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For many years, Ford has contributed to the betterment of Middle Tennessee and Nashville. With more than 900 Ford employees and 4,000 retirees in our community, our influence can be seen all over the Mid-South region. Ford has contributed millions of dollars and hundreds of hours towards charity and volunteer organizations. But our charity only starts with money. Here are a few examples of how Ford’s employees and dealers are pitching in to make the Mid-South better: Ford Next Generation Learning Research Foundation Nashville Zoo at Grassmere Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Second Harvest Food Bank Hands-on Nashville

Al White Motors Inc. 2002 Hillsboro Blvd Manchester,TN 37355 (931) 728-2402

Florence & White Ford 710 West Broad Street Smithville,TN 37166 (615) 597-2300

Hunt Ford, Inc. 1000 S. Main St. Franklin, KY 42134 (270) 586-3281

Mid-Tenn Ford 1319 Foster Avenue Nashville,TN 37210 (800) 476-5184

Bates Ford 1673 West Main Street Lebanon,TN 37087 (888) 866-7184

Ford Lincoln of Cookeville 1600 Interstate Drive Cookeville TN 38501 (931) 526-3328

Jenkins & Wynne Ford Lincoln 328 College Street Clarksville,TN 37040 (931) 647-3353

Miracle Ford Inc. 517 Nashville Pike Gallatin,TN 37066 (888) 367-3135

Ford Lincoln of Franklin 1129 Murfreesboro Rd Franklin TN 37064 (615) 794-4585

Kidd Ford Lincoln 5917 Manchester Highway Morrison,TN 37357 (931) 668-2177

Beaman Ford Inc. 1717 Highway 46 South Dickson,TN 37055 (615) 446-2308 Crown Ford 646 Thompson Lane Nashville,TN 37204 (800) 432-2897


Ford of Murfreesboro 1550 NW Broad Street Murfreesboro,TN 37129 (800) 270-1287

Shelbyville Ford 2006 North Main Street Shelbyville,TN 37160 (800) 264-6800

Russell Barnett Ford, Inc 4055 Tullahoma Hwy Winchester,TN 37398 (931) 967-2277 Sharp Motor Co., Inc. 216 North 2nd Street Pulaski,TN 38478 (931) 363-2533

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Sloan Ford Lincoln, Inc 1155 James Campbell Blvd. Columbia,TN 38401 (931) 388-2463

Tracy Langston Ford-Lincoln, LLC 501 22nd Avenue East Springfield,TN 37172 (615) 382-7950

Stan McNabb Ford, LLC 1304 North Ellington Parkway Lewisburg,TN 37091 (931) 359-3533

Two Rivers Ford 76 Belinda Parkway Mount Juliet,TN 37122 (800) 900-1000

Thompson Ford 1106 East Carroll Street Tullahoma,TN 37388 (931) 455-4564 Town & Country Ford 101 Anderson Lane Madison,TN 37115 (888) 211-8053

Valley Ford Inc 111 Auto Lane Sparta,TN 38583 (931) 738-2311 Woody Anderson Ford Fayetteville 2626 Huntsville Hwy Fayetteville,TN 37334 (866) 623-6732


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MIDSTATE BARGAIN SHOPPING If you’re a bargain shopper, you’ll certainly want to check out Ms. Cheap’s top tips on Page 61 and follow her column, which runs Thursday through Sunday in print and online. Ms. Cheap also keeps her blog up to date with the latest information for the bargain shopper, which includes frequently asked questions. Find Ms. Cheap at Tennessean. com/mscheap as well as www.facebook. com/mscheap.


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Turning on utilities ELECTRICITY Cheatham County: Dickson Electric System, 615-446-9051; Nashville Electric Service, 615-736-6900; Cumberland Electric Membership Corp., 615-792-5651 Davidson County: Nashville Electric Service, 615-736-6900 Dickson County: Dickson Electric System, 615-446-9051 Maury County: Columbia Power, Water and Cable, 931-388-4833; Duck River Electric Membership Corp., 931-388-3131 Robertson County: Springfield Utility Co., 615-382-2200; Cumberland Electric Membership Corp., 931-645-2481; Nashville Electric Service, 615-736-6900 Rutherford County: Murfreesboro Electric Department, 615-893-5514; Middle Tenn. Electric Membership Corp., 1-877-777-9020; Nashville Electric Service, 615-736-6900 Sumner County: Cumberland Electric Membership Corp., (Gallatin) 615-452-3703, (Portland) 615-325-4172; Nashville Electric Service, 615-736-6900 Williamson County: Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp., 1-877-777-9020; Nashville Electric Service, 615-736-6900 Wilson County: Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp., 1-877-777-9020

NATURAL GAS Cheatham County: Clarksville Gas and Water, 931-645-7400; Piedmont Natural Gas, 1-800-752-7504 Davidson County: Piedmont Natural Gas, 1-800-752-7504 Dickson County: Greater Dickson Gas Authority, 615-441-2830; Piedmont Natural Gas, 1-800-752-7504 Maury County: Atmos Energy, 1-888-2866700 Robertson County: Springfield Gas System, 615-382-1621; Piedmont Natural Gas, 1-800-752-7504 Rutherford County: Atmos Energy, 1-888286-6700; Smyrna Utilities, 615-355-5740 Sumner County: Gallatin Public Utilities, 615-452-2881, Piedmont Natural Gas, 1-800752-7504 Williamson County: Atmos Energy, 1-888286-6700; Piedmont Natural Gas, 1-800-7527504 Wilson County: Lebanon Utility Co., 615444-6300; Middle Tenn. Natural Gas, 615683-1021; Piedmont Natural Gas, 1-800-7527504





WATER Cheatham County: Ashland City Water and Sewer, 615-792-4211; Second South Cheatham Utility District, 615-952-3094; East Montgomery Utility District, 931-368-1921; Harpeth Valley Utility District, 615-352-7076; Pleasant View Utility District 615-746-5315; River Road Utility District, 615-792-4603

District, 615-628-0237; Milcrofton Utility District, 615-794-5947; Nolensville-College Grove Utility District, 615-776-2511; Water Authority of Dickson County, 615-441-4188; Spring Hill Water Department at City Hall: 931-486-2252; Metro Water Services, 615862-4600

Davidson County: Metro Water Services, 615-862-4600; Harpeth Valley Utility District, 615-352-7076; Madison Suburban Utility District, 615-868-3201; Old Hickory Utility District, 615-847-3629

Wilson County: Gladeville Utility District, 615-449-0301; West Wilson Utility District, 615-758-5682; City of Lebanon Water, 541258-4913; Watertown Water & Sewer, 615237-3326; Wilson County Water, 615-4492951

Dickson County: Water Authority of Dickson County, 615-441-4188; Sylvia-Tennessee City-Pond Utility District, 615-446-8888 Maury County: Columbia Power, Water and Cable, 931-388-4833; Maury Co. Water System, 931-381-8900; Spring Hill Water Dept. at City Hall, 931-486-2252; Mt. Pleasant Water System at City Hall, 931-379-7717 Robertson County: Greenbrier Water and Sewer Department at City Hall, 615-6434531; East Montgomery Utility District, 931-368-1921; Springfield Water System, 615-382-1600; White House Utility District, 615-672-4110 Rutherford County: Consolidated Utility District, 615-893-7225; La Vergne Water Department, 615-793-5932; Murfreesboro Water and Sewer Department, 615-8900862; Smyrna Utilities, 615-355-5740; Metro Water Services, 615-862-4600 Sumner County: Castalian Springs-Bethpage Utility District, 615-841-3724; Gallatin Public Utilities, 615-452-2881; Hendersonville Utility District, 615-824-3717; Portland Water System at City Hall, 615-325-6776; Westmoreland Water System at City Hall, 615644-3382; White House Utility District, 615-672-4110 Williamson County: Brentwood Water Department, 615-661-7061; Franklin Water Department, 615-794-4572; HB & TS Utility District, 615-794-7796; Mallory Valley Utility

TELEPHONE AT&T serves all Midstate counties, 1-888757-6500 Charter serves Cheatham, Montgomery, Maury, Robertson, Williamson and Wilson counties, 615-444-2288, 1-888-829-3018 Comcast serves most counties, 615-244-5900, 1-800-266-2278 Grapevine Interactive serves all counties, 615-446-2010 TDS Telecom serves Davidson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, 1-888-225-5837

CABLE AT&T (U-verse) serves all Midstate counties, 1-800-288-2020 Charter Communications serves Cheatham, Montgomery, Maury, Robertson, Williamson and Wilson counties, 615-444-2288, 1-888-829-3018 Columbia Power, Water and Cable serves Maury County, 931-388-4833 Comcast serves Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties, 615-244-5900, 1-800-266-2278 TDS serves parts of Rutherford and Wilson counties, 1-888-225-5837 Utility providers don't necessarily serve all parts of the counties.

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Elected state officials GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM

Bill Haslam is Tennessee’s 49th governor and has held the office since 2010. Haslam hails from Knoxville, where he began his political career as mayor in 2003; he was re-elected in 2007. Before his terms as mayor, he was president and director of Pilot Travel Centers, LLC, a company that is run by the Haslam family. Mail: 1st Floor, State Capitol, Nashville, TN 37243. Phone: 615-7412001. Email:


Ramsey is in his third term as lieutenant governor and Senate speaker. He is the first GOP Senate speaker in 140 years, and he became the longest-serving Tennessee Republican Senate speaker in 2009. Ramsey received the lifetime achievement award from the Bristol Chamber of Commerce this year and is also a member of the Tennessee Auctioneer Hall of Fame. Mail: 301 Sixth Ave. N., Suite 1, Legislative Plaza Nashville, TN 37243. Phone: 615-741-4524. Email:


Beth Harwell is serving her 12th term in the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing State House District 56. She was elected House speaker in 2011 by her House colleagues after holding the positions of House Commerce Committee chairwoman and House Republican caucus whip. Mail: 301 Sixth Ave. N., Suite 19, Legislative Plaza, Nashville, TN 37243. Phone: 615-741-0709. Email: speaker.beth.harwell@


Alexander, first elected to the Senate in 2002, was the only Tennessean to be popularly elected as both U.S. senator and governor. His résumé includes U.S. education secretary and president at the University of Tennessee. Alexander oversees education, labor and health, and energy appropriations as the ranking Senate Republican. Mail: 3322 West End Ave., #120, Nashville, TN 37203; or 455 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510. Phone: 615-7365129, 202-224-4944. Email:, click on “E-mail me,” fill out the form and then click “Submit.”


Corker was elected to the Senate in 2006. He is an active member on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and a ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee. He has also held the positions of Tennessee Commissioner of Finance and Administration and mayor of Chattanooga.



Mail: 3322 West End Ave., Suite 610, Nashville, TN 37203; or 185 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C., 20510. Phone: 615-279-8125, 202-224-3344. Email:, click on “Contact Information,” fill out the form, then click “Submit.”


Cooper has served as state representative for District 5 since 2002. The politician was described as “the last moderate” by The New York Times, and he is on the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He teaches graduate-level courses part time at Vanderbilt University when Congress is not in session. Mail: 605 Church St., Nashville, TN 37219; or 1536 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone: 615-736-5295, 202-225-4311. Email:, click on “Contact Jim,” fill out the form, then click “Submit.”


Blackburn was elected as a Tennessee state senator in 1998. She was elected as congressional representative for Tennessee’s 7th District in 2002. She was selected to serve as vice chairman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She is on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and serves on the House Budget Committee. Blackburn is a founding member of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee. Mail: Cadence Bank Building, 198 E. Main St., Suite 1, Franklin, TN 37064; or 217 Cannon Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone: 615-591-5161, 202-225-2811. Email:, click on “Email Marsha,” fill out the form, then click “Submit.”


DesJarlais is a former physician who earned his doctor of medicine degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine before he moved to Tennessee to practice at Grand View Medical Center in Jasper. Representing the 4th District, DesJarlais was first elected in 2010 and serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Education and the Workforce Committee, and Agriculture Committee. Mail: 807 S. Garden St., Columbia, TN 38401; or 413 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone: 931-381-9920, 202-225-6831. Email:, click “Contact Me,” then follow the instructions.


Black spent 40 years in health care as a nurse before she was elected to Congress in 2010 as the representative for the 6th District. She is a Republican who is a member of the House Budget Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. She resides in Gallatin. Mail: 305 W. Main St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130; or 1531 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone: 615-896-1986, 202-225-4231. Email:, click “Contact Me,” then “Email Me,” then follow the instructions.



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State laws

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HUNTING & FISHING Hunting and fishing licenses go on sale Feb. 18 and are valid through the last day of February the following year. Season dates are subject to change, so check with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, 615-7816500, 1-800-624-7406 or The licenses are orange and will remain this color through 2016. You can buy most licenses — except for the Lifetime Sportsman License and specialty licenses — from most county clerks, sporting-goods stores, hardware stores, other interested merchants, and from all TWRA offices and online from the TWRA website. You also may order most license types by telephone, 1-888-814-8972, from anywhere within the U.S. or Canada, and pay for your purchase with a credit card. An authorization number will let you — in season — begin fishing or hunting right away. A processing fee will be added to online purchases or to ones made through the toll-free telephone number. Fees: All the following fees are in addition to the regular license fee. When purchasing a license by telephone from the toll-free number above, you will be given the option of having a paper license mailed to you for a fee of $7.50; if you do not want a license mailed to you, the fee is reduced to $6.25. If you buy a license on TWRA’s website and print it yourself, the fee is $3. If you want a



license mailed to you, the fee is $4.25. If you buy a license from one of the offices or merchants listed above, the fee is $1 for an annual license. You must have a Social Security number in order to purchase a hunting or fishing license in Tennessee.

WEAPONS Handgun-carry permits are available in Tennessee and are valid for four years. Eligibility requirements are as follows: An applicant must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of Tennessee and must first successfully complete a handgun safety course offered by a state-certified handgun safety school. An applicant cannot be federally prohibited from purchasing or possessing a handgun in this or any other state. Applicants for a new permit must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency. One can apply at any full-service Driver Service Center. The nonrefundable application fee for a four-year permit is $115. The cost to renew is $50, and a duplicate permit costs $5. Certain factors, such as a felony arrest or conviction, all current Class A misdemeanor convictions while under the jurisdiction of the court or arrest for stalking, domestic violence or DUI second or subsequent offense, could prevent the state from approving an application.

The process includes a criminal history check. It is illegal to provide a handgun to anyone younger than 21. Handgun permit holders are permitted to carry their weapons into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, unless the establishment has a posted notice prohibiting firearms. They may not consume alcohol while carrying their weapon. As of July 1, guns are permitted in vehicles regardless of where the vehicle is parked as long as the driver has a valid carry permit. Handgun possession laws in public parks vary from county to county — call the park and ask about local ordinances before carrying or operating a firearm on park property. There are exemptions to many of these rules for some security guards, police officers and military. For more call the Tennessee Department of Safety’s handgun permit office at 615-2518590 or go to

MARRIAGES To obtain a marriage license in Tennessee, both parties must appear together at a county clerk’s office. Both parties must have proof that they are at least 18 years old and both must have proof of a Social Security See STATE LAWS, Page 12

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GOVERNMENT & ECONOMY Continued from Page 10 number (if they have been issued one). Acceptable proof of date of birth includes a government-issued photo identification (such as a driver's license or passport) or a certified birth certificate. If one of the parties is younger than 18, he or she must be accompanied by his or her parent(s) or guardian. No one younger than 16 may be married in Tennessee without a court order. No blood tests are required, and there is no waiting period once you have the license, except in certain specific situations in which one or both parties are younger than 18. The marriage license is valid for 30 days and can be used for ceremonies anywhere in the state of Tennessee. The fee for a marriage license in Davidson County is $99.50. License applicants who have completed a premarital preparation course within a year of the application will receive $60 off that fee. More is available at your county clerk’s office, or for Davidson County online at

VOTING To vote in Tennessee, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old before the date of the next election and not have any felony convictions (if you have had a felony conviction, your full rights of citizenship must have been restored to you or you must

have been given a pardon). You must register at least 30 days before a given election to vote and must provide a street address, Social Security number, birth date and birthplace. You may register at your county’s election commission office, county clerk’s office, any public library, a register of deeds office, various state department offices or by mail. If you register by mail, the envelope must be postmarked at least 30 days before the election. If the registration deadline falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the deadline is extended until the next business day. Anyone who registers by mail must vote in person the first time after registering. For a registration form, visit gov/sos/election/registration.htm.

a $100 fine. Each subsequent violation in a 12-month period comes with a $500 fine. Violators can be reported to the state Department of Health or the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Smoking is allowed in some areas, such as businesses, including restaurants and bars, with patrons ages 21 and older only; designated hotel and motel rooms; patios and other open-air areas; private businesses with three or fewer employees that have a designated, enclosed smoking area; and private clubs.

