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ANOTHER MINUTE: Murphy Oil station slated for opening

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Murfreesboro’s newest gas station is slated to open in one week, a company representative confirmed.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on Murphy Oil, located at the corner of Northfield and Memorial boulevards, and the fuel station and convenience market is scheduled to receive a certificate of occupancy on Friday, according to Donna Coker, site coordinator for new sites.

She said the company expects for its Murfreesboro store to be open by Friday, July 13. At 2,756 square feet, the new location is one of Murphy Oil’s larger stores and will feature a variety of products.

“It’s not like a truck stop, but it’s a big store,” Coker said.

RuCo ranks fourth in employment growth
Rutherford County joined the ranks of top counties in terms of employment growth in a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 The Fourth Quarter 2011 County Employment and Wages report indicates that employment increased in 266 of the 322 largest U.S. counties, of which Rutherford is included. The report measures employment growth from December 2010 to December 2011.

While national employment, measured by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, is up 1.4 percent, Rutherford County boasted a 4 percent increase, making it fourth in the nation for percentage increase in employment.

“Rutherford County continues to be a destination for companies looking to expand and relocate due to our pro-business climate, skilled labor pool, available sites and overall high quality of life,” said Holly Sears, vice president of economic development for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. “This ranking is a testimony that our leadership has continued to position our community as a great place to do business.”

The top ten counties highlighted in the report include Kern, Calif. (5.3 percent); Fort Bend, Texas (4.5 percent); Weld, Colo., Williamson, Tenn., and Utah, Utah (4.3 percent); Rutherford, Tenn., Washington, Pa., and Montgomery, Texas (4.0 percent); and Hartford, Md., and Webb Texas (3.9 percent).

The employment and wage data in the report are compiled under the QCEW program and derived from reports submitted by every employer subject to unemployment insurance laws. The 9.2 million employer reports cover 131.3 million full- and part-time workers.

New exhibit shows ‘Moxie’
Moxie Art Supply has announced a new exhibition of watercolor paintings by local artist Joyce Kimbel.

“The works reveal the artist’s mastery of watercolor through a wide range of subjects,” a Moxie press release states. “Kimbel’s sensitivity to the medium is also reflected in the subjects she chooses to paint; children, flora and the landscape. Working from her studio in Woodbury, Joyce Kimbel captures moments of everyday life that are both engaging and fresh.”

The artist’s fascination for book illustrations led her to pursue watercolor painting in 2007. Kimbel continues to develop as an artist by working in not only watercolors but also with pen and ink and colored pencils. She also is a book illustrator and an active commission artist.

Joyce Kimbel’s paintings will be on exhibit at Moxie Art Supply through July 21. A reception for the artist will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10. The event is free and open to the public.

When her schedule permits, Joyce Kimbel conducts art workshops and classes at Moxie Art Supply in downtown Murfreesboro. For more information call 615-849-1131.
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