New businesses, Flatrock development among most read stories of first half of 2022

T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc. has been awarded the construction contract for a new FedEx Ground Package facility in Cookeville. The facility will feature a 240,000 square foot warehouse, with an 11,000 square foot office and approximately a 4,000 square foot vehicle maintenance garage.

By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ

UPPER CUMBERLAND – The first half of 2022 has seen the region recovering from the COVID pandemic and getting back to business. Hundreds of new businesses opened, others expanded and ground was broken on many new businesses and industries that will be game changers for the region. The region also lost an esteemed business leader and local philanthropist. So, take time to look back and remember some of the biggest events and the ones that received the most looks on the UCBJ website.

20. Huddleston announces departure for private sector  June 14

The remodeled Krystal features an enhanced outdoor seating area complete with the store’s original Krystal Ball.

19. Cookeville Krystal reopens after remodel June 24

18. Zoning change recommended for downtown residential development  March 29

17. Putnam County April 2022 new businesses  May 9

May’s top home sale was a 7,884 square-foot, five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home with an inground pool located at 481 NE Loweland that sold for $1.9 million.

16. UCBJ Lists: Putnam County’s top residential transactions in May 2022  June 16

15. Land sale approved for Project Husky  March 22

Although the Flatrock stories were published in 2021, interest peaked again following the announcement of more detailed plans.

14.  Cumberland County chosen for Flatrock USA motorsports park  July 16, 2021

13. Putnam County May 2022 new businesses  June 1

12. CRMC announces revised vaccine compliance dates  Jan. 14

A rendering of the Flatrock development shows the multiple tracks, an amphitheater, lodging, retail and much more.

11.  Flatrock development designed to be premier destination  Dec. 22, 2021

10.  Rose goes behind the counter at Crossville Weigel’s April 13

9. T.W. Frierson continues to grow presence in Cookeville, Putnam County  Jan. 28 

8. Cookeville approves largest pay increase in city history  June 7

Commercial flights one step closer for the Upper Cumberland.

7. Commercial flights one step closer for UC  Jan. 12

6.  12 qualify for Cookeville council election  April 8

5. January top real estate sale paves way for new FedEx terminal  Feb. 25

4.  Putnam County March 2022 new businesses  April 4

3.  Esteemed community leader, philanthropist Oakley dies at 91 April 21


1.  Cookeville daycare closed by state until further notice March 29

Bright Ideas daycare was temporarily closed by the state due to staffing issues.

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