IKEA cancels plans to build store in Antioch; developer undeterred

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – IKEA has confirmed the company will not build a store in Antioch, Tenn.

Nashville Mayor David Briley on IKEA’S decision not to build in Antioch:

"We are disappointed that IKEA will not be opening its store in Antioch. We understand that the company is moving away from suburban retail outlets. The Century Farms development is important to Antioch and Nashville at large and we will continued to work with the developer to ensure adequate infrastructure is in place for the anticipated development."

Latisha Bracy with IKEA North America Services sent this statement Wednesday morning:

"While this is an extremely difficult decision, we will not be moving forward with our plans to build a store in Nashville, TN. We thank the city and the developer for their understanding of this recent decision."

Bracy says the retail environment is rapidly changing and the company is creating a new business model,

"We are looking to expand to more urban city centers to be more accessible to more consumers. As a result, some of our expansion plans may change, but at the same time, we are also investing in our e-commerce and services to ensure customers can access IKEA no matter where they are."

While some people think this is a big blow for development plans in Antioch, developers are confident in the future of the 300+ acre Century Farms development.

In a letter to Friends of Century Farms Wednesday, the developers said:

"Although we are disappointed to learn this, we are equally excited about the numerous projects and types of development that are in the pipeline for Century Farms, including national retailers and restaurants, hospitality and commercial uses."

"Century Farms is a fait accompli – having secured necessary land acquisition, approvals and public involvement in support of the $1.7 billion in estimated private sector investment."

The letter noted that the project’s momentum is based on its myriad offerings, strategic location, and dynamic master plan and Nashville’s growth:

"Importantly, a development of the magnitude of Century Farms would never hinge on the plans of one retailer as our team always anticipates that global issues unrelated to our property can impact plans related to development."

As News 2 reported Tuesday, Nashville council members suspected the IKEA deal was falling through a few days ago.

It was one year ago that plans to open an IKEA store crystallized.

The plans called for a 300-acre development between Cane Ridge and Old Franklin roads, about 13 miles from downtown Nashville. Groundbreaking was set for early 2019.

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HCA Healthcare Inc subsidiary TriStar Health announces $500 million in investments to new and existing facilities. – Nashville Business Journal

TriStar Health announced plans Monday to invest more than $500 million into its network of hospitals and care centers in Middle Tennessee, including the addition of four floors at its flagship TriStar Centennial Medical Center.

The investment will allow for the construction of new facilities, the expansion of existing structures and the introduction of new technologies and services to the health system, according to a news release.

TriStar is the local health system of HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE: HCA), Nashville’s largest publicly traded company, according to Nashville Business Journal research, with $41.4 billion of revenue in 2016.

The largest investment is a $123.7 million, four-floor expansion of Centennial’s patient tower, including the addition of a joint-replacement center, set for completion early next year. We first reported on this project in March 2017, following its approval by Metro Council.

The total expansion is expected total 154,752-square-feet, with the joint center adding 10 operating rooms and 29 beds. The health system is committing an additional $50 million to renovate existing floors at Centennial and $69 million to build an eight-level parking garage on the 47-acre campus.

Centennial is the city’s second-largest hospital, according to NBJ research, with 656 beds and a staff of close to 3,000.

“TriStar Health is committed to investing in high-quality, comprehensive health care services,” Heather Rohan, president and CEO of TriStar, said in the release. “These capital investments will help to further enhance patient care and position us to be able to meet and exceed the growing demand for health care services.”

Two more hospitals will also be growing vertically, with a $69.3 million addition of two floors at TriStar Skyline Medical Center and an $18.6 million, eighth-floor medical/surgical bed unit at TriStar Summit Medical Center. The Skyline expansion is set to begin in June, while the Summit project is set to be completed in late 2019, according to a news release.

Other investments include a $12 million expanded behavioral health unit at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, a $28.1 million behavioral health hospital in partnership with Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia and a $10 million freestanding emergency room in Mt. Juliet, according to the release.

Last week, Saint Thomas Health announced plans for a 76-bed behavioral health center in North Nashville in conjunction with Franklin-based Acadia Healthcare.

Missing from TriStar’s new list of investments is a 10,860-square-foot freestanding emergency department set to be built a little more than 7 miles from TriStar Southern Hills in Antioch.

That $14 million, 11-bed facility was approved in April by the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency after efforts by TriStar to build a similar facility in Brentwood were denied.