ALCOHOL The legal drinking age in Tennessee is 21. Bars are allowed to stay open until 3 a.m. seven days a week under state law. Liquor and wine are sold through licensed stores. Beer can be purchased at most grocery and convenience stores. Liquor is available by the drink as determined by municipal vote. Licensed direct shippers may ship up to three cases of wine to a Tennessee consumer in a given calendar year. An individual purchaser may also buy up to five cases (or 60 liters) of wine in one day at a licensed out-of-state winery and bring that wine back home. For more call the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission at 615-741-1602, or visit their website at

SMOKING The tax on cigarettes is $0.62 per pack of 20s and $0.775 per pack of 25s. With a few exceptions, smoking is banned in all enclosed public places in Tennessee. Smoking laws are monitored and enforced by the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Someone caught knowingly smoking in an area where smoking is prohibited can be fined $50. Businesses that don’t comply will get one written warning. A second violation within 12 months carries










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Important numbers STATE NUMBERS General information ........................ 615-741-3011 Governor’s office............................... 615-741-2001 Birth/death certificates.................... 615-741-1763 Child abuse reporting ................. 1-877-237-0004 Elder abuse......................................... 615-741-2056 Driver’s license info .......................... 615-741-3954 Highway Patrol.............................. 1-800-736-0212 Unemployment insurance claims ............................................... 1-800-344-8337 Taxpayer assistance.......................... 615-253-0600 Consumer complaints line.............. 615-741-4737 Comptroller’s fraud hotline ....... 1-800-232-5454 Fishing/hunting licenses.................. 615-781-6585 Family Assistance Service Center.. 615-743-2000 Board of Architectural/ Engineering Examiners ................... 615-741-3221 Contractors Board ........................ 1-800-544-7693 Real Estate appraisers ...................... 615-741-1831 Real Estate Commission .............. 1-800-342-4031

U.S. GOVERNMENT Information center....................... 1-800-333-4636 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.................................... 1-800-669-4000 IRS Help Line ...................................1-800-829-1040 Social Security................................. 1-800-772-1213 V.A. Benefits................................... 1-800-827-1000 Postal Service ................................. 1-800-275-8777

COMMUNITY SERVICE AGENCIES Alcohol and Drug Council — Helpline......................................615-269-0122 Alcoholics Anonymous ............... 615-831-1050 Alive Hospice..................................615-327-1085 American Red Cross .................... 615-250-4300 Autism Society...............................615-385-2077 Better Business Bureau .............. 615-242-4222 Community Resource Center (household necessities)................615-291-6688 Crisis Intervention/ Suicide Prevention .......................615-244-7444 Help Line........................................ 615-269-4357 Domestic violence hotline......... 615-356-6767 Nashville Humane Association.. 615-352-1010 FiftyForward ..................................615-743-3400 Legal Aid Society ...................... 1-800-238-1443 Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce ................................ 615-743-3000 Sexual Assault Center hotline (24-hour) ...................... 1-800-879-1999 Salvation Army.............................. 615-242-0411 UnitedWay of Nashville ............. 615-255-8501

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Rules of the road LICENSES, RENEWALS U.S. citizens who move to Tennessee from another state have 30 days from the time they establish permanent residency to switch to a Tennessee driver’s license. They must pass a vision test and present their valid license from another state. If six months have passed since establishing residency, a written test and a road test are also required. Those applying for a driver’s license must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, two proofs of identity, two proofs of Tennessee residency (documentation should include name and residential address) and proof of a Social Security number. If never issued a Social Security number, a sworn affidavit stating so is required. Those obtaining a license for the first time must pass a written test, a vision test and a road test. Applications can be made at any of the state’s 47 full-service driver’s testing stations. For locations, go to dllocationmain.shtml. Anyone issued a Tennessee driver’s license since Jan. 1, 2001, is required to provide documentation of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency at the first renewal. For more information, call 615-253-5221 or 1-866-849-3548 or go to www.tennessee. gov/safety/driverservices.shtml.

VEHICLE TAGS, REGISTRATION You can renew a Tennessee license plate or registration in person or by mail, and some counties allow online renewal. Bring or mail a renewal form and the fee to the county clerk’s office. Some counties also require an emissions test. To renew a registration online, see In Davidson County, visit https://secure. renewals.php?countylist=19. For more contact your county clerk’s office. For personalized or specialty license plates, see Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties require a gas or dieselfueled vehicle pass an emissions test before it can be registered. Drivers must bring the vehicle, registration or title and a $10 fee to a testing station. For locations, visit vehicle or call 615-399-8995. Exempt are 1974-or-older models, electric vehicles, motorcycles and vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,500 pounds.


Drivers must yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, intersections without traffic signals



Automobile insurance is mandatory in Tennessee, and drivers must show proof of insurance during traffic stops and accidents. SAMUEL M. SIMPKINS / THE TENNESSEAN or when signals are not operating at a crosswalk. Pedestrians led by a guide dog or carrying a cane always have right of way.


Tennessee’s “Move Over Law” requires motorists to move into an adjacent lane of traffic for emergency vehicles when safe to do so, or to slow down.


Drivers with learner’s permits or intermediate licenses may not use cell phones (including hands-free devices) while driving. Failure to comply may result in a $50 fine. Drivers can use a hand-held cell phone only in emergencies or to communicate with a parent. Drivers may not send, read or receive text messages while driving, or read emails or websites on phones. The offense carries a $50 fine.


Automobile insurance is mandatory in Tennessee, and you must show proof of insurance during traffic stops and accidents. After a non-injury accident, vehicles involved may be moved out of traffic.


All motorcyclists must use an approved helmet, and all motorcycles must have a windshield. Rearview mirrors must be mounted upright on the left handlebar, and footrests are required for drivers and passengers.


Seat belts must be worn by drivers and all front-seat passengers, as well as back-seat passengers younger than 18. Violators may receive a ticket, with additional penalties for occupants ages 17 and younger.


Children younger than 1 year old or weighing 20 pounds or less must be in a rearfacing position in a federally approved restraint system in the rear seat. Children 1 to 3 years old and weighing more than 20 pounds must be in a safety seat in a forward-facing position in the rear seat. Children less than 4 feet, 9 inches tall must be in a federally approved booster seat in the rear seat. Children 12 or younger may not ride in open truck beds on the highway, and children 6 or younger may not ride in open truck beds on any street.


Drivers may turn right on red, unless posted otherwise. A left turn may be made from a one-way street onto another one-way street after checking for traffic.


There is up to a maximum $500 fine and sentence of 40 hours of public service removing litter for throwing trash from a vehicle.


Those younger than 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian when obtaining a learner’s permit or driver’s license. Tennessee has a graduated license program that restricts teens younger than 18. See


Tennessee’s legal blood-alcohol limit is .08 percent. Tennessee law states that when you drive in Tennessee, you have given “implied consent” to take a blood-alcohol or drug test if pulled over by a law enforcement officer. Refusal results in an automatic suspension of a driver’s license for a year.


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Boating laws

All owners of mechanically powered boats or sailboats that are used primarily in Tennessee must register their vessels. LARRY MCCORMACK / THE TENNESSEAN

REGISTRATION All owners of mechanically powered boats or sailboats principally used in Tennessee must register their vessels. Fees vary by boat size. For information, contact Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at 1-800-6488798, html, your county clerk’s office or most marine dealers. An owner may register his boat for one, two or three years.

BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE It is illegal to operate a boat under the influence of intoxicants or drugs. The measure is .08 percent blood-alcohol level. In an accident that results in serious injury or death, blood-alcohol content may be taken from all operators involved.

LIFE JACKETS When operating a boat, you must have one



wearable personal flotation device on board — of the appropriate size — for every person on the boat or for each person being towed. Each device must be easily accessible (not stored away), be in good condition and have a Coast Guard approval stamp. Boats that are 16 feet long or longer must have at least one throwable personal flotation device on board. Children 12 years old or younger must wear life jackets if they are in open boats or on the open deck of a recreational boat, unless it is anchored, moored or aground. Life jackets must be worn by anyone operating a personal watercraft.

YOUNG DRIVERS Children younger than 12 may not operate a powered boat of more than 8.5 horsepower, unless they are accompanied by an adult who can take immediate control of the vessel. Any resident of Tennessee born after Jan. 1, 1989, who is operating a boat alone or accompanying an operator younger than 12

must carry a TWRA-issued card showing proof of completion of the TWRA boating safety exam. Nobody younger than the age of 16 may rent a personal watercraft.

PERSONAL WATERCRAFT Personal watercraft, such as jet skis, are considered powered vessels and must follow the same rules as any other boat, as well as additional regulations. For more information, contact TWRA or visit

OWNER RESPONSIBILITY The owner of a vessel may be responsible for any injury or damage done by his or her vessel whether the owner is present or not. This shall not hold true if the vessel is used without the owner's consent. For additional information on boating regulations, visit regs.html.







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While Nashville’s national reputation centers on its role as Music City, the economy is more diversified than many realize. That fact helped the region weather tough times and bounce back faster than many cities after the recent economic downturn. According to employment figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Nashville metro region in 2012 had the highest rate of job growth of any metro area with a population of more than 1 million people. The region’s total employment numbers rose by 3.9 percent from 2011 to 2012. In addition, Nashville has been named No. 2 on Forbes’ list of “Best Cities for Jobs 2013,” trailing only San Francisco on the list. Last year, Nashville placed No. 9 on the list. “You don’t have to be a huge tech hub or energy capital to generate new jobs,” Forbes wrote. “(Nashville) reflects the power of economic diversity coupled with ample cultural amenities, pro-business policies and a mild climate.” The metro area saw jobs grow by 3.8 percent in 2012, and overall employment has grown 7 percent since 2008. Forbes noted the growth in business services, education, health and a recent recovery in the manufacturing sector.


Nashville is home to some of the nation’s most important health care companies, including publicly traded HCA and Community Health Systems, two of the nation’s largest hospital chains. Roughly 70 percent of the for-profit hospital beds in America are operated by companies based in Middle Tennessee. More than 250 health care companies have operations in Nashville, an industry concentration that ranks it above 13 similar cities, including Atlanta, Birmingham, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis and Louisville, based on the number of health care companies, industry revenues and employment. Seventeen publicly traded companies are located in Nashville. They have a combined employment of more than 145,000 and revenue of nearly $26 billion globally. Nashville’s health care employment growth has outpaced Tennessee and the nation, creating a vibrant industry hub, with one in eight Nashville workers employed by health



The Omni Hotel, connected to the Music City Center and the Country Music Hall of Fame, will open this fall. SAMUEL M. SIMPKINS / THE TENNESSEAN

care providers. In Tennessee, clinical occupations are projected to create more than 55,000 jobs by 2016, representing one in every seven new jobs in the state. Nationally, these jobs are projected to increase by almost 3 million to represent one in every six new jobs by 2018. The area also gets an employment and research boost from academic and research institutions such as Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College. The forecast calls for more job growth driven by changes under health care reform and a push to go digital with patients’ medical records. More urgent-care centers are popping up to expand medical options for Nashville-area residents. Meanwhile, hospitals, doctors and other health care providers are pursuing new partnerships to better position themselves for changes that require more collaboration to trim costs while keeping patients well.


The music industry, from the megastars to the mostly anonymous people writing their songs, tuning their guitars and driving their buses, has a $9.65 billion annual economic impact on the Nashville region, according to a recent study. The study, conducted by the Nash-

ville Area Chamber of Commerce, found there are 4.19 times as many music industry jobs in Nashville, relative to its size, as there are in the nation as a whole — more than the combined rates of Los Angeles (1.61), New York (1.13) and Austin, Texas (1.39). The 27,000 jobs directly supported by the industry and the additional 29,000 with indirect ties to it account for more than $3.2 billion in income, the report says. “The music business is such an important part of the city’s identity and its economy that having concrete information about its true impact is important to us,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.


A new convention center south of Broadway — dubbed the Music City Center — officially opened its doors in May. The facility opened with more than 1 million room nights already booked for the new convention center. With the introduction of its 1.2 million-square-foot facility, Nashville will compete more directly with established destinations such as Atlanta and New Orleans. The opening of the Music City Center is already having a dramatic See ECONOMY, Page 20

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effect on the city’s lodging industry. This fall, the new Omni Hotel, which will be connected to the convention center and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, will open. Several other downtown hotels are undergoing multimillion dollar upgrades. That’s in addition to several new projects in the pipeline. South of Broadway, above all, is poised to become ground zero for Nashville’s overnight lodging industry so long as recent announcements pan out. Today, 14 new downtown hotels, six of which are next to the Music City Center, are either under construction, going through the permit process or have been announced, accounting for 3,450 new rooms on top of Nashville’s existing 24,828 rooms. There are plans for a full-service 450-room, $135 million Hyatt Regency on Broadway at Third Avenue and a 400-room, $120 million Marriott across from Music City Center along Demonbreun Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. In addition, Gaylord Entertainment’s Opryland Resort & Convention Center — the largest freestanding hotel in the country — has fully recovered from the historic 2010 floods.


Tennessee has effectively become the new hub of the U.S. auto industry. Nissan moved its North American corporate headquarters to Franklin in 2006, and in 2010, Volkswagen opened a $2 billion plant in Chattanooga. Nissan operates the largest auto plant in the U.S. in Smyrna, where the automaker recently opened a $1.6 billion facility to build batteries for its electric vehicles. The Asian carmaker has also started production of the Leaf electric car there as well. Nissan’s powertrain plant in Decherd, Tenn., is being expanded to make more engines for Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, and engines for MercedesBenz vehicles built in Alabama. Making good on a promise made to the United Auto Workers union two years ago, General Motors also recently announced that it will add two more vehicles to the Spring Hill plant. In all, General Motors will spend $350 million and create or retain at least 1,800 jobs at the Spring Hill plant to support the reopening of the once-shuttered vehicle assembly line. The plant already has one vehicle in production, the Chevrolet Equinox, which started production in 2012. Tennessee also is feeling a boom in auto suppliers starting or expanding operations to support various manufacturing plants, bringing thousands of extra jobs to the state. Hiring is expected to continue to pick up steam, helping boost the jobs outlook.



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Home prices are improving in the Nashville area. The median price hit $204,000 for single-family properties in mid-summer. For a condominium, it was $154,500. The comparable median residential and condominium prices for summer 2011 were $182,000 and $160,000, respectively. As of July, the region has had 24 consecutive months of positive jumps in regional home sales. At the mid-year mark, there have been 18,010 home closings in the greater Nashville area, a 23.6 percent increase from the 14,568 closings reported for the same period in 2012, according to the Greater Nashville Associaton of Realtors. “Certainly, the market has become more of a seller’s market,� said Tommy Patterson, principal broker with Christianson Patterson Courtney & Associates. “Because the inventory is down, sellers are going to command a higher price or be less negotiable on their price and might be less willing to do repairs found after inspections.� Real estate analysts say Middle Tennessee never saw a big run-up in prices during the real estate boom

CAREER CENTERS Cheatham County: 202 N. Main St. Unit 4, Ashland City, 37015, 615-7922520 Davidson County: 2200 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, 37228, 615-253-8920 Davidson County: 3763 Nolensville Road,Nashville, 37211, 615-741-3556 Dickson County: 250 Beasley Drive, Dickson, 37055, 615-446-0229 Maury County: 119 Nashville Hwy., Suite 106, Columbia, 38401, 931-4903800 Robertson County: 299 10th Ave. E., Springfield, 37172, 615-384-1097 Rutherford County: 1313 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro, 37129, 615898-8081 Sumner County: 175 College St., Gallatin, 37066, 615-452-1964 Williamson County: 225 Noah Drive, Suite 360, Franklin, 37064, 615-790-3311 Wilson County: 155 Legends Drive, Lebanon, 37087, 615-444-9355

and thus didn’t collapse nearly as severely when the recession hit.


The Nashville area also is known as a transportation and warehouse hub, thanks to the meeting of interstates 65, 40 and 24. The region has become a solid jumping-off point to ship goods to consumers in the Deep South, East or Midwest. Last year, for instance, online retailer opened warehouses in Murfreesboro and Lebanon and already employs more than 1,600 full-time employees. Meanwhile, retailer Saks Inc. has about 300 employees at the roughly 564,000square-foot distribution center in La Vergne, and the company is seeking additional space in Middle Tennessee. OHL, one of the largest logistics companies in the U.S., is based in Brentwood and operates more than 130 distribution centers and has more than 7,000 workers. The region also is home to Bridgestone Americas Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp., the world’s largest tire and rubber company, and also is the home for several major manufacturing operations, including Electrolux, A.O. Smith Water Products Co. and Tyson Foods Inc. Michael Cass, Getahn Ward and Chambers Williams contributed to this story.


Mass transit The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority operates 46 bus routes in the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County area, including hourly service to and from Nashville International Airport. Nashville MTA service also includes the University Connector, which is a cross-town service connecting Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, Metro General Hospital and Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb universities. Buses travel via the 28th/31st Avenue Bridge every 30 to 60 minutes on weekdays and hourly on weekends. This connector service also provides transfer points to a number of other bus routes. The Nashville MTA is a free shuttle that provides convenient service to Farmers Market and the Gulch from the Riverfront train station. Whether you live or work downtown, or you’re visiting for business or pleasure, the Music City Circuit will get you where you need to go quickly and easily. Dining, entertainment and shopping are all at your fingertips on three free and easy-toaccess downtown routes.

BUS RAPID TRANSIT The MTA, with the full support of Mayor Karl Dean, is developing a bus rapid transit line. Known as “the Amp,” this line will run along the busy West End corridor from Harding Pike and White Bridge Road to Five Points in East Nashville. For additional information concerning the project, visit


Adults ages 20-64: Local service, $1.70; express service, $2.25 Adults 65 and older and people with disabilities: Local and express, 85 cents. Youth ages 5-19: Local and express, $1. Youths ages 4 and younger: Free Economical multiride passes: All-day adult pass, $5.25; seven-day, $24, 31-day, $84, as well as 20-ride local and express service passes for $32 and $42.

The Regional Transportation Authority operates nine regional bus routes including service to: » Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Smyrna and La Vergne in Rutherford County » Gallatin and Hendersonville in Sumner County » Franklin and Brentwood in Williamson County » Clarksville in Montgomery County » Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station in Williamson County » Springfield and Joelton in Robertson County


Single ride: $4

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MUSIC CITY STAR FARES Fare rates include one-ride tickets (platform purchase), 10-ride tickets (10 oneway rides), advance purchase one-ride and 10-ride tickets, and advance purchase monthly passes. Prices vary from originating station. Rates can be found at Children ages 4 and younger ride free. Reduced fare (1-ride): $2; youth ages 19 and younger, active & retired military, seniors ages 65 and older, people with disabilities and Medicare cardholders. Valid ID required PAYMENT INFORMATION The MTA/RTA fare boxes accept bills and coins. If you insert more than the price of the fare, the fare box will issue a change card with your balance. Drivers do not give change. The ticket sales and information center at Music City Central sells multiday passes and accepts debit cards, checks, money orders and credit cards. Most of the MTA/RTA’s transit vehicles travel to and from Music City Central (MCC), on Charlotte Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Avenues North in downtown Nashville next to Municipal Auditorium. MCC serves as a

The Music City Star is the area’s only commuter rail. LARRY MCCORMACK / THE TENNESSEAN transit hub and central transfer station. This facility has climate-controlled waiting areas, restrooms, ticket and information center, as well as ticket vending machines, a community meeting room and a Dunkin’ Donuts.

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1 Ground transportation (first level)

Valet parking is available at curbside at south end of terminal. Four climate-controlled waiting rooms are available for travelers awaiting ground transportation. Separate area for shuttle and limousine passengers. The taxi area accommodates 10 vehicles.


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C C Concourse C

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Enclosed pedestrian bridge provides direct access between the terminal and third level of the garage. Four traffic lanes are dedicated to private vehicles; three lanes are used by commercial vehicles.

