Tennessee Business

SmartFinancial, Inc. to acquire Tullahoma, TN-based Southern Community Bank

13 12 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 12, 2017 -- SmartFinancial, Inc., parent company of SmartBank (“SmartFinancial”) (NASDAQ:SMBK), and Tennessee Bancshares, Inc. (“Tennessee Bancshares”), parent company of Southern Community Bank (“Southern Community”), jointly announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which SmartFinancial will acquire Tennessee Bancshares followed by Southern Community merging into SmartBank.  Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company is expected to have assets of approximately $2.0 billion.“This is another big step for SmartBank in becoming the Southeast’s next great community banking franchise.  We are excited to partner with Southern Community and look forward to serving an expanded footprint in our newest markets in Murfreesboro, Huntsville and Tullahoma,” said SmartBank President and CEO, Billy Carroll. “The opportunities that exist in these thriving markets combined with Southern Community’s strong...

Road Warrior Tires, a Division of TRU Development Inc., Will be Opening Its New Warehouse in Houston, Texas on Dec. 15, 2017

12 12 2017

Houston, TX, December 12, 2017 -- Road Warrior Tires proudly announces its partnership with trucktiresinc.com. Currently preparing for the grand opening of a new distribution center in Houston, Texas, more details will soon follow.Located at: 7625 Railhead Lane, Houston, Texas 77086Due to a tremendous increase in demand for heavy truck tires in New Mexico, Tennessee, Louisiana, Colorado, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas and to mitigate the cost of shipping, management has approved plans for this new location. The Houston warehouse will efficiently serve Road Warrior customers. "As of Dec. 15, 2017, we will start shipping from our Houston, Texas location. This option will improve delivery times and allow customers to purchase tires locally," explained the company spokesperson.Models of truck tires that will be available immediately from the new Houston location are:Bobcat TiresTruck TiresLight Truck TiresLoader Tires11R22.5, 295/75R22.5, 11R24.5, 225/70R19.5, 245/75R19.5, 385/65R22.5,...

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Brings Texas-style Barbecue to Soddy Daisy

12 12 2017

SODDY DAISY, Tenn., Dec. 12, 2017 -- Local Tennessee couple brings Dickey's slow-smoked, Texas-style barbecue to Soddy Daisy in Spring 2018. The new location will be opened by new Dickey's Barbecue Pit owners Mark and Donna Oldham. "Dickey's Barbecue Pit has been family owned and operated since 1941 and we consider each of our owners as a part of our family," said Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. "We are always proud when passionate franchisees such as Mark and Donna Oldham decide to invest in Dickey's and help us further our brand." Originally from Tennessee, the Oldhams are not new to creating a business to serve their community. Though Dickey's will be their first restaurant venture, the Oldhams are owners of a chicken farm in their home state. The couple knew they wanted to get into the restaurant business and after trying Dickey's and researching the Dickey's franchisee program, they knew it was a perfect...

Brother Expands Retail Footprint for New DesignNCut Electronic Cutting Machine; Launches in JOANN and Michaels

12 12 2017

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Dec. 12, 2017 -- Brother International Corporation, supplier of sewing, embroidery machines and ScanNCut, has announced the expanded availability of its new DesignNCut DC200 home electronic cutting and crafting machine in JOANN Fabric & Crafts Stores and Michaels retail stores. The DesignNCut machine is now available at Michaels and JOANN stores while its cutting accessories are now available in select JOANN store locations as well as via Michaels.com and JOANN.com. The DesignNCut is the newest addition to Brother’s growing lineup of crafting and electronic cutting machine products.A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/89f87e33-8fd3-48e8-a94d-3913c832bd73From the simplest patterns to the most intricate designs, the DesignNCut is a compact and affordable precision cutting machine built to produce an infinite number of mix-material projects in a matter of minutes--everything from stunning signs...