The $500 million is in addition to $300 million in investments the health system has made over the past three years, according to the release. TriStar has 10 hospitals, 21 imaging centers,14 emergency rooms and 12 urgent care centers in Middle Tennessee.

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TN lawmakers honor Waffle House hero

(RNN) – James Shaw, Jr. said his actions at a Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday were not heroic. He humbly claims he was just trying to escape alive.

Even so, his actions afterward have been remarkable.

On the same day he tackled a gunman and wrestled away his weapon, Shaw started a GoFundMe campaign for the families of the victims.

“I am creating this page to help the families of the victims from the shooting that took place at Waffle House in Antioch, TN. Please take the time to donate as all of the proceeds will be given to the families. Thank you again for your generosity and blessings,” Shaw wrote on the campaign page.

The campaign has brought in nearly $75,000.

Police took Travis Reinking into custody on Monday. He is suspected of shooting and killing four people at a Waffle House in Antioch, TN.

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Tennessee Waffle House reopens, donates sales to victims’ families

(CNN) – The Nashville-area Waffle House where a gunman killed four people over the weekend reopened its doors Wednesday morning for the first time since the shooting. And it has a plan to commemorate Sunday’s victims.

The Antioch, Tennessee, location has pledged to donate all its proceeds for the next month to the families of both living and deceased victims of the attack.

Waffle House shooting in Tennessee

“It’s nice to see them getting back to how it was before this all happened. Not that we’re trying to forget. I won’t forget. I’ll remember ‘T’ forever,” Chuck Cordero, a witness and friend of victim Taurean C. Sanderlin, told CNN affiliate WTVF.

“I’m looking forward to seeing my friends come back. I’ll be back tonight, I’ll keep coming back.”

The victims who lost their lives in Sunday’s shooting — Sanderlin, Joe R. Perez, DeEbony Groves and Akilah DaSilva — were all young people of color.

Four white crosses outside the restaurant offer silent tribute to the slain victims. The restaurant is working on erecting a permanent memorial in their honor.

Alleged shooter Travis Reinking was arrested Monday after a woman spotted him walking through her construction site.

Court records show his $2 million bond was revoked by a Tennessee judge on Tuesday.

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Mummy won’t be on display when new Tennessee museum opens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The 3,500-year-old Egyptian mummy that has been on display in Tennessee for more than 150 years needs conservation work and won’t be on display when the new Tennessee State Museum opens in the fall.

The Tennessean reports the mummy and a mummified cat have been displayed together in various state locations, including the Capitol, the War Memorial Building and the museum. The mummy and the mummified cat came to the museum separately and aren’t related.

The museum closes May 6 in anticipation of the October move to the new building.

The museum’s senior curator and director of collections, Dan Pomeroy, said a mummy conservationist inspected the mummies and found they need extensive stabilization before they’re returned to display. No time frame has been determined for the mummies to be displayed again.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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Live wires fall on buses with students on board in Antioch

Wires fell on school buses on Tuesday in Antioch. (WSMV)

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) –

Live wires fell onto several school buses after being taken down during a construction accident in Antioch on Tuesday afternoon.

The accident occurred in the area of 3754 Murfreesboro Pike after the wires were struck by a construction crew.

Several students were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The other students were transferred to a different bus.

As a precaution, Nashville Electric Service cut power from the lines in the area. Authorities said it was a communications line that fell on the buses, not electrical lines.

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Antioch Home Destroyed By Lightning

ANTIOCH, TN — Middle Tennessee was spared extensive damage during Tuesday night’s severe storms, though a home in Antioch was struck by lightning, sparking a fire that destroyed it.

Nashville Fire crews responded to the home on Mallard Creek Court shortly after 9 p.m.

The family of five escaped unharmed, but the home was a total loss. Nearby homes sustained minor damage.

Windy conditions made the fire particularly difficult to fight, according to NFD officials.

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National School Walkout: Antioch Students Rip Down Flag

ANTIOCH, TN — The National School Walkout demonstration at Antioch High School Wednesday became “unruly,” as a group of students ripped down the American flag, damaged a police car and began fighting during the nationwide event advocating against gun violence and intended to honor the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Cell phone videos taken by students went viral Wednesday night as word spread of the aftermath of the walkout at the high school. The footage shows a group of students rushing to the flag pole, tearing down and then stomping the flag before an unidentified adult is able to grab it. Other videos show students heaving water bottles into the crowd, dancing and fighting during the planned 17 minutes of silence

Metro Police said a patrol car was also damaged.

