Sysco sells La Vergne subsidiary

Dallas-based trucking company Greatwide has acquired La Vergne-based Overton Transportation from food distribution giant Sysco. Terms of the deal, which involves more than 130 people and about 70 trucks, aren't being made public. Sysco had owned Overton since 2004.
Jan 18, 2011 9:31 AM

Census designation threatens Murfreesboro bus service

Murfreesboro could lose $650,000 in federal funding used to operate its Rover bus service because of a change in the city's classification under U.S. Census' 2010 survey. The Daily News Journal reports the Census now considers Murfreesboro part of Nashville's urban area, meaning it would not qualify for the funding.
"I cannot guarantee Rover will continue," Mayor Tommy Bragg said. "Our taxpayers have obviously not provided that service before, and I cannot assume they will want to provide it in the future without this federal and state funding." The city depends on federal funding to cover half of its $1.3 million Rover budget while Murfreesboro and the state each cover 25 percent.
Jan 17, 2011 12:37 PM

FedEx growing in the 'Boro

Erin Edgemon reports on FedEx Ground's plans to add more than 100,000 square feet to its Middle Tennessee shipping operations. Work at the Elam Farms Industrial Park will kick off soon.
Jan 17, 2011 7:56 AM


Murfreesboro's City Council is considering temporarily lowering the fee for water and sewer connections by $1,000 to help stimulate home construction. WPLN reports that home construction is down sharply in the boro.
Councilman Tommy Gilley serves on the Water and Sewer Board, and says city needs to do something to encourage new growth. Gilley thinks making it a thousand dollars cheaper to connect plumbing for a new house might be a step in the right direction. But he says it’s hard to quantify the benefits.
Jan 13, 2011 7:02 AM

Murfreesboro acquisition grows nursing home firm

Vanguard Healthcare Services completes $4.2M deal
Jan 12, 2011 10:57 AM

Nissan to shift Rogue production to Smyrna

Nissan North America Chairman Carlos Tavares yesterday told the Society of Automotive Analysts that the high relative cost of the yen has pushed the auto maker to shift the production of its Rogue SUV to Smyrna from Japan. The move is expected to happen in two years and will mean Smyrna will crank out 100,000 Rogues per year on top of the Altima, Maxima, Xterra, Frontier and Pathfinder models. The Rogue is Nissan's third-best seller after the Altima and Versa. A query this afternoon to Nissan's local operations about whether the move will require a plant expansion or the hiring of more workers was not immediately returned. Since breaking ground in Smyrna about three decades ago, Nissan has invested more than $2.5 billion in the plant, which now has the capacity to produce about 550,000 vehicles per year. The company also is — with the help of the U.S. Department of Energy — investing more than $1 billion in a plant to make the Leaf electric car and the batteries that will it and other electric models.
Jan 10, 2011 3:14 PM

Real estate notes: Cousins buys into Publix projects

Also: Shoe charity buys Alabama warehouse
Jan 7, 2011 12:39 PM

New honcho for Murfreesboro manufacturer

Murfreesboro wheel balance weights manufacturer Perfect Equipment has named Johannes Michalski as CEO, succeeding company President Mike Astorino, who will remain with Perfect as a business consultant. Michalski joins Perfect from a mechanical and electronic key systems company, where he served as COO of the North American division.
Jan 6, 2011 12:08 PM

Mediation firm hires Rutherford court clerk

Consensus Conflict Management and Mediation Services has hired former Rutherford County Court Clerk Eloise Gaither. Gaither will serve as mediation coordinator for the Rutherford courts.
The dockets are so crowded," said Gaither. "It's not unusual for judges to work five and six months out - which means parties are put on hold for extended periods of time. "Mediation will help clear these crowded dockets, especially in Juvenile Court. Rutherford County funds a Magistrate who hears Juvenile cases to help keep the docket manageable. If some of those cases can be settled before they are on the docket, it will help judges and attorneys get to cases more quickly and help citizens save time and money. In short, mediation takes much of the stress out of disputes for everyone involved."
Consensus is based in Nashville and has mediators in 36 counties across the state.
Dec 29, 2010 7:41 AM

Patent Patrol: 22 December 2010

In this week's batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: More efficient battery charging, stretchable laminates, a convertible utility cart, and more...
Dec 22, 2010 10:51 AM