April 2017 Around Town 1


Franklin-based Mars Petcare, one of the world’s leading pet care providers, will develop its new headquarters at Ovation in Cool Springs. The 224,000 square foot space will feature a pair of connected LEED-Gold certified office buildings. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year with a second quarter 2019 targeted completion date.

The Ovation site encompasses 145 acres, and will be a high-density, mixed-use development with 56 acres of perpetually dedicated preserved green space.

Renee Peets, vice president and executive project sponsor of Mars Petcare, said, “For the last 11 years, we have called Franklin home and we’re excited about our new U.S. headquarters at Ovation, one of the largest planned mixed-use projects in Williamson County. It’s an exciting project, ideally situated in a vibrant location, and will bring the best of ‘work, rest and play’ to our nearly 1,000 area associates and their pets.”

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore said, “Mars Petcare has been making an economic and social impact here in Franklin for more than a decade. We are grateful for their continued commitment to our city as we work to make Franklin a vibrant place to live and work.”


The City of Franklin Parks Department opened a new equestrian trail at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm on March 27.

The new equestrian trail is open to all horse and stable owners as a self-guided trail throughout the park, uniquely located next to historic downtown Franklin. The trail features 2.62 miles of standard trail and .33 miles of advanced trail throughout the historic farm, once known as the birthplace of the modern Tennessee Walking Horse.

Trail and park amenities include trailer parking, tie rails throughout the trail course, rules and information kiosk, and restrooms. The trail will be open for public use on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 30 minutes prior to the official sunrise, to 30 minutes after the official sunset.

The trail was funded by a Recreation Trails Program grant, which aims to provide trail funding for recreational uses. The City of Franklin Parks Department staff constructed the trail and amenities.


Franklin High School recently won the Sixth Annual History Bowl, sponsored by the Brentwood Historic Commission. Held at City Hall in Brentwood, the Rebels prevailed over teams from high schools throughout Williamson County.

Team members Will Haslam, Tian Geng and Bailey Lanai answered more questions correctly than any other team over the course of the 130-questions competition.

With the win, the Rebels will have the honor of displaying the Sarah Bayrd American History Bowl Trophy on its campus for the next year. Bayrd was a long-time Advanced Placement American History teacher at Brentwood High School


Outlook Williamson 2017 is a half-day economic summit featuring a deep dive into the Williamson County economy and forecasting trends for the region. More than 300 business and community leaders from around the region attend this signature event. The event takes place Tuesday, April 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Factory at Franklin.

Attendees will learn about the site selection process with a hands-on activity to discover how businesses choose a community in which to relocate. There will be a presentation on the latest projects coming online in Williamson County and opportunities to explore a renderings gallery, view a new business recruiting video and hear from local developers about their projects. Registration information is available online at WilliamsonChamber.com.


The Nashville Sounds Baseball Club has announced its weekly promotions for the 2017 season. The 71-game home schedule begins April 11 when the Sounds host the Oklahoma City Dodgers at 6:35 p.m. at First Tennessee Park.

Every Monday night The Sounds and Kroger will offer fans a “Family 4-Pack” which includes 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 fountain sodas for just $44 when presenting their Kroger Plus card at the Sounds Box Office.

Every Wednesday is College Night presented by First Tennessee. Local universities take over the ballpark and fans enjoy a special hat giveaway of the featured university.

Throwback Thursdays will feature the team wearing 1978 replica uniforms to commemorate the Sounds’ original uniform style. Coca-Cola and Budweiser products will be available at a discounted rate.

Every Friday night will feature FOX17 Fireworks presented by Koorsen Fire & Security.

The Sounds and Piedmont Natural Gas and Tennessee 811 will honor the military every Sunday. The team will wear special military-green jerseys and discounted tickets will be available for active and veteran military members and their families.

More information is available by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting NashvilleSounds.com.