MNPS released a statement Wednesday evening:

At MNPS, we respect the right of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them.
Unfortunately, some students on our Antioch campus today chose to protest in ways that significantly disrupted school operations and threatened the safety and order for other students and staff within our school.
Swift action was taken by school security and MNPD to address the situation. No students or staff members were injured during the walkout.
The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Inappropriate behaviors that threaten school safety will be handled immediately and firmly in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and MNPD. We understand that our students may be feeling lots of emotions, including anxiety, fear and even anger about today’s events. We encourage parents to talk to your child(ren) about how they may be feeling, and the importance of expressing themselves in appropriate ways while at school. MNPS also has counselors available and ready to talk to students at any time.
We look forward to welcoming students back tomorrow for a great day of teaching and learning.

MNPS implemented a plan ahead of the walkout intended to minimize disruption, with many principals assisting student leaders with planning events, locations and speakers. There were no problems at any other Metro school Wednesday.

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Described as a ‘thrill seeker’ Bay Area woman marks 108th birthday surrounded by family

ANTIOCH, Calif. (KTVU) – It’s been a pretty special couple of days for Antioch resident Crenna Belle Boyd who turned 108 on Tuesday.

A family gal with loved ones being her greatest treasure, Boyd survived the Great Depression and weathered the task of being a farm wife during troubling times.

And in the process, she raised three of her own children, which led to 12 grandkids, 25 great grandkids, 30 great, great grandkids and one great, great, great grandkid.

At any given family event, six generations may share a table.

For her birthday, the family made sure she was surrounded by love. With family members visiting the Bay Area from as far away as Tennessee, they held an “open house” on Saturday – four days ahead of her birth date.

And though this centenarian spends the majority of her days resting, her oldest granddaughter, Janet Dossey-Barton, says she will always forego a nap if it means she gets to spend time with her family.

“If anyone is at her house she will get right out of bed no matter how tired she is,” Dossey-Barton said.

Born Crenna Crawford in Grove, Oklahoma on March 6, 1910, she was the oldest of six children. She’s the only one still alive.

At 25, Boyd went West and moved to Antioch where she and her husband eventually built a home, and planted a Meyer lemon tree on their property.

She loves that tree, Dossey-Barton said. “She’s been squeezing it for 60 years.”

70 years later, Boyd still lives in that home.

Her husband died in 1991.

For 35 years, Boyd worked at the United States Steel Corporation in Pittsburg before she retired in 1972.

The years she’d been retired became a running joke between her and Dossey-Barton, with her granddaughter being the brunt of the joke.

“She always liked to tease me that she has been retired longer than I’ve worked,” said Dossey-Barton.

Boyd was a true conservationist, according to family members, steadily recycling everything throughout her entire life.

She’s also described as a bit of a thrill seeker.

At 95 years old, she went skydiving in Byron. She did a tandem jump from 14,000 feet. The idea was all hers. No other family members joined.

When asked why, she offered a simple response: “Just because.”

Beyond her deep love for her family and for her treasured lemon tree, there are a couple of other things that Boyd appreciates – watching “Judge Judy” and acquiring anything free.

In fact, her frugality is one reason why she chooses not to take any medication. None at all.

Besides the fact that she doesn’t really need it, Dossey-Barton added, “It’s usually because it costs money and she doesn’t want to spend it.”

Above everything else, for Boyd, her family is her life. And if there’s one thing that’s vexing, for her, it’s her mobility and how that impacts the time she spends with her grandchildren.

“She wishes she could be more active,” Dossey-Barton said. “But she’s content with what being 108 affords her.”

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In wake of father’s death, a son takes family construction business to new heights

To say that Richard Preston grew up in the construction business is an understatement.

“I was always on the jobsite with my dad,” Richard says. “As early as elementary school he would have me straightening things up.”

As Richard grew older, his responsibilities at Preston Construction increased, including superintending jobs in his parents’ brief absences during summer breaks from college.

This boots-on-the-ground construction knowledge helped when Richard’s world was shaken with the unexpected death of his father, John Richard (Dick) Preston Sr., in 2001. Richard was just about to graduate with an architectural degree from the University of Tennessee.

“I had Dad’s phone, and I started getting calls,” Richard recalls. “It was one of those decisions that I don’t think I put much thought into. I just knew it was my responsibility to come back and keep those guys busy. I graduated on a Saturday, and on Monday, I was on a jobsite.”

