Saint Thomas Opens New Care Center in Franklin

Saint Thomas Medical Partners has opened a new care center in Franklin, located at 3301 Aspen Grove Drive. The new location provides access to primary care for the residents of Williamson County with a focus on integrative medicine. In addition, specialty care will soon be added to this location. The center also offers on-site lab testing and adjacent imaging.

Physicians at the Franklin care center provide an integrative and holistic approach to care, lifestyle medicine, nutrition therapy and mindfulness meditation, in addition to traditional medicine. Using an integrative approach allows clinicians to offer a combination of conventional and alternative therapies, guided by good science, to treat the whole person. Same-day and walk-in appointments are available through Express Care, and patients can schedule appointments online. The hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Get Your Mojo On—Mojo’s Tacos That Is

Mojo’s Tacos, a modern, authentic taco shop with a Tennessee twist, has officially launched its taco truck outside of the Factory at Franklin and will serve customers several days a week, weather permitting. The taco truck is an extension of the Mojo’s Tacos restaurant concept, which is set to open in the factory this spring.

The truck will offer a rotating menu of a handful of tacos, with daily options including Mojo’s signature “puffy taco,” made with fried flour tortillas and filled with jalapeño sausage, queso, onion, cilantro and guacamole; a tempura-fried avocado taco; and smoked brisket and adobo chicken tacos. The truck will also carry Mexican Coca-Cola and Maine Root organic sodas.

Once the restaurant opens, Mojo’s Taco Truck will continue to serve meals outside the factory and around town. It offers an innovative menu with savory meats from an in-house smoker, locally sourced produce, made-from-scratch sauces, handmade tortillas and more, complete with a full-service bar stocked with craft tequilas and locally brewed beers. Customers will also be able to book the truck for special events, festivals, private parties and more.

Belmont University Acquires O’More College of Design

O’More, the school of fashion and interior design and Williamson County’s only four-year college, will merge with Belmont University, a private liberal arts college, bringing a design program to Belmont and more opportunities to O’More students. No money will change hands in the merger set to take place later this year. O’More is home to about 150 students who will all make the move to Belmont’s Nashville location and operations will cease at the almost 50-year-old institution. No announcements have been made as to what will become of the 7-acre downtown Franklin property.

You’re Invited to Kevin Carter’s 17th Annual “Waiting for Wishes” Celebrity Waiter’s Dinner

Kevin Carter, ESPNU sports analyst and 14 year NFL veteran, along with Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, host an evening of fun on Tuesday, April 24, at Nashville’s The Palm where celebrities wait tables and do various “tasks” for tips to raise funds for charities. Many favorite sports figures, country music artists and celebrities will be making appearances.

Previous sports celebrities include Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints; Brian Griese, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, retired; Rex Grossman, Chicago Bears; Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos; Jeff Garcia, Philadelphia Eagles; Bruce Gradkowski, Oakland Raiders; Derrick Mason, Baltimore Ravens, retired; Gaines Adams, Chicago Bears; Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, retired; Vonnie Holiday, Denver Broncos; Mike Vrabel, Kansas City Chiefs; NFL broadcaster Cris Collinsworth and many Tennessee Titans!

Past entertainers, actors and other celebrities include Chris Soules, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth from ABC’s “The Bachelor;” Chip Esten and Clare Bowen from “Nashville;” Jana Kramer; Love and Theft; John Rich; Sugarland; Dierks Bentley; Charlie Daniels; Big Kenny; Phil Vassar; LeAnn Rimes; Lee Ann Womack; Storme Warren and more!

The dinner also includes a live and a silent auction with fabulous trips, autographed celebrity memorabilia and lots more! The after-party consists of artists jumping on stage to play for the crowd following the dinner event.

This event has raised  $2.1 million in the last 16 years for both The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee and The Kevin Carter Foundation, which focuses on youth character development and enriching the lives of others. For more information, visit WaitingForWishes.com.

Join the City’s Parks Department in Celebrating Arbor Day

The City of Franklin Parks Department together with the Franklin Tree Commission want to celebrate Arbor Day with you. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, be sure to stop by Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, to learn about caring for and planting trees. There will be lots to do including tree climbing, rock wall climbing, wood carvings, free tree saplings and food trucks. Arbor Day is a day where people are encouraged to care for their natural environment.