Three rings

Sam Stockard on the "circus" of the Rutherford County Election Commission:
According to an Election Commission audiotape and an amateur video posted on YouTube, after Forrest spoke, the commission began to go about the rest of its agenda, but Forrest said, "When are you going to answer our questions?"Chairwoman Jones responded, "They're not going to be answered tonight. ... I suggest you schedule a meeting." "This is a meeting," Forrest said. "You're wasting an hour of our time," the chairwoman said. "We're not wasting anybody's time," an unidentified woman in the audience responded. "We want to hear an answer to the questions we have asked and quit dodging the questions." "I'm not dodging your questions," Chairwoman Jones said. "You are, you just did," the unidentified woman said. Then, Chairwoman Jones' husband, Clyde, interjected from his seat, "She told you to stop and shut up and not say anything else if you're going to stay."
Mr. Jones' comment elicited a response from Commissioner Taylor, who said, "Hey, hey, we don't need a shouting match at this meeting, please."
The meeting YouTube-ly available here and here.
Jan 24, 2011 7:10 AM
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Patent Patrol: 19 January 2011

In this week's batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: A collapsable stringed instrument, a meat mixture maker, a modified flu virus, and more...
Jan 19, 2011 10:27 AM

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

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
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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