“Richard had some huge shoes to fill when he helped his mother take over a general contracting firm,” says David McKinney, with mechanical contractor S. B. White Company, Johnson City, Tennessee, a subcontractor and friend of the family. “Even with the tough economic times we’ve all endured, he’s more than quadrupled the size of the company over the past 10 years and has built Preston Construction into one of the most well-respected and viable commercial general construction firms in the area.”

“I was going to go back to architecture,” Richard now says, “but it never happened because I enjoy construction so much.”

Critical assistance

Richard’s mother and partner, Claudia Preston McCord, who joined the company in 1974, was by Richard’s side throughout, serving as vice president and chief financial officer, a role she continues to this day.

Richard also credits great mentors, including his father, who taught him business management, work ethic and integrity. By working as an apprentice under key employees early in his career, he learned carpentry, concrete, masonry and how to operate machinery.

Another assist along the way: solid relationships with area architectural firms, including Reedy and Sykes Architecture and Design, and Beeson, Lusk & Street. “They were huge in helping me get credibility because they believed in me,” Richard says.

Unlike many contractors, the Great Recession was a time of growth for Preston Construction. The company successfully bid on a state maintenance and renovation contract, a job that put Richard in touch with multiple contacts who liked Preston crews’ work.

Diversification has been another key to the company’s growth. Richard has expanded beyond the company’s homebuilding and commercial building markets that were core during his father’s tenure, and now the firm does a variety of jobs for East Tennessee State University, area school districts, industries and churches.

Preston Construction won CenturyLink’s Faith in the Future Award in November 2017. The award recognizes what a company does to keep faith in the future during hard economic times. Preston Construction was spotlighted for its willingness to serve the community, for motivating and inspiring others, and for being innovative and forward-thinking.

Client appreciation

Clients have noticed the company’s emphasis on quality work. “We are always excited to know that Preston Construction will be our contractor because we know the completed project will be a quality project, completed on time and on budget,” says Robert Reedy with Reedy & Sykes.

Reedy goes on to say: “When my wife and I added on to our home, we only considered using Preston Construction.”

Adds Pete Tackett with Antioch Baptist: “For 30 years, I have worked with growing churches and construction companies on projects, big and small. Our work with Preston Construction was so positive that it made all others pale in comparison.”

On August 31, the company marked its 50th anniversary with a celebration lunch attended by around 200 people, including past and present clients, subcontractors, architects, other affiliates, friends and family. They showcased the company’s history with old tools and photographs throughout the years. “It was a humbling event to see how many came out and supported the company,” Richard says.

Compact fleet

Preston Construction uses primarily compact equipment, and the company’s fleet includes compact excavators, skid steers, compact track loaders and a forklift. “We keep our equipment busy,” Richard says.

The company also uses short-term rentals, although Richard likes to put machines under a rental purchase option whenever it makes sense. “I hate to put money away on rent and not get anything back,” he says.

Although his father always had a backhoe on hand, Richard says he converted to compact excavators after a confined-space job showcased that machine’s maneuverability.

Multi-talented crews

But in the end, it comes down to his people. “Our guys are multitalented,” Richard says. “With our crews, we can do a little bit of everything.” That approach, he adds, makes him more cost effective than subcontracting out portions of a job, and helps the company maintain a competitive advantage.

Looking back at his start in the industry, Richard recognizes the wisdom of those crew members with years of experience under their belt. “These guys have done it for years. I might not agree with how they do it, but you’ve got to give them some space to do their thing.”

Richard likes to show his appreciation to the team by providing lunches and team outings. “Getting out of the office and jobsite throughout the year helps build comradery with the team.” One recent such outing was a guided quail hunt.

The Lord first

“We strive to put the Lord first, our families second and our business third,” Richard says. “We seek to honor God in our resources, the way we perform our work and the manner in which we interact with our employees and partners. We want each person to know we care about them – not just during the work week – but long after a project is finished.”

Because of client requests, Richard is considering getting back to what his father was doing when he started the company: housing construction. The company has the skilled tradespeople, and housing is something that can be tackled outside of the schedule demands of the firm’s school-related jobs.

Above all, Richard wants Preston Construction to continue his father’s legacy of building, impacting and honoring. “To us, our long-term relationships are just as important as the finished product,” he says.

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