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Jones replaces Jones on IDB

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Local businessman Bill Jones was appointed to the Industrial Development Board against the Steering Committee’s recommendation Thursday.

Jones will replace John C. Jones Jr. on the Industrial Development Board for the remainder of his term set to expire August 2013.

John “Johnny” Jones resigned shortly after being charged in December 2011 with four counts of failing to file franchise and excise tax returns on behalf of The Jones Company & Associates Inc., following an investigation by the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

Bill Jones applied for the position in December 2011 when the former IDB member initially resigned. He was one of three applicants who appeared before the Steering Committee earlier this month to argue why he should be recommended for the position, but did not receive the recommendation.

The Steering Committee recommended Dr. Nate Schott, a local dentist, to the full County Commission for approval, however Commissioner Charlie Baum (Dist. 14), who serves as chair of the economics department in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at MTSU, nominated Jones, a member of the advisory board for the business college, immediately prior to the commission’s vote.

Both Jones and Schott addressed the Rutherford County Commission in a last-ditch effort to win the appointment.

“I believe I’m the only applicant who can list specific economic development projects that they were involved with,” Jones said.

Jones, an area executive for Pinnacle Financial Partners, discussed his lengthy resumé, touting his involvement with economic growth in Rutherford County including bringing Embassy Suites and Amazon to the area.

Jones currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at MTSU and the Board of Directors for MTMC.

He has served as Chairman for Destination Rutherford and is former President of the MTSU foundation.

Jones won the appointment with 14 votes.

Motlow Update

Motlow State Community College will receive $200,000 from Rutherford County to expand its Smyrna campus, the Rutherford County Commission decided Thursday.

The commission approved a request made by Motlow President Dr. MaryLou Apple and Director of Advancement Jan Rogers for $200,000 to add a 35,000-square-foot building to its Smyrna Campus.

Apple and Rogers presented a need for financial support to the Health and Education Committee in January while attending every committee meeting dealing with the issue as it made its way to the County Commission.

Motlow is currently operating at full capacity, serving 2,000 students seven days a week. Apple and Rogers expect enrollment to double when the new building is completed.

The added square footage will also allow nursing students to obtain a Registered Nurse Degree in Smyrna, rather than having to take classes in neighboring counties.

Rutherford County will split the funding by providing $100,000 this fiscal year and a matching amount in the next fiscal year. Apple and Rogers will need another $200,000 to complete the shell of the building. A request was made to the City of Murfreesboro for the remaining amount, however the city has not yet responded.
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