New Business, Other Developments In Tusculum

By Ken Little Staff Writer

Tusculum saw growth and positive change in 2018.

In April 2018, a new Aldi supermarket opened at 3800 E. Andrew Johnson Highway in the city. The discount grocery chain currently has more than 1,600 stores in 35 states, serving more than 40 million customers every month.

Citizens eagerly anticipated the Tusculum store opening. A large public turnout marked the first day of business on April 26, 2018.

City officials hope the Aldi store will help attract more business development along the commercially zoned strip of land along East Andrew Johnson Highway in Tusculum.

In November, voters in Tusculum approved a referendum to allow wine sales at grocery stores within the city’s limits. The Aldi store is the immediate beneficiary, but Tusculum officials said it is hoped the measure allowing wine sales will provide an additional incentive for food retailers to locate within city limits.

The city is also continues to market available commercially zoned property on U.S. 11E in Tusculum.

WALKING TRAIL, GREENE VALLEY SITE

Dog lovers received good news in July 2018, when the Tusculum Board of Mayor and Commissioners modified the town’s code to allow dogs on part of the Tusculum Linear Trail.

Leashed dogs can now accompany their owners along the area of the walking trail that begins from the east side of the pedestrian bridge over the Tusculum Bypass to the east end of the trail, or the section of the Linear Trail between the two trail parking lots on Edens Road.

The proposal was first suggested earlier in 2018 by Vice-Mayor Barbara Britton. It was endorsed by a number of Tusculum citizens and quickly gained momentum.

Many dog owners now take advantage of the approved section of the walking trail. City officials said dog owners have acted responsibly in cleaning up after their pets. No adverse issues have been reported since the trail was opened to dogs.

City officials continued to take an active interest in 2018 in the the future of the former Greene Valley Development Center property, which lies within Tusculum’s corporate limits.

Finding a use for the property remains “a primary concern, and the city hopes to have some input into those decisions,” Mayor Alan Corley recently said.

Corley, along with other municipal officials from Greene County, met with Gov. Bill Lee in Nashville in February 2019 about possible future uses of the property.

Improvement of a busy intersection in the city was planned to begin in 2018, but is now scheduled to get underway in 2019.

A Tennessee Department of Transportation project to improve safety at the intersection of U.S. 11E and Erwin Highway was rescheduled to begin in May.

The state-funded project includes installation of metal support poles and intersection roadwork to improve lines of sight for motorists.

The intersection will also have improved traffic signals. Wooden poles and strain wire currently in use will be replaced with steel poles and mast arms to hold the signal heads.

The TDOT project will include installation of LED signal lights that are brighter than the ones in use.

REDS AT PIONEER PARK, TUSCULUM UNIVERSITY, MORE

The Cincinnati Reds organization began operation of a minor league baseball team at Pioneer Park beginning with the 2018 season.

Meanwhile, structural repairs and other improvement were made in 2018 at Tusculum City Hall at 145 Alexander St.

Tusuclum officials follow progress closely at the college bearing the city’s name.

Tusculum University formally completed its transition from Tusuculm College to university status in 2018.

An official sign unveiling took place in June, and the formal transition from college to university was completed on July 1, 2018.

“The name will officially become Tusculum University in the 2018-2019 academic year,” Tusculum President Dr. James Hurley said at the time.

“The change will be primarily in regards to status, helping to distinguish Tusculum from the community college programs that have gained widespread attention through initiatives such as Tennessee Promise,” Hurley said, adding that the decision to transition to university will provide the right structure for new programs.

The 2017-18 academic year at Tusculum University saw the integration to academic service of one of the most striking visual changes to the Tusculum College campus in years.

The Meen Center for Science and Mathematics houses some of the new academic programs that are part of the institution’s transition to a university.

Built on a small rise along the Erwin Highway, the four-story structure covers about 100,000 square feet with wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, environmental science, and undergraduate and graduate nursing.

This article provided by NewsEdge.