Sodium, the Christian-oriented coffee shop and family gathering place on Columbia Avenue in Franklin, has closed its doors with immediate effect. The shop, which opened in late 2010 in a former warehouse space, isn't providing details, saying only that " Owners did recently poll their Facebook friends about a change in operating hours.
Jackson National Life Insurance says it will set up a new IT center at its regional headquarters in Cool Springs, a move that has it looking for 20 systems and programming employees. The insurer, a subsidiary of Britain's Prudential plc, says the expansion will lift its Franklin headcount to almost 300.
“The expansion will allow us to recruit from the Middle Tennessee area and the southeast region to find the skilled professionals necessary to build and maintain the complex technologies that provide Jackson with a competitive advantage. Our senior management team recognizes the importance of fostering technical innovation to continue to serve the needs of our customers and distribution partners in a proactive and efficient fashion.”
The Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Discovery will invest more than $7 million to move into space at the Cool Springs Life Sciences Center. The young initiative focused on brain disorders already has operations in two buildings on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center campus. Led by pharmacology chair Jeff Conn, the center last fall inked its first licensing deal with Karuna Pharmaceuticals out of Boston.
The former brewmaster at Cool Springs Brewery has struck out on his own to launch Turtle Anarchy Brewing, which is setting up shop on Noah Drive in Franklin. Mike Kraft tells Kevin Walters he expects to be distributing his goods to local bars and restaurants by May.
Thinking about Middle Tennessee's young and fast-growing community banks, it's easy to focus only on downtown-based CapStar and Avenue. But Franklin Synergy Bank, which opened its doors in late 2007, has been posting its own heady growth numbers and on Thursday announced it has topped $500 million in assets. Since the end of September, President Richard Herrington's team has been adding an average of more than $6 million in assets per week.