The latest Monterey Depot Historical Society Christimas ornament is now avaliblefor
a $20 donation. The scene is taken from an early postcard of hte Monterey Depot. They are availabe at the Cup &
Saucer and BenAnns. Last years ornament was a quick sell-out.
What brought the railroad
to the mountian? It was the natural resources such as timber and especially coal. The Town of Monterey (which means "King
of the Mountinas") was founded by the Cumberland Mountain Coal Company in 1893. The community was known as Standing Stone
With coal in mind, the annual Spring
on the Mountain Dogwood Festival will honor King Coal and the miners who spent their lives underground digging it out.
The special event will be on Saturday, May 4 in downtown Monterey. There will be several craft
and food vendors in the downtown area on Commercial Ave. and around the Monteerey Depot Museum. Just across the railroad tracks,
this year, will be a yard sale venue near the Depot Museum. Also, at the Farmers Market, the Monterey Garden Club will host
thier annual and very popular plant sale from early morning until they run out. A car show will also be held in downtown Monterey,
on Commercial Avenue.
An excursion train will arrive from
Nashville sometime near noon. If you want to ride from Nashville, contact the Tennessee Central Railway Museum online at www.tcry.org If its a short ride you want, the Monterey Depot Historical Society is selling tickets for $10 each to ride from the museum
out to the sand plant and back. Entertainment is being planned for the event.
After a hard, cold winter, y'all come on up to the mountain and help us kick off the spring season.
For craft and food vendors
and also, for yard sale vendors, click on the appropriate link for an application for and more details.
asphalt were two of the biggest ingredients on the Monterey Central Transportation Museum list last week. Painting inside
walls and ceiling were also done last week. Depending on weather, pavers for the Rails with Trails will be in place on the
Depot property, starting this week. Thanks to Monterey Fire Chief Kevin Peters for allowing me on the ladder truck for this
arial photo. Photo: Dale Welch/Hilltop Express
METHADONE CLINIC APPLICATION EXPECTED TO BE WITHDRAWN FOR SECOND TIME
By Dale Welch firstname.lastname@example.org An application for a proposed methadone clinic to be located just
outside Monterey town limits has been put on hold for a second time because of a technicality. A pubic hearing that had been
scheduled for Sept. 16 at Monterey High School and a hearing in Nashville, that had been set for late October has also been
put on hold. “The public hearing has been delayed,”Melanie Hill, Executive Director, of Health Services
and Development Agency, said, “because it is expected that Private Clinic Monterey will withdraw its application.
It will be rescheduled if the application is re-filed.” But, that is not keeping the Putnam and Cumberland
County Commissions and other governments from voicing strong opposition to the proposed clinic. A resolution on the agendas
of both county commissions says that methadone is “a synthetic opioid which produces many of the same effects in drug
addicts as morphine and heroin” and is “increasingly being abused by drug users for recreation an is causing an
alarming increase in overdoses and deaths”; and “contrary to popular belief, methadone is a highly addictive drug,
which could easily end up on the streets of Putnam County and other ares in the Upper Cumberland”; and “the probability
of any positive affects to the health care system, economy or recovering drug users in our area is unlikely”; and “there
are already several drug treatment facilities available for the citizens of Putnam County and the Upper Cumberland area which
include Bradford Heath, Cumberland Plateau Recovery, Recovery Living, Med Solutions and Volunteer Behavioral Health,”;
and “because these facilities are already established and available to the citizens of Putnam County and the Upper Cumberland
Area, there is not a need for a methadone clinic.” Owners of the methadone clinic, called Private Clinic
Monterey, plan to build the approximate $970,000 facility at 16168 Crossville Highway. The address is near Walker Farms Rd.
The purpose of the clinic is to “assist opioid addicted patients to abstain from the use of illicit drugs through detoxification,
treatment and substance abuse/psychiatric counseling services. It is a private for profit outpatient clinic without state,
federal or local funding.” It will serve the adult population in Putnam County and surrounding counties.
