiful. There are numerous retail and restaurant choices, Tennessee Tech is a fine university, Cookeville Regional Hospital provides excellent service, and the public schools are very good. However, the economy is not particularly strong. Over the past few years, Cookeville's manufacturing base has eroded with the loss of hundreds of jobs. I personally know of several Tennessee Tech graduates who wanted to settle in Cookeville but were forced to leave in search of jobs in larger communities. High paying jobs for college grads are scarce, and it seems that who you know or who you are related to makes or breaks job seekers. If you are not native to the area and/or without connections, your job search can be very difficult. My wife and I have lived here for ten years, and I am currently without a job as a former school teacher / HR manager. We are doing as much as possible to stay here, but in the end we may have to leave as well.

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Charlie
Cookeville, TN

A fine place to live...for awhile - 4/21/2006

My wife and I lived here for 2.5 years while I finished up school. It's very inexpensive, and it's a pretty area. However, it is excluded from any large cities and sometimes you can't find everything you need here. So, I'm very ready to leave here.

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natalie
Cookeville, TN

FACS teacher - 4/4/2006

I would love to teach in Cookeville.

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