First Freedom Bank finished 2014 with net income of more than $3.3 million. That was 48 percent higher than the number of the year before and a fifth straight record number for CEO John Lancaster and his team. The nine-year-old, $285 million bank's return on equity topped 12 percent for the year, helped by loan growth of more than $20 million.
Murfreesboro real estate entrepreneur Scott Graby is a step closer to adding Class A office space to Murfreesboro's Gateway district. Scott Broden with The Daily News Journal reports that Murfreesboro Gateway Commission members on Tuesday voted to have the city prepare a contract to sell to Graby 12 acres near Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital for $2.6 million. Graby's Hearthstone Group plans to break ground on a 100,000-square-foot office building this spring. If things go well, Hearthstone would like to add two other buildings to what it's calling The Fountains at Gateway.
Anderson Benson Insurance & Risk Management has expanded into Williamson County by opening an office on Main Street in downtown Franklin. The outpost will be led by Darla Bousselot, who joined the firm in 2014, and focus on marketing products to wealthy individuals.
“High net-worth individuals and families have extraordinary insurance needs because of the major investments they have made in their property and possessions,” said Darla Bousselot, Anderson Benson partner. “There is a big demand from customers who recognize that risk management is a valuable part of life and to achieve comfort and security means more expert consultation from their insurance agent. That’s what we will provide in expanding our services in Williamson County.”
NeXovation has paid $200,000 to Dover Motorsports to extend its contract by another several weeks to buy the Nashville Superspeedway. Unlike past payments totaling $1.7 million, this check will not be applied to NeXovation's tab. The extension — check out the document here — pushes the target closing date to Feb. 25, which will be five months after the date of companies' initial goal.
Jonathan Romeo got to stay up late with the Brentwood Board of Commissioners Tuesday night as its members considered and then turned down a proposal by Pearl Street Partners to rezone more than 260 acres located on Crockett Road off Wilson Pike. Pearl Street's plan would have allowed for denser development than is currently allowed, and the 232 homes it envisioned were seen as too much. Said Commissioner Anne Dunn:
"Some of our institutions in the area are just bursting at the seams. I just cannot look at this — as nice as it is — and not feel that 125 vs.  isn't a difference. I just cannot believe that the traffic's not going to be different ... I cannot support it. That's not reflection on you. You tried to offer something to everyone and I think that may be part of the problem."
Belmont University will unveil today its professional education and corporate meeting facility in Cool Springs.
The facility is housed in a building located at 310 Billingsly Court in Franklin.
BU officials said in a release that the new Williamson County location will provide easily accessible classrooms for courses in Belmont’s adult degree, professional and continuing education programs, as well as event and meeting rental space for area businesses and organizations.
Belmont originally opened a satellite location in Cool Springs in 2002 on Seaboard Lane, allowing Williamson County residents and employees close access and opportune times to take classes through the university’s adult degree program.
Boyle Nashville has begun marketing the next section of its massive Berry Farms projects at Interstate 65 and Peytonsville Road. The Warren Place section of Berry Farms will have 66 lots — 15 of them townhomes — and eventually have houses on them ranging from $250,000 to more than $800,000. Check out more info here.
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