IKEA confirms it will not open Nashville location


IKEA representatives confirmed in a statement Wednesday that the company will not be opening a location in Antioch in 2020.

The company issued this statement:

We are in a rapidly changing retail environment. To be fit for long-term growth, we are creating a new business model to make sure we’re accessible and convenient for our customers today and in the future.

You may have heard our Global CEO Jesper mention recently in interviews that we are looking to expand to more urban city centers to be more accessible to more consumers. As a result, some of our expansion plans may change, but at the same time we are also investing in our e-commerce and services to ensure customers can access IKEA no matter where they are.

While this is an extremely difficult decision, we will not be moving forward with our plans to build a store in Nashville, TN. We thank the city and the developer for their understanding of this recent decision. We appreciate the outpouring of support and excitement that our fans have expressed, and we are disappointed that we will not be able to physically join the vibrant Nashville community.

A representative for Mayor David Briley released this statement;

We are disappointed that IKEA will not be opening its store in Antioch. We understand that the company is moving away from suburban retail outlets. The Century Farms development is important to Antioch and Nashville at large and we will continue to work with the developer to ensure adequate infrastructure is in place for the anticipated development.

Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher told News4 Tuesday she was notified the company would not be coming to Nashville.

“I have been notified that IKEA is not opening any new stories in the U.S. including our Antioch location,” Vercher said in an email to News4. “It is unfortunate but our community is resilient and I’m positive that new businesses will continue to invest in our city.”

Last week IKEA announced it would not be building in Cary, NC, and said the company had “challenged ourselves to re-evaluate some of our upcoming expansion projects.”

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PARIS TN: Car stolen from lake-area driveway

A car was reported stolen Friday from a home on Woodland Drive in the Antioch Harbor area during the weekend.

According to the report by Sheriff’s Cpl. David Andrews, the owner stated a relative had driven the gray 2006 Nissan Altima the day before and had dropped the keys in the floor of the front seat when he got out.

The owner noticed the Nissan still in the driveway at 7 a.m. Friday.

The Nissan, which has a missing driver’s side door handle, is valued at $6,700.

In an unrelated theft, nearly $3,000 in fishing gear was stolen sometime in the past month from a home in the Paris Landing State Park area.

The man said he lived out of town and noticed wires hanging from his boats when he arrived at the property.

An inspection of the boats revealed four items missing. The items included a Lowrance HDS-9 fish finder valued at $1,700; a stainless steel propeller for an outboard motor, $400; and two Shimano fishing poles, $800 total.

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Mary Mancini, TN Democratic Party: Solace is Not Enough

Release from Mary Mancini, head of the TN Democratic Party

Our deepest sympathies continue for families of those who were lost in the horrific shooting at the Waffle House in Antioch, TN: Taurean C. Sanderlin, Joe R. Perez, DeEbony Groves and Akilah DaSilva, and our prayers are with those injured in the attack who are still recovering. And a mere "thank you" is not enough for James Shaw, Jr., whose actions saved his life and the lives of many others.

As we grieve along with the families who lost the ones they loved, we must remember that it is beyond the time to act to keep weapons of war out of our communities. Tennessee Democrats continue to work to implement common sense gun safety measures regardless of the NRA/Republican brick wall of silence that continues after each of these preventable tragedies. And we will keep trying — because in the words of the Parkland students, "We need more than thoughts and prayers — we need meaningful action."

Friday, April 20 was the 19th anniversary of the 1999 Columbine school shooting that rocked our nation. Students at schools across Tennessee participated in a walkout to protest the fear of gun violence they live with every day.

Every student, no matter where they live, should have the freedom to learn without fear of losing their lives — and in the 19 years since Columbine, too many lives have been lost because of our failure to institute simple, common sense solutions.

I was fortunate enough to be in Knox County last Friday to join State House candidates Gloria Johnson and Eddie Nelson in support of the student #NeverAgain walkout at the L&N STEM Academy. It was very inspiring because not only did the students walk out, but they also had a voter registration table, a table with information needed to contact legislators, and gave inspiring speeches and remembrances of the Columbine massacre.

Democrats are fired up in Knox and Loudon Counties. The weekend also included coffee with some of our stellar candidates: State House candidates Eddie Nelson, Katie Trudell, Gloria Johnson, and Alex Dunn (in front of the Vols mural!).

