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Academy Sports + Outdoors will be joining the Smyrna’s Sam Ridley Parkway business community this fall.

GBT Realty Corporation, a national retail real estate company, announced its purchase of property at Gateway centre in Smyrna for the development of Academy Sports + Outdoors, a sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with more than 135 locations throughout the Southeast.

The 9.25-acre property is located at the intersection of Sam Ridley Parkway and Wolverine Drive, where construction of the 72,000-square-foot store has commenced with an anticipated fall opening.

“The neighboring regional power center anchored by Target, Kohl’s and Ross Dress for Less, along with the Malco Cinema, makes this a prime location for the new sports and outdoor retailer,” a press release states.  

In addition to the Academy Sports + Outdoors projects, GBT has a 24-year history of successful developments throughout the U.S., including The Shoppes of Brentwood and The Shoppes of Spring Hill in Middle Tennessee.  


Stones River Total Beverages will hold its third Semi-Annual Wine & Spirits Show at from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference.

Join in the festivities, sample more than 100 different wines and spirits, complemented with a variety of tasty appetizers.    

Presale tickets are available and can be purchased in the store, located at 208 N. Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro, or by calling 615-895-1888. Tickets purchased at the door on the day of the event will be $30, but tickets are limited in number.


Nissan North America and the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office are stepping up and talking to teens about the importance of avoiding distracted driving, and other harmful behaviors behind the wheel, as part of the ThinkFast program.

The interactive, game-show-format teen awareness initiative officially kicked off in April, just in time for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. With Nissan’s support, the number of ThinkFast events will more than double from previous years, taking place at more than 110 Tennessee high schools and middle schools statewide, with program completion in the fall.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. The yearly increase in numbers of alcohol-related crashes for teens begins to occur during April and May – prom and graduation season – according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

“Nissan’s commitment to driver and passenger safety is reflected in the ThinkFast program,” said Bob Yakushi, director of Product Safety, Nissan North America, Inc. “Nissan has a vision of eliminating teen accidents and fatalities by instilling safe driving habits in students before they get their driver’s licenses – just one of many safety education initiatives in place to help reduce the number of auto-related injuries and fatalities.”

He explained how this vision aligns with Nissan’s global Vision Zero, “which aims to help reduce the number of accidents through the development of safety technologies, with a goal of ultimately reducing fatalities and serious injuries in Nissan vehicles to zero.”

Since 2006, GHSO has worked to decrease the number of teen vehicle fatalities and serious injuries through the ThinkFast program. Historically, GHSO has been able to offer ThinkFast to 35 to 40 counties in the state starting with those that have the highest fatalities among teen drivers. This year, with the support of Nissan North America, GHSO is able to add an additional 75 schools, bringing the total to more than 110 throughout Tennessee, allowing more teens to be educated on the risks associated with drunk or distracted driving.


Nashville International Airport announced American Airlines will add one additional flight per day to Los Angeles International Airport.

American will operate the flight from June 14 through Aug. 20 in addition to its current daily flight to LAX.

Departure and arrival times for American Airlines additional flight to LAX:

• Departs BNA 7:10 a.m., arrives LAX 9:20 a.m.

• Departs LAX 10:50 p.m., arrives BNA 4:55 a.m.

Departure and arrival times for American Airlines current flight to LAX:

• Departs BNA 6:10 p.m., arrives LAX 8:20 p.m.

• Departs LAX 11:15 a.m., arrives BNA 5:15 p.m.
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Academy Sports, American Airlines, Business, Melinda Hudgins, Minute with Melinda, Nashville International Airport, Nissan North America, Smyrna, Stones River Total Beverages, Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office
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