May 2017 Around Town


The Franklin Fire Department recently announced the winners of its annual Fire Song Contest, then the artists performed on Facebook Live from the Puckett’s stage in downtown Franklin.

The contest invited musicians to write and record songs that supported the department’s Fire Prevention Month message, “Don’t wait, check the date! Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.”

Michael Scott, a Franklin native and Williamson County’s Stormwater Quality Coordinator, took home the grand prize: a mentoring session with former BMI Songwriter of the Year, Ed Hill. Scott’s song, “Fired Up,” featured real Franklin Fire Department radio traffic, as well as his eight-year old daughter, Aubrey. More information about his music projects is available online at

The duo of Scales Elementary third grade student Lizzie Park and her guitar teacher, Dave Clo, won the People’s Choice Award for their collaboration, “Change It.” They received a Puckett’s and Franklin Fire Department gift basket. Additional information is available at

Independence High School Senior Madeline Coles won for Best Song in the youth category with “Change Your Smoke Alarms.” The 17-year old relocated to Williamson County from New Jersey with her mother last year to pursue a music career. She says her inspiration is George Strait. Her prize is a private pizza party with her friends at Franklin Fire Station 8 in Westhaven. Keep up with her musical endeavors at

The Red Hot Fire Girls, a.k.a. Riley Dial, a fourth grade student at Pearre Creek Elementary, and her music teacher, Jessie Smith, received an Honorable Mention for their song, “Don’t Wait.” For more information, visit


Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora Tydings joined Nissan officials to formally open the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Murfreesboro’s Smyrna Campus and Nissan Training Center. The state-of-the-art campus offers high-quality programs to prepare Tennessee students and Nissan employees for careers in advanced manufacturing and other fields.

The 162,000-square-foot center is a public-private partnership between Nissan and the Tennessee Board of Regents to create educational opportunities that are closely aligned to current workforce needs.

“This is a true partnership between the State of Tennessee and Nissan,” said Gov. Haslam. “Our College of Applied Technology at Murfreesboro needed more space and equipment to serve Tennesseans who want to learn skills for a new or improved career. Nissan needed a new center to train its own employees and those of its suppliers. The new Smyrna facility, which is both a public TCAT open to all and a Nissan Training Center was a perfect solution and is an important milestone in our Drive to 55 – to equip at least 55 percent of Tennesseans with a college degree or certificate by 2025.”

The new education and training facility enrolls both public TCAT students and employees from the Nissan Smyrna plant. Through classes in fields such as automotive technology, industrial electrical maintenance, machine tool technology and welding technology, current and prospective workers learn valuable skills that can be directly applied in Nissan’s facilities or with other employers in the region.

Nissan’s operations in Middle Tennessee include the Smyrna vehicle and battery assembly plants, two powertrain assembly plants in Decherd and the company’s North American headquarters in Franklin. Nissan assembles six different models in Smyrna, including Altima, the all-electric LEAF, Maxima, Rogue, Pathfinder and INFINITI QX60.


Baseball fans can enjoy a wide variety of locally sourced, specialty food and beverage items while attending Nashville Sounds games this summer at First Tennessee Park. The Sounds and Centerplate, the team’s hospitality partner, have developed the new menu during the offseason by listening to fans, testing new products and visiting local vendors.

The new general concourse menu is highlighted by a Mesquite Smoked Prime Rib Sandwich and Smoked Prime Rib Nash-chos. Fans are also sure to enjoy the new Black Hawk Farms Burger, a grass-fed, grain-finished, rich, buttery beef with no hormones or antibiotics.

The Band Box outdoor bar and restaurant will be a haven for foodies. Traditional favorites with a modern twist include an all-natural, gluten free, Black Angus Beef hotdog, cheeseburgers from Franklin’s Bear Creek Farms and vanilla soft serve ice cream from Purity Dairy Several local craft beers will be available including offerings from Black Abbey, Mill Creek and six new taps that will feature a rotating variety of local options.

Also part of this year’s cuisine at The Band Box will be a series of chef pop-ups. Over 15 chefs with ties to local Nashville restaurants will feature their specialty dishes throughout the 2017 season, presented by First Tennessee.

The suite levels now feature cheeses from Tennessee farms and Nashville institution Mama Turney’s is offering its famous pies along with other desserts.


Franklin attorney Whitney H. Harrington has opened Harrington Law, PLLC, a family and mediation practice in downtown Franklin … Kevin Townsel has been named as the City of Franklin’s new Director of Human Resources … Former Water Management Director Mark Hilty has been tabbed as the city’s new Assistant City Administrator for Public Works. In his new role, Hilty will lead Streets, Parks, Water Management and Sanitation and Environmental Services departments … Franklin-based Lee Company has been named 2017 Residential Contractor of the Year by ACCA, the nation’s largest association of indoor environmental systems professionals.