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Glass-enclosed pedestrian bridge provides access between the terminal and second level of the garage. Short-term loading zone is available for passenger pick-up. Administration: 615-275-1600 Airport police: 615-275-1703 Airport Information Center (automated directory): 615-275-1674 Flight information: 615-275-4359 Operating conditions: 615-275-1665 Airport radio information: 1610 AM

4 Garage area

There are three garage levels. The first level is dedicated to rental cars, while the second and third levels are for public parking, with 1,706 parking spaces. Pedestrian atriums with moving walkways and a skylight. Two escalators and two elevators provide access.

On-site parking options A B C D

Valet: $24/day Short term: $2 for 20-40 minutes, up to $19/day Long term: Up to $14/day Economy/overflow: $9/day


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A look at the Nashville downtown skyline from the LP Field parking lot. KAREN KRAFT / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN

ANTIOCH Antioch is a multicultural area that has accessibility to the city without the extreme rental rates found downtown and along the West End corridor. Food and language is varied in Antioch, and the town attracts a lot of first-time home buyers and families. This area is in a state of evolution as investors work to develop Antioch to include more higher education and shopping options.

BELLEVUE Bellevue is a neighborhood southwest of downtown Nashville popular with middleclass families — mostly working parents who like the school system and want to live in a subdivision with other families. There are always community activities for the kids at family-friendly places such as Bellevue Park and Bellevue Public Library.


This area boasts attractions such as the Grand Ole Opry, Gaylord Opryland Resort, the Hermitage and Nashville Shores for families and visitors. Percy Priest Lake is nearby for those who enjoy spending time outdoors. Nashville International Airport is also in the area. According to the DonelsonHermitage Chamber of Commerce, it is home to approximately 75,000 residents.

EAST NASHVILLE East Nashville is an up-and-coming part of town that houses a lot of the art communi-



ty. Older buildings are being remodeled into homes, recording studios and small businesses. The Five Points area is the main place for restaurants and shops. It’s across the Cumberland River, and residents are proud to be from this community.

GERMANTOWN This part of town was aptly named for its first residents — the German community. It was Nashville’s first residential subdivision and is comprised of only 18 square blocks. It was originally known as the Ninth Ward, and it is just north of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The most popular attractions are Germantown Cafe, the Nashville Farmer’s Market and Bicentennial Capitol Mall.

GREEN HILLS On the other side of West End and Hillsboro Village, Green Hills boasts a slightly more upscale feel from the young hipster feel of the aforementioned neighborhoods. The Mall at Green Hills is the main attraction here; celebrities and area residents can be found perusing designer clothing at Nordstrom and the many specialty boutiques and searching for their next tech gadget at the Apple Store. Author Ann Patchett opened her independent bookstore, Parnassus Books, here. The store regularly draws writers to share their works, and the employees are quick with a book recommendation.

THE GULCH The Gulch is one of the fastest-growing

areas over the past year in particular. Its popularity has grown in part thanks to the high-end ICON apartments that sit atop Bar Louie, Cantina Laredo, Music City Flats and Bond Coffee Co. Across 12th Avenue South, Urban Outfitters and Two Old Hippies bring in young shoppers, Sanctuary Yoga Studio and Ru San’s sushi restaurant are nice spots to take a break, and Nashville boutique Apricot Lane sits beside brand-new bar Hops and Crafts. The Turnip Truck offers a Whole Foods alternative for those looking to grab a quick lunch.

HILLSBORO VILLAGE/ VANDERBILT This area is the place in Nashville for independent businesses. Fido, Jackson’s, Pangea and Bookman/Bookwoman are all local staples that line 21st Avenue. The Belcourt, Nashville’s indie theater, is the place for local premieres and art film showings. Vanderbilt ensures high traffic in this area, but the local color makes it well worth the inconvenience.

MADISON/ GOODLETTSVILLE These two communities are just north of downtown and comprise mostly comfortable subdivisions, schools and businesses. Residents choose this area for quiet lives outside the city without writing off the convenience of close proximity.

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COMMUNITIES DAVIDSON COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS Âť Population (2012 estimate): 648,295 Âť Change from 2010: +3.4% Âť Male: 48.4 Âť Female: 51.6% Âť High school graduates (age 25+): 85.3% Âť Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree or higher (25+): 34.4% Âť Median household income: $46,737

RACIAL BREAKDOWN Âť White: 65.8% Âť Black: 28.1% Âť American Indians/Alaskan Natives: 0.5% Âť Asian: 3.2% Âť Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders: 0.1% Âť Hispanic/Latino: 9.9% Âť Two or more races: 2.2% All figures courtesy of

PROPERTY TAX RATES Per $100 of assessed value Âť General services district: $3.924 Âť Urban services district: $.516

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Âť Âť 139 public schools Âť Enrollment is at approximately 80,246.

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ATTRACTIONS Âť Belle Meade Plantation, 615-356-0501, Âť Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, 615-356-8000, www. Âť Country Music Hall of Fame, 615-416-2001, Âť Frist Center for the Visual Arts. 615-2443340, Âť Grand Ole Opry, 615-871-OPRY, www. Âť The Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson, 615-889-2941, Âť Nashville Shores water park, 615-889-7050, Âť Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, 615-833-1534, Âť The Parthenon, 615-862-8431, www. Âť Ryman Auditorium, 615-889-3060, Âť The Tennessee State Museum, 615-7412692,

MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS Âť Country Music Marathon (April) Âť Nashville Film Festival (April) Âť Nashville Fashion Week (April) Âť Raginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cajun Crawfish Boil (April)

Fireworks fly through the air as the iconic music note drops on the 2013 Music City New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Bash on Broadway. GEORGE WALKER IV / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN Âť Iroquois Steeplechase (May) Âť CMA Musical Festival (June) Âť Fourth of July festivities, Riverfront Park Âť Music City Brewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival (July) Âť Tomato Art Fest (August) Âť Music City Festival and BBQ Championship (August) Âť Live On The Green (August/September) Âť African Street Festival (September) Âť Greek Festival (September)



Âť Tennessee State Fair (September) Âť TACA Fall Craft Fair (September) Âť Germantown Street Festival (October) Âť Southern Festival of Books (October) Âť Veterans Day Parade (November) Âť Music City Bowl (December) Âť Nashville Christmas Parade (December)

INTERESTING FACT Nashville is quickly gaining popularity across the country as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;? city. Forbes named it one of the next big boom towns in the U.S., and The New York Times profiled the city in January under a headline that read, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nashvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next big hit could be the city itself.â&#x20AC;?




Âť Metro government general information: 615-862-5000 Âť Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office: 615-862-6000 Âť Police (non-emergency): 615-862-7400 Âť Fire (non-emergency): 615-862-5421 Âť Sheriff: 615-862-8123 Âť Animal control: 615-862-7928 Âť County clerk: 615-862-6050 Âť Codes administration: 615-862-6500 Âť Health department: 615-340-5616 Âť Metro Transit Authority: 615-862-5969 Âť Recycling: 615-880-1000 Âť Register of deeds: 615-862-6790 Âť Belle Meade city hall: 615-297-6041 Âť Belle Meade police: 615-297-0241 Âť Berry Hill city hall: 615-292-5531 Âť Berry Hill police: 615-297-4701 Âť Forest Hills city hall: 615-383-8447 Âť Goodlettsville city hall: 615-851-2200 Âť Goodlettsville police: 615-859-3405 Âť Goodlettsville fire: 615-851-2246 Âť Oak Hill city hall: 615-371-8291 Âť Ridgetop city hall: 615-859-0596 Âť Ridgetop police: 615-851-0203 Âť Ridgetop fire: 615-851-4570






Cheatham County ASHLAND CITY

Ashland City is the county seat of Cheatham County and is known for outdoor attractions — the Cumberland River, Cheatham Lake and the Bicentennial Trail are well-populated on clear days. Its commerce is booming in part thanks to A.O. Smith, the world’s largest water heater producer, and Trinity Marine, a barge-building plant. The town was established in 1856 and is only seven miles from Briley Parkway in Nashville, making it a convenient location for commuters.

KINGSTON SPRINGS The town’s website describes it as a “picturesque bedroom community located 10 miles west of the edge of Nashville.” The life of Kingston Springs is built around the Harpeth River and its accompanying state park system. Music is a major part of the community; several local establishments, such as Red Tree Coffee and The Fillin’ Station, host live music. Country music up-and-comers The Kingston Springs, a brother duo, also hail from here.

PLEASANT VIEW Pleasant View got its name from a group of establishing citizens in 1870, and it became an important stagecoach stop for the mail and telegraph lines that ran between Nashville and Clarksville. It grew around the tobacco market but is the smallest Cheatham County town, with only around 3,000 residents. Sycamore High School provides the main entertainment in the fall with its War Eagle football team.


The Pegram Community Club holds a fish fry. TIM ADKINS / FILE / GANNETT TENNESSEE



Per $100 of assessed value » County: $2.78 » Ashland City: $.046 » Kingston Springs: $0.80

» County mayor: 615-792-4316 » Sheriff: 615-792-4341 » Animal control: 615-792-3647 » County clerk: 615-792-5179 » County schools: 615-792-5664 » Election commission: 615-792-5770 » Health department: 615-792-4318 » Register of deeds: 615-792-4317 » Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce: 615-792-6722 » Cheatham County Public Library: 615-7924828 » South Cheatham Public Library: 615-9524752 » Rock Quarry landfill and recycling convenience center: 615-742-2562 » West Cheatham landfill and recycling convenience center: 615-307-4905 » Centennial Medical Center at Ashland City: 615-792-3030 » Ashland City city hall: 615-792-4211 » Ashland City police: 615-792-2098 » Ashland City fire: 615-792-4211 » Coopertown city hall: 615-382-4470 » Coopertown police: 615-382-7007 » Kingston Springs city hall: 615-952-2110 » Kingston Springs police: 615-952-9965 » Kingston Springs fire: 615-952-9965 » Pegram city hall: 615-646-0773 » Pegram fire: 615-646-6800 » Pleasant View city hall: 615-746-0600 » Pleasant View police: 615-792-2098 » Pleasant View fire: 615-746-8528

SCHOOLS » » 13 public schools » Enrollment: Approximately 7,000

TOP EMPLOYERS A.O. Smith, Cheatham County Schools, Homax Products, Trinity Marine

» Population (2012 estimate): 39,271 » Up 0.4% from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2012 » Male: 48.9% » Female: 50.1% » High school graduates (age 25+): 82.5% » Bachelor's degree or higher (age 25+): 18.8% » Median household income: $53,337

» Harpeth River State Park. 615-952-2099, HarpethRiver » Cheatham Lake. 615-792-5697 or 615-2543734, Locations/Lakes/CheathamLake.aspx



» White: 96.2% » Black: 1.7% » American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.4% » Asian: 0.4% » Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0.1% » Hispanic/Latino: 2.6% » Two or more races: 1.3% All figures courtesy of


» Pegram Fish Fry (March) » Summerfest, Ashland City (July) » Fourth of July celebration, Pegram (July) » Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department Parade and Picnic (July) » Cheatham County Fair (August) » Art in the Park, Kingston Springs (October)



Country music star Craig Morgan hails from Ashland City.




Dickson County BURNS Burns originally was known as Mile Post 36, a reference to its distance in miles from Nashville. Mayor Jeff Bishop said he expects the small town of around 1,500 to grow, thanks to the completion of Tennessee State Route 840 and its intersection with Interstate 40. The area boasts a rich Civil War history. It was named for Capt. Michael Burns, who was the president of the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad after the Civil War.

CHARLOTTE Charlotte is about the same size as Burns and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as having the oldest courthouse square in Tennessee. It is the county seat and was named after Charlotte Reeves Robertson, wife of Gen. James Robertson. It was founded in 1808 and incorporated almost a decade later in 1817. Charlotte grew as a stagecoach hub in the early 19th century, but the development of the railroad in the latter portion of the 1900s brought more attention to Dickson.

DICKSON Dickson is the largest town in Dickson County and was named after William Dickson, a Nashville legislator and physician. Historic downtown Dickson offers the Halbrook Hotel and the birthplace of former Tennessee Gov. Frank G. Clement. The hotel has been converted into the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum. The Renaissance Center is another main attraction. The center regularly offers educational programs and fine arts performances.

WHITE BLUFF White Bluff is the second-largest town in Dickson County and was named for the white bluffs that overlook Turnbull Creek. It is known for the White Bluff Iron Forge. In 1946, a fire destroyed most of the town, which brought about the founding of White Bluff’s first volunteer fire department by Zollie Bibb Jr. and a renewed focus on the creation of a permanent water supply for the town.

DICKSON COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS » Population (2012): 50,381 » Change from 2010: +1.4% » Male: 48.1% » Female: 50.9% » High school graduates (age 25+): 81.6% » Bachelor’s degree or higher: 15.5% » Median household income: $44,201



The annual Dickson Stampede Days Rodeo takes place at Dickson County Fairgrounds. MARTY ALLISON / FILE / GANNETT TENNESSEE



» White: 92.9% » Black: 4.3% » American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.5% » Asian: 0.6% » Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0% » Hispanic/Latino: 3.1% » Two or more races: 1.7% All figures courtesy of

Tennsco Corp., Tristar Horizon Medical Center, Tennessee Quality Foods, Interstate Packaging, Dickson County Schools, Dickson County Government

PROPERTY TAX RATES Per $100 of assessed value » County: $2.90 » Burns: $0.66 » Charlotte: $0.18 » Dickson: $0.92 » White Bluff: $0.46

KEY ATTRACTIONS » Montgomery Bell State Park. 615-7979052, MontgomeryBell » Renaissance Center, an arts and technology education center. 615-740-5600, » Vance Smith’s Grand Old Hatchery, with live country music. 615-797-3204 » Historic Downtown Dickson. 615-446-2349, downtown_Dickson

SCHOOLS » » 13 public schools » Enrollment at approximately 8,282

See DICKSON, Page 33

COMMUNITIES Continued from Page 32

MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS Âť Old Timers Day Festival, Dickson (May) Âť Dickson Stampede Days Rodeo, Dickson (June) Âť Dickson County Fair, Dickson (September) Âť Americana Folk Festival, Dickson (October) Âť Christmas in the Country Craft Fair, Dickson (November) Âť Christmas in Downtown, Dickson (December) Âť Dickson Christmas Parade, White Bluff (December)

INTERESTING FACT In 1894, a 250-member utopian socialist cooperative called The Ruskin Colony was established in Dickson County. The colony dissolved because of internal conflict in 1899.

USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS Âť County Mayor: 615-789-7000 Âť Sheriff: 615-789-4130 Âť County Clerk: 615-789-5093 or 615-4462543 Âť County Schools: 615-446-7571 Âť Election Commission: 615-789-6021 Âť Health Department: 615-446-2839 Âť Register of Deeds: 615-789-5123 Âť Burns City Hall: 615-446-2851

Paul Cathey of White Bluff grabs air off a ramp at the White Bluff Skate Park, which opened in 2013. JOSH ARNTZ / FILE / GANNETT TENNESSEE Âť Charlotte City Hall: 615-789-4184 Âť Dickson City Hall: 615-441-9508 Âť Dickson Police: 615-446-8041 Âť Dickson Fire: 615-446-6331 Âť White Bluff City Hall: 615-797-3131 Âť Vanleer Town Hall: 615-763-2823

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Maury County COLUMBIA

Columbia is the Maury County seat and home to the storied Mule Day, a festival celebrating Columbia as the “mule capital of the world.” The festivities typically bring in around 100,000 spectators. Located 45 miles south of Nashville, Columbia also houses the ancestral home of former President James K. Polk. The national headquarters for the Sons of Confederate Veterans is here, as well.

MT. PLEASANT Mt. Pleasant’s history mostly revolves around its creation as a mining town. Once referred to as “the phosphate capital of the world,” the draw to the town was so large that between 1880 and 1900, the town boomed from a population of 446 to 2,007. The main attraction here is the Mt. Pleasant Museum of Local History on the public square. It is quickly becoming more diverse as companies with roots in Canada, Europe and Japan open there.

SPRING HILL The city of Spring Hill straddles the Maury and Williamson County lines. The city website boasts it is one of the best towns in Tennessee for young families. It certainly appears to be true, with events such as Movies in the Park and other regular events taking place throughout the year. The town is known for being the site of The Battle of Spring Hill, a notable Civil War turning point. The town is home to a General Motors plant (formerly the Saturn plant) that has a huge impact on the city’s economy.

MAURY COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS » Population (2012 estimate): 81,990 » Change from 2010: +1.3% » Male: 48.3% » Female: 51.7% » High school graduates: 83.9% » Bachelor’s degree or higher: 16.6% » Median household income: $46,552

RACIAL BREAKDOWN » White: 84.5% » Black: 12.5% » American Indian/Alaska natives: 0.4% » Asian: 0.7% » Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% » Hispanic/Latino: 5.0% » Two or more races: 1.9% All figures courtesy of

Columbia is home to this former residence of President James K. Polk. It is Polk’s only surviving home except for the White House. FILE / THE TENNESSEAN

PROPERTY TAX RATES Per $100 of assessed value » County: $2.60 » Columbia: $1.31 » Mt. Pleasant: $1.37 » Spring Hill: $0.59

SCHOOLS » » 21 public schools » Enrollment: 11,942

TOP EMPLOYERS Maury Regional Medical Center, Tennessee Farm Bureau, TN Aluminum Processors, Sytec Industries, GM

KEY ATTRACTIONS » James K. Polk home. 931-388-2354, » Rippavilla historic home. 931-486-9037, » Mt. Pleasant/Maury Museum of Local History, 931-379-9511

MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS » Mule Day, Columbia (April) » Cruisin’ the Square, Columbia (June) » Southern Fried Festival, Columbia (Sep-



tember) » The Great Duck River Duck Race, Columbia (September)

INTERESTING FACT In 2008, part of “Hannah Montana the Movie” was filmed in Columbia to depict Crowley’s Corner, Montana’s fictional home.

USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS » County Mayor: 931-375-1001 » Sheriff: 931-380-5733 » Animal Control: 931-540-0897 » County Clerk: 931-375-5200 » County Schools: 931-388-8403 » Election Commission: 931-375-6001 » Health Department: 931-388-5757 » Register of Deeds: 931-375-2101 » Maury Alliance (chamber of commerce): 931-388-2155 » Columbia City Hall: 931-388-4400 » Columbia Fire: 931-560-1700 » Columbia Police: 931-388-2727 » Mt. Pleasant City Hall: 931-379-7717 » Spring Hill City Hall: 931-486-2252 or 615599-2614 » Spring Hill Fire: 615-302-4668 » Spring Hill Police: 931-486-3270



Robertson County ADAMS Adams is the quintessential small Tennessee town. A barbecue joint, a family-owned restaurant and gas station/deli line Highway 41N, the main road through Adams. It is famous for the local legend of the Bell Witch, who reportedly haunted the John Bell family in the early 1800s. President Andrew Jackson is also said to have encountered the Bell Witch. There are several produce farms in Adams, along with a gun repair shop, an antique store and a salon.

