'We'll be here for a long time'

U.S. Marshals Service officers today raided the Franklin home of Sommet CEO Brian Whitfield and his wife. But it might be a while before creditors of the HR services company that used to sponsor the home of the Predators see some money coming their way.
A tipster called and said they saw a moving truck outside with seven agents loading up boxes from the home. Shelton said they are there to remove property but haven't touched a thing yet. Marshals can't remove property because Marsha Whitfield filed for personal bankruptcy. Shelton said they will remain on the property pending orders of the court.
Feb 2, 2011 2:16 PM

Resource site for Franklin nonprofits

A Leadership Franklin class is leading the creation of an online resource guide for nonprofits in Williamson County. When completed, franklinnon-profits.com will offer a comprehensive guide to a "spectrum of services" for nonprofits.

“Williamson County is celebrated as one of the most successful in the nation, but many of our citizens depend on assistance from hundreds of non-profit organizations that exist for that purpose,” said Al Gregory, Cadence Bank’s community president and a member of the Leadership Franklin group. “A comprehensive online resource guide for Williamson County residents doesn’t exist, and we believe it can become a vital source of information for people looking for help.”

An organizational meeting will be held on Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at Cadence Bank on East Main Street in downtown Franklin. All Williamson County non-profits are encouraged to attend.

Feb 1, 2011 7:33 AM

Healthways expands Hawaii contract

Healthways has signed a 10-year contract with the Hawaii Medical Service Association. Franklin-based Healthways — which has been working with HMSA for the past decade — will provide disease management, care management, pharmacy benefit management, and health promotion, prevention and quality improvement services to the plan's 700,000 members.
“This is an important part of our effort to provide our members the best quality, most affordable health care in the nation,” said Robert P. Hiam, president and CEO of HMSA. “Utilizing Healthways’ nationally recognized expertise in health management and health coaching enables HMSA to streamline our core business functions, expand patient support services for our providers and continue working to create an economically sustainable health care delivery system in Hawaii,” Hiam added.
HMSA will also transfer operations of HMSA wellness and prevention support subsidiary Integrated Services to Healthways. Approximately 125 HMSA and ISI employees will be offered positions by Healthways, which already has a staff of 60 workers at an office in Kapolei, Hawaii, to service its HMSA work. Healthways (Ticker: HWAY) will also assume responsibility for HMSA’s current health research functions.
Jan 26, 2011 7:54 AM

The Score gaming center adds Franklin location

Bradley Metrock and his team at The Score in Cool Springs are counting down the hours to the opening of their second video game center, which will be inside the Sodium funplex on Columbia Avenue south of downtown Franklin.
Jan 25, 2011 8:01 AM

Spheris parent gives IPO details

In preparation for its initial public offering, Spheris parent company CBaySystems Holdings on Friday filed an amended S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The new filing says the company plans to offer 3.5 million shares at $11 a pop, netting about $28.5 million. The company's current stockholders also will offer about 4.3 million shares. CBay, through a subsidiary company, acquired the assets of bankrupt Franklin medical transcription company Spheris last year. Since then, CBay has shifted its corporate headquarters to Franklin.
Jan 24, 2011 7:21 AM

Guess that makes sense

Decisive Media gave Nissan North America the "Green Company of the Year Award" at its 15th Annual Urban Wheels awards because it offers "the only affordable, five-passenger, fully electric vehicle offered by a mainstream nameplate in the United States." We're talking about the LEAF, of course.
Jan 10, 2011 2:00 PM

