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The name Goodlettsville has been mentioned countless times on national television.
It's free publicity for the small city just north of Nashville.
The team of middle schools boys has given their hometown an amazing opportunity.
Goodlettsville, Tennessee is a place you won't often find on the newspaper's front page.
The city of 16,000 simply goes about its business, and for the last two weeks that business has included a lot of baseball.
"There's not a person in town that hasn't heard, seen, or talked about it," says Goodlettsville Mayor John Coombs.
Mayor John Coombs says he has never seen anything like it.
Goodlettsville is receiving national exposure like never before.
"We're not but ten miles out of Nashville. We've always been shattered by Nashville, but I think we're shattering Nashville today," says Mayor Coombs.
Life long residents recognize the opportunity.
"You know we've remained hidden for a long time, kind of in the country, kind of in the city, and nobody knew about it - now they do," says Goodlettsville resident Regina Workman.
It's why economic development director Tom Tucker is so excited.
"As I've told some other folks, this is a win, win, win," says Tucker.
Tucker says the little league team gives Goodlettsville a natural brand -- a small town, with good kids, doing great things.
He hopes empty office space will soon be filled by new businesses looking for something special.
"What a great job they have done, and we're going to be able to parlay this right into our marketing campaign as we do this, so it's a natural, and we're going to take advantage of that," says Tucker.
Whether recruiting industry at home or even overseas in Japan, the name Goodlettsville now means something more.
"I mean they have done this city proud, and it has been a field of dreams for all of us," says Mayor Coombs.
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Monday, August 27 2012, 12:28 AM CDT
Bonnaroo and then what? More events could follow
May 20, 2013 12:33 GMT
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) -- The former farm where the Bonnaroo music festival is held may play host to other events as well.
The partnership that puts on the annual music and arts festival in Manchester has steadily upgraded the site, adding a dozen water wells and permanent electrical power.
Festival partner Rick Farman told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/14nuEF5 ) his group is in active discussion with a lot of groups. The Great American Mud Run will be held at the site on July 27 and is expected to draw more than 5,000 participants.
Coffee County Mayor David Pennington said he's curious to see where such a plan could go, saying it could have a huge impact.
This year's Bonnaroo will be held June 13-16. Paul McCartney heads a long list if acts.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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