COOPERTOWN Another small farm community, Coopertown, is only 25 square miles and â&#x20AC;&#x153;prides itself on family and community,â&#x20AC;? according to the city website. It is 25 miles north of Nashville and 20 miles south of Clarksville, and Interstate 24 runs through it. Coopertown originally was called Naiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossroads after David Naive, a settler in 1825. Whiskey and barrel production were its main sources of economic growth. It became an incorporated town in 1996.

CROSS PLAINS Cross Plains is also a relatively small town in Robertson County and is also the secondoldest. The first house was built by William Randolph in 1819 and eventually was used as a tavern. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total area is only 8.3 square miles, and the first settlement in Robertson County, made by Thomas Kilgore, was only three-fourths of a mile west of Cross Plains. It is home to Thomas Drugs, a soda fountain established in 1930, which is also one of the oldest buildings in town.

Booths line a half-mile stretch along Old Coopertown Road during the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural Coopertown Barrel Festival in June 2013. FILE / TENNESSEAN


GREENBRIER Incorporated in 1937, Greenbrier is 23 miles north of Nashville and is best known for its annual Turning of the Pig celebration in July. The event is put on by the local high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band boosters, and the meat is sold after the Independence Day parade. The Louise Martin Memorial Park is a popular spot that offers a 0.6-mile paved loop for walkers/runners and another half-mile trail. There are also picnic areas, baseball fields and a small playground.

MILLERSVILLE Millersville is another Tennessee town that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been â&#x20AC;&#x153;officialâ&#x20AC;? for long. It was incorporated in May 1981 and exists on the county line between Sumner and Robertson counties. This year, Millersville hosted its first car show, dubbed the Millersville Motor Classic, in August. The town is just off Interstate 65. See ROBERTSON, Page 36






COMMUNITIES Continued from Page 35

ORLINDA Orlinda only became a city in 2001. Fewer than 1,000 people reside in Orlinda, which is 13 miles northeast of Springfield. The town has gone through several name changes. The community originally was known as Washington Tract and then became Crocker’s Crossroads until the name was rejected by the U.S. Postal Service. It was only then that Orlinda assumed its current identity.

RIDGETOP Ridgetop, a community in southern Robertson County, is at the edge of the Highland Rim more than 800 feet above sea level. According to the city website, it was a major vacation spot for Nashville’s inner-city elite who sought to escape the sweltering Southern heat at the turn of the century. “The Enclosure” resort and spa was the place to be during that time, which comprised six lots of summer cottages.

SPRINGFIELD Springfield is the county seat. For the past 200 years, it has been a commercial center for the agricultural region that sustains it. Springfield and Robertson County are recognized as “Home of the World’s Finest Dark Fired Tobacco,” according to the city’s website. The town square is listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

WHITE HOUSE White House is named for a two-story white house that became a typical stop and landmark on the stagecoach route in the mid-19th century. The house eventually was torn down but later was replaced by the community. The replica is called the White House Inn Library and Museum and was built in the center of town.

ROBERTSON COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS » Population (2012): 66,931 » Change from 2010: +1.0% » Male: 48.2% » Female: 50.8% » High school graduates (age 25+): 82.7% » Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+): 15.2% » Median household income: $50,759

RACIAL BREAKDOWN » White: 89.8% » Black: 7.7% » American Indians/Alaskan Natives: 0.5% » Asian: 0.6% » Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders: 0.1% » Hispanic/Latino: 6.1% » Two or more races: 6.1% All figures courtesy of



This log cabin near the Bell Witch Cave is a replica; the original cabin is behind the schoolhouse in Adams. FILE / TENNESSEAN



Per $100 of assessed value » County: $2.39 » Adams: $0.27 » Cedar Hill: $.26 » Greenbrier: $1.07 » Millersville: $0.82 » Portland: $1.18 » Ridgetop: $0.80 » Springfield: $0.83 » White House: $2.14 Rates may have changed after presstime.

The First Baptist Church of White House’s choir recorded back-up vocals for Alison Krauss in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

TOP EMPLOYERS Electrolux Home Products, Unarco Material Handling, Johnson Electric, Matrinrea FabCo, Macy’s Logistics, International Automotive Components

SCHOOLS » » 21 public schools » Enrollment: 10,916

KEY ATTRACTIONS » Honeysuckle Hill Farm, Coopertown, 615382-7593 » School House Cafeteria, Adams, 615-6961224 » J. Travis Price Park, Springfield, 615-3821655, » White House Inn Library and Museum, White House, 615-672-0239

MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS » Threshermen’s Show, Adams (July) » Turning of the Pig, Greenbrier (August) » Robertson County Fair (End of August) » Bell Witch Bluegrass Festival, Adams (September) » Christmas Sampler, Springfield (November)

USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS » County Mayor: 615-384-2476 » Sheriff: 615-384-7971 » Animal Control: 615-384-5611 » County Schools: 615-384-5588 » County Clerk: 615-384-5895 » Election Commission: 615-384-5592 » Health Department: 615-384-4504 » Recycling: 615-384-0683 » Register of Deeds: 615-384-3772 » Robertson County Chamber of Commerce: 615-384-3800 » Adams City Hall and Fire: 615-696-2593 » Cedar Hill City Hall: 615-696-4802 » Coopertown City Hall: 615-382-4470 » Coopertown Police: 615-382-7007 » Cross Plains City Hall: 615-654-2555 » Greenbrier City Hall: 615-643-4531 » Greenbrier Police: 615-643-4467 » Greenbrier Fire: 615-384-4911 » Millersville City Hall: 615-859-0880 » Millersville Police and Fire: 615-859-2758 » Orlinda City Hall: 615-654-3366 » Ridgetop City Hall: 615-859-0596 » Ridgetop Police: 615-851-0203 » Ridgetop Fire: 615-851-4570 » Springfield City Hall: 615-382-2200 » Springfield Police: 615-384-8422 » Springfield Fire: 615-384-4381 » White House City Hall: 615-672-4350 » White House Police: 615-672-4903 » White House Fire: 615-672-5338



Rutherford County

Confederate re-enactors march toward a demonstration for Battle of Stones River anniversary events at Stones River Battlefield. JOHN A. GILLIS / FILE / GANNETT TENNESSEE

EAGLEVILLE Eagleville is the smallest community in Rutherford County, and it tends to bleed into Murfreesboro a bit via New Salem Road. According to the city’s website, local legend states that an unusually large eagle was killed behind the village, which resulted in the name Eagleville, which was officially adopted in August 1856. Tobacco made the city a prosperous one in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The town website claims it as a place where “front porch rockers aren’t just for show.”

LA VERGNE La Vergne is just inside the Rutherford County line, closest to Davidson County. It was named on August 23,1852, for the postmaster’s friend Francois Lenard Gregiore de Roulhac de LaVergne, who died that day. Percy Priest Lake is a major attraction for La Vergne, and the city’s website claims it is ranked 13th in the United States for affordable housing and sixth in Tennessee for being business-friendly.

MUFREESBORO Home of Middle Tennessee State University, the state’s largest university, Murfreesboro is not only a college town but a fast-growing

town for young families. The population has boomed in the past decade, thanks to affordable housing and a growing job market. The city greenway is a great place to run or walk, and it winds throughout the city. The city was named for Revolutionary War Hero Col. Hardy Murfree.

SMYRNA Smyrna boomed with the arrival of the Nissan plant in the 1980s. The town boasts a close proximity to Nashville and sits between Murfreesboro and La Vergne on Interstate 24. The Sam Davis Plantation, from the Civil War era, is the town’s main historical site. Smyrna’s two main waterways are Stones River and Stewarts Creek.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS » Population (2012): 274,454 » Change from 2010: +4.5% » Male: 48.3% » Female: 50.7% » High school graduates (age 25+): 88.8% » Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+): 27% » Median household income: $54,433 See RUTHERFORD, Page 38





Murfreesboro is the county seat of Rutherford County. Shown is the town square. JOHN A. GILLIS / FILE / GANNETT TENNESSEE



Âť White: 81% Âť Black: 13.1% Âť American Indians/Alaskan Natives: 0.5% Âť Asian: 3.2% Âť Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders: 0.1% Âť Hispanic/Latino: 7% Âť Two or more races: 2.2% All figures courtesy of

Âť Main Street JazzFest, Murfreesboro (May) Âť Uncle Dave Macon Days, Murfreesboro (July) Âť Old Timersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day, La Vergne (September) Âť Heritage Days at the Sam Davis Home, Smyrna (September-October)

PROPERTY TAX RATES Per $100 of assessed value Âť County: $2.47 Âť Eagleville: $0.76 Âť La Vergne: $1.00 Âť Murfreesboro: $1.27 Âť Smyrna: $0.76




SCHOOLS Âť Âť 45 public schools Âť Enrollment: Approximately 41,000

TOP EMPLOYERS Nissan North America, Rutherford County government, Middle Tennessee State University, National Healthcare Corp.






Âť Stones River National Battlefield and Cemetery, 615-893-9501, Âť Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, hands-on childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s museum, 615-890-2300, Âť Oaklands Historic Home. 615-893-0022, Âť Sam Davis Home, house of Confederate hero, 615-459-2341,

INTERESTING FACT Sonny Gray, pitcher for the Oakland Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, hails from Smyrna.

USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS Âť County Mayor: 615-898-7745 Âť Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office: 615-898-7770 Âť Animal Services: 615-898-7740 Âť County Clerk: 615-898-7800 Âť County Schools: 615-893-5815 Âť Election Commission: 615-898-7743 Âť Health Department: 615-898-7880 Âť Recycling: 615-898-7739 Âť Register of Deeds: 615-898-7870 Âť Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce: 615-893-6565 Âť Eagleville City Hall: 615-274-6992 Âť Eagleville Fire: 615-898-7770 Âť Eagleville Police: 615-898-7770 Âť La Vergne City Hall: 615-793-6295 Âť La Vergne Fire: 615-793-6223 Âť La Vergne Police: 615-793-7744 Âť Murfreesboro City Hall: 615-893-5210 Âť Murfreesboro Police: 615-849-2670 Âť Murfreesboro Fire: 615-893-1422 Âť Smyrna City Hall: 615-459-2553 Âť Smyrna Fire: 615-459-6644 Âť Smyrna Police: 615-456-6644





Sumner County

Cragfont Mansion, the home of James Winchester, completed in 1802, is in Castalian Springs in Sumner County. FILE / THE TENNESSEAN




Its website hails it as the “employment hub for Sumner County,” thanks to such companies as ServPro Industries, Samick Music and the Gap distribution center. The city was named for Albert Gallatin, who was a known First Amendment champion in the late 1700s and Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1801 to 1813. The city is working on a new bio-solids plant that aims to turn sludge into a byproduct that can be used in fertilizer.

Goodlettsville operates in both Davidson and Sumner counties. It is mostly governed through the Sumner County government; Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County have limited power there, thanks to the city’s autonomous decision to remain separate in the late ’60s. Dollar General Corp. headquarters are in Goodlettsville.

A great deal of the city’s charm comes from its location on Old Hickory Lake — it has 26 miles of shoreline. Two of the most notable historic structures are Rock Castle, a sevenlevel, hand-hewn limestone mansion, and Spring Haven Mansion, a plantation home. Many country musicians have called Hendersonville home, including Taylor Swift, Gary Allan, Johnny and June Carter Cash, and Conway Twitty.



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COMMUNITIES SUMNER COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS » Population (2012): 166,123 » Change from 2010: +3.4% » Male: 47.8% » Female: 51.2% » High school graduates (age 25+): 86% » Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+): 23% » Median household income: $55,211

RACIAL BREAKDOWN » White: 90.1% » Black: 6.7% » American Indians/Alaskan Natives: 0.3% » Asian: 1.2% » Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders: 0.1% » Hispanic/Latino: 4.1% » Two or more races: 1.6% All figures courtesy of

PROPERTY TAX RATES Per $100 of assessed value » County: $2.02 » Gallatin: $0.99 » Goodlettsville: $0.88 » Hendersonville: $0.65 » Millersville: $0.81 » Portland: $1.17 » Westmoreland: $1.40 » White House: $0.98

The Highway 109 bridge spans Old Hickory Lake and connects Sumner and Wilson counties FILE / THE TENNESSEAN



» » 46 public schools » Enrollment (2012): 27,203

» County Executive: 615-452-3604 » Sheriff’s Office: 615-452-2616 » Animal Control: 615-452-2400 » County Clerk: 615-452-4063 » County Schools: 615-451-5200 » Election Commission: 615-452-1456 » Health Department: 615-206-1100 » Recycling: 615-452-1114 » Register of Deeds: 615-452-3892 » Gallatin Chamber of Commerce: 615-4524000 » Gallatin Police: 615-452-1313, ext. 219 » Gallatin Fire: 615-452-2771 » Goodlettsville City Hall: 615-851-2200 » Goodlettsville Police: 615-859-3405 » Goodlettsville Fire: 615-851-2246 » Hendersonville City Hall: 615-822-1000 » Hendersonville Police: 615-822-1111 » Hendersonville Fire: 615-822-1119 » Mitchellville City Hall: 615-325-6020 » Millersville City Hall: 615-859-0880 » Millersville Police: 615-859-2758, ext. 106 » Millersville Fire: 615-859-0880 » Portland City Hall: 615-325-6776 » Portland Police: 615-325-2061 » Portland Fire: 615-325-5649 » Westmoreland City Hall: 615-644-3382 » Westmoreland Police and Fire: 615-6442222 » White House City Hall: 615-672-4350 » White House Police: 615-672-4903 » White House Fire: 615-672-5338

TOP EMPLOYERS Volunteer State Community College, Macy’s, Sumner Regional Medical Center, Tyson, Sumner County government and public schools

KEY ATTRACTIONS » Old Hickory Lake, 615-822-4846, OldHickoryLake.aspx » Sumner Crest Winery, Portland, 615-3254086, » Long Hollow Winery, Goodlettsville. 615859-5559,

MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS » Main Street Festival, Gallatin (October) » Candlelight Cemetery Tour, Gallatin (October) » Trinity Christmas City USA, Hendersonsville (November-January)

INTERESTING FACT This year, Sumner County was named the third-healthiest county in Tennessee by County Health Rankings, which is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.




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Williamson County BRENTWOOD Brentwood is an affluent suburb that sits on the outskirts of Nashville and close to the Davidson/Williamson County line. It was incorporated in 1969 and is approximately 90 percent residential. It has 10 parks and 14 schools, and some of the top companies include Comdata, AT&T, DaVita and Tractor Supply Co. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a popular home for big-name country musicians, such as Trace Adkins, Trisha Yearwood and Luke Bryan.

FAIRVIEW Fairview can be found in the northwest corridor of Williamson County. It was incorporated in July 1959 and is accessible via Interstate 40, Highway 100, Highway 96 and Tennessee State Route 840. It is one of the smaller towns in Williamson County, and its website says its â&#x20AC;&#x153;infrastructure is currently expanding in preparation for â&#x20AC;Ś an extensive period of growth.â&#x20AC;? Bowie Park and Fairview Ball Park are some of its main attractions. See WILLIAMSON, Page 46

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FRANKLIN Franklin is a historic town, and its main attraction is its downtown area, which hosts a unique juxtaposition of modern shops with old architecture. It was founded in 1779 and named for Benjamin Franklin. It has a rich civil war history, and the city has taken great strides toward protecting evidence of that, such as the Battle of Franklin site, Carnton Plantation and the Carter House. The Cool Springs area in Franklin is a shopping/eating destination that is a huge source of sustenance for the economy.

NOLENSVILLE Nolensville is located along Mills Creek in an agricultural part of Williamson County. The town was incorporated in 1839 and again in 1996. It was named for the Nolen family, who were, according to local legend, passing through the area in 1797 when their wagon wheel broke, which brought William Nolen to study and fall in love with the area. It grew from there, and the town holds a Broken Wagon Wheel Festival every November to remember these events. See WILLIAMSON, Page 48




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SPRING HILL The city of Spring Hill straddles the Williamson and Maury County lines. The city website boasts it is one of the best towns in Tennessee for young families. It certainly appears to be true, with events such as Movies in the Park and other regular community events taking place throughout the year. The town is known for being the site of the Battle of Spring Hill, a notable Civil War turning point. The town is home to a General Motors plant (formerly the Saturn plant), which has a major impact on the city’s economy.

THOMPSON’S STATION Thompson’s Station is another small town in Williamson County that boasts a Civil War battle — the Battle of Thompson’s Station. Two places on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places are found here: the Jacob Critz and Thomas L. Critz houses. The town was incorporated in 1990, and it is named for Dr. Elijah Thompson, who donated the land for the town and the train station.



