Monday, July 12, 2010

Commission To Debate Pros and Cons of Car Show

The so-called "Slammin' and Jammin' Car Show," which has been held at the Wilson County fairgrounds for the past seventeen years, may be coming to Cookeville. But it will take a vote of the Putnam County commission next week to OK the show. County executive Kim Blaylock says that she has heard concerns from law enforcement officials that the show may cause more problems than it's worth, but says that she doesn't feel she has the authority to NOT rent out the fairgrounds to a potential vendor. Cookeville police chief Bob Terry addressed members of the county's planning committee Monday night, saying that the issue is not necessarily with what happens inside the gates of the fairgrounds while the car show is going on, but what happens when the exhibitors hit the streets after the show. He says that Lebanon police issued 400 citations and arrested 40 people at the last show in Wilson County. On the flip side, officials say the show was responsible for bringing in several thousand people who added at least $500,000 to the local economy. The planning committee sent the issue to the full commission -- without a recommendation.