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.
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.
- 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.
“The role of government is to do what the private sector can or will not do. We need to focus on things relevant to the taxpayers. It’s just something we need to evaluate.” Barnwell emphasized this is not a short-term fix. It would free up tax money for many years to come. “It would take a long time before the debt would reach its current level,” he said.The prospect of folding Williamson Medical into a for-profit operator's network has long been a parlor game of sorts for area health care types. If Barnwell and his fellow commissioners go down the sale path, expect every local hospital chain worth its salt — as well as the few headquartered outside Middle Tennessee — to get involved in the bidding.
Southern Land has tweaked its plans for the southern edge of its McEwen development in Franklin. The new layout for Southside at McEwen comprises three retail buildings between the nearly completed Whole Foods store (far left in the image below) and the McEwen office building. The larger buildings will be 19,000 square feet each, the smaller restaurant building will be about 7,000 square feet. Southern Land's previous plans had called for a hotel and some residential units in that area.