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Pet owners and their furry friends are invited to attend Kelton’s Pet Day in May from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 2780 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro.

The inaugural event will feature several free offerings, including professional pet photos, product samples, and access to Kelton’s free dog wash, according to a press release. Pet nail clippings will be available for $5, and representatives from NutriSource and PureVita, both providers of organic pet foods, will be handing out samples.

Kelton’s has once again partnered with Beesley Animal Humane Foundation, which will be the primary beneficiary.

“We are thrilled to include and benefit Beesley Animal Humane Foundation with our event,” owner Jason Kelton said. “We are giving them a percentage of sales from all pet products sold on Saturday. We have always supported them in various small ways, but this event gives us the opportunity to help them create more awareness and raise support.”

Amanda Oliver, executive director of the Animal Human Foundation, touted the Family Fall Fest as a “huge success for Kelton’s and us, so we’re very excited about being a part of Pet Day in May.”

“Kelton’s is a natural fit because they care so much about pet health, and we look forward to seeing folks with their pets on May 19,” she said.

Kelton’s Hardware and Pet is a “Do It Best” store and is known for its wide variety of products and services, including its natural and organic pet foods.

“Last fall’s (event) proved to us that animal lovers love our store,” said John Klembecki, Keltons store manager.“We work very hard at providing the best products for our furry friends, and we’re grateful that the community is beginning to recognize that hard work.”

For more information, contact Jason Kelton or John Klembecki at 615-893-5125 or visit KeltonsInc.com.

Realtors back Dean tax increase

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors announced its support for the tax increase proposed by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in his State of Metro address recently, according to President Kendra Cooke.

“Clearly, the decision to support this tax increase is something we take very seriously,” she stated in a press release. “We met, at length, with Dean and other key leaders and believe that what would be funded by the tax increase is needed to keep our city and region both improving and competitive.”

Cooke said Dean and his administration have consistently managed Nashville’s budget appropriately during both the difficult days brought on by the flood and through very challenging economic times.

“(Our) leadership is convinced that, in order for our city – and region – to remain competitive in attracting individuals, families, businesses and job growth, Nashville must continue to build on its positive momentum in public education and public safety,” Cooke said. “Based on Mayor Dean’s explanation of his plan and vision communicated in his State of Metro address and his comments to GNAR leaders, the funds from the tax increase focus on doing just that. The tax increase truly would be an investment in our future.”

The organization’s hope and expectation is that, consistent with their present approach, the administration will continue to look for every possible efficiency in government. The Metro City Council will review the budget and tax proposal between now and the end of June.

“We are pleased to know that the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and others are also supporting this measure. Apparently, they, too, realize that this tax increase is correctly seen as an investment in the future,” Cooke concluded.

Foreclosure prevention class to be held Saturday

The housing market shows signs of recovery, but some homeowners are still struggling to keep their home.  

Assistance through La Vergne Foreclosure Prevention Task Force may be available to homeowners behind on their mortgage payments or those who have received a foreclosure notice from their lender, the organization announced.

The task force is hosting its third Foreclosure Prevention event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 125 Floyd Mayfield Drive in La Vergne.

Representatives from Wells Fargo and Bank of America will provide one-on-one counseling. Homeowners will have the opportunity to work directly with their loan servicers and are urged to bring their most recent mail from their mortgage company, as well as income and asset documentation.

“People from every walk of life can be impacted through this economy,” said Kathy Hines, chairman of the task force. “We hope that by holding this event, homeowners will be made aware that there are options out there other than foreclosure. Life of Victory financial counselors will be on-hand to answer your questions and get paperwork started that will hopefully help you save your home.”

Additionally, the Hardest Hit fund is available for qualified homeowners, added Brenda Bryant, a foreclosure prevention counselor based at the Life of Victory Church.

“Our staff members have been pre-purchase counselors and are also trained in post-purchase counseling, including foreclosure prevention,” she said. “We hope anyone who may be in trouble takes advantage of this event.”

For more information, contact Bryant at 615-213-1468.

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