August 4, 2022

Business Pulse – Get ready for better fitness

If you can’t wait to lose weight, I bring good news today. Sound the trumpets and unlock the doors. Planet Fitness is slated to open in McMinnville this week.

Speaking to Planet Fitness officials, there have already been 300 people signed up to join the gym and that’s before the first equipment was in place.

Friday was the start of the equipment move and these guys know what they are doing. I guess there’s a reason there are over 2,000 Planet Fitness locations scattered around the world.

A forklift rolled the exercise equipment to the front door and from there workers rolled it into the door, put it in the designated place and complete the final installation. All equipment is new. It’s unclear how much all this new equipment costs.

The 100ft TV wall is in place and there will be a spacious cardio area. There are also free weights and machines.

Speaking from personal experience, there is nothing better you can do in your life than get in better shape. Regular exercise does wonders for the body and mind.

Last Wednesday, I was in a bad mood. But after a visit to the gym, I was able to break a good sweat and came away feeling like $20. With today’s inflation, I have to say I felt like $40.

Better physical fitness is a positive thing for Warren County. Planète Fitness is here to help you. From what I understand, the business is aiming to open on Monday, but if that deadline is not met, it will open on Thursday.

Ryan Mason joins

Gardens of memory

Gardens of Memory has recruited a seasoned veteran of the funeral industry to guide its operations on North Chancery Street.

Ryan Mason has been named director of Gardens of Memory, bringing 23 years of experience to the local facility.

“I started working for High Funeral Home when I was still in high school,” Ryan said. “I was working as a freelance embalmer for seven funeral homes when Gardens of Memory asked me to become a director. It was too good an opportunity to pass up. »

It makes me feel old to say that I remember taking photos of Ryan when he was a basketball star for the Boyd Christian Broncos. He started working for High’s Back in 1999 and graduated in 2000.

Ryan continued his career in the industry when he graduated from the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in 2008. He is a funeral director and licensed embalmer.

“It’s truly an honor to work with families at a very emotional time in their lives,” said Ryan. “It is certainly a very difficult time and we want to make sure that we are executing the wishes of each family in managing their arrangements.”

Ryan says more and more families are choosing cremation every year and he thinks affordability is one of the reasons. He says there are big plans going on at Gardens of Memory and there might be an announcement in the future.

Ryan did funeral-related work before he officially started working for his first funeral home. Her mother is Pam Wilson, proud owner of All O-K’sions, and Ryan was instrumental in running this floral business.

Ryan and his wife Shaye tied the knot on Halloween in a costume wedding and recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Aspyn Mason, aged just 6 weeks.

Ryan is a board member of Kids of the Community and last year volunteered at the Lions Club food stand at the fair. He is a member of the Gath Baptist Church.

I think it’s a great initiative for Gardens of Memory. I know Ryan will do a top notch job.

Celebrate Tuesday

With Bob Jones

The occasion promises to be festive this Tuesday, July 19, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the First National Bank on Main Street during the Bob Jones retirement celebration.

Mr. Jones has 62 years of experience with the bank, rising through the ranks to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the bank from 1980 to 1995. He started with First National in 1960 and will remain a member honorarium from the First National Board of Directors. .

“I was in the Air Force for four years and was much younger when I joined the bank,” said Jones, who is now 93. “The Lord has been good to me for letting me live this long and allowing me to be associated with so many great people.

Jones recalls the interest rate spikes of the late 1970s and early 1980s that approached 20%. As expected, the mortgage market completely dried up and construction came to a halt with such high interest rates. Unemployment was at its highest level since the Great Depression.

“A lot of people wanted to blame the banks,” Jones said, though Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker received his share of criticism.

When he started lending money for homes, Jones said most loans were no more than $50,000.

“At the time, we couldn’t lend more than two-thirds of the value of the house,” Jones said. “That changed today and it’s probably not a good idea. I also noticed a house that recently sold for $450,000 in one of our new subdivisions. I don’t think a house is worth that much money.

In these volatile times when the market is embarking on wild swings, Jones says, “A bank CD is as safe an investment as you can get during these times.”

Jones said it wasn’t that long ago that people did most of their banking in person. There is now a dramatic shift towards online banking, he says.