J. Paul Connell, CEO of the proposed clinic, told the Hilltop Express in a story that ran in the May 15, 2008 edition, that
his clinic Private Clinic North, in Rossville, GA., already treats around 228 patients from Putnam and surrounding counties.
“We treat everyone from minimum wage earners to doctors and lawyers,” he said. The majority of Private Clinic
patients have gotten addicted to prescription drugs such as: Codeine, Dilaudid, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Lortab, Lorcet,
Percocet, Percodan, Morphine, Oxycodone, and Oxycotin. Connell said, “Its a treatment, not a cure. Its
much like insulin is a treatment for diabetes; or eyeglasses for bad eyes. They don’t cure, but they help.” “With the cost of gasoline going up,” Connell said, “its getting to where the cost of transportation
for those patients are more than the cost of the treatment. If we can get up there into the Monterey community, it would be
easier for our patients.” Connell said that he has already bought a home in the area for his family. Property records show that Connell Properties bought the 7.83 acres where the Methadone clinic is planned over
a year ago, in May, 2007. Connell told the Hilltop Express, “I thought about it and prayed about it. Now,
its time to build it.” He said that while doctors and nurses will mostly come from the present clinics, others could
be hired locally. He said the payroll for the clinic would be from $1.3 to $1.6 million. More information about what the clinic
offers can be found on the Internet at: www.privateclinicnorth.com
Monterey founders Union General John T. Wilder and wife, Dora Lee,
along with Major Robert Moscrip and wife, Emma will return to Monterey on Friday, Oct 10, just about a month away to talk
about the old days. You’re invited out to the Garden Inn (with ticket in hand) for dinner and to hear their tales. Dining with the Moscrips and The Wilders is a special dinner theatre helping kick off the big celebration planned
for Standing Stone Day, Sat. Oct. 11. The Moscrips will be played by Monterey natives Opless and Kay Walker. The Wilders will
be played by John and Judy Wassum, of Rockwood, who live in one of General Wilders home. Gen. Wilder also had a home in Monterey
that still stands. Ruth Ann Woolbright and husband, Bill Longmire, live there. Woolbright will be directing the play.
The play will relive defining moments of their lives, which resulted in a railroad, a town on the plateau, coal mines and
a lumber industry that would touch the lives of thousands of people across America. Moscrip was involved in one
of the most historical events in the history of railroading in America, as one of the civil engineers responsible for the
completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Moscrip had friendships with the likes of Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok.
Moscrip will reveal in the play how he became a captive of the Cheyenne Indians and how he escaped with the help of his Pawnee
Indian Scout. Besides all these adventures, he was the winner of a contest that gave Monterey its name in 1893. John
T. Wilder, known as the "Friendly Carpetbagger" was the leader of the Lightning Brigade of Indiana and hero of the
Battle of Chickamauga in Sept. 1863 where he and his men armed with 7-shot Spencers gave Thomas time to form a defense
line. He was one of the 20,000 Union veterans who immigrated to the South by 1866, attracted by the possibilities
of places that they had seen during their military campaigns. For a time, he was Mayor of Chattanooga and later, had federal
appointments. In September, 1865, he and his friend, Capt. Hiram S. Chamberlain of Knox County, purchased 728 acres
of land in Roane County along the Tennessee River and founded the town of Rockwood with its Roane Iron Company, one of the
first post-war industrial establishments in the South. Wilder would continue to hold interests in mining and cement and banking
around Knoxville, Tennessee, and built the 300-room Cloudland Hotel on Roane Mt. summit in 1885 as a retreat for hay fever
sufferers. An industrialist, he had numerous business interests in coal, timber, iron, railroads and more. He
built a hotel in Monterey, called the Imperial Hotel in the early 1900s and also a residence. The mining town of Wilder was
founded by him. Tickets will be on sale soon for the dinner theatre at a cost of $35 for one person , $60 per
couple and $150 per table of six, that includes a dinner of a grilled pork chop, sweet potato casserole , corn souffle, dessert,
and coffee or tea. For more information, contact Ruth Ann Woolbright at, 839-2467.