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Should the city of McMinnville spend $50,000 to fund the Bluegrass Underground tv show?


bcathcart bcathcart: March 25, 2011 11:20 p.m.

What a bargain for the city to be able to help support such a constructive, potentially revenue generating project for only $50,000. The county should contribute another $50,000 as well. The city should also follow the county's example and check into any grant money that may be available. This project is an excellent compliment to the IDB's recent commitment to help fund the Park Theater project. This is an excellent direction for the community. There are no better sources of revenue than tourist dollars. They come, spend their money and then go home. No added burden to the schools, utilities, etc.

BUBBY902 BUBBY902: March 26, 2011 10:09 p.m.

If the City and County give $50K each ,Who gets the money and will the cost of admission be reduced, I thought they were privately owned ,and how much would it cost to broadcast on TV and would that lead to an increase on cable rates,also if people can watch it on TV why spend money to go there! Sounds like it would hurt there attendance and income.

will: March 27, 2011 11:00 p.m.

While I agree that the county should match the city. I don't understand the mentality of our leadership here. I would think that the city would be behind this 100% and the county also. The concerts have proven to be a hit and will be a driving force for bringing torist in to McMinnville. I love this town but I and everyone else that live here know that we have very little to offer here in warren county that people are going to drive here long distance to do. We love the the parks and green ways and little antique shops and the civic center, and we use them cause they are close by. I don't know anyone who would drive from another county much less another state to see any of those things. If the city want's People to be directed here to stay when they come to see the concerts they should become a sponsor. I know it seems like a lot of money but you have to look at what the potential is for the city to make it back and for us to grow. I seriously wonder sometimes if this county will ever be known for anything other than a county people pass thru as they are on their way to exciting places such as Chattanooga,manchester,murfreesboro,crossville,cookville,etc. These areas all surround us and all have grown because they are willing to do thing's to draw people in. I say SUPPORT BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND otherwise we will be sorry we didn't when we are sitting at home watching it on tv, while all the concert goers are passing thru and spending there money elsewhere!!!!

Johnny: March 28, 2011 10:05 a.m.

I disagree with "Bubby902". National TV coverage of such a high-quality program will make McMinnville an international tourist destination...and Bluegrass Underground a "must-see" for all music fans traveling to Nashville. TV and Radio coverage are what made Nashville into the tourist destination that it is! While it is a privately owned venture, the costs to produce and underwrite such a top-notch production are immense. The ticket prices are a steal compared to shows such as the Grand Ole Opry, and parking is free! The national (and international)branding for the city is a bargain at 5 times the price...not to mention the jobs and additional tourist revenue it will bring. Come on, Y'all. People aren't going to travel here to visit the nurseries!

bigguy: March 28, 2011 10:09 a.m.

Just came across this after hearing the show had picked up by PBS. Bluegrass Underground is a one of a kind musical event, and the only reason I have ever been to McMinnville. I have since researched Cumberland Caverns and we are planning a camping (or cabin) trip this May. All this because a friend from Murfreesboro drug me out there one Saturday. I don't know the politics involved, but I do know that I love music and I love TN. Bluegrass Underground is a wonderful example of whats great about our state and I am VERY PROUD that it will be on TV for others to see! I did not grow up here in TN and its hard to explain the charm this state has. We need more like this... not less.

Johnny: March 28, 2011 10:28 a.m.

Right on, Big Guy!

ruddyone1960: March 28, 2011 10:52 a.m.

Why in the name of God would we, as city tax payers, pay for a county sponsored event where the county will reap the benefits. If we are to do anything - we should combine the City and County governments to reduce overall expense....if that were the case we would not be having this debate.

Phil: March 28, 2011 12:57 p.m.

My wife and I drive from Atlanta to Bluegrass Underground almost every month. We have season tickets and have missed few shows since the very beginning.

We eat, buy gas, and sometimes enjoy the entire weekend in the area. We bring friends and always have a great time. We love to explore the surrounding area and local businesses while we're in town.

Word in Atlanta is spreading. More and more, friends and coworkers ask, "I saw something on TV - isn't that the Bluegrass thing you and your wife always talk about?" We tell them about the unbeatable music, scenery, and community. And we smile.

McMinnville has something very special we can't find in Atlanta or anywhere nearby. Nurture it, help it to grow, and appreciate your good fortune. Y'all won the lottery.

gant: April 8, 2011 11:19 a.m.

Cumberland Caverns is privately owned.

The city or county never gave $50,ooo to Roy Davis for all the years that at least 40,000 people went through it. Maybe they should have since bus loads of people, including scouts, went there.

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