I also stopped at the Knox County Democratic Party 5th District organizing meeting, featuring State House Rep. Rick Staples and the Knox Blue Dots. Then it was on to Chairaoke — yay! — but it turns out there’s no karaoke at Marie’s on Thursday nights — boo! That didn’t stop Knox County Chair Emily Gregg, Knox County Mayoral candidate Linda Haney, 2nd Congressional District candidate Josh Williams, State House District 14 candidate Alex Dunn, and State House District 89 candidate Keifel Agostini from talking about our top 5 bands and our go-to karaoke songs.

Again, the above was released by Mary Mancini, head of the Tennessee Democratic Party.


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There’s no good alternative to building more homes in expensive cities

The sweeping land use reform bill introduced recently by California state Sen. Scott Weiner, a San Francisco Democrat, died in committee this week, bringing to an end an ambitious plan to change zoning in broad swaths of the state by allowing four- to five-story buildings near all rail transit stations and major bus corridors.

Without it or some comparably sweeping reform, California will continue to suffer from exorbitant housing costs that contribute to the highest poverty rate in the nation when judged by the Supplemental Poverty Measure. A natural reaction to this on the part of many people who are either comfortable, reasonably affluent California homeowners or else enjoying life in the South or the Midwest, is to wonder what all the fuss is about. Sure, California — and the entire Boston-to-Washington corridor — may be expensive, but if people don’t want to pay the price, there are plenty of other places in the country to live.

Even many Californians who are struggling with rent burdens may wonder why the state should bother trying a supply-side solution. After all, if you already live in California, then by definition you already have a place to live. Stricter rent control and eviction protections could be as good or even better for you than rolling the dice on the consequences of a construction boom.

But these complacent arguments miss significant downsides to forcing the most in-demand places in the country to remain underpopulated — downsides that impoverish the country and will continue to do so until we treat land use policy as a topic of broad national concern.

Wages are higher in certain places

The median fast-food cook in America earns about $10.12 per hour, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And since this isn’t a field characterized by a high degree of inequality, the mean fast-food cook’s wage is similar, $10.39 an hour. But in California, the median fast-food cook earns $11.18 — 10 percent more.

This is the critical problem with suggesting that if California doesn’t add housing, it’ll be okay because people can just move to the Atlanta area ($8.95 an hour) or Greater Boise ($8.70) or just stay in the great state of Ohio ($9.38).

These are not princely wages that fast-food workers are earning in the Bay Area. But they are more than 10 percent higher than the national average and about 25 percent higher than the Greater Atlanta average. And the differences are even bigger for higher-skilled occupations. The median registered nurse in America, for example, earns about $33 an hour, which is a good wage. But in the New York metro area, it’s $43.88, and in the San Francisco metro division, it’s a staggering $69.63.

Obviously it’s well-known that elite professionals can earn superstar wages in superstar cities. But the fact of the matter is that everyone earns higher wages in affluent cities, for basically the same reason that everyone from Mexican day laborers to Indian computer programmers can greatly increase their earnings by immigrating to the United States — places matter. The problem is that for a lot of people, it’s too expensive to make the move.

Expensive homes make it not worth it to move

This is really great news for you if you’re a nurse who bought a house in California 25 years ago. But what everyone knows about San Francisco and New York is that while the salaries may be higher there, so is the cost of living. And as Peter Ganong and Daniel Shoag showed in a paper published last year, that higher cost of living outweighs the higher salary for most people, and that didn’t used to be the case.

This chart shows how much extra money in your pocket you’d end up with, net of housing costs, of moving to a state where incomes are $1 higher than in your home state over the decades. They break it out to show the difference between skilled and unskilled households and find that from 1940 to 1990 or so, the gains of moving to a higher-income state were large regardless of your skill level — but in the 21st century, that ceased to be the case.

By 2010, making the move to the high-income state still makes a lot of sense for the highly skilled worker. But the fast-food cook actually may be better off taking the $8.70 in Boise over the $11.43 in Los Angeles purely because of the LA real estate market.

This is where a solution that focuses exclusively on the price of housing in California falls down. You could help out LA’s existing population of fast-food workers with price controls, but for the much larger population of Americans who might benefit from moving to California if only the prices were more reasonable, you need to simultaneously address the price of housing and the overall quantity of dwellings.

There is plenty of room for more population density in California without the entire state turning into a valley of skyscrapers — San Francisco is less dense than Queens is in New York City, while Los Angeles is about as dense as Staten Island (and considerably less dense than Providence, Rhode Island).

The state overall has about one-third the population density of Connecticut. And while of course more density would mean change, and people for understandable reasons tend to be mildly averse to seeing communities they have roots in changing, there’s good reason to believe looking at the simple wage comparisons undercounts the benefits of more density.