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The Franklin Main Street Festival in April is among the most popular annual events in Williamson County. SHELLEY MAYS / THE TENNESSEAN

WILLIAMSON COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS » Population (2012): 192,911 » Change from 2010: +5.3% » Male: 48.9% » Female: 51.1% » High school graduates (age 25+): 94.5% » Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+): 51.5% » Median household income: $89,063

» 40 Williamson County public schools » Enrollment: Approximately 33,000 » 7 Franklin Special School District schools » Enrollment: Approximately 3,750

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Per $100 of assessed value » County: $2.31 » City of Franklin: $0.38 » Franklin Special School District (in city limits): $0.38 » Franklin Special School District (outside city limits): $0.00 » Brentwood: $0.44 » Fairview: $0.64 » Nolensville: $0.15 » Spring Hill: $0.59 » Thompson’s Station: $0.10

» Main Street Festival, Franklin (April) » Pumpkinfest, Franklin (October) » Country Ham Festival, Spring Hill (October) » Wine Down Main Street, Franklin (November) » Dickens of a Christmas, Franklin (December)

» County Mayor: 615-790-5700 » Sheriff’s Office: 615-790-5560 » Animal Control: 615-790-5590 » County Clerk: 615-790-5712 » County Schools: 615-472-4000 » Election Commission: 615-790-5711 » Health Department: 615-794-1542 » Register of Deeds: 615-790-5706 » Williamson County/Franklin Chamber of Commerce: 615-794-1225 » Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce: 615-771-1071 » Parks and Recreation: 615-790-5719 » Library Main Branch: 615-794-3105 » Brentwood City Hall: 615-371-0060 » Brentwood Police: 615-371-0160 » Brentwood Fire: 615-371-0170 » Brentwood Public Works: 615-371-0080 » Fairview City Hall: 615-799-2489 » Fairview Police: 615-799-2431 » Fairview Fire: 615-799-3473 » Franklin City Hall: 615-791-3217 » Franklin Police: 615-794-2513 » Franklin Fire: 615-794-3411 » Nolensville Town Hall: 615-776-3633 » Nolensville Police: 615-776-3640 » Spring Hill City Hall: 615-599-2614 » Spring Hill Police: 931-486-3270 » Spring Hall Fire: 615-302-4668 » Thompson’s Station City Hall: 615-794-4333 » Thompson’s Station Fire: 615-302-3462 » Thompson’s Station Police: 931-840-0333




RACIAL BREAKDOWN » White: 90.5% » Black: 4.5% » American Indians/Alaskan Natives: 0.3% » Asian: 3.3% » Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders: 0% » Hispanic/Latino: 4.7% » Two or more races: 1.4% All figures courtesy of





TOP EMPLOYERS Nissan North America, Cool Springs Galleria, Community Health Systems Inc., Williamson Medical Center, Verizon Wireless

KEY ATTRACTIONS » Natchez Trace Parkway Scenic Drive, 1-800305-7417, » Leiper’s Fork Historic District, www.leipers » Historic Carnton Plantation, 615-794-0903, » Carter House, 615-791-1861, » Lotz House, 615-790-7190, www.battleof » The Factory at Franklin, 615-791-1777, » Arrington Vineyards, 615-395-0102,


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Lebanon is a railroad town that offers easy access to Nashville via the Music City Star, a commuter train. Its close proximity to Cedars of Lebanon State Park makes it a great place for those who love the outdoors, and Lebanon Premium Outlets mall offers something for those who would rather spend their time shopping. It is the county seat and was incorporated in 1801. Cracker Barrel’s corporate headquarters are here, and the popular country cooking eatery was founded in Lebanon.

The area surrounding Watertown originally was settled by Capt. William Thompson, who hailed from North Carolina, in 1780. It was founded by Wilson L. Waters, and the town is named for his 400-acre farm. Watertown boomed with the development of the Nashville and Knoxville Railroads in 1885, and the depot was built in the village. The main attraction is the Stardust Drive-in Theater, which opened in 2003.

MT. JULIET Its website refers to it as the “gateway to the Appalachians and the Atlantic seaboard.” The city has one of the lowest tax rates in the state and a large shopping complex to accompany it, Providence Marketplace. It was incorporated in 1972, and local lore claims the name is from Mount Juliet Estate, a manor in County Kilkenny, Ireland. There are three public parks in Mt. Juliet: Charlie Daniels Park, Sgt. Jerry Mundy Memorial Park and South Mt. Juliet City Park.

WILSON COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS » Population (2012): 118,961 » Change from 2010: +4.4% » Male: 49.0% » Female: 51.0% » High school graduates (age 25+): 87.8% » Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+): 24.7% » Median household income: $61,400


RACIAL BREAKDOWN » White: 90.1% » Black: 6.6% » American Indians/Alaskan Natives: 0.4% » Asian: 1.3% » Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders: 0.1% » Hispanic/Latino: 3.5% » Two or more races: 1.5% All figures courtesy of

PROPERTY TAX RATES Per $100 of assessed value » County: $2.57 » Lebanon: $0.35 » Lebanon Special: $0.39 » Mt. Juliet: $0.20 » Watertown: $0.96

INTERESTING FACT The second half of “Death Proof ,” a film by Quentin Tarantino, was filmed in Lebanon.

USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS » County Mayor: 615-444-1383 » Sheriff’s Office: 615-444-1412 » County Clerk: 615-444-0314 » County Schools: 615-444-3282 » Lebanon City Schools: 615-449-6060 » Election Commission: 615-444-0216 » Health Department: 615-444-5325 » Humane Association: 615-444-1144 » Register of Deeds: 615-443-2611 » Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce: 615-444-5503 » Lebanon City Hall: 615-443-2839 » Lebanon Police: 615-444-2323 » Lebanon Fire: 615-443-2903 » Mt. Juliet City Hall: 615-754-2552 » Mt. Juliet Police: 615-754-2550 » Watertown City Hall/Police: 615-237-3326

KEY ATTRACTIONS » City of Lebanon Museum and History Center, 615-443-2390, www.lebanontn. org/index.php/recreation/lebanonhistorical-museum » Cedars of Lebanon State Park, 615-443-


MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS » Gladefest, Gladeville (September) » Native American Pow Wows, Mt. Juliet (September) » Midsummer Art Crawl & Concert (July) » Watertown Mile-Long Yard Sale (spring and fall) » Wilson County Fair, Lebanon (August) » Cedar City Christmas, Lebanon (December)

» » 20 public schools » Enrollment: 16,593 » » Six Lebanon Special Schools » Enrollment: 3,597

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The midway at the 2013 Wilson County Fair, which is among the most popular fairs in Tennessee. SHELLEY MAYS / THE






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McFarland Specialty Hospital 500 Park Ave., Lebanon 37087 615-449-0500 Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute 221 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville 37214 615-902-7400

Kindred Hospital 1412 County Hospital Road, Nashville 37218 615-687-2600 Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way, Nashville 37232 615-936-1000 Nashville General Hospital at Meharry 1818 Albion St., Nashville 37208 615-341-4000 Saint Thomas Hospital 4220 Harding Pike, Nashville 37205 615-222-2111 TriStar Skyline Madison Campus 500 Hospital Drive, Madison 37115 615-769-5000 TriStar Skyline Medical Center 3441 Dickerson Pike, Nashville 37207 615-769-2000 TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center 391 Wallace Road, Nashville 37211 615-781-4000 TriStar Summit Medical Center 5655 Frist Blvd., Hermitage 37076 615-316-3000 The Women’s & Children’s Hospital at Centennial 2221 Murphy Ave., Nashville 37201 615-342-1000 Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1211 Medical Center Drive, Nashville 37232 615-322-5000

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ROBERTSON COUNTY NorthCrest Medical Center 100 NorthCrest Drive, Springfield 37172 615-384-2411

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SUMNER COUNTY TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center 355 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville 37075 615-338-1000 Sumner Regional Medical Center 555 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin 37066 615-328-8888

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SPORTS REPORTER First Place Rudy Kalis - Channel 4 News Second Place Justin Bradford - Penalty Box Nashville Third Place Willy Daunic - 102.5 The Game



VIEW OF THE CITY First Place Downtown Pedestrian Bridge Second Place Love Circle Third Place Nashville City Club WEATHERPERSON Lelan Statom - NewsChannel 5 First Place Second Place Justin Bruce - News 2 Third Place Craig Edwards - Fox 17 RETAIL AND PERSONAL SERVICES ANTIQUE SHOP First Place Gaslamp Antique & Decorating Mall Second Place Nashville Pickers Third Place Antiques at the Factory

MASSAGE First Place Franklin Massage Center Second Place Warrior Massage and Wellness: Kelly Derscheid NCTM Third Place Massage Envy MEN’S CLOTHIER First Place Smack Clothing Co. Second Place Levy’s Third Place Men’s Wearhouse PLACE TO BUY A MATTRESS First Place Sleep Outfitters Second Place Mattress King Third Place Ashley Furniture HomeStore

FOOD TRUCK First Place The Grilled Cheeserie Second Place Blue Monkey Shaved Ice Third Place Deg Thai GREEK/MIDDLE EASTERN First Place Kalamatas Second Place Athens Family Restaurant Third Place Taziki’s Mediterranean Café HIBACHI First Place Kobe Steaks Japanese Restaurant Second Place Mikado Japanese Steakhouse Third Place Goten Steak & Sushi Bar ICE CREAM First Place Blue Monkey Shaved Ice Second Place Sweet CeCe’s Frozen Yogurt & Treats Third Place Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

AUTO DEALER SERVICE DEPARTMENT First Place Beaman Automotive Second Place Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group Third Place Crest Honda

PLACE TO BUY SHOES First Place Run Franklin Second Place Lonnie Young’s Children’s Shoes Third Place Cole Haan

CARPET CLEANING SERVICE First Place TNT Chem-Dry Second Place COIT - Carpet Cleaning Service Third Place Spring Clean Cleaning Service

PRE-OWNED DEALERSHIP First Place E & R Auto Sales Second Place Dixie Motors Inc. Third Place Southeast Automotive

CONSIGNMENT/VINTAGE SHOPPING First Place Carpe Diem Second Place Mallory Station Storage & Consignment Third Place Treasures Consignment

SPA (OVERALL) First Place Gold Skin Care Center Second Place The Woodhouse Day Spa Third Place Escape Day Spa

EYEWEAR First Place New Vision Eye Care Second Place Lenscrafters Third Place Primary Eyecare Group of Brentwood

STORAGE FACILITY First Place Mallory Station Storage & Consignment Second Place Lock-Box Self Storage Third Place Cube Smart

FLORIST First Place Rebel Hill Florist Second Place Emma’s Third Place Dick’s Flowers

TATTOO SHOP First Place Kustom Thrills Tattoo Second Place Black 13 Tattoo Third Place Lone Wolf Tattoo

FRANCHISE NEW CAR DEALER First Place Beaman Automotive Second Place Darrell Waltrip Third Place Action Nissan

THRIFT STORE First Place Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Second Place ThriftSmart Third Place Southern Thrift Store

GROCERY STORE First Place Publix Second Place Kroger Third Place Whole Foods

TIRE SHOP First Place Discount Tire Second Place American Tire Third Place Bass Tire Company, Inc.

MEXICAN First Place Sopapilla’s Second Place (TIE) Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant (TIE) Alegria Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar Third Place Chuy’s

GYM First Place Marathon Fitness Second Place YMCA - Green Hills Third Place Inferno Fitness

WOMEN’S CLOTHING BOUTIQUE First Place Muse Boutique Second Place Smack Clothing Co. Third Place Stacey Rhodes Boutique

PIZZA First Place Jet’s Pizza Second Place Amico’s New York Pizza & Italian Restaurant Third Place Five Points Pizza

HAIR SALON First Place Harlow Salon Second Place William Edge Salons Third Place Trumps

FOOD AND DRINK BAKERY First Place Beckers Bakery Second Place Cupcake Collection Third Place Publix

SPORTS BAR First Place Jonathan’s Grill Second Place M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers Third Place Sam’s Sports Grill

HOME FURNISHINGS THE SNOOTY FOX First Place Second Place Sprintz Third Place D.T. McCall’s HOME IMPROVEMENT COMPANY Lowe’s First Place Second Place The Porch Company Third Place The Home Depot JEWELRY STORE Shane Co. First Place Second Place American Jewelry Co. Third Place Judith Bright LIQUOR STORE First Place Frugal MacDoogal Second Place Cool Spirits Wine and Spirits Third Place Red Spirits & Wine MALL/SHOPPING DISTRICT First Place The Mall at Green Hills Second Place CoolSprings Galleria Third Place Opry Mills Mall



BARBECUE First Place Bar-B-Cutie Second Place Martin’s BAR-B-QUE Joint Third Place Jim ‘N Nick’s BREAKFAST First Place Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Second Place The Loveless Cafe Third Place Pancake Pantry BURGER First Place Burger Republic Second Place Five Guys Third Place The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden CHINESE First Place Fulin's Asian Cuisine Second Place P.F. Chang's China Bistro Third Place No. 1 Chinese Restaurant COFFEE SHOP First Place Frothy Monkey Second Place Starbucks Third Place Mama’s Java

INDIAN First Place Sitar Indian Cuisine Second Place Bombay Bistro Third Place Woodland Indian Vegetarian ITALIAN First Place Amico’s New York Pizza & Italian Restaurant Second Place Coco's Italian Market Third Place Maggiano’s Little Italy LOCAL BAR First Place Shipwreck Cove at Elm Hill Marina Second Place Gold Rush Third Place Dougie Ray’s Billiards Bar & Grill LUNCH First Place Blue Coast Burrito Second Place Calypso Cafe Third Place Puffy Muffin MEAT-AND-THREE First Place Monell’s Dining & Catering Second Place Arnold’s Country Kitchen Third Place Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant

STEAK Stoney River Legendary Steaks First Place Second Place Ruth’s Chris Steak House Kayne Prime Third Place SUSHI Sushi Me! First Place Second Place Virago Third Place Fulin’s Asian Cuisine THAI The Smiling Elephant First Place Second Place Royal Thai Third Place Thai Phooket WINE LIST First Place Sunset Grill Second Place Rumours East Third Place 1808 Grille - Hutton Hotel FRIENDLIEST FAMILY DINING First Place Loveless Cafe Second Place Bar-B-Cutie Third Place McNamara’s Irish Pub & Restaurant




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With neighborhoods as diverse as the people who dwell within them, Nashville is home to shopping that is far from cookie-cutter. The Gulch offers glittery nightlife and chic shopping, Hillsboro Village is decidedly eclectic, while Green Hills gives new meaning to upscale shopping. I have curated some of the best retail options in and around Nashville. From denim and boots to couture, these shopping options will offer choices that fit every need. And really, you do need another pair of shoes, yes? Be sure to check out other great shopping picks Wednesday through Sunday in my column, Crave, in print and online at Nashville Follow me on Facebook (Shopping Diva Cathi Aycock), on Twitter (tndailycrave) and Instagram (Divatn).





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Berry Hill: You may think you have stumbled onto an adorable cottage community, but Berry Hill is actually a retail goldmine. Look for fun gifts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; stocking stuffers, birthday surprises â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at Curious Heart Emporium. Then walk across the street to Gilchrist & Gilchrist for shabby chic-inspired home dĂŠcor, apparel and jewelry. Consign Nashville offers one of the best selections of upscale-on-a-budget clothing around, while Cat Shoppe/Dog Store is a delight for the pet lover. East Nashville: Old Made Good, a brilliantly curated retail venue filled with vintage and repurposed items, should be first on your shopping list. Home dĂŠcor, art, jewelry and clothing are all in the mix, and the prices are incredible. Hey Rooster is another East Nashville standout, filled with artisan food and gifts. And you have to check out Art & Invention for the local art and one of the best one-of-a-kind jewelry offerings in Nashville. The Gulch: Home to high-rise condominiums and of-the-moment eateries and bars, this upscale area is up and coming for retail. Start at Kocktails & Kouture for a well-edited collection of apparel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a great martini. Then get ready to spend hours in the amazing


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Continued from Page 58 B.Allen boutique. This store is one of those hidden gems that will have you drooling over all the amazing pieces. Two Old Hippies is not to be missed in the retail mix. It offers rocker chic apparel, edgy jewelry, children’s clothing and musical instruments that lure big-name country artists and songwriters. (They even have musical events in the space.) Apricot Lane offers great fashion — dresses are their strong suit — at pocket-friendly prices. Hill Center: This outdoor mall, with a Main Street vibe, is a great mix of national stores — think Anthropologie, West Elm and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and unique boutiques. I love Hemline for party wear and Kaycee Hughes for traditional-with-atwist day dresses and one-of-a-kind Lucite jewelry. Hillsboro Village: Wildly eclectic, this venerable shopping district has a historic feel without being a bit stuffy. Posh Boutique — filled with hip fashion that the Vandy crowd loves — rubs elbows with BookManBookWoman, a piled-high-to-therafters used bookstore. Festivity, with a perfectly edited mix of apparel, jewelry and gift items, hits the sweet spot with great See SHOPPING, Page 60

High-end boutiques, such as Lacoste, are at The Mall at Green Hills. FILE / THE TENNESSEAN





Continued from Page 59 prices and a deep selection of goods. Hit Fire Finch for funky accessories and stop by Babe Beauty Bar for a fun on-the-spot makeover. The Mall at Green Hills: The roster of merchants at this upscale mall reads like a whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who of shopping: David Yurman, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tiffany & Co., Juicy Couture, Lacoste, Cole Haan, Kiehlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Kate Spade share space with typical stores such as Brooks Brothers, Jos. A. Banks, Gap, Banana Republic and Express. Department stores include Nordstrom, Dillardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Even if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to buy a bag from Coach or a necklace from Tiffany, the mall is a destination for checking out luxury stores. Nashville West: A Super Target, Dickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sporting Goods and Best Buy anchor this sprawling outdoor shopping center. For family-friendly apparel, Old Navy fills the bill, while World Market offers intriguing gifts, home dĂŠcor and a smattering of jewelry. Thrifty shoppers will be happy to find Marshallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Ross for Less and Costco as well.

High-fashion, low-price retailer H&M opened its first store in Tennessee at Opry Mills in Nashville in June. FILE / THE TENNESSEAN

Opry Mills: Get ready for deals, fashion and did we mention deals? H&M, the fashion-on-a-budget mecca, opened this year and has been packed with shoppers ever since. For couture on a budget, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss


the Sakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outlet Off 5th or the Michael Kors Outlet. Luxury leather more your style? Coach Factory Store and Cole Haan Outlet also call Opry Mills home. Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers and Gap also have outlets at Opry Mills.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY Murfreesboro: A is for the trendy and affordable Alterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d States, B is for Bath & Body Works, C is for Charming Charlie, the accessory store that is overflowing with goods. Need any more enticement to hit this pedestrian-friendly mall? Anchor stores Belk, Best Buy, Off Broadway and Dickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sporting Goods may lure you.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Brentwood: This upscale city has a distinct ladies-who-lunch vibe. Head to Hot Pink (231 Franklin Road) for home dĂŠcor, gifts and jewelry. This zip code hangs out at Stacey Rhodes Boutique for the amazing fashion and accessories, while Vignette offers boho fashion and a huge selection of jewelry. Cool Springs: Cool Springs Galleria offers anchor stores Dillardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Belk and JCPenney with a great mix of chains, such as Ann Taylor, The Art of Shaving and Coach. Downtown Franklin: Downtown Franklin is packed with upscale, unique retail and affordable, funky venues. Emmaline (400 Main St.) offers fashion for celebs and soccer moms, while Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s In Store (407 Main St.) is filled with low-priced, trendy accessories. Stop by Philanthropyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s T-shirt bar (432 Main St.), then indulge in Bathosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; amazing handmade bath offerings (416 Main St.).










