February 2017 Around Town 1

COLD WEATHER TIPS TO PREVENT FREEZING PIPES

If it didn’t happen to you personally, you probably know someone who experienced the mess, stress, expense and inconvenience of a burst water pipe during the recent bouts of cold weather. With several weeks of winter remaining, this is still a good time for preventive maintenance. With that in mind, here are some Tips to Prevent Freezing Pipes from Franklin Water Management.

  • Know the areas of your home, such as basements, crawl spaces, unheated rooms and outside walls, that are most vulnerable to freezing.
  • Caulk around doorframes and windows and around pipes where they enter the house to reduce incoming cold.
  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors. Close all air vents located in the foundation wall.
  • Protect your pipes. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire. Newspaper or fabric may also work. Remove, drain and store hoses used outdoors.
  • Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing.
  • If you have an attached garage, keep its doors shut. Occasionally, plumbing is routed through this unheated space, leaving it vulnerable.
  • Know where your home’s primary water shut-off valve is located. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut off the water immediately.
  • Drain in-ground sprinkler systems. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the best way to do this.
  • Insulate backflow devices. Wrap exposed pipes and devices with insulation. Outdoor backflow devices should have a “hot box” and use electrical heat tracing wire to prevent freezing

If you have pipes that are vulnerable to freezing, allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.

HEALTH CARE IT COMPANY TO CREATE 260 JOBS IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and myNEXUS®, Inc. CEO McArthur VanOsdale recently announced that the health care information technology company will expand in Greater Middle Tennessee and create 260 new jobs in Williamson County.

“Tennessee’s strength in health care is a magnet for new startups like myNEXUS,” said Haslam. “But more importantly, our state has the workforce and business climate to allow these companies to grow and excel.

The health care industry supports more than 250,000 jobs in Middle Tennessee with an economic impact of nearly $39 billion.

MyNEXUS, the leader in post-acute technology and home-based services, partners with insurer clients to reduce the risks and costs associated with home-based health care services, ensuring members get the right care at the right time. Founded in 2014, myNEXUS uses a proven clinical model to help members heal at home and avoid common, costly readmissions to health care facilities.

“Providing individuals with more opportunities for home-based care is a rapidly growing segment of the health care system and is key in building healthier communities,” VanOsdale said. “Being a native Nashvillian, I am passionate about being a part of Nashville’s continued economic development, and myNEXUS is excited about being a contributor toward bringing career opportunities to the Greater Middle Tennessee area.”

MyNEXUS’ expansion is driven by new contracts and expanding business with current clients. The company will invest $1 million to expand its footprint in Greater Middle Tennessee.

FRANKLIN POLICE LIEUTENANT GRADUATES FROM FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY

Lieutenant David Prather, a 19-year Franklin Police veteran, graduated recently from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

This 266th session of the program included 222 graduates from 48 states and 20 countries. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers 11 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training to law enforcement leaders with proven records as professionals within their organizations.

Lieutenant Prather is the sixth active member of the Franklin Police Department to graduate from the academy, joining Chief Deborah Faulkner, Deputy Chief Christ Gentry and Lieutenants John Lawrence, Rob Lenters and Charles Warner.