Published: January 29, 2012
Rutherford County’s unemployment fell below 7 percent last month, newly released data shows.
According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, unemployment in Rutherford County decreased 0.4 percentage point to 6.7 percent in December. This is significantly lower than the 7.9 percent rate the county witnessed in December 2010.
Unemployment in Murfreesboro dropped to 6.9 percent, while Smyrna and La Vergne decreased to 7.3 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively.
The statewide unemployment rate for December fell to 8.7 percent, down from the November revised rate of 9.1.
The national unemployment rate for December 2011 was 8.5 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the November rate.
Signaling its future success, Opry Mills has announced more than 60 new and returning retailers and dining options that will accompany its post-flood re-opening in March.
The list includes Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach Factory Store, Cole Haan Outlet, J.Crew Factory, Lucky Brand Outlet, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Tommy Bahama Outlet.
Opry Mills is on schedule to reopen as the largest outlet, value retail, shopping, dining and entertainment destination in Tennessee on March 29, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a series of celebratory events running through early May.
New to Opry Mills will be more fashionable stores, such as Crazy 8, Express, Jones New York Outlet, P.S. from Aéropostale, Sunglass Warehouse, Tilly’s and Wilk’s Dugout.
“These many new store announcements fuel the momentum to reopen as one of the most popular shopping destinations in the United States,” said Jad Murphy, general manager at Opry Mills. “Opry Mills’ visitors will enjoy our unique brand of shopping with the best mix of outlet and value retail stores, plus great dining options.”
The excitement continues with the return of several familiar names to Opry Mills not previously announced, including Aéropostale, The Children’s Place Outlet, Claire’s, dressbarn, The Finish Line, Fossil, Gap Outlet, Levi’s Outlet, Nautica Factory Store, Old Navy Outlet, and Rack Room Shoes.
Other returning retailers include Bath & Body Works, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Yankee Candle, will further enhance the Opry Mills shopping experience.
In addition, shoppers will be welcomed back with many new and returning casual dining options including The Cookie Store, Green Leaf’s Beyond Great, It’Sugar, Kelly’s Cajun Grill, Maki of Japan, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen and Which Wich.
Plus, the return of Macaroni Grill, Rainforest Café and Aquarium Restaurant will allow shoppers to enjoy a full-service dining experience.
For a full list of new and returning stores, read Melinda’s Miunte at murfreesboropost.com.
Five major anchors, Regal Cinemas Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX, Dave & Buster’s, VF Outlet, Bass Pro Shops and Sun & Ski Sport, opened in time for the 2011 holiday season and are already enjoying success at Opry Mills.
The grand reopening of Opry Mills comes nearly two years after the historic flood in May 2010 ravaged Nashville and submerged Opry Mills, one of the state’s top tourist attractions. Construction on the landmark property began in April 2011.
The Saint Louise Clinic of Middle Tennessee Medical Center has expanded its hours to better meet the needs of patients, according to a press release.
The clinic is now open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Since opening in October 2011, the walk-in, primary care clinic has seen approximately 22 patients per day.
Located at in the Bell Street Building at 503 E. Bell St., Suite 103, on the former MTMC campus, the Saint Louise Clinic was created to meet the growing needs of the Murfreesboro community, especially Rutherford Country residents who are uninsured or underinsured.
Modeled after other Saint Thomas Health clinics, the Saint Louise Clinic is staffed by a nurse practitioner, nurse and a licensed clinical social worker.
Clinic fees are based on sliding scale for the uninsured using the federal poverty guidelines, and private insurance, Medicare and TennCare are also accepted.
“The interest in the clinic so far has been wonderful, and we know we’ve been able to offer a medical home for many in this community who may not have consistent access to health care,” said Lisa Flamm, director of the Saint Louise Clinic and director of care management for MTMC.
“Initially, the clinic was only open until 4 p.m. Now it’s open until 8 p.m. That can make a big difference for someone who can’t afford to take time off of work for a medical appointment.”
The Dispensary of Hope, an organization affiliated with Saint Thomas Health that provides low- and no-cost medical prescriptions to the uninsured, is also located next to the Saint Louise Clinic, allowing patients to receive medical care and pick up any necessary prescriptions in one visit.
For more information or appointments, call the Saint Louise Clinic at 615-396-6620.