Tennessee theme park proposal starts controversy

Posted Monday, October 17, 2011 8:16 AM | Contributed by Jeff

After losing a battle to demolish the racetrack at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, a group of neighbors was annoyed to hear Metro Council members saying the city should consider putting up some roller coasters, too. But some councilmen say it’s smart business for the city, which is about to study the best use of the 117-acre site, to explore the possibility of opening a theme park there.

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Friday, October 21, 2011 1:09 PM
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I guess P3 did read LK's recommended reading (hint: it's in "their" somewhere): http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling

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"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
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Friday, October 21, 2011 5:57 PM

janfrederick said:
Believe me, I'm sure anybody in thier right mind would rather have development in their neighborhood than the opposide (i.e., Detroit). So would that be considered de-development? Or would velopment be fine? I'm confused.

Lol. thier. Apparently you didn't read it either.;)

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Friday, October 21, 2011 6:11 PM
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Typo ≠ misuse.

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Friday, October 21, 2011 11:03 PM
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What are we talking about here?


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Saturday, October 22, 2011 1:47 PM
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Philip E. Peavy III said:


janfrederick said:
Believe me, I'm sure anybody in thier right mind would rather have development in their neighborhood than the opposide (i.e., Detroit). So would that be considered de-development? Or would velopment be fine? I'm confused.

Lol. thier. Apparently you didn't read it either.;)

And yet we still like him.


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Saturday, October 22, 2011 5:03 PM
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ZING!


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Sunday, October 23, 2011 1:59 AM
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That's right Krause, we love everyone :) Thanks, hippy.


Billy
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Sunday, October 23, 2011 11:07 AM
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I think you misunderstood, Billy...

The "him" in Tek's post was Janfredrick, and implied that we still don't like Peavy.


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Sunday, October 23, 2011 2:31 PM
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^I don't even know Peavy. I don't know most people on here, aside from all the back and forth we do on here. You are one of the ... maybe 5 people I have had the pleasure of meeting in person. Someone on a computer forum may be totally different in person. It's just a forum, not a great gauge of how someone treats you in person :)


Billy
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Sunday, October 23, 2011 6:58 PM
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I like that you always want peace, Billy. I'm more like that than not... But-

Someone who chimes in on a roller coaster message board saying that we shouldn't be discussing roller coasters because of some terrible thing going on in the world (whatever that was - I forgot) definitely hasn't earned my CoasterBuzz love.

It's like I am in line for a coaster, and a dude wearing a Big Bad Wolf shirt starts telling me that I shouldn't be spending my money visiting the park because I should have spent it feeding poor homeless kittens or cleaning up a tornado zone or something.


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Sunday, October 23, 2011 8:02 PM

Spoken like a true coaster head.:)

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 8:21 PM
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What does that even mean? What else should we be discussing here other than our thoughts on this topic? Why do you take our opinions more seriously than we do?


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Sunday, October 23, 2011 9:13 PM

Tekwardo said:
What does that even mean? What else should we be discussing here other than our thoughts on this topic? Why do you take our opinions more seriously than we do?

I thought I was discussing my thoughts or opinions on this topic. There is nothing wrong with taking something serious that you believe in or you think is right. Discussing this is not easy for me, because I am not as good of debater or as good of writer as maybe alot of people are on this forum. Alot of times I rely on emotions which isn't always the best way to express yourself, but I do the best I can.

I got into this hobby a couple years ago trying to find a different escape other than drinking or playing golf. I realize, being a middle aged man, that I am probably a little old to be starting a hobby like this. At least I thought I was before I joined ACE.

This hobby is alot of fun though, with the travelling, etc.. At this point however, it would be nice to have some friends to ride with and talk to, but that's my problem though. One thing that has amazed me about this hobby is how passionate enthusiasts are about it. I think this thread is a good example of that.

I've always thought that if these same people (or anybody) could have the same passion about the things that matter, we could accomplish something that truly matters like having a better world to live on. Maybe I am just a wishful thinker, but I have every right to express that whether we are on a small forum or a national stage.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 10:30 PM

Philip E. Peavy III said:
I've always thought that if these same people (or anybody) could have the same passion about the things that matter, we could accomplish something that truly matters like having a better world to live on. Maybe I am just a wishful thinker, but I have every right to express that whether we are on a small forum or a national stage.