Adams Keegan expands in Nashville market with new hire, office

12 12 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 12, 2017 -- Adams Keegan, a national managed HR services company, today announced it has hired client service associate Kelsey Foster, and expanded its physical office space in Nashville. The appointment comes after Adams Keegan's announcement of officially operating in the area earlier in 2017, as well as the development of a performance management tool last month. "Tennessee has always been known for its pro-business climate, and the Nashville market presents a tremendous opportunity for us," said Jay Keegan, president and CEO at Adams Keegan. "While we've had Nashville-based clients for some time, our reputation for exceptional service aligns well with the large service sector there, particularly the hospitality and healthcare segments. We are excited to continue building our team to support our rapidly growing client base in the area, and look forward to what's ahead in the new year." As client service associate, Foster's primary responsibility...

DemandTrans Teams With Nashville MTA To Integrate MOD Technology In Multiple Pilots

12 12 2017

Nashville MTA This is a transformative time for the transit industry, and our team is grateful to have the opportunity to lend our experience and technology to advance Nashville MTA’s progressive transportation agenda. NASHVILLE, Tenn. December 12, 2017 DemandTrans and Nashville MTA have signed an agreement to provide technology and support to improve and convert existing MTA vehicles to a real‐time, demand‐responsive service model. Solutions will include ADA eligible vehicles as well as TNCs and taxi services. “This is a transformative time for the transit industry, and our team is grateful to have the opportunity to lend our experience and technology to advance Nashville MTA’s progressive transportation agenda.” says DemandTrans Chairman John E. Michel. “There is so much we can do through combining new technology and business models to deliver optimal services to meet evolving needs.” DemandTrans is working closely with the MTA to provide solutions for both ADA...

SwingThought TOUR (aka “ST TOUR”) Launches 2018 Industry Leading Developmental Professional Golf Tour and Offerings for Players, Courses, and Local Communities

12 12 2017

The ST TOUR developmental system map of 2018 "The SwingThought TOUR's 2018 developmental system is rewriting the script of how a player succeeds in a touring professional golf career." CHARLOTTE, N.C. December 12, 2017 The SwingThought TOUR continues its goal of increasing the value of the developmental professional golf industry with unmatched investment and support towards developing professional golfers, hosting venue flexibility, and intimate community involvement in its 2018 TOUR schedule. The SwingThought TOUR hosts professional golf events featuring the future stars of the WebDotCom and PGA Tours. For professional golfers, the “44 Series & Race” is the central focus of the ST TOUR. The 44 Sponsorship Race offers players an unrivaled $4,400 sponsorship to each of the top 44 qualifying players over the entire season’s competitions. The 44 Series is a collection of 8 designated events in 2018 that offer up to 44 players sponsored entry into the event at no cost...

Allen R. Dyer, MD, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

12 12 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC, December 12, 2017 -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Allen R. Dyer, MD, PhD with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Dyer celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Affiliated with The George Washington (GW) University Medical Faculty Associates in Washington, DC, Dr. Dyer is a trained psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. After completing his undergraduate degree and Master of Medical...

Joseph Hants Hamilton, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

12 12 2017

    NASHVILLE, TN, December 12, 2017 -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Joseph Hants Hamilton, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Hamilton celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Dr. Hamilton is a Landon C. Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He is a career physicist who was first hired as a member of the faculty in 1958. He is the longest-tenured professor at the university...

Bill Hearn, 58, CEO Of Market-Leading Capitol Christian Music Group Passes Away After A Long And Courageous Battle With Cancer

11 12 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 11, 2017 -- William Ray "Bill" Hearn, a highly admired and revered music industry executive who led the Nashville-based market-leading Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG) as its Chairman & CEO, passed away yesterday at age 58 in Nashville, Tennessee.  Bill Hearn Hearn successfully combined an unwavering vision, a commitment to excellence, and an arsenal of exceptional talent to make CCMG the leader in the Christian/Gospel music industry.  Hearn was instrumental in the formation and leadership of that company, having played a leading role in the sale and highly-successful transition of family-owned Sparrow Records – founded by his father, Billy Ray Hearn –to EMI Music in 1992.  Through multiple acquisitions, Hearn evolved Sparrow into EMI Christian Music Group where he was appointed CEO in 1996.  The company was renamed Capitol Christian Music Group 2013.  He led the company to unprecedented success by developing...

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