Life sciences venture ramps up in Franklin

Venture Nashville reports on Nodality, a biotech product development company preparing to launch its operations in April.
Parkinson said researchers in the Nashville lab will primarily be "taking the information we develop out of our discovery labs" in the Bay Area and will be "working to convert [what is learned] into laboratory tests that could eventually be used to inform patient care."
Feb 3, 2009 11:32 AM

Franklin Theatre grabs a lifeline

After a last-minute community fund-raising drive, the group trying to restore movies on Main Street can move forward with construction.
“Everyone should know their gift truly made the challenge a reality,” Pearce said. “We ended up needing every penny.” Of the gifts, there are 24 major gifts of $10,000 or more that comprised $1.395 million of the total. Gifts less than $10,000 brought in 19% of the total raised or $324,500. The Martin Foundation, headed by Shannon Presley Martin and Charles N. Martin Jr., has certified the results and confirmed that their challenge was met. One of the last elements of the successful campaign was the sale of 200 theater seats at $2,500 each. The theater will have a total of 450 seats when completed.
Jan 6, 2009 8:56 PM

Beats BET

A Franklin couple is excited about their inauguration gig.
Dec 17, 2008 8:04 AM

Tongue firmly in cheek: Didn't Citi show us this idea doesn't work?

Atlanta-based real estate closing law firm Morris|Hardwick|Schneider has launched an insurance company that will be led by Franklin-based Jennifer Frank.
“Our firm’s guiding philosophy has always been to go the extra mile... By offering homeowner’s insurance in addition to closing services, we’re one step closer to our clients making a single call to handle all aspects of a real estate closing,” said Nat Hardwick, M|H|S managing partner and LandCastle Title CEO. “And, we’ve taken this level of convenience to a higher level by making LandCastle Insurance Services a source of all insurance products.”
Nov 25, 2008 1:26 PM

Tennessee Commerce huddles under the TARP

Officials at Tennessee Commerce Bancorp (Ticker: TNCC) say they've been approved to sell $30 million of preferred stock to the U.S. Treasury as part of the government plan to boost capital levels.
Nov 25, 2008 8:22 AM

Pouring Syrup On Racism Don't Make It Pancakes

Two Franklin men put the kibosh on at the Values Voters Summit after attempting to sell a Barack Obama gag gift:
Values Voter Summit organizers cut off sales of Obama Waffles boxes on Saturday, saying they had not realized the boxes displayed "offensive material." The summit and the exhibit hall where the boxes were sold had been open since Thursday afternoon. The box was meant as political satire, said Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, two writers from Franklin, Tenn., who created the mix. They sold it for $10 a box from a rented booth at the summit sponsored by the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council.
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Sep 15, 2008 7:51 AM

The Audacity Of The Racist Graffiti

Sean Braisted reports that an Obama supporter has been the victim of an apparent hate crime:
Unfortunately hate and racism still exist in cities throughout the US as evidenced by a hate crime committed today September 6, 2008 in Franklin, TN just outside of Nashville. A family member's vehicle was parked outside of my house in an upper middle class neighborhood yesterday evening. We received an afternoon phone call from a neighbor informing us that the vehicle parked in front of our home had been painted with obscenities such as: the N word, "F#$% Obama", "McCain Rules", "White Power", and others that will go unmentioned. We proceeded to go outside and witness the monstrosity for ourselves. It was heartbreaking. I imagine that there have been other occurrences of this sort as our nation works through this extremely significant and emotion-charged time. I think it's important that we continue to spread the message of unity and respect for each other regardless of whether or not we agree with each other. We need to continue to convince people that these acts don’t accomplish anything. For those who are incapable of listening to reason, we need the support of the media and of law enforcement officials in Franklin, TN and throughout the nation to show, with a big voice, that this will not be tolerated. We also need law enforcement to take the investigation of these matters seriously.
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Sep 8, 2008 11:04 AM

Watchdog Group Files FEC Complaint On Congressman Blackburn

From Katie Allison Granju:
The Federal Election Commission should conduct a thorough investigation of Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s troubled campaign finances, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the FEC by a watchdog group. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Germantown, Tenn., resident Barbara Kaye Ginsburg filed the complaint against the committee and the committee’s treasurer, Tea Hoffman.
UPDATE: Blackburn responds:
"Rep. Blackburn, in holding her campaign to a strict ethical standard, self-initiated a reconciliation of her campaign accounts. The reconciliation confirmed that all funds were properly raised and properly spent. She is confident that FEC review of those records will agree with this assessment. In regards to the merit less complaint filed by the liberal partisan group CREW, Rep. Blackburn is not surprised and unimpressed. This is an election year and conservative women are prime targets for Democrat attack."
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Jun 11, 2008 12:30 PM

McMansion Monty Outraises Incumbent In 4th District Race

Rep. Lincoln Davis has a challenge on his hands for his 4th District Congressional Seat:
A Republican challenger raised almost five times more than Democratic Rep. Lincoln Davis of Tennessee during the first three months of this year. Monty Lankford, who runs a medical equipment company in Franklin, received more than $224,500 from the beginning of January through the end of March. Davis, who is seeking a fourth term in November, raised $53,850 during the same period. Lankford also reported more cash on hand at the end of March than Davis — $201,117 to $199,307. John Rowley, a consultant to Davis’ re-election campaign, downplayed Lankford’s fund-raising advantage. Rowley and other Davis supporters insist Lankford lives in the neighboring district represented by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
“Even if he raised $5 million, he’s not going to win in a district he doesn’t live in,” said Rowley in a phone interview from Nashville.
Apr 18, 2008 8:08 AM