Scott's hits 'Big 4-0'

Legislature recognizes 'American Dream'

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 11/26/18

The Tennessee General Assembly, especially those representing the local community, took time around Thanksgiving to recognize a former resident who achieved the American Dream in Cleveland.Scott …

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Scott's hits 'Big 4-0'

Legislature recognizes 'American Dream'

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The Tennessee General Assembly, especially those representing the local community, took time around Thanksgiving to recognize a former resident who achieved the American Dream in Cleveland.

Scott Coulter was an Irish immigrant who arrived in the United States in the 1960s.  On Nov. 24, 1978, he founded Scott's Bicycle Centre in Cleveland.

His children have continued with the business since the passing of their parents, Scott and Doreen Coulter, and are celebrating its 40th anniversary this week.

On Friday, state Sen. Todd Gardenhire and state Rep Dan Howell presented Coulter's children with a commendation from the state of Tennessee, signed by Speaker of the Senate Randy McNally, Gardenhire, Howell, state Sen. Mike Bell and state Rep. Mark Hall.

Accepting the document on behalf of the longtime cycling business were Coulter's sons, Doug and David; his daughter, Michele (Dicks); and Doug's wife, Victoria, and son, Brandan.

Another son, Dean, is an occupational therapist in Cleveland. The Coulters' fifth child, the late Matthew Coulter, died in a car accident when he was 21.

Michele, who is coordinating the weeklong anniversary celebration, said her parents initially immigrated to Connecticut, where Scott first worked as a mechanic. He later opened his own bike shop.

She pointed out that her father had little classroom education, finishing only the fourth grade.

Desiring a milder climate in which to raise their five children, the Coulters decided to move from Connecticut to Florida.

They were sidetrack en route to the Sunshine State, when the Seventh-day Adventist family decided to visit Collegedale, just south of Cleveland in Hamilton County. Unexpectedly, a stop in Cleveland led to an immediate love for the community, and a change in plans.

Scott built a 1,500-foot-square building on Georgetown Road, where his cycling business flourished through the 1990s.

Doug Coulter took over the business from his father in 2001, and in 2002 built a new building next door, doubling the square footage. Since that time, the children say revenue has quadrupled.

Scott's Cycling Centre has also been a strong contributor to Southeast Tennessee communities and benevolent organizations for over four decades. The business has sponsored a number of events, including the annual Black Bear Race.

The Coulter children and the business also donate to a number of community projects, especially fundraisers promoting colon cancer awareness. Both of their parents were colon cancer victims.

The state recognition emphasizes that many small businesses across Tennessee, like Scott's, have achieved a degree of excellence, and join in expanding the state's economy.

"This story is an excellent example of the American Dream," said Howell.

Almost all of the family members are deeply involved in the business and the sport of cycling. They emphasized, "We sell bicycles, we repair bicycles, and we ride bicycles." 

They said the business was built on treating people the way they would want to be treated, and selling the way they would want to be sold to.

The state legislators said they are pleased to recognize the owners and staff, past and present, of Scott's Bicycle Centre, on its big week.


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