BUSINESS BRIEFS: Murfreesboro Hastings remains open

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Recent rumors about Hastings planning to close its Murfreesboro location are just that – rumors.

A manager with Hastings, located at 1660 Memorial Blvd., confirmed the Murfreesboro bookstore will remain open.

However, the store in McMinnville will be closing its doors.

Library offers tax assistance

Representatives from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will be available at Linebaugh Public Library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to provide assistance to individuals and couples filing their income tax for 2012.

Help will be on a first come, first serve basis in the Learning Center on the second floor of the library. Those interested should sign in that morning at the reference desk, according to a press release.

Although several volunteers will be available, there is no guarantee that everyone will be helped due to time restrictions.

Please bring all appropriate information and identification to ensure a smooth process.

For information, contact Lisa Ramsey at 615-893-4131, ext. 117, prior to March 2.

Master Gardeners hold seed swap

The Master Gardeners of Rutherford County will host a free community plant and seed swap from 9 a.m. till 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Lane Agricultural Park, 315 John Rice Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

This event is for those wanting to expand their lawn and garden plans by swapping extra items they have with others in the community.  

Simply bring items that are labeled with the name, type and care instructions of the plant to be swapped for the same number of items brought by others. Attendees are encouraged to bring extra items for donation.

Items accepted for swapping include  plants, divisions, starts, seeds, seedlings, houseplants, herbs and magazines.

Additionally, a booth in which participants can pose their horticultural questions to a certified master gardener and learn gardening techniques will be held at 10 a.m.

For more information about the program and Master Gardeners of Rutherford County, visit

TSA adds Nashville to pre-check

The Transportation Security Administration recently announced five more airports, including Nashville International Airport, will offer pre-check options.

By April, eligible passengers flying on participating airlines out of Austin-Bergstrom International, Cleveland Hopkins International, Memphis International, Nashville International and Raleigh-Durham International airports may receive pre-check.

Select passengers traveling on certain airlines are eligible to participate in expedited screening at available locations.

To date, more than 6.5 million passengers have experienced pre-check, which allows travellers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquid and gel in a carry-on bag.

Eligible passengers include American citizens who have opted-in through Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways, as well as those who are members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs.

Canadian citizens traveling domestically in the United States who qualify may also participate in the service.

Individuals interested in joining a traveler program can learn more by visiting

If TSA determines a traveller is eligible for pre-check, information is embedded in the barcode of the passenger’s boarding pass. TSA scans the boarding pass at the designated lane where the passenger may experience the expedited screening process.

AT&T expands coverage

AT&T announced it has invested nearly $1.4 billion in its Tennessee wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012.

The investment is part of an increased focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.

“AT&T’s investment has significantly increased access to advanced broadband services across Tennessee,” House Speaker Beth Harwell said in a press release. “Consumers and businesses are the real winners and will reap the benefits of this critical infrastructure investment by AT&T.”

According to company officials, AT&T has made 1,450 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Tennessee during 2012.

Those expansion projects included more cell sites, additional capacity, upgraded cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity ethernet connections, and adding or improving distributed antenna systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at large venues.
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Members Opinions:
February 24, 2013 at 8:59am
AT&Ts expansion is grossly overstated. I signed up for the "expanded" service and after receiving the required modem I was informed a few hours before I was to be connected that the service was not available at my address. This was after checking (before ordering) that indeed the service was availble st my address,in fact I downloaded an IM conversation with a CSR who confirmed the availability of (the advertised sevice). I had to go though the process of returning the modem and getting the $100 charge off of my phone bill. No one at AT&T (including the Pres.) could explain the reason for this fiasco except to say that the set up is to sell the service first then ask the "Engineering Section" later if it is available. To top it off I still get a couple of mailings each month urging me to sign up for the service (at a bargain price) even though it is not available. It is not like I live in a remote area of the County, I am in fact in the middle of Murfreesboro on the corner of Broad and Parkview. If anything, the State should be investigating the shady " ready, fire, aim" advertising that AT&T is doing in our State.
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