HUDGINS: Big box retailer eyes South Church Street spot

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Rumors of a big box retailer joining South Church Street have been circulating for years, but plans were put on hold – until now.

Murfreesboro Planning Director Joseph Aydelott confirmed that company officials are in the due diligence process to determine the feasibility of such a project. Engineers have been on-site evaluating the plan from financial and physical standpoints.

“It’s come back around in a big way,” he said of the project’s plans.

Aydelott would not name the company, but he said the big box retailer would be located near County Farm Road along South Church Street.


In the coming days, Jackalope Brewing Company will launch its keg-based distribution to Nashville-area bars, restaurants and event venues.

Operated by Bailey Spaulding, Robyn Virball, and Steve Wright, Jackalope Brewing Company is the newest commercial brewery in Tennessee to jump into the Nashville market.  

Distribution will reach Murfreesboro’s entertainment market in the coming months, Virball confirmed.

“We are thrilled to start distribution and bring Jackalope brews to even more Tennesseans,” said Bailey Spaulding, CEO of Jackalope. “We received very positive response to our taproom and event exhibition brews the past few months. Nashville beer lovers have enjoyed a sneak peak of our capabilities. In 2012, they can explore our new and beloved brews more frequently.”  

Jackalope Brewing Company will distribute three beers on tap in the market: Bearwalker, a brown ale made with 100 percent Vermont Maple Syrup; Rompo, a smooth red rye; and Thunder Ann, an American Pale Ale with a hint of citrus.

The beers will be available in limited locations in January, with the hopes to add new accounts and expand access to Jackalope in the coming months.

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Pre-holiday energy can give way to sluggishness and exhaustion, which is not a good way to begin a new year, one local trainer said.

“The period between Thanksgiving and the New Year is always hectic,” explained Holly Drayton, a personal trainer at Fitness Together Nashville. “We overschedule and overextend ourselves, so it’s no wonder that we may feel totally wiped out by the time January rolls in.”

To make matters worse, we often eat badly and don’t exercise as regularly as we should, all of which can lead to that “weak and weary” feeling, she continued.

“Not only that, but when you are tired, your immune system is weakened and more receptive to all kinds of ailments, such as cold and flu viruses, and even depression,” Drayton said. “When you feel like this, the last thing you probably want to do is exercise, but that’s exactly what you should be doing – no matter how ‘worn out’ you are.”

There is plenty of evidence indicating that physical activity is one of the best remedies to combat the after-holiday crash. One study, conducted a few years ago by the researchers at Georgia University, has revealed that even low-intensity workouts can reduce fatigue by 65 percent and boost energy levels up to 20 percent.

To pack the most fatigue-busting benefits into your workout, Drayton suggests choosing vigorous and brisk activities that will make your heart work harder than it does when you are inactive.

“While you work out, your heartbeat increases and more oxygen-rich blood flows through the brain,” she said. “As a result, you feel more energetic and invigorated. It’s really quite simple.”

So if post- holiday “blahs” make you listless “a sweat session may be just what you need to recharge your batteries and rev up your engine for the New Year,” Drayton said.

Melinda Hudgins can be contacted at 615-869-0820 or
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