HUDGINS: Building supplier relocates to Smyrna

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Cedar Creek launched its new regional operation in Rutherford County, the company announced last week.

A leading building materials wholesaler relocated its regional distribution facility from Milan, Tenn. to Smyrna, where it will continue to serve Tennessee, southwestern Kentucky, eastern Missouri, southeastern Illinois and southern Indiana markets.

“This move provides an exciting growth opportunity for Cedar Creek,” said Don Keene, general manager. “Relocating to the Nashville market offers us a stronger position from which to serve our existing as well as new customers in this region. The growing Smyrna community is an ideal Nashville area location for our new regional operation.”

Cedar Creek operates 12 locations in the Mid-South, Midwest and Southeast, including its Smyrna location at 111 Enon Springs Road West. The new facility is in close proximity to one of its suppliers, LP Building Products.


The Tennessee Valley Authority is boosting its wholesale power rate by 2.1 percent in May, in anticipation of increased summer demand, WGNS radio reported last week. The rate hike is expected to increase residential utility bills by between $1 and $3 a month.

Additionally, the utility also increased rates in April by 3 percent, adding an estimated $2 to $4 to average monthly residential power bills.


The discussion about end-of-life care can be difficult to initiate, but local experts are here to help.

Join speakers from Alive Hospice and MTMC, along with attorney John Blankenship and moderator Bart Walker of WGNS radio, for The Gift Initiative town hall meeting and panel discussion.

The Gift Initiative is a community education collaborative led by Alive Hospice with the support of partners from Vanderbilt University, Saint Thomas Health, The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation and others who recognize the need for better education about the benefits of planning in advance for serious illness and end-of-life care, according to a press release from Alive Hospice.

“Adults can and should have a say in their care at the end of life. Completing advance directives and talking about their wishes are the keys. It can be hard to start the conversation – this event will help,” the release states.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the event beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Center for the Arts, located at 110 W. College St. in Murfreesboro.

Those who are unable to attend Tuesday’s event are welcome to schedule a smaller workshop on advanced-care planning by contacting

Adults of any age are invited to the free event and may register by calling 615-896-4663 or sending an e-mail to


A leading auto emission provider in Middle Tennessee has made its emissions testing more convenient for motorists with extended hours.

Envirotest Systems Products’ emission testing service centers are located in several areas of Middle Tennessee, including Smyrna’s testing center at 271 Weakley Lane.

Hours of operation have been added to the Smyrna testing center’s schedule, making the service even more convenient, the company announced. The testing center is now open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

“Customer service is a top priority for us,” said Stuart Say, program manager for the Tennessee Vehicle Inspection program administered by Envirotest Systems. “By adding hours of operation each day, we will decrease wait time and be able to offer improved customer service to motorists.”

Envirotest, the world’s leading provider of vehicle emissions testing and inspection, has a contract with the State of Tennessee to test autos for the improvement of air quality in four Middle Tennessee counties and Hamilton County as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to meet the Clean Air Act.


Leadership Rutherford is now accepting applications for its Class of 2013, the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce announced.

Selected individuals will begin the program with a retreat in September and attend monthly program days dedicated to topics of community interest from October through June.

“Leadership Rutherford is a personal development program designed to motivate participants to develop and enhance the quality of their leadership in addressing pertinent community needs,” Leadership Rutherford executive director Stephanie Brackman explained.

“It aims to help leaders prepare for voluntary responsibility, provide a practical and sophisticated understanding of major problems and opportunities facing Rutherford County, facilitate access and improve the communications network between emerging and current leaders and stimulate increased community participation and commitment.”

Leadership Rutherford is a program of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, and interested individuals can learn more and download an application online at or by contacting the Chamber at 615-893-6565.

Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 25. All applicants will be notified whether or not they were accepted into the program by June 22. A $1,000 financial investment, paid by the individual or the individual’s employer, is required to participate.
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