Man’s winery dream comes true in Smyrna

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For years, Larry Davis dreamt of opening a vineyard and winery – a romantic place for first dates.

After an approval from Rutherford County Commissioners last week, Davis is making his dream a reality.

“I’ve enjoyed wineries throughout the state of Tennessee, sampling and tasting, and one thought was that when I retired, I would do such a thing,” he said.

Now semi-retired, the Nashville dentist plans to harvest the thousands of merlot, zinfindel and cynthiani grapes that he’s been growing for the past three years in Smyrna. His plans include selling wines online and in package stores next October.

“Our intent is to grow (them) ourselves and to do so organically,” Davis explained.

The Rutherford County Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning request and conditional use permit for the manufacturing facility were approved without debate last week.

His winery is slated to open in October 2014 and offer tastings, day spa services and a bistro “because we want it to be romantic.”

“We would love for it to be a place people go for their first date,” Davis said, adding that couples can visit Davis Vineyard first and then sample wine and have dinner inside the winery proper.


Fight those extra holiday pounds with fury – a local “biggest loser” contest is coming to Murfreesboro.

Fleet Feet Sports and Strong Body Nutrition are partnering together to bring the Get Fit Murfreesboro Challenge to the community. The Get Fit Murfreesboro partners are looking to help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions and change them into your new lifestyle.

Registration is $40 and includes weekly prizes for participants showing great progress and cash prizes for winners at the end of the challenge.

The challenge will begin Monday, Jan. 16, and the winners will be announced 12 weeks later on Friday, April 6. A winner will be named for each measurement category as well as an overall winner that will be crowned the grand champion of the Get FIT Murfreesboro Challenge.

For the latest updates like Get Fit Murfreesboro on Facebook. Contact Kaley Forrest Brownlee at 615-494-3141 or for more information.


Middle Tennessee State University’s Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, will conduct a free seminar on starting your own business from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway  in Murfreesboro.

The purpose of this seminar is to provide individuals interested in starting a business a broad overview of the many things they will be confronted with in doing so.

It will introduce attendees to the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, the services available, and how it can assist in the development of their business venture.

Sources for information gathering, research and databases available are also discussed. This seminar is intended for persons who have never been in business.

There is no charge to attend the seminar, or for one-to-one counseling which is available, by appointment, after attending the seminar.

Reservations are required and available on-line at or by calling 615-898-2745.  

Please arrive and sign in 10 minutes prior to the startup of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped.

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