The state has awarded $6.5 million to Columbia State Community College to go toward the purchase of property for a new campus in Williamson County. The Williamson Herald reports today that the two-year school is looking at several pieces of property, including a location on Liberty Pike in Cool Springs.
The school has outgrown its current Franklin campus in the former Williamson County Vocational School building next to Franklin High. CSCC's other locations are in Columbia, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton.
The discussion about a potential sale of county-owned Williamson Medical Center may end on June 13 when the County Commission votes on a resolution against liquidating the asset. The Tennessean reports on the debate over whether to sell the facility — and the "overwhelming majority" of commissioners who oppose the idea.
County Commissioner Bob Barnwell first floated the idea of selling the facility in November.
Last summer, Williamson County Director of Economic Development Matt Largen said his team was in the mix for projects totaling some 8,000 jobs and about $300 million in investment. In fact, things were so promising that he was fretting about the lack of high-end office space for him to market.
Looks like that headache has strengthened a bit since then: In his first-quarter report — downloadable here — Largen says his potential pipeline has grown by 2,400 jobs and $180 million in investment.
The Tennessean has details on plans by Mars Petcare to relocate its Cool Springs offices into a Thompson's Station campus that is planned to include five buildings and new R&D space. The pet food manufacturer, which moved to this area four years ago, looked for a new HQ site around the country. More than 600 jobs are set to make the move to southern Williamson County, across State Route 840 from Independence High School.
Representatives with Hastings Architectural Associates submitted a preliminary site plan Tuesday and hoped members of the town planning commission would be willing to consider a zone change from high intensity to a “specific plan” zoning.
Despite the late submittal, town officials noted that the company has been working for months with the town, as well as county and state officials, towards submitting these plans.
Mindy Tate is leaving her role as executive editor of the Williamson Herald to become the next executive director for Franklin Tomorrow.
Tate, who was selected from a nationwide pool of more than 50 applicants, was a co-founder of the Herald in 2005. She will lead the 10-year old community organizing group beginning in mid-April, filling the post vacated by Natalie Dodd Whitten, who resigned from the post earlier this year.
“Through my work in the community, I have developed a strong heart for service and I think the potential of an organization like Franklin Tomorrow to have a positive impact on this city's future is unrealized,” Tate said. “Under the leadership of a strong and active board, I look forward to implementing the plan for the future as we share the evolving vision of the citizens of Franklin for their hometown."
"It is said the only constant is change and here at the Williamson Herald we are experiencing a great deal of change. It is with great pride and excitement that we announce another change at the Herald, Mindy Tate, who has been at the editorial helm for the life of the paper, has been named to the position of executive director at Franklin Tomorrow, " Jones said. "Mindy was the driving force behind the start and success of the Williamson Herald. We would not be here today if not for her hard work, dedication, and love of covering and writing about this community.""She is the ideal choice for the leadership of Franklin Tomorrow. We know the passion and love she fosters for the city of Franklin will continue to grow and take the organization to new heights," he said. "Here at the Herald we have a talented staff and are excited about our next steps. We will not be able to replace Mindy's experience and relationships but we will continue to publish a quality product that covers the spirit of the diverse communities of Williamson County. We wish her all the best and look forward to working with her in a different capacity."
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