“It’s cheaper to do it online and the results are faster,” Jones said.

Jones hopes to reunite with many old friends on Tuesday. He hasn’t worked at the bank since 1995, spending the last 27 years on the board.

The bank’s current Chairman and CEO, Pieter van Vuuren, said: “We cannot thank Bob enough for his contribution to First National Bank over the years. He has been instrumental in our success and growth. He cares about everyone he deals with and has influenced and helped so many in our community. He is a true role model for all of us. Thanks Bob!”

The Greek station

call it stop

It was four years ago, in May 2018, when Mark and Teresa Dinwiddie brought a unique food trailer to McMinnville called The Greek Station.

Different from most of the food trailers around these parties that offer barbecues and Mexican food, The Greek Station offered a new experience with Greek pitas, hummus and baklava for dessert.

The Greek station was set up at the famed Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree earlier this month, but that was its last event. Mark is currently working at another restaurant, Teresa has returned to work in the medical field and The Greek Station trailer is for sale.

“I knew it would be a challenge to offer this menu here in a rural area, but we wanted to try something different,” Mark said.

He said sales have been fairly steady for most of his four years in business, although they have fallen in recent months. Combined with soaring fuel and food prices, Mark said it was time to try something different.

Food trucks and food trailers have grown in popularity in recent years and Mark says he thinks it’s a tremendous business opportunity that’s completely ready to go with all the kitchen equipment needed to get started right away.

“I’ve been blessed to meet so many great people at daily local installs and many event locations,” Mark said. “I will very much miss seeing people and having new foods to try for the first time.”

Mark has been cooking since working at the City Drug lunch counter on Main Street as a teenager. Teresa worked just around the corner at Dinty Moore.

City Drug burned down years ago and is now a gravel parking lot. Dinty Moore seems to have always been closed.

I would like to thank Mark and Teresa Dinwiddie for bringing this new food option to McMinnville. It may not have been as widely adopted as they hoped, but it was a welcome change of pace.

If you would like more information about purchasing The Green Station food trailer, call Mark at (931) 607-1762.

farmers market

Open Tuesday evening

I love bright ideas and it seems Tuesday night hours at the Farmers Market fall into that bright idea category.

With so many delicious vegetables that are in season and ready to sell, the Farmers Market is now open Tuesday evenings from 5-8 p.m. until the end of August.

“A lot of people leave work at 5 p.m. and it’s really convenient to drop by,” said Farmers Market manager Ginger Wanamaker. “We were very busy the first Tuesday from 5 p.m. to about 6:30 p.m. and then it slowed down a bit.”

Ginger said 20 vendors showed up for the first Tuesday night sale last week.

Now is a great time for corn and the farmers market has plenty for sale. Corn Day with free boiled corn with salt, pepper and butter is Saturday, July 30.

Other Farmer’s Market hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

VW looks

Hire 1,000

This is not Warren County employment information, but I nevertheless found it interesting that Volkswagen in Chattanooga is in the process of hiring 1,000 new production workers.

Inflation is worrisome and rising interest rates are not ideal, but our financial situation can only be so bad if we have 1,000 high-paying jobs available.

As you might expect, hiring 1,000 people was not a quick process. I’m afraid I have to find a new employee, so the folks at VW must be ready to shout.

To sweeten the deal, VW added a $3,000 signing bonus. The bonus is available in two installments of $1,500 after 90 days and an additional $1,500 after 180 days.

The addition of workers comes as Volkswagen expands its Tennessee plant as the company’s North American hub for electric vehicle manufacturing and battery assembly.

The production positions would be mainly for the second, third and fourth shifts. The fourth shift is primarily weekend work with one day during the week.

Pay will start at $24.40, including shift premium and quarterly bonuses, and cap at $33 per hour.

MapQuest lists the trip from McMinnville to the VW plant in Chattanooga as taking 1 hour, 28 minutes and being 75 miles. It’s a bit of a drive to be sure.

VW’s Chattanooga plant began production in April 2011 and currently employs over 4,000 people. An application can be found easily online by doing a Google search for Volkswagen jobs in Chattanooga.

That’s all people

I see a trip to New Orleans in my future. But wherever I go and whatever I do, your business advice is important to me. Email me at [email protected] for news you’d like to see in this column.