The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County has taken ownership of the so-called "old, old jail" on Bridge Street in downtown Franklin and plans to spend $1.5 million to renovate the roughly 70-year-old structure. The foundation's purchase was made with the help of FirstBank officials, who are also preparing to open a branch in the Five Points building where the foundation had been based.
“Our goal is to have gained the necessary regulatory approvals and to have the construction documents prepared by the end of the year. We’d like to begin the restoration project as soon as funds are raised,” said Heritage Foundation President Cyril Stewart. “The environmental studies have been conducted, and there were no significant implications for the site. Inside, our first objective is lead paint and mold abatement.”
Claiming that the survival of O'More College of Design is in question, a group of faculty members two months ago sent a letter to the Franklin school's board of directors outlining a series of complaints regarding the actions of President Mark Hilliard. But that hasn't resulted in any action, writes Richel Albright at Franklin Home Page.
Several supporting documents obtained by Franklin Home Page claim that Hilliard has not accurately reported financial figures to the board and has spent money from the school’s budget “researching” themes for parties and fundraising events on the campus which often see no return in funds.
Porsche of Nashville has decamped to the suburbs, moving to Mallory Lane in Brentwood from the spot on Franklin Road in Berry Hill it shared with Audi Nashville and Jaguar Nashville.
All three stores are owned by the publicly held corporation Sonic Automotive Inc. headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sonic Automotive, a Fortune 500 company and member of the Russell 2000 Index, is among the largest automotive retailers in the United States. These dealerships provide comprehensive services, including sales of both new and used cars and light trucks, sales of replacement parts, performance of vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint and collision repair services, and arrangement of extended warranty contracts, financing and insurance for the company's customers.
Sonic Automotive operates over 100 dealerships spread across 15 states and 26 major metropolitan markets. They represent approximately 30 different automotive brands with the majority of dealerships being luxury and import brands. Sonic is an industry-leading automotive retailer committed to providing customers with an outstanding automotive experience that is delivered with professionalism, integrity and enthusiasm.
The legal dispute between The Contributor and Brentwood is, apparently, on-going. A federal court sided with the city on their street-sales ban.
Kubis reports that the city's attorney, Horner, also argued that Contributor vendors were not taking advantage of other means of distribution, such as door-to-door sales. She goes on to note that "judges on the appeal panel did express skepticism... that suburban homeowners would open their doors to homeless salespeople."
The Del Webb division of homebuilding giant Pulte is running into some serious resistance to its plans to build a 400-acre, 775-home project on Del Rio Pike north of Franklin. Pulte execs already have retreated a bit from their original plans for the property they have under contract, but even the county's mayor has some clear words for the company.
“I think Del Webb is a very fine company, but I think what they’re proposing there, that’s not the character in what is around that area, and it’s certainly not in the character in what’s in Franklin,” Anderson said. “I think they’ve got a lot of work to do.”