Tenet adopts poison pill, CHS calls it

In an attempt to deter a takeover by Community Health Systems, Tenet Healthcare has adopted a new stockholder-rights agreement with a "poison pill" provision and pushed its annual shareholder meeting to November. Under a board-approved plan announced Friday afternoon, Tenet says that if an "acquiring person" buys more than 4.9 percent of the company's outstanding shares, the company will distribute preferred stock purchase rights to other stockholders, potentially creating "significant dilution" of the acquiring person's holdings. Tenet said the move will help it protect its $2 billion in net operating loss carry-forwards —  which can't be used for tax purposes if the company experiences a change in ownership. In addition, Dallas-based Tenet said it amended its bylaws so it can push its 2011 shareholder meeting to Nov. 3 — 18 months after its 2010 meeting and four months later its previous bylaws would have allowed. After Tenet rebuked CHS' unsolicited $7.3 billion acquisition offer, CHS had planned to nominate a slate of directors to Tenet's board. Franklin-based CHS responded to Tenet's actions with the following statement:
“Tenet shareholders should be deeply disappointed that their Board’s response to a compelling 40% premium offer is a double-barreled entrenchment strategy – facilitating a significant delay of their 2011 Annual Meeting and installing a poison pill. We are confident that Tenet shareholders will see these steps for what they are: the actions of a Board that is not working for them. Rather than resorting to delaying tactics, Tenet should engage with us in good-faith discussions to complete a mutually beneficial transaction.”
SEE ALSO: Why CHS thinks the Tenet acquisition is 'the right story,' chatter about other potential Tenet suitors and more from our ongoing blog coverage.
Jan 10, 2011 7:01 AM

Franklin road

The Mayor of Franklin is going to head up TDOT:
Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam today announced Franklin Mayor John Schroer as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Schroer was sworn in as Franklin Mayor in 2007, and is a member of the Middle Tennessee Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Regional Transit Authority. Schroer spent a decade working in commercial real estate finance before starting his own development business. Prior to his election, he served on the Franklin Special School Board for 13 years, and he also has served on the board of the Tennessee School Board Association. “As a mayor, John Schroer has knowledge of transportation issues at the ground level, and he’s shown himself to be someone who gets results,” Haslam said. “I’m grateful that he’s joining our team, and I believe Tennessee’s transportation system will be in good hands.” The Transportation Department (TDOT) handles multiple transportation responsibilities including highways, aviation, public transit, waterways and railroads. Schroer has a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. He served previously on the Williamson County United Way board and was a founding board member of Franklin Tomorrow. “I’m excited to be joining the outstanding team Gov.-elect Haslam has put together, and I’m honored and humbled by the choice,” Schroer said. “I’ve worked with TDOT previously, and I’m looking forward to begin working with the great staff at the department.” Schroer, 59, is married to Marianne, and they have three grown children. They are members of Franklin First United Methodist Church.
Jan 4, 2011 2:21 PM


The Williamson County Convention & Visitor's Bureau has a new smart phone application to teach people about Franklin's historic battle sites. Users simply point their camera at an area of interest, and the app will tell them the significnace of that spot, WSMV reports.
Dec 29, 2010 10:56 AM

Williamson County residents: What hospital sale?

According to a recent poll of 400 Williamson County residents, most are unaware that a county commissioner recently floated the idea of selling the profitable Williamson Medical Center to eliminate the county's debt. They do, however, have an opinion about what type of buyer they'd like to see in a hypothetical sale situation. The poll was conducted in December by a Tennessee-based survey company in conjunction with a local healthcare company. Results were supplied to NashvillePost.com on condition of anonymity. Here are some of the findings:
  • 63 percent of respondents are unaware of recent talk about a potential WMC sale. Only 2 percent were "very familiar" with the recent talk and publicity.
  • When asked about the potential benefits of the sale of WMC, respondents were either neutral or unsure of the benefit of WMC becoming a tax paying organization. There was stronger positive sentiment about the possibility that WMC debt would no longer be an obligation to the county.
  • When asked what kind of partners would be acceptable for WMC, 64 percent said an academic system would be acceptable, 55 percent said a faith-based organization would be acceptable, and 43 percent said a national hospital company would be acceptable.
  • 44 percent said an academic medical center would be their first choice for a partner. 25 percent chose a faith-based system, and 13 percent picked a national hospital company.
  • Most people, 55 percent, said they'd need more information before deciding if they'd support or oppose the hospital's sale.
When told about some of these statistics, the commissioner who proposed the idea of selling WMC, Bob Barnwell, said he's not surprised most people aren't aware of the discussion. "I'd say that the potential of taxpayers that don't even know that they own a hospital is probably higher than that," he said. SEE Also: Well, OK then
Dec 27, 2010 12:05 PM