BUSINESS BRIEFS: Local art supply owner's work on display

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Local business owner Glenn Merchant spends his time helping young artists flourish through his art supply shop Moxie! located in historic downtown Murfreesboro.

But the entrepreneur is an artist, himself, and he will be showing his newest creations beginning next week.

Merchant’s newest exhibition, “Inside Out,” will be on display at The Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro and feature new landscape-based paintings and drawings.

This show features a group of work executed this past year, according to an announcement by The Center for the Arts.

“These color filled landscapes hover between being incomplete sketches and fully realized pieces,” the press release states. “The works explore the psychological tension between suburban sprawl and rural memory, between real space and the imagined.”

An opening reception will be held for Merchant from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at The Center for the Arts, located at 110 W. College St. The event is free and open to the public.

Merchant was born in Chicago and grew up in Tennessee. He earned his BFA in painting from MTSU.

Along with being a practicing artist, Merchant is an active visiting artist and arts organizer, and he is also the owner of Moxie Art Supply in downtown Murfreesboro.

Tractor Supply launches new television show

Rural property owners never have a shortage of projects on their to-do list. With this in mind, Tractor Supply Company and GRIT magazine are teaming up to share their rural know-how in the new television show, “Tough GRIT.”

The weekly 30-minute program kicked off at 6 p.m. Monday on RFD-TV with an encore showing at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Viewers can also watch episodes at once the shows aired television.

“Tractor Supply has been supplying expert, seasoned advice for more than 70 years, and this show is a great platform to demonstrate how we can help you tackle the challenges of the Out Here lifestyle,” said John Wendler, Tractor Supply spokesman. “The featured projects offer tried-and-true advice from our in-store experts in a way the whole family will enjoy watching.”

Tractor Supply store managers from across the country and GRIT Editor in Chief Hank Will share project instructions, tips and product suggestions.

Topics will range from mending different types of fence to loading cattle and shearing sheep.

Visit to find local listings.

Family Staffing opens new office

Family Staffing Solutions Inc., provider of personal care and in-home assistance services for older family members, has established an office in Tullahoma, its fourth location in Tennessee, announced Becci Bookner, president and chief executive officer.  

In addition to its Tullahoma office, Family Staffing Solutions has offices in Murfreesboro, Nashville and Shelbyville.

Evelyn Coffey-Methvin, the manager of the Shelbyville office of Family Staffing Solutions, has been named area director for both the Tullahoma and Shelbyville locations.

“Evelyn Coffey-Methvin has been associated with our Shelbyville office since 2009 and is the right person to direct our expansion into the neighboring counties,” Bookner said.  

Coffey-Methvin is a native of Shelbyville and a lifelong resident of the community.

The Tullahoma office of Family Staffing Solutions is located at 309 N. Jackson St.

Family Staffing Solutions Inc. specializes in providing quality personal assistance for a variety of needs that can be individualized for older family members including personal care and in-home assistance with daily living activities, errands, shopping, phone visits, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation to doctor appointments, companionship and support.

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