Denser cities would be (even more) productive

A lone person on an island by himself will struggle to get by even if he is surrounded by natural abundance. A small band would live at a subsistence level. To achieve true affluence, people need to be able to specialize and trade with one another. To an extent in the modern world, that means access to global markets — grain can be shipped to Europe and timber to Japan. But for most people, it means direct access to other people, who serve as customers and co-workers and suppliers.

Lionel Fontagné and Gianluca Santoni find that heavily populated areas offer higher labor productivity and higher pay because “denser commuting zones seem to offer a better match between employers and employees.” The more people there are around, the more kinds of businesses you can have and the more finely specialized they can be, making it more likely that any given person would be well-suited to work at someplace or other in town.

This is in some ways most obvious at the routine retail level — big cities have specialty shops and very focused restaurants rather than general stores and generic diners — but research by Jason Abel, Ishita Dey, and Todd Gabe finds that the positive impact on density on productivity is especially true in knowledge-intensive industries.

In other words, while you might fear that an influx of new people would drive down wages and undo the benefits of cheaper housing, the academic literature suggests the reverse.

Just as immigration from abroad increases domestic prosperity (a point that tends to be well appreciated in liberal coastal jurisdictions), internal migration from other parts of the United States does the same thing and for roughly the same reasons. The modern economy is made of people, and places with more people feature deeper and more competitive markets with more productivity, higher wages, and more options for both workers and consumers.

Importantly, the economic benefits of higher labor productivity are going to exist broadly and not just for people who move. Farmers in Iowa, autoworkers in Michigan, and virtually everyone else in America would be better off living in an overall richer, higher-productivity country. And to get a country like that, there’s simply no good substitute for building more places for people to live in areas that are expensive.

Muddling through leaves huge gains on the table

The political rhetoric around this topic is inherently difficult because most people are proud of where they live and somewhat skeptical of big changes. So people who live in parts of the country where land is expensive and unmet demand for new homes is severe worry about the consequences of unleashing development. And people who live in parts of the country where land is cheaper and demand for development is either low or being somewhat adequately met by sprawl think it sounds snobby to be harping about the benefits of greater density in Palo Alto and Nassau County.

But there is a reason the population of the country isn’t spread perfectly evenly across the landscape and why, in fact, no country’s population distribution looks like that.

Economic opportunities vary from place to place. Companies participating in national or global marketplaces benefit from being able to locate near existing pools of workers with relevant skills who they can hire. Workers benefit from being able to live in places where multiple employers need to compete for their labor. People who work in service-providing industries benefit from living near affluent potential clients and successful businesses. The deeper labor markets provided by density allow people to find jobs they are better at and that make them happier, while people being in proximity to one another allows them to be more innovative and productive.

There’s simply no good alternative to increasing the quantity of dwellings available in the expensive parts of expensive metropolitan areas. Whether that’s done purely by re-legalizing market-rate construction, by reviving public housing, or with a mixed strategy like inclusionary zoning, there’s no getting around the fact that the raw number of units and their location matters a lot.

When America had a primarily agricultural economy, giving ordinary people access to arable farmland was a key driver of economic opportunity. Now that we have a primarily services-based economy, giving ordinary people access to prosperous cities is a key driver. If we don’t do it, people will still find a place to live, but their life prospects will be permanently the worse for it.

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Bill to arm teachers at some TN schools dies in House committee

Tennessee State Capitol (WSMV file photo)


A bill that would allow teachers at some schools in Tennessee to carry weapons has died in the Education Administration and Planning Committee.

The bill sparked concern when it passed a major hurdle through the House Civil Justice Committee in March.

The legislation would have allowed a select number of teachers to carry guns on campus.

Rep. David Byrd, who has been at the center of a recent I-Team investigation, is the sponsor of the House version of the bill that failed on Tuesday.

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Accused Antioch Church Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

NASHVILLE, TN — Emanuel Samson, the man accused of the September 2017 Burnette Chapel Church of Christ shooting, pleaded not guilty to 43 charges Wednesday.

Samson, 26, did not appear in court for his arraignment on an indictment charging him with one count of murder, three counts of civil rights intimidation, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder, seven counts of employing a firearm during a dangerous felony, 24 counts of aggravated assault and count of reckless endangerment. His plea was entered by his attorney.

Samson had previously attended Burnette Chapel Church of Christ and on Sept. 24, 2017, police say he drove to the church with a carful of weapons and began firing, killing 39-year-old Melanie Crow of Smyrna in the parking lot and injuring seven others, including the church’s pastor Joey Spann, inside the building. He was eventually subdued by long-time parishioner and church usher Caleb Engle, 22, who rushed from the church during the attack to his car to retrieve his handgun.

