The ongoing saga of the location of proximity centers at Morrison and Smartt Station has made its way to Business Pulse.
This is because the county is going to ask the Industrial Development Board to donate 4 acres of land inside the Mt. View Industrial Park in an effort to create the largest convenience center ever.
“We will be asking the IDB to give us 4 acres of land next to Morrison Industries at the IDB meeting in July,” County Commissioner Steven Helton said. “We believe this site will solve a lot of our problems and be the best value for taxpayers. What we plan to create is the largest and best convenience center in the county. The fairground is about 1 acre and we want to double that size.It would really relieve a lot of stress on the fairground site as we would have another place to get toilets, TVs, box springs and things like that.
Industrial Development Council Executive Director Don Alexander didn’t like the idea of placing a landfill in the county’s largest industrial park when it was mentioned two months ago and he still doesn’t like it when asked Friday.
“If I have a group coming from Japan, they don’t want to see a stove on the side of the road that hasn’t quite reached the convenience store,” Alexander said. “I think people need to remember that we’re competing with other communities for these industrial jobs and every little thing matters.”
Don said the IDB sent out a survey to all industries located in the Mt. View industrial park about the prospect of locating a landfill there and received four responses. Don said two of the responses were neutral about the idea of a dump in the industrial park and two didn’t like the idea. No one was in favor of it.
One negative response mentioned the large volume of traffic already present in the industrial park when workers arrive at 7:00 a.m. and leave at 3:30 p.m. The other negative response pointed out that there was a fatal accident in the industrial park there a few years ago that involved a semi truck leaving one of the industries and said increased traffic would increase safety concerns.
I can’t wait to see what kind of support Helton is getting from IDB members on this idea. It will need a motion and a second to put it to a vote, so we will have to wait and see what happens with this one.
Coming to the city center
A number of local residents never knew there was a vegan restaurant located in downtown McMinnville on North Spring Street.
The vegan restaurant was operating under the strange strategy of doing no marketing, even telling me they didn’t want a free article in the newspaper when I stopped by a few days after it opened. This game plan didn’t seem to work as the vegan restaurant lasted about six months and I never heard anyone mentioning eating there.
The restaurant itself was a failure, but it was successful in that it took an old building at 111 North Spring Street and turned it into a very attractive business with an entirely new kitchen.
A bakery called Oh Sugar is going to take advantage of the shiny new location and set up shop there in mid-August. Oh Sugar owner Penny Crouch told me on Thursday that the location was great and she would have very little to do before moving in.
I think a bakery will be a better fit in downtown McMinnville than a vegan restaurant. I hope to provide more information once it is open and serving customers.
Hoover & Sons
It’s hard to believe that Hoover & Son Insurance has been serving Warren County and surrounding counties since 1901. I know I’ve been riding up there for years, but it’s a company I can’t claim to have covered when its opening.
Freddy Hoover is the fourth generation to run the family business and he is pleased to announce that he has a new employee on board. Insurance veteran Jason Gillentine joins the company and has an interesting story to tell.
Jason ran his own insurance agency for years before joining the team of Boyd Ramsey and Jay Bragg at Southern Insurance, now called SouthPoint Risk. So Jason decided to take a break.
“I just had to get away from the insurance business for a few years, so I left in 2018,” Jason said. “I went to Camp Hy-Lake on Rock Island and worked there as a principal for about four years. I did everything to maintain the land, which covers 20 hectares and includes a dining hall and a dormitory. The camp is owned by Harpeth Hills Church of Christ in Nashville and there are 200 to 300 children there at a time.
Getting rid of the insurance itch is hard and Jason is happy to be back to doing what he did for 22 years, which is selling insurance. At Hoover & Son, he can handle all of your insurance needs, including home and auto, and he also specializes in final expense insurance.
“The average funeral today will cost you between $10,000 and $15,000 and a lot of seniors can’t afford that,” Jason said. “But they can afford a premium of $40 to $50 a month, so they’re choosing to go that route.”
Jason has more big news to report. He will open a satellite office for Hoover & Son in the Rock Island area for a new Hoover/Gillentine agency. It will be located in the old garage on the left after passing Rock Island Market.
“I’m working on the building as I can afford it,” Jason said. “I don’t want to take out a loan, so it’ll probably be fall or winter before I’m done and ready to open. I would like to invite one of my former clients to call me or come see me at Hoover & Son and I will assist you in any way I can.
Hoover & Son is located at 114 S. Court Square in downtown McMinnville and can be reached at 473-2200.
Registered on the VAT website
TeNac ended nearly 30 years of operation at the Mt. View Industrial Park in Morrison when it closed two weeks ago. The Industrial Development Board was quick to have the property listed on TVA’s website.
“By being on the TVA website, it will reach more project managers in the Southeast,” said IDB Executive Director Don Alexander. “The building is 21,000 square feet and sits on 11 acres. It’s a good building that’s ready to go. Everything is ready.”
While talking with the TeNac plant manager on the company’s last day of operation, he told me that the company had 20 employees at its peak, but had dropped to 12 employees at the time of its closing.
You’re probably not going to land a company with 150 jobs with a 21,000 square foot building, but it may be a good location for a small to medium sized employer who needs a facility ready to go right now.
Few things make me think of summer vacation like the 4th of July. If you’re looking to get out of the city and explore the country or the world, Hannah Gribble of Key to the World Travel is ready to help.
On Wednesday, Hannah earned the distinction of being named a Certified Travel Associate by The Travel Institute. It is the travel industry benchmark for recognizing excellence in training in the profession.
“Achieving my certified status not only demonstrates my commitment to continuous learning, but also my commitment to my clients who will be better served with my increased knowledge and skills,” Hannah said.
To become a Certified Travel Associate, Hannah had to complete a rigorous training program, including closed-book tests administered by an invigilator, to demonstrate in-depth industry knowledge and experience and the highest standards of professionalism in travel material.
In addition, CTAs are required to meet strict continuing education requirements each year.
Hannah has been a travel consultant for over six years and has sent over 500 clients on vacations all over the world. She specializes in family travel, especially to theme parks, and honeymoons, especially all-inclusive.
Key to the World Travel has been in business for nine years and employs over 400 professional travel consultants. Key to the World Travel specializes in Disney and Universal Orlando destinations. The company’s travel professionals are experts in the Caribbean, Hawaii, European travel and other destinations around the world.
To learn more about how Gribble can help you with your travel plans, you can email [email protected]
Business Pulse wants to recognize Tree City Trash for 17 years in business. The concept of garbage collection for residents outside the McMinnville city limits was popular and I remember covering the business when it first opened. It seemed like a great idea.
In a letter to customers posted online, Tree City Trash owner JT Best announced Friday, July 1 as the last day of business. He said mechanical problems with a company truck were one of the reasons the decision was made to close.
Tree City Trash has made an impact and helped a number of local residents get rid of their household trash over the years. Good luck to the Tree City Trash team in future endeavours.
That’s all people
The two weeks around July 4 are traditionally the slowest weeks of the year for economic news. Luckily, I think I was able to piece together some interesting information for your reading pleasure today.
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