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Old 10-19-2006, 08:45 AM
Location: Cookeville, TN
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rescue1, thanks for the assistance. There are many web sites that give weather reports but there is nothing like looking out the window or in this case, viewing a web cam. The web cam I mentioned is located in a business at the intersection of West Bockman and Spring St. As I mentioned before we have friends who live in Sparta who we will be staying with during our visit. They plan on escorting us around and answering our questions. I really appreciate your offer to meet with us and helping us out. That is a good sign of the friendliness of the local population. Thanks again.

BTW, I did check out where the nearest Harley dealership was already. It's nice to know that I won't have to travel too far for the parts I need for regular servicing of my Road King.
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Old 10-19-2006, 05:49 PM
Location: Cookeville Tn.
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No, all of the counties are volunteer both fire and rescue. You may be able to get on dispatch.

no problem woodchuck, thought you mite be comming in blind to look at the area Take care

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Old 10-19-2006, 11:01 PM
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Thanks Rescue1 - I'll IM you a message and try to link up. We're supposed to meet Sid Dixon (local PGR ride captain) Saturday ride (see previous stuff) for breakfast. Would love to link up with local Harley shop guy if possible, or just meet up with you to trade tales.
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Old 10-22-2006, 11:20 PM
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rescue 1 do you know who dispatches for you police and fire in your area.
Would like the info for prospective jobs.
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Old 10-25-2006, 04:36 PM
Location: Cookeville,TN
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Originally Posted by brcomm0 View Post
resuce 1 is cooksville a paid rescue squad. I am looking for some type of job in that field when I move up there. Even working in a 911 center. Do you have any info on that.
Yes,the Cookeville Fire Department IS paid.Have about 60 personnel. They do fire,rescue(extrication),and medical first responder inside the city limits of Cookeville.The Sparta Fire Dept. has about 8 paid personnel.The Crossville Fire Dept.(30 miles away) has about 20 paid personnel.Cumberland County Fire Dept. has some paid personnel too.So there are potential jobs to be had.Now, the 911 dispatch center in Putnam County is almost always hiring part-time.I can give you more info on all these departments if you wish.
Rescue 1 is partly right,the Putnam County Rescue Squad & Putnam County Fire Department are all volunteer.They respond to incidents outside of the Cookeville city limits.

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Old 10-29-2006, 01:19 PM
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Depending on exactly how cultured you are.. you may find Tennessee a real "culture shock". I moved to White Co. approx. 10 years ago from civilization. Life style is easy going, everybody wants you to join their "church", and I believe it was on Paul Harvey where it was said that if you want to committ murder and get away with it, just move to Sparta, TN. If you have children in school and concerned about their education, be warned that the schools suck. Check out the National educational statistics. You might check out the court cases also, lots of Domestic abuse...I believe they still "paddle" in school. Violence just begets violence. (I hope they figure that out someday). Oh yeah, live by mottos of this area: Do whatever you want ~ legal or not, if you get caught just lie about it... then later you can pray and its all ok. The Good ole' boys stick together, so watch your back! I'm told a lot of "deep blue sink holes, and/or fires, and everyone looks the other way. There are ok and nice people... they are all transplants from another area. So, hopefully you fit that bracket too. Welcome to Tennessee!
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:38 PM
Location: Southern California & Cookeville, TN
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My wife and I are from SoCal (worked in Riverside for 29 years). Our friends retired a couple of years ago and relocated to Cookeville because other family members from Arizona and New Mexico had moved there too. All of those places mentioned are considered arid. Cookeville gets about 60 inches of precip annually. That results in greenery, creek, rivers and lakes. It's not like Portland or Seattle, where it drizzles for hours, days on end (my son went to the University of Portland). In Cookeville, when it rains it does so steadily for about an hour and stops. Thunderstorms are a kick; they usually come up in hot summer afternoons and cool off things nicely. Rain is your friend. Not much snow to complain about; here today gone tomorrow (about 10 inches annually). Ice on the roads is a bigger deal than anything else. Don't get one of those driveways that goes up hill, or you may have to park and walk up (no fun). Cookeville has a local university (TTU) that adds to the cosmopolitan atmosphere. We've got a 13 acre place just North of town with 10+acres of our own woods. Good hunting.
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:30 PM
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Irishfan - Thanks for the positive reinforcement! Dene and I were there last week, toured the country side, walked endless houses and ended up buying a place right in town. We've lived in Riverside 3 years and Moreno Valley 15 so 'arid' is too well understood. The SoCal Riverside fire last week came within 5-10 miles of our 30 acre summer home up near Idyllwild - rather deal with the rain... We debated places outside of the city but couldn't find the 'right place' and the in-town home is on ~ 1 acre, surrounded by tree's, well established area, extremely peaceful, 20% bigger than our Riverside home and 1/4 the cost! While there we met up with some bike riders who echoed your comments on rain and 'year round riding'. Happens that the neighbor across the road from the new house came over and her husband rides a Harley and the Dean of Engineering (I think) down the road has a garage full. We felt right at home! Interesting that you, your friends and their families also picked Cookeville (independently?). The town is beautiful, TTU has a lovely campus, there were no slums (that we could find), no graffiti, no traffic jams... On the otherhand, I saw a whole lot of growth in housing, restuarants and other business so I'm sure we're not alone in the decision. Read 'State of Emergency' by Buchanan on the plane ride home which articulated many of the reasons that we're heading out. Got home and found out another friend is packing out to Arkansas. Hoping we can beat the rush - we close Dec 15.
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:50 PM
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Welcome to TN!!!! Glad to hear your trip went well and you enjoyed it. Thanks for keeping us informed.
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Old 11-02-2006, 02:51 AM
Location: Cookeville,TN
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Welcome to Cookeville.You'll love living in the "city".
I live 6 blocks from the courthouse & love it!
Let me know if you need anything.


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