Police have not publicly disclosed a motive, though detectives did say they found a note in Samson’s car referencing a white supremacist’s 2015 massacre at a South Carolina black church. The note found on the dashboard read something like, "Dylann Roof was less than nothing," MNPD Det. Jolley testified at an October 2017 hearing. Jolley said Samson admitted to the shooting in its aftermath, said he had visions of the church, but was otherwise vague.

A federal civil rights investigation into whether the attack was racially or religiously motivated is also pending, but for now, Samson will go through the state court process.

Photo via Metro Nashville Police

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Tennessee Missionary Baptist Has Adjourned Session April 9-12

Tennessee Missionary Baptist and Educational Convention will host the Adjourned Session April 9-12.

The event will be held at First Baptist Church, 290 East Winchester St. in Gallatin, Tn. where Rev. Derrick Jackson is the host pastor.

Rev. Breonus Mitchell, Sr. will speak Monday at 7 p.m. Rev. Dr. Edward Parker, Jr. will speak Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook, Sr. will speak Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Elder Dr. Joe Maddox, president, will speak Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

For more information call 615-254-3115.

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Wow House: One Of Nashville’s Oldest Homes

NASHVILLE, TN — Independent filmmaker and founder of Film House Curt Hahn is selling one of Nashville’s oldest homes.

The original farmhouse and detached kitchen at 5409 Cochran Drive were built in 1835 on the center of a 1,500 acre land-grant from the state of North Carolina to the Hill family. In 1950, it was purchased by prominent local attorney Carmack Cochran – hence the road’s name – who would later become one of the key architects of the Metro Charter. His family took the home down to the studs, updated the home and connected the kitchen to the main house.

By the 1990s, the home was dilapidated and purchased by Hahn in 2003, who has since renovated and updated it. Only three families ahem ever owned the house.

The fourth will enjoy a variety of modern updates to the historic structure, including high-end kitchen appliances, solar panels that produce $1,600 of electricity annually and a variety of other green improvements.

Price: $1,100,000 Square Feet: 4286 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Baths Built: 1930 Features: Artfully restored historic farmhouse easily accessible to I-65 between Brentwood and Nashville.The home has spacious rooms,high ceilings and warm,wide planked flooring throughout.Light filled kitchen with professional appliances and French doors leading to large screened porch and patio. www.nashvillehistoricfarmhouse…

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Phases to Freedom, Renewed Faith Fellowship, 101 N. Caldwell St. — 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays.

Celebrate Recovery (Christ-centered, 12 steps), Tennessee Valley Community Church, 2500 E. Wood St. — noon Mondays (for women only), 6-8 p.m. Thursdays.

Fellowship AA, Medlock Center, 3530 Hwy. 79 northeast (all meetings are NS) — OD 6:30 p.m. Mondays; women’s CD, 6 p.m. Tuesdays; BB 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; OD/speaker* 6:30 p.m. Fridays; OD 4 p.m. Saturdays; and OD 5:30 p.m. Sundays.

Lake Area AA, West Antioch United Methodist Church, 3116 W. Antioch Road, Springville — OD 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Narcotics Anonymous, Grace Episcopal Church, 103 S. Poplar St. — 7 p.m. Fridays and Sundays.

Rule 62 AA, Henry County Medical Center, Classroom 2, 301 Tyson Ave. — OD 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Women Survivors of Abuse support group, Kurt Ostrom Counseling Center — 4 p.m. Mondays.

KEY: OD: open discussion; CD: closed discussion; BB: big book study; SS: step study; NS: non-smoking; CL; candlelight; OD/speaker*: chairman’s choice except last Friday of each month is eat 6:30 p.m., speaker 7:30 p.m.

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Antioch-South Nashville, TN Real Estate: Rentals

There are a few big perks of renting a home. For starters, you’ll save money on monthly utility bills which are generally lower. Plus, having a landlord look out for general maintenance issues can be a huge load off. Oh, and yard work? Zilch.

Whether you need a pet-friendly space or prefer a pad with a pool, new rentals hit the market everyday. Browse nearby apartments, condos, and houses for rent in Antioch-South Nashville listed by our partners at

There are a few big perks of renting a home. For starters, you’ll save money on monthly utility bills which are generally lower. Plus, having a landlord look out for general maintenance issues can be a huge load off. Oh, and yard work? Zilch.

Whether you need a pet-friendly space or prefer a pad with a pool, new rentals hit the market everyday. Browse nearby apartments, condos, and houses for rent in Antioch-South Nashville listed by our partners at

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