We already have. Take a look at this


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Sunday, October 23, 2011 10:37 PM
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CoasterBuzz.com, along with a few other coaster websites, and Cedar Fair parks got together the last three years and raised money for Give Kids The World. The charity runs an amazing resort in Orlando and gives children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a week-long, worry-free Disney vacation. When Make-A-Wish grants a Walt Disney World wish, that is where they send them.

I forget the exact number, but the Coasting For Kids event brought in $40 or $50,000 this year.

And a lot of us here are passionate about raising money for the charity. Perhaps you would like to join us next year, Peavy?

Other than that, I am sure that outside of our roller coaster enthusiasm, there are many people here who are involved with and are passionate about charitable causes. I, for one, raised money for the Red Cross during the Tsunami last March.

As for the TN theme park proposal, nothing anyone builds in TN could be better than Dollywood!


Edit - maxairmike beat me to it. :) And, I looked at that page and now it seems that I was wrong about how much we raised this year.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 10:59 PM

LostKause said:
Other than that, I am sure that outside of our roller coaster enthusiasm, there are many people here who are involved with and are passionate about charitable causes. I, for one, raised money for the Red Cross during the Tsunami last March.

Or even have our jobs at non-profits. This not necessarily our sole interest or time sink (I spend much more time, lately, on a sports board, for instance). I would think it would be common sense, though, to not come into a board such as this and make sweeping statements such as parks shouldn't exist and are harmful to the environment so we should find a better use of our time.


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Sunday, October 23, 2011 11:34 PM
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Philip E. Peavy III said:

I got into this hobby a couple years ago trying to find a different escape other than drinking or playing golf. I realize, being a middle

Good job! I got sober just over 3 yrs ago. Between now and somewhere out of college, the booze (and other drugs) took me over and I lost coasters for a while. And coaster friends, too.


Philip E. Peavy III said:

This hobby is alot of fun though, with the travelling, etc.. At this point however, it would be nice to have some friends to ride with and talk to, but that's my problem though. One thing that has amazed

Can I suggest some 'coaster events'? Holiwood Nights is held at Holidayworld every late May/early June. More fun than you can shake a stick at. All the clubs have outings, including here at Coasterbuzz. I did ACE things for years when I was younger. There are always going to be people you don't care for or can't get along with, but that is true everywhere in life, not just at a coaster convention.

Give yourself some time and patience, I think you can find some good coaster buddies around here.


Billy
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Monday, October 24, 2011 12:28 AM

I am very aware of the Coasting For Kid's charity. Even though I don't know why marathon riding a rollercoaster should have anything to do with it. I have little desire to marathon ride a rollercoaster anymore. I have done that a lot the last two years and have started to have torso problems.

If I wanted to donate to this cause, I would rather scratch a check up front and tell other people about it so, if they could, they would do the same. It would be less painful for me. I have the option to do that, right? Anyway, I don't have a problem with a cash donation to a good cause. This particular charity and site don't seem like a sham and seem legit. But I haven't been here long enough to trust anyone to know that. I've been screwed over before.

That said, it takes more than cash donations, it takes responsibility to avoid problems to begin with. I don't want to go into details about that because judging by the responses on this thread so far, I have an idea of what the negative feedback would be.

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Monday, October 24, 2011 1:07 AM
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Until something on topic is said, I don't have anything left to add here...

Except that my edumication has taught me that alot is not a word. :p


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Monday, October 24, 2011 1:08 AM

I have been to a few ACE events in my short membership time, Billy. I have had a couple enthusiasts suggest Holiwood Nights to me. I have never been to that particular enthusiast event, but I have visited Holiday World one time. The problem is that I live in Pennsylvania and that is a long way for me for just that particular event.

The time I was there, which wasn't long ago, I had a difficult time getting a vibe from that park. I don't know if it was the park or just me. Just a feeling. Don't get me wrong, I had a good time. I have never in my life ridden a ride like Voyage. That thing is incredible and insane. I also thought the water park was amazing too. Not sure if this is a park I would be intereseted in visiting again or not.

I do have a Platinum Pass to Cedar Fairs. I noticed you do have an event called BooBuzz with ERT on Millennium Force, which is my all-time favorite steel by the way. So maybe that is a possibility if I am still alive next year.

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