Lebanon: Lebanon calls itself the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antique City of the South,â&#x20AC;? with a downtown filled with things you might see in your greatgrandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attic. But if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the hunt for something new, chances are youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find that. Prime Outlets, just off Interstate 40, offers outlet shopping including Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike Clearance Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach Factory Store and Tommy Hilfiger. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for luggage, head over to the Hartmann Factory Store, 1202 W. Baddour Pkwy. Mt. Juliet: Providence MarketPlace offerings include JCPenney, Belk, Old Navy, Best Buy, as well as local specialty shops such as Ramona & Co. This open-air shopping stop includes a cinema and eateries including Billy Goat Cafe and Red Lobster.


Get the lowdown on area’s bargains If you are looking for free and cheap things to do and places to go, or if you are in search of good deals for yourself, your family or your home, I hope you will rely on my “Ms. Cheap” frugal consumer column in The Tennessean as your top resource. I am definitely here to help. Here is a sampling of where to get started: » For shopping, Middle Tennessee is full of consignment clothing shops for ladies clothing and accessories (visit and click on FAQs to see a complete list) as well as shops that specialize in consigned furniture and household items. Opry Mills, which re-opened this year, has a mixture of full-price and off-price stores, including the super-popular H&M. And the Prime Outlets Outlet Mall in Lebanon offers an array of factory outlet stores. » Other popular local bargain stores are Essex Bargain Hunt,, which sells a large variety of merchandise, from clothing to electronics to baby things to home goods at variable discounts, and Marti & Liz Shoes and French’s Shoes & Boots, www.frenchsboots, both with multiple locations, offer overruns and returns of men’s and women’s shoes (and a few children’s shoes) at great prices. » There are also a few men’s consignment clothing shops (Flip,, in Nashville and The Men’s Room, www.themensrm. com, in Hendersonville) and dozens of seasonal two- or three-day consignment sales that specialize in children’s items. To find these sales, check websites such as www. » The Nashville Flea Market is another popular destination for bargain shoppers. It is the fourth weekend of every month (except December, when it is the third weekend) at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds — with sales going on Friday through Sunday. Admission is free, but parking is $5. Details: www.nashvilleexpo » Thrift stores are popular, with 32 Goodwill stores, as well as lots and lots of smaller thrift stores such as ThriftSmart and This ‘N That in Nashville, Our Thrift in Franklin, Graceworks in Franklin, Greenhouse Ministries in Murfreesboro, Samaritan Center in Sumner County and Help Centers in most of the surrounding counties. » As far as inexpensive and free things to do, one of your best bets is our local park system. The Metro Nashville Parks department not only

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has a full schedule of free concerts and events in the outdoorsy months, but also art shows, art, dance and music classes, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, golf courses, tennis courts, and nature and fitness programs and hikes for all ages, yearround at various locations around Davidson County. Details: www. » Our libraries also have a wide reach, with books, movies, concerts, classes, wonderful children’s pro-

grams (don’t miss the puppet theater, which I daresay is the best around) and great used book sales. You can definitely get a lot of mileage out of a free library card, including online access to thousands of resources, as well as the offerings at the brick-andmortar facilities. Details: www. In addition to the Nashville library system, check out others such as the Brentwood Library, Williamson County Library, Sumner County Library and the Linebaugh Library in Murfreesboro for more wonderful free programs and events. » For exercise and exploring the great Middle Tennessee outdoors, check out our greenways. Other communities such as Murfreesboro also have developed lovely greenways for walking, biking, skating and exploring. Details: or » Outdoor enthusiasts will want to explore our state parks. There is a state park within a 30-minute drive of every Tennessean. Details: See MS. CHEAP, Page 62




The Nashville Symphony plays a free concert, one of several each season, at the bandshell at Centennial Park. FILE / TENNESSEAN Continued from Page 61 » If you like to hike, another great outdoor resource is the Nashville Hiking Meetup, an informal group ( that you can join free, that organizes dozens of hikes and walks every month. There is also a paddling meetup for those who like to kayak, canoe or paddleboard (www.paddle » If you are into art, the Tennessee State Museum is free all the time, and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is free for anyone 18 and younger all the time. The Frist also has numerous free days throughout the year. » The Parthenon, a true Nashville treasure, is only $6 to get in, and our colleges and universities have wonderful art offerings. Details: UniversityGalleries, www.vanderbilt. edu/gallery or www.belmont. edu/art/leu_art_gallery1.html. » You should also know about the regular free monthly art walks that give you a healthy dose of the new artwork around town. The biggest and most established is the First Saturday Art Crawl downtown that includes more than a dozen galleries showing off new artwork from 6 to



9 p.m. the first Saturday night of every month. There is even a free shuttle that takes you from gallery to gallery, and free wine and light appetizers are offered at most of the galleries. Details: 615-743-3090 or There is also a downtown Frankin Tour of the Arts from 6-9 p.m. the first Friday of every month. The tour is free, and there is a trolley operating on a loop with unlimited pickup and drop-off service with a $5 wristband. » Volunteering has been made easy in Middle Tennessee largely because Hands On Nashville ( has come up with hundreds of opportunities for volunteers to get involved. » Sometimes you have to spend some money to save some money, and one of the best deals for newcomers (and native Nashvillians, too) is the Music City Total Access Pass, which you can buy for $50 at the Nashville Visitor Information Centers. (One is at Fifth Avenue South at Broadway, and one is at Fourth Avenue North and Commerce Street.) The Access Pass is sort of a buildyour-own-tour program for people (locals and tourists) who want to hit the high points. You pay $50 and then choose admission to any four attrac-

tions from a list of 16 destinations. Plus, you get free admission to the Parthenon. Details: www.visitmusic or call 1-800-657-6910. » One of Nashville’s and Middle Tennessee’s strengths is that it is full of colleges and universities that offer untold benefits to the community. I already have mentioned the various university art galleries, but music is another strong offering. Amazing but true is the fact that the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt (http:// and Belmont School of Music ( music) together have more than 200 free (and absolutely top-notch) concerts that are open to the community. » Last but not least, get to know Ms. Cheap! I know it may sound selfserving, but I mean, where else do you have a full-time newspaper reporter like me who writes about nothing but deals and ways to save money here in Middle Tennessee? My Ms. Cheap column runs in The Tennessean on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and in Davidson A.M. on Wednesday. I also constantly post deals and information on my blog at And I’m on Facebook at mscheap and at @Ms_Cheap on Twitter.


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Belmont Mansion sits on the campus of Belmont University. STEVEN S. HARMAN / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN

ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER 800 Fort Negley Blvd. 615-862-5160 The Adventure Science Center, located near downtown just off Interstate 65, is a great spot for science enthusiasts as well as the kid who dreads biology class. The exhibits are interactive and put a fun spin on an academic subject. It’s a popular spot for family outings and school field trips, and parents can book birthday parties there. There are mazes and towers to climb on; Sudekum Planetarium is also housed there. Adventure Science Center also hosts events for adults, including Way Late Play Date, a night event for those 21+ to imbibe and explore the exhibits for themselves.

BELLE MEADE PLANTATION 5025 Harding Road 615-356-0501 This 30-acre historic property features the famous Greek-revival style mansion, home to the Harding-Jackson family for generations. Now families can enjoy the land for events like fishing with authentic cane poles or a tea party on the porch, complete with gloves and a tour of the mansion. A magnet for field trips, the mansion makes a stunning backdrop for a wedding or birthday party.

Tons of camps are also available, such as museum theater, perfect for your budding diva.

BELMONT MANSION 1900 Belmont Blvd. 615-460-5459 In the heart of Belmont University lies the crown jewel of the campus (and its namesake). The elaborate Italianate-style villa that housed Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham (who has no shortage of Nashville street etymology dedicated to her) boasts an unimaginable 19,000 square feet of ornately decorated interior. Today, the mansion is one of Middle Tennessee’s most prestigious architectural specimens from the antebellum era in the South. The mansion is also the perfect setting for private parties such as weddings, receptions and dinners.

BICENTENNIAL CAPITOL MALL STATE PARK 600 James Robertson Parkway 615-741-5280 This 19-acre park that sits beneath the State Capitol in downtown Nashville was designed to complement the Tennessee State Capitol building. The park features 31 erupting geyser fountains, carillons that ring on the

hour and a large grass area (the mall) that is bordered by the Nashville Farmers Market, Jefferson Avenue, Sixth Avenue and the front plaza on James Robertson Parkway. Its surrounding walls are etched with a timeline of Tennessee history. Park rangers are available to educate visitors about the state’s historical, natural and recreational areas.

CHEEKWOOD ART & GARDENS 1200 Forrest Park Drive 615-356-8000 A 55-acre estate built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune in Nashville, and one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era estate in the United States. The Botanical Garden is a spectacular showcase of color and horticultural diversity with specialty display gardens and stunning natural landscape. The Museum of Art has collections of painting, sculpture and decorative arts. Visitors can enjoy year-round family-friendly activities with four distinct festivals held during the year. From Cheekwood in Bloom with more than 50,000 tulips in the spring, to a children’s wonderland of Christmas trees, trains, Santa, live reindeer and more during Holiday at Cheekwood, Cheekwood celebrates the seasons in style with something for everyone. See ATTRACTIONS, Page 64




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COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM 222 5th Ave. S. 615-416-2001 The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum houses an incredible collection of artifacts that tell the history of country music from the hillbilly singers of yesteryear to the modern country swingers of today with displays, interactive exhibits, historic video clips and much more. See the stars’ glittering costumes, colorful Hatch Show Print posters and priceless instruments that were used to make the music.

‘GRAND OLE OPRY’ 2804 Opryland Drive 615-871-6779

OPRY MILLS 433 Opry Mills Drive 615-514-1100

GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER 2800 Opryland Drive 615-889-1000 Nashville’s holy trifecta of entertainment exists here. The “Grand Ole Opry” is a staple in the county music history and lifestyle that surrounds Music City; performances there are the stuff of legends. The Opry Mills mall has only been reopened after the 2010 Nashville flood for about a year and offers 200-plus stores to meet all your fashion needs. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center features beautiful rooms amid upscale eateries and extravagant gardens.

THE PARTHENON Centennial Park 25th Avenue North / West End Avenue 615-862-8431 The building in Nashville’s Centennial Park is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon, the ancient temple in Athens, Greece, built to honor the goddess Athena. The first replica was constructed of temporary materials for the Centennial Exposition in 1897 (celebrating Tennessee’s first 100 years of statehood), to symbolize Nashville’s claim as “Athens of the South.” Because of the popularity of the structure, the city reconstructed the building in the 1920s to be a permanent facility. Local sculptor Alan LeQuire was commissioned in 1982 to recreate the nearly 42-foot-tall Athena statue



The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum houses a large collection of artifacts that tell the history of country music. JAE S. LEE / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN inside, and the 12-ton sculpture was unveiled in 1990. On the lower level, check out art galleries with permanent and changing collections. Keep an eye out for renovations in the park as the city begins projects to enhance the city’s favorite place to jog.

THE HERMITAGE 4850 Rachel’s Lane Hermitage, TN 615-889-2941 Presidential history comes to life at The Hermitage, the home of America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. This plantation house was originally a working farm. Today, it is an 1,100-acre historical site. Visitors can tour the impressive Greek Revival mansion, which is preserved to its 1840s appearance, formal garden, slave quarters and original log cabin. There are more things to see than one could possibly cover in one trip, including a visitor’s center, the Hermitage mansion, the gardens, the tomb, a variety of slave quarters, farm buildings, Hermitage Church, Tulip Grove Mansion and other out-buildings showing what life was like when Jackson was alive.

NASHVILLE ZOO AT GRASSMERE 3777 Nolensville Pike 615-833-1534 Nashville’s Zoo is a remarkable opportunity tucked away just off of Nolensville Pike. With countless activities and programs for the community and the curious, as well as a diverse and extraordinary assortment of animals on display in expansive and nonconfining habitats, the zoo works for the

purposes of education, entertainment or the perfect backdrop for a romantic outing with that special someone.

TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM 505 Deaderick St. 615-741-2692 This three-story museum underneath the Tennessee Performing Arts Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, so you’ve got plenty of opportunities to check out the history and art. Permanent exhibits include historical features on Native Americans, the Old South, the Civil War and Reconstruction. The museum also has an art gallery for traveling exhibitions, which have spanned a diverse range including European masters, music-related photography and homemade furniture. Best of all, admission to permanent exhibits is always free, making the Tennessee State Museum both an affordable and fascinating outing.

TRAVELLER’S REST PLANTATION AND MUSEUM 636 Farrell Parkway 615-832-8197 This is history worth repeating. The main objective at Traveller’s Rest is to inspire the public to explore, experience and reflect on Nashville’s historic past. The historic house and grounds are held in public trust by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Tennessee. Traveller’s Rest represents life in Middle Tennessee from the Native American period through the Civil War, with an emphasis on 1789-1833, when Judge John Overton lived there. A great way to learn about the lives of Southerners.

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City’s food scene continues to sizzle

Smoke Et Al food truck joins nearly 40 other members of The Nashville Food Truck Association, which just celebrated its second anniversary. JAE S. LEE / THE TENNESSEAN By Jennifer Justus / The Tennessean Imagine Nashville’s food scene — with its new barbecue joints, hot chicken and Japanese pop-up shop — summed up like one of those band bios. It could be like Peg Leg Porker’s Carey Bringle singing “Ring of Fire” with Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls on backup. Or, not so much. An easier challenge I decided would be to sum up the scene in six dishes. My disclaimer to the challenge is the list isn’t about the past or the future, necessarily. It’s about what we can eat right now.

1. PEG LEG PORKER’S RIBS 903 Gleaves St., Nashville, 615-829-6023, Locals know that tourists tend to think we’re a big barbecue town. And maybe that’s been a misconception in the past when people confuse us as having the same legacy as Memphis. But thanks to people such as Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint (with locations in Nolensville, Mt. Juliet and one in the works on Belmont Boulevard) and his pal Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker with his new joint off Eighth Avenue, our pork profile shot way up. Bringle’s specialty, he’ll tell you, comes in the form of dry ribs. But don’t miss his whole wings or his famous pimento cheese, or the sides (especially the baked beans), or the pork sandwich or the ... just show up hungry, OK?

2. MUSIC CITY TIPPLER’S COCKTAILS 1922 Adelicia St., Nashville, Thanks to the expertly crafted cocktails at The Patterson House and No. 308, we can cry in more than a beer around here. Today, the Tippler opens its first location outside of New York City with the Music City Tippler on the ground floor of The Adelicia. But this isn’t just a case of some Northeastern transplant coming into our ’hood. Samir Osman, the man behind the bar program, gets us because he grew up here. After working in places such as San Francisco and New York, he’s back serving cocktails with local spirits such as Belle Meade Bourbon and a PBR in a brown bag, too.

3. OTAKU SOUTH’S HOT CHICKEN BUNS AT THE LIPSTICK LOUNGE and This dish makes the list for several reasons. First, it’s hot chicken, and we just can’t get enough. Thousands of us even stood under umbrellas on a wet July 4 at the seventh annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival, sampling versions and thinking maybe the rain would somehow cool the burn (it

didn’t). And now the amateurs who tied for first in the cookoff, the Atomic Yardbirds, have a brilliant pop-up hot chicken operation on Monday nights at The 5 Spot. They even bring their trophy. But the Otaku South hot chicken buns also represent Nashville’s creativity and tendency toward collaboration across genres, so to speak. Otaku South often holds its Japanese pop-up in a lesbian — but open to all — karaoke bar (Lipstick Lounge), adding a twist to a dish that pays homage to our roots.

4. SMOKE ET AL FOOD TRUCK’S NOBLE GREEK TACOS, This is the part where we stop referring to food trucks as a trend. The trucks are here to stay. But we chose this dish — a taco — because it reminds us not to forget about the mostly Hispanic-owned and stationary trucks that hooked into Nolensville Road serving tacos long before the food truck craze became hip. It also pays homage to Mas Tacos Por Favor’s Teresa Mason, the first lady of the modern food truck movement in town with her 1970s Winnebago (that you’ll still see around on occasion) and her brickSee DINING, Page 70




The Husk cheeseburger is one of the mainstays on a menu that changes every day, twice a day. SAMUEL M. SIMPKINS / THE TENNESSEAN Continued from Page 69 craze became hip. It also pays homage to Mas Tacos Por Favor’s Teresa Mason, the first lady of the modern food truck movement in town with her 1970s Winnebago (that you’ll still see around on occasion) and her brickand-mortar spot where she still serves a mean taco. Smoke Et Al’s version also keeps it fresh and local with Noble Springs feta, local cabbage, local corn tortillas as well as smoked beef brisket and heirloom tomatoes. Smoke Et Al joins nearly 40 other members of The Nashville Food Truck Association, which just celebrated its second anniversary. Collaboration among trucks and brick-and-mortar shops has been at an all-time high with chain restaurants even getting their own trucks, including Gigi’s Cupcakes and Smoothie King, which is launching its first truck in Nashville. To find the Smoke Et Al truck, download the Nashville Food Truck Association’s new app. Or check for them at Riff’s Food Truck Jam, which happens every Friday at a Main Street parking lot, located between the Fifth and Main condominiums and the east side of Interstate 24 east.

5. HUSK NASHVILLE’S CHEESEBURGER 37 Rutledge St., Nashville, 615-256-



6565, Husk is one of the hottest seats in Nashville right now, and the cheeseburger is one of the mainstays on a menu that changes every day, twice a day. It speaks to our love of mixing the high and low culture, and it’s also just plain delicious. American cheese oozes between a stack of white onion, bread-and-butter pickles, special sauce and two Benton’s bacon-stuffed patties of Double H beef, raised on the Hermitage Hotel farm run by Capitol Grille executive chef Tyler Brown and company.

6. THE YAZOO SUE ICE CREAM WITH ROSEMARY BAR NUTS AT JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS 1892 Eastland Ave., 615-262-8611, Beyond its support of Nashville’s rising craft beer scene with this creative concoction, Jeni’s also serves as an example of the cool chains Nashville has attracted of late. And, yes, cool and chains can go in the same sentence. Founder Jeni Britton Bauer supports the community with her choice of ingredients such as Loveless biscuits and The Peach Truck peaches in the buttermilk ice cream. Bauer has a location in 12th South scheduled to open in the fall.

