Middle Tennessee State University athletics officials have scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. tomorrow at which they are expected to announce that the school will soon begin playing sports in Conference USA. MTSU has been a member of the Sun Belt Conference since 2001. CUSA features, among others, Marshall, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulsa, UAB and UTEP.
The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Tennessee Technology Center in Murfreesboro to launch the Veterans Welcome Home Network, an initiative that seeks to find civilian jobs for area military personnel who have recently left the service.
The VWHN will be coordinated by a Tennessee Technology Center of Murfreesboro employee who is also a veteran. The coordinator will work with the business and industry community to determine the skill sets required for current employment opportunities, and will arrange on-site visits to the various military installations within a 300-mile radius of Murfreesboro.
Pinnacle Financial Partners said it has hired Kelvin Kennamer to be a senior vice president and financial advisor at its South Church Street office in Murfreesboro. Kennamer comes to the locally based bank with 23 years of financial services experience. Most recently, he was with Regions Bank as a wealth advisor. Before that, he was a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley.
“Kelvin has an outstanding reputation as a trusted advisor,” said Bill Jones, Pinnacle area executive for Rutherford County, where Pinnacle has eight offices and about a quarter of the deposit market. “He has the background and commitment that we need to deliver distinctive service and effective advice to our clients.”
A Japanese newspaper says Nissan executives will shift production of their Murano crossover to Smyrna from Japan when the company's next generation debuts in 2014. Such a move would further overhaul the lineup in Smyrna, which recently said goodbye to the Frontier truck, the first vehicle ever built there.
By moving production of the Murano to the U.S., Nissan would counter the exchange rate hit taken by vehicles exported from Japan. The move would also be convenient because the Smyrna plant already builds two Nissan models off the same platform, the Altima and Maxima sedans.
Nissan's massive Smyrna complex will this fall for the first time run a third shift as the company continues to ramp up production with the goal of snagging 8 percent of the global car market by 2016. One model the thousands of workers won't be building then is the Frontier truck, the production of which is moving to Canton, Miss.
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