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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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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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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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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Metro OKs Permits For Controversial Antioch Gas Compressor

ANTIOCH, TN — The Metro Health Department issued a construction permit for the controversial gas compressor in Antioch, saying it meets air pollution standards.

The natural gas compressor proposed by Columbia Gulf Transmission for a tract on Barnes Road northwest of Lenox Village and near Old Hickory Boulevard and Mill Creek met with controversy from neighbors who argued that it was too close to residential areas and that the gas company could easily build the compressor in more isolated rural areas. Nevertheless, the federal government issued its permits, though construction stayed on hold awaiting the appropriate local approvals.

Antioch residents found common cause with people in Joelton fighting against a similar project by Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed for a lot on Whites Creek Pike. Metro gave the OK to that project in June.

Tennessee Gas filed a federal lawsuit in February against Metro, seeking injunctions that would allow construction to move forward. The Metro Council passed an ordinance in 2015 saying that compressors couldn’t be built in agricultural-zoned areas and in 2016 sent a petition to the state’s Air Pollution Control Board asking that projects be required to comply with Metro Codes air-pollution standards before receiving air quality permits. Tennessee Gas argued Metro overstepped its authority because the federal Natural Gas Act gives pipeline power to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The FERC issued the necessary permits to the pipelines and the parties agreed to a dismissal of the federal case in August.

The permits and responses to public comment for both projects are available online.

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‘I don’t think family is all tied with bloodlines;’ Man takes in 89-year-old Navy vet

**EMBARGO: Nashville, TN** A Navy veteran’s life has undergone an overwhelming change, and it all had the unlikely start of a golf lesson.

Antioch, Tennessee — A Navy veteran’s life has undergone an overwhelming change, and it all had the unlikely start of a golf lesson.

“What do I do at the golf course? I teach,” said 89-year-old Art Quick, standing at Family Golf Center in Antioch.

Six-year-old Malia is set to be a strong golfer someday. After all, she’s got a teacher in Quick.

“Right there,” said Quick, showing Malia how to hold her hands around a club. “That’s what makes it strong.”

Art’s been helping Malia and dad Corey Jones with their swing.

“He’s a good athlete,” said Quick, watching Jones knock another golf ball into the field.

“Well, he did okay,” smiled Malia.

One day, Jones found a way he could help Quick.

Quick was living in motels along the Bell Road area.

“My whole family has passed away,” he said. “They’re all gone.”

Quick said that motel life wasn’t right for him anymore, and he wasn’t sure where he could go next.

Jones had a plan.

“I couldn’t imagine being alone, especially at the point he’s in in his life,” said Jones.

Jones took Quick into his home.

There, pictures decorate the refrigerator and golf’s always on the TV in a place that feels like home.

“He let me stay here and be a part of the family,” said Quick.

“I don’t think family is all tied with blood lines,” said Jones. “It’s the people who take care of one another, that’s family. He’s Navy, and I’m a Marine. That’s a close brotherhood there.”

“Would you like for me to get that, Mr. Art?” asked Malia, reaching down to pick up a golf ball for Quick.

With Quick’s coaching, Malia knocked a ball far into the field.

“There! You see that now! That’s the idea,” said Quick. “You did good today! Gimme five!”

Jones, Quick and Malia know by helping each other, great things can happen.

“That’s what life is all about,” said Quick.

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Getting An Apartment In Antioch TN

If you’re going to move to Antioch TN, then you may want to know how to get an apartment there. That way, you can avoid moving into a place that has its fair share of problems. Here are some tips that you can start out with.

Before you move into an apartment, you want to find reviews on the complex to see if anyone has had problems with it recently. If all you see are complaints from recent tenants, then you need to avoid renting from that place unless you don’t mind the problems that they are talking about. You may, for instance, find out that there is a pest problem and that the apartment staff aren’t doing much about it. You don’t want to move into a place with a problem like that because then it just gives you something to worry about as soon as you move in.

You’re going to need to know whether you’re getting a good price or not on the apartment when you are thinking of renting it. Generally, you can find out if you’re getting a fair deal if you just shop around a little and see what people are charging in general in the area. Don’t pick out an apartment, however, just because it’s cheaper than the rest. Sometimes places are cheap because they have a hard time getting tenants to stay because they don’t treat people well or their apartments have a lot of problems.

When you want to live in Antioch TN, it helps to know where the nice places are to call home. Find an apartment that has a good reputation and you’ll do fine. You don’t want to pick out anything at random or you may end up in a home that you dislike.

The idol of safety

In late September, an armed man walked into Burnette Chapel in Antioch, Tennessee, about 25 miles away from my own congregation, and killed one woman and injured six. This month, at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a gunman killed twenty-six. In the wake of shootings at concerts and schools and shopping malls, the veneer of safety and peace around Sunday mornings at church was shattered.

Many church-goers around the country are understandably anxious and afraid. Pastoring a church slightly smaller than First Baptist, Sutherland Springs, it isn’t hard to imagine an equally catastrophic result should someone target my congregation. As a woman clergyperson in a religiously conservative area, as a public figure whose opinions are published on the internet, and as the author of a book on reproductive rights, it is not far-fetched to think that an unhinged individual might make me or my congregation the subject of his rage, particularly based on the e-mails and social media messages from fellow Christians that I received in the wake of the publication of my book.

Certainly, each church will have to decide what works for them, their values, their tolerance for risk, and their physical plant. Just as we take precautions in preventing the sexual exploitation of minors, we must take other security precautions. After all, Jesus tells us to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” But we also must weigh our security precautions against the other values that we profess as Christians, particularly hospitality and welcoming the stranger.

In the wake of wall-to-wall media coverage of horrible atrocities like mass shootings, I worry that we will let our fear and anxiety trump our Christian vocation, turning our churches into bunkers for those already present. As many of us bemoan dwindling attendance, how welcoming is it to newcomers to be greeted by skeptical ushers, locked doors, or people with weapons patrolling the parking lot? In the interest of safety and security, we risk giving up the mission and ministry of the church to welcome the downtrodden and the stranger, for by doing so, we may be entertaining angels.

For people who profess that God has triumphed over death and the grave through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we sure act like death is the worst possible thing. While I wouldn’t recommend courting death or acting recklessly, there are certain risks to living according to our faith. So if you’re looking for a safe religion, I don’t recommend Christianity. Jesus himself ended up crucified at the hands of the Roman Empire and told us to follow him. Rarely in my life has following Christ and obeying the urges of the Holy Spirit led to safety and security as defined by the world.

In the wake of horrible tragedies, we fall prey to our fear and anxiety at the expense of rationality and our faith. We’re much more likely to perish in a car accident than a mass shooting, but most of us still get in our cars day after day. Mass shootings are terrible, and we should strive to prevent them in our broader society without losing sight of other kinds of violence that are much more prevalent.

Decisions about safety and security in the church are not easy or one-size-fits-all, but they should be made out of discernment and conversation, not a knee-jerk response to news reports. Some local police departments are happy to discuss options and strategies with church leadership in order to balance being open and welcoming with keeping children and other church-goers safe. We must be careful not to make an idol out of safety to the point where we forsake the gospel of Jesus Christ. We must ensure that our hearts are not hardened to the stranger, the outcast, and those who show up to the church looking “different.” Our world needs the example of the church, that fear can be overcome with love.

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