NEED. MORE. TACOS. A few more examples of food truck tacos in town: Jonbalaya — Kung Fu Tacos with grilled chicken, a spicy ginger slaw and fresh veggies on soft taco shells. The Rolling Feast — Rolled Chicken Tacos with fresh guacamole and pico de gallo. Delta Bound — Delta Catfish Tacos: Southern fried catfish, Creole slaw, roasted local sweet corn salsa and Mississippi Comeback Sauce. Two Guys In a Lunchbox — Terrible Tacos with seasoned pulled pork, fresh romaine lettuce, fresh cilantro, red onions, vineripened tomatoes, avocados, fresh jalapeño and ranch-flavored taco sauce, aka terrible sauce. Riffs Fine Street Food — Korean BBQ tacos with slow-roasted pulled pork, Gochujang barbecue sauce, shredded cabbage, ginger scallion salsa, spicy mayo, cilantro and sesame seeds on corn tortillas. Yayo’s OMG — Mahi Mahi tacos with corn tortillas, lightly breaded, lightly fried Mahi Mahi fish on a bed of chef’s special coleslaw (purple cabbage, white cabbage, almonds, raisins) and garnished with cilantro sauce.



Children enjoy running through and playing in the fountains at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. FILE / THE TENNESSEAN

BARFIELD CRESCENT PARK Murfreesboro This 430-acre community park has many facilities. College students as well as hardcore players enjoy the 18-hole championship-level disc golf course, and there are picnic shelters available to rent. More than seven miles of paved and unpaved trails are perfect for jogging or an easy walk. The park also has a well-maintained baseball and softball complex and a wilderness station with two outdoor classrooms.

BICENTENNIAL CAPITOL MALL STATE PARK Nashville This 19-acre park sits beneath the state Capitol in downtown Nashville. It features 31 erupting geyser fountains, carillons that ring on the hour and a large grass area (the mall) that is bordered by the Nashville Farmers’ Market, Jefferson Avenue, Sixth Avenue and the front plaza along James Robertson Parkway. Its surrounding walls are etched with a timeline of Tennessee history. Park rangers educate visitors about historical, natural and recreational areas.

BLEDSOE CREEK STATE PARK Gallatin A relaxing getaway for when life gets too

fast-paced, Bledsoe Creek State Park is where visitors can be greeted at their tent flap by deer and see wildlife at every turn of the six miles of walking trail. With campsites equipped for tents or campers, this park is where time stands still and the catch of the day from Old Hickory Lake can include bass, blue gill and crappie.

BROOKMEADE PARK Nashville A greenway at Kelly’s Point Battlefield, a Civil War battle site, Brookmeade Park is in West Nashville, off Charlotte between the Lowe’s superstore complex and the Cumberland River. There’s parking near the trailhead, which leads to a bike-friendly greenway and a small overlook of the river. The trail here will eventually be connected with other sections of the Metro Nashville Parks Greenways Project to create the Cumberland River Greenway.

BURGESS FALLS STATE NATURAL AREA Sparta The 154-acre Burgess Falls State Natural Area is eight miles south of Interstate 40 near Cookeville. A stream-side nature trail winds through lush woodlands, descending below scenic limestone cliffs to Center Hill

Lake. Falling Water River offers beautiful cascades and scenic overlooks. The park shelters an abundance of wildlife and more than 300 species of trees and plants. Visitors should check out the large native butterfly garden that’s adjacent to the upper parking lot. Picnic facilities are available.

CEDARS OF LEBANON STATE PARK Lebanon Named for the dense cedar forest that existed in the biblical lands of Lebanon, Cedars of Lebanon (pronounced LEH-banun) State Park consists of 900 acres of intensive recreational area and 8,100 acres of natural area. There are 117 campsites, with all the camping amenities, a modern group lodge, trails, swimming, picnic facilities, a meeting facility and nature programs. The unique, natural ecosystems found in and around Cedars of Lebanon are natural rock gardens called cedar glades.

CENTENNIAL PARK Nashville Nashville’s flagship park is home to large grassy areas, several picnic pavilions, a small lake and, to top it all off, a decommissioned See PARKS, Page 72



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Pinnacle is rated hard-intermediate for the expert rider. Trail elevation ranges from 510 to 660 feet above sea level (150 feet of change). Pinnacle is rated by local mountain bikers as the fifth-most “technical” trail in Tennessee, meaning it’s rocky, rooty and requires coordination of mind and legs.

Centennial Exposition. Visitors will find the world’s tallest indoor sculpture, a 42-foot statue of the Greek goddess Athena, and a world-class art gallery. In warm months, it’s ideal for Frisbee tossers, soccer players, sunbathers and those out to be seen.


CHARLIE DANIELS PARK Mt. Juliet Entertainer Charlie Daniels is larger than life in the music world and in his hometown of Mt. Juliet, which has a park that bears his name. The city-owned park’s Planet Playground resembles a castle. Picnics and fun are the name of the game at the gazebo. And what would a place named for Charlie Daniels be without a spot for music? An amphitheater just right for the strains of all types of tunes is available for all to enjoy.

CHEATHAM LOCK AND DAM Ashland City The Nashville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes visitors to Cheatham Lake. Lock A Campground is very close to the lock and dam on Cheatham Lake on the Cumberland River System, and it is surrounded by environmentally important wetlands and wildlife management areas. Boating, swimming and fishing are among the activities offered at Lock A. The campground offers 45 sites with hook-ups; seven sites are tent only. Additional amenities include hot showers, a boat launch, an interpretive trail, a playground, a shelter and a swimming area.

CUMBERLAND MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Crossville South of I-40 off U.S. Highway 127, this 1,720-acre wooded park is centered on the Cumberland Plateau, America's largest forested plateau. The state’s grandest Civilian Conservation Corps structure, a sevenarch sandstone bridge, spans Byrd Lake in the park. Nestled among the hardwoods are cabins, a recreation lodge and a restaurant overlooking the lake. There also are campgrounds, swimming and play areas. Nearby are the historic Cumberland Homestead tower, Piney and Ozone Falls Natural Areas, the scenic Sequatchie Valley and the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area, plus Jack Nicklaus’ signature Bear Trace Golf Course.

A jogger enjoys the trail at Crockett Park in Brentwood. FILE / THE TENNESSEAN recent discovery of cave paintings — a rare find in North America. Tours are offered throughout most of the year. Advance reservations are necessary. The guided tour is $5 and lasts about an hour and half. Three nearby hiking trails complement the cave, as well as scenic Swan Lake, which offers recreation for those who would rather fish than spelunk.

FALL CREEK FALLS STATE PARK Pikeville An oasis of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America. There are cascades, deep chasms (or gulfs, in local parlance), virgin timber and the Fall Creek Falls themselves, which plunge 256 feet into a shaded pool. The nature center provides exhibits on the geology, plants and animals of Fall Creek Falls. A 345-acre lake has yielded record-size fish. The 18-hole championship-caliber golf course has been listed among the top public courses in the U.S.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK Gatlinburg The Smoky Mountains are world-renowned for the diversity of their plant and animal life and the remnants of Appalachian culture. The Appalachian trail runs through part of the park, and untold miles of hiking trails await the intrepid adventurer.



Clarksville The gaping mouth of Dunbar Cave is ominous but at the same time curiously enticing. This massive cavern has attracted mankind for countless years, evident by the

Nashville Hamilton Creek offers 8.5 miles of mountain biking trails. The beginner-to-intermediate trail, aka the Lakeside Trail, is 2.5 miles. The advanced trail, the Pinnacle, is 6 miles and popular in the mountain biking community.



Kingston Springs This unique linear park along the Harpeth River in Middle Tennessee offers natural, cultural and recreational day-use areas rich in historic significance and natural beauty. Canoe access areas are located at all sites (excluding archeological areas) providing beginner and advanced paddlers opportunities to float this beautiful class II river. Downstream, the Narrows of the Harpeth provides an upstream and downstream access, the Bell’s Bend five-mile float, a unique quarter-mile portage and breathtaking views from the bluff trail. A 100-yard tunnel, hand-cut through solid rock, was one of the great engineering feats of the time and is today an industrial landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Group tours, hiking and other activities are available.

HENRY HORTON STATE PARK Chapel Hill The park is on the old estate of Henry H. Horton, the 36th governor of Tennessee. It's along the Duck River, the longest remaining stretch of free-flowing river in Tennessee. The 1,146-acre park provides a 72-room inn, seven cabins and a restaurant that seats 250 along with meeting room space to accommodate convention and family groups. The park’s 18-hole championship golf course, with bent-grass greens and a pro shop, is one of finest in the state. The state park system’s only skeet and trap range is located here. Family canoeing also is popular on the scenic Duck River. Camping and swimming are available.

HIWASSEE/OCOEE SCENIC RIVER STATE PARK Delano Hiwassee Scenic River State Park is off Maggie Hill Road at U.S. Highway 411. The river was the first one managed in the State Scenic River program. A 23-mile river section, from the North Carolina state line to U.S. 411 north of Benton, has been declared a Class III partially developed river. This stretch of river offers canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking and nature photography. A scenic portion of the John Muir trail winds through the river gorge. Numerous public access sites provide boat launch ramps. At the Gee Creek campground, picnic areas, bath houses and primitive camping are See PARKS, Page 73

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Continued from Page 72 access sites provide boat launch ramps. At the Gee Creek campground, picnic areas, bath houses and primitive camping are available. Adjacent is the Gee Creek Wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest. The Ocoee River is a premier white-water river in the Southeastern United States, possessing the Class III and IV rapids.

J. PERCY PRIEST LAKE Boaters, fishermen, campers and hikers visit year-round at this lake that straddles Davidson and Rutherford counties. The lake, named for the late Congressional representative James Percy Priest, features three campgrounds, Long Hunter State Park, recreational areas and trails, including a horse trail. It is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. See more at JPercyPriestLake.aspx.

LONG HUNTER STATE PARK Hermitage Named after the early explorers of the 1700s, Long Hunter is along the shore of Percy Priest lake. The 2,657-acre park offers a variety of recreational opportunities and protects a unique cedar glade environment. The park has a 110-acre lake with a fishing pier. A visitors center provides exhibits and details on the flora and fauna you’ll find on 28 miles of trails that are suitable for day hiking and overnight backpacking. A satellite park called The Sellars Farm Archaeological Site is near Watertown, Tenn., and includes a Mississippian period Native American ceremonial mound and village site. Although there are no artifacts remaining, the site's interpretive kiosk, vegetation and landscape tell a rich story about Native American culture from A.D. 1000 to 1300.

MONTGOMERY BELL STATE PARK Burns They say there used to be iron in them there hills; now the rolling landscape of Dickson County serves up more awe than ore as 3,782 acres of luscious Montgomery Bell State Park landscape draw visitors just as the metallic treasure used to in days of old. Wild animals and wildflowers make homes in the soft forest bed that once was heavily cut to produce farmland and charcoal for iron industry furnaces, making the park a place of serene beauty. Accommodations include cottages, campsites or the park inn.

MOUNT VIEW GLADE STATE NATURAL AREA Antioch Encircled by subdivisions, Mount View Glade

Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch walks with his dog, Sadie, on the Mossy Ridge trail in Percy Warner Park. JAE S. LEE / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN State Natural Area is a 9-acre pocket of woodlands and fields that somehow survived the rampant sprawl that began racing across Antioch decades ago. Here you'll find several rare plant species, including the endangered Tennessee coneflower, and delightful scenes of undisturbed natural beauty. Trek into the peaceful cedar-hardwood forest, and you'll forget completely that Hickory Hollow Mall is less than three miles away.

MURFREESBORO BARK PARK Murfreesboro People who love their dogs love the fact that they can take them to their very own off-leash park. There is plenty of green space for dogs to romp around in, and maybe meet a new panting pal or two. Dog parks are notorious singles spots, so be sure you look your best when you get out with Rover. And don't miss the annual Barkaroo festival, where you can even win a dogowner look-a-like contest or impress all with your dog's best trick.

OLD FORT PARK Murfreesboro This 50-acre park offers plenty of outdoor fun for all ages. Lighted tennis courts attract players, and on summer evenings, you can catch a game out on one of the baseball fields. Hikers take advantage of the green-

way trails, while teens can go off with their friends and hit the volleyball area. Toddlers find endless entertainment at the Kids’ Castle playground, giving moms a small break for conversation while they watch the tots. Picnic shelters are available to rent for large gatherings during the summer months. It also features a trailhead for the Greenway, the paved trail that winds all the way through Murfreesboro.

OLD HICKORY LAKE Hendersonville Millions of boaters, fishermen, skiers, campers and hikers each year visit this man-made lake on the Cumberland River, which spans into five counties — Davidson, Sumner, Wilson, Trousdale and Smith. Fishing is popular year-round while swimmers and skiers jump in during the spring and stick around well into the fall. An abundance of wildlife can be seen in and around the lake, which is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

PATTERSON PARK Murfreesboro A multipurpose sports and recreational facility featuring two gymnasiums, a 1/8mile track, an aerobics area, fitness equipment, a game room, a conference center See PARKS, Page 74



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RV and tent campgrounds are available, as well as three-bedroom cabins. Office: 931686-2471. Cabin reservations: 1-800-7136065 or RockIsland.

with three meeting rooms and a dining room, an indoor pool with 25-yard lap area, a zero-depth area, an interactive play system and triple-loop slide and more. There is a multipurpose field for soccer, flag football, two tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, small and large picnic shelters located by the parking lot and playground.


R. H. BOYD-PRESTON TAYLOR PARK Nashville This park, which sits kittty-corner to the Tennessee State University campus, is a pretty straightforward affair where nature lovers will find gentle hills and scattered trees. It’s a great place to walk dogs or to simply kick back and relax in a grassy, natural spot amid a busy area. Bring a blanket and snacks to enjoy a picnic with friends or head to the park’s small dirt field for a game of softball.

RADNOR LAKE STATE PARK Nashville The 85-acre man-made lake in Nashville is surrounded by a variety of scenic overlooks and diverse natural habitats. Hikers, families and photographers will enjoy the wildlife and scenery along the trails, which range from an easy walk to a challenging hike. For more, call 615-373-3467 or see environment/parks/RadnorLake.

REELFOOT LAKE STATE PARK Tiptonville Tennessee’s largest natural lake, 18,000-acre Reelfoot Lake, was created by severe earthquakes in 1811 and 1812. This picturesque area is a favorite wintering ground of the American bald eagle. Guided tours to view the majestic birds are offered by park naturalists during the winter months. Located on the Mississippi Flyway, the lake hosts thousands of migrating waterfowl and has a diversity of other wildlife. Reelfoot’s partially submerged forest, with its acres of water lilies, creates an abundant fish hatchery, which makes it an ideal spot for fishing. On the north side of the lake, a unique inn is built over the lake among bald cypress trees. On the south end of the lake, an excellent visitors center provides insight into the origin of Reelfoot and its complex ecosystem. Pontoon boat cruises are available during the summer months.

RICHLAND CREEK GREENWAY, MCCABE TRAILHEAD Nashville This two-mile paved path connects McCabe Park, Nashville State Community College, White Bridge Road and the Sylvan Park



A bald eagle prepares to land, while another waits in a cypress tree at Reelfoot Lake in Tiptonville, Tenn. TOM STANFORD / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN

area. You can walk your dogs or go for a run while watching golfers on the green, as much of the path follows the edge of the McCabe Park golf course. Like any good greenway, it’s lined with wildflowers and takes occasional turns into shady, wooded areas. Like the Shelby Park greenway, it’s largely flat and, therefore, provides a great setting for a leisurely bike ride or walk.

RICHLAND PARK Nashville En route to your day of Southern thrifting and Bobbie’s Dairy Dip, stop by Richland Park for a picnic and game of Frisbee. Essentially a large, green lawn, this park offers a view of Charlotte that’s perfect for peoplewatching, and it’s also the site of the quaint Richland Park library. This is a great urban park for weekend sports.

RIVERFRONT PARK Nashville Located downtown on the Cumberland River, this has been a longtime venue for outdoor concerts and summertime festivals. Beware, cynics and broken-hearted: you may stumble across a few amorous couples making out in the old buildings. The “Ghost Ballet” art sculpture is on full display from here, so visitors can debate whether it is an eyesore or a boon to the city. A great spot for a cozy picnic if it isn’t too humid.

ROCK ISLAND STATE PARK Rock Island Rock Island is home to beautiful waterways, including Great Falls Dam and Twin Falls. Check out the original water house for the mill — it resembles a tiny castle set in the middle of a forest. Walk the trail to the Twin Falls overlook for the best view of the double waterfalls. Bring your fishing pole, — the rivers surrounding Rock Island are known for bass, catfish and walleye fishing.

Monteagle South Cumberland Recreation Area is the state’s largest wilderness park, with more than 16,600 acres in eight separate areas. The visitors center along State Highway 41 between Monteagle and Tracy City has exhibits and information on each component of the complex. The Stone Door and Savage Gulf Complex contain spectacular vistas, waterfalls, miles of trails and beautiful forests. Hikers on the much-loved Fiery Gizzard Trail may observe nature and swim in a creek. Grundy Lakes, a day-use area near Tracy City, provides swimming, picnicking and fishing.

STONES RIVER NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD, CEMETERY Murfreesboro No matter how quickly things progress and change, you can count on two constants in the South: good barbecue and Civil War battle re-enactments. The Battle of Stones River began on the last day of 1862 and was one of the bloodiest battles of the war.

TRIPLE CREEK PARK Gallatin Meander through the wooded trails or turn that stroll into a power walk. Triple Creek Park offers recreation aplenty. There are ball fields galore, and just about every recreational sport from soccer to football is played with enthusiasm. On a tree-lined course, discs sail through the air to be caught in wire nets in one of the area's fastest-growing sports, disc golf.

WARNER PARKS Nashville The nature center is the starting point for exploring the 2,684 acres of Nashville’s Percy Warner and Edwin Warner parks. Visitors can view organic, wildflower and fern gardens as well as the Frist teaching pond. The 625-acre Edwin Warner Park boasts three trailheads. Great stone steps serve as the gateway to Percy Warner Park, the largest of the two parks. This spectacular expanse features a vehicle-accessible scenic overlook, a cross country course, a steeplechase and picnic areas. Locals undertake the 5.6- and 11.2-mile loops through the park by bike and on foot, savoring challenging climbs. Less-taxing trails meander through the woods. Call 615-352-6299 or see Parks.aspx.

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The Titans are counting on quarterback Jake Locker to show improvement from 2012. GEORGE WALKER IV / THE TENNESSEAN

Titans hope changes pay off in victories By John Glennon / The Tennessean

After stumbling to their second 6-10 record in three seasons, the Titans made significant changes to their coaching staff and their roster during the offseason. Dowell Loggains, who was interim offensive coordinator for the last several weeks of the 2012 season, took over on a full-time basis this year. On the other side of the ball, Gregg Williams — a former Titans defensive coordinator — returned to Nashville as a senior assistant/defense to aid defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. Those two face significant challenges, as the Titans finished 26th in the NFL in offense last year and 27th in defense. Offensively, much depends on the eighth overall pick of the 2011 draft, quarterback Jake Locker, who will be entering his second season as the starter. Locker had his share of ups



and downs in 2012, when he missed five games after suffering a dislocated shoulder. He wound up throwing for fewer touchdowns (10) than interceptions (11), and his passer rating of 74.0 ranked near the bottom of the league. The Titans’ hope is that Locker’s experience, Loggains’ influence and a cast of new characters will help turn things around. Tennessee signed highly regarded guard Andy Levitre in free agency and added former University of Alabama star guard Chance Warmack in the draft, with both moves expected to bolster an offensive line that was a weakness last year. In the passing game, the Titans will have to find a way to replace talented tight end Jared Cook, but the hope is that free-agent signee Delanie Walker will prove a more versatile option. Wide receivers such as Nate Washington, Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright and rookie Justin Hunter

should offer Locker plenty of options. One of the biggest changes the team made defensively was to improve the safety position, thanks to the signing of Bernard Pollard and George Wilson. Pollard earned a Super Bowl ring with Baltimore last year, and he brings vocal leadership as well as a hard-hitting presence. Wilson is also an intelligent, veteran leader. Another new defensive addition who should be hard to miss is 6-foot-4, 329-pound defensive tackle Sammie Hill, who was signed to help bolster the run defense. Getting bigger on the defensive line was a consistent theme for the Titans during the offseason, as they also added 6-8, 315-pound Ropati Pitoitua. The Titans will face a schedule challenge right away in 2013, as the first two games are at Pittsburgh and at Houston. Tennessee will be looking to make a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

TOP PLAYERS Running back Chris Johnson (at right) He goes into 2013 looking to top the 1,000yard mark for the sixth straight season. He showed last year that he still has tremendous breakaway speed, as he scored three touchdowns on runs of more than 80 yards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; adding to his NFL record in that department. The Titans want to work Johnson more into the passing game this season after he totaled a career low 36 receptions last year. Johnson also will be complemented by new addition Shonn Greene, a powerful back specializing in short-yardage situations.


Linebacker Akeem Ayers (above) In his second season in the league, Ayers started to come into his own. He wound up leading the Titans with 110 tackles and tying for second on the team with six sacks. Ayers helped the Titans to their first win of the season (against Detroit) by registering a career-best 15 tackles. As the year went on, the Titans used Ayers to rush the quarterback more often in passing situations. He recorded five of his six sacks over the last nine games last year, which is why the Titans will use him even more frequently as a pass rusher in 2013.

The Titans will make just one national television appearance in 2013. It will happen on Nov. 14 against the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field. The Colts, behind rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, swept the Titans in two games last year. All other Titans games will be played on Sundays. Ten will start at noon, with the other five beginning at 3:05 p.m. One game to circle will occur Nov. 3, when the Titans travel to St. Louis to face former Titans coach Jeff Fisher. The flagship radio station of the Titans is 104.5-FM. Season tickets and single-game tickets can be purchased at







Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne underwent hip surgery in the offseason. SANFORD MYERS / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN

Predators want to forget bad season By Josh Cooper / The Tennessean

The Predators’ 2013 season was one of the worst in team history. Nashville didn’t open its year until Jan. 19 because of a labor dispute between the NHL and NHL Players’ Association that wiped out almost half the schedule. When the season did start, the Predators found themselves in playoff contention for a large chunk of the year, until injuries took their toll in the final month. Top forwards Colin Wilson, Paul Gaustad, Mike Fisher, Patric Hornqvist and Gabriel Bourque all missed significant time with ailments. Also, the team had trouble replacing All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter, who left via free agency to the Minnesota Wild the previous summer. Alternate captain Martin Erat requested a trade and was dealt to Washington on April 3 for top Capitals prospect Filip Forsberg. Nashville finished with the fourthworst record in the NHL. When the season ended, the Predators said they would retool their roster in order to try to re-establish their identity. They started by jettisoning forward Sergei Kostitsyn, who scored three goals the previous year, and getting rid of defensemen Jonathon Blum and Hal Gill. Forwards Matt Halischuk and Brandon Yip also were let go. Nashville also locked up its



younger assets, such as defensemen Roman Josi (seven years) and Victor Bartley (three years) and forward Patric Hornqvist (five years). With the fourth pick in the June 30 draft, Nashville took defenseman Seth Jones, who was considered the top player in the draft by many scouting services. On free agency day, the Predators added depth at forward with Matt Hendricks, Matt Cullen, Eric Nystrom and Viktor Stalberg. They also brought in Carter Hutton to back up goaltender Pekka Rinne. Nashville has a glut of forward depth and the Predators will take a score-by-committee approach. Wilson likely will lead the attack. The 2008 first-round pick appears ready to take a bigger role in the offense and was the team’s leading scorer at the time of his injury last season. Fisher and David Legwand are capable two-way players, as is Cullen. The Predators’ defense is young. The oldest player on Nashville’s blueline will be 28 years old when the season starts, but the position is high on talent. Captain Shea Weber is one of the top defensemen in the NHL and leads the group. Kevin Klein is a steady stalwart for Nashville. Rinne is a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist. He underwent hip surgery this offseason, but Nashville believes he will be ready for training camp.

TOP PLAYERS Defenseman Shea Weber is the team’s captain. He finished tied for the Predators’ lead last season with 28 points and averaged 25:55 of ice time per game. Goaltender Pekka Rinne is a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist. He had a down year last season with a 2.43-goals-against average and .910 save percentage. He is coming off hip surgery. Center Mike Fisher is one of the top twoway players in the game. He had 21 points in 38 games last season and plays close to 20 minutes per night.

WHERE THEY PLAY Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville

TV/RADIO/TICKETS The Predators will have 82 regular-season games broadcast on Fox Sports Tennessee and SportSouth. The flagship radio station is 102.5 FM The Game. For tickets go to or call 615-770-7800.

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Sounds’ roster has big-league talent The Sounds completed their 36th season of competition on Sept. 2. Serving as the Triple-A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers, the Sounds featured some of the organization’s best prospects in starting pitcher Tyler Thornburg, first-baseman Hunter Morris and second-baseman Scooter Gennett. Relief pitcher Rob Wooten represented the Sounds in the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Game. The Sounds compete in the Pacific Coast League, which they last won in 2005. The club is managed by Mike Guerrero, who took over the duties in 2012. Don Mattingly, Willie McGee, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and R.A. Dickey are just a few of the players who’ve played for the Sounds before going on to successful Major League careers. The Sounds are owned by Frank Ward and Masahiro Honzawa. Day-to-day operations are handled by General Manager Brad Tammen and Assistant GM Doug Scopel.

WHERE THEY PLAY Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville

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— Nick Cole / The Tennessean

Blake Davis gets tagged out at third by Omaha’s Johnny Giavotella during a game at Greer Stadium. The Sounds are the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate. SANFORD MYERS / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN

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Eddie Hoffman (8) and Nate Caruth race in the All-American 400 at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway. JAE S. LEE / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN

FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY Where: 625 Smith Ave., Nashville Contanct info: 615-254-1986 or http:// Details: Former NASCAR stars Coo Coo and Sterling Marlin, Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Hamilton Sr. are among those who got their starts at the Fairgrounds, which opened as a dirt track in 1904 and is the second-oldest active track in the country. The track boasted an eight-race-day schedule in 2013 that



began in April and will conclude in November with the All-American 400. The speedway hosts eight racing divisions that typically run once per race day.

OTHER TRACKS Clarksville Speedway: 1600 Needmore Road, Clarksville 37040; 931-645-2523; Type: Dirt/ drag strip.

Duck River Speedway: 1100 Haskins Chapel Road, Shelbyville 37160; 931-684-8200; Type: Dirt. Highland Rim Speedway: 6801 Kelly Willis Road, Greenbrier 37073; 615-643-4055; Type: Paved. Music City Raceway: 3302 Ivy Point Road, Goodlettsville 37072; 615-876-0981; Type: Drag.


Middle Tennessee State University TICKETS Tickets are available at the ticket office at Floyd Stadium (Gate 1-A) off Faulkinberry Drive on campus in Murfreesboro. Or buy tickets by calling 615-898-2103, 1-888-YESMTSU (937-6878) or at www.goblue Ticket office hours are 8 a.m.5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. On football and basketball game days, the office is open through halftime, during baseball games until the fifth inning.

BASKETBALL The Blue Raiders and Lady Raiders play home games at Murphy Athletic Center on campus. Capacity is 11,500. Men’s outlook: The Blue Raiders advanced

to the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in 24 years. Their 28-6 record marked the most single-season wins in school history. The Blue Raiders were 19-1 in their final season in the Sun Belt Conference. MTSU will move to Conference USA this season. Coach Kermit Davis was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year the past two seasons. Under Davis (208-139) MTSU has had only one losing season in 11 years. Women’s outlook: The Lady Raiders extended their streak of postseason tournaments to 10 years last season and posted a 25-8 record. In the NCAA Tournament, MTSU lost to Louisville (74-49), which went on to play in the national championship game. The Lady Raiders have won at least 20 games for 10 consecutive seasons, including eight under Coach Rick Insell.

FOOTBALL MTSU plays its home games at Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium. Capacity is 30,788. Outlook: The Blue Raiders went 8-4 last year, finishing tied for second in the Sun Belt. The highlight was a 49-28 rout over Georgia Tech. Head coach Coach Rick Stockstill and the Blue Raiders head into Conference USA with two offensive standouts in veteran quarterback Logan Kilgore and running back Jordan Parker. Kilgore is coming off back-to-back 2,000-yard passing seasons, and Parker set the school freshman rushing record last year with 851 yards on 166 carries. Defensively, the Blue Raiders return safety Kevin Byard, who made the All-Sun Belt second team last year.

— Mike Organ, The Tennessean

University of Tennessee TICKETS To order tickets, call 1-800-332-VOLS (6857) or go to

BASKETBALL Thompson-Boling Arena opened as one of the nation’s largest basketball facilities with a capacity of 24,000-plus in 1987. Capacity was later scaled back to 21,678, and the arena underwent an interior facelift in 2007. Men’s outlook: Cuonzo Martin prepares for his third season at the helm of the Vols while looking to get the program back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. There are plenty of reasons to believe the Vols can build on an 11-7 SEC record and reach the NCAAs this year, beginning with the return of 6-foot-8 senior

forward Jeronne Maymon, who was forced to redshirt last season after a left knee injury. Also back are leading scorers Jordan McRae (15.7 ppg) and Jarnell Stokes (12.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg), as well as starting wing Josh Richardson. Women’s outlook: The Lady Vols have transitioned to the Holly Warlick era and are looking to return to the Final Four for the first time since claiming the 2008 national title. UT was tripped up in an NCAA Tournament regional final for the third-consecutive year in March. Five of the team’s top six scorers return. Senior guard Meighan Simmons (16.8) and posts Bashaara Graves and Isabelle Harrison will give the Lady Vols scoring options from the 3-point arc and in the paint, where UT has good size with six players standing 6-foot-2 or taller.

FOOTBALL Butch Jones, the team’s fourth coach in six years has a lot of work to do to get the Vols back to contending for SEC East titles. The Vols will rely heavily on the run game with one of the league’s top lines blocking for backs Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane. Ja’wuan James and Midstate products Antonio Richardson (Pearl-Cohn) and James Stone (Maplewood) weigh a combined 936 pounds up front. The QB job is up for grabs entering camp, though junior Justin Worley has the edge in experience. Junior linebacker A.J. Johnson, the SEC’s leading tackler (138) in 2012, will spearhead the defense along with senior safety Byron Moore, whose five interceptions last season tied the league high.

— Jeff Lockridge, The Tennessean

Tennessee State University TICKETS The ticket office is inside the north side of the Gentry Center, first floor, at 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd. Call 615-963-5841, 1-888-8942583 or visit or Ticketmaster.

BASKETBALL Men’s outlook: Tennessee State’s 2012-13 team finished with a winning record (18-15) but failed to meet its own high expectations under first-year coach Travis Williams. The Tigers, who went 20-13 and played in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship in 2011-12, lost eight of their last 14 games. The Tigers must replace star forward

Rob Covington along with fellow starters Kellen Thornton and Jordan Cyphers. AllOVC guard Patrick Miller, who averaged 14.8 points and had a team-high 195 assists and 50 steals, is back along with 6-foot-9 junior post player M.J. Rhett, who averaged 6.0 rebounds. Women’s outlook: After winning just nine games in each of its previous two seasons TSU’s women posted a 13-15 record under first-year coach Larry Joe Inman. The Tigers won seven of their last 12 games to finish with a winning OVC record (9-7) for the first time since 2008-09. Inman faces a major rebuilding task with only one returning starter — junior point guard Rachel Allen.

FOOTBALL Outlook: The Tigers won their first seven games last season and were ranked in the top 25 in the Football Championship Subdivision. They stumbled down the stretch, losing three of their last four games. TSU returns seven starters on offense and all 11 on defense. That includes All-OVC tight end A.C. Leonard, offensive guard Kadeem Edwards and cornerback Steven Godbolt. Also back is junior quarterback Michael German, who completed 215 of 358 passes for 2,751 yards with 18 touchdowns. TSU will play 12 consecutive weeks, beginning Sept. 1 against Bethune-Cookman.

— Mike Organ, The Tennessean




Vanderbilt University TICKETS To order tickets, call 615-322-4653 or 1-87744-VANDY or go to www.vucommodores. com. The ticket office is in McGugin Center at 2601 Jess Neely Drive.

BASKETBALL Men’s outlook: Coming off a 16-17 rebuilding season that concluded with a strong run to the SEC Tournament semifinals, the Commodores seemed poised to re-enter the discussion for an NCAA Tournament berth in 2013-14. But after a tumultuous summer that saw four players leave for various reasons, it may now be wishful thinking. Leading scorer Kedren Johnson, a junior, will miss at least one season for violating conduct rules.

Leading rebounder Kevin Bright signed a pro contract with a squad in his native Germany. Two players transferred, including a potential starter in Sheldon Jeter. All the shuffling leaves 15th-year coach Kevin Stallings with nine scholarship players. Women’s outlook: The Commodores went 21-12 last season to make a 14th-consecutive NCAA Tournament, where coach Melanie Balcomb’s team lost to eventual national champion Connecticut in the second round. Entering her 11th season in Nashville, Balcomb has high expectations for a team led by senior guards Jasmine Lister (12.2 ppg) and Christina Foggie (13.4). The graduation of leading scorer (16.6) and rebounder (8.4) Tiffany Clarke leaves a void in the post.

FOOTBALL Outlook: The transformation that occurred in James Franklin’s first two seasons as coach was remarkable, with the Commodores reaching consecutive bowl games and winning nine games last season for the first time since 1915. Seven starters return on both sides of the ball, offering hope Vanderbilt can replicate its 2012 success, which featured a fourth-place finish in the SEC East and a Music City Bowl win over North Carolina State. Gone is the program’s all-time leading rusher, Zac Stacy, as well as quarterback Jordan Rodgers. Vanderbilt, ranked 34th in the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll, is still seeking its first win over a ranked foe since 2008.

— Jeff Lockridge, The Tennessean

Belmont University The Belmont University Bruins compete in baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, but they are best known for basketball.

TICKETS Belmont’s home basketball games are played at Curb Event Center, at 2002 Belmont Blvd., in Nashville. Capacity is 5,900. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office by calling 615-460-2255 or by sending an email to

BASKETBALL Men’s outlook: In its inaugural season in

the Ohio Valley Conference, Belmont became a power within the conference and racked up 10 straight wins in conference play before falling to Murray State 79-74 midway through the season. The Bruins went on to capture their first OVC regular season title, the program’s fourth-consecutive regular season title, and defeat defending champion Murray State 70-68 in overtime for the OVC Tournament title. The title earned Belmont its third-straight NCAA appearance, its sixth overall, where they lost to Arizona 81-64 in the second round. Kerron Johnson earned his second-consecutive tournament MVP honor, and allAmerican Ian Clark was named to the all-tournament team. Coach Rick Byrd was

inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame this past spring. Women’s outlook: For its first season as members of the Ohio Valley Conference, Belmont earned the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. However, their hopes of advancing to the finals were dashed by second-seeded Tennessee Tech, 61-57. For the first time since 2007, the Bruins participated in a postseason tournament, where they fell to Detroit 71-68 in the Women’s Basketball Invitational. Vanderbilt transfer Jordan Coleman was named to the OVC’s all-newcomer team. Cameron Newbauer has been hired as the program’s fourth coach after Brittney Ezell’s departure.

— Autumn Allison, The Tennessean

Lipscomb University The Lipscomb University Bison and Lady Bison compete in baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, but they are best known for basketball.

TICKETS Lipscomb plays its home basketball games at Allen Arena, 3901 Granny White Pike. Capacity is 5,000. To order tickets, call 615-966-5456 or 1-800-333-4358, ext. 5899, or go to

BASKETBALL Men’s outlook: Lipscomb’s 2012-2013 sea-



son was hit-and-miss. Spotty wins and close games aganst the likes of Memphis helped maintain some momentum. However, the Bison’s lackluster performances for most of the year gave them the seventh seed in the Atlantic Sun tournament. Lipscomb fell to Mercer for the second straight year, 82-48, and ended its season with an overall record of 12-18. But Lipscomb received national recognition in the postseason for its two regular season victories over Florida Gulf Coast, which became the nation’s favorite Cinderella story with its impressive March Madness run. After longtime coach Scott Sanderson stepped down in late spring, Lipscomb brought in Casey Alexander, a former standout player and later assistant coach at rival Belmont, for the 2013-2014 season.

Women’s outlook: For the sixth consecutive year, Lipscomb failed to make the Atlantic Sun tournament and finished 3-26. With the loss of leading scorer Anna Bowers, the Lady Bison struggled a bit offensively, but senior Hannah Phillips stepped up and led the team with an average of 13.4 points per game. Phillips was fifth in the conference in scoring and became the fifth Lady Bison to reach the 1,000-point mark in the NCAA era. Freshman Alex Banks was named to the all-freshman team. Chandler Cooper, a transfer from the University of Florida, will be joining this year’s team. Cooper is a former Clarksville player who scored 1,272 points and a school-record 237 three-pointers.

— Autumn